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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Pentax 645z
« on: April 16, 2014, 10:57:42 PM »
1/125s will be bummer for outdoor shooting but for anything inside the studio.. Anyhow, if it's an important matter one can always override this by using manual 75&135mm leaf shutter lenses @1/500s.

The lack of interest and excitement for such a versatile high-res machine like this one on this forum is beyond me.
Anyway, enjoy these samples:

Third Party Manufacturers / Pentax 645z
« on: April 12, 2014, 10:15:04 PM »
The specs list looks quite promising:

And the price tag is quite intriquing..

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji Full Frame X-PRO2 coming 2015
« on: April 11, 2014, 09:21:49 AM »
I doubt Fuji will go FF if their FF lenses continue to implement same design philosophy from X series. The physics. Those supposed FF lenses wouldn't differ that much from their dSLR counterparts in terms of size. The same reason you won't see much of the fast to moderately fast primes/zooms with built in IS in Sony's A7 lens line-up, that 55/1.8 already looks a tad bit ridiculous on a small body like a7.

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Yesterday we posted an <a href="" target="_blank">internal service advisory for the Canon EOS-1D X and EOS-1D C</a>. These are advisories that are only known to a select few within Canon and not told to the consumers.</p>
<p>We have a lot of more of these documents that cover various Canon lenses and camera bodies, there’s even more on the EOS-1D X mirrorbox.</p>
<p>The person that sent them to us didn’t have an issue with Canon keeping this stuff internal. However, they were upset that a lot of the issues are known to Canon and they’re still charging customers for the repairs out of warranty. There are a couple of lenses with design flaws and Canon is charging $250-$450 for these repairs out of warranty and not fully disclosing the design flaw to the customer.</p>
<p>We’re not sure whether or not we’ll post the rest of the internal documents we have in our possession. If you think there’s value in us doing so, <a href="">please sound off in our forum</a>.</p>
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Must be the radiation levels in Japan. Now, that's a serious issue that the public needs to know more about.


Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 06, 2014, 07:44:01 PM »
The WOW effect is in the eye of a photographer. Personally, I didn't find any of the wows in Dustin's link so it's always down to what works for you. Some lenses are awful at cettain distances, sonetimes distracting rendering of the OoF areas works better than silky smooth, really, there's no rule.
I wouldn't agree with S35/1.4A being clinical, it is indeed a quite modern lens design and it takes some time to get used to advantages coming from that design. Here's my post from other forum where I gave some examples from Sigma:

See, when I bought the 24-70/2.8L mk2 lens I was a bit turned off by lens being almost perfect in so many ways especially because I got used to mk1 rendering quite a lot but after a while I got used to it and now I just love it. It's just about getting to know your tools and the trademarks they give and, like I've said - it always boils down to whatever works for you personally.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Medium Format
« on: April 02, 2014, 09:12:20 PM »
My girlfriend bought 5Dc couple of years ago and I bought 5Dmk3 couple of months ago. We print mostly on fuji machines on fuji luster paper. We have bunch of Lenses. S___loads of MF& 135 cameras too. 2 MF/Lf scanners and one dedicated 35mm scanner. Both of us make our living from photography and live photography everyday. On assignments both of us shoot nikons, canons. We love every camera which shuffles in our hands, be it fuji, sony, olympus or canikon.
In our bedroom we never discuss the issues posted on previous page of this thread. In our kitchen we never discuss the very same issues. When we have drinks with our colleagues we never discuss these same issues.
What have this world come to?

Haven't seen much girls around this forum.

85L is not that "specific portrait" tool when it comes to AF. I shot this with 5Dmk2's glorious AF.

Mountains had shook from little mouse farts.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 20, 2014, 09:57:55 PM »
I was working as a designer for clothing company and we send most of our final designs to China.. At one point my boss, the company owner, asked me if I'd like to move to China for QC reasons. So I didn't and I moved to another job.
If you really think Sigma would move their production lines to China for this Magical 50mm you should read the interview with Sigma representative at DPR. No way, Hose.
My Smegma 35/1.4 was built in Japan and so was my 24/1.8. The progression is quite noticeable. I could've bought the 35L, but I didn't after I tried the new 35Art from Sigma. The last cultural frontier in optical industry, that Sigma. :)

Well, now that you mention it - an UWA 3rd party prime is very welcomed, anything but 20/2.8EF  or Zeiss 21/2.8 would be much appreciated. The only 21mm I think it's worthwhile is Minolta MD 21/2.8 but that's only easily  adaptable to Sony FE mount, not so easy on EOS. I love that lens on my Minolta XD11 but would love to see an adequate replacement in digital world.

What this world really needs is yet another 50mil.. Don't think so, SamJunk is smarter than that.

Actually, the world does need a modern 50mm under $1,000 that's usable (for more than just portraits) at 1.4. If Sigma wasn't releasing a 50 of their own Samyang would stand to make a killing if it performs good wide open (i.e. on the same level as their 35mm and 85mm).

I haven't noticed that shots from my EF 50/1.4 were unusable, not on the old 5dc I got that lens for nor on 5dmk3. Nor I heard from nikonians their new G 50s weren't up to any task. Pixel-peeping amateurs might have something to complain but I still think even after so many years that EF50/1.4 is a bang for a buck lens.

What this world really needs is yet another 50mil.. Don't think so, SamJunk is smarter than that.

Lenses / Re: just hit the purchase button
« on: March 12, 2014, 05:05:42 PM »
I have both lenses. They are nice company to each other on 5dmk3, that 1.4 matters a lot when there's not enough light. My 24-70mk2 doesn't show any clicking problems and IQ is on par with any prime lens, from corner to corner. Sigma needed +5 AFMA and still exhibits slight front focus issues at mid distances (2m to 5m) while L zoom needed -2 AFMA at wide range and +1 at longer range. Don't know why but sigma's coating seem more pleasing to my eye. You'll love your 24-70!

Lenses / Re: Sigma 16-20mm f/2 Coming?
« on: March 12, 2014, 04:51:36 PM »
I've been looking for UWA options for 5dmk3 and couple of weeks ago I tried Tokina 16-28 and 16-35L mk2 side by side - to my surprise L was noticeably better in corners at widest range while Tokina had more consistency throughout whole range, with a bit of smeary extreme corners @28. Tokina was also quite slower in terms of AF and coatings seemed on the cold side. To my surprise L lens was pitiful near 35 range, just unacceptable, probably due to non-existed field flatness. Might be also decentered copy though corners were even. My guess there's a lot of copy variation with most UWA zooms due to complexity of designing these, or maybe I got spoiled by 24-70L mk2 and Sigma 35/1.4, before I got these 2 lenses I've been shooting primes only for 2 decades (mostly mf minolta mc/md & nikkor ai on film and 5dc). If this rumor turns out to be true I'd gladly settle with shorter range in trade of better IQ.

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