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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 22, 2014, 01:19:51 PM »
I still have 2 Canon SLRS and a couple Canon lenses.  Why?  I came over from Canon film cameras by default *and* I always found Canon's controls more user friendly than Nikons.(maybe because it's what I know)

That being said I find that canon has been complacent over the past 5 years. They have not done much truly innovative in overall design and usability. Remember, Canon was the first with today's concept of IS lenses(I dont mean "dual pixel focusing" which is just a background technology.).  Sony has killed Canon in the mirrorless, with the EOS M virtually unsaleable until they cut the price in half.  Canon seems to try to get away with providing the least in terms of incremental changes with new models.

Canon has charged a huge premium for its lenses when they could. Amazing how folks here were jumping for joy when the 100-400 IS L II was announced at "only" $2200.00, $500 or $600 more than version I.   I used to buy almost all Canon lenses. My last 3 lenses were Sigma and Tamron.  The quality gap bet. Canon and many independents is less than the price gap.

I don't "hate" or "love" Canon.  In fact I just bought a Pixma Pro printer after years of working with Epsons. I love it.   However, I think they have squandered their position with "loyal" customers by falling behind in innovation and value.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 03:11:38 PM »
I was at a camera show/expo 2 weeks ago. First, I asked the Canon reps about the future of the EOS M. they joked around and said "well, there's an M2 in Asia." They handed me an SL1 and said 'well, this isn't much bigger and it gives you everything a mirrorless has"... End of story

Then I went to the SONY booth and handled an a6000. I've never shot a SONY, but the controls seemed very intuitive. It has the EVF and tiny flash onboard.  I almost made the plunge, but waited.  The only nitpick I have w/the SONY is NO TOUCHSCREEN.  I can live w/o it, but I swear, everytime I switch from my 70D to my 60D I say "where's the touchscreen?"...well, another nitpick w/Sony..the kit lens, motorized zoom 16-50 got pretty bad reviews.

I did not know that an a7000 is due soon as per a previous post.  I do most of my equip. buying in the fall, and next fall it will be either the Mxxx or Sony A....whatever.    I realize there is no need to  be "LOYAL" to Canon if they lag or ignore the mirrorless market.    Unlike others, I never mount my EF lenses on my EOS M. I am quite pleased with the M 18-55.    we shall see.


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Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 09, 2014, 05:34:16 PM »
As far as the "low" 2200.00 price, I think we can thank Mr. Tamron and Mr. Sigma.

I spent a lot of time at a local photo show/sale, all the major vendors were there.  I don't work there, but my observations were:

 Lot's of Tamzooka's (150-600) being sold for nikon and canon. I spoke to the tamron rep who encouraged me to send in my early copy to get a new chip and firmware to improve AI focusing. In general, a huge buzz around Tamron, more than I remember in past years.

The Canon booth was very quiet compared to previous years. A few people I know  bought SLRs and they were practically giving away PIxMA pro printers with cameras.

I handled the Sigma 150-600 Sport, well, barely, the thing is a tank. I wouldn;t even consider it for that reason. I asked them when the "C" version will be out; they don't know.

Sony seemed to be selling the mirrorless like hotcakes.   

Sorry to go OT, but the take away here is that Canon has to be more competitive on pricing and offer higher quality for the price.  Since I have the Tamzooka already, I would not look at the 100-400 II for a while. however, since everyone seems to think that this will cut sales of 70-300L, maybe if Canon cuts that price I would buy one for when I don't need the 400- 600 reach and want something I can hand hold.



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Lenses / Re: More EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Talk [CR2]
« on: October 28, 2014, 02:42:57 PM »
would I consider it, being a content owner of Tamron 150-600 ??

1. If it's sig.lighter than Tammy....(should be)
2. Sig. sharper than Tammy wide opened(probably)
3. Well under $2000.00.....(doubtful)

Basically, if I know I'm going to be doing either big, close birds, eg herons, ducks, etc and/or telephoto landscapes, boating shots, etc, having the new 100-400 to "carry around" would be worth an investment. I have considered the 70-300L, but I'd rather sacrifice 30mm on the short end to gain 100mm on the long end

My prediction would be about 2,000 price, which is double Tammy and the new Sigma C line, and about 500.00 more than the 70-300L.   If the lens really is lighter weight than the original, it's another positive sign for me that Canon and others are seeing the market for lighter weight equipment, esp. w/millions of aging prosumer photographers out there.   
Yes, I would love to get the 400 DO Mk II, but if I bought it, I couldnt afford to go anywhere with it for a few years. LOL


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EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 03, 2014, 06:38:17 PM »
canon is way behind in mirrorless, totally squandered an opportunity to keep loyal customers who want mirrorless. 

I don;t think a Canon mirrorless system  has to use EF S or EF lenses..  It can exist side by side. As mentioned before, one of the big advantages of mirrorless is reduced size .  I have an EOS M and will never even consider mounting my L lenses on it. What';s the point?  what's most important to me is that the mirrorless body is NOT A STEP DOWN in features from my mid level 70D.  I don't want Rebel features only. I am willing to invest in 2  more mirrorless lenses (beyond the kit) but they are not coming.

Bottom line for me is one word: SONY.  Sony clearly is way beyond Canon.  If I'm going to buy lenses anyway, why not get into a new ecosystem, and go with a company that is dedicated to building it?

I will not give up my 70D, 60d etc for use with long lenses for wildlife, etc... BUt am ready to move on for walk around use, even landscapes, street photography etc.  I;m not trying to spite Canon, but I am ready and they are not.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 23, 2014, 10:20:10 AM »
no excuse for canon not to have both. what games they play.  How much could it cost if even the cheapest cellphone's have it?   Canon seems to be dedicated to holding back on the customers on features..putting some in some cameras, not in others.  They  let the non-essential but useful features trickle out, and thus help promote built in obsolescence, getting suckers like me to buy a new camera every two years. Really now, IQ hasn't changed much in years to they promote "bells and whistles"...bigger screen, articulating screen, WiFi, GPS, electronic level.

I'm one step away from moving  to SONY which seems to be ahead of the curve not behind it.


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Lenses / Re: Question for Owners of early run Tamron 150-600 lens
« on: September 21, 2014, 10:34:44 AM »
just checked the thread. tx for all your input. will check the link to digital picture.  I will send lens back during my "down" season for birds.

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Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 15, 2014, 01:43:50 PM »
very nice. If I didn't have to pay the mortgage and car loan, I'd order now.  Meanwhile, I'll buy a few lottery tickets and if I win........

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Lenses / Question for Owners of early run Tamron 150-600 lens
« on: September 13, 2014, 03:22:31 PM »
I read posts on various sites about Tamron 'fixing' autofocus problems by replacing a chip and firmware. Is this true or not? Has anyone here sent back their lens for this?

I got my lens with the first shipment in January.  Generally it  focuses fine on my 70D.  Have had some problems acquiring BIFs in low contrast settings but a)am not an experienced BIF photographer, still have only done this occasionally  b)not sure if this is 'normal' doesnt seem much different than the 100-400's I used to rent

Any feedback would be appreciated.  I don't want to send the lens back for no reason.

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Quite bizarre. 2 versions of same focal length and announci ng  when they dont even have the weight for the C. Which means tbey still dont have a final prototype.

This doesn't bode well for canons alleged 100 400 L mark ii.  Who's going to pay 2k for that with all these choices that reach 600mm

Tamron as mentioned really dropped the ball on production of th e Tamzooka.  If the sigma c is as good in IQ tamron loses potential sales.  I wonder if tamron will introduce a 2k lens that's a notch up  probably not .

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Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 11, 2014, 09:51:04 AM »
my guess is "4 Stage IS" is not 4 stops, but 4 levels of sensitivity or algorithms.  eg, Tripod mode, panning mode, etc etc.  Probably will also be 4 stops...

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100 oz. Sigma,  68 oz Tamron.


Sigma may be "better" but we're talking heavy here, w/more elements for same speed, focal length.

  Personally, not an option. Hope it works for the younger stronger photographers.

(now I  would love to see canon w/more DO lenses, but don't think it will happen)

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EOS-M / Re: Anything new on EOS-M3? How it may compare to A6000?
« on: September 04, 2014, 09:55:41 AM »
Question from a newbie here.

Comparing the recent price drop on the M. Are the differences in quality really worth the additional expenses of shifting to a different system sony,fuji,olympus? Considering, that is, if one already has a number of ef lenses.

Hi,

I don't think it's a question of quality, eg I.Q...I'm quite happy w/the images I get from the M..they are pretty much the same as i get from my 70D. I don't think the competitors have anything revolutionary w/sensor performance, I am always going to stick w/nothing smaller than an aps-c

The issue I have w/the M is w/useability...it will never be more than a walk-around or 2nd camera when I can't carry the DSLR...   No EVF, kind of clunky controls when trying to do Exp comp, and I really like a built in flash for fill light,etc.  Only a few fixed ISO settings, very very poor battery life(you must always carry a spare)

 I don't regret the bargain I got w/the M, but am willing to spend more to get more.     Another poster commented that it's not "dead" eg, it's quite alive in Japan, but that doesn't help me here in U.S.A.

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EOS-M / Re: Anything new on EOS-M3? How it may compare to A6000?
« on: September 03, 2014, 10:29:55 PM »
I have the M and 18-55 EF M.   Recently I considered buying a Tamron 18-200 for it. Then I said I'd wait until an "M3" came out..with a EVF, maybe a flash, maybe a flip screen, etc etc.  Why buy lenses for a dead system?

Then I read about the Sony A-6000, the Fuji and others mentioned by a previous poster. Am going to a local camera show in Nov to compare, right now I'm really liking what I see about the Sony.. I have zero loyalty for Canon anymore, given total lack of innovation across the board. Am stuck with the SLR's because of investment in lenses(many of which are now 3rd party). Stuck may be too harsh...don't see much of a diff w/Nikon.   But w/the mirrorless, clearly Canon has intentionally or unintentionally thrown in the towel.

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EOS Bodies / Re: My 'OMG EOS-M just £199' one week in review
« on: August 15, 2014, 07:49:44 PM »
I agree w/the overall review.   For me, it was a matter of not being able  to carry 2 SLR bodies around my neck; even one is a challenge now.   I considered many point and shoots, micro 4/3, etc, but did not want to compromise on the sensor size/noise level.   I got the M when it went on sale a year and a half ago for 299.00 USD. 

I am also frustrated at times with not having either an optical VF or EVF.  I would like a pop up flash, but bought a cheap,tiny Canon compat. sunpak.  The M's battery life is really poor, so I carry an extra. I wish I could set in-between ISO's like on my 60D.  Those are the negatives.   As the OP stated, the compactness can't be beat and the IQ is pretty much the same as the Canon DSLRS w/ 1.6 sensor. The menus are also similar to the DSLR's and that's a plus, as I'd rather not start w/another system to learn..

When I see the Sony NEX cameras, and some others like Samung, Fuji, etc I am tempted, but am not willing to make a major investment in body and lens. I have the 18-55 IS and it's very sharp as is the pancake. Am consdering the Tamron 18-200-M if and when the price comes down(a lot) from 499.00.

If an M (xx) comes out w/an EVF option/pop up flash etc, I'd consider it, but am ok for now w/the M as a backup/ walkaround.  I hope they don't ignore the USA market. If it was a stronger camera, they'd get 600.00 for it, they made a mistake and had to cut it in half to sell it to people like me.

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