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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R Press Release
« on: February 05, 2015, 09:15:43 AM »
"accurate colours and wide dynamic range."

How accurate, and just how wide are we talking? 12 stops? 14 stops? 15? A man can dream :)

Can't wait to see what DxO Labs think of this!

Echoing previous posters - yes it would be very handy to have spot metering linked to AF point! Would also like to have seen GPS, WiFi, NFC, exposure zebras and focus peaking. I guess they have to hold a few features back to get us to upgrade again in another few years. "Last Camera Syndrome" is fast approaching!

EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: January 30, 2015, 09:28:14 PM »
My best guess is that there is some sort of collaboration between Sony and Canon to get economies of scale and share the same 50MP sensor.

This will put Canon back in the high MP and high DR game.

I doubt it will have dual pixel. Standard live view is fine for landscape, and I assume studio work. I can imagine dual-pixel being used in the 5DIV, but not 5Ds / 5DsR.

As for GPS - assume that will be a bolt on extra - as studio people don't really need it, and allows Canon to extract more funds from people who really do need it. I will be pleasantly surprised if it's built in but at this stage - I doubt it. Same goes for wifi but opposite reasons - something that's more for the studio (wireless tethering) than the landscape crowd, although wifi to smartphone is handy for the landscape bloggers, but not a must-have in my view.

Intervalometer / bulb I think was always a given as it's a pure software tweak, and that it had appeared on the 7DII. Good.

Focus peaking / zerbras. A real shame if that doesn't go into this camera. I really really would like to see peaking and exposure zerbras, as it's a software tweak so well do-able. I'm 50/50 as to whether they will put it in or not. If magic lantern can do it - then so can Canon!

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 01:51:00 PM »
Nice! I think I'll offload my 70-300L. I suspect there's going to be a lot of those coming up on the second hand market!

Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 06, 2014, 09:43:50 AM »
I think the correct phrase is "Shut up and take my money!!"  (adding as many exclamations as you like)

EOS Bodies / Re: DPR Adds Studio Samples for EOS 7D Mark II
« on: October 27, 2014, 07:14:22 AM »
It would be nice if the reviewer actually hit focus from time to time. Sheesh.  :o

PowerShot / Re: What Else is Coming for Photokina? [CR2]
« on: August 18, 2014, 01:37:23 AM »
I want my 135mm f/2L with added IS.  Make sure it stays black for maximum stealth mode shooting street candids. Can put on a 1.4x or 2x if there's enough light for a bit more reach. I wish the extenders were black.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 12, 2014, 12:47:46 AM »
I applaud making it a mini 1Dx.  If you don't want an integrated grip and want a mode dial then there's no reason to bitch and moan - just get a 70D and be done with it.

The integrated grip and 1Dx style mode buttons will do wonders for weather sealing. When I got my 5D3 soaked in rain, I had a lot of water pouring out from under the mode dial. I'd love to see that go, even from the 5D as well.

Can I attach Canon 1.4x III and 2.0x III extenders to my Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II USM at the same time and still get AF at 560mm f/8, or is this crazy talk?

Also I do a lot of Live View focusing for my landscape work, and always have the focus mode in the contrast detect "Live" mode (not "Quick" or "Face" modes) and it often switches inexplicably to the "Face" mode on it's own. I don't know if they are the correct mode names as I don't have the camera in front of me.  It's a real "phenomenon" though - phenomenally annoying as it means I can't move the focus rectangle to where it needs to be! Anyone else get that?


EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR at the End of March [CR2]
« on: March 01, 2013, 01:24:03 AM »
I don't care for metal bodies. I care more for metal lenses. For bodies - I don't plan to own them for more than 5 years. Even the cheapest of plastic will hold up under those conditions.

I do care for an improved sensor. I hate the 18MP cropped sensor of the current Canon crop. It has to go. I preferred the 450Ds sensor to the current ones. Less crappy noise. Sure there's not as many MPs so not as sharp, but I'll take per-pixel goodness over noisy sharpness.

Also much needed is wifi, gps and touchscreen, in all but the entry level model. Looking forward to 5DIV having this, and an improved sensor. Then I'll keep using that body till it breaks, or 5 years (whatever comes first).

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 14 f/2.8 with Fluorite
« on: February 26, 2013, 12:41:35 AM »
If Kryptonite comes from the planet Krypton, Does that mean fluorite come from the planet Fluoron? This is important stuff to me - being the superhero that I am...

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Center Pinch Lens Caps Now Shipping
« on: February 26, 2013, 12:35:00 AM »
Are these thicker and heavier than the old caps? If so I won't bother for most of my lens except for perhaps ones that are a bit of a pain with the hood on - I'm thinking the 100mm f/2.8 IS macro USM, and perhaps my 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM and 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM.  My wide angle and standard zooms and primes seem fine with current caps.

I'd love a new cap for the 8-15mm f/4L fisheye - that "cap" sucks balls.

EOS Bodies / Re: 2013 Predictions for Canon EOS Products
« on: February 20, 2013, 01:30:51 AM »
The 3D will have eye-controlled focus and a blink-activated shutter. You heard it here first.   :P

But Nikon is working on thought-controlled cameras.....

There would have to be the option to turn this off, because some days I would want to shoot something other than boobs...

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 40 f/2.8 STM
« on: February 15, 2013, 01:15:38 AM »
That's called a review these days? Amazing. Why not make a head line out of the other 100 reviews of that lens?

Totally agree. That's one of the weakest "reviews" I've ever read.

I have this lens and I don't find the colours as punchy as L glass.  I am reaching for the vibrancy a fair bit more. Also it has horrible bokeh. Really not nice.

Still it is wonderfully sharp and wonderfully light and wonderfully cheap. If you don't have much in the way of bokeh (it gets really schizophrenic) and you are OK to do some color work on this lens, then go for it.

The AF is not USM-fast - but definitely fast enough for portrait and candid work. More importantly the AF is accurate, which can't always be said about Canon's entire 50mm range.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II is a Peerless Performer
« on: January 30, 2013, 02:17:00 AM »
I am purchasing the 24-70 II in about 2 weeks and will be taking it on a 1-week hike in mountains where it will be my only lens. I'll know it intimately by the end of that. I'll pano with Really Right Stuff on a lightweight tripod and ballhead to get more width than 24mm, when the need arises. Really looking forward to it.

PowerShot / Re: Canon Announces The PowerShot N
« on: January 07, 2013, 03:48:27 PM »
Every time a marketer uses the term "unleashed" or "unleashes", a cute puppy dies somewhere. Those heartless bastards!

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