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Hee...hee....maybe Sigma can borrow that tag line... "Our Past Is Just a Story, an Iffy One!"   :o
I couldn't resist ...although based on my 35mm Art...the past may be the past for them too.
Will be interesting to see what SamYang offers up since they seem to be turning a corner as well.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 19, 2014, 10:19:59 AM »
This will kill sales of Canon's 50/1.2L - even at its current rebate price of  $1,469.00. The Sigma is almost half the price of the "L".

Dunno about that. I just met a guy who recently bought a 35L and loves it, and he happily paid almost double the price of the superior Sigma 35A.

Although I hope and pray the Sigma 50 ART turns out to be a great lens, with perfect AF and no third-party issues, my own needs revolve more around the overall "look and feel" and color than sheer sharpness.  This is why 35L fits my own needs better than Sigma 35 ART, so I understand that "guy" who loves his 35L. 

I truly hope the Sigma 50 ART can bring lively colors and subject separation/"pop" from wonderful background bokeh, then I will replace my 50L with it.

Please watch this...I feel the same way as this very responsible reviewer. He pretty much covers everything.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OuN1ywuufg

"my own needs revolve more around the overall "look and feel" and color than sheer sharpness." Can you elaborate on this statement....it is kind of nebulous.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 19, 2014, 05:50:50 AM »
If this is true and Sigma actually don't sell the lens for more than $790, then it won't matter how good it is optically, or if it autofocuses adequately.  It will be slammed by all the Canonnites on here.  If they would charge $1200 or more, it would be taken more seriously (assuming it actually is optically good).  Plain and simple, to appeal to a Cannonite, you have to evoke enough snob appeal.  Certainly the 35 Art is still slammed for its autofocus performance.

No, even if it cost $2000 and was half the price of the Zeiss Otus it would still be shunned because Sigma have a history of making bad lenses and everyone has a bad story to tell and thus nobody should go back. That people have bad experiences with Canon and Canon gear is irrelevant because there's that word "Canon" on it.

Truth be known...Sigma has a tainted past...but I repeatedly see a new leaf turned in the last two years.  Let's live in the present.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 19, 2014, 04:24:33 AM »
If this is true and Sigma actually don't sell the lens for more than $790, then it won't matter how good it is optically, or if it autofocuses adequately.  It will be slammed by all the Canonnites on here.  If they would charge $1200 or more, it would be taken more seriously (assuming it actually is optically good).  Plain and simple, to appeal to a Cannonite, you have to evoke enough snob appeal.  Certainly the 35 Art is still slammed for its autofocus performance.

I have to agree with you.  I own the new Sigma 35mm Art and it is a lens that just WOWS me every time I upload images from a card that has been in the same camera that the lens is attached to. (I own the original Sigma 50mm and although I like the lens a lot, especially compared to its competition it is not a WOW lens). I also own some incredible "L" glass and Zeiss, so I am in no way attached to one manufacturer, but I do look for the what I consider to be the best I can buy when I purchase a lens that covers a certain range of needs.
Now we are all in here talking about a lens that we know very little about, but that some of us have great expectations for (with good reason as all preliminary indicators are very positive), and this pricing info has me very excited about this upcoming lens offering...heck... this is a 50mm with 13 elements in it riding a wave of new lenses from a company that clearly has had a turnaround in its business ethic, but there will be those few in here that will vehemently deny this reality...I have to admit that somehow this fact will cause me great glee each time I snap the bayonet of my new art 50mm onto my 5DIII!  :-).  If this pricing info is correct, it will be like icing on the cake. This is the one lens that I am excited about this year and it is about time that FF has a reasonable priced, great performing "normal" lens.  Why has this taken so long?  You will not see this possibility from Canon..... and Nikon just offered their own overpriced embarrassment (the new 58mm f/1.4), in this basic lens segment (?????), rendering...smendering LOL! It costs too much money and it is mediocre at best for a 2014 lens. So, if Sigma delivers in this price range I believe there will be a lot of smiling image makers in the upcoming months.  This is getting exciting!

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Thought of starting this thread to talk about inexpensive non-electronic replacement accessories (as opposed to the expensive OEM accessories e.g. tripod collars, lens hoods, lens caps etc etc etc) that make our camera gear a bit more productive or just look cool. I thought of this as I just received 2 new White lens hoods for my EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II & EF 10--400 L IS lenses ... here are a few pics ... I already have the original black lens hoods that came with the lenses, but I kinda prefer the white hoods, that are found on the higher end Canon L lenses ... this is my "poor man's attempt" of trying to make my 70-200 & 100-400 lenses look like "limited/special edition" ones  ;D



Yes, it looks like a special edition  ;D
But is it limited? Where did you buy them?


I only replaced the lenscaps with the new canon lenscaps. I bought 5 costing 60 euros
I ordered them on Amazon ... here are the links:
http://www.amazon.com/RainbowImaging-Canon-70-200mm-f2-8L-replaces/dp/B00EJ0GLU0/ref=cm_cmu_up_thanks_hdr
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C8VKE64/ref=cm_cr_rev_prod_title

Cheaper here:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/White-Lens-Hood-CANON-70-200mm-f-2-8L-II-USM-Tele-Zoom-Lens-replace-ET-87-/321186743295?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ac838c3ff

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Thought of starting this thread to talk about inexpensive non-electronic replacement accessories (as opposed to the expensive OEM accessories e.g. tripod collars, lens hoods, lens caps etc etc etc) that make our camera gear a bit more productive or just look cool. I thought of this as I just received 2 new White lens hoods for my EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II & EF 10--400 L IS lenses ... here are a few pics ... I already have the original black lens hoods that came with the lenses, but I kinda prefer the white hoods, that are found on the higher end Canon L lenses ... this is my "poor man's attempt" of trying to make my 70-200 & 100-400 lenses look like "limited/special edition" ones  ;D



Yes, it looks like a special edition  ;D
But is it limited? Where did you buy them?


I only replaced the lenscaps with the new canon lenscaps. I bought 5 costing 60 euros
I ordered them on Amazon ... here are the links:
http://www.amazon.com/RainbowImaging-Canon-70-200mm-f2-8L-replaces/dp/B00EJ0GLU0/ref=cm_cmu_up_thanks_hdr
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C8VKE64/ref=cm_cr_rev_prod_title

Cheaper here:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/White-Lens-Hood-CANON-70-200mm-f-2-8L-II-USM-Tele-Zoom-Lens-replace-ET-87-/321186743295?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ac838c3ff

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Software & Accessories / Re: Magic Lantern for 5d3 1.2.3 released
« on: March 17, 2014, 04:30:30 PM »
Definitely do not have a clue as to what Dual ISO is?

It interlaces a single shot with two different iso settings like 100 and 800, you then de-interlace it with a postprocessing program "cr2hdr.exe". The result is a boost in dynamic range with a minor loss of resolution on both ends of the histogram. Great for shooting moving high-dynamic rang scenes.

http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=7139.0

Magic Lantern is so feature-rich you really have to try it for yourself, good thing is that you can disable modules if you don't need them and hide menu options you never use.

Thanks Marsu.....yes...now I remember reading that when I read about the first hack into the Mark III firmware...I understand you completely.  OK...I will have to look into this more...I am still a little chicken..(bwack..bwaaaaack....LOL!)....but I am going to go to the website and read up on this and see if I want to load it up on my 5D III....that will also give you guys a little time to make the new hack more stable so that it is not... "cutting edge" stable!!!!  I think it is REALLY cool that you guys can do and actually do what you do...if that made any sense!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Magic Lantern for 5d3 1.2.3 released
« on: March 17, 2014, 02:51:49 PM »
What are the benefits and drawbacks for stills shooters?

This is what I use:
* raw(!) histogram
* nearly 15ev dynamic range (dual_iso)
* add ~0.3-0.5ev dr for each iso setting (mini_i
* 60fps+ silent raw pictures (@lv res)
* focus stacking
* focus peaking
* zebras
* trap focus
* motion detect
* unlimited automatic bracketing
* unlimited auto iso, even with flash
* unlimited bulb timer
* intervalometer
* quick +-ev preview in quick review
Marsu, thank you for the detailed list - I didn't see much of that advertised on the ML site, but those sound like great features.

Thanks Marsu...answered a lot of my questions, too...although some of the things on the list I will have to look up because I do not know what they are. Definitely do not have a clue as to what Dual ISO is?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Magic Lantern for 5d3 1.2.3 released
« on: March 17, 2014, 11:29:38 AM »
I have never used ML. If you are booting from the SD card can you still write to both the CF and SD or do you only use the CF card?

Good question...anyone have an answer for some ML wannabees?
Thanks.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Magic Lantern for 5d3 1.2.3 released
« on: March 16, 2014, 11:29:12 PM »
It is fine on my 8GB SD card and I am pretty sure that it will work up to a 32GB SD card.
Good. So I'll try again today. I was on the 1.2.1 version of the firmware and I upgraded to 1.2.3 from this same 64 GB card. Anyway.

RPT, Are you loading ML for still shooting or are you into video? I just shoot stills exclusively, am interested in some of the ML capabilities that I have read about...but to be honest I have been afraid  :-[ to upload it on my camera as I am not a tech-savy geek...(and a 5 D III represents a dear expenditure to me)just a very serious photographer.  Hope this works for you and would love to hear how you feel about the experience if/when you get the upload to happen Mr. Big-Card! LOL!  Best of LUCK!

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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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