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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 25, 2014, 06:54:35 AM »

Read the quote on DxO's web page:

"Here is a sample of some of our clients."

It doesn't say that those listed are DxO's only customers. It also doesn't say those listed are the top ten DSC manufacturers. It just says that they are *some* of DxO's customers. So Canon could well be a customer of DxO and if they were, then the statement on DxO's webpage is still true.

This is sooo sad...

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EOS-M / Re: Canon EF-M 55-200 f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Gets Official
« on: June 17, 2014, 03:30:05 AM »
YESSSS, finally a tele for the M! Great news.

But... is that a plastic lens mount I see on the NZ website?? Or just black metal?

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Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 06, 2014, 09:05:52 AM »
Like many, my first L-lens was the 70-200mm f/4.0 USM. Amazing quality and sharpness for the money. I bought it not very long after I got my first DSLR, a 500D. Paired nicely with the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM.

Next came the IS version when I upgraded to a 60D. I still use it today with my new 6D :-)

Ray

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... unless you're shooting faster lenses than f2.8 because for these it's got only non-cross precision, alas, "best" is a term to be better avoided when comparing tech items that perform very differently in different situations.

Where does it say that? Seems to me that the center point is cross-type from f/1.0 to f/5.6.

From the 6D manual:

Maximum lens aperture: f/3.2 - f/5.6
Cross-type focusing (vertical and horizontal lines detected simultaneously) is possible with the center AF point. The other AF points are either vertical- or horizontal-line sensitive.

Maximum lens aperture: f/1.0 - f/2.8
Besides cross-type focusing (vertical and horizontal lines detected simultaneously), the center AF point can also perform high-precision, vertical-line sensitive AF. The other AF points are either vertical- or horizontal-line sensitive.

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It's great to hear that your 6d is working fine, but imho unless your 6d has another sensor array this simply means you're lucky (or didn't look @100% crops) - with wider apertures, the 6d af is f2.8 non-cross and falls back to f5.6.

Seems to me the center-AF point is always cross-type as long as the max. aperture is wider than f/5.6.

From the 6D manual:

Maximum lens aperture: f/3.2 - f/5.6

Cross-type focusing (vertical and horizontal lines detected simultaneously) is possible with the center AF point. The other AF points are either vertical- or horizontal-line sensitive.

Maximum lens aperture: f/1.0 - f/2.8

Besides cross-type focusing (vertical and horizontal lines detected simultaneously), the center AF point can also perform high-precision, vertical-line sensitive AF. The other AF points are either vertical- or horizontal-line sensitive.


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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: January 10, 2014, 11:57:38 AM »
Yep, that's the same one. I got it for under 10 bucks.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: January 10, 2014, 11:29:19 AM »
E-bay, look for 'Canon EMF AF chip' or 'AF confirm chip' if you don't need the EXIF data.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: January 10, 2014, 09:18:40 AM »
Ok, thanks. I think i'll check it at the store with another one to see how that one feels.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: January 10, 2014, 06:32:51 AM »
Just finished chipping my 14mm with a Canon EMF AF chip :)

I had to make a spacer to get the chip's contacts to the correct height, but after that installation and configuration was very easy.

Works like a charm! Very handy to have aperture and focal length data in EXIF. AF confirm and AF adjust also works, but because the DOF is so large there is quite a lot of margin. Live-view x10 works better :)

I find the focus ring a but spongy, there seems to be a bit of a dead area before it catches and changes focus, is that normal?

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: January 09, 2014, 01:46:30 PM »
The new one has the 'UMC' coating for better flare reduction.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: January 09, 2014, 01:25:57 PM »
I got it as well, just a few weeks ago. Thanks for the review, it helped me decide between this and the Tokina 16-28 f/2.8 which is twice the price here in The Netherlands...

I have the Samyang version. The ultra-wide angle opened up a whole new view on photography for me :-)

Here are two shots from the beach.


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Lenses / Re: Tamron 24-70 f/2.8
« on: November 27, 2013, 05:52:43 AM »
sun's still up, must be Olog-hai

 ;D

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EOS-M / Re: The rumored tele lens for the M
« on: September 23, 2013, 08:07:12 AM »
I would love to see an EF-M 55-200, even a 70-200 with variable aperture would be fine. I use my M mainly when I don't want to carry the bulk of my 6D and want to be less obtrusive. In such cases I don't mind the lower image quality and the fact that it doesn't fit my pocket.

I got my EF/EF-M adapter off e-bay for around 35 bucks. It's a Meike/Fotga with a (sturdy) plastic body and metal mounts. It works great.

Ray

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EOS-M / Re: EOS-M firmware update 2.0.2 available
« on: June 27, 2013, 08:08:00 AM »
I can't detect any difference in AF speed between single and multi-zone. They are both evenly snappy, it's difficult to estimate the speed, but I guess it takes about half a second for the camera to obtain focus. This is with the 18-55 lens.

The lens is dead-quiet, I notice no clicking or anything before or after the update. Does the clicking also occur when you disable IS? It could be the stabilizer switching on.

This is a great little camera, I especially like the movie mode with it's AF and it is now even faster. I'll be using it a lot in the future, stalking my 3 year old with it :-)


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EOS-M / Re: EOS-M Firmware Update is on the Canon USA Website
« on: June 27, 2013, 03:03:56 AM »
One little quirk I noticed is when I just updated the firmware, the 18-55 lens would not work. I looked around in the custom-menu and saw I had the AF-assist light disabled. I enabled it and the 18-55 came back to life. I guess the camera needs a reset to the default settings after the update.

Other than this, no complaints yet!

Ray

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