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Photography Technique / Re: Sunset/Ocean Techniques?
« on: Today at 02:21:53 AM »
search google for the black card technique before you spend a cent on filters
personally i prefer to use a black lens cloth as its always there

its an amazingly good technique

the pictures i posted in this thread were done using this technique

Lenses / Re: Ditching the Primes - Advice/Opinions Needed
« on: Today at 02:02:02 AM »
seriously have a look at the EOS-M and 22mm f2

this lens is perfect for new borns

the combo is light so you can easily shoot one handed while holding the baby
the minimum focus distance of the 22mm is something like 150mm so again easy to take pics while holding the baby
at the moment this can be had so dirt cheap its not funny.

this combo can be popped into a nappy bag easily to go with you wherever you want

once they start running around the AF will struggle but you will get alot of great shots
and its such a cheap setup at the moment its crazy to not consider it ;)

i wonder what they think of the recycle times
I've found them noticeably slower than 580 exII flashes using the same eneloops

still good flashes though

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm Art 1.4 Focusing problems
« on: July 24, 2014, 11:18:06 PM »
I got my 4th copy of the sigma art today.

Same problem, again.

Not sure whether to just hold onto it and use center focusing only until they release a firmware update or make the software to fix this in their service centers, to try a 5th copy, or to just give up.

As for 'just a few of us on the net coming here to complain'..... the few of us here have had this problem with multiple copies coming from multiple dealers. Getting one would be unlucky, getting 5 with the same problem is a manufacturing problem.

have you tried calibrating it with the sigma dock?

Lenses / Re: Which Bokeh Monster?
« on: July 24, 2014, 11:15:49 PM »
i'm pretty sure the 100L is 8 blade

as far as i know canon don't make 9 blade lenses
some are seven which are really nice like the 16-35 f2.8L II and the EF-M 22mm
7 blades renders f16 or narrower light stars really nicely on landscape shots IMO much nicer than 8 or 9

another thing to consider since budget is an issue in the OP

I bought the Sigma 35 ART, Sigma 85 1.4 and the canon 135L for the same price as a canon 85L II

i also have the 100L and personally i use the 135 alot more the extra stop is massive when you need high shutter speeds in lower light no IS on such a long length is a bit of a pain sometimes though but its bokeh is amazing and i don't think i ever stop it down

Lenses / Re: Which Bokeh Monster?
« on: July 24, 2014, 08:02:00 AM »
OP is using a crop body

Hey wickidwombat :)

I'll be getting my 6D shortly, time to delve in the world of full frame bodies ;)

ok that solves it 85... 200% based on your desired use ;)

however the 50 ART is still amazing...

Personally if I were in your situation i would wait at the moment and see why sigma does with the 85 ART

the canon 85 II is certainly good but its expensive and its slow on an non 1D body

the current sigma 85 1.4 is great and good value with faster AF than the canon but given the ART series build I think wait and be happy with your 70-200 for now

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm Art 1.4 Focusing problems
« on: July 24, 2014, 07:36:51 AM »
Based on seat of my pants calculations it seems like these lenses have a problem in about one out of three cases.  Does that seem fair?

not really you are taking an extremely small sample group from an internet forum there are probably many many more buyers that dont come here who knows what their experiences are

True.  That's the problem with a small, non-representative sample size like CR forums.   For all we know, it could be that everyone in the world who has gotten a good Sigma lens is posting here, and 99.99% of lenses out there have problems.


haha entirely possible ;)

I have 3 sigma lenses actually had 4 including the previous sigma 50 which i gave away after i got the art but it was pretty flakey on my bodies however it seemed fine on my wifes 5Dmk3 though...

the 85 which i love was my first and out of the box it was horribly back focusing the the degree of the 13 adjustment in AFMA, i sent it in to sigma and it was back in under week and was spot on i dont have that lens set to any AFMA value on any camera and its been used on 2 5Dmk2 bodies 2 5Dmk3 a 1Dmk3 a 600D a 550D and 2 different EOS-M bodies all are fine. it does however miss focus occasionally but not very often.

the 35 was perfect out of the box is amazing tracks so fast is incredibly accurate and just mindblowingly good it just never misses. EVER

the 50 ART was off and i knew it as soon as i picked it up in the store nut hey it was the first and only copy in china so i didnt have alot of choice, i bought the dock and calibrated it and it seems fine but it still misses sometimes but is FAR and away more reliable than the 50 1.4 canon or sigma old version or the 1.8 canon (I never bought the 1.2 but tried it many times and never could feel it was worth the price)
after calibration the 50 ART is pretty great and I've been using it alot its an amazing piece of glass especially considering the price.

So while i'm a fan of sigma primes I full agree that they definitely have a high frequency of issues out of the box but with some perseverance these can be fixed.

Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 24, 2014, 07:04:23 AM »
Viggo looks like you new fiddy is golden and seems to be absolutely nailing it

are you finding you still get misses wide open though?

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm Art 1.4 Focusing problems
« on: July 24, 2014, 06:42:05 AM »
Based on seat of my pants calculations it seems like these lenses have a problem in about one out of three cases.  Does that seem fair?

not really you are taking an extremely small sample group from an internet forum there are probably many many more buyers that dont come here who knows what their experiences are

got to love internet induced fear and mass hysteria....

Lenses / Re: Which Bokeh Monster?
« on: July 24, 2014, 06:38:46 AM »
Again its on crop body....

yes the 85 is awesome but you have to look at the shooting situation
on a crop and in doors the 85 will be often too long just as the 135 is on full frame

i find 85 and 35 on full frame bodies the ideal mix in doors

outdoors i love the 135 when i have enough room

Lenses / Re: Which Bokeh Monster?
« on: July 23, 2014, 08:30:20 PM »
OP is using a crop body

so I would say the sigma 50mm art in this case

if a full frame

It's a tough call between the canon 85 II and the sigma 85
I would wait on the sigma though and see what the do with an art version
the sigma AF is faster than the canon especially on non 1D bodies
however wide open the canon has an edge in IQ and sharpness
by f2 the 2 lenses are basically identical and perhaps the sigma might even be a little sharper
but the differences are so minor its harldy noticable

the canon 85 II has slightly smoother bokeh though but it is 3 times the price of the sigma

so main considerations with an 85 are
price   sigma wins
bokeh  canon wins
AF speed  sigma wins
IQ sharpness pretty much a wash

the 50 ART is flat out amazing and you can use the dock to adjust focus to work on your 500D which does not have in body AFMA so that should also be considered...
also the bokeh of the 50 ART beats everything except MAYBE the ziess 55

My recomendation for a crop body is the 50 ART

Lighting / Re: Godox Witstro 360 flash with HHS
« on: July 23, 2014, 08:19:29 PM »
i just use my phottix odin controller on the camera and the phottix strato II reciever on the godox
job done...

I tried the godox controller in the store but since i'm already invested in phottix stuff there was no point seriously considering it

you just set the flash to HSS set the Odin to HSS and set the groups and channels and it works

this is a seriously powerful portable flash. its easily more powerfull than 3 speed lights in a single box and more protable and compact than 3 speedlights too

Also its recycle time is super quick

Software & Accessories / Re: Benro heads
« on: July 18, 2014, 11:14:41 PM »
i ditched the benro head and replaced it with a novoflex head not really a budget option but the combo works nicely

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: HUMIDITY ALERT!
« on: July 18, 2014, 11:05:59 PM »
I store my gear in Storm hard cases with desiccant cartridges inside the case.  The desiccant has an indicator dye that turns from blue to pink when it needs to be replaced.  There are also humidity controlled 'dry boxes' to store gear.

unfortunately in places that humid the desicant packs are basically worthless they saturate in minutes.
for example shanghai southern china etc. I've thrown out all the desicant packs i had

best bet is humidity cabinets, this sort of thing


Lenses / Re: Camera setup for dental clinic
« on: July 18, 2014, 01:57:46 AM »
i'd look at the eos m and ef adapter + 100 L macro due to the IS

eos m is dirt cheap great quality nice touch screen and with the IS on the macro its easily going to be hand holdable

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