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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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Lenses / Re: Quality lens system for lightweight travel
« on: June 27, 2014, 10:05:45 AM »
Someone will give me crap for saying this AGAIN and AGAIN. The Sony a7 series fits best in this situation, much smaller and lighter.

Once again Mr. Sony/Zeiss, where is FE UWA for landscape?

I think that Sony A7 series can't work properly with short flanged classic design UWA optics, like there is a difference (worse in the corners) with the adapted Leica M UWA lenses vs. using them on a native Leica M body. IMHO, the best way for landscapes is to use Zeiss ZE lens via EF-NEX/FE adapter. I wouldn't expect Zeiss FE UWA equivalent lens (if they make one) to be any smaller, cheaper or better, except adding the AF.

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Lenses / Re: Quality lens system for lightweight travel
« on: June 27, 2014, 08:44:08 AM »
I would wait for Photokina and then decide ;). If canon brings something smaller, maybe a higher grade mirrorless camera (?FF), then you could keep some of your favorite L lenses. Otherwise, Sony a7r should work well with your TS-E 24L (via adapter of course).
If you are looking for a mirrorless system which is just as good as your 1Ds3+L, then forget it. You need magic to create something like that :D.
The weird thing is that you didn't bother to compare your M with the big guy. Last year there was a thread about the EOS M and the OP was bragging about it being as good or even better than his 5D3. Unfortunately, he couldn't take any criticism, so he got my post deleted and I got cr warning for "insulting him" (omg  ???, how silly is that). So, I don't know, maybe for some people there is no difference ... you should check.

P.S.: 6D is pretty small

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EOS Bodies / Re: Comes the next Canon's with a New X-Trans Sensor?
« on: June 26, 2014, 08:56:35 AM »
But DxO have never tested an x-trans sensor.  I'm nervous...what if they give them a worse rating than the current Canon ones?
My X100S shots are usable to ISO 6400 and I can pull a lot more detail out of the dark areas in comparison to my 60D (or 5DIII) shots.  To me, it doesn't matter was DxO says because I see the results with my own eyes.

I'm not sure about the X100S, but X-T1 sensor is no good for details and color (in sufficiently lighted areas). Their RAW images are somewhat precooked (?NR), so it is hard to judge something that's compromised by the in-camera software.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Sensor Tech in EOS 7D Mark II [CR2]
« on: June 19, 2014, 10:41:07 AM »
Does "NEW" means it was never used before? ... or more like the usual "new" from the last couple of years?

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Canon General / Re: Let's confess our disgusting perversions
« on: May 26, 2014, 03:02:22 PM »
I like to shoot old Nikon AIS glass on my Canon bodies.  Does it get more perverted than that?

Yes, try using Pentax strap and Sony camera bag :).

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