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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm Art 1.4 Focusing problems
« on: October 12, 2014, 05:42:57 AM »

Again, as I've stated previously, along with the others having this problem, it cannot be user calibrated because it's only off center points having the issue and any calibration gets applied to all focus points, throwing the center point(s) out. Neither in camera AFMA nor the sigma dock can fix this issue, and sigma service has stated that they cannot fix it either until the sigma corporation finishes writing the software necessary to do it with (note: they said it's software to be used at the service centers, so it will still not be a user serviceable issue). At least it sounds like they are working towards making it fixable, god knows how long that will take.

Interesting. I just came to the forum to post exactly the same issue with the 35A I have. My first two copies were so far off that I had to return them; I used both FoCal and the dock to calibrate them, but they couldn't even focus properly with center point and a focus target with camera mounted on a tripod.

My third copy is much better. I was able to use the dock along with FoCal to get it consistent using center-point focus, though it did need large adjustments (something like +9, +5, +4, +3 IIRC).

However, when using outer focus points, it's ridiculously off. It will focus on an object a foot in front of what I'm actually focusing on—it's not even close. For example, I took some shots of my daughter sitting on the couch holding a friend's newborn on her lap. Even though I was focusing on my daughter's eyes (with a cross-focus point a little left and above center), the lens decided to focus on the baby's face... which was a good 8-10" in front of my daughter's eyes, and at least 12-16" below.

Like everyone else, I am blown away by the sharpness and clarity of the 35A when it hits. But being forced to use the center focus point in order to get those results is a dealbreaker. 90% of the pictures I take are of people that are moving. Focus and recompose is not an option.

So I am selling my 35A and buying a 35 IS. And as excited as I was about the 50A, I'm going to pass on that as well. Still hoping Canon will come out with a 50 IS or revamped 50/1.4. In the meantime, may just skip up to the 85/1.8 and have a 35/85 combo with two small, compact lenses. This appeals to me because my main workhorses are the 24-70 II and the 70–200 IS.


My 35 A actually perfect ;)
Even guys at Sigma service were surprised ;)

Anyone have a success with latest  batch of 50A ?

I can't speak of the latest batch of the 50A but I bought mine on April 7 this year. It is my first copy. It is working outstanding on both my 6D and 5D MKIII. Straight from the box - although I checked it with AFMA. It is sharp and doesn't miss focus.
I used to own the regular sigma 50 f/1.4 and used it on my 7D. Also worked great without AF problems. Didn't like it on my FF cameras so I sold it.

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Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: October 11, 2014, 12:57:04 PM »
UP North (Wisconsin/Upper Michigan)

Those are some excellent pictures! Well done

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 11, 2014, 12:29:21 PM »
A day at the races.

Love it! And great processing too.

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I voted: ... "*not* have really mattered as I was learning"
And I am still learning!! I do feel very comfortable with my current equipment to master and improve my photography. My photos are by far not in a level where I am able to compete here. Personally I find a lot of inspiration here for that matter. Competition is a good thing when trying to learn and improve. I see so many fantastic photos here and elsewhere on the internet. I enjoy looking at it.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrading - What To Expect
« on: October 11, 2014, 02:55:03 AM »
I would say
1. AF system
2. Ergonmics (and where to find what setting and what it does - more advanced)
3. AFMA

I once went from 550 to 7D. It took me time to get used to the AF system and different modes / when to use what. I remember that people complained about not getting sharp results with the 7D. But very often it came to how to use it.
 

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 10, 2014, 01:21:39 PM »
Canon 7D with Tamron 150-600; 1/1600th, f6.3, ISO 400

Nice shot John.
Agreed. Perfect timing as well

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 09, 2014, 01:41:06 AM »
another one from the other evening. A duck joined me for this one.

Great photo! Nice colors - great inspiration for a painter

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Some great shots there Visual Approach!

Here are a few I took at Duxford recently. I felt the skies ruined nearly all my shots of the two Lancasters together. Have kept the shots to try to go back to one day, but I think they are beyond hope  :(

Sisters

Spitfire by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

Formation flying

Spitres and Hurricane by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

Break!

RAF Red Arrows by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

Twist

RAF Red Arrows by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

Great series!
I like the thrid and 4th photo. Wonderful!

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: October 09, 2014, 01:39:01 AM »

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by Visual Approach, on Flickr

by Visual Approach, on Flickr

by Visual Approach, on Flickr

Wonderful photos. Excellent photos on your Flickr website. Some for amazing point shot.

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 07, 2014, 12:29:17 PM »
no wind last night, so I went for reflections.


Very nice reflection and great colors

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Abstract / Re: This image may have been photoshopped
« on: October 07, 2014, 12:23:33 PM »
Smoking Lemur by dancook1982, on Flickr


I got to smoke it smoke it smoke it
 ;D ;D ;D ;D
great one!

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 05, 2014, 02:22:46 PM »
Brittany Force NHRA Nationals


Brittany Force line tight NHRA 2013 8629 © Keith Breazeal by Keith Breazeal Photography, on Flickr


Great shots Keith!


Were you able to get some shots with the 5D MKIII of the actual trackracing? Could you share those with us?

Thanks you :)
There are several.  My Flickr gallery is here.(It has a mix of 5D III & 7D)  https://www.flickr.com/photos/50428479@N06/sets/72157646459214241/


Wonderful Keith.  Thanks
For me, that proves again that the 5D MKIII is a great allround camera and can handle this type of action very well.

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