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Infrared and VeloDramatic...   Glad you are having good luck with the 50 Art lens.

What body are you using your 50 Art on?

Do you use the outer focus points or mainly the center point?

5DIII single focus point...but move it around on the screen to where I want focus.  It is a WOW lens...and I totally disagree with those that are saying I must use it at f/1.4... That is just foolish.  I use it at varying f stops to get in focus what I want in focus in a particular image...could be f/1.4...or it could be f/3.5...whatever...and it is still sharper than all 3 of Canon's lens offerings as far as I am concerned.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: clown* photographer
« on: Today at 12:07:13 AM »
Wait...wait...I thought that I resembled that remark????....  8)
Infrared, is that a DIY ring light and power box?  If so, would you mind showing off the business end and telling us about it?

I'm always fascinated by DIY lighting.

oh boy..you just had to ask...didn't you...LOL! It's complicated. It is a light painting set-up.
Yes...I built the whole thing myself....using remote control car servos, fiber optics, wood, ammo box, etc...
It is a light painting set up that I built maybe 25 years ago...but I broke it out to shoot the clowns. (There was no photoshop back then...the stuff used to blow the minds of the guys at the lab..the wanted to know what the hell I was doing..LOL!!!!). The "box like" thing that I am shooting through has an opening and two "filters" that can be put in the window in front of the camera lens. One is soft diffusion the other is black out. (it is not a light source).
The box with the hose is an old army surplus ammo box...loaded with a projector bulb, mounted to shoot light on command down the giant encased fiberoptic "hose" ... The switches (levers) on the front side of the ammo box remote control the filters in the box in front of the camera, via radio transmitters from remote control cars. I can put the diffusion filter in or take it out in front of the camera at will as I light paint an image on the camera sensor.  On the end of the fiber optic hose I have a "flashlight-like" set-up... There is a lens inside the flashlight to focus the light if need be...I push the red button there and the light comes on whenever I want to "paint". I have all kind of attachments and filter holders...mini soft boxes, etc..that I can put on the head of the "flashlight" to shape and control the nature of the light.  Soft, hard, focused etc.
You turn out all of the lights.  Do a soft background exposure with the diffusion in front of the camera lens...to get a "base image" started on the camera sensor.....
Then I pulled out the diffusion filter in front of the lens by throwing a switch on the ammo box and start direct focused "flashlight" painting on all of the areas that I wanted to be sharp and call the eye's attention to.... 
You get into a groove...it is kind of like you are making a painting...lots of things to play with ...no two exposures are ever the same....
I used to do this with a 4x5 view camera and do tests on polaroids...and then just make like 20 images...on transparency film and see what came back from the lab... It can be quite wonderful.  ..and it is a bit time consuming ..but with a digital camera it is a lot more immediate and adjustable.
Fun stuff! It has a unique look that I really cannot recreate in PS...plus...it is really nice to interact in the real world and play... 8) People look at the photo and like it or not...but they have NO IDEA what went into making it...and I kindof get a kick out of that.
Yes...I spend a lot of time ..alone.!!!!! LOL!

The lens is quirky ...but awesome!
I had to send my first lens back...but the second one seems to be very good.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: clown* photographer
« on: October 23, 2014, 01:37:42 PM »
"Pull magic knob"  Snicker.

I know...and this is supposed to be for kids...hence "Evil Clowns"! LOL.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: clown* photographer
« on: October 23, 2014, 12:44:03 PM »
Wait...wait...I thought that I resembled that remark????....  8)

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: October 22, 2014, 11:04:25 PM »
Nice shots everyone!!!! Love the vehicles!

Great photo!

THANKS Candyman!

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: October 22, 2014, 05:51:12 PM »
Nice shots everyone!!!! Love the vehicles!

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 19, 2014, 07:27:29 PM »
Here are a couple more....
First one is my 5DIII..Second one is from my Olympus again..... :P

Reviews / Re: Camera Store Trashes New G7X
« on: October 19, 2014, 08:35:41 AM »
I am not in the market for one of these cameras but I think that the Panasonic LX100 may be the best option in that arena for an experienced photograper. It doesn't reach to 100mm but it has the Sony and definitely the Canon beat pretty much everywhere else...
I am an MFT fan along with my FF Canon, so perhaps I am a little biased. I use Oly's not Panny's...but the spec sheet on the LX100 is impressive all the way around, truly. Maybe someday canon will make a mirrorless camera, too?!  :P
With the phones the camera market is so turned on its head theses days.
I went outside yesterday (I live at the beach) with my 5DIII to shoot som clouds for backgrounds, and I was sitting on a bench with my camera next to me and a woman said "oh look, he has a "real" camera! (We had a hurricane going by off the coast and the waves were spectacular and we had a lot of day trippers ALL of whom were taking pics with their phones...I REALLY a stood out with The Beast! LOL! )
That is where this whole thing is headed. Me..I have a crappy little "dumb" phone and have never insulted my art by creating a photograph with it.  :-X

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Woe and Pathos in the Sigma 50 Art?
« on: October 16, 2014, 05:56:44 AM »
My first copy was BAD. Totally psycho. All over the place with the auto focus. I spent the better part of a day trying to calibrate it with the the dock, then thought, "why am I doing someone else's job???". LOL!

The lens was so incredible when actually focused, that I HAD to give it another shot. (B&H is very understanding of this issue.) I sent the first one back and tried another. Glad I did. Out of the box it was a completely different experience. Very slight tweaking on the dock.  I left the focus adjustments on my 5DIII on zero.

The whole experience is a bit ridiculous for a $950 lens..but it does WOW me. :-)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:55:36 AM »
Bad news for us! I agree...What would be good for me is a lower-priced FF body to have back-up for my 5DIII.
After I saw the price of the new 16-35mm f/4 IS (and purchased one)...I was hopeful that Canon wasn't still involved with the runaway pricing that we have seen ever since the Fukashima disaster.....

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 13, 2014, 01:31:28 PM »
Thanks Candyman...think I am spending the weekend there next year!!!!!

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 13, 2014, 08:49:16 AM »
Processed some more of these....What a great event for photos!
(The last one is from my Olympus...sorry!! :P)

Canon General / Re: More Canon Lens Mentions [CR2]
« on: October 10, 2014, 09:47:25 PM »
Well...let's see...Nikon has a WELL REVIEWED 14-24mm f/2.8 @ ~$2000...I would consider that if Canon could offer the same...Even if it was somewhat more expensive and had the same quality. ...This rumored lens is just "out of the box" for me ..both the extreme wide angle (which becomes stupid) and the cost......but hey..like I said I am happy with the new 16-35mm f/4 IS is a nice sweet spot for me...
I bet a LOT of people feel this way...but lets see if this rumored lens materializes, no?

Canon General / Re: More Canon Lens Mentions [CR2]
« on: October 10, 2014, 03:55:22 PM »
$3000!!!! @f/4????????? :o :o :o
...so glad that I sold my 16-35mm f/2.8II and bought the new 16-35mm f/4 IS!!!!
Great deal (even cash-out for me)...  The new 16-35mm f/4 IS seems like a GREAT deal for a great lens if this new lens is going to be 3$$grand...whoa! I guess it makes sense though...lot of glass there...and more of an extreme specialty lens...I have a 17mm TSE and that or 16mm or my fisheye...is plenty for me!

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