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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
« on: April 10, 2013, 05:41:33 AM »
Nishi Drew, thanks for taking the time for the explanation..a little tech for me but you are basically confirming my perception that these BM cameras are game changers for many leaving Canon in the dust.  God knows what this means for my precious still camera in the future! LOL!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
« on: April 09, 2013, 09:07:25 PM »
OK...today Blackmagic has hijacked the topic at all of my camera blogs....even my MFT blogs...I am a still shooter and have no desire to shoot video...and not much understanding about it...but from what I have seen the Blackmagic units blow away the 5DIII in the video dept..no contest (correct???).I am just curious...how do Canon's expensive cinema specific cameras hold up to the Blackmagic units???

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Site Information / Re: Love or Hate Canon Rumors Forum
« on: April 05, 2013, 07:00:32 AM »
I like this site a lot. (Not a big fan of the user interface, tho)...
The cool thing is, as with most forums...you can take what you need and leave the rest.
I have been enjoying Justin's equipment reviews lately...they are a nice new asset coupled with his competent photography...and his ability to be real and offer up that he does not "know or get it all" with some equipment...just like all of us. I think this site gets better..not worse.
Sometimes the discussions get a bit tedious...but I can jump out at any time...no biggie.
Photography attracts a lot of "experts"...many time they make me grin!  :-)......

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
« on: March 29, 2013, 11:06:17 PM »
Thanks for the help...I did not get the email...so I sent Nik a. Note...hopefully I can get it too.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
« on: March 29, 2013, 07:17:42 PM »
I think I read on this sight the other day..that if you have purchased one or more Nik software previous to this offer (which I have), that there will be an opportunity from Nik/Google to acquire the rest of the bundle for free. Does anyone have info on this offer??????
Thanks.

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Lenses / Re: Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 vs. Canon 17mm T-E f/4.0
« on: March 27, 2013, 06:02:15 PM »
I was able to rent the Zeiss 15mm and borrow (CPS) the TS-e 17mm
Both are beautifull, super-sharp/IQ, heavy and MF only - but the TS-e is more versatile.
the 17mm will allow you to stich shots to get as wide as a 11mm lens, but you will need a tripod, so the 15 wins in FOV.
The rest you know - price.
If I could afford it, I would get both, but right now I rather wait to see what Canon is going to do (or not) regarding the 14-24 rumour.
If you already used both, and liked either, then there is wrong way to go, considering you being a generalist.

Yeah...interesting you bring up the 14-24..I have a 16-35mmL but we both know that is not in the realm of the choice I am making here...but when you need autofocus it is there with that zoom (or more casual shooting). I would still like to get the Zeiss 15mm or the Canon 17mm and if the new zoom comes along I would unload the 16-35 to get that. Even if the new zoom is super sharp it will have distortion issues at the wide end as all zooms do...but I thank you for your input...I really am not leaning either way yet! ....but I am having fun thinking about this...can't afford both!!!! LOL!

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Lenses / Re: 50mm: Wich one?
« on: March 27, 2013, 02:13:15 PM »
I have Sigma 50mm F1.4.  The AFMA for this lens was 13 when I just bought it.  I believe it would be a problem if I used it on a body has no AFMA feature.  With AF adjustment, the lens is perfect.  Few months ago I sent it back to Sigma maintenance center to adjust AF.  I received the lens in two weeks with a perfect AF adjustment.  The AFMA setting for this lens now is 0.
My points are:
If your camera body has AFMA feature, you don't need to worry about the AF issue.
If your camera body has no AFMA feature and you don't mind to send the lens back to Sigma maintenance center, the AF issue of this lens is also not an issue for you.
Otherwise, Canon 50mm F1.4 might be a better choice.

Unfortunately AFMA is not that simple for this lens.   Some of the lenses exhibit "schitzophrenic" AF.
See Roger's Take here:
http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/canon/lenses/normal-range/sigma-50mm-f1.4-dg-hsm-for-canon
If you AFMA one of the lenses that exhibit this characteristic...you will throw the focus out at one end or the other.
He is a very reliable source and I am sure he has handled many of these lenses....his word weighs heavy for me.
That being said...I have a Sigma and have not really had a consistent focus problem. I get mostly keeper.
Really love the lens, especially considering what my other choices are for AF lenses.

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Lenses / Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 vs. Canon 17mm T-E f/4.0
« on: March 27, 2013, 01:58:52 PM »
Here is my dilemma. I am a generalist..no.... not an architectural photographer but...it does come up.
I am not shooting northern lights...so I do not definitely need the 2.8, but......(LOL!)
The filter thing is not going to sway me..what is available at 95mm anyway?????  :-)
I shoot a lot of set up shots inside with models and props. I do shoot buildings... Occasionally tabletop product...but not shooting professionally any more....just what I like, when I like.
... it could be nice to shoot some handheld shots at times in low light. (I know that is a crap shoot).
Both of these lenses are awesome...and I am just wondering if anyone has used both and could give me
some insight as to sway me one way or the other. I have to admit...it is a wonderful problem to have ....so I am enjoying the ponder....
I definitely want to order one or the other in the next week or two....
Any thoughts?

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Lenses / Re: 50mm: Wich one?
« on: March 26, 2013, 11:22:44 PM »
I have a Sigma 50mm f/1.4...on a FF body. Is it perfect...no...but from a price/ performance standpoint it is the best choice for an AF standard lens for a FF body for my needs. The Canon f/1.4 has its own focus issues, too, which no one has mentioned so far.
I just put the lens on the camera and shoot...I don't sit around and fuss with it.  It makes great images! And you can pick one up for $450  right now.
Pretty sad that the choices are kind of shabby for Canon FF users for a standard prime. The Canon situation in this Dept is embarrassing as far as I am concerned.
Perhaps Sigma will make a 50 f/1.4 lens for its new Art Line Lenses. I would like to see that....but their current 50mm is just fine with me....

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Lenses / Re: What would cause Canon to release the 35L II?
« on: March 26, 2013, 07:16:03 AM »
What would cause Canon to release a 35mm f/1.4?
Sigma just released the cause.
I got one on Fri. Tried it out over the weekend. It's fantastic!
...but even if Canon remakes the lens....it will cost at least $2000. .??? Sooo I don't care if they do.
We Canon-Owners DEFINITELY need more of this!!!!!!!  :-)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Olympus OM-D E-M5
« on: March 25, 2013, 11:18:15 PM »
I have a 5D III KIT. (See lenses at the bottom of my post). I own a OMD and ten AF lenses, Pany and Oly...mostly primes.
I love MFT (own a Pany GX1 also)...my thinking is...sometimes I just want to travel light, scout a location and do some testing, shoot something to put up on eBay, etc....or just go out super lite with a lens or two and have fun. MFT "compliments" my full frame kit perfectly.  It is very freeing. I have a full MFT kit...from fisheye to 350mm w/IS macro. All of that can go into a really small bag compared to FF. Everything is really small...but good quality, if u choose correctly and pay the price. I have framed and sold prints from these cameras. REALLY FUN. The 3-axis IBIS on the OMD rocks....it allows for even more hand-held fun! Will not replace my FF, but is the perfect second system for this photographer. The nice thing about MFT is that there is sooooo much dedicated AF glass available for it, (all the way down to f/.95!).....and growing more and more. It truly offers a complete small system, with FAST AF, even in low light, and lots of options, more than any other mirrorless....It is FUN, FUN, FUN!
(ps: as someone mentions below...gotta have the grip for proper handling of the OM...I use mine without the battery compartment).

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Private by design.  I could not agree with your more, pretty much about EVERYTHING that you have said.  I am newer to large printing and digital...I have a 5DIII...just did a 24x36 print of a heavily processed file and the results were great and my customer was happy enough to order two more upon receipt of the first print.
Can you tell me "exactly" what you mean by up-sampling? (is it simply preparing the file's Height and Width for printing with the existing file info and the PPI falls where it may, or are you doing some tricky computer stuff?).
Thanks.

I see a 40MP camera just being used for larger commercial purposes and the price will obviously reflect that.   I think my 5D will serve my needs for quite some time now.

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Wait...wait...soooooo what you are saying is that the big megapixel Canon MAY be released a year from now...AND...some of its technology may be based on a camera that has not been announced or released yet?
WOW.. This is really exciting news for Canon users! (Sorry...but some sarcasm is mandatory here, I could not hold it in).
My 5D III is lookin pretty good here...and was probably a fraction of the cost of these future tech marvels. :-)
The files sizes and quality coming out of my 5DIII are great... I will buy some more glass...I guess unless Canon produced a camera with file sizes the same as the 5D III with incredible dynamic range...I will not need another camera for a while.

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Reviews / Re: Review - EF 24 f/1.4L II
« on: March 23, 2013, 08:55:51 AM »
Real review, no BS.  Great images, all around!...I do not own this lens but have considered it...although to be honest what has put me off on it is the focus issues that I have read about online. I know that any lens is difficult to focus at f/1.4..but I am thinking that Justin's repeated comments about how he has difficulty focusing this lens but that it is all him, not the lens,  leads me also to believe that it may not be all Justin's fault!? :-)  Clearly he is a VERY competent photographer.
I just took delivery of a Sigma 35mm f.1.4 yesterday and am leaving for the weekend to give it a run thru...hopefully it is as good as promised. If Sigma stays true to their word about producing more Art lenses at this caliber, the Canon 24mm f/1.4 could become a footnote for this photographer, if Sigma can make us one as good and reasonably-priced as the 35mm???..oh..and the lens hood on the Sigma is IMPRESSIVELY secure. (the only thing that Sigma did wrong so far, was they included a zippered toaster cozy for the lens instead of cool, simple lens pouch...????? LOL..that thing is staying in the box!). I hope they can deliver more lenses like this.

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Reviews / Re: Most Objective and Less Objective REVIEWER?
« on: March 22, 2013, 05:45:09 AM »


Thank you for your opinion, i'll put Lens Rentals on the list.
there is a logic anyway to this poll, the e one that has least votes is the less credible.

Thank you.

Then the poll should be for "Most Objective Reviewer"...not both. ?????

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