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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens Next? [CR2]
« on: February 17, 2015, 02:38:26 PM »
The tammy 24-70 VC was so good I haven't found a need for another 24-70. My only complaint would be the build quality isn't as reassuring as a sigma A lens. If sigma can get past the AF issues, Make a 24-70 more soild than the tammy for the same price, It will sell really well.

Every one is clamoring for 85mm's! The Bower 85mm, the zeiss 85mm otus and planar versions, the new 85mm 1.8G from nikkor... The 135mm Focal length needs some attention and has a need for IS. I'd love nothing more than sigma to make it with IS and/or F/1.8 if possible.

Canon General / Re: CPS-Canon Professional Servies.
« on: February 17, 2015, 01:00:13 PM »
I used their loan service many times. They loaned me 5x 600rts before I bought them. Great service for that aspect alone.

Lighting / Re: Light modifiers for speedlights
« on: February 17, 2015, 10:04:21 AM »
The photek soft lighter is on the more expensive side but it's worth every penny. The honl speedstraps, rogue flashbenders, and honl speedgrids are really affordable options. What Id recommend is buy a set of dumb triggers off Amazon like cowboy studio triggers. I used those for awhile and they're cheap but they'll enable reliable triggering in the softlighter.

I use phottix stands and other generic stands but the only stands I've put real money into are the manfrotto 3 section boom, the manfrotto integrated boom stand, and good old fashioned C-stands.

Photography Technique / Re: What is your keeper rate?
« on: February 16, 2015, 03:17:47 PM »
dilbert, I know I gave you a hard time last week, but I hope you know it was all in good fun.  I'll take a swing at this one:

It depends on what I'm shooting:

-For sports, it's often as low as 100:1, or even lower if it's indoors.
-For wildlife and landscapes, it's usually between 25:1 and 10:1
-For portraits, it's typically around 10:1 or with studio lights 5:1, mainly based on the poses
-For casual snapshots of friends & family, it's often 2:1 or 3:1
-for commercial work (of still subjects) where I have plenty of time to shoot, it's very close to 1:1 because I know the exact shots I want to get and spend lots of time perfecting them in camera before I trip the shutter.

Finally for me to consider a shot to be my best work, I typically stick with the words of a master, which works out to somewhere around 1000:1 to 500:1 for me:

"Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop."
- Ansel Adams
+1 Pretty much what I end with at the end of the day.

EOS Bodies / Re: New mirror mechanisms - how is this a good thing?
« on: February 13, 2015, 12:34:41 PM »
Hasselblad also has a shutter delay you can program in ms after the mirror flips up. It's noticeable in a huge mirror like MF but on a 35mm system with that many MPx, it will definitely not hurt.

EOS Bodies / Re: Skipping the 5D-s. What do you want in 5D4?
« on: February 12, 2015, 10:38:10 AM »
1. All Crosstype AF
2. Linked AF Point Spot Metering? (May be in 5D-s)
3. 1/250th Sync speed bump.

Won't happen.

4. Bump to 7-8 FPS.

This will depend in part of if it is DIGIC 6, DIGIC 6+ or DIGIC 7 and the number of MP.

5. Dual CF

Not enough space in the camera.


Maybe. Depends on how video focused Canon sees the camera.

7. 4K
10. RAW 1080P Video or 4K if possible. (ML managed to do it. Canon can.)

I like your optimism :)

8. Touchscreen


9. Peaking and Zebra

Won't happen. Wrong target market.

... why didn't you put "clean ISO 6400" or "clean ISO12000" on your list? ;)
I consider the 5D3 plenty usable to 12k ISO and 25K ISO for B&W push only. If they could make it better great but it's good for me.

even if canon disappoints, I won't be leaving them anytime soon. I'd probably buy that 28mm HC for my other system instead.

For the price of the T6s kit, I can get a 5D2+50mm 1.8 locally on craigslist.  :P

Lenses / Re: Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art announced..
« on: February 11, 2015, 11:59:51 AM »
The lens is going to be $849 and available in late March:

Wow, that's a VERY impressive price. If I were in need of a 24mm, I'd pick this one.
:o I guess Sigma does want my money. If a 135mm Super Sigma is released, they'd get all my prime lens money.

This article is meant for landscapes primarily but I've noticed ETTR with skin tones can be a very bad thing. I don't like to expose more than 1/2 of a stop over the correct metered exposure if they are light skinned and 1 stop of they are dark skinned. Skin tones get caulky and blotchy if you ETTR too much with them.

ETTR has its place but not everything should automatically be ETTR.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The empire will strike back....
« on: February 10, 2015, 12:34:14 PM »
Well If the A7RII is indeed under 2K, I'd buy one.

EOS Bodies / Re: After a 50MP camera what is the next breakthrough?
« on: February 10, 2015, 12:18:08 PM »
Affordable medium format :) A man can dream, can't he ;D?

If the Pentax 645Z proves successful sales wise, I think the line between a digital MF and 35mm DSLRs will continue to blur.
Especially if pentax releases LS Primes and those old 645D bodies have a new use.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art announced..
« on: February 10, 2015, 12:16:41 PM »
Two years ago, I would have never thought of replacing my 24mm,50mm,135mm prime kit with all sigma primes. They need to make a 135mm f/1.8 IS and I'd adopt a new prime set of only sigmas.

Post Processing / Re: How to effectively prune your wildlife shots?
« on: February 09, 2015, 02:44:08 PM »
I like how you use the Classic Theme for Windoze.  :P

Reviews / Re: Buy a FF camera now or wait?
« on: February 09, 2015, 02:42:14 PM »
You could buy a 5Dc for like 400$ where I'm at. Unbelievably cheap or I've seen a beat-up 5D2 for 900$ on craigslist. Two really good FF cameras for under a $1K, that you could use until the 5D4 release. When you sell them off, you wouldn't lose any money and put it towards the camera you really want.

EOS Bodies / Re: Could the 5Ds (R) be using the 5 Layer UV, IR, RGB Sensor?
« on: February 09, 2015, 12:09:53 PM »
Well they are using RGB+IR in the metering sensor, Minus the UV layer. So kinda, yes and no.

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