« on: February 27, 2015, 04:23:00 PM »
That's a pretty crappy caveat. I'd rather stick to some sort of filter on the front of the lens.
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The lens is going to be $849 and available in late March:
Landscape Astrophotography! Hope it is low-coma at f/1.4 (at most "square stars" in corner). I have to say that it is a challenge getting dark enough skies to profit maximally from f/1.4 on the 35mm Art.Indeed, though the 50 and 35mm Art unfortunately have quite poor coma wide open. The press release gives some hope, but I will also wait for a reputable review. A low-coma 24/1.4 would be a dream. The Samyang 24/1.4 seems to be the best so far in that respect (though don't know about the crazy expensive Zeiss).
My guess is something similar to a 70D mixed with a lessened down version of the 5DIV rumored specs:
• Full frame sensor 20-24mp
• Swivel articulating touch screen
• 19 point AF all cross-type
• Single SD card slot
• Mic input, no headphone output
• 1080p60 but same moire/aliasing underperformance as current 6D/70D
• No 4K
• <100% viewfinder coverage
• ISO 100-51,200 (expandable 50-204,800)
• 4-6 fps
• No thumb joystick
• No clean HDMI output
Also in black.
Many thanks to all you guys for your encouraging comments and compliments.
But don't worry about any lack of sleep or restriction of photo gear acquiring funds: now I really an a grandfather rather than just looking like one !
There could be one issue though. The mother is my eldest daughter and when she was at uni she bought herself a polecat ( ferret) as a pet. Lasted about four months before it was moved in with me permanently. She then bought a very expensive chihuahua as a pet. This one lasted about six months before it was moved in with me permanently.
I've made it quite clear that I'm not having a baby moved in here in nine months or so, permanently or otherwise !
First things first. Clean up my file-keeping and ratings. Upgrade that dang computer! I have been happy with it, but it is a 2010 pre-Retina MacBookPro. Granted, it's pretty fast with well-designed programs like AutoPanoGiga, but it has only been crunching 18 to 20 MP files.
Canon may be recognizing that the (U.S.) market is segmenting into 1. the non-technically minded, screen-quality-only masses, currently heading rapidly to cellphone-ography ; 2. well-off enthusiasts and pros who are looking for a single all-around camera with good low light capability (6D, 5D3, 1DX in increasing complexity) and some relatively automated video capacity (PDAF should be on the 5D4 at least) 3. well-off enthusiasts and pros who have specialty interests (sports, wildlife = burst speed; architecture, studio, landscape = high MP) and are willing to buy specialty cameras in addition to their likely general-use camera. Making "specialty" cameras is one way to deal with the decreasing interest of the masses and still keep selling cameras to that segment of the gear-oriented population with disposable income and the far smaller number of specialized pros. It really is the only way for Canon to proceed in a relatively mature product line appealing primarily to stills photographers. Most general purpose photography camera users are going to conclude that the body they have is good enough for almost anything they do, and get off the camera body upgrade cycle, and Canon hopes, on to the more lenses cycle.