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Canon General / Re:
« on: October 06, 2014, 12:04:02 AM »
It's like throwing darts in a black room blindfolded and not knowing were the dartboard is.   :o

There is no guarantee that the room is black or it is even a room....

PowerShot / Would anyone like to share their exprience with the G1X MKII
« on: September 26, 2014, 04:31:27 AM »
I am looking at this camera as my all around travel camera -- which could be used in hiking conditions as well. Competition is from EOS-M system. My DSLRs with even two lenses are seeming to be too heavy. So if anyone could share their experience of using G1X MKII it would be great.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Opens Up About Their Roadmap
« on: September 24, 2014, 10:57:23 AM »

In my opinion there is a big chance that any future 2.0 zoom will start from 35mm and that it will be APS again... In the past Sigma had the tendency to make one lens seamless to start where other lenses stopped.

Looks like nobody besides me liked the old 50-150 2.8 but compared with their recent monster this was a very elegant lens. For many years no other manufacturer had something to fit seamless to the 17-50 2.8 class. So a 18-35 1.8 to hand over to a 35- whatever 2.0 would make sense in my eyes.

Now if you want to try the longer end of 2.8:   I have a Tamron 28-105 1:2.8 lying around. Short but fat beast of glass with the now quiet baroque design of Tamron in the 90ties. AF speed and sound is of the same age but I still love to use it's flexibility at weddings. The lens is located in Germany but if you are serious just mail me.

Last year or around that time I got interested in the 50-150mm of Sigma. For my APS-C XXD cameras this seemed to be a good option. I wanted to know about its quality and raised the question here in CR. But did not get much first hand reply - seemed no one was using it.

Good to know that you think (quite logically actually) that 35-xx mm f/2 or f/2.8 may actually be reality.

By the way thanks for information on 28-105. I saw that lens couple of times on ebay. But as you said the design (and presumed performance) seems to be too old. However, if tamron would come up with something like that again I would definitely be interested (especially given that their 70-300 is right now my most favoured lens).

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Looking Into a New Mount System
« on: September 24, 2014, 06:23:01 AM »
I hope it is mirrorless fullframe system like A7 etc. I have been looking at this lightweight camera for sometime, but do not know the quality of their lenses so did not want to make the jump. If this new canon system gives me a lightweight mirrorless fullframe - it would be so great for my hiking - every oz. counts.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Opens Up About Their Roadmap
« on: September 24, 2014, 06:05:15 AM »
Here's why I'd rather have a 24-70/2 than a 35-85/2.

A 35-85/2 is a "bag-o-primes".  I have a 35/1.4L and an 85/1.8.  So, at first glance, it sounds great.

But, it doesn't replace a standard zoom because it doesn't go wide enough.  So I'd still need a 24-something (24-105, 24-70/2.8, whatever).

A 24-70/2 would serve the purpose of both lenses and the difference in perspective from the change in location to maintain constant framing between 70mm and 85mm is subtle, as is the difference in subject isolation.

Of course different lenses suits different shooting styles and purposes.

However, if 35-85 is a bag of primes then so is 24-70 or even 24-105.

It is all about who finds which FCs useful. I seldom find anything below 28mm to be interesting. 35mm is as much wide as I want to go while 85 is just sufficiently long. Having said that would not I prefer a 24-105mm f/2.8 over everything else? Of course I would, but sadly that is also not going to materialize.

Hopefully the 24-105mm f/4 from Sigma is at least as good as 24-105 f/4 of Canon.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Opens Up About Their Roadmap
« on: September 23, 2014, 10:05:22 PM »
A 24-70 f/2 would be very nice!
I don't know why no one makes a 35-85mm f/2. It would be better range for free-hand portraiture. I struggle to identify little details through the viewfinder at 24mm. At 35mm I can more easily see if X is crooked this or Y is untidy. Plus 85mm f/2 is better to blur the background than 70mm f/2.

Just my 2c worth.

Really I also would love to have a 35-85mm f/2. A f/2.8 would do as well. I just saw that there used to be a vivtar 35-85 f/2.8 once upon a time (not sure if the f/2.8 was a constant max aperture or variable). So the plan exists. Only a modern execution is the point here.

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 01, 2014, 12:55:14 AM »
EF 85mm 1.8

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 29, 2014, 09:12:13 AM »
If anyone has a Canon EOS 5D III which has been pooped upon by Nikon's latest or not so latest offering then do not forget me. If you are trying to get rid of your pooped upon 5D3 please do not throw it into the dumpster in a doggy poop bag. Please pack and ship it to me. For the benefit of the community and recycling I am willing to make the ultimate sacrifice and accept all Nikon-poop-covered-5D3. And I am pretty certain since I am doing this due to the inherent goodness of my heart you will not ask for any reimbursement. Thank you.

PS: The offer is not limited to 5DIII alone, I am willing to help you get rid of any canon gear that has been pooped upon by Nikon gear (the free of cost offer still applicable).

The sodium vapour type lighting aside, I like the expressions in the third and fourth photo. Her flipping in the last photo is funny, although I trust it was unintentional - just the camera captured the wrong moment.

Loose the watch in the third photo.

The second photo does not look interesting to me.

Thanks a ton guys.

Photography Technique / Need suggestion or recommendation about glue
« on: June 03, 2014, 01:59:46 AM »
Do you guys have any experience with trying to securely stick a photo to another photo paper? Any suggestion which glue or adhesive works best?

I have ordered a photobook (lustre type paper) for a friend. The friend wanted to add couple of photos to the set but could not send me those in time. So they could not be included. I am planning to arrange the photos in a page (of the size of the phtoobook) and print them from somewhere. Then glue it inside the photobook once that comes  from the printing shop. Thanks for any helps.

Photography Technique / Re: Shoot from the rearend of the subjects.
« on: June 01, 2014, 05:52:05 PM »
Here is one from me

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 27, 2014, 11:55:20 AM »
Here is one that I took recently.

Photography Technique / White Optical Satin
« on: May 22, 2014, 04:49:07 PM »
Hello Fellow CRians, I have a (may be) odd questions for you.

Does any of you know whether sheets of white optical satin (the type that shoot through umbrella manufacturers use) can be bought and from where?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: What's next, per Sigma Rumors site
« on: May 20, 2014, 06:00:36 AM »

Given that I'm very much amateur, if they can reach near enough to the same optical performance I'll forgive a bit of AF inconsistency for a few thousand dollars.


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