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Lenses / Re: The sharpness curse!
« on: June 24, 2014, 01:14:06 AM »
Personally I never thought the 50L justified its price relative to the 50 1.4 especially given issues like focus breathing
The canon 50 1.4 AF was not reliable. For me finally the sigma art is the 50 I've been waiting for it has amazingly good bokeh and it is nice that its also sharp corner to corner full frame. It worth its price. And AF is the best of any 50 I've ever used

EOS Bodies / Re: New Sensor Tech in EOS 7D Mark II [CR2]
« on: June 23, 2014, 05:53:24 AM »
I'll toss it out there.......



We can only hope.

Honestly if Canon wants to win the hearts of entry level consumers and make everyone else look bad they would scrap EF-S and move the entire Rebel line to APS-H. Low light is still king and the only guaranteed way to get more of it is with bigger sensors.

I'm so glad someone else said it
now where's my popcorn...

Portrait / Re: Poor Lighting
« on: June 23, 2014, 01:21:09 AM »
Fantastic shots man

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Another Mirrorless that Won't Sell
« on: June 23, 2014, 01:09:24 AM »
While this is a fantastic buy, I dont need LR5 and the J1 doesn't have a hotshoe.  >:( :P :-[
I wanted an extra licence of lr and I was looking at second hand rebels for the nephew so this was a super awesome deal lack of a hot shoe is no big deal on a nikon as their speedlights will work fine off camera

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Another Mirrorless that Won't Sell
« on: June 23, 2014, 12:39:56 AM »
So I got this and I have to say for the tiny cost this camera is pretty damn good
Certainly great for my nephew to learn photography on and it does 10fps with what seems like a really deep buffer
He'll my 1d mk3 is also 10mp and does 10fps! And is a crap load bigger
Thanks again for the heads up on this great buy!

Lighting / Re: Godox Ving V860
« on: June 23, 2014, 12:29:11 AM »
I've got the godox 360 too man this thing has some grunt it's literally like a studio strobe the size of a speed light
I have a phottix strato 2 recieved on it and use the Odin to control it and get right out to 1/8000 sec high speed sync
It's awesome and it recycles fast too I'd it recycles as fast as a 5d3 can shoot with the extra cable giving extra power

EOS-M / Re: Why I Like My 'M'
« on: June 21, 2014, 09:43:12 PM »
same, I love it with the 11-22 it's awesome

It concerns me that "Elegant tungsten silver brand ring" is the 4th feature listed?!

it looks pretty good on the 150-600....

Software & Accessories / Re: Inconspicuous Messenger Bag
« on: June 21, 2014, 08:42:44 AM »
Rey the Tamrac rally 5 or rally 6, both will accommodate everything you described. The rally 7 is too big for my taste.
The quality is superb as any other Tamrac bag

thats the one i have i cant remember if its the 5 or 6 but it is excellent

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm Art 1.4 Focusing problems
« on: June 21, 2014, 08:23:49 AM »
I received my copy of this lens several days ago, and I admit that it's a bit of a head-scratcher for me.  First off, I ran a series of shots of a static target at different distances in order to calibrate it with the Sigma dock/optimization software.  I achieved razor sharp results at f/1.4 after dialing-in the appropriate adjustments for each distance on the scale.  I did use a tripod, an extremely bright halogen lamp (EV 10, at least), and center-point focus only for the calibration.  I also played around with live-view focus which obviously achieved excellent quality and consistent results.  After calibrating with the dock (each zone, save for infinity ended up at approximately +10 or so) I took the lens out for some test shots.  The results were somewhat inconsistent, as others on this forum have reported.  Many shots were spot-on, but some were confusingly out of focus - and often by a quite a wide margin.  I deliberately kept the lens at f/1.4, but made sure shutter speeds were never below 1/200th.  I probably should have noted what points on the 5d3 I was using when the misfocused shots were taken as I believe I did read a post on this forum that mentioned problems with off-center (or perhaps non-cross-type) focus points and this lens.

Next up, I attempted to AFMA with FoCal for kicks.  FoCal's AFMA module absolutely hated this lens and reported 'poor' confidence (red color) in two complete runs.  I didn't bother saving the logs.  Next up I used the FoCal's AF consistency module which reported 97.5% consistency with phase detection... weird.  I wonder if I've not received a dud lens, or if my old hands are shakier than I truly realize.  I do own the Sigma 35mm f/1.4A which is an absolute gem.  I have no problems whatsoever with the 35A in terms of auto focus.  Sure, 35mm has lots more DOF at F/1.4, but I just can't miss with it. 
Thoughts, anyone?  I see that some people have already exchanged their copies of the 50A (even several times)... Thanks.

Sorry to hear that dear friend.
Looks like Sigma still trying to figure out the 5d mkiii/1dx AF system.
And it's very sad that still no words or any firmware update from Sigma yet.
Also the service guys still have no idea what to do with those issues.
Otherwise it's a great lens ;)
I have lens no.2 now. The first was very unpredictable. This second one is more consistent, but not reliable. I have done both FoCal, with a mix of poor and acceptable results (The first lens did not pass FoCal at all) and a manual LensAlign test. With LensAlign I have found a fairly consistent back focus, coming from infinity to app. 1,2m and front focus coming from MFD. Not much, but enough to make f1.4 shots sufficiently out of focus to be annoying.

With the Eg-S focusing screen on the 5DIII and Ec-S on the 1DX, I get equal or better results shooting the Otus wide open. That sort of kills my interest in the Sigma ...

I agree on the optical performance though. When focus is right, you can get absolutely stunning images with this lens.

you HAVE to adjust it with the dock, focal and in body AFMA is half the problem you guys are having. seriously...

EOS Bodies / Re: New Sensor Tech in EOS 7D Mark II [CR2]
« on: June 21, 2014, 08:21:34 AM »
i hope it´s not just dual pixel v2....  ::)

ps: some of you guys should really try to get a life and spend less time on forums..

best post ever!

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D mark 2 crop vs full frame
« on: June 21, 2014, 08:20:01 AM »
it will be APS-C
but i selected APS-H since i wish it would be and it annoys alot of people :D

Part of me is actually kind of excited about this a single lens that I can use all day on my 5DIII would be great for travel and other situations where bringing multiple lenses or changing lenses isn't practical.  The 28-300L is clearly not that lens as mrsfotografie pointed out.

If the IQ is above average, I think it might be an interesting lens.

i'm more excited about the 18-200 on the eos-M for this purpose and keep fast glass like the sigma 50 1.4 on the 5Dmk3

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS
« on: June 20, 2014, 09:51:03 PM »
wow that looks intersting i wonder what it will sell for should they make it!

Hopefully Sigma will now produce lenses for the M. I thought it was interesting with the timing of this release in that Canon released its telephoto zoom just 48 hours prior approx.

If the quality of the lens at least on par with the quality of the EF-M 18-55mm, I think many will be on board with Tamron's super zoom offering.

id be interested to see what a sigma 18-35 f1.8 in native EF-M mount would be like
the size difference between the rokinon EF-S 8mm and the EF-M 8mm is massive just as an example

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