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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. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 08, 2014, 08:27:58 PM »

We now have a direct comparison from the same testers.

Too bad SLRgear does not post real-life photo samples with bokeh, and we will have to wait for for end-user reports regarding any AF "issues" after wide release.  In addition, price is unknown.  Having said that, it looks like Sigma came up with a beauty.  I hope its pricing brings down the eventual price of Otus 55 mm and any upcoming Canon 50 mm glass  ;)

The clearest alternative, if you haven't guessed already, is the new Sigma 50mm ƒ/1.4 Art lens, which we just recently reviewed. Despite the dramatic difference in price, the Sigma competes handily with the $4,000 Zeiss 55mm Otus lens. (As of this writing, we don't know how Sigma will price the 50/1.4 Art, but it's safe to assume it'll be way, way less than the Otus."

Photography Technique / Re: Missed opportunity
« on: April 07, 2014, 06:52:51 PM »
I had a 135mm L attached to my 5dIII, ISO 160 (was set on Auto), f/8, 1/125 (was set on Av, forgot to change it in the haste). Thanks in advance.

You simply were not going to get close enough with 135L to fill the frame with the bird without scaring it off.  At least 300 or 400 mm would have been nice.

I have one of my C1-3 custom settings set up for exactly situation like this, including Al servo, burst shooting mode, shutter priority with high shutter speed for moving objects. 

Technical Support / Re: 5Dmk3 grip rubber coming loose
« on: April 07, 2014, 05:28:18 PM »
It depends on whether the grip simply came off the body or whether the grip actually enlarged due to taking in moisture and expanding.  Canon rebels are notorious for grips expanding in humid environment, coming off the body.  When I sent in my T2i to Canon under warranty, Canon actually replaced the grip with a new one because the old grip was now bigger, not fitting in the slot. 

If the grip is not enlarged and will fit into body's slot, simply fix it by using rubber glue, which is same thing Canon service does.  If grip has expanded, then a new grip is needed for a perfect repair; however, depending on the degree, people have trimmed off excess rubber and glued them on when out of warranty. 

Software & Accessories / Re: Cook Picture Styles
« on: April 07, 2014, 04:46:30 PM »
Hmm.  Interesting work.  Exactly how do you "load" the Cook picture styles into camera; is it via firmware update like Magic Lantern (with risk of "bricking" the camera) or some other way? 
If used with DPP, where do you load the Cook picture styles on the computer, in the DPP folder somewhere?


Having purchased and returned the Sony A7R 36 MP high-MP monster, I was hoping for a Sony camera with same sensor but better/faster AF similar to Sony A6000, but this A7S with 12.2 MP threw me for a loop from the left field.  With such huge pixel size, it *should* have unheard-of dynamic range at high ISO, something even D800/A7R cannot manage at high ISO.  With -4.0 EV AF, it should have fabulous AF in low light, and if color fidelity and IQ benefit from large pixels, this camera could be THE walk-around, low-light monster we have never seen before.  Although this camera should appeal to videographers, it could seduce photographers who shoot low-light events. 

Hate to say it, but Sony does seem to be towering over Canikon when it comes to imagination, innovation, and appetizing cameras  :'(

I would uninstall ML first then do the reset. 

Something must have gone wrong with my ML install.  ML website says to uninstall ML from firmware update in menu, but when I try to uninstall ML by going to Wrench menu=> "firmware version"=> then I get the message "Memory card containing firmware is required to update" even though the memory card with ML files is still inside the camera.

I don't get the "instructions" ML website says should show up.  What am I missing?  Should I just go to "Format card" and choose "Format card. remove ML" option?  If I do that, my understanding is the bootflag in camera body is still not deleted.

I formatted the card, set the camera to factory reset ("Clear Camera Settings"), then reinstalled ML, and this fixed my auto image preview problem and the ML uninstall option shows up in "firmware update."  I was also happy to see clearing camera settings did not erase my C1-C3 custom settings or AFMA values.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 06, 2014, 04:13:10 PM »
I'm about to put my 50L on Ebay.... and it has nothing to do with this new 50mm Art.

I took my kids to Flower Field in Carlsbad yesterday. I carried A7r + FE 55mm. With Eye-focus feature in A7r, compose the shot is so easy. At wide open, I couldn't miss a shot. However, the Bokeh is not smooth as my 50L.

Bottom line is, I'm willing to trade that bokeh for light weight ;)

It's a dichotomy, isn't it?  Corner sharpness wins points for a lens in reviews, but for 50 or 85 mm being used for portraits, corner and bokeh sharpness often fights against that magic background separation. 

Try uninstalling back to factory.  Reset defaults and try again.

So, on your ML install, you DO get the automatic image display after you take the photo? 
Where in the menu is the factory reset button? 

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 05, 2014, 04:33:03 PM »
A nice read for those deciding among the 35 mm options out there.  I especially concur with this point:

"But one of the things I do besides reading reviews when I am doing research before purchasing is to look at pictures taken WITH the lens.  I realize that there will always be a very wide disparity in the quality of photos because of the skill level of the photographer.  But after a while you start to get a sense of how the lens performs in a variety of situations.

Lenses are more than the sum of their parts or even review scores, and I find that particularly true with fast prime lenses.  The 35L, for example, produces images with a frequently beautiful “feel” to them that goes beyond technical merit.  The images frequently look “pro” or “magic” (and that’s a good thing!)  I kept waiting for the WOW images from the Sigma…but I rarely saw them.  The Sigma just seems more clinical."

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