semorg

semorg

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Joined on Sep 16, 2005

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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.)

I'm sending it back to canon for the second time today. The 50/1.4 is so fragile because it's not internal focusing

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 19:26 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (434 comments in total)

I think the biggest advantage of this camera over Nikon D7100 is the built-in image stabilizer. Sadly, DPreview didn't seem to mention that in their conclusion. I guess their tests are just confined to studio setup images.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 18:41 UTC as 113th comment | 5 replies
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semorg: Sony is going for the kill.....this camera will kill Canon 5DII/III when it's used for videos. You can shoot 4K, and no pixel dropping or other tricks, probably without any of the aliasing issues. Have a 4K footage or downsize to 1080P/720p, etc. for broadcasting distribution

SHood - I bet other will create 4K recorders. That are more compact and cheaper. The nice thing is you can record 1080/60p or 720/120p without the external recorder. At the price of $1699 it's already going to surpass canon 5Dii/iii

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 04:36 UTC

Sony is going for the kill.....this camera will kill Canon 5DII/III when it's used for videos. You can shoot 4K, and no pixel dropping or other tricks, probably without any of the aliasing issues. Have a 4K footage or downsize to 1080P/720p, etc. for broadcasting distribution

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 01:13 UTC as 75th comment | 7 replies
On Flashpoint 180 Monolight Review article (34 comments in total)

1 star for the review.

This light unit doesn't have much power and as stated by others it has a rather slow cycle time. For the same price you can buy couple of decent used Nikon strobes. They also use off the shelf batteries (AAs) and it gives you a of different options as far portability, etc.
I do a lot of strobe photography with cheap used strobes. Here's one example: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151843425982673&set=a.10151842731197673.1073741843.766737672

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 18:47 UTC as 8th comment
On LensRentals.com needs name for massive lens calibration tool news story (133 comments in total)

Lens rental needs to offer this alignment service to outside customers and not just for the lenses they're renting out.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 22:55 UTC as 122nd comment

How miserable that CNN can't get a simple web form right... The moment Ted Turner sold his baby it was doomed for failure and it's been on a downhill slide ever since.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 17:18 UTC as 9th comment
On Samyang announces 12mm 1:2.0 NCS CS wideangle for mirrorless news story (139 comments in total)
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semorg: if the performance is near their 14/2.8. With nano crystal coating and f/2.0 this will become the default lens for milky way and northern light photography for aspc sensor cameras.

I said apsc not u4/3

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 17:26 UTC
On Samyang announces 12mm 1:2.0 NCS CS wideangle for mirrorless news story (139 comments in total)

if the performance is near their 14/2.8. With nano crystal coating and f/2.0 this will become the default lens for milky way and northern light photography for aspc sensor cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 14:49 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1592 comments in total)

if you're going to start with, "By putting a 24 megapixel full-frame sensor into a body nearly the same size as the Olympus E-M1, the Alpha 7 is arguably the most ambitious camera Sony has ever made"
Then why not review A7r ???

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 04:41 UTC as 291st comment | 5 replies
On Nikon launches AF-S Nikkor 35mm F1.8G for FX format SLRs news story (114 comments in total)

No Nano coating? I guess Nikon doesn't want to cannibalize their 35/1.4 lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 04:53 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
On Sigma announces all-new 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' lens news story (244 comments in total)

Let me know where I need to send my money ASAP.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 23:13 UTC as 77th comment
On DPReview Top Picks: Stand-out third party lenses article (79 comments in total)

Samyang 14/2.8 has copy variations. However, a good copy will best both the zeiss 21/2.8 as well as the 14-24/2.8 nikon in sharpness. I own all these lenses and tested them on the Nikon D800e. My test was on short distance. Since that was the most reliable way I could test for sharpness.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2013 at 10:17 UTC as 16th comment
On Tamron to develop 150-600mm F5-6.3 ultra-telephoto zoom news story (193 comments in total)

The tripod collar doesn't seem sturdy enough. It might be fine for some wildlife stuff, but not reliable for some landscape work

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 13:37 UTC as 50th comment | 4 replies

Mind you, initially they were hoping to raise $100,000.
So the good news is that they got enough money to manufacture these things. The bad news is they'll probably wont meet the demands and those who are not in the first 100-200 will have to a wait for a long time or live with some shoddy quality stuff.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2013 at 19:14 UTC as 33rd comment | 3 replies
On SmugMug launches totally redesigned website news story (75 comments in total)

The new SmugMug is awesome and it's finally up to level of the best portfolio sites. I can't wait to update my site. I'm sure with everyone rushing out to make the changes it's probably putting a tremendous pressure on their servers.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 01:04 UTC as 32nd comment
On Canon still pursuing Foveon-style multi-layer sensor design news story (165 comments in total)

With so much pixel resolution, the question remains if the color layer technology has any future. That said utilizing resonance to detect a color seems superior to foven models as it should have better sensitivity.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 19:23 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply

$700 just for the case!

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/973134-REG/canon_5183b001_lens_case_200_6400_for.html

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2013 at 18:50 UTC as 23rd comment

The case for this lens is sold separately for additional $650, BTW!

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2013 at 04:35 UTC as 104th comment | 3 replies
On Magic Lantern enables Canon 5D Mark III Raw video output news story (139 comments in total)

I'm a loyal reader of EOSHD and I have learnt a lot from their posts. Definitely a must-read for any aspiring movie or film-maker.

I've followed the RAW video ability story from early on and I was not convinced this was doable. So this is rather unbelievable and a huge news.

If you look at the DR in sample screen grab or read the prior posts by EOSHD on this topic you will see an enormous improvement both on ER and details.

Among critics 5D III footage is soft and in actuality many complaint the video resolution is far below the stated 1080P. The RAW video brings such a beautiful detail as compared to canon's output footage that this will make canon's 5D III (and hopefully 5DII) into the ultimate indie filmmaker tool. For now many shooters are using the ML hacked GH2 but micro 4/3 crop doesn't have the the same look as the 5DIII full-frame and if ML can pull this off you will see a ton of movies on TV Shows, and indie movies produced by this camera.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2013 at 21:20 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies
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