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Lenses / Re: New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly
« on: January 15, 2015, 03:10:23 PM »
Wait, this is a full frame, non-fisheye lens that runs at 11mm?!  That sounds pretty spectacular all by itself.  Has that  ever been done before?

That was exactly my question. Any law of physics expert to comment? What is the possibility of successful rectilinearity at that focal length?
That would open up a brand new perspective of lifestyle photography.

The 17 TS-e is already this wide, you just need to shift and stitch to capture it all because a full-frame sensor isn't big enough.

And those of us that do panos have been seeing wider than this basically forever.

While I do stitch my 17 on occasion it does fail (visually) sometimes as the necessity for stitching means that the far edges are at the limits of the image circle and get soft and the perspective looks funky as the view is so extreme.

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Lenses / Re: New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly
« on: January 15, 2015, 03:03:37 PM »
Wait, this is a full frame, non-fisheye lens that runs at 11mm?!  That sounds pretty spectacular all by itself.  Has that  ever been done before?

Not that I am aware of. The Sigma 12-24 was the first with Nikon following with their highly regarded 14-24 in the UUWA field.
I used the Sigma for a couple of years until the 17 TS-E came out. It did great work but was soft at the edges until f11-13 or so. Made a lot of money with it though.

This lens is bound to be a stunning performer but I have no longing for it as I recently bought the 16-35 f4L IS and can attest to its excellence. I also have a Rokinon 14 and the 17 TS-E so the last increment of super WA is not tempting for me.

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Lenses / Re: The f/4 Pentacon
« on: December 31, 2014, 01:10:30 AM »
Saw the headline and thought you were going retro.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentacon

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: What is an "apodization filter"?
« on: December 27, 2014, 05:53:41 PM »
So... all that money for a fast lens to get a slow lens with desirable bokeh?  ::)

Sounds like the photo version of bound feet.

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The market IS saturated.

Any movement these days is DSLR owners leaving for smaller/simpler cameras and phones.

As for how to increase DSLR sales, the suggestions are all from DSLR enthusiasts talking to other enthusiasts as to what they would buy. Everyone here is already a dyed-in-the -wool enthusiast and thus WILL buy more gear. The question is what?

Converting new photographers to higher end cameras will happen but at a much lower rate than in the past.

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Lenses / Re: Impressions from the EF 16-35mm f4 L IS USM
« on: December 24, 2014, 07:39:20 PM »

As for aperture for group shots. I've read somewhere that you should keep your aperture first number higher than the number of people you want sharp up to f/8 (considering usual focal lenghts and usual distance of course). IDK if there is some precision to it, but it served me pretty well on weddings I've done in the past.

My last group was 80 people. I am sure my flash could not overpower f90.  ;)

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Lenses / Re: Impressions from the EF 16-35mm f4 L IS USM
« on: December 22, 2014, 06:48:38 PM »
I bought the 16-35 for my work and I am very satisfied with it. I use it on a tripod almost exclusively so IS is not an issue but as I paid for it I am happy to have it.

The lens is very sharp and contrasty but I need to be at f8 or smaller to ensure edge sharpness at 16mm.
I am using it for less critical architectural work when I need to work quickly. Thus it suits me very well.

I too, was interested in the Tamron 15-30 f2.8 but even if it is perfectly wonderful I won't buy it as I am fine with the Canon and any improvement will not be seen by clients.

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Photography Technique / Re: Jane Bown, RIP
« on: December 21, 2014, 06:51:12 PM »
Thanks for posting this.
She seemed a real gem.
This is the sort of photographer I enjoy so much. I can identify with her as this was how I started in the 70's with B&W film. Good light and looking for the moment. THAT was the fun. The gear was interesting but the game was the image.

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Lenses / Re: DANGIT! I rented the 85 1.2ii
« on: December 19, 2014, 01:14:55 AM »
I too rented the 85 1.2.
Sadly I found it meh for the work I do.
Sharp it is but so is my 1.8/ 85.

Narrow DOF but unless one is right up close the effect is not remarkable and is actually too shallow at 1.2 up close.
In the end I get results far more usable with the 1.8. Lens is lighter and sharp. Bokeh still excellent and portraits work fine.
Put the savings in to lights.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A new high end camera
« on: December 09, 2014, 07:42:06 PM »
We have been living on rumors for a very long time. The 7DmkII is the only thing that Canon has shown for enthusiasts.

Not a bad camera but not as pulse quickening as the competition.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Petapixel: Canon Full Frame Mirrorless
« on: December 03, 2014, 06:12:03 PM »
Why would canon develop a FF slr that its still in general the same size as the 5d,6d body size and keep the lens mount and distance to the sensor the same
As far as I can see the reduction of body size is a bit overblown especially for FF as the lenses still need to observe physical limitations. Sony's FF lenses are evidence that the masters of miniaturization cannot skin that cat.

This gets to market segmentation.  You have multiple users of mirrorless with different needs.  Consider just two (of many) groups coming to mirrorless from SLRs:

1) People who love the small form factor for carrying or discretion reasons — street, reportage, travel shooters and such. They *don’t* want big lenses, huge grips and such. They want 90% the IQ/features of a same-sensor-sized-SLR in 50% of the size.

2) People who are migrating to mirrorless from DSLRs simply for the best IQ they can get (i.e. people buying the various a7 Sony models) — a good example would be Canon landscape shooters wanting more MP or more DR. These folks don’t give a damn about form factor and are bolting big L lenses on to these bodies with adaptors. Effectively, they *aren’t* mirrorless devotees so much as fans of wonderful sensors and don’t mind fighting through the limitations (battery life, AF, etc.) of today’s mirrorless rigs.  An A7R and an adapter is a much cheaper way to upgrade your sensor than buying a D810 and new lenses.

Normalnorm, it appears to me that Group 1 above really cares about size, and Group 2 couldn't give a damn if it takes the best shot (and, bonus, lets them keep using their old glass).
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I agree completely. It seems that most seem to focus on the size thus Canon hears a lot about small bodies and gives us the M to see if that will suffice.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Petapixel: Canon Full Frame Mirrorless
« on: December 03, 2014, 04:29:20 PM »
Why would canon develop a FF slr that its still in general the same size as the 5d,6d body size and keep the lens mount and distance to the sensor the same
I think the advantages of an advanced EVF and lack of an expensive mirror and its attendant calibration of AF would swing the decision irrespective of size/packaging issues. Marketing pressure adding the rest. They can also make the argument that a pro body needs to have a certain size/heft for handling.

As far as I can see the reduction of body size is a bit overblown especially for FF as the lenses still need to observe physical limitations. Sony's FF lenses are evidence that the masters of miniaturization cannot skin that cat.

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In 10th grade I sold 85 8x10 prints of the football team for $1.25 each.
Chems were free. Agfa 8x10 Brovira DW fiber was $4. Labor was considerable. Pride....priceless.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Modular DSLR Coming from Canon? [CR2]
« on: October 30, 2014, 08:04:39 PM »
<p>All we were told is that the viewfinder will be interchangeable, as well as “other parts of the camera”. 


So.. like the old F-1? or the Nikon F- series?

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