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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....

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!!!!!!!  :-)

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).

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?).

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.

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.

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.

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. ?????

Reviews / Re: Most Objective and Less Objective REVIEWER?
« on: March 22, 2013, 05:26:09 AM »
First of all...your poll does not work? You are asking for two extremes in one poll. You need two polls, one for most objective, then another poll for least objective.
The BEST reviewer bar none, is of course Roger at Lens Rental. The dude just gets it "right", for real photographers, every time. Period.
...and everyone knows that Kai is certainly the least objective..I mean...he rubs his junk on a camera during a review and then Digital Rev sells the camera to some unsuspecting buyer, as new, (and then feigns innocence when they get caught "red?-handed" ...yeah right)!  Some outfit...although they do manage to sprinkle in reasonable good info thru the schict.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG Sets New Benchmark for Excellence
« on: March 20, 2013, 10:22:26 PM »
"Canon going to leapfrog the sigma in IQ... how much wishful thinking is this, how much "better" do you think Canon's will be?.... oh, right... the "colors" and "bokeh" will all be $1000 better like all the other L lenses compared to the competition.  And will probably be sharper at F/1.4 than the siggy is at F/2.8 right? As for the recent trend of L lenses... what, more like the 24-70 F4L or F2.8LII? Because the F4L is trash and costs a fortune.
As for weather sealing, yeah, that's about it, that can be the deciding factor for a purchase based on your environment and I do wish my siggy was safe from everything but no, it just has to survive on my equally sealed 5DII"

Yeah I agree...decided to order a Sigma today...Sigma...keep using that can of Canon Whupass! We like it.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG Sets New Benchmark for Excellence
« on: March 19, 2013, 03:45:45 AM »
I'm really thinking about picking one of these up.  As far as primes go, the 35mm range would be a pretty attractive addition to my prime kit (currently have the Sigma 50mm, Canon 85mm and 135mm).  I was going to go with the Canon 35mm f/1.4L, but after reading a bunch of these reviews that praise Sigma's 35mm, for a 50% cost savings and performance boost it almost seems stupid to not go for the Sigma.

Perhaps I can get some hobby paint and put a red ring on it.  ;-)

Red pinstriping tape..it's a LOT easier... ::)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: errr
« on: March 18, 2013, 10:44:24 PM »
Forget the article! The comments below are hilarious!

Thanks for posting. It made my morning. :)


Lenses / Re: 35L or 50L?
« on: March 18, 2013, 09:50:59 PM »
Wouldn't the Sigma 35mm be better than the Canon? In terms of 50's, I've used both the 50L and Sigma 50mm 1.4 extensively and bought the Sigma, I just find the lenses colour rendition much better, focus more accurate and it doesn't suffer from the heavy (granted easily correctable) vignetting of the Canon either.

As to whether to go 35mm or 50mm it's all personal preference, though I would get more use out of 35mm than 50mm - especially since you already own an 85mm which will sometimes overlap with a 50's uses - I think it's important to spread your primes out or else they start feeling redundant (e.g. I use 24, 50 and 135).

Alexiumz can buy BOTH Sigmas for $1350..that is about the same price as ONE of the Canons....

Lenses / Re: 35L or 50L?
« on: March 18, 2013, 06:11:08 PM »
I have a Sigma 50mm f/1.4  I think the sharpness is up there with or past the Canon 50L ..and the bokeh is much more like the 50mmL...not as creamy as the 50mmL (1.4vs1.2)..but the bokeh on the Sigma is way better (IMHO), than the Canon f/1.4.....and right now you can pick one up for about $450. (I am usually a Canon L glass guy or Zeiss...but this lens is great!).
I also agree with everyone else above who says buy the Sigma 35mm f/1.4. At the price and the quality I plan on owning one of these, too. Now these are the only two Sigma lenses I would consider owning out of any thing that they manufacture. I am hoping that since this new 35mm is soooooooooo good and reasonably priced AND it is the beginning of a new line of lenses, the Art Line....perhaps Sigma will be producing more Art Line lenses that I will want to own...we will have to wait and see. I have read that the company has made a lot of changes and that it is starting to show in their newer products. Sounds good to me. Canon prices are hitting the stratosphere and I am a thinking man...not a Canon fanboy!!!! Sigma...bring it on!  LOL!


I love some of the zeiss glass...but the manual focus is enough of a deal breaker. Will miss too many before I can do it well, and my eyes are simply not that good even given endless time to focus. I would like their 15mm though...leave it at hyperfocal range and keep shooting.

My eyes are terrible too...I zone focus the 21mm!  LOL! Actually I do a lot of set-up work with a tripod...so it does not matter that much...but I still have the 16-35mm II in case I need it at this point....  the thing is, once you shoot with the Zeiss you do not want to step down to the Canon wide.
I would prefer to see a new 16-35mm III ultra-sharp zoom, (compared to a 14-24)..but Canon has made this lens twice (with modest improvement the second time out), so I do not have a lot of confidence that they can get this really "right"...Perhaps since they are rumored to be making that big megapixel camera, the designers are really under a lot of pressure to make the lens we need this time...and if they do it will cost as much as the Zeiss 15mm, no doubt!...but I would prefer the 16-35mm range.

I much prefer a 14-24 to a "third" version of the 16-35.
I decided to jump ship...I am planning on selling my Canon 16-35mm II and buy a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 to compliment my Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE...and I am saving to purchase a Zeiss 15mm...I also have the new 24-70mm II. So  once I implement my plan I wii have most basis covered in the WA dept.

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