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So the new Fuji X100s looks awesome so far. Reviews all say it is unbelievable and it is sold out everywhere. Check out the low light results too...look better than the 5D3! I wonder why Canon doesn't try to compete in this market of enthusiasts who love the manual controls in a smaller body with good low light and AF performance. The only problem (if you call it that) with the X100 is that it is a fixed lens. Canon could make an interchangeable lens body if they wanted to I'm sure with whatever sensor they use in the new 70D (hopefully a new one). The EOS M just wasn't close to competing on this level. Hopefully a new Canon sensor comes with the 70D and I don't care how many MP it is if it looks great in low light. 16-18MP is fine but give me great IQ, great low light results, and figure out how to control banding in the shadows.
Take a look at the X100s low light results at 6400 ISO...you can hardly see grain even in the raw files. The review which has the RAW & full size JPEG files is: http://learningcameras.com/reviews/9-other/137-fuji-x100s-review

And there is a video review on youtube:
Fuji X100s Hands On Review & Test

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Reviews / Sigma 30mm F/1.4 for Canon Review with the 7D
« on: April 18, 2013, 09:49:17 AM »
Not a bad lens at all. Clearly the Sigma ART series is a force to be reckoned with. It is on the expensive side though for a cropped sensor camera lens at $500 but it is great to see another f/1.4 lens for all the 7D and below shooters out there. Now all we need is a new 70D & 7D mark II to go with this.

New Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Hands On Review - Plus a comparison with the Sigma 35mm f/1.4

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Lenses / New review of the Sigma 30mm f/1.4
« on: April 16, 2013, 11:05:01 PM »
There is a new review of the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 using the 7D. It looks very good and since Canon doesn't really have a 30-35mm lens with f/1.4 other than the $1300 L lens, it might be a really nice option.

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Hands On Review - Plus a comparison with the Sigma 35mm f/1.4

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Reviews / Canon 24-70 f/4 IS Review
« on: January 10, 2013, 01:10:02 AM »
New review of the Canon 24-70 f/4 IS with some comparisons to the 24-105mm f/4 IS.
Lots of shots from the tests. A video comparison with the 24-105 & the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC should be up shortly.

http://www.learningcameras.com/reviews/7-lenses/99-canon-24-70-f4-is-review

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Reviews / Canon 6D review and Canon 6D vs 5D mark III
« on: January 09, 2013, 12:39:02 PM »
Got a Canon 6D review with a sample pictures from the tests at : http://learningcameras.com/reviews/4-dslrs/91-canon-6d-review
Interesting results and it's kind of a mixed bag so take a look before buying this camera to make sure that you will not be turned off by the negatives.

Also put it up against the 5D mark III:
Canon 6D Vs. 5D Mark III Hands On Review

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon 6D review with lots of images and tests
« on: January 03, 2013, 01:01:49 PM »
Here is the 6D Review. This one is loaded with samples to so you can see for yourself how it does.
http://www.learningcameras.com/reviews/4-dslrs/91-canon-6d-review

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 6D vs 5D mark III
« on: January 03, 2013, 08:05:18 AM »
So, here is a review and a bunch of tests on dynamic range, low light, focus, and video between these cameras:
http://www.learningcameras.com/reviews/4-dslrs/92-canon-6d-vs-5d-mark-iii

Canon 6D Vs. 5D Mark III Hands On Review


Interestingly enough the video on the 6D looked much sharper than the 5D. However, while my video didn't have much Moire in it, other tests are showing this is a huge issue in the 6D and not so much in the 5D. Canon must have removed something to make the 6D sharper that no longer defends against Moire.

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Lenses / Canon 35mm f/2 IS VS the Sigma 35mm f/1.4
« on: January 02, 2013, 04:45:46 PM »
Finally, a good review between these two lenses:

http://learningcameras.com/reviews/7-lenses/90-canon-35mm-f2-is-vs-sigma-35mm-f14

Canon 35mm f/2 IS VS Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Lens

Look, there is no issue that the 35mm f/2 IS is a good lens. The problem is just about every prime lens is great at f/2...even the 50mm f/1.8. And with build quality hardly better than other $400 lenses, I just don't get why I would pay $850 for this lens vs the Sigma or Canon f/1.4. We already know Canon can make lenses with IS for $130 so why the extra cost? I'm worried at what Canon is doing and i'm so glad Sigma and Tamron are starting to give us the lenses we want with great performance & build for a cheaper price.

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Lenses / Canon 35mm f/2 IS Review
« on: December 28, 2012, 04:54:29 PM »

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Lenses / Sigma 35mm f/1.4 vs Canon 35mm f/1.4
« on: December 08, 2012, 04:39:47 PM »
Finally, a direct comparison between these two lenses. The results seem pretty amazing too.

http://learningcameras.com/reviews/7-lenses/87-sigma-35mm-f14-vs-canon-35mm-f14

http://www.youtube.com/user/learningcameras

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Lenses / New Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for Canon getting awesome reviews
« on: December 04, 2012, 08:00:37 AM »
I know lensrentals recently posted some awesome initial impressions of this lens and now another hands on that says awesome stuff. This is really shaping out to be possibly my next lens. The Canon 35mm f/1.4 is 14 years old and over $400 more and now that canon just took the cheaper 35mm, added IS to it, made it only an f/2, and priced it right along with the sigma at $850, I'm really considering the Sigma.

Check out this other hands on. You considering this lens? It sure looks nice and is built well too which is a good departure from what i'm used to from 3rd pary manufactures.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 HSM Lens Hands On & Impressions - Spoiler...WOW!

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Hey, found this video of the Canon 5D mark III vs Nikon D600. Basically, the 5D smokes the D600 in everything except DR where the Nikon wins.

Nikon D600 vs Canon 5D Mark III Fight!

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EOS Bodies / Looks like the 6D may not be so bad after all
« on: October 03, 2012, 04:38:16 PM »
I was down about the 6D but after seeing this review/comparison of the Nikon D600 from a Canon user, i'm definitely not switching:
http://learningcameras.com/reviews/4-dslrs/75-nikon-d600-full-review

Video Review: http://www.youtube.com/user/learningcameras?feature=watch

The quality on the D600 is great but there are a ton of issues including a dead pixel! He is even recommending not to buy it now. Guess i'll have to save for the 5D3.

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Can anyone who owns a 5DIII and the new Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC confirm if the 5D recognizes the Tamron as a f/2.8 lens to use the 5 dual cross type focus points? Given that even the original Canon 24-70 mk1 does not, this had me a little worried.

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EOS Bodies / 1DX & Mark III focusing with 3rd party lenses
« on: April 05, 2012, 10:13:46 AM »
After reading some of the details of the new focus systems, it is apparent that the sensitive dual cross type center focus point only works with most f/2.8 and faster lenses. Canon specifies which Canon lenses this will apply to but I wonder if it will also support 3rd party lenses. I typically get all Canon lenses but I have been considering the future Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD since Canon does not have a stabilized 24-70mm f/2.8. I really want the IS for use with video mostly and it would be nice to shoot indoor at slower shutter speeds. I was wishing the new Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II was stabilized but given the fact that it is not and the outrageous price for a non IS lens, I doubt we will ever see one. Cropped bodies have a stabilized f/2.8 wide zoom and it sucks that Canon has nothing given the use of video. Just wondering if going to a 3rd party f/2.8 lens is going to render the awesome new sensitive dual cross center focus point useless.

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