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I've heard $800 will be the price.

You really can't compare this lens to the Zeiss. The Sigma will be good for 90% - 95% of those who need/want a 50mm for their DSLR. The Zeiss is for those pros that needs the best DSLR AND video lens. Videographers are drooling over the Zeiss. They won't be for the Sigma.

I tried the Sigma 24-70mm and was very impressed. If the 50mm is equal or better than their 24-70mm, they certainly got a winner.

Photography Technique / Re: What could I do better?
« on: March 17, 2014, 06:09:40 AM »
You know when you ask 100 photographers for an opinion, you'll get 100 different ones. Right?  ;)

I thought the first one was fine. I like the bars because it personalizes the image more because you KNOW it's in your backyard rather than some arbitrary image you took somewhere else. I think it's also more 'candid' looking too with the bars. But it depends on what you are going for. A personalized image or an image of deer.

Yes, focus looks to be on the bushes rather than the animals. Lightroom can help you fix that a bit. I've only used LR4 and above so can't tell you about LR3. I saw a special for snagging LR5 for about $70. Totally worth it. But to get it right the first time? AF isn't always going to nail it. You'll have to figure out which AF point selection will work for you. And that will change depending on what you're photographing.

I like the coloring you did in the second picture. Very tasteful. Often people go overboard with that.

The general rule is that to minimize blur for hand-holding a camera, your shutter speed needs to be 2x focal length. So if you are using a 100mm lens, you should be shooting at 1/200 sec at least for digital. In the film days, it used to be focal length = shutter speed. Even shooting at 300mm, 1/1000 should be plenty.

There are definitely wild life photographers that use tripods. Maybe not on the back of a jeep. But if they are watching animals from a distance: definitely. You see it all the time from those types of photographers. They'll be camouflaged out in the bush for hours waiting for that particular animal to come walking by or come out of their shelter. You bet your ass they'll have their camera on a tripod.

All the professional photographers of any age I admire have several assistants setting things up for them. In fashion that is. Definitely. I definitely see them as useful and necessary for bigger projects. And in the upper echelons of fashion photography, you're doing lots more project management and direction. There are so many things going on.

However I never see sports photographers with assistants. I can't see where/how they would? Carrying their gear to the playing field?

EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 14, 2014, 07:55:03 PM »
I heard that they will be selling most of their assets to BHPhotoVideo and Adorama. Don't get your hopes up to high about getting a deal....

One word: Impressed.

From this initial testing, this can be a real competitor to the Zeiss Otus. If I had to replace my Zeiss 50mm with something else, I would consider the Zeiss 50mm f2, then the Sigma or Zeiss Otus. But if the Sigma is that good???

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 & Sigma 24-105 f/4 OS in Stock
« on: February 27, 2014, 11:25:31 PM »
That 24-105 looks awfully tasty...   :P

EOS Bodies / Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: February 27, 2014, 11:20:58 PM »
You totally nailed it. A $1000 mod to give you another stop or two of dynamic range and more sharpness? And you'd probably get another FPS or two to boot. Really, that's a bargain. You're talking medium format now and entry point to that starts at $15k. So $4k for something that's really close or maybe even better and certainly faster?

You KNOW the big MP camera Canon is coming out with is going to cost around $7k - $8k at least. Me? I'd be happy with a Canon 5D MKIII with MF dynamic range. Or do that with the 1DX would be pretty much the perfect camera for me at that point. Just build in WiFi.  Really...   ;)

More Dynamic Range IS at the top of my list.

So you bet I'm interested.

I'll be thrilled to buy a new 5Dm3 to get another stop.

If its 2 stops or more – I’ll be ecstatic !

The dismaying part is this means the 5Dm3 sensor already snags a significantly wider Dynamic Range but for some political/marketing/strategy reason Canon decided not to let us use it.

Reminds of how Intervalometer function could be added in a manner of hours (of development time) if Canon wanted to. Its just that Canon wants to sell you a separate device.

Now if they would only get rid of the pattern noise in shadows – I’d be a very content fellow.

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 27, 2014, 12:36:11 PM »
The new Sigma 24-105 is supposed to be the new 'standard'. After playing with the Sigma 24-70, i eagerly look forward to playing with that too. Big and heavy though. But much easier than multiple lenses. Take the Sigma 24-70 if the 24-105 is not available.

I was never impressed with the Canon 24-105L. It's too soft and washed out. I take either Sigma over the Canon in a heartbeat.

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 25, 2014, 08:36:17 PM »
The best review of the Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.4! And he really nails what you can do and watch out for when using a 50mm. This guy knows what he's talking about.

I've been drooling over this lens since it's development announcement from Zeiss and have talked about it on my own blog about a year ago. When you watch the Zeiss video of the prototype, it just blows your mind how good this lens is. Sharpness. Color resolution. AMAZING. Little surprised with the amount of vignetting. But nothing even the simplest photo editing software can't fix with ease.

I use my Zeiss 50mm f1.4 for about 95% of my work and have used it for about 2 years. The sharpness, bokeh and contrasty nature of the lens is something I really love about Zeiss lenses. You either love it or hate it. At f4, it's sharpness is fantastic. Construction is second to none.

While I think the Zeiss Otus 55mm lens will improve any image on any modern DSLR, I don't think you'll fully utilize it's potential until you use it with a high MP camera like the D800. I've seen pics with the Otus and D800 and it's getting VERY close to MF quality. I'd like to see a comparison between the D800/Otus and MF camera system. That would be very interesting.

I've said on this forum on multiple occasions that to move up the image quality ladder, MF would be the next step. The DR on such cameras can't be touched by DSLRs. Though a friend tells me that he prefers his Nikon D800 much more than his PhaseOne IQ180. And there is a $30,000 difference between the two. So that's saying lots. I'm hoping that when Canon gets around to releasing a big MP camera and with the Otus lens, it will get me extremely close if not as good as MF quality. And it could do that for significantly less money :-) Even if costs were not an issue, MF cameras have issues. Mostly, they are slow. The D800 looks like a race horse next to them.

I heard that the next Otus lens Zeiss will be releasing will be the 85mm version. And for pro work, this is what I'd probably get if I had a camera that could fully utilize it. It really is the standard in the fashion/portrait biz.

I think we've been living in a golden age of photography for the last two years and this will continue for another 3 or 4 before things settle down again. It's an exciting time to be a photographer!

Canon General / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the D4S
« on: February 25, 2014, 12:26:59 PM »
It was a major let-down from the rumored specs. They upgraded the image processor for an extra ISO stop. Sounds like a firmware upgrade could've done that....

1DX is still King.... And won't be replaced until 2015 at the earliest....

PowerShot / Re: Canon to Leave the Entry Level Point & Shoot Market?
« on: February 24, 2014, 05:25:27 PM »
That makes good sense. Good move.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Help: Amateur upgrade from a t2i to....
« on: February 23, 2014, 11:44:26 PM »
I think the best utilitarian camera out there other than the 1DX is the Canon 5D MKIII. IMO, in real world practice, it only lacks the FPS of the 1DX. Having a dedicated processor is nice on the AE on the 1DX. But unless you are thinking of going full time pro, I don't the think the 1DX is really necessary. The 1DX is really good long-term investment though.

Except for the Sigma 50, I say sell your other lenses and get a good 24-70mm f2.8 and 70-200mm f2.8. With a great set of these, you can do just about any kind of photography with them. Unless you are positive you want to go prime lens. But you already have the Sigma 50 and that can be used for lots of things.

I just rented the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM and thought it was spectacular. It's almost as sharp as my Zeiss 50mm f1.4 and the bokeh might be better. You can go used/new for $800/$900. The only problem I have with it is that it's not weather sealed. But the Canon 24-70L is 2.5x more. Unless you can get the older version which is supposed to be almost as good. And less than half the price used. If you can find one for sale   ;) Those puppies are gold.

I'm sure you know how awesome the Canon 70-200's are.  :o People use those for sports, portraits, weddings. Lots. The MKII version is so bad-ass and an excellent long-term investment. If you can get one on sale, it's not hugely more expensive than the MKI version.

So at sale prices and money from the sale of those two lenses, that should give you a few hundred dollars left. Maybe buy a Phottix Mitros+ flash gun? Hopefully you have a sufficient camera bag. Maybe 'borrow' one of your school lenses for a backup  ;D

After testing the new Sigma 24-70mm, I'm really excited about what Sigma is doing. Okay, the Canon 24-70L might be sharper. But worth 3x the price. I doubt it.

I love the high contrast, sharpness and bokeh of my Zeiss 50mm. But up until the Otus, it was also one of the most expensive. I'm happy that there some very worthy comparable brands and competitive pricing.

Lighting / PocketWizard Layoffs
« on: February 18, 2014, 07:16:14 PM »
PocketWizard is restructuring.  More news...

Lenses / Re: 50mm upgrade or 85mm coverage?
« on: February 16, 2014, 07:22:57 PM »
The new Sigma 50mm is supposed to be rockin'. And it's about $300 less than the Canon 50mm f1.2.

But I don't think I've seen you or anyone ask 'What do you shoot?' or "Which lens do you use most often?"

I LOVE my Zeiss 50mm and it's the pick up truck of lenses. Very utilitarian focal length. As long as you don't get too close for portraits, those types of shots are very pleasing.

But 85mm is the defacto portrait lens. But it's not so great for street and landscape photography.

I say, if you use one of your lenses much more than the others, upgrade that to the best you can. But if you currently use all your lenses about the same amount of time, then maybe the 85mm would be the next lens.

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