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Messages - drmikeinpdx

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Now that the new Sigma 50 Art lens is out, the old DG HSM version has been feeling neglected.  So I'm declaring it to be a cult lens!

It may not be as sharp as the Art lens, but there's just something magical about it's rendering, you know?


I will try to find and post some more images that aren't too naughty.  Feel free to post your own if you have this lens and join the new cult. :)

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Canon General / Re: Buying refurbished from Canon
« on: June 02, 2014, 10:11:54 AM »
I've purchased a 7D and T2i with good results.  Canon uses expensive shipping and charges sales tax, so you have to include that in your calculations.

I do worry that a refurb item might have some tricky problem that bedeviled the first owner but slipped by the inspection techs.  That is probably unlikely for most consumer grade items.  My guess is that most are returned because the consumer decided they purchased a product that was too complex for them. 

Perhaps more caution would be appropriate for professional lenses and bodies, since a pro is more likely to spot a real problem, like lack of sharpness in a lens or an intermittent electrical problem in a body.

In any case, it is important to test the new item thoroughly as soon as possible.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Rant about 5DIII (and my oversight)
« on: June 01, 2014, 12:05:03 AM »
Hey, you are saying mean things about the love of my life!  LOL

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Thanks for the report.  That's the same card I use in my 5D3.  No problems in over a year and a half, but this may prompt me to pop an SD card in the second slot for backup.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Artifact caused by bad memory card?
« on: May 29, 2014, 10:10:18 AM »
Yes, that's probably a bad memory card.

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I sometimes use ISO 50 when I want to use a larger aperture and I can't increase the shutter speed due to flash synch limits.  Seems to work fine, I don't notice any loss in quality.

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Canon General / Re: Let's confess our disgusting perversions
« on: May 23, 2014, 03:23:29 PM »
My perversions are not appropriate to mention in this august forum... but you can visit my (NSFW) website if you want to know more.

I just hope Canon doesn't find out what I do with their cameras and cut me off.  :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSRL Camera for travel
« on: May 22, 2014, 11:03:40 AM »
Mt. Spokane makes a good point.  Putting a large lens on a small camera defeats the purpose of having a small camera.

I am pretty happy with my T2i and 18-55 kit lens for travel.  I sometimes take a longer zoom, but almost never use it.

Here's a casual HDR shot I took in the Columbia River Gorge last month using this combination and a flimsy tripod.



The upload doesn't look as sharp as the original.  Here's a crop to show what kind of detail you can expect:


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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS 5D Mark III Body $2574
« on: May 11, 2014, 11:13:15 AM »
The price is now:  2849.99

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At the risk of being considered rude, my comment is one of suspicion.  The author said that he put the two lenses on two different 5D3s and took casual snapshots around his home.  So how is it that in each pair of shots, the composition and focus are so identical?  And how the heck did he get the dog to stay absolutely perfectly still while he switched cameras?

LOL

My dog is camera shy and kind of freezes up and looks away. I just had one camera in each hand and would pay attention to the composition in the corners of each shot and duplicate, as well as kind of brace my shots in the same position. I really just tried to get a variety of shots to see how the lenses might differ.

Jason

Well, you did an amazingly good job!  And your dog even keeps his tongue in the same position from shot to shot.  It just seems kind of odd and not typical of the casual test shots we usually see posted.  I always try to be just a bit sceptical when I see stuff posted on the net.

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At the risk of being considered rude, my comment is one of suspicion.  The author said that he put the two lenses on two different 5D3s and took casual snapshots around his home.  So how is it that in each pair of shots, the composition and focus are so identical?  And how the heck did he get the dog to stay absolutely perfectly still while he switched cameras?


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EOS Bodies / Re: When Does the Year of the Lens Start?
« on: May 02, 2014, 01:49:47 PM »
I should be happy about the lack of new products.  It's saving me a lot of money and I think I have just about recovered from Gear Acquisition Syndrome.

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Nice to see some excitement about a new product!  Keep those reports coming. :)

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Lenses / Re: What is the perfect lens for street photography?
« on: April 27, 2014, 04:03:54 PM »
Do any of you feel that image stabilization is helpful for street photography?

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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 12, 2014, 07:35:18 PM »
I found a use for the 40 pancake as an indoor full body portrait lens.  The photo below is a full frame example shot wide open. (5D3)

I'm considering the 35 IS for this role.  I think the extra stop and the IS would come in handy.  Mostly waiting for the price to come back down after the recent change in Canon advertising policy.


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