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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Panasonic 60x superzoom
« on: July 23, 2013, 05:12:32 PM »
This is really starting to get ridiculous, who needs a 1200 mm equivalent in a body that's impossible to hold still??

Superzoom compacts have moved away from usefulness to marketing gimmick IMHO.

Got one here to complement 5D3 and 60D. As Mt Spokane says, not very ergonomic but light, inconspicuous, pure fun. I use it 95% of the time at 1200mm handheld.

My girlfriend has a Panasonic Lumix FZ-50 which has a 12x zoom and 35 - 420 mm equivalent and is f/2.8 - f/3.7. It takes fabulous pictures given enough light, but so far the 420mm equivalent has been enough reach. What's lacking in this case is more wide angle, something that she's missing a lot. So we're actually looking at something new.

The FZ-200 looks great, 'only' 24x optical zoom (25-600mm equivalent) but it is full range F2.8!!! What's missing is the manual controls of the lens that the FZ-50 has. That really was/is a special superzoom camera.

I have an FZ-50 too and I love it- if it wasn't so noisy I'd probably still be using it more regularly. It's got better ergonomics than entry level DSLR's. Although the LCD seems so TINY now.

I know there's probably physics involved blah-dee-blah but I really can't fathom why there isn't even a 1/1.7" birdge/superzoom (or even better, something like Nikon 1 series). Once you get past the miniaturization constraint of most point and shoots, it seems like there would be a way to get something reasonably sized.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Dual Pixel Liveview Autofocus
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:21:49 PM »
This is from the DP-Review hands-on Preview (bold mine)

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According the Canon the EOS 70D's Dual Pixel CMOS AF system has the following key characteristics:

    Usable phase detection AF area covers 80% of the frame horizontally and vertically
    AF works at apertures down to F11
    AF works in light levels as low as 0 EV
    Can work with face detection to keep moving subjects in focus

Does this mean, for example, I could get AF on a 70-300L + 2xTC, and if so, only in live-view?

e: you read my mind!!!  :o

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:56:37 AM »
DP Review has a hands-on preview as well. One thing they mention is AF to F/11 in live view. Does this mean there isn't the <F/8 issue with, for example, long telephoto + TC's?

DPReview was quite optimistic about the live view AF, but it didn't sound like they'd had much chance to test it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: What will be the 70d's price tag?
« on: July 01, 2013, 07:12:36 PM »
It doesn't have to be less than the D7100 to compete with it- I'm guessing $1400 so it's "within reach" of the D7100 and can be kitted with a couple of lenses for under $1800.

Looks like I was high by 100 or so- at least comparing the t5i body only to the kit, it's 750 vs. 1099, which would put body-only about $1300.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List [CR3]
« on: June 29, 2013, 10:28:41 PM »
I really hope "continuous images into one" includes a good in-camera panorama. Pretty lame when i have to ask my friend for her iphone panoramas.

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EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: What will be the 70d's price tag?
« on: June 29, 2013, 05:59:47 PM »
It doesn't have to be less than the D7100 to compete with it- I'm guessing $1400 so it's "within reach" of the D7100 and can be kitted with a couple of lenses for under $1800.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List [CR3]
« on: June 29, 2013, 04:06:13 PM »
I am surprised that nobody so far has asked the big question about the 70D..... Does the mode dial go all the way around?

It definitely looks like it locks!!!1!!1!one!1!

</sarcastic excitement>

Don't laugh! That was one of the best things about moving from t2i -> 60D. It was pretty easy to inadvertently move the t2i dial when taking it in/out of a camera bag.

I hadn't thought about the possibility they WOULDN'T have that, but I agree, the photo looks like it has the center release button on the mode dial.

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EOS Bodies / Re: the quality of the new sensor will be the key
« on: June 27, 2013, 10:36:42 PM »
the quality of the new sensor will be the key!

i´m a long time canon shooter, but couldn´t help myself to recommend a friend, who was looking for a good midrange body to go with nikon. nikon´s sensor quality is so much better at the moment. from 14ev dynamic-range to 3/4 ev more in high iso. autofocus is better anyway...

but let´s hope, that canon is done with "oldtimer"-sensor technology.

at least I am sick and tired of waiting for a competitive sensor.

we´ll see.

Somehow I suspect if this sensor was better than the Nikon equivalent, we would be hearing a lot more about it. I'll be happy if it's noticeably better than the 60D, and within spitting distance of the Nikon.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List
« on: June 27, 2013, 06:58:56 PM »
My 2cents for 7D II:

1. 1D X AF system
2. 10fps
3. Solid body, similiar to 5D III
3. wife etc
4. ISO same as rumor 70D or a bit better
5. Sensor technology same as 1D X  or 5D III - crop size with Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors
6. More poweful battery

Wow, that's quite a feature...   ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List
« on: June 27, 2013, 04:51:00 PM »
I'd much rather have AMFA than a magnesium body. I haven't heard of anyone having a problem with the body on the 60D- not sure why people are so insistent on that as a feature.  I wouldn't mind some degree of weather sealing though.

 I'm hoping this is $1400 or less, but knowing Canon I'll probably be disappointed.

This is a really nice upgrade for my 60D however. I'll probably bite if the price is right.

And yeah, I think this suggests the 7DII is going to have insane specs and price.

edit: I wonder if the battery packs are the same, whether a 60D grip will work on the 70D?

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Is there any information out there whether Sigma or Canon TC's are preferred?  I feel like I saw conflicting opinions with the 2011 version.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony 400/4 telephoto on the way....
« on: June 04, 2013, 03:46:43 PM »
I'd imagine telephotos follow the Tripod rule of "pick 2 out of three" to the nth degree. 

Pick 2 of:

Light/Compact
Cheap*
Good IQ.

*relative to similar lenses

Now that I think about it, maybe telephotos are "Pick 1".

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Lenses / Re: Which canon macro lense 60mm, 100mm, 100mmIS, 180mm
« on: February 19, 2013, 08:21:03 PM »
I've used both the 100 USM and 100L 2.8. The cheaper 100 USM got me some fantastic photos (but shooting anything in a breeze is a good recipe for frustration). I had an issue with build quality- the rear element came loose - did not affect IQ for me but did lower resale value. Apparently this happens occasionally to this lens.

I upgraded to the 100L. I think the biggest difference is if you are using it for non-macro photography (e.g. portraits). Having the focus limiter is hugely helpful for AF, and the IS is pretty nice.

If you're using it primarily for macro- it's a hard choice. Getting the 100 USM plus some accessories like a monopod or tripod, a flash bracket and flash with the cost difference will probably make a bigger difference for your photos than would the lens upgrade to the 100L. If you think you'll use this at all for non-macro work, the 100L is a fantastic all-around lens.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 40 f/2.8 STM
« on: February 14, 2013, 02:10:48 PM »
I have a shorty forty but haven't used it much yet. The list price is $200, but over the holidays it was $40 or $50 less with rebates. Throw some store discounts on top of that and it was too cheap to pass up.

I've got that mid-range focal length well represented already- it's a stop faster than my 17-40L, it's slower than my Sigma 30/1.4 and nifty 50. I'm tempted to get a cheap rebel body just for this lens- is that crazy?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 12, 2013, 01:03:50 PM »
A couple from Montana last May.


adult_gho_montana 221  on Flickr


40-year-old-owl 219  on Flickr

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