Chris Yates

Chris Yates

Lives in United States FLA, FL, United States
Joined on Feb 17, 2011

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On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (533 comments in total)
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Chris Yates: My new SIgma has exceeded all expectations. Build quality and optical quality is amazing, significantly (hands down) better than both my Canon 50mm f1.2L and my Zeiss f1.4 ZE planar, both of which are on sale on craigslist. Sigma has surpassed Canon as a lens builder. Possibly even Zeiss. And this is coming from a Sigma hater!!! To reiterate, the Sigma is sharper wide open than either of those stopped down to any level. It even humiliates my Canon 100mm macro IS L. I find myself in disbelief

Yeah, I'm still using the old 1st Generation 5D and cranking out beautiful photographs. The t4i is also a fun camera to use. It just depends on my mood really. I'd love to get a Canon Mirrorless, but it has to have a viewfinder.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 01:13 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (533 comments in total)
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Chris Yates: My new SIgma has exceeded all expectations. Build quality and optical quality is amazing, significantly (hands down) better than both my Canon 50mm f1.2L and my Zeiss f1.4 ZE planar, both of which are on sale on craigslist. Sigma has surpassed Canon as a lens builder. Possibly even Zeiss. And this is coming from a Sigma hater!!! To reiterate, the Sigma is sharper wide open than either of those stopped down to any level. It even humiliates my Canon 100mm macro IS L. I find myself in disbelief

For one, the 5d doesn't go past 1600 ISO, and I rarely use the t4i past that.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2014 at 21:14 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (533 comments in total)
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Chris Yates: My new SIgma has exceeded all expectations. Build quality and optical quality is amazing, significantly (hands down) better than both my Canon 50mm f1.2L and my Zeiss f1.4 ZE planar, both of which are on sale on craigslist. Sigma has surpassed Canon as a lens builder. Possibly even Zeiss. And this is coming from a Sigma hater!!! To reiterate, the Sigma is sharper wide open than either of those stopped down to any level. It even humiliates my Canon 100mm macro IS L. I find myself in disbelief

The colors are much richer, contrast and micro-contrast is superior and sharpness is otherworldly. The Sigma simply outclasses the other 50s. no small feat.
FYI, I use a Canon 5D series body and a T4i. With the 5D the shallo DOF is spectacular, on the t4i it becomes a supern 80mm portrait lens. unbeatable. I do not use the lens past 800ISO.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2014 at 14:40 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (533 comments in total)

My new SIgma has exceeded all expectations. Build quality and optical quality is amazing, significantly (hands down) better than both my Canon 50mm f1.2L and my Zeiss f1.4 ZE planar, both of which are on sale on craigslist. Sigma has surpassed Canon as a lens builder. Possibly even Zeiss. And this is coming from a Sigma hater!!! To reiterate, the Sigma is sharper wide open than either of those stopped down to any level. It even humiliates my Canon 100mm macro IS L. I find myself in disbelief

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2014 at 17:30 UTC as 20th comment | 7 replies
On DxOMark recommends best lenses for the Nikon D800E article (72 comments in total)

And whoever thought the MP war was over is sadly mistaken.
It's just that Canon can't keep up.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 17:06 UTC as 23rd comment | 5 replies
On DxOMark recommends best lenses for the Nikon D800E article (72 comments in total)

so Zeiss makes the best lenses :P

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 17:04 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On Walmart sues photographer's widow over family pictures article (198 comments in total)

We can make Walmart pay for this by avoiding shopping there.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 10:46 UTC as 66th comment
On Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses article (367 comments in total)
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Chris Yates: Canon has been lacking so badly in innovations in lens releases that matter, especially affordable ones, that I have been acquiring old Contax Zeiss and Zeiss ZE lenses. The manual focus gives me something to do while I wait for anything exciting from Canon. I even have a Sigma 50mm on order, and I swore never to buy Sigma again after several flops. But Sigma has been releasing exciting products and they should be complimented and rewarded for that.

I am taking pictures with the zeiss thank you very much.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 03:06 UTC
On Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses article (367 comments in total)

Canon has been lacking so badly in innovations in lens releases that matter, especially affordable ones, that I have been acquiring old Contax Zeiss and Zeiss ZE lenses. The manual focus gives me something to do while I wait for anything exciting from Canon. I even have a Sigma 50mm on order, and I swore never to buy Sigma again after several flops. But Sigma has been releasing exciting products and they should be complimented and rewarded for that.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 14:39 UTC as 45th comment | 2 replies
On Canon USA brings white EOS Rebel SL1 to America article (119 comments in total)

This white body will complement my 500mm F4 L quite nicely. I think I shall buy two.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 13:22 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
On Canon USA brings white EOS Rebel SL1 to America article (119 comments in total)
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retro76: Last year I left Canon after years of being a loyal customer. The company in my opinion used to be top notch and the original Rebel and 5D are great examples of their innovation. Now years later we continue to recieve a recycled sensor with rather rudimentary dynamic range, and no replacement for their aging 50 1.8, 50 1.4, and 85 1.8 lenses. Meanwhile the rest of the world is moving forward, and Canon seems stuck in time. Of course they continue to sell well due to loyal customers like myself, but how long will it last ?

Canon has been lacking so badly in innovations in lens releases that matter, especially affordable ones like the ones you mentioned, that I have been acquiring old Contax Zeiss and Zeiss ZE lenses. The manual focus gives me something to do while I wait for anything exciting from Canon. I even have a Sigma 50mm on order, and I swore never to buy Sigma again after several flops. But Sigma has been releasing exciting products and they should be complimented and rewarded for that.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 13:20 UTC
On Canon USA brings white EOS Rebel SL1 to America article (119 comments in total)

Is this an L-series body? :p

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 10:26 UTC as 50th comment
On Canon USA brings white EOS Rebel SL1 to America article (119 comments in total)

Wow! Now this is the innovation I have been waiting for from Canon ever since the EOS M came out. I can only hope the next big thing from Canon will be pink.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 10:23 UTC as 51st comment

Thumbs down

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 01:40 UTC as 4th comment

For the price of a new BMW you may own own a Leica.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 13:11 UTC as 85th comment | 3 replies
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Niklas Ramstedt: Better go home and try this with a bed sheet as he suggested. Must try to pick one without stains...

That's gross, but I have to give it a like.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 12:07 UTC
On Never lose your lens cap again with HACkxTACK article (165 comments in total)

I don't need this. I have lost all my lens caps already. I use a hood to protect all my front elements

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 22:07 UTC as 89th comment
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DStudio: After looking at the various links here to sample photos, I can see the Sigma isn't the equal of the Zeiss OTUS. The Zeiss produces more 3D images, more colorful images, more beautiful images.

Also, as is common, this Sigma isn't as sharp wide-open as the lens it claims to replace.

This is one of Sigma's best efforts yet, but it still plays second fiddle.

It's not the only one he's made. Where do these people come from?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 14:49 UTC
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Edymagno: I had high hopes for this lens performance but the "lowly" price under $1k will keep my expectations at bay. There's no way the Sigma will approach the Otus IQ. After all, you get what you pay. I truly hope to be proven wrong. Maybe Canon will get it right at around $2k.

@DStudio,
Give me a drag of whatever you're smoking.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 21:00 UTC
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Henrik Herranen: Finally a 50 mm lens I'd like to own!

I sold Canon's 50/1.8 to my sister. Wasn't really unhappy with it, but exchanged it for Canon's 50/1.4.

Canon's 50/1.4 is the only lens I've ever broken - the brittle focus motor went. Got it fixed, then sold it.

I couldn't get four copies of Canon's 50/1.2L to focus, so I never bought it.

Sigma's old 50/1.4 focused nicely for me, and the bokeh was really smooth, but wide open it was sharp in only the center 20-30% of the image, so although I don't require absolute sharpness right to the corners wide open, I felt I had no composition freedom at all. So, finally, I gave it to a good friend who has put it to good use.

So, I've now been for almost two years without a 50 mm prime.

But that state of affairs may not last for long anymore. This new Sigma might just be the one I have wanted for years. Just please make it focus! (Although with the new docking system, I think it will.)

Henrik, You "SOLD" your Canon 50mm f1.8 to your sister? Heck, If I had a sister that I loved, I would have gladly given it to her along with a BIG HUG!!! :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 20:18 UTC
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