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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 11, 2014, 10:02:59 AM »
I just found the MTF on Lenstip, well their Polish site, so it's Google Translated

I sure hope these guys do a review soon.  They and Photozone are the most comprehensive and critical and I'd like to see how the Sigma does with their tests.  Lenstip recently published a rather unflattering review of the Nikon Nikkor AF-S 58 mm f/1.4G

Has there been a good review of the nikor?

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 11, 2014, 07:37:47 AM »
949 is definitely in my buy it now price range... but I'll wait.  I at least will wait until a 2nd generation just in case the first batch has something stupid going on with it... like the 5d mkiii with their light leak issue.

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Lenses / Re: Wait for Sigma 50mm Art or purchase Canon 135 f2L.
« on: April 11, 2014, 07:13:10 AM »
I'm finding that the ""EOS iTR AF" face detect mode (which is through the viewfinder, not LiveView) in the 1D X works exceptionally well on people and wildlife alike. I haven't had the camera for very long, but people, deer, and owls are all giving it a thumbs up :)

Back to the lens debate...the Sigma's looking better by the day (sharp [as in Otus sharp], no distortion, low CA, low LoCA, pretty good bokeh, color & contrast) and if it comes in around $1,000 it will be quite a lens.

It will still be a Sigma...and thus will have a stigma...

Nice line... but @ 949 per the email I got this morning... it is a steal.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 11, 2014, 07:12:20 AM »
on the B&H Facebook page someone said that Adorama had the lens for 899 and i got really excited but I really don't know that I will believe any of that

American pricing looks good, but it's got a UK price tag of £850 (approx  $1400) :(

949 per the email I got this morning.  So that is a steal.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: April 10, 2014, 08:10:21 PM »
Here's my Hockey Rink.

   /------------------------\
 /                                     \
l                                        l
\                                      /
  \                                   /
    --- - -------------------

I would try and use the natural foreground and background.  I'd place myself right next to the glass, and shoot with in portrait mode with the goalie and the net at the bottom right of the frame and maybe someone doing a one timer in the rest of the frame. 

That's all I got... I don't know hockey very well... but I guess maybe being close to where players get checked into the glass... because that might be cool... so a 16-35 might be a good option.  Having a 2nd with off camera flash might be good and you can position them at 4p.m. in relation to you... but even that... that might have a horrible reflection off the glass.  Damn glass. 

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I've been under the impression that the sensor is shared among the t2i, t3i, t4i, t5i, 60d, and 7d.  Am I wrong?  Yes they are all 18mp and the dimensions are the same in regards to pixel... but I'm hearing otherwise... and I don't want to go on spewing misinformation...

The .jpg file size varies between the t2i and the others... but who shoots in jpg.  Is the raw image basically the same save for that stupid filter the 7D and 60D share (and I don't believe anyone likes). 

That's about it... thanks for setting me on the right path.

Me...I shoot in JPEG. Do you have to shoot RAW?

You don't have to shoot in raw... but I have had some images saved because I shot in raw. But to each his own.

But as discussed... sometimes the a(whatever) filter can have a deliterious effect on the image, so I don't want the camera dictating what my image looks like.

So in this instance... if you shoot in raw with both a t2i and a 7d... is it the same basic image?  And there inlies the puzzle.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 10, 2014, 04:46:43 PM »
on the B&H Facebook page someone said that Adorama had the lens for 899 and i got really excited but I really don't know that I will believe any of that

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Lenses / Re: Help with choosing a wide angle lens
« on: April 10, 2014, 12:21:37 PM »
I'm not a wide angle guy, but I would agree with everything nuero said.  If I were to make an addition, I might consider a rokinon 16mm.  The wide angle lens itself well to not having auto focus, and if you stop down, the image quality is very good.  But that is just an alternative... which Mau afford you to get another lens on top of that one.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 10, 2014, 11:17:43 AM »
The people at Imaging Resource who did the review have posted a Flickr set with real-life photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/97470426@N06/13719437215/in/set-72157643654332185/. They used the 50mm Art on a 1Ds Mk III. I'm no bokeh expert, but the out-of-focus highlights look fantastic to me. Anyone want to weigh in on these?

I thought the pictures of the musicians were pretty boring.  But the lens does look sharp and in the helmet and bike photos... the lens looks like a winner.

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Lenses / Re: Wait for Sigma 50mm Art or purchase Canon 135 f2L.
« on: April 10, 2014, 06:55:14 AM »
Camera will focus on subject eye, by pressing down Center Button( in my case). By the way, the eye AF is VERY-VERY accurate. Even at wide open aperture.

Got it, thanks!

I have no clue what I'm looking at.  Was he focusing on his computer screen?  Why not do something in 3 dimensions... heck a ruler... but ok.  That is a cool feature... though I think the demonstration is lost on me.

The only ruler with eyes I could find online. A bit creepy if you ask me...

And here I thought that the camera tracked where your eye was looking and then focused there. Silly me.

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Lenses / Re: Wait for Sigma 50mm Art or purchase Canon 135 f2L.
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:40:38 PM »
First photo is 85L II @ f1.6, something that 135L can't match ;) 135L would be my 2nd choice for portrait on Canon gear.


Totally agree with the fact that 85L is THE portrait lens. It's just something I want, but don't particularly need (looking at my most-used FL histograms, at least). :)
By the way, when you say 'eye detection' does it mean it detects the subject's eye, or is it eye-controlled focus like the Elan 7NE/EOS 3?


To be exact, this feature calls "Eye AF", in "Custom Key Setting". You need to assign this "Eye AF" to one of the button on your camera. In my case, I assigned to Center Button.

Camera will focus on subject eye, by pressing down Center Button( in my case). By the way, the eye AF is VERY-VERY accurate. Even at wide open aperture.

Check this video @ :55 Sony A7, A7R Eye-AF Test


I have no clue what I'm looking at.  Was he focusing on his computer screen?  Why not do something in 3 dimensions... heck a ruler... but ok.  That is a cool feature... though I think the demonstration is lost on me.

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I've been under the impression that the sensor is shared among the t2i, t3i, t4i, t5i, 60d, and 7d.  Am I wrong?  Yes they are all 18mp and the dimensions are the same in regards to pixel... but I'm hearing otherwise... and I don't want to go on spewing misinformation...

The .jpg file size varies between the t2i and the others... but who shoots in jpg.  Is the raw image basically the same save for that stupid filter the 7D and 60D share (and I don't believe anyone likes). 

That's about it... thanks for setting me on the right path.

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Lenses / Re: Wait for Sigma 50mm Art or purchase Canon 135 f2L.
« on: April 09, 2014, 10:54:18 PM »
You could always sell the 85mm with its terrible CA and pick up a 100mm f/2. Then pick up the 50mm ART. You didn't mention which body you have, but the 100mm f/2 gets the same dxo overall score on a 6D and 5D MKIII as the 135mm albeit a shorter focal length.

I must be blind to the purple and green fringing on the 85mm... I swear in the year and change that I owned it... I didn't see many... if any examples of CA.  So weird.  And I know when and where it shows up... and I used it in a ton of different settings...

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Lenses / Re: Wait for Sigma 50mm Art or purchase Canon 135 f2L.
« on: April 09, 2014, 09:23:04 PM »
First photo is 85L II @ f1.6, something that 135L can't match ;) 135L would be my 2nd choice for portrait on Canon gear.

I recently shoot quite a bit with my A7r + Zeiss FE 55mm(second photo). This camera has "eye-detection" feature, therefore, composing the shot is very easy. I think we all know how fun it is to compose the shot with big aperture lenses ;D

I need to find someone to sell me the 85L for $1500.  I'm jealous. 

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Photography Technique / Re: Missed opportunity
« on: April 09, 2014, 02:25:29 PM »
Hi all
So my wife and I were walking in the park and she spots this hummingbird and points it to me. I have never seen one before, and got quite excited and worked up. The results were quite dismal (the best effort is below), so I am not even going to ask what I did wrong. But let's say this situation arises again, what should I do to ensure at least optimal results. I had a 135mm L attached to my 5dIII, ISO 160 (was set on Auto), f/8, 1/125 (was set on Av, forgot to change it in the haste). Thanks in advance.
Welcome to the world of Birds In Flight photography!

From what I can see, you got a pretty good shot there. The only thing I might say is a little cropping might be in order (unless you've already done that to excess...) to make the Hummingbird more prominent.

Hummingbirds take patience to photograph, and even so, they move very quickly and seem to never be in the right place. I often photograph them at a local refuge, and I'll set up my tripod with a 100-400 lens (set at 400, usually) only 8-12 feet from the flowers they are attracted to. This is to nearly fill the frame with the tiny bird. And for every keeper, I'll have a dozen or several dozen where I got bird butt, half a bird, no bird, blurry bird, etc.

If you can crop it a bit, do that and frame it. It's a nice photograph!

Do you spray and pray.  I think I would with ai servo...  provided I didn't do the of camera flash setup. 

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