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Lenses / 17-40 vs 16-35, which one got the mojo ?
« on: January 12, 2013, 10:22:42 AM »
Yep, I know there’s been lots of post on these two. Yet, since there’s not much new equipment announcements to make us quarrel lately, thanks to the community to kindly share the experience.

I still have the 10-22 to use on 60D. It’s sharp, yes. And I know lots of people swear by it. Personal opinion here, I find the pictures to be dull somehow, lacking depth or texture.  So, imo and in short, 10-22 is certainly very capable but has no mojo !

For me, lenses like 35L or 85/II have mojo. Lot of it. Wow effet. Beyond words. With these two guys, I sometimes happen, with all settings to zero, to just convert to jpeg without any adjustment. In prints, the oomph effect is even more obvious than with pictures viewed on comp screens (downsized to 2 MB isn’t it). 
 
Now, tried to love it but I’m going to sell the 10-22. So the question is, for 5D3, 17-40 or 16-35 ? Been reading every possible review, understand the pros and cons of each but I’m still wondering which one has the mojo – if one has any. It’s not for the 600 buck difference. It’s just no-nonsense decision. In reviews, it’s all about sharpness. There’s some on distortion and CA but that’s about it. Most conclude that if you don’t need the extra stop for low light, the extra mil and do mainly landscape at f8+, they both deliver the same result. I can read charts and can conclude that by myself, thank you. No word on the wow effect. No word on the lens mojo ! And you never know by how much, pictures seen on the net have been touched- up or altered. 
 
So, will someone having or having used both lenses kindly share the experience and give advice/opinion on this delicate mojo subject, with some pics if possible ? I’d be delighted to be enlighted.

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Lenses / 24-70/4 MFT charts
« on: November 06, 2012, 03:56:42 AM »
Judging by the MFT charts of the 24-70/4 - to be taken with a grain of salt as usual - we should see a marked improvement from the 24-105. At least comparatively at 24mm. Furthermore, at f/8 the new lens does seem to be on par with the 24/70 II. This should be good news to landscapers, isn't it ? 

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_24_70mm_f_4l_is_usm

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I have been Canon customer since my first ESO 100, love all my lenses, own an ailing, abused 5D (my wrong) and a T2i. Now, I am in a dilemma and cannot decide for the 5D3. Some may say: “Fork out the dough, grab, shoot, and stop bother us with your moaning”. Fine.  Some others may gently share some of their thoughts.

Well, it looks like the last four models released (or soon to be) by Canon are specialized cams. And specialized tools are for specialists, not really for the mere-mortals-hobbyists or whatever you call them.  Here's the list:
1Dc in which C is for Cinema: way above my league.
1Dx in which X is for eXtreme: badass machine good for London-OG high velocity as well as Afghanistan super-heat, above my league.
60Da in which A is for Astrophotography: sure a desirable cam for star/nebula-spotters but not my cup of tea.

And now:  5D3 or 5Dω ? Indeed, the more I read about it, the more it seems to me to be a 5Dω in which ω is for Wedding. A great camera for that. That means a tool you don’t mind paying 3,800 bucks (incl. tax) for because it will pay for itself with the awesome wed photos it will produce. Frankly, Canon should have spelled the name correctly with a 90° clockwise twist. Like for the 60Da, there wouldn’t be any fuss.

All this is until the competition boldly showed the way and made possible what was impossible just 2 years ago. I don’t care the D800. But. Technology seems to be on high gear again. Within a year we might see Uberpix cameras with pixel binning or whatever, with high-ISO/DR/res and a cold beer. If so, although built like a tank to last a decade, the 5Dω might become older before its due time. Fair enough for the pros: it will be already paid for by the wedding photos. At that price point however, it’ll become heavier and heavier in the bag of the hobbyist. And don't forget: that's when hobbyists buy in drones, that price can be made reasonable. 

So, I feel like handcuffed to a chair with a 5D3 in front of me. It looks at me with its big eye and tells me: “I’m not for you, buddy” … The wait is not over yet. Damn … 

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