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Hello everyone. I have a quick question for other wedding photographers.  I have done custom albums for several years.  Nice, leather bound, padded, etc...  I have a nice wide format printer and can produce really stunning prints because I control the whole workflow, so the albums look fab, but....

I find producing albums time consuming and because the albums themselves are expensive, the small margin makes it seem like it isn't hardly worth my time. 

How are the rest of you handling albums these days? Any tips?

B&H is going to send me both the 50 Art along with the older Sigma 50 so I can compare them side by side.  I don't own the Sigma dock, and so I am wondering how much of a factor that is going to be to getting accurate AF from the newer lens.

Do I need to have them send me the dock, too?

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: May 06, 2014, 05:56:07 PM »
I am going to check this lens out tomorrow. The thing I like about this lens from specs is that it is lighter and smaller as the Sigma 35 f/1.4, it has IS and f/2 (compared to the pancake 40mm)
It may be a better indoor/streetphotography lens on my 6D as the Sigma 35mm - which is bigger and heavier.
But I am still in doubt...

It is a great balance on a 6D.  You will find the AF faster than the 40mm, but isn't anywhere near as compact.  Still, if your two extremes are the 40mm and the S35, the 35IS is a nice balance between the two.

Lenses / Re: More Wide Angle Lens Speculation [CR1]
« on: May 06, 2014, 02:10:50 PM »
haha. My 14MM II is just fine in the corners from 5.6 onwards. In fact, I prefer it to the Rokinon 14mm which has such stretched corners that I find it unusable. Yes the Canon at 2.8 is soft, but really 5.6 is just peachy keeno. Albeit expensive.............

Bingo.  The Rokinon is actually bit sharper, but the extreme distortion in the corners can kill that (depending on the tilt of the sensor).

P.S.  If the rumor regarding the price of the new 100-400L is true, it had better be VERY, VERY good.  As in twice as good as the 70-300L or 3x as good as the new Tamron 150-600 VC.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: May 06, 2014, 09:41:11 AM »
Two of my latest shots with the 6D and the recently bought Samyang 14mm :) . I've got to thank Dustin Abott for his work and inspiration with the Samyang lens. Both shots can be seen also here:

I've shot these on a trip in Kenya, I'm still processing more shots from the travel.

Beautiful work.  I'm glad the Samyang is working out for you!

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: May 05, 2014, 01:48:30 PM »
Thx to Dustin Abbott for the referral, this was an impromptu shot after Easter service w/Canon 135mm L f2

Yep, that's got the 135L magic look going.  Very nice!

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: May 02, 2014, 01:29:43 PM »
Unfortunately, the resale value of Sigmas (especially mine was a refurb on top of that) is so poor, I couldn't afford to take a chance.
I hope that improves with these newer lenses, but I took a beating (nearly 50% loss) on my mint condition Sigma 12-24 II when I sold it, while breaking even or making money on every Canon I've sold.  My Tokina 16-35 held it's value quite, well, too.

My experience is that if you buy 3rd party lenses second hand, they hold their value (the hit is off of the retail price).  Canon L lenses hold their value the best, although you are always going to have to swallow what you pay in taxes and some percentage off of a new purchase.  I don't think I've ever taken a loss with buying secondhand Canon gear and later reselling it.  I've made some many if anything.

P.S.  It looks like B&H is sending me a copy of this lens to review, possibly next week.  I look forward to spending some time with it and will post (or CR may post) my review when it is finished.

Well, the 35A sells for $ 700-720 on FredMiranda only a year and a half from its release, about $ 200 less than the new price. That wasn't promising. I got offers of $ 500-550 for my mint, refurb lens and realized returning it to Sigma was the smart thing to do.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: May 02, 2014, 09:56:25 AM »
Cecil on grandpa's lap

That is a very cute shot!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: May 02, 2014, 09:56:04 AM »
Here's a unique one I just took of our cat:

The Mouse's View by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: May 01, 2014, 01:14:59 PM »
King Charles Cavalier Spaniel - she's about 4 1/2 months old.

Nice! Shot using one of your vintage lenses, no doubt?

That's actually the Tamron 70-200 VC lens.  It actually has a really, really nice OOF rendering.  It has its limitations, but is actually an amazingly competent lens. 

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: May 01, 2014, 11:00:52 AM »
Puppy on a Rainy Day by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

King Charles Cavalier Spaniel - she's about 4 1/2 months old.

Some great looking images.  I'm impressed.  Good examples...and good photography!

Testing the new Samyang SFH-14 filter holder that was recently published.
The holder comes with double slideways so i used two filters (Cokin 154 ND8 + Cokin 121M ND4) to take this photo.

Great shot.  It renewed my interest in getting the filter holder and filters.  I work with the North American supplier, and they checked and were informed that they aren't bringing it into North America.  Ebay?

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: April 28, 2014, 02:07:57 PM »
I find it weird that there is only 1 shop in Norway that have the lens in stock. When I preordered they said they will begin shipping next month.. Maybe this afternoon I will receive the lens, if the norwegian postal doesn't screw up with its delivery. They're notoriously known for their long delivery times.

Ordered from FotoVideo on Saturday and still haven't received tracking number and confirmation that it has been sent yet, so combine that with the slowness of "Posten" and we're looking at Friday instead of Tuesday.
Got mine from Japanphoto (Norwegian mail order) today :) No time to try it before the weekend though.

Let us know how you like it Eldar ;)
I can assure you that it will be plenty of comparison shots with the Otus. I need to know what the extra $3k is worth  :P

I am also crossing my fingers for the AF system. I donĀ“t want to get the same will-it-focus-properly-worry I have with the 35A.

I would love to see you actually start a new thread with comparison photos and anecdotes.  I will have a copy for review soon, but will probably never have the Otus in hand for comparison purposes!

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