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Sports / Re: Motion Blur (on purpose) in Sports Photos
« on: Today at 07:15:38 AM »
I shot this image at a Graffiti Art Installation at The Museum of the City of New York (sorry. It's not sports)...those are all spray-paint cans in the background. I also did not shoot this with my Canon system.
I shot it with a camera with IBIS. IBIS was on. I think that the IBIS caused the effect on the subject as it is not a straight "expected" blur... Interesting though. I shot slow and the IBIS froze the paint cans...but it gave this wonderful "rubberized" effect to my dapper subject!

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Lenses / Re: Prime vs zoom for landscape?
« on: Today at 05:15:54 AM »
What do you guys prefer? The IQ of a prime is hard to beat, but the flexibility of a zoom seems more practical, especially since it's harder to zoom in and out w/ just your feet in the wilderness. Is the IQ of a wideangle prime worth it vs the flexibility of a wideangle zoom?
I don't think you're going to find much that will beat the 16-35 f/4 IS these days - at least on anything but distortion, which isn't all that important for landscape.

I have to agree...I sold my 16-35 f/2.8II to buy the 16-35 f/4 IS.  (Even wash financially...for ONCE, LOL!). It's a killer lens for the money...so much so that I sold my beloved 21mm Zeiss 2.8. I just stopped using it. I felt that the image quality was comparable, and with the Canon I had a full range zoom,  AF and IS.  I don't miss the extra f stop..and to talk about low DOF on lenses in this range is just silly in my book. That was a lot of cash tied up in something I had to let go of.  I know that some purists would find that to be blasphemous! LOL! ...but it's just silly not to grab the new Canon...there is just so much more lens in your hand for less money.   THAT NEVER HAPPENS!

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Lenses / Re: Auto Focus MicroAdjust--Why the Stigma?
« on: January 25, 2015, 07:20:49 AM »
Oh..oh...oh..I misunderstood the topic..I thought it said:

Re: Auto Focus MicroAdjust--Why the Sigma?

  :P

(Couldn't resist, it was just too tempting! I am actually a fan of, and own the Sigma 50mm and 35mm Arts).

Yes ...mine are both adjusted via the Stigma Dock.  8)

I am a fan of AFMA ...it's just another tool to get us where we need to be. It's all good. Take it or leave it.
WARNING: Yes...it can get complicated and take untold amounts of time out of your life AND sometimes not provide a complete solution to to the problem.
Good luck with your journey.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art
« on: January 23, 2015, 09:21:06 AM »
And I could always use my 40mm if I want something light.

I still don't "get" the 40. I mean, I own it. I've used it. But it mostly sits on my desk. Just not my thing, but if I was walking around a lot more yeah, it's a no-brainer to drop in the bag or even a pocket!

To be honest, 40mm is not my thing but there are certain days that a dslr is just heavy to have, those days are the days i take my 40mm just in case i need to take some photo.

On those days I just leave the beast at home and take my MicroFourThirds Kit. It's pure fun. ;D

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Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art
« on: January 23, 2015, 09:18:41 AM »
The sigma 50art was voted lens of the year by the dpreview Readers choice
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/8136019716/2014-readers-polls-the-results-are-in?slide=3


I assume it is voted by people that actually used it...

I use it, love it AND cast my vote for it on DPReview!  :-X
GREAT lens.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art
« on: January 21, 2015, 11:43:13 AM »

4. I think Dustin Abbott does great reviews. I have complemented him on every review he has done...but ...on this one...it was extremely short and based on all of his other reviews he has done I think this one was half-hearted.  No harm... no foul...I just think that to avoid all the controversy regarding this lens's AF etc. and to touch on the attributes...he decided to stick his foot in the water and then just get out. That's OK..this lens is complicated on many levels.


This review is made by Justin VanLeeuwen and not by Dustin Abbott (whose reviews are on his own blog)

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Whoa...thanks for correcting me!...I will fix that...no wonder I thought I was different! DUH

Dustin...Justin... what's confusing about that ;D

Sorry about that buddy.  Actually, I thought it was your review, but something seemed off!  LOL! Sorry about that.
I am old and confused!  I will have to pay more attention in the future.  I now recall that you have already reviewed the lens, THOROUGHLY.   :-[  (egg on face for me!)

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Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art
« on: January 21, 2015, 10:34:06 AM »

4. I think Dustin Abbott does great reviews. I have complemented him on every review he has done...but ...on this one...it was extremely short and based on all of his other reviews he has done I think this one was half-hearted.  No harm... no foul...I just think that to avoid all the controversy regarding this lens's AF etc. and to touch on the attributes...he decided to stick his foot in the water and then just get out. That's OK..this lens is complicated on many levels.


This review is made by Justin VanLeeuwen and not by Dustin Abbott (whose reviews are on his own blog)

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Whoa...thanks for correcting me!...I will fix that...no wonder I thought I was different! DUH

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Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art
« on: January 21, 2015, 03:16:58 AM »
I have to say that I love my Sigma 50mm Art. Well my second copy, with Sigma Doc and some patience. Most everyone interested in this lens is aware of the controversy surrounding it. Right?   I found my experience to be a buying "process" (most unusual experience purchasing a lens at this cost...but for me it was worth it).
Some observations of the comments here:
1.This is a relatively expensive lens ($950),   This is a large 50mm. It's not waterproof.  It is not light (1.8 lbs). It has 13 elements for God sake...most people check specs and read reviews, for a purchase like this. Within the 1st 60sec. of looking into the lens I would think that if you want a small light lens..then..OBVIOUSLY this is not the lens for you.  If you want a lens with weather sealing this is not the lens for you. If you want a cheap lens then this is not the lens for you. These things are more than obvious right away.
2. The iPhone comment should be deleted. It's just stupid.
3. Before I went on my Sigma Sojourn I was aware that this was not going to be a regular lens buying experience...but at my level of involvement in photography the lens had enough promises for image-making to jump in and give it a shot. (I owned a sigma 50mm EX and I own the Sigma 35mm Art...so I knew what I was in for with this purchase)
4. The lens copies are inconsistent with AF.  I sent my first one back. It was ALL OVER THE PLACE with focus. I had a Sigma Doc. ...there was no correcting it. My second copy was much better out of the box and I was able to calibrate it and it works extremely well for me...right now...although...I have read reports that is could change over time...I will see.  I knew going in that the lens experience was not going to be a normal one. I was on a quest for excellence in 50mm.  Why bitch and moan...I know what I was getting into!  LOL! (Its like dating!)
5. I owned a good copy of the Sigma 50mm EX f/1.4. I sold it to buy this. This is about twice the size...I knew that going in..I was looking for sharpness across the plane to the corners.  There is no comparison in the two lenses.  (although the size, and rendering of the EX makes it a very great lens for portraiture..its forgiving and I would say tons better than the Canon 50mm f1.8 and f1.4...and built way better as well...but again that is just my opinion and I had a very good copy...that I sold to a friend (gulp!) and he is VERY happy with it.)

So...this lens is interesting...and "for me" it has such a WOW factor...that it was kind of worth all the BS I went through to get a decently calibrated copy on the front of my 5D3.  (time and money).  The experience is not for everyone...but for the people that it is for ...their mouths can occasionally drop open when opening files in post...and goosebumps can run down your neck sometimes. That made it worthwhile for me.  If you are looking for something exciting ...and you have some PATIENCE and some photography experience and ability...jump in ....I  If not...I would advise you to stay away from this beast.  :o
t's definitely not for everyone. its an interesting experience, though.

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Photography Technique / Re: Aperture for total sharpness?
« on: January 18, 2015, 08:34:03 AM »
Every lens is different.
I find that it is good to check reviews on each lens that I own so that I can check on its particular characteristics.
For instance...my Sigma 50mm Art is really tact sharp from wide open and only increases very slightly up to f/4.
Most lense are not like that...so it pays to study your equipment.

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Lenses / Re: New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly
« on: January 15, 2015, 09:50:43 PM »
WHOA!   I am sure the optics will be impressive ....but at that price and focal length it is definitely a specialty lens.
Cool that Canon is finally cleaning up some of the areas in its lens lineup where it was lacking, though.  Just in time for the big MP camera. Cool.  Me...I think that i am going to get out of FF altogether...and step down to MFT as my primary camera system.   Smaller, more portable and does what I need for 90% of my image making. I rarely need the big sensor these days...  With Olympus coming out with a 40MP body for still subjects.... I think I may just sell off all of my CAnon gear and use my extensive smaller kit and just know that the sensors will continue to get better and better. Makes sense for me financially and convenience-wise.....I know its not the right choice for everyone. I am on the edge of leaving the bulk and the expense behind!   

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Software & Accessories / Re: how to backup photos in the field?
« on: January 12, 2015, 11:52:49 AM »
Hey...this is a funny thread :)....
I have a hyperdrive and I like it for storage. It is basically useless as a viewer...but at least you can interact with the screen and be comfortable that your images are actually saved. Some other hardrive type devices give no feed back.
Rusty is correct about the battery life.... I got some spares batteries and an auxhillary charger on eBay...but they are all lame.  Also..if you try to plug in the hyperdrive and operate it from a wall outlet it will not let you start it up...it just stays in charge mode...but I found a way around that ....
Like I go on photoshoots and then want to back up in my motel room at the end of the day etc. I found that if you fire up the unit off of one of the batteries and then plug it in while it is up and running it will operate with wall power supply or at least with the battery being charged...so you can have confidence in downloading a large card that the unit will not kick out in the middle of a download due to the battery dying.  The battery is really not  strong enough to operate the unit. I would hope that the developers are aware of this and can find the Hyperdrive current and past customers a better solution.
But it is good enough to have some safety if you are out shooting something important.

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Lenses / Re: Purple fringing of 85 1.2ii
« on: January 11, 2015, 10:15:25 PM »
yeah....I have a copy of the lens ....love it..but it definitely has purple fringing..but I think that that is just life with most exotic wide-open lenses.  I use the Lens Correction software in Lightroom to remove the fringing and it is very effective.  I find that the 85mm f/1.2L II has so many attributes and is quite magical...and its ok sometimes to live in a less than perfect world.

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Canon General / Re: How long does Canon repair usually take??
« on: January 10, 2015, 11:16:06 PM »
I dropped my 5DIII off at Canon Service in New Jersey during the holidays for servicing. I did not need any parts, (I don't think)..I was having my focus points simulators in the prism realligned with the actual focus points on the sensor.  (hope that I am explaining that correctly). Also cleaned etc. Amazingly I was able to pick it up in 3 days!

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 24-105 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: January 08, 2015, 08:48:04 AM »
This is not a lens that I would purchase....but this is a very thrurough review of not only the lens performance itself but also a great perspective of the lens and how the paticular price and technologies integrates (or doesn'!  :-\)into the bigger picture of the Canon Camera System.
Great review... it engaged me intellectually and what a BEAUTIFUL backdrop! Happy New Year!
Nice job Dustin and I am looking forward to the upcoming reviews that you teased us about especially the new 400mm f/4.0 DO IS II...Not that I can afford that lens, but it does appear to be a more affordable beauty of a beast!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New Firmware Coming for EOS 5D Mark III
« on: January 03, 2015, 12:54:10 PM »
hmmm....interesting....I just personally dropped my 5DIII off last week at Canon in New Jersey to have it serviced and they only updated my  body to v.1.2.3. That is less than two business days ago.  I usually keep on top of the software..but the latest update brought nothing to my body or lens quiver....so I had not updated it.  They returned it to me and remarked when I picked it up that they had made my firmware current.  so....it must only be loading in Japan?

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