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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: London Walkaround
« on: July 03, 2014, 05:20:38 AM »
Currently in London being a good tourist and helping the global economy. Brought my Rebel SL1, EF-S 10-22, and EF-S 15-85 IS. Everything fits in a small shoulder and is a delight to carry around all day. Don't really need anything else and the IQ is more than satisfactory. Less is more???

What equipment would YOU choose for a week in London?

more than enough - for a tourist trip rather than a photography trip... if you get the difference

I am in London frequently.  I find just the little EOS M + 11-22mm if often more than enough - for a tourist

Great for shots in Museums

British Museum by lozwilkes, on Flickr

Great Court British Museum by lozwilkes, on Flickr

Or parks and open spaces

untitled-1834 by lozwilkes, on Flickr

and other 'interesting stuff'

Chez Michele London Borough Market by lozwilkes, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Question for Reikan Focal Pro users
« on: July 01, 2014, 05:55:13 AM »
Not sure about 2 values for the same prime lens.

But for a zoom lens, the process is automatic.
Run FoCal with your lens zoomed fully out, and FoCal will know to set the Wide MFA setting.
Run it again with the lens zoomed fully in, and FoCal will know to set the Tele MFA setting.

(When it asks you if it is OK to save the MFA setting it does tell you whether it is setting the Wide or Tele setting)

Pretty simple really  :)
But not obvious, because they don't make it fully clear in the documentation.

EOS-M / EF-M 55-250mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens rumour
« on: June 16, 2014, 11:04:29 AM »

Digicam-Info report rumours and a photo of a EF-M 55-250mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens for the Canon EOS M system.

The spec is rumoured to be,

    One glass aspherical lens and one UD lens
    22% shorter overall length compared to the EF-S55-250mm IS STM
    31% lighter than the EF-S55-250mm IS STM
    IS provides 3.5 stops of stabilization
    Faster AF by optimization of the drive system algorithm
    Full-time manual focus
    Uses Hood ET-54B

Size-wise that sounds good, and in keeping with the overall EOS M ethos of keeping things as small as possible.  However, in return you must give up 50mm of reach and a smaller maximum aperture at the long end.

The photo shows the lens is also in keeping with the rest of the EF-M lenses style-wise.

If true, it will provide a welcome reassurance to those unsure about the future of the EOS M system.

However, the big question for those outside of Asia is whether it will be released by Canon in the US or EU markets.  It would seem slightly strange to release a new EF-M lens in the US and EU, whilst holding back the release of the EOS M2 camera. Even more so in the US where the EF-M 11-22mm was never officially released.

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: June 02, 2014, 08:56:40 AM »
It is however, a great completement to your APS-C stills or video kit if you don’t need ultra wide angle very often. If you do, there are better and more expensive options out there.

What "better and more expensive options" are there in the 10-18 range, on an APS-C?
(not trying to trip Northlight up, just genuinely interested)

The 10-18 STM appears to be better than the Canon 10-22mm - at least on paper

Sigma 10-20mm options perhaps?

What options are there around this range? (that isn't a fisheye)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 29, 2014, 02:43:18 AM »
What are you waiting for?

For Fuji to significantly improve their video capability, and to reduce their lens prices to EF-M levels.


If people want to compare prices they need to figure out if they have to pay customs duties and taxes and how high they are for the country they live in.

Very true.

In the UK, they have set the launch price of the 16-35L at £1199 GBP.
At today's exchange rate that is $2026 USD.
Whereas the US price, plus import duty and VAT is £909 (at today's exchange rate)
So in the UK we are paying approx one third more for this lens.  I call that a rip off.

Interestingly, the white SL1/100D was launched in the US on the same day.
In the UK they set the launch price at £499 GBP
At today's exchange rate that is $843 USD
Whereas in the US they set the launch price at $749 USD
By the time you add import duty (which is 0% on cameras) and VAT that comes to  £532 GBP.
So in that case the UK is actually cheaper!

In Sweden the new 16-35/4L IS is introduced at 10390 SEK, that is $1504.75...

$2000 in the UK at today's exchange rate...

Wow... I really don't get Canon's pricing, especially at today's exchange rates.

The EF 16-35L F4 is $1550 USD here in Japan
and the EF-S is $460

America will remain the cheapest place to get lenses.

Same for UK - pounds for dollars - with the UK price £1199 and £299, whilst the exchange rate is 1.6x
That isn't unusual with manufacturers coming up with all manner of excuses - some valid - as to why they cost more in the UK and EU than the US or Asia.

But then you compare the launch prices of the white SL1/100D also announced today for the US.  $749 in the US, but only £499 in the UK.

PowerShot / Re: New PowerShot & EOS Cameras to Offer DOF Control?
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:29:38 AM »
I saw that commercial for android.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but the basic idea is that the image has infinite depth of feels and then the post production aspect of the software blurs our the portion that is not the subject.  It is a ridiculous concept and u would be very annoyed if the put that function in an slr... which has the capability to shoot at f1.2 with a corresponding lens.

But having a lens with a shallow DoF doesn't give you the ability to change the focus after the shot, which Lytro do.
That's the important feature.
Can your current DSLR + F1.2 do this after you have taken the shot? https://pictures.lytro.com/lytro/albums/149429/embed?token=6cb04136-c43a-11e3-9416-22000a8b14ce

Unfortunately, even with their new Illum camera, the PQ from a Litro is still poor compared to a DSLR...

Lenses / Re: Video Review: Canon PowerShot G1 X II
« on: April 28, 2014, 03:28:27 AM »
I always think of Kai being to camera reviews, as Jeremy Clarkson (Top Gear) is to car reviews.
Part entertainment, part quite valid points. Always making jokes (not always funny) and trying to be a bit controversial, and sometime they make you laugh, sometimes they make you cringe.
In both cases people either love them or hate them.
And lets face it, they spend a lot more time with a lot more different gear than most people ever do, so their experience of different products does count.

Lenses / Re: Video Review: Canon PowerShot G1 X II
« on: April 27, 2014, 12:55:13 PM »
All was going well - AFAIAC -  until the part on the video mode.

Not a bad camera it seems, but will only be competitive when it has dropped by 30% at least.
Until then, it certainly doesn't seem to justify the £739 cost here in the UK.

Canon General / Re: Canon Hong Kong Announcement April 24, 2014
« on: April 24, 2014, 06:12:06 PM »
OK, I see. I think it is for the G1X II, as the video they posted yesterday
Small | Large
has that cup shaped object briefly in it

Canon General / Re: Canon Hong Kong Announcement April 24, 2014
« on: April 24, 2014, 06:07:30 PM »
So yet another thread based on BS info. At least we know it was BS originated at other places not CR.

Well not really given that the source was  Canon themselves. This wasn't some rumour from an "anonymous" source, but posted by Canon HK on their own Facebook page

Canon General / Re: Canon Hong Kong Announcement April 24, 2014
« on: April 24, 2014, 12:31:43 PM »
So what was it then?

I can't see any announcements on http://www.canon.com.hk/en/corporate/press_release/index.do or on their facebook page.

It wasn't the G1X II, as Canon HK announced that back in March along with everyone else http://www.canon.com.hk/en/corporate/press_release/pressReleaseDetails.do?prmid=10896

EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:02:55 AM »


What on earth is wrong with that video - it is wobbling all over the place...

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