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Lenses / Re: Canon 50L - Love or Hate?
« on: April 16, 2014, 05:32:31 PM »
I think the problem is that I read this article...


And the 50 usm beat or matched the 50 L in sharpness.  This is when I owned and primarily used the 50mm f/1.8 as my main lens. 

Quick story about the f/1.8.   I bought it for $75ish and we went to Disney World... and I proceeded to shoot every image  @ f/1.8.  So when I finally looked at the pictures, the AF selected a subject that wasn't my subject (I was a novice then... so not forgivable... but I learned from my mistakes).  Also the lens was soft... very soft @ f/1.8... center to corners.  Eventually I learned the lens sharpens up at around f/2.8 give or take. 

So when I bought the 50 usm because it was the best bang for the buck... I shot at around f/2.8 and I was bored with the images.  They were good... I got many a complement... but I miss shooting REALLY wide open. So the 50 usm collected dust.  And I had no interest in the 50L because the sharpness was on par... and while I completely acknowledge that the bokeh and the color rendition are better... I wasn't willing to shoot at f/2.8 again.

So I harbored these rather negative emotions about the 50L for the past 3ish years... and that bias is hard to give up. 

So for me... I can't respond to any of those options... I would say... because of the MEH factor of the other 50's in my life, I didn't want the 50L.  I don't want to say I hate it... but for the money... I would so rather get other lenses in my bag.

Assuming $1300... I'd lean towards an 85 f/1.8 for portraiture, a 50usm for the focal length which is handy and throw on a 24-105... (which puts me over by around 50 bucks give or take). 

I'm starting to ramble... I need one of yall to loan me your 50L for a week and I'll see if my opinion changes. :)

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 16, 2014, 05:18:11 PM »
This is much the same as the 35L vs 35A debate.....  If you want a sharper lens with harsher bokeh go with the Sigma Art Lenses... if you want an overall smoother rendered pic go with the Canon equivalent.   Though the 35A is  sharper (I owned it for a few months) the 35L rendered the better image to my eyes...  Sharpness isn't everything.

So you were a product tester?  How exactly do you go about getting on that list?

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 16, 2014, 01:24:17 PM »


Also, Dylan, that's the same filter I have.

It's good to be passionate about something... And by George aren't we all.

Even though I don't have a dog in the fight anymore... I still do like order.  I like simple equations that explain complicated truths like...

Canon 85<sigma 85< Canon 85L. 

Simple... most people would agree if cost isn't considered... And I think for me I want to see

Canon 50 f1.8 < Canon f1.4 < Sigma f1.4 < Canon 50L < Sigma 50 art < otus. 

But I understand it isn't that simple...

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:27:21 AM »

Dylan, mac... I was thinking abit a b&w nd and using a step down filter.  77 will fit the 70-200 and the 24-105... but sure about the 100l, but I know it is smaller so I can use a step down ring there as well. 

Having said that... I've heard horror stories about the screw grooves being wrong and people having to cut the ring off their filter and lens... so is there a better brand of step down?

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 15, 2014, 10:08:08 PM »
Congrats JD ;) You gonna LOVE this lens. Post some photos whenever you ready.

I took Neuro advice and bought B&W 3stop ND filter for this lens. Shooting wide open in day time is fun.

Thanks.  That's not a bad idea re: the filter.  I like my f/2.8 lenses... but there is just something fun about shooting at f/1.4 or f/1.8... and now I can push that to f/1.2. 

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:11:07 PM »
I suppose it is time for me to drop out of this conversation... I just bought an 85L mkii... so... I guess the 50mm sigma wasn't meant to be.

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 15, 2014, 06:35:41 PM »
Just sold my Canon 50 1.4 on craigslist for $315.
How much did you pay for it originally?

the cheapest I've ever bought it new was $285... so that would been a nice thirty dollar profit.

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 15, 2014, 01:14:53 PM »

Finally, science, graphs, test chart shots, and lousy comparisons aside, what really matters is the photo.  We can spend our entire lives measurebating, but that's just a sad way to live. 

Measure bating... nice.

The 50L brings out such passion in people... I haven't liked it since I read that the 50 usm is as sharp.  So I've been biased a while... but I'm trying to not let that cloud my judgement one way or another.  I'd like a 50, but I don't need a fifty... so this is just a luxury purchase... but the article was so antithetical to everything that has come out or been rumored.

It felt biased... from the moment they were photographing a dandelion outdoors.  A slight gust of wind will change the location of the subject... not to mention, the dandelion is so blurry to begin with that it is hard to tell exactly where they were focusing.  And if they did hand hold, that is just irresponsible.  Neither lens has is and while the photographer may be competent... I trust a good tripod more.

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 15, 2014, 08:23:04 AM »
When I saw the one sample shot where the coin or what ever it was was in different lighting than the other... I was annoyed. I was a science major in college and it seems pretty obvious that a variable you want to control for is lighting.

Apologize if this has already been posted, but to me this has been the most useful comparison and breakdown yet:


I agree.
btw it was already posted

Okay, thanks!

I see a few other sites that do sample images but they front or back focus and overexpose and do NO editing, and to me that misrepresents what one could actually get. IF they want to post samples that are untouched, they should at least focus properly and provide the original raw's for us to play with.

100% correct. I guess this is showing what sites do proper review and therefor are relevant source

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 15, 2014, 08:20:27 AM »
What happened to this 240% better than any existing 50mm except for the otus.  I'd 240 a made up number or is it simply not that consequential? 

@ruined... none of us have had the lens in hand.  I remember jumping g the gun in the 6d thinking it was basically the 5dmkii in a poly carbonate frame... I was wrong and the 6d has a nice little niche.  I am holding judgement until I have one in hand... maybe at the b&h super store. 

I really don't want to have to compose ALL my shots in the center where the lens is acceptably sharp.  And I think discussing auto focus and build quality is way too premature. 

I guess I don't feel like declaring a winner before the race has even been run.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:03:29 PM »
And this one was taken less than a week before.  I just got the 90 ex... so I was playing with the settings and I screwed up the ratios... I think I set it for 4:1 , but I had both flashes set up under channel B... so both were under powered so the image was incredibly underexposed... but thanks to Lightroom I was able to save the image...

So this was taken at f/8, 1/1000 of a second... which makes no sense to me as to why I would do that... I guess maybe I was playing with the HSS... but no... just screwing around.  Same 100mm L.

Oh... and same background... and notice that you can see all the wrinkles in the sheet... so live and learn.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:55:31 PM »
This image is taken at f/7.1, 1/200 of a second, an iso of 160, with my 100L.  This might be a guess but I believe I had an A:B ratio of 8:1... though I'm not 100% sure it looks like it.  I didn't have the 3rd Yongnuo at the time of the photo... I was using a crappy 90ex as a master and it did SUCH a great job I bought the Yongnuo immediately after the shoot.  Yes... that was sarcasm... but I have good news... I sold that 90ex for 45 bucks and I lost only $5 for the chance to test it out. 

I had one 580 exii to my left with a 43ish inch umbrella (soft white surface) and to my left I was reflecting my 2nd 580 exii off of a flash diffuser (because I am going to get another umbrella, stand, and mounting bracket... but i haven't pulled the trigger yet. 

Note the softness of the background despite shooting at f/7.1.  The background is just a sheet.  It keeps me warm at night and provides a nice pale blue for backgrounds.  I think we have other colors of sheets. 

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 14, 2014, 05:12:14 PM »
Ignore all this... I'm talking to myself to see if I want to bother...

So the 100L is my favorite lens at the moment... If the 50 art's performance is on par with the 50L... then I'm looking at this difference in quality. 

Obviously the amount of light coming through is different, but that doesn't make a difference in a studio setup because I control the light...

So the center performance of the 50L at 1.4 is blown away by the 100L at f/2.8... no surprise there... and I do find that f/2.8 can be limited... and I'd like to go with a bigger aperture... so do the amount of times I find f/2.8 not acceptable worth the $950?

Or maybe I'll just nut up and get the 85L mkii.  Damn it.

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 14, 2014, 03:54:21 PM »
I think what I was hoping for was f2.8 performance of the 50 f1.4 at f1.4 with the art. 

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 14, 2014, 02:26:41 PM »
When I get home I'll show you two photos... one that you can tell was done by an amateur and one that looks pretty Damn good if I say so myself.

Same here JD, I have 2 kids. They are my main reason I got deeply into photography.

Have any pics with home studio?

I photograph my 7 month old mostly... so I use what I have.  Two 580ex iis, the yongnuo 622 c's, one umbrella stands and one diffuser, though I'll be fixing that to two soon.   I want a 72" umbrella but I think I'll wait a little bit on that. 

The yongnuo cost 120ish and allow for ettl and power adjustment through the camera.  I use mkii two current tripods.. so my"studio" is make shift, but it folds up nicely because I use a family room... so being able to reduce all of the stuff is key.

I have a few small complaints about my setup, but they are mostly related to me hitting a button and changing the channels of the transceivers.  So human error.

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