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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.

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Yeah?  ERASERHEAD is a cult classic.  Enjoy.

LOL!
It's not for everyone!

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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!

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

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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).  ::)

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

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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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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: June 11, 2014, 07:47:08 AM »
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!

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Hey...I had the same CPF card fail for me....can't remember the error message I was getting whilst shooting..but my 5DIII was giving me a strange error message...butt....I could view the images in the camera on the card...so I thought everything was cool....but when I got home ....nothing.. ...Glad I had the SD card..saved my but...I just reshot stuff....as I was suspicious even though I could view the images on the LCD....
I even tried my iSky Soft Data recovery software.
http://www.iskysoft.com/data-recovery-mac

Has worked great for me in the past if I format the card or something stupid (duh)...it gets it all back for me!   ;D 
...but alas..It did not recover any images off of the failed Lexar..
 ....So whatever happened with the failure of the card I attribute to Lexar....
The card was not mishandled, always ejected..blah..blah....
I got in touch with them and sent it in and they sent me another card......No Charge...
I have never had that happen before.......my Sandisks have never failed.......At least mine was not something with super important images.....
....but just be careful if you ever get an error message (it had a number assoc.with it.. ...but I do not remember what the number was)...cause even if you can view them on the camera's LCD...you could be $hit out of luck!!!!!
From what Chris has told us..I believe that my card failure was similar in nature  to the type he had as my data recovery software did no work.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: May 19, 2014, 03:54:41 PM »
I have some recent baby photos!  8)

Hi Infared, I like it, as I like a lot of your Images, I've tried to think on why, other than your Images are always technically well done, I think it's the approach, you present your Images a little outside the Box, well, inside the Black Box actually, but they always make me think, which I like.

Thanks EML....yeah...I come from a dark place  8)....Thanks for looking....I LOVE tomscott's lamb on this page which totally brightens up my day, though!!!! LOL! Great shot and love the bokeh & colors.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: May 18, 2014, 09:18:15 AM »
I have some recent baby photos!  8)


That's creepy. Nice shots tho...

Thanks R1 ...yeah...they were meant to be chilling...I just love the bokeh of the 85L ...it is amazing.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: May 17, 2014, 06:24:10 PM »
I have some recent baby photos!  8)

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So on the fence about cancelling until issues and supplies are all worked out...But keep imagining this will be a great newborn lens...

Sure hope I'm not getting one of the lenses the OCD folk are tweaking to death and returning.  The stories here of lens churn are revolting.

Well said ...I think more than a few are over-tweaked!  8)
I am looking forward to Dustin Abbott's  review/comparison of both Sigma 50's...hope he got the Sigma Dock,too as I would like to hear what he has to say about that as well. His take is reliable, experienced, real-world and relevant. 
No measurbating.

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It seems that the recent competition for Sigma has propitiated that Canon launch prices closer to market reality. If the picture is as good as it looks on the MTF chart, these two lenses are sales success.

Sure the EF-S looks a good price, but the 16-35 is a 17-40 replacement, at 150% the price. Not saying I feel the 16-35 is particularly expensive, and I very much doubt Sigma had anything to do with it at all, just pointing out it is 150% more than the lens it is replacing with less zoom range.

I do not think of the 16-35 as having less zoom range......17-16mm is more significant than you would think.
Also...I returned my 17-40mm in one day because the zoom "throw" of the zoom ring was non-existent at the wide end....like super abrupt....not spread out like at the other end.  I know everyone has a different take and no one is right or wrong..but I just don't need 35-40mm. I have a 24-70mmII an the 16-35mm II now...If I am going out with just zooms..its a nice overlap...the 16-35mmII is weakest (sharpness) at the 35mm end...and the other lens handles that area quite handily......
I bought the 17-40mm initially to save money and ended up getting rid of that notion! LOL!

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