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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Price Drops on the Canon Cinema EOS C100
« on: January 23, 2015, 12:02:03 AM »
I remember when I use to think the C100 was a joke. I was so young back then.

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For anyone interested, someone who just received this lens is welcoming any questions about it on Reddit. He also has a .ZIP file of test shots for download further down the thread:

http://www.reddit.com/r/photography/comments/2t3bya/so_i_have_my_copy_of_the_tamrom_1530mm_feel_free/

Some of his first critiques (Note: these are mere first impressions & he admittedly only has a crop sensor to test with at the moment):
  • Fast AF, but may need some AFMA
  • Not as sharp as Nikon 14-24mm @ f/2.8
  • Generally not as good as the Nikon 14-24mm
  • Handheld sharp images down to 1/10 with VC

Thanks for sharing! Ya, with a crop camera I'm still left curious about corner sharpness. I can't imagine it'll be long before we have a more comprehensive review from a better source, though!

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I totally understand not wanting a heavy lens, but I've never found weight to be a valid critique of a lens. There are many other options out there that compromise on speed/aperture and IS/VC to achieve a lighter load. This lens doesn't compromise on those aspects, and the trade off is that it weighs more. I know most everybody understands that, so why still bring it up?

Although maybe I'm bias, because I do work out  8)

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$1200 is the perfect price for this lens. I'm happy about that, considering I thought it would be a tad more expensive. This is looking like it'll be the best UWA f/2.8 zoom for Canon shooters.

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When it comes to microphones there is, in my opinion, for video at least, no beating Sennheiser.

Finest quality.
Tough build.
Simple to operate.

I've owned or used 816's, 416's.  My goto mic for years was the K6/ME66 kit, and the Evolution G2 wireless mics.

Then about 5 years ago I got a rode NTG-2 as I was needing an extra mic for ambient, it was a one off gig and didn't want to spend a fortune, they had picked up not bad reviews so I thought 'why not'.

Here's what the Rode NTG-2 offers:

Robust Mics (as tough as the sennheisers)
Clean sound (output of ME66/K6 is about twice as hot, but with clean pre-amps...)
Simple to operate (not even a power switch. just remove the battery)

The Sennheiser is the better mic.  But it's not twice the mic.  It's not 3 times the mic.  And thats how the cost differs.

If Rode can come anywhere close to the EW110's but keep the prices at half or a third...

Well, that's pretty stunning.

Agreed. I love my G3's, though I'm now in the market for a shotgun. I'm leaning towards the MKE 600. Any experience with it? It's between that and a NTG-3 (or maybe the NTG-4+ now) only because I'm not using the best pre-amps (Zoom H4n, Zoom H5/H6) and having a hotter signal (I've heard MKE 600 isn't the strongest) into my device might be beneficial for me. I'm looking to use it to capture interview dialogue (tired of hiding my G3 lavs). What would you recommend?

Thanks.

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I'm confused, what exactly is stunning about the wireless system? There have been such systems available for years from other manufacturers.

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4k is NOT coming in the 5D Mark IV. Stop holding your breath, people.

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Lenses / Re: New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly
« on: January 16, 2015, 12:21:03 PM »
An 11-16mm f/2.8 would've been way smarter, in my opinion. At least then live event, concert, and astro photogs would consider it.

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Lenses / Re: New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly
« on: January 16, 2015, 12:15:26 AM »
Which is why I'm looking forward to getting the Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 VC. WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY more versatile and half the (rumored) price of this Canon 11-24 f/4. Supposedly it was designed to resolve Sony's coming 50mp sensor and is incredibly sharp.

Oh yeah, I forgot about this one! I wonder what the price would be for the Tamron.

$1,500, like their 70-200 2.8 VC, I believe. Nothing is official yet, though, but I would bet on $1,499 release price.

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Lenses / Re: New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly
« on: January 15, 2015, 04:28:34 PM »
Which is why I'm looking forward to getting the Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 VC. WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY more versatile and half the (rumored) price of this Canon 11-24 f/4. Supposedly it was designed to resolve Sony's coming 50mp sensor and is incredibly sharp.

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Lenses / Re: Would you buy this lens? Small, lightweight, 17mm/2.8
« on: January 14, 2015, 02:59:16 PM »
I've wanted a FF ultra-wide angle f/2.8 prime from Canon for a longggg time. From anyone relatively affordable, actually. I'm sort of surprised one doesn't exist. This is all I'd want:

  • 16, 17, or 18mm prime
  • F/2.8 (or faster, lol)
  • Corner-to-corner sharpness
  • Ability to take threaded filters
  • Less than $700

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Yongnuo 35mm f/2 Canon Clone on the Way
« on: January 05, 2015, 12:35:12 AM »
Yongunuo's 50mm 1.8 clone is actually better optically than Canon's. Perhaps this 35mm will be, too.

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 17, 2014, 10:44:31 AM »
Please be medium format, please be medium format pleas...

That would be awesome, but would also mean a whole new lens mount and line of glass. I would give Canon a giant pass for their stagnation these days (seriously, no stabilized 24-70 f/2.8 yet to compete with Tamron?!) if its because they're going all in on the MF market.

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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Addresses the Gray Market
« on: December 16, 2014, 11:52:09 PM »
The US warranty is only valid for a single year. People keep cameras for multiple years and problems generally don't develop in the first year of ownership.

If Canon wants to encourage more people to "buy Canon USA" then maybe Canon USA should offer a 2 or even 3 year warranty.

Then there would actually be incentive to "buy local."

If Canon USA wants to address the Gray Market then maybe Canon USA should come up with an offering or product enhancement that people will see actual value in. Thus far, Canon USA has failed to do that and this "reminder" about Gray Market cameras is an excellent example of how Canon USA is failing to provide added value.

+1. Canon's value proposition is waning and they don't like the fact that people are getting brand new Mark III's for $2,400.

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon to Target The GH4 With New DSLR Type? [CR2]
« on: December 15, 2014, 11:18:48 PM »
I have a friend who got the speedbooster with the Sigma 18-35 1.8 (turned it into 1.2 - Have you ever heard a zoom with 1.2???)

I know it's really quite amazing. That combo right there is a very large incentive to get the GH4. And the best part is (in my opinion) that while you get the f/1.2 exposure, you're not having to deal with a FF f/1.2 DOF equivalence. It's more akin to f/2 on FF, which helps keep things in focus.

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