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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Sigma Lenses Coming Q1 of 2015 [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 11:43:41 PM »
Where's the 85mm!?


Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Uneven Battery Usage in 580EXII
« on: November 17, 2014, 09:42:20 AM »
Dear Friend , Tia.
Sorry to hear that, But I have no problem about Canon Flashes and  3rd. MFG.= But I use the Best Recharged Batteries from Sanyo, Eneloop for past 10 years and very happy about these Eneloop.

Thank you Surapon, sir!

I use the same batteries.  I didn't buy anything cheap (Enloops all the way).  I wonder if I got a dud.  I've got about 24 Enloops in rotation, and this has happened twice with different batteries each time, only while using my Canon flash.

Thank you for the response!  I know I've got a good thread going if the Great Surapon replies.  =)

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Uneven Battery Usage in 580EXII
« on: November 17, 2014, 09:39:37 AM »
Try taking that battery our of the rotation. The flash is powered by all 4 batteries in series so the current drain should pass through all 4 batteries.  You can check each battery's voltage before putting them into a charger.  Got a voltmeter?

Yeah, I've used a voltmeter, and it seems okay after I've cycled it once after this weirdness.  Then, I used it in my Yongous and it performed perfectly.  Then, right after that, cycled/charged and back into the Canon with the same bad result.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Uneven Battery Usage in 580EXII
« on: November 17, 2014, 09:09:43 AM »
Wondering how many of you have seen this:  Using rechargables in my 580EXII.  Also use a few Yongnuo's (YN560III).  The Canon, however, drains 1 of the 4 batteries MUCH faster, however, and I've started to see poor performance from that battery over time.  The Yongnuo's don't ever do this.

I noticed the problem when I started putting the four batteries into my hi-dollar charger/discharger and the amount of remaining charge was always extremely lopsided when compared with the other batteries from the same flash.  Seems like a very uneven draw.  Hmmm...

Like I said, Canon only.  Yougnuo's don't show this.  Ever.

Thoughts?  This actually worries me and I'm less likely to buy another Canon flash if this is common.


Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Need Best Monitor for Photo Edits
« on: November 07, 2014, 02:49:15 PM »
I'm building a new desktop just to handle my photo editing.  I'm putting all the good stuff into it (SSD's, i7, etc. etc.).  However, there are so many good monitors out there.

What's best?  What do you all use and love?  Whatever I use will be calibrated - I just want suggestions for specific models.  I'm guessing ISP, right?

Can you all help?

Thanks in advance.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II
« on: October 29, 2014, 01:58:36 PM »
I'm so in love with my Sigma 35mm Art that it's gonna have to be amazing to pull me away...

Photography Technique / Re: My wedding photography job.
« on: October 28, 2014, 02:37:29 PM »
You keep doing what you're doing, Surapon.  You rock, and we all love you here.  =)

Much success. 

Lenses / Where are the Siggies?
« on: October 20, 2014, 10:55:45 AM »
I'm excited for Sigma's Art line (they're amazing - at least my copies have been), but I've not seen any news for a long time on the long-rumored 135 or, ideally, 85. 

Has anyone heard anything?  Nothing has been posted here on CR for awhile.

Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: October 01, 2014, 11:14:51 AM »
I didn't notice the Sigma 135 f/1.8 OS Art mentioned.
Is such lens announced? Just rumors AFAIK...

True. Supposedly, the 24 and the 85 Art will come first and I have no doubt they will be excellent, but it's the 135 that I find most exciting from a creative point of view. It's as close to the EF 200 f/2 as I'll ever get.
+1, These two 24mm and 85mm from Sigma will fit in my collection. And hopefully will be at the same level of the 35A and 50A.
I hope the new 400mm f4 DO will be farily priced between the f2.8 and f5.6 versions.

I'm freaking out waiting for the Siggy 85 1.4 Art.  After that one comes and they move on to the 135 1.8, I'll sell my amazing EF 135 f2 and pick it up if Sigma keeps up the momentum generated with their stunning 35A and 50A.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Opens Up About Their Roadmap
« on: September 23, 2014, 02:24:00 PM »
Where the heck are the 85 and 135 Art lenses?

...dang...  Hurry up, Sigma!

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 27, 2014, 10:16:09 AM »
I'm a little late to the party here but let me address some of the points in a general sense without naming names.

Laptops (Apple or PC) are always a compromise compared to a good desktop unit with a high end IPS display.  And I agree with many who say gaming laptops are overkill.  A gaming laptop is purposed for a completely different use dependent on 3D video performance.  For photography, it's all about the display and CPU/RAM/SSD and protecting the data.

Avoid TN Displays, get IPS.  Most everyone agrees on that and the OP wants the BEST, not a compromise to save $$.

Durability - Many have said they went out and looked at laptops to compare.  Most laptops at retail stores are not built to the standards that business line laptops are.  Lenovo Thinkpads vs Lenovo Ideapad.  DELL Precision/Latitude vs Inspiron.  HP ProBook/Elitebook vs Envy/Pavilion.  The major name business lines are built like tanks for enterprise traveling workforces.  The retail lines are built for individuals who don't know the difference and want shiny plastic.

Display, CPU, RAM, SSD all matter, but not video.  After that, it's just a difference in configuration.

Macbooks aren't better, they are just different (and overpriced)They won't last longer.  They have the exact same hardware inside built by the same manufacturers.  If you like Mac, buy it.  Heck, you can even install Windows on it if you want.  But macs don't have much in the way of versatility.  They are pretty limited for real world use with abbreviated ports, no docking or removable parts like batteries, optical drives, etc.  And I HATE GLOSSY HIGH CONTRAST DISPLAYS.  But to each their own.

Workstation level business laptops are expensive but they offer multiple custom configurations like drives with RAID, mSATA and other options including replacing the optical drive with even more storage, etc.  So you can create a custom drive setup that protects your images and even backs them up internally without the need for external drives hanging off, etc.  This is one area where macs and other retail offerings are totally lost.  You can also get custom docks that you can connect at your desk with everything including multiple displays.

What would I buy?  The Thinkpad W series from a W520 on up are excellent.  DELL and HP also have great workstation level IPS offerings that are similar.  These are serious workstation replacement products that are much more durable and powerful than retail products (and macs).  You could get a refurbished unit for a lot less and still enjoy everything you need including good performance and IPS display.

I'm not familiar with the Acer unit that has been mentioned here heavily but someone is pretty impressed with it so it's probably worth a look.  It's still a retail laptop however so I'm a little worried about the durability.

Finally, I saw a comment about why shouldn't all devices have the better IPS displays?  Well, it's mostly about money and profit.  IPS is more expensive and most devices are built for profit for a market that doesn't know the difference and doesn't care.  Most of the market wants a cheaper device with specs they think matter, like hard drive capacity and fancy names on the audio chip.  An iPad costs a TON of money and gives Apple something like a million percent profit margin to boot.

OP - Good luck finding what you want.  Please stay in touch here and let us know what you decide.  Again, my suggestion is to go with a Thinkpad W series or one of the DELL or HP business offerings.

Thanks!  LOTS of uselful stuff here.  I'm re-thinking my whole approach.

Lenses / Re: Would you buy the 35L now, or wait?
« on: August 25, 2014, 03:47:05 PM »
I doubt there's an update to the 35L coming anytime soon.

I was waiting too, and finally just got the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art. 

Couldn't be happier!  That lens is legit.  I'd rather be earning $ with this amazing Sigma lens rather than thinking about saving a few dollars in the long term or waiting for the 35L II.

I've shot with both the Canon and Sigma versions, and the Sigma's sharper.  Love it.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 15, 2014, 10:38:29 AM »

I would not get a high end gaming laptop for photo editing, since a lot of your money will go towards a nice video card for gaming, which is not all that relevant for photo editing.  My laptop has the Intel video card AND an Nvidia card, and even using Photoshop 6 with 36 GB RAW files, the graphic card doesn't even kick in (Nvidia Optimus function).

Optimus doesn't change/switch automatically between your onboard and nvidia gpu. You have to manually set an dedicated GPU for each application (e.g. Photoshop) in nvidia control panel.

Not all programs works flawless with the 'auto select' feature. So your quote above doesn't make any sense. Select manually your nvidia GPU and you will see that things do speed up.


Very cool idea.  I'd not thought of doing that.  Thanks!

24 1.4?

Dangit.  I was looking forward to an 85 1.4 Art this Fall.

The 24-70 f2 possibility is very cool, however.  Might drown my sorrows then look forward to that beast!

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 13, 2014, 06:28:58 PM »
Hi everyone!  With my crazy schedule, I typically purchase a very high-end laptop and edit using it (since I've gotta be mobile).  My current model is a powerful ASUS which is in their Republic of Gamers lineup.  I've forgotten the actual #, but it's only 1 year old as of now.  I have had no problems with the ability to handle my editing needs, and the monitor (sometimes bashed as the weak point of Asus and their laptop lineup) has been good for me once I purchased/used the Spyder Pro 4.

Here's my question:  I'm getting a new laptop soon, but the specs I'm looking at are the high-end gaming ones.  I guess my question is this:  Is it overkill?  Should I be looking at a particular linup of laptops which someone here's had good success with?  I like having the newest stuff, but I don't wanna buy a gaming system which I'll never game on. 

Oh, and Photography only.  No video, or plans to go that direction.

Any thoughts?  Thanks in advance.

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