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The 50L adds a beauty factor in how it draws a picture.  It just looks pretty, especially for portraits.  Maybe the 50L's slight softness is an advantage for some photos and for some photographers. 

Forums like these tend to attract hard-core photographers whose thought process goes like this:

"Too sharp for portraits?  Non-sense and lazy.  I will capture every single pore and blemish on the face since one can never recover detail that wasn't captured.  I will use multiple large strobes in my studio to perfectly light everything on the skin with the perfectly sharp lens, then I will proceed to spend hours in post-processing to remove the pores, soften the skin tones, beautify blemishes in order to prevent the subject from complaining photo's don't look flattering.  Color differences?  Doesn't matter because I will create and apply X-Rite color profile." 

It's all great and I do that, too, but we often forget that probably the majority of people photo's taken out there do not undergo TLC like this, and many are even straight ooc jpegs  :-[  Oh, the horror..

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Yongnuo shows 1.4/50mm lens for EF
« on: May 05, 2014, 10:31:15 PM »

It does look like a clone, albeit with a plastic mount.
Almost seems like an April fool's joke.

At first I thought Canon must have sold all their B-stock Canon 50 mm f/1.4 lenses to Yongnuo who changed the labels and lens mount to plastic.  Upon side-by-side review, there seems to be more differences.  For example, the front plastic round rim that moves back and forth as lens focuses seems to be different in thickness and the details in the slope leading to front glass.   

One can pick up the Canon for $350 new right now, and this Yongnuo is listed for $300, which wouldn't make any sense for the buyer, EXCEPT if Yongnuo somehow improved on the Canon, i.e. more and round aperture blades for better bokeh, a little sharper wide open...somehow.  Then, it gets pretty interesting IMO. 

YN50Can50 by drjlo1, on Flickr

Software & Accessories / Re: Get Perfect Effects 8 for FREE
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:05:40 PM »
It's there, but it isn't under Filters. Look at Window -> Extensions -> onOne.  Click this.

Thanks.  I never would have found that.  The plug-in appears to run quite slow in CS6 though, much slower than Nik, Topz plug-in's.  It's fun to play around a bit though.  Below with Perfect Effects 8.

EOSE1890E8 by drjlo1, on Flickr

EOS-M / Re: Where is the M-3 with the dual pixel sensor!!!!
« on: May 04, 2014, 09:21:02 PM »
For anybody interested in a 35mm equivalent FOV, there is nothing anywhere in the canon lineup that comes close to touching the quality of the M + 22mm f/2 at any kind of reasonable price point.

Would have to agree with that, not just for price but for overall physical size to carry around.  Even Sony A7R with Sony/Zeiss 55 mm had great quality but was still quite a bit larger to carry around, not to mention the price.   

Software & Accessories / Re: Get Perfect Effects 8 for FREE
« on: May 02, 2014, 09:57:42 PM »
Thanks.  I downloaded it, but has anyone been able to access Effects 8 plug-in through Photoshop CS6?  During installation, it says it's installing plug-in for CS6, but afterwards, the plug-in does not even show up under CS6 "Filters" column where plug-ins from Nik, etc are visible  ???

Whoever said different brand lenses should not differ in color rendition?  The colors I see from Sigma 50 is consistent with what I saw with my previous Sigma lenses, i.e. warmer colors with significant yellow push, making some scenes look better/more colorful but making others look overdone/cartoonish..IMHO.

Canon General / Re: When do you know you have enough camera gear?
« on: April 26, 2014, 09:31:30 PM »

I'm now heading to flash photography. I'm not sure what will come after flash?

Everyone knows real men carry around studio strobes with ginormous Lithium battery packs  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Petition to Canon regarding the EOS 5D Mark III
« on: April 20, 2014, 12:11:21 AM »
1-2-3, sure, signed the petition.

But honestly, I'd rather Canon release a good 50 mm soon as possible  :'(

Lighting / Re: Lighting and triggering setup
« on: April 19, 2014, 02:31:29 PM »

To throw fuel on to this fire, I am considering switching camera systems from Canon to Sony.

From experience, I would advise against going Sony if you plan to make use of TTL in any combo. 

Currently, there is zero TTL wireless RF trigger system that works with the newer Sony shotshoe.
Also, there is NO flagship-level Sony speedlite that functions correctly (i.e. not overheat). 

In addition, Sony's newer shotshoe is not exactly standard, even for non-TTL firing.  For example, my Yongnuo RF603 and Yongnuo 622c cannot be fired by Sony even in simple non-TTL trigger mode.  I believe RF602 should work, but I would double check that Cyber Commander works with Sony hotshoe.

Lighting / Re: New world of Light !
« on: April 19, 2014, 02:07:55 PM »

exactly the same set up great thanks for info ! do you find you need to weight the stands down with anything when using indoors with people about at events ?


Indoors are fine without need to weigh down.  Only problems would be outdoors when it's windy.  Then again, I would not use umbrellas even on heavier stands with bottom weights; they are like sails in wind. 

At indoor events like weddings, the issue will be the distraction of large umbrellas to atendees and people bumping into them.  You would be much more successful and discrete without umbrella, using speedlite bouncing off ceiling and/or largish bounce card instead..


Updating the dock firmware and connecting the lens just now, I'm once again prompted to upgrade its firmware.  Perhaps the lens "forgets" its firmware after a few hours.  Who knows.  While I am looking forward to the 50A and I do love my 35A I'm very disappointed with this dock product, it's a stinker.

It's disappointing to hear this sort of thing, from perspective of possible future Sigma lens buyers.

Lighting / Re: New world of Light !
« on: April 19, 2014, 01:46:45 AM »

this the mount http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0034WR19Y/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1#productDescription

and these are the light stands http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0011363NS/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

anyone have any experience of these or is it simply because they are cheap ?

thank you


I actually have that bracket and stand.  They are not heavy-duty or incredibly durable, but I find them extremely useful for outdoor shoots when I cannot carry heavy-duty gear around.  They are much lighter than stands in my studio.  Combine that stand, bracket with a generic umbrella, one can create some nice, soft lighting for one or two people.  Below is a friend holding my setup, complete with Canon 580EX II speedlite and Yongnuo 622c wireless trigger.

EOSE0468 by drjlo1, on Flickr


However, this is highly skewed, because DXO uses their T-stops "measure" to determine what the "best" aperture is...and they chose f/1.2 on the 50mm as it's "best". That is about as close to the WORST aperture the 50/1.2 has...

Wow, I never even realized DxO did this  :o  Looks like DxO chose f/2.0 for Sigma 50 and f/1.2 for 50L as "best" for their ratings.  What the heck?

Lenses / Re: Canon 50L - Love or Hate?
« on: April 16, 2014, 05:18:28 PM »
This lens has a very special output that is extremely flattering for taking pictures of people

Exactly.  I use my 50L and 85L for people shots mainly, and the corner softness if anything adds to creating a unique look to portraiture.  If I am going to do stopped-down landscape or architectural shoot, I break out my 24-70 II or T-SE 24 mm II. 

Nailing focus at f/1.2 is not going to happen for everybody, but I highly recommend installing ML and use focus peaking in live view  8)

Lenses / Re: Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« on: April 15, 2014, 04:07:11 PM »
We've seen Canon recently bring out several new EF non-L primes with IS (24/28/35), and I expect we'll see an updated 50mm with IS soon.  The IQ of those new lenses is quite good (compare the 35/2 IS to the Sigma 35/1.4 Art, for example).

I also think the next Canon 50 mm, be it 50 f/2 IS or 50 f/1.4 Mk II will have quite improved optics competitive with the new offerings from other companies.  I realize "real" photographers enjoy the size and weight punishment dished out by the likes of Sigma 50 ART and Otus, but I for one love the lighter and smaller primes Canon has been putting out. 

The real problem is WHEN is Canon going to bless us with their new 50 mm  :'(

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