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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Street Photography Advice...
« on: April 26, 2013, 11:07:10 PM »

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Street Photography Advice...
« on: April 26, 2013, 07:54:18 PM »

Best first post I've ever seen!

Hope you'll stick around.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Future of EOS M [CR1]
« on: April 26, 2013, 11:18:18 AM »
I don't know what reality may or may not emerge from this. But after reading it, my gut, emotional reaction is "Yeah, yeah, yeah...blah, blah, blah."

Lenses / Re: Do you still love 24-105L?
« on: April 25, 2013, 03:59:03 PM »
That sums it up pretty well for me.

I never "loved" the 24-105, but it's a solid and versatile and workmanlike tool. It does an acceptable job in many situations, but lately I'm always finding myself thinking how much I'd prefer the 35 (Sigma) or the 17-40 (Canon) for a particular situation. The 24-105 rarely satisfies beyond 70-80mm so I've ended up using it like a 24-70 -- so I'm pondering the possibility of going to the new 24-70.

I have a lot of love for my 35L and 135L. I enjoy shooting with a small 28 1.8 and with 85 1.8. My 24-105 is a tool. No mad love, no pasion. However, I use it a lot when i work with strobes. This is practically my workhorse for home studio work. This lens for studio plus primes for everything else. So yeah, I'm not planning to sell mine anytime soon. No love, but a very strong practical relationship.  ;D

Why would a professional photographer use a point & shoot as a backup? If I'm shooting a wedding with a 5D3 as primary equipment, what would a point & shoot do for me if I have a problem with the DSLR?

If I'm a photojournalist with a DSLR and a 16-35 or 70-200, what would I do with a point & shoot?

Canon General / Re: That's my money you are profiting from Canon!!!
« on: April 24, 2013, 10:23:19 PM »
I could not disagree more.

Hostile and combative rarely characterize discussions I read here these days. I do have a bias toward thinking most people are simply too sensitive. They are easily offended, and somehow they acquired the wrongheaded idea that they should go through life without anyone offending them.

In the "karma" days, people seemed inclined to respond to the silly "smite" with more of their own smites. That escalated, people assumed they knew who bad marked them and then they tended to respond with some nasty remark -- sort of a passive aggressive response to real or imagined disrespects.

We do pretty well around here for being in a world where we have no verbal cues, no body language and almost no social history with the other posters.

I think this perspective is a little more balanced, so I disagree soundly.

Yes, this is off topic, but I agree with you.  It's been debated before, but I still see a strong correlation between the increasingly hostile and combative environment and the loss of the karma system.  It wasn't a perfect system, but I think it did manage to keep it more civilized around here.

Absolutely agree. As flawed as the Karma system was, it served as a powerful feedback to participants as to how their overall behavior was being  perceived by other forum participants. Karma has now been too often replaced by personal attacks and drive-by comments.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Just when I was about to buy an M...
« on: April 23, 2013, 04:39:45 PM »
Careful, Paul. Those heart attacks can be costly!

I've used and love Gr's for many years.  I guess it's nostalgia.  My head says M, my heart pounds when I handle a GR.

EOS Bodies / Re: The sound of silence
« on: April 23, 2013, 01:26:36 PM »
Well, not total silence.

Nikon today announced a firmware update for their Coolpix P7700.

People ARE talking!

Much as I love the Canon 135, GMC is probably spot on about a next generation version. However, with the stellar performance of the newest 70-200, would they sell any at the $2K price they'd tack on?

The Canon ef primes have been a nice earner for Canon. Many wedding photographers have stayed in the Canon fold (when Nikon had better DSLR specs) becuase of the 35L, 85L and 135L. No other band (other than Sony) had a simular array of bright primes. But as usual Canon were unaware of the need to develop the next gen of fast primes. The 35L is a fantastic lens, but flare control isn't great, it's AF in low light is erratic and it's not weather sealed and it's number of aperture blades is an even number. The 135L is an awsome lens, but it's an old design, flare could be better, MFD could be better. It could do with newer coatings, it's aperture blades are not circular (stop down and look at the out of focus blobs). It's not weather sealed and Sony has an f1.8 variant, which means that it's not the best of the breed. Popping IS on it would really make my wedding work easier too. It's AF is good but not as good as the newer 70-200 f2.8 L IS II. It#s a great lens but there's quite a lot of room for improvement.
The 85L is a quirky lens and I'm quite happy with it as it is. It's not easy to use, and it's dof is so slim it requires a well honed AF technique to get consistent results. I use this lens a lot and I love it.

Digital has freed photography from the shackles of film.  :). Unfortunately it has also devalued it enormously.  :(
Very true ... I still remember cringing at the cost of developing film and seeing several of my shots were useless but I used to pay a lot more attention to how I was making an image ... but now I find myself not as careful, I guess it is the blessing or curse of PP ... but I still prefer digital, coz its easier and cheaper :-[

I think this is really wide open for debate, and I'd fall on the side of digital improving photography immensely. For every person who takes a crappy picture, there are people like me who will take 10 crappy pictures as tests, then use that as a basis for one very good image -- and the 10 crappies vanish with a delete key. And as I recall, they guy who shot that last roll of K did just that, using digital images to get his film image just right.

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: April 20, 2013, 10:41:08 PM »
While I can appreciate all the technical stuff, after a while it does grow wearying. Almost like arguing that one fish hook will catch more fish because it has a sharper point and its barb is 2 millimeters longer.

Today I did two events, around 1000 pictures, almost all with the Sigma 35mm. It makes me feel almost giddy with joy. On a 5D3, it's like there's no picture beyond my reach (at least within the focal range limits). I'll bet if I had a Canon 35mm I wouldn't feel much different -- but I do love this extra money I have!

I sold my printer for that reason -- wasn't printing enough to justify the crippling cost of ink.

Bay Photo (used by SmugMug) has been my go to pro for years now. I understand Adorama does a good job too.

Lenses / Re: Street Photography 35mm/50mm + DC?Help
« on: April 18, 2013, 06:29:47 PM »
Trying to get new lens for walk around street photography.
anyone share some experience?thanks :D

For me, you'll have to define your term "street photography." It has so much different meaning for so many people your question is rendered meaningless.

I think what has happened is that Canon's pricing policies have become SO absurd that is has given some astute tech. and money managers at Sigma the ability to realize that they have a lot more wiggle room to make a great product and still be super competitive in price to big read. (it also shows how ridiculous Canon's pricing has become). I do not own a crop body either, but I do LOVE the appearance of this lens! Hope the IQ and price/performance ratio are right up there with the Sigma 35mm, f/1.4 that I own and absolutely love. This can be nothing but good for all of us! Can't wait to see what the next lens is in the new Art Line!!!!!!! ;D

Me too, me too!!

And a few more thoughts:

1. Haven't seen a single complaint yet about no IS.

2. This is another brick in the foundation I've been building for APS-C as a viable, long term sensor format -- and the coming of an extraordinary 7D2 that just about everyone will want!

3. What are the video implications of this lens? Surely there must be some (don't know since I don't video).

4. Talking about "wiggle room," this seems to go right at Canon's 17-55mm f/2.8, a great lens but one that seems overpriced. (Although the Canon lens does have IS.) If the Sigma is priced under $1K, it may give Canon some pain. And if it's really sharp at f/1.8 it will provide better subject isolation than the Canon at f/2.8 (let the bokeh wars begin!).

Lenses / Re: I have just lost confidence with Canon Rumors & B&H
« on: April 17, 2013, 09:23:56 AM »
Dreaming of Otis Redding....

Oh she may be weary
And young girls they do get wearied
Wearing that same old shaggy dress
Yeah yeah
But when she gets weary
Try a little tenderness, yeah yeah

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