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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 advice
« on: February 16, 2014, 10:30:04 PM »
Or buy a refurbished 70-200 f/2.8 IS II from Canon for $1999 and that includes a 1 year warranty.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 advice
« on: February 16, 2014, 06:32:29 PM »
I actually rented the new Tamron once and was happy with it but haven't tried the Canon yet. I was torn as to which to get, as I have the Canon 70-200 f/4 non IS and I'm not entirely satisfied with it for indoor sports. I too don't have all the money I need to get everything I want so the jury is out. I am leaning towards picking up an 85mm f/1.8 then waiting for the Canon 70-200 f2.8 II IS. I'm sure I could be happy with the Tamron, but I know I will not second guess myself with the Canon.  :)

Great review on the Tamron from Dustin here.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod for someone who's never used one?
« on: February 11, 2014, 07:43:58 PM »
A classic"right of passage" question! :-) This famous link doesn't seem to have been posted yet, and while getting dated, remains great for many of the general principles also mentioned in this thread: http://www.bythom.com/support.htm

Thanks so much dswtan, I found that link most helpful! Also, took a bit, but finally figured out that RRS was Really Right Stuff ;)

Lenses / Re: 50mm F1.8
« on: February 10, 2014, 07:32:58 AM »
I too just rediscovered my nifty 50 also going to a 6D. I am so happy with it that my next few lens purchases are going to be prime lenses. I will tell you that as happy as I was with my 50mm on the 6D, I just ran it through Focal and found that AFMA was off by -16! Also found that there is a dramatic improvement in the lens when stopped down. I think my best was f/8, I'll have to double check.
Happy shooting :)

Lenses / Re: Most Anticipated Rurmored Sigma Lenses?
« on: February 10, 2014, 07:26:10 AM »
I've never owned a Sigma lens, so I'm not sure if excitement is the word that jumps to my mind. Curiosity is probably more accurate. In my mind, the Sigma lenses don't necessarily outperform L  lenses, they are just less expensive. So, if Sigma comes out with a lens of equal optical quality to an L lens for 2/3 the price, in my mind, its like having a 30% off sale on L lenses. Now, if they outperform, for 2/3 the price, I'm there!

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod for someone who's never used one?
« on: February 09, 2014, 08:10:31 PM »
Thought I'd post what I ended up getting, after considering all the fine advice:

RRS BH-40, with lever release and panning clamp, an RSS L plate, and for the tripod legs I decided to go with carbon fiber, but compromised on the price, since I got the expensive ball head, and went with Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 instead of Gitzo or RSS.

Even though my heaviest lens is only a 24-105mm, I thought I'd go with the BH-40 in case I get heavier lenses in the future and because I wanted the independent drag on the ball head. I went with the panning clamp so I didn't have to worry about leveling the legs first when shooting panoramas. The only thing I didn't get was the nodal slide, but I can always pick that up in the future.

Are you happy with your choices a few months out? Thinking about tripods myself and trying to learn from your research :-)

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom for iPad Coming Soon
« on: February 09, 2014, 02:37:53 PM »
Might want to prepare yourself...by the time LR6 rolls around, I suspect it will be fully subscription based. :(

I was just thinking about my decision to go LightRoom vs. Aperture back in the day. My decision back then was guided by the fact that LightRoom would work on my then G4 eMac and Aperture would not. Fast forward to today, and it looks to me like 80-90% of the users here are using LightRoom. I don't hear much about Aperture here. So, if Adobe has cornered the market, I just can't see a business scenario where they buck the trend and threaten their installed base. I can see subscription being added as an option, but to totally rid of stand alone? I don't see it.

Just started using it also. Had a -16 on my 50mm!

Software & Accessories / Re: updating to Maverick 10.9?
« on: February 09, 2014, 11:42:02 AM »
I have tons of Finder issues with Maverick. I am constantly relaunching Finder. I had the same issues with Mountain Lion too. I'm a long time Mac user and know all the general maintenance stuff and I keep a clean system but, I'm beginning to think it is my Hybrid drive. I don't think Mac OS plays nice with them. I thought they would because of Apple's own Fusion drives but I guess they are different.

I have 10.9.1 installed with a hybrid drive on a Core 2 Duo iMac with no problems at all. Guessing the problem isn't your hybrid drive.

Lenses / Re: From Good to Great!
« on: February 09, 2014, 08:08:11 AM »
It would be great if Canon came up with something like an automated in camera version of Sigma’s USB-Dock system which lets you adjust the lens at multiple (4) focusing distances and with zoom lenses at multiple (also 4) focal lengths too, so 16 values all together instead of the 2 we can do with the current AFMA    http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2013/06/sigma-optimization-pro-and-usb-dock

That sounds even more amazing 100, but understand that I just discovered or started using AFMA so I'm still thrilled by the 2 settings I get with the 6D. Give me a week or two, and I'll start complaining and wishing for 4  ;D

Photography Technique / Re: How (and Why) I Took the Shot #1: Overlook
« on: February 08, 2014, 05:39:16 PM »
Thanks Dustin!

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Price leaked
« on: February 08, 2014, 11:48:11 AM »
We sometimes forget we are on a rumor site! All we have seen for sure is a picture OF THE LENS! :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« on: February 03, 2014, 09:17:37 PM »
Any word on pricing?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: February 03, 2014, 10:57:35 AM »
Please pardon this rookie question.

With all the discussion about cross type focus points vs. non cross type, and "how many focus points does your camera have?", here you have the top of the food chain lens that does not have AF. My question is, how do you use it? At f1.4, must you use a tripod and live view? Can this be used hand held without a tripod? Can one reliably focus using the view finder?

I am not in the market for this lens, I am simply curious as to how a lens like this is used. I remember back in the pre-autofocus film days where there was the indicator in the middle of the view finder that assisted with focusing but now those are gone.

Though you may be better off using -7 as the dof is so wide at 17 that the difference between -2 and -4 wouldn't be noticeable.  -7 to -4 at the tele end would almost certainly be noticeable.  The best thing to do is to try it and see what your results show.

Maybe, I just copied that out of the Focal manual. I've only had it for a couple of days so I'm not an expert on AFMA yet  :)

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