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Canon General / Re: Official: Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS
« on: October 14, 2013, 03:29:12 PM »
Yes, Price and IQ.  Let's see 'em!

This Zeiss Flickr accounts shows a selection of images taken with the 55.. I believe this one is by Lloyd Chambers   http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlzeisslenses/10185277475/#

One word:  WOW!

This lens is SO CLOSE to medium format...  Even the D800 isn't enough to fully utilize the lens.  You get the resolution, but not the tonal range.

Again:  WOW!

Yes, I saw these on lightingrumors.com and became very interested.  I have the Odin system and it's GREAT.  Many advantages over other systems including:  price, ease of use, speed and quality.  Love them.

My 580EXII has never failed me.  It's a fantastic flash.  But at used prices, it's only $50 less expensive than a new Mitros +.  The only decent advantage my 580EXII has is better weather sealing.  But it's not a big advantage for me. With a built-in radio and cost, the Mitros + is a no-brainer for me.  Let alone the 2x longer warranty than Canon.

Now if only Phottix would come out with a high-powered bare bulb flash....    ;D


I don't think comparing this to Canon's 70-200mm f2.8 L is a good comparison.  The 70-200mm is an excellent small venue lens.  For up to 300 or so people, it's hard to beat.

With the Sigma, you're just too far at 120mm to get a good shot of someone and not have someone get in the way.  And at 300mm, you're almost 75' from someone to get a good full-body portrait of them.  So I'd regard this lens as a 'performing arts' or sports lens.  Put it on a crop body and it's definitely sports oriented.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Outed?
« on: October 13, 2013, 07:16:26 PM »
The Sigma has the same focal length range & max aperture, and it extends just like Canon's. So what would make one choose it over Canon kit?

If the lens is real, the filter size could be a clue to Sigma trying to beat Canon in kit lens IQ, e.g. less vignetting & barrel distortion at the wide end & wide open.

That the filter size is larger and the lens being heavier is a big clue that Sigma are aiming to beat the Canon lens for IQ in many areas and this should not be too hard.

The only question this brings to mind is if it becomes to heavy, does it become less "ok" to walk around with it?

If it also becomes available in Nikon and Sony mounts then it will become a "must have" lens for the D800 crowd as it would likely trump the current Nikon 24-120/f4 in terms of IQ and a worthwhile addition to the gallery of available lenses for Sony owners.


In theory, the Canon 24-105L is a really good walk-around lens.  But I've never been impressed with it's IQ.  IMO, it's really a $800 retail-priced lens.  Not $1150.  It's only marginally better than the Canon 18-200 EF-S lens...  If the 18-200 was an EF, I'd probably get it instead of the 24-105.  It's that good.

If the Sigma is a good 20% better than Canon's and possibly $200 less expensive, I'd be down for that.   ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: 3.5\
« on: October 12, 2013, 05:48:04 AM »
I wasn't sure about a touch screen until I tried it on the 70D.  It's DEFINITELY useful especially if you are using Live View.  They'll never replace buttons.  It's much faster to change settings with them.  And try changing settings when it's bright out...  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for the Canon 5D Mark IV or get the Mark III?
« on: October 12, 2013, 05:37:32 AM »
Just get the camera NOW if you want it.  It's just silly to wait for something better.  Because something better is always coming.

I think the Mark IV will be announced next year and released early 2015.  Or MAYBE late 2014.  But really, the MK III is so amazing.  It will take years for you to outgrow it.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: October 10, 2013, 01:52:19 AM »
Add me to the list of "No video functions".  I have the 5D Mark II and haven't touched the video portion at all.  If I want to do video, I'll hire someone or get a dedicated video cam....

Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF-S 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 IS Refurb $279
« on: October 09, 2013, 05:30:42 AM »
Excellent deal.  You can't even get a used version on Craigslist.org for less than $300.

"The Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon is without a doubt the finest lens ever produced for a 35mm SLR or DSLR (or rangefinder). It sets a new benchmark."

'Nuff said.

I really don't think Canon has been waiting for Zeiss to release the 55 so we
Have something to use with a high mp camera. And I don't think Zeiss knows what canon are releasing before it's released, they assume. That being said it's highly likely a few more high mp cameras will come. Not that I in any way think this lens is at all wasted on a 5d2 or 1dx.

No.  You have it backwards.  Zeiss has been waiting for Canon.  And manufacturers work very closely together.  Zeiss works with Sony and Fuji after all.  Sandisk has been working closely with Canon with the new CFast 2.0 CF card standard.  I wouldn't be a bit surprised if the big MP Canon used this new card standard.  450MB/s: PERFECT for a fast, big MP camera.

Expect the Zeis to be manual focus and to deliver outstanding image quality. If you think the Zeis lenses are too highly priced then they're simply not for you.

Pre-release review:

Yup. This is a no-compromises lens...  The video says it all. You're basically getting medium format quality on 35mm sensor. And for $4000, that's actually a reasonable price for that caliber of lens.

But what does this REALLY mean? I bet Canon is going to announce their big megapixel camera very soon and possibly show it at Photoplus in New York. Timing seems about right. The only 35mm camera that would benefit from this lens is the D800 and Zeiss would not have poured all this money just for one camera.

Can't wait!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2 5d3's or 1d x
« on: October 05, 2013, 03:00:27 AM »
I have to say...  This is one of the smartest discussions I've read on equipment in a while.  God bless....   :D

The 1DX is a damn fine camera.  But for you purposes, it's just not necessary.  It's like having a Ferrari as a daily driver.  Sure it's great.  But wouldn't a small SUV be 10x better except for the bing-quality?

And for a second body...  Unless you're shooting lots of paid gigs.  It's just not necessary.  And when you do a paid gig, it's a hell of a lot cheaper to rent for a few days than have an expensive 2nd body sitting around for a year or two.  Even for $1500, you can rent a camera for THREE months at least.  So figure that...  If your rental fees are approaching the cost of owning, then buying is probably a better deal.  That's what I do with lenses...

And if you must buy something, then maybe a lens?  At least you won't lose money on a quality lens over the short term.

Software & Accessories / Re: Is Facebook worth it?
« on: September 30, 2013, 02:22:24 AM »
I've thought about this question quite a lot for my own business.  It came down to this for me:

* Demographics

Who uses Facebook and are those who use it the people you want to show your work to?  I think it's a HUGE benefit if you're a wedding photographer.  Not so much if you are a commercial photographer. 

There are 300,000 people who like Annie Leibovitz's Facebook page.  As big a commercial photographer you can get...  She hasn't updated it since 2010!!!  I also Like some fashion photographers who shoot for Vogue and Marie Claire..  Heck, some don't even have FB pages... 

Jasmine Star, a top wedding photographer, has 85,000 Likes on her Facebook page.  She updates it several times a day.

When you figure out your demographic, the answer becomes clear.

EOS Bodies / Re: Bad News Closing out 2013? [CR2]
« on: September 20, 2013, 08:00:12 PM »
Yup.  No surprise.  2012 was a big year for Canon.  I think 2014 is going to be HUGE for them:

  • First:  7D MKII
  • Second:  Big MP
  • Third:  5D MK IV

Dunno about the 'M' line as professionally, I could care less....  But HIGHLY interested personally!

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