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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 13, 2014, 11:31:22 AM »
Would the price come down a bit if I wait for a few months?

Last December there was a deal on the 35 art for 699.  That's the best I've seen for new... but you can find used ones (returns) for around $800... and you can get a refurbished one from Sigma for 680.

The lens came out in September 2012.  So if you can wait that long.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 13, 2014, 09:08:21 AM »
It isn’t as contrasty as its 35mm f1.4 Art cousin and therefore doesn’t have as great colors in our opinion, but it is still quite good. Additionally, modern software lets you do almost anything with the color depth of modern sensors and lenses. So you really shouldn’t worry about it so much.

nother great review... I haven't heard the term micro contrast in relation to any other lenses.  But I'm used to post production... so I'm curious what lens has a comparable micro contrast.

Per these guys, the color in the 35mm is better, but there might be too much color for human skin... so I'm a touch confused... maybe I need to read it again.


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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 13, 2014, 12:26:06 AM »
The 50 Art actually used the 50L as a benchmark for bokeh, and in technical terms the Sigma has better bokeh than the 50L. The Sigma's circle of confusion, which is what defines bokeh is actually much creamier and less busy then the Canon, with fewer aberrations, softer edges and better texture. The Sigma is closer to what is considered ideal like what you get with the Canon 85mm f/1.2 L II. 50mm planar design lenses like the 50L are hard to tune for ideal bokeh so Canon actually had to compromise with their 50L lens on bokeh and the lens has several flaws, the 85L II is very forgiving design wise so you get much closer to the ideal, with no compromise, and a very soft circle of confusion.

I pray that this is true.  I was thinking earlier today that I don't love my 24-105 that much... and maybe I'll get this as my lone lens for anything wider than 70mm... but that was just me thinking. 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 12, 2014, 01:11:55 PM »
I think you're being too cynical. Time will tell, but most consumers (not CR forum members) chose what works best for them.
I am hoping I get the Amazon lightning deal for this one (or be blessed with whatever luck JD is blessed...). Although I have to say, CanonPriceWatch is the best thing to have happened (or the worst, depending on your PoV).

I personally prefer how people just gravitate towards the Canon name brand.  It keeps my gear at a higher resale value... But the conclusion I've come to... is that Canon may cost more, but more often than not, it is well worth it.  There are some Canon lenses I don't like, but they tend to be all entry level and old... like the 28-135, or the 17-85... and that's not really fair. 

As for Amazon lightening... I don't think I can hold out that long.  I have that buy it now itch... and it feels like chiken pox... Must... wait... must be patient.

LOL... ;D

I know the feeling....I'm itching for Canon 600mm f4 IS II. I already have this lens in my BH account, including accessories etc...All I have to do is push the purchase  button.

Half a bottle of Tequila and that button will be pushed in no time at all!  ;D
Full bottle of tequila and you'll be pawing at the wife.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 12, 2014, 08:02:17 AM »
Thanks, JD, and I just found another review of sorts:
http://fstoppers.com/sigma-50mm-art-review


I read that earlier... Now it just comes down to pulling the trigger.  I think the worst thing in the world is that Amazon had the 35 art for 699 last christmas... so if I wait long enough, I can get the 50 art for 749 new... and that's going to drive me nuts. 

But it is only taking a loss on the lens if I ever decide to sell it... and I'm thinking it is hear to stay just like may 70-200 mkii and my 100L... and it would be nice to have a wide open sharp lens that isn't too long.  The 85 was practically useless indoors, and 35 feels too wide open for me... so 50mm is the goldielocks slice of perfection...


I'm so glad to hear someone else pointing out that 50mm definitely has advantages over 85mm. Earlier I almost posted a rant about one of my (admittedly few) experiences trying to shoot 85mm indoors. Frustrating to say the least.


I had the 85 f/1.8 as my main portrait lens when my baby was born 7 months ago... the 3 ft minimum focusing distance is what annoyed me.  The lens was excellent wide open (maybe that is overstating it... it was very good)  but I kept bumping up against the MFD... and it wasn't as if she was filling the frame... so I'm glad I have my 100L again.  But that isn't really a walk around focal length... I think the 50 on a full frame... might just hit the spot and I can retire my 24-105 for those duties. 


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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 12, 2014, 07:53:15 AM »
I think you're being too cynical. Time will tell, but most consumers (not CR forum members) chose what works best for them.
I am hoping I get the Amazon lightning deal for this one (or be blessed with whatever luck JD is blessed...). Although I have to say, CanonPriceWatch is the best thing to have happened (or the worst, depending on your PoV).

I personally prefer how people just gravitate towards the Canon name brand.  It keeps my gear at a higher resale value... But the conclusion I've come to... is that Canon may cost more, but more often than not, it is well worth it.  There are some Canon lenses I don't like, but they tend to be all entry level and old... like the 28-135, or the 17-85... and that's not really fair. 

As for Amazon lightening... I don't think I can hold out that long.  I have that buy it now itch... and it feels like chiken pox... Must... wait... must be patient. 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 12, 2014, 07:46:12 AM »
This just got too tempting, so I pushed the preorder button. Looking forward to do side by side tests with the Otus.

Radiating, thanks for taking the time to enlighten the rest of us (again). Interesting read!

I look forward to your results.  I immediately eliminated the otus from consideration because of its pricetag... which is to say I can afford it... but it would have to be on my body 100% of the time to justify the cost.  And since I do a good deal of portraiture... ok... it would work... but the other good deal of my efforts are sports photography... and it wouldn't cause me to drop my 70-200 mkii in favor of it. 

But at $1000... I'm willing to not care about the percentages...

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 12, 2014, 07:31:57 AM »
To summarise, if Canon want to come out with a killer 50/1.4 lens that will replace their current 50/1.4 (and maybe 50/1.8), it needs to be:
1) cost less than $949 so that it is cheaper than the Sigma 50/1.4 Art
2) deliver better quality images than the 50/1.2L
3) provide at least IS and possibly weather sealing

... wait, no it doesn't ... all that Canon's next 50/1.4 lens will need is this:

1) a red ring around the lens.

and people will buy it in preference to the Sigma, regardless of price or performance.

I like to think that I know what goes on from the retail side of things with camera gear... and when the 35 art came out... I thought it would be a dagger for the 35L... but the 35L dipped in price a little and now it is back up to its all time high of $1479 US.  I know there will be rebates and the price will fluctuate... but I thought the 35 art would put some serious pressure on the 35L and I was wrong... ???

Even the resale value has held for the 35L... The resale for the 35 art hasn't plummeted... and it has remained around 780 +/-, but 1100 v. 780... a 300-400 difference for a lens that is supposed to outperform the more expensive one...

So I'm trying to apply what I learned about the above to the 50 art and the 50L.  But with the 35's... you can say the performance was comparable... so it was just another option available which is why the demand for either hasn't really changed much.  BUT the 50's are like night and day... which is why I am really curious about the art's bokeh.  If it can be described as magic... then that negates ALL of the 50L's claim to fame. 

As for the new Canon, it has to be in a different price range than the sigma 50... and that means they can still sell it at 499 and it will appeal to a different market than those looking to spend $1000 on a 50mm lens.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 12, 2014, 07:16:20 AM »
Awesome! Just pre-ordered mine and can't wait to ditch my Canon 50mm f.14, assuming it lives up to its preliminary reviews.

I'd probably put it in the market now... I would presume that people will try and sell it once they get their hands on the sigma art and do their side by side comparisons... but WE know it is better... so the sooner you can ditch the f/1.4... the better.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 11, 2014, 11:13:45 PM »
This lens sounds great, but i'm just a little surprised that nobody thinks the price is high at all.
I don't think it's crazy expensive, but it definitely doesn't strike me as the bargain that many people make it out to be.
What lenses are we comparing this with besides the Canon 1.2? Just a thought i'm having, I know the 50mm 1.4 Canon is old and poorly regarded but literally nobody is comparing these two lenses.
I had the old Sigma 50mm 1.4, and I LOVED it, the bokeh was awesome, and it was really sharp(I did have to return my first copy as it was very softttt.) But that lens was $400 new and worked fantastic for me for a couple years.
Is the new Sigma really twice as good as the old one?

The problem with the canon f/1.2 is that it was sharp enough in the middle... so if you follow the rule of thirds... then you are probably cropping a good deal after the fact.  Also... to have the lens be sharp, you had to stop down to around f/2.8 or so.  Yes it has a magic bokeh per reports... but I'm not going to go into that.

Then you have the sigma... which is sharp wide open giving you an addition 2 stops of light.  It may or may not have a magic bokeh yet... that remains to be seen... and no other lens in this price range or lower can quite compete with the color/contrast/sharpness/and distortion that the sigma is bringing to the table except for the $4000 otus... which after tax, let's say it is $4240. 

So far the only critiques of the lens is that there is some manageable chromatic abberation, it is a touch heavy, and it doesn't have IS. 

I contend that you really don't need IS if you are shooting at 50mm, f1.4, and with the current batch of canon full frame sensors 6400 iso is quite usable.  It isn't quite night vision... but it is solid.

As for being heavy... then go out and buy a 50mm f/1.8 mkii... it is light and it is widely mediocre... well... it is good for the money, but it feels like a toy and there are more than a few that say it fell apart in their hands. 

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Lenses / Re: Help with choosing a wide angle lens
« on: April 11, 2014, 10:32:27 PM »
So... what if money is an object.  What's the best value zoom out there with minimal distortion?  I'm guessing the canon 17-40... but what about any of the tamrons, sigmas, etc. for full frame and when tripod mounted and shooting at f/8 and iso 160... so... value...

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 11, 2014, 10:22:51 PM »
Thanks, JD, and I just found another review of sorts:
http://fstoppers.com/sigma-50mm-art-review


I read that earlier... Now it just comes down to pulling the trigger.  I think the worst thing in the world is that Amazon had the 35 art for 699 last christmas... so if I wait long enough, I can get the 50 art for 749 new... and that's going to drive me nuts. 

But it is only taking a loss on the lens if I ever decide to sell it... and I'm thinking it is hear to stay just like may 70-200 mkii and my 100L... and it would be nice to have a wide open sharp lens that isn't too long.  The 85 was practically useless indoors, and 35 feels too wide open for me... so 50mm is the goldielocks slice of perfection...

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 11, 2014, 07:20:28 PM »
I would agree with not spending any more money until you have read enough material about your body and off camera flash.  I'd also start you off with a regimine of taking at least 40 photos a day. 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 11, 2014, 06:30:15 PM »
The allure of a "usable" F/1.4 is just too much.  My Canon 50 F/1.4 works for me, but it isn't crisp below F/2.8.  I've joined the pre-order.  Come on Sigma, don't disappoint me this time.


http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/01/the-great-50mm-shootout

I asked the lens rental guys via fb to update their article with the otus and the sigma...so I'm hoping they do. 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 11, 2014, 12:22:36 PM »
More stuff:

CNet Review - love the lack of IS as a con ;D

Sample images (including full res) from Pop Photo

Pop Photo Review


I don't sit in the rain... even with my weather sealed lenses... but how much more would it have cost to add weather sealing to the lens?

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