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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A Summary of Sigma Lens Rumors
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:58:11 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.

You know you want one - just do it!
The only question is which one. To me there are only two choices, either the 800mm or 600mm, I suppose you could include the 500mm for mobility.
Many people go on about lenses being too long - this is the opposite of my experience, in fact on only 2 occasions has my 800mm proved too long normally it's too short!

I most definitely would go for the 300 f/2.8 IS II because it's not too heavy of a monster and you have the option of extending its range using tele converters. Such a lens would have to get a lot of use from me, and I usually don't have a need for 400mm plus.

Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:39:44 AM »
If I really HAD to get rid of almost everything then I would keep my 1DX and 800 F5.6 L, if I was allowed I would also keep my 24-105 (which I use occasionally) - the 1DX is virtually glued to the 800!

Dam...bird shooter  ;D

That's great, when you're so specialized, you can concentrate all your money there making that big white a lot more affordable than if you want to maintain a whole range of other lenses.

Canon General / Re: Seeing Rebels....
« on: July 10, 2014, 04:03:06 PM »
I think Australia is rapidly become mirrorless central.  In particular, I'm noticing a lot more Sony Nex and Olympus cameras.

Europe is the same. For some reason the US is not in on the mirrorless revolution (yet). But maybe they prefer 'big' over 'small' (fits the stereotype too)  :P ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII CF vs SD slot performance?
« on: July 10, 2014, 03:57:25 PM »
I have a set of Sandisk SD Ultra 16GB Class 10 that I use for extra capacity when on holiday. During regular shooting I notice no performance impact (but I shoot low speed burst only). When reading out the data or reviewing photo's on the camera, the SD's are noticeably slower than for instance my Sandisk 16Gb Ultra CF card.
I won't hesitate to use the SD slot for this purpose again, but normally I prefer the CF slot. Also because the CF cards are larger and more difficult to physically loose.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A Summary of Sigma Lens Rumors
« on: July 10, 2014, 03:51:27 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.

Yawn... this is turning in a Nikon vs Canon thread.

You know what? When two photographers are fighting over Nikon/Canon, the third runs away with the Sony.

Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 10, 2014, 03:38:53 PM »
Ok I would keep:

5D3, 5D2, NEX-6 | SY14mm f/2.8, Ʃ20mm f/1.8, 24mm f/2.8, 35mm f/2, Ʃ35mm f/1.4A, 50mm f/1.8 I, Ʃ50mm f/1.4 EX, 100mm f/2.8L Macro, 17-40L, 24-105L, 70-200 f/2.8L IS II, 1.4x II, 70-300L, 100-400L | E-mount: SY12mm f/2, Ʃ19mm & 30mm f/2.8 EX DN, 16-50 & 55-210 OSS | FT-QL, AE-1P, FD(n) & FL primes

...and sell one Canon FT-QL and its 50mm f/1.8 FL lens (actually this is for sale but I've no takers so far).

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24mm f/2.8
« on: July 10, 2014, 03:26:08 PM »
I just bought one of these in mint condition and including the original hood for 160 euro's. According the date code it was manufactured 03/2005 so it's not a very old copy. The lens is actually more substantial than I suspected from its 35 and 50mm siblings. It has an FD style twist and lock hood that uses little elastomeric inserts in the hood to keep it from twisting off; this is not the best system but the petal shaped hood is very nice otherwise and has a flocked liner.

Reasons I bought it are:
1. To satisfy my GAS in an affordable way  :P
2. I really want a 24mm prime to play around with, partly out of curiosity and because it fills a gap in my wide-to normal prime line-up that I have been thinking of closing for a long, long time.
3. Because I don't see myself using such a lens very often I don't want to spend too much on a 24mm.
4. I am totally satisfied with my 50mm f/1.8 Mk I and this one is in the same 'old' build that I somehow really like (I also own the 35 mm f/2). Those early EF primes really are small!
5. I've read good reviews of this lens on a full frame body.
6. It's light and compact!

What uses would you recommend for a 24 mm prime on full-frame? Immediate uses I see are travel (easy extra lens to take along), and street photography in crowded or tight streets. 

Anyway let's see some photo's! (I'll try to post some myself when the lens gets some use).

Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 10, 2014, 12:36:41 PM »
I like my GAS - it pushes creativity too; especially when it comes to old MF lenses that I adapt to my NEX body. In fact that part of my GAS is quite easy to afford.... and thankfully it keeps me from buying more L lenses.

Stop you - hell go full speed ahead.  They are great lenses.
Nice one and I think if you shoot with Canon long enough, the great white fever eventually gets you :)

I have three small whites, does that count too? ;)

What do you mean by "longer focal length" on a 30 mm prime?

Given the context I'm sure he means that a misfocus became more and more likely as the distance to the subject increased.

That's what I meant, yes.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A Summary of Sigma Lens Rumors
« on: July 09, 2014, 02:20:59 PM »
My problem is: If you use these lenses, why use a Canon camera body? Well, yes, rt flashes and Magic Lantern, but beyond that?

I agree, but then again I've never shot with a Nikon for a longer time and I'm inclined to believe millions of people *are* able to adjust to them :-> ... and the difference between a right-hand 60d/6d design vs. a "pro" dual-hand joystick 5d3/1dx is probably as large as towards another brand.

Still, there was something 'natural' about the Canon bodies when I was looking for a DSLR. Nikon somehow always confuses me. That said, Sony isn't all that great either. I wish my NEX-6 had a better menu structure, and an easier way to do exposure compensation. The A7(r) looks like it is massively better. However I'm not ready for a full-frame mirrorless... Yet.

OTOH, on that NEX, I'm using (old) Canon lenses on a third party body. How's that?

So wouldn't that make you a polyphotogamist?

Brilliant, I should write that down somewhere so I won't forget  ;D ;D ;)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A Summary of Sigma Lens Rumors
« on: July 09, 2014, 02:09:35 PM »
My problem is: If you use these lenses, why use a Canon camera body? Well, yes, rt flashes and Magic Lantern, but beyond that?


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