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I haven't noticed any comment on the price. RRP is now £200 lower than the black 100D at launch, hence much closer to the current street price for an official UK 100D.

Does anyone know if the colour is a match for the Canon big white lenses? Or is this a 'cheap consumer white'?

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Lenses / Re: 35mm f2 IS for city photography at night?
« on: February 19, 2014, 07:47:58 AM »
I don't quite understand this reasoning (plus that of the following posters), unless the intention is to always use the lens at maximum aperture, i.e. wide open. I mean, once you're "stopping down" the lens, all that extra "stops of light" just goes poof! and whether you're using an f/1.4 or an f/2 or an f/2.8 or an f/5.6 lens becomes irrelevant.  ???

That is correct, but two things will still hold
  • at night and hand held, you will shoot open aperture or you won't get the shot, period. That's where large aperture and IS are a real benefit, not on a sunny summer day around noon.
  • If you have to stop down to 5.6 for whatever reason (DOF, sharpness), IS will still help you get sharp images with the resulting longer exposure times.

+1

Another thought: The 24-70/4L IS may be a good option. It covers the 35mm focal length, has IS, and gives the flexibility of a zoom. It's obviously more expensive than the 35/2 IS, but weather sealed and comparable in price to the 35/1.4L

Personally, I prefer a depth of field scale for stopping down, so I'm saving up for a 35/2 IS as a companion to my 24/2.8 IS. A modern full frame sensor in combination with IS means that wide apertures only come into play for selective focus.

I was tempted by the zoom option with the red ring, but decided against it.

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Lenses / Re: 35mm f2 IS for city photography at night?
« on: February 18, 2014, 07:53:08 AM »
I have recently invested in a 24/2.8 IS, and tried handheld night scenes using the maximum benefit of IS. In warm and dry conditions (indoors looking out), I can often manage to hold a steady shot at 1s, and exceptionally 2s. It helps to use the 2 second timer. Outdoors in the wind, when cold, wet and sometimes shivering, I have understandably had less success but still achieved a 2 stop improvement over rule of thumb. In conclusion, I would still expect the 35/2 IS to give you more advantage in night conditions than the extra stop of the 35/1.4L.

None of this is is as good as some form of tripod (or even monopod), but the IS does give opportunities to take photos when support is not an issue.

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I own 5 of the 70,000,000 - I'm delighted with my 6D which I bought after many years away from SLR photography. I am even more impressed with the Canon 5 film cameras that I picked up from ebay to use with the same lenses, but with slow film. The eye control focus is awesome, and the depth mode is much under appreciated.

Canon's brave move in 1987 makes the complete compatibility possible, allowing the newest lenses to be used on the lightweight Canon 650 - I also have a couple of those, it seemed rude not to at the price they fetch now.

I'm waiting for the right weekend to try out my just purchased 24/2.8 IS with the old film cameras.

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Reviews / Re: Canon 6D Review: 1+ Year Hands-On [video review]
« on: January 20, 2014, 07:50:06 AM »
Good review and inspiring work, but surely the 6D sensor is different to that of the 5D III?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel SL1/Kiss X7 in White
« on: November 15, 2013, 08:38:41 AM »
If this was a weathersealed 'L' version of the 100D/SL1, then I would be interested.

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Canon General / Re: Best place to sell used Canon gear?
« on: November 13, 2013, 08:11:03 AM »
I sold my nifty fifty via the office notice board. People are more keen to buy from a known face than by taking a chance on eBay or other websites.

I set the price midway between Calumet trade in price and their 2nd hand retail price, that resulted in a quick sale. I was also able to lend the lens overnight to someone I had enough trust in, that tends to overcome any indecision in the buyer.

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Hi guys,
Very interesting topic! I have a 60D and use manual lenses a lot! I never thought it is possible to change the focusing screen! Great news.

Could anyone please recommend me a good focusing screen for manual photography. Especially for macro work. It would be of great help.

Thanks!
It depends on your preference for the prism - if you like to use one, there are several choices.  Otherwise, go for the super precision matte.  It's only good for f/2.8 & faster lenses (slower lenses are darker, but not unusable) but with f/1.2-2.8 lenses, it makes a huge difference - it's actually clear, not grainy, and you can actually see the difference in bokeh between f/1.2 and 2.8.  I had one in my 60D and it was awesome.  Same goes for my 5DII, and when I pick up my 5DIII and try to manually focus, it looks grainy as hell.

I find the super precision matte to be bright enough even with slow zooms. The telephoto darkens to 5.6 at 300mm and gives me no problem, even in dusk conditions outdoors. However, I rarely extend to 300mm indoors.....

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Funny..I was just reading and researching on this subject.

Is there not an official Canon screen replacement...vs this 3rd party one the OP was talking about?
Nope, Canon dropped support of interchangeable screens that are available for the 5DII and now only offers them for the 1DX.  Not sure if they dropped it from the 70D as well, but the 60D had them.

The 6D also supports interchangeable screens - I have fitted an Eg-S to mine. I suspect that Canon has listened to customer feedback on the 5D3, and the 5D4 may see the return of interchangeable screen. That's one of my reasons for saving some cash by buying a 6D instead of a 5D3

If future Canons do not allow a better MF screen, then I will be looking for live view with focus peaking. That will probably mean a switch to Sony.

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Technical Support / Re: 100mm f2.8 L Macro - to filter or not to filter?
« on: October 29, 2013, 09:38:43 AM »
Surely the answer depends upon whether weather sealing is required.

As far as I know, L lenses are only weather sealed if used with a filter. If the camera is not weathersealed, maintaining that aspect of protection would however be pointless.

Incidentally, my non weathersealed 50/2.5 macro survived taking the attached photo.

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My bone with Sony A7r is how large that Zeiss 55 f/1.8 is, far from pocketable, not to mention the $1000 price.  That 35 f/2.8 size would be more to my liking, but f/2.8??  I'm not married to Zeiss and would rather see a compact 35 to 50 mm fast prime with AF for A7 from Sony, or better yet somebody like Sigma, at more like $500, which is where the Sony A-mount 50 f/1.4 goes for..  Sigma ART FE 35 f/1.4, anybody?

The reasonably small and fast lens already exists at 35mm, but unfortunately it's fixed to the front of the RX1/RX1R. Maybe Sony will see the light and release it as an E-mount 35/2 for the A7.

Unfortunately, AF causes lenses to be bigger. My MF Olympus (full frame) SLR lenses are tiny compared to AF Canon SLR lenses. MF Leica lenses will continue to be tiny compared to Sony's AF lenses for the A7. For those happy with MF, I would be surprised if Voigtlander missed the opportunity to release E mount versions of their M glass.

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With the A7R having a sensor with the effective megapixels close to the D800, and the A7 being close to the 5D Mark III it really makes me exited to think about how Nikon and Canon are going to push themselves.

I bought the EOS M while it was ~$300 at B&H a month or so ago. The biggest problem with it is the delay from taking a picture after another.

I read somewhere on a DxOMark article that Canon is behind the competition with there sensors due there factory not being as up to date. I'd like to know if anyone knows anything about the state of Canon's sensor fabrication plant.

I'm content with the number of pixels, for most purposes we have more than I feel the need for. I'm more interested in high ISO performance, and dynamic range at all ISO settings.

I've heard that the updated Eos M firmware gives faster AF, is that the cause of delay from one picture to the next? This may be solved by the 70D sensor. I trust Canon more than Sony on lens design & manufacture, but Sony more than Canon on electronic sensor design and manufacture.

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I'm very very tempted. The A7 is a similar price to the 6D & D600, it may become cheaper once the launch hype dies down. The limited choice of FF lenses makes me hold back, but that will change. A-mount lenses would not have the weight and size advantage of a mirrorless lens. If Sony publish a lens roadmap (as Fuji do), then it will give confidence in the platform.

In addition to the Sony & Sony Zeiss AF lenses, there is an easy opportunity for Voigtlander and Zeiss to produce E-mount versions of their M-mount lenses. The flange spacing must be similar, it's a simple hardware difference. If all that falls into place, and I'm satisfied with the EVF when I try it, then I will have a lot of eBaying to do.

I'm not selling my 6D and EF lenses/adapter yet, but I'm thinking about it. The 6D was the smallest, lightest FF camera apart from Leica. It isn't now.
[Edit: I should have said digital camera, and with interchangeable lenses]

This is the kind of announcement that can herald a sea change in market share, as the change to AF in the '80s saw Canon catch up with Nikon, leaving olympus and others in the dust. On the other hand, it was Minolta (now Sony) who kicked off the AF revolution, canon followed along with the others.

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Lenses / Re: Which Normal to Wide Angle Focal Length Matches Your Vision?
« on: October 16, 2013, 01:03:44 AM »
These answers need qualifying with 'full frame' or 'crop sensor'. I'm assuming full frame as the default.

24mm for both eyes and 50mm for a single eye. 135mm for a deep squint at something.  ;D

+1

That equates to the set of three primes I have ended up using on my OM-10, other OM lenses stay at home. I'm aiming for a similar set up for my 6D - possibly substituting a 100L macro for a 135 because of the extra versatility.

The 50 (f/1.4 and f/2.5) are the walk around lenses on both cameras (both full frame - one film, one digital), equivalent to looking in front of me without moving the eyeballs. The 24 is equivalent to standing still and taking in a scene around me, whilst the 135 is akin to focussing on a distant object with the mind's eye.

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Canon General / Re: Lose or Loose?
« on: October 15, 2013, 11:46:19 PM »
Whether full frame or crop sensor, I'm sure that none of us lose the opportunity to let loose shots on our Cannons.

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