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Lenses / small primes to go with SL1?
« on: March 22, 2013, 09:27:16 AM »
I'm actually pretty excited about the announcement of the SL1. price-wise and function-wise it seems very competitive against m4/3 cameras which I've been considering for a while for a back-up/casual camera.

the weird thing to me though, is it seems that there's a mismatch now between body and lens. the shorty-forty (40mm f/2.8) pancake lens seems to be a great physical fit for the body, but I'm not at all a fan of the 64mm-equivalent focal length that it creates. I'd love to have a 35mm equivalent pancake prime to go with a SL1, but does such a thing exist? I'm aware that Sigma produces a DX 30mm f/1.4, but even that just gives you a 50mm-equivalent, which I hate. I have a Canon 50mm f/1.4 on my 5DII, and while I love the lens for many things, I loathe it as a general-purpose walk-around lens. I enjoy shooting architecture and landscape, so the 24 to 35 range is much more my cup of tea.

it seems silly to buy a tiny, compact, reasonably-priced camera to walk around with, and then have to mount a honking 15mm f/2.8 Zeiss lens on it to get the right focal length. am I missing something? any suggestions? do we think Canon is going to start producing EF-S pancake primes to follow onto the shorty forty, or was that a one-off?

United States / warehouse space for photography in DC/MD/VA?
« on: October 26, 2012, 02:47:18 PM »
so I've recently been asked by a good friend who is in the process of starting a woodworking/furniture studio to take some pictures for his prototypes.  these aren't for publication or anything, but he wants some creative shots that he can bring along when he meets potential clients or fabricators.

while we plan on renting some studio space so we can do the standard white-background shots, we also talked about doing something a little more environmental, perhaps in an old factory-looking space if possible.  we're both living in the Washington, DC area, and traveling to a nearby city (Baltimore, Richmond, Annapolis) would all be viable options.  I know there's tons of good looking warehouses around, but as I'm a hobbyist, I have no idea how you'd go around arranging something like this.  I've looked for rental studios that are in warehouses but there's surprisingly little info online (this one seems promising, we'll probably check it out!studio-411)

anyone from the MarVa region have any suggestions of locations to shoot?  we don't have a specific budget, probably a few hundred bucks at most to rent the location.  thanks in advance for any replies! 

oh, also, I have my own camera gear (5D Mark II, 24-70 f2.8 L, 70-200 f2.8 L II, 100 f2.8 L Macro) and while I have some speedlites we'll probably rent/buy a flashkit, I'm thinking two heads should be sufficient.  any gear/lighting recommendations are also welcome.

Site Information / a thank you letter to Canon Rumors
« on: January 18, 2012, 09:42:52 AM »
Dear All,

I wanted to thank Craig and the webmasters for posting the video that was up earlier and the link to anti-SOPA/PIPA petitions.  it's a bigger deal than a lot of people realize, and, if passed, will impact many more people than what most realize.  I understand it's a U.S. issue and that many of the users here are from around the world, but it's an issue that could just as easily find its way to Canada, the EU, or anywhere else in the world (for that matter, it's an issue that is already a major problem in Asia). 

I also understand that this isn't a political site, but I don't believe the SOPA/PIPA issue is a political one either; if anything, it is indicative of politicians in general not having sufficient technical understanding to properly address what are dicey real-world issues that require significant technical knowledge to properly understand the myriad consequences that several lines of legislation can have. 

I hope plenty of others from this site will go out in protest of this over-reaching and poorly written piece of top-down legislation.  I hope even more however, that we all realize that the world has become an incredibly complex and specialized place, and that it is through the continued sharing of knowledge that the global community as a whole can come to the right decisions.  thank you to everyone who contributes their knowledge to these forums (and to those who contribute tasty info to Craig), and please remember to share your varied expertise elsewhere as well as here!



Lenses / 1.7x extender - just me, or would this be a great product?
« on: September 13, 2011, 10:59:54 AM »
so everyone knows by now that Canon has refreshed its telephoto extender lineup with the 1.4x III and the 2.0x III.  they're really great (even without having the chance to use them on the lenses they're really designed for, the series-II super teles) ... but as I mull over a future purchase of either 300 f/2.8 or the 500 f/4 (many years in the future), I started wondering:

the gap between the 1.4x and 2.0x is pretty significant.  if you were to say purchase a 300 f/2.8 with the intent of using extenders to increase its reach, you end up with the following focal lengths: 300, 420, and 600.  the gap between 300 and 420 is pretty minor, but the gap between 420 and 600 is huge.  a 1.7x would bridge that perfectly, giving you the option of also creating a 510mm f/5 lens.

is that just me, or would that be awesome?  I would totally shell out another $500 for a 1.7x extender of the quality of the new series-III extenders, and I'm curious to see if others would as well.

even on the new 70-200, the gap between the 1.4x and 2x is significant.  you're stuck with either a not-so-long 280mm f/4, or a long-ish but slow-ish 400mm f/5.6.  I've found myself shooting a bunch in the mid-300mm range but stuck at a f/5.6 max aperture, which kind of sucked, and probably slowed down AF speed quite a bit as well.  a 1.7x would make the 70-200 into a 120-340mm f/5 lens, which would be great for a number of mid-telephoto applications.

Lenses / Canon Extender EF 2x III review - at the bronx zoo
« on: March 21, 2011, 06:26:09 PM »
hi everyone,

finally got to take my 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II and the Extender 2x III to do some shooting of live subjects at the bronx zoo:

pretty happy with the combination, and I'm open to any comments/critiques/questions anyone has.  thanks for looking!

Lenses / Your lenses wishlist for 2011 - RESULTS
« on: February 10, 2011, 10:54:42 AM »
I was very intrigued by the data that came out of the informal poll of wishlist lenses for 2011, and decided to compile the data to see if anything remotely meaningful emerges from it.  yes, I realize it's nowhere near a scientific study, for so many reasons ... but at the same time, that doesn't neccessarily mean it's an utterly useless group of data.

at the very least, we can discern the inclinations of the people who frequent Canon Rumors, which is a surprisingly broad demographic (I believe) in terms of age, shooting style, profession, purchasing power, brand loyalty, etc.  I've attached the data gathered from the "your lenses wishlist for 2011" thread, both in its entirely raw format, as well as grouped by similar type, and finally as a list sorted by quantity.

please note, all lenses are implied as being "USM" (true USM).  we're already a decade in to the 21st century, there's no reason for Canon to be making anything with dingy little micromotor USM.

inferences from the data:

1. EF vs. EF-S

It's clear to see why Canon spends far more effort in designing EF lenses.  out of 113 votes for lens requests, only 14 were for APS-C only lenses.  that's a meager 12%, and I do think this statistic is telling.  the people who are going to be puchasing and owning multiple lenses tend to be those who take photography seriously.  if you're taking your photography seriously, you're likely to want to invest in better gear (quality over quantity).  if you want the best quality, it looks like people still go to the EF lineup for it.

2. L glass

By comparison, 71 requests were for what would presumably be designated "L" glass, a huge 63%.  Why would Canon be investing major effort in low-margin EF-S glass if they can be selling 5 times as much of the big expensive red-ringed stuff?  I do believe this number is skewed somewhat by the type of people that frequent Canon Rumors, if you look at the signature lines of the people who post most often, it's clear that overall, "we" are not the people who are looking for their first non-kit lens.  But from what I have seen of many first-time "what should I buy" posters on the site, they are very often considering, or purchasing, a 24-70 L or a 24-105 f/4 L IS as their step-up lens (a.k.a. gateway drug).  even if L glass sells on a 1:1 ratio against EF-S lenses in the real world, I think that's reason enough for Canon to churn out L glass -- feel free to correct me (and there may be no way to prove this) but I believe Canon makes a much better ROI number off a 400mm f/2.8 L IS than off of an EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS

3. Primes vs. Zooms

Surprisingly, despite the fact that two of the most-wanted lenses on this list are zooms (guess which ones, it's pretty obvious), primes accounted for 69 votes (61%).  again, I think this is influenced by the fact that the purchasing demographic here on CR, but at the same time, more and more I find that people looking to go beyond their first zoom lens are looking for either an affordable prime with a max aperture larger than f/2.0, or for a macro prime.  people always whine and moan (to put it gently) that as a populace we are churning out more photography but less great work every day, but look at it this way:  the more people that get into photography, for better or worse, the more likely our pet lens projects are going to get approved and funded by Canon HQ.

4. The CR Most Wanted

I think most of these are giveaways but everyone will still be interested to know how it panned out.  I grouped certain lenses somewhat (for example there was a request for a 24-70 f/2.0 L IS, and a request for a 24-70 f/2.8 L II, I rolled these into the 24-70 f/2.8 L IS number), and here we go:

  #1 - 9 votes - EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USM
  #2 - 8 votes - EF 50mm f/1.4 II USM
  #3 - 7 votes - EF 100-400mm f/4-5.6 L IS II USM (there were also two votes for an 80-400 version of this lens not included)
  #4 - 5 votes - EF 50mm f/1.2 L II USM (there were also two votes for an f/1.0 version of this lens not included)
  #4 - 5 votes - EF 35mm f/2.0 II USM
  #5 - 4 votes - EF 135mm f/1.8 L IS USM
  #5 - 4 votes - EF 35mm f/1.4 L II USM
  #5 - 4 votes - EF 28mm f/1.8 II USM
  #5 - 4 votes - EF-S 30mm f/1.4 Macro USM

nothing terribly surprising here, and the winner is somewhat inconclusive, based on whether or not you decide to group things differently.  what is clear, is that Canon's breadwinners have not really changed.  what's more surprising is that the feeling that there's still a strong need for a 100-400 replacement despite the 70-300 and 200-400 announcements.  the conclusion I drew is that, if I were in Canon marketing, I'd be very excited.  not only are you going to be able to sell plenty of 70-300s and 200-400s (based on initial reactions), but when you do come back around to slotting a 100-400 replacement in between the two, you'll have plenty of takers still.

lots of demand for the 50's to be replaced, personally I think that's next once Canon has finished cranking out this round of Big Whites.  I'm also optimistic about a 24-70 replacement coming in the next two years.  it seems that Canon is rolling through their breadwinning core and cranking out some fun/bizarre/awesome lenses on the side as they go along.  with the 70-200 f/2.8 II out, and the 300, 400, 500 and 600 being replaced, clearly the 50s and 24-70 (and maybe 24-105) are next.

5. Budget lineup updates

There are a number of us looking for refreshes of the cheap wide (20-35mm range) EF primes, and a number of us looking for refreshes of the cheap EF L telephoto primes (basically, a replacement for the 400 f/5.6 L).  How likely is that to happen?  For the cheap EF primes, there were a total of 15 votes (13%).  that's about the size of the demand for the EF-S-specific lenses.  so we may see one or two drop over the next few years but I'd be very surprised to see a thorough refresh, once it's looked at in this light.

as far as a replacement for the 400 f/5.6 L goes, people have proposed a 400 f/5.6 L IS, 500 f/5.6 L IS, and/or a 600 f/5.6 L IS.  I think we'd be pretty happy to see any one of these drop.  so, grouping these votes together, there are 7 votes (6%) for a replacement for the little-but-sharp-as-heck 400.  that's actually not a bad level of demand for a single lens (remember the 24-70 replacement garnered 9 votes).  maybe we'll see this one get refreshed in the next 2 years.

That's it from me, folks, feel free to download the PDF and draw your own conclusions; share them here and let us know what trends you see coming from Canon based on market demands.  Thanks for reading!

Lenses / initial thoughts on the new Canon 2X III
« on: January 26, 2011, 01:25:43 AM »
hi everyone,

for anyone who's looking into picking up the new Canon Extender 2x III, I've paired it up with the 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II USM and put together some intial thoughts on the combination over on my blog:

I hope to add more entries soon after some zoo-testing.  if anybody is really dying to see the tree bark-and-branch images I omitted from the blog entry, I've got no problem emailing them to you, or posting them here

EOS Bodies / future video accessories from Canon?
« on: January 13, 2011, 03:52:40 PM »
just saw this article over on DPReview:

and it got me thinking about what sort of video accessories canon might put out in the future.  although there's a huge aftermarket already for HDSLR equipment I bet people would be interested in getting OEM stuff from Canon.  if I shot more video I wouldn't mind seeing a monitor like this for the canons, especially if it came with a hood attachment to block out some light.  I'd definitely prefer that over buying a z-finder type apparatus that you have to stick on to your camera with glue.

what kind of video goodies would you like to see from Canon?  or, what kind of goodies would you like to see from any manufacturer that you feel isn't out on the market yet?

Lenses / pricing of new L lenses
« on: October 14, 2010, 11:53:45 AM »
I've read some comments around the web regarding differences between Canon's MSRP and actual retail prices, saying that Canon's new 300 f/2.8 L IS II and 400 f/2.8 L IS II will likely come below the $7K and $11K prices that Canon initially quoted at its announcement.

is there any substance to this, or am I just getting my hopes up?  I know sigma does this with their lineup to an extreme amount (40-50% below MSRP) and canon often offers rebates somewhere in the 10% range ... but does new glass really show up for retail below its MSRP?  especially fancy L glass?

also, I noticed that the current 500 f/4 L IS is actually about a grand cheaper than the 400 f/2.8 L IS ... what do you guys think regarding the likelihood that the II version of the 500 f/4 will continue to be cheaper than the II version of the 400 f/2.8?

I'm going to the galapagos sometime late next year and I'm seriously consider shelling out for at least one of these beauties...

United States / where do you print?
« on: October 05, 2010, 10:41:51 AM »
I'm starting to think about doing some prints and framing them to decorate the house with.  wondering what everyone else out there is using for making large, professional-quality prints; is there some place you're really happy with and would love to recommend, or is there some place you'd caution that I stay away from?

for my own purposes, I don't mind so much if a place is expensive, I'd rather it be high quality printing on high quality paper.  any suggestions of where/where not to look?

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