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Yes, by all means, congrats and all that! And, speaking as a consumer of Canon products, "You're Welcome!"

But with multiple manufacturing lines running simultaneously, does it strike anyone else as "interesting" that the actual, identifiable 100 millionth lens just happened to be their current flagship zoom, the ultra-cool and ultra-expensive 200-400 "rock star"?

The press release just wouldn't have had the same pizazz had they announced that Number 100,000,000 just happened to be lowly 50/1.8, now would it?

Surely, they didn't stop all the production lines after Number 99,999,999 just to hand-assemble another 200-400, so it could claim the prize ...

+1

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Jason, thanks for posting those, nice job!  I do like the Sigma better from what I see here.  Are you sure none of these via the Canon was not at f/1.2?  Sorry if that's a dumb question...the one with the globe kind of looks like shallower DOF.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in 2014? [CR1]
« on: May 04, 2014, 04:31:50 AM »
To you or anyone, where did the "kiss" name come from, for the Rebel line in Europe?  Is it meant to market to certain people, and if so, which people?  In America they could almost use "kiss" also, if for no other reason than almost nobody in the potential customer base, would associate it with the rock band.  They're too young, and even their parents are almost too young too, lol.  To me, "rebel" seems more fitting, but maybe that's just because I'm accustomed to the name and the line over time.

Actually, "kiss" is the Asian name for Rebel series. In Europe we have D series - 300D-700D, 1000D-1200D and 100D aka SL1.

My mistake.  Where did it come from, if you know?

Could be the same place all weird Japanese stuff comes from :).

Haha, that is not very reverent of the Japanese, who design and build your cameras...

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: May 04, 2014, 04:28:55 AM »
Great to see your posts Edward! Impeccable quality as always.

I am still using the standard focusing screen on both the 1DX and 5DIII and your experiences with f1.4 MF is exactly what I have been through (still is). But you should be able to use it on the A7r. It would be interesting to hear how you feel the EVF works for manual focus.

Good idea, the EVF would take the extra pupil of your eye out of the equation.  That's the main reason it's difficult to focus via an optical viewfinder.  It's because your eye is not seeing the same depth of field that the sensor is seeing.  That's why they make frosted focusing screens, to help your eye's pupil mimic what the sensor is seeing.  I first noticed this phenomenon on a 1D4 with my 58mm f/1.4 Nokton mounted.  The depth of field I was seeing through the viewfinder, did not match what I saw on the rear LCD, via live view when I was focusing that way.  (The lens is a manual focus only also.) 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: $ 100,000+ US Dollars
« on: May 04, 2014, 02:43:35 AM »
Most of the money would be spent on travel expenses.  Buying an expensive toy is not going to improve your photography much, it seems to me.  But if I had $100k, I would give it to Ben Affleck, and send him to whichever casino he is not banned from...let him play some blackjack (tell him the money will go to help save whales or the UAW or something)...and let him roll it into 1 BILLION DOLLARS.  Then I would hire a few of the world's best photogs and film crews, have them shoot photos of me directing a few movies (Affleck will hate these movies!), and call it a life! ;D

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Here's a real newbie question...

After reading more than a few threads here I've seen that one of the same lenses keeps coming up in conversation - Either one of the EF 24-70mm's...

Is this the MUST HAVE lens for everyone?

Apparently it is.  I thought I could get by without one, but I could not.  I bought the 24-105.  I saw no reason to pay up so big for the 24-70 f/4.  If you do events shooting professionally with flash or strobes, the 24-70 f/2.8 (either the old or new version) is very likely essential...as is a 5D3.  The 24 to whatever zoom focal range, is too useful for everything other than longer range sports or other telephoto uses...at least on a full frame camera.  On a crop camera, evidently there are differing philosophies.  Some lenses start at 18mm on the wide end, some at 15mm.  15 is what is equal to 24mm on full frame.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: May 04, 2014, 02:30:11 AM »
Muskrat... Shot with SX-50 at 50X zoom from a kayak.

Not bad at all, did you have the SX-50 in a water resistant bag?

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in 2014? [CR1]
« on: May 04, 2014, 02:28:41 AM »
To you or anyone, where did the "kiss" name come from, for the Rebel line in Europe?  Is it meant to market to certain people, and if so, which people?  In America they could almost use "kiss" also, if for no other reason than almost nobody in the potential customer base, would associate it with the rock band.  They're too young, and even their parents are almost too young too, lol.  To me, "rebel" seems more fitting, but maybe that's just because I'm accustomed to the name and the line over time.

Actually, "kiss" is the Asian name for Rebel series. In Europe we have D series - 300D-700D, 1000D-1200D and 100D aka SL1.

My mistake.  Where did it come from, if you know?

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in 2014? [CR1]
« on: May 04, 2014, 01:54:23 AM »

You have a 6D. You have never felt completely satisfied with it for many reason. Reasons that could include 5DmkIII envy, CF, focus points and overall build etc. It is personal and may or may not make sense to everyone.


Have you checked that you have the fastest available SDXC card? It should read at least 600x next to the class 10 UHS-1 markings. Slower class 10 UHS-1 cards work fine in the 6D, but the speed difference is noticeable when the camera saves multiple images or HDR is used.

Don't feel that this would be wasted if you buy a 5D3 with an even faster CF card, there is also a second (SD) slot that I'm sure could be useful for backup.

Good point, succinct and well stated. 

To you or anyone, where did the "kiss" name come from, for the Rebel line in Europe?  Is it meant to market to certain people, and if so, which people?  In America they could almost use "kiss" also, if for no other reason than almost nobody in the potential customer base, would associate it with the rock band.  They're too young, and even their parents are almost too young too, lol.  To me, "rebel" seems more fitting, but maybe that's just because I'm accustomed to the name and the line over time.

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EOS Bodies / Re: When Does the Year of the Lens Start?
« on: May 04, 2014, 01:46:17 AM »
One thing they have to do to win me over is to deliver the lenses I listed (or something similar), deliver consistent quality And add weather sealing. It is unthinkable for me to sell my L-glass for anything without weather sealing. The current Sigma lenses I have now are bought more from curiosity than need.

I have to agree with Eldar on this particular point, I have the 35 Art, like it, use it, but, without weather sealing, for my type of Imaging (Dust/Rain/Snow), no weather sealing handicaps the Lens so I tend to bring it out in optimal weather conditions.

But, the Sigma 35 Art is other than the lack of weather sealing, a very good Lens, in most areas better then my Canon 35L, I look forward to getting the Sigma 50 Art, I suspect it may well perform better then my Canon 50f/1.2 L but not as well as my Otus 55, but it will have a reasonably reliable (hopefully) AF feature.

Which fast aperture 35 and 50mm lenses have weather sealing?  And what type of precipitation are you wanting to use these in?  Or do you need to shoot subjects where water is being splashed?

The 35mm Art is the next lens I want to buy.  Do you use the USB dock on yours?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: May 04, 2014, 12:51:15 AM »
My first attempts at posting Images on this thread.

Used the Otus on both the 1Dx & 5DMK III recently while in Bali, found it almost impossible to get the focus spot on using the viewfinder, but once I got the hang of using Live view, zoomed to fix focus, then it starts to come together.

1Dx + Otus 55f/1.4 shot @ f/1.4 & 1/1250th ISO200

It really is amazing how sharp that lens is wide open. I really love that. I need to get a 5D III this year, but I may just have to put an Otus on my list for the future...it's just phenomena.

Out of curiosity, what is the MFD? Can it be used as a closeup lens for objects within a foot or two?

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Lens-Specifications.aspx?Lens=917

"Close Focus     
Specified Min Focus Distance 19.7” 
Tested Min Focus Distance (Wide / Long) 19.29” 
Maximum Magnification (MM) 0.14x"

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: May 03, 2014, 05:45:45 PM »
Couple with 100mm macro L...

I like those!

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Lenses / Re: Canon's f/1.2's: What is really going on?
« on: May 03, 2014, 05:44:07 PM »
I have the 85 1.2 and love love it
 and I also have the 24/70 II 2.8 With those two you will have it going on LOL

I was not very happy with several copies of the 24/70 II 2.8.  I found it very soft at 70mm and the AFMA was not linear across the focus distance which made it extremely difficult to get consistent focus with.  I've seen this issue with some fixed lenses like the 24 F1.4 II but it's a bigger problem on a zoom.

I returned them all and kept my 24/70 I 2.8...which has it's own issues but so far so good.

I've never used the 50 1.2 but the 85 1.2L II gets the most use out of all of my lenses.  600 F4 is #2.  ;)
I seen a small number say that but mine is so sharp it will cut your eyes it looks almost 3D THE 85 1.2 & THE 24/70 II Will never be sold l I Die with them   they are that good !

I don't have the 85L, but I have the 24-70 II and it's the best lens I've ever had. I'm thinking about getting the 85L or the 135L because I'm getting tired of lugging the 70-200 II to portrait shoots.

But if your clients don't see a big white lens, will you be able to charge as much?

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Are there really two threads going on about this camera's AF pushing 20 pages now? 

Why can't people just agree to disagree, and accept the fact the 6D is a great camera for what it is - an entry level FF body with great IQ but with simplified AF.

Sometimes one tool is better than another based on needs/wants.

To put things in perspective, my SLRs are playing backup to my EOS M at the moment  :o

Actually there appears to be two threads going on.  One is about the 5D3 (the hostile hijacking of the original thread), the other is about the 6D (the original thread).  I've tried to agree to disagree, but that's not always possible.

Unfortunately there is not a satisfactory amount of practical information about specifically the 6D's autofocus, and how best to use it, in this thread.  I've tried to share my impression of its capabilities (and limitations) based on 13 months' experience and 15,000 shutter cycles, on my 6D.  I have used 8 lenses (9 if you count a TC combination) on it over this period of time.  I feel there are a few others who briefly contributed to this thread, that I could learn more from.  But they might have been soured by the thread's hijacking.

As for your DSLR playing backup to an EOS M, I'm not sure why that would be.  Whatever works for you.

Just to be clear, the OP in this thread DID ask about the 5D3 vs. the 6D.

+1 ... but then, you see what you want to see. Not that it is surprising though.

Well that would make the title of the thread misleading...it should have been "6D vs 5D3 autofocus capabilities, let's bust a hole in one while heaping fanboy praise on the other one."  That is what would not be surprising...And since you want to be clear, how about reading the context of what the OP was saying?  He said he didn't want quirky autofocus behavior with fast lenses, and yet said he also didn't intend to make a living from his photography.  That last part to me, was code for "I don't think I need to spend the extra 1000 Euros to get the better autofocus".  For my part, I posted a difficult shot in very low light with a fast wide angle prime lens, that achieved the focus plane I wanted, via focus recompose on the 6D.  A shot that the OP would never need to attempt, actually...The 6D has its quirks, and the AF sensor is its biggest compromise.  Everybody knows that.  To keep belaboring it, is silly.  But the first post in this thread by the OP, did not scream out a need to buy a 5D3.  Clarity is a wonderful thing.

Whatever Carl. TBH, I don't care what you think

Feeling is extremely mutual.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Sensor Technology Talk [CR1]
« on: May 01, 2014, 04:19:01 AM »
I think they lost me at "Foveon-like". 

So it will have all the negatives of a high MP camera, like massive files to store, and a slowed FPS, and a faster-clogging buffer, but none of what you actually want from all those MP's, namely higher resolution and more detail to spare when doing things like shooting at high ISO, or cropping heavily.

Am I missing something wonderful about Foveon?  If so, then so is everyone else based on the failure of Sigma's Foveon bodies to fly off the shelves.  Why not copy FUJI sensors instead?  That more complex, non-bayer pixel, no filter thing sounds much more interesting to me, anyway. 

Crud.

You certainly are missing out, obviously you've never owned a foveon.  But I agree, if Canon ever builds one of these sensors into one of their cameras, absolutely NO ONE will buy it.  Zero.  All bayer array fanboys unite!  I pronounce this future Canon camera an abysmal failure, based on the fact that I am proud of my foveon prejudice!  No real photographer would ever use one!

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