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Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: April 13, 2013, 12:15:52 PM »
Colors on the left are more vivid. Background on the right is more pleasant to the eye. Is the Sigma on the right?


OK , I took these few minutes ago, same parameters.
Now there are differences in the red colors, one camera can not separate red/orange colors as the other, mainly because of the CFA and also the profile.(we can take a color profile discussion later so all understand what a profile does or not with the bokeh, contrast curves, colors  etc  who plays a major  role in what we think us se, or not )

Now to the background
which one do you think is more pleasing than the other? here are the same parameters regarding contrast curve=linear  and the same adobe profile are chosen

canon 35mm and sigma 35mm both at F 1.4

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: "I am boycotting Nikon" campaign
« on: April 13, 2013, 10:41:11 AM »
I'm boycotting all these imaging companies. They make infernal machines that steal your soul!

My belief is that corporations have essentially completed their takeover of the world. They will make minor adjustments responding to niggling little complaints like this to keep sales at full tilt. Beyond that, we and they are on a path to destroy this planet. Since I can't stop it, I plan to enjoy the ride into the pits of hell.

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: April 13, 2013, 10:17:54 AM »
And I am sure that all of you know what I am talking about.

Sorry to sound like a therapist, but what I hear you saying is:

1. You prefer the look of images you make with the Canon lens.

2. You've had a bad experience with Sigma and don't trust them.

What I don't understand is your "wink, wink," you know what I'm talking about. Is there something you've said that I'm not hearing?

EOS Bodies / Re: Is the SL1 sensor an improvement?
« on: April 12, 2013, 08:26:35 PM »
More often than not "questions" posed on a discussion forum are meant to prompt discussion. I believe that means bringing both opinion and relevant facts to the table.

If I thought every question was being asked of me personally because only a few people in the world have my breadth of knowledge and experience, I'd find my participation often unsatisfying.

For me, this thread seems to be suggesting that Canon may be making improvements in certain sensor deficiencies, and I'm interested in knowing if that may be true. As the OP clearly said, only RAWs will settle the issue.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM $399 New
« on: April 12, 2013, 03:58:04 PM »
Tempting, but really, what would I do with ANOTHER camera??

I was just thinking last night -- I can't take enough pictures to use all the cameras I now have, and I shoot every day!

Lenses / Re: IS mandatory? 70-200 f/4 IS vs. f/2.8 Non-IS
« on: April 12, 2013, 11:52:08 AM »
While I can't speak to those lenses specifically, I use the f/4.0 without IS (Roger at Lens Rentals says it's sharper than the IS version, for what that's worth). Anyway, I've found that unless it's a bright sunny day, I leave it home. Either that or get it on a tripod.

For good light, it's excellent, but I really suffer the lack of IS.

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: April 12, 2013, 11:39:41 AM »
I've had it for eight days now. Couldn't be happier.

It approaches the Canon 135mm f/2.0L in just about every characteristic (betters it in none as far as I can tell) and it's far more versatile for me.

Only used it so far on the 5D3. Once the early elation wears down, I'll try it on the crop.

Site Information / Re: Minimum CR Forum IQ?
« on: April 11, 2013, 11:40:06 AM »
That's pretty bright, Bumpy. I'm not sure I could make the cut. Maybe 4.0 (5.6 on a reach).

Your suggestion of a Not Quite Serious section seems like a very helpful one to me!


Site Information / Minimum CR Forum IQ?
« on: April 11, 2013, 10:29:42 AM »
Just curious -- what is the minimum IQ requirement for posting in the forum here? And by "IQ" I mean the old school variety -- Intelligence Quotient.

We just had a thread shut down for being "beyond stupid." That would suggest that posts must meet a certain intellectual level before proceeding to full forum discussion. What's the standard? Surely we would not be capricious about such a thing.

Or, is it possible people may be stressed over an upcoming taxes due date in the U.S? That may explain some reduced tolerance for our mentally challenged members.

Since I'm not the brightest lens in the mix here, I'd like some guidance on this matter so pressing to me.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Maybe I need to relearn how to focus
« on: April 08, 2013, 04:29:25 PM »
Sounds like Daffodil Hill. Fun place to shoot.

Perhaps part of the issue is simply DOF difference between crop and full-frame sensors.

I rarely try macro handheld anymore. My rule has become tripod and live view with manual focus.

If I were you, I'd try it again on a tripod, IS off, use live view and f/8.0 aperture with a remote shutter actuation. If you know you achieved good focus in live view and it's not sharp when you view the file on the computer, something else is going on.

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4
« on: April 08, 2013, 11:31:22 AM »
And here's the lens in actual practice, shot mid-afternoon at a window in a bar:

f/2.8, 1/90 sec., 160 ISO, 5d3

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4
« on: April 08, 2013, 11:24:20 AM »
I took these yesterday for myself to see how they looked. If they're useful to anyone here....

It's a full-stop aperture series from f/16.0 to f/1.4 with the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens mounted on Canon 5D3. Camera is on tripod to keep spatial reference. Otherwise, nothing special, just reset aperture between shots and pressed shutter button with a finger. AF was used (center point selected). Given that light was coming through some tree branches, it won't be good for judging light so much, especially since it was windy and the branches were moving -- no leaves on them though. All at ISO 100. Shot RAW, converted to jpg out of Lightroom 4 with no alterations or corrections. These are medium size from the Smugmug host. You can follow back to the source for original size files.

f/16.0, 1/45 sec.

f/11.0, 1/90 sec.

f/8.0, 1/180 sec.

f/5.6, 1/350 sec.

f/4.0, 1/750 sec.

f/2.8, 1/1500 sec.

f/2.0, 1/3000 sec.

f/1.4, 1/6000 sec.

Lenses / Re: Mid-Atlantic Macro Fest -- Cicadas!!
« on: April 06, 2013, 02:20:17 PM »

I remember those from the 90s.  It was impossible to walk anywhere without hearing them crunching underfoot.  Not sure if I'd be looking forward to those again.

Yep, messy and noisy -- but they make for great pictures. They're slow and they stay put, so easy models to work with. The orange/red eyes give you a dramatic, monstrous look.

Lenses / Mid-Atlantic Macro Fest -- Cicadas!!
« on: April 06, 2013, 10:25:17 AM »
The 17-year Cicadas will be emerging this spring -- coming to a U.S. mid-Atlantic location near you!

If you're anywhere from Connecticut to Virginia, mount a macro next month and show us your bugs!!

Site Information / Re: Love or Hate Canon Rumors Forum
« on: April 05, 2013, 12:03:58 AM »
Good thread; thanks for starting it.

Overall, I don't take a forum like this seriously enough to get emotional one way or another. I suspect much of whatever conflict happens comes from people giving this more weight than it deserves.

I'm glad you mentioned the international aspect -- that's something I especially love. It gives me hope that maybe we humans actually do stand a chance of not blowing up the planet one day. Ordinary people talking to one another is far more useful than the grandstanding of heads of state. (And I still miss Brian and his banter with all of us. Hope he is well!)

One other thing I especially like is that it's not anonymous. The guy who runs this site is a real person with a family, and some of us know him to varying degrees. It's nice to know that anything we do here may contribute to the support of a genuinely nice guy. That's sort of a log-in-the-fireplace feeling to me, where many other forums/sites are cold and impersonal.

If this site went down, I'd REALLY miss it -- and I can't think of any other site I'd say that about.

Thanks for asking.

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