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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 22, 2014, 09:53:45 AM »
What I am lacking is the ability to create compelling photography but that is a process independent of technology.

I can go on and on and on about how I learned photography with just a 55mm f/1.8 and a 135mm f/3.5 prime lens. I can go on and on and on about how the 55mm taught me to work within the limitations of the focal length, i.e. DoF and FoV. I can go on and on and on about how the 55mm taught me about angles and moments. I can go on and on and on ... but I won't. (Chorus: "Too late!")

I always challenge people, who want to really learn photography, to pick one prime lens and shoot straight to JPEG for three months. Everything, one prime lens in JPEG. Do it!

What's funny is that while I'm on the other side of the fence than you are... that's is practically what I did.  I hate the 18-55 and the 75-300 so much that I wound up using only the 50mm f/1.8... though I did it negligently... which is to say that I knew I liked the images so much more with the 50mm that I just shooting away without knowing the technical aspect of what I was doing... So there's that. 

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Price leaked
« on: February 22, 2014, 09:49:31 AM »
Sure the Zeiss is nice. If it is even sturdier than the Sigma, that is fine, but what is the point of added toughness (beyond a certain point) in a lens that is so expensive most people baby it, and will never, ever subject it to abuse?  It isn't even weather sealed anyway.

I imagine that if most Otus owners got a cosmetic scratch on the barrel they would be sick to their stomachs even if the functionality was unimpaired due to the aforementioned toughness.  If you could make a lens out of the same stuff Wolverine's claws are made, and charged $50,000 for it would one sell the Otus and pick one up because it is indestructible?

adamantium.  the word you are looking for is adamantium. 

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Hands-on video from CP+ here:

Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | ART

- A


"It's taped up so I can't take any pictures with it...", but they don't seem to have any issue with you popping the lens off and possibly attaching it to your body.  Seem rather easy to do a quick lens swap and get some sample images that way.


Yeah, but do you really want to encourage someone to betray the trust of Sigma... and if you are caught... then Sigma will certainly black ball you and probably every other company who knows you are a liar.  Integrity and one's reputation... take quite a bit to build... takes very little to destroy.

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How hard would it have been to show the distance scale while doing a few focusing searches? To give a slight idea of speed again the 50 L for example.

"It looks to be the same body inside" wow...

That was worthless.  I did enjoy watching it though.  Reminds me of porn. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 21, 2014, 01:23:56 PM »
Quote from: tntwit link=topic=19666.msg371323#msg371323 da393006417
I must say a lot of the comments here are making my head swell.

There are distinct advantages with FF (and disadvantages of any camera), but some comments make it seem like I'm trying to buy my way to better pictures if I go FF, so it gives me pause as to what is the right decision.

On the other hand, there is never ending criticism of the crop bodies on much of these forums.

I'm quite confident I am a limitation in my own photography and the more experience I get, the better my pictures get, regardless of the equipment.

I am also quite aware of the advice to look at your cameras limitations and decide what you really need before you upgrade.  This is where the 60D answers many of my equipment's limitations for a whole lot less than FF.  It just doesn't answer the one that bugs me the most (noise). 

I'm concerned that I will go FF and still be disappointed.  That's why I might just rent first to see.

Get a Canon professional services if you have enough gear to qualify and then borrow from them.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 21, 2014, 12:31:19 PM »
I take my ten year old daughter with me to some location shoots and I plug in the manual settings and tell her to have at it.  Then after the fact... I tell her what changes should have been done here or there... different ways to learn... multiple destinations.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Body $5599 via ebay
« on: February 21, 2014, 10:30:08 AM »
Makes me a little sick knowing I just paid $6799 for one a month ago.

That sucks, not to rub it in or anything, but how urgent did you need it?
I mean, it was available for as low as $5474 last august (2013). I only expect it to have sales like this throughout the year... 1 thing I learned is that they never have sales on these things during the holidays.

They did have the 5d mkiii available on black Friday for $2500 2 years ago... but that compatible price didn't show up again until a few months back.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 21, 2014, 10:27:59 AM »
Also let me add I am not speaking about the OP - I have no idea who he/she is or what level their photography is at, and I am not saying they do not make measured decisions - I am speaking purely in generalities.  :)

I thought about teaching a class for. 6th through eighth grade and I don't care about their gear... film... digital... slr... but it should have a manual function.

My intent is to teach then about depth of field and the relationship they have with their subject... angle mostly... I'll leave perspective up to a guest speaker...


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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Body $5649 via ebay
« on: February 21, 2014, 10:21:47 AM »
I'm not in the market for a 1dx... but it is intriguing because it isn't that much more expensive than my 5d mkiii.  Well when I sell my mkiii.

One advice.....try NOT to hold 1D X + 24-70 II. This thing is one AWESOME machine ;)

I don't know any 1dx people... though I am going to b&h to drool a little... so I'll heed your advice.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Body $5599 via ebay
« on: February 21, 2014, 09:25:48 AM »
Makes me a little sick knowing I just paid $6799 for one a month ago.

If you paid with a credit card that doubles your warranty, you got two years of warranty service for the bargain basement price of $1200.

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Just throwing this out there because it came to mind... but could you use the 6d and Wi-Fi to connect to a network area storage and have the images saved onto an external hard drive?

Then you can take a photo every minute and have a more compelling time lapse video.  You also don't have issues with running out of hard drive space.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Body $5649 via ebay
« on: February 20, 2014, 08:06:22 PM »
I'm not in the market for a 1dx... but it is intriguing because it isn't that much more expensive than my 5d mkiii.  Well when I sell my mkiii.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 20, 2014, 10:14:08 AM »

As long as you understand that changing the distance to your subject changes the perspective, whereas changing the focal length does not.  It's an important distinction, because a zoom lens allows you to change the framing without changing perspective, or to change both together, where as with a prime, you change perspective and framing together and cannot alter them independently.

Perspective... being the angle at which you view/shoot your subject?

JD, I wrote a detailed reply to your question, but didn't want to take over the thread, so I posted it as a new thread in the Techniques forum:
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=19685.0


Just when I feel confident...

I'll give it a look.. I believe I have noticed 'perspective' in my shots and used it to a certain extent... but there is definitely more to learn.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 20, 2014, 10:00:41 AM »

At the beginning it looks like an increase in focal length, but really you are just cutting away ("cropping") part of the image. The only advantage of crop sensors that is sometimes (!) relevant (except for price) is actually the higher pixel density.

I shoot full frame for the most part.

But there are many situations where the extra range provided by the crop camera IN THE VIEWFINDER is helpful to me. If I am at a school play, sitting in the back, using my 70-200 f/2.8 IS II on a crop camera, the fact is that I can tell better (@320mm on the crop) whether I have the caught the facial expression I wanted - WHILE TAKING THE SHOT. I can't run home, pop up the full frame shot (@200mm) on the computer screen. Sure, I could zoom in AFTER THE FULL FRAME SHOT to make sure I got it - but then the scene is over - it's too late.

I know your first statement is correct and often cited as evidence that crop cameras are inferior, but the extra range available to the shooter in the viewfinder is a reality that can be quite useful in hundreds of situations. So, I must disagree with your second statement.

I look forward to the optical digital hybrid viewfinder... I hope to be able to zoom in with the digital so I can see if the image is in focus the way I can using live view and and the digital zoom function. 

Even better I hope they over lay each other and the camera recognizes where I'm looking so it zooms directly at that location... to dream.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 20, 2014, 09:04:12 AM »

As long as you understand that changing the distance to your subject changes the perspective, whereas changing the focal length does not.  It's an important distinction, because a zoom lens allows you to change the framing without changing perspective, or to change both together, where as with a prime, you change perspective and framing together and cannot alter them independently.
Perspective... being the angle at which you view/shoot your subject? 

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