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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: Today at 11:21:34 AM »
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000RXW0AI/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1397654437&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40

Dylan, mac... I was thinking abit a b&w nd and using a step down filter.  77 will fit the 70-200 and the 24-105... but sure about the 100l, but I know it is smaller so I can use a step down ring there as well. 

Having said that... I've heard horror stories about the screw grooves being wrong and people having to cut the ring off their filter and lens... so is there a better brand of step down?


I have never own any step down ring. So no comment. I bought the BW 72mm 3stop ND filter, since my 50L, 85L, and 135L are 72mm

This is the one I have: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/752859-REG/B_W_1066146_72mm_103_Solid_Neutral.html

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: Today at 10:53:13 AM »
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I wonder how many professional photographers truly enjoy photography?

i do.

my father (incidentally a phd chemist) always told us kids growing up to do what you love, the rest will take care of itself. so i listened...and that's exactly what is happening. i am able to fully support myself on photography alone. i do feel quite lucky though as it isnt easy and i see alot of people struggle with it and fail.

i never understood the comments some people make about not wanting to be a professional and ruin what they love doing. i always thought the best thing you could hope for is to get to do what you love everyday....AND have someone pay you to do it!

but i have absolutely no problem with amateurs buying the best gear...i say why not! at the very least it helps support the company i expect to continue to produce top notch tools for my business. the only issue i have is when an amateur thinks they can take on pro jobs simply because they have the gear and then they do the work for ridiculously low rates or free. that aint cool!

Absolutely with you there. The greatest achievement i have made personally is not in technique or equipment but in the ability to turn a creative hobby into a career that allows me the free time to spend with my family. 80% running a business and 20% photography but given the usual 50 hour weeks that means i spend a lot more time and effort on my photography than most amateurs. And I enjoy it - yes there are times it is stressful and times when your standing in the freezing pouring rain waiting for uncle bob to finish on the loo ! But i would not change it.

There are no sour grapes here, in fact a lot of the 'all the gear and no idea' crew i have met pose no challenge to the professionals but simply want to own the best they can afford , some however like some of you guys here take the time to also learn techniques and enjoy creative photography with your gear and some go on to make a living from it or just to enjoy it.

Still i find it somewhat odd that you would need three pro slrs and a dozen L lenses to photography your kids running round the house , that however you look at it is a complete waste of money and kit. I wager that the person in question does some other work with it too ;

When you shoot a wedding, how many bodies & lenses do you take with you? For what I know, wedding shooters don’t come to a wedding with one camera and one lens. Many will carry at least two bodies, 24-70 for general, 70-200 for extra reach, fast primes for extra speed and shallow DOF, macro & UWA for special shots, lights & a lot batteries etc…Why all those gear needed at the event - because they don’t want to miss the “SHOT”.

As I mentioned, photography is my hobby and photograph my kids. My kids doing: indoor swimming, ballet, soccer and painting. As a father, I don’t want to miss “ THE SHOT &  THE MOMENT” due to swapping lenses.

With 2 bodies and two lenses at the event, the chance missing the shot is much less. In my case, I like to carry these combos:

1.   short distance & decent lighting: 24-70 II & 70-200 f2.8 IS II
2.   longer distance & decent lighting: 70-200 f2.8 IS II & 400 f2.8 IS II (in my  case, indoor swimming and ballet)
3.   short distance & low light: 50L & 135L
4.   Portrait: 85L
5.   Walk around the town with my kids, A7r + FE 55mm

Wasting is when photographer has too many crappy lenses in the bag and they don’t get use. 


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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: Today at 09:40:37 AM »
And just to add, it sounds like sour-grapes to criticize a non-professional for having the good fortune and good taste to have premium bodies and glass.


+1

As with mackguyver, my professional career offers excellent compensation, and the consulting I do on the side pays for my photography gear.


+1....with Neuro.


Off topic:
@ pwp - don't forget, Costco sells steak & lobster tail at decent price ;) You can have $75 dinner for less $15.

How to Cook a Steak in a Pan - Gordon Ramsay Small | Large

 

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Landscape / Re: Total Lunar Eclipse - #1 of 4 - April 2014
« on: April 15, 2014, 11:16:02 PM »
Two more composites:






!!!AWESOME!!!

I just downloaded your 1st photo and saved it in my laptop background - I hope you don't have problem with that.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 15, 2014, 10:34:50 PM »
I suppose it is time for me to drop out of this conversation... I just bought an 85L mkii... so... I guess the 50mm sigma wasn't meant to be.
Congrats, you'll love it.  It took me a long time to build up the nerve to buy it, but I had no regrets from the moment I saw the first photo.  In fact, my wife will only let me shoot her with that lens because she loves how the photos turn out with it.

+1....  ;)


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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 15, 2014, 10:33:24 PM »
Congrats JD ;) You gonna LOVE this lens. Post some photos whenever you ready.

I took Neuro advice and bought B&W 3stop ND filter for this lens. Shooting wide open in day time is fun.

Thanks.  That's not a bad idea re: the filter.  I like my f/2.8 lenses... but there is just something fun about shooting at f/1.4 or f/1.8... and now I can push that to f/1.2.

You paid big $$$ for that f1.2, make sure you use it right ;D. This lens shines @ f1.2 - period.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:38:54 PM »
I suppose it is time for me to drop out of this conversation... I just bought an 85L mkii... so... I guess the 50mm sigma wasn't meant to be.

Congrats JD ;) You gonna LOVE this lens. Post some photos whenever you ready.

I took Neuro advice and bought B&W 3stop ND filter for this lens. Shooting wide open in day time is fun.

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Landscape / Re: Total Lunar Eclipse - #1 of 4 - April 2014
« on: April 15, 2014, 06:54:58 PM »
jrista, you really have mastered astrophotography and these shots are amazing!  That said, I think I think Dylan put everyone else's work to shame ;)

LOL.... ;D

Dam Canon sensor ;D ;D ;D

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Landscape / Re: Total Lunar Eclipse - #1 of 4 - April 2014
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:08:49 PM »
Ah, looks like they come in cycles. There was a 300 year gap up through 1908. Looks like the total cycle time is 565 years, so we'll have a bunch for a couple centuries, then another lull. I don't know what I read before, but I'm not even sure it actually projected future cycles...I guess I just assumed that it was a rarer event based on the history of Tetrads.

Anyway, here is one of my shots, taken as the moon was entering the umbra:

That's beautiful shot jrista :)

I have never photograph the moon before. Last night, I gave it a try. Result I got is "indescribable"  :-\ :-\ :-\

Derp. You need to use live view to dial in the exposure, or at least start with a pretty high shutter speed and work your way down to the point where the histogram just separates from the right-hand edge. For a full moon, you can start with 1/500th second, and work down from there. A full moon that is within the umbra, however, might need anywhere from 0.5s to 20s of exposure time...you just kind of have to experiment. It depends on how deeply within the umbra the moon passes (last night the moon passed through one edge of the umbra, missing the dead center, so it did not get as dark as it can...a total eclipse that passes right through the center of the earths umbra can get so dark as to be difficult to even see, like a new moon.)

Also, you have to make CERTAIN you are using Manual (M) mode...you can't really photograph the moon with any automatic modes, as there is simply too much contrast for evaluative metering to choose the right settings. Spot metering mode, metered off the moon itself, might do it, but it's still best to go full manual.

Will use your info on next shooting. Thanks

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:02:27 PM »
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Photography is just a hobby for me & take photo of my kids around the house :)

This is hardly the kit list for someone who take pics of their kids at home
Body: 5D III(x2) -- A7r
Zoom: 16-35L II -- 24-70L II -- 70-200L f2.8 IS II
Prime: 40mm -- 50L -- 85L II -- 135L -- 400L f2.8 IS II -- Zeiss FE 55mm f1.8

If you are not using that lot to generate some income then there is something wrong !

I disagree. I simply enjoy Canon fast L lenses because they offer better in IQ, contrast, color, AF and built quality over kit lenses. This is my reward by using Canon fast L lenses.

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 15, 2014, 11:12:07 AM »
While we are talking about misquotes to the handful of people who keep yacking on about the 24-70 2.8 mk2 , there was never a reference to this lens in my post you all just forgot to read it properly, The lens I replaced and compared with is the 24-70 2.8 mk1 and as already stated i am not making assumptions about the mk2 it may well be better than the 35 IS i haven't used it so cant comment.

Just completed another two weddings with the 24 35 85 combo and very happy with the results so far certainly beats the quality that I was getting from the 24-70 MK1...

OK! There's the difference. Most copies of the 24-70 f/2.8 MkI were unmitigated pieces of shirt when compared to the prime beating MkII. I'm not the only photographer around CR (and elsewhere) who ploughed through five or six 24-70 f/2.8MkI lenses over a number of years in search of one of the rare good copies.

As a signed-up, paid-up life member of the Z Team, I'd also choose your primes, the 24 35 85 combo over the old MkI zoom for an important job. My first day shooting with the MkII zoom was one of the happiest days of my life. To say I was gobsmacked by the quality across a broad variety of situations is almost an understatement.

-pw

Thats good to hear ! I am however surprised as i was under the impression from lots of reviews and talk over the years that the 24-70 2.8L was the best Canon had - I never got the performance out of it that i wanted and the day i started shooting the 35 IS was an eye opener to see how much sharper it was.

Would you say the 24-70 mk2 can seriously better the 24 35 85 primes ?

The photo below was taken with 5D III + 24-70 II, SOOC,JPEG, no flash, zero edit. 

What do you think?


Honestly, Its a nice shot and well composed however it would not make me want to rush out and buy the lens. The bokeh looks odd and it does not look tack sharp anywhere.

You have any tack sharp image @ f3.2(without flash) in similar focal lenght?. Since you shoot wedding for $$$, I just want to know the definition of "tack sharp" from the pro POV. I visited your site, you have beatiful collection.

Photography is just a hobby for me & take photo of my kids around the house :)

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Landscape / Re: Total Lunar Eclipse - #1 of 4 - April 2014
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:51:08 AM »
Ah, looks like they come in cycles. There was a 300 year gap up through 1908. Looks like the total cycle time is 565 years, so we'll have a bunch for a couple centuries, then another lull. I don't know what I read before, but I'm not even sure it actually projected future cycles...I guess I just assumed that it was a rarer event based on the history of Tetrads.

Anyway, here is one of my shots, taken as the moon was entering the umbra:

That's beautiful shot jrista :)

I have never photograph the moon before. Last night, I gave it a try. Result I got is "indescribable"  :-\ :-\ :-\

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 15, 2014, 12:46:59 AM »
She is adorable...very cute. Must got it from her mommy ;)

Well, I'm no expert in studio shooting. I REALLY like the 1st photo.

Thanks for sharing and the setup info


This image is taken at f/7.1, 1/200 of a second, an iso of 160, with my 100L.  This might be a guess but I believe I had an A:B ratio of 8:1... though I'm not 100% sure it looks like it.  I didn't have the 3rd Yongnuo at the time of the photo... I was using a crappy 90ex as a master and it did SUCH a great job I bought the Yongnuo immediately after the shoot.  Yes... that was sarcasm... but I have good news... I sold that 90ex for 45 bucks and I lost only $5 for the chance to test it out. 

I had one 580 exii to my left with a 43ish inch umbrella (soft white surface) and to my left I was reflecting my 2nd 580 exii off of a flash diffuser (because I am going to get another umbrella, stand, and mounting bracket... but i haven't pulled the trigger yet. 

Note the softness of the background despite shooting at f/7.1.  The background is just a sheet.  It keeps me warm at night and provides a nice pale blue for backgrounds.  I think we have other colors of sheets.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1 ?
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:45:16 PM »
added the new 56mm 1.2 to the X-T1 today. super sharp and super bokeh.

Beautiful shot.

If you have time, would you pls show a photo or two of X-t1 + 56mm f1.2 combo ::)

sure thing!

Beautiful camera, thanks  ;)

I sold my X100s 3 months ago :'(  I love the layout of this camera. Look forward to see FF version.

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 14, 2014, 08:16:04 PM »
While we are talking about misquotes to the handful of people who keep yacking on about the 24-70 2.8 mk2 , there was never a reference to this lens in my post you all just forgot to read it properly, The lens I replaced and compared with is the 24-70 2.8 mk1 and as already stated i am not making assumptions about the mk2 it may well be better than the 35 IS i haven't used it so cant comment.

Just completed another two weddings with the 24 35 85 combo and very happy with the results so far certainly beats the quality that I was getting from the 24-70 MK1...

OK! There's the difference. Most copies of the 24-70 f/2.8 MkI were unmitigated pieces of shirt when compared to the prime beating MkII. I'm not the only photographer around CR (and elsewhere) who ploughed through five or six 24-70 f/2.8MkI lenses over a number of years in search of one of the rare good copies.

As a signed-up, paid-up life member of the Z Team, I'd also choose your primes, the 24 35 85 combo over the old MkI zoom for an important job. My first day shooting with the MkII zoom was one of the happiest days of my life. To say I was gobsmacked by the quality across a broad variety of situations is almost an understatement.

-pw

Thats good to hear ! I am however surprised as i was under the impression from lots of reviews and talk over the years that the 24-70 2.8L was the best Canon had - I never got the performance out of it that i wanted and the day i started shooting the 35 IS was an eye opener to see how much sharper it was.

Would you say the 24-70 mk2 can seriously better the 24 35 85 primes ?

The photo below was taken with 5D III + 24-70 II, SOOC,JPEG, no flash, zero edit. 

What do you think?

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