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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: siggy 35 1.4 Art
« on: October 03, 2014, 02:56:28 PM »
I liked it very much. It has had zero problem. None at all. I still like it but find it redundant now that I have a normal zoom at 2.8. I am selling my sigma 35.

i sold my 24-70 a while back in favor of the 24 and the 50...but I have been finding that for a lot of things I wanted something in between...hence why I have been considering the 35 (and yup, shooting at 35 on my 16-35 just to get a better feel for the FOV of a 35).  If I do end up buying it then I may end up selling something...maybe...or...maybe GAS will deny selling anything!!!...lol

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: siggy 35 1.4 Art
« on: October 03, 2014, 02:26:56 PM »
a few more...
I am one of the unlucky ones with this lens. It was phenomenal to being with. I did a FoCal and everything seemed to be just fine. After a couple of weeks I noticed that I got more and more images OOF and I redid a FoCal. It had shifted quite a bit. +7 if memory serves me right.

The 50 Art was useless. I got one, where focus was so unstable I was unable to do a FoCal calibration, so I returned it and got a new one. The new one was no better, so I have returned it and got my money back. I will not buy a Sigma lens again, until I read that they have made a quantum leap in AF on Canon bodies. A real pity, considering the phenomenal optical performance, especially on the 50 Art.

this is exactly what I was worried about --- and unfortunately without a 2 month rental period it will be hard to tell if this lens will shift on me after time....

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: siggy 35 1.4 Art
« on: October 03, 2014, 02:09:04 PM »
i do think i like!!!!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: siggy 35 1.4 Art
« on: October 03, 2014, 02:01:47 PM »
just got in like 2 hours ago...i already really like it!!!!....  At the stage, the only real Q is do i use the new lensrentals lenskeeper program, or, do i get a new copy from b&h....hmmmmmmmm.  to soon to tell.  shooting DMX tonight, a wedding tomorrow, if the weather is good then a shoot on sunday and monday --- unless it does a 180 on me I think I will be owning this lens!!! :D

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: LensRentals.com Introduces Keeper
« on: October 02, 2014, 04:14:04 PM »
they would do that a day after i place a rental order...lol

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Third Party Manufacturers / siggy 35 1.4 Art
« on: October 02, 2014, 11:30:37 AM »
Alright, I am in either GAS mode or GAS prevention mode...lol.  Renting the Art lens for for a week and a half.  Moist say this lens rocks, a little worried about some of the focus issues others have had (which i guess is more prevalent in the 50mm?).  So there ya go,  I'll have it from the 3rd-13th.  It will see 2 weddings, 1 engagement shoot and 1 senior session --- so that should be a pretty solid test!!!!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 27, 2014, 03:18:26 AM »
I don't want or need the 7d2 - 10 fps is way too fast..and I prefer the FOV of FF.

You can always jack the frame rate down. You have the high speed and low speed continuous modes, so when you don't want to rip out 20 frames a burst, you can always drop down to three or four per second (and I think it's configurable on the high end models...I don't think the 7D allowed it, but the 7D II definitely should).

i am sure it does, and i am sure it has a silent burst too which is throttled down...the bigger aspect is i don't need a crop body, FF has it's claws in me.  I favor splitting the lines more for MP count (too much is not always needed) and low IS quality...  and yeah, i'd rahter other things like higher sync speed than burst.

Yeah, I can understand that. I have uses for crop, but there are ultimately ways of mitigating the need. I can always get closer to my subjects, for example...and if I can get close enough, FF will always win. One advantage that the 7D II can offer that I don't think the 5D III or 1D X could ever really compete with is the ability to get long equivalent focal length at a faster max aperture...allowing the use of more than just the central cluster of AF points at the much slower f/8. The 7D II could achieve an effective 1344mm focal length (FoV equivalent) at f/5.6. At best, FF cameras can achieve 1200mm f/8. The added AF power the 7D II can offer at a very long effective focal length is intriguing.

honestly.... 1344mm focal length... i so have no NEED for that...want...sure...i do like shooting the moon at times...but i really have no bird shooting desire...and...while i do like putting the couple far away from me at times and shooting with the 70-200...for what makes me $$$...no need at all...

on a side note...i just sold a $1000 piece that was shot on...my old 7d...don't even own that now, nor do i still own the lens i it was shot with (the old 244-70mm 2.8)....go 7d...still earning after being sold...lol

Congrats on the sale! Must feel nice.

I don't generally need that kind of focal length myself. I use 1200mm on the 5D III, but usually it's to get headshot closeups of shore and wading birds and waterfowl. I'm usually at 840mm on the 5D III and 600mm on my 7D for birds. I'm usually at 600mm on the 5D III for wildlife (much better FoV than the 7D ever offered). I've used 840mm, and even as much as 1680mm (2x + 1.4x) on the 7D for astro stuff, but at that level diffraction is really kicking in, and I'm better off with a proper large aperture telescope.

for me...that's so the kind of stuff of...when i have extra cash to play around with sure...bu right now...i am 40 years old...3 years into launching my biz, recently married, and...i have a 3 day old son now!!!!...so yeah, i do have to clearly separate needs from wants.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 27, 2014, 03:04:40 AM »
I don't want or need the 7d2 - 10 fps is way too fast..and I prefer the FOV of FF.

You can always jack the frame rate down. You have the high speed and low speed continuous modes, so when you don't want to rip out 20 frames a burst, you can always drop down to three or four per second (and I think it's configurable on the high end models...I don't think the 7D allowed it, but the 7D II definitely should).

i am sure it does, and i am sure it has a silent burst too which is throttled down...the bigger aspect is i don't need a crop body, FF has it's claws in me.  I favor splitting the lines more for MP count (too much is not always needed) and low IS quality...  and yeah, i'd rahter other things like higher sync speed than burst.

Yeah, I can understand that. I have uses for crop, but there are ultimately ways of mitigating the need. I can always get closer to my subjects, for example...and if I can get close enough, FF will always win. One advantage that the 7D II can offer that I don't think the 5D III or 1D X could ever really compete with is the ability to get long equivalent focal length at a faster max aperture...allowing the use of more than just the central cluster of AF points at the much slower f/8. The 7D II could achieve an effective 1344mm focal length (FoV equivalent) at f/5.6. At best, FF cameras can achieve 1200mm f/8. The added AF power the 7D II can offer at a very long effective focal length is intriguing.

honestly.... 1344mm focal length... i so have no NEED for that...want...sure...i do like shooting the moon at times...but i really have no bird shooting desire...and...while i do like putting the couple far away from me at times and shooting with the 70-200...for what makes me $$$...no need at all...

on a side note...i just sold a $1000 piece that was shot on...my old 7d...don't even own that now, nor do i still own the lens i it was shot with (the old 244-70mm 2.8)....go 7d...still earning after being sold...lol

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 27, 2014, 02:07:59 AM »
I don't want or need the 7d2 - 10 fps is way too fast..and I prefer the FOV of FF.

You can always jack the frame rate down. You have the high speed and low speed continuous modes, so when you don't want to rip out 20 frames a burst, you can always drop down to three or four per second (and I think it's configurable on the high end models...I don't think the 7D allowed it, but the 7D II definitely should).

i am sure it does, and i am sure it has a silent burst too which is throttled down...the bigger aspect is i don't need a crop body, FF has it's claws in me.  I favor splitting the lines more for MP count (too much is not always needed) and low IS quality...  and yeah, i'd rahter other things like higher sync speed than burst. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 27, 2014, 01:36:38 AM »
The important thing is Canon's admission its customers need more MP.

I wouldn't interpret it this way, imho Canon just stated the obvious - *some* (select) applications like studio or maybe landscape work might need higher resolution, just as higher dynamic range only benefits just a part of photogs. In no way they're up to questioning their past product policy, so certainly no killer 5d4 in sight.

I'm curious to understand who wouldn't benefit from higher DR?

Everybody can benefit in certain situations.  But there is a difference between wanting it and needing it.  Some people need it, some just want it, and some don't care.  It's like having a car that can do 110 miles per hour.  If the fastest you ever drive is 65 miles per hour, then you're all set as your car does a splendid job of going 65 miles per hour, and it's reliable and has a bunch of other features you like.  Now your neighbor comes along and he says his car can do 150 miles per hour.  Wow, that is an awesome spec, clearly better right?!  So you start to feel jealous and think about buying the same car as your neighbor.  But will it make a difference in your life such as when you drive to work?  Well, there are in fact situations in which it may be a benefit to have the neighbor's car.  But you may also rationally conclude that your car serves you extremely well and will continue to do so, even though it's "limited" to just the old-style 110 miles per hour.

I don't think anyone here is ever going to complain about an increase in DR. In fact when Canon leapfrogs Sony on DR, we will all be boasting  ::)
I'm not jumping ship for anything I've seen yet in other DSLRs. But video stuff from Sony looks promising.

that's why i compared them to religious zealots, because even if you are in the middle, not actively pro or against...you are against because you are not gun ho pro....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 27, 2014, 01:33:39 AM »
Honestly, if the pro DR crowd wasn't always on their soap box in every topic here, telling us all that we're just plain idiots if we don't see the truth of the holy grail in the exmor sensor andthat canon sensors are just plain so terrible that it would be a miracle to ever get a decent shot (some have said here in the past that the only thing canon files are good for is posting to social media@!!!).  It's rather preachy, like religion.

This is pretty much how I feel. It seems to have got worse over the last few months. Like, if only they shout enough, we'll see the light. How can we not? It's so blindingly obvious! But it's just not a priority for me. I don't like being called a fanboy or an apologist by association just because I'm not upset about the same thing some other people are.

what i love is how it's now....if we aren't crying about how bad canon is then we are anti DR...like we want less DR...lol.  If canon is watching this forum or other forums then the math geeks would find that many don't care, some have reasonable needs, and then there are like 5-10 people that post so much that it makes it seem like hundreds want want want...but when it comes down to it, money talks.  if the haters were serious they'd not be hating and just be buying a sony or a nikon.  they aren't switching ,in fact many are getting their toes wet with the A7r and not liking it ....lol.  But, even jrista loves the DR doesn't but like the A7r enough to buy... 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 27, 2014, 01:24:41 AM »
Well, look what I saw this morning

Weasel words like "soon" remind me of the current "year of the lens", only to just hear that new L primes have been moved far into 2015. I do believe Canon will sell a very expensive studio high-mp 1dxs soon, but I don't see them replacing their whole current lineup with 6d and 5d3 anytime "soon" with high-mp updates.

The 6D and the 5DIII are still sold well. The pricedrop phushed both cams again. Maybe there is an near replacement, but i do not think so too. Another reason why Canon will hold such a replacement back, is the 7DII. I think, they will wait until the 7DII hype is over (let us say 1 year), then maybe they announce an successor of the 6D or 5DIII. An near announcement of an very high priced 1DXY will not depress 7DII sales.

Remember he difference between being announced and being release.  In the year of the 1dx, the 1dx was announced in November, and the 5d3 wasn't announced until March - but the 5d3 was released and available within a month of announcement while the 1dx wasn't avaialble fort he general public to buy until summer of that year.  If they follow their own history, yeah, we may very well see the official announcement for the studio soon, that is of course if this thing is gonna be around by the summer of 2015.

Also, I am kind of hopeful that they will split the line - have the 5d series be about event work, low light work, and then have a big mp body in a 5d style shell.  This won't interfere with either because this would hopefully be a totally different beast --- I would be real happy with a 40 MP canon that only has a burst rate of 2 fps.  If i were to ever buy such a camera, maximum burst rate would not be a big concern to me (do you really need 10 fps to shoot a landscape image, or a model in a studio shoot (would your strobes ever have a chance in hell of keeping up with 10 fps?????).  the 1 series big mp would get a larger buffer and thus greater fps, but even there i don't see the point ---splitt he lines I say...I would love to have the extra bump for about 20% of my work - the remaining 80% though will never see print, or if it does, it's a 4x6 or in an album...so all that extra mp just means extra HD space is needed....

Yesssss, this would be a senseful decision, if Canon does so. Agree and hope that it comes true...
I would like to see an "low Fps" camera with an superb IQ and some more MP. And for sports the 7DII, as I do not want to spend 6000€ for an body....

i think you misread what i said a tich, i want the 5d4 to focus on improving the basic stuff in the 5d3 - and unlike others here, I actually don't really need it to be a revolutionary upgrade - it can be an incremental evolutionary upgrade across the board improved AF (it doesn't need much, just add more cross points and the -3EV center point, incremental evolutionary upgrade), A digic 7 may help the IQ woes at lower ISO, I'd be happy with 22MP too - again file size for some of us is an issue (hence why I'd loveto see a split in the lines), increase that sync speed to at least 1/250th - more would be great though (like 1/500th), add that built in intervalometer !!!!

I don't want or need the 7d2 - 10 fps is way too fast..and I prefer the FOV of FF.  But yeah, I would totally love to have a big mp body with more DR for ---like I said in the original post about 15-20% of my work.  Posed shots with bride and groom in midday light, the first dance, the rings and the engagement shoot is where that would be used.  For the rest though (that 80-85%), no need at all for big mp or more DR - the snapshot of uncle tim and aunt jane won't be printed to 30x40, if it is printed it would be a 4x6. 

What would be bada$$ --- if canon could find a way to turn pixels off for mraw and sraw (as opposed to the lossy way they are converted.  Then I would be begging for the 5d4 to be big mp's.  But without that, nope, i'd rather have the workhorse and the fine art body as it were.  That's just me though.... 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 26, 2014, 09:48:39 AM »
Well, look what I saw this morning

Weasel words like "soon" remind me of the current "year of the lens", only to just hear that new L primes have been moved far into 2015. I do believe Canon will sell a very expensive studio high-mp 1dxs soon, but I don't see them replacing their whole current lineup with 6d and 5d3 anytime "soon" with high-mp updates.

The 6D and the 5DIII are still sold well. The pricedrop phushed both cams again. Maybe there is an near replacement, but i do not think so too. Another reason why Canon will hold such a replacement back, is the 7DII. I think, they will wait until the 7DII hype is over (let us say 1 year), then maybe they announce an successor of the 6D or 5DIII. An near announcement of an very high priced 1DXY will not depress 7DII sales.

Remember he difference between being announced and being release.  In the year of the 1dx, the 1dx was announced in November, and the 5d3 wasn't announced until March - but the 5d3 was released and available within a month of announcement while the 1dx wasn't avaialble fort he general public to buy until summer of that year.  If they follow their own history, yeah, we may very well see the official announcement for the studio soon, that is of course if this thing is gonna be around by the summer of 2015.

Also, I am kind of hopeful that they will split the line - have the 5d series be about event work, low light work, and then have a big mp body in a 5d style shell.  This won't interfere with either because this would hopefully be a totally different beast --- I would be real happy with a 40 MP canon that only has a burst rate of 2 fps.  If i were to ever buy such a camera, maximum burst rate would not be a big concern to me (do you really need 10 fps to shoot a landscape image, or a model in a studio shoot (would your strobes ever have a chance in hell of keeping up with 10 fps?????).  the 1 series big mp would get a larger buffer and thus greater fps, but even there i don't see the point ---splitt he lines I say...I would love to have the extra bump for about 20% of my work - the remaining 80% though will never see print, or if it does, it's a 4x6 or in an album...so all that extra mp just means extra HD space is needed....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 26, 2014, 12:47:13 AM »
For most photographers, the answer to the whole problem of the 500nm process is, "Well, that's no problem.  Did you look at the photographs?"

I keep seeing this or statements like this.  "You can't tell the difference in the final product!"  Yeah, no duh.  You can't tell what tools were used to build the house you're living in either but that doesn't mean that all tools are the same and that they don't matter.  I'm sure I could show you tons of pictures taken with 20D's or D90's and you wouldn't be able to tell them apart from 5DIII's and D810's.  The end product isn't how you judge the tool, its how you judge the craftsman/artist. Cameras are tools and the photos are what are produced by photographers.  Any craftsman or artist would like to have the best tools available, not because it affects what you see in the final product, but because it makes the job easier.  I don't understand why people seem to be willfully misunderstanding this.  AF makes your job easier.  Accurate TTL metering makes your job easier.  Frame bursts and fast shutter speeds make your job easier.  You can't see any of that in a picture, but it sure is nice to have, right?

One last thing about this interminable argument and then I'm out because it is pretty dumb at this point - have all of you that are saying that more DR isn't necessary, lifting shadows is for bad photogs, etc, actually manipulated the Exmor side by side with the Canon?  RAWs have been made available here in several threads.  I didn't care at all one way or another about this debate until I actually looked at the files.  Its literally night and day.  Once you see what the Exmor is capable of in post, the thought that immediately came to mind was "Holy S___ I wish my camera could do that!"  Its nuts.  I don't think its possible to really appreciate the difference unless you do it yourself.

I fall into the camp of, would I say no to more DR from my canon?  No, of course not.  I really doubt that any of those here who are saying it's not that big of a deal are like anti-DR.  Would I take more, of course I would!  But, that doesn't mean that I'm swearing at my screen with every file I edit, because the work I am doing doesn't demand super intense shadow lifting.

Honestly, if the pro DR crowd wasn't always on their soap box in every topic here, telling us all that we're just plain idiots if we don't see the truth of the holy grail in the exmor sensor andthat canon sensors are just plain so terrible that it would be a miracle to ever get a decent shot (some have said here in the past that the only thing canon files are good for is posting to social media@!!!).  It's rather preachy, like religion.  Sorry, not all of us need to push shadows 5 stops in post.   

Like you said, you can't tell what tools were used to build the house your living in.  If Canon sensors were as inferior as the pro DR folks would have us all believe then yes, you would be able to tell the difference.  But, to continue the house metaphor, you give the same budget and material to 2 architects with differing styles of building - take it to the extreme, one ultra modern vs one specializing in Victorian style homes.  the results would then be very different. 

Sorry, but the sensor alone only matters in sensor tests.  If we all only shot that still life setup we always see on image IQ tests then yeah, the sensor wins.   but this is the real world and there are potentially thousands of factors that go into a final image - the sensor is only one of them.... 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 25, 2014, 11:59:12 AM »
No offence AvTvM your the type of customer that won't be happy with any camera.

wrong. I bought the Canon EOS 7D the first day it became available, paid full MSRP and was *quite happy* with it until I sold it 2 months ago. It was clearly *the best* APS-C camera when it came out in fall of 2009 and it did not cost an arm and a leg or a kidney. Do you see any Canon offering in 2014 which manages to score on both of these 2 parameters. I don't.

I'll be happy again with a Canon camera, once it is a "best-in-class" FF-sensored MILC in a body sized liked Sony A7 ... plus matching lenses ... at reasonable prices.  8)

And no, I am not the only one, who wants this.  ;D

I would tend to agree with tom here.  If what you say about the 7d is in fact true, the 7d2 should be a fine camera for you as it fits a lot of your criteria - it does look to be the best APC body on the market today, and it's price isn't outrageous by any means.  But, why am I even saying this because you moved the goal posts all of a sudden by adding a 3rd parameter - now it has to be FF, has to be mirrorless, has to have a totally redesigned body and a new set of lenses with a new mount for said lenses ---- and you want extra features that just are not feasible (like built in RT trigger).   So yeah, if i were in charge of marketing and research, I would not be listening to you because you move the goal posts too much - if I were a canon R&D person, and listened to you - I would be authorizing a huge expenditure in creating he fab process for a whole new line of bodies - Even if they matched things spec for spec, by the time the whole process is done, your wish list will have grown --- which is why it does very much seem like no matter what happens - you will not be a happy customer.  Just get yourself a dang A7R, and go use it and see if having the vast majority of your wish list makes ya happy...

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