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Lenses / Re: Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens - your thoughts?
« on: April 09, 2014, 02:27:47 PM »
What do you want to use it for?

I bought one the moment it was released and it has delighted me ever since.
I am a full time architectural photographer and I cannot imagine life without it.

The difference in the quality of my images in terms of sharpness and contrast is dramatic and my clients commented on that. They also noted the boss new lens when on location.

But it does lack flexibility in general photography. It is MF and I use it in Live View on  tripod exclusively.
FWIW, I recently acquired the 14 Rokinon and it has started accompanying me on my building shoots. As you know it is crazy sharp and I get fabulously snappy images out of it.

I tend to use it for casual shooting and it is fun but almost ridiculously wide.

Lenses / Re: Wait for Sigma 50mm Art or purchase Canon 135 f2L.
« on: April 09, 2014, 02:21:25 PM »
I'm in the market for a new lens to add to my collection and I've narrowed it down to the upcoming Sigma 50mm Art or the Canon 135 f2L. I realize these are for very different purposes.

I currently have a nice arsenal of lenses and mostly do portrait photography as a hobby (35 f1.4, 85 f1.8, 24-70 f2.8 and 70-200 f4).

I really enjoy portrait photography. I'm torn between the versatility of an extremely sharp 50mm vs a magical 135mm f2L portrait lens.

Can anyone offer any advice to help me seal the deal ?

The torrent of responses probably means you have some very good advice already.
My feeling is that 50 mm is covered very well by your 24-70 and the only advantage is the speed and additional increment of sharpness that would go unnoticed in most, if not all, applications.

If you like portraiture the 50 would not be my choice. To get good framing one has to be so close the facial features are distorted or one cannot get far enough back to make a satisfactory environmental portrait.
I think the real driver of interest in this lens is its other-worldly sharpness which is fine but IME not something that the viewer of a print will be aware of or appreciate.
I cannot comment on the value of  pleasure at pixel peeping the files but I would be honest about it as it is a solitary pleasure.

The 135 would , IMO, be the answer but I would rent both to see what rings your bell.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 05, 2014, 06:31:52 PM »
The review reports a brilliant performance.
I am waiting for the critics to gather their talking points.

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G17 Coming in May? [CR1]
« on: March 30, 2014, 07:58:45 PM »
At least part of this rumour must be BS, unless the camera is huge! The Sony RX10 is bridge/superzoom size and has a 1" sensor and a 24-200 (equivalent) f/2.8 lens; how big would a G17 be with a lens of the same focal length but  f/1.4-f/2? Sorry, but I'm calling shenanigans -everyone grab a broom!

I agree. The G-1x has a 1 inch sensor and a more modest lens and , while compact, is a lot bulkier than the G-16. A camera with these specs would be substantial.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 22, 2014, 06:04:32 PM »
These guys aren't in the wild but I had fun photographing them anyway.

I don't think that's as sad as the fact that lately the most anticipated lenses on a Canon rumor site aren't Canon lenses :P
Or even Canon Cameras.


As they have developed the camera and the system, I am noticing a trend - they are less concerned with IQ and more with speed.

I think they know that the vast majority of users never go to print and will view only on a monitor. As for the video, it probably still looks great on a 50" TV. Yes it is expensive but the tech in it is head and shoulders above a lot of other cameras even if its sensor is "only" 1 inch.

Photography Technique / Re: HDR (and DR) Question
« on: February 22, 2014, 04:37:31 PM »
Would I like an extra 2 stops of DR in my camera, in every shot?  Hell yes.

Do I sometimes shoot HDR with tripod and 3-7 Images? Hell Yes.

Do I sometimes cheat and use HDR processing on a singe RAW image? Yes, but don't tell anyone.

The fact that one can retrieve that much detail from the shadows while retaining highlight detail is a testament to the data that is already in the file. I use HDR a fair bit but lately I have found that reverting to my old darkroom days of dodging and burning coupled with aggressive treatment in LR allows me to get results that are very pleasing without the need for HDR.
In many cases I find that an HDR image yields only slight advantage for the hassle.
Probably the best but most tedious method is preprocessing several files and then layering in PS.

That is just my experience.

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 11, 2014, 11:00:08 PM »
Well maybe Canon is repositioning the G1X brand to compete with the RX100 II. The new design and control logic seems to be leaning towards that direction. I don't mind losing the top dial if the functionality is transferred to the second lens barrel ring - this would make it faster especially if you're looking thru the EVF or the screen. But 12 or 13 megapixels is too small for me as I like to isolate and crop details. This should have been 18 megs at least. Better DR would be welcome. Better implementation of HDR and pano would also be welcome. NFC is definitely for sharing pics. Wi-Fi is cool too. That optional grip does not look cool. Lensmate has an opportunity here. Can't wait to see sample pics to compare. The G1X.2 might seem like a step back, but then maybe Canon has something else brewing that's meant to duke it with the retro-mods (X100S, OM-DE-M-what?, Nikon Df, etc.). More waiting...

I would think the lower res would help for high ISO and DR compared to the Sony and its very dense 20MP 1 inch sensor. I had a classic 5D with 13MP and it was brilliant at tight crops.
IMO the combination of largish sensor and fast moderate zoom makes this an ideal camera for when I need stealthy quality. My only question is its responsiveness. All the features in the world mean nothing to me if it is a slug at focusing and shot to shot times.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Price leaked
« on: February 06, 2014, 06:05:29 PM »
As this is a rumor only we may be getting well ahead of ourselves.

Sigma has a good record of late of delivering outstanding lenses in its Art line. As others have noted, if it is as good as we hope it should be able to command a high price.

The fact that Sigma is burdened with a history of budget pricers lenses is what is hurting it at the moment. They want to occupy the space that Zeiss now inhabits as they have seen that solid construction and superb optics are able to command a loyal base of eager buyers.

If the lens is good why don't we accord them the respect they have earned by paying a price that reflects the quality they have put into the product?

Landscape / Re: 2 ND. Snow in 2014 at my home
« on: February 05, 2014, 12:24:26 AM »
It was super cold here this morning. I had to put slippers on to get the paper.  :'(

Software & Accessories / Re: doubt on wacom tablet size
« on: January 30, 2014, 07:33:22 PM »
As others note, everyone is different.
I thought at first the larger the better. I had a non-Wacom tablet of 10x10. Total pain.
I switched to a 6x9 Wacom and could not be happier.

In truth, once you get used to them you have a hard time going back to a mouse for anything.

Lenses / Re: Canon 11-24/4 patent
« on: January 26, 2014, 07:55:50 PM »
I hope this one will go to production.

Agree but want it to rival the Nikon 14-24 for IQ

I'll settle on 'well justifies an upgrade from the Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 DG HSM II', which I think will have to be the same as 'rivals the Nikon 14-24mm's IQ'.

I own and love the 17TS-E. IMO Canon would not likely produce something that fell short of the Nikon. I hope they would use the IQ of the 17 as a guide for this lens.
I had the Sigma 12-24 and it was wonderful within its limitations. I would buy this in an instant if it promised good edge sharpness at f8.
I would expect a price of about $2500+ and it would not make me sad.

Canon General / Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« on: January 21, 2014, 11:52:30 AM »
When I switched from film (Nikon) to digital (Canon) I thought  the ergonomics on all the digital cameras sucked. They just sucked in different ways.
I am still with Canon 11 years later and I still think the controls are annoying and slow. However my 17TS-E keeps me from any other camera manufacturer.

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon ditch the AA Filter?
« on: January 10, 2014, 12:51:25 PM »
Canon will probably offer a high MP camera without an AA as that is what the market is clamoring for. However it has most likely noticed that the world has moved a lot since the 1Dx and a mirrorless, high MP body with performance exceeding that of the current cameras (with and without mirrors) will be necessary to get the attention of those conferring uber-camera status.

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