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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Being Tested by Photographers
« Last post by ahsanford on Today at 08:40:12 PM »
I know! I know! Mp is not everything!
But for personal use (& reasons) if the 5D4 is under 28Mp: I will go with the 5Dsr
(but would prefer a general camera 5D4 with 28Mp and some other qualities)

PS: By the way, is it definitively 5D4 or may we discover a 5DX?

You never know until they announce, but the CR admin posted that the rumors seem to indicate 5D4 will indeed be the name and not 5DX.

- A
Yeah, it's expensive but it's a Sony so it'll have great DR.   ;)
SAR posted the up coming FE 70-200GM might be in $3500 USD.

For those shooting with Sony a7 series, what do you think about the price tag?

I personally feel it's HIGH for 70-200f2.8 lens.
Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« Last post by Click on Today at 08:13:07 PM »
Looking South in Arches National Park, UT towards the La Sal Mountains.
The afternoon was overcast but you have to be there to get the shot, and five minutes before the sun set, I heard a boom, warm light for the last few minutes, then it was gone...
6D, 24-105 at 105mm, f11, 1/5 sec at ISO 100

Lovely light. Beautiful with the dark sky. Well done.
Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC Art
« Last post by pj1974 on Today at 08:06:31 PM »
Thanks for the really helpful review, Dustin.

I have been following Sigma's progress in lenses for many years. They have stepped up their range and quality in a relatively brief time, to offer some really great lenses.

Regarding the 50-100mm f/1.8, I'm so glad to hear (aka 'read') that in your experience, Dustin, it autofocuses better than other Sigma / ART lenses. Having both experienced poor autofocus (AF) accuracy and consistency on a few Sigma lenses myself, as well as having read many others report inaccurate and/or inconsistent AF, meant that I have not bought any of their ART lenses to date.

I currently own 2x Sigma UWAs for APS-C: the amazing 8-16mm and the very good 10-20mm. Because AF is not critical for 99.9% of my UWA photos, I often use these lenses in manual focus (MF) or apply hyperfocal distance principles to get the shot I want. I'm particularly very happy with the Sigma 8-16mm which I have used for some years now and is unequalled in its UWA range on APS-C. Love what 8mm can give me (which is an equivalent of 12.8mm on a "FF"/35mm sensor perspective).

The bokeh, sharpness, draw and contrast of Sigma's new 50-100mm are obviously at a very high level. It has a lot going for it, having awesome IQ between 50mm and 100mm is a 'nice' package indeed.

Allow me to make some observations and comparisons with this Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 ART lens, and some other lenses.

I have used two versions of Sigma's 50-150mm f/2.8 lenses for APS-C, and the larger / OS version is particularly impressive, however 3 things put me off it for me:
- it did not nail focus quite as confidently and accurately as native brand lenses
- the size and weight felt very similar to using a 70-200mm f/2.8 (so if I really wanted a f/2.8 telezoom, I would probably go for a 70-200mm f/2.8 )
- possible issues 'down the track' (e.g. compatibility issues of using it in live view, or with other advanced functionality)
However Sigma's 50-150mm f/2.8 does great as a less expensive telezoom option.  In fact, several of my 'official' wedding photos were taken by a friend with the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8.  :D

The Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 has certain attractions for me over the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8, however I would probably still prefer neither as an 'ideal'.  I have my Canon 70-300mm L which is such a great, versatile travel zoom - and has that 300mm reach advantage for wildlife and birds which are more my 'focus'. As I do not photograph sports, I have no real need for a fast telezoom.

The size and weight of this 50-100mm lens, though, is somewhat of a 'turn off' for me.  My style of low light / portrait photography requires a small, versatile, lens. This lens is really large, and with a 82mm filter it is quite imposing on subject, and with its length and weight, doesn't give me the flexibility I like when shooting portraits (I do have a great 10-stop 82mm ND filter - thanks to Breakthrough Photography).

But perhaps the greatest factor for me, is Sigma's choice not to implement OS (aka Sigma's 'image stabilisation') on this lens. I really find that a lot of my photos 50mm and beyond (particularly from 70mm) really benefit from having IS/OS.

My most used low light lens is actually the 50mm f/1.8 STM, which does a great job for what it's worth. Decent image quality already from f/1.8 and very sharp from f/2.5 onwards. Light, focusses very well (AF on this lens is worlds superior and a totally better / different experience to Canon's 50mm f/1.8 II, of which I had two copies.

The preference I would have for an 'ideal' low light lens is similar to proposed by stpr (welcome, new CR forum member!)  Yes, I would use a good quality 35mm - 70mm f/1.8 a lot. If such a lens was made, was relatively small, lightweight, had fast, accurate, consistent AF and (icing on the cake) was also stabilised that would have my money! Canon, Sigma (& Tamron, and other lens manufacturers...are you listening). I have hope that Sigma MIGHT produce such a lens.

The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 and 24-35mm, though I would also hope that their is a way that any 3rd party lenses will be able to maintain full compatibility with Canon's PDAF and any future technology and advances. Reading of certain lenses and accessories from 3rd parties in particular not being compatible with various models of new cameras means I will probably stick to mainly having Canon lenses & accessories. Ok, ideally Canon would come out with an EF-S 35-70mm f/1.6 (!) USM IS ... THAT would be seriously great. Or even without IS, if they build an effective 5-stop, 5-axis IBIS into their next DSLR and (semi-pro) EOM bodies! One can dream, right!  ::)

On a final, and side note... the other evening at home (here in Australia) - I looked at one of your video reviews, Dustin. It was of the 80D. I enjoyed watching that (I'm quite impressed with Canon's 80D). So I was glad to read that you were using the 80D for part of the real world testing and review of Sigma's 50-100mm f/1.8 lens.

Well, that's enough from me for now.... regards....

Paul   8)
EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Being Tested by Photographers
« Last post by pierlux on Today at 08:04:17 PM »
I print direct from my 1Ds MkIII's, it is a very strong feature and much more capable than most give it time for. I use battery powered Canon Selpy CP printers when shooting travel images so I can give people an actual photograph of themselves.

I know, some like this feature. Not many, but to someone it's useful. Mine was a semi-serious/semi-sarcastic comment. But, what about removing the card and inserting it in a card reader or straight into the printer? Wouldn't it be more convenient? I admit I don't remember if the old Selphys have a display, but the current ones have it.
EOS-M / Re: EOS M2 cracked LCD screen - repair advice required
« Last post by melbournite on Today at 08:04:13 PM »
I cracked my screen on the M3 but it still works exactly the same.  I made some inquiries and found that the whole flip screen mechanism had to be replaced so it wasn't worth it considering everything still works. (I understand the M2 doesn't have a flip screen).

Giving it a go yourself seems like the best option. You mentioned you're in Australia, if you want an alternative repair centre to Canon (in the future), there's a place called Camera Clinic in Melbourne.  They may not be that much cheaper than Canon but may be easier to get to depending on where you live.

Good luck and will be interested to see how you go.
Software & Accessories / Re: LCD screen protector
« Last post by Valvebounce on Today at 07:52:06 PM »
Hi Arthur.
The list of features from the GGS items I used. Should work with touch.

* Automatic installation activated by touch
* Impact resistant and shatter proof
* Adhesive free
* Anti glare
* Smudge resistant
* Touch and Swivel screen compatible
* No glue residue after removal
* Frame design

Cheers, Graham.

I use the glass covers, they are great!  However... what are people going to fit on the 1DX2 or other touch screen DSLR's, as all seem to be going over to TS makes me sad I will have to go back to plastic film covers.
Software & Accessories / Re: LCD screen protector
« Last post by Valvebounce on Today at 07:49:05 PM »
I bought from Amazon,

Cheers, Graham.

I will give the GGS protectors another vote, very tough in my opinion, I can't say I put my gear in the same risk category as yours.
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I also buy where available the twin pack including the top screen protector, often no dearer than the rear screen only.

Cheers Graham.

Looked for them at B&H - did not find them.  Can you send a link?
Canon General / Re: So what is it about Canon?
« Last post by retroreflection on Today at 06:49:59 PM »
Why do you see many pickup trucks with stickers in the rear window denigrating other pickup truck brands?
Because a significant fraction of people think that the only way to gain membership in a group which supports their need for belonging is to hate those who don't belong to that group.  In a world dominated by shopping, purchase decisions within a mature market with no clear or absolute leader seem to be absurdly attractive nucleation sites for this defective thinking. 
Perhaps the absurdity is part of the point.  The trolls are dedicated to tribalism, and reasonable people are dedicated to facts.  Arguments never end when the two sides aren't even having the same argument.
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