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The Sigma 35mm 1.4 for example is light years ahead of Canon's offering. It's like night and day. The 85mm 1.4 is also light years ahead of Canon's offerings

"Light years" and "night and day?"  To me, light years is something like the difference between iPhone shooting in pitch darkness vs. full frame.  While I am very happy that Sigma (and Tamron) are coming up with competitive lenses, which hopefully drives Canon to more R&D and to lower their crazy prices, my concern about how these lenses will behave with FUTURE Canon bodies remains. 

For example, I did have the Sigma 70 Macro, which was one sharp lens, but it would not autofocus properly in live view with my new-then Canon body, and Sigma service could not fix it, either. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D vs Nikon D7100 Epic Shootout
« on: September 09, 2013, 12:25:37 AM »
Great job on these videos, which obviously must have taken tons of time. 
When CaNikon comparisons are done, it must not be just me wishing to stuff the Nikon sensor into Canon body  ;)

Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: September 08, 2013, 11:44:40 PM »

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deals: Canon Lens Price Drops
« on: September 06, 2013, 01:59:17 AM »
Kind of surprised Canon raised 50L's price, which many view as being replaced soon.  I hope this does not mean a new 50 is not forthcoming from Canon.

Lenses / Re: Portrait lens: Canon 100L 2.8 vs 85L 1.2
« on: August 31, 2013, 04:47:58 PM »
IME pretty much any good lens works fine in stopped-down studio situations with controlled backdrop and lighting.  I prefer the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 II for its excellent IQ and IS.  100L works just fine, too.

For pretty much any other portrait needs, I far prefer the 85L which I like to shoot at f/1.6 to 1.8 range most of the time.  Below at f/1.6.

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EOS-M / Re: Mount EF, EF-S or L lens on EOS-M --- Your thought???
« on: August 28, 2013, 12:49:40 AM »

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Finally got around to trying my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 on EOS-M, and as great as Tokina is, I must say the EF-M 18-55mm produces very nice results when comparing Tokina's 16 mm vs Canon's 18 mm.  Shot at say f/3.5, other than the mild difference in focal length, it would be difficult for me to tell the two apart as far as sharpness and IQ. 

A friend of mine just came back from a 15-day trip through national parks, carrying his D600.  Before the trip, he was so happy his new D600 did not have the oil spot problem.  He came back and said once he started clicking away, logging many shots, oil spots started to develop, now with the whole left upper quadrant showing many oil spots, which are present on all these beautiful photo's of national parks  :(

EOS-M / Re: Some EOS M Information [CR1]
« on: August 21, 2013, 12:22:34 PM »
I prefer the way live view works with the M's touch screen for tripod/MF shooting for landscape/backpacking photography. 

With the firmware update, the M's live view shooting is so much faster and convenient than any of the Canon rebels or my 5D III live view shooting.  M's touch-to-shoot mode is especially fast, faster than shooting via M's release button.  I wouldn't want to add a viewfinder to M at the cost of increased size/weight/cost. 

In a perfect world, I would have liked a little better sensor in it with a tad more DR and a tad better high ISO noise performance; I would trade away megapixels for that, maybe a 12-14 MP sensor or so.


+1 - then just borrow chairs from wherever you go, instant light stand.

Hmm, borrowing chairs is a good idea since pretty much any place has chairs  ;D

I have come to the conclusion that I simply am not motivated enough to carry traditional light-stands when I'm asked to "take some photos" as a favor to acquaintances at things like baby birthdays, social gatherings, etc. 

I have some traditional "portable" softboxes and even a lumodi beauty dish, but unless it's a paid gig, I'm simply not motivated enough for the hassle.  As a compromise, I have bought some Rogue Flashbenders/diffusers, which are working out great for ultra-portable 2-light setup.  However, light stands are still a problem.  I do have some Manfrotto Nano clones and some slightly bigger ones, but what are some out-of-box alternatives for portable light stands that just needs to support a speedlite with Flashbender?  I am looking at some microphone stands, maybe even some carbon tripods (have some), which are not that small actually.

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EOS-M / Re: Some EOS M Information [CR1]
« on: August 19, 2013, 05:18:38 PM »
Primes, primes, primes!  I'd like those on a pancake, please!

It would make me very happy to see a pancake EF-M 35 mm f/1.8~2.0 for portraiture.

Lighting / Re: Rogue Flashbender
« on: August 18, 2013, 01:10:58 AM »
Canon 580 EX II with Large Rogue Flashbender and diffusor cam right, small Rogue with diffusor cam left.  Placing the panels closer to subject really gives off a nice light IMO..

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: August 16, 2013, 02:45:06 PM »
Does live view phase detect AF require things like lens microadjustment like viewfinder phase detect?  Live view contrast AF being the gold standard for AF accuracy, not needing microadjustments. 

Lenses / Re: Macro photography: lens+flash+diffuser?
« on: August 16, 2013, 12:42:30 PM »
Thank you all for the tips! Very useful stuff!
I'm new to Macro photography, so I think that for now I'll take the 100mm L and the Speedlite with the Rouge small softbox kit, and in the future if I get serious I'll take the 180mm (hopefully updated), the Macro flash and the focusing rails!
Thank you all again!

That's a good plan.  If you outgrow that setup, don't forget there are cheaper alternatives to getting more "serious," e.g. using extension tubes with 100L to get more than 1:1 mag, using a good non-Canon ring flash (not continuous LED "ring flash"). 

I have used this one with good success.  Still, I'm sure there are QC variations, so I would buy from a place with hassel-free return policy. 

Lenses / Re: Can 24-70/2.8 II replace 35/1.4?
« on: August 16, 2013, 12:29:42 PM »
Depends on use.  Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II surely can replace 35L or other fast primes for shooting landscapes, studio/strobe work, product photography, etc, but for non-studio portraits, shallow DOF photography, and low-light photography, I still prefer to use 35L.  My feelings may change if 24-70 could achieve at least f/2 aperture at 70 mm end, which will make for a nicer non-studio people shots for me, which is why hope the rumored Sigma 24-70 f/2 is a good one..

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