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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: April 22, 2014, 05:03:01 PM »
Several USERS have reported AF inconsistencies with the Sigma 35 Art, I'm one of 'em. In poor lighting I end up with about a 40% hit rate, even using AI Servo and BBF on my 70D. Once the 35mm IS USM hits the refurb store, I'm selling mine. I also won't be purchasing the 50 Art.
Im really disappointed... :-/

Edit: I should note that I never go looking for problems but decided to see if my 35 Art would benefit from MFA 2 nights ago. It needed -5, so that might explain some of the difference between my 60% miss rate and Bryans 40% miss rate.

Edit 2: just checked, it was -3, not -5

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EOS-M / Re: Freniac grip ergonomics?
« on: March 15, 2014, 10:11:15 PM »
I didn't really care for it to be honest.  It just wasn't comfortable to me when shooting and I actually preferred the original grip.  Having said that, it did make holding the camera via the grip easier.  But the bigger factor for me was comfort while shooting.

I realize I'm in the SMALL minority with that opinion and if you've used one of his grips before and liked it, I can't see why you wouldn't like the grip for the M.

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I don't think the biggest problem is portability, sensor size, in-camera or in-phone effects, connectivity, etc.  I think the biggest problem is "the value of an image".  Most people are so inundated with dozens, hundreds, or even THOUSANDS of pictures a day that at most, a single image is in front of their faces for a fraction of a second.  There's simply no time for the average person to appreciate the uniqueness, subtleties, and nuances of a particular photo - much less the artistic impact it makes (or, could in theory if one were to give it some time).

Sure, top-tier photography will still stand out, even on FB and Instagram, but "the masses" - who in the past may have purchased a dedicated point and shoot or even a low-end DSLR - have a hard time getting out of full-auto mode and capitalizing on the strengths of these cameras to make their images more appealing.  Instead, they'd rather slap an ugly *** filter on top of it to garner the extra fraction of a second it takes from their friends to elicit a "like" before they move on to even more images from others who NEED likes in order to bolster their self-confidence.

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PowerShot / Re: PowerShot SX700 HS, PowerShot D30 & Rebel Images
« on: February 11, 2014, 07:36:17 AM »
Safe to say a DPAF sensor ain't in that thing?

I think so!

Moving on along...

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PowerShot / Re: More Product Confirmations for CP+
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:02:20 PM »
I'm loving this 'Year of the Lens' so far

C'mon...

24-2000 f/3.7-8.0

A 24-2000 f/3.7-8.0

How can you NOT get excited about THAT?!  lol
 ::) ::) ::) ;D

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Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 07, 2014, 10:22:47 AM »
Accidentally adjusted the diopter on more than one occasion without realizing it. Can't figure out why the images in the viewfinder look blurry bit AF seems to be working when reviewing the images.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 70D Deals at B&H Photo
« on: February 03, 2014, 05:00:43 PM »
Odd that this is making the rounds and not the deal that was available on B&H just a few days ago (it was available for several weeks and I'm not sure but might have even been left over from the holidays).  The 70D + 18-135 STM + Pixma Pro 100 + 50 sheets of photo paper + 16 GB class 10 Transcend memory card + Canon camera bag all for $1249 after $400 MIR.  That's $50 less than the current deal for the camera and same lens but you also got a memory card, printer, paper, and a camera bag.
So again, I think it's odd that this deal is getting pointed out.

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I'm thinking many of the guys in this forum are not married.

Pretty simple, if your wife wants the 70D, you buy the damn 70D.

Happy wife, happy life.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 35 2 IS v Canon 40 2.8 pancake
« on: January 24, 2014, 12:55:21 PM »
To me, it makes sense to ditch the 28 and 40 as the 35mm IS is going to do everything better than either of those and the focal lengths are SO close it doesn't really warrant keeping them.

Having said that, if you think the size of the 40 will come in handy, it's worth it to keep it.  You'll only get $125-140 on the used market (if you're lucky) and while that can certainly help to offset the cost of the new lens, it's certainly not a substantial sum.

As soon as I get the 35mm IS, my plan is to sell the 40 as well.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF-M 18-40 Pancake
« on: January 19, 2014, 09:17:04 PM »
I think some are missing the point of the M system altogether. I'll spell it out for you...

S M A L L - S I Z E!!!

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next DSLR Will Be Entry Level [CR3]
« on: January 16, 2014, 10:48:15 PM »
How does it get more "entry level" than the 100D?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Microadjustment Automated
« on: January 13, 2014, 04:00:25 AM »
Having 1 value for a lens does not fix much.

I didn't read the patent so I don't know for sure but, does it say it only uses one value?  Or does it say multiple values are not possible?

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Now Sigma offers a $900 version of a 50mm, which is much less affordable than four of Canon's offerings.

Where have you found pricing info?  I've checked (what I thought was) everywhere and can't find it.

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Lenses / Re: New lenses ($6800 budget)
« on: January 06, 2014, 03:15:57 AM »
If I were spending your money and rewriting your lens collection, I'd sell your current lenses except the 50/1.8 (18-135 NON-STM, and 70-300 NON-L) and put that $350-400 towards the overall budget, making it $7200-ish.

Enough people have done exactly what you asked them NOT to do and talked about the CAMERA, so I'll just focus on the lenses (with one exception)...

Here goes my list...
Lens 1:
A prime between 45-100mm with a maximum aperture of 2.8 (so 1.8, 1.4 and so on are fine too!)
I can work with the 50mm, but also the 85 and so on, so I just need 1 that is the best.

You mentioned that you use your 50mm/1.8 for portraits and some macro but that it's not ideal for macro - in my opinion, the 50mm field is a situation of picking the least of various evils.  The 50/1.2 is expensive and no better than the Canon 50/1.4 at equivalent apertures so you're paying a $1000 premium for a fraction of a stop and being able to say that the bokeh is "dreamy" (and sharpness is non-existent) at f/1.2.  That's a lot of coin for crappy bragging rights, IMO.  The Sigma 50/1.4 is better than the Canon 50/1.4, but there seem to be some reliability issues among users when it comes to focus accuracy - so you may play the lens lottery which is a P.I.T.A.  The 50/1.8 is crap until f/2.8 so... what's the point?  Well, you said f/2.8 is fine - so keep it and use it there.  My recommendation?  85/1.2 LII.  You wanted sharp... this is $2000 worth of SUPER SHARP!  If you want to replace your 50/1.8 then the new Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 is a RIDICULOUS lens when it comes to sharpness.  You said you didn't mind manual focusing - this is a non-AF lens and is sharper than anything else you'll find, but it's half your budget.  Personally, I say stick with the 50/1.8, use it at 2.8, and add the Canon 85/1.2 LII.

Cost: $2,000

Lens 2:
A mid-range zoom with a maximum aperture of 2.8 (so 1.8, 1.4 and so on are fine too!)
Everything below 20mm to above 40mm is fine.

Since you're keeping your 50mm/1.8, the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 constant zoom lens is a REAL option.  Really sharp and REALLY  fast!  If it's turns out not to be then the obvious choice is the Canon 17-55/2.8 as it's sharp, covers a great range, and has IS.  The 50mm f/1.8 at 2.8 is roughly equal to the 17-55 at 50mm at f/2.8 in terms of sharpness - but the bokeh is better on the 17-55 and you get IS.  Should you go with the 17-55, sell the 50/1.8.

Cost: $800 +/- depending on which lens you purchase.  Maybe as low as $700 when you factor in that you can sell the 50/1.8 if you go with the 17-55.

Lens 3:
A decent lens for macro between 85 and 100mm. I don’t have a preference for the aperture here.

Either of Canon's 100mm f/2.8 macro lenses are perfect here.  If you want weather sealing and/or hybrid IS, go with the L.  If not, go with the non-L.  Optically, they're very similar.

Cost: $550-$850 depending on the lens chosen

Lens 4:
I have the 18-135, but I don’t find that sharp enough. I do like the zoom range though. Is there anything that comes close to the range, but sharper?

Yup!  The NEW 18-135 STM.  But, you're well covered with the lenses above in terms of sharpness.  Either skip the large range zoom OR, buy the NEW 18-135mm STM lens.  The glass has been updated and it's a much sharper lens than the old 18-135 lens.  As a bonus, it'll work like a CHAMP for video with your 70D.  The STM lenses have focusing motors and IS systems that are made specifically for video - they're SILENT :) 

Cost: $300

Lens 5:
A zoom that goes beyond 250/300mm. If that is achieved by a teleconverter that is fine by me, if that gives me better results.

BEYOND 300 without a teleconverter leaves only a few options.  The Canon 100-400 is an obvious option.  Tamron just announced a very large lens, the 150-600 that seems to test well.  There's also a 70-200 or 70-300 plus 2x teleconverter.  Too many options here to list - homework time :)

Now... one place you're missing some critical range (for some people) and that's the UWA end.  In my opinion, when you're using an UWA, you're usually out walking around a LOT.  That means, LIGHT WEIGHT is GOOD!  The Canon  EOS M + 11-22mm IS lens is an obvious choice for this scenario, IMO.  The cost is roughly the same as the Canon 10-22 and the lens is BETTER except for the max aperture and 10 vs 11mm.

Cost: $600-650.  Another possible use for this money is lighting like an external flash (or 2, or 3), etc.

Total cost of all options above except the telephoto zoom = max of $4600 (before taxes) unless you buy the 55mm Zeiss.  It could be $400 less if you go with the Canon 17-55 as opposed to the Sigma 18-35 and the non-L 100mm macro.  That leaves you $2600-$3000 for your telephoto solution (because remember, you sold your 18-135 and 70-300 in my scenario).  That's enough for the top of the line Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II ($2500) and 2x teleconverter! :)

That's some INCREDIBLE gear!
85mm f/1.2 L II
18-35 f/1.8 OR 17-55 f/2.8 IS
100mm f/2.8 macro (L or not)
EF-S 18-135 STM (for convenience and video - sharpness isn't bad)
Any one of several telephoto zooms + teleconverter
EOS M + 11-22mm IS

With this setup, you're covered with FANTASTIC image quality from FF equivalent of 17-660mm!  AND, you have IS as an option the entire way.

That's how I personally would spend the money!  Except I'd find a way to add the 35mm f/2 IS ($500-600).

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Lenses / Re: Strange Lens Flare (Sigma 35mm + MRC filter)
« on: January 03, 2014, 10:22:44 AM »
To avoid taking the filter off, indoors, in your own home, because you're fearful of damaging the front element is a bit paranoid, don't you think?  Just take it off and retest.  This will determine if your (mostly useless and possibly problematic) UV filter (you're using at night) is the problem.

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