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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

Pricewatch Deals / Re: EOS M + 18-55mm for $250!
« on: July 14, 2014, 10:47:55 PM »
wow thats awesome cheap. and the IR conversion + international shipping from lifepixel is $400
so you can get a nice compact IR camera for $650!  wow.

EOS-M / Re: The promised pics of the 18-200 Tammy
« on: July 14, 2014, 10:43:39 PM »
yeah purple fringing is a fairly minor concern these days

Lenses / Re: another...would you?
« on: July 14, 2014, 10:24:03 PM »
Is the Tamron even available? I thought it was back ordered...
When I checked, every store website says it is available for pre-order!  ???

can buy it at xing guang photographic in shanghai... they had stock last time I checked they also have stock of the sigma 50 art

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: July 14, 2014, 10:22:48 PM »
wow that price is amazing if its true cant wait to see how it tests out and how it takes a 1.4 TC
it will have panning mode IS and be smaller than the tamron

while i do like the tamron the lack of panning mode IS is an annoyance and at $2400 if it works well with the 1.4 TC
I'd upgrade in a heartbeat

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Customer Advisor
« on: July 13, 2014, 11:35:29 PM »
not me

can you advise them that CC licks balls please?

After football practice ice cream

Lovely light :)

awesome lighting

Lenses / Re: another...would you?
« on: July 13, 2014, 10:30:23 PM »
currently I don't have any lens reaching above 200mm (unless I use a non-canon 2x converter on the MDP). I have been considering the Sigma 150-500mm or even the Tamron 150-600mm
To fund either purchase, either the Ts-e 90mm (choice #1 to sell) or the Zeiss T18mm will be sacrificed  :'( as much as I like both, the truth is they don't see much use lately.
I like the sigma option more, as it' available right now, great price, and I would say better buit quality compared with Tamron.
So, would you do it?
...just trying to get some feedack and opinions to make my mind once for all.

the tamron is better than the sigma and its AF is amazing however it lacks a panning mode IS which the sigma does have
so if you want to pan with the tamron you have to turn IS off

Lenses / Re: 5D3 + teleconverter + Telescope
« on: July 11, 2014, 08:46:40 PM »
I have confirmed that the dandelion autofocus confirmation chip DOES NOT work for this purpose. The body is fooled into thinking it's an EOS lens,  but the teleconverter isn't buying it. I suspect it's because the EF conconveter is expecting 3 more pins to provide data that the AF confirmation chip does not have.

Now I'm back to square one...

did you get the right chip, the chip i got looks identical to the lens contacts...

Lighting / Re: i spoil my speedlite by using DIY speed grid
« on: July 02, 2014, 10:39:43 PM »
hahahaa funny story!

hopefully they can replace the front lens facia and its not too expensive...

you should have let the glue dry completely before use... ;) but you know that now don't you

isnt this what the FEL button does or did i read your post wrong?

The FEL button uses spot and only locks for one image, no?

I thought it locked for a period of time and if no shots were taken in that time it reverted but as long as you keep shooting its in effect... not 100% though but i thought it was for more than one image. I don't really use it so i'm not sure.

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