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Lenses / Re: Full frame bargains
« on: Today at 08:20:36 AM »
Canon 50mm F2.5 macro.  I'm still looking for one...

Still available new - I have one that lives on my 6D. Not incredibly cheap second hand, but even new it is cheaper than the 50/1.4

Lenses / Full frame bargains
« on: Today at 02:15:04 AM »

Does anyone have further suggestions?  Or experience of the lenses in the article?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Most exciting thing at Photokina?
« on: September 18, 2014, 12:44:39 PM »
The 7DII is clearly exciting, but for some reason the Samyang 12mm fisheye has me most excited.  I'd really like a fisheye, but spending $1200-1500 on the 8-15 f/4 seems ridiculous for a lens that will hardly see any use.  If it's reasonably priced and good quality, it will fill one of the few gaps left in my gear bag.

The Canon 15/2.8 is really good, and listed at just over $700 on ths Canon USA website. It will be interesting to find out how the Samyang compares in price and quality. It is the least used lens in my bag, but it's irreplaceable when I want to take photos in really confined spaces.

12mm seems like an odd focal length for a full frame fisheye, somewhere between the 8mm of a full circular image within the frame, and 15mm giving 180 degrees of view on the diagonal. I can't understand that decision.

Lenses / Re: Lenses that you want Canon to release next
« on: September 18, 2014, 08:03:08 AM »
I'd like to see updated version of the non-L primes (50mm/85mm) done like the 24mm/28mm/35mm.  I'd also like a fixed aperture 70-300mm zoom - f/4 would do nicely.  Lastly, an update to the prime fisheye would be a great addition.

I think all of those would be great sellers if the prices weren't too terribly high.  I'd buy all four.

...and 20mm too, or maybe a fraction wider. I'm still keeping an old Vivitar 19-35 for those occasions wgere the 24 IS just isnt wide enough.

GfK gave a market update on camera buying in Europe ahead of Photokina essentially it stated what we already knew about compact cameras and the declines which continue. It did however say that cameras above Euro 2,000 were still selling well and that CILC / CSC cameras were bucking the trend down with the Sony A7 series, Olympus OM-D range doing well.

I have to say the Olympus OM-D E-M10 which is the cheapest camera in the range gives really good images and compared to full-frame is much easier on the shoulders & back out hiking. Its not up to the Canon 6d in IQ terms but has superior metering at half the cost. Lens wise Olympus have now made pro grade lenses with the latest being a 40-150mm f2.8 which are smaller partially because the image stabilization is in the camera not the lens.

So given all that Canon need to stick with the EOS-M particularly for Far East & European markets that have adopted these cameras way more than North America.

Well said! It only seems to be North America that has ignored the M. There is another 95% of the planet, measured by population.

Lenses / Re: Lenses that you want Canon to release next
« on: September 17, 2014, 08:00:53 AM »
A version of the 70-300 IS USM lens that isn't rubbish and doesn't cost over $1000.

And I'd like some low calorie ribeye steak, too.

It is far from out of the question. A full frame 70-300 STM has been rumoured (I think I remember a patent), and would be a logical follow up to the 24-105 STM.If it has a non rotating filter and good IQ (as recent STM lenses for EF-S), it will only lack the USM, external appearance and high price of the 70-300L.

Logic says that it will come, but only if willing to sacrifice USM for the silent but slower STM. I would have settled for that instead of stretching to the wonderful L, if the existing non-L USM had not been so dissapointing in so many ways.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Features on the iphone 6+
« on: September 12, 2014, 01:32:09 AM »
i wonder if you can use the camera with a manual mode? i dont understand why they dont allow this it would make it sooo much more powerfull to be able to set shutter speed and iso manually....

I thought there were apps that could do manual settings?

I remember manual camera settings being announced at the iOS8 event in June. That will also come to the 4S and 5/5c/5s with the imminent software update. Can any beta testers out there confirm?

Lenses / Re: Is there a need for a 50mm?
« on: September 08, 2014, 01:32:59 AM »
If you feel the need for a big aperture 50, then keep it. Do you ever find yourself swapping it in place of the 24-70?  If not, then you don't need it.

I prefer to zoom with my feet, using mainly 24 and 50 primes, but I recognize that sometimes you can't, and sometimes there is not time for changing lenses.

Lenses / Re: Input on building a prime lens kit
« on: September 08, 2014, 01:19:13 AM »
I often carry with me my 50 and 24, between them they cover most of my needs whether I'm using my modern Canon kit (6D) or manual focus (OM-10) kit. That covers 80 to 90 percent of the photos I would like to stop and take.

With the OM-10 I sometimes carry the 135 too, giving the option of greater reach and thinner depth of field. With the 6D I would like to include a 100L, that's at the top of my wishlist for when I don't want to carry the big white zoom.

So in summary 24/50/100 or 24/50/135 is what suits me as a basic kit, and is not cumbersome enough to require a backpack or car.

EOS-M / Re: Recommendations for lens to supplement EF-M 22mm?
« on: September 06, 2014, 06:59:43 PM »
For lenses I'd look for STM (quiet focus) and IS (especially if you plan to hand hold with no stabilizer).  There are some EF-M and EF-S lenses that will fit the bill, but I'm not sure there's anything in your price range.

Also consider some time of external microphone and/or recorder for your sound.

I owned the 50/1.8 mk2 before upgrading to the 50/2.5. Both have buzzy bumble bee old fashioned focus motors, not a problem for stills, but not for video. That could be overcome by switching to manual focus, but I found the 50/1.8 mk2 has a gritty and slightly wobbly focus ring compared to newer designs (and also my decades old lenses). The 2.5 has a long travel focus ring, so may be worth looking at for manual focus pulling only.

I dont own an STM lens yet, but have tried them. They are much better ideas unless sticking to silent movies.

Lenses / Re: Your favorite older EF lens
« on: September 03, 2014, 01:59:00 AM »
EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro.

Though I'm torn by my 15/2.8 fisheye. Both are recent purchases, but part of the original range launched with the Eos 650 in 1987. Both would benefit from modern controls but are of fine build quality.

The 50/2.5 lives on my 6D. It's an incredibly versatile lens for everything from close focus to landscape.

Was it actually from Amazon? Or fulfilled by an Amazon seller?

Lenses / Re: Canon Price Drops on L Lenses
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:32:41 AM »
Does anyone know if Canon UK have also dropped prices? It would appear so from

This may be a global priice realignment before new lenses are announced at Photokina

Street & City / Re: Willis Coroon Building
« on: August 29, 2014, 08:41:39 AM »
Excellent shot, that's a view I did not find whilst in the area, I think I was more distracted by the Lloyds building across the road, which reflects wonderfully in the front of the Willis Coroon building.

Canon General / Re: CPN Interviews the Men Behind the EOS-1 Series SLRs
« on: August 22, 2014, 02:25:52 AM »
I'm liking the AL-1. It's tempting to get one but I already have a full frame system at even lighter weight in my OM system. After owning my 6D for a while I can appreciate the benefit of a grip, but it's far less important when there is less weight to hold steady. If the 100D/SL1 had a deeper grip for heavier modern lenses, but was otherwise just as compact I would have bought one already.  I might get one anyway.

There is a place for heavy powerful tank like cameras for intensive use, but also for something easier to carry in a bag while going about other business. The closest I found to to that was the 6D, but would probably have gone for the 100D or A7 if either had existed when I was exploring the market.

I'm pleased to hear some of Canon's thinking. When they move forward, it tends to bi a big step like the 1987 Eos preceded by models such as the AL-1. I think that we are in a similar phase now.

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