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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens Next? [CR2]
« on: February 18, 2015, 02:07:26 AM »
What exactly is wrong with the current 85m f1.4?  I own it and it's right up there with my Canon L lenses.

Do we need a 85 ART?

Well, I have the older 50MM and love it, I think the autofocus complaints are so overblown. Hoping to pick up the current 85MM once the 85A is announced for a song! :)

Not that I don't appreciate the improvements in the Art line. I now have the 35MM Art, and it is crazy nice. I love the images, contrast, color, lack of distortion, amazing.

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm & 70-300mm Coming Soon? [CR2]
« on: February 03, 2015, 08:10:09 PM »
Why is everyone insisting this is slower than f/1.4?

24mm f/2.8 replaced by 24mm f/2.8 IS
28mm f/2.8 replaced by 28mm f/2.8 IS
35mm f/2.0 replaced by 35mm f/2.0 IS

Now.

50mm f/1.4 replaced by 50mm f/2.0 IS?  Really?  Why?  That would be a boring optic.  Less wide than the 35mm and not any faster, boring.

Couldn't agree more with that sentiment. My 50mm F/1.4 (the EX lens from Sigma) fills two important roles for me, 1) stopping action in low light (IS is not the same thing as access to a decent shutter speed in this regard), and 2) allowing for creating depth of focus.  Even the vignetting you get wide open is part of the feel of a 50mm.  The idea of a 50mm f/2 would be a snoozefest for sure.

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Wedding Photography / Re: Bride + Softbox + OCC + Hotel Lobby
« on: January 16, 2015, 11:38:07 AM »
Radiant! Thanks for the image.

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Reviews / Re: Review of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 for a photo workflow
« on: December 09, 2014, 03:13:41 AM »
I think just a sleeve for padding during travel.  Anything more compromises utility and adds bulk

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Reviews / Re: Review of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 for a photo workflow
« on: December 08, 2014, 09:32:34 AM »
Nice, thoughtful review. I have the slightly smaller Surface Pro 2, I find the pen and a travel mouse to be indispensable, and I love that I can charge my phone from the USB port on the charger while using it as a hot spot.  Another indispensable item is a pair of reading glasses, I find it makes the tiny screen feel more like I am working with a standard monitor.  Overall I would say the Surface Pro is an amazing tool, and if you are can understand the limitations before you acquire, that much power in such a small package is incredibly useful.

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They need to stop doing whatever it is that's keeping the 85mm f1.4A from hitting the shelves...

Can I get an "Amen" from anyone on this comment?

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Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 04:26:58 PM »
I would much rather be given a hand written note and a gift card expressing the sentiment and let me do the choosing.

I think this advice makes sense if the recipient has more knowledge on the topic, if not, maybe making the decision for her would be one of the nicer aspects of the gift.

I think you are on the right track with the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8.  I have a Sigma 50MM 1.4 on a full frame camera, and the 35MM on your camera should give you a very similar feel, with the bonus of a fairly wide angle zoom. The shallow depth of field you get from such a lens really has a magical quality and can take one's photography to a new, more artistic level.  If a future upgrade to a full-frame sensor like the 6D is a possibility, another option would be the Sigma 35MM f/1.4 Art, that is a glorious lens, and would do absolutely astonishing things with your wife's current Rebel.

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So THAT is why my camera is wrong!
 :o :o :o

(insert epiphany emoji here...)

I am not afraid to admit early on, it was driving me crazy that I couldn't figure out how to change whatever setting had me a "Canonflex" as my camera. In hindsight, I should have been OK with it, the Canonflex is a pretty cool thing to be.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: An introduction and a dilemma
« on: October 05, 2014, 08:30:26 PM »
I really want to encourage you here.  Pursuing something creative like photography might help with chronic insomnia, definitely can give the mind something enjoyable and positive to latch onto as you are working on yourself.

I highly recommend getting an original 5D, or if you can pull together a few more bucks, a used 5D II or a 6D, but focus on getting some fun lenses, mostly good artistic prime lenses. I also suggest buying used gear carefully.  I would definitely suggest the Canon 85mm f/1.8 and a good 50mm, like the Canon f/1.8 or better yet a used Sigma 50mm f/1.4.  The Canon EF 35mm f/2 would also be a great lens that could grow with you. 

If you don't have a decent tripod, also budget for a good Manfrotto or similar. I wouldn't spent up for other accessories yet, wait till some money falls in your lap. For now, make do with some packing foam and a old backpack or something.

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: My kind of HDR
« on: September 03, 2014, 01:42:48 AM »
I HRD most of my images, but I use the tech to bring out the visual beauty in the scenes not turn it into a bad velvet painting  ::).....but it has already been said "to each their own".

I enjoyed these.  Subtle but clear examples of the occasional benefit of HDR processing.

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If you are thinking about a "do it yourself" project on cutting the foam, take a look at this company:

http://www.foamonline.com/

I would be careful and talk to them, you will want to be sure to use a very high quality foam designed to exhibit very low out-gassing, as the chemicals released by most foam can damage optics and coatings, etc.  I believe the one they recommended to me is called Supreem, but be sure to talk to them about it.

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Lenses / Re: Year of the lens....a joke....?
« on: July 15, 2014, 08:22:41 PM »
It has also become the year of collapsing sales for most manufacturers of cameras and lenses. Perhaps Canon is wise to keep their powder dry, as introducing new products is expensive. 

A more cynical view is the they are realizing that the market isn't crazy about small aperture lenses with IS as replacements for large aperture lenses. That is the direction they have generally been going in.  Sigma is an interesting contrast, as they have been taking a different, perhaps more well received approach, of improving the optics on their fast lenses.

I love fast lenses and that is why I have drunk so much of the Sigma cool-aid.

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Can't stress enough how important having a Carbonite or similar offsite backup is, because it just happens, there is no need to remember to swap offsite disks for hard failures such as fire or storm damage.

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EOS-M / Re: Canon EF-M 55-200 f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Gets Official
« on: June 17, 2014, 03:13:41 AM »
Getting more excited about the EOS-M platform. The two lenses I have (22mm, and 18-55mm) have impressed me. I am looking forward at some point to the 11-22mm and this new dedicated telezoom.  My future trips to exotic locals (or at least interesting) are open to fun photography without pissing off the wife.  ++good.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 14, 2014, 05:47:08 PM »
Look at the form http://www.photobusinessforum.com/images/calumetphoto_case_14-08908.pdf. The box they checked says $0 to $50,000.

I think this pdf filing is only for the online business calumetphoto.com, the parent or the stores business was probably a different entity.  Here is an article from the Chicago Tribune that seems to make more sense.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-03-13/business/chi-calumet-photographic-closes-20140313_1_chapter-7-bankruptcy-protection-facebook-page-facebook-and-twitter

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