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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED Tilt-Shift in Stock
« on: May 06, 2013, 08:17:10 PM »
According to Lensrentals test, the Samyang has even less resolution than Canon 24-105, nevermind the Canon TS-E.  Samyang's much-higher barrel distortion of 2.3% vs. 0.9% for the Canon is also concerning.  Oh, well, I guess my TS-E 24 II is not going anywhere soon.  I was secretly hoping the Samyang would come close, enabling me to sell it to free up some funds, but I don't think so..

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 06, 2013, 07:09:16 PM »
Jeez, time to sell off Adobe stock methinks.

Lenses / Re: 35 & 85 or 50 & 100 for photographing kids
« on: May 05, 2013, 01:42:36 PM »
Although I own and love all my L primes, 35L, 50L, 85L II, 135L, if I wanted maximum specialness, I reach for the 85L.  If you plan just a bit ahead, I don't find 85 too long on full frame indoors at all.  Sure Sigma 85 f/1.4 will be "close," but for that last 5%, there is nothing for portraiture than 85L at f/1.2 IMO.  Below is indoors at f/1.2, available light. 

EOSD1995 by drjlo1, on Flickr

To the OP...isn't the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 the one that can be configured via a computer without having to send the lens to Sigma?  I thought it had the ability to adjust front / back focusing issues until you get it correct. 

Kind regards,

At some future point, you can pay $$$ for a tool that will let you adjust focus accuracy of the lens so that it may match what you already paid for.  Sigma has promised it, but hasn't delivered it.

About two weeks for $59 with software. Not too shabby.


Congratulations KKC. I know you're going to love that lens.

It's nice of Sigma to actually deliver the USB dock, but the fact is Sigma should tighten up its QC process so we don't NEED to use the dock.  Still, I am glad to see this safety net of sorts from Sigma..

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Camera Store TV t5i Hands On
« on: April 28, 2013, 10:36:53 PM »
Top notch review, I appreciated it.

I thought it was funny, but if one is after a more useful Camera Store review, their Metabones Speed Booster review was VERY informative!  They had the Canon 85L on Sony NEX shooting at f/1.0..


Pretty much any gear can be made to work, but I would have at least one fast prime in the bag for when darkness hits and flash is not wanted or effective enough.  Doesn't have to be fancy, maybe 50 f/1.8 or 1.4..

Ok, I'll start the ball rolling.

I own the Canon 135f/2, I admit up front I have never owned a Zeiss Lens, but I've heard/read great things about them, but, the Canon 135f/2 is just a superb Lens, would the Zeiss be any better do you think ?? I understand the Zeiss lenses are Manual Focus, and for me although not a Killer, I have the 17 24 TSE Canons, it does make life a little more difficult, I sold my Leica M9 for this reason, lovely camera but the Manual Focus became an issue for me (Age Factor). Si I'm really interested to hear opinions on the Zeiss versus the Canon.

I use Canon 135L as well as 24 TSE II and have owned MF Zeiss.  Manual-focusing a wide angle is WORLDS easier than 135mm, so if MF is already an issue with Leica, I would stick with Canon 135L, which as we all know is a superb lens.  Who knows, from preliminary reports, the Zeiss 135 may have less CA and sharper wide open, but do we really need sharper than 135L?  Zeiss also costs double the current 135L street price and is heavier. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss 135mm f2 Apo Sonnar Preview
« on: April 22, 2013, 04:56:51 PM »
Looks to be a great lens, but it still has no AF, weighs a lot (2.02 lb), and costs double the current 135L price  :'(

Dare I say new Sigma 300 mm f/4 and 400 mm f/5.6 in ART line, compatible with the excellent Canon 2x III and 1.4x III, with f/8 AF firmware update coming for 5D III  :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Well done Canon - Canon Rebel T5i available early
« on: April 19, 2013, 12:27:10 PM »
Just Canon up to their usual nonsense..

"This new model has all the features of the Canon Rebel T4i with a few extras… a 360 degree rotating Mode Dial, a series of Creative Filters that can be used when shooting in Live View and an Improved Casing to give the camera a more upmarket look."

EOS Bodies / Re: 21mp Sensor in the 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: April 19, 2013, 12:18:14 PM »
All this just makes me wonder how long it will be before some innovative company comes along and 'Black Magics' Canon, with an EF mount body having something like 1DX performance at a 70D price.

Makes me smile just thinking about it  8)  Especially if that "Black Magic" body incorporated the Sony/D800 type FF sensor and came with the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 as kit lens, but in full frame version.  One can dream..

MTF chart for Sigma 18-35 f/1.8

SigMTF by drjlo1, on Flickr

I don't know why Tamron made the macro's focus ring so darn wide, basically half the lens.  I think it makes the lens look terrible. 
One can buy the new Canon 100L for $899 shipped from Amazon right now, so the $749 price for Tamron is kind of hard to swallow.., although when street prices go down, it does have the advantage of lighter weight 550 g vs. 625 g. 

Haven't heard of this "EQD" brand.  Would it be just as good as a Dell IPS 24", which often is on sale as well?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Refurb 400mm f/5.6L $910
« on: April 10, 2013, 06:13:21 PM »

I've had great results with my 5D3 + 70-200 IS II + 2x III shooting field sports in Servo - f/5.6 was much more limiting, under stadium lighting, than the AF speed.

I disable any non-cross type AF points, though, so I only get the center stack to choose from with this combo. I'm not sure what performance is like when using the left/right outer points.

I also disable the non-cross AF points, and especially in daylight, 5D3+70-200II+2xIII combo AF is plenty snappy for me, even in Al servo, plenty sharp too.  Just took this yesterday in Al servo.

EOSD2133 by drjlo1, on Flickr

I am hoping the Canon 400 f/5.6 being on sale means a new 400 mm is coming "soon."

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