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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 12-24 F4.5-5.6 EX DG ASP HSM II
« on: September 28, 2012, 10:08:27 AM »
  Have you considered the new Tamron 16-24 f/2.8?

I belive you thougt of Tokina 16-28. I'm just checking some reviews on youtube.
Looks nice, but 16mm... I wish it was 14mm.

If lightroom's lens correction is able to fix Sigma's distortion it would be my first pick.

The Sigma's distortion is nothing to worry too much about.  For really wide on a Canon FF, the Sigma is the way to go if you want a zoom and/or wider than 14mm (unless you want to use the Nikon 14-24 with an adapter - a terrific lens that I've rented and used on my 5D2).


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 12-24 F4.5-5.6 EX DG ASP HSM II
« on: September 27, 2012, 11:26:27 PM »
I own both the MK I & MK II version of the Sigma.  I've used the MK I version on a 5Dc and 5D2 and the MK II version on my 5D2 and 5D3.  In the same focal lengths, I also use a 24 TSE MK II, Zeiss 21 f/2.8 and 24-105 on the Canons.  I really enjoy using the Sigma for its really wide, funky perspective.  Funny, but like Pierce, I tend to use it for HDRs of structures (everything from abandoned buildings to icebergs and icefalls) and interiors.  The MK II version has more distortion than the MK I version but has much better corners.  Its center is very acceptable.  I also tend to like Sigma colors and contrast.  Since I own other 20-24mm lenses that have better IQ at those focal lengths (the 24 TSE MK II and Zeiss), the Sigma is my "wildly wide" lens and I don't really think of it as a landscape lens.  I know it's a matter of taste but I'm not a fan of a lens wider than 20mm for landscapes (things start getting awful tiny and wide at those really wide focal lengths and to keep detail I'd rather start stitching with longer focal lengths for landscapes).  So, I guess for me, the Sigma is a specialty lens.  Have you considered the new Tamron 16-24 f/2.8?


I own a 5D3 and 24 TSE MK II and Nikon mount Zeiss 21 f/2.8 F2 (that I use on a D800E and the 5D3 via adapter).  The 24 TSE MK II and the Zeiss are both extraordinary lenses.  Over tho, I prefer the Canon 24 TSE MK II.  The image quality stopped down a bit is every bit as wonderful as the Zeiss (microcontrast included) plus you have the movements as a bonus.  The 24 TSE MK II is a very large reason why I'm not going all in with Nikon.  I highly recommend you consider it of the price doesn't scare you off.  Upsides to the Zeiss include wildly sharp corners and the fact it's faster than the Canon as well as a bit better wide open but really, if you don't need f/2.8 or the 21mm, there's little reason to chose the Zeiss over the Canon 24 TSE MK II.  Also, once you get used to having tilt-shift, it's hard not have it :)

As an aside, I have also owned the Canon 24 TSE MK I and it doesn't come close to either the MK II or Zeiss.

Good luck!

EOS Bodies / Re: Need help from All 5D markiii user
« on: August 05, 2012, 08:47:42 AM »
Hi, i am currently using 5d markii ... but have some intention to get the 5dm3. But i have some question would like to ask all the 5dm3 user. i know the 5dm3 has great improvement in iso performance.. However, does it only applied when shooting in JPEG ? How is the noise performance if 5dm3 shooting in RAW compared to 5dm2 shooting in RAW? This is important for me as i mostly shoot in RAW format and i found that iso performance in 5dm2 is not that great after exceed 1600. Thanks

I own both a 5D2 and 5D3 and my unscientific impressions are that the RAW ISO performance of the 5D3 is maybe 2/3 of a stop better.  Other, more scientific comparisons on the net seem to indicate maybe a 1/2 stop improvement.  I also feel that the 5D3 files seems to handle noise reduction better than 5D2 files.  Also, it's worth noting that 5D3's AF is amazing - much, much better than the 5D2 - not even in the same league and the 6 frames per second is very nice.

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Megapixels Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: August 04, 2012, 10:09:11 PM »
Ok. more megapixels. That was always going to happen.

But will the sensor be any better?
Will it still have vertical banding up the wazoo in dark areas?
Will the read noise be the same?
Will the dynamic response be about the same?

What was so good about the D800 wasn't just the increase in number of pixels but the quality of those pixels.


I own a 5D2, 5D3 + D800e (and just sold a 7D).  The sensor on the D800e lives up to the hype.  It produces amazing files.  I won't be buying another Canon DSLR until they greatly improve their sensor tech.  In the meantime, I'll continue to use my 5D3 for fast action and with the amazing 24 TSE MK II but the D800e will be used for everything else (and I'll also be selling my 5D2).


EOS Bodies / Re: where to sell canon gear, I'm moving to Nikon
« on: August 04, 2012, 09:57:42 PM »
I personally use fredmiranda and naturescapes.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: My D800 Review
« on: June 12, 2012, 05:17:18 PM »

I'd be interested in seeing how the famed Zeiss Distagon 21mm stands up to the 14-24  :)

Lloyd Chambers ( has tested them head to head.  His site is payed subscription only but I guess I can say that generally the 14-24 compares pretty favorably with the Zeiss, especially when stopped down a bit.  I've got a D800E on order as well as a Zeiss 21/ f.2.8 on its way.  I hope to borrow a 14-24 from a friend and compare them myself.  I'll report back (but who knows when I'll get my D800e?).


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: My D800 Review
« on: May 24, 2012, 03:09:25 PM »

the 24 PC-E is indeed very close except for the independent tilt and shift axis adjustment. I think nikon is the last TS OEM who hasn't made these axis independant so it is only a matter of time. it is a bit clumsy mounted because of the flash trigger but I'm letting that go because of the added capability to trigger speedlights without a hotshoe transmitter.

I used it to great results.

Thanks for the info.  I've decided to buy a D800 so all the info on Nikon lenses I can get is helpful :)


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: My D800 Review
« on: May 23, 2012, 12:13:32 PM »
Thanks for the write-up, Spokane.  Looking forward to reading more about your experiences.  I thought buying a 5D3 would satisfy my lust for a D800.  Hasn't worked out that way tho  ;)  I'm pretty sure I'll be a 5D3 + D800 user before too long.

As for the 14-24, I've used a rented, adapted one on my 5D2 and it is one terrific lens!  I do wish that the Nikon 24 PC-E was a match for Canon's 24 TS-E MK II (my favorite Canon lens) but from what I've read, it's close enough.


Thanks Neuro!

Thanks for the link Spokane and Neuro!  I'm on a wait list for a Lee Big Stopper but who knows if that'll happen during my lifetime.  I may just order one of these.  A question tho: what are the potential downside of the lack of a coating and have either of you experienced any ill effects (I'm guessing maybe more color casts or IR problems or flare or more prone to scratches?)


I really should post more sample images taken with this lens, I've been kind of busy working on other adapters and playing with other lenses I'm working on making conversion kits for
IMG_4959.jpg by Ontarian, on Flickr

Other adapters I sell include

I'd try to dig some up from my flickr photostream but I'm just out the door on a family errand right now.

Yowza, that's a lot of gear!  I did find some very positive reviews on the FD TSE.  I may just keep my eyes open and if I can find a bargain on one you'll have a customer :)

Cheers and good luck with your adapter biz!

Save yourself some serious coin and get the original Canon TS lens and make it EF using my edmika TS/FD-EOS kit.

Its built much more solid and compact than the modern TS lenses as well. -Ed

Very cool adapter!

Have you (or has anybody) done an image quality test of the FD TSE vs the EF MK II TSE?  The IQ of the MK II is outstanding.

Thanks, I really should find a way to do that, unfortunately I sold my EF MkII TSE 24 3.5 after the TS 35 took its place in my shooting kit.

Nice that the FD lens is f/2.8 as well.  Actually, pretty tempting since I'm doing more and more night/dusk/dawn landscape stuff.  Hmmmm.  Have you posted any image samples anywhere?

Save yourself some serious coin and get the original Canon TS lens and make it EF using my edmika TS/FD-EOS kit.

Its built much more solid and compact than the modern TS lenses as well. -Ed

Very cool adapter!

Have you (or has anybody) done an image quality test of the FD TSE vs the EF MK II TSE?  The IQ of the MK II is outstanding.

EOS Bodies / Re: Long exposure dark current noise - 5D III
« on: May 10, 2012, 02:53:41 PM »
Very interesting, I tough it would be less. It would be great if you could post a comparison in similar conditions without any noise reduction applied.

If we ever get a clear night again in Southeast Alaska and I haven't sold my 5D2 yet I'll go out and do some comparison shots and post them.


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