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I find it fascinating that an upgrade on the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM has happened so quickly. The previous model of the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM was almost there for me, just lacking very slightly in some key performance areas.

As people are saying "Sigma do listen", there's a big chance I'll pick up this lens. If the required performance is there, my EF 300 f/2.8is could be headed for retirement. Think about it, a 120-300 f/2.8 zoom makes a pretty compelling case, especially if the critical areas of IQ and AF speed and consistent build quality cross into premium territory.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D or 5D Mk II
« on: September 17, 2012, 06:15:09 PM »
The 6D is not for 5DII shooters looking for an upgrade. Better to drop that spare $2000 on the new 24-70 f/2.8L.
But for someone wanting an economical pathway out of APS-C, the 6D would be first choice over the excellent but now relatively ancient 5DII. The newer sensor, newer processor, no doubt improved AF array and other new features/incremental improvements etc make the 6D the clear choice.

But for extremely price sensitive photographers looking to move to FF from APS-C, the 6D will absolutely hammer the second hand prices of good, well cared for 5D MkII bodies. Really, we're spoiled for choice.

-PW

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Competition is fierce in that segment. There's the Samyang and the Zeiss, not to mention the original Canon and Nikon lenses. Hope Sigma will take it into account.
Sigma don't always get their pricing right. Just recall the debacle of the SD1 launch at Photokina 2010.
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/sigma_sd1___ready_for_prime_time.shtml
It was 4-5 times more expensive than it should have been and very few were sold.
Hopefully that experience was a reality check for Sigma and the 35 f/1.4 will be both price competitive and an IQ hero.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Specs Leaked?
« on: September 15, 2012, 04:14:06 AM »
Wow! Eleven focus points. That's progress.  :P
The spec list reads pretty much as beige mush.
I doubt this camera exists.

-PW

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Nikon vs Canon - Honest Poll before photokina.
« on: September 15, 2012, 12:46:25 AM »
Unless you own and work with both systems, how could you possibly make a truly informed poll choice on this question? All most of us have to go on is personal choice and anecdotal evidence/viewpoints.

I used to be 100% happy with Nikon hardware but switched to Canon primarily because of the quality of CPS support compared to Nikon support at the time. It may have improved. And now I'm 100% happy shooting Canon.

The poll? It's a fairly pointless question. There is no clear obvious winner here. Both have strengths & weaknesses across different bodies, lenses & speedlights. Bottom line is they're both very close to brilliant.

-PW

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Black Rapid deservedly has a lot of very happy users, and for good reason, it's an evolved design and they just work. I also use the quite amazing Spider Pro System http://www.spiderholster.com/ This gets the bodies off the neck & shoulder, and puts the weight on the hips. It's a great setup for events shooting and sports like track & field where I routinely shoot with 3 bodies, two of which travel on the Spider Pro belt. They are 1-Series bodies with 24-70 and another with 70-200. A 300 f/2.8 is on a third body on a monopod. I can RUN with this setup.

But this is still an evolving science. Just a little heads up about the attachment method of both Black Rapid and the Spider Pro pins. They screw into either the tripod thread on the base of the body, or into the thread in the collar of longer lenses like 70-200 and 300 f/2.8 etc. Was this designed to handle the stresses imposed by a body and weighty lens? The thread in the lenses will be fine, but the thread on the base of bodies may not be up to the job. Think about how this thread is attached into the body. It's not tapped into the body proper, it's an insert into the body.

Some time ago when threading a Spider Pro pin into the grip of a 5D body, the thread insert just popped straight out of the grip. Admittedly I was tightening it pretty firmly, but still...makes you think dunnit?

-PW

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AFMA. It an acronym for autofocus microadjustment. The term has recently jumped into common usage. Newer Canon DSLR's have the built in function that enables accurate calibration of lens to body. Rather than go into a full explanation here, Google it and read up.

-PW

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Software & Accessories / Re: BG-E11 weight
« on: September 13, 2012, 10:32:22 PM »
Yep, a gripped 5D3 is bulkier in every dimension, that is taller wider and thicker and heavier than the 1D Mk4. It's BIG!

I use both cameras in tandem on a daily basis. I used to think the 1D4 was big but now it feels light and slim by comparison to the gripped 5D3.

There are probably a few years to do it, but the 5-Series could do with a long stay a weight loss clinic and daily visits to the gym in preparation for the 5D4.

-PW

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon PowerShot G15
« on: September 13, 2012, 09:52:25 PM »
That lens will probably be enough to tip me into my first G Canon since my somewhat disappointing G3 earlier this century.

-PW

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Lenses / Re: 24mm F/1.4L II or 24mm-70mm F/2.8 II
« on: September 12, 2012, 06:51:30 PM »
It begs the question doesn't it? If the new zoom is as good as claimed, I just wonder how often I'll be reaching for the 24 f/1.4II. I rarely shoot the 24 f/1.4II below f/2.8 anyway, so it's looking like a potential surplus lens in the bag. And selling it would go a long way to financing the new zoom. We'll see.

-PW

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Software & Accessories / Re: EOS Utility 2.11.4 & OS X 10.7.4
« on: September 12, 2012, 04:41:34 AM »
Is anyone aware of viable alternative tethering software that has a proven stability track record on OS X 10.7?

Thanks,

-PW

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If multiple reviewers come up with similar results and conclusions, Canon has a very welcome winner on it's hands. A single, gushing review generally makes me inclined to wait on verification from other reputable independent reviewers, plus real world photographers feedback.

When the 24-70 f/2.8 replaced the admittedly awful 28-70 f/2.8, the first reviews gushed in a similar tone. But it sure looks like a very strong first impression.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1dmk4 vs 5d3
« on: September 11, 2012, 09:46:19 PM »
I have both, and work with them in tandem on a daily basis. They're both brilliant cameras, but with different strengths. It should be no surprise that the files delivered by the 5D3 are superior in most regards, but the handling, ergonomics, weather sealing, 300th flash sync, high frame rate, buffer depth, x1.3 crop and always visible red illuminated AF points are the items that set the 1D4 apart from the 5D3. If these factors are unimportant to you, then the 5D3 may be a better bet.

Just be aware that a gripped 5D3 is bulkier, heavier and bigger in all dimensions that the comparatively svelte 1D4. The black focus points on the 5D3 are a big irritation to plenty of photographers who lose shots as the selected focus point is frequently invisible. It's annoying, but unfortunately something we'll just have to get used to as the 1DX has the same GUI design fault.

-PW

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Software & Accessories / EOS Utility 2.11.4 & OS X 10.7.4
« on: September 11, 2012, 08:31:50 AM »
EOS Utility 2.11.4 & OS X 10.7.4 on my MBP is proving to be a very flaky combination, crashing several times a day tethered to my 5D3. It crashes, freezes and today needed three force quits followed by a full shutdown/restart each time. It's really tedious for myself & my thankfully patient clients.

The high quality USB cable is firm at each end and is helped by a velcroed loop at the camera/tripod end to make accidental unplugging impossible. Is it just me?

-PW

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Lenses / Re: Upgrading a 300 f2.8
« on: September 09, 2012, 06:41:03 PM »
The new lens is an absolute cracker, and so is yours. If it still delivers the goods for you, why not spend the money on a holiday, that 600 f/4 or a 1DX?

However it may depend on the subject matter you tend to work with. In my case upgrading from the non-IS version to the newer version with IS delivered tangible benefits. I'm often shooting in corporate environments where I'm shooting as slow as 1/30th or 1/60th on a monopod. The IS delivers a lot more keepers .

But for most birds, wildlife and sports, high shutter speeds are the order of the day and the IS advantage is barely relevant. I say keep your current lens.

-PW

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