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Lenses / Re: The sharpness curse!
« on: June 26, 2014, 02:15:03 PM »
Thanks mackgyver! In really happy as well, I have been waiting for a epic 50 since I bought my first camera and to finally have it and actually see it gives me the results I wanted every single time is the best feeling.

And a snapshot at breakfast turns into a fun memory and a picture where I don't notice the flaws if the lens, but the cuteness in my daughter  ;D

Hate me for loving that 1.4 sharpness, I REALLY don't care  :P

That is *really* sharp. What software did you use for PP? Any unsharp mask used?

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D mark 2 crop vs full frame
« on: June 26, 2014, 02:10:45 PM »
It will not be a mark 2 of the original 7D if it wasn't an APS-C sensor.


I personally don't care much about APS-C DSLR's anymore. When I get the chance I will get a full frame mirrorless too (at a budget price), but then, full frame is compatible with my type of photography.

Of course for the birders and such I wish the 7D2 will have an excellent aps-c sensor :)

With a Sony NEX camera, you can use a lens turbo to give you the same look that you'd get with a film/FF camera.  The Sony's also have good focus peaking options to make manual focusing easier.

I'm considering getting one of these; I assume you mean the Mitakon Canon FD - Sony E-mount Lens Turbo? Is it any good? I have a bunch of consumer level FL and FD(n) primes that I may use with it, and I'm thinking of picking up a Sigma 21-35 zoom.

Stuff that I tried on the NEX with good results (no optical adapter used):

Canon FL 50mm f/3.5 Macro: Sharp, good macro for butterflies.
Canon FL 135mm f/2.5: Sharp, exceptional bokeh
Canon FD 200mm f/4 S.S.C. Sufficiently sharp. some longtitudinal CA but this improves when stopped down and is easily corrected in post.

Attached shot was taken with the NEX-6 and Canon FD 200mm f/4 S.S.C. at f/5.6 or f/6.3. No optical adapter used so this then becomes a 300 mm lens. The photo is cropped to square from vertical but preserves maximum width.

Lenses / Re: The sharpness curse!
« on: June 24, 2014, 08:53:20 AM »
   I saw someone using the new Sigma 50mm Art lens on his 5DIII and I look at a few images from his 5DIII LCD screen is very sharp, but I think it's may be a bit too sharp for my liking... for example, the edge of the catch light on the eye is too well define... IMHO, look a bit not natural.

   Have a nice day.

You need to review the pictures on a computer monitor as the Mk III may apply too much in-camera sharpening. 


And behold!  The FF review is now posted:

Compared to the 35 Art, the 50 Art is less sharp in the center on the wide open side of things, but it appears to have sharper corners when you stop it down to F/2.8, F/4, etc.

The pincushion distortion was a tad surprising in that FL, though.  Thought we wouldn't see much.

- A

At 815g it's a monster lens!

Lenses / Re: 17-40 f/4L vs 16-35 F/4L
« on: June 23, 2014, 03:15:06 PM »
Maybe just get the full frame camera now rather than later?

+1, go for a 6D

A bit early in the update cycle if true when compared to previous updates maybe? I would think it would be later in 2015 that replacements are possibly announced with closer to 2016 with an actual release if there will be updates.


Not quite if you consider this:

Lenses / Re: The sharpness curse!
« on: June 22, 2014, 03:19:32 PM »
Good night Madam

My dear friend Surapon, you forgot I'm male (MRS are my initials)- but what's in a name :)

Many people here make the same mistake, so I updated my avatar awhile ago as a hint to my gender ;)

Sorry, Sir, Dear friend Mr. mrsfotografie.
Sorry, Sorry and Sorry.
Have a great Sunday afternoon, Sir.

Haha no problem, dear friend Surapon ;) have a nice sunday!

Lenses / Re: The sharpness curse!
« on: June 22, 2014, 02:29:07 PM »
Good night Madam

My dear friend Surapon, you forgot I'm male (MRS are my initials)- but what's in a name :)

Many people here make the same mistake, so I updated my avatar awhile ago as a hint to my gender ;)

Lenses / Re: The sharpness curse!
« on: June 21, 2014, 05:48:26 PM »
I kind of agree with Ruined.

As long as 'sharpness' and the lack of aberrations sells lenses, lenses will tend to become more 'clinical', which is good for some. Not so for others maybe - but then there's always older lenses with more 'character' that will stay around for a long time. I'm hesitant about the new Sigma 50mm for example, and would really say I prefer the old EX version exactly because I like some of the subjective qualities of that lens.

So optical perfection is one side of things, but if you like the more 'artistic' side (extreme examples like lomography and heavily processed instagrams come to mind), then the camera is brought back down to earth as a mere tool, not an optical instrument designed for scientific purposes. And it's for everyone to see what tool best fits their needs.

Often it's the advanced amateurs in any discipline that have the 'best' and 'newest' gear, simply because they think that's absolutely needed or through marketing and forums like these, they are led to believe they will be less of a photographer without it. It's the real 'pro's/artists' on the other hand who can do with 'less' and still get 'more'. Maybe it will help us to focus on photography once we let the relative 'importance' of our gear go.

For fun, I like to play around with vintage lenses on my NEX. The less than perfect optics can create really interesting effects, or sometimes I like to try my best at shooting 'photography' even with a cheap compact or whatever inspires me at the moment. The limitations sometimes bring out the better in me. Will that save me from the sharpness bug? Well... at least it brings the notion of gear perfection into perspective.

Mind, I'm not preaching that I know it all, cause after all I'm not quite there - GAS afflicted as I am.

So while on the subject, where in the world is that new, stunningly SHARP 100-400L? I absolutely need it to improve my photography!  ;D

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: June 21, 2014, 09:04:40 AM »
Willem is always my favorite subject when I want to try out some gear. These were shot with a Canon FD 200mm f4 S.S.C adapted to a Sony NEX-6. It takes effort to get sharp photo's with a subject as dynamic as my 1 yr old cat  ;D

What the 50L does well doesn't have a metric that can be easily recorded.  That lens is about color, draw, bokeh, etc. and less about meat and potatoes forum fodder like sharpness, chromatic aberrations, distortion, etc.

I'd say this goes for the Sigma f/1.4 EX as well, a lens that I absolutely love and whatever people have said about this lens, I must have an excellent copy or whatever, but it gives tack sharp results with a beautiful dreamy bokeh, good colors and contrast at all apertures. See attached photograph, taken at f/1.4.

I have been eyeing the new 50mm due to the regular GAS affliction but I'm worried it will draw too 'clinical', and besides that I think it's too big and bulky.

In reference to my 35mm A, that lens has a tendency to be clinical, but not overly so. For the 50mm I'm not so sure though...

FWIW This is what Photozone has to say about the 50mm Art:


One of the primary usage scenarios for a large aperture lens is to separate the main subject from the background. In such an image the quality of the bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is of major significance.
The quality of the general blur is a bit of a mixed bag. In the image foreground the bokeh is comparatively harsh with fairly distinctive contrast edges. The more critical background is, however, pretty smooth albeit not totally perfect.

There's just something about 50 mm's with the double Gauss design. I also prefer the chunky shape of the old EX version. So I'm sticking to it too :)

that means using three different RAW editing softwares (DPP 3x for the Mk II, DPP 4x for the Mk III and Lightroom for my NEX). yuck.
It sounds like you should just shoot JPEGs  ;) ;) ;)

If only my technique were that good  ::)

Agreed. This looks like a great do-all lens for when you need that, and they've kept it compact.

Its portability is its virtue from the onset. That Canon 28-300 is a monstrosity that screams 'look at me I'm a really cool WHITE lens' and then breaks your wrist.

downloaded yesterday from HK site. Nice new GUI and more sliders to play with. Still it is a very rudimental software, born at least 5/7 years old. The real big plus vs lightroom and similar is optimization of canon lenses

WHen compared to ver.3 I notice a much faster loading of the high resolution image, BUT, when playing with sliders, you have to wait AT LEAST 2/3 seconds to see the effect applied to the image (5D3 RAW files). Maybe this is only a realease candidate?

I have a fast machine (win7 3930k ssd lots of memory etc.) so this thing is a bit weird. Anyone experiencing the same?

Same here. (win 8.1, AMD FX 9590 (8-core), SSD, Radeon R9 200)

When used with my 5d3 files on my latest gen Mac, the sliders were pretty instantaneous... There was maybe a second to half a second delay rendering high res images, which was a big improvement... my lag time 2-3 seconds was switching from crop mode to other modes, or from dust removal mode to other modes...

I'm still chugging along with an AMD Phenom II (quad core 3.4GHZ) so I'm wondering what the performance will be like with the new DPP. Still, I'll wait till the release gets a little more common or even updated. For me the lack of 5D MkII support is a let-down because that means using three different RAW editing softwares (DPP 3x for the Mk II, DPP 4x for the Mk III and Lightroom for my NEX). yuck.

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