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I will get more tomorrow. In the many of the samples posted on the net thus far i thought the bokeh was a bit of a nervous mess, but i have't seen it yet in my shots. but it's early.

Okay, the rest are to large to post.

yes, that's my sweet p&S, on the Far, Far sweeter tripod i used to use for nonphoto related stuff. it's handy :P

So my 3 year old didn't cooperate, and this very cloudy outside but i've got something.

 first- I'd like to amend what I wrote above. the very first thing i thought when i got the package was that can't be the lens. it's far to small. If canon had packaged and shipped it, they would have used a box 4x as large. Also, i think i the focus ring has no more scratchy feel than any of my Canon L's. It's very good.

I shot these in RAW and used DXO to convert them. I turned off the distortion correction, CA correction, and vignetting correction. Actually, when it loaded the files it thought they might have been shot with the Canon 35. I was hoping that would happen, and it did. It tried to correct barrel distortion that isn't there, and ending up causing distortion. That might change with focusing distance, i don't know. I don't really have much to quickly test coma as the clouds are very much out tonight, but i tried to use some street lights the best i could. I don't have many of them either. i just need a clear night to really test that.
  yeah, the shots are crap, even from a get a look at this subjective, but i'll do better.
I think i like this lens.

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: November 27, 2012, 05:17:51 PM »
this way i'll have some incentive to actually do it. (now that started a thread)

my sigma arrived today. first thoughts, it's heavy and seems very well made. hood snaps in place in a very nice positive manner. The focus ring has a short throw, and a just very so slightly scratchy quality. but my wrists might be more fine tuned than others  ;D The focus ring also has a fair bit of damping, it's not going anywhere by accident. I'm impressed so far.  I'm not reviewer, and i don't do much in the way of my own little tests, but i'll breakout the tripod and get something up. whatever i do, i guess i'll do the same with my 24-105 and 16-35 just for kicks.
anyway, i hope to get this up shortly.

Canon General / Re: How do you store your gear?
« on: November 27, 2012, 08:34:08 AM »
I've heard about storing your mechanical cameras with their shutters cocked -vs- uncocked, but never a thought of storing a lens on it's side -vs- standing on it's end. With my 3 little boys i would never stand something on it's end unless it was in my case, or i wanted it to break. I'll have to gather my gear a bit for a shot.

Canon General / Re: How do you store your gear?
« on: November 26, 2012, 10:56:12 PM »
In my best Martin Lawrence voice- Damn Jena!

i know i'll probably get a spanking for this, but why do you guys have so much stuff? i mean, holy crap! i probably sound like some of your spouses with that question... in fact, forget i asked it.

my modest amount of gear is usually 1/2 in a pelican case with the lid open, and 1/2 on a shelving unit.

Canon General / Re: Selling question...
« on: November 26, 2012, 10:40:27 PM »
You should expect to be at the low end of the price range. Certainly you can ask whatever you like, but most people are going to run from that shutter count. Sure the shutter could go another 250k, or die tomorrow, you just never know. I know i'd have to figure in the price of a new shutter with whatever your asking, then look at the alternatives. good luck. 

 reminds me, i had a 1dmk2 that i didn't know the shutter count of. when i went to sell it everyone asked and i couldn't find out. All the usual programs wouldn't touch it. then a guy pointed me to a site where you upload a photo taken with the suspect camera and bam. it figured out the shutter count and then calculated the expected remaining life. neat.
     btw- far short of 251k. just saying.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MARK III with 50 mm f/1.2 performence
« on: November 26, 2012, 11:11:16 AM »
Well, sure you buy an ultra fast lens to use it at ultra fast speeds, but sometimes you just want more DOF, and it would be nice if the 50L was as sharp as the 50mm 1.8(a $100 plastic lens) at more mundane fstops. but perhaps choices in lens design have to be made and you can't have both. If it was the equal or close to the 1.8 at these smaller fstops i would have bought one years ago. every now and again i still think about it though. sharpness isn't the end all for me anyway. this most recent time the thought of buying the 50L was in my mind i bought a sigma 35 1.4, so who knows? maybe i won't like it, and i'll be back to thoughts of the 50L. (i'd like to see the 35L v2, but i'm afraid of the expected price)
also, i know what you mean about a camera bringing a lens to life. before i got my 5dmk3 i rarely used my 300mm f2.8. it was OOF so often and just never really did it for me. sure when it hit it was great but i just couldn't count on it. as a part time wedding photog i need to know my gear will work. that's job #1. now, with the mk3, i can use it like it was meant to be used. it's just amazing.

BTW- i've seen some very good low light AF tracking photos on the net from the 5dmk3 and 50L so it might just be up to the task. Personally, unless you think you can figure out in a day or 2 whether or not the 50 is right for you i'd buy in it instead of renting. the resale is high enough that you could probably save money just using it for a month, or a year and selling it if it's not for you.  my 2 cents and my wife will tell you that's about how much it's revalue is :-[

Pricewatch Deals / lensrental's 7.5/10 used zeiss 21mm, $1,314
« on: November 25, 2012, 08:58:22 PM »
I know it's not exactly a black friday super deal, but i think this is a very good deal for the guy who isn't concerned about hairline coating marks.

Lenses / Re: Focal Distance: furthest possible maintaining blurred BG
« on: November 25, 2012, 08:13:39 PM »
When i started reading the thread i wasn't understanding the OP. I figured it perhaps just over my head, but the terminology seemed a bit funny. Then i got a better understanding of what he was asking and promptly agreed with neuroanatomist and his side. This might be a hard thing for some to get their head around.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« on: November 24, 2012, 03:56:19 PM »
I noticed the somewhat funny looking bokeh in most of the shots posted on the net, but really for my style anyway, it isn't an issue at all. YOU guys who see creamy goodness in hte 35mm samples need your eyes checked, and i just bought one of these. People who are into bokeh, and blowing things OOF really shouldn't be fooling with 35mm lenses in the first place. usually it's a guy with a 1/2 frame camera using a 35mm for OOF effects. I would simply say, get a man's camera. And don't tell me you can't afford one, 35m film cams are super cheap and the 5dc isn't terribly expensive either.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« on: November 22, 2012, 04:14:15 PM »
Aj, thanks for that link. the shots that were done against the sun are very informative to me. Nothing got washed out, as i've had happen in the past with a few of the sigma lenses i had. Some were so damn bad i had replace them just due to that issue. nice 18pt sunstars, and at least at these sizes, very sharp and colorful. but with it being autumn they should have a problem being colorful.

 i ordered one. also, note B&H have extended their return period until jan 18th  !!!  If i can't find a deal breaker by then, i probably never will.  fingers crossed.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: November 22, 2012, 09:34:05 AM »
the camera will not know what fstop you are using, nor will it stop down the lens during exposure. you can either use it in M mode and use the force(as i do with my film cams) or set your aperture value on the lens itself, then while in a mode set it to the same, and use your camera's meter.   
 while i like to use the force, i'd probably go the "a" mode route.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« on: November 22, 2012, 09:29:47 AM »
After having a horrible time with sigma repair a few years ago, and not being to impressed with their IQ or build, i swore off sigma forever. Looking at their new 35mm, and reading what Roger has said about the apparent sigma company turnaround, and very kind words for this lens, i'm very strongly reconsidering.   

in fact, i'd said i'm 90% sure i'll buy this lens in the next week or two. maybe later today. ?

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