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Lenses / Re: Next L Lens From Canon Will be a Prime [CR2]
« on: Today at 02:07:01 PM »
As this is not a 50mm IS refresh rumor (which will undoubtedly not be an L lens), if there was a new L lens on offer, I'd guess the one most in need of a refresh would be:

35mm   f/1.4L - 17 years old
135mm f/2L - 19 years old

Those aren't the oldest L primes, but they are a strong combination of old and in high demand.  My money would be on one of those.

- A

Is the 135mm in need of an update? I haven't heard anything put praise for that lens.

Indeed I rented it once and it's a really nice lens. Just a little too specialized for me. Maybe for once they want to try and announce it before Sigma does? Given the quality of the Canon 70-200 IS ii, the main purposes for that lens is super low light or sports. 35 or 50 is more standard and I would think more in need (especially the 50)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens Next? [CR2]
« on: February 19, 2015, 08:16:07 AM »
I don't own a Canon 135mm L for one reason - no IS. The Sigma 135mm Art will certainly have IS, as will their 85mm.

Please can we stop the 24-70mm f/2 nonsense. It was based on a photoshopped image.

While a 85 IS would be nice I'd be very surprised if they added it. The 135 definitely makes sense to add it if they can though.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens Next? [CR2]
« on: February 18, 2015, 06:58:59 AM »
What exactly is wrong with the current 85m f1.4?  I own it and it's right up there with my Canon L lenses.

Do we need a 85 ART?

There's nothing wrong with it perse. My reasons for not getting it is that compared to the Canon 70-200 IS ii I've found the 70-200 more useful with about the same sharpness. Compared to the Canon 85 1.2, I feel while the Canon focuses slower it tends to hit AF better when it does hit. I would call Sigma's AF a little more sloppy and it gets pretty close but not quite right all the time. I have the Sigma 35 ART and have rented the Sigma 50 ART and both had much better AF then Sigma's old lenses. Add onto that that the new ART lenses can be adjusted with the dock if there's an issue and it gives me some some reassurance regarding AF. The current lens is fine but I'm looking for something that I can use wide open or at f/2 that's still super sharp. The current one is pretty good but I feel I'm giving up the flexibility of a zoom for an extra stop or two without the extra sharpness that primes once gave. I think Sigma can up their game on this one just like they have with the 35 and 50 give me a reason to get this lens.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens Next? [CR2]
« on: February 17, 2015, 01:23:21 PM »
Interesting that this is a CR2. Gives me some hope :)

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: In Stock: Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 at B&H Photo
« on: February 17, 2015, 10:36:12 AM »
I had an 8mm rokinon lens and I was pretty impressed with image quality... But I'm not sure why I would pay $400 for a manual 50mm. 

Is the image quality better than the Canon 50mm f1.4?  If not, then is the build quality better?  If not, why would I consider paying this much for much less lens?

+1  I don't get it.  Unless the IQ is head and shoulders better than the Canon 50/1.4 why pay more for this MF lens?  I don't have anything against Rokinon, I owned their 14/2.8 USM and enjoyed it, but don't see why this lens is worth paying more for than decent AF lenses.
I think this lens is a spinoff from the one aimed at people who would want it for video. Plus a MF lens is easier to focus manually than an AF lens in manual.

Good point. I hadn't thought about the video market. I would agree, I think that would have to be the main attraction for this lens. Has anybody ever had a repair done on a Rokinon? I think I read something a while ago by Roger at LenRentals that basically said they're throw away lenses as you can't get support for them. Curious if that's still the fact. If that is the case, then I'd still pay more to have that assurance of a real company supporting the products I'm buying.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: In Stock: Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 at B&H Photo
« on: February 16, 2015, 03:20:47 PM »
I had an 8mm rokinon lens and I was pretty impressed with image quality... But I'm not sure why I would pay $400 for a manual 50mm. 

Is the image quality better than the Canon 50mm f1.4?  If not, then is the build quality better?  If not, why would I consider paying this much for much less lens?

Yeah, that was my thought too. The 14mm 2.8 seems to be a pretty good value and at 14 2.8 AF isn't such a big deal but both this 50 and the 135 both are a lot harder to justify. I'd rather spend twice the price and get the Sigma 50 ART.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art announced..
« on: February 10, 2015, 10:13:42 AM »
can they please just take the 24-105 F4 out of the "ART" collection already?  Excited to see what's next.  I love the 18-35 F1.8 ART lens and extremely happy I purchased it.  Would love to see another true ART style zoom lens.

Don't worry, it's not just taken out of the art lineup, it's discontinued.
I heard that wasn't true and they're still producing it. I think why people have a hard time with that lens is it doesn't follow the usual trend of the ART series of either doing something no one else has done (18-35) or does it at least or in most cases better and for a cheaper price. The The 24-105 isn't a bad lens the problem is it's a kit lens so it can easily be found for around $600 giving the Canon an upper hand. I have no issue with it being in the ART category. I'm just not planning on buying it.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art announced..
« on: February 10, 2015, 09:56:43 AM »
Why do people want the 85 art so much?  It's the presumption that it will be even sharper than the 85 L mkii?  It is it that it still be half the price?... our a faster auto focus system... sure there are plenty of reasons to want it, but it seems like the original sigma 85 isn't that old, and it is already pretty costly... So would an at version only be an extra $100?
For me it's mostly price. If I'm spending in the range of the Canon 85L then I have lenses like the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS or the Canon 24-70 II. When Sigma didn't announce an 85 ART in September I went ahead and bought the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS. I'd say around $1000 is about the max I'd be willing to pay (not that that is what it should cost just what I'd be willing to pay on sale). I bought my 35 ART for $780 and it's been a great lens. Primes are great but they obviously have a more limited use than zooms so I just can't justify spending $2000 on one when I could put that towards something else. Just my take on things.

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I've found the Westcott Speedlite ProGrip Umbrella Kit to work pretty well and it's a lot easier to carry around than a softbox. Learned about it from Zach & Jody: http://westcottu.com/photography-tips/modifying-speedlites-in-confined-spaces/

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Lighting / Re: 6D + 580EXII serious TTL metering problem?
« on: January 27, 2015, 07:26:52 AM »
I have experienced same with the Canon 6D. Massive under exposures on center weighted e-ttl on multiple flash manufactures; in fact, when using 6D in ttl mode, I just use average now - which seems to get the shot right.

I've gotten these massive under exposures on Yongnuo, Gotix, and Canon 480
I'll have to try that out. Thanks.

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Technical Support / Re: Replacing Canon Flash AF assist cover
« on: January 02, 2015, 12:55:23 PM »
Good point. Not sure if Canon would of given it free but I'll try that next time first. Doesn't hurt. Regarding the capacitor, I shouldn't have to mess with that at all but I have been shocked by an old school windup film camera capacitor before. Not fun.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Confirms Development of High Megapixel Camera
« on: December 30, 2014, 10:55:05 AM »
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I haven't read through 19 pages of comments...

But I believe if this is the 5D4, a lot of people will be using the 5D3 for a lot of years to come.
Yeah seems kind of weird. Although one possibility would be to make the 6D mark ii a lot more pro level. Makes sense considering how big an upgrade the 7d mark ii was.

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Technical Support / Re: Replacing Canon Flash AF assist cover
« on: December 30, 2014, 09:14:26 AM »
The $185 fee is just the fixed price servicing, they do it like that because it is more efficient for them, but it means even the smallest job is expensive.

But I believe the AF cover just pops on without any dismantling, it has a couple of tabs on the top that you hook in first then push it on the rest of the way and another couple of tabs lock it in. No screws, no dismantling, just pop it on top first.
Yeah I totally get it. I guess the main thing I was worried about was I noticed what appeared to be a seal around the cover. I'll go ahead and order that part and see how we go. Thanks.

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Technical Support / Replacing Canon Flash AF assist cover
« on: December 30, 2014, 07:49:40 AM »
So I accidentally dropped my Canon 600 EX-RT on Christmas and shattered the cover for the AF assist. Does anyone know how hard this is to fix? Canon is quoting around $185 which is a little steep for something that's mostly a cosmetic thing in my use. I found this site: http://www.uscamera.com/cy2-4318.htm that has the replacement part. Just not sure how difficult it is to replace. Thanks.

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Lenses / Re: Comparison: Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 vs Canon 50mm f/1.8
« on: December 29, 2014, 01:42:39 PM »
hmmmmmmm....maybe I should not have purchase my Sigma Art....... :-X
:) na I think you're still good. That's a sweet lens. I have the Sigma 35 and keep trying to justify my need for the 50 as well. I think I'm probably going to end up getting the Canon 24-70 2.8 ii instead but it's an excellent lens.

Brian, I have both. I had the same debate with myself months ago after already being a 35mm owner.  Buy the damn thing. They seem like similar lenses on paper but in practice, the 50mm will do much better with portrait situations if that's what you do because the distortions of things like facial features while prevalent on the 35mm is not a factor on the 50mm.  So it's all about what you're trying to do with the lens vs. your shooting needs
Thanks for the input. I just bought the Canon 70-200 IS ii so I have to wait anyways but I do know what you're talking about. Just hard since they aren't very far apart. I was hoping Sigma was going to announce a 85mm ART lens at Photokina but they didn't so I went with the 70-200. At some point if they come out with an 85mm ART I'll have to decide between it and the 50mm ART but I think I'd be learning towards the 85 assuming it's as good as the other ART lenses have been.

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