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Lenses / Re: What Lenses are missing from Canon's range
« on: July 16, 2014, 01:41:19 PM »
I wasn't too thrilled with these newer sub-35mm IS primes all coming in at over f/2.8, though the older, small 24 & 28mm primes, if I recall correctly, have hideous vignetting which can only be considered "arty" or poor on ff... maybe some faster, small but affordable and ff-usable 16/20/24/28mm primes?

If you guys reckon the 400mm f/5.6L could have the IS treatment without adding too much weight or bulk I'd be into that! I do love that as it is its not much different to just chucking a flask of soup in my bag though, if a little less chickeny and nourishing...

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Any speculations on what *else* the lens could be if not the 100-400L successor?

Personally I wouldn't mind seeing them revisit the 10x zoom lenses. I had a 35-350L for a short time, with failing AF so returned to dealer. Although it wasn't quite as good as the 100-400L on the long end, the extra wide end was welcome. I know the 28-300L replaced that, but we're getting a bit short again. Perhaps something like the Sigma 50-500 given the L treatment?

Knowing my luck, it'll be another 400mm f/5.6 prime...

I freaking love my 400mm f/5.6L - but can't imagine an update is on its way. There's going to be the 100-400mm L IS II (with built in unicorn horn screw mount) and asides from a new optical formula, which really isn't bad at all for 5D3 resolution, other upgrades like implementing IS just seem like they'd detract from the niche sellibg points of the prime, namely that it's a small, light workhorse! (...and may eat into 100-400mm sales with less profit if it competes/betters it at 400mm and with IS)

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EOS-M / Re: Tamron for EF M now official
« on: June 22, 2014, 12:36:05 PM »
Aha... Here's what I was wondering about!


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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: June 18, 2014, 09:34:49 PM »
Is the STM design, whilst having obvious benefits over other non-STM lenses, still somewhat inferior to L-standard USM engineering? Is 'STM' not branding we're ever to expect to see on an L Lens? Just curious, I'm not too educated on this front... though I'm sure my 400/5.6L's 2-decade old USM design is as smooth and silent as my two EF-M STM lenses!

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They're a fairly large company, these Canon folk, I bet they have at least 5 or 6 employees, whether we've met them or not. One of them might even try out the cameras before they market them around the world...

I'm not sure what you're trying to achieve anymore, expat, but we can tell you Canon have no employees and the first person to pick up a 7D2 from Walmart is the first person ever to shoot one, if it makes you feel better? ;)

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Ha, snap, Don!... You beat me to it ;)

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I really don't think... er, sheesh.

A guy gets a job. He shoots pictures with the camera he's told to because that's what the job is. I don't think he's told to do another guys job, such as shooting press photography, because his job is to use the new camera and try and take pretty pictures with it for his boss who made the camera, not pictures for the press... it makes sense in my head. Am I saying it wrong?

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Evidently, some of you guys are making assumptions about the purpose of the 7D2 being there... Considering Canon are going to have a frick-tonne of 7D2s to shift in a coupla' months time, don't you think there's a possibility that they're handing people the camera to take pictures WITH it? Or perhaps they want to TEST the camera under such conditions ooor have some project requiring higher res images that simple printed or web hosted media don't necessitate and can't be captured by the 1Dx, if this is a High MP Camera.
Testing cameras and generating promotional materials and a buzz for a new camera does not require the use of an old camera - maaaybe, just maybe, nobody's there to sell 7D2 captured shots via Getty ;)

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If it was going to be used, then look at low rank teams in the first pool matches. There certainly won't be any working pro's using it in the final.

If it kicks ass there will be.

If their Professional Assignment is to capture delightful images to be used by Canon to promote the 7D2 of the 22 men running up and down a field in colourful shirts, on Cup Final Day, I'm pretty sure they'll get in trouble for leaving their 7D2 at home ;)

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Sounding interesting...   But why is it a III ?  what happened to I & II ???

It's Tamron's naming convention for FF, Crop and MILCs; Di I, Di II and Di III, respectively ;)

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Maybe they're just waiting 'til the final to send a Canon employee out there to capture some "look what the 7D2 captured at the World Cup Final!" Promo shots, because it's not worth wasting press pass opportunities on a 1.6x crop at this point?.. ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: More EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: June 17, 2014, 06:29:14 AM »
What are those funny 1 series looking bodies at the world cup where instead of regular black prism hump on top, the front part is like shiny white/yellow, almost like some sort of mini-flash integrated into the hump? (Or more likely some guy, for some reason, just using reflective, bright tape on the front of each of the humps on his two bodies  ;D BUT why would someone do that, normally they try to take out bright, not add bright and reflective, if anything, so might it actually be some new body??? I wouldn't have thought a 7D2 in a full on 1 series integrated grip body though, one of the pair of guys who were using the pair of weird shiny hump 1 series was also shooting something small that looked like a 7D, maybe the new one is 1DX2 or 2D with integrated mini flash in hump? OR, most likely just some guys taping their names in shiny fluorescent yellow tape on the top  ;D, just couldn't get a clear look from the video feeds).
Have screencaps but don't think it's worth bothering to upload and post.

That's tape ;) I figured for hire/ID related purposes, maybe?... but YES! There are photographers with non-gripped bodies with larger viewfinders and markings where the 5D3's 'Mark III' badge resides - and I do recall struggling to see a mode dial. These were being shot by people also wielding 1Dx looking bodies - would Sports Pros shoot something as slow as the 5D3? These bodies were equipped with much shorter lenses...

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My retina is curved. My eyeballs do not contain multiple elements. IF flat sensors were "simpler" to design for, I am quite disappointed that we have not evolved that superior level yet!

Dude, you only ever use the central focus point and never pay enough attention to the detail in the outer edges of your focal plane to even comprehend its IQ anyways - always recomposing to focus better, you humans! That and our eyes are lame compared to many others in the Animal Kingdom... Diddums ;)

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Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 06, 2014, 03:45:19 PM »
400mm f/5.6L... She's so slim, lightweight, on the ball and fast to get me what I want, treats me incredibly well!

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Canon General / Re: Let's confess our disgusting perversions
« on: May 23, 2014, 12:13:24 PM »
ooh, this is fun, some great replies here! I'll type and see what comes to mind ;)

1) Even if money were no object, my film camera of choice is an EOS 300X... which I've painted with a reubbery, black paint and LOVE! (great AF, works with all my EF lenses, modern features; bracketing, metering, multi-exposures etc)
2) I shoot film from "Poundland" and hoard it, scared that they'll one day run out! (AGFA ISO 200 stuff, very vivid colours! @ £1 for 36 Exposures)
3) The best place I've found for prints in England and Scotland is an ASDA Store (Walmart) that's just down the road - this particular store has monstrous AGFA printers, like small military tanks - therefore awesome, right?!
4) I LOVE the tiny viewfinder on my 100D/SL1 - I feel it prompts me to consider the "gestalt", the composition from a thumbnail like perspective, not unlike a good graphic designer prepping stamp-sized compositions.
5) I sometimes DISLIKE the larger viewfinder of my 5D3, wishing I could zoom out for the above stated "gestaltness" ;)
6) I feel I've had GREAT success with ND Grad filters that cost peanuts offa' eBay - They're actually Grey but I love the results, both with the AGFA film and digital, with the likes of the underrated Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4
7) I bought a 70D and kept it in mint condition, now to sell on as new, knowing it's unnecessary and I'm happier shooting my 5D3 and just having a choice of a 2x Extender (with 5D3 ISO capabilities) and a 100D/SL1 in my bag, as like a high-pixel-density pre-cropped digital back, if I need it... eff-yoo, unnecessary 70D!
8) I believe the 400mm f/5.6 is freaking AWESOME!! The best camera is the one with you, as is the best lens, and this thing, in it's case, is like a third of a small/standard backpack and little more weight than carrying a drink bottle, IQ is amazing, IQ is amazing despite naysayers and IQ is amazing. Coupled with this generation's FF sensors' low light capabilities this thing's ace!
9) For size, weight, IQ, price... I believe Tamron's lesser known 55-200mm lens is a gem and don't really understand how it's managed to go so unnoticed..
10) I don't really shoot with flash much, but for around £8 on eBay you get these wee bounce flashes which produce amazing results that complement fast primes with a bit of ISO push no problem... This is my favourite flash unit on the planet :D

I could totally keep going, apologies for hogging the thread ;)
Loving everyone else's contributions and totally agree with the lens flare/vignette appreciation :D

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