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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Sigma Lenses Coming Q1 of 2015 [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 09:24:54 PM »
So no mention of the 24-70 f/2.  I guess I will have to suffer with the Canon 24-105 for the time being. 

As for the 16-20... that is weird, but I'm not a wide angle guy... so I don't really care.

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Lenses / Re: 400mm thoughts
« on: November 16, 2014, 11:47:26 PM »
I think about getting to 400 f/4... but through a circuitous route.  I have a 70-200mm f/2.8L is mkii and I pair that with a 1.4 mkii and I'm satisified with the 280mm f/4... but... I think if I pick up a 200mm f/2L IS and a 2x tc mkiii, then I will have 200mm @ f/2, 280mm @ f/2.8, and 400mm @ f4... the only problem is that I only marginally need the 200L right now... so I will wait patiently till I am overwhelmed by the desire to buy it. 

As for the DO... no clue. 

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f1.2 or Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art?
« on: November 15, 2014, 07:57:04 PM »
We need a blind taste test... preferably of beautiful women... scantily clothed is optional.

Then we need to guess which is which.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f1.2 or Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art?
« on: November 15, 2014, 06:55:25 PM »
Decide on the focal length that would better serve your needs and then go from there.

The Canon Ls are better portrait lenses than the Sigma Arts IMO. For portraits, you don't want ultimate sharpness. You want great rendering quality. Both the 50L and 85L will give you good rendering quality in spades, though both are sort of prima donna lenses (they will give you some stunning results but are difficult to use). The Sigmas are a little sterile if you ask me, but to each their own. Unfortunately, photography seems to be getting about looking at sharpness figures and not actual photos.

It's easier to decrease sharpness than increase what isn't there...

And sterile and canon has better "rendering quality" could you explain what you mean?

The 200 f2 is a lot like the 50 art, no distortion great color and contrast which combine with no ca makes the subject pop. Low vignetting and great corner sharpness makes it VERY useful for off center composition.

I'm sorry but I simply disagree with you. I think the 50 art has a great look to the images and that's not something magic, it's just very very nicely done and very well corrected.

It isn't just sit dof... perspective has a little bit to do with webby 85-135 are considered the portrait range. 

I do love sharp images, but I'll give up a little sharpness if the bokeh is just awesome...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I took the cheap road to FF
« on: November 15, 2014, 01:32:27 PM »
I cleaned the sensor on my 5D classic a couple of times with a product called  Sensor Swab along with a cleaning fluid called Eclipse E2.  It worked fine, although the products are rather expensive.  I'm pretty spoiled now by the self cleaning cameras.

Personally, the self cleaning (60d, 6d) never did a lot for me, but then again I'm changing lenses outdoors a lot. I'm using the lensrentals dry cleaning method w/o the butterfly. It's very quick to clean the sensor this way unless you're taking f11+ shots which requires more work (or probably the expensive butterfly brush).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRW9AmDPqr0

Right before I sold my Canon Xs I saw a dark spot which was dust... I was so distraught until I remembered the self clean... and bam... It worked.  I was so relieved.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS 5D Mark III Body $2499
« on: November 15, 2014, 01:25:16 PM »
It will be $50 cheaper on ebay on Black Friday... I'd wait and put the $50 towards a warranty.

I'd expect ebay to have some sort of a points deal.  Is that what you are referring to?
Per bfads.net, they said the out the door price will be fifty bucks less.  They are pretty accurate with their leaks, so I have no reason to not believe them.

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Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 15, 2014, 01:22:32 PM »
The addition of IS would be a different line, so instead of being the 35L mkii, it would be the 35L is (mki).

I'm pretty sure I'm right about this... so I need to read the original post again.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS 5D Mark III Body $2499
« on: November 15, 2014, 11:49:46 AM »
It will be $50 cheaper on ebay on Black Friday... I'd wait and put the $50 towards a warranty.

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Lenses / Re: Advice needed on possible 100-400 L Lens Trade
« on: November 14, 2014, 10:52:51 PM »
I buy and sell gear all the time... and so I have thoughts... doesn't mean they are right... but I have thoughts.

With the 100-400 mkii coming to the market... there should be a number of mki models going up for sale.  I did a whole exercise estimating that the sale price should be around $850 in a few months... but then rebounding back up to around $900.

With the 24-70 f/4, I've seen it sell new for $799 (though it was grey market)... More often than not, it sells around $900 used on Amazon... though I'm uncertain that there are a ton of buyers clamoring to get it.

So in the grand scheme of things... it is probably a push.  I think it will be tough to get $1000 for the 100-400... not impossible, but tough... so if you can use the lens while it is up for sale... go for it... if not... then I probably wouldn't bother.

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Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2014, 10:40:59 PM »
I will pre-order it.

One of three missing lenses in my kit.

Only because I have very little shame...

Is your name pronounced Dih-lan or Die-lan... because in my mind I've been using the latter for the past few years... and I feel a little racist when I think maybe I'm just adding the odd pronunciation because I know you are of asian decent.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I took the cheap road to FF
« on: November 14, 2014, 09:17:16 PM »
Still waiting....  I think they shipped via horse and buggy.

Today, a lady asked me to mail a t5 and kit lens before her Husbands birthday on Sunday... which means overnight plus a saturday delivery... So that didn't happen...

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Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2014, 12:06:54 PM »
Maybe when they said, Year of the lens, they meant a twelve month period and not specifically 2014.

So what was the first big lens announced... and how many more months are left in the twelve months of the lens.... It just does roll off the tongue. 

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Lenses / Re: 24-105 IS STM: Better IQ than 24-105L?
« on: November 14, 2014, 07:02:43 AM »
My daughter doesn't like football either... but she's watched at least a minute of 95% of all the Cowboys games... so hopefully she will come around on that... it will be nice to have common ground when there is no common ground.


How old is your daughter... I bought a SL1 for my daughter, who was 10 at the time (11 now) and she has maybe used it three times... I had an 18-55 for her initially, then a 28-135mm, then I let her borrow my 24-105 L, then I got her a 40mm prime.  I'm not sure photography is her thing...

I had a similar experience with our oldest son.  When he was 13 he showed some interest in photography, so I gave him my T2i(500D) 18-55 combo that I was no longer using (replaced with a 7D).  He complained it was too heavy compared to the little P&S he was using and almost never used it.  Other than a few cell phone pics, he doesn't do much if any photography now (he just turned 16).  Sometimes we want our kids to pick up or interest and hobbies, but they have their own ideas...

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Lenses / Re: 24-105 IS STM: Better IQ than 24-105L?
« on: November 13, 2014, 10:21:49 PM »
was considering snagging an SL1 (the small APC) with a EFS 15 85 for my daughter to use. Size is right... but now will maybe check out the 24 105 STM as another option. Probably will not chase me off of my 24 105 4 though... I like the fixed 4

How old is your daughter... I bought a SL1 for my daughter, who was 10 at the time (11 now) and she has maybe used it three times... I had an 18-55 for her initially, then a 28-135mm, then I let her borrow my 24-105 L, then I got her a 40mm prime.  I'm not sure photography is her thing... but I do think the 15-85 is a solid option.  If price is the same though... I'd probably just get a 2nd 24-105L. 

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Lenses / Re: MY GAS. ILLNESS COME TO VISIT ME AGAIN.
« on: November 13, 2014, 10:14:45 PM »
Out of all the ailments... this isn't that bad of a problem. 

What I do... is I buy something... and I sleep on it.  If it feels right in the morning... I'll let the order go through.  If it doesn't feel right... or I have some significant regrets, I'll cancel the order.

It's kinda like trying on shoes... just seeing how it fits.

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