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I am from the Jersey Shore, USA.

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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.

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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!

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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!!!

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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"!

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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.

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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 zones..plus, 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.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: September 05, 2014, 04:37:57 PM »
OK..so 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 shame...it taints something that truly is incredible.

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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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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 12-24mm f/2.8 L - Constructing the Enigma
« on: September 05, 2014, 06:03:51 AM »
I am sure that I speak for many:

"I'm sure many, including myself, will love to see such a lens." (So.... Are you just going to look at it?)
"However, how many will put their money where their mouth is?" (Do you always start conversations with challenges?)
"In other words, if Canon brings out a ~$2.5k 12-24/2.8, how many will preorder it?" (Aren't you making a wild assumption on the price considering that Canon just dropped the prices of all of its lenses worldwide and the market is getting rather tight?...also...that sounds like another challenge?)
"I argued, a couple of weeks before the 16-35/4 IS was even rumored, that an f/4 IS will be more sought after, and there it was on the shelves about 1.5 months later." (You....argue??  ...... WOW! Were you somehow responsible for its manufacture and it's incredible optics, too?)
"Companies like Canon care more about people's needs, not wants." (If that is the case why the noisey sensors and the mostly useless mirrorless camera?) "Having said that, I do feel a fast ultra wide is coming." (Well you can see the future after all!)
 8)

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: September 04, 2014, 04:15:25 PM »

WOW...I consider a 35mm a 50mm and and 85mm completely different tools...but I am an obsessive nut!!!
Now if I could just sell my 21mm Zeiss to pay for it!!!!! LOL!
I will have two Sigma 50's this weekend...B&H sent me another one to test...so although this is a pain in the A$$...it is kind of fun too.  With the 4 focus zones on the dock software you can really dial it in...but somehow ...I feel like I am doing someone's job FOR THEM! ::) ::) ::)

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Sorry, B, couldn't resist. My friends in the community are the best folks I know!!

Glad to see you got that lens, by the way!! I'm still on the fence since I have the 35 -- don't know if it can make that much difference.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: September 04, 2014, 02:16:22 PM »
There is ALWAYS one wiseass in the crowd! LOL! It kind of stands out as it is the 75th Anniversary Issue with Original Circus paper cover...which screams at you!!!! I am not thinking the 50L would have done much better ...but then the Lubitel would be "soft-focus" if you had used that!!!!  ;) ; :D ;D
Perhaps if I had used my 85mmL wide open I would not have given myself up!!!!!

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Damn, if it was f/1.2 you'd never have known it was the big book!



I picked one up, too, and NOW am having another sent to me   :'( :' :( :'(, as the AF is definitely off on the first one. I have a Sigma dock and software, which greatly improved the situation, but the adjustments were kind of extreme, so I thought that I would try another lens.
My thinking is that $950 for a 50mm prime...it should perform better out of the box.  :-X
I had a GREAT copy of the original Sigma 50mm (apparently I am the only one LOL!), which I sold to a friend to buy this new version.. But I may live to regret it!
So far I will say one thing...DAMN is this sucker sharp at f/1.4!!!!!!!
This kind of sharpness wide open is mind-blowing.
I attached a hand-held test shot at f/1.4 using AF after adjusting on the Sigma Dock and focusing on the word Lubitel.
I can clearly see that my camera needs a little dusting!!!! LOL!

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: September 04, 2014, 09:53:13 AM »
Here is another one... that is at f/14...and it is still damn sharp.
I did not notice the praying mantis until I got home and uploaded it!

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Japanese rumors: As i heard from my Japanese girlfriends, the 50MP Sony is not the highlight. The highlight is, that sony is working on an curved sensor. This sensor could possibly be an little revolution on the sensor market. The image quality of the edges and non-center areas would be dramatically better, CAs and other optical problem would be reduced. And optically this curved sensor would rise the resolution in the edge areas.
Sony - (rumored!) - is working on new lenses that could be optimized on this new sensor. The lenses would be a lot cheaper to be produced (abberation correction would be not so difficult).
Nikon is interested in this technology too.

And both can sell a new line of lenses which is incompatible with the old ones ... I don't like that idea too much. Have no money printing machine and are not interested to use too many incompatible equipment or lug it around.

KEEP PRINTING!!! You will need a new supercharged double-quad tower computer to  crunch those files in post!!! LOL!
 :'( :'( :'(

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: September 04, 2014, 05:28:54 AM »
Picked it up the day I saw it was back!

I picked one up, too, and NOW am having another sent to me   :'( :' :( :'(, as the AF is definitely off on the first one. I have a Sigma dock and software, which greatly improved the situation, but the adjustments were kind of extreme, so I thought that I would try another lens.
My thinking is that $950 for a 50mm prime...it should perform better out of the box.  :-X
I had a GREAT copy of the original Sigma 50mm (apparently I am the only one LOL!), which I sold to a friend to buy this new version.. But I may live to regret it!
So far I will say one thing...DAMN is this sucker sharp at f/1.4!!!!!!!
This kind of sharpness wide open is mind-blowing.
I attached a hand-held test shot at f/1.4 using AF after adjusting on the Sigma Dock and focusing on the word Lubitel.
I can clearly see that my camera needs a little dusting!!!! LOL!

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