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I have no girlfriend. I do have a very disabled wife that is unable to pose at all. If we had children at home, I'd be golden. I see no harm in shooting portraits of friends and neighbors... then emailing them the files to print themselves. Those are the only models I'd have until I felt comfortable with my skill level. Like I said, I won't ever go pro. Thanks though!
Yes. I was not clear enough: i would like to have an EF 24/2.8 pancake ... as small, cheap and good as the ef 40/2.8. And a EF 75/2.4 pancake in addition.
This is a misstep with Sigma and their new product philosophy (Art/Contemporary/Sport). They had clear wins with the 35 and 50mm primes, but missed with the 30 for APS-C and now the 24-105. Sigma is a company like any other -- a new marketing scheme does not make them immune to missteps or not understanding the market properly.
I don't think Sigma had any real expectation of replacing Canon 24-105 with their 24-105. It would have been nice for Sigma if it did. But other camera systems lacked a good quality 24-105. I think that was the intended market, not Canon users.
We need to make sure that we are not just looking at this from a Canon-centric viewpoint.
I would tend to agree that optically the lens was not really superior in real world photography to the Canon 24-105mm f4L and as the Canon lens is widely available as white box & good S/H ones on Ebay then the critical mass was likely not there for Sigma. Throw in the newly launched Canon EF 24-105mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM lens and the volume drops again.
If you're shooting at f/8, why would you restrict yourself to a prime? I have a similar setup in my garage, and I primarily use a 24-70. The zoom makes it easy to take pictures of kids from half body to full body shots. If I want something for a particular effect, then I'll use a prime with a large aperture, but most of the time, it's the zoom.
I have one prime and two zooms... but when I am in a controlled environment, I gravitate to primes... While the zooms at f/8 are really good... I really like tickling excellence when it comes to using a really good prime.
I have all the respect for the canon 24-70 f/2.8L mkii... but I'm holding out for the rumored sigma 24-70 f/2 art if it ever comes out. I just like the idea of having an extra stop of light (two stops form where I am now) for my normal zoom.
I've just become a bit of a prime snob. I like my zooms... they are good (great), but there just a little something missing which makes me sad.