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EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 14, 2014, 05:47:08 PM »
Look at the form http://www.photobusinessforum.com/images/calumetphoto_case_14-08908.pdf. The box they checked says $0 to $50,000.


I think this pdf filing is only for the online business calumetphoto.com, the parent or the stores business was probably a different entity.  Here is an article from the Chicago Tribune that seems to make more sense.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-03-13/business/chi-calumet-photographic-closes-20140313_1_chapter-7-bankruptcy-protection-facebook-page-facebook-and-twitter

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF 16-35 f/4L, 17-40 f/4L and Others
« on: March 10, 2014, 12:26:54 PM »
When did anyone last see a patent for a large aperture lens from Canon?  This is more of an issue with primes, but the idea that they are looking at a 16-35MM F/4 is odd but fits with the trend we have seen in smaller aperture primes.

I am not big on conspiracy theories, but it makes sense that Canon is pursuing smaller apertures and throwing in gew-gaws like IS on wide angle lenses because the real cost is in the glass, and Canon needs to boost margins where they can, given the crazy collapse that seems to be occurring in the photo equipment market.

Interesting that Sigma is going in the opposite direction and pushing the envelope on lens development.

And yes, I did notice that not all of the patents listed represented a shrinking of aperture.

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Lenses / Re: All Canon TS lenses
« on: January 31, 2014, 12:00:23 AM »
You could also play the Russian lens roulette if you're feeling lucky.  They allegedly have some TS knockoffs of the TS-E lineup in EF mounts, of course.  Tell us how that goes if you decide to give it a try....

To help clarify and expand on this statement, the old school Ukranian-made lenses may have some flaring issues, and the fact that these lenses have lots of moving parts expose them to more issues, but they are really quite nice tools. I am speaking of the Arsat Arax lenses in 35mm and 80mm, I have used them both and I will say you really aren't risking much by trying them, they are quite good. Many of the Ukranian-based vendors have sold thousands of these lenses to US based buyers and have good track records.

The more contemporary generation of tilt-shift lenses from the Ukraine, the Hartblei Super Rotator lenses, are made in collaboration with Zeiss and are breathtakingly expensive, closer to the Schneiders in price than the Canons. I have never tried one but the reviews I read suggest they are worth the investment.  The super rotator function is like the 24L in that you can choose how to align the tilt and shift axes.

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I have the 35mm Art and the previous 50mm Sigmas, both of which I love. This is a killer development, but I love my current 50mm and probably won't be tempted to trade up.  The lens I am really waiting for is the 85mm Art, now THAT lens I will scoop up in a second to replace the Canon 85mm 1.8.  The Canon is a fine lens, but that half a stop make a difference in low light.

Keep 'em coming, Sigma! This is great for us gear heads.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS M2 announced in Japan
« on: December 03, 2013, 03:01:31 AM »
Looks like Japanese packages will include the 11-22mm.  Hope we get that lens in the US, as well as a telezoom and perhaps some wider-aperture primes.

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I am the one to blame for authoring the original post on CR Forums about Adobe getting out of the package sales market, and it became like a 30 page rant by everyone.  That was never my intent.

I actually think $10 a month is a pretty great deal for Light Room and Photoshop. Will stay with the versions I own for now, will probably make the jump at the next version if the pricing stays where it is.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Have you ever purchase camera gear from BuyDig.com
« on: October 28, 2013, 12:44:17 PM »
Got a 60D body with the Pixma Pro-100 deal recently through BuyDig.com, delivery was immediate and processing of the rebate was quick and painless.

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Saw this tidbit at PhotoRumors, Phottix is integrating their radio flash trigger system into their Mitros TTL flash:

http://photorumors.com/2013/09/18/phottix-announces-mitros-ttl-transceiver-flash-with-built-in-radio-trigger/#more-49486

Thinking this may be a better way to do off-camera flash. Nothing on pricing yet, and the Mitros flash goes for $350 for a full TTL flash that Dave Hobby really likes.  Don't know yet what the cost will be with transceiver baked in.

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2013/07/phottix-mitros-nikon-review-real-deal.html

Anyone use the Phottix Odin flash trigger system and can compare it to the PocketWizard tools?  How about the Phottix flashes, anyone use those?

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Singel Image HDR
« on: September 16, 2013, 12:25:12 AM »
I am a big fan of single image HDR in Photomatix for very subtle exposure fusion images.

Anyone that complains about Canon DR and hasn't tried this technique should reconsider their complaint.

Never used the PS layer trick, will have to try.

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EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M [CR2]
« on: September 13, 2013, 11:20:45 AM »
Any more CR dirt on this?

I am eagerly waiting for some kind of signal as to whether the EOS-M is an evolutionary dead end (at least in the US), or whether it will continue and be worthy of investment.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M or Powershot S110?
« on: September 07, 2013, 02:00:45 AM »
I have the S95 which I have used a lot, carried to the top of mountains and on 100 mile bike rides. I also have the EOS M, which I am only beginning to explore, but I like.

I see the EOS M as the kind of thing I would traipse around a European city with for a few days. The S95, I literally carry it in my bag every day, and often in my pocket.

They are both very small compared to a DLSR, but there is a significant difference in size for the function. You need to decide just how portable you want it to be.

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OMG get the Canon. Not to knock the Kenko, I am sure it is not terrible, but small imperfections are magnified with teleconverters in a big way. This is not the place to cheap out! The Canon version III would be even better, but I say go for the Canon (and this from a raging Sigma fanboy!)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Leads in Sensor Tech
« on: September 04, 2013, 03:33:39 AM »
I remember an interview where some Canon executive said that part of their long term strategy is to introduce larger sensors into lower price ranges. Lowering the cost of large sensors actually seems like the most beneficial improvement they could make.

Thank you. The business reality is this:
- The collapse of the point-and-shoot market is an existential threat to Canon, Nikon, and Olympus, and perhaps Fuji and some others I am forgetting.  The significance of this fact cannot be overstated when trying to understand each company's moves in the DSLR market. Other companies might survive a nuclear scenario in point-and-shoots, but with significant hits to their photo arms (e.g. Sony, Samsung, Panasonic),

- Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony and Samsung have all had strong technical responses in terms of new offerings in the MILC category or othe new categories  Nikon's 1 system approach has been a bit iconoclastic, and Canon's M system was a least initially bungled, despite some promising hardware

- The vanilla middle seems to be a terrible place to be alone, i.e. APS-C sensor or smaller sensor, not interesting body, nothing crucially differentiating (e.g. the leaf shutter Fuji x100 family), based on critical reception. While the photo technology may be fantastic in this space, it is very difficult to differentiate. Cash cows are mooing but perhaps endangered.

- Canon, for sure, has a bit of an albatross with its current investment in sensor tech production capacity.  That, and its confidence that it can wrestle competitive tech advances from current technologies, goes a log way to explaining the be split-receptor technology pioneered in the 70D. Probably no coincidence that this new tech also is biased toward video users in terms of attractiveness, that makes sense for any company trusting to shore up defenses against the IOS/Android phone camera onslaught.

- Given the need for companies to differentiate in some meaningful way, Canon and Nikon's relative position with respect to high-end DSLRs makes sense, given Nikon's reliance on more up-to-date chip fans, and canon's growing popularity in the increasingly competitive video hardware market.

- And finally this: Canon's most durable competitive advantage is in the development, production and sale of high-end lenses.  Not that Tay aren't great at camera bodies, it's just that so are others, depending on what you prefer.  A focus on full-frame users, even if at reduced ultimate margins, serves to further increase the size of a customer base with extremely high switching costs and generally high loyalty.

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EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M [CR2]
« on: September 03, 2013, 02:30:41 PM »
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I'd be interested in an M with a built-in EVF. A camera with an awkward  hot-shoe EVF just doesn't cut-it with someone who uses a lot of fill flash.

To me, that sounds like bigger.  In the case of the M, I don't think bigger is better.

Agreed.  I think we need to remember that we just got the SL, which sounds a lot like what c.d.embrey is looking for.

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Site Information / Re: The 10 Commandments of CR
« on: August 24, 2013, 01:46:41 AM »
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4. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbours dynamic range

4a. Nor thy neighbors 14-24mm

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