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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.

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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.

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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).

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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).

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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.

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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? ;)

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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.

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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?
Ergonomics.

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?

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So wouldn't that make you a polyphotogamist?

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

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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?

Ergonomics.

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I like to play around with my little mistress- the NEX-6. She's great and gives me the kicks. I love to play around with her and some dirty old lenses! But when I need quality assurance, I stick to Canon; the 5D mkII and MkIII serve me oh-so well (yes I'm a bit of a polygamist in that department :) )

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So, unless your Sigma 21-35 is really optically compromized, you should not have any problem with its combination with the Speedbooster.

When I get around to it, I intend to revisit this lens and see what I can do to improve its performance, because it's supposed to actually be pretty good.

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OP, do you mean the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM A (recent) or the older Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM?

If it's the older one, then I had that for about 4 years before I went full frame. Having read about its reputation for unreliable AF, I actually bought it second hand from someone who insisted that his copy was a "good'un", hoping to bypass the whole return/repair cycle. For the most part the lens was indeed pretty good, and certainly I really enjoyed using it.

My copy was unusably (to me) soft wide open even taking AF out of the equation so I typically shot stopped down to f2 or more. AF-wise, it was pretty reliable at relatively close distances (1-2m), after that it could occasionally throw me an inexplicably and wildly out of focus shot. But I stress the "occasionally" - certain light, contrast etc. Also I found it was not terribly good for tracking shots with AI Servo.

So the bottom line is that although my copy had its issues, it wasn't as consistently unreliable as yours appears to be.

I had a bad copy of the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM, it was soft wide open, and it consistently missed focus at longer focal length. Manual focus, it was fine though and I love the bokeh this lens produces, there's just something about the images produced with this lens. My 50mm Sigma has a similar feel to it, but not quite so pronounced. On the other hand, my 50mm is a stellar performer so I'm happpy I kept faith in Sigma. I also have a very good 20mm f/1.8 which must really be a rare good copy if you believe the internet reviews. My 35mm again is a stellar lens - so no further complaints from me :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A Summary of Sigma Lens Rumors
« on: July 09, 2014, 11:59:02 AM »
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?

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now, I'm waiting for the FD 15/2.8 fisheye and the FD 135/2 with great expectations  ;D

Great results! I agree that manual focusing on the mirrorless systems is a far more pleasant and accurate process, but that is also due to the MF lenses being designed exactly for that purpose.  Focus peaking is also a great help but I've found it can be mislead for instance if you have a low contrast foreground and sharply defined background; the focus peaking will draw on the background, indicating it is sharp while it is not really in focus. Best is to magnify and check. So it's a great system for static/still life photography, but other than developing a good pre-focusing technique, it's not that great for dynamic subjects.

The speed booster really is magical; an aps-c camera suddenly really gives that FF feel and it has completely changed the way I look at my NEX-6.

Regarding wide apertures: I've found that wide open, contrast is reduced and there is some ghosting with the FDn 50mm 1.4, but when I checked that lens with a regular adapter (no glass) it turns out to be caused by the lens, not the speed booster.

Keep me posted regarding the results with wide angle lenses. The speed booster performs really nicely with my FDn 28mm f/2.8, but the Sigma 21-35 results were pretty much unusable - worse than without the speed booster. This is likely caused by the lens though as I have rebuilt that one due to a sticky aperture and I may have done a poor job reassembling and/or cleaning it. I don't really have a way to calibrate that lens anyhow so it's trial and error if I try to adjust that lens and get better contrast and sharpness.  Still the results without the speed booster are better with this lens so I wonder how the speed booster plays with wide angle (wider than 28mm).

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