Good point re the m43 lens prices. I was actually considering it since speed boosters have been surfacing for EF to m43 on eBay.
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Just got an email from B&H with the price for Panasonic GH4 - US$ 1699 - that's US$ 1869 with shipping and customs (for me) for body only ... and if you also want the interface unit with 2-Channel XLR Inputs, than the price is US$3299 (i.e. US$ 3603 with shipping & customs)
Last week when I had severe GAS (before I knew about its price tag), I was thinking about pre-ordering the GH4 ... but now, no way ... freaking quarter size sensor (of my Sony a7 or the 6D), costs the same as a full frame camera ... the Sony a6000 which will be released around the same time (with some awesome features and a much bigger sensor), is costing only US$648.
But this is a worrying sign, coz if a micro four thirds camera like the GH4 is going to cost this much, what will Canon/Nikon charge for 7D MK II/D400
I didn't word that very well did I? Nothing new there. What I meant was if you have the 17 TS-E and a 1.4 TC there is very little practical need for a 24 TS-E, and if you have the 100 L Macro there is little practical need for the 135 f2.
As you, I do a lot of research before buying a lens after deciding I need one, I travel a lot so whilst having one of everything might be a nice idea (principally to a collector ) it is generally impractical. My research, specifically with regards actual resultant images, pointed me to get the 17TS-E (and a 1.4 TC) and the 100L Macro, even though I shot with a 135 f2 for many years in the manual focus FD system.
At the time I bought the TS-E 24L II, there was no convenient filter system for the 17mm version (e.g., the Wonderpana that's now available), so having front threads was a significant differentiator for me. For tilt aficionados, the 24mm offers an extra 2° (8.5° vs. 6.5° max tilt). I might pick up a TS-E 17mm at some point...
I find the 135L to have a significant advantage for shooting action in low light (e.g. gymnasiums) - the extra stop and faster AF make a noticeable difference in the resulting images. But for portrait use, I agree that the 100L does just fine.
What do you think of the x100s' AF, quod? Do you think it's fast enough for chasing a toddler around the house? (I'm not considering true action shots; for that I'll stick with my DSLR.)No, the X100S does not have a speedy AF system. It's really great at some things, but that's not one of them. That said, anyone else with an X100S want to chime in on this?
Just out of curiosity, has anyone in here adapted EF when lenses to the A7? Seems like most of the stuff I find is for people adapting them to the 7r.
Somehow the A7 doesn't make sense to me. A7R gives me high MP + DR which I will use till canon comes up with its own high MP/DR camera.
I'm not sure I'm looking for a light weight camera system. I'm healthy enough to get around with my Canon system right now... Maybe when I am 70 i'll need it.
Deo-Tech Falcon adapter is the one I'm curious about. They claim to have 20% faster AF than the competition. They also come with a Bluetooth link so that you can update firmware later. Around 240 bucks I think. Not much info on the net though.
Interesting ... thanks for sharing.
I just went through their website http://www.deo-tech.com/ ... but cannot find where they claim "20% faster AF than the competition". However, they do claim that their version III adapter is "20% faster than the former model by using Sony A7 / A7R" i.e. DEO Canon EF to Sony E “NEX” Adapter Mark III is 20% faster than their previous version. But a bit further down, in the product features they claim "Faster AF in Sony a7/a7R camera (20% faster in APS-C mode)".
So, its a bit confusing ... is it 20% faster then the previous version in full frame mode or is it 20% faster only in APS-C mode ... not so sure from their website.
So do you believe Canon is willing to cannibilize their cinema line with xD bodies RIGHT NOW?
Two of the 3 mirrorless cinema cameras only do 1080p video, while with the recent release of the 1200D all EOS DSLRs can also record 1080p video.This partial overlap of features has existed from the start, I don't see why extending it to 2160p video recording would suddenly be a problem. You invented the "RIGHT NOW" yourself, the earliest xD release we can expect is in 6 months - end of march is more likely to be the release of a 750D and/or a 100D successor.
Your impression of the 5D release schedule is not accurate. There is a nice chart here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EOS_5D) showing the release cycles for all of Canon's DSLR products. As you can see, if they follow the same release cycle they have for the previous 3 iterations of the 5D, we should be seeing a new 5D soon. The 6D and 1D will be coming a bit later, if they follow they release cycles they have been using for the last decade. So, a 5D later this year, and 6D and 1D revisions coming out in the first half of 2015. The 7D is long overdue, and probably the reason for that is the increased importance of video. The 70D likely acted as a stop gap since they would have been aware of the impending video revolution, so the 7D may have been delayed to catch the cusp of that.
Whatever your opinion, if Canon do what they have always been doing, we should see almost all lines undergo a revision in the next 9-12 months.
Hate to break it to you, but the xD bodies are not "larger mass market", they are marketed at enthusiasts and professionals, and THAT market is absolutely ready for 4K and wants it. Cameras like the GH4 and BMPC are eagerly awaited and anticipated. Sony has their AX100, and soon they will have a DSLR 4K camera to compete with the GH4. Canon would have to be absolutely insane to do nothing because they WILL lose market share to those products, and because of the way investment is made in glass, that loss will be long term.
I can guarantee that every xD body Canon releases from now on will be 4K capable. So, the only question is when these bodies will arrive. We know that the 7D2 is likely to arrive this year, with possibly another body as well. That will probably be a full frame. There are strong rumours that they are going to release cinema-EOS cameras at NAB that will "steal the show". Do you seriously think that ANY non-4K camera is going to "steal the show"? Really??