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I used to bring my 500D + 28mm/50mm when I do street photography.  One time, some guy got pissed and I can easily see some people sneering at me or covering their faces once they've seen me shoot near them.  From then on, I just used my G11.  People suddenly are more trusting.  They don't shy away from my camera.  They even pose when I asked them nicely. 

Conclusion?  It must be my camera.  :)

Lenses / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG Sets New Benchmark for Excellence
« on: March 18, 2013, 07:36:24 PM »
Canon version didn't do as well...Is the D800 making the difference here?

Most probably.  Here's the extended version using a D700 comparing it with the 5D2 version for Canon.


You'll notice that almost all characteristics are the same except the sharpness.  Camera resolution have an effect to the lens performance.  Lens sharpness for a D700 is 10 but for a D800, its 23.  But this doesn't discount the fact that the lens outperformed the Canon 35mm considering that its price is lesser.

Sharpness scores:
Sigma 35mm + Canon 5D2 (21MP) = 17
Sigma 35mm + Nikon D700 (12MP) = 10
Sigma 35mm + Nikon D800 (36MP) = 23
Canon 35mmL + Canon 5D2 (21MP) = 14

It seems there's a correlation between MP and sharpness.

Lenses / Re: 35L or 50L?
« on: March 18, 2013, 07:20:18 PM »
Sigma 35mm...  I hope they can also produce a 21mm or 20mm that's as good and as cheap.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 100D Detailed Specs Appear
« on: March 17, 2013, 11:07:22 PM »
Can be a good backup/light camera...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 100D Detailed Specs Appear
« on: March 17, 2013, 11:05:04 PM »
OK... if the new entry level below the t4i is going to have the 18mp sensor, then that pretty much signals the 70D and 7D mkII will (finally) have something better.

My speculation is a dual announcement event for the 70d and 7dmkII with a new sensor technology later this spring -- the 70D available immediately, the 7D mkII somewhat later.   But might as well announce them at the same time to keep the 7d mkII crowd from settling for a 70D.

Or the same.... 550D and 7D....

EOS Bodies / Re: Frustrated with Canon
« on: March 17, 2013, 02:12:21 AM »
Go for Nikon if you want to.  Life is just like that.  You have to accept the good with the bad.  Soon it'll be Canon's turn.  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next Rebel? [CR1]
« on: March 16, 2013, 08:34:20 PM »
My 2cents: Canon seems to have hard time competing with mirrorless market, now they release small DSLR. How many crop DSLR do we really need?

Canon's even having a harder time competing with Nikon.  D5200 seems one of the best amateur level APS-C camera ever made.  It's sensor performance is near the FF performance already...

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next Rebel? [CR1]
« on: March 16, 2013, 08:32:56 AM »
Still the old sensor... next?!?

Portrait / Re: Bikini girl in my studio with my first scenic bacground
« on: March 12, 2013, 04:03:04 AM »
I was only able to notice the background because I like to look more at the lower part...  ;D  Maybe, removing that bikini will make this picture a lot better?  ;)

Lenses / Re: Bridge not sharp - why?
« on: March 12, 2013, 03:59:26 AM »
Didn't use mirror lock. It might be helpful in some situations, but it wouldn't have caused this kind of motion blur.

Actually, a 1/20 s exposure is right in the range of shutter speeds (around 1/60 s to 1/2 s) where mirror slap can result in the camera shake-type blur you're seeing.

+1.  I always use mirror-lock it's that slow or slower especially when taken relative to the focal length being used, even on a tripod.  I'd also use live-view to focus manually.  I'm not over-reliant on AF.  For non-moving objects, sometimes it's better to use live-view as this is more accurate.

What made a dramatic improvement in lightroom, for me, is RAM Disk. I have 32GB of RAM in my machine and the bigger part of it (25GB) is used for RAM Disk. It is like 20 times faster than SSD (~9GB/sec). However, for video editing you may need more RAM (?64GB).

+1.  You need more RAM and you have to make it your priority.  Other specs are secondary.

EOS Bodies / Re: Help with Canon 6D Purchase
« on: March 12, 2013, 03:50:58 AM »
I'm almost on the same boat as yours.  I'm still saving for 6D + kit.  I find that having an all-around lens is a must and is a bargain when bought with 6D.  You can always sell it for profit if you find yourself restricted with F4 and needs F2.8.  High ISO performance of 6D might make F4 quite liveable.

+1 on replacing the Sigma 17-50 with a Canon 17-40L (or Samyang 14mm if you're on budget and really needs something wider) .  This can make your lens lineup more versatile.  Keep your 18-55 kit lens.  Even if you don't plan to sell your T3I, it'll be a good expendable cheap lens for those times you can't bring your L.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Firmware by June? [CR1]
« on: March 11, 2013, 04:35:44 AM »
ANY help with Moire in video would be much appreciated. It is embarrassing :-[

This may help.  I doubt if it can come via software fix.


For walking around and snapping targets of opportunity, I've become very fond of the stabilized kit lens (18-55) that came with my T2i.  The combination is super light and I'm not worried about accidents or theft.  I had several images published in a travel magazine a few months ago.

The idea of carrying my 5D3 around with a big superzoom makes me feel tired just thinking about it!

A few days ago I tried out the 55-250 stabilized kit lens which I purchased recently for the T2i.  Know what?  You can take some very nice photos with that puppy if you know what you are doing.  I'm thinking about trying both of these plastic kit lenses on my 7D just for fun.

Sorry OP, can't resist answering somebody on 55-250. 

You'll not be very disappointed with those plastics though of course their IQ are very far from the IQ of my primes even stopped down.  But considering the price and the weight, it is not so bad that a little bit of PP won't be able to make it acceptable.

55-250 IS

18-55 IS

Lenses / Re: 16-35 maybe 17-40
« on: March 10, 2013, 08:34:39 AM »
17-40 has the built-in gel filter holder at the back of the lens.

Hey, I never realized that. It's quite an exciting idea, really. Does the 16-35 (II) have this as well?

I don't think it has one.


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