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Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: February 21, 2014, 06:30:04 AM »

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS
« on: February 17, 2014, 11:42:42 AM »
Is it just me that thinks the crops look very similar?

Nope, they are very close, distortion is a bit different at 24mm and the real difference are seen at the 100% crops. Even then it's not quite the res you need. See below (hope they help).

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12373943/Canon%2024-105%20-%2024mm%20f4.jpg Canon 24-105 f/4 IS (at f/4) 9.8MB
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12373943/Sigma%2024-105%20-%2024mm%20f4.jpg Sigma 24-105 f/4 OS (at f/4)

Thanks for the links. Its interesting the top of the image of the Canon is much sharper than the Sigma (RunDMC) and the bottom of the sigma is slightly sharper. Centres are almost identicle.

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS
« on: February 17, 2014, 10:40:58 AM »
Is it just me that thinks the crops look very similar?

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 advice
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:39:31 AM »
I have the 70-200mm L F2.8, its sharper than the IS version I and you can pick them up for good prices.

Love it and works great with 1.4x tele converter and at a push a 2x

At £1049 in the UK thats a hell of a lot for a F4 zoom… It better be good, makes the camera seem pretty pointless its huge!!

So is this a fault Tamron have addressed with newer batches?

Regardless of the warranty and customer care after purchase. A product should work as described out of the box, not need to be sent back as soon as you purchase for an updated chip to be installed to stop it draining the battery. A lens that is not a perfect match for your camera is fairly normal which is why there is AFMA. Apples and oranges.

Whenever I leave my 5D MK III + Tamron 24-70 VC with VC turned on (even though the camera power is turned off), the battery drains very within a couple of days ... does anyone else face this issue?

I had a similar issue.  Call Tamron, send it in, and they will fix it quickly.  It needs an updated circuit board.

This is another reason why I don't like 3rd party lenses. Send it in for an updated circuit board on a £750+ lens so it won't drain my battery!! Be without the bread and butter lens... Ridiculous and if your a pro 'small' issues like this are a big deal.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 40D with grip for $300, or something else?
« on: February 06, 2014, 10:48:19 AM »
I have a 40D then bought a 7D thought the 40Ds images were better (was pretty disappointed tbh) so sold the 7D and bought a 5DMKIII that is like a true full frame upgrade to the 40D IMO. Also what I was waiting for from FF.

The 40D is still a great camera but if your used to a full frame sensor then I think you will be underwhelled. Its a brilliant camera for what it does and the files are brilliant up to 800ISO. Still use it as a backup, but now only as a last resort compared to the 5DMKIII.

I have mine coupled with a 17-55mm and its a brilliant combo the images are so sharp. Held onto the 17-55mm specifically for that reason and also if Canon get their act together and produce a high performing APC sensor like the old days with the 40D.

The two main downfalls I would say are the screen res it really is very difficult to see if the images are sharp when used to the newer screens and as said no AFMA but its not deal breaker you just have to test lenses before you buy them to make sure they are suited.

People always say go for the 50D but its the same tech but the sensor is bumped up in resolution by a 1/3!! Which makes very noisy images compared to the 40 and high ISO is worse. But it has AFMA and a higher res screen.

The 5DC would be a good choice but it is an archaic camera now, so so slow, awful screen no AFMA. But the images are stunning.

Brilliant Article thanks for taking the time.

Lenses / Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« on: January 10, 2014, 05:17:40 AM »
Why would Canon make a slower version of the 50mm 1.4? In that respect its not a direct replacement and because its a prime larger F numbers are kind of expected.

Personally I would rather have the wider aperture than IS for a 50mm focal length… 1.4 is a nice sweet spot between F1.2 and F2. With higher ISO being so much better now I understand that could be a reason but surely people buy this for the narrow DOF look wide open would give?

Lenses / Re: Two New 24-70's Coming in 2014? [CR1]
« on: December 20, 2013, 11:15:37 AM »
How ridiculous

I would agree about the shot number, you need to slow down compose and think about what your shooting. Thats the problem with modern cameras snap happy mediocre shots. Love taking out my Bronica 645 every once and a while and slowing down and being constrained by the 15-16 shots per film.

But if your talking about a weeks vacation it would be a pain in the a*se to have to be constantly charging the thing.

I recently went to have a look at one, being a 5DMKIII shooter but also have a Sony NEX5N which I like to shoot with when out and about. I was actually surprised at how big it was in comparison and felt well… might as well take the DSLR, I still prefer the OVF and the AF system of the 5D.

I know were talking about huge advances and a huge sensor but what I'm used to with a mirrorless camera I still wouldn't call it small, its still a similar form factor factor, just a little smaller. Yes is aimed at the higher end, but I still dont think its the answer. Like putting a 911 engine in a VW bus...

EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: The 2nd ff camera in 2014 will be...
« on: November 29, 2013, 06:29:22 AM »
Im not sure where the 5DMKIII fails tbh... I love mine and there is very few areas I feel it needs updating. Its not even 2 years old. Stupid thread.

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