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I bought a like new one for around $650ish... and I already had the 70-200 mkii... I had the 135L for less than a week and it sold for $800... so I didn't have it long... but I think I want to get it again.  I figured I would use it in situations where zoom wasn't as necessary... like if I was doing sports action that is staged... then that would be my preferred lens of choice... but I can't imagine it would get used as often as the 70-200.

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I think this is a very good idea for any camera that does not have a tilt/flip LCD screen and Surapon as usual is the master of coming up with such gadgetry ... here is a link to his thread on how he did it:
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=20122.0
On the same subject, one of the CR members (pdirestajr) shared this Flipbac Angle Viewfinder ... its a neat little tool for those who don't have a flip screen and would like to have one for under $15.
http://www.adorama.com/CZFB3B.html
http://flipbac.com/
Original post by pdirestajr can be found here:
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=20122.0;topicseen

It's a nice workaround if you need a flip screen, but those reflections are very obviously fake :D

Agreed.  If I recall correctly... the angle of inflection is equal to the angle of deflection.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: UK Used Canon Dealers
« on: March 24, 2014, 11:38:27 AM »
I sell on Amazon all the time... I'm sure there is a seller's section for the uk.  Be detailed, provide pictures and send quickly and we'll projected.

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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: March 24, 2014, 09:45:55 AM »
A friend of mine holding her 6d and 24-70 f4L.



I'm always amazed at how big lenses look on other people's camera.  But even the 70-200 is mkii feels small when I put it on... it might be a grass is greener situation.

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I will wait until all of the first two batches are sold to all the people that just HAVE to have it, then get bored with it and sell them almost unused for way less than new, including a filter to me. Never fails.

HEY!....while your waiting would you like to purchase my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM ?  I will throw in a Tiffen filter, but I am keeping the B&W!   8)
I almost bought one for $275 thinking it will tide me over until my price drop happens... but I resisted.

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I will wait until all of the first two batches are sold to all the people that just HAVE to have it, then get bored with it and sell them almost unused for way less than new, including a filter to me. Never fails.

I'm not adverse to used lenses in the least... but with sigma's history... I want to wait a while to see if there are any fatal flaws that I can't live with or if there's an xbox 360 type flaw (red ring of death) that affects launch models at a higher rate than the redesign.

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I haven't seen Sigma lens prices drop. They are very firm except for the rebates. I don't expect the price to drop unless the demand is extremely higher than the supply. My local retailer didn't even know of this lens. I don't expect a temporary premium price locally.

Last December the 35 art was on sale at Amazon for $700 in a lightening sale.  So that is the type of discount I was expecting.

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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: March 22, 2014, 08:58:51 PM »
I don't go to dance recitals, but I hear they are boring.  Five minutes for your kid and two hours of not giving a Damn.

I don't mean to post this image in a condescending way about people who use iPads/tablets as cameras ... I think its awesome that we live in an age where different people with different tools and budgets can get into photography the way they see fit ... its cool that people don't have to learn about camera controls, lighting etc to get some decent images that they will cherish ... like this man who was capturing his little daughter's excitement of having discovered a little dome under the stingray exhibit ... I think he was more excited about having captured this precious memory of his daughter then she was about discovering that little dome ... priceless!
I know some photographers scoff at the idea of others using an iPad as a camera, but I think its marvelous that people can capture a priceless memory in a manner that is convenient to them ... that man was using some app to capture the moment in burst mode and later on at the cafeteria I had seen him editing it in iPhoto. During my last vacation in December, I've seen several tourists using their iPads ... I say why not, more power to the people.
I usually laugh when I see people shooting with huge tablet (and tiny camera on it). ;D But misuse in theaters and dance shows makes me angry when people block the view of others in the audience. >:( They make a couple of photos and videos dark and shaky, and then get on Facebook during the rest of the show. :-X Why paid a ticket if you do not want to watch the show, and disturb the attention of those who want to watch the show? :(

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If it's under 800 I'll probably order on introduction..

If above I'll resist until I give up...

I expect 1300 @ release and I'll bite when it hits $1100.

But strangely enough... if it is 1100... I'm not sure when I'll bite.

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I've heard $800 will be the price.

You really can't compare this lens to the Zeiss. The Sigma will be good for 90% - 95% of those who need/want a 50mm for their DSLR. The Zeiss is for those pros that needs the best DSLR AND video lens. Videographers are drooling over the Zeiss. They won't be for the Sigma.

I tried the Sigma 24-70mm and was very impressed. If the 50mm is equal or better than their 24-70mm, they certainly got a winner.

Are you referring to the mythical 24-70mm f2 or the f2.8...

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 21, 2014, 08:57:30 PM »
sigma-rumors.com is now carrying a story stating that the Australian rrp is AUS$1099. They seem fairly confident on this one...

So what is the conversion rate?

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 21, 2014, 04:11:10 PM »
sigma-rumors has an image from the Byelorussian site that now shows the price will be announced after 11th April, and an announcement from Sigma that the $790 price is incorrect. Sorry, I can't give the link, I've not worked out how to use the clipboard on this tablet, yet. :-[

Wow... so it could be even less.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 21, 2014, 09:35:39 AM »
@jdramirez

I wish that was the type of thing we could share.  Have one communal module.  Mail it like it was inter library loan. :(
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Good idea! Well..the dock costs only $59 @ B&H...so it makes sense to own if you have a couple of lenses that it can be useful on.
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I'm going to do it.  I'll buy one and offer a rental option for $20 where people give me 60  as a deposit and get 40 upon its return. 

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 20, 2014, 11:10:07 PM »

...I have been extremely happy with my 35mm Art as most are who own it and I have not had any issues with the focus and it seems that just guys with red-line fever (not that there is anything wrong with "L" glass in general), have some imaginary data on this "drifting focus" problem that I have not experienced.  Has anyone that owns the lens had an issue with focusing?????? Its certainly possible.
At any rate I think that SOON we should see some real tests on the new 50mm and really know what the price is.  (I wish that Sigma had not said that they are aiming at the Otus...it just sets them up for target practice....LOL!).


I think Eldar mentioned it in his post, maybe he can elaborate? Not that Canon lenses don't have issues, of course.
The proof is in the pudding, if Sigma comes up with something really good, they will sell them well. Who cares what people say, it's where they put their money.
I bought the 35A just a few weeks after it was released. I did an AFMA through Focal, which gave just a couple of steps adjustment on both 1DX and 5DIII. I was very impressed with the lens┬┤sharpness, contrast, CA and color. Bokeh is not its strong side and it has some vignetting, but probably not more than should be expected.

After a couple of months I started to get more and more images out of focus and around Christmas it was useless shot wide open. I did another AFMA and I had to adjust 7 steps compared to the old setting on both bodies. I have used it a little less since then, but it seems to have stayed stable since AFMA no.2.

The Otus is a phenomenal lens and I am really enjoying it. But as soon as things start to move I miss AF. So as I have said before, this Sigma 50A is something I am really looking forward to try. But I doubt we will see it for $790, at least not for a while. Sigma is not unlike any other company. They┬┤re only in it for the money.
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Thanks for the input about the focusing.  I have the 35mm Art and if I get the 50mm I think I will pick up the Sigma lens module.
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I wish that was the type of thing we could share.  Have one communal module.  Mail it like it was inter library loan. :(

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EOS-M / Re: Want the 90EX?
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:54:28 PM »
This reminds me of a conversation I had a few years back.  The 75-300mm lens was being sold at a cheap price and I owned it for a year.  I hated it for most of that year...  A few people were disparaging the lens and took the counterpoint that while it wasn't great, it was a decent beginner lens and you can get some adequate results for the price and in decent lighting. 

The discussion almost became personal.  I think many of us identify with our gear... so if our gear is under attack, we immediately taken offense. 

all gear has some value... even really crappy image degrading uv filters... but at the same time there can be valid criticism of gear without the critique being taken personally.

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