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Lenses / Re: Another thread about AF problems with Sigma 35A
« on: September 25, 2014, 07:34:36 AM »
switters:  What camera are you using?

Thanks for the info!  Do you guys happen to remember if the Sigma outlet store charged you sales tax?

Ah, thanks Mt. Spokane!

I checked out prices for the 50 and 35 Art lenses...  The 50 is not available at all.  The 35 Art is available for $679, but.... it's only available in the Pentax mount!  LOL

So I guess we still haven't figured out where all those returned Canon mount Art lenses are going.

Perhaps the percentage of returned lenses is much less than what one would guess from reading online reviews and blogs?

Third Party Manufacturers / What happens to all those returned Sigma lenses?
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:29:07 PM »
I'm considering a Sigma Art lens and doing a lot of online research.  One thing that shows up a lot are reports of photographers sending back a lens to exchange for another that will hopefully focus better.  Sometimes there are three or four exchanges before they either give up or get a lens they are happy with.

You guys know that already, but what I'd like to know is what happens to all those returned lenses?  Does Sigma have a place where they sell refurbished lenses?  Do they destroy them as a tax write-off?   Disassemble them and re-use the parts to make new lenses?

Just curious!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Opens Up About Their Roadmap
« on: September 22, 2014, 09:23:15 PM »
How about hiring some Chinese hackers to gain access to the Canon autofocus algorithms?   All the sharpness in the world does me no good if my images are not precisely focused.

Manual focus?  No way!  Have you ever tried to get a nude model to hold perfectly still and smile while you manually focused your favorite portrait lens?

Lenses / Box for sale on Craigslist
« on: September 21, 2014, 11:32:34 PM »
If you happen to need a box for a 5D2, a guy has been offering one on Craigslist (Portland, OR) for $30.  Either he has more than one box or he keeps advertising the same one for the last few months.  Maybe people think it isn't playing fair if you buy someone else's box?   LOL

I only keep boxes if I think there's a good chance I will wish to sell or return a product.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark IV announcement on March 2015 or later
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:36:45 PM »
I love my Mark III so much I will probably wait until the Mark VI before I upgrade.  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 10:25:56 AM »
Just small incremental upgrades.  Not much to show for all the years of development if you ask me.  I'll skip the mark II, thank you.

The reviewer certainly loved the 50 Art on his Nikon.  Do Nikon shooters have fewer autofocus complaints with this lens than Canon shooters?

Lenses / Re: Sigma 35 Art vs EF 35 IS in real life
« on: September 01, 2014, 03:34:24 PM »
Thanks for the compliments!

I'm still trying to decide if I need a 35mm prime in my arsenal.  I have  a couple of zooms and a 40 pancake that do almost the same thing.  There's no doubt that it's a nice lens, but I don't see myself using it enough to justify a $500 investment right now.

I think I'll wait for the end of year sales and see if I can get one at a good price.  I'm also waiting for Canon to come out with a stabilized 50mm lens in the same series.  Well, I can always dream!

Lenses / Re: Sigma 35 Art vs EF 35 IS in real life
« on: August 30, 2014, 08:35:07 PM »
Once you're done renting, are you going to buy it?

Funny you should ask that... I just got an email from offering to sell me the lens for about 25 dollars more than what I could buy a new one for.  Wonder if they get many buyers that way?  Maybe I get to keep the nice padded case they use for shipping.  Didn't read all the fine print before I deleted the message.

I still have the lens for a few more days, so far I like it.  It makes nice bokeh if I'm close to the model, like within 3-5 feet.

A purchase decision depends on how much I think I will use it.  For me, it would mostly be an indoor lens for available light glamour/boudoir shoots.  $550 for a professional grade lens isn't a lot if you get a reasonable amount of use out of it.

I just posted some photos on my blog comparing the 35 with a 50 and an 85 if you want to see them.  I'd post some here, but they are not appropriate for this forum.

Warning... NSFW....adults only:

Pricewatch Deals / A Very Small Niche
« on: August 30, 2014, 08:15:45 PM »
I like the concept of the EOS-M, but I just can't justify buying one.  It would have to fit into a very narrow gap between my S100 and my T2i. 

If I want a pocket camera, the S100 works very well and has a nice zoom range.  If I want to carry a small camera bag with an extra lens or two, then the T2i works great.   

If I didn't own these two travel cameras, maybe the M would make sense for me.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 35 Art vs EF 35 IS in real life
« on: August 28, 2014, 12:32:13 AM »
I am renting a copy of the Canon 35mm F/2.0 IS this week.  Using the center point on my 5D3 it focuses perfectly every time with zero AFMA.  Using the outermost focus point, the focus drifts a little front or back, but not much.

It feels strangely light on the 5D3 at first, but you get used to it very fast.

I shoot mostly people, so I'm not all that interested in extreme sharpness. If I needed a 35 prime I would not hesitate to buy this lens over the Sigma or the Canon L.  I'll be testing it some more this week.

Lenses / Re: 100mm 2.8 vs 85mm 1.8
« on: August 22, 2014, 09:26:11 AM »
I have the 85 1.8 and the 100 2.0.   Bought the 100 first on the recommendation of a friend and found it to be a bit long for my needs.  I use the 85 about 10 times as much as the 100 for my work.  Have never had a problem with insufficient minimum focus distance.

I thought about getting a 100 L for greater sharpness, but after due consideration I realized that when shooting people, maximum sharpness is a disadvantage more often that it is an advantage.  I would just have to spend more time in photoshop smoothing skin.

Lenses / Re: 85mm f1/2L II and event photography?
« on: August 22, 2014, 09:12:00 AM »
Great topic!

Not only does the camera body make a difference, but personal taste for blur should be taken into account.

For example, Vern's lovely wedding shot above has too much blur for my taste.  I'd rather have a little less blur and be able to identify my friends/relatives in their wedding pix.  I think photographers may have gotten a bit carried away in seeking maximum blur.  Do clients really want that?  I think they are more concerned that we don't make them look fat.     BTW, I'm not a wedding photographer, so my opinion should not be given a lot of weight.  - pun intended :)

Personally, on my 5D3,  I prefer the 85 1.8 for its light weight and speedy autofocus.  In my recent side by side test, the images were quite similar.   But of course the 85 1.2 can create more blur if you shoot at 1.2.

All I need to do now is find a way to paint a red ring on my 1.8!

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