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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Price leaked
« on: February 13, 2014, 10:19:02 PM »
If it's $1300 I likely will not buy it.  In the rare circumstance in which my 35mm Art is just too wide, I'll settle for my Canon 50mm f/1.4.  This may be mostly psychological but at $1100 I might just go for the 50mm Art.

Coming in at 1/3 the price of the Otus but with similar build quality, nearly-as-good optics and AF?  If all that can be said, I think Sigma will get quite a few takers even at this price.

The only difference is that the Otus is cool and can be shown off, the Sigma can't. This is why I think the price will be < 1000 USD.

Shown off to who, if you don't mind my asking?  It's such an exotic piece of tech that only other photogs would know what it is. 

With that same money, you can you get a second FF body along with this new Sigma 50...  Just saying.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Zeiss is counting on a few of the Ferrari-driving enthusiasts to pick up an Otus and say "hey, look at my pricey new toy", but more likely they are aiming to impress the best pros with the best tool in that focal length.

- A


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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 13, 2014, 10:10:03 PM »

When will Canon provide a camera that people like me would want as a secondary/travel camera? Something that has at least APS-C, a fast lens with manual focus option, easy access to shutter speed, aperture and ISO, and a good optical viewfinder? I mean, how hard could that be to have some version of a poor man's Leica?

Next...

Fuji seems to dominate the chatter and good reviews for enthusiast APS-C fixed lens rigs -- the poor-man's Leicas, if you will.

But if you want to drill down, for enthusiasts with a fixed lens (and leaving out the consumer point and shoots and superzooms)...

Optical VF + fast fixed lens + full manual controls (if you want it) + APS-C = Fuji X10 (discontinued), X100 and X100s

EVF / LCD-only control + fast fixed lens + full manual controls (-ish) + APS-C = Ricoh GR, Nikon Coolpix A, Sigma DP3 and Quattro, Leica's X Vario and X2

EVF / LCD only control + fast fixed lens + full manual controls (sort of?) + 1" sensor = Sony RX100 I and II

...and then you get into the smaller sensor Pentax and lower-price Fuji rigs.

If you want a modular lens system, the above does not apply.  Just go to B&H and drill down from the top under camera bodies and select what you want.  Sensors dictate your call there.

APS-C and fast fixed lens = pricey, easily more than an SLR with a nifty fifty, and about the same as an SLR with a Canon 24mm F/2.8 IS (if you want something wider and sort-of quick).  If you want a second body and money is an issue, ask yourself how badly you need to lose that mirror or have a big sensor / employ a tiny DOF.  If you have to have a skinny DOF, or need strong low light performance, etc., it's certainly more cost-effective to just get a second SLR body and use the lenses you already have.

This starts a question on the value of small rigs and what you truly are paying for, but that's a very very long thread to start.   ::)

- A

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PowerShot / Re: Underwater Compact that shoots RAW?
« on: February 13, 2014, 03:03:00 PM »

I forgot that the Nikon AW1 was a possibility.  It shoots RAW. 

Rented.  Done.  Thanks!

- A

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PowerShot / Underwater Compact that shoots RAW?
« on: February 13, 2014, 12:53:56 PM »

Hello all,

I'm off to do some snorkeling soon, and was considering how I might take pics underwater.  I've considered both a sealed-up housing for either my iPhone or my 5D3 and I didn't want to risk either.  I've decided that I want to rent a waterproof compact camera instead. 

LensRentals offers the Powershot D20, but as you can see, the shots it takes are okay but not so hot:
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=%22powershot%20D20%22%20underwater

Given that these shots scream for post-processing (color cast, lack of contrast, etc.), I was wondering if any underwater compacts actually shoot in RAW. 

Are you guys aware of any?

- A


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Check out Dropbox.

I use Dropbox now. but not for photostream-like pushing.  I use it as a repository to share full-res shots with friends.

Is there a 'push' setup that will automatically download on to my iOS devices, or do I need to manually pull those shots down to my iPad?

Thx,
A

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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 13, 2014, 01:37:28 AM »

Back on topic [cough] here are some pics of this new animal:

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2014/02/13/hands-on-with-canon-powershot-g1-x-mark-ii/1

I normally don't push markety stuff, but Canon has not exactly explained all the details.  It's pretty hard to find a good shot of that EVF, let alone a screen cap of what it actually reports.

I'm not a mirrorless guy, and I recognize that this camera is more of a feature-laden point and shoot than a professional's tool, but Canon finally getting into still camera EVFs is interesting to me.

I keep hearing that the Fuji gang have made EVFs these multifunctional heads-up displays that can do all sorts of things.  I appreciate that they have an optical/electronic simultaneous thing going on and this is purely an EVF, but the lack of a proper viewfinder will never have me take EOS-M seriously as an enthusiast.  So any attempt to offer one (even here, in a segment I would never buy hardware) gives us a glimpse of what might be coming.

- A

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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 12, 2014, 12:45:04 PM »

Overview video on the camera from Canon's marketing dudes here (it's in English):
First Look: PowerShot G1X Mark II compact camera review

They briefly speak to the EVF but offer no specifics.  No EOS-M connectivity commentary, but you wouldn't expect that in a launch video.  It's like they just want us to buy this camera, those jerks.   :P

- A

Sorry, but I just could not concentrate on what they were saying ... the whole time I kept thinking why the hell is the guy in the blue shirt so uninspired about what he is saying ... and the bald dude just looked like someone shoved something up  the unmentionable cavity, with the assurance that they'd remove it only if he spoke the words they chose for him ;D ;D ;D ;D


With first-party marketing, I leave it on mute until they get to the one or two features I really want to hear more about.

Except for those awesome Nikon Df ads.  keep the volume on.  Those are roller coasters of awful.

- A

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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 12, 2014, 11:41:32 AM »

Overview video on the camera from Canon's marketing dudes here (it's in English):
First Look: PowerShot G1X Mark II compact camera review Small | Large


They briefly speak to the EVF but offer no specifics.  No EOS-M connectivity commentary, but you wouldn't expect that in a launch video.  It's like they just want us to buy this camera, those jerks.   :P

- A

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Lightroom can do that, it is called "Publish Services" and you can push any sized file to anything, even RAW files to iPad 1's. The key for iPad/iOS devices is to publish to a folder and have the device sync with that folder. iPhoto is a POS as soon as you want to do anything outside the very tiny box that is the Apple comfort zone.

http://www.slrlounge.com/school/publishing-images-to-facebook-and-other-online-services-from-the-lightroom-4-a-z-training-dvd-episode-31


Much obliged.  Will read up.

- A

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Bump

(any ideas, gang?)

Final bump.  Anyone?

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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 11, 2014, 01:46:02 PM »
Hopefully:
- the EVF is compatible with the EOS-M
- better battery life
- and improved focus speed (phase detect or dual pixel)


The real news here is the modular EVF, isn't it?  Isn't this a first for Canon? Discuss!

EOS-M desperately needs a viewfinder (and more native EF-M glass) for the enthusiast mirrorless crowd to take it seriously.  I am assuming that this wouldn't be compatible with the EOS-M as the sensor is not the same, the FOV is not the same, etc.  But what do you folks think?

Is the EVF literally just a cloning of whatever the LCD shows, or will it add 'eyepiece logical' tools like focus peaking, live histograms, etc.?

- A

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Bump

(any ideas, gang?)

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Price leaked
« on: February 08, 2014, 07:54:31 PM »
Gentlemen, please let us return to the topic on the price of the Sigma 50mm. :-X
Yes, please let's return on topic. I apologize and withdraw any comments that might evoke a need for a further response. If you need to continue please PM me and let's keep this thread clean. I'm sorry for my part for getting off-topic.

Huzzah.  Back to the vital, world-turning topic of new lens price speculation.

- A

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Price leaked
« on: February 07, 2014, 12:43:33 PM »
How about people wait till the price is officially announced?

On a rumors site!?  :o

Seriously.  That's like asking us to actually use our cameras.  Silly person.

- A

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Price leaked
« on: February 06, 2014, 07:36:51 PM »

I realize there are a lot of 50L lovers on this very forum, and that the 50L is more for the draw, bokeh, color, etc. than pure corner to corner sharpness.

But there are a boatload of people who want sharp 50mm performance at something wider than F/4.  So, in fairness, I baited that response.  I know you folks are out there.   ;D

- A
I want a 50 mm that is sharp in studio light and outdoor light for portraits, I find the 50L to be inconsistent. It always renders a nice colour and  has nice bokeh but that isn't enough. I'm finding my sigma 35 to wow me to the point I hate my 50L in terms of sharpness across the board. It gives me a way better punch to my photos. So if this 50 coming out has that same punch and focuses better then the 50L then sign me up. I'm starting to really like the colours my sigma 35 produces it gives it a vintage glow, maybe doesn't have the same bokeh as the 50L but bokeh is overrated.

And bokeh is pretty damn subjective. 

In a voter-blinded 'study', the Sigma 35 F/1.4 beat the Canon and Nikon 35 F/1.4 lenses for best bokeh here:
http://www.digitalrev.com/article/battle-of-the-bokeh-canon/NzI2ODkwODA_A

Granted, Kai is many things -- but not a scientist.  The poll itself is nutty, but it's a data point nonetheless.

But I'm getting OT.  I just wonder if the new Sigma 50 will perform like that 35...

- A

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