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Lenses / Re: Photozone has released their review of the Sigma 35 1.4...
« on: February 21, 2013, 01:32:49 PM »
Amazing lens IQ with the Sigma 35, that is for sure. Miles better than the Canon L.

However, I tried (2) copies and both had focusing issues in artificial light that my 35L's have not. It would front focus significantly when used in some indoor lighting (not all). I was constantly having to switch from 0 MA outdoors to +9 indoors (sometimes) and other times 0MA was fine. Drove me a bit insane.

Other then that quirk, it was incredible. I hope to try again in the future, as I don't want to give up on that amazing lens... I just know others have had the same exact issue happen with them and their 5D3, so it may be with that body only, who knows... Waiting to see more info as time goes on before rebuying, again.

Interesting. I have not had this problem, but that might also be because I have only used it on a 5D II and a 1Ds III, and not a 5D III. I had the chance to use it on a 1Dx this weekend, but did not think of it, as I was lucky enough to borrow the 500 F4.0L II :) But I will get the chance again.

I have had one issue with mine, a greenish cast on pictures taken in studio, but was told by the servicedep. that it was probably due to a sort of flare phenomenon.. Otherwise I have had a great time with it :)

Quasi, I think I can agree with you...which points to it being a single shot, rather than a panorama or some other multi-camera arrayed panorama.  It's still interesting to speculate. 

In selecting this, it wasn't because I thought it was compositionally a spectacular picture...I was just amazed by the detail.

I'm very ignorant of good portrait technique...but I will say this.  Most of the stuff I see, such as on facebook, where local photographers make their own little facebook page, and post family portraiture they've just looks juvenile and stupid to me.  Especially where a small family is gathered around, pretending to laugh at something...or the shots where they're all jumping on a trampoline. 

That stuff certainly isn't boring, but it's not what I would define as good group portraiture, even if I did know anything about it.

I hear you :)

[This looks like a type of shot where the photographer had very limited time with all the people and had to throw them in together just to get the shot before they went their way.

as in 99,5% of all large group shots....

Which is understandable, but still results imho in a run of the mill boring shot which will not pass into the history books :)

Quasi, what's so horrendous about it?

IMHO it looks boring and too traditional, although it is a large group shot. There is also a lot of disturbing elements, like the people in front, the carpet, but mostly because of the way people are stacked up in an unnattural pose. In connection with the something anniversary of MGM? They had gathered many of the actors for a similar type of shot, but it was done much more interesting, with their poses, positions and the way they looked at the camera (I don't recall now where I saw that picture, but there was also a short video of the setup). This looks like a type of shot where the photographer had very limited time with all the people and had to throw them in together just to get the shot before they went their way.

Lenses / Re: Photozone has released their review of the Sigma 35 1.4...
« on: February 18, 2013, 04:12:40 PM »
Heard a lot of good firsthand feedback about this lens. Tempted to get this one over the 35L  ::)

I have it, and like it a lot. Feels good to get photozone's approval though.... :) They check it in ways I cannot.

Lenses / Re: Photozone has released their review of the Sigma 35 1.4...
« on: February 18, 2013, 04:00:25 PM »
Short, positive and a seldom thumbs up :)

Lenses / Photozone has released their review of the Sigma 35 1.4...
« on: February 18, 2013, 03:45:32 PM »

Lenses / Re: Advice for shooting pictures of eagles
« on: February 18, 2013, 01:47:52 PM »
Thanks a lot for great advice, and as always I was not able to utilize it all :) My fault. It was a great experience, and one I will opt for again when I get the chance. Next time I will try to go there for the Hawk season. I learned a lot about sitting quiet for 12 hours in a blind, how I have to learn the 1Dx and its infinite possibilities, and I experienced the immense pleasure of shooting with a lens like the 500 F4.0L II! - I wish I had a lot of money....

Here is one of the pictures (and I know that I used the wrong shutter speed....) It was the only chance we got to shoot pictures of eagles during the whole day (we saw three, but I only managed to capture one).  Hope you like it.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Pocket Camera
« on: February 16, 2013, 10:15:17 AM »
I have been using Fuji X100 for almost 2 years.. It's a great little camera.. I did a review on my site - maybe will help you..

Nice review :)

Whatever was used, it is still a horrendous picture, resolution notwithstanding! :)

Lenses / Re: Canon 135L f/2
« on: February 16, 2013, 05:31:47 AM »
My absolute fav lens period !!! Colors, speed, bokeh smoothness, sharp as a tack everything about it is just killer. First 6 months I had it  never left my camera.

Its still my go to when i can only take one lens with me. Great street/Cinematic lens as well.

Great shot!

Software & Accessories / Re: Gloves for Photography
« on: February 16, 2013, 05:20:38 AM »
those are the MX gloves? I just looked them up...!! wow the Arc'teryx products are like Patagonia to the extreme level but use mix of synthetic and natural products like leather... WOW cool oh.. warm
and yowza some gloves are like 275.00US... serious protection... THANK you! I will look through their site more!
great product... you lucky man have good wife!

Thank you!

I just called to the store to confirm the name: Arc'teryx MX Glove 11019. They cost 899,- NOK (approx 168 USD). I believe this is an Canadian company, so it might be cheaper to buy them there.

I saw someone else mentioning socks and footwear. I would add the second gift I got from my wife for shooting in the cold, which I bring all over - a buff made by National Geographic, add a Canada Goose Expedition parka, and my Timberland hat, and super underwear. You are good to go for some nasty weather! :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Gloves for Photography
« on: February 16, 2013, 03:36:41 AM »
Hey folks!

Just curious for anyones reccomendations for Gloves when out in the field doing some photography.
I use a DSLR but not a touchscreen so I dont need capacitative and fingerless is an option if people think it aids in dexterity/usage when using the camera.
Temperatures down to 0C or so and I might be planning a trip to Iceland at some stage so any input in this regard is also appreciated.

Thanks in advance!,

I got some fantastic gloves from my wife for doing photography in the cold (I live in Norway). They are called Arc'teryx, and are quite expensive (approx 150 USD). I have used them several hours in minus 8 degrees celsius, with no problem. They are sensitive enough to do all you want with the camera without removing them (I can even use my iPhone with them). I cannot recomend them enough!

Lenses / Re: Sigma 35 or 135L??
« on: February 15, 2013, 01:41:39 PM »
Hey guys, I always get great advice on CR and I feel like I learn so much every time I'm on here! Anyways, down to biznass -

I'm going to be shooting a wedding in May. My first paid job really. I am thinking wether or not to buy another good prime lens to add to my kit.

I think I'll shoot most of the wedding with the zooms I have. But for some artistic shots and some particular shots after the wedding I'm thinking shallow dof stuff maybe outdoors. I actually want both these lenses but I have a feeling I'm just being silly.

My question is this - If you had to pick one, which would you say would prove more useful for wedding / portraits? Bare in mind I can acheive 35mm f/4 and 135 f/4 with what I have.

I'm leaning towards the 35 as I think in tight spaces and indoors it will come in handy (seems a lot of events end up in poorly lit places). Also I need a wide fast prime, got nothing fast that end.

Is this wise thinking or should I just man up and buy both?

Thank you in advance, any help will be greatly appreciated!!


Video & Movie / Re: Timelapse of the Aurora in Finland
« on: February 13, 2013, 05:48:09 PM »

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