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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:34:59 PM »
Companies can engage in loss leaders.  What better way to introduce sigma to a new demographic and re introduce themselves to a demographic that has since moved on from sigma die to their past issues.

Plus, I think bringing out a great lens for marginal or no profits will keep Sigma pegged as the bargain option. Bringing it out for its true market value will set them up as long-time competitors to Nikon and Canon. Remember, they cannot thrive on marginal profits forever. They also need to answer their shareholders.

Sigma is a privately owned company -- no shareholders to satisfy, only the family.


Many privately held companies still have shares, the shares just aren't publicly traded.  So there are still shareholders.

+1

Where are you going with this? Are you implying Sigma is going to under-price the 50/1.4 Art because they are filled with the milk of human kindness and don't care for profit?
Let's see how it is priced, and then let's see how it performs. Meanwhile, you can fill pages and pages with speculation, but that won't affect the eventual sales. It will be a good pastime for your coffee breaks, though ;)

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EOS-M / Re: Want the 90EX?
« on: March 20, 2014, 10:52:34 AM »
For those of us using the M for everyday photography - the 90EX works GREAT for basic fill flash - what it was primarily intended to do. 

I'm not a semi-pro wanna-be like some that bemoan its ability to trigger other off-camera flashes....

Not to bemoan your technique... but any flash that is attached directly above the lens and pointed directly at your subject will have some negative ramifications.  The subject looks flat and featureless, there are flash reflections that are harsh...

You don't have to be a pro to like the look from off camera flash.  But to not understand the benefits of the same and to belittle it... Seems a touch ignorant. 

But it's fine... I'm sure most of your photos involve sunsets and second curtain fill flash with a modifier...

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 19, 2014, 11:29:55 PM »
I doubt this lens be made in Japan. It's more likely be made in China.

We all know the labor cost in China ;)

Yup, skyrocketing with 10%+ salary increases per year.  :D

There's a reason why an increasing number of companies are looking to move out of China. Heck, there are even Chinese companies will take your order and outsource the manufacturing to lower cost countries in South East Asia.

I know we are just kidding... but it seems as though Americans are constantly sucking at the teet of slave labor.  While the Chinese wouldn't exactly qualify... they are pretty close.  It is a touch depressing, although I don't ever think about it when I'm shooting.

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EOS-M / Re: Want the 90EX?
« on: March 19, 2014, 09:11:08 PM »
I don't play with optical triggering that much.. but I assumed that the red front part of the flash needed to be facing your subject... at least that is what I did when I use it.  and with the fully articulating head of the 580 or 600, it seems like the flash doesn't HAVE to be in front of the camera.  I could be wrong on all fronts though.

Optical trigger uses visible light, that is the actual flash head.
In case of 580 or 600, the raw strength of the light might be able to bounce and activate the slave, if needed. However, the maneuverability of the head is useful since a direct line of sight is ideal and in case of a puny master like the 90EX, it is necessary. I can't imagine how restrictive that will be in terms of placing the slaves.
Thanks, PBD, you saved me 60 bucks!

I guess I'll be using it indoors only.  It did work when I used it the other day, but it isn't my ideal option.

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Lenses / Re: just hit the purchase button
« on: March 19, 2014, 05:49:26 PM »
"So you sent the Sigma back and kept the Canon?"

Yeah. Two copies actually. The second one was worse than the first which is when I decided to give up. I kept the 35L for a while longer until I eventually decided it would be more useful to just have the 35/2 IS since I already had the other fast primes close to the FL.

The Sigma was amazing optically which is why I wish I could be guaranteed a copy that marries well to my body.

What body do you have?  Do you have AFMA? 

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I don't recall it being mentioned... but I use the yongnuo 622c's and the first set I got only one of the transceivers was fully functional, so you have to keep that in mind... but they quickly and efficiently add ettl wireless control over your speedlites.  And at roughly $40 each.. that is a steal.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye for Canon $199
« on: March 19, 2014, 10:38:51 AM »
There's s thread somewhere that I started that had a few fisheye photos using the Rokinon. I like the lens much more on a crop than on a full frame... but it was remarkably sharp when stopped down to f5.6.

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How's the balance with the 100mm tripod ring.  I think I'll pick one up.  It will be cheaper than buying a nice tripod ball head.

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I wonder if folks who black out their gear do the same to their cars, dishwashers, razors etc.
 Being anti advertising is one thing but a logo on a machine isn't like a Nike T shirt or a John Deere hat.

I think if I saw a blacked out camera it would actually stand out much more to me and furthermore it would be very easy to tell the brand from the shape. Ricockulous but ymmv.

One of the first people to get me into photography was a Private Dick who was a buddy of my dad's and told me about the ins & outs of night-time "Sneaky Peep" surveillance. Dick's like to black-out their brands of their cameras to hide hand distinguishing marks and to help camouflage themselves into the background so they won't be spotted by the people they're spying.

For me, I want people to know I'm buying the best and I wouldn't hide the name "Canon," ever.

How expensive of great do private dicks have? In the movies they always seem to zoom in... and those were the days of film... so what.. 1600 iso and 1\30 of a second shutter speeds to get the husband dancing in his under wear? 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye for Canon $199
« on: March 19, 2014, 09:24:07 AM »
Damn...didn't catch that it was a permanent hood.  I guess I'll let you know what it looks like on a full frame.  Hopefully it is manageable. 

-Brian

It's not good. 

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EOS-M / Re: Want the 90EX?
« on: March 19, 2014, 06:55:41 AM »
It's flash capabilities are not "not all that great", they are non existent.
It depends on how much you want a severely limited optical master. Personally, and I own both, I'd recommend spending a little more and getting a secondhand ST-E2 (around $110), it isn't much bigger, is much more "powerful", it has a focus assist, and you don't have to do everything from the camera menu.

I put in some new panasonic batteries and while I wouldn't say the batteries were great... they took their sweet time to recharge.  I play around with the 90 ex and my two 580 exii's in slave mode and I like the results... I played with the ratios and I do like having a dual flash set up... but I would happily sell my 90 exii for a $50 if anyone wants to give me that much (via Craigslist)... it is ok... but there were enough times where I was annoyed because I assumed the flash would be ready and it wasn't.

+1  I owned a 90EX for 7 months and recently sold it for $40 on eBay.  Since it can't swivel to use for bounce flash, I only used it as an optical master, and it didn't perform well in that role.

As an optical master it works, but I found the recycle time to be incredibly slow.  In the studio I was missing lots of shots with our toddler while waiting for it to recycle.  Also, since its fixed, you are forced to keep your slave flashes in front of you to trigger them.  I recently purchased two 600EX-RT's and now use one of those as my master, so the 90EX was just gathering dust.

I recommend spending a little more money on a more capable flash.

I don't play with optical triggering that much.. but I assumed that the red front part of the flash needed to be facing your subject... at least that is what I did when I use it.  and with the fully articulating head of the 580 or 600, it seems like the flash doesn't HAVE to be in front of the camera.  I could be wrong on all fronts though.

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EOS-M / Re: Want the 90EX?
« on: March 18, 2014, 11:28:48 PM »
Guys don't get too excited about the 90EX, I got one in an M kit, it is useless; utterly useless as a flash, or even for fill, its only practical use is as an optical master but even then it is somewhat limited having no power, bounce, or swivel capabilities.

Having used one I wouldn't value it at anything like $50.

Even if it's flash capabilities are not all that great, isn't $50 for an optical master a really good deal?

I put in some new panasonic batteries and while I wouldn't say the batteries were great... they took their sweet time to recharge.  I play around with the 90 ex and my two 580 exii's in slave mode and I like the results... I played with the ratios and I do like having a dual flash set up... but I would happily sell my 90 exii for a $50 if anyone wants to give me that much (via Craigslist)... it is ok... but there were enough times where I was annoyed because I assumed the flash would be ready and it wasn't.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 18, 2014, 11:22:49 PM »
I know Sigma is a 2nd tier brand... but if the lens is really that good, they would be giving it away at $800.  Especially when their main competition is the Otus which is $4000.  Is Ford really going charge $10,000 for a mid-size sedan because Honda is selling their's at $20,000?

Not to mention, the 50 art would come in at a lower price than the 35 art? 

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And for the record... I'm willing to take any of these lexar cards of your hands because I'm still rocking an 8gb 800x with that 120mb readrate and that 45mb/s write rate.
I just have one Lexar and it's going into the 5DIII once the 1DX arrives, but I have an old Sandisk 128MB card that I paid way too much for in 2000 if you'd be interested in that one - not to mention a drawer full of SD and MMC cards along with a Sony MemoryStick.  I might still have the 4MB CF card that came with my first digital camera as well ;)

It is so funny about cards, they become worthless so quickly.  I have a few 16gb uhs 1/class 10 New sd cards and I can't sell them.  I wind up having to give them away when I sell a body.

I'm not sure where my really old cards are... but I'm glad mmc and the Fuji xd cards are done.  I hated the lack of there being a standard format.

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Thank you for all the great ideas.

Here's one of mine: Rubber lens adjustable hoods.

* Protect the lens and the camera softly - won't break.
(Think willow tree versus an oak tree)

* Can put lens with camera in bag without removing hood as it takes almost no additional volume - and they collapse to fit my bag.

* $8 versus Canon's $32.

The only time I don't use them is with a lens wider than about 50mm.
Then we need  the petal design.
However, if new rubber hoods come with petals - I'm all in.

Here's one for your 100-400 lens.

http://www.camera-filters.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=483&products_id=7602


I had one and I really liked it... but if you drop the camera/lens lens first... it offers very little protection.  As I don't use filters.. 8 will sacrifice a hood over the front element any day.

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