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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.

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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.

+1

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.

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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

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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.

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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!

+1

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Lenses / Re: Canon IS primes sale price?
« on: December 07, 2013, 01:01:12 AM »
Anyone remember the price for the IS primes (24, 28, 35) earlier this year when they were on sale? Thinking about buying the 35 (mostly for video) soon and wondering if there's a chance of it having a good price for the holidays.

Or you can just buy the amazing SIGMA 35mm 1.4 prime for about 1/2 of what you'd pay for the inferior Canon prime.

...just a thought...

 ;)

Sigma 35 f/1.4 for half of the 24 f/2.8 IS, 28 f/2.8 IS, 35 f/2 IS?  Where can I find the S35 for less than $400 new?


I figured you'd have inferred that I was referring to the similar Canon EF 35mm 1.4, which retails at about $1.5K

The point of my comment is that in THAT prime, Sigma is a better deal for a superior lens. 

...I didn't think I was being very cryptic...  I'd never compare a 35mm to a 24mm.

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Lenses / Re: Canon IS primes sale price?
« on: December 06, 2013, 11:38:15 PM »
Anyone remember the price for the IS primes (24, 28, 35) earlier this year when they were on sale? Thinking about buying the 35 (mostly for video) soon and wondering if there's a chance of it having a good price for the holidays.

Or you can just buy the amazing SIGMA 35mm 1.4 prime for about 1/2 of what you'd pay for the inferior Canon prime.

...just a thought...

 ;)

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EOS Bodies / "Two New FF Bodies in 2014" - if 5DM4, would you jump in?
« on: November 29, 2013, 03:09:35 PM »
I know that if they actually rolled out the 5DM4, I'd be very interested in it.  However, if you own a 5DM3 and have realized how amazing this camera truly is, what would it take to make you grab one immediately?

I'm so happy with my 5DM3 that I truly can't wrap my brain around what they'd have to put into a mark IV to make a guy like me jump in.

Thoughts?

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Lenses / Re: Looking for a EF 135mm f2L USM...
« on: November 02, 2013, 04:04:07 PM »
Sweet!  Thanks, guys!  I'm gonna go get a new lens.   :D

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Lenses / Looking for a EF 135mm f2L USM...
« on: November 02, 2013, 03:02:45 PM »
I've been scouring the internet today looking for a decent deal on this great lens.  Do any of you have any leads which you'd be willing to share?  Nothing at Canon (refurbished).

I'd like to get a lightly used one.  Have about $830 to spend.

I need one for this weekend (two weddings).  I've been looking for a rental, but I'm surprised that I can't find a lens around!  Online rental services are going to run, with shipping, around 80 dollars.  Maybe I should just buy one!?

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Any deals coming for 70-200 IS II?
« on: October 29, 2013, 05:51:57 PM »
whatever the price...get this lens!  Worth every penny.

Oh, and the weight?  Just work out a little while you're waiting for it to ship.  It's worth it to have the f2.8.  This lens almost never leaves my camera body.

I shoot FF (5DM3), so I'd probably not be as attached to it if I shot on crop...  I know it's good on the 7D, but it's AWESOME on the 5dm3!

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8L IS II AFMA Settings
« on: October 26, 2013, 06:16:39 PM »
My 70-200 f2.8 II is my ONLY lens which needed no AFMA straight out of the box!  I'm super pleased with how great it works on my 5DM3.  My favorite lens, no doubt.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for the Canon 5D Mark IV or get the Mark III?
« on: October 26, 2013, 11:56:41 AM »
Years away from M4.  Just buy a M3 and make some $ while waiting for the new one.

...no brainer.

I was one of those guys who bought my M3 immediately.  I had a friend who waited eight months and then tried to rub it into my face that he'd saved a couple of hundred dollars on his.

He neglected to realize, and I didn't point out, that I'd had eight months of producing amazing photos with super happy clients.  I'd made multiples of his savings from clients as well as greatly increased my client and referral base.


don't dork around anymore.  just get the dang thing.  you'll not regret it.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« on: October 22, 2013, 03:17:34 PM »
When I started getting heavy bodies and white lenses, I went to a non-stock strap.  This one has been awesome:

http://www.amazon.com/OP-TECH-USA-Utility-Strap/dp/B003T0EYVE/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1382469254&sr=8-4&keywords=camera+shoulder+strap


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I use 580exII's  and one Yonguo (sp?) 560II

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