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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: September 05, 2014, 04:37:57 PM »
OK..so I got my second copy of the lens today...AND I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW MUCH BETTER IT IS THAN THE FIRST ONE, RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX!!!! That is just my preliminary findings...I plan on testing it over the weekend..but WOW....what a difference. I think it is a little sharper than the first one as well.  Will definitely be sending the other one back to B&H Monday.  So there is definitely a hit or miss with this lens.. That is a shame...it taints something that truly is incredible.

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: My kind of HDR
« on: September 05, 2014, 03:17:33 PM »
Of course, a little darkness in your HDR is always good!   8)

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 12-24mm f/2.8 L - Constructing the Enigma
« on: September 05, 2014, 06:03:51 AM »
I am sure that I speak for many:

"I'm sure many, including myself, will love to see such a lens." (So.... Are you just going to look at it?)
"However, how many will put their money where their mouth is?" (Do you always start conversations with challenges?)
"In other words, if Canon brings out a ~$2.5k 12-24/2.8, how many will preorder it?" (Aren't you making a wild assumption on the price considering that Canon just dropped the prices of all of its lenses worldwide and the market is getting rather tight?...also...that sounds like another challenge?)
"I argued, a couple of weeks before the 16-35/4 IS was even rumored, that an f/4 IS will be more sought after, and there it was on the shelves about 1.5 months later." (You....argue??  ...... WOW! Were you somehow responsible for its manufacture and it's incredible optics, too?)
"Companies like Canon care more about people's needs, not wants." (If that is the case why the noisey sensors and the mostly useless mirrorless camera?) "Having said that, I do feel a fast ultra wide is coming." (Well you can see the future after all!)
 8)

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: September 04, 2014, 04:15:25 PM »

WOW...I consider a 35mm a 50mm and and 85mm completely different tools...but I am an obsessive nut!!!
Now if I could just sell my 21mm Zeiss to pay for it!!!!! LOL!
I will have two Sigma 50's this weekend...B&H sent me another one to test...so although this is a pain in the A$$...it is kind of fun too.  With the 4 focus zones on the dock software you can really dial it in...but somehow ...I feel like I am doing someone's job FOR THEM! ::) ::) ::)

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Sorry, B, couldn't resist. My friends in the community are the best folks I know!!

Glad to see you got that lens, by the way!! I'm still on the fence since I have the 35 -- don't know if it can make that much difference.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: September 04, 2014, 02:16:22 PM »
There is ALWAYS one wiseass in the crowd! LOL! It kind of stands out as it is the 75th Anniversary Issue with Original Circus paper cover...which screams at you!!!! I am not thinking the 50L would have done much better ...but then the Lubitel would be "soft-focus" if you had used that!!!!  ;) ; :D ;D
Perhaps if I had used my 85mmL wide open I would not have given myself up!!!!!

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Damn, if it was f/1.2 you'd never have known it was the big book!



I picked one up, too, and NOW am having another sent to me   :'( :' :( :'(, as the AF is definitely off on the first one. I have a Sigma dock and software, which greatly improved the situation, but the adjustments were kind of extreme, so I thought that I would try another lens.
My thinking is that $950 for a 50mm prime...it should perform better out of the box.  :-X
I had a GREAT copy of the original Sigma 50mm (apparently I am the only one LOL!), which I sold to a friend to buy this new version.. But I may live to regret it!
So far I will say one thing...DAMN is this sucker sharp at f/1.4!!!!!!!
This kind of sharpness wide open is mind-blowing.
I attached a hand-held test shot at f/1.4 using AF after adjusting on the Sigma Dock and focusing on the word Lubitel.
I can clearly see that my camera needs a little dusting!!!! LOL!

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: September 04, 2014, 09:53:13 AM »
Here is another one... that is at f/14...and it is still damn sharp.
I did not notice the praying mantis until I got home and uploaded it!

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Japanese rumors: As i heard from my Japanese girlfriends, the 50MP Sony is not the highlight. The highlight is, that sony is working on an curved sensor. This sensor could possibly be an little revolution on the sensor market. The image quality of the edges and non-center areas would be dramatically better, CAs and other optical problem would be reduced. And optically this curved sensor would rise the resolution in the edge areas.
Sony - (rumored!) - is working on new lenses that could be optimized on this new sensor. The lenses would be a lot cheaper to be produced (abberation correction would be not so difficult).
Nikon is interested in this technology too.

And both can sell a new line of lenses which is incompatible with the old ones ... I don't like that idea too much. Have no money printing machine and are not interested to use too many incompatible equipment or lug it around.

KEEP PRINTING!!! You will need a new supercharged double-quad tower computer to  crunch those files in post!!! LOL!
 :'( :'( :'(

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: September 04, 2014, 05:28:54 AM »
Picked it up the day I saw it was back!

I picked one up, too, and NOW am having another sent to me   :'( :' :( :'(, as the AF is definitely off on the first one. I have a Sigma dock and software, which greatly improved the situation, but the adjustments were kind of extreme, so I thought that I would try another lens.
My thinking is that $950 for a 50mm prime...it should perform better out of the box.  :-X
I had a GREAT copy of the original Sigma 50mm (apparently I am the only one LOL!), which I sold to a friend to buy this new version.. But I may live to regret it!
So far I will say one thing...DAMN is this sucker sharp at f/1.4!!!!!!!
This kind of sharpness wide open is mind-blowing.
I attached a hand-held test shot at f/1.4 using AF after adjusting on the Sigma Dock and focusing on the word Lubitel.
I can clearly see that my camera needs a little dusting!!!! LOL!

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: My kind of HDR
« on: September 03, 2014, 05:21:49 AM »
I HDR most of my images, but I use the tech to bring out the visual beauty in the scenes not turn it into a bad velvet painting  ::).....but it has already been said "to each their own".

I enjoyed these.  Subtle but clear examples of the occasional benefit of HDR processing.

Thanks J

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: My kind of HDR
« on: September 02, 2014, 11:00:17 PM »
I HDR most of my images, but I use the tech to bring out the visual beauty in the scenes not turn it into a bad velvet painting  ::).....but it has already been said "to each their own".

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: August 29, 2014, 07:18:51 AM »
This one is with the  1.4x TC.
Very nice image Infrared! I had to look twice to figure out what it was .)

Thanks Eldar...I love to find beauty in dark, depressed areas like the coal mining areas of PA. It was a spectacular scene on a Sunday morning and totally unexpected...I was on my way somewhere else to shoot..and I almost wrecked the car when I saw this!!!!!!! LOL!

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: August 28, 2014, 07:22:57 PM »
This one is with the  1.4x TC.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: August 27, 2014, 08:07:59 PM »
I love this lens! Very pricey though!

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Lenses / Re: Any Surf Shooters Hereā€¦..?
« on: August 27, 2014, 08:36:18 AM »
Depends on where you are shooting...at a reef break you may need an 800mm. Close to shore a 200mm could do.
You will find that there is no perfect lens...its all an obsession!!!..
If you want to get great images with less budget...get a camera and get in the water..go to the source...keeps you in shape, too!!!! :P

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 25, 2014, 07:25:10 AM »
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Canon is doing a classic rope-a-dope. The champ lets the challenger wear himself out, then he throws a knockout punch.

The steamroller of miniaturization will prevail, and mirrorless will be the near-term future.

My prediction is the current DSLR dies with the 2020 Olympics. Mirrorless will be the dominant camera technology at that event. After that, game over.

You could be right. 

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