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Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Do you crop (and why)?
« on: September 11, 2014, 01:32:55 PM »
yes...of course I do...I do the best I can when I am shooting...but many times once I look at the final product in Photoshop, Lightroom, DXO...or one of the many...I make adjustments.  I have no shame in it and make absolutely no excuses for it!
  Oh..and I use B&W MRC, Clear, Nano  filters on ALL my lenses except my Canon Fisheye and 17mm if you want to dice me can now do it all at once!  :P
  ...oh..but have to show me examples of your photography BEFORE you say one word about MY preferences, so that I get to judge who is scolding me!!!!!!!   ;D ??? ::) :'(

(YES, I cropped the image!)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How do you say Nikon
« on: September 11, 2014, 07:08:47 AM »
You don't  8)

LOL! That made my morning!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How do you say Nikon
« on: September 11, 2014, 07:06:52 AM »
I say Potatoe.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: September 11, 2014, 06:46:51 AM »
Late summer at the shore....

Lenses / Re: DXOMark Reviews Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4
« on: September 10, 2014, 05:04:13 PM »

I take everything from DxO with a grain of salt, but I include their info in my mix and assess accordingly.

I will not be buying an Otus 85mm because of manual focus and price.

I own a Canon 85 f/1.2L II and absolutely love it.

Perhaps a new Sigma Art could challenge all of this. (along with some focusing issues!!! LOL!)

Side note: DxO rates the existing Sigma 85mm at higher sharpness than the Canon 85L II.
(that is there overall rating, not shown here..they only have the sharpness numbers)

...but this reviewer (below) put 4 or 5 copies of the old Sigma against the Canon L II and totally
disagreed with the DxO findings. Just food for thought.

Please wear these shoes at all times when using your new Sam Yang 12mm.


I am from the Jersey Shore, USA.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye - Durability?
« on: September 09, 2014, 05:16:50 AM »
I am trying to figure out if Canon went out of their way to put on some durable anti-scratch, easy clean coatings on this lens which I am hoping they did given how exposed the element is.

It has the fluorine coating like all the newer lenses (70-300L, MkII superteles, 24-70 II and f/4 IS, etc.).  The coating helps with fingerprint/oil resistance and makes cleaning easier.  FWIW, fluorine is used as an anti-graffiti treatment in urban settings.

If you think that's an exposed front element, try the TS-E 17mm...   ;)

LOL! I have the 17mm TSE and that is exactly what I was thinking as I read this post!  Have not used the 8-15mm, although I am intrigued with it.  (I own the discontinued Canon 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye which I love and is satifactory for my needs. It's also a LOT less expensive, smaller and lighter)...How can any lens be more exposed than the 17mm!  I think with both the 17mm and the 8-15mm, we need to slow down a little and take some exta care so that we do not damage them. Consistent, preventive technique is a must when using them. I use a blower, then a brush and then a lens pen to clean mine after use.  The lens cap on my fisheye is very tentative so I save the big fat rubber band off a head of broccoli and wrapped it around the lens and cap to keep it in place when not in use. Simple but effective! Some simple steps, slowing down and some extra care is needed with all of these lenses but it preserves their ability to perform at 100% and it also helps with the resale value! ::)
I am an advocate of top-quality, multi-coated, clear filters on all my glass, but obviously that does not apply here.

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: My kind of HDR
« on: September 08, 2014, 02:14:35 PM »
Here is one that is not so dark.... 8)
I shot it with the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art....lovin that lens!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus 1.4/85: The New World-Class Lens
« on: September 08, 2014, 07:24:53 AM »
"Don't you just hate the moronic marketing blurb that goes with lenses these days? What a load of B/S!"
Remember...It has more impact if you read it with a thick, authoritative German accent! LOL!

My only hope for such perfection is if Sigma comes in with an Art 85mm! LOL! (Although, I love my Canon 85mm f1.2L with all it's quirks it is something unique and magical). I apologize in advance for using the word Sigma and perfection in the same sentence.  :P
I just bought a Sigma Art 50mm (well I actually bought two!) and after getting a real lemon with the wacky AF nonsense, I have a copy that just wow's me with its wide-open sharpness and with some minor adjustments on the lens dock it auto focuses quite well! I don't know if it approaches the Otus 50mm...but it is the most amazing 50mm that I have ever used....
I will love to read about this newest Otus though,  and see what beauty it is capable of!!!

As far as I am concerned...ANYTHING that comes from Roger is in an effort for himself and all of us to learn and understand more.  He just "Gets IT"!

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm Art 1.4 Focusing problems
« on: September 07, 2014, 02:40:18 AM »
I have a 35mm Art as well and it was great right out of the box. ..I plan on keeping both lenses as they (when working as designed) are incredible creative tools...but I have to agree, Sigma needs to do that last 10% and get a serious grip on quality control??? It is nonsense to spend $950 on a 50mm lens and then have to wonder and test and calibrate to see if your particular copy is worth keeping. 
I wonder what was the cause of the extreme difference I had between my two copies of the lens???? Perplexing to say the least.  ..I am wowed when I look at the images that the lens can create, so the whole situation is a shame for all of us.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm Art 1.4 Focusing problems
« on: September 06, 2014, 06:55:09 PM »
I bought one at B&H and it front-focused and was all over the place with the focus, even with the dock I could not get it to focus In all, I was wasting my life away doing someone eles's job! LOL.
I called B&H up, got an RMA and a return label and had them send me another copy. No problem & no cost to me.
Surprisingly this lens seems like it is right on the mark with the AF in all zones right out of the box...I am going to run it through some paces tomorrow, but I think this one is a keeper, which is great, because it is soooooooo sharp wide open!  ;D. The bokeh seems better to me than the reviews that I read,also.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: September 05, 2014, 04:37:57 PM » I got my second copy of the lens today...AND I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW MUCH BETTER IT IS THAN THE FIRST ONE, RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX!!!! That is just my preliminary findings...I plan on testing it over the weekend..but WOW....what a difference. I think it is a little sharper than the first one as well.  Will definitely be sending the other one back to B&H Monday.  So there is definitely a hit or miss with this lens.. That is a taints something that truly is incredible.

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: My kind of HDR
« on: September 05, 2014, 03:17:33 PM »
Of course, a little darkness in your HDR is always good!   8)

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