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Software & Accessories / Re: The best tripod ...
« on: April 15, 2014, 10:36:59 AM »
Hi everyone,

I'm looking to take my photography hobby to the next level, so to speak  :D , so I'm thinking of buying me a tripod and a tripod head. I've done some research online, but I think I'm more confused now, than when I started thinking about tripods and heads.  ;D (I guess, that happens a lot). From my understanding, Manfrotto and Induro seem to be the best tripod brands, so I'm looking to get the above mentioned gear from either of these two. I'm more inclined, however, towards Induro products.

In so many words, what do you guys make of this?


Looking at your gear I would too invest in a good tripod. Did you consider Really Right Stuff or Gitzo?

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 15, 2014, 07:20:54 AM »
Apologize if this has already been posted, but to me this has been the most useful comparison and breakdown yet:

http://lcap.tistory.com/entry/Sigma-50mm-f14-dg-hsm-Art-Review

I agree.
btw it was already posted

Okay, thanks!

I see a few other sites that do sample images but they front or back focus and overexpose and do NO editing, and to me that misrepresents what one could actually get. IF they want to post samples that are untouched, they should at least focus properly and provide the original raw's for us to play with.


100% correct. I guess this is showing what sites do proper review and therefor are relevant source

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 15, 2014, 04:10:33 AM »
Apologize if this has already been posted, but to me this has been the most useful comparison and breakdown yet:

http://lcap.tistory.com/entry/Sigma-50mm-f14-dg-hsm-Art-Review

I agree.
btw it was already posted

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 14, 2014, 12:57:53 PM »
Here's what I've been waiting for - a 50L to 50A comparison from SLR Lounge

I think it's enough to convince me to cancel my pre-order.  The Sigma is sharper, but not shockingly so, and the Canon's bokeh is slightly better (IMHO).  The Canon also appears to have ever-so-slightly better contrast, while the Sigma has better CA control, but again, only by a hair.

The other thing I've learned is that you'll have buy the USB dock to enable full time manual focus (which I guess isn't standard for Sigmas).  That's crappy. 

The 50L has killer build quality and USM in a much smaller package and I don't think the Sigma is worth 950 of my dollars for such subtle differences at f/1.4 in what for me, is a portrait lens. 

I guess I can't cancel it till the 24th, so I'll keep my mind open until then, but I think I'm going to cancel and resume the 50L II vigil ;)


The differences are little, very little. I can understand while you own the 50L not spending money on the Sigma. I would not spend 500 euro more (here in the Netherlands) for the 50L while the difference with the Sigma is so little. So as a starter for the 50mm, my choice would be the Sigma.

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 14, 2014, 12:46:47 PM »
And if we really want to do the test chart, 35 IS is better than the zoom by far comparison, here it is:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=824&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=2&LensComp=787&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=1&FLIComp=2&APIComp=0

And the 35 is a full stop down while the 2470 is wide open.


In the corner the 24-70 is better, no?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: April 13, 2014, 09:09:58 AM »
What about the intensity of the heat of the light?

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6D Sample Images / Re: Shooting in Namibia with the Canon EOS 6D
« on: April 13, 2014, 08:21:21 AM »
Very cool! Sounds like you're having a great trip!

The interior shots are particularly interesting. I have always loved "derelict" photography. What was that building before it became the worlds largest sand art tray?


http://kolmanskuppe.com/about-kolmanskop


EDIT: Kolmanskop Ghost Town near Luderitz



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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 13, 2014, 05:50:44 AM »
Where I live the Canon f/2 IS dropped 30% in price after about half a year. Compare that to the 8 year old Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM for which you pay about the same as when it hit the market in 2006. To me that says something about the lack of success of the 35 f/2 IS.

The price drop says little about the "success" of the 35/2 IS lens.  User reviews on Amazon, B&H, Fred Miranda, etc., suggest that users are very pleased with it and that is what counts.  How many they actually sell matters mainly to Canon.

Ok, I should have defined success as “commercial success” for Canon. Sorry about that.
I don’t doubt the 35 IS is a good lens and users are pleased with it. Canon just priced it too high at introduction. 

The Canon 35/2 IS came on the market in about November 2012.  At that time, 1 dollar could buy about 80 yen.  Today, 1 dollar buys about 102 yen.  A dollar now buys about 28% more yen than when that lens was introduced.  So it's no surprise that its price has dropped.  Also, figure that introductory pricing is typically higher.

Please explain to me why exchange rates matter. I compared the 35 f/1.4 L to the 35 f/2 IS. They are both made by Canon, but only one of them dropped 30% in price last year. Maybe in other parts of the world it’s a different story, but I highly doubt that.


Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM


Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Price changes don't reflect relative "success".  Both lenses are successful in that they meet the needs of photographers very nicely.  Thank goodness that both are available.

Price change are a good indication for commercial success.  Take the Canon EOS M. Why do you think Canon dropped the price from $800 to $300 and didn’t even bring the EOS M2 to Europe and the US?


It is not a fair comparison
You should include the price development for the 35L from 1998 and years after. It may show in the first year(s) also a drastic drop of the price, no?

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The 6D is a perfectly fine camera but I doubt it will ever satisfy those who wanted a 5DIII at 6D prices.
True. You can't have 5D MKIII for a 6D price
I bought my 6D because I wanted a 2nd camera for use of portrait, landscape and walk-around camera. It is a great camera for that. I sold my 7D and bought the 6D because I wanted to have IQ on par with my 5D MKIII.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 12, 2014, 04:50:53 AM »
Thanks, JD, and I just found another review of sorts:
http://fstoppers.com/sigma-50mm-art-review

I read that earlier... Now it just comes down to pulling the trigger.  I think the worst thing in the world is that Amazon had the 35 art for 699 last christmas... so if I wait long enough, I can get the 50 art for 749 new... and that's going to drive me nuts. 

But it is only taking a loss on the lens if I ever decide to sell it... and I'm thinking it is hear to stay just like may 70-200 mkii and my 100L... and it would be nice to have a wide open sharp lens that isn't too long.  The 85 was practically useless indoors, and 35 feels too wide open for me... so 50mm is the goldielocks slice of perfection...

I'm so glad to hear someone else pointing out that 50mm definitely has advantages over 85mm. Earlier I almost posted a rant about one of my (admittedly few) experiences trying to shoot 85mm indoors. Frustrating to say the least.


It depends on the amount of space indoors. But generally the 85mm would be more of a close-up portrait lens for indoors. You have to move around a lot unless you have studio space. The 50mm will allow you to add more than one person in your composition.  But this all may be different for each one of us. I was checking both focal lenghts and have decided that I will go for 50mm first. Looking forward to the Sigma release

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 12, 2014, 04:41:05 AM »
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I must admit that, having looked at the available images I could find, including the http://lcap.tistory.com image examples, I believe the Sigma is a top notch lens. Sharpness, CA, distortion and bokeh looks very good. Color is still an open issue to me, since I do not know what kind of post processing they have been through, but it does not look bad.

Like you, I still doubt it will match the Otus, but it will have the advantage of AF. So I just made the decision and preordered the Sigma, but I will definitely keep my Otus.


Looking at the images and comparison at http://lcap.tistory.com there is no doubt that the Sigma outperforms the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4. Is there such a detailed comparison somewhere between the Sigma and the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2? or the Zeis Otus 55mm f/1.4?

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 11, 2014, 09:59:48 AM »
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Edit: just found these samples on CNet and this one shows some LoCA.  Definitely not APO like Otus, but still not horrendous.


True
Sharpness 100% crop is very good

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Coming Shortly
« on: April 11, 2014, 07:44:29 AM »
You are right. Sorry, reminds me not to believe everything you read on the internet.
You're welcome. I'm glad that I could sort this out for you ;)


I checked also Dpreview again. They changed the wrong number of weight from 400-plus gram to 815g. They noticed their mistake

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I just asked you in another thread about the lens and only now I saw you created a special thread for the sigma. Ver fine results. Did you post processing? If so, what?

The images were shot in RAW and using a 580EX (-2/3 and -1/3) for fill light. Post processing was done in Lightroom 5, with a touch of exposure adjustment, a little bit of shadow and highlight work, curve adjustment and a pinch of sharpening.

The most challenging aspect was the balance of light between the dark inside of the aircraft and the bright outside area. The post processing work was mainly to adjust for this rather than any lens deficiencies.  It may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but you can sure cut your fingers on it :)

The top shot was used as article opening spread in one of the magazines I shoot for - the image was sharp enough that you could read all the dials and gauges on the glossy paper. Having said that, print is much more forgiving than pixel peeping on your monitor but I wouldn't use the 12-24mm for very large reproductions.

I just start to discover Lightroom 5. I usually use DxO Optics Elite.
I guess you are right about the pixel peeping. You see it more on the monitor rather than on paper. But I am not a pro. I envy you for such adventures so keep them posting.

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