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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.

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.

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.

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........

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.

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 .

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...

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)

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.


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.

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.

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.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Friday Deals: EF 24-105 f/4L IS & EOS 7D Body
« on: August 02, 2014, 10:01:27 AM »
what is "white box"??

EOS-M / Re: Next official EF-M Lens
« on: July 31, 2014, 01:47:52 AM »
any reviews of the Tamron 18-200 for EOS M out there?  I'm not finding them...


Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: July 13, 2014, 03:38:51 PM »
As an aging, broken down baby-boomer, lol, I'm heartened that Canon is paying attention to weight and no longer operating under the premise that heavier connotes better.  They made the 70D lighter than the 7D with most of the features, and the weight on this series peaked w/the 40D.   Now, an "improved" and lighter 100-400 L might be worth the 2K

I have the Tammy/Tamzooka and am happy with it. Can I ever go back to a mere 400mm? Well, I'm using it for birds and if I just intend to do "big birds" as in waders, waterfowl, sure, a sharp, lighter 100-400 would be in my kit that day. But that 600 is great for the little songbirds, even the plovers and other shorebirds.

I guess my calculus for a buy decision would be a)is the new Canon much sharper than Tammy at 400?
b) is it much lighter (that should be a yes)
c) will it have a multiple mode IS..eg, Panning mode, tripod mode, which the Tamron sorely lacks

So if I get 3 yes's, there goes another 2K from my "retirement" fund

addendum: there's been a lot of speculation and surprise at price.  I suspect the existence of decent cheap 3rd party competitors eg, Tamzooka might at least keep Canon from going off the rails as far as price

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: June 02, 2014, 10:22:39 PM »
my 10-22 is niche lens, very happy with it, but it is fairly heavy.
The new lens..well it does have IS which is less vital on such a wide angle as it would be on a tele., lighter...maybe same IQ?? but  the killer for me is lower zoom range.  22mm at least you are getting towards ""normal wide angle".

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