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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?

I have the 1.4x mk.3, but I have never used a 2x TC. 

I find the 1.4 x does not do a whole lot on my FF camera with a 70-200 lens, as others have said here.  But it actually did make a big difference on my crop body, as long as you are not shooting tiny things like birds or squirrels. 

My feeling on birds is that they are terribly cheap, and will seldom pay much for even a great portrait of themselves.  Spending $7k on a bird lens would take forever to recoup in shiny bits of junk and sunflower seeds.

My kindergartener plays soccer on a midget field, and the 1.4x would make the lens too long to shoot that.

Come to think of it, she never pays anything for her photos either!  ;)

Lenses / Re: Prime vs zoom
« on: April 07, 2013, 01:55:26 AM »
I dunno. I think the super wide aperture effect is a little overused. Arty folks or lens guys love a super shallow DOF In more situations than do average viewers of photos.   At least for people photos.   My wife really dislikes shots where one eye is in focus but the other eye, and the ears and maybe even the mouth, and most of the hair are blurry.  And this is 1.33 stops more true on a FF body.   Plus your keeper rate plunges with a razor thin DOF.

Lenses / Re: New Canon L-lens: EF 16-600mm f2,8 L USM
« on: March 31, 2013, 09:03:06 PM »
Had me going until I saw the box reads "lens hood included".  Canon would sell that separately.

Lenses / Re: Want to expand my gear?
« on: March 29, 2013, 08:26:05 PM »
Do you have a good tripod? If not then I would make that my next purchase.

Most of the alternatives you list are for completely different types of photography. I think that before I decided on the lens I would decide on what kind of photography I want to branch out into first.  Macro? Landscape? Better portraits? Wildlife?

Lenses / Re: 24-70 f2.8L II or.....
« on: March 29, 2013, 01:26:01 AM »
Buy the new walk-around lens. 
Disregard the lack of IS and the $2,300 price. 
Patiently await your next instruction. 
Enjoy the tasty grass, but please keep the baaa-aaaaa-aaaaa-aaaaah-ing to a low volume.

Thank you.

EOS Bodies / Re: Future of APS-C Given 6D Pricing
« on: March 27, 2013, 06:20:14 AM »
Kinda agree except "the masses" will continue to shoot Rebels, not a $2,200 7d2.

Sigma's first shot with the new A, S, and C lenses has been widely acclaimed as being as good or frankly better than the Big manufacturers' equivalent offerings.   It was an Art lens in their new terms. What will the next "letter lens" be?

 I wonder how good their first Sport lens will be, and what it will be.  They could really score a hit with a high quality 300 or 400 lens at f/2.8 if it were top quality and priced lower than the big boys. Maybe it is safer to stick with making really good primes for the first several releases and not trying to compete in zooms right away.


I wonder if Sigma will make its first S lens a telephoto that is as good as its first A lens (35mm f/1.4) is.

If you get her the EF camera, and if you are good with strategy, you could start "giving her" lenses that "she needs" for "her camera", if you know what I mean.  So if they happen to be lenses that you yourself would want, well that is just a happy coincidence.  Win-win.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Foggy Night 5D3 and 50mm 1.8 II
« on: March 22, 2013, 08:55:27 PM »
Cool.  Something about it is very evocative of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

EOS Bodies / Re: Experiences with the 6D
« on: March 11, 2013, 06:08:08 AM »
6d will be great for the portraits and cityscapes.  You don't have any glass long enough for shooting sports on full frame though. I would keep the crop body too or else you have to spend up for the longer glass.  Is a 5d3 PLUS a telephoto lens in the budget? 

Canon General / Re: With the Yen plunging, will we see price drops now?
« on: February 23, 2013, 11:06:43 AM »
International corporate finances are complex, they have operations all over the world. I guarantee that currency fluctuations (which continually change) play some part, but thinking that end price will change due to that is simplistic.

This is no doubt correct, but my point is:  where was this sentiment when the True Believers were defending Canon prices as clearly being due to the high Yen to low Dollar exchange rate?

Canon General / With the Yen plunging, will we see price drops now?
« on: February 15, 2013, 10:28:42 AM »
We heard a lot (a LOT!) of people defending percieved high Canon pricing, saying it is due to the run up in the value of the Yen that ended in 2011.  Sometimes this was said with the kind of absolute certainty that can only come from someone with no training in a subject. 

Now Japan is printing money to achieve 2% inflation in their economy, and the Yen is plunging as a result.  See

Question:  If the High Yen = High Canon Prices argument was as valid as was asserted so many times, will we now expect to see this effect working in reverse?  Or will prices stay the same, and the True Believers simply latch onto some other factor to explain it?

Video & Movie / Re: Timelapse of the Aurora in Finland
« on: February 13, 2013, 07:25:09 PM »
Beautiful!  What an amazing place to live!

Are the things that look like shooting stars airplanes?

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