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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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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 13, 2014, 06:53:32 PM »
Per these guys, the color in the 35mm is better, but there might be too much color for human skin... so I'm a touch confused... maybe I need to read it again.

I'm not sure what these reviewers are doing (or not doing) with post-processing, but I think pretty much all of the human shots I saw on The Phoglographer and f-stoppers reviews look horrible with skin tones.  Skin tones look just too stark  and cold with peaky orange/magenta bias to my eyes.  The best photo's were the black & whites IMO.

One of the reviews, they said they were doing minimal post production because they didn't want to give a misrepresentation of the contrast about the lens.  As for what I saw... I didn't think the color was that far off... but maybe I wasn't looking that hard.

Ok... I went back and looked... I didn't like the photos... or the models... but I tried to look past that and more about what the lens brings to the table.  Expensive gear doesn't fix boring subjects...

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 13, 2014, 11:38:49 AM »
Interesting review, which covers many aspects that would be of interest to potential buyers of this lens. One line didn't make much sense, though: "Additionally, we feel that the saturation is a bit too strong for skin tones when shooting portraits despite Sigma’s attempts to not saturate the orange channel too much–at least that’s what we feel in our color tests."

A lens can't saturate colors beyond what's coming in through the front element. If the image looks too saturated, check and adjust your post processing settings and don't blame the lens for doing its job as intended.

I read that too... So the 35 has better contrast and better color... but the 50 has too much color... which suggests that the 35 has way too much color. 

I might be using the transitive property inappropriately... but da fuh?

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 13, 2014, 11:31:22 AM »
Would the price come down a bit if I wait for a few months?

Last December there was a deal on the 35 art for 699.  That's the best I've seen for new... but you can find used ones (returns) for around $800... and you can get a refurbished one from Sigma for 680.

The lens came out in September 2012.  So if you can wait that long.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 13, 2014, 09:08:21 AM »
It isn’t as contrasty as its 35mm f1.4 Art cousin and therefore doesn’t have as great colors in our opinion, but it is still quite good. Additionally, modern software lets you do almost anything with the color depth of modern sensors and lenses. So you really shouldn’t worry about it so much.

nother great review... I haven't heard the term micro contrast in relation to any other lenses.  But I'm used to post production... so I'm curious what lens has a comparable micro contrast.

Per these guys, the color in the 35mm is better, but there might be too much color for human skin... so I'm a touch confused... maybe I need to read it again.


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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 13, 2014, 12:26:06 AM »
The 50 Art actually used the 50L as a benchmark for bokeh, and in technical terms the Sigma has better bokeh than the 50L. The Sigma's circle of confusion, which is what defines bokeh is actually much creamier and less busy then the Canon, with fewer aberrations, softer edges and better texture. The Sigma is closer to what is considered ideal like what you get with the Canon 85mm f/1.2 L II. 50mm planar design lenses like the 50L are hard to tune for ideal bokeh so Canon actually had to compromise with their 50L lens on bokeh and the lens has several flaws, the 85L II is very forgiving design wise so you get much closer to the ideal, with no compromise, and a very soft circle of confusion.

I pray that this is true.  I was thinking earlier today that I don't love my 24-105 that much... and maybe I'll get this as my lone lens for anything wider than 70mm... but that was just me thinking. 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 12, 2014, 01:11:55 PM »
I think you're being too cynical. Time will tell, but most consumers (not CR forum members) chose what works best for them.
I am hoping I get the Amazon lightning deal for this one (or be blessed with whatever luck JD is blessed...). Although I have to say, CanonPriceWatch is the best thing to have happened (or the worst, depending on your PoV).

I personally prefer how people just gravitate towards the Canon name brand.  It keeps my gear at a higher resale value... But the conclusion I've come to... is that Canon may cost more, but more often than not, it is well worth it.  There are some Canon lenses I don't like, but they tend to be all entry level and old... like the 28-135, or the 17-85... and that's not really fair. 

As for Amazon lightening... I don't think I can hold out that long.  I have that buy it now itch... and it feels like chiken pox... Must... wait... must be patient.

LOL... ;D

I know the feeling....I'm itching for Canon 600mm f4 IS II. I already have this lens in my BH account, including accessories etc...All I have to do is push the purchase  button.

Half a bottle of Tequila and that button will be pushed in no time at all!  ;D
Full bottle of tequila and you'll be pawing at the wife.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 12, 2014, 08:02:17 AM »
Thanks, JD, and I just found another review of sorts:
http://fstoppers.com/sigma-50mm-art-review

I read that earlier... Now it just comes down to pulling the trigger.  I think the worst thing in the world is that Amazon had the 35 art for 699 last christmas... so if I wait long enough, I can get the 50 art for 749 new... and that's going to drive me nuts. 

But it is only taking a loss on the lens if I ever decide to sell it... and I'm thinking it is hear to stay just like may 70-200 mkii and my 100L... and it would be nice to have a wide open sharp lens that isn't too long.  The 85 was practically useless indoors, and 35 feels too wide open for me... so 50mm is the goldielocks slice of perfection...

I'm so glad to hear someone else pointing out that 50mm definitely has advantages over 85mm. Earlier I almost posted a rant about one of my (admittedly few) experiences trying to shoot 85mm indoors. Frustrating to say the least.

I had the 85 f/1.8 as my main portrait lens when my baby was born 7 months ago... the 3 ft minimum focusing distance is what annoyed me.  The lens was excellent wide open (maybe that is overstating it... it was very good)  but I kept bumping up against the MFD... and it wasn't as if she was filling the frame... so I'm glad I have my 100L again.  But that isn't really a walk around focal length... I think the 50 on a full frame... might just hit the spot and I can retire my 24-105 for those duties. 


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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 12, 2014, 07:53:15 AM »
I think you're being too cynical. Time will tell, but most consumers (not CR forum members) chose what works best for them.
I am hoping I get the Amazon lightning deal for this one (or be blessed with whatever luck JD is blessed...). Although I have to say, CanonPriceWatch is the best thing to have happened (or the worst, depending on your PoV).

I personally prefer how people just gravitate towards the Canon name brand.  It keeps my gear at a higher resale value... But the conclusion I've come to... is that Canon may cost more, but more often than not, it is well worth it.  There are some Canon lenses I don't like, but they tend to be all entry level and old... like the 28-135, or the 17-85... and that's not really fair. 

As for Amazon lightening... I don't think I can hold out that long.  I have that buy it now itch... and it feels like chiken pox... Must... wait... must be patient. 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 12, 2014, 07:46:12 AM »
This just got too tempting, so I pushed the preorder button. Looking forward to do side by side tests with the Otus.

Radiating, thanks for taking the time to enlighten the rest of us (again). Interesting read!

I look forward to your results.  I immediately eliminated the otus from consideration because of its pricetag... which is to say I can afford it... but it would have to be on my body 100% of the time to justify the cost.  And since I do a good deal of portraiture... ok... it would work... but the other good deal of my efforts are sports photography... and it wouldn't cause me to drop my 70-200 mkii in favor of it. 

But at $1000... I'm willing to not care about the percentages...

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 12, 2014, 07:31:57 AM »
To summarise, if Canon want to come out with a killer 50/1.4 lens that will replace their current 50/1.4 (and maybe 50/1.8), it needs to be:
1) cost less than $949 so that it is cheaper than the Sigma 50/1.4 Art
2) deliver better quality images than the 50/1.2L
3) provide at least IS and possibly weather sealing

... wait, no it doesn't ... all that Canon's next 50/1.4 lens will need is this:

1) a red ring around the lens.

and people will buy it in preference to the Sigma, regardless of price or performance.

I like to think that I know what goes on from the retail side of things with camera gear... and when the 35 art came out... I thought it would be a dagger for the 35L... but the 35L dipped in price a little and now it is back up to its all time high of $1479 US.  I know there will be rebates and the price will fluctuate... but I thought the 35 art would put some serious pressure on the 35L and I was wrong... ???

Even the resale value has held for the 35L... The resale for the 35 art hasn't plummeted... and it has remained around 780 +/-, but 1100 v. 780... a 300-400 difference for a lens that is supposed to outperform the more expensive one...

So I'm trying to apply what I learned about the above to the 50 art and the 50L.  But with the 35's... you can say the performance was comparable... so it was just another option available which is why the demand for either hasn't really changed much.  BUT the 50's are like night and day... which is why I am really curious about the art's bokeh.  If it can be described as magic... then that negates ALL of the 50L's claim to fame. 

As for the new Canon, it has to be in a different price range than the sigma 50... and that means they can still sell it at 499 and it will appeal to a different market than those looking to spend $1000 on a 50mm lens.

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