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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: July 12, 2014, 02:52:04 PM »
50 art wide open.

Lighting / Anything Strobist
« on: July 12, 2014, 01:40:38 PM »
Hi all! Let me know if there's a thread like this that I missed.

I wanted to create a thread where we post our strobist pictures (speedlites and or studio strobes) ONLY, and give info about how it was made, perhaps a BTS shot and where we positioned the light and how we modified and perhaps some post process tips. I find it's a great way to learn for newbies and a great way for experienced users to pick up new ideas.

I'll start with two simple shots from today of my kids having fun.

They are all done with two bare bulb (no modifier) 600 RT triggered by the st-e3 camera left. I used HSS (highspeed sync) to bring down the ambient to be able to use a 1.4 aperture. Camera right I used the sun for edge/rim light. I really like hard light, and I have been kind of worried about it before as it can be absolutely horrible, but found that it actually can be really cool. Adds lots of punch and contrast, and for flat children's faces it creates more definition.

50 Art, f1.4 (no filter) iso 100 and 1/2500s

Exif same as the previous one.

Lenses / Re: Waiting for the 35 1.4L II
« on: July 12, 2014, 03:24:54 AM »
35mm is such a useful focal length for me, I hope Canon will weather-seal a mark-II version. That does give some peace-of-mind especially working outdoors and in humid areas.

I can say the 35 L II will be weather sealed 1000% certain.

Not that the little black rubber gasket does much! I've had most of my L primes soaked on a number of occasions by rain water and I've never had any problems regardless of the weather seal claim or not.

Great for you, but I have had an 85 L fog up after 30 seconds in the rain, but I have used sealed gear in very heavy rain all the time with zero issues.

And it's not just the rear seal that is the weather sealing. Some L's like the 300 f4 L IS Has a lower grade of sealing like the rear gasket. But like my 200 and 24-70 all the buttons are sealed and also sealings around the barrel where the zoom operates.

Lenses / Re: Waiting for the 35 1.4L II
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:45:45 PM »
No doubt, sigma 35mm 1.4 art is canon killer.

Check some reviews, many people compared the two lenses. Though I'm not quite sure about the build quality that Sigma provides — at first sight yes, it's very good, but will it last as canon 35mm does?

I'm not sure I'd call it a Canon killer....it's a little bit sharper but that's about it. Also bare in mind that I've been using my 35L for the last 8 years (and it's paid for itself time and time with great professional images) where as this Sigma is new to the market. I'm happy with my 35L and see very little reason to swap to the Sigma. My Canon 35L has provided great images and will continue to do so.
If you rate a lens by optics alone then sure the Sigma looks great. But I would wager in a comparison that few could tell from an A3 print which lens was which. The Canon is far better built, has a far more reliable AF system and will hold it's value on the second hand market over the long term. Sigma AF issues are well documented, even their 120-300 has af issues.

You're wrong about build quality, the Sigma is much better, all of my 35 L's has been squeaky when squeezing the sides of the barrel, and two of them had the small plastic pins that holds the af/mf switch in place broken, leaving an open hole right into the lens.

 But color and contrast, build and ca correction needs a BIG update.

Don't mistake engineering plastic as weak and fragile. Sure the 24IIL is a lot more robust in how it feels in the hand and the shell doesn't flex. But after 8 years of heavy professional use, it's never failed me and still looks as good today as the day i bought it...although the hood is looking a bit worn. Most Sigma's I've bought and used in the past (the old painted matt finish and earlier) have looked terrible after a year or so. My old Sigma 12-24mm lens was solidly made from metal and yet had to go back to Sigma 3 times over 10 years due to a number of mechanical and electrical issues. First the Aperture motor burnt out, amazing considering how little I used this lens. Then one of the internal lens groups became free of their housings and acted like a marble in a cup. Then for some reason the lens started to mechanically vignette at all focal lengths...it had to go back for a re-build. If I compare that to my 16-35IIL which has been used in far more inhospitable environments and used a lot more...i've had no problems with it at all. I sent it into Canon last year becuase of a scratched front element (it was effecting my sun star shots) but that was my fault not Canon's.

While I'm sure the Sigma operates well, looks and feels good and delivers great results....I am very shy of Sigma. My fingers have really been burnt a lot by that company and I'm not sure I want to risk them again.

I don't have anything nice to say about the old Sigma's, I'm only referring to the new GV lenses...

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm Art 1.4 Focusing problems
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:43:25 PM »
A short update:

I got my 50A back from the shop, and lo and behold, the inconsistency was gone. Sigma representative said they adjusted the lens to a standard body, and then returned it. Now the lens was back focusing either when approached from INF or MFD, which is OK from my books as I've tools to correct that. So Sigma dock it is, and 20 mins of adjustments later, I was ready for real life testing.

In the 300 photos I took last evening, I didn't see focus errors, and got a very good keeper ratio. The lens is now working, and actually seems to be sharp enough that I actually need to decrease camera sharpening preset for JPEGs.

EDIT: I'll have to say that this lens rocks! The background blur stopped down is a definite improvement over Canon's 50/1.4!

Yep, it's great idea of Sigma's...make an expensive device to get customers to do their work for them.
You pay Sigma to spend you time correcting their sloppy manufacturing errors. Maybe Ford should make cars which only drive properly after you buy their laptop software to interface with it....

Lol, like a laptop can fix a Ford  ;D

Lenses / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART questions
« on: July 10, 2014, 09:08:36 AM »
Had two copies of the 35 Art, both cr@p AF and issues all over. 50 Art is superb though. I will never ever buy another 35 Art. But I would buy a 35 L in a heartbeat, if I didn't already only used the 50 Art. 35 L is the best AF performer of
Any 1.4 lens.

Lenses / Re: Waiting for the 35 1.4L II
« on: July 08, 2014, 08:56:17 AM »
35mm is such a useful focal length for me, I hope Canon will weather-seal a mark-II version. That does give some peace-of-mind especially working outdoors and in humid areas.

I can say the 35 L II will be weather sealed 1000% certain.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon 55mm f/1.4 & Other Primes
« on: July 07, 2014, 02:49:57 AM »
So, no IS, but lighter, cheaper (to build), and faster.
This is beginning to sound like a consumer lens, not a expensive "L" type.

I'd be not so sure about this. If Canon patents a 35mm and a 55mm design with very similarly looking construction, the 55mm design is most likely a retrofocal design. This would follow the recent trend started by Zeiss 55mm Otus and Sigma 50 Art and should be considered a good thing. Expect heavy, expensive and good to excellent imaging performance. And you are right, no IS.

It sounds like Canon will finally release a ~50mm lens worth looking at ...

You took the words out of my mouth, completely agreed.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 06, 2014, 03:13:39 AM »
Turn a group off and you'll also find out, or use letter stickers.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 05, 2014, 02:28:16 PM »
Got my second 600 the other day, and I often choose ettl for the kids, because I get
Absolutely no second chances, or even a first chance most of the time. And they work really good in ettl. And HSS is always a problem solver at 1.4.

Couldn't be happier.

Thanks! I love this lens more and more each day. I'm buying a second copy 35 Art over the weekend, hopefully the AF doesn't suck like the first 35 and the first 50  ;D At least now I have the docking and I know that they can work and be epic.

I don't think you will regret the 35 it's AF in servo is amazing and my copy just never misses focus i cant wait to see what they do with the 85! it needs some wide open improvements and AF could be made better over the current version

I sold the 35 in one day, it was just more of the same rubbish, I will never buy it again, ever. The 50 however is basically all I use now, I think it's one of the greatest ever.

Great idea this thread. Since the kids are at their grandparents for a week, I'll post the most recent I have.

Shot at 1.4

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm Art 1.4 Focusing problems
« on: July 03, 2014, 05:00:59 AM »
I got the 50A today and took some quick photos. Seems like it is front focusing a bit but will do further tests tomororow under better light to be sure.

I was wondering what is the best way to do the most accurate tests to figure out how much it is front/back focusing at different focus distance and then how to adjust them in the Sigma USB dock I purchased as well?

Reikan Focal. Or if you want a cheaper setup, use a nice bright white lamp and place a big checkerboard parallel to the sensor at 0,4m 0,7m 3.5m and as long as doable. Take a LV focused shot, and/or manual and start shooting and using the in camera afma until you match the manually focused sharpness with phase AF. And note that value and do the next distance. When you're done you will have 4 afma values you plot in to the lens via docking. Make sure to shoot at least 5-10 shots pr distance and pull focus way off between shots.

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?

Hi all!

I once read, I think it was about 600 RT, that I could shoot an ETTL shot wirelessly and then if it looked good I could lock it, and use that output for the other pictures following that shot. But I just went through the manual and can't find it anywhere. It seems like a cool function when stuff happens to fast to use a meter or dial in the manual output.

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