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Lenses / Re: Waiting for the 35 1.4L II
« on: May 30, 2014, 01:28:51 AM »
I had a poor copy of the 35 Art, but I know now they are not all like that, and calibrated with the docking they are very good.

I bought the 50 Art and I had also dismissed Sigma, but the 50 Art is a staggering good lens, and is now my all time favorite lens. And I have owned 90% of the lenses Canon has ever made in EF mount.

Get the 35 Art with the docking, you'll be much happier with money left over for the 50 Art as well. The 35 L II will NOT be cheap.


The Siggy 35 1.4 Art is amazing, and I've used everything.

Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 11, 2014, 09:06:00 AM »

Lenses / Re: Should I buy the 35L now or wait for the price drop?
« on: March 29, 2014, 11:37:46 PM »
forget the 35L.  Get the Siggy 35 Art.  You'll not regret it (and you'll have $700 left over in your pocket).  I'm constantly stunned at the sharpness fully open at 1.4. 

EOS Bodies / Any New Bodies in Sochi?
« on: February 16, 2014, 07:51:43 AM »
I've been watching the Olympics and in years past, I've occasionally noticed photographers carrying interesting (and new) gear which ends up on store shelves shortly thereafter. 

I was wondering if anyone had noticed a possible 7DM2 or other bodies they didn't recognize during any of the coverage viewed.  Anyone see anything?

I do need mobility.

There's no other option then, I guess.

Some of the small form factor workstations looked quite tempting.
And seeing your child on something larger than 15.6" would be nice, too.

As for laptops the only advice I can give you is to stay away from the "consumer" market.
The asus promotes itself with:
"Entertainment laptops with unparalleled quad-speaker sound and a striking Full HD IPS display"
I think you don't need a quad speaker and with a Spyder 4 you want your display to be real, not "striking" (whatever that means)

good luck with IMG_0001 Jr II btw ;D

Thank you,

You've put the finger on exactly what worried me with ASUS, lots of buzzwords for the price.


I've owned an ASUS for 1+ years, and it's exceeded my expectations.  Super pleased.  I know three other photographers who have had the same success with their units.

Before I purchased any laptop, I went in to a service department of a big-box electronics store.  I asked which brand comes in the LEAST.  "Hands down, ASUS" the dude said.

I DEEPLY/HIGHLY recommend that you take a look at newegg.com and check out the ASUS laptops they have over there.  I purchased a well-equipped, even by today's standards, laptop about 1 year ago to replace an old HP I'd been using for edits (HP is really horrible with cooling, and, well...generally).  Even thought this thing is a refurb (which caused a discount of about 800 dollars), this thing is still a beast and chews through my edits on LR/PS.  Huge drives, good motherboard, really efficient cooling, great monitor, highly expand-able memory (great for us photographers), and it's never even hiccuped over 1 year of HEAVY usage.

Love me some ASUS!

very fast graphics (NVIDIA GeForce GT 680M - decent by today's standards, awesome last year)
8gb memory (upgraded myself to 32gb)
good monitor (17" 1080 full HD) - calibrated myself using Spyder4Pro (perfect results)

Lenses / Re: Your lenses for weddings?
« on: January 16, 2014, 09:30:06 PM »
Bodies:  5DM3

during ceremony:  24-105 f4 or 24-70 2.8L mII and 70-20 2.8L mII on other body
Reception:  70-200 2.8 mII, 50 1.2L, 35 1.4 Art.  Also use my 135mm f2L
Rings and Macro:  100 f2.8L

Good Luck!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« on: January 15, 2014, 11:02:08 AM »
I've been following this, but haven't seen an ETA on this lens.  Does anyone know?

Lenses / Which Lens for Ring Photos?
« on: December 31, 2013, 01:11:28 PM »
I'm a Wedding Photographer who's used other lenses to photograph rings and then cropped them with good results.  However,  I think it's time to grab the 100mm f2.8 for this job.  What would you all suggest?  The 2.8L or is the non-L good enough?  Does the L version justify the doubled price?  Any other macro lens recommendations?  I don't do any other macro photography other than my ring photos, so I'd love ideas.

Thank You in advance!

My current lineup:

50mm 1.4
24-105mm f4 (great lens, but not sure why I still have it)
24-70mm mk2
70-200mm f2.8 mk2
135mm f2L

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 EX DG HSM $349 at B&H Photo
« on: December 19, 2013, 01:28:29 PM »
I have the Canon 50 1.4, which is a little soft and inconsistent, but the siggy isn't enough better to jump on this.  I WILL, however, be all over the new Siggy 50 ART whenever it's released!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 135mm f/2 DG OS Art Coming? [CR1]
« on: December 17, 2013, 11:18:19 PM »
Just today I purchased my first (and only) 135L.  I'd been putting it off until I learned more about the Rumored Siggy, but realized that I'll probably be able to sell my 135L for the Sigma if it's really so amazing.  I'm sure I'll get back nearly the whole purchase price!

...not to mention that I'll have ten months using it!  For what it's worth, the 135L is a stunner.  I'm super excited.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 135mm f/2 DG OS Art Coming? [CR1]
« on: December 16, 2013, 09:00:30 PM »
Very good. The more competition and choices, better for the consumer.


I'm surprised so many people here are slightly negative to another great lens entering the market.  If it sucks, it sucks and people will go back to their 135L.  If it amazes, like the Siggy 35mm 1.4, well...

...doesn't a rising tide lift all boats?  Choice is good, and good for our craft.

Lenses / Re: New lens, Big White, if I can only get one. Which One???
« on: December 15, 2013, 12:23:03 AM »
For what you're looking to use it for, no question in my mind:

70-200mm f2.8L USM IS II

and maybe an extender or two.

you'll not regret it.

thanks for the recommendation but that's already in the kit.

 oh, I missed that.  for some reason I thought it was the f4

Lenses / Re: New lens, Big White, if I can only get one. Which One???
« on: December 14, 2013, 11:00:40 PM »
For what you're looking to use it for, no question in my mind:

70-200mm f2.8L USM IS II

and maybe an extender or two.

you'll not regret it.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II to Finally Arrive? [CR1]
« on: December 10, 2013, 05:18:41 PM »
Thanks to my razor sharp Sigma 35, I'm not even interested in the 35L II. Not any longer.. The 35L II will probably match the Sigma 35 in terms of IQ. Maybe even outperform it a little bit.. But the price tag will be totally Canon. :D

If Canon wants to sell something new in this FL, they should release a tack sharp 16-35L III. (sharp corner to corner). I'd buy that!


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