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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II by Fro
« on: Today at 05:09:00 PM »
The big problem with this review is that most of his problems were due to not reading the manual.  Using it as he did, taking single shots in AI servo, he should have set it to focus priority.

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Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 24, 2014, 12:32:06 PM »
The point of a prime lens is speed.

Wrong.

It is for me.  Or for a focal length for which I can't get a zoom.

If it's not either faster than a zoom or of a special focal length, then I don't need it.

(Owner of four primes and three zooms).

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It's an EVF camera.  I'm about as interested in that as I am square tires for my car.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 19, 2014, 09:06:32 AM »
As soon as Canon releases a full frame EOS M or similar mirrorless, they have me onboard with the M system.  Of course assuming a similar IQ as the modern full frame DSRL cameras. For landscapes and general photography I will trade my 5D mark II for a much lighter mirrorless, any time (hiking is getting harder with all the weight of the camera + lenses).
then for wildlife and some sports I do, 7D mark II with tripod/monopod wouldo do.

Now the question is how long do we have to wait?

Cheers!
Victor

Well, since the M lenses are all crop-sensor lenses, I'd say a long, long time.  Maybe forever.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 18, 2014, 08:35:11 AM »
I hope it has the size and controls of the Fuji X-T1, has the 7D2 sensor, a swivel screen, and lots of videocentric features.

I don't think it will be that drasticallly different from what is out now, they would be in fear of cannibalizing their DSLR sales.

Steve Jobs said: "If you don't cannibalize yourself, someone else will." For me, that someone else was Olympus. I've already bought my last Canon DSLR, and if Canon doesn't come out with a Pro Mirrrrorless I've already bought my last Canon camera.

I plan to buy two Canon dSLRs in the next 12 months, and the odds of me buying either a pro or consumer mirrorless are essentially zero.

I plan to buy dSLR in the next 12 months, and the odds of me buying either a pro or consumer mirror system are essentially zero.

I have seen the future and am no longer interested in the past.

A dSLR has a mirror, by definition.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: November 17, 2014, 08:07:39 PM »
... I fabricated a flat target from 5mm thick yellow craft foam and narrow black masking tape so I had a high contrast target.

Apparently I built a focus target that cameras can't focus on. Will contact USAF to see if they want to use it in their stealth technology.

Rod, would you be willing to post a picture of your DIY 'stealth target'?  Thanks!

Weren't you paying attention?  It can't be photographed.  Sort of like a genuine UFO.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 08:06:34 PM »
I hope it has the size and controls of the Fuji X-T1, has the 7D2 sensor, a swivel screen, and lots of videocentric features.

I don't think it will be that drasticallly different from what is out now, they would be in fear of cannibalizing their DSLR sales.

Steve Jobs said: "If you don't cannibalize yourself, someone else will." For me, that someone else was Olympus. I've already bought my last Canon DSLR, and if Canon doesn't come out with a Pro Mirrrrorless I've already bought my last Canon camera.

I plan to buy two Canon dSLRs in the next 12 months, and the odds of me buying either a pro or consumer mirrorless are essentially zero.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 08:04:24 PM »
A new FF mirrorless with a touch screen and built like the 5D Mark III is what I wish for.
The frames per second would smoke anything on the market.  Just sayin'  8)

So, you want a slow focusing camera with a slow viewfinder to shoot quickly?  Why?

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 12:33:42 PM »
If you had to spend your hard earned cash on buying into a mirrorless system right now, what would pursuade you to get an EOS-M?

It's from a company that isn't loosing money selling cameras?

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 11:35:38 AM »
For me, this camera has no chance of being interesting unless it has dual-pixel focusing, and a standard (slow) zoom that starts at 15mm (24mm equivalent) and retracts entirely inside the camera.

Oh yeah...one more thing.  It has to have at least one (preferably more) 1:1 video crop mode.

You're asking for a fixed lens compact?  The M will/should remain an interchangeable mount system.

That slow zoom should be a standard available lens like a kit lens.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 10:48:59 AM »
For me, this camera has no chance of being interesting unless it has dual-pixel focusing, and a standard (slow) zoom that starts at 15mm (24mm equivalent) and retracts entirely inside the camera.

Oh yeah...one more thing.  It has to have at least one (preferably more) 1:1 video crop mode.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 10:44:24 AM »
For me, this camera has no chance of being interesting unless it has dual-pixel focusing, and a standard (slow) zoom that starts at 15mm (24mm equivalent) and retracts entirely inside the camera.

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Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 15, 2014, 05:40:12 PM »
No one would know anything, but I will point out that the current 35L has a filter thread of 72mm.  I can't see them going to 82mm.  It won't change the amount of light captured, it would just reduce vignetting in the corners.

I was always curious about that.  I see many folks running the math on a minimum front element diameter necessary to be able to allow a certain max aperture, but I rarely see talk about oversizing the front element for the job at hand.

Yet we've seen some 'Mk II' versions of lenses go +5mm bigger than their predecessors (e.g. 16-35 2.8 and 24-70 2.8 ).  So that only helps with vignetting?

- A

And "cat's eye bokeh", yes.

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Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 15, 2014, 12:28:02 PM »
And the second important bit about this:  the last non-suptertele L prime Canon released was... the 100L and tilt-shifts in 2009, right?

So this is the first non-white L prime in a long time, and it's replacing one of the vital ones that defined what L lenses could do.  Interesting questions come from this:

  • Video on SLRs was in its infancy 5 years ago, but now...  Any chance they'd put IS on this?  Surely they'd keep USM over STM, right?
  • Will they go with the 'nice' engineering plastic of the 100L, 16-35 f/4L IS, 24-70 f/4L IS to keep the weight down, or will they stick with the tank-like build they put in the 24L II?
  • Is 82mm the new filter diameter for all the higher end L lenses, now that the 24-70 II has that size?  It may not need to be for aperture reasons, but if the pros already have 82s in their bag, why not grab as much light as possible?
  • Any chance Canon would try to pull a rabbit out of the hat to make a distinction between this new lens and the Art lens?  Is an f/1.2 lens possible at this FL?

Or should I stop looking at it as a harbinger of future-L-things-to-come and just think of it as an update/refresh at one focal length?

- A

Re: the 35L II

Other than a few folks responding about IS, my question largely went unanswered.   I realize it's fairly wild speculation, but do you have any thoughts on the bullet points above?  Thanks in advance.

- A

No one would know anything, but I will point out that the current 35L has a filter thread of 72mm.  I can't see them going to 82mm.  It won't change the amount of light captured, it would just reduce vignetting in the corners.

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Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2014, 05:18:30 PM »
My 35L is so close to perfect that I've always struggled to understand what else people would want.  It's only fault is too much ghosting when shooting fireworks.  When I use it for events and people and such, I don't even give sharpness a thought.  I shoot it at f/1.4-f/2 and it's so sharp where the subjects are (i.e. not at the corners) that sharpness just doesn't matter.

That said, I'm thinking of selling it, but not because of any faults.  I seriously doubt I'd be in the market for a version II even if I did sell it, and I definitely am not interested in a 35ART from Sigma.

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