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Lenses / Re: 24-70 f4 IS vs. 24-105 IS
« on: January 27, 2015, 09:53:55 AM »
I'm currently on my 2nd 24-105L; I bought the first in 2005, and was satisfied with it, other than excessive zoom creep. I considered replacing it with the 24-70/4 on numerous occasions, but I like having the extra reach, as well as the complementary ranges of 24-105 + 100-400 when hiking. So I bought the 2nd -105 out of a kit off Craigslist in 2013 (which is at least as good optically as the original) and sold the first one; the exchange cost me $200.

When I find myself "spending all my time" on the wide end of the 24-105, I replace it with the 16-35/4. Since you're considering the 16-35/4, I don't understand why you would keep your non-L 20-35, unless you've already shopped it and just can't get anything for it.

Good luck with your decision; let us know what you do decide, and how it works out for you.

The real news is that it's not really an upgrade, just a change in the user interface.

Windows 10 has a completely new kernel (Microsoft OneCore, NT10.0) - it is not a UI refresh on the NT6.4 kernel used in Windows 8.1.

The purpose of the "completely new kernel" is simply to unify Windows PC, Windows Phone and Windows Embedded product families around a common internal core. Just because it's "new" doesn't mean it's improved. Adding code components to support additional product families doesn't inspire hope that it will run better / faster / more efficiently.

Windows 10 will be out later this year as a free upgrade to windows 7 and 8.  Adobe needs to be working on support for that.
Well that'll be a first then...

No problem there - Win10 is Win8 is Win7 is WinVista. They all use the same code base, they did the big jump in driver design and security with Vista - which is one reason it was so unpopular at the time. Essentially, Win10 is Vista SP6 minus the Aero design plus "Metro" touch interface.

Of course Microsoft is happy to grab money again for Win10 re-certification, but it will be their *last* operating system: All subsequent improvements most likely are delivered as a rolling release, Adobe-CC like subscription, here we come.

Exactly. The good news is that Win10 will be free to install over most instances of Win7 and Win8.x during its first year of availability. The real news is that it's not really an upgrade, just a change in the user interface. That's not an upgrade, unless you consider changing from a blue shirt to a green shirt to be a wardrobe upgrade.

The new phone & gaming integration and new web browser could have just as easily been released as service packs.

The truth is that Win8.x was worse than a resounding flop, it actually made it harder for many upgraders to use their PCs. Witness all the "how do I get Win8 to look and work like Win7?" posts. With Win10, MS is simply trying to save face while recovering from / atoning for that debacle. I doubt that much "retooling" of LR6 would be required (or even of any value), once Win10 is released.

Happy Win7 x64 user here, with no plans to upgrade to Win10 anything.

Lenses / Re: Fast lenses at a crossroads?
« on: January 20, 2015, 02:46:05 PM »
Some good and interesting observations; not sure if we can know what conclusions Canon has drawn, vis-à-vis its corporate strategy for its SLR camera & lens product lines.

I am one of those (semi-retired) boomers, and I do a mix of paid and hobby photography. Much / most of the paid work is of the studio and environmental portrait variety, and -- even when I owned an 85/1.8 prime lens -- I rarely shot portraits at apertures larger than f/4.

I've seen some stunning wide-aperture portrait (and nature) work, but in my view, it's more "artsy" than commercially "viable." I now own a mixture of f/2.8 and f/4 lenses (both primes and zooms), and almost never feel the need for anything faster (except the rare occasion (for me) when I'm trying to AF in very low light).

Lenses / Re: The Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L
« on: January 19, 2015, 04:14:43 PM »
The possibility of a review aside, are you going to actually use it, or did you buy it as a collector's item?

No disrespect intended, just curious.

Canon General / Re: Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path
« on: January 10, 2015, 11:09:12 AM »
I didn't read the entire article, but this upgrade path concept does apply in my case. However, the concept of an upgrade path is entirely dependent upon what equipment the individual owns today, what their eventual goal is, and the methodology which best suits their achievement of that goal.

I've owned two APS-C bodies (10D and 20D; still have the 20D), but always knew that I wanted to migrate to full-frame. I've never purchased an EF-S (or other crop factor) lens. On the other hand, many who have purchased / will purchase an APS-C body will never even consider, much less purchase, a FF model.

The most interesting thing to me is how an individual's eventual goal (and, therefore, "upgrade path,") changes over time, based on his experiences, changing objectives and circumstances, new technology & product developments, etc. On the computer side, when optical drives first became available, I said I'd never buy one for my machine, because "who wants to sit at their computer to listen to CDs?"  ???

Landscape / Re: Miscellaneous
« on: January 10, 2015, 10:56:23 AM »
Waiting for lunch

Or "Wading for lunch"!

EOS Bodies / Re: 2015 wishlist
« on: January 10, 2015, 10:46:42 AM »
I have seen the spirit level on the back screen of various Canon DSLRs but never in the view finder.
Maybe I have not been looking hard enough?

OK so you have to activate the function by assigning it to the M-Fn button in the 'Custom Controls' menu.
And then the exposure spot indicators tell you which way your camera is tilted. Good to know.
Might come in handy.

I find the optional, superimposed gridlines in the 5DIII sufficient for horizontal alignment.

EOS Bodies / Re: 2015 wishlist
« on: January 10, 2015, 10:45:19 AM »
My fear would be that if Canon detected non-canon lenses that something would happen to them.  Not shut them down, but how about affecting the autofocus just enough to discourage people using third party lenses.

Who says they don't already? They slow down my use of 3rd party batteries every time I put one in.

Canon General / Re: New Gear Resolutions for 2015
« on: January 10, 2015, 10:33:02 AM »
I resolve to not acquire as much new gear as I did in 2014, when I:
- upgraded my 70-200/2.8L IS to the Mark II version,
- replaced my 17-40 with the 16-35/4 and
- bought the new 100-400 II (purchased both the 16-35/4 and 100-400 II on 12/31!).

That said,
- I'll buy a 2nd 5D III at closeout prices, if its successor is released,
- I've been thinking about getting a 5th 600EX-RT and
- I've also been thinking about buying a Lee ND / grad ND filter kit ...

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 09, 2015, 06:40:18 PM »
... Im just waiting for the 5DIV to come out. So I can get a second 5DIII when the prices go hit 2k.


It's very entertaining reading all these posts by forum members about which variant they should buy of a camera model that hasn't even been announced yet!

Banner ad on CR this morning. Don't know if it's legit, but it was on CR...  5D III body only- $1,899.

That the banner ad appeared on CR lends it no credibility whatsoever, and that is by no means a knock on CR. Most of the banner / side column ads that pop up in my browser tend to reflect more on my browsing history than on which site I'm currently visiting.

I've never heard of Digital Outlets, so I'd be leery of running my credit card numbers by them. (IF this is a legit offer, however, and indicative of a trend, there may be a second 5DIII in my bag before the year is out.)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 09, 2015, 11:27:05 AM »
... Im just waiting for the 5DIV to come out. So I can get a second 5DIII when the prices go hit 2k.


It's very entertaining reading all these posts by forum members about which variant they should buy of a camera model that hasn't even been announced yet!

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 24-105 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: January 09, 2015, 10:44:41 AM »
... Also, Canon may kill off the 24-105L and the STM would be the de facto kit lens...

It actually wouldn't surprise me if Canon did just that. Especially, as jd7 wrote above, " if Canon can find a way to reduce copy variation and get the "average" 24-70 4L performing closer to its best performance."

I neglected to say Thank You to Dustin in my post yesterday for his review of the STM. I watched the video in its entirety, and fully appreciate how much work, time and effort it takes to produce a segment of such length and quality.

Software & Accessories / Re: Reco on travel tripod?
« on: January 09, 2015, 10:34:09 AM »
... I travel with the RRS TQC-14 + BH-30 LR.  It has a center column which I leave down.  It's very robust (leg diameters are like a Gitzo 2-series, it's rated to 25 lbs, that's just a wee but conservative since I can hang my 180 lb self from them), and quite stable especially for it's size.

I'm sorry, but I just have to ask how you came to discover that you could "hang yourself" from these legs! I've tried to conjure up a mental image of the act (and causal circumstances), but I'm at a loss ...

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