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Postposted on Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:55 pm

PenGun wrote:They are the finest ever made, as a group, and easily trump the in house stuff from Canon and Nikon.


I can definitely agree on the whole- though I have to wonder that if Canon actually gets off their tails and pushes out a modern sensor (or hell, buys one from Sony), that they'll likely be giving the ole Germans a run for their optical money. Sadly, Nikon has been updating their lineup literally to catch up with Canon's ten and twenty year old optical formulas instead of aiming to soundly surpass them; the extra competition would surely be nice.

On another note- I'm in love with the 85L. Officially. As for the Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC I also rented, I can't say that I'm terribly impressed. It's optically sound for sure, but Tamron's bass-effing-ackwards ergonomics really get in the way. That's something that Canon just does right- increasing focal length should be counter-clockwise, where it brings your left elbow to your side for support, and the zoom ring should definitely be closer to the camera body. Now I'm holding out hope that Sigma revamps their pro zoom lineup (beyond the stellar 120-300/2.8, 18-35/1.8 and 50-150/2.8). I'm willing to bet that they can get closer to the 24-70/2.8L II and have functional handling to boot.
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Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

Postposted on Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:57 pm

Airmantharp wrote: Tamron's bass-effing-ackwards ergonomics really get in the way.
Tamron's rings spin the same way as Nikon's. Sigma's spin the same way as Canon's.
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Postposted on Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:05 pm

JustAnEngineer wrote:
Airmantharp wrote: Tamron's bass-effing-ackwards ergonomics really get in the way.
Tamron's rings spin the same way as Nikon's. Sigma's spin the same way as Canon's.


And the point is that Nikon and Tamron are fundamentally wrong :).
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Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

Postposted on Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:52 pm

Airmantharp wrote:
JustAnEngineer wrote:
Airmantharp wrote: Tamron's bass-effing-ackwards ergonomics really get in the way.
Tamron's rings spin the same way as Nikon's. Sigma's spin the same way as Canon's.


And the point is that Nikon and Tamron are fundamentally wrong :).


Considering both Sony, Pentax, and Carl Zeiss MF lenses all focus and zoom with the same direction as Nikon and Tamron, it may just cast some doubt on who is doing it wrong. :D
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Postposted on Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:42 pm

TheEmrys wrote:Considering both Sony, Pentax, and Carl Zeiss MF lenses all focus and zoom with the same direction as Nikon and Tamron, it may just cast some doubt on who is doing it wrong. :D


No doubt here. When I picked up my first Canon kit (at the flip of a coin), I thought that their setup was a bit awkward- until I used it. For consumer cameras, it doesn't make much of a difference, but when you're actually trying to produce work with a semi-pro or pro kit, I can see why Canon did what they did, and have a hard time imagining doing it otherwise except for the sake of being 'different' than Canon.

I mean, seriously, if you're shooting a 70/80-400 for example, why the hell would you want the action required to zoom to longer focal lengths to naturally bring your left elbow away from your side?
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Postposted on Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:50 pm

I find that it just takes a rotation of my hand/wrist..... My elbow never moves. Its not like there is a ton of travel in lenses these days.
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Postposted on Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:00 pm

TheEmrys wrote:I find that it just takes a rotation of my hand/wrist..... My elbow never moves. Its not like there is a ton of travel in lenses these days.


I certainly can- and did- deal with it, but it's just not something I want to live with unless I have to. I have Tamron's 150-600 in my sights, especially now that they've gotten the Servo focus issue resolved in all shipping units, so I guess I'll be getting over it, unless Sigma has an appropriate Bigma refresh coming :).
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Postposted on Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:03 am

Sigma's long tele's have historically been lacking. This Tamron comes in under the price of Sony's 70-400G used. Its a tremendous deal. And every new Tamron has a 5 year warranty. You won't be able to beat that.
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Postposted on Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:17 am

TheEmrys wrote:Sigma's long tele's have historically been lacking. This Tamron comes in under the price of Sony's 70-400G used. Its a tremendous deal. And every new Tamron has a 5 year warranty. You won't be able to beat that.


Quite true, at least for their budget (<US$2000) models; their 300-800/5.6 is supposedly stellar, and only really misses OS against the more recent 200-400/4 + TC entrants from Canikon. And optically, the new Tammy is only a minor upgrade over my current non-L 70-300, barely matching the aging 100-400L (roughly speaking) and not a real challenge for the 70-300L, and certainly no challenge for Nikon and Sony's latest efforts that push out to 400mm.

But you're right- it's damn cheap, and it's quite fine for being so damn cheap, and it's also very light and very well built all things considered.
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Re: General photography thread [img heavy]

Postposted on Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:45 pm

"Spring is sprung the grass is rise, I wonder where the birdies is? They say the bird is on the wing, but that's absoid, the wing is on the boid." Walt Kelly

I got a wild rose:

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Postposted on Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:07 pm

Photography and literature? I'm in.

Also, nice shot :).
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Postposted on Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:53 pm

It's late sping in north central Texas, and that means thunderstorms....

I let the dogs out and happened to turn around to catch a beautiful cumulonimbus illuminated by an internal lightning flash. It hadn't really formed an anvil top yet and was very distinct. Unfortunately the lightning wasn't all that active. Over the space of 15 minutes, I only got two shots. Even worse, the focus is poor on them. They look good at lower resolution, but they aren't suitable for prints. These are 10 second exposures and the clouds were moving pretty rapidly, but the lightning is fuzzy so I expect the focus was a bit off.

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Postposted on Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:17 am

I like that stuff.

It was easier in some ways when you could rely on 'cranked all the way', to be at infinity. I had to focus my Fuji when I did some astro shots as it has no solid infinity either.
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