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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  :'(

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 13, 2014, 05:03:51 PM »
Per these guys, the color in the 35mm is better, but there might be too much color for human skin... so I'm a touch confused... maybe I need to read it again.

I'm not sure what these reviewers are doing (or not doing) with post-processing, but I think pretty much all of the human shots I saw on The Phoglographer and f-stoppers reviews look horrible with skin tones.  Skin tones look just too stark  and cold with peaky orange/magenta bias to my eyes.  The best photo's were the black & whites IMO. 

This is fun:


Not that I plan to switch; I like the mix....

That's hilarious and somewhat reflects how I felt.
However, somewhere between Stage 5 "Regret" and Stage 7 "Acceptance and Hope," I decided to go back to Canon. I also put a little something called Magic Latern on my 5D III  8)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 12, 2014, 01:53:27 PM »
But the conclusion I've come to... is that Canon may cost more, but more often than not, it is well worth it. 

As long as Sigma has no choice but to reverse-engineer Canon's AF system, there always remain a chance that a Sigma lens may no longer work, or no longer work 100% (such as weird focus behavior in live view, etc, which I have experienced with some Sigma), with future Canon firmware updates or future Canon bodies in general. 

Having dealt with Sigma service before with headaches abound, I can understand those who stick with the Canon brand. 

In addition, unlike the Sigma 35 1.4 ART and Canon 35 1.4 situation, the 50 1.4 ART vs. Canon 50 1.2 L situation do not deal with the equivalent lens aperture class. I understand many here who will say the small stop of light advantage does not mean anything, especially since it's not sharp wide-open, etc, but the general public may feel differently in perception. 

Having said that, I will happily keep using my 50L for another year or so, as I do love the small size and rendition of 50L, then I will likely pick up a used 50 ART or on heavy sale in future.

Also, this was the mood I was going for. I think a hair light could have been cool, but Im happy enough with the one light for now! Ill experiment more in the future!

With 135 mm without IS, I would try again with tripod and critical focus confirmation with live view magnification to see if the blurring recurs. 

In addition, I far prefer your first "blurred" photo to the second photo, which has WAY too much skin smoothing/blurring/retouching IMO. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji Full Frame X-PRO2 coming 2015
« on: April 09, 2014, 05:41:00 AM »
Wont happen. Fuji barely built up its X lens lineup, so they wont start a new one that soon.

Yeah, it sounds more like wishful thinking, like a lot of SR1 type rumors around here  ::)

IF it did happen in the future, though, we can thank Sony for pushing the full frame mirrorless envelope.


I have a couple of mitros + and so far they are super reliable however with eneloops they recycle noticably slower than the canons

That's disheartening to hear, as recycling time can be critical. 

I was also surprised to see in DPR review how Mitro yielded cooler color and higher ETTL exposure than Canon 580EX II. 

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