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All I can say is that I am really excited to see actual images from this lens compared to others. I really hope its a break through lens at an "affordable" price. I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas  :)

This has been the most incredible and inexpensive marketing I have ever seen! One guy from Sigma makes a comment months ago, that the Otus is their target and for months, we have been drooling over this lens. They announce it but don't let anybody see any images from the lens?! It's a lens! No images? Then someone posts some charts with the lens but the comparison others are done with other bodies.

I know this is a rumors site, it says it right in the name  ;) but I don't like being manipulated. I am drooling and excited about this lens also and I'm doing the math on what I would be willing to pay for a lens THAT I HAVEN'T SEEN AN IMAGE FROM! Sigma better F'ing deliver on this lens. This hype better be worth the wait. And, they better not slap a $2,000 price tag on it! ;D

Seriously, has Sigma even spent a cent on marketing this thing? They don't need to at this point, we are doing it for them.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Firmware 1.1.4 released
« on: March 19, 2014, 11:02:56 PM »
Passing on this one.  ::)

Actually, I think it sounds just as suspicious if you've had to afma ALL your gear. Are you sure your camera is okay or that your lens supplier isn't supplying you with lemons? I don't think it's normal that you don't get a single perfect lens. A big reason for buying high end lenses, among others, is that they tend to be better calibrated in the factory and the tolerances for quality control are higher.

I sometimes think there might be a misunderstanding of what AFMA is and why one would want to do it. If by some miracle all your lenses actually matched perfectly to your camera and needed 0 AFMA, there is a very good chance those same lenses might need some require some adjustment on a different (perfectly good) body and some different adjustments on a third (perfectly good) body.
The need for AFMA is not an indictment on the quality of the lens or the body, it is just an acknowledgement of the fact that the lenses and bodies are created separately. AFMA is just an attempt to allow us to form a "more perfect union" between our individual bodies and lenses :D

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: March 06, 2014, 09:57:36 AM »
Despite my "ho hum" review of the 40mm it's kind of grown on me, it's a very capable lens and if you don't have a zoom in that focal range it's a no-brainer as a buy.

I do have the 24-105 f/4 but I don't think I have a single "Wow" picture taken with it. It wasn't till I slapped the 50mm 1.8 on on the 6D and got some "Wow" pictures that I realized how special primes can be. My problem with my 50mm is focus accuracy. It is so unreliable. Bought FoCal Pro and every time I run it with the 1.8, it tells me my predicted adjustment is off the chart. If I force it to continue, I get an adjustment of +16...but I digress.

I am happy to play with and get to know my new 85mm for now but at some point, I really feel the need to replace the my 50mm.

Reviews / Re: 6D Noise Levels and Comparison Tests
« on: March 06, 2014, 08:39:28 AM »
clicked on the link and see no pictures  ???

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: March 06, 2014, 08:37:40 AM »
I know I'm late to the game, but I have a 50mm 1.8 that has a problem with my 6D that AFMA can't fix. Just bought the 85mm 1.8 (love it) and was considering a replacement for my 50mm 1.8. I thought it was going to be the 50mm 1.4 but after reading all this, I'm thinking I'm going to wait. Might buy the shorty 40 while I wait for Sigma to actually give us a price. If the new Sigma is as good as everyone thinks its going to be, and it costs under $800, I'm there.

 :P Just swallowed my big grains of salt.

I'm calling it here. I think those tests are fake! If you can get your hands on the Otus AND this Sigma lens that no one else seems to be able to get a hold of, I would think the the test shots would have been more professional. I have seen better fake iPhone 6 pictures!

EOS Bodies / Re: Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« on: February 28, 2014, 06:03:04 PM »
The "upgrade" for the C100/c300 included sending in the camera for calibration of the on-sensor PDAF.  This is more than just a firmware upgrade.  Canon is also charging $500 for this service.

Kind of a really important fact! Thanks, I was holding out hope that the newer 6D might be upgradable, but even if it was, for $500, not so sure  :-\

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 5Dm3?
« on: February 28, 2014, 05:58:43 PM »
Noticed you didn't mention price so I assume its not an object. I also have the 6D and love it, but think you would be better off with the 5DIII. I do use the GPS on the 6D for just about all shots, but I almost never use the WiFi. It did come in handy over ThanksGiving at my brother's how when he wanted the family pictures I had just taken. I downloaded them to my iPhone, uploaded them to DropBox, and just like that, he had them :-)

Photography Technique / Re: FoCal – Long / Fast Lens Calibration
« on: February 27, 2014, 07:29:48 AM »
Thanks for posting! I'm a relatively new FoCal user and I have been thrilled with the results!
Always happy to learn how the pros do it.

Hi Benny, I appreciate this, I actually went ahead & ordered a weye feye unit from Amazon.Com for $165, seemed the cheapest option out there. I opted for the more expensive Weye Feye unit over the newer "S" unit as it seems the newer cheaper "S" unit doesn't support Live View, but does support more Cameras, at least with the Original unit the 5DMK III is supported, perhaps the 1Dx later with firmware.

Elm58, I am very interested to get your take once you get it. Please follow up  :)

Technical Support / Re: How many shutter actuations does Reican Focal take?
« on: February 23, 2014, 08:56:28 PM »
Turns out my laptop which I thought might be slow is past it! :'(
Hope her old laptop (better than mine but still not new) will manage to work. Not sure the long USB cable from upstairs will be that practical! ::)

There is a good chance its not your computer. I am running FoCal on an older iMac with a 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. I think I might have got it in 2007. I also run an extension with my USB cable but not as long as you might be contemplating. My cord is probably a total of 10 feet. Try restarting your computer and perhaps checking the FoCal site.

Good luck!

Technical Support / Re: How many shutter actuations does Reican Focal take?
« on: February 23, 2014, 05:54:22 PM »
Just ran Focal on Automatic. For a zoom lens, I had 15 shots wide and 15 zoomed in so 30 total.

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