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Canon General / Re: Seeing Rebels....
« on: July 11, 2014, 11:57:05 AM »
Am I the only one who doesn't care what mode random people use?

No you are not the only one.  I try to spend the majority of my time not worrying about what other people do. 

Besides, for a tourist picture, there is nothing wrong with setting the camera on Automatic.  Nothing.

To the vast majority of the people who own DSLRs, it is a tool to take a picture.  Nothing more or less.  Besides the automatic setting on modern DSLRs does a pretty good job.

About proper shutter speed? About DOF? about focus on the subject that you intended to focus?

Yup, Really.   ;D  Automatic handles all that stuff pretty well these days. 

If some one just wants a snapshot of something on vacation, automatic is most likely all they will need. 

Now if they want to take a more technical or artistic picture, then of course, automatic is limiting.  But how many tourists care about that?  Percentage wise, I think we can round that to the nearest zero.   ;D

In my opinion, what tourists care about is being able to take the picture quickly, easily, and reliabily so they can get on with what they were doing -- enjoying being there.  ;D

That's the difference between a tourist and a photographer.  A tourist enjoys being there, a photographer is too worried about the picture to enjoy being there.  LoL  :P :P

But seriously, it is all about what the shooter is looking for in their picture.  Not every picture needs to be artistic.  Some may just want a snapshot to share.

Tourists are on holiday, not a photography shoot. Let them enjoy their holidays and their snapshots. Life is complicated enough as it is.

I find it quite challenging to combine photography with my holidays; it's a bit of a trade-off so when I'm not quite satisfied with the results, I remind myself I had a great holiday :)

Regardless of weight, I use my 1Ds Mk3 plus 70-200 2.8 ll more often than any other lens. Having owned and tested a multitude of 70-200 variations and not finding any to be nearly as sharp as my primes, my Mk2 now out-resolves all my other lenses in this range.

This lens is also the reason why I have no primes in those focal lengths, save the 100L macro.

Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 11, 2014, 11:50:16 AM »
Damn this thread has gotten me to think about the 300 f/2.8 L IS II again  >:(

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm Art 1.4 Focusing problems
« on: July 11, 2014, 11:48:48 AM »
A short update:

I got my 50A back from the shop, and lo and behold, the inconsistency was gone. Sigma representative said they adjusted the lens to a standard body, and then returned it. Now the lens was back focusing either when approached from INF or MFD, which is OK from my books as I've tools to correct that. So Sigma dock it is, and 20 mins of adjustments later, I was ready for real life testing.

In the 300 photos I took last evening, I didn't see focus errors, and got a very good keeper ratio. The lens is now working, and actually seems to be sharp enough that I actually need to decrease camera sharpening preset for JPEGs.

EDIT: I'll have to say that this lens rocks! The background blur stopped down is a definite improvement over Canon's 50/1.4!

Yep, it's great idea of Sigma's...make an expensive device to get customers to do their work for them.
You pay Sigma to spend you time correcting their sloppy manufacturing errors. Maybe Ford should make cars which only drive properly after you buy their laptop software to interface with it....

Actually I know of some people who fiddle with their car's engine management using... a laptop.

I have the 2.8 II, love it, but for travel I take the 70-300L.


The 70-300L delivers staggeringly good image quality, I had to buy and use one to believe it ;)

Also, it collapses to a significantly shorter length than the 70-200 f/4 and will fit upright in most camera bags.

I like 2.8 ii. It works well with 1.4x iii tc. With br strap, the weight should not be a problem.

I regularly use it with a 1.4x II and the performance with that TC also remains excellent. I see no reason to invest in the Mk III.

The 2.8 IS is quite a heavy monster, but it's a magical monster. Worth it!!!

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).

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