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Lenses / Re: Another strike against UV filters
« on: December 18, 2013, 02:16:43 PM »
I crashed my car and my seatbelt left a bruise.  Another strike against seatbelts!

Lenses / Re: DXOMark: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Reviewed
« on: December 18, 2013, 02:14:08 PM »
An f/4 zoom lens is not one you'd expect to have optimal light transmission anyway.
Isn't the point of lens design to have optimal light transmission?  And if the f-stop is four and the t-stop half a stop worse, doesn't that say something about Canon's glass elements and coatings?  The Canon 24-105 is a good lens but it should not have been branded with the red ring.

Lenses / Re: DXOMark: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Reviewed
« on: December 18, 2013, 11:34:23 AM »
The t-stop of 5.1 for the Canon 24-105 is a bit of a shocker to me.  tsk tsk Canon!

So basically the Sigma is about the same price and about the same sharpness, but half a stop brighter.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 135mm f/2 DG OS Art Coming? [CR1]
« on: December 17, 2013, 12:00:59 PM »
Big DSLR announcement, hmmmm. Could they make a camera with an EF mount? Just think, all the sigma lenses sold to canon users would now work on it along with the canon lenses too, it would be a Trojan horse coup d'e'tat
Yeah I never understood why Sigma has their own lens mount.  Who's going to invest in an arsenal of Sigma-mount lenses?  Not me, even if they put out a decent body at a decent price.  Much better to have bodies with Canon and Nikon mounts.  That way a Sigma camera can mount more lenses ( = more camera sales) and Sigma can simplify its lens lineup by having fewer lens mounts ( = more profit).


Remember, 10 years ago we thought that in 2013 we'd be driving hydrogen-powered cars, our houses would be lit by power obtained through cold nuclear fusion, and cancer would be cured. 

And we thought APSC was just going to be a stop-gap format.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: December 15, 2013, 05:17:02 AM »
I really don't see a need to question Dustin Abbott's integrity on lens testing.  I would argue that large magazines and websites that make their money through advertising by big camera companies, or click-throughs  to stores  have more to gain by biased reviews. 

I think *all* reviews should be questioned, not so much because of intentional bias, but because of testing variations, and as mentioned by previous posters, variation between copies, esp. w/big glasss.  when the lens is out, we should have 5 or more reviews to look at, and unless there's some conspiracy, we should get a consensus on qualities based on bench tests.

My only concern is how will this lens work for me.  That's not just theoretical, it's practical.  For example,   I do not use a tripod, I shoot either handheld or with a monopod.  So even if I had a sharpest lens ever made, I would introduce some shake which would affect results.  I value a fast and effective stabilization system and that's my biggest hope for this lens.  I'm sure it will have to be stopped down at least one full stop for optimum optical sharpness, and that it will *not* be sharpest at 600mm.   So, the question is...how will this work for me at 400-500mm compared to a more expensive 100-400 L? or the Bigma???  I think we'll all find out soon and that will end the some of the speculation.

I agree with that too.  I'm watching this lens closely, and it may very well be the lens for me.  If I need to stop down a little for optimal sharpness then so be it.  Also I don't expect miracles along the edges because I don't place my subjects there.  If this thing does a competent 500/8 and and if the stabilization is solid then I'm sold.

FWIW I like the bokeh on that bison shot.

EOS Bodies / Re: Thinking Out Loud: EOS 7D Mark II Thoughts
« on: December 15, 2013, 04:58:14 AM »
I too think there will be a 7D2 with some break-through feature, probably something to do with video.  It'll cost at least $1500.  Early adopters will flock to buy it. 

Three months after, there will be an 80D which will incorporate the same feature.  It'll cost significantly less.  Some features will be missing from the 80D that the 7D2 has (e.g. AF micro-adjust).

Three months after that the same video feature will hit the Rebel line.

Proven recipe.  Why wouldn't they go for it again.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III & Third Party Batteries
« on: December 12, 2013, 04:53:37 PM »
I wonder what's next.  Maybe with the next firmware, when you mount a Sigma/Zeiss/Tokina or other third brand lens, it'll say "irregular lens" and you'll have to push a bunch of buttons to get the camera operational.

Very annoying.

Lenses / Re: Ken Rockwell reviews canon 50mm f/1.0
« on: November 22, 2013, 11:42:19 AM »
"the" other $4000 50mm lens makes it sound like it's the only one on the block.  Leica noctilux 50/1 sells for roughly the same amount of money, used.    The new Leica noctilux 50/0.95 costs substantially more.

"did you buy that print at IKEA"

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Outed?
« on: October 13, 2013, 10:22:48 AM »
What's that sound I hear?  It's the sound of Canon 24-70/4 IS sales imploding

Nailed both aperture and ISO on my first guess... f/4 and 12,800.

Of course, there's just my word for that fact, but I felt pretty good so I posted this worthless post anyway. Fun challenge!
Those settings sound about right to me.

To the OP: be careful with the 50/1.2  Narrow DOF can be nice for video with actors who move carefully with pre-planned motion.  But in the chaos of a pub crawl, you can end up with nothing but blur, giving your viewers a headache.  I'd be on the safe side - stop down.

Technical Support / Re: Need Help = " How to shoot this kind of Photo"
« on: August 27, 2013, 03:51:47 PM »
Try a fast lens - something like 85/1.8
Manual exposure, set to wide open and high shutter speed.
Set camera to high-speed continuous shooting
Manual focus, prefocus on model.
Count down three, two, one, go.  Squeeze shutter and hold.

Repeat half a dozen times.  Pick the best shot and delete the rest.

Lenses / Re: Help with a potriat lens
« on: August 17, 2013, 04:33:34 AM »
Get the 70-200/4 IS.

The primes are great for posed portraiture, but if you want to shoot pics of family members on the go then the zoom is the best choice.

EOS Bodies / Re: The last Canon crop sensor - ever
« on: August 10, 2013, 05:00:47 AM »
Here we go again.

Ever since the APSC-sized sensors came out, people have been wondering if it's just a stop gap, something that's gonna go away in a short while.  Well guess what, it hasn't.

APSC is popular.  Manufacturers keep making more and keep selling more of them.  That's because people like the format.  APSC is the new 35 mm.

I'm not sure that its correct to say that APS-C is reason these cameras are popular.  It's the price point that is popular.  So long as the mainstream public will accept spending $x on a camera that produces acceptable exposures, then the camera manufacturers will do all they can to exploit that market - which is what they should be doing.  There is always a market for the best.  It is usually a smaller, more expensive market and it's what typically separates the Pro's from the Enthusiasts.  I don't think that APS-C is going away so long as the mainstream public accepts the price point.

Now, what I do think would be a problem is if we come to a point where APS-C quality can match that of full frame.  Not a good strategy for the camera companies.  You would level the playing field between the pro's and enthusiasts (not artistically of course), and you could not charge beyond what the mainstream public is willing to offer.  Why would a pro buy a more expensive camera if the quality was the same, and why would the mainstream public pay more than they already do.

What a lot of people want - myself included - is a camera that produces great colors, and sharp enlargements to 12"x18".  Digital APSC cameras do just that. 

Little point-n-shoots produce flat colors and blow out highlights, and digital 35 mm is beyond the point of diminishing returns for most folks. 

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