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This has to the most photographed lens with the least photos taken in history.  There is a gallery for it on Flickr, but all the pics are of the lens not through it.


It was intended to bring people into the booth at shows and I think it never should have been sold.  Strike that.  Never should have been purchased!

Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: April 15, 2014, 11:18:06 PM »
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Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: April 14, 2014, 12:34:39 AM »
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Lenses / Re: Help with choosing a wide angle lens
« on: April 11, 2014, 09:10:02 PM »
16-35 is a fantastic lens.  I have a Tokina 11-6mm f2.8 I shoot on my 1D Mark IV.  Crop lenses from 3rd partys generally work great on the Mark IV.  But my favorite lens for close up Sports on the Mark IV is the 8-15mm fisheye!
It's funny you say that, the 8-15 was introduced just as I finally decided to give up on the 1.3 cameras, it was the only thing that gave me second thoughts. I really like using fisheyes for regular images and have been using Fisheye Hemi for years, I even used to shoot real estate with the 15 and with one click of a button there is no distortion, very cool tools.
I'm not a fan of most fisheye work, but every time I see one of TexPhoto's shots (this one, his basketball shots, and others) I realize that in the right hands a fisheye lens can achieve some excellent results.  The idea of a de-fished real estate shot also intrigues me...

Thanks to mackguyver, and CarlTN for the compliments.  This was shot at 11mm but there is some cropping.  I am standing on the curb of a 90 degree corner in the race and panning hard.   ƒ/8.0  11.0 mm  1/250  ISO 100  Flash: -2   Shutter speed priority AE Trying to get some background motion blur.  I did ge more with slower shutter speeds, but did not crisp bike & rider I wanted.

I had my eye on a 1D Mark IV since it came out and really liked the idea of a 1.3 crop.  When my 7D went down (bad power supply) The 7D was a fantastic compliment to my 5D first a II then a III.  Bought the Mark IV used for $3K used, and it is just awesome all by itself...  Love it.  7D returned to the stable after repairs and now I use all three. 

My 8-15mm replaced a sigma 15mm fisheye, and is one of my favorite lenses on all 3 cameras.

And privatebydesign.  You were in Puerto Rico and did not come by for a visit!

Lenses / Re: Help with choosing a wide angle lens
« on: April 11, 2014, 12:25:09 AM »
16-35 is a fantastic lens.  I have a Tokina 11-6mm f2.8 I shoot on my 1D Mark IV.  Crop lenses from 3rd partys generally work great on the Mark IV.  But my favorite lens for close up Sports on the Mark IV is the 8-15mm fisheye!

A few notes.  Wedding photography is a business, and there is far more to it than taking good photos.  Finding the client, booking the gig, delivering the album etc are as important as taking good photos/post processing them, and far more time consuming.  If you get paid for this you should be splitting the money with the pro who did all the leg work.

You should have had this agreed to before, and your relationship with the pro will probably be far more lucrative than the photos you might sell today.

Lenses / Re: Philosophical question about Sigma Lenses - Why?
« on: April 04, 2014, 01:04:08 PM »
“To make money” was the most obvious answer and I thought that was already covered but I appreciate your take on that – why limit your production to only one camera system.

It was only until today that I discovered that Sigma also makes camera bodies… I can’t recall a company making parts for themselves and and a competitor / rival. It’s akin to finding out Chevy also builds parts for their trucks and for Ford, too.

I am more interested in the actual thought process beyond that such as; “here’s a great company that makes great camera body – like us – let’s make lenses for them, too.” Was there a eureka moment that someone had and said “Since we can’t make the best cameras out there, why not we make the best lenses for the best cameras!?”


I like your car example... it is very fitting.

In the camera world you have a couple of big players and a bunch of small players... same as the automotive world. In the automotive world it is very normal for specialty companies to take motors and transmissions from larger companies and to use them in their vehicles... remember Delorean and Bricklin???

I believe Sigma started off making lenses and did not have their own camera at first... the camera came later.

This is not unusual.  It's probably unusual for a big company to not bleed into competitors products.  Especially the way they buy smaller companies and sell of branches.  When i worked for Lucent technologies we looked into buy a smaller company only to find out they were owned by a company we already owned.  And we were their major supplier.

2nd, To borrow from your car theme, look at Lotus.  They make cars, and they also provide engineering services for their clients including: Ford, Delorean, Vauxhaul, Dodge, Tesla, Austin Martin, Toyota, and I'm getting tired of typing them.

But this is far more common than you think.  Sony sells cameras… and sensors to almost everybody who sells cameras.  Microsoft sells Operating systems, and products for other operating systems. 

But I think the best thing about Sigma is the are the wolves nipping at the heals of Canon and Nikon.  Canon and Nikon are spurred to innovate to stay ahead, and keep prices tolerable.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How to Annoy a Photography Snob
« on: April 03, 2014, 10:17:19 AM »
Although #5, P mode... I sorta agree if you have anything above a 70D or so. At least learn enough to use Av or Tv if you're going to spend that much money. Rebel or other entry-level SLR/ILC, sure, ok if you just want a more capable camera than a phone or bottom level P&S.
If someone wants to own a 1DX or 5D MK III and use it in P or Auto mode, why not, its their their money and their choice ... when more people buy high end DSLR's, its better for the manufacturer and the customer - they get volumes and we get lower prices.

I really get a kick out of the people who put the camera in Manual and then adjust until the in camera meter says 0.  Dude, there I was!, deep in the jungle, tigers to my right, supermodels to my left: totally shooting in Manual!

Canon General / Re: How To Water Proof?
« on: April 02, 2014, 06:26:37 PM »
All of the above are great ideas.  But consider just getting a waterproof camera, or a camera and enclosure.   If you are into sports/water/active lifestyle think how many more photos you will get with a good waterproof cameras.  Point and shoots, GoPro, mirrorless like the Nikon AW1.  Not asking you to give up the DSLR, just add to it. 

I have been shooting with a Canon G-12 in an enclosure but really like the Nikon AW1.

I seems like great specs, but how is a bear or mountain lion going to operate this camera.  If you are making a camera for wildlife you've got to think ergonomics.

Photography Technique / Re: photographing motorsport particularly F1
« on: March 26, 2014, 04:28:17 PM »
I find it helps to look at a particular focus point, usually the center one, and try and keep that on a particular part of the car like the side mirror.  And a great imd to practice is during practice.  That is the cars will be practicing for a few days before the race.

This is a QC production line and machining camera. Why can't the posters here get this?

Maybe because some of us have never heard of a "QC production line and machining camera" and have no idea what it is?   ;)

I had never heard of it, but now I am switching over.  I am done with commercial/creative/sport photography and will now exclusively shoot production line and machining photography.

Great info.  I stay in AI Servo 99% of the time, because I prefer it for all subjects.  The only time I would prefer one shot is to focus wit the subject in the middle, then recompose with the subject off center.  I don't do this much.

I am shocked! Or Stoked! Or something.  (I did check to see if it was April 1)

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