I suppose it is time for me to drop out of this conversation... I just bought an 85L mkii... so... I guess the 50mm sigma wasn't meant to be.
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Just sold my Canon 50 1.4 on craigslist for $315.How much did you pay for it originally?
Finally, science, graphs, test chart shots, and lousy comparisons aside, what really matters is the photo. We can spend our entire lives measurebating, but that's just a sad way to live.
Apologize if this has already been posted, but to me this has been the most useful comparison and breakdown yet:
btw it was already posted
I see a few other sites that do sample images but they front or back focus and overexpose and do NO editing, and to me that misrepresents what one could actually get. IF they want to post samples that are untouched, they should at least focus properly and provide the original raw's for us to play with.
100% correct. I guess this is showing what sites do proper review and therefor are relevant source
Same here JD, I have 2 kids. They are my main reason I got deeply into photography.
Have any pics with home studio?I photograph my 7 month old mostly... so I use what I have. Two 580ex iis, the yongnuo 622 c's, one umbrella stands and one diffuser, though I'll be fixing that to two soon. I want a 72" umbrella but I think I'll wait a little bit on that.
The yongnuo cost 120ish and allow for ettl and power adjustment through the camera. I use mkii two current tripods.. so my"studio" is make shift, but it folds up nicely because I use a family room... so being able to reduce all of the stuff is key.
I have a few small complaints about my setup, but they are mostly related to me hitting a button and changing the channels of the transceivers. So human error.
Here's what I've been waiting for - a 50L to 50A comparison from SLR Lounge
I think it's enough to convince me to cancel my pre-order. The Sigma is sharper, but not shockingly so, and the Canon's bokeh is slightly better (IMHO). The Canon also appears to have ever-so-slightly better contrast, while the Sigma has better CA control, but again, only by a hair.
The other thing I've learned is that you'll have buy the USB dock to enable full time manual focus (which I guess isn't standard for Sigmas). That's crappy.
The 50L has killer build quality and USM in a much smaller package and I don't think the Sigma is worth 950 of my dollars for such subtle differences at f/1.4 in what for me, is a portrait lens.
I guess I can't cancel it till the 24th, so I'll keep my mind open until then, but I think I'm going to cancel and resume the 50L II vigil
Don't spend another penny until you get, read, and digest, this book. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0321832752/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&tag=pasoroblphot-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0321832752
He has another book too, but this one is more appropriate for you. If his rumoured 600 EX RT book comes out I'd recommend that but it hasn't appeared yet and he now has a full time educators job.
Thanks privatebydesign for the link. I just purchased the material and will try to go through this weekend.
I'm interested getting some lighting for home studio. Not sure if I should get some 600ex rt or just regular studio set. I like the ideal of having speedlite so I can take with me if need it. Any suggestions? Thanks
For a home studio I think the Speedlite route is the way to go. They are nowhere near as powerful, but for most people they are way more practical.
Stands: Manfrotto 420, a boom stand should be everyone's first stand, then I really like the stacking Manfrottos at whatever size you like, I have the BAC 1052's.
Umbrella brackets: There are many but the Manfrotto 026 (?) is the industry standard. I'd go for metal ones over the poly and plastic ones.
Modifiers: This is where it gets involved, but I'd suggest a Westcott Apollo 26" softbox, I prefer them to the Lastolite style. A convertible umbrella. A 5-1 reflector around 36" and I really like the collapsible style 78" kits, they give you huge scrims as well as black and white backgrounds.
This gives you enough to play with and to see what kind of light you prefer and the direction you'd like to go in, without committing too much money to something you won't use in the future.
Get a couple of gel sample books from B&H too, they cost $2.50 and are so much fun, they also teach you a huge amount about where your light is going.
Thanks privatebydesign, I'll put my BH rewards to work. Kinda wait for some rebates from Canon.