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  1. #2661
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    Quote Originally Posted by droopy1592 View Post
    NOOOOOOO stay away from the Sigman unless you only shoot between 3ft and 10ft of distance. It front focuses at less than 3ft and severely back focuses over 10ft. I want it too but I've done tons of research and they haven't been fixed yet. Rumors say Canon may release a f/1.4 mkII 50mm sometime next year.
    well, to be honest i am more than happy with my sigma 50 1.4, it's just amazing for portraits and low light, maybe i am one happy case, but what, cannot the lens be calibrated by sigma if really needed? i mean c'mon almost 2/3 of the 24-70 need a trip to canon, and after that everyone builds them altars, so why would it be such a bad think to do the same with a sigma?
    5D II | 40D | 24-70 | 85 1.2 II | 70-200 2.8 IS | 5800EX II x2 | 430EX II
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  2. #2662
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    That would be ok if Sigma's service was superb... but you hear mostly horror stories, and Sigma requires that you send your camera in to be calibrated with the lens, as if they couldn't get a 450D, 50D, or 5D off of the shelf and do it themselves. I'm all for alternative lenses... but I don't think I should have to ship lens and camera for 2-4 weeks and risk getting back something that's not even calibrated properly (which has happened) and Sigmas aren't exactly reliable. See lensrental's sigma saga story

    http://www.lensrentals.com/news/2008...the-sigma-saga

    And the failure rates

    Sigma 120-300 f2.8 90.00% Zoom mechanism, calibration, autofocus
    Sigma 120-400 OS 44.44% OS, Autofocus, zoom
    Sigma 150-500 OS 45.45% OS, Autofocus, zoom
    Sigma 50-500 33.33% Zoom mechanism, autofocus
    Sigma 100-300 f4 25.00% autofocus
    Canon 17-55 f2.8 IS EF-S 17.39% IS, Err99
    Sigma 18-200* 16.67% barrel failure
    Canon 10-22 EF-S 15.79% barrel separation
    Nikon 17-35 f2.8 14.29% calibration
    Sigma 30 f1.4 14.29% calibration
    Nikon 80-400 11.11% Electronic issues
    Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VR 10.53% zoom mechanism
    Canon 100-400 IS 12.25% Zoom tension ring, Err99, calibration
    Canon 50 f1.2 13.3% Calibration
    Canon 85 f1.2 11.66% Electronic issues
    Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS 4.12% IS, Calibration


    Sigma leads the way in failed lenses. I really want to like the 50mm sigma, and I was ready to buy it, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it... so I'll wait until Sigma fixes the 50 before I fix my lens collection.
    | Canon 7D| Canon 5D|Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM | Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS| Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 | Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II |
    my photos on flickr

  3. #2663
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    Something a little different for me.

    Last month when I was in Jackson, I was fortunate to see JJ Grey and Mofro perform at the Mangy Moose.



    A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
    Ansel Adams

    Rule books are paper, they will not cushion a sudden meeting of stone and metal.
    Ernest K. Gann-Fate is the Hunter.

  4. #2664
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    TenD...I really like the second one...perfectly exposed IMO....

    Here's a 8 shot panorama of today's sunset...

    Film
    Nikon EM, Series E lenses 50mm f1.8|28mm f1.8|100mm f2.8, Sigma 80-200mm f4.5-5.6
    Minolta Riva 100AF, Sinpo PQ-3, Olympus mju-III wide 100, Yashica 635
    Digital
    Sony cybershot W90, cybershot T90
    Canon A720i|400D|7D|5DMKII|85mm f1.8|24-105mm f4|135mm f2|40mm f2.8|430EX II*2|BG-E3|BG-E7
    Sigma 24mm f1.8|50mm f2.8|105mm f2.8 Samyang 8mm fisheye
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  5. #2665
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    | Canon 7D| Canon 5D|Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM | Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS| Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 | Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II |
    my photos on flickr

  6. #2666
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    Quote Originally Posted by dorin View Post
    i mean c'mon almost 2/3 of the 24-70 need a trip to canon, and after that everyone builds them altars, so why would it be such a bad think to do the same with a sigma?
    Speaking of Altars lol


    | Canon 7D| Canon 5D|Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM | Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS| Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 | Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II |
    my photos on flickr

  7. #2667
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turn View Post
    never use filters, thats the fast food of photoshop

    I would recommend doing some curves and exposure, its a bit dark and could use some nice "colours"

    I tried it in black and white and then sepia, I think sepia works a bit better
    Thanks for the input, do you use Silver Efex Pro for B+W and Sepia alterations? I'm debating picking up the plugin but I'm not sure if it's worth the $99
    Last edited by jedinite; 11-02-2008 at 11:58 AM.
    Body: Canon 50D
    Lenses: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM,
    Pocket Cam: Canon SD1100is

  8. #2668
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    Quote Originally Posted by droopy1592 View Post
    you gotta tell me how you processed the color that way... Please!!!

    Looks great.
    +1

    ..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by jedinite View Post
    Thanks for the input, do you use Silver Efex Pro for B+W and Sepia alterations? I'm debating picking up the plugin but I'm not sure if it's worth the $99
    all I use is photoshop...don't need plug ins other than noise ninja IMO

    just stack stack stack layers!

    Quote Originally Posted by droopy1592 View Post
    You gotta tell me how you processed the color that way... please!!!

    Looks great.
    well I can't tell you step by step of replicating that because not even I can because I keep refining and refining layers until I get what I want

    ok so here's a quick example, I did a quick remake of it today with less layers (its not perfect because I did it in a minute to show an example)





    See what I did with the Curve layer? I went RGB -> Blue and pushed the bottom corner point up

    by itself it doesn't do much, but with the other curve layer with say, Red and pushed down into the green section it creates that "bluey" effect

    Gradient in a radial reverse to darken the background (yeah you can burn but I prefer gradient because its smoother and faster for me) and selective colour is my opposite of curves

    usually when I do a lot of curves, I get unwanted oversaturation of certain colours, usually yellow


    so I go into selective colour and pick the colour I want and usually lessen its effect or make it more white

    usually Black+Yellow minus (eg -70/-40) does the trick

    I hope that helps


    really YOU have to experiment, that is the only way you'll learn

    and always try using multiple layers, if you don't like doing that then thats fine, but its definitely something to try

    ok thats enough about me





    DROOPY

    I really like the last one, the dog looks really cute and guilty, like you caught him doing a poo or something
    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    hands up who hates delobbo !!!!!!
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  10. #2670
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turn View Post
    all I use is photoshop...don't need plug ins other than noise ninja IMO

    just stack stack stack layers!



    well I can't tell you step by step of replicating that because not even I can because I keep refining and refining layers until I get what I want

    ok so here's a quick example, I did a quick remake of it today with less layers (its not perfect because I did it in a minute to show an example)





    See what I did with the Curve layer? I went RGB -> Blue and pushed the bottom corner point up

    by itself it doesn't do much, but with the other curve layer with say, Red and pushed down into the green section it creates that "bluey" effect

    Gradient in a radial reverse to darken the background (yeah you can burn but I prefer gradient because its smoother and faster for me) and selective colour is my opposite of curves

    usually when I do a lot of curves, I get unwanted oversaturation of certain colours, usually yellow


    so I go into selective colour and pick the colour I want and usually lessen its effect or make it more white

    usually Black+Yellow minus (eg -70/-40) does the trick

    I hope that helps


    really YOU have to experiment, that is the only way you'll learn

    and always try using multiple layers, if you don't like doing that then thats fine, but its definitely something to try

    ok thats enough about me





    DROOPY

    I really like the last one, the dog looks really cute and guilty, like you caught him doing a poo or something

    lol thanks for the info on the PP

    Yeah that dog was chasing me around the park howling as if he was saying "No pictures, no photos!"

    I messed around a bit with what you just told me and got this


    I admit I got a bit carried away
    Last edited by droopy1592; 11-02-2008 at 05:36 PM.
    | Canon 7D| Canon 5D|Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM | Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS| Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 | Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II |
    my photos on flickr

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