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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang/Rokinon Tease 135mm Lens
« on: December 27, 2014, 07:47:18 PM »
It's true but to a certain degree. Recently I bought the A7 so I could have fun with bunch of legacy lenses that I just couldn't apart with (mostly mf Rokkors and Nikkors) and having true DoF preview with fast glass helps (much more than focus-peaking does), but with anything longer than 50mm you really need some extra effort. The fastest longer lens that I use on A7 is 105/2.5 and I thank Sony for making 100% of any selected area easily accessible, otherwise it'd be pain in the arse to focus. Focus-peaking is not an ideal replacement for split-prism, it just ain't.

Except for the LView I can't imagine anyone having fun with these lenses  shooting with matte prism which serves f/2.5 lenses and slower (in Canon's case). Hyperfocal markings could help Samyang lenses usability but mostly for landscapes and wider lenses.
I remember with film I could easily get away by using hyperfocal marks and stopping down to f/8-11ish, but digital sensors are not that forgiving.

Anyhow, they need to step-up the game and start making AF lenses, then their pricing would start making some sense (or not, Sigma's pretty much in the lead with few of their recent offerings such as 35A).

Honestly, in my experience, their optical formulas vary from good to mediocre when compared to Canon's or Sigma offerings. But their QC and build quality is even worse, so who is it for?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FYI: D750 light leak issues
« on: December 27, 2014, 06:40:34 AM »
Unfortunately, it seems these days that for every new camera released on the market you have to give it at least 6 months before it moves from beta version to a complete product, with us customers being the beta testers.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang/Rokinon Tease 135mm Lens
« on: December 27, 2014, 06:37:35 AM »
They're off the tracks with their current pricings. I used to have $250 85/1.5 Samyang lens couple of years back and sold it when I got my hands on 85/1.8 EF lens. 14mm is a very nice offering but based on my experience with that lens you still need AF for sensors with 18mp and above, no matter how much you may stop down the lens.
They still might have a good market with cinematographers but frankly selling good glass in cheap plastic housing and w/o hyperfocal marks for that price is ridiculous. Except for the 14mm lens, you can easily find AF versions of their offerings with one third of a stop less on used market.
If we were all still in 12mp era I'd find more sense to justify their offerings but seriously these days with 21-24mp being a standard file size it's more of hassle than a reward to use those lenses.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: m42 Lenses on 5D MKIII (and 6D)
« on: December 24, 2014, 07:02:32 PM »
I used to adapt manual focusing lenses in various mount when I had the 5Dc, I don't do it with 5Dmk3. But I did buy Sony A7 for lens-adapting purposes. Much easier to use.

Anyhow, there was once quite active group dedicated to usage of adapted lenses on EOS mount on a website portal that used to be the biggest photographer's community, you can still find tons of good info, here:

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Most wanted new features for 5D Mark IV
« on: December 22, 2014, 02:59:14 PM »
I don't know if anyone mentioned but selectable aspect ratios would be real nice. 4x5, to be exact, with nice masking in the viewfinder.



Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 26, 2014, 07:48:44 AM »
It's like grafitti. You see them on the wall not because everybody's into grafitti but because very few are. Sometimes they're ugly, stupid and pointless while ither times they can be thought provoking raising questions on certain issues.
They don't represent the opinion of majority and can be offending but in other times can raise awareness on certain issues.

EOS Bodies / Re: Another 50mp FF DSLR Mention [CR2]
« on: November 24, 2014, 08:36:35 PM »
It's a pity how talk got polarized  in last year on this forum, it's like a fascism mindset "either you're with us or you're against us!".
If people don't see any room for improvement in certain areas than there won't be any. The reason why we got excellent AF in bodies such as 5dmk3 and 1dx is because people constantly complained. But even when you know fire feeds fire it's still sad to see intelligent people get polarised like that and dig their heads in the sand.

RIP FakeChuckWestfall.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II
« on: November 13, 2014, 08:39:51 PM »
It doesn't take 3 minutes, I remember being surprised by strong summer showers and it took half a minute to get 5Dmk3 and 24-70/2.8mk2 stop working.. Took the battery out, let it sit and dry for some time and no problems after that, worked flawlessly. I also remember spilling a bottle of beer accidently on S35A mounted on 5Dmk3 and no issues at all. Weather sealing is not a guarantee by any means.

But other than that I'm really sceptic that S35A will get a serious optical rival with 35Lmk2 release. Maybe equal performer. Unless they're packing otus type of lens for moarrr megapixies, who knows. Even so, it'll be late for the game for most of the users, not everybody needs a cannon mounted on their cameras so they can shoot it wide open on ~36mp sensors.

Ever since film days I grew the habit of having at least one camera with my all the time. I love my 5dmk3 and consider it zee best dslr ever but it's big & heavy. Lenses too. So I got the A7. It's nice and I found use for bunch of my lenses from film era. Camera is small and light and so are the lenses. I don't mind not having AF. It's feels like digital FE2. Nice everyday camera never too obtrusive and never too heavy to carry. The IQ is great up to ~400ISO, above that 5Dmk3 just hammers it in every aspect.
I am not a fanboy, I'm just a professional photographer and a tool is a tool. If you can afford yourself having two separate camera system then do it, don't exclude yourself from pleasure.

EOS Bodies / Re: Custom Dials - what do YOU do with it?
« on: November 12, 2014, 03:48:31 AM »
C1 - aperture priority with auto iso
C2 - B&W aperture priority with auto iso less expanded, AI servo ON.
C3 - landscape mode

DOF preview button - AI Servo activation.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II
« on: November 11, 2014, 08:30:30 PM »
I have "the" love for 35mil focal length. My love is big: 5 different fast 35s in 3 different mounts (EF, F, MD) plus 4 different film PnS' with 35/2.8 fixed lenses on them. Last year I bought the Sigma 35 and kept it stuck on 5Dmk3 and to be honest with you I don't know what else I could ask for from a fast 35mil prime, that lens is stellar. I don't deny some minor AF issues with artificial type of light but it's a $850 lens and I had similar issues with 35L AF  behaving inconsistently on 2 different 5Dmk2 bodies - being flawless on one and completely inconsistent at some distances on the other. If 35Lmk2 was released last year I'd have serious dilemma on deciding which one to choose but now I really can't think of single feature new L lens shall deliver that would make me sell Sigma so I can spend ~$1.5k on L lens. Weather sealing? It's mostly a gimmick and I know how far non sealed lenses can go anyway (A LOT).

Very stimulating post for both manufacturers... Not!!!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 20mm f/1.8
« on: October 27, 2014, 03:32:46 PM »
. And now it's this great looking 20/1.8. What a great astro photography lens, not to mention landscapes.

That was my thought exactly until I read this review:

Distinct coma issues won't make it that much useful for astrophotography unless vortex light benders  in corners are your style.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Pentax 645z
« on: April 17, 2014, 08:24:19 AM »
The lack of interest and excitement for such a versatile high-res machine like this one on this forum is beyond me.

Keep in mind that it sits right between the much cheaper(+lens sharing) A7r which offers almost the same linear resolution and the established MF systems, with the latter offering a much broader selection of backs, lens options and widespread rental to make case-by-case useage feasable.
Its neither for those who are on a budget nor for those who aren't, but in some limbo inbetween.

Coming from the film era and having owned various MF cameras I guess I don't belong to the linear resolution bandwagon theorists, thus my lack of understanding for lack of appreciation for a tool such as this.

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