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I will wait until all of the first two batches are sold to all the people that just HAVE to have it, then get bored with it and sell them almost unused for way less than new, including a filter to me. Never fails.

I'm not adverse to used lenses in the least... but with sigma's history... I want to wait a while to see if there are any fatal flaws that I can't live with or if there's an xbox 360 type flaw (red ring of death) that affects launch models at a higher rate than the redesign.

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I haven't seen Sigma lens prices drop. They are very firm except for the rebates. I don't expect the price to drop unless the demand is extremely higher than the supply. My local retailer didn't even know of this lens. I don't expect a temporary premium price locally.

Last December the 35 art was on sale at Amazon for $700 in a lightening sale.  So that is the type of discount I was expecting.

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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: March 22, 2014, 08:58:51 PM »
I don't go to dance recitals, but I hear they are boring.  Five minutes for your kid and two hours of not giving a Damn.

I don't mean to post this image in a condescending way about people who use iPads/tablets as cameras ... I think its awesome that we live in an age where different people with different tools and budgets can get into photography the way they see fit ... its cool that people don't have to learn about camera controls, lighting etc to get some decent images that they will cherish ... like this man who was capturing his little daughter's excitement of having discovered a little dome under the stingray exhibit ... I think he was more excited about having captured this precious memory of his daughter then she was about discovering that little dome ... priceless!
I know some photographers scoff at the idea of others using an iPad as a camera, but I think its marvelous that people can capture a priceless memory in a manner that is convenient to them ... that man was using some app to capture the moment in burst mode and later on at the cafeteria I had seen him editing it in iPhoto. During my last vacation in December, I've seen several tourists using their iPads ... I say why not, more power to the people.
I usually laugh when I see people shooting with huge tablet (and tiny camera on it). ;D But misuse in theaters and dance shows makes me angry when people block the view of others in the audience. >:( They make a couple of photos and videos dark and shaky, and then get on Facebook during the rest of the show. :-X Why paid a ticket if you do not want to watch the show, and disturb the attention of those who want to watch the show? :(

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If it's under 800 I'll probably order on introduction..

If above I'll resist until I give up...

I expect 1300 @ release and I'll bite when it hits $1100.

But strangely enough... if it is 1100... I'm not sure when I'll bite.

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I've heard $800 will be the price.

You really can't compare this lens to the Zeiss. The Sigma will be good for 90% - 95% of those who need/want a 50mm for their DSLR. The Zeiss is for those pros that needs the best DSLR AND video lens. Videographers are drooling over the Zeiss. They won't be for the Sigma.

I tried the Sigma 24-70mm and was very impressed. If the 50mm is equal or better than their 24-70mm, they certainly got a winner.

Are you referring to the mythical 24-70mm f2 or the f2.8...

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 21, 2014, 08:57:30 PM »
sigma-rumors.com is now carrying a story stating that the Australian rrp is AUS$1099. They seem fairly confident on this one...

So what is the conversion rate?

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 21, 2014, 04:11:10 PM »
sigma-rumors has an image from the Byelorussian site that now shows the price will be announced after 11th April, and an announcement from Sigma that the $790 price is incorrect. Sorry, I can't give the link, I've not worked out how to use the clipboard on this tablet, yet. :-[

Wow... so it could be even less.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 21, 2014, 09:35:39 AM »
@jdramirez

I wish that was the type of thing we could share.  Have one communal module.  Mail it like it was inter library loan. :(
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Good idea! Well..the dock costs only $59 @ B&H...so it makes sense to own if you have a couple of lenses that it can be useful on.
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I'm going to do it.  I'll buy one and offer a rental option for $20 where people give me 60  as a deposit and get 40 upon its return. 

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 20, 2014, 11:10:07 PM »

...I have been extremely happy with my 35mm Art as most are who own it and I have not had any issues with the focus and it seems that just guys with red-line fever (not that there is anything wrong with "L" glass in general), have some imaginary data on this "drifting focus" problem that I have not experienced.  Has anyone that owns the lens had an issue with focusing?????? Its certainly possible.
At any rate I think that SOON we should see some real tests on the new 50mm and really know what the price is.  (I wish that Sigma had not said that they are aiming at the Otus...it just sets them up for target practice....LOL!).


I think Eldar mentioned it in his post, maybe he can elaborate? Not that Canon lenses don't have issues, of course.
The proof is in the pudding, if Sigma comes up with something really good, they will sell them well. Who cares what people say, it's where they put their money.
I bought the 35A just a few weeks after it was released. I did an AFMA through Focal, which gave just a couple of steps adjustment on both 1DX and 5DIII. I was very impressed with the lens┬┤sharpness, contrast, CA and color. Bokeh is not its strong side and it has some vignetting, but probably not more than should be expected.

After a couple of months I started to get more and more images out of focus and around Christmas it was useless shot wide open. I did another AFMA and I had to adjust 7 steps compared to the old setting on both bodies. I have used it a little less since then, but it seems to have stayed stable since AFMA no.2.

The Otus is a phenomenal lens and I am really enjoying it. But as soon as things start to move I miss AF. So as I have said before, this Sigma 50A is something I am really looking forward to try. But I doubt we will see it for $790, at least not for a while. Sigma is not unlike any other company. They┬┤re only in it for the money.
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Thanks for the input about the focusing.  I have the 35mm Art and if I get the 50mm I think I will pick up the Sigma lens module.
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I wish that was the type of thing we could share.  Have one communal module.  Mail it like it was inter library loan. :(

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EOS-M / Re: Want the 90EX?
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:54:28 PM »
This reminds me of a conversation I had a few years back.  The 75-300mm lens was being sold at a cheap price and I owned it for a year.  I hated it for most of that year...  A few people were disparaging the lens and took the counterpoint that while it wasn't great, it was a decent beginner lens and you can get some adequate results for the price and in decent lighting. 

The discussion almost became personal.  I think many of us identify with our gear... so if our gear is under attack, we immediately taken offense. 

all gear has some value... even really crappy image degrading uv filters... but at the same time there can be valid criticism of gear without the critique being taken personally.

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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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