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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:11:07 PM »
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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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 15, 2014, 06:35:41 PM »
Just sold my Canon 50 1.4 on craigslist for $315.
How much did you pay for it originally?

the cheapest I've ever bought it new was $285... so that would been a nice thirty dollar profit.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 15, 2014, 01:14:53 PM »


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. 

Measure bating... nice.

The 50L brings out such passion in people... I haven't liked it since I read that the 50 usm is as sharp.  So I've been biased a while... but I'm trying to not let that cloud my judgement one way or another.  I'd like a 50, but I don't need a fifty... so this is just a luxury purchase... but the article was so antithetical to everything that has come out or been rumored.

It felt biased... from the moment they were photographing a dandelion outdoors.  A slight gust of wind will change the location of the subject... not to mention, the dandelion is so blurry to begin with that it is hard to tell exactly where they were focusing.  And if they did hand hold, that is just irresponsible.  Neither lens has is and while the photographer may be competent... I trust a good tripod more.


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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 15, 2014, 08:23:04 AM »
When I saw the one sample shot where the coin or what ever it was was in different lighting than the other... I was annoyed. I was a science major in college and it seems pretty obvious that a variable you want to control for is lighting.

Apologize if this has already been posted, but to me this has been the most useful comparison and breakdown yet:

http://lcap.tistory.com/entry/Sigma-50mm-f14-dg-hsm-Art-Review

I agree.
btw it was already posted

Okay, thanks!

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

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 15, 2014, 08:20:27 AM »
What happened to this 240% better than any existing 50mm except for the otus.  I'd 240 a made up number or is it simply not that consequential? 

@ruined... none of us have had the lens in hand.  I remember jumping g the gun in the 6d thinking it was basically the 5dmkii in a poly carbonate frame... I was wrong and the 6d has a nice little niche.  I am holding judgement until I have one in hand... maybe at the b&h super store. 

I really don't want to have to compose ALL my shots in the center where the lens is acceptably sharp.  And I think discussing auto focus and build quality is way too premature. 

I guess I don't feel like declaring a winner before the race has even been run.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:03:29 PM »
And this one was taken less than a week before.  I just got the 90 ex... so I was playing with the settings and I screwed up the ratios... I think I set it for 4:1 , but I had both flashes set up under channel B... so both were under powered so the image was incredibly underexposed... but thanks to Lightroom I was able to save the image...

So this was taken at f/8, 1/1000 of a second... which makes no sense to me as to why I would do that... I guess maybe I was playing with the HSS... but no... just screwing around.  Same 100mm L.

Oh... and same background... and notice that you can see all the wrinkles in the sheet... so live and learn.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:55:31 PM »
This image is taken at f/7.1, 1/200 of a second, an iso of 160, with my 100L.  This might be a guess but I believe I had an A:B ratio of 8:1... though I'm not 100% sure it looks like it.  I didn't have the 3rd Yongnuo at the time of the photo... I was using a crappy 90ex as a master and it did SUCH a great job I bought the Yongnuo immediately after the shoot.  Yes... that was sarcasm... but I have good news... I sold that 90ex for 45 bucks and I lost only $5 for the chance to test it out. 

I had one 580 exii to my left with a 43ish inch umbrella (soft white surface) and to my left I was reflecting my 2nd 580 exii off of a flash diffuser (because I am going to get another umbrella, stand, and mounting bracket... but i haven't pulled the trigger yet. 

Note the softness of the background despite shooting at f/7.1.  The background is just a sheet.  It keeps me warm at night and provides a nice pale blue for backgrounds.  I think we have other colors of sheets. 

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 14, 2014, 05:12:14 PM »
Ignore all this... I'm talking to myself to see if I want to bother...

So the 100L is my favorite lens at the moment... If the 50 art's performance is on par with the 50L... then I'm looking at this difference in quality. 

Obviously the amount of light coming through is different, but that doesn't make a difference in a studio setup because I control the light...

So the center performance of the 50L at 1.4 is blown away by the 100L at f/2.8... no surprise there... and I do find that f/2.8 can be limited... and I'd like to go with a bigger aperture... so do the amount of times I find f/2.8 not acceptable worth the $950?

Or maybe I'll just nut up and get the 85L mkii.  Damn it.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 14, 2014, 03:54:21 PM »
I think what I was hoping for was f2.8 performance of the 50 f1.4 at f1.4 with the art. 

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 14, 2014, 02:26:41 PM »
When I get home I'll show you two photos... one that you can tell was done by an amateur and one that looks pretty Damn good if I say so myself.

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.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 14, 2014, 02:10:33 PM »
As good as... isn't blowing it out of the water.  If it is true.... well I can't believe it to be true. 

I'm speechless.


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 ;)

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:53:29 AM »
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.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:31:44 AM »
I have thoughts... but I'm working...so they will have to wait.

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.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: April 14, 2014, 07:27:09 AM »
Here's a quick question...

There are wind resistant umbrellas... sometimes I want to take my umbrella out with me on a shoot, but I dont' want to be the victim of some silent movie bit where I'm chasing an umbrella, a tripod and flash down the road/path.

So do they have the wind reistant photo umbrellas?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: April 14, 2014, 07:24:46 AM »
That's never happened to me... but it would be frustrating.  I live about 3 hours away from Adorama and B&H and I expect when I order and it is instock that I get it either the next day or the day after.  If you want and need something for the weekend... waiting a few extra days (unknown quantity) can be incredibly frustrating.  Especially since you could have bought it from another for a comparable price and it would already be in your hand.


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