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Lenses / Re: HERE COMES THE BRAND NEW EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: September 25, 2014, 07:26:22 AM »
I wonder how much melamine it contains?   8)

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: September 24, 2014, 09:56:45 AM »
After a few days testing Sigma 50mm Art, I can say that is the only lens (except Zeiss Otus) that is truly sharp at maximum aperture. I hear some people complaining about problems with autofocus, but frankly, any lens from any manufacturer is subject to certain units outside the calibration standard.
aj....I had to send my first lens back to B&H Photo....it focused all over the place...it just could not hit the mark consistently at f/1.4....I attempted to adjust it with my dock...and just said..."screw this, I am doing someone else's work here!"...LOL!  It was totally wacked.  So I did find that there is some legitimacy to the complaints from users, but instead of making 200 posts on 7 different forums ( :o ) I just just called up B&H..told them about the problem, which they were well versed on, (they are the best!) and they sent me another one. This second lens just needed a slight adjustment with my Sigma Lens Dock (fine tuning) and it just seems to hit the mark all the time at any focal distance.   
That's right. Sigma today produces some wonderful lenses, but still problems with autofocus above average. If Sigma resolve this, will bury its bad reputation in the past.

Yeah...I was able to purchase a spectacular lens...and I do mean spectacular...but I had to waste my time and energy doing a little dance.  At $950 for a normal 50mm prime for one of the most popular cameras in the world..it should be coming out of the box with no question marks in everyone's heads 98% of the time. I agree!

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: September 24, 2014, 09:50:41 AM »
The Ferris wheels are fun!

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: September 23, 2014, 01:37:12 PM »
After a few days testing Sigma 50mm Art, I can say that is the only lens (except Zeiss Otus) that is truly sharp at maximum aperture. I hear some people complaining about problems with autofocus, but frankly, any lens from any manufacturer is subject to certain units outside the calibration standard.

aj....I had to send my first lens back to B&H Photo....it focused all over the place...it just could not hit the mark consistently at f/1.4....I attempted to adjust it with my dock...and just said..."screw this, I am doing someone else's work here!"...LOL!  It was totally wacked.  So I did find that there is some legitimacy to the complaints from users, but instead of making 200 posts on 7 different forums ( :o ) I just just called up B&H..told them about the problem, which they were well versed on, (they are the best!) and they sent me another one. This second lens just needed a slight adjustment with my Sigma Lens Dock (fine tuning) and it just seems to hit the mark all the time at any focal distance. 

Thanks for the compliment Distant Star..... 

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:51:04 AM »
This lens just stuns me!

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Lenses / Re: Do you keep all your boxes?
« on: September 21, 2014, 05:53:58 AM »
I keep all my boxes packaging, manuals, certificates, etc. for everything. Always. I resell all my equipment eventually for top dollar. The box matters.

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Just look at the roundness of that aperture and tell me you wouldn't die for one like it in a modern lens.   ;D ;D ;D

Young people?  Learning?  Don't get me started.  LOL!!!


What do the young people learn today? ;)



Back, when I was young...

A brain AND good equipment is a nice combo.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5diii to 7dii?
« on: September 18, 2014, 05:07:37 PM »
I would not sell my full frame to step down. You realize that changes the perspective of your lens collection and you would basically have no wide angle coverage.
If you sell the 5D...you "may" have enough money to cover the new 7D II. There will be nothing left to by a prime.
Good primes are not cheap.  You are not going to get most of your money back in the sale.  The price for 5D's has dropped drastically since introduction.
Just my two cents.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma at Photokina 2014
« on: September 17, 2014, 05:32:13 PM »
Would love to hear your opinion of what you think the build quality is like!

I went today and they had the 150-600 available too test at the canon part of their lenses. I didn't look if it was the sport or contemporary. But I guess it was the sports.

I guess I was talking to the wrong person. :(

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma at Photokina 2014
« on: September 17, 2014, 05:30:02 PM »
What is attractive about that lens is its affordability for a lens with a focal range that large....I would only be interested in the sport version.....I want to read a good review about that as well.  There are some very interesting new products at Photokina that have surprised me....
Interested in The Panasonic GM5, The Voigtlander 10.5mm f/0.95 for MFT...(very cool), The Sigma 150-600mm
and last but not least an actual Canon product...the 400mm f/4.0 DO lens. 
Pretty cool stuff!!!!!! It is amazing how much better lens quality has been getting over the last 5 years.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Most exciting thing at Photokina?
« on: September 17, 2014, 03:58:32 PM »
For me... I would have to say possibly the Panasonic GM5 ..and also the Voigtlander 10.5mm f/0.95 Lens for MFT cameras....pretty sweet!!!!!
Don't think I would really use them together....but I could!!!!! LOL!

Love my 5DIII and all...and the lenses (Canon Sigma & Zeiss), but I have to say ...I am still AMAZED in the way in which Canon just ignores the mirrorless market.  (please don't mention the M to me...it just does not make it as a camera or a system for this photographer). It stuns me.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Favourites of Photokina: Peak Design
« on: September 17, 2014, 03:55:56 PM »
J..it would be helpful if you told us what Peak product you are talking about?????

   I have had nothing but problems with the Peak product.  I bought it at Image USA in Phoenix.  Great demo.  I told them that I'm a photojournalist and carry heavy equipment (5dm3 with 70-200mm lens).  I carry two cameras.  This looked like a great product.  As I found out, it probably works for light cameras but as I explained to them my equipment was heavy and I have to run a lot. 
   I've complained a few times and all I get told is to keep working with it.  It nearly 9 mths later and I still get the same jamming, and difficulty getting the camera into the unit.

Cotton Carrier is a dream.  I just purchased two holsters that fit on a belt.  They are a dream.  They do everything I wanted.  They are fast, don't jam and designed for what I do.  The cameras lock into place.  No moving parts. Easy to use.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Favourites of Photokina: Peak Design
« on: September 17, 2014, 02:11:57 PM »
I supported them on Kickstarter for the Slide. Just took delivery of the Slide and Leash Monday!
Slide for my 5D III.
Leash for my Olympus E-P5. (think the leash is only appropriate for a lighter kit...not full-frame)

EXTREMELY versatile straps. The Slide has to be the best camera strap I have ever owned as far as use goes.   The little "buttons"(nylon anchor links), that you attach to the camera are just SO FANTASIC...when I am on location I can put the camera on a tripod or handhold without strap and just have those little "buttons" hanging off the camera.  VERY USEFUL!  They just are not in the way like every other tether I have EVER had on my cameras. (leash uses same "buttons").

I will say that the end of the strap the "nylon anchor link housings" (the part of the strap that holds the buttons could be made out of better materials (and kept the same size as it is).Peak sent out emails the day before mine arrived with a issue, some have had problems with the "nylon anchor link housings".   Mine seem "fine"..but, like I said ...they could be made stronger....but I still love the strap. As it is now there is a little question about security of my gear...a little doubt..and when I have $7 or $8 GRAND on the end of that strap...I really don't want any doubts in my mind. Peak is working on a fix for the problem with the people that have it.

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Lenses / Re: Hands-on With the Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 17, 2014, 11:48:20 AM »
+1 for the RRS-plate, it has a much lower profile so it's great for support, and at least for me, is way more comfortable than holding with no foot.

Thank!s...did not know that RRS made a replacement for the foot.  Link?
 ....but will it fit the new lens?

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Lenses / Re: Hands-on With the Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 17, 2014, 10:41:04 AM »
Am I the only one that thinks making the tripod foot non-removable almost totally defeats the purpose of this lens, which is to make it very light and easily handholdable?  If I were in the market for a lens like this, this one simple thing would be a show-stopper for me.  I keep the tripod ring off my 70-200/2.8 and 100-400L unless I'm actually using it on a tripod for exactly this reason - handholding comfort.  It even looks really uncomfortable to hold in the video with the foot in his palm.

Hmm...good call Lee Jay...I didn't notice that either...yeah...the ring looks like it is part of the lens... So maybe it will not remove like the tripod support ring on my 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. ....but I attached a photo...it looks like the foot is removable ...but I do not know if that is a part of the design for actual use.  What about the old one...how is that set up????

...but the Ring may just loosen and slide off the back of the lens...

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