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Lenses / Re: Which Lens Canon 85mm 1.8 or 135 L
« on: April 12, 2013, 03:38:24 PM »
Forgot to mention I shoot with a 6D.

I've shot with the Sigma and wasn't that impressed, but then again I was comparing it to the Canon. I don't want to pay that high of a price if similar image quality can be had with the Canon 1.8 at half the cost.

If anything, compare it to the 1.2 and not the 1.8. I have used all of them, and like you I would love to have the 1.2, but cannot afford it now, which is why it was obvious to me that the Sigma was the next best.

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: April 12, 2013, 03:15:21 PM »
While I have not thought of the comparison in design to Apple, it made sense. In addition to its great optics it has as is mentioned in the review a great tactile feel.

Lenses / Re: Which Lens Canon 85mm 1.8 or 135 L
« on: April 12, 2013, 03:02:37 PM »
While I love the optics of the 135, it might be too little fleksible as you mention. Why not go for the Sigma 85 1.4?

My first new topic here.
I hope for some experienced advice based on my situation.

I am an all-round enthusiastic hobby photographer - doing people, landscape, still-life, animals (many small birds, very little BIF), music, architecture, travel, enter competitions now and then, etc.....
(Currently only stills. May want to take a look at video someday, but not key to me.)

Started out with Canon G5 (which I loved) in 2004.
Moved up to DSLR, EOS 450D = Rebel XSi (even more so) during 2008.
Have been ready for a body-upgrade several times - but seem to always buy some optics instead.

Current line-up (trying to do it in sequence of most used first): (All are Canon EOS)
 - 15-85 / 70-200 4.0 IS / 24-105 4.0 / 10-22 / 50 1.4 / 100 macro 2.8 IS

I like DSLR.
I still like the 450D for size, low weight, reach (1.6 factor)

I most of all look for better:
 - IQ and Lowlight capability
 - Focusing (precision - maybe also more speed), consider AFMA a must have

Would also love:
 - Flexible display (still miss that from G5 in many special shooting-situations)
 - Wifi (for remote control and shooting)
 - Even more reach (so still need for longer glass, I know)
 - More effective operation (but would that be touch-screen, joy-stick, or ......?)
... all without having to haul too much weight and size.

I do have budget for quite a move - the most important is to make the right one.

I have followed this site - and other sources - for information about the key candidates regarding specs / features / price-levels etc.  But have had no hands-on with any of these. So what I ask for is your advice based on real world experience.

My thoughts and questions:
 - Must I go Full Frame (I see a lot of strong arguments for that - and also a few against)
 - If FF then I like most of the characteristics of 6D - but focusing is clearly a concern
 - I am concerned that the day after my purchase, I will se Canon announce the 'for me perfect compromise'

So some questions:
 - What would you recommend in general in above situation?
 - Will the 6D represent a large upgrade from 450D regarding focusing?  How large?
 - Could a new sensor (long awaited) in a new crop (e.g. 70D) be the 'for me perfect compromise'?
 - Wait for announcements - or move now?

Look forward to your thoughts.

If you can afford it; 5D3, and if not 6D. Both cameras will open a new world from what you have now :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Bag while I am a "tourist"
« on: April 11, 2013, 03:14:15 AM »
Let's put this in context:
Above and beyond the 'homes' for your more expensive things, how many bags do you own neuro ;)

Not that many.  Really.

Why am I not surprised, lol!

Software & Accessories / Re: Bag while I am a "tourist"
« on: April 10, 2013, 11:21:07 AM »
Buy an insert, such as a domke or mountainsmith and stick it in practically anything.

Or the actual bag, and use the insert alone when the situation calls for it

Software & Accessories / Re: Pixma Pro 9000 II prints are dark
« on: April 09, 2013, 05:19:16 AM »
Very interesting thread. I have the pro 1 myself, but also struggle with the luminocity, even after callibrating with my x-rite i1 Display Pro. As with the OP it always get darker, and I will try to wing it on gefuhl :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Bag while I am a "tourist"
« on: April 09, 2013, 03:38:36 AM »
With all that gear I would recommend Gura gear bataflae 26l, used it myself not to long ago on a trip to Thailand and I was very pleased with it.

Thanks, I could not have been happier with it. They even enclose a sort of protective 'fat' to be worked into the material, so that it is more weather resistant. Well, it was put into a unforseen test when I was on a job and it rained quite heavily. The gear was still dry :)

Originally I wanted this English bag, Billingham, but had a hard time convincing my wife that I really needed such an expensive bag, lol. What I like also about it is that it does not look like a photobag, thus you are less exposed from both attention and risk.

Software & Accessories / Re: Bag while I am a "tourist"
« on: April 09, 2013, 02:27:27 AM »

I have been a member of the bag of the month and a closet full of bags showing my excellent standing in the club.  I dropped out of the club about a year ago and need to add to my collection (yes I will sell unused bags).

What I don't have is a shoulder bag (showing my bias) or some sort solution for carrying gear while I am a tourist or doing the limited amount of street photography.  [NB most of my photography is wildlife with big equipment for which a back pack works well]. 

Wonder what recommendation people have, not sure I want to go with a belt system as I envision using the bag/system while touring with my wife.  I hope to carry 5D/6D, 14, 16-35, 24-105/24-70, possibly 70-200 F4 or 70-300 (not the 70-200 F2.8), possibly 100 macro, and flash.  Is this too much?  I could see taking either the 14 or 16-35 but not both.   Thoughts?


I love my bag! I bought the Domke F2 Ruggedwear. It is inconspicious (mine is in brown), and it can hold most of the equipment I need for most shooting assignment. It is made of some special material (in my eyes it looks like oilskin). I can hold two pro-bodies, Four or five lenses, three flashes and a st-e2, or reduce the flashes from the side pockets and have more lenses. The strap is comfortable, and it has some type of rubber inside for better grip on your shoulder. Living in Norway it is quite expensive, but I bought it through e-bay from the US for a reasonable price. I also have a backpack for cameragear, but I seldom use it when out shooting.

Lenses / Re: Prime vs zoom
« on: April 08, 2013, 03:37:42 AM »
Having the trinity for both zooms and primes is the way to go, if you can.  ;D
Zooms for versatility and convenience, and fast primes to get those magical shots.

Is there a fixed agreed-upon trinity for primes and zooms?

Zoom trinity is 16-35 II, 24-70 II and 70-200II

Prime trinity is 35, 85, 135 L lenses.

Actually, it's a matter of preference.

The classical trinity is 35 / 50 / 85.

The classical alternate trinity is 24 / 50 / 100.

But any mix-and-match of wide, normal, and telephoto that works for you is your own personal holy trinity.



I also vote for 35 85 and 135 for prime trinity :D although sigmas take the first 2 spots in mine

Ok, nice to know. I am basically there already in focal lenght, except the 24-70 II, but untill that, the 24-105 will do :)

Lenses / Re: Prime vs zoom
« on: April 07, 2013, 03:21:04 AM »
Having the trinity for both zooms and primes is the way to go, if you can.  ;D
Zooms for versatility and convenience, and fast primes to get those magical shots.

Is there a fixed agreed-upon trinity for primes and zooms?

Canon General / Re: print on acrylic or on metal?
« on: March 08, 2013, 05:48:27 PM »
There are many different types of metal to print on. Depends on the picture, but I favour a metal with a somewhat rough finish/texture.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Art Tool or Art Object?
« on: March 07, 2013, 05:12:41 AM »
Thanks for the Latour tip, Quas. Looks interesting.

I'm stuck in the past with Jacques Ellul and "The Technological System" kind of thing.

I briefly encountered him while I had my reading of several works on propaganda, but would not say that I know well of his works.

Sports / Re: Rowing in from the sun
« on: March 07, 2013, 02:31:35 AM »
The first one is a stunning image! Love the composition, her body posture, and the light!

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