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Sigma seems poised to take a a leading role in the lens world.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next Rebel? [CR1]
« on: March 13, 2013, 10:45:44 AM »
Erm, same image sensor since the 550D? Really Canon? That the best you can do? :(

That sensor was already lagging behind last gen's Sony 16mpx sensor in the Nikons' and NEXs, and now everyone's moving on to newer sensors...

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 40 f/2.8 STM
« on: February 13, 2013, 10:02:58 AM »
The question kept distracting me through the whole review:

Did you REALLY pour syrup on the pancake??? I imagine it would have been much too sweet for the pancake’s own good.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Moving to 6D from 5DII
« on: December 22, 2012, 07:46:43 AM »
Does the lack of a dedicated WB button bother anyone? I’m the sort who’ll usually switch WB even if I shoot in raw to get a better feel of things on site. Having to menu dive for WB has turned me off switching my 5D2 in for a 6D

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Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 06, 2012, 08:27:14 PM »
Oh my! I was considering a think tank yesterday but this blows them away! I wanna win!

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Lenses / Re: Hold out for EF 35/2 IS or jump in with classic 35 1.4L
« on: November 10, 2012, 09:31:26 AM »
+1 Wait for Sigma 35mm 1.4

http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/english/lens/wide/35_14/#/gallery

I am amazed at the quality of the wide open samples!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-1D X DXOMark Sensor Scores
« on: October 11, 2012, 08:16:56 AM »
Nikon Sony still has a lead but in dynamic range but the gap is closing.

Fixed. :)

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Kudos to the OP for starting this rather intriguing idea.

Hailing from Singapore:


Shameless Noir Self-Portrait by FrutigerSans, on Flickr

Please excuse the costume and the lighting. I was doing a photoshoot and I just couldn’t resist trying on suit.

Note: i have since repented of my tryst with a Fujifilm camera and now use a Canon A-1. :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS M System Announced
« on: July 23, 2012, 08:37:30 PM »
So... another camera where video is the big selling point?

At some point Canon needs to just drop the pretense of being a camera company and admit that they are making camcorders in camera form factor.

Thus I go 'meh'.

Name another camera that has been released in recent years by ANY company that doesn't have video added.

Although i agree with your general point, just couldn’t resist naming the Sigma SD1  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview 5D3 review out
« on: May 24, 2012, 08:31:20 PM »
for a video review by videographers, go to Phillip Bloom's site.

http://philipbloom.net/2012/05/13/fullframeshootout/

he fairly exposes the flaws on the 5DIII and why it isn't the best video dslr because of its soft output. Likewises he looks into the D800 and concludes it does a lot of things better but also has a few flaws. Yes the 5DIII is better for low light, but to put a blanket statment that it is better all the time would ignore that the D800 edgest it out on detail and uncompressed footage option.

there is not such thing as a "win" for either camera. it is just a question of what matters to you. If you shoot motion, nature, details, the D800 is the way to go. If you shoot a lot of dark footage, 5DIII will be better suited. As Bloom concludes, neither camera scores a win overall  ;D and yes he is a videographer, and a canon videographer so he should know right  8)

lastly "some say" doesn't mean anything useful. Having actually used a D800, I guess I'll be part of the "some" that say it feels great, as good as the 5DIII. So there, "some recenly switched to nikon guy" just contradicted "some other nikon guy with a D3x"  8) That's the problem with obscure anecdotal evidence of "some guy" who is a "friend of a friend that knows some guy that told him".

Don't put weight on such silly comments. They are best taken as noise.

you’re leaving out a lot of his opinions in your summary.

Like the ‘unusable’ (his words) level of moire in the D800 images - the fact that he had to stick in a custom, 3rd party AA filter into the D800 speaks volumes of just how bad it is. Or the fact that the D4 only has good output in 2.7x and not the usable FX and DX modes.

Or the fact that he’s also completely enamoured with the 5D3’s output AFTER its’ been sharpened in post. Anyone who has actually seen the video would see he the 5D3 files a lot for the mileage in post it gives him - sharpening without return artefacts or moire.

If you’re out to inform people, the least you could do is give a completely summary - an incomplete one is probably as devastating as those comments you classify as noise.

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Does anyone know for certain if the Canon grips are made with a metal frame?  It occurs to me that since I started using Black Rapid grips, all of the wait of the camera and lens will be hanging from the tripod mount on the bottom of the grip...one made of plastic only concerns me.

Yes the Canon grip will be made of the same metal as the body.


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d3 not soft anymore?
« on: April 29, 2012, 08:13:19 PM »
Woah… Viggo thanks for the test.. This really seems to indicate that Adobe’s LR processing is the one at fault. Lets hope that 4.1 final will fix this! I’ll definitely keep an eye on this thread

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Her Midnight Rendezvous by FrutigerSans, on Flickr

This was a snap shot I took last night. This was a very quick shot - the 5D3 performed beautifully, locking focus immediately after I framed the shot. I snapped of quite a few frames to get the pose of the subjects and the position of the moving cars that I wanted. All within a matter of seconds.

All my frames were in focus.

For what its worth, I only use the 41 Cross points as I find their accuracy in low light far exceeds the remaining 20 points.
I’m also using an un-edited case 1. And my shutter is set to focus priority over release priority.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f2.8 II or Sigma's 70-200mm f2.8?
« on: April 23, 2012, 09:40:47 PM »
I have used both the Sigma 70-200 OS HSM and the 70-200 Mk2.

In my personal opinion - the Canon is sharper at all relevant apertures than Sigma, but this is MOST noticeable only in the corners. At the centre it is VERY very close, after f3.2. At 2.8 it is noticeable but only if you compare side by side. For a lens that cost 45% of the Canon(here in Singapore), the Sigma performs VERY well.

I’ll like to point out also that the differences are really pretty minor for the part of the frame you likely will use, so if price is a big problem for you then the Sigma will save you a pretty penny.

Some things to note about Sigma’s focusing implementation.
1. Speed is almost the same as canon, with a slight edge to canon if I have to pick a winner.
2. Both are equally silent
3. Sigma does not have a focus limiter, so in lower light, at long range it will seem to hunt longer than the canon as it will hunt the full range, rather than the canon which will only hunt across the limited range. This to me is the main reason why many people feel the Canon focuses faster. If you turn off the focus limiter on the canon, both will hunt for pretty much the same amount!
4. Sigma’s Stabiliser Mode 2 for panning doesn’t detect orientation, hence panning mode only works in landscape mode, while the Canon works in both landscape and portrait panning.

If you can live with these caveats, I guarantee you will LOVE this lens like I did. I eventually kept the sigma and used the extra pennies to grab a Sigma 85 1.4 which is SUPERB and without peer for its combination of IQ and speed. That prime is now my favourite lens!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III vs D800/E, is the 5D3 better at anything?
« on: April 15, 2012, 09:07:40 PM »
Can the 5D3 be set up to save RAW to the CompactFlash card and JPEG to the SD card simultaneously?

Yup it certainly can.

Its the very first option of the SetUp menu.

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