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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: May 06, 2014, 09:23:00 AM »
I am going to check this lens out tomorrow. The thing I like about this lens from specs is that it is lighter and smaller as the Sigma 35 f/1.4, it has IS and f/2 (compared to the pancake 40mm)
It may be a better indoor/streetphotography lens on my 6D as the Sigma 35mm - which is bigger and heavier.
But I am still in doubt...

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: May 06, 2014, 09:18:15 AM »
I just wonder.....I do not own the Canon 50mm f/1.4 or Canon f/1.2......are they always spot on with the autofocus? I assume you have to AFMA with those as well. And they may differ in copies.

I am going to pickup my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art tomorrow. I am very curious about the quality of my copy. Anyhow I ordered the dock based on experiences here. I may go into Focal AFMA on Friday

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: May 03, 2014, 02:02:29 PM »
Last one I promiseā€¦ sorry, I'm a proud papa


Honestly, I put it manually.
Very often auto adjust in the moment I do not want it to adjust.  :-X

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 02, 2014, 01:57:39 PM »
Pine warbler (male):
IMG_3322 by Cog2012, on Flickr

Chipping Sparrow:
IMG_3428 by Cog2012, on Flickr

Absolutely wonderful!
Great shots

EOS Bodies / Re: When Does the Year of the Lens Start?
« on: May 02, 2014, 07:38:37 AM »
Thanks for the update.
Actually I am happy with what I have.
I just may buy some of the Sigma lenses : 35A or 50A or 85A(maybe photokina 2014)
Those really make you want to buy one - good quality for a reasonable price

EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in 2014? [CR1]
« on: May 02, 2014, 04:14:08 AM »
Here is the situation:

You have a 6D. You have never felt completely satisfied with it for many reason. Reasons that could include 5DmkIII envy, CF, focus points and overall build etc. It is personal and may or may not make sense to everyone.

Most importantly, you feel you are not getting the most out of your 70-200mm 2.8L II or 85mm f1.2 in some situations.

You have the opportunity to trade in the 6D for a reasonable price and pay the difference on a 5DmkIII. You are completely happy with this potential transaction. Ultimately a loss in original investment, yes, but finally getting into the 5DmkIII you have lusted after.

Here is the question:

With all the recent rumors of a mkIV, sensor/focus technology etc etc. would you pull the trigger on the 5DmkIII or continue to wait, potentially until 2015?

Time is somewhat of an issue, as I want to keep shooting. Also, I would spend the extra money on a MKIV, but would not be comfortable with a price point like the current 1D X.

I'm looking for general thoughts and opinions, because I'm torn.

Many thanks, cheers!

Welcome to CR

You feel you are not getting the most out of the 70-200. Can you give more info on that?
I would say go for the 5D III if you are really not satisfied with the 6D. That will make you happy for the coming period. We don't know if a MKIV will arrive in 2015.
Where I live an occasion 5D MK III is offered for around 2295 euro. In one year from now that might be 1700euro. Still good money. So if the 5D IV will arrive, you can add some good money. But most important, you will be happy with the results of your shooting today until next year while using the 5D MK III.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: April 30, 2014, 12:40:00 AM »
...and then it starts raining and you don't know where to hide...

That is fun  ;D

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: April 29, 2014, 01:04:04 PM »
just got mine!

First one in Shanghai and probably china :P

awesome and evening is approaching!

And, what is your opinion about weight, size and handling of the lens?

Fire up a sample thread, I'll join in tomorrow. Congrats on your new lens!

It looks like x-mas came early for you guys ;)

Couple things when you guys test this ARTY: AF consistency, focus shift, sharpness, bokeh, color, contrast.... ;D ;D ;D Ok...I'm asking too much :-X

Can't wait to see more photos

trying to upload photos now but its taking forever!
AF consistancy so far looks ho hum to me I've only had it a few hours but feel its front focusing a bit I also bought the dock and obviously can AFMA it with focal when i have time. Its not so far out that its ruining shots though
consistancy is hard as i've only been shooting in low light so its a bit hit and miss anyway

no focus shift i can see but it breathes a fair bit if that matters to you

sharpness = OMG its insane

bokeh = as above plus even more insane you will see in the pics i post

colour  =  awesome

contrast = a little less contrasty than the 35 but still nice and a tweek in LR away so no issue really.

so watch the lens gallary thread i made as my images go up. I'm uploading now

So, what is your opinion about the weight, size and handling of the lens?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 29, 2014, 12:56:26 PM »
Vulture : 135mm - F/4.5 - 1/500s - 1250 ISO
Parisian bird (moineau) : 135mm - F/2 - ISO 100 - 1/400 sec.

Nice capture of the Vulture!

Welcome to CR

and i'm done with 1 more more to close it out for tonights viewing pleasure

Here you go:

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: April 27, 2014, 09:49:19 AM »
Caspian Tern

Very nice. Flying on the curve of landscape and sky

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: April 27, 2014, 08:19:53 AM »
1DX, 600mm f4L IS II
1/400s, F11, ISO4000

Nice shot!
Collecting material to build a nest? No?
Thanks candyman,
No, he is actually removing carved wood from his home to be in the trunk, so it is the exact opposite.

ha,ha,ha....I was close....
What a wonderful world of birds..isn't it?!

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: April 27, 2014, 07:52:39 AM »
1DX, 600mm f4L IS II
1/400s, F11, ISO4000

Nice shot!
Collecting material to build a nest? No?

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: April 27, 2014, 07:51:04 AM »
These panorama's were both shot from the upper level of Tokyo Tower. The second panorama is a composite of two panorama's, each made from three photo's.

Very nice!
3 questions:
- did you shoot behind a window (that would be obviously - or not?)
- did you use a pano head (like for example Manfrotto 300N)? If not, what was your technique?

Thanks, candyman!

I inadvertently answered your first question in the edit I did to my original post, before writing this reply: They were indeed both shot through coated glass. There's a plastic coating on the inside of the glass that's a little greasy or damaged in places, which makes it a challenge to shoot without getting blurry spots. Where some blurry spots remained, I sharpened them a little locally in Photoshop.

These were all shot handheld, pretty much with the hood (almost) touching the glass. Then I stitched them in photoshop and used a bunch of warp/perspective tools to get the perspective right. The first panorama got a little dodge and sharpening applied to the lower corners due to the vignetting effect of obliquely shooting though the glass windows.

The second panorama is made up from two almost square panorama's that I shot from two different windows. It was never my intention to combine these when I was shooting them but when I stitched them in Photoshop I found them to be a little boring individually, so I combined them. The distance between the shooting positions was at least 2 meters, so you can see that you can do without a panorama head if there are no subjects close to the shooting position.

Edit: If you're interested in the EXIF information, it's embedded in the images I posted ;)

Thanks for the extra info.
You must have a steady hand.
And, remarkable result while shooting through coated glass.

Did you ever try Canon Photostich? What is your opinion about that?

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