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Reviews / Re: need help with suggestion
« on: Today at 05:03:55 AM »
You already have a fast 50, giving you a short portrait lens (80mm equivalent) for the 60D. You could  simply replace this with the more versatile 17-50. Alternatively, if you are happy changing lenses in the field, you could consider building a kit of lenses around the 50 with one or both of the following:

A wide zoom for interiors and landscape such as Canon 10-22, 10-18 or a number of options from Sigma.
A telephoto zoom such as the Canon 55-250 for distant objects.

A third option would be an even more versatile standard zoom such as the Canon 18-135. You already have the 50/1.8 which you can swap onto the 60D when have low light or feel the need for shallow focus. The 50/1.8 is a great little lens if you auto focus and don't mind the motor noise. I sold mine because I didn't like the manual focus and wanted a distance scale.

A fourth option would be build a set of prime lenses around the 50. The recently launched EF-S 24 STM is expected to be good, and would give you a wider option than you currently have. Alternatively, you could look at full frame prime lenses which would also fit a full frame camera should you have one in a few years time. That would be my favoured approach, but many prefer the versatility of a zoom lens.

It all depends upon what you feel the need to explore beyond you current set up. I think of lenses as being a purchase for life, while the camera body is a piece of tech that will become dated over time. Flickr is great for searching out photos taken with a particular lens, and seeing what the possibities are.

I don't know if your 600 refers to Pounds, Euros, U.S. dollars or any other kind of dollar. I'm assuming it's not Yen!

So a placeholder for a future unannounced product review with some guessed specs has, via reporting on other websites, now been elevated to the status of rumour

Amateur Photographer have also field tested the weather sealing in British downpours in the last few weeks. It sailed through.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon 7D II Full Review
« on: November 22, 2014, 04:15:29 PM »

Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: November 22, 2014, 03:55:48 PM »
The only modern day lenses not to fit the 7D are the EF-M series of lenses, such as the 22mm STM and zooms

Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: November 22, 2014, 03:13:47 PM »
I've read on a review in amazon that this lens won't fit on a canon 7D, any info?
It's an EF-S lens, and EF-S lenses fit the 7D. Was the Amazon buyer trying to fit it on the front of the supplied kit lens? There are some really good reviews on Amazon, but you some are to be ignored. Maybe the buyer could not find the red dot, mounting a lens can be a technical challenge...

The only Canon Eos cameras not suitable for this lens are the 6D, 5D & 1D series, and film cameras. The Eos M can take this lens with Canon's adapter.

After reviewing the 50/1.8 II on Amazon UK, I received a buyer question asking if one would fit a Panasonic bridge camera. Once the tears of laughter had subsided, I politely replied.

Amazon listings can be equally wrong. According to Amazon UK the new 24-105 STM is a pancake lens. That would be an impressive technical achievement

Lenses / Re: DPReview: EOS 7D Mark II Shooting Experience
« on: November 22, 2014, 10:42:43 AM »
It's great to read of the lever which can be assigned to exposure compensation. I sometimes use M to fix aperture and shutter speed, using auto ISO to take care of exposure. This can currently be modified from the Q button, but would be useful in changing light.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF-S 11-24mm f/3.5-4.5
« on: November 18, 2014, 08:26:13 AM »
This would make no senses as an STM, there is the 10-18 already. As a USM with a distance scale, and better IQ than both the old 10-22 and bargain 10-18 it would appeal to me when I get a crop body.

On the other hand, it maybe one of many options Canon explored, before deciding on the 10-18.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How long until the next FF body? Or buy now?
« on: November 18, 2014, 02:56:02 AM »
Remember that the vast majority (around 95%) of people never buy another lens after their original purchase of a DSLR.

Also, to the extent that the "never upgrade" thing is true, it means that the manufacturers need to improve their kit lenses, because a lot of folks won't upgrade, and will be daunted by the low-quality images that they get compare with what they were expecting.  This leads to people giving up before they find a reason to buy a better lens.

It could also be said that by creating a really good kit lens that performs exceptionally it might dissuade people from upgrading or purchasing a second lens. I think the IQ of the kit lenses available now is already pretty good.

I'll add that I thought the 18-55 kit lens (the older version without STM) was the best thing since sliced bread .... Until I bought the plastic fantastic 50mm f/1.8, that blew me away and was almost certainly the gateway lens for my gear lust! That's smart marketing from Canon! IQ improves but then you thirst for AF speed, and so the endless cycle continues! Hahaha!

Compative lens and camera sales figures give this away.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is IQ better with smaller files?
« on: November 18, 2014, 01:55:24 AM »
If a sensor is designed with fewer pixels spread over the same area, then it really should because each sensor pixel is so much larger. It would be logical for the 16MP 1DX sensor to cope better than the 22MP 5D3 sensor.  This would be most obvious at high ISO. Can owners of both  1DX and 5D3 confirm? A more extreme example would be Sony A7S compared to A7R.

However, there's no obvious logic behind a high resolution sensor giving better results at a lower resolution than it is capable of. That's why I'm not pixel greedy when choosing a camera body. If the A7 series cameras felt better in my hand, I would be attracted to the A7S.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How long until the next FF body? Or buy now?
« on: November 17, 2014, 08:06:32 AM »
I don't feel like investing in lenses and accessories, based on guesses and hopes.

"Investing" isn't smart with any brand as you're bound to lose a lot of €€€. It's pure consumption unless you're a pro making money with the gear.

So, I'm going to wait until the end of December and if there are still no FF news coming from Canon, I'll go with Nikon D750 and 24-70.

The d750 seems to be a terrific camera and thus a good choice. Note that brands isn't all about sensors and release dates, a lot of people go Canon for the good ergonomics and cps service.

It also depends upon available lenses. For example, I have become attached to my 24 IS, and could not buy an equivalent to fit a Nikon or Sony, apart from switching to a zoom. That means that there is no point considering a  brand switch, for me. It all depends which manufacture makes the best combination of bodies/lenses/accessories for your purposes and personal preference.

EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrade current body or wait?
« on: November 17, 2014, 04:04:40 AM »
I ruled out the 24-105L because I could only just afford the body at first, and I have a preference for prime lenses with distance and depth of field scales. There is also distortion at extremes of the zoom range, but that can be corrected in camera or on the desktop. I know that many ate happy are happy  with the 24-105L, including a journalist I know who uses his professionally.  There is also the just announced 24-105 STM, which is lighter and has reported better IQ (reviews will be telling) but lacks weather sealing. The price is almost as high at launch, but I'm sure will settle down. Your existing lenses allow you to put off that decision until you have had the 6D for a while, although the kit price does give a small saving. You are only missing the wide option from your existing FF lenses.

I suggest that you go to a good camera shop with your 550D, 35, 50 and 70-300 to try them out on a 6D, and also try out the 24-105L. In my home town Calumet Euston and Park Cameras have both done that for me. I'm assuming from your reference to T2i and not 550D that you are in the US.

I don't regret refusing the kit 24-105L, but your preference may be different.

EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrade current body or wait?
« on: November 17, 2014, 02:22:12 AM »
The 6D is currently around 30% cheaper than it was at launch almost two years. That makes it a great buy, you will only save more than that by going without it for longer. You Are already well on the way to having a set of full frame lenses, so could get good use out of the 6D straight away. Having both crop and full frame sensor cameras will also give each lens a dual identity. I have a 6D and 70-300, but am considering a crop body to give extra reach. You already have the crop camera, so would be buying in the opposite order.

I know that the usual advice is to spend money on glass, but in this case I believe from my own experience that you would be better able to assess your lens needs once you have the full frame body. Go for it, try out your 35, 50 and 70-300, then start thinking about future lens purchases. Having cut my SLR teeth with film at ISO 100 I am truly amazed by the performance of a modern digital sensor, and find that fast lenses are only needed for creative reasons. Once you have the 6D you can start to form your own judgements.

Whatever camera body you buy, you will be able to get something better and/or cheaper in a year or two time. When the 6D2 and 5D4 come along, the prices are likely to jump up at least initially - as the current prices of 7D vs. 7D2. When I bought my 6D, I could choose that or the 5D2 at similar retail price. That's not so true of lenses, but they are nothing without a body behind them.

$149 =  £149 = €149 + 20% (for the last two) =  £179 = €179
exchange rate? what's that? can you eat it?

The Euro price also includes salea tax as required by EU laws (rate varies by country, but typically 19%). So only €125 (=$125) + taxes to give a total price of €149. That's a useful tip, the saving would pay for an EasyJet flight from the UK, even for an inexpensive lens. It's also cheaper before taxes than the US price.

If I get myself the long promised (to myself) 100D I will also get the 24 pancake for €149 (=£125), saving over £50 on the UK price.

If savings for more expensive lenses are in proportion, then the saving on a bigger investment would pay for a lavish weekend away. Buying within the EU also means that the warranty is valid within any other EU country, as also required by European single market laws. That's much better than importing from the US or Singapore, and there are  no worries about duty free allowances or import duty when importing from one EU single market country to another.

Don't forget that the US price is ex sales tax (~9 to 10%?) and the UK price is inc sales tax (~17-20%?)

US $149 + 20% comes to approx £120, a long way short of the £179 we are charged for the privilege of a local EU, not US warranty.

What did you imagine the exchange rate was?

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