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Rebel T5 doesn't count? Why?

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Canon General / Re: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Update [CR2]
« on: July 14, 2014, 07:01:53 PM »
Having the SX40 I skipped the SX50 to see about the SX60.  I will be very interested if it has a larger sensor like the Sony RX10 and the Panasonic FX1000.  I may hold off on getting the FX1000 until the SX60 issues.

I think the one with larger sensor would be called SX2 or SX1 Mark II :). You can't have crazy zoom range and bigger sensor in one body.

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Lenses / Re: UV filter on the new 16-35 f/4?
« on: July 13, 2014, 08:23:43 PM »
"Filters or no filters" is not the question. The question is - "Filters 24/7, or filters only when the extra protection is needed" (like wet, dusty environments, with dirt, sand and other stuff flying around). In most ordinary everyday situations, a lens hood can protect the front element from damage perfectly well.

Once again, this is totally subjective.
First, If I feel the UV filter has no effect on MY pictures (I have more of an effect, and I can't remove myself from the equation unfortunately), why would I bother putting it on and off?
Second, in the environment you describe I would cover my whole lens in plastic because sand getting between the rings is a bigger issue. In real world situation, I see a lot of dust in the air, or the occasional spray if I am shooting close to the water or in the rain. The UV filter is just easier to clean off.

In my case, it is filters 24/7 except when I am using the Lee system. I don't obsess over whether I need a filter or not, it is just convenient to have it on all the time rather than consciously putting it on and off.
I have seen many, many professionals who just put a filter on their lenses and no lens cap when they put them in their shooting bag for quick access.

To cite your own example: barrier contraceptives are useful for more than preventing diseases.
It is unwise to assume what works for one works for every one.

Well, you do shoot in environments where the extra protection is needed. Some people actually live in such environments (good reason for getting a waterproof case or gear insurance, which may be much more reasonable investment than filters). However, many people, don't. So my statement stands.
I agree about the cleaning, because we just don't care that much about filters and what we clean them with. I remember using my Sigma 150Macro for two weeks every day and I didn't bother putting the lens cap on. No filters were attached, I just kept the hood on and the front element stayed pretty clean all the time. Actually, I don't remember it getting dirty (so it would require to clean it immediately) at all. That hood is a deep one, so this trick may not work that well for UWA. Outdoors, I only used a microcloth to clean off some fingerprints from my hoodless primes (ohh greedy canon >:() after someone grabs the camera to see pictures and they come off easily (if the cloth is clean of course). You just need to wash the cloth from time to time.
There are professionals who not only use filters instead of caps, they generally don't care much about keeping those filter clean + they never use hoods and shoot JPG :). Like you said, it just works for them. For me, I'd get an extra lens rather than putting a filter on each one of them. Everything is subjective. UV filter has no effect on pictures until it does :) and it is OK if you can ignore those rare occasions. I mean it may noticeably affect pictures in some specific circumstances, not all the time (and not in filter promoting lab test results :) ). It happens, please stop denying that.

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Lenses / Re: UV filter on the new 16-35 f/4?
« on: July 13, 2014, 04:53:41 PM »
"Filters or no filters" is not the question. The question is - "Filters 24/7, or filters only when the extra protection is needed" (like wet, dusty environments, with dirt, sand and other stuff flying around). In most ordinary everyday situations, a lens hood can protect the front element from damage perfectly well.

@neutronomist. Talking about sex :). Does the fear of STD's make you wear a condom 24/7? (or did? before marriage)
No offense, just kidding :).

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A Summary of Sigma Lens Rumors
« on: July 12, 2014, 07:45:22 PM »
Well, I didn't find any decent samples from Ʃ20mm f/1.8 when I was looking for something really wide and the reviews weren't very promising either. So I just skipped it and grabbed a Samyang 14/2.8UMC. However, I was considering the 12-24mm DG HSM zoom too, but Sigma's QC was awful back then. Crazy copy variation lottery wasn't very tempting, rather scary. Maybe Art version of 12-24mm is more realistic and reasonable expectation. The new(ish) Sigma 8-16mm DC HSM is very good.
And yeah, that macro feature is a very nice and unique selling point. I hope Sigma will include it in their next 24mm.

That feature alone make the 20mm Sigma a lens worth having IMHO. I consider it one of my specialty/fun lenses that may not win any technical awards but it sure is a great creative tool if used wisely.

I've attached two samples shot with this lens that show its capabilities.  Both shot with a 5D MkII.

Nice shots. But when I look closely I see f/8, the uniqueness is lost :) and the 20mm doesn't have that feature, or does it? I think it is 1:4+ at MFD, similar to many other wide angle lenses like 17-40L.

The MFD is shorter; 0.2m.

Attached: f/2.5, f/1.8. Hand held.

It is a lens I use rarely, so it's fine by my standards.

Nice sky in the second one. Now I can't stop thinking about this lens :). Could be GAS infection.

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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: July 12, 2014, 07:33:07 PM »
Just bokeh, no subject :)


IMG_0928 by ecka84, on Flickr

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A Summary of Sigma Lens Rumors
« on: July 11, 2014, 07:43:57 AM »
Well, I didn't find any decent samples from Ʃ20mm f/1.8 when I was looking for something really wide and the reviews weren't very promising either. So I just skipped it and grabbed a Samyang 14/2.8UMC. However, I was considering the 12-24mm DG HSM zoom too, but Sigma's QC was awful back then. Crazy copy variation lottery wasn't very tempting, rather scary. Maybe Art version of 12-24mm is more realistic and reasonable expectation. The new(ish) Sigma 8-16mm DC HSM is very good.
And yeah, that macro feature is a very nice and unique selling point. I hope Sigma will include it in their next 24mm.


That feature alone make the 20mm Sigma a lens worth having IMHO. I consider it one of my specialty/fun lenses that may not win any technical awards but it sure is a great creative tool if used wisely.

I've attached two samples shot with this lens that show its capabilities.  Both shot with a 5D MkII.

Nice shots. But when I look closely I see f/8, the uniqueness is lost :) and the 20mm doesn't have that feature, or does it? I think it is 1:4+ at MFD, similar to many other wide angle lenses like 17-40L.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A Summary of Sigma Lens Rumors
« on: July 10, 2014, 06:56:10 PM »
My missing Art lens list is:
Sigma 12mm f/2.8 DG ART
Sigma 20mm f/1.8 DG ART
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG MACRO (1:3-ish) ART
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG ART
Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG OS ART
Sigma 100-300 f/4 DG OS ART

Missing in this list is the 28mm, or is 28mm a dead prime focal length?

As a prime shooter, I don't really miss anything in-between 24mm and 35mm FLs :). Sigma has the old 28/1.8 DG Macro in their line up, which isn't that great on FF (actually, none of the 3 are). If I remember correctly, they released all three (20/1.8, 24/1.8 and 28/1.8 ) at the same time some 15 years ago. So, if they decide to remake all three lenses for their Art lineup, then 28mm would get the least of my attention, unless it would be superior optically by a reasonable amount. For me, something like a single 21/1.8 DG Art would be perfect :).

Actually the 20mm is a rear focus design and it doesn't change length when focusing. That makes it a bit of a different beast from its 24 and 28 mm siblings that have a front focusing design. I'm really satisfied with my copy by the way - it's a solid piece of glass that interestingly can generate quite nice bokeh when you use its near focusing ability.

Well, I didn't find any decent samples from Ʃ20mm f/1.8 when I was looking for something really wide and the reviews weren't very promising either. So I just skipped it and grabbed a Samyang 14/2.8UMC. However, I was considering the 12-24mm DG HSM zoom too, but Sigma's QC was awful back then. Crazy copy variation lottery wasn't very tempting, rather scary. Maybe Art version of 12-24mm is more realistic and reasonable expectation. The new(ish) Sigma 8-16mm DC HSM is very good.
And yeah, that macro feature is a very nice and unique selling point. I hope Sigma will include it in their next 24mm.

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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: July 10, 2014, 02:44:23 PM »


IMG_1941 by ecka84, on Flickr


I really like this shot.  8) Well done ecka.

great shots!!   love the spider...unique shot!

Thank you. I think it is one of my best spider shots. I'm glad you like it.

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Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 10, 2014, 02:32:08 PM »
1+1 ~ 6D + Sigma 35Art
1+2 ~ 6D + Sigma 35Art + Sigma 150/2.8Macro
1+3 ~ 6D + Sigma 35Art + Sigma 150/2.8Macro + Samyang 14/2.8UMC
1+3+1 ~ 6D + Sigma 35Art + Sigma 150/2.8Macro + Samyang 14/2.8UMC + 430EX'II
1+4+1 ~ 6D + Sigma 35Art + Sigma 150/2.8Macro + Samyang 14/2.8UMC + 85L'II + 430EX'II
2+4+1 ~ 6D + Sigma 35Art + Sigma 150/2.8Macro + Samyang 14/2.8UMC + 85L'II + A7S + EF-FE adapter
but I don't really have a need for 2 bodies, :) so ...
1+5+1 ~ 6D + Sigma 35Art + Sigma 150/2.8Macro + Samyang 14/2.8UMC + 85L'II + Tamron 150-600 + 430EX'II



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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: July 10, 2014, 01:44:49 PM »

IMG_4169 by ecka84, on Flickr


IMG_1941 by ecka84, on Flickr


IMG_1606 by ecka84, on Flickr

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A Summary of Sigma Lens Rumors
« on: July 09, 2014, 03:50:55 PM »
My missing Art lens list is:
Sigma 12mm f/2.8 DG ART
Sigma 20mm f/1.8 DG ART
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG MACRO (1:3-ish) ART
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG ART
Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG OS ART
Sigma 100-300 f/4 DG OS ART

Missing in this list is the 28mm, or is 28mm a dead prime focal length?

As a prime shooter, I don't really miss anything in-between 24mm and 35mm FLs :). Sigma has the old 28/1.8 DG Macro in their line up, which isn't that great on FF (actually, none of the 3 are). If I remember correctly, they released all three (20/1.8, 24/1.8 and 28/1.8 ) at the same time some 15 years ago. So, if they decide to remake all three lenses for their Art lineup, then 28mm would get the least of my attention, unless it would be superior optically by a reasonable amount. For me, something like a single 21/1.8 DG Art would be perfect :).

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A Summary of Sigma Lens Rumors
« on: July 08, 2014, 05:18:16 PM »
My missing Art lens list is:
Sigma 12mm f/2.8 DG ART
Sigma 20mm f/1.8 DG ART
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG MACRO (1:3-ish) ART
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG ART
Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG OS ART
Sigma 100-300 f/4 DG OS ART

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: July 05, 2014, 10:14:11 AM »

Sep 25 IMG_3249-IMG_3253 by ecka84, on Flickr


Yellow Storm by ecka84, on Flickr

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: G1x vs. G16 vs. ??
« on: July 04, 2014, 02:01:00 PM »
Best of the pocketable bunch is the Sony RX100 (any of the versions).  Same physical size as the Canon S95-S120, much better IQ.  Or consider the EOS M + 22/2 pancake, which can also double as a backup to your dSLR (with EF adapter).

+1

However, I would never carry something like that in my pockets. I prefer using a small cam case and for that (mostly for EOS users) EOS M makes a lot of sense + you can add the EF-S 55-250STM and still get a cheaper package than G1X or RX100. Actually, in my 7D days, I did carry EF-S 55-250mm IS (the first version) in my jacket pocket and it wasn't too bad. For now, 6D+40STM is my (almost pocketable) point-and-shoot with amazing IQ and crop-zooming capabilities :).

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