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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Hand on SONY RX 1.............AMAZING
« on: December 20, 2012, 11:50:59 PM »
Ken Rockwell says the color is crap, so it cannot be worth buying :)
Oh and it's $2800 BEFORE you buy either the EVF $445 or OVF $650 and the OVF is just glass - no information :(

I keep telling everyone that the Fuji X-Pro 1 + 35mm F/1.4 has better IQ than my 5D MK3 but nobody believes me :)
If this were anything but a Sony, I'd be interested.
EVF only is not much use for street photography either (I've been playing with the EVF only Fuji XE-1).

There are serious rumors Fuji is working on a FF version of it's amazing X-Trans sensor, which will positively take names.
I'll wait for that...


Very true, even the lens hood costs something like $200 extra! That's where they really hope to make their cash, or some way to make buyers believe that they really cut down on a lot to make it "super cheap" at 2800, so the accessories are to compensate... or whatever...

The rumors for an FF fuji have been around, but problem is the lenses, they are all built for crop sensors, and the lens roadmap still has many lenses to come, so having to design a whole new set of lenses for a larger sensor/different system, especially when Fuji can't keep up with their own lens production (they delayed one of their wide angles in favor of putting together more zooms), doesn't seem possible. Who knows, if anyone it's Fuji that can wow us again though.

Not exactly true - Sigma has the Foveon. The SD9, not only had no bayer filter, but no AA filter or MICROLENSES! In theory, this is better, in reality, not so much.

In what reality doesn't the Foveon work? Have you seen the images the DP2M produces, the detail that camera produces is astonishing. Especially for the price.

By what I've seen and understand the Sig sensors are phenomenal, while the cameras themselves are nothing to even bother considering. THOUGH, if they made an FF Foveon, and considering how they're glass is these days???

Also Fuji, with the rumor of an X200 coming out I'm excited to see what that's like. I suggested to and got a friend into buying a used X100, and man I get a little jealous whenever it gets pulled out, and straight from the camera the Jpegs have nice colors and the bokeh is nice, although I found F/2 to be quite soft when up close, but that's about it.
We're supposed to be talking about sensor tech here, yes, I guess the reason for the big boys Canikon haven't really experimented in public with new designs is because professionals want to stick with what works, like if Canon all of a sudden decided to finally add EVFs on all their DSLRs, that's too much of a change that pros won't feel comfortable adapting to.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The seemingly amazing Sigma 35
« on: December 20, 2012, 11:23:14 PM »
My consideration of getting the Sigma is mostly price, even then it's still expensive so the 35L is totally out anyways.
If you have the 35L, you're happy with it, then stick with it, same story with any piece of equipment.
If the CA, or being-not-as-sharp bothers you then check out the Sigma.
And, I feel the bokeh "not being good" is vastly overblown, while it not being "as good" as what the 35L can produce, sure, it looks to be the case. But by no means is it awful, there has to be certain L owners that don't want to hear smack about how their precious L isn't as superior in many ways, so they find a single flaw and make it look like the end of the world! Because ya know, today's the day :) But again, the Sigma brand new is still a lot cheaper then the 35L generally is on the used market, so not everything will be as top notch. It's what you need and what you can afford

Here's a wedding photog who really likes the Sigma though, this guy actually used the lens, not a series of bland tests:

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« on: December 20, 2012, 10:56:54 AM »
I don't recall anyone nitpicking a lens so much for it's bokeh when everything else is fab, generally the consideration for the quality of bokeh of a lens, especially at these price points and class of lenses is always there, but this must mean though that Sigma just has no other faults to look at, so everyone wants to point at something it's not the absolute best at. And talk about onion highlights? The 35L can produce those onions too!

And, unlike the Sigma, the 35L doesn't keep rounded circular highlights when stopped down if that matters for anyone.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Hand on SONY RX 1.............AMAZING
« on: December 20, 2012, 10:47:37 AM »
I was very pleased with the RX1 when I handled it as well. The lack of VF really isn't bad, but that's when I think about treating the camera as a snap shooter and everyday travel cam. Great quality, but especially with consideration of the price, what it's got and lacks isn't so compelling. Again, an early product, could be an experiment, or even a demonstration to all that a compact camera with a full sized sensor will be ridiculously expensive, so, buy our latest FF dslrs or crop compacts!

Meanwhile, I've been venturing with film more, and a Hexar AF looks darn fine to eventually pick up, also a fixed 35mm F2 lens, can be had for a couple hundred $ maybe. And that lens is just beauty~

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Help 600d viewfinder issue
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:28:54 AM »
If the camera is still new, or to say at least under warranty then definitely get it looked at/sent in by professionals. If you're comfortable with taking it apart then understand that you're dealing with optical paths and will be tricky putting it all back together (if you can take it apart properly that is), the 600D has a Penta-mirror for the VF, pretty sure it'll mostly be mirrors/glass that have been pasted together, but you may not need to go that far.
The issue sounds like it's with the diopter, with a finger pushed in there, it must have come loose and got pushed too far in? That's why adjusting doesn't do anything, as it's not moving at all possibly.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I feel like a kid again....
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:22:14 AM »
Ahh, I'm happy just readin' this, whether I get anything for Christmas or not, and I just realized there's 5 days 'till then!

Canon General / Re: some money left. what should I buy?
« on: December 19, 2012, 08:57:35 AM »
Donate some of your money for people with hard lifes. Donate 35mm f/2 (old version) to me for xmas too!  8)
With the rest of the money get a TS lens or prime.

I am donating blood. since many years...
I will never donate bigger amounts of money.

I was about to (half heartedly) post a "give your money to charity!" but I agree, donating something is a lot better than money. You can never be sure where the cash goes to, or what it's used for, or whether or not it ends up in the pockets of certain oppressive entities instead. Blood, food, clothes; those are better options.

With that said, "spend your money on location and subjects, not gear". Go on trips, visit great locations and meet interesting people, new places will spark your interest and give back memories~

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body $1599 at B&H Photo
« on: December 18, 2012, 12:41:32 AM »
You'll be better of with a 6D.  Just wait a little bit and it'll go down to around 1700 to 1800 just like the 5D3 price going down.

I'm very much happy with my 5DII I just recently got an amazing deal for, it was "used" but only about 3K clicks, even once the 6D comes down in price, like to 1700 (not a chance, gotta wait at least a year for that to happen!). The extra ISO performance and the AF that works better is great and all but not $1000 better (for me), especially with that grip, the 5Ds have that comfortable well fitting grip, the 6D feels like a rebel and won't stay in my hand for long with a 70-200. And no joystick... and that not-as-fast flash sync... should have added that swivel screen even if it meant more work for the weather sealing and weight

There's a new patent for upgrading the 50 L, and all people talk about are mirrorless??!!

Perhaps the world IS coming to an end....

Haha, "...the world IS coming..." as in Image Stabilization I get it, because Canon has decided on sticking IS in everything and using that as an excuse to somehow push the price to level insane, and most aren't even L !!

Ok but seriously, I too am more interested in the possibility of a new 50L, it'll have to be one incredible upgrade to the current one though, even with better sharpness and no focus shift, if it'll be more expensive then what, full sealing, 'better' bokeh, faster focusing? It still won't beat the Sigma for it's price and near identical image it produces... but that's not the point, sometimes that red ring makes all the difference

Ahh yes, looks good, it's either this or the Sigma 35 for me, but being able to shoot slow stopped down is certainly a good point for those group/scenic shots. It's sharp and the bokeh looks great too

Lenses / Re: New Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for Canon getting awesome reviews
« on: December 14, 2012, 09:36:00 AM »
Anyone have an personal experience to report about this lens? We're in the market for a good 35mm and am wondering if this is a good choice over Canon's 35 1.4L. Lots of reports about how shart it is, but I'm more curious about the focus accuracy - anyone have information about the AF performance?

I have a couple of in-shop shots I got with the lens, it's sharp and CA free even at F/1.4, plenty of contrast, not sure about the colors based on the indoor lighting, but expect typical Sigma colors. The focus was spot on accurate and silent, and remember there's the lens USB mount that Sigma is producing for the new lenses to fine tune the AF accuracy AND speed/response, so as good as it is, it could potentially be adjusted to go faster?

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/2 IS Resolution Test
« on: December 14, 2012, 09:26:19 AM »
Interesting report - Seems that the Sigma resolves better, but possibly with a harsher bokeh. I wonder how the lenses perform in other areas - flare, CA, etc.

Harsher? Sigma in recent years has produced lenses with great creamy bokeh, even their 10-20mm F/3.5 IMO has really nice smooth bokeh, my 70-200 OS is awesome, the 50mm 1.4 is just as good as the 50L in that regard, and on and on with the 85mm, 30mm f/1.4, and test shots I took with the 35mm are great. Some disks show up in some highlights, but really only noticeable when cropped way in, and they at least stay circular all the way, unlike the 35L

Lenses / Re: Vignetting on 24-70 F/2.8L II USM
« on: December 13, 2012, 11:41:59 PM »
There's a reason to dump FF and go crop now, you won't even notice the vignetting!

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L in Late 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 13, 2012, 11:36:04 PM »
Typical of canon to feed rumors and leak announcements a year in advance, and control discontent among the brand loyalists, announce as late as they can in the next year, and deliver the actual product even later still like in 2014. Seen this play before. *yawn*

Either the above or get the product out of the door asap with poor factory QC like some companies. Pick your poison.

BTW, the 14-24 f/2.8L patent was confirmed in 2009, filed in 2007 within Japan and 2008 within USA. See this. So, if what you say is true, then Canon must have been fueling rumors and anticipation several years prior to actual product release. :D

Right, because Canon products are immune from poor QC, if that were entirely true then the wait + final cost wouldn't matter so much

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