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I frankly am beginning to think I need a 24mm f/1.4, so would be nice if Sigma made one with similar quality and price to the 35mm.  35 is just not quite wide enough for me...I already have the 40mm pancake; I need something a lot wider...and preferably fast aperture, with good sharpness...for less than $1000.  Considering the Rokinon, but I would like autofocus.

I"m with you on that one. As others stated earlier in this discussion, a 24mm 1.4, 50mm 1.2/1.4, and the 135mm 1.8 all of comparable quality to the 35 would be enough reason for all prime shooters to shoot exclusively with Sigma glass. Although I reallyyyyyy want a solid 24mm 1.4 (I've heard mixed things about the Rokinon, so I'm hesitant to get one despite owning their 35 and 85.), I have to say I hope Sigma releases an "A" 50 next (I'd buy the 1.4, but 1.2 would be preferred is it was reasonably priced) as I've had my eye on the Canon 1.2 and I'm not sure how much longer I can hold out. Sigma would get all my money if they came out with a 50mm 1.2 at an even 1k, 24mm 1.4 at $900, and 135mm 1.8 IS at $800.

Also, I think somebody mentioned an UWA earlier, and I want one too! When I shoot UWA I shoot at the wide end almost exclusively, so I don't really want to pay for a 16-35 just to use 16-23mm. I'd really love a solid 17mm or 18mm f2.8 (or f/2...is that's possible) that takes filters and performs on par with the 17mm ts-e,but comes with a price tag of $500-700. That would get my money, too.

Exactly. A wide non-fisheye prime, something like 16mm?  Done as a Sigma Art lens.  For $650 on Black Friday after its been out a year.

My calculus was that this camera does all I wanted in a FF camera (portraits, candids, low light, light sports).  I plan to get 7d2 for sports.  The extra reach of a crop will work well for me as a non professional sports photog.

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:


Someone at Sigma deserves a big raise or something, for effecting such a radical turnaround in both their image and in their product line. The decision to make the one super high quality 35mm prime got everyone's attention and has people anticipating the follow-up lenses. Then the idea to release the lens "dock" directly addressed and solved their big problems of 1.) perceived inconsistent focus and 2.) future incompatibility with new body firmware.

Even the guy who decided to kill the god-awful crinkle finish deserves a nice bonus.

To go from a reputation that to almost everyone (rightly or wrongly) said "unexciting and mediocre",  almost overnight to being spoken of as a serious rival to top end manufacturers' OEM glass is impressive.  Even if you never buy a Sigma lens, you may benefit from the healthy "spurring" effect of stiff competition on Canon's lens quality, innovation, upgrade frequency, and pricing.

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. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:30:19 PM »
I would take 16 mp over 24 on a cropper if I could get a real 1 1/2 or 2 stops gain in IQ at high ISO.

Street & City / Re: Bratislava
« on: July 03, 2013, 05:39:48 PM »
Couldn't resist.  The name makes me think of the movie Eurotrip.

Bratislava, Slovakia

Clearly the real place is a lot more beautiful than the clip.

EOS Bodies / Re: Buy 7D now If I won't be able to afford 7D mkii
« on: July 03, 2013, 06:39:57 AM »
The OP asks a valid question and Whodaheck gave a rude and irrelevant response.   

I agree with the other replies saying before you buy a 5 year old 7d, see if the 70d works better for you. Since they have the same AF system and the fps are nearly the same the only advantage for 7d is metal body and weather sealing, which most shooters (though certainly not all) don't need. Most people retire perfectly functional cameras every several years because they are obsolete--many more than will ever have a non metal camera break in a situation where a metal camera wouldn't have broken too.   If you shoot in rain maybe you want 7d.

The 70d may give usable photos at higher ISO than the 7d does.   I'd think about it.

C'mon!  NOBODY is going to chime in with "Sell the body and take the golden opportunity to switch to a Nikon system"????  The trolls must be out enjoying the nice weather or something.

Hmm. Perhaps if you posted 50 or 60 more of those samples it would help to diagnose the problem.   ;)

That's what I thought Drizzt321 ... and if the focal plane shutter isn't being used we can sync at any speed !

Mirror would need to be locked up (or live view used), but i think it might work without compromising flash reach / distance ! :)

If your subject was moving so slowly that you could shoot it with the mirror locked up, why would you need a high speed shutter?

EOS Bodies / Re: New AF Technology Coming in July? [CR1]
« on: May 25, 2013, 09:06:01 AM »
Vague indeed. I would not read "new" to mean revolutionary, game-changing, etc. without a lot more info. Could just be a new arrangement of af points and a make 6 processor.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Color Bombs Kill Cameras
« on: May 10, 2013, 05:40:24 PM »
Hate to double post, but I didn't see this thread earlier.

Check out this guy's complaint about muddy images he had just shot. The photos are of the Holi festival with the color bombs flying.


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.

Dare I say new Sigma 300 mm f/4 and 400 mm f/5.6 in ART line, compatible with the excellent Canon 2x III and 1.4x III, with f/8 AF firmware update coming for 5D III  :D

Just guessing, but a 300mm or a 400mm lens would probably be "S" for "sport" in their new Art, Sport and Contemporary groupings.

Whatever they'd call it, if they could make a really great 400mm at f/4 priced less than Canon's, or even a 400  f/5.6 priced the same as the old Canon version, that would be big news.

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