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I would like to see a really tight 14-24mm comparable to the Nikon. Sharp at 14mm AND 24mm.  I could do without the 16-35mm.  Apparently is is possible to make an incredible 14-24mm...we just need to see Canon do that, and end their mediocre, underperforming Wideangle Zooms.

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: February 12, 2013, 08:53:03 AM »

PowerShot / Re: A camera for backpacking into the wilderness...
« on: February 10, 2013, 01:00:48 PM »
I wouldn't leave the poles at home.... if you are carying all the gear you may need them for balance... or saving the knees on the way downhill...

When I pack for summer trips it is:
Ultralight tent, ultralight down sleeping bag, 3/4 length thermarest...
rainjacket and pants, fleece pullover, spare socks and underwear.....
MSR stove and one pot, a cup, a spoon, and a pair of chopsticks. (I eat out of the pot)
Dehydrated food, water filter, and 3 litre camelback
assorted stuff like first aid kit, flashlight, etc etc.
60D camera with 18-200 lens, sometimes a 400f5.6 if conditions permit.

It is the food that is the big weight savings. I prepare my food at home and dehydrate it. While hiking all I have to do is boil water, drop in the food, stir it, and turn the stove off. Let it sit for 10 minutes, bring it back to a boil, and eat. You use a minimumum amount of fuel (more weight savings) cooking is quick and simple, no burnt mess on pots... and you don't need lots of kitchen utensils to prepare it... just a pair of chopsticks to stir with.

WOW! A minimalist...like me!..I basically carry all the same camping gear except I skipp the pot and carry only one titanium cup..(eat out of the food packets),plus solar charger for my iPod mini. Lol!
I have a complete Canon kit...but that all stays at home especially when I go out for more than an overnight. I bring a Micro Four Thirds kit with me. ...not even my Olympus OMD (too heavy)...but my Panasonic GX1 (really light weight!), a viewfinder,  with the best primes....there is nothing worse than being out on a three or four-nighter with too much weight on your back...no fun! I am anxiously awaiting a good quality long tele prime from Oly or Pany to bump the quality up on the long end a little...but everything in that kit is great and makes an incredibly great compromise to help save this old man's weary bones! :-)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Strange sound inside 5D III (?)
« on: February 09, 2013, 09:39:30 PM »
I have had my camera for 6 months...I did not even know the camera made the noise until I read this post, (damn you guys have good ears!). My camera makes the noise. Clearly it is normal. I don't know what it is but it would be interesting to find out if someone knows. I am not concerned, just curious.

My experience:
Kenko Extension Tubes...in using the 12mm tube to get closer ith my 85L  (the close-focusing distance for this lens is not close), I found that my AF was way off...and if I changed the microAFadjustment it changed it for the lens alone as well as my 5D III does not recognize an extension tube (Canon or other brand) and lens as a separate entity.
I bought the Canon 12mm...no focus shift. Problem solved...wallet in pain.

I found that no-name cable releases break easily although they "look" the same as the Canon.

My Wasabi batteries and charger (includes car charger) are great! You just don't get any battery indication in the finder, if you can live with that. Savings are significant if you buy the two-battery-plus-charge set when compared to the Canon batteries, spare charger and car adapter.

Lenses / Re: Roger Buys a Camera System: A 24-70mm System Comparison
« on: February 07, 2013, 06:06:24 PM »
I LOVE any-and-everything that Roger posts on the web. I ALWAYS learn something or lots-of-somethings when I read his posts. He is thorough, honest and just has a great, obsessive POV.
..the only thing I like more ...is watching him try to suffer thru buying a camera system that is going to make him happy!!!! This is just wonderfully great.. I could not do it...I have two complete systems. LOL. Yes I am single with no responsibilities!!!!

Lenses / Re: Finally!
« on: February 06, 2013, 11:45:20 PM »
Congrats!  Warning.  Now you will want another "L".  It is a disease!
 ;) ;)

...or TWO!!?..LOL!

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50 1.4 or Canon 85 1.8 OR 100 2.0 for 5d mark ii
« on: February 06, 2013, 10:57:48 AM »
..yeah...forgot about the shorty forty...That is a great suggestion...not that fast an f-stop but a lot of lens for a little bit of money!!!!

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50 1.4 or Canon 85 1.8 OR 100 2.0 for 5d mark ii
« on: February 06, 2013, 07:50:27 AM »
I agree with what was said above...out of the lenses you mentioned the Sigma 50mm is a great lens and would be the most versatile. If you are new, and getting your feet wet, you may want to consider picking up a used Canon 24-105mm to get a feel for a good range of focal lengths. Then start buying your primes when you have more experience...you can always sell the zoom later......
You mention wanting to shoot groups and "hit the streets"...to me that is sounding like the better lens for you, if you want a prime may be a 35mm. Check out the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4. Killer value and if you only own one lens it could be more versatile for your needs. That is the street lens of choice for many and a good lens for groups.

Lenses / Re: What's the best deal you've ever gotten on a lens?
« on: February 05, 2013, 11:16:54 PM »
It is easier to tell my WORST deal...LOL... Um ..$2299 for 24-70mm f/2.8 II. Thanks Canon...oh..oh...wait wait..there was the $3499 for that 5D MarkIII...I KNOW there is more..... Should I keep going?   :-X

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: future of sigma art line
« on: February 05, 2013, 07:20:44 AM »
I would like to see 24-105mm f4 OS. The Canon version is a bit date, and still expensive; and eventually it will be discontinued, which would leave us only the very expensive 24-70 f2.8 and the slighlty less expensive 24-70 f4 IS. So a Sigma alternative in this area would be very nice, and also a big hit, if Canon really discontinues the 24-105.
The price of a decent standard zooms is a deal breaker for me to going full frame. First I would have to strech my budget to go with a 6D, and then I have to invest another grand into a standard zoom. So I'm still hoping for a nice 70D (like the 50D, just with a modern sensor and wifi+gps).

???? I have seen the Canon 24-105mm online at reputable retailers lately for under $800.  I doubt that you can pick up a lens of that quality at a price like that from ANY manufacturer. ..Sigma's Art Line Version (if there was one), would undoubtably cost more....
Is it a perfect lens, no...but at current prices it is a very good value.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: future of sigma art line
« on: February 05, 2013, 05:35:53 AM »

I do own a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 though and I have been very happy with it...That lens has been on sale lately for under $400 and is a really good alternative.  I would be interested in seeing it upgraded in the Art Line, tho... It is great to see Sigma improving the products and their service..I like lower-cost alternatives but I LOVE lower-cost leaders-of-the-pack!
On the other hand....after reading some of the compatibility issues on Sigma products on evolutionary upgraded Canon camera bodies..it would give me some pause on spending any "real" money on a Sigma lens without a guarantee of firmware update capabilities for new Canon bodies.  The company seems to be addressing this issue with the lens dock....but their past performance with that issue is unsettling.

thank you all for the comments!

for protection usage, is it better to just get a clear filter? instead of UV?   
(if so, can somebody recommend a good one? i'd appreciate it if you can provide links for the products.)

Thank you!

My lens has this riding on it:

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: MTF Chart for New Nikon 800mm f/5.6
« on: January 30, 2013, 01:00:52 AM »
HOLY CRAP...I did not think that was possible. ...wait.....for $18000...let me reconsider my response......
(Well it is an AMAZING MTF chart...truly).

Lenses / Re: Which 50mm (with AF) is best from f/1.4 - f/2.0?
« on: January 29, 2013, 11:33:25 AM »
I have a Sigma f/1.4... Love it!
I have all "L" and Zeiss lenses...but I think this is soooo much more than the Canon f/1.4...and most of what the Canon "L" is..without the bulk or cost.  The Canon can be finicky, too. I have a good copy, and in real-world shooting it is just fine. Although, I agree it would be cool if this lens was rereleased in the Art Series...bet it will be...but not for a while.

It's on sale here at a reliable retailer for $369. Can't beat that!

I paid $450 and I am still happy!

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