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EOS Bodies / Re: Interview hints to future new Canon mount type
« on: September 21, 2014, 03:13:34 PM »
Some allusion to MFT size sensor there, as well, it seems.
When I consider just how good the IQ is from my Oly EM10's tiny sensor, with just enough ability for OOF areas and DoF control, it seems like the 4/3 system was well conceived for all around compromises.
I can landscape at low ISO with some shadow push ability, use iso25600 and get usable images for small prints, put on a long lens for shallow DoF shooting, all in a tiny light package.
Yup, that sensor size is a good compromise.

On the other hand, when Canon finally decides to put both feet in the mirrorless race, the M mount system will yield better IQ than a 4/3 system can. Though Canon seems to have stumbled out of the gate, mirrorless wise, I think we all know that when Canon gets serious, they have the tools and knowledge to produce at least a very competitive camera. Maybe by then they will have improved their sensor/readout components and that, combined with maturing DPAF tech, may allow them to be class-leading in the segment. It's good to dream...

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Lenses / Re: Does it matter anymore who makes the sensors?
« on: September 21, 2014, 09:38:09 AM »
Sony is the company, who have currently some seriously financial problems... maybe in 5 years Sony is busted?
If Sony went bankrupt today, bits and pieces of the company would be sold off to whoever would pay the most. I would imagine that Nikon/Olympus/Panasonic would set up a company to take over the camera sensor division....

Why is Canon not on your list of vultures?  :)

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EOS-M / Re: More EF-M lenses in the future
« on: September 21, 2014, 09:33:38 AM »
I'm currently reviewing two EF-M mount lenses from third party manufacturers:  Tamron 18-200 VC and Rokinon 12mm f/2.  They are both very good lenses:  the Tamron does a little bit of everything quite well.  But the little Rokinon (manual everything) is a true treat.  It is basically a better version of the 14mm f/2.8:  less distortion, similar sharpness, and can use traditional filters.  I LOVE it!  The only thing holding it back is the basic limitations of a crop sensor (as compared to a FF sensor).

My full reviews will be live in the next couple of weeks.

I'm glad to hear of further development for the M.  It definitely has limitations, but it produces surprisingly good images.  I actually used a 60D for a recent review of a crop sensor lens and was surprised by how much less "clean" the images were compared to the EOS M images.  I haven't used a 70D/7DII yet, but I suspect the images from the M will be closer to the 70D than the 60D (I do anticipate the 70D/7DII having the best IQ of the three).

I'm not sure I'd be willing to spring for a MF lens for this camera (esp since I have the most excellent 11-22mm), but I greatly look forward to your review of the Tamron. I guess I'll find out how useful that 1/3 less MFD than the Canon turns out to be.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 21, 2014, 09:12:39 AM »
I find the ef-m adapter useful as a backup option, to extend reach, or to mount specialty lenses.  Before I had the entire ef-m lens collection I tried all of my L glass on the M to see how they performed. I had used them on a T2i before so I was already comfortable with the crop factor.  I appreciated the lenses with IS a bit more but found I could handhold them with appropriate shutter speeds.

I really prefer the native lens for their size and balance.  In the photos you can see how I cradle the M and lens in my left hand, freeing my right for the controls. It's surprising how small and easy to hold is a 200 mm lens.  It's somewhat similar to your golf grip.  Lenses with the adapter were a bit more awkward.

My primary outdoor lenses for the M are the 11-22 and 55-200, with the 22 my choice for indoors.   I find the 18-55 most useful for backyard video of the grandkid. The adapter still gets used for the Tamron 150-600, 100 f/2.8L IS Macro, and 8-15 f/4L fisheye which don't have ef-m counterparts.

How do you like the 55-200? I can't find any definitive information about it at all. Do you find it to be sharp at all/most FL? Do you feel that the lens is worth $400, or is it simply the only game in town with a small footprint? Any insight would be appreciated!

A bit early to say anything definitive.  Initial impression is as good as EFS 55-250 STM. No comparison to my 70-200f4L IS on the M, but they are in different leagues.  The size and balance easily trumps the others.  It goes easily wherever my M goes.  The others didn't.

Meets my needs, but I don't pixel peep too much except to compare with my other lenses. Seemed a bit soft on the long end but that could easily be my handholding technique or missing focus.  Have posted a few photos in other threads.  Maybe we need to start a thread for it.  Traveling now and have a backlog to process, might post some more next week.

More shots would be greatly appreciated! I really want to like this lens or the Tamron as it would be very convenient to have all bases covered in such a compact kit. I hope Canon releases the third iteration body before x-mas (not likely) so third party manufacturers can have enough incentive to produce some fast primes for the little bugger.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Has the EOS 6D Body Ever Been Cheaper?
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:01:26 PM »
Totally agree! I'm about to buy one.
Any thoughts/experience on DigitalOutlets.net? Its the first one that shows up in Google Shopping. Brand new 6D for $1099.
Thanks in advance.

 ;D ;D ;D       What Mt Spokane said!

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 19, 2014, 05:52:59 PM »
I find the ef-m adapter useful as a backup option, to extend reach, or to mount specialty lenses.  Before I had the entire ef-m lens collection I tried all of my L glass on the M to see how they performed. I had used them on a T2i before so I was already comfortable with the crop factor.  I appreciated the lenses with IS a bit more but found I could handhold them with appropriate shutter speeds.

I really prefer the native lens for their size and balance.  In the photos you can see how I cradle the M and lens in my left hand, freeing my right for the controls. It's surprising how small and easy to hold is a 200 mm lens.  It's somewhat similar to your golf grip.  Lenses with the adapter were a bit more awkward.

My primary outdoor lenses for the M are the 11-22 and 55-200, with the 22 my choice for indoors.   I find the 18-55 most useful for backyard video of the grandkid. The adapter still gets used for the Tamron 150-600, 100 f/2.8L IS Macro, and 8-15 f/4L fisheye which don't have ef-m counterparts.

How do you like the 55-200? I can't find any definitive information about it at all. Do you find it to be sharp at all/most FL? Do you feel that the lens is worth $400, or is it simply the only game in town with a small footprint? Any insight would be appreciated!

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Lenses / Re: Is This a Canon EF 11-24 f/4L?
« on: September 17, 2014, 10:42:54 PM »
I don't believe the lens exists. But if it does, it has to live up to the recently raised standard for Canon UWAs set by the 16-35IS. No easy task.

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EOS-M / Re: More EF-M lenses in the future
« on: September 17, 2014, 07:02:27 PM »
A 50mm "M" lens would solve all of my problems.
What propblems?? 50mm is too long for general use and too short  for portrait. How does it solve your problem??
I use a 35 2.0 IS on my 70D and have and M/22.  A 50mm "M" lens would complete my package and make my EOS M a complete kit for travel.  I like 50 a lot for portraits.
And I think that would solve my GAS problem since I think I'd prefer an M/22 & 50 to the G7X or any other compact.
If you are planning to use the EOS-M for travel, 22mm may be too long for a lot of occations.18-55 zoom will be a lot more versatile and gives you a wider angle when you need it. Quite a few posts recommended the 11-22mm ($400). It has been rated very high.

I have the 22, 11-22 and the 18-55. I find the 22 and the 11-22 to be exceptional lenses, but the 18-55 is just not as sharp and a bit slower to focus than the others. Perhaps I got an inferior copy. I will gladly accept faster primes at pretty much any focal length, but would prefer a 14, 55 & an 85mm.

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I guess it depends on just how beat up it is. Obviously, you'll get less money for it relative to how much cosmetic damage there is, but if it is also optically inferior, you may have trouble selling it. I would send it in to Canon for a tuneup so you can show prospective buyers that at least the lens performs to specs. Then replace it with a shiny new one if you feel the need. You could always buy a Lencoat for it.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma at Photokina 2014
« on: September 17, 2014, 04:36:06 PM »
I'm really looking forward to seeing how the Sport performs. Being only slightly larger and heavier than the EF300 f/2.8, it could be a very useful lens. Between this lens and the 7Dll, I'll be doing alot of research in the near future...

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Oops. My bad. Helen's probably not quite ready for a change in scenery. Anyhow Mitch, I'm sure you'll love your new and improved lens. The only complaint you could have is size and weight, and you've already experienced that.

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EOS Bodies / Re: LP-E6N in 5DMK III
« on: September 16, 2014, 05:02:07 PM »
Haven't seen this discussed yet, but wondering if the 5D MK III will be able to take the LP-E6N.  Seems the only difference is the LP-E6N has 200mA more juice, and I am suspecting Canon looks at the battery in firmware, but wondering if in the future with a firmware upgrade, the 5DMK III will be able to take advantage of stronger and likely longer lasting batteries from the 7D MK II

Where did you get the 2000mA spec for the N? It's not even listed on Canon USA site. I share lintonis' concern about 3rd party batteries.

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EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 04:44:42 PM »
Wow. It really sucks that we have to wait until mid november before we see some samples from a retail camera. :'(

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D II or 6D
« on: September 15, 2014, 06:22:41 PM »
Right now the 6D is going for $1350 on ebay. That's an awfully good price and would leave you a few dollars for some clever lens selection.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/141292504129?item=141292504129&lgeo=1&vectorid=229466

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Pricewatch Deals / $1350 for Canon 6D
« on: September 15, 2014, 06:09:00 PM »
For those that are not transfixed by the 7Dll announcement and require more than a girlie-man sensor ;), we have this FF Rebel for a mere $1350. I have one and it takes pretty pictures...

Of course it's an unauthorized but reputable seller, GetItDigital

http://www.ebay.com/itm/141292504129?item=141292504129&lgeo=1&vectorid=229466

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