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EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: Today at 06:28:11 PM »
That's all fine and dandy... but neither will approach the airspeed is of a swallow carrying a coconut

African or European swallow?

I, I, I don't know that...

Or did he mean African or European coconut?  They are  different you know.  I really prefer the Western Integrated Polynesian USA adapted coconut. Its the best. Faster than the 7DIII.

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I think its obvious to all of us (most of us) that in this small sampling of images, the Sigma has definite potential. And yes, it is sharp!   It may have been noted previously but there is more to a lens besides just sharpness and performance. 

For me personally, I look for how it renders bokeh for those out of focus areas in relation to the sharp areas and edges.  I use the Art 35mm f1.4 and 85mm 1.4 and like them both. The 35mm is great in all regards however I find the bokeh in the Sigma 85mm not as pleasing as the same, shot with my Canon 85mm f1.2L II.  Performance wise, the Sigma smokes the Canon 85 but that is not the subject here. 

For comparison, I also have Zeiss 35 f2.0, Zeiss 50 f2.0 and 100 f2.0.  The color rendering and bokeh from these are wonderful IMHO.  I had the Zeiss 85mm but it was not as 'great' as I thought it should be and sold it. I'm more than happy with the Sigma and Canon 85L.

Would I buy the new Sigma Art 50 when announced?  Oh hell yes, and probably sell my Zeiss 50. I like the bigger filter size on the Sigma and the AF is a given. 

Curious to see how the Sigma handles color compared to the Zeiss 55....

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Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: February 24, 2014, 04:35:25 PM »
I guess if the purchaser is happy paying 4 mil for this, so be it.  To each his own.

Yea, looks like my bid of $12 was out bid.  How disappointing.  Not to say its not worth a few $ more but I don't have enough room for it anyway. 

Surprising so, I would imagine most of us have had art projects look like good...er bad, before we discarded them. Now, I'm feverishly looking back through my archives to see if HE copied ME ! ;D

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Photography Technique / Re: Shoot from the rearend of the subjects.
« on: February 13, 2014, 08:25:51 PM »
booty call  ;D   Taken during camping trip to Pinecrest CA. 

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Lenses / Re: The 100-400 or the 70-200 f2.8 II+2x Mark III for wildlife
« on: December 26, 2013, 02:24:09 PM »
Not sure about widlife shooting but in my experience with the 1D4 shooting fast action outdoor sports, the 70-200 2.8L II + 2X TC outperformed the 100-400 in IQ and speed.  Additionally, zooming in/out with the 70-200 + 2X TC was much easier than a push/pull zoom that added unwanted movement to the camera even with a Gimbal head.

I'm about ready to sell my 100-400 since it seldom gets used.

Hope this helps.

A post Merry Christmas to all the CR mod's and forum participants. Wishing you all the very best of the new year!

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Site Information / Re: What in the heck is happening to the CR web site
« on: December 20, 2013, 08:00:47 PM »
Same here with my office desktop using Windows XP and IE for the browser.

However, my home desktop doesn't have that problem running Windows 7 and Chrome for the browser.

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If its not too late I would definitely consider the Fuji XE2, not the XE1.  The XE2 has many improvements in AF speed, wifi, etc that the previous model was not at its best at. 

As a Canon 5D3, 1D4 and 6D shooter, I too needed a more compact system to cart around daily.  I rented an XE1 with the 35mm f1.4 lens and was sold.  They are extremely light weight and perform GREAT in low light with high ISO!  I  am so excited about this format as a daily camera I find my big gear is only coming out when I truly need it. The Fuji allows me to be more spontaneous and carry it with me every day.

It has many features you'll find on the DSLR's if you need them.  One feature I really like is being able to shoot SQUARE format, like a medium format camera.  Now, how great is that?

Anyway, wish you best with this decision.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II to Finally Arrive? [CR1]
« on: December 10, 2013, 09:53:39 AM »
Yes, this would be great to see if Canon can compete with Sigma's 35mm f1.4, especially with a competitive price. I have the Sigma and it is extremely sharp in all respects but I'm not a big fan of the bokeh from this lens when compared to other Canon lenses.

Lets see what Canon can do.

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EOS Bodies / Cam Ranger and focus peaking
« on: November 22, 2013, 10:31:08 AM »
Hi Guys,

I thought I'd share this information with all the MF lens shooters out there; the CamRanger accessory provides focus peaking which I find to be a great asset for manual focusing.  Especially nice when you're focus stacking. The focus peaking highlights are in red and not white like other camera manufacturers use.  I personally find the red to be easier to see and obviously focus on the LCD.

CamRanger also has a feature for focus stacking and setting up the number of shots you want but I have yet to determine if it does a better job than what I can do manually, other than it does it automatically after set up.

My Fuji X cameras have focus peaking and this feature is so nice to use with MF lenses.  After you start using this feature its so hard to consider not having it on every camera  you use.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Focus Peaking for Canon 5D3
« on: October 18, 2013, 03:56:43 PM »
Hi Guys,

Sorry if this has been discussed before but after using a focus peaking feature on my Fuji camera's I really would enjoy this feature with my 5D3 and Zeiss lenses.  It really makes manuallly focusing so much easier IMO. 

I would imagine that Magic Lantern has offered this but wondered if anyone is using ML on a regular basis with a 5D3 for stills and what do you/they think of it.

Thanks again,
Markoe
Danville, CA USA

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: x-pro1
« on: October 07, 2013, 08:36:56 PM »
Hi!

I'm a Canon user and have been for many, many years.

 I also own and shoot daily with a Fuji XE1 and XM1 along with Fuji AF lenses and legacy lenses from Minolta, Zeiss, Canon, Nikon and Voigtlander.   The Fuji line is a great camera for portraits, travel and PAD's.  The IQ is just amazing. 

My initial intent was to lighten my load, carry less lenses while minimizing my $ output and have more fun. Well, 3 out of 4 ain't bad.  This gear is much more affordable than, say, .... a $4,000 lens from Zeiss.  It has it's limitations but it also has some really great features.

If you don't have one yet, rent one.

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Lenses / Re: prime focal length choices
« on: August 27, 2013, 03:39:20 PM »
Like most have said:  135L f2.0, 85 1.2L II, and maybe a Siggy 35 1.4 ....and a Zeiss 50mm f2.0.  Oh, and a great bargain for the price; 200 f2.8L II, this being a fast and lightweight lens (non-white) that is about the same size as the 135L. 

Best Regards,
Markoe

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Software & Accessories / Re: Portability: laptops vs desktops
« on: July 29, 2013, 08:10:00 PM »
I've got a MacBook Pro 13" but it is not optimized for large files and I'm not completely comfortable with mac platforms, my own learning curve is at fault.   

What does "not optimized for large files" mean?
Do you mean the screen size?

You should be able run Windows on it.

Sorry, I meant screen size is too small for my comfort, not enough RAM (which is cheap) and has limits on MBP and the processing is much slower on MBP which is why I'm considering jumping platforms back to a laptop PC.

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Software & Accessories / Portability: laptops vs desktops
« on: July 29, 2013, 07:05:30 PM »
Need some advice on editing images on the fly.

My current workflow includes downloading images to my Dell desktop and edit those with PS CS6 among other programs.  I either print at home on my Epson 3800 or send out for larger prints, canvas prints, etc or quicko-cheapo small prints from Costco.

My question is this: I'd like to make this workflow portable and stay within the windows platform if possible.  I've got a MacBook Pro 13" but it is not optimized for large files and I'm not completely comfortable with mac platforms, my own learning curve is at fault.   

Oh,  ::) the question: What type of laptop would you recommend to run CS6 that is windows based?  Or other laptop that is designed for this type of work?

I'm quite sure this has been discussed before numerous times and if you can lead this horse to water, I'll drink.

Thank you in advance.

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Lenses / Re: What's the Difference: 1.4X EF Extender 2 Vs. 3
« on: July 24, 2013, 12:01:54 PM »
Difference?  about $200  ;D ;D ;D

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