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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 06:43:14 PM »
I expect this to be an excellent camera, but also, to look at it critically, a niche camera.  For those needing high-grade AF, high FPS and shooting predominantly with longer lenses, it will be ideal.  But the poor state of the EF-S lens line-up will inevitably limit its usefulness as a one-camera-does-all option.  Better off with a Fuji, or any FF.  The release of the 16-35 f4 does actually help Canon's crop range a little bit, since 26-56mm is a fairly useful zoom range to have with weather sealing.

Having said that, Canon will still sell plenty of them.  10% will have a legitimate need for it, 90% will buy it for the prestige, or out of curiosity.  Which is ok.  :)

Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 06:29:53 PM »
10 pages of comments in such a short space of time?  The anticipation around this camera seems to be almost as great as that preceding the 5D mk iii release.  I thought nobody gave a s**t about crop cameras anymore?

wonder how it compares with the D610.

Lenses / Re: What would a 16mm or 18mm F2 FF lens look like?
« on: July 22, 2014, 08:29:56 PM »
Nikon has a patent for a 10mm f/2

Canon has some unique lenses.  A fast wide angle prime optimised for coma would be interesting.  Something like a 24mm f/2 L "Astro"

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji Full Frame X-PRO2 coming 2015
« on: July 10, 2014, 07:42:58 AM »
Wont happen. Fuji barely built up its X lens lineup, so they wont start a new one that soon. I was told by a Fuji rep. that they barely break even with the Xpro line right now, and that FF Xtrans sensors cost nearly the same as the whole rest of the camera. An X200 with larger sensor is much more possible.

Fuji have a nice range of lenses.  Compared, for example, to the dedicated EF-S lenses for Canon or DX for Nikon.  There is no way this is mere oversight or laziness on the part of Canon or Nikon - clearly it is a deliberate and cynical attempt to cripple crop in order to encourage more movers into full-frame.

I've seen the cost of a FF sensor estimated at $300 - $400.  Even if Fuji's manufacturing costs are higher, I doubt they would be THAT much higher.  I could see Fuji going FF, to signify their ambition to mix it with the big 3 companies.  An RX1 like camera might be a logical place for them to start.

:'( Goodbye my dear 5d mk III . ..Don't let the door hit you in the A$$.  :o

I hear ya, man.
I was married to her older half-sister, 5d2, and divorced her.
5d2 snored a lot and filled my nights and even my blue-sky-days with her infernal noise. 
I even tried to seek shelter in the darker parts of town but the noise followed wherever I went.

I think those 5D girls sure looked voluptuous but mine was also hard for me to live with.  I think they came from an unrefined family;  I heard their mother was a Rebel and 5d2's father was a point-n-shoot who didn't stick around but a year or so.  I don't know who planted the seed for 5d3.

While feeling a bit lonely for a pleasant and reliable companion i saw a mail-order ad for a new bride in the form of a petite d5100.  When she arrived I discovered she didn't speak my language very well but we soon learned how to communicate and she rarely needed to be corrected.  She is very well behaved and, while not terribly sophisticated, always tries hard and put out her best efforts.  If she has a flaw it's maybe that one leg is a bit shorter than the other because whenever I line up a perfect horizon in her viewfinder the picture comes out a bit tilted...  We learn to compensate.

I soon discover she has lots of interesting relatives and within a year I find I've sponsored 5 more of her family and much of their estate now reside with me and we all play together and have lots of fun.  They were even very accepting of my fostering Pentax, Fuji and Olympus underdogs.  A few elderly Canon family members remain as well as they're just not worth moving to another home and they still occasionally can do some useful chores.

Dude, sounds like Nikon really has you by the ballhead.

I guess he just didn't know how to "push the right buttons"

I must say, I' d be happy enough to catch her on the rebound if she's still single...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Macros with APS-C or Fullframe?
« on: June 28, 2014, 11:11:34 PM »
Hi Ralph-

Firstly - nice shots...

One issue you might find doing macro with the FF is the shorter focal length.  I know insect photographers often prefer telephoto macro, primarily to avoid scaring off their subjects.

I do a lot of macro with APS-C cams, the 100 f/2.8 non-L and MP-E 65mm but I also bought the EF-S 60mm about a year ago mainly for larger subjects (especially when working on a copy stand) but also as a backup macro lens (I did have my 100 fail once, blowing the motor).  I'm certainly happy with the EF-S 60 but I was a bit shocked at how short the working distance is when approaching 1:1.

Hence you may find the 70D better to work with, but if you wanted to use the 6D more then adding a telephoto macro lens will be beneficial.  The Canon is very expensive but Tamron and Sigma also make decent versions. 

Yes crop cams have a greater dof and FFs better IQ but I don't see this as the most important issue really for `normal' macro shooting.  If you look at the photozone reviews for example about the highest rez they get from a Canon crop - using the optimal aperture - is just under 2700 (Sigma 35A), whereas the 100L exceeds this across the entire frame on FF even at F16.  Where crops do help is at very high magnifications, when dof is extremely thin.  I photograph a lot of stuff under 23mm, more to the point a lot of stuff under 4.6mm (minimum fov with the MP-E on APS-C) so crop is a no-brainer for me.  Crop iq is still very good.  Most macro shooting is at low ISO.

I find the flip screen of the 70D to be very helpful and versatile and I love being able to turn the screen inward when the camera is not in use, so it is less likely to get scratched during transport, etc.

Overall getting a focal length that you are comfortable is what I see as the main issue.  The quality of macro shots has more to do with composition, lighting, stability, technique, aperture choice, dedication, effort, etc than with sensor size.

The APS-H 1D mk iv will be followed by the APS-H 4D mk i.  You heard it here first kids.



Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 25, 2014, 07:57:41 PM »
Seems like the 5D iii just got pooped on.  For anyone who can stomach 36MP that is.

Luckily for Canon they have the better lens line-up.  Which is what really matters.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D mark 2 crop vs full frame
« on: June 21, 2014, 08:16:43 AM »
It should have a crop factor of 1.5, to match Nikon, etc.

EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in Testing? [CR1]
« on: May 28, 2014, 12:07:36 AM »

Canonites are constantly lamenting the lack of a 12-24mm to rival the Nikon, but then the Nikonians are lamenting the lack of a TS-E 17mm to rival the Canon.  Not to mention that the PC-E 24mm is generally thought to be slightly inferior to the Canon TS-E, and Canon's newish 24, 28 and 35 IS options were also well received.  With a lot of Zeiss options to choose from as well the Canon mount wide angles don't seem too bad (as long as you are shooting full frame), of course some improvements would be very welcome and are perhaps overdue.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 11, 2014, 09:01:52 PM »
For people wanting 24MP in the 7D ii to match Nikon etc, remember that Canon's crop-sensor crop factor is 1.6 whilst Nikon's is 1.5.  So at about 21MP the Canon would already have the same pixel density.

I wonder if Canon would ever consider moving to a 1.5 sensor to match Nikon and Pentax, if only for the 7D ii and maybe 80D lines.  They could release some version ii EF-S lenses with a larger image circle.

Wait, version ii EF-S lenses??  Maybe in the year 2035...

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