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Lenses / Re: Which lense now?
« on: April 08, 2014, 12:03:43 AM »
Google translate automatic language recognition tells me that lense is a Norwegian word. I didn't find this word for any other language I suspected of being similar.

I wonder how many Norwegians we have on this forum?

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Lenses / Re: Which lens to go with
« on: April 07, 2014, 11:55:19 PM »
Regarding lens size and weight there is no substitute to testing this yourself.

I wouldn't consider any of the 70-200mm zooms too heavy for extended use. If for example someone can safely carry a baby, why wouldn't the same person be able to carry a 70-200mm f2.8 Mark II zoom on a gripped 5D?

I have a pal who is an equestrian photographer and he'd shoot at events, selling the pictures to the competitors, so it is a case of shooting every rider for the duration of the event. ( something that would drive me nuts). He used a 1D + 70-200 2.8 and did eventually suffer from strained hand. The last time but one time I saw him he had it strapped up; the last time he was using a 7D + 70-200/4.

So size and weight can matter, it's a question of the individuals priorities and circumstances.


For repeated actions like you described it, I can understand these consequences. For a person not making a living from photography like the original poster, there is little risk of this happening.

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Lenses / Re: Which lens to go with
« on: April 07, 2014, 02:17:39 PM »
Regarding lens size and weight there is no substitute to testing this yourself.

I wouldn't consider any of the 70-200mm zooms too heavy for extended use. If for example someone can safely carry a baby, why wouldn't the same person be able to carry a 70-200mm f2.8 Mark II zoom on a gripped 5D?

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I'd like 2-3 more C# settings.

me too!

How would you remember what they are ? I have trouble remembering 3 !

You could write it down on your smartphone. Smartphones are being used as external memory for the Human brain for so many things, one more won't be an issue.

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Lenses / Re: Which lens to go with
« on: April 06, 2014, 07:02:48 AM »
For years I have been shooting the 70-200 f2.8 IS Mark I and haven't decided to upgrade to the Mark II, because the old lens is still very good and also very reliable.

For shooting events or people you will obviously notice its f2.8 (as previously mentioned by gshocked), but you will also notice its nice bokeh, which should be better wide open compared even to the newer and sharper Mark II version. This alone is the reason I haven't felt the need to upgrade.

The image quality difference between Mark I and Mark II versions is more noticeable using extenders, so you shouldn't use something like a x2 extender on the 70-200mm f2.8 IS or you lose significant image quality. In the Mark II lens this appears to be less of an issue. Then again if using extenders is not an option you want to explore, feel free to ignore that part.

Image quality differences between the f4 and f2.8 versions should be negligible. I have used both and always preferred the f2.8 version. I tend to shoot wide open all the time with such lenses, so the bokeh and f2.8 make for far more than a small difference.

According to the findings at LensRentals.com there is also a marked difference in robustness between the older f4 and f2.8 versions and the newer lens generation.

Just one week ago I accidentally dropped my 70-200mm on a stone terrace. It fell for about 1m and then it bounced from one end to the other. At first I was in a complete panic. Physically I found some dust on the lens hood, but wiping it off, it looked fine. I then ran the lens through autofocus tests for hours on end without finding anything amiss. I am still completely amazed how that came out, because I ended up with the lens showing neither physical damage on the outside nor any damage I could find through my tests on the inside, but I wouldn't bet a pizza on a Mark II surviving such a drop intact based on the findings published by LensRentals.com.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR and PowerShots in May [CR2]
« on: April 02, 2014, 11:05:08 AM »
I really hope that Canon doesn't release another rebel series dslr.. I still see t3i being sold and don't even see the t4i much and even less of the t5i.  the price differences are so minimal now too.  Just stop.  lol  Who wouldn't be happy to see a new rebel like every 1.5-2 yrs?  Maybe it's just me?  anyways, rumors rumors~~ 

Let's just hope it will be a 7D Mark II so that at least this waiting game is finally over and we will have a nice new camera to talk about and not just the frustrated concerns regarding what we have come to expect to be released.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR and PowerShots in May [CR2]
« on: April 02, 2014, 10:58:35 AM »
Anyone have any speculation on what the new lens' could be?

Personally I am hoping for the rumored 50mm f/1.8 IS but there have also been some rumors lately of a replacement to the 100mm-400mm

The problem is: It could be anything. Here are some of my suggestions:
  • It might be a more lightweight mark II 800mm lens, taunting all those happy 600mm mark II owners to upgrade
  • It might be a new 35mm to put some distance between Canon's offering and Sigma's offering
  • It might be a new TS-E lens for product photography (wasn't something like this announced already?)
  • It might be a new 20mm wide-angle (for whatever reason I like that focal length, but this one is merely wishful thinking on my part)
  • It might be another movie-oriented lens

The last one is what I really expect (and don't need or want at all).

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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Technical Report
« on: April 01, 2014, 04:07:27 PM »
Really though, you're comparing apples to oranges.  You can't expect the same performance from these two types of cameras.  You just have to choose the right one for the job.  If there is a fixed lens point and shoot out there that compares to the 6D, it probably has the price tag to match. 

I am painfully aware that I am comparing apples to oranges.

I am looking for a small camera to always carry around, which is not my 1D-X or 5D Mark III, but which still delivers image quality I can enjoy. I have been pondering purchasing the EOS-M, but the EOS-M Mark II rumors have effectively kept me from investing into that system. I am also not very keen on using interchangeable lenses on this type of small camera and this is where the G1-X Mark II becomes really attractive for me, because it covers a focal-length range I consider sufficient.

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Canon General / Re: No one sees it like you....
« on: April 01, 2014, 03:56:33 PM »
Sometimes we waste too much time over analyzing everything rather than just appreciating things for what they are...

That depends, if you are an artist type then sure, just look at things as they are and interpret them as you will. If you are an engineer type then it is far more fun working out how things are done. If you are a dillusional type then arguing black is white in the face of far more experienced doubters seems fun. If you are a pro photographer knowing what can, and can't, be shot easily, or created in post with better results, is a professional necessity.

It isn't that I believe my opinion is important, it is that I believe the truth is, particularly when the truth is being denied.

Bravo! I can only applaud your ethics in this, because finding out how something has been done is important for many of us on this forum. It is only sensible to point out how things can get done effectively to achieve the wanted results.

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Lenses / Re: Which lense now?
« on: March 31, 2014, 07:27:45 AM »
How about a 17-40mm L zoom lens?

This one is relatively inexpensive, provides a decent zoom range for filming and you might combine it with a 70-200 f4, giving you 17-40mm, 50mm and 70-200mm focal ranges. That's not too bad in terms of overall focal length range and avoids multiple lenses covering the same focal lengths.

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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Technical Report
« on: March 31, 2014, 06:59:57 AM »
As somebody who enjoys the G1X already, I can honestly say that this Mark II looks like it will be even better all around.  Just looking at the lens specs and minimum focusing distances on that table makes me want to check my bank account.  But since I already have the first, I'll have to wait a bit until the early adopter premium drops out. 

How does your G1X compare in image quality to your 6D plus comparable lenses? I am looking forward to purchase the G1X Mark II once it comes out and am curious to learn about your experiences with the previous model.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 30, 2014, 03:33:21 PM »
my second image from Oman shows the dhow wharfs in the city of Sur.

Here's one I took earlier ;) Sorry, not a landscape...

What always amazes me is how those dhows (provided they are operational) appear to sit on the water due to their small draft. Again this is a shot from Sur, but taken with older equipment.

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Canon General / Re: No one sees it like you....
« on: March 30, 2014, 03:41:43 AM »
100% it is CGI.

But this isn't.

I've heard of people doing that.... I've even heard that you can do that with the reflection from the eye of a chipmunk....


It isn't new. https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=reflection%20eye

Though when you look at the angle of reflection and there is no camera there you can be pretty sure that at the least it has been retouched, the video has many shots where there should be a camera reflection and there is nothing.


At least Don's chipmunk shot is for real.

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But on the other hand I can't be the only one with two EOS bodies and eight EF/EF-S lenses.
You're not!  Which is why people on this forum are not representative of the typical EOS users.
DARN! I have 2 bodies and 9 lenses.... I have to sell one off to be "normal"....
I have 2 bodies and 14 lenses... I'm ok being abnormal.   ;)
The point I'm labouring to make is that if the average EOS owner owns only 1.4 Canon lenses, then the opportunity for Canon is surely to sell them more.  This may require better promotion and/or more aggressive pricing.

I think the vast majority of dSLR owners simply don't see the need/utility.  Honestly, I think a Speedlite with bounce capability would do more to improve the 'typical' entry level dSLR user's shots than another lens, but, "I don't need to buy a flash, my camera already has one!"

The root cause for the problem you address I suspect is no more than people trying to avoid having to learn additional techniques to get better results instead of just purchasing some piece of technology, that wondrously provides improved results once the user simply clicks a single button. Using a Speedlite with bounce flash is far beyond what many consumers may want to do with their cameras. I have too often seen people just point and shoot without any kind of preparation. This is exactly why internal flash is so much wanted in entry-level DSLRs.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 30, 2014, 03:20:06 AM »
my second image from Oman shows the dhow wharfs in the city of Sur.

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