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Lenses / Re: Upcoming Lens Reviews of Sigma & Zeiss Glass
« on: March 16, 2014, 11:07:37 PM »
Last summer I pained over whether to purchase the Zeiss 15mm ( I do own the 21mm which is what was causing my drool factor over the 15mm!), or the Canon 17mm TSE and in the end I went with a great deal ($2089 inclds 4% Cash back at B&H) for a new "imported" 17mm.  LOVE the lens and coupled with "very good" performance with my 1.4X III, I feel as though I purchased two TSE lenses for the price of one. 
That was an extravagant lens purchase for me and I cannot justify owning both, (even thought there are some nice discounts now on the Zeiss if you order direct from Hong Kong). 
I know the lenses are not truly directly comparable, but they were for me regarding my shooting needs and budget...
I have made some of my most treasured Images with my 17mm TSE..but.....
I look forward to seeing the review and images here from the Zeiss...I will try to keep the drooling to a minimum!

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 12, 2014, 11:16:07 AM »
Just an old boat.

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Reviews / Re: Why the DxO bashing?
« on: March 11, 2014, 04:28:51 AM »
Oh, and like many others, I think DxO's software is good (probably the best for noise reduction).

I'd argue for automatic distortion correction as well.

Yes...I'd agree...there lens correction is very good (unless you own Panasonic or Olympus lenses...no modules), but I would argue that NIK Define is just as good, if not better for NR.   I think DxO "Prime" is overrated and basically amounts to extremely time-consuming image softening....but I am open to hear from anyone with a more positive experience than I have had with it......

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: March 05, 2014, 06:53:21 PM »
When I think of Ice I think of this Image I captured from a Helicopter in 2012 over the Ross Ice Shelf.

970 Klms Wide across the Face, 800 Klms Deep back from the Face, at it's thickest around 750Meters thick, at the floating face where this Image was take, 300 Metres Thick.

Klebnikov in the foreground, Helicopters were putting around 76 People from the Ship onto the Ross Ice shelf.

NICE ONE Edward!

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: March 05, 2014, 05:22:55 PM »
At least the reindeer are happy.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Louis Vuitton bag
« on: March 03, 2014, 12:57:54 PM »
I think I may have tuned in to the WRONG channel?

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check the 5th paragraph

www.imaging-resource.com/news/2014/02/28/first-test-pics-of-sigma-50mm-f-1.4-put-it-on-par-with-zeiss-otus-55mm-f1.4

yes, we need to see some real tests but I think Sigma's likely got a lens they can be proud of.

... as I continue to cuss the inconsistent AF of a new, but past warranty EF 50/1.4



Aglet...Thanks for the link to IR ...THAT was VERY informative and really helped me to understand what I am looking at with these rather primitive Chinese test images.   If these are legitament test images, even though they we shot on different camera bodies...the tests are still telling a story, and since it is the only info we have at this point it appears that Sigma has a real winner on its hands here.  I really like the way the story of this lens is developing! Can't wait to find out more.

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This is funny...this review is like a teaser-mystery-review from an iffy source....but does look promising and keeps it interestin.  Check out the CA on the Sony :-)...and the Nikon is just an utter embarrassment for a lens costing over $1000.
I am hopeful that this Sigma is all that it can be...I always thought when I read the number or elements and the grouping in this lens when it was first announced that this would have to be a killer lens..why would you put all of that glass in there otherwise?  This is also extremely embarrassing to Canon...as they are the biggest Camera manufacturer and for all of these years they have been serving up a plate of cr@p when it came to all 3 of there "normal" lenses.   The "L" (not a "bad" lens, but overpriced for what it is) should have been a lens of this construction and caliber. 
You go Sigma!  I am not going to rush out and buy this lens..but I do eventually want it in my quiver.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 26, 2014, 09:37:07 AM »
I looked at the review - very impressive at 1.4. It is the contrast between sharpness of focus plane that sets off the bokeh - aka EF 85 1.2.

However in the comparisons I looked up TDP crops of the Nikkor 58 1.4G. What's going on there !? Have you seen the price of this lens ? Nikon is currently like a child's spinning top just as it loses it's momentum; it wobbles all over the place.

Lucky for us Canon users that Zeiss are pushing the boundaries   - 'cos Nikon certainly aren't.

Incidentally I believe the Otus is made in Germany; it's the other dslr 'Zeiss' lenses that are made by Cosina in Japan.

Well...I own the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE...that would be one of " the other dslr 'Zeiss' lenses that are made by Cosina in Japan",  I know it is not at the level of the new Otus...but it beats any 21mm (or there-abouts, zoom or otherwise), that Canon has produced, hands down...so, I really didn't care where it was made.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 26, 2014, 08:32:57 AM »
I've been told that Zeiss and Leitz lenses are manufactured in Japan now and that these brand names are just licenses leased out by international trading companies that own those names. Is this true? Or, does Zeiss and Leitz still manufacture everything in Germany? Thanks

What difference would it make?

If Zeiss puts their name on it, I don't care if they had Aunt Mabel make it on Mars.
+1. Zeiss lenses are for the most part, made in Japan by Cosina. Meaning, you have excellent German lens design, being made by the Japanese who excel at high quality mass production. A perfect match in this era, in my books.

That's just my point. If Zeiss only exists in a leased name only then what's the hype all about. It's just another company trying to cash in on a former good name. My guess is we're all looking for the nostalgia in a new digital world. Reminds me of all the products being marketed today with names such as Polaroid and Bell & Howell.

...and Kodak......?

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Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 26, 2014, 12:03:40 AM »
Ugly and expensive...... just like the ex wife.

Well...perhaps you could buy (or rent) the Zeiss, photograph the ex wife with it and then post some high Rez pics here so that we could see her in all of her super-sharp, tight-micro-contrast, color-resolved GLORY? Just a thought.  8)

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I'm curious.

Why do you think, did Sigma for only for a f/1.4 rather than down to the f/1.2 of the Canon L 50mm ?

Because it's going to be 815g with f/1.4 :)

The extra glass for top performance at f/1.2 would have been an overkill. I'm more surprised that Zeiss didn't go for f/1.2 considering they definitely had the budget.

I am hoping that this lens is going to be pretty sweet at f/1.4...and focus fast.  I think that the size and the ensuing focusing issues, oh..and cost of an f/1.2 lens...would be offsetting.  I don't think f/1.2 is necessary if this lens is what we are hoping that it is. I am just excited that they are making this lens..REALLY excited!!!!! The lens makers have been asleep for decades regarding this FF normal lens situation.

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My Canon 50 1.4 works fine, but doesn't get a lot of use, so I'm in no hurry.
But I would love to see a robust, sharp, contrasty, fast focussing 50 1.4 WITH IS.
Not holding my breath on that.

I think you're really missing the point of this lens. This isn't just some random 50mm lens that's maybe kind of good.

Read about the Zeiss Otus, and then imagine a lens that is 89% as good with autofocus. That's this lens.

The resolution data for the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART which has been verified by third parties indicates this lens is twice as good as anything other lens in it's segment with autofocus. In some cases this lens is five times better than competitors, that makes it good enough to make everything else obsolete.

For reference the difference between the worst superzoom available on crop, at it's worst setting and the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II on full frame at it's best setting is right around the same as the difference between this lens and it's best competitor.

This lens is a really big deal. Some people have been waiting for something like this for decades. It's the first standard focal length autofocusing prime with pro level resolution wide open.

One has to ask...why did this take so long and why does Can have 3 "normal" primes that will be surpassed by a 3rd party company, (to be fair, the Canon 50mm f/1.2 is good...but not GREAT...especially at that price point)..Why did Nikon just release another VERY mediocre normal lens and charge a ridiculous price based on its performance.   To me this is baffling. We are talking about a FF normal lens...this is the most vital focal length...and the two biggest manufacturers have treated it like the red-headed step child... I never understood that.

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I am really looking forward to the reviews and the dish on this new 50mm!!!! Can't wait.  I bypassed all of the Canon lenses (because of lack of quality or over-priced-4-what-it-is)....and currently own a Sigma 50mm f/1.4. Really like my copy...but I plan on watching the circus and then maybe in a year or so picking up the new Art 50mm when the price drops a little.   I am sure I will get a good buck for my 50mm even if the new one is killer....because a lot of people are not going to spend over a grand for a spectacular (I hope) normal lens.  It has THIRTEEN  elements for God's sake....it better be REALLY good or it will be a lead zeppelin. We shall see very soon!!!! This is the most exciting lens release this spring as far as I am concerned. (yes....I own the 35mm!) :-)

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Lenses / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Thoughts from CP+
« on: February 15, 2014, 09:04:12 AM »
The G1X-II looks to me to be a collossal waste of time and money for Canon development.  If they had wanted to
hit a home run, they should have used M lenses, priced it at $499.00 and pushed it as a new mirrorless system.
Now they just have two turkeys on their hands and will have a hard time selling either.

+100
I find it especially interesting that Canon offers a $300 EVF for a fixed-lens P&S camera and offers no such option for an interchangeable-lens "system" camera like the M.  They did not even get that right on the M2?

GOBBLE....GOBBLE!

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