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    The Cream Machine no-people thread

    Someone's got a new lens... @ f/1.4:
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    Nikon 50mm 1.4D vs. 50mm 1.4 G

    Any difference on sharpness wide-open? I've seen some say no difference and others say new version is definitely sharper.
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    First 70-200 f/2.8 Shots (Lots of Images)

    Nice work.
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    Wide Open Thread

    Two from the Samyang 85mm at f/1.4 (resized by Flickr):
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    Is there any substitute for a 24-70/2,8?

    Yeah, it works great on my D700. Two examples (resized by Flickr): f/2.8 f/5.6
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    Is there any substitute for a 24-70/2,8?

    +1 for the Tamron.
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    Showcase Samyang 85mm f/1.4

    Nice ones, Mattes. More from me and my D700 (resized by Flickr): f/8 f/1.4 f/4 f/1.4
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    A Quick shot with my 80-200 F2.8

    I agree.
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    Showcase Samyang 85mm f/1.4

    My Samyang 85mm is definitely sharper than my Nikon 85mm 1.8D when wide-open. I posted a quick-and-dirty sharpness comparison on another site, which you can see here: The bokeh is also much nicer on the Samyang, as is the...
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    D700: Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 or the new Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 HSM?

    Love my Tamron 28-75/D700 combo. I'm sure you will, too.
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    Showcase Samyang 85mm f/1.4

    Hi Ian, Yep, that's the store I used. I ordered it on March 28 (for £239!), and I left feedback for the seller (which I only do when the item arrives) on April 2nd, so the whole process, Poland to England, was pretty quick. Still have my 85mm 1.8D... For now.
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    Showcase Samyang 85mm f/1.4

    Thanks, Nute. The thing's a steal for £205!
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    Showcase Samyang 85mm f/1.4

    My guess is that you'll be pleased, especially considering the price of the lens!
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    Showcase Samyang 85mm f/1.4

    What the heck... Here are some more samples taken with a D700 and the Samyang 85mm in Clacton-on-Sea, England. Some basic processing in Aperture (except the B/W shot), and resized by Flickr. f/1.4 f/2 f/2 f/2.8 f/2.8 Loving this lens.
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    50/1.8 and 85/1.4 but how about 85/1.8

    My guess is the second one.
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    London (new pictures 15/07/09 (post 65)- Image heavy)

    There's something about #2. Really works for me.
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    Candid shots only! - I

    Great shots in this thread; probably my favorite type of photography. Here are some of mine. On the Underground in London. He's too cool for words, in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris. In Paris. Some Parisians catching some afternoon relaxation during the lunch hour. And one more from...
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    Bower 85mm f/1.4

    It meters on D200s and above.
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    Bower 85mm f/1.4

    Flickr group is here: It's a great lens for the money (I have the Samyang badged version).
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    Which 50mm?

    I like my Sigma better than my 1.4D, which I sold. I still have my 1.8D.
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    Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8

    Tamron 70-200mm is a great lens. Samples here and here
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    Showcase Samyang 85mm f/1.4

    Sounds like a plan for you. You might want to check out this link first though: It's a direct comparison between the Korean MF and the Nikon MF. A search on Google will also get you someone's test against the...
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    Showcase Samyang 85mm f/1.4

    Exactly! I was quite impressed to see the bokeh on this shot in particular. The BG here would not look as nice on my 85mm 1.8D.
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    Showcase Samyang 85mm f/1.4

    Yep. I'm pretty sure metering starts with D200 and goes up from there (no on D80s, D90s, etc.). And yes Nute, 'cheap and good' is very good! I thought long and hard about the Nikon 85mm 1.4, but it just didn't make sense for me right now. Maybe someday. For a fraction of the cost (albeit with...
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    Showcase Samyang 85mm f/1.4

    My new Samyang (what a name!) 85mm f/1.4 arrived yesterday. It's the same as the Vivitar/Polar/Sakar/Walimex, etc. lenses out there. The build is quite nice; it feels much more solid than I imagined. Lens hood is a bit weak, but it's there. Here are just a couple quick grabs from around the...
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    Showcase Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 HSM II

    Don't have this lens anymore, but here's my favorite with it on my old D80:
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    I think the 85/1.8 is a dog. Do you?

    My 85 1.8 is definitely better stopped-down compared to wide-open. As others have said, the bokeh is sometimes very nice, but can be distracting at other times. I just purchased a manual focus 85mm 1.4 lens that is very sharp wide open and that has better bokeh, but I'm keeping (for now) the 1.8...
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    Tokina 12-24/4 or Sigma 10-20/4-5.6

    I had both the Tokina 12-24 and the Sigma 10-20 with my D80/D300. They're both very nice, but I eventually settled on the Tokina. Great contrast, very sharp, good distortion. The CA is a bit worse than the Sigma, but that's easily addressed via software. That's my take.
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    Showcase Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM AF

    No comparisons with the Nikon (sold the 1.4D), but here are some of my Sigma 50mm 1.4 shots:
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    D700 + zf 50 f/1.4

    First shot is so crisp. Very nice.
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    Showcase Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8

    I am so impressed with the combination of the D700 and the Tamron 28-75mm. This is a shot from yesterday at lunch, where there was really heavy back-lighting (as seen in the picture). I clearly should have used a flash-fill, but I didn't. With RAW processing in LR 2.3 and some simple CS4 work...
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    Mmmmm I love the bokeh from the Sigma 50/1.4

    Here are two of the Sigma 50mm at f/1.8:
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    Which everday general zoom ?? Opinions wanted

    Of the two options you've listed, I can only speak to the 18-70. Don't have it anymore, but I highly recommend it. For a 'kit lens' it is quite capable.
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    Tammy 28-75 2.8 does a portrait

    Hi all, There's little question that the Tamron gets sharper as you move toward f/4, but here are two at 2.8 for those still uncertain. Both with D700 and slight processing (including some sharpening) in LR 2.3: This one was no flash, bad indoor light; f/2.8, 1/160, ISO 800 This one...
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    Sigma 24-70 HSM vs Nikon 24-70

    I think the Nikon at 2.8 is better in center and at edges, but not by much. Differences seem to go away (and in some shots seem to swing in favor of the Sigma) when stopped down from 5.6 and beyond.
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    Sigma 24-70 HSM vs Nikon 24-70

    Hah! I know. I just looked for meaningful comparison pictures or I quickly moved on.
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    Sigma 24-70 HSM vs Nikon 24-70

    Yeah, you have to navigate through a bunch of links, but that's where the comparisons are. The Sigma seems to hold up pretty well against the Nikon, at least in the samples provided there.
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    Sigma 24-70 HSM vs Nikon 24-70

    Hi all, Just found that the Chinese site that earlier tested the new Sigma HSM against the Canon L version, has now done its test of the Sigma vs the Nikon. Here's the link, if interested...
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    Final Venice Carnival Thread

    Great shots. Thanks for sharing.
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    One of my photos taken with The Old Beast (28-70/2.8) published . . .

    That's great. Good to see they're abiding by the CC license.
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    A day out with my new Sigmas

    Thanks, all. I know we hear a lot about problems with Sigma lenses, but when they get it right they do produce pretty nice products.
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    Full frame wide angle zoom

    Nice shots.
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    A day out with my new Sigmas

    What are the odds that bag would be right there on that street where the mannequin was, right?!
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    A day out with my new Sigmas

    Sounds good to me, too.
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    sigma 10-20 - A ff lens?

    Yeah, my UWA (the Tokina 12-24mm) was my favorite lens when I was DX; I sold it when I moved to the D700. There are some inexpensive options, like the Tamron 17-35mm that I picked up new for £149. It needs to be stopped down to make the corners sharp, but it's a great lens for the price. It...
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