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Lenses / Re: New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly
« on: January 16, 2015, 06:08:46 PM »
And everybody complained about the price if 24-70LmkII and lack of IS, but I don't see price dropping that much - because it IS the best 24-70 in every mount. Bought one, didn't regret it.

I wanted one.  Because it doesn't have IS, I didn't buy one or consider buying one, and I never will.  I have too many 1 second to 1/4 second shots on my 24-105 to give up the IQ that goes with being forced to shoot at three stops higher ISO because of this glaring error.

I have never once thought my 24-70 2.8Mk2 needs IS. Does all photography before the advent of IS suck? Technology may help your work but it isn't necessary. You are the greatest piece of gear.

Which would you prefer, an ISO 3200 shot or an ISO 25,600 shot?


I'd prefer carrying my tripod. For static subjects and  slower shutter speeds I wouldn't reach for IS. I do find IS useful with longer focal lengths BUT when image quality is a priority then I carry tripod - it allows you to turn that 3200 down to 100. It is "a must" photographic tool and is a must when image quality is a must.
Each to his own.

Most of what I shoot can't be shot with tripod or is in places where tripods are not allowed.  I own many tripods but they are largely impractical tools for almost everything I shoot or because I can't carry them where I'm going.

Well I haven't thought of that, never had any problems with tripod but I guess it must be the subjects.

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Lenses / Re: New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly
« on: January 16, 2015, 05:19:25 PM »
And everybody complained about the price if 24-70LmkII and lack of IS, but I don't see price dropping that much - because it IS the best 24-70 in every mount. Bought one, didn't regret it.

I wanted one.  Because it doesn't have IS, I didn't buy one or consider buying one, and I never will.  I have too many 1 second to 1/4 second shots on my 24-105 to give up the IQ that goes with being forced to shoot at three stops higher ISO because of this glaring error.

I have never once thought my 24-70 2.8Mk2 needs IS. Does all photography before the advent of IS suck? Technology may help your work but it isn't necessary. You are the greatest piece of gear.

Which would you prefer, an ISO 3200 shot or an ISO 25,600 shot?


I'd prefer carrying my tripod. For static subjects and  slower shutter speeds I wouldn't reach for IS. I do find IS useful with longer focal lengths BUT when image quality is a priority then I carry tripod - it allows you to turn that 3200 down to 100. It is "a must" photographic tool and is a must when image quality is a must.
Each to his own.

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Lenses / Re: New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly
« on: January 15, 2015, 08:38:16 PM »
And everybody complained about the price if 24-70LmkII and lack of IS, but I don't see price dropping that much - because it IS the best 24-70 in every mount. Bought one, didn't regret it.

I wanted one.  Because it doesn't have IS, I didn't buy one or consider buying one, and I never will.  I have too many 1 second to 1/4 second shots on my 24-105 to give up the IQ that goes with being forced to shoot at three stops higher ISO because of this glaring error.


I see what you're saying but in that case may I offer you some classical photography tools such as TRIPOD or just bumping ISO on your camera?

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Lenses / Re: New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly
« on: January 15, 2015, 06:23:47 PM »
Small recap: Canon makes the widest rectilinear 2.5X zoom lens with fixed f/4 aperture and everyone and his sister complains about the price and the lack of IS. Goddamn, MTV ain't what it used to be.


Seriously, I'd rather complain about Apple bringing only marginal improvements in their iPhone cameras, but this? It's a one of a kind lens, if you can't afford it - just walk away.

And everybody complained about the price if 24-70LmkII and lack of IS, but I don't see price dropping that much - because it IS the best 24-70 in every mount. Bought one, didn't regret it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 10, 2015, 08:59:19 AM »
In all honesty, no matter how much I love my A7 it still IS an amateur camera. It is probably the best landscape 35mil camera for me but it has nothing to compete with 5DIII. Seriously, why do we compare it here anyway, you can tell from miles away they are completely different species. But if you want to know which one of the two is better all-around tool you really have to be an idiot to choose Sony.

People who keep on complaining they find current Canon's offerings restricting are probably amateurs who won't shell-out that kind of money on camera anyhow, a $1,5k difference between A7 and 5dmk3 is not much of a difference, you can make that money in a week with your photography and keep the 'change' for some primes.

For now I really don't see reason to upgrade from 5Dmk3. The only features that would make me buy next model would be revival of ECF and backlit buttons like on older Nokia phones. Video guys could probably think of something else but for still hardly.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 09, 2015, 07:36:48 PM »

Indeed and if Sony can put 5 axis IBIS into the A9 like they did the A7II then all of my lenses without IS become IS lenses even with a metabones adapter. What's not to love about that boost of usability in my lens investment?! Sony recognise AF as being a key issue for them to address so it will be interesting to see what they deliver! On top of which I won't have to wait half a century for improvements to be delivered with Sony.


I think you should have looked into Pentax then, they had IBIS yeaaaaars ago. And a huge legacy of lenses.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 09, 2015, 07:29:23 PM »
Out of curiosity - why does every "new canon camera coming" thread turns into a Sony debate?
I love my A7 and I love my 5Dmk3, and each of them has it's space in my workflow - OF THEIR OWN.

Of apples and oranges, and why I love both.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FYI: D750 light leak issues
« on: December 28, 2014, 10:11:54 PM »
Just a holiday spirit, NYE is coming and somebody made him/herself 13th paycheck in this year.

Is it any wonder that Nikon graced us with 7 different FF cameras while Canon offered us with 'only' 3?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 MTF Available
« on: December 28, 2014, 10:06:00 PM »
It would be a good deal if it ain't 3rd party lens. Where I live the warranty on Tamron/tokina/sigma is useless so with all the hassle with shipping and postage you might pay the price difference in case anythingbreaks. However, official Canon Repair service is 15 minutes of walk from my place.

$1k would be tempting though, or just couple of bucks slightly over the price of Tokina 16-28/2.8 whichis already a nice 3rd party offering. $1.5k is just silly.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang/Rokinon Tease 135mm Lens
« on: December 28, 2014, 09:56:30 PM »
^^Well, I probably got the answer I was looking for. As  far as I remember they  indeed started as a company  making lenses for security and TV cameras.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang/Rokinon Tease 135mm Lens
« on: December 27, 2014, 07:47:18 PM »
It's true but to a certain degree. Recently I bought the A7 so I could have fun with bunch of legacy lenses that I just couldn't apart with (mostly mf Rokkors and Nikkors) and having true DoF preview with fast glass helps (much more than focus-peaking does), but with anything longer than 50mm you really need some extra effort. The fastest longer lens that I use on A7 is 105/2.5 and I thank Sony for making 100% of any selected area easily accessible, otherwise it'd be pain in the arse to focus. Focus-peaking is not an ideal replacement for split-prism, it just ain't.

Except for the LView I can't imagine anyone having fun with these lenses  shooting with matte prism which serves f/2.5 lenses and slower (in Canon's case). Hyperfocal markings could help Samyang lenses usability but mostly for landscapes and wider lenses.
I remember with film I could easily get away by using hyperfocal marks and stopping down to f/8-11ish, but digital sensors are not that forgiving.


Anyhow, they need to step-up the game and start making AF lenses, then their pricing would start making some sense (or not, Sigma's pretty much in the lead with few of their recent offerings such as 35A).

Honestly, in my experience, their optical formulas vary from good to mediocre when compared to Canon's or Sigma offerings. But their QC and build quality is even worse, so who is it for?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FYI: D750 light leak issues
« on: December 27, 2014, 06:40:34 AM »
Unfortunately, it seems these days that for every new camera released on the market you have to give it at least 6 months before it moves from beta version to a complete product, with us customers being the beta testers.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang/Rokinon Tease 135mm Lens
« on: December 27, 2014, 06:37:35 AM »
They're off the tracks with their current pricings. I used to have $250 85/1.5 Samyang lens couple of years back and sold it when I got my hands on 85/1.8 EF lens. 14mm is a very nice offering but based on my experience with that lens you still need AF for sensors with 18mp and above, no matter how much you may stop down the lens.
They still might have a good market with cinematographers but frankly selling good glass in cheap plastic housing and w/o hyperfocal marks for that price is ridiculous. Except for the 14mm lens, you can easily find AF versions of their offerings with one third of a stop less on used market.
If we were all still in 12mp era I'd find more sense to justify their offerings but seriously these days with 21-24mp being a standard file size it's more of hassle than a reward to use those lenses.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: m42 Lenses on 5D MKIII (and 6D)
« on: December 24, 2014, 07:02:32 PM »
I used to adapt manual focusing lenses in various mount when I had the 5Dc, I don't do it with 5Dmk3. But I did buy Sony A7 for lens-adapting purposes. Much easier to use.

Anyhow, there was once quite active group dedicated to usage of adapted lenses on EOS mount on a website portal that used to be the biggest photographer's community, you can still find tons of good info, here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/eos-manual-lenses/discuss/72157634659187796/

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