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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 F/4L IS -- Reviews are trickling in...
« on: July 16, 2014, 02:56:48 PM »
I have to say, "never felt a need to take out the Zeiss 21" says a lot about the quality of the zoom. I can't imagine not wanting to take photos with the Zeiss if you have it available at the time. 16-35mm f/4L would have great application as a hking lens to replace a heavier primes kit for landscape. Dragging both the Zeiss and the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 (current landscape and astro-landscape kit, with 6D, tripod, filters, etc - 12 pounds?) up the side of a mountain made me aware that I need to do more conditioning.

Yeah....I have a Zeiss 21mm and the Sigma 35mm Art that I did personal, informal testing against my new Canon 16-35mm  IS.    So...I used to never use my 16-35mm f/2.8 II because the Zeiss and the Sigma blew it away....but damn...these are all very close in sharpness now....hmmmmmmm...the others do offer the faster f/stops though.

I have noticed some funky motion blur in some of my shots caused by the I S though, when I am shooting at reasonable  shutter speeds like 1/30... Anyone else seeing this issue?

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: July 16, 2014, 02:40:59 AM »
17mm TSE...it was almost dark...very hard to set the lens tilt, etc. 5DIII is amazing!

How many exposures did you take? 3?

I think I shot 7 exp.  to preserve the highlights around that back door....the image is misleading due to the sensor's ability to record near darkness in the foreground compared to the bright highlights of the sun around that back door.
The dynamic range was extreme.

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: July 15, 2014, 04:45:49 PM »
17mm TSE...it was almost dark...very hard to set the lens tilt, etc. 5DIII is amazing!

Lenses / Re: UV filter on the new 16-35 f/4?
« on: July 13, 2014, 03:24:07 PM »
Come for the rumors, stay for the entertainment!

REALLY!!!!   The train really came off the tracks here.  LOL!
I use filters...my prints hang in galleries...people buy them.   They don't ask if I had a filter on the lens or not. Its all personal choice. I will continue to protect my expensive equipment. It works well for me. If I put a B&W XS-Pro/Nano-MC on my lens and shoot a test with and without, upon close inspection I can see no difference in the images. The only thing that upsets me is that I can't put a filter on my 17mm TSE....especially because the glass sticks out into the room and that makes it the most prone to damage of all of my lenses!  LOL!.

Lenses / Re: UV filter on the new 16-35 f/4?
« on: July 12, 2014, 08:02:40 AM »
Thanks for your reply. Is this a slim version (for no vignetting) and can you still use your lenscap?

It is a neutral clear filter to prevent vignetting when using wide angle lenses. You can still use your lenscap.


Jack this is what I used on my new 16-35mm IS ..These are always the best in my opinion, too. I have noticed no additional vignetting from the filter.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Always Hidden Camera at the World Cup
« on: July 04, 2014, 02:19:23 PM »
Kindof silly to go to such extreme measures to hide a prototype.   What's the big deal. Its just the outside of a camera body, that basically looks like most of the other black boxes that Canon has produced for the last ten years. Right?  It is the tech and the insides that matter and they don't show.

I had this problem. I simply attached the 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro and started shooting similar bugs mating. He ran right out of my mirror box to get some action. (If you do not own the 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro I suggest you buy one. This will accomplish 3 things. It will get rid of your bug, make him happy AND satisfy any G.A.S. pains that may be lingering in you. So it's a win/win/win!  8) )
I you want to go the distance, you would also have the opportunity to shoot a photo series of your bug copulating, therefore preserving the memory and justifying your G.A.S. by having utilized your gear!

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS
« on: July 01, 2014, 08:40:21 AM »
"Look, you're happy with the 16-35/f2.8L II and for you it has value so keep it.

For most everyone else it now has no value - or at least not $1700 worth of value and quite possibly not even $1200 of value."

I find this comment to be a little over the top.
If you have two great images exactly the same and you add a little contrast and sharpening to the L II...
...there really will be not much to talk about here.

I also think we will see the price of the II come down a little as the new lens should have that effect on the LII.

The LII still has f/2.8 and less distortion, so I am thinking this is pretty much a wash. I am not selling my LII.
Now if Canon comes out with a 14-24 f/2.8 (with or without IS) to rival the Nikkor...I will reconsider my above statement.

Yeah?  ERASERHEAD is a cult classic.  Enjoy.

It's not for everyone!

I've got one for review purposes right now, and I dislike it so much that I'm having a hard time doing the review.  So much green fringing, and I can't seem to get it to nail focus even after multiple AFMAs.

It may not help it that I am also reviewing the Zeiss APO Sonnar T 2/135mm ZE and it is pretty close to optical perfection (and should be for a manual only focus lens that costs nearly $2500!)

Dustin I feel your pain...but I must have the only good copy of the Sigma 50mm Classic...Mine is spot on with AF, and I really like the rendering of the lens..yeah...it needs some defringing in LR...but hey..when I bought that lens I was looking at the 50mm f/1.8 and the 50mm f/1.4 and they are both basically junk lenses...I think the results are as good (to me) as I see being rendered by the 50mm f/1.2L. I got my copy for about $400...Peanuts compared to the "L". It is a lens that I do not use that often...but when you need it, you need it!!!! The bokeh is great at 1.4.  I am using the lens on a 5DIII with no Micro Focus Adjust. It is set to zero.
Even Roger at Lens Rentals (who I hold as an incredibly valuable source of info regarding any lens) winces at the issues of the Sigma classic...but he basically likes and rents the lens.....According to him is the lens is misfocusing you cannot micro adjust it as the lens front focuses close and then thee lens back focuses at medium distances (or vice versa, I cannot remember) so if you tune the camera to focus it makes it better in one area and makes it worse in the other plane of focus....
I am not a measurebator or FoCal guy, etc...I like to take photos, not sit around doing tests...I had a reason this weekend to double check the focusing with my copy and it just seems to nail the focus  whereever I put my focus point. Close far, it does not matter. A LOT of people sure have cursed this lens over the years ....so you are not alone. 
I am thinking about selling mine (which will be a trip I know...if I sell it to a FoCal guy it will be a drag!!! LOL!) to buy the new Sigma 50mm...but I am waiting for your review...so GIVE IT UP...will ya!!!!!! LOL!
Oh...and the price has gone up on a new 50mm classic....if you can find one they are selling for $500 again.   B&H was out of stock for months...but they have more in stock now. Its only for the brave of heart!!!!! LOL!

Photography Technique / Re: Taking HDR shots
« on: June 29, 2014, 10:35:25 PM »

Definitely not running out to buy this lens, as I have the 16-35mm f/2.8II. Pretty much a wash.
Now, if it was a super-tight 14-24mm f/2.8 IS that kept pace with the Nikkor...it may be a different story.
The new canon looks like a great lens though,  and is priced more reasonably upon release than most of Canon's more recent releases.  We can probably thank Sigma for that! LOL. (My next lens will most likely be the Sigma 50mm Art, when they become readily available).  ::)

It's Simple...
BOTH!!!! :-X

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: June 11, 2014, 07:53:23 PM »
Personally I cannot wait to purchase mine. I will when there is no backlog...no hurry.
Gee.. I have 30 days to return it at B&H for full refund.  I am sure it will be a great lens tho.
One thing you can bet. I am not going to over measurebate it and spend the rest of my life here complaining about it...I will be out creating images!!!!!   ;D ;) :) :o 8)
...but hey...I loved my original Sigma 50mm f/1.4.  Had a GREAT copy...just sold it for $500! LOL...$100 more than I paid for it.as they have been backorder for a while and I had a colleague who loved the lens and wanted my copy!!!!..Hated to see it go...but I cannot justify owning that and the new one....WHAH!!!!!

I would also like to read Justin's review before purchase, as I know that that should be coming soon!

Oh, then you're gonna love this: Popular Photography apparently did a test on the new lens and concluded it was not as good as the last 50mm f/1.4.  I nearly coughed up breakfast when I read about that!

LOL!  Scott ...THAT is pretty funny!  The old Sigma 50mm "Edged it out"???? (In what parameter??   Size? Price?) Guess they got a lot of hits on their site?
What is even funnier is that Pop Photography included the old Sigma DG f/1.4 in the same sentence with the prized and worshiped (hear angels sing), Otus. quite amusing.
The old one is a cool "little" lens compared to these newer, pricier entries....apparently Sigma is going to keep producing it...the lens has gone up in price and the Canon version is quite scare lately....

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