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Anybody remember this?

Canon have now provided a high quality UWA zoom and a 100-400 refresh.  Maybe they are listening to us customers  :)

Looking forward to what they will release next - it should be a 50mm f/1.4 is this trend continues...  Of course, new sensor tech is still at the top of the list...

Canon General / Re: More Canon Lens Mentions [CR2]
« on: October 11, 2014, 07:45:49 AM »
Apart from that I think I am pretty well covered.

You have about $65k of gear listed under your post.  I should hope you would be well covered ...

But, what the heck, why not aim for 100k ... ?

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:17:42 AM »
Very pleased to read on DPreview that the camera takes interchangeable focus screens.  Makes it more appealing to me for use in macro work.  Can see myself getting this camera.

Looks like all the mini-1DX hype was not far off the mark actually.  That shutter at 10fps sounds great.

The way I see it, Canon and Nikon are responding in fundamentally different ways to the crisis that is impacting the camera industry in the form of the hegemony of camera-phones.

Canon have basically turned their attention to cost cutting, by recycling components, not moving to new sensor tech fab, etc.  What innovation they are engaging in is mostly directed at lenses, such as the 16-35 f4, 400 DO, 40 pancake, etc.  Nikon is seeing Canon sluggishness in the realm of bodies as an opportunity to gain market share and is both cutting costs but also attacking with bold body releases.  Both strategies entail risk (as Nikon's QC problems reveal).

I'm reminded of a time when I was watching the Tour de France and two riders approached a refreshment station.  As one of them slowed down and pulled over for a homologous blood transfusion drink the other guy launched a sudden breakaway behind his back.  Such is the state of the camera market.  Canon are on the side of the road drinking their own Koolaid, Nikon are pedalling like crazy (but with the occasional flat tyre, busted chain, etc) and Sony are still learning how to ride a bike in the first place.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon announced D750
« on: September 14, 2014, 02:21:03 AM »
This is the kind of camera that makes people change systems.

Ouch!!  Way to throw Molotovs on a Canon forum!   :)

Actually, I don't really agree, but it could certainly have an impact on new entrants to the FF market.  The system-change-inducing camera was the Nikon D800/D800E (and, perhaps, the 5D mk iii, for all the disgruntled D700 owners put off by too many megapixels).

Plus, I think the 7D mk ii could be system-change-inducing camera as well, because it is something that Nikon doesn't yet have - a true replacement to the D300s.  The D7100 is very nice, but for serious sports / wildlife etc the 7D ii will probably be all over it (buffer, fps, focus etc).  However, if Canon could have released the 7D ii with a relevant lens such as a refresh of the 100-400, 300 f/4 or 400 f/5.6 then it might have been a stronger punch into the ribs of Nikon.

The D750 will probably have the effect of dragging down 5D mk iii prices, and resale values.

Now don't get me wrong, Canon makes solid products and I know the 7D Mark II will be a solid product in terms of performance and reliability, but Canon is just playing this way too safe.

"Solid" but "way too safe".  Excellent choice of words, you really nailed it.

I would also have liked to see Canon be a bit more adventurous with this release.  Throw in something surprising - 1.5 crop factor, 24MP (or maybe even 16??), new sensor tech, ?hybrid viewfinder...  Having said that, for my purposes (and those of many other people) this could be a very fine camera.  Will just have to weigh up my options.  I could get a (second) 70D + an excellent lens instead at current prices.

Perceptions could change upon the release of the actual product, and the first reviews, or course.  Tomorrow!?

EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: September 08, 2014, 05:40:16 AM »
Very much a maybe here.

After a second or upgraded cam for macro, with occasional other applications, to go with my 70D.  Like the focal length offered by my 100mm and other lenses on crop for my purposes.  Looking for a bigger viewfinder and more rugged build (givens) but hopefully interchangeable focus screens and a boost in IQ.  Price hopefully not astronomical.

If the 7D ii doesn't seem right for me then I might just settle for a 2nd 70D, a 7D or, less likely, a 6D.

Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 06:43:14 PM »
I expect this to be an excellent camera, but also, to look at it critically, a niche camera.  For those needing high-grade AF, high FPS and shooting predominantly with longer lenses, it will be ideal.  But the poor state of the EF-S lens line-up will inevitably limit its usefulness as a one-camera-does-all option.  Better off with a Fuji, or any FF.  The release of the 16-35 f4 does actually help Canon's crop range a little bit, since 26-56mm is a fairly useful zoom range to have with weather sealing.

Having said that, Canon will still sell plenty of them.  10% will have a legitimate need for it, 90% will buy it for the prestige, or out of curiosity.  Which is ok.  :)

Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 06:29:53 PM »
10 pages of comments in such a short space of time?  The anticipation around this camera seems to be almost as great as that preceding the 5D mk iii release.  I thought nobody gave a s**t about crop cameras anymore?

wonder how it compares with the D610.

Lenses / Re: What would a 16mm or 18mm F2 FF lens look like?
« on: July 22, 2014, 08:29:56 PM »
Nikon has a patent for a 10mm f/2

Canon has some unique lenses.  A fast wide angle prime optimised for coma would be interesting.  Something like a 24mm f/2 L "Astro"

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji Full Frame X-PRO2 coming 2015
« on: July 10, 2014, 07:42:58 AM »
Wont happen. Fuji barely built up its X lens lineup, so they wont start a new one that soon. I was told by a Fuji rep. that they barely break even with the Xpro line right now, and that FF Xtrans sensors cost nearly the same as the whole rest of the camera. An X200 with larger sensor is much more possible.

Fuji have a nice range of lenses.  Compared, for example, to the dedicated EF-S lenses for Canon or DX for Nikon.  There is no way this is mere oversight or laziness on the part of Canon or Nikon - clearly it is a deliberate and cynical attempt to cripple crop in order to encourage more movers into full-frame.

I've seen the cost of a FF sensor estimated at $300 - $400.  Even if Fuji's manufacturing costs are higher, I doubt they would be THAT much higher.  I could see Fuji going FF, to signify their ambition to mix it with the big 3 companies.  An RX1 like camera might be a logical place for them to start.

:'( Goodbye my dear 5d mk III . ..Don't let the door hit you in the A$$.  :o

I hear ya, man.
I was married to her older half-sister, 5d2, and divorced her.
5d2 snored a lot and filled my nights and even my blue-sky-days with her infernal noise. 
I even tried to seek shelter in the darker parts of town but the noise followed wherever I went.

I think those 5D girls sure looked voluptuous but mine was also hard for me to live with.  I think they came from an unrefined family;  I heard their mother was a Rebel and 5d2's father was a point-n-shoot who didn't stick around but a year or so.  I don't know who planted the seed for 5d3.

While feeling a bit lonely for a pleasant and reliable companion i saw a mail-order ad for a new bride in the form of a petite d5100.  When she arrived I discovered she didn't speak my language very well but we soon learned how to communicate and she rarely needed to be corrected.  She is very well behaved and, while not terribly sophisticated, always tries hard and put out her best efforts.  If she has a flaw it's maybe that one leg is a bit shorter than the other because whenever I line up a perfect horizon in her viewfinder the picture comes out a bit tilted...  We learn to compensate.

I soon discover she has lots of interesting relatives and within a year I find I've sponsored 5 more of her family and much of their estate now reside with me and we all play together and have lots of fun.  They were even very accepting of my fostering Pentax, Fuji and Olympus underdogs.  A few elderly Canon family members remain as well as they're just not worth moving to another home and they still occasionally can do some useful chores.

Dude, sounds like Nikon really has you by the ballhead.

I guess he just didn't know how to "push the right buttons"

I must say, I' d be happy enough to catch her on the rebound if she's still single...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Macros with APS-C or Fullframe?
« on: June 28, 2014, 11:11:34 PM »
Hi Ralph-

Firstly - nice shots...

One issue you might find doing macro with the FF is the shorter focal length.  I know insect photographers often prefer telephoto macro, primarily to avoid scaring off their subjects.

I do a lot of macro with APS-C cams, the 100 f/2.8 non-L and MP-E 65mm but I also bought the EF-S 60mm about a year ago mainly for larger subjects (especially when working on a copy stand) but also as a backup macro lens (I did have my 100 fail once, blowing the motor).  I'm certainly happy with the EF-S 60 but I was a bit shocked at how short the working distance is when approaching 1:1.

Hence you may find the 70D better to work with, but if you wanted to use the 6D more then adding a telephoto macro lens will be beneficial.  The Canon is very expensive but Tamron and Sigma also make decent versions. 

Yes crop cams have a greater dof and FFs better IQ but I don't see this as the most important issue really for `normal' macro shooting.  If you look at the photozone reviews for example about the highest rez they get from a Canon crop - using the optimal aperture - is just under 2700 (Sigma 35A), whereas the 100L exceeds this across the entire frame on FF even at F16.  Where crops do help is at very high magnifications, when dof is extremely thin.  I photograph a lot of stuff under 23mm, more to the point a lot of stuff under 4.6mm (minimum fov with the MP-E on APS-C) so crop is a no-brainer for me.  Crop iq is still very good.  Most macro shooting is at low ISO.

I find the flip screen of the 70D to be very helpful and versatile and I love being able to turn the screen inward when the camera is not in use, so it is less likely to get scratched during transport, etc.

Overall getting a focal length that you are comfortable is what I see as the main issue.  The quality of macro shots has more to do with composition, lighting, stability, technique, aperture choice, dedication, effort, etc than with sensor size.

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