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Lenses / Re: New Lens Information for Photokina
« on: August 29, 2014, 09:30:57 AM »
EF-S is a bummer on that 24mm.  It still will be appealing for ASP-C users, but it could have lived a double life as a FF lens too.  Was hoping for something comparable to the Voigtlander 20mm pancake but with AF.

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$850?  Tamron, who do you think you are?  Canon???

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Lenses / Re: New EF-S 24mm & USM Motor Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 18, 2014, 11:15:30 AM »
Is there a particular reason that makes EF-S cameras need (dedicated) 24mm lenses?
24mm on APS-C is pretty close to 35mm on full frame which is my favorite general purpose focal length.  Right now the only 24mm options are the relatively large 24/1.4, and the relatively slow 24/2.8 IS, and both are relatively expensive.  If they could make an EF-S 24mm at f/2 that is smaller than the 24/2.8 IS and south of $400, then count me in!  IS not necessary!

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Canon General / Re: History: The Original Canon EOS 5D Camera
« on: December 08, 2013, 10:04:23 PM »
It's so wonderful to see how an article that simply reminisces about the 5D can devolve into snippy comments on this forum.  Why don't we all just agree that the 5D was notable in the recent history of photography.  Then we can each get on with our lives, and we can each go out and shoot some photos with whatever gear we find acceptable.

But... but... someone is wrong on the internet!
http://xkcd.com/386/
Nice one!

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Canon General / Re: History: The Original Canon EOS 5D Camera
« on: December 07, 2013, 11:44:45 AM »
It's so wonderful to see how an article that simply reminisces about the 5D can devolve into snippy comments on this forum.  Why don't we all just agree that the 5D was notable in the recent history of photography.  Then we can each get on with our lives, and we can each go out and shoot some photos with whatever gear we find acceptable.

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Canon General / Re: History: The Original Canon EOS 5D Camera
« on: December 06, 2013, 12:00:24 PM »
Still using mine!  And my 40D is still collecting dust!

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I have a 2011 Macbook Air (13") and a 2012 Retina Macbook Pro (15").  I also have the Thunderbolt display for use at work.  Both have their plusses and minuses:

MBA: Significantly smaller while still quite powerful.  When it was my primary computer, I rarely felt constricted power-wise, although I admit I was not doing heavy post-processing of images back then.  The display is good - I was quite satisfied with the display until I got....

MBP: Retina display is really stunning - images look amazing on it.  It is worth getting this machine for the display alone.  On paper, it has a lot more power, but I'm not sure it feels THAT much more powerful than the MBA.  It is substantially heavier and bulkier than MBA - more so than a comparison of the weight stats might lead you to believe.  I recommend going to an Apple store and hefting both of them before you buy.

My advice: if you're going to move it around a lot, go MBA - max it out in CPU and RAM, and get the biggest SSD you can afford.  Also get a Thunderbolt display, if you can afford that as well.  If the quality of the display on the computer itself is most important to you - or you don't want to mess with docking - MBP is the way to go.

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EOS-M / Re: Just got my EOS-M! First impressions...
« on: July 11, 2013, 11:23:32 PM »
Just got mine as well.  My initial reactions (my current frames of reference are S95 and original 5D, FYI):
1. It's bigger and heavier than I expected, even with just the 22mm pancake lens.  I can't just slip it into my back pocket like I can my S95 - maybe in a jacket or lower cargo pants pockets.  I'd call it midway in bulk between S95 and 5D with 40mm pancake lens on.
2. New firmware came preloaded, and AF is faster and surer than I expected.  Is it SLR speed (even the sluggish 5D)?  No.  Is it significantly faster than S95?  Yes.
3. 22mm lens is sweet.  Comparable in IQ to the 40mm pancake on my 5D, and that is a compliment.  22mm is quieter in operation and feels slightly more solid.  Both quite sharp even wide open, and even in corners.  40mm is more susceptible to veiling flare, but has less ghosting than 22mm.
4. Touchscreen looks great and is surprisingly enjoyable to use.  I love picking AF points by touching - so easy and fast!  Changing settings isn't SLR automatic, but is reasonably quick and is definitely intuitive.  Pinching and swiping to review photos is nice - although not as smooth as an Apple device.
5. Haven't missed a viewfinder yet.  We'll see how that goes.

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Is this the most image quality for $300 ever?  The package has other issues, of course (AF issues, no OVF, lack of lenses, etc), but this sensor and lens combo for $300 new has got to be a candidate for the best IQ value in the history of digital imaging.  I love hyperbole.

I bought one.  I don't know what I'll do with it - I'll figure that out later.  It was just too good to pass up.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 40D to 5D Classic. Good upgrade?
« on: June 27, 2013, 05:43:02 PM »
I did the same upgrade two years ago and have barely touched the 40D since (which is a shame, because it's a fine camer).  The IQ on the 5D is significantly better, and ultimately that is what matters most to me.

Things you will notice in the switch - these may or may not matter to you:
the 5D is much slower (both fps and overall responsiveness)
no liveview on 5D
no self-cleaning sensor on 5D
5D has older, clunkier menu system
LCD much nicer on 40D than 5D, even though resolution is similar
Of course, you will lose the APS-C "reach" - this is the only reason I pick up the 40D now

Enjoy the upgrade.  I think the 5D is still a perfectly viable camera, assuming it is in good condition.  Of course 5D2 would be better, but a significant price gap persists ($500-ish vs. $1200-ish used).

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Lenses / Re: Lens Help..EF 28mm f1.8 any good?
« on: June 22, 2013, 02:58:34 PM »
I will echo a lot of what has been said.  The 28/1.8 is a lot better in real-world use than various internet reviewers would have you believe.  I use it indoors and out with good results in both areas.  In my estimation it is moderately soft wide open, then only slightly soft from f/2.2 to maybe f/2.8.  Above that, it is as sharp as I would ever need - f/4 to f/8 are really excellent.

I will also echo what others say about the 28mm focal length.  It is perfect for some, but for me, I'd prefer something that is a little longer on FF, and a little wider on APS-C.  After a year and a half using the 28mm, I think I would prefer a 35mm better on my 5D.  Trying to decide whether than should be the Sigma 35/1.4 or the new Canon 35/2 IS - or whether I should save my pennies and just enjoy the 28mm for what it is.  It's a tough choice.

Build is excellent - on par with 85/1.8 and way better than 50/1.4. 

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Lenses / Re: Canon 35 2.0 IS vs Sigma 35 1.4
« on: February 23, 2013, 08:52:41 AM »
What's everyone's take on an upcoming 35L II?  Is that going to happen any time soon?  I thought it was rumored for Jan but then just never materialized.

I was thinking about this recently.  I wonder if the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 caught Canon with their pants down.  They can reasonably release an IS f/2 35mm that is optically inferior to the Sigma, because there are differentiators between those lenses (IS, smaller size & weight, etc).  But a non-IS 35LII would be a direct competitor to the Sigma, so it had better be a LOT better for the price they're likely to charge!  And how much better than the Sigma can you realistically get?

Anyway, given recent market developments, I wouldn't be surprised if the 35LII is a ways off now.  I could be totally wrong though.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 Available for Preorder
« on: November 07, 2012, 11:39:02 AM »
Just checked B&H's listing for the new 35/2 IS and the "What's in the Box" list includes "Lens Hood" and "Lens Case."  This is a nice surprise - hope it's not a typo!
 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 Available for Preorder
« on: November 07, 2012, 11:08:25 AM »
I thought the reasons we buy prime lenses: sharp and bigger aperture(faster shutter speed)

"IS"....ummm I'm not sure.

I also buy them for small size.  If I had the option of an IS vs. a cheaper, otherwise identical non-IS lens, I'd go non-IS, but I don't see IS as a negative.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 Available for Preorder
« on: November 07, 2012, 10:59:04 AM »
I've been pining for a 35mm prime for a long while now.  The 35L put me off because of cost and bulk.  The old 35/2 just seemed too dated in too many ways.  Now there are two new options: this sigma, and the new EF 35/2 IS.  Similar price - high but doable.  Sigma is significantly bulkier (twice the weight, a bit longer).  Sigma has f/1.4, but Canon has IS.  Tough decision.

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