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EOS Bodies / Re: Petapixel: Canon Full Frame Mirrorless
« on: December 03, 2014, 11:29:44 PM »
"It’s pretty obvious a new EOS M camera is coming, but I suspect it’s going to be the 70D sensor in a camera that will have a new design philosophy."

That sounds like a sensible guess....Time will tell.

I am not interested in a 4 K monitor. 8)
After the gear "more knowledge" about photography is most useful...the cool thing is...we can never learn it all!
For instance...if you are seeing "no difference" between your sigma 50mm Art and the 24-105mm please shoot with both of them with wide open apertures and you will see that the 50mm renders with this incredible slice of "in-focus" area with a beautiful background blur (isolating the subject), that the 24-105mm simply can't come close to.
The 50mm Art (a good copy), is a most wonderfully "unique" lens when used skillfully.

Lenses / Re: I *HATE* UPS.
« on: November 29, 2014, 11:44:13 AM »
Interesting...Just to put your mind at ease..my Sigma 50mm Art...has like a muffled rattle inside when I shake it.
Nothing like a loose part or anything like that...feels like a large part of the lens is moving inside with a buffer.  Maybe it has something to do with the AF.  Don't know.
I would definitely do a critical focus test on your lens with a tripod at varying distances. Almost everyone, including myself needed to fine-tune the lens for better results, which I think is essential with that wonderful sliver of DOF.
Enjoy the lens.

Lenses / Re: I *HATE* UPS.
« on: November 28, 2014, 11:24:59 PM »
Sorry to be cynical (well not really). Let's be realistic. The treatment it got in the trucks it traveled in and the sorting facilities was as bad or worse than your drop box.  Any of my shippers usually package things decently and the packaging from the factory is very protective. I think you are over-reacting big time. If you are having this much anguish over the delivery wait till you check the AF on that lens...THAT could cause heart failure!  I had to send my first one back to B&H...the second one was very good and just needed a little tweaking on the dock. Hope you got a winner!
Now...you should never do what I did today...I ordered a VERY expensive lens and TC1.4x Kit(twice as expensive as the Sigma 50 Art), for my Micro4/3rds camera from Osaka, Japan!  I did this for two reasons. The lens is a new release here in the US and cannot be had in the states for months and I actually (unbelievably), am saving $70 by ordering it from Osaka! Go figure? I am not concerned at all about the long trip...I do this all the time with camera bodies and lenses and have never had a problem.
I am sure that your lens was totally unfazed during the shipping. Don't sweat this, there are actually things in life to get upset about.

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART for Canon
« on: November 26, 2014, 12:33:46 PM »
Thanks, everyone, for the nice feedback.  P.S. My comments regarding the USB dock were not intended to suggest that no one would like using it (I say otherwise), but rather that some users might find this "extra step" in lens ownership somewhat overwhelming.

LOL!...not only that...it is somewhat of a saga to pay $950 for a lens, send a copy back, get another copy and then that one being good I have to take my time to do a through test (again) and then fine-tune the lens on the dock.
Phew!  I think it was worth it....because when I use the lens it WOW's me ...but that is an awful lot of my time to get something right that I spent $950 on?   I would do it again..but this is supposed to be a well-paid-for, precision instrument...I cannot help but think I am doing a whole lot of work and giving of my time that should have been handled by Sigma... One positive note is that the lens is dialed in just for my camera body...and I know they can vary...so it is kind of a mixed mess...but in my case I did finally have a good outcome. 
The lens is great!!!!

Oh...and Dustin...THANKS sooo much for including the link for the "Show Focus Points" plug-in for Lightroom!
That is just a valuable tool to have as the only other place I could check up on myself and my camera AF at time of capture was in-camera or with the Canon image software which I rarely use, if ever. That is just so cool to have loaded in LR where I do a lot of my post processing.

I think if it was a high-spec f/2.8 with OS and priced right it would sell really well...REALLY well!

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART for Canon
« on: November 25, 2014, 09:10:11 PM »
Love the new Sigma 50mm!
Great, fair review, too.
I returned my first copy of the lens as the focus was all over the place.
My second copy was a completely different experience.   Needed a little tweaking with the Sigma Dock...and after that the AF performs as good of better as any of my Canon L glass. The lens is so special in sharpness and the way that it renders that I feel it deserved my extra efforts.

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II by FroKnowsPhoto
« on: November 25, 2014, 10:05:28 AM »
The "Bad Jersey" aspect of this really turns me away.  8)

Lenses / Re: Critical View of 70-200 f/2.8 mkii+2xTC III
« on: November 25, 2014, 09:13:43 AM »
How about getting the 1.4x as a compromise and positioning better. That is what I use with my 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II.
That will give you the option to get closer and retain a wider f/stop with better contrast and sharpness.  I would want a prime tele at 400mm. So I would use the first combo and the save for a new or used prime in the future.

EOS Bodies / Re: Another 50mp FF DSLR Mention [CR2]
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:20:30 AM »
what about sensor quality

psssstttt....Sony sensor.   :P

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5DIV: 36 MP US $ 3799 TBA in March 2015
« on: November 23, 2014, 05:44:01 AM »
The rumor seems completely unfounded.
Just a guess/wishlist.

Oh...???....I thought it was the number of Kraft American cheese, (individually-wrapped), singles that I used when making a grilled cheese sandwich?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Exclusive Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens Savings
« on: November 21, 2014, 09:20:50 PM »
Wow, that's fabulous to get a discount on this lens so soon after release.  My written review is just getting the finishing touches (it will go live next week), but my video review just went live for those of you debating whether or not to buy.

The video review can be seen on YouTube here:  http://bit.ly/1xXyVhf

I found your video review to be right on the mark....this is an exciting lens.  I think that some copies are just bad.
I am thrilled that you see what I see in the lens...it is not without its issues..but even with them ....it is an incredible lens. 

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Exclusive Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens Savings
« on: November 21, 2014, 03:51:31 PM »
I must be blind but link are you talking about.  Have been wanting to buy this lens for a while but do not see a link.  Please advise.

Click on the red link..3rd line under the lens..where it says Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art for Canon $849 in red.

GREAT lens...just check the AF on your copy thoroughly.  If you have the Sigma Doc it may need a little tweeking even if you have a good copy.  I had to send my 1st copy back ..the focus was all over the place....but the lens is soooooo great in IQ that I think it is totally worth the hassel.  The second copy was great. 

Even though I feel that we are doing someone else's job..owning the dock (its cheap) is high recommended.
The lens is special..and I think particularly so at the price of offering ...even at $949 !!!

Yeah...its impressive..yes...Canon is sound asleep...but I still can't get from a sony what I can get image-wise with my 5DIII with my Sigma 50mm f/1.4, Canon 85mm f/1.2 etc......from the standpoint of low DOF ...etc....Sony just doesn't have the wide f-stop lenses with AF....but man...that body just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter.  Canon....WAKE UP!

So far as I know, the Sigma 50/1.4 Art Sony A mount version is available for pre-order:

OK...and there is supposed to be an AF improvement....but the lens choices are still lacking..and so many complain about how the camera handles....and then return or sell it....  I just don't think that the whole camera/system has gelled yet..  I am going to stay with my full MFT kit  (EM1) and my FF Kit (MarkIII) ...for the time being... Even with the 5-Axis (which is GREAT in my EM1)...  I don't think that the Sony experience is "there there" yet.  ....but I will continue to read up on it and follow the innovations.   I am just not ready to cash in my two systems (they are both fluid photographers tools), to go "all in" on the Sony.... ..but to each his own.

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