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Lenses / Re: technique advice for a 600mm II
« on: September 15, 2013, 10:58:29 PM »
I have a nice RRS monopod with one of their monopod heads, I use that to walk around, and be careful, remember a monopod head will not keep it balanced, you can crush your hand if you let it go to pick your phone or something, it happened to me and almost fracture my finger..

Also have an RRS carbon tripod with and gimbal.

That one gets a nice balance. I also use my camera with the rear focus technique so I can quickly switch from tracking focus to a one shot.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is this a scam website?
« on: July 13, 2013, 02:55:34 PM »
Looks like a total scam to me.... Or they will contact you trying to sell you 5 more things you don't need, and if you don't want to buy those, they will tell you a day after they don't have the camera....

I'm scratching my head on this one.

Surely there must be some downside! I can't figure it.

The downside is...............................I can't figure it out either

All I know is $299 is alot cheaper than other 2/3" or 1" sensor pocketable cameras - Fuji X20, Sony RX100 etc...

You looking at 22.3 x 14.9mm sensor camera with f2 lens included. BUY IT

Yeah... I paid more than that for a pocket Panasonic last year that looks like cra....

Buy cheap... Use... Sell at a good price, buy newer at good price :-)

I've sold lenses at the same I paid for... Which is free use ?? :-)))

Could not resist....

Why you do jpg on this kind, or and kind, of Photography??? Is that a space problem? Use DNG with lossy compression, uses about the same space as the JPGs and still RAW and you can fix the WB...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I'm returning my Sigma 35 1.4
« on: June 04, 2013, 08:55:49 AM »

Reading this I begin to wonder, are lenses (such as this) and cameras (such as the D800) becoming such that to use them properly and get the best out of them they require technique and skill that is just that extra step beyond what an ordinary photographer/user has?

I think that has being the case, always... Or anyone would be a star photographer.. Anyone can press the shutter, does not mean is a skilled photographer.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I'm returning my Sigma 35 1.4
« on: June 04, 2013, 08:42:31 AM »
Doesn't the USB thingy solve that issue? I think any lens that has a wide aperture will have some focus issues. Will it ever hit the target with 100% accuracy every time? Prob not. The AF point itself prob covers more than the area of focus. Isn't that what full time manual is for? For subjects that are at mfd I'd just use live view.

The Sigma USB thing is interesting if your camera does not have a way to adjust it... But I imagine must be cumbersome to use since you have to test, take out of camera, adjust, reflash the firmware, put on camera, test... Repeat several times until you nail it....

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I'm returning my Sigma 35 1.4
« on: June 04, 2013, 08:29:14 AM »
Never tried the Sigma 35 but I had enough headaches with other Sigma lenses.

The 35L is the most consistently focusing lens I own or tried, and this includes 20+ lenses, at least half of them L (most of them and in the "tried" category).

Some people, me included, have concerns about the bokeh of the Sigma vs. the Canon. The 35L can often render harsh background as well. It would be interesting to hear your opinion after you get the 35L.

I'm curious about your statement about the 35L rendering. I've been using my 35L for about 6 years now and it's always been creamy and very nice when shot wide open. Sure it needs critical focussing and it's AF isn't that great in really low light. But the rendering is really something special. I use mine alongside an 85L for weddings and they are easily my most used lenses. The two lenses have a certain look which compliment each other.

I've said everything I'm going to say about the problems I've had with Sigma over the years in other threads. The 35L is a very old (but still capable) lens. But it's nearing the time where a mkII is needed. Better coatings, weather sealing, new AF design and slightly better optics come to mind. Will the mkII cause me to rush out and upgrade my mkI? Probably not right away. Will the mkII make better sellable pictures? Probably not. Will I get a Siggi over the 35L....certainly not  ;)

I'm a hardcore Canon L fan... Have 20 L lenses, never wanted to buy anything else, but let me tell you this Sigma one is something has totally surprised me.

Have you seen the lens image quality tool comparison with the Canon one at ?

Wide open the Sigma is much better than the Canon not only on the corners but the center too. And the Canon have quite some fringe... Even down two 2.8 you can see a nice rainbow on the thin lines on the Canon and very minimal on the Sigma

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I'm returning my Sigma 35 1.4
« on: June 04, 2013, 08:01:25 AM »
Also the flare control of the Sigma 35 is something I have never seen before. It's great.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I'm returning my Sigma 35 1.4
« on: June 04, 2013, 12:51:32 AM »
I have no noticed any issues with my Sigma 35, in fact, I think is an amazing lens.

Lenses / Re: +18 AFMA out of the box....return?
« on: May 16, 2013, 08:04:07 PM »
I recently bought a used 16-3L II and it seemed soft at first. After a quick AFMA, Focal suggested +12/13 on both ends. It was tested under very good lighting conditions(+15EV) and on a stable tripod. That AFMA made it a lot better though. But do these extreme values imply something is seriously wrong with the lens and need to be checked/calibrated?

 if I sell a lens, I  don't want someone with an xti  complaining I sold them a bad lens because they can't do afma.

Very good point..... Return it.


Hi! The 5D MKIII and 1D X that I have won't fire the flash in live view mode, is this a "feature" or I missed something?


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