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Lenses / Re: 100-400 II - first shots
« on: December 12, 2014, 07:02:11 AM »
yes
i hear it click in ...
more than 70-200 II for example...

I assume that is what I hear..

I still have lots of testing/using to do...
looks like portland will have some sun saturday...

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Lenses / 100-400 II - first shots
« on: December 11, 2014, 07:52:55 PM »
just picked up 100-400 II
no micro adjust... sun was fading fast...and a windstorm developing... walked out to Burnside PortlandOregon

a few shots... before I had to be somewhere else...

also tried the tamron sp pro 1.4x tc...
noticed a slightly slower focus speed...


overall the lens is rugged, compact.....sits next to 24-105 f4...well...

that is about what I wanted...
it is NOT an f2.8 70-200 zoom  ...about 2 stops gone there.....
and I have no idea how well it does compared to 70-200 @ 400 with canon 2x TC......
mine was pretty good ...focus lagged a bit...

but this is smaller....which is where I have moved this cycle..
still have 14 II, sig 35, 85 f1.2  and macro for all thos specialized shots...

but this lens ..with the 24-105, and close focus, takes the 500 diopter, my polarizer   so it could travel ...well....

lots of shooting to do...
this is first hour..
and you will surely see lots of great shots from others ...

I passed on the 100-400 pump... but this one seems right for me..

by the way....the packing job on the lens is amazing...
good grief.....  this is so carefully thought thru....
they could have a teevee show/contest...for people to try to repack it just like it came....
no one would win

yes...I did get turned around with zoom up front... but getting adjusted now....
...
some award winning shots to follow..
last two are tamron sp pro TC... 560mm

again no micro adjust...5d3


thanks CanonRumors for a great group to read/learn from...and an easy place to exchange ideas...

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I have a good feeling about this one...

a lot of quality reach....especially with a 1.4x TC... in a small package
that can actually be carried for a long walk...
I guess I will take this over the sigma 150-600

my tamron sp pro 1.4x  gave up nothing on my 70-
200 II...
I have a feeling it will do the same or better here...

close focus sold me on this....
walk the town ...flowers birds...no problemo


possibly a NEW 16-35 f4 I.S. and this lens .... maybe my sigma 35 1.4.....
really have a lot covered

or the 24-105 and 100-400 (560)
is a very compact quality kit  IMO....

the 500 diopter and polarizer both fit this...
tubes....get really useful now

wish a review would pop up
lenstip or Photozone....or SLR gear....would be best for me..

this means a new bag for me...a new backpack...
my lowepro is 7 yrs old...what a great bag ...not worn out... just worn ...down

......
the MTFs look pretty good but we need a solid review ASAP....










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Lenses / Re: Bokeh: Good vs. Bad?
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:39:13 PM »
The most important thing about bokeh for me is, that it have to serve a purpose. Here is some of the pitfalls I see with bokeh.

1: Boring subject - creamy bokeh- still a boring photo.
2: Not paying attention to the blurred parts of the photo(colour, composition etc).
3: Bokeh for the sake of bokeh. If you are taking a picture of your girlfriend in front of the Eiffel Tower, it would be pretty stupid if the Eiffel Tower is completely blurred.

if pic of girlfriend ....includes.....the Tower .... rendered in a recognize-able icon, creamy impressionistic blur... that sounds like a compositional choice to me...

I often have a prime and secondary subject...
prime = child eye
secondary = father laughing..wanted him more blurred....
this is not best example...because father is too close to being focused...not quite my goal....
but headed there...

////

I cant find my shot of daughter focused ...with mother and father ...recognizeable by relatives..blured in bokeh... 3 objects ...daughter-focused and parents-blured....made a nice composition...
was sigma 35 @f1.4... smooth parents...dead-sharp daughter....
this is the fun to try this stuff... IMO


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Lenses / Re: Bokeh: Good vs. Bad?
« on: December 02, 2014, 05:13:42 PM »
I had similar creamy results from my 70-200 f4 I.S. .....like reggieabrown..
always liked that lens.....
but
my 85L II    really never gave up top place ...iMO

it is sort of critical
WHERE the background is...distance...
and WHAT it is.... branches  twigs etc... difficult...
but I found it hard to get into trouble with the 85L II...

some favs.....
creamy as can be...   
NOTE: some of these have a little  posterization.... from processing... I had to dig up from a folder....
none of that exists on the properly processed jpg from RAW.. wherever the heck I put them....
....cant find anything now....posting this from bed.... today...

note the musician in the background..behind singer.....really smooth ...and yet properly defined...

I had reasonable results from the sigma 35 art....versus a slightly better canon 35L

my 14L is not good at all....IMO
but I dont use it like that.... anyway...


all a bit subjective I know...
sure is fun to play with

TOM

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Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 26, 2014, 09:10:48 AM »
seems like a fast 35mm would do a lot....
Hi Tom!

You did read that a Sigma 18-35/1.8 is already there?


whoops.....
missed it.....thats a nice lens...

then I vote the 100L macro......

sorry..........  old weak eyes...

good luck....

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Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 03:59:37 AM »
seems like a fast 35mm would do a lot....

35 f2 I.S.   ............   very nice for moderate action indoors..

35 f1.5 sigma.........able to stop some action
I use this a lot.................  ~50mm effective for her camera
...................

she is missing indoors fast lens as you hinted...

I like the sigma because sh can throw out the backgrounds on  shots indoors.....


the 35 I.S.  seems nice too a lot lighter smaller ....1/2 the price?
maybe with small movement she can capture ..situations better......
lower iso maybe...

some folks like this because ...pretty fast but the I.S. is so useful....

I seem to like the 35 I.S. better for this use.......



this is a tough choice imo


Tom





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lens tip reported NO focus shift....so I wonder about this ...seeming....focus shift

just reporting here...

I stalled on this lens til the autofocus rumors fade..

my sigma 35 A  is absolutely perfect.....

I actually like the 35mm angle better..
but I hate to miss a great lens... if only I used 50 more...

does not fit in here
14L II,    35 sig,    85L II,   135L ....


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my story...for what it is worth................

on my 5D3
.if I can get silly for a moment...
my sigma 35A is  91.52 % as accurate as my 35L (which I sold)...
maybe more so....hard to tell...... they both do/did well...

bokeh on sigma is .... 92.36 %    ....as good as Canon 35L was...
 and sig focus SPEED  is 90.03 %   as fast  as the 35L

wideopen sharpness......the Sigma is 122.45% better than Canon...
Chromatics performance.....116% over canon

I guess you can see my point about pixel/performance peeping...

.......

I had.... and worked with.....
 the old sigma 30mm f1.4 on a 20d 40d and 50d...it had to be coaxed (after one return to sigma for work)
...i.e.   pump the 1/2 press button...in servo or single shot...prep the lens for accuracy...this DID work...

the sigma 35 ...is different... it is ready...to nail focus  ALMOST as good as the 35L did....

further
I tried a 50L a number of times at the counter
and it was erratic enough, soft wide open.... and CA filled...that I avoided it
cost unimportant..
plus I like 35mm MORE than 50mm....for that view range...
==============

NOW.....
I ordered the sigma 50.... as soon as allowed
and also had a dock put aside for me for the new 50 and the owned 35 A...and coming 85mm f1.4 or whatever....

...after waiting and having first place in line... in town
...and after reading of focus issues.......I gave up my place and withdrew from the purchase..
....(it was about to arrive)

a small part of withdrawing... was about 50mm versus 35mm field of view
....mostly I did not want to put in some new work to get this new product functioning...if needed
but I got the feeling that this focus was possibly a trouble spot for the sig 50mm A.....

now I am not so sure.....
but no worries

I do know that no one had an auto-focus lens suitable for me
......... until the sig A was coming in...

35 A lens is a wonderful lens ...which i use as standard ...on the 5D3 all the time....
it is very good

I still wonder if the dock and the 50mm A  ... and some work ...would have been just fine..
but I love the 35A so much that I ....just let this all go..................................for now...

I think I am waiting out the field testing by everyone... thankyouverymuch

and I am usually first on a new lens...

==========
I think Sigma had to back-engineer the (35A AND 50A) lens....
but they had experience with their 30mm from the old days..


this is just my experienced comment...that may be similar to others....

I may still get the 50mm... but it is not compelling at the moment

I have 14L II, 35 Sigma,  85L II 
and 135L  .... as my prime setup   they are the best available for me....

(actually I recently sold 135L to a friend...but will likely buy one again... it is already missed
...but I am only talking about $100 different between new and used... a solid commodity...
...the 135L is like a Krugerrand in that respect...a known quantity...when it is in pristine condition)

so  I await the final conclusion here...and await the coming Sig 85mm f1.4 A  lens

and dream of a sigma 135mmm  I.S Arts lens........   or Canon 135mm f2L I.S.

we are playing out Sigma's latest  success story.... in slow motion here...I believe

Canon LET this happen...by inaction  IMO

...........

what a great forum this is....VERY useful...
I enjoy reading everyone's ideas and respect and  learn from them

TOM















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Lenses / Re: Waiting for the 35 1.4L II
« on: May 11, 2014, 09:40:11 AM »
just my thought and experience....

have 14L II, 35 sig,  85L II ....
making kit small...in lens count... pounds are still high...ha!


I had 35L ...it was a great lens.... sold it ...got most of what I paid...

bought sigma 35 1.4 Art... sharper ...about same or VERY SLIGHTLY lower quality bokeh...
depends on background for each...
love it.....a better lens than the 35L I ... IMO

HOWEVER
I swore i would get 35L II .... if it measured up...well up and over the sig 35..
so I await Canon's move...
 they have a big fence to climb...but...we will see

I really want an 85 OS f1.4.... and/or 135 OS f2...from Canon or sigma.....

sup to them........

Tom

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 05, 2014, 07:49:47 PM »
FINALLY a decent 50mm lens...

I will try this one...and I mean BUY it ...use it for 1/2 year...really try it out...
my 35 f1.4 is quite nice.. and the bokeh quality...
is about as good as the 35L(I sold)... sometimes a little busy..

but I am nitpicking on the 35 sigma...  a very nice lens

so,
if the bokeh on this 50mm is  reasonable...this lens will be hard to get....for a while...  IMO

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now I want an 85mm f1.4 Arts lens...hurry hurry....

I am delighted... this 50mm is looking so good
I hear June availability...on the 50mm

TOM

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 135mm f/2 DG OS Art Coming? [CR1]
« on: December 16, 2013, 08:21:34 PM »
love my 35 sig A

have 135L ...it is great

if Sig makes one with OS AND has similar performance as 135L...
and ...for like $1,000....well...hello Canon   anyone in there?.... knock knock.....

will be nice to see what the 35L II looks like  in performance....  now that they retreated and redesigned and MAY reissue... to combat sig 35 f1.4...............

this Canon/sigma 35 f1-4 saga.......
is part of the hint/equation for the 135 path...how this is all handled....

I love my Canon lenses..
but the sig 35  1.4   is so lovely...   got my money back on the 35L f1.4.......

a 135 sigma f2 OS is JUST what I need....IFF it does the job right

TOm

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had a 5D II and used it with my 35L and 85L II
nice gear all around...

then
when I got the 5D3...the lenses came alive .... all over the place....finally
accurate, more reliably sharper.... all points ar4e now useful....
(both cameras having been set up with MA)

then the sigma 35 replaced the 35L ... wow ...buh bye ...Canon
and the new SYSTEM with these 2  lenses is great... 
I love this pair walking the city as the sun arrives... ...the sigma keeps up with the 85L - IMO
I also carry the 14L.... it is nice...within its own limits

likely.... these two fast primes are the only stuff that works (for me) in low light of a bar / jazz club....
....and at the outer points too.... much better than the 5D II...
my 35 sig DOES work fast accurate and on outer points....

as for the 6D...have not used one... but I 'understand' the centerpoint is the reliable option..

my vote - for you - is for the 5D III

the two primes are the correct ones...
I also have the 135L...lovely,,,, but not the same ability as the 85L II... for what I like...

yes 135 is faster to focus ...and  better for some work... and with a flash ...likely beats the 85L..
but for those very low light ...special shots... the sigma the 35 and 85 and a 5D3  are where it art..

in my opinion

TOM

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Lenses / Re: Is it still the time for the 16-35 ?
« on: October 27, 2013, 05:46:10 PM »
oops i forgot to write that my doubts are also because i take a lot of industrial photos to very big machines that the company where i work manufactures. Now i've the 10-22 but i've bought the 5D mkIII and i need to replace it.
I shoot :

10% landscape
20% travel reportage
30% event reportage
40% industrial photos

so the high distorsion of the 16-35 wouldn't be the best solution, but it seems the only one (counting also the big discount applied)

I had the 10-22 canon  and it was great
the 16-35 gives you the same picture but on a full frame....and same performance ...maybe a little better...  when I switched to FF from crop I missed the 10-22 and filled that longing
...in slightly better quality...but nearly exact view....with the 16-35 II

just sayin

TOM

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II with IS
« on: October 27, 2013, 09:51:52 AM »
as good as the Canon 24-70 II is...  a nice lens

the missing I.S.   ...is covered by 'errors and omissions...' clause in their insurance.

I bought and returned the 24-70 II ...almost sharp enough @ 70... not quite... for the price
BUT the missing I.S. just killed it for me.....
it would be used RIGHT WHERE the I.S. needs to kick-in.... so I get that shot....
silly not to have this available..

I will wait..
and that may include a new Sigma 24-70-ish  range too.......the 35 f1.4 wiped my (sold) 35L ....
Sigma knows how to please...

I believe Canon issued the non-I.S. first because it wouldn't sell...later
when the one with I.S. was available

just my thought

TOM

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