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Lenses / Re: Please give me an advice for an prime lens 300/400mm
« on: February 20, 2015, 07:14:50 PM »
I am a very big fan of the 300 f/2.8 ii and as others have said it is hard to beat.

However, just to throw a spanner in the works, have you considered the new 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II which is supposed to be very good as well, and gives you the range you were looking for. What do you think?

Comparison between that and the 400 DO:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=972&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=4&API=1&LensComp=338&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=2
This comparison is with the old 400 DO, the new version is not up on dp site yet and will look much better in the comparison.

You are right.

I was just highlighting that the new 100-400 may be an option.

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Lenses / Re: 16-35F4 L IS, Any good?
« on: February 20, 2015, 05:43:20 AM »
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Will you be keeping the 17-40 or has the 16-35 f/4 made that redundant?

I must say that the 16-35 f/4 is getting a lot of praise, I think I will get one for myself next month.

It's been made redundant.  I'm planning to list the 17-40mm on ebay, but since the release of the 16-35 f/4 theirs site has been awash with them, here in the UK.  So i'm biding my time in the hope that it will make better money in the future.

Thanks, I thought you might say that. Will definitely be getting a 16-35 f/4 now.

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Lenses / Re: Please give me an advice for an prime lens 300/400mm
« on: February 20, 2015, 05:41:43 AM »
I am a very big fan of the 300 f/2.8 ii and as others have said it is hard to beat.

However, just to throw a spanner in the works, have you considered the new 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II which is supposed to be very good as well, and gives you the range you were looking for. What do you think?

Comparison between that and the 400 DO:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=972&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=4&API=1&LensComp=338&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=2

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Lenses / Re: 16-35F4 L IS, Any good?
« on: February 20, 2015, 05:25:45 AM »
I've got four zoom L lenses the 16-35 f4, 17-40mm f4, 24-105mm f4 and 70-300 f4-5.6.  The 16-35 f4 is the only one that i'm true confidence in, to handle the increased resolution.  It's that good a lens, time will tell.

Will you be keeping the 17-40 or has the 16-35 f/4 made that redundant?

I must say that the 16-35 f/4 is getting a lot of praise, I think I will get one for myself next month.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Replacement in 2016 [CR1]
« on: February 20, 2015, 01:03:35 AM »
Just look at who most widely uses the 1DX and D4 level cameras.  Sports, journalists, and wildlife shooters.  It a ridiculous ratio favoring Canon. People that deeply invested in such a system aren't going to jump to a Nikon in large numbers unless it is so absurdly superior to their current 1Dx rigs and even then it would be difficult.  Just look at the CR post yesterday about the journalism awards.  It's something like 60-70% Canon systems and then everyone else?  That is not a market that easily converts I would imagine not just because of the bodies, but largely because of the glass.  I would suspect any limelight a D5 would enjoy is going to be very, very short lived as Canon will almost immediately begin to leak specs of a 1DX2 just to pee on Nikon's little campfire.

Definitely, and it's not just the glass and bodies. The menu system is very important too. When you are on the sidelines of game, it is important to know your camera as well as you know your wife. You need to know how to get the best out of her, and switching camera manufacturers would mean learning an entirely new menu and  button system.

I know a couple of part time pros that made the switch but they did not have any big whites, all their glass was wide angle or max 70-200.

When I am at a game, I will talk to my friends about their Nikons and their lenses, but I am not going to switch, and I doubt they will either.

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TDP's reviews are among the best on the internet. They are the ones I look to first when I buy a lens. DP follows TDP.

Anyway, am looking forward to some direct comparisons to this and the 16-35L f/4 IS.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Still Live: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $1999
« on: February 19, 2015, 08:37:33 AM »
I think these sales really prove that the number of people using expensive gear hasn't fallen off in recent years, which in fact the opposite is true.

What this proves is that people are happy with what they have because the new cameras are either too expensive to justify replacing new gear and/or don't have the added features to make them upgrade.

There are plenty of photographers to support this market and they have plenty of money to spend when they see a reason to spend it. Paying $3500 for upgraded AF is a joke to many people, but $2000 is much more tempting. Many people would rather spend that money of traveling to nice places.

It's probably going to take a revolutionary new sensor to make the camera world turn upside down again with upgrades, which also boosts the used market and gets people into photography at lower price points. Everything else tossed at the wall in the last 5 years has failed to get the market spending money again.

Sorry, but it does not prove anything. All you know (supposedly) is a few thousand bought at an amazing price. That's it.


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Congratulations on your purchase.

What are you going to be using it for? It has "Sport" in the name but it is not really a lens for sports.

I am sure many here would like to hear your opinions once you have used it a bit.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Doing Glasses
« on: February 18, 2015, 06:13:47 AM »
We all know glasses are coming our way. Eventually.

I didn't follow the debate recently, but at least over here (Germany) there was serious opposition to Google's glasses, the same goes for any kind of surveillance that isn't indicated as such or clearly visible. I faintly remember that for some time, mobile phones were forced or at least strongly suggested to make a loud "CLICK!" sound when taking a picture for the same reason.

Good point. That is one thing that always bothered me about those Google glasses, the question about whether you are being recorded or not. That would make me feel uncomfortable.

A pair of glasses without a camera, but with a HUD that can offer instantaneous translation or act as my eyes when I am on a bike, stuff like that, then I am all for it. Still some way off yet, but am looking forward to it!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Doing Glasses
« on: February 18, 2015, 05:01:10 AM »
I think you are being a little bit harsh. Sony has not only created, but also invented, some amazing stuff over the years.

We all know glasses are coming our way. Eventually.

Google made a splash, now others are having a go.

Personally I am really looking forward to someone (reliable) getting it right.

Imagine cycling with a HUD in a corner of your glasses, perhaps even rear view mirrors so you can see what is behind or along side. And that is just one small thing.

I would bet that most of us will have a pair of "smart" glasses of one form or another within the next 10 years.

If it is Panasonic, Sony, or Oakley, I don't care. Though, I would prefer the latter! ;-)

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Are you looking at the same chart as me?

The one i'm looking at has the corners beating the Nikon 14-24 in both resolution and contrast... considered the best UWA of all time...

In addition Matt Granger posted images showing the Tammy to be equal or better than the 14-24.

Why are people comparing this Tamron to a Nikon lens. This is a Canon forum, and as such not many of us will have Nikon.

Comparisons are only really worth anything if they are against a comparable Canon-compatible lens such as the 16-35 f/4 IS.

And from where I am sitting the Tamron does not do too well at all in the TDP tests against that lens at f/2.8.

Real world is all that counts but unless there was a serious mistake in the TDP assessment then it looks disappointing at f/2.8.

Mind you, I wonder how many would actually be using it at f/2.8, but still.


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I sincerely hope that something went wrong with the test at f/2.8, I was expecting better things from that lens.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Already Shipping in Asia
« on: February 16, 2015, 10:40:34 PM »
P.S. I also noticed the lens box has a Canon seal on it, I have never had a new item from Canon with a sealed box, has anybody else?

I may be wrong as it is not something that I would think of remembering, and my boxes are in a different country right now so I cannot check, but am pretty sure all my boxes came with a seal.

Maybe it is a Asian thing, I got a 16-35 f4 IS just a couple of weeks ago and no seal, but I have bought shed loads of new Canon gear over the years and none of it has ever had a seal.

Yes, it may be. And the more I think about it, the more I am sure that they did have a seal. Just like the one in the pic. I buy most of my gear in Hong Kong, so perhaps that's it.

Am looking forward to seeing TDP's review of this and that new Tokina 2.8.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Already Shipping in Asia
« on: February 16, 2015, 10:19:13 PM »
P.S. I also noticed the lens box has a Canon seal on it, I have never had a new item from Canon with a sealed box, has anybody else?

I may be wrong as it is not something that I would think of remembering, and my boxes are in a different country right now so I cannot check, but am pretty sure all my boxes came with a seal.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Replacement in 2016 [CR1]
« on: February 13, 2015, 09:19:18 PM »
I'm very happy with my 1D X - I'd rather Canon deliver something really solid in a year then rush something sooner :)

Agreed. It is one purchase I have zero regrets over buying. Truly remarkable.

The 1D X II is going to have to be something even more amazing, especially considering how much the 1D X are going for new these days. Adding 4K video, and USB 3.0 just won't be enough, they are going to have to amaze us.

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