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EOS Bodies / Re: Advatages of a hybrid viewfinder?
« on: April 06, 2014, 03:33:49 PM »
I would personally be very content with the implementation of a hybrid EVF in the way that Fuji has done it on the x100s and xpro1.

There are plenty of advantages that I love about having a good EVF (most of which have already been talked about previously). However, the biggest downside (IMO) is having to have it run all the time which is a battery killer. Merely having the option to switch back and forth would be huge.

The other thing that bothers me (which isn't a deal breaker) is the fact that one of it's big advantages can also be one of it's disadvantages in different shooting situations. What I'm referring to is the live preview of your image based on your settings. In most scenarios, this is great. But when you are shooting flash, the advantage becomes nil and actually is a nuisance since the VF goes dark in many scenarios as it cannot account for the light you will be adding.

Before any says it, yes, I know the preview can be turned off. But having to go through menus to turn it on and off in a dynamic shooting scenario can be a real pain.

So for me, there are pros and cons to each type of VF. A hybrid VF is the solution to that as it provides the end user with a choice. On my Fuji, it can be done with the flick of a hardware switch.

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My five month old likes to wiggle... and at shallow depth of fields... that simply won't do.

OTOH, f/1.2 means not having to clean the house, because all the background clutter is rendered as a pleasing, colorful blur.  Life lessons from someone with three kids.  ;)

Lol. Get out of my head, Neuro.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in 2014? [CR1]
« on: March 27, 2014, 09:29:32 PM »
I'd like to see quad-pixel technology come out... with a sensor where you can bin all four sub-pixels together and have a 10Megapixel FF sensor with kick-ass low light capacity or access the sub-pixels and have a 40Megapixel high resolution sensor....

Intriguing

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in 2014? [CR1]
« on: March 27, 2014, 01:56:34 PM »
Dual Pixel, hybrid viewfinder (much like the Fuji implementation + the EVF features of the XT1), touch screen, and they could keep the 6D sensor. I would gladly pay 3500-4000 for that right now.

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I tried and tried with other lenses but the only time I could get a shot of a unicorn pissing rainbows was with the 135L.

Ahh the ever so elusive unicorn pissing rainbows shot. It is precisely why I always have the 135 with me. Lol.

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While I agree that for the most part if given the opportunity to manipulate the shooting scenario, you could basically get a close to or similar look to the 135 with the 100 and/or the 70-200. However, it doesn't change the fact that for reasons which I can't quite explain in a scientific fashion, I can consistently get shots that look a certain way when the 135 is mounted while I'm running and gunning (without having to pay mind to subject to background distance and shooting distance from subject etc).

I have the 85II, 90tse, 100, 135, and the 70-200II. The 100 and the zoom get the least amount of usage. The ONLY time I pull the zoom out is for paid shoots when I need the zoom flexibility and the 100 is strictly a macro lens (for my shooting needs). Even then, the 100 is only pulled out when I need 1:1 macro which is not often. Most of the time, the 90tse is preferred for close up product type shots.

This is not to say that it will be the same for you. As others have stated, your question is one that cannot be accurately answered by anyone else other than yourself as you are the only one that truly knows what your needs and preferences are.

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Lenses / Re: just hit the purchase button
« on: March 19, 2014, 05:58:12 PM »
"So you sent the Sigma back and kept the Canon?"

Yeah. Two copies actually. The second one was worse than the first which is when I decided to give up. I kept the 35L for a while longer until I eventually decided it would be more useful to just have the 35/2 IS since I already had the other fast primes close to the FL.

The Sigma was amazing optically which is why I wish I could be guaranteed a copy that marries well to my body.

What body do you have?  Do you have AFMA?

When I had the copies of the Sigma, I had a 5d3. They were both AFMA'd with Reikan FoCal. At the time, the dock had not yet been released so I didn't have the ability to modify the three distance values in lens. However, with the single distance calibration in body I did have, I was still getting inconsistent AF at roughly that distance depending on the lighting I was in during real world usage. As stated earlier, the second copy was even worse than the first which is when I threw in the towel.

At the time, I had spoken to a tech in their New York office and was told to send both the body and lens in together which I had actually given some consideration to since the optical quality of the lens made it so attractive.

Putting the accuracy issue aside, both S35 copies I had were still noticeably slower to AF than the copy of the 35L I had which in all reality was the most consistently accurate AF'ing lens I owned. The speed difference was not the deal breaker though since the Sigmas still did reasonably well in that regard (albeit not as fast).

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Lenses / Re: just hit the purchase button
« on: March 19, 2014, 04:29:18 PM »
"So you sent the Sigma back and kept the Canon?"

Yeah. Two copies actually. The second one was worse than the first which is when I decided to give up. I kept the 35L for a while longer until I eventually decided it would be more useful to just have the 35/2 IS since I already had the other fast primes close to the FL.

The Sigma was amazing optically which is why I wish I could be guaranteed a copy that marries well to my body.

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Lenses / Re: just hit the purchase button
« on: March 14, 2014, 11:29:52 AM »
Both lenses are excellent. No need to compare the two to justify the purchase of one or the other. If there's enough money, buy both! The focusing issue on the Sigma can be mostly rectified via the USB dock and microadjustment in-camera, so it's not like it will make or break a project unless you are shooting at f1.4, in which case you should be manual focusing anyway. Cheers.

Agreed regarding both lenses.......with regard to optics.

"unless you are shooting at f1.4"

The issue though, is that part one of the more important reasons you buy a fast prime is to be able to shoot it fast. I personally had issues with several copies not only with varying distances, but varying lighting as well when shooting at or near wide open. This is a problem I had personally never experienced with the 35L. As a matter of fact, the Canon was the most consistently accurate fast prime I've ever had when shooting wide open.

I absolutely disagree that you "should" be manual focusing when shooting wide open with a fast prime as a general rule. While there may be times when it is needed, it generally is not.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 70D - 2 Weeks With Dual Pixel
« on: March 11, 2014, 12:34:47 PM »
I just received a 70D in the mail yesterday for my buddy who has asked me to put it through it's paces for the next two weeks and share my findings.

While I already knew that the dual pixel tech was going to be decently quick, I am still very surprised by how well it is performing so far. I find that it is much more consistently quick even in less than ideal lighting conditions than both my x100s and xe-2.

The lenses I have tested so far are the 24II, 35 IS, 50L, and 135. All have been consistently quick which is quite amazing (to me at least).

IQ is still less than desirable when bumping up ISO to 1600+ as expected so nothing to write home about there. But the real gem here is the dual pixel technology. Finally experiencing it for myself, I am now beyong excited to get an updated full frame body with the feature as it will be nothing short of stunning. Dual pixel, in conjunction with a hybrid vf + full frame sensor would make me soil myself.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Panasonic Lumix GH4 ...
« on: March 10, 2014, 12:04:45 PM »
Good point re the m43 lens prices. I was actually considering it since speed boosters have been surfacing for EF to m43 on eBay.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: March 10, 2014, 11:11:24 AM »
Did all the big believers in this thread put in their preorders this morning?

Panasonic is going to need every last supporter they can get if they are going to impact the market and subsequently Canon if this move is going to be as significant as you guys think it is.

Sella - Since you've saved up all that money throughout the years, claim to be ready to jump into 4k and are willing to buy everything else to go with it, I look forward to seeing some of your 4k work very soon.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Panasonic Lumix GH4 ...
« on: March 10, 2014, 11:07:30 AM »
Just got an email from B&H with the price for Panasonic GH4 - US$ 1699 - that's US$ 1869 with shipping and customs (for me) for body only ... and if you also want the interface unit with 2-Channel XLR Inputs, than the price is US$3299 (i.e. US$ 3603 with shipping & customs)  :o :o :o
Last week when I had severe GAS (before I knew about its price tag), I was thinking about pre-ordering the GH4 ... but now, no way ... freaking quarter size sensor (of my Sony a7 or the 6D), costs the same as a full frame camera :o :o :o ... the Sony a6000 which will be released around the same time (with some awesome features and a much bigger sensor), is costing only US$648.
But this is a worrying sign, coz if a micro four thirds camera like the GH4 is going to cost this much, what will Canon/Nikon charge for 7D MK II/D400 :-\

Had the same feeling when I opened up that email this morning. I would've actually considered it just out of value and curiosity had it been lower.

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Lenses / Re: Collecting gear
« on: March 10, 2014, 11:01:37 AM »
I didn't word that very well did I? Nothing new there. What I meant was if you have the 17 TS-E and a 1.4 TC there is very little practical need for a 24 TS-E, and if you have the 100 L Macro there is little practical need for the 135 f2.

As you, I do a lot of research before buying a lens after deciding I need one, I travel a lot so whilst having one of everything might be a nice idea (principally to a collector  :)  ) it is generally impractical. My research, specifically with regards actual resultant images, pointed me to get the 17TS-E (and a 1.4 TC) and the 100L Macro, even though I shot with a 135 f2 for many years in the manual focus FD system.

At the time I bought the TS-E 24L II, there was no convenient filter system for the 17mm version (e.g., the Wonderpana that's now available), so having front threads was a significant differentiator for me.  For tilt aficionados, the 24mm offers an extra 2° (8.5° vs. 6.5° max tilt).  I might pick up a TS-E 17mm at some point...

I find the 135L to have a significant advantage for shooting action in low light (e.g. gymnasiums) - the extra stop and faster AF make a noticeable difference in the resulting images.  But for portrait use, I agree that the 100L does just fine.

Agreed re both points re tse and the two tele lenses.

Beyond the advantages of focus speed and low light shooting, the DOF at 135/2 is something that the 100L can't touch in any lighting at any time and place. Like Neuro said, if all you are doing is portraiture in a controlled setting and you don't want/need f2, then the two lenses would be potentially very redundant. Otherwise, they are two completely different lenses generally used for two very different things (especially for people that have both).

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Canon General / Re: In need of a "walk around" camera
« on: March 06, 2014, 09:24:24 PM »
What do you think of the x100s' AF, quod? Do you think it's fast enough for chasing a toddler around the house? (I'm not considering true action shots; for that I'll stick with my DSLR.)
Thanks!
Daniel
No, the X100S does not have a speedy AF system.  It's really great at some things, but that's not one of them.  That said, anyone else with an X100S want to chime in on this?

I wouldn't shoot sports with it. But for toddlers, perfectly sufficient. It's what I'm shooting most of the time with mine :)

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