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Lenses / another...would you?
« on: July 10, 2014, 12:50:54 PM »
currently I don't have any lens reaching above 200mm (unless I use a non-canon 2x converter on the MDP). I have been considering the Sigma 150-500mm or even the Tamron 150-600mm
To fund either purchase, either the Ts-e 90mm (choice #1 to sell) or the Zeiss T18mm will be sacrificed  :'( as much as I like both, the truth is they don't see much use lately.
I like the sigma option more, as it' available right now, great price, and I would say better buit quality compared with Tamron.
So, would you do it?
...just trying to get some feedack and opinions to make my mind once for all.

PowerShot / need help deciding:To canon or not to canon
« on: February 17, 2014, 07:27:27 PM »
Going nuts here with choosing a compact digital to replace current lumix lx3...and need some help with so many options available.

What I am looking for:
lens - prefer zoom at least 24mm to 100mm or so,  f/2 or less,  but 2.8 would do ( I like WA and UWA, but rather not to play with attachments). Compact with interchangeable or fixed lens is not much of an issue
movie format - not an item I care much, as seldom used
high iso with low noise - a plus, but would be happy with a solid 3200/6400
sensor- 12mb would be enough as long it as long it has good IQ
format - will shot mostly raw
viewfinder - can live with or without one, but swivel/tilt lcd would be just a plus
Manual focus - switch or one touch, meaning not too much fuss to get it
Macro - how close can one get without bumping into it? 2-3 inches? and easy UI, as not willing to go get the function deep into the UI menu
size - smaller than dslr
battery life - at least 300 shots (would be a camera to take out in camping trips, weekend trips - usb only charging is not doable for me)
flash - hot shoe a plus, but can have onboard
price range - don't mind to buy used or new as long as below 1K

What I have been looking at:
Sony: A6000; nexus nx-6 w/16-50mm
Panasonic: Lx7; GM1K w/12-32mm; ZS40
Fuji: XE2 w/16-50mm
Canon: G15; G16; G1x; G1Xmk2 - and even EOS M, but the upcoming M3? could be big factor due having already a good range of EF lenses

What I am thinking currently:
Canon as a preference due to familiar interface- really like the G series.
Sony has the big plus of having the metabones adapter, with renders EF lenses very useable, but bumps the cost quite a bit.
Panasonic has a familiar interface, but not that great iso/NR
Fuji is unknown to me

ultimately is my own decision, but I am really struggling with options, and finding one that hitsmost of what I need/want

Thanks for you input

Canon General / Canon USA website & product reviews - Canon S-120
« on: October 23, 2013, 03:51:31 PM »
So much for allowing fair and honest reviews of their products...
Yes, it's a rant   :o

I got a new Canon S120 for my wife, and after a few outings with it, I summarized my impressions along with her feedback about it.
Well, it did not pleased Canon very much, as they refused my comments, saying that did follow their reviewing guidelines...
I wonder if it was because I call them cheap (sort of) by not printing a user guide anymore (btw, their pdf is locked and can't print it to a better sizing and layout), forcing one to download ALL software from the web, and not even providing any media cables.
The not so great battery performance is a known issue; the shady Wi-Fi usefulness too, and even the touch-and-shot failed mode is already documented
Aside that, it's a great TRUE pocketable camera, with advanced shooting modes - no, does not replace a DSLR, nor par with some 4/3 or mirrorless, but for the size and performance there is no equal - the rx100 1 &2 are not true pocket cameras, and lack of an easy MF switch to mode.

so don't waste your time posting there like I did....

Software & Accessories / Tripod with swivel arm
« on: December 05, 2012, 06:37:09 PM »
looking for suggestions regadingr a medium size tripod, that allows center post to be rotated/multi-positioned.
I know that there are more than one brand, but all are great according to manufacturer  ::)

I am using a  full frame DSLR, and some of my lenses are heavy - but not telephoto.
Don't need a top-of-line, neither head

Lenses / lens scratch - worth to keep or return?
« on: December 01, 2012, 12:50:35 PM »
I am evaluating a lens (Zeiss wide angle)canon mount.
 Do you thing the swirl scratch is an issue for lens value? it is small enough, to make me believe will never show up in a picture, but at this moment, cannot take a shot with with sun glare, and verify that
Please see pic and comment  - just the scratch, not the dust  :D

and the reference stick is 0.5mm pencil lead
NOTE: the swirl below is just froam cleaning - the scratch is to the right of the red pencil lead

Lenses / last call for vacation lenses
« on: September 21, 2012, 10:46:09 PM »
I got tons of good answers before, but meanwhile I added the sayang 14mm to the pack. Now, is no question it has to come along, along with the 80-200 2.8L.
That leaves a big gap in between, and I have no choice to carry a third lens for my vacation in Nepal.
So in sum:
- Samyang 14mm 2.8
- Canon 80-200mm  2.8L

OPTIONS for a third lens:
- Canon TSE 24mm 3.5LII
- Canon 35mm 1.4L
- Canon 17-40mm 4L

I will be shooting mostly landscape,  people, maybe some night shots, and few days in city environment.
Weight is not an issue.
What would be your choice and why?

I know that they other websites geared towards travel, but what I am looking for is feedack from people that have been there with more than just a pocket P&S camera.
Planning got there this late summer, for a 18 or 21 day trek.
If you have been there and took your DSLR with you, which lenses did work the best, and which one you missed the most, or wished you had?
Tripod and flash are a plus or just extra weight? Issues with recharging batteries?
anything else?
Thanks for your feedback

Lenses / Bower 14mm weird behavior ---SOLVED !!!!
« on: April 19, 2012, 01:14:09 AM »
So finally I got my hands on a bower 14mm,  in preparation to a Canon ef 14mmL II loaner trial.

Sure I was aware that focus and aperture are manual, BUT as I switched the aperture ring back and forth,from 2.8 to 22, no light change did happen.
I tried a few times, and nothing, till I gave the lens a light tap on the side, when the value was at f/22.
The viewfinder did become darker as it should be. I turn the ring to 2.8, and it did become lighter, but as I turn it back to 22, again no light change on the viewfinder
The light tap solved the problem.

No, I am not kidding, but has annyone ever experienced similar situation with this lens ( knock-offs included)?
It seems that the lens has some issues...

Thanks for your feedback

Technical Support / Canon and lens calibration
« on: March 08, 2012, 10:15:39 AM »
How come Canon does allow for lens calibration in some camera models, and yet does not supply any sort of software or technicalsupport for such?
Do they rather have people keep on sending lenses back and forth with those silly complaints about being not sharp/focusing well, etc?
Why are they letting others make money out of something they could easly provide for a small fee? - actually should be free, or with a simpler free version available

Does not make sense to me.
Yes, I like the fact I can micro-adjust focus  of a specific lens to a specific camera - I don't like that Canon does not provide any help  or support for it.
Shame on you Canon

Technical Support / canon factory cleaning costs
« on: January 19, 2012, 07:06:53 PM »
Anyone knows what is the average costs for a lens or camera body, clean and/or check service?
trying to determine if their CPL memberships are anything worth:
the gold member offers two free check and clean - body or lens - and costs $100 per year

Lenses / fill the void -17mm to 24mm
« on: January 19, 2012, 10:34:46 AM »
So, I am considering selling my 17-40mm f4L from Canon.
I have already the 15mm fish eye and the Ts-e 24mm mk2. Love the wide angle lenses, but the 15mm distorts things too much, and the 24 is not wide enough sometimes.
What would you suggest to fill the gap in between? yes, needs to be a prime, and does not have to be canon, as long has stellar quality - same or better than the 17-40 at wide zoom set.

update: using a 5Dmk2 body for wide lens

EOS Bodies / Upgrade to a 5Dmk2 or TS-e lens?
« on: December 15, 2011, 03:32:35 PM »
I have a canon 5D mk1 and happy with except when it comes to lack of live view and the LCD quality.
Mostly I shoot landscapes, but I like macro, or close-up nature details  i.e. leafs with dew, mushrooms, detail on trees, flowers...
Right now, I have a 15mm 2.8, a 17-40mm 4l, a 35mm 1.4L, 100mm 2.8 macro and an oldie 80-200mm 2.8L.
Been looking to at the ts-e 24mm and even the 17mm, against upgrading the body.
I really don't care for the video abilities of the mk2, as i have the lumix lx-3, and the small videos I shoot, are good enough for me - yes, it's just a hobbie, and mostly done while hiking or vacations.
I would like to hear your opinions, in special if you have done the upgrade from mk1 to 2 and/or own a ts-e lens - I really like the possibilties it can provide but wonder if it will be too much of a specialized camera, as I normally hike out with only two lens

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