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Lenses / Re: Photozone has released their review of the Sigma 35 1.4...
« on: February 27, 2013, 07:37:54 AM »

thanks for asking about Biff..... he was my closest wild animal friend
it has been a few weeks now....   I believe he is gone
I had a lab retriever MIKE when I was a kid... he peed on the colonel's flowers across the street....living on-base.  So...we were told to get rid of him. My dad gave him to a rice farmer ...in the valley. I am sure Mike ran and swam his life away..
I never got over that event......over MIKE.  Never had another dog.
Biff is right there behind Mike...in bonding...  I never saw a Jay other than Biff that would stand a foot or so from me...on the windowsill.. and just look at me...mumble little hellos...and listen to me play guitar..
he liked the maj7th chords..

it was a close friendship... of course he ate like a king
same building.. yrs back....up on the top floor ..with a view...
we had an air cond unit that stuck out the window...
and had a plastic 'window' above it to finish sealing the weather out.
I would take out that plastic.. and the air con was then an open-air platform ....just below eye level...

I got a passing seagul to land there once... coaxing him with a bit of salmon..
then he came every day... of course...so I left the plastic out most of the time..
and  so 'Johnny' came by...landed on the air con platform ... and basically walked inside and cried out ..
each morning... he woke me up... like a rooster
his wife sat up on the roof facade... 10 feet up and they took turns...but he controlled it all
if I left the plastic in...he would tap tap tap on the window... and I would remove it...

Johnny took food from my hand...usually dog food pellets...sometimes fish ..
and like Biff..later..I would talk quietly to him..face to face... a foot away..
...usually about how handsome he was...but sometimes politics..

when we moved downstairs he circled for months .. and followed me to the market sometimes....I really missed him too.... but then Biff showed up down on the patio.
and the hummers too...

Biff's remaining wife and I believe his offspring ..hang out...but Biff was unique...

thanks for asking about Biff .....

Young Biff

Old Biff


Lenses / Re: Photozone has released their review of the Sigma 35 1.4...
« on: February 26, 2013, 09:09:08 PM »
Thanks for enjoying the shot

yes that PREVIOUS shot... is my Sigma 35 f1.4 @ f2....cropped from the center
not really the right lens...just testing it...

birds ...mostly at my window

Frankie's feeder is 2" from the window edge....
I shoot them with the macro ....usually
here are two of Betty (his wife) ... then their baby Frankie Junior

then one of Frankie in the right light

sometimes with 70-200  with a tube...
but macro gets me the closest

thanks Canon..... for the silent mode on 5D3


Lenses / Re: Photozone has released their review of the Sigma 35 1.4...
« on: February 26, 2013, 08:39:05 PM »

yes ...expensive...I'll sell the sigma... and come up with another $1500...gasp!
hence my ...partly) tongue-in-cheek   'sell the farm'  comment

let me say
they took a pretty good 70-200 f4 ... and added I.S. and sharpened it up and it is arguably the sharpest zoom around....  amazing act...topping themselves..

they can do it....
it was not that much more expensive than the old non I.S. version...

put the team on it....lock the door... be a hero...
this is an invitation...frankly....

stop leaving work early on thursday guys....


doncha love competition!

P.S. the Sigma is quite sharp and bokeh is as good as any 35..... well...yes... this is subjective...
but it works for me  @ f1.4

Lenses / Re: Photozone has released their review of the Sigma 35 1.4...
« on: February 26, 2013, 02:06:55 PM »

NOW Canon can step up....

I bet they pulled their 35L mk II at the last minute.. because the Sigma was so good...
(I bought the Sigma ...it is very good)

I would like to see Canon put out a response toe the Sigma success... and it is ...success

let's have some ...best lens Canon ever made.....sort of lens with the New 35L II....

lets have some world shaking Bokeh quality.....
and maintain sharpness....

I want it already,....
selling my tractor and ... barn...
Kids can go to ...local community college ...


Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: February 26, 2013, 01:26:59 PM »

Love you venice shot..
I could spend my days ...with a glass of wine watching the boats go by..

that night shot looks fun

you have some nice 14mm shots ...thanks for sharing them


Lenses / Re: first trip to England any recommendations ?
« on: February 26, 2013, 01:17:55 PM »
    Edinbourough was fun at Tattoo time..

Is that anywhere near Edinburgh? (score extra points with the locals if you pronounce it "Ed-in-burr-uh")  ;)


pretty good wine-spelling ...eh?
hope that didn't offend...the people were the sweetest....


Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Center Pinch Lens Caps Now Shipping
« on: February 25, 2013, 07:16:36 PM »

I got mine with the undercoat...dealer said it was already applied... and that I had to take it


I love the way a swarm of $1 versions ...appeared....right away

that's entertainment........atleast for me
well done

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Center Pinch Lens Caps Now Shipping
« on: February 25, 2013, 04:57:58 PM »
I'll wait for the LR4.x update for them .....first.....

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 14 f/2.8 with Fluorite
« on: February 25, 2013, 02:29:27 PM »

you made me laugh out loud... that is so funny
I would EAT some flouite for an improved (as in PERFECT) 14MM lens

yes ...love that flourite...

I have the 16-35 II, 14L II (ready for some improvement again ...as the 14L III)

how did I get so hooked on really  ' W  I  D   E '?

we are so spoiled....
and I love it

humor.... means ....thinking at a higher level
thanks again


Samyang SEEMS like a good option for ... 4 times...ok ok....5 times... wait....6 times less $$ .........ha...
it has - I hear -  a bit more distortion, but should be considered...

I DO love my 14L II.. and DEMAND autofocus... in how I use it

but I would agree here that Samyang 14mm is a possible option....

can we please get Canon's head out of the clouds.......soon
we want the products but we cant all drive TestaRosas and Antique Aston Martins ...


Lenses / Re: first trip to England any recommendations ?
« on: February 24, 2013, 08:35:15 AM »
in London
go see the greenwich location ...on a boat trip...
Harrison clock etc.. day trip.. I like the thames river trips...

and the british museum 2 days?....if you like that stuff
I forget ...but I believe no tripods no flashes.. just fast lenses

I did like the TOWER trip also...

and I am not usually a tourist ...not usually

maybe one good DRIVE thru the countryside... if that is a handy thing to do...like a friend with a car...
Marlow and surrounding countryside was nice...

St James Park...giant park next to where the big hats change the guard ...you know where people try to distract the soldier at attention

I spend 2 days sitting on the benches there in St James playing my guitar...not busking...
just watching the vastness of it... people....need good weather...
walk along the river both sides...  all near the 'eye' wheel

Edinbourough was fun at Tattoo time.. 
but Scotland is a big $$ and time addition... I went because of work...

I would have a city lens W I D E ....and museum lens FAST and maybe I.S. ...
possible long lens... less important

an expensive place for sure
I thought the English were quite nice and I felt welcomed always...
if it works ....an overnight to Paris ($$) ..under the channel (chunnel) is great..fast train
I believe you can make a day trip...but that is too short to SEE stuff...
Paris and musuems takes at least 2 days min to know you were somewhere and stopped to look

I enjoyed ONCE up on top of a double decker bus in London with a camera...and just to see a long loop around the tourist spots.. so you can see things and relax... westminster ..all that
again near the park ...buckingham etc...

I send you some good luck ..for good weather.. for all that

it has been a while ...so ask someone about the photo rules

travel safe.....


Lenses / Re: Canon 35 2.0 IS vs Sigma 35 1.4
« on: February 23, 2013, 02:55:31 PM »
you are sort of right about the distance...I think ...they all have a bad distance...IMO

here is one I just shot...that shows the 'bad' distance...baskets on the left

just a quick shot ...not art

then 3 that show the distant bokeh is smoother

BUT Canon 35L from my experience with it would have been just a little smoother..
but not buttery like a 85L II..

35 is not bokeh king..

I believe Canon COULD find a compromise between bokeh and BEATING Sigma sharpness..
and with weather sealing..
go for the standard $2300 new lens charge

I'll take one if it makes my socks catch fire...

I believe the Sigma 35 I just bought  is better than the 35L I just sold..
otherwise I would be unhappy.......ha!

it is close enough...I say... with Siggy sharper by ONE STOP


Lenses / Re: Help Me Build My Lens Stable!
« on: February 23, 2013, 11:35:49 AM »
your choices
16-35 II (traveling, street, some landscape, group or environmental portraits even)
70-200 2.8 IS II (everything...weddings, events, portrait, some closer wildlife)
135L (covers my portraits, some street stuff, events/stage stuff)
24 1.4L (not as good as the TS but it's more versatile. churches, markets, lowlight, astro)
100 Macro (L or not? IS can come in handy and its only a $240 difference, weather sealing is a selling point)
50 1.4 (better bokeh than the 1.8, which I'd keep as backup or lightweight setup)

I say ditch the 24 1.4, 50 1.4....get the Sigma 1.4 to replace BOTH..
and when Canon wakes up... and delivers the 35L II with perfection bokeh and sharp like Sigma...get it instead

I am torn about the
16-35 and 70-200 f2.8
I have both the 2.8 II and f4 I.S. ..
I feel my f2.8II ...  is just too heavy...

I also have the 16-35 II ..a good lens but 14L so good...

zoom kit
I say get 14L, 24-70 II f2.8 ... keep 70-200 f4 I.S. (mine is the sharpest zoom I have EVER seen)
got to your 135 f2 if you want speed

14L,  24-70 f2.8 and 135/100L I.S macro ..... or 70-200 f4 I.S(smaller ...actually portable0
3 lenses cover soo much here....

put the Sigma in the middle of a prime kit
14L II,  Sigma 35 f1.4 (skip Canon ...I sold mine) ... then 135 f2

just me looking at reducing my kit ...having most of these options ...and chosing what to give up...

I want all my stuff in one medium bag... 1/2 of a light travel backpack...holding clothes too....
travel light..get simple

carry 3-4 lenses
14L, 35 1.4,  24-70 f2.8 II,  135 -OR- 100 I.S macro
(yes the I.S. is useful.. get I.S on any longer than 70mm lens)

I am almost there


Lenses / Re: Canon 35 2.0 IS vs Sigma 35 1.4
« on: February 23, 2013, 11:23:02 AM »

I think you have explained this well with some samples ....


I used the 35L for years and had 'good' bokeh ..mostly.. from HOW I shot...
a lot depends on where you select/place the background....(and foreground)....when you compose

IMO neither the Sigma (just bought it) nor the 35L have great bokeh in all shots...
they have good down to mediocre in many shots- IMO

Sigma gets a bad rap - IMO


but my real reason here is to say
this in an opportunity for Canon 35L II to really work the bokeh...I mean assuming they get sharp at f1.4 like Sigma does now

make Bokeh the difference.....

c'mon Canon ...you are up ... design a new top-dawg...


Lenses / Re: Canon 35 2.0 IS vs Sigma 35 1.4
« on: February 23, 2013, 09:10:24 AM »

yes - I believe this is the case..
the run up to Sigma release... Canon 35L II rumor was whispering

the timing was... it seemed like the 35L II was about to be announced
when suddenly Sigma released 35 and it was raved about....still is

I felt like Canon quickly pulled their 35L II because it was not as good as Sigma
and sent the 35L II BACK to dwg board....  I have no proof but the events seemed to fall that way

it was expected to see a 35L II... but Sigma upstaged them

me ...I bought the Sigma after checking them out and digging thru reviews..
Sigma is great and both Canon 35L and Sigma have ..just ok bokeh ..Canon maybe an edgein SOME scenarious

MY comittment to myself is if Canon NOW comes out with a 35L II that BEATS Sigma ...
I will sell Sigma and get 35L II....
also Canon ...if they ever get competitive here ...the should feel they have to trump Sigma...
I will wait ...using the Sigma ....for the  ? ... $2200 35L II ... ?
that's my feeling about what happened and what will happen...

Lenses / Re: Canon 35 2.0 IS vs Sigma 35 1.4
« on: February 22, 2013, 10:30:52 PM »
I had the 35L ...for a few yrs...sold it
and then wanted the 35 I.S.  or Sigma.....

as is said here by others ...if you need I.S.....you need I.S.
and you start at f2........

I shot a 35L, Sigma35 1.4, and 35 I.S ....and distagon at the counter
a few situations

distagon had nice bokeh over the others
canon35L next .. with Sigma almost the same(neither is as good as 85L or 135L)
then 35 I.S.

the Sigma was almost one stop sharper than 35L
Sigma @ f1.4 ~ Canon 35L @ f2
the 35 I.S was close to those other two....by about f2.8 or f4

I bought the Sigma....and I do love it...performs better than the canon 35L did for me...for years
and it was great

I went into this thinking I wanted the 35 I.S. ...but it was not as impressive as I had hoped
and I like to have I.S. (I do think the I.S. is a good lens...but sigma got me)

I liked getting f1.4 sharp performance....
and on a 5D3 it is great

a couple samples
the bokeh is just fine.... IMO

just my thoughts

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