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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?

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?


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 :) )

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.

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 :)

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?



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).

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: July 08, 2014, 04:13:23 PM »
A favourite picture of Fluffy at the cottage...

+1 - that is too cute, mrsfotografie, your, Dustin, and Bill's shots are all excellent as well!

Thank you mackguyver  :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: July 08, 2014, 01:42:42 AM »
A favourite picture of Fluffy at the cottage...


Photography Technique / Re: Shoot from the rearend of the subjects.
« on: July 08, 2014, 01:39:25 AM »
No offense to Keith, but I'll try to class it up a bit ;).  These are from a campaign I shot a few years back:

I really like this shot, and the colors are excellent! The red/pink shirt and the skin tones of the girl are in really nice contrast with the blues and greens that dominate the rest of the photo.

On a side note, I try to take care not to get too many 'rear ends' in my shots. Especially when on holiday, if you're not paying attention and you're visiting popular sites, there's an increased risk of 'rear ends' if you walk the in the most popular direction.

Photography Technique / Re: Shoot from the rearend of the subjects.
« on: July 07, 2014, 02:35:43 PM »
My model wasn't interested...

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: July 06, 2014, 03:45:15 PM »
The less touristy area of Shirakawago, Japan.

EOS-M / Re: My best new Lens for sweet heart EOS-M
« on: July 06, 2014, 10:37:36 AM »
I have this lens for my NEX. It has a nice build and handles nicely. My focus ring is a little tight but this may free up some, I don't know. Image quality wise it's a solid little WA. There's some chromatic aberration but that can easily be corrected in post.

Here are two samples. Remember I'm using a larger part of the imaging circle (NEX=1.5x Crop vs EOS_M=1.6x Crop). For the NEX this is effectively an 18mm lens.

Dear Mr. mrsfotografie
Wow, Great Photos = Great Composition + Super sharp Picture from this Lens.
Yes, Sir----This world still have many company that make the great products and still cheaper in cost too. Yes, The focus ring is tight---Ha, Ha, Ha---May be I spray with WD 40 might be help---No, No, No, My 12 mm Rokinon , Just set at Distant Between 3 feet and Infinity = Great / Sharp for me---Ans I put the red Electrical tape not let the focus ring move= for shoot in my every day shooting.
Have a great holiday, Sir.

You're right Surapon, the tight focus ring helps to maintain it at a specific setting, and that can be convenient. Just be careful- for close-up photo's (like the flower) you do need to readjust focus.

Thank you, Sir, Dear friend mrsfotografie.
For Close up Flower, I think 22 mm EF-M F/ 2.0 might  be better at F/8---Just My Idea.
Have a great Sunday, Sir.

Not for shallow DOF ;)

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (1st gen., metal mount)
« on: July 06, 2014, 05:21:12 AM »

If you can, spend some time comparing the 2 lenses.  I wouldn't be too quick to dispose of the /1.4 version, it's a decent lens and actually has a bit of personality at times.  I can't count how many different 50mm lenses I
have, they're all a little different, but very similar.
Lenses seem to have a lot of variation, find one you like and stick with it.

On the contrary, I like to have access to different lenses with different character to suit the mood ;)

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