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EOS Bodies / Re: first pic of canon mirrorless?
« on: July 20, 2012, 10:57:37 AM »
WOW, finally a Canon lens cap WITH additional inner grips ... like Nikon and almost evryone else has them for decades. Wonder, whether it will be included with the lens or an optional item like lens hoods ...  :P

THIS is the biggest news for me.  Yay for logical design.

Lenses / Canon 40mm 2.8 STM size (The Canon unholy trio)
« on: June 22, 2012, 07:04:19 PM »
A size comparison:

My corgi also reacted in an odd way to the sound of the STM motor:

Lenses / Re: Canon 35 f/1.4 II?
« on: June 16, 2012, 05:07:27 PM »
Most are going for about 1200-1300 used on ebay/amazon.  They will take about 10%.

I'd put it at 1250-1300 on Clist, let people bargain down to 1200, and everyone wins.

Lenses / Re: Looking for reviews of the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8
« on: June 16, 2012, 09:59:55 AM »
I've had experience with both the VC and non-VC versions, as well as the Canon 17-55 2.8 IS:

Non-VC:  I got it to upgrade the 18-55 kit lens.  Its a nice upgrade coming from that.  I think the build quality is better.  The AF IS noisy, but you get used to it. 

VC: I hated this thing.  Perhaps my copy was defective, but the IS took about a half second to kick in after pressing the shutter button to focus.  That means if it focused quickly, due to the distance of the previous shot being about the same, I'd have to wait a half second after that for the IS to kick in.  Boo.

Overall, I'd recomend the non-VC because of its low(er) price, especially coming from a kit lens.  The ability to have constant aperture is awesome, especially if you get into the whole strobist thing.  On the other hand, the Canon does give better pictures in my opinion, and always having that in the back of your mind will bother you when using the Tamron.  I eventually got the Canon and LOVE it compared to the Tamrons (it is a bit bigger/heavier though).  The main complaint people have about it, that it gathers internal dust, is incredibly easy to fix yourself in under 5 minutes.

If you're patient, you can find your desired lens cheap enough used on eBay, that if you decide you don't like it, you can resell it and not lose any money.  Its essentially a free, unliimited time, rental.  I buy on eBay and resell on Amazon all the time to do this, and you can even MAKE a few bucks in the end if you get it cheap enough.


Lenses / Canon STM speed
« on: June 15, 2012, 05:27:41 PM »
I've been searching YouTube for some STM focus examples with the T4i, and it seems pretty hard to find a quality video.  This is the best I could find.

Canon EOS 650D STM
Canon T4i Auto focus demonstration
Canon EOS 650D Movie Continue AF Test

I'd like to see how fast the STM is in not only the hybrid live view, but standard phase AF.  I'd like to see examples of it on a non-T4i as well, such as 5d2/3 for focus speed.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: New Canon Product Preorders
« on: June 08, 2012, 02:11:40 AM »
My friend just took back his 50mm 1.4 that I borrowed for six months. I was using it as my walkabout lens but I just pre-ordered the new 40mm 2.8 to see if I would like it better than the 50mm 1.4

The mtf charts of the 40 compared to the 50 1.8 and 50 1.4:

The results are impressive.  The 40 should be both contrasty and decently sharp (at f/2.8 and f/8) across most of the frame.

And just for fun:

Pricewatch Deals / Re: New Canon Product Preorders
« on: June 08, 2012, 01:45:33 AM »
ok...so the press release isn't clear...

Can you use Auto Focus for video ONLY if you use an STM lens?

Does that mean my $1200 24-105 L lens is no good for video?

Everything works as it would now, except if you have the magical combination of the T4i + a STM lens, you gain the ability to AF faster/smoother in live view mode than a non T4i/STM combo.  The T4i will still have the old standard contrast detection AF for live view when using non STM lenses.


Pricewatch Deals / Re: New Canon Product Preorders
« on: June 08, 2012, 01:03:54 AM »
To anyone who is interested, there are 2 types of STM motors. http://usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/standard_display/Lens_Advantage_Perf#usm

The 18-135 AF performance will be more smooth/quiet and faster than the 40.

What? No support for the 60D? Or T3i?  Sheesh.  Microsoft, only a year behind the times.

Worked fine with my 60D

EOS Bodies / Re: Unidentified 1Ds Camera
« on: January 23, 2011, 10:57:16 AM »

It looks like the black part of the label just flakes away to reveal the gold under it?

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