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EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: January 30, 2015, 12:43:13 PM »
First things first. Clean up my file-keeping and ratings. Upgrade that dang computer! I have been happy with it, but it is a 2010 pre-Retina MacBookPro. Granted, it's pretty fast with well-designed programs like AutoPanoGiga, but it has only been crunching 18 to 20 MP files.

Canon may be recognizing that the (U.S.) market is segmenting into 1. the non-technically minded, screen-quality-only masses, currently heading rapidly to cellphone-ography ; 2. well-off enthusiasts and pros who are looking for a single all-around camera with good low light capability (6D, 5D3, 1DX in increasing complexity) and some relatively automated video capacity (PDAF should be on the 5D4 at least) 3. well-off enthusiasts and pros who have specialty interests (sports, wildlife = burst speed; architecture, studio, landscape = high MP) and are willing to buy  specialty cameras in addition to their likely general-use camera. Making "specialty" cameras is one way to deal with the decreasing interest of the masses and still keep selling cameras to that segment of the gear-oriented population with disposable income and the far smaller number of specialized pros. It really is the only way for Canon to proceed in a relatively mature product line appealing primarily to stills photographers. Most general purpose photography camera users are going to conclude that the body they have is good enough for almost anything they do, and get off the camera body upgrade cycle, and Canon hopes, on to the more lenses cycle.

Whoa, +1! I couldn't agree more w/ this analysis! Canon is really pushing the limits of what people want/need, AND their wallets.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: January 30, 2015, 12:01:36 PM »
Sounds like Canon is moving towards specialty DSLR's rather than a one size fits all.
These two should please the landscape and studio photographer while the mk iv might
Be geared towards action/wildlife, leaving my lowly 6D as just an entry level camera :-)

Only wish the mk iv comes out close on the heals of the 5Ds.

The 6D as en "entry level camera" is still very capable! Plus, think of how much hard drive space you're saving. Do you really need 50.6 MP? I certainly do not as far as I know.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: January 30, 2015, 10:52:12 AM »
50.6 MP! Where will I store all of that data?! Way too much already!

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EOS Bodies / Re: More About the EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R
« on: January 30, 2015, 10:51:01 AM »
So there will be a 5Ds, 5Ds R and 5D Mark IV?

It looks like Canon is planning to deploy three variants of a single design platform ... smart. As the market matures and saturates, it becomes necessary to segment to appeal to the niches.

Yes, it is very smart because the pros who have all of the needs (lowlight capabilities, fast AF) will end up having to buy more than one body. I hope they have deep pockets!

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EOS Bodies / Re: More About the EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R
« on: January 30, 2015, 10:43:57 AM »
I guess to state the obvious: it looks like Canon and other camera companies are starting to ditch the idea of making a camera that does it all. More and more cameras that are specialized are being released. What's the difference between the 5DS and 5DS R though? Sorry if I had missed that somewhere in the flood of posts.

Added: Nevermind, just saw that 5DS R has no AA filter.

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Lenses / Re: EF 11-24 f/4L USM Specifications
« on: January 30, 2015, 10:24:12 AM »
Can't wait to see the price and the photos from this beast! I won't be getting one myself since it'll be over my budget, but I'll just appreciate the images it produces.

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Photography Technique / Re: Which eye do you use?
« on: January 27, 2015, 11:13:40 AM »
Wow, I've never thought of this. I'm kind of left-handed. I eat and write w/ my left. But I throw, bat and kick w/ my right. Now that I think of it, I always use my right eye for the VF. Maybe I should try to use my left eye and see if I take photos differently!

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Lenses / Re: Prime vs zoom for landscape?
« on: January 26, 2015, 05:06:13 PM »
It looks like the main consensus is zoom, but I like the idea of having both!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Photographs taken in my yard
« on: January 26, 2015, 12:21:17 AM »
Looks like it posed for you! Nice shots!

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: January 24, 2015, 01:16:04 PM »
It finally snowed here in New York City. Here are a couple of shots of Forest Hills, Queens.


Forest Hills Gardens Snow by vincent.limshowchen, on Flickr


Forest Hills Gardens Snow by vincent.limshowchen, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: Used Gear stories....
« on: January 23, 2015, 05:07:05 PM »
I've sold and bought stuff for $400 or less on CL. I wouldn't mind purchasing on CL for things that are $500 or less. But when prices are north of there, I'd rather go to the Canon Refurb store or a more reputable place like BH or Adorama. Those places at least test and inspect their used equipment. Plus, there's the option of returning an item if it doesn't fit the description.

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Lenses / Prime vs zoom for landscape?
« on: January 23, 2015, 04:19:57 PM »
What do you guys prefer? The IQ of a prime is hard to beat, but the flexibility of a zoom seems more practical, especially since it's harder to zoom in and out w/ just your feet in the wilderness. Is the IQ of a wideangle prime worth it vs the flexibility of a wideangle zoom?

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7D MK II Sample Images / Re: Anything Shot with a 7D MII
« on: January 23, 2015, 12:37:00 AM »
7DII w/24-105L in shutter priority, ISO 400, F4 @1/400



Is this in Edgewater NJ?

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Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: January 22, 2015, 12:53:39 PM »

Yeah. It took me 3 copies of the 35A to finally get a good one. But even if I was willing to go through that again with the 50A (I'm not; I'd rather spend my limited time taking pictures.) I don't think I would because of the size/weight.

Why is this lens so big and heavy, by the way? Pentax and other lens manufacturers have shown it's possible to make compact lenses with very good IQ. I don't know anything about lens design, so forgive my ignorance.

Sigma did not use a double-Gauss lens design, which is typical of 50mm lenses. They instead used a design like the Otus. I'm no expert on the topic, but I got the info from here:
http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2014/04/yet-another-sigma-50mm-art-post

There's a lot of work/time/money that you have to sacrifice for the IQ of the Art. You have to AFMA, pay for and figure out the USB dock, and test out constantly just to find out if you have a good copy, which you may not and then you have to go thru the process again w/ another one. It's sort of like a very expensive lottery.

In the end, you'll be wasting time figuring this all out instead of just enjoying taking pictures. Perhaps for a professional, the Sigma is worth the trouble. But for a hobbyist, IMO, it's not.

I guess going back to the topic, I'll wait for Canon to update the 50mm.

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Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: January 22, 2015, 12:19:04 PM »
OP here. I have an update, for whatever it's worth. Went ahead and purchased the 50A from B&H. Not surprisingly, it has AF issues. It was front-focusing right out of the box, and I used Reikan Focal to adjust it at 4 different shooting distances and then configured using the Sigma dock. Adjustments were + 15, +15, +17, +18. It's better now, but it is still inconsistent and erratic in ways that can't be fixed with calibration. (Note: I do use non-center AF points on my 5DIII quite a bit, so perhaps this is part of the problem. I've found that Sigma lenses don't always play well with non-center points.)

But even if the AF was perfect, I would still consider returning it, and here's why: the thing is big and heavy. It feels much heavier than the 35A, which I don't mind so much. But given that my two main lenses are the 24-70 II and 70-200 IS, I really want the 50mm to be lightweight and more compact.

I've owned both the 50L and the 50/1.4. I must have had a great copy of the 50/1.4, because I just went back and looked through my LR catalog and found that I had almost as many great keepers from the 1.4 as from the L. And my copy of the 50/1.4 was fairly sharp even wide open. I now find myself wishing I hadn't sold it.

I'm going to return the 50A and either get another 50/1.4, or just stick with the 35A and wait to see what Canon comes out with. I'm not in a huge hurry and can live without a 50mm prime, since the 24-70 II is such a phenomenal lens.

I've been contemplating the 50A for a while now and am also a Canon 50 1.4 owner. I think I can finally put the GAS to rest about this and will keep the Canon version.

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