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Software & Accessories / Re: External HDD for backups
« on: July 31, 2013, 04:59:40 PM »
The Western Digital MyBook drives use a proprietary encryption.  If the micro USB bus should break you will have to pair the data with another WD device of that era to decrypt the data.  I have had a couple of these drives.  Would never store anything important on them for fear of expensive data recovery services.

Software & Accessories / Re: Update on Hot Issues in Lightroom 5
« on: July 25, 2013, 09:17:31 PM »
Wonder if it will be a beta release next week.  I recall getting beta notices for 4.x.

Lenses / Re: Wide Angle lens for my 6D
« on: July 24, 2013, 10:51:10 PM »
Rokinon 14mm F2.8... Got one for fathers day and love it.  Yes, it full manual and has mustache distortion, but is correctable with PTLens and other tools.  Drawback is no way to add filters.  Still, I have a blast with it (5D Mark III).

Lenses / Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« on: July 22, 2013, 05:08:07 AM »
This got me curious - how did you add the AF confirmation chip ? It works on your Canon, right ?


Don't do it myself, but was thinking about it when someone sent me this video.  I found it is not needed with practice.

Lenses / Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« on: July 20, 2013, 09:53:54 AM »
Fan of my EF 85 F1.8.  Sharp and a solid performer for me.  It's lightweight and small and gives me decent reach  when I need to go light.

My wife and kids got me a Rokinon 14mm for fathers day and I am having a blast with that lens right now.

Lighting / Re: Yongnuo YN-568EX II TT
« on: July 11, 2013, 06:35:31 PM »
I think it only adds the ability to be a optical master.  At least it's largest selling point.

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Tamron 70-300 VC USD
« on: July 01, 2013, 10:11:00 PM »
I've heard a lot of good things about this lens from my friends with Nikon mounts.  The only negative I have heard was from one friend that went from a D90 to a D600 and indicated the Tamron would no longer auto-focus.  I know he contacted Tamron about it but have not heard from him in a while.

Still, it is something I would like to have for a little more reach.  I think it still comes with one of the longer warranty periods, right?  Five or Six years is what I think I have heard on Tamron.

I think this just represents the outrage people have on this story.  A photo is what draws you into a story on a newspaper.  That said, I boycotted the Sun Times, but I think that image is a fake and not actually what was printed.

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Samyang 14mm f2.8
« on: June 26, 2013, 08:39:57 AM »
ePaperPress PTLens ($25 U.S.) does a good job correcting the mustache distortion of this lens.  I suspect there are other solutions as well, but that was the one I found after a short while looking.

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Samyang 14mm f2.8
« on: June 25, 2013, 07:03:18 PM »
Why do they use two names, Samyang or Rokinon?
I think there are a few names this lens in sold under (Bower Vivitar, Opteka as well).  I got the Rokinon FE14M-C as a fathers day gift and am very impressed with it.  Not sure who the parent company is.

People have opinions about Sigma/Tamron/Tokina; good and bad.  I take photographs as a hobby and sometimes I get asked to do side jobs for money.  At the end of the day, I am quite happy with my images.  Again, if you are on a budget and looking to save some coin and know what focal length you need and why you need it, get the Sigma from a reputable dealer with a good return policy.  If you are not happy with the lens, exchange it, if the next copy is not what you expected, get a refund and save for the Canon.

A camera is a tool, be it Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, etc.  I am a customer, of Canon, not because they are better than the other tools, it comes down to how the camera fits in my hand.  It is how intuitive the menu is to me.  It is the results I get shooting it.  I will one day get a Canon 24-70mm F2.8, but for now, I am very happy with the results I get using a Sigma lens on my Canon.


From what I have seen, that Sigma lens is very soft.  It's possible the tests I saw used bad samples.  Do you find yours to be "usably sharp", and what body do you use it on, if I may ask?

For the price, certainly it's tempting...but I had thought the Tamron might be better.  As it stands now, I need a wider angle zoom, before I need a 24-70.  But I definitely want a 24-70 in the future.

Use mine on a 5D Mark III.

Here is a photo I took a couple of weeks back, processed through Lightroom:

I think it boils down to making a living at photography.  I make some side coin with it.  I have a Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG and love it.  Works well for me.  Is the Canon better?  Sure... all the experts say it is.  Is the image from a Sigma usable?  For me, the answer is absolutely!

Perhaps rent one, or buy it from a dealer with a good return policy.  Lenses are an investment and if I did not like one, I would want to be able to return it regardless of the mfg.

Macro / Re: Canon 100mm IS USM L Macro Photos
« on: June 13, 2013, 09:22:49 PM »

Weather is getting nice enough to finally play with this lens.  I picked it up in April.  Love it.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Advice on 1st flash
« on: May 14, 2013, 10:22:15 PM »
I have a 600EX-RT, 430 EX II, and Yongnuo YN568EX.  All good, but I mostly do off camera.  If you are going with on camera, and on a budget, the 430 EX II is the best choice to start with.  While I like the Yongnuo, I find the AF assist beam to be hit/miss (with more miss) and not even close to the center AF point.  My two cents on Yongnuo is they are best for off camera work.  But they are workhorses and usable.  It is just the 430 EX II is a better choice for the first speedlite.  Best of luck.

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