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Lenses / Re: Most Anticipated Rurmored Sigma Lenses?
« on: February 10, 2014, 04:43:27 AM »
I'm not personally excited about any of these potential lenses.  It's not the focal lengths or apertures, but that sigma does not in any way get me excited.  I've owned several sigma lenses including 8mm fisheye, 10-20mm, 18-200mm, 120-400mm and 300mm f2.8.   None of them were remarkable to me in IQ or performance or worth the discounted price compared to their canon counterparts.  IMO it's always worth the extra $$ for Canon glass...

I have used both Canon and Sigma 35 1.4; Sigma is noticeably better without the need for pixel peeping. The sigma 50 1.4 also compares very well to the Canon 50L from experience. You just have to pick the right lens range with Sigma

Arize...I agree. I own only the original Sigma 50mm f/1.4 (the ONLY Sigma lens that I would consider owning before the Art series and an apparent "new-leaf" transition of the company), and the new Art 35mm f/1.4 lens.  Mine are both great lenses.  I think it is fair to say that Sigma lens releases should be looked forward to, as all of their recent offerings have  been impressive. I do think the rumored price on the new 50mm seems high, but I am excited to read the tests to see if it truly is an "Otus-type" performer. For now, it seems that this company has changed its ways and any new offerings are worth looking into, at least for this photographer. The results that I get from my 35mm are truly in the "WOW" area of the performance spectrum!

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Canon General / Re: Review: Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
« on: January 31, 2014, 10:57:19 AM »
But, if the extra power isn't required, that 'one size' could be a set of 4x0EX-RT flashes instead of a set of 600's, and with multiple flashes that would be significant cost savings.

True, although I'd probably still opt for the 600s anyway, especially if the 4x0EX-RT does not zoom to 200mm.  The 600 doesn't have that much power at 200mm for a large group (wide area) at a distance, but for smaller targets, it is handy.

Good point....I am no that familiar with these units and I did not consider the two-way aspect limits the distance no matter who makes the transmitter....

 I am just feeling this all out between the Canon Strobes and transmitters and the Yongnuo equipment...(which is appears that their transmitters are waaaaay more reliable than their flashes)....I am old school, view camera, 4 speedotron flash packs, 6 heads...got out of the biz when digital came along...for about ten years..then picked up a 5DII and started shooting "just for me"....have a 5DIII now and nice lens quiver...and am thinking about putting a 3-4 flash kit together with soft box, beauty light ...etc..but really small and portable....
These units seem light the ticket for studio flash "lite" with a lot of functionality.  I am going to plan this out over the next month or two....  I really don't see anything else that will have the portability, functionality, versatility and compatibility with my camera in this cost range....  I will definitely ponder this for a little while as it is a significant financial commitment.

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Canon General / Re: Review: Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
« on: January 31, 2014, 05:55:26 AM »

Is the transmission distance any better between the Yongnuo and the Canon?

No, they are identical. In the side by side testing I did they both became unreliable at the same distance, but the Canon was a bit better at reconnecting.

THANKS for the input PBD!

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Canon General / Re: Review: Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
« on: January 30, 2014, 05:51:33 PM »
The YN-E3-RT from Yongnuo is every bit as good, cost over a hundred dollars less and gives you Group mode with pre 2012 Canon cameras, and adjustable M mode in five groups with almost any camera make, even you Fuji owners, plus a very useful AF assist lamp. So far the only thing I have found the Yongnuo doesn't do is work properly for pre 2012 cameras in Remote Shooting Mode, it doesn't fire the flashes but does release the shutter. But considering the positives far outweigh that one minor negative it is tough to not highly recommend the Yongnuo YN-E3-RT over the Canon ST-E3-RT.

I just picked up the YN-e3-RT as well and am working on my review. So far: I agree with you completely (And I didn't know about the remote shooting issue, so thanks for that tip). But, and you know this is the case too, some people will only *ever* buy proprietary first party gear, full warranty, local sellers etc. Thankfully the rest of us who are a bit more adventurous get the benefits.

Is the transmission distance any better between the Yongnuo and the Canon?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Sony A7R With Canon Glass
« on: January 29, 2014, 08:58:05 AM »
I was thinking some more about the FM article...and I don't know about anyone else...but I am not taking 1000's of dollars worth of "precise" camera gear out into the field and relying on a glue-in-felt fix that I have to perform myself. (I totally have the skillset to do the fix, too) on a possibly off-center adapter (God that is funny!). If Metabones is selling expensive adapters for top-notch precision camera gear and they are that poorly made...um...NO THANKS.  I am just going to keep shooting with my 5D3 and lenses like my 17mm TSE and do my job as a photographer and get great exposures or just HDR (tastefully) when need be when I have that opportunity.  Plus...I do not have the spare pocket change to just run out and purchase a $2400 camera body plus a poorly made adapter to get to the latest supposed state of photographic nirvana. That Sony sensor is waaaaay cool...but I am just going to keep my wits about me and see how this all develops....oh and in the meantime keep creating images with the INCREDIBLE equipment that I already have!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Sony A7R With Canon Glass
« on: January 29, 2014, 07:39:06 AM »
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Well, I think this is comparing apples to oranges. Reasons...

5D MK III is about two years old.
The A7R with it's 36MP sensor is 2x the size anything Canon offers.What it should be compared to is MF or the D800
Just about every other specification makes it geared for the MF/D800 crowd. It has no business doing anything that requires speed. Landscape/fashion-portrait: okay

I think it's an awesome camera and the price rocks! If you have the money to spend, cool. It's a Leica M9 competitor and for what it offers, especially the price, I'd take it!

Unfortunately Canon is only offering two year old oranges now :-(
I feel like I just bought a Mercedes, and my neighbor rolled up in a Bentley.

...but his Bentley cost less money?  :P
I am disappointed with this news, like every one here (especially one's like myself who were early adopters and paid $3400 for my 5D3 body)...but in pretty much every other aspect my 5D3 can shoot circles around the Sony. ...and let me remind myself that I sold two 32" prints this week (one shot at 2500 ISO) and my customers were extremely happy.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon 11-24mm f/4 Lens
« on: January 26, 2014, 12:11:50 AM »
F4 sucks, well it does for me personally. Sure I use the 17 TS-E, an f4, a lot, but it is specialised and no real issue as an f4. As a general purpose ultrawide upgrade to the 16-35 f2.8 the focal length is very interesting, but f4 kills it for too many situations. Iso performance does not replace aperture, neither does IS, I want all three.

If you need the wide aperture for boke, certainly. I would still like to see a 14-24 f/2.8 L from Canon at some point in the future. Especially if it can top Nikon's IQ corner to corner.

How about if Canoncan just EQUAL Nikon's IQ across the frame...I would settle for baby steps here!

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Thanks all for your responses to my inquiry!!!

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OK...I have a 5DMarkIII running Firmware Version 1.2.1.  I have never used Magic Lantern.  I did spend about $3400 on my camera body (yes, I was an early adopter, but was able to sell my 5DMarkII for $2000 so I guess it evened out), and I do not want do ruin it as it is an expensive piece of hardware in my life. 
1. Is ML easy to install and use?
2. Can I switch back and forth between ML and My Canon OS?
3. Can anyone direct me to a site where someone has solid experience and simple information (for dummies) on how to set your 5DMarkIII up and use the software to its fullest.
4. Have users destroyed their camera when installing of using this software.

Seems like there are a lot of benefits....but if I do something to the camera and it is not repairable ....I might have to kill myself.  :o

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« on: January 15, 2014, 11:20:05 AM »
Let's see the images first.
+1
If the praise is already so high before any raw-pictures have been released, it might become a disappointment because expectations are too high ::)
I am expecting this lens to best all of the Canon offerings but not reach as high as the Zeiss (in price either!!! LOL!)..
plus...we have AF with this bad boy. If you just look at the construction of the lens, 13 elements (I believe)...Sigma is obviously serious about this offering.   I am sure it will be a great lens at a decent price. Can't wait!!!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« on: January 15, 2014, 11:18:08 AM »
I am so glad to hear this about the Sigma lens...I own the original Sigma 50mm, because even with "it's" issues...it was better than any of the Canon lenses to me....WHY???? has Canon not delivered a better 50mm after all of these years? It is the normal lens for FF cameras...it is an important lens format...and big red has just never given it any real respect.  For that matter..why has it taken Sigma so long to do this!!!! LOL!!!
...can't wait to see what this lens can do.

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Lenses / Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« on: January 10, 2014, 08:57:49 AM »
Happily...I do not own any of them!!!! ;D

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I note that this new Sigma 50/1.4 is being introduced at $900.  Canon's current 50/1.4 (a 20-year-old design) is about $400 or less (BuyDig offered it for $279 recently).  If Canon introduces a new 50/1.4 in the same price range as this Sigma, some people will complain (in online forums) about Canon's pricing ... "They doubled the price!!!".  If Canon introduces a really good 50/1.8 with IS, some people will compare its price to that of the nifty fifty ($125) and scream.  However, a really good 50mm costs some $$$ to build.  That's why the Sigma is $900 and not $400.  That's why the Otus is $4000 and not $400.  Even the manual focus Zeiss ZE 50/1.4 is $725.

If the lens is large and has a complex formula (13 elements in 8 groups)...the canon 50mm f/1.2L  (has only 8 elements in 7 groups)...is not a GREAT lens...I am hoping that this new Sigma could be the best 50mm with AF for Canon on the market.  This is REALLY exciting news to FINALLY "possibly" have a great normal lens for FF.  I am keeping my fingers crossed here and hoping for the best. Canon has been sound asleep here for many years.

I think it's an exciting announcement too.  But I disagree about Canon sleeping.  They've been putting out new lenses steadily, just at other focal lengths; I could make a list of some really good ones.  The 50L is a wonderful lens because of the way it draws -- it's made a lot of my favorite photos.  A lot of photographers like the look.  And it's weather-sealed once you add a filter.  Canon obviously had different design priorities for the 50L than ultimate sharpness.  It does have some faults, so it doesn't please everyone.  I believe they omitted a floating rear element which is what helps make some other lenses so good.  But with that it would have cost even more.  I'm looking forward to seeing how this Sigma will compare.

When I said Canon has been sleeping "here"...I was referring to 50mm focal length.  This is the NORMAL focal length for FF and the Canon offerings have been in my mind disrespectful of photography.  I think Canon should be offering something solid, reliable and competent in this BASIC staple. The do not, as far as I am concerned. I bought the old Sigma 50mm f/1.4 (not without its own problems...but apparently I bought a good copy), because the canon offerings were so anemic...and the price on the L lens for what it offers is embarrassing. Also, if they ever do come to bat on this situation, (a 50mm f/2.0 IS is NOT addressing this BASIC issue) you can bet the pricing will suck the air out of the room.  Whatever is going on over at Sigma Corp. I for one hope that they keep sending lots of it our way. Hope this new Sigma busts the 50mm situation wide open.  We will see. (fingers crossed).

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"The lens is large and has a complex formula (13 elements in 8 groups)"...the canon 50mm f/1.2L  (has only 8 elements in 7 groups)...is not a GREAT lens...I am hoping that this new Sigma could be the best 50mm with AF for Canon on the market.  This is REALLY exciting news to FINALLY "possibly" have a great normal lens for FF.  I am keeping my fingers crossed here and hoping for the best. My Sigma 35mm Art is da bomb.  Canon has been sound asleep here for many years.

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Canon General / Re: Are Metal Mounts Better Than Plastic?
« on: January 04, 2014, 04:23:01 PM »
Wouldn't "all metallic construction" be kinda hard to see through? And those all metallic circuit boards would be tricky to engineer.
Obviously there is glass in the lenses, plastic-coated wires, rubber on the focus rings, etc...DUUUUUH...but like Roger says..Zeiss uses metal throughout the Lens. Zeiss could make that claim in their literature..in this instance, it is dishonest for Olympus to make that claim.

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