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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 11, 2014, 08:42:20 PM »
B&H sent an email yesterday saying it can be pre-ordered for $949

got an email from B&H yesterday with preorder price of $949!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How to Annoy a Photography Snob
« on: April 10, 2014, 10:13:18 PM »
I lost all respect for Ken Rockwell after reading this:


I know he, in his weird way, was trying to be "funny"...but so many things just go over the line in that page. When reading his photography pages, and when you see him in the few YouTube videos he is in, you get the feeling is a crass, arrogant buffoon...but when you read his "Where do Babies Come From"...you realize he's everything you fear he is...then you throw up.

I don't even bother to click on links to kenrockwell.com anymore...all I ever see now is...where do babies come from... T_T T_T T_T T_T T_T

This actually makes me accept that a couple of countries Ive lived in has internet censorship. He must have been drunk.

unfortunately for me china didn't block that now i will never un see that either  :'(

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Alpha a6000
« on: April 10, 2014, 09:41:53 PM »
and for some perspective here is a 5Dmk3 iso 8000 100% crop

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Alpha a6000
« on: April 10, 2014, 09:34:13 PM »
I thought I had better add (to avoid confusion) that the poor high iso performance seems limited to the jpeg files
the raws seem pretty close to the EOS-M possibly a little less noise and the high resolution helps a bit.

here are a couple of 100% crops of unedited raws from the a6000 and EOS-M at iso 6400

this will be softer than a marshmallow....

Would that be a new marshmallow or a 3 month old marshmallow?

a fresh one....
old ones go hard

Lenses / Re: canon 16-35L MK 1 vs. samyang 14mm
« on: April 10, 2014, 07:32:01 PM »
the 16-35 is still a great versitile lens for so much more that just landscapes i love my 16-35 mk 2 and its a lens that goes everywhere with me.

you could always just get the 14mm for astro use.

Lenses / Re: canon 16-35L MK 1 vs. samyang 14mm
« on: April 10, 2014, 07:20:30 PM »
astro kills the 16-35 option as it suffers from coma, even the mk 2 does
so the samyang 14 is a better bet however it obviously is not as versitile as it has no zoom
but if you are only interested in the wide end then look at dustins review of this lens in the review section
it looks pretty damn good. just be carfeull if you buy used as there are older versions that are optically inferior to the newer ones. but they are so cheap buying new should not be an issue.

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 10, 2014, 07:17:32 PM »
It was a difficult choice between the sigma and the canon for me

I really liked the canon and the IS but I decided for me the extra sharpness wide open and extra stop of light of the sigma was worth more, but that was when prices were equal with the big drop in price the canon is alot more appealing especially because its ALOT smaller and lighter.

And that is exactly why I do feel that Canon made a mistake with initial pricing.  There are those that argue that a high price for early adopters is the way to go and perfectly justifiable.  It may be justifiable, but it is also a mistake, IMO.  How many others like you would have purchased the Canon instead of the Sigma if the initial price had been $200-300 less for the Canon?  This excellent lens has had next to zero buzz because it was initially overpriced.  Contrast that with, say, the new Tamron 150-600mm, which has a waiting list of months everywhere in large part because it is a a good lens at an excellent price.  For that matter, look at the "shorty-forty".  It seems like it has ended up in just about everyone's bag (including my own).  Would that have been the case if it was even $100 more expensive?

I don't even use my 40mm very much, but I don't sell it because it represents such a small investment that it is worth hanging on to.

speaking of the tamron I've been using it a bit and the images I am getting from this lens are frigging amazing, did a zoo trip to shanghai zoo a few days ago with it. I would have posted images sooner however i have so many tack sharp images of lions, tigers etc that i'm having a hard time culling it, it's down to analysing slight facial variations of the animal to work out which ones i like best. Sorry to go OT but it was your review that made me jump onto the bleeding edge with this lens which is amazing because I was a confirmed tamron hater until this lens came out. :D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Alpha a6000
« on: April 10, 2014, 06:56:41 PM »
Dont get me wrong in good light the AF speed is truely amazing for a mirrorless accuracy seems reasonable
I havent tried it in AF-C mode yet personally, my dad did but he is not experienced so the bad results are unlikely a reflection of the camera's ability in this regard. For someone like my dad thats coming from shooting with phones this is a great step up. and the zeiss 16-70 f4 is really nice and well made. ISO 100 Raw files are amazing for a crop sensor EXCEPT for the rubbish colour (which i'm not talented enough to fix easily and not really patient enough to work out how right now). In good light the EVF is good too. My point is mainly that this camera and the much vaunted sony sensor the internet love so much is hardly the holy grail they make it out to be

this will be softer than a marshmallow....

Lenses / Re: a 50mm dilemma.
« on: April 10, 2014, 07:17:49 AM »
buy a cheap eos m and use the 35 siggy on it

seriously this combo is awesome until the new siggy comes out

or wait until next month when the 50 comes out...
cant wait to try it on my 5Dmk3


In autumn I ordered an Fstop backpack, containing an internal storage box. This backpack is great for one to two days hiking. But the problem is to get access to the camera, if you need it immediatly.
I will have to look for another backpack with an fast release on the side, sized about 25-30 liters.
It has to contain a Canon 5DMkIII (with grip if possible), 100-400mm L, (or 70-200mm 2.8 II). One 100mm 2.8 Macro, 50mm 1.4 and a 18-35mm 1.8 lens. No notebook. Place for some food and drinks and clothes. good carrying comfort needed.

Price: Not above 500$.

Who can help me?


Dear Mona.
I love my KATA 3in1-30 Backpack/ Slingpack, that can open the camera with lens on the Sides and on the top.



Good Luck

Great bag!

Have a look at this one:


It's an updated and new style. I Love the rotating middle. I've tried it with a 5d3 and 3 lenses (70-200 2.8 v2 & 24-105 attached) + flash inside. Worked really well.

that kata revolver looks pretty sweet

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Alpha a6000
« on: April 09, 2014, 09:32:12 PM »
So now that I have LR i can look at some files properly from the a6000

my dad shot the first bunch jpg only and at higher iso the jpg rendering is abominable, i mean utterly useless better off using an iphone 5s.... and no thats not a joke. I would completely forget about using jpg out of this camera I would rather an iphone... unless all the jpgs are low iso and properly exposed as there is next to no shadow recovery ability on jpg files

RAW low iso shadow recovery is nothing short of amazing. ZERO pattern noise but obviously alot of noise gets pulled in so IRL you cant pull up too much unless you plan on painting in ALOT of NR. but still much better than canon if you like to under expose by 4 stops...

Colour... well... I hate it. After using canon cameras for a few years since switching from nikon I can't stand the OOC colour rendering and this is using the zeiss 16-70 f4 lens! everything seems to be very green heavy, I have tried some manipulation in LR but cant get it to get close to the colours i get from the EOS M or 5Dmk3. perhaps with alot more work colour could be fixed maybe PBD could give me some tips here because I'm not that good :D .

resolution at low isos looks great pretty much on par with the 5Dmk3 for details. high isos = bleh (really bad)
low iso resolution vs EOS-M the a6000 wins but with the 11-22 the EOS-M is really not far off at higher isos the EOS-M is better if you get the exposure right. underexpose too much and its lost in fixed pattern noise.

all up after using both this and the EOS-M with 11-22 I prefer the EOS-M as a complete package (I know this is heresy and i will most likely burn in internet hell for saying it :P ) but the EOS-M is alot smaller, I like UWA lenses and the 11-22 is one of the most amazing lens purchases i have made in recent years.

I feel while the a6000 leaves the EOS-M AF for dead in good light (no much difference in bad light) the image quality of the EOS-M is overall better, better colours better detail across a wider range of iso's.

for my dad the a6000 is a pretty good camera though, he wasn't invested in anything, got a nice zeiss 16-70 f4 zoom for it and it's significantly smaller and lighter than a dslr which he definately did not want, My mum has a 600D and 15-85 which i got her. (I feel this combo is still better than the a6000 too as an overall package FPS is not really a factor for them)

All up my summary of the a6000 is that it does not live up to the internet hype. it doesn't come close unless you are looking at a few fairly unrelated metrics ie low iso shadow noise, AF spread, FPS. Higher iso performance and IQ is lacking
It is probably better at capturing action than the 600D and definately better than the EOS-M. the wide AF spread is good but not any different to the EOS-M which also has a wide AF point spread. For me the biggest problems are the rapid mid to high iso IQ loss and the crap colour rendering out of camera vs canon.

I haven't attached any images but will dig some out and post them.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art $996 in Australia
« on: April 09, 2014, 09:08:28 PM »
Slightly OT (but not much I think!) I have been checking the DCW website pretty much every day and this morning I saw that they have a listing for the 50 Art in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts for AUD996. I have absolutely no connection to them, I just thought that a legit pricepoint would be of interest (and of course as a heads-up to any Downunder CR folks)

How can they lose? This is going to be a huge hit, perhaps even more than the 35 Art...


thats awesome considering DCW are usually 10-15% more expensive than can be had elsewhere :D

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