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Third Party Manufacturers / Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art: Next week at CP+?
« on: February 04, 2014, 08:54:11 PM »
Will we see this next week?  I had just broken down and bought the Sigma 35 Art 2 for Christmas, barely a month before this development announcement.  I had wanted to wait for a Sigma 50 Art, but I like the 35 so well I honestly can't say I regret it at all.  If this new 50 does live up to some of the hype I may still be tempted.

Would a 50 and a 35 be too redundant?  Would I be better off waiting for the Sigma 135mm they also are supposedly working on?

Canon General / NYT: Only Canon, Nikon and Sony will survive?
« on: January 01, 2014, 07:58:06 PM »
Interesting article from December 20.  Says smartphone selfie-shooters are not embracing the mirrorless bodies in the way it was hoped they would take to a somewhat smaller setup.  Perhaps they will eventually leave off trying to make a "kinda smaller" camera that is too small for most serious shooting, but still too big for selfie-phone man, and keep making cameras that are the proper size for 2-handed shooting. 

Also says the Big 3 will endure but the also-rans like Panasonic, Pentax, Olympus, and even Fuji don't seem like good bets going forward.

Personally I hope Fuji at least makes it.  Original sensor tech and an elegant package.

I have recently purchased three Phottix Mitros+ flash units. I have been playing around with them, and a couple of light stands and shoot through umbrellas.

The manual says that the power cuts on the transmitter and on the receiver are "cumulative" to each other.  This definitely proves true in my experiments with them so far.

Does this mean that I am basically getting a lot more low-power settings using two units than you could get using just a single unit on camera which would bottom out at 1/128?  I Have noticed that sometimes 1/128th power is too much up close. So does using a wireless flash like this really extend the low-power capability of the flash in the way that the math seems to suggest?  If so, that is a serious extra benefit to having the two units and the wireless connection.


What makes one monitor vs. another good for photo editing?  (If anything).   

I want to get a new one, and I want to get the right type. Not looking to spend more than $400 or so unless there is a good reason, and I really don't need anything bigger than about 23" or 24" or so.   I use Lightroom, but plan to get into Photoshop Elements sooner or later. 


Site Information / lens gallery could be easier to browse
« on: October 04, 2013, 11:46:26 PM »
Hi guys,

I like the lens gallery, but it is frustrating to look through it. Even if you sort the topics by title, the lenses are out of order because the titles are not standardized. It would be easier to find what you are looking for if the titles could be all rewritten in the same format so lenses would be in a predictable manufacturer and mm length order when sorted alphabetically.  I don't know if that would really do it though, because of the way zoom lens lengths contain 2 values.

Way better still would be to just have more columns with sort-by headers.  Currently you have subject, original poster, last activity.  it would be very useful to add:  Manufacturer.  Zoom or prime.  Focal length.  That would really make it nice and easy to use if you could click on one of these at the top of the column and have the list sort itself on that criterion.

Also, is the site capable of displaying more posts at once ( or all of them at once)?  That would keep you from having to flip through pages, and would instead make it a much more easily-scanned single list.

I really appreciate the site, and thanks for the work you guys do. 

Third Party Manufacturers / What accounts for bold Sigma improvements?
« on: September 23, 2013, 12:55:21 AM »
I believe their family founder recently passed. Is the new impressive vitality (QUALITY) coming from the new generation, or what?

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / When will we see 430/440 RT flash?
« on: September 19, 2013, 12:55:10 PM »
The big 600 has been out a while now as an update to the 580.  When will the smaller flashes with wireless come out to update the 430?

Third Party Manufacturers / Sigma 50mm delay because IS (OS)?
« on: August 18, 2013, 01:39:50 AM »
It seems everyone on the face of Earth wants a 50mm that is as sweeeeeet as the Sigma 35mm. 

My prediction as to why they haven't yet released same is that Sigma wants to incorporate OS/IS into the lens.  Maybe that takes more time to perfect?  Any way you look at it, Sigma is KILLING it. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Nikon's Stock Hit Hard
« on: August 09, 2013, 10:01:30 PM »
Not my title; that is from the article on Nikon Rumors.

EOS Bodies / Could "dual pixel" help DR (HDR)?
« on: August 04, 2013, 10:51:56 AM »
Could Canon (or Magic Lantern) use dual pixel sensors to shoot different exposures to make single-shot HDR to give extended dynamic range? 

The different exposure would have to be done with ISO since shutter and aperture would obviously be set only one way in each shot.

I may not be understanding something fundamental here.


I was thinking of getting a tablet for tethering in the field. I would use it for shooting but perhaps also for AFMA if helpful. I'm not a computer expert.  I don't know if the OS on a lot of these tablets would even support programs I would want to use. Not sure about the hardware limits either ( video card power, processor power, memory space)?

Would a tablet run Reikan Focal?  Would it need to? 

What software would I use for basic tethering?  I don't want to buy a second Lightroom license. Would I need it?  Would a tablet even run it? 

Would the free Canon PP  software ( which I have never even tried) work on a tablet?  If so does it work with tether?

Can anyone shed light on this?


A highly specific kind of shooting, to be sure. Someone will no doubt have fun with the lens-cap-on part. But nevertheless, the difference is very noticable. Here is an interesting quick view:

Lenses / Bokeh: better f/2.8 wide open than f/1.4 stopped down?
« on: July 15, 2013, 08:04:54 PM »
I get tired of the ultra shallow, only one eye in focus, super wide aperture shot.  Not to speak heresy, but if you routinely stop down a bright lens to get a workable DOF, are you not better off using a 2.8 lens or even an f/4 and shooting it wide open? 

From a bokeh standpoint that is. Not all lenses have rounded aperture blades, but even with them aren't you still seeing little septagons or hexagons, etc. around highlights?  Wide open (at whatever aperture that is for the lens) you get circles, at least in the center.  You can still blur the background if you use a distant background and get in a bit close to subject, use telephoto, etc. 

Software & Accessories / Honda to start selling ONLY stretch limos
« on: May 07, 2013, 08:31:00 PM »
Popular car maker Honda announced today that it will stop making such popular cars as the Civic, Accord and Odyssey, and will begin producing only one vehicle:  a super stretch limousine.  Honda's press release states that its customers will actually break even, or possibly come out ahead.  This calculation assumes that the customer would have purchased one new model of each of the 11 different vehicles Honda makes every year, and would of course have crushed all its previous-year Hondas into metal cubes for recycling every year. 

Critics point out that very few existing Honda customers actually buy a whole fleet of Hondas each year, as it would be cost-prohibitive and also more vehicles than any one person would typically use.  Most people, consumer advocates contend, would only purchase one or two Honda models, and would ordinarily hold onto them somewhat longer.

As an added incentive, each of the new hulking 40-person limousines comes with a large, roomy 6' x 12' U-haul trailer to tow behind the enormous limousines, for useful storage.

Honda dismisses criticism as short-sighted, and "the grumbling of a lot of low-value casual drivers of one or two vehicles", as they pursue their more-valued top 2% customers.  When asked for comment, representatives from Ford, GM, Nissan, Toyota and Chrysler all said they would be happy to welcome the discarded 98% of Honda's customer base into a dealership to view their own selection of much lower-priced, and individually-available vehicles.

It seems like there's a big demand for a new 50 mm lens.  The old sigma 50 mm got mixed reviews, and even the Canon 50 mm lenses get mixed reviews.  If sigma could make a 50 mm lens that is as well made as their new 35mm lens, it should sell like hot cakes, right?

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