September 03, 2015, 03:31:25 PM

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It's absolutely hilarious how closely Tamron is copying the aesthetic of the Global Vision line.

Minimalist design? Check. Silver emblem with random abbreviation? Check. Smooth finish at the mount to contrast the matte finish everywhere else? Check.

Sigma was obviously copying Zeiss, so we all know who Sigma looks up to, but these Tamron lenses actually have more in common with the Sigma aesthetic than Zeiss.

Which is utterly complementing to Sigma, that other third parties are now copying them over the most highly regarded optical companies in the world.
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Lenses / Re: Announcement: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II
« Last post by GMCPhotographics on Today at 03:29:50 PM »
Man this Lens is drool worthy, I'm really tempted to pick this up over the Canon 24mm 1.4 ii now

Both are good lenses, it really depends on what you will use it for and the focal length you will need the most. I wouldn't choose a 35 or 24 over each other based on their mft's or cache alone. Your need and usage should be your deciding factor. If you don't know..then hire them both and try them both out and see which one floats your boat.

I never liked the 24 L II, but I like the 24mm angle. I had three copies that were useless in terms of Af, and it's pretty soft for an L-prime. And the lens hood that is SO loose it always gets knocked and in the sun is quite hard to notice all your shots have a black band in the corners from the lens hood.

While that may have been true of your copies. My copy and my 2nd photographer's copy of the 24IIL is certainly a bit sharper (wide open) than both of our 35L's. It's certainly better built and I've had more trouble with my 35L's hood than my my 24IIL's hood. In fact my 2nd photographer's 24IIL's hood is too tight. I suspect that there is a lot of manufacturing tolerance with the plastic hoods. Before I bought my 35L, I hired one for a week...and that hood was perfect. The AF on the 24IIL is a lot more accurate as faster in low light, which is the 35L's Achilles heel...in low light it's very intermittent. But this is no surprise...the 35L is a very old design and a lot has changed in terms of expectation and camera AF accuracy.
Optically, the 24IIL is slightly superior to the 35L mk1 but I prefer the look of the images I get from my 35L...for wedding work it nice to have a wide which doesn't look too wide and makes a great "head and shoulders for a small group" portrait lens. If you like a 24mm look...then the 24IIL is a really good lens. but if you prefer the 35L's look...then the 24IIL will never satisfy.

It's a good thing Canon are making lenses now with less and less copy to copy variation I think is the conclusion here.

I've had at least 8 35 L's and some are quite a bit softer than others, but the AF has been stellar on all of them. I often use them in low light for tracking my kids playing, and it's the only short fast prime that works for this, for me.

I suspect that it is the AF accuracy which is causing the softness. My current 35mm f1.4L, I can't seem to calibrate it's AF properly. If I calibrate it at MFD, then it miss-focusses at MFD and vice versa. It's been back to Canon twice and they can't seem to correct it either. With a slim DOF f1.4 lens, focus accuracy is critical and nearly impossible to visual correct with an f2.8 DOF limited view screen on a 5DIII.

Not mine, it's copy to copy variation, I have had 4 copies at the same time comparing them with liveview and MF, and it's very obivous.

Yes, I hear you. I do think that different countries get whole produciton batches and as a result different countries sometimes gets different results due to batch to batch variations.
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Lenses / Re: Real World Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II Image Samples
« Last post by GMCPhotographics on Today at 03:27:13 PM »
I need to see more examples out of this. In their comparison I am not seeing a significant improvement in sharpness on the side by side comparison. Beautiful regardless.

The only shot that stands out to me is the crop of the two coins.  Look at the smaller, bronze looking coin in the lower right.  Sharpness is night and day there.

My biggest personal question is going to be whether the new 35L retains the excellent drawing of the former.  The Sigma ART is much sharper, but it is debatable whether it produces better pictures (as a whole).  I want the new 35L II to retain the former while adding the sharpness of the Sigma.

Yes....I think that the new Canon will have less sharpness compared to the Sigma...but the Canon will have much better bokeh....  I am just guessing from what I have seen so far. I have the Sigma..and have no intention of owning this new lens (because of the cost..GULP!).....but I cannot wait to see the comparison of those two.  It will be quite fascinating to see them head to head!!!!   Both great pieces of glass.

Yep and the Sigma can't focus for tosh...even the canon 35L is better a focussing...hey even the 50L is better than that Sigma.
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Lenses / Re: Real World Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II Image Samples
« Last post by infared on Today at 03:12:29 PM »
I need to see more examples out of this. In their comparison I am not seeing a significant improvement in sharpness on the side by side comparison. Beautiful regardless.

The only shot that stands out to me is the crop of the two coins.  Look at the smaller, bronze looking coin in the lower right.  Sharpness is night and day there.

My biggest personal question is going to be whether the new 35L retains the excellent drawing of the former.  The Sigma ART is much sharper, but it is debatable whether it produces better pictures (as a whole).  I want the new 35L II to retain the former while adding the sharpness of the Sigma.

Yes....I think that the new Canon will have less sharpness compared to the Sigma...but the Canon will have much better bokeh....  I am just guessing from what I have seen so far. I have the Sigma..and have no intention of owning this new lens (because of the cost..GULP!).....but I cannot wait to see the comparison of those two.  It will be quite fascinating to see them head to head!!!!   Both great pieces of glass.
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1dx ; have you replaced the shutter?
« Last post by docholliday on Today at 03:10:16 PM »
Yeah, 79K. Failed with nasty shutter bounce.
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Lenses / Re: Real World Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II Image Samples
« Last post by vscd on Today at 03:08:40 PM »
<blink>In your face sigma!</blink>

Just a small sidekick for fun  ;D
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Air Show competition in "shooting down" flying little balloons.

Excellent timing.

...And welcome to CR.
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Air Show competition in "shooting down" flying little balloons.


https://flic.kr/p/oP7DPe


https://flic.kr/p/p6yVAS

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"Stacked"  When all those variables come together.

Blue Angels &quot;Echelon Parade&quot; © Keith Breazeal by Keith Breazeal, on Flickr

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Thanks guys for the "Tickling MACH" comments :)
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