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Lenses / Re: The sharpness curse!
« on: June 21, 2014, 02:13:36 PM »
Nice post by Ruined!  I also enjoyed the photo by RavePixel - it's a good example of the very shallow DOF portrait style - you can really see how the glasses and the teeth stand out.  I presume it was shot wide open.

Personally, I don't like the DOF to be quite that shallow, so if I shoot wide open for bokeh, I usually stand a bit farther back from my subject (With my old Sigma 50 classic)   Or, I stop down to about F/2.

One of the reasons it is so much fun to talk about lenses is because our artistic preferences give us endless variations of opinion.  Sharpness is just a small part of the equation.  And let's not forget other qualities like my favorite: accurate autofocus!

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Software & Accessories / Re: LR 5.5 - Rotated watermarks disappear?
« on: June 21, 2014, 12:20:43 AM »
I've had a lot of frustration with that watermark module too.  Seems like there should be a plug-in for Lightroom that would give more flexibility.  Anybody know of one?

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This was shot with the Sigma 50mm F/1.4 classic at F/2 on a 5D3.  I cropped away about 40% of the frame.  I shot several frames wide open, but the model's nose was out of focus.  One stop down works better for me when shooting this close to a model.


Nice bokeh, but do you think there is enough sharpness to use this classic lens for portraits?  Let's zoom in to see...


OMG!  Look at all that unfortunate skin texture!  Look at the red veins in the eyes.  :(    Could it be that this lens is tooo sharp for portraits?  LOL  Maybe I do need to buy that expensive Art lens!

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Lenses / Re: Any word on the 50mm with Image Stabilzation?
« on: June 17, 2014, 10:17:33 PM »
Add me to the list of photographers waiting for a stabilized 50mm prime.  Until then I'll just keep using my Sigma 50 1.4 non-Art lens.  It's a good value for $500.  It would not focus very consistently on my old 5D classic, but my 5D3 makes it focus like a champion. 

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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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