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EOS Bodies / Re: AE-1 Styled DSLR from Canon?
« on: September 17, 2014, 05:43:03 PM »
I'd love to see an AE-1 styled digital body with at least the specs below:
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Who else is interested in this sort of Camera?

I'm not at all interested in AE-1 style.  It wasn't that attractive back then, even less so now.  However, I'm very, very interested in AE-1 size & weight for a full frame camera.

There is an interesting recent interview with Canon designer Yoshiaki Sugiyama in which he says:  "I believe that the optimum size among Canon cameras is the AL-1.”  What's notable about that is that the AL-1 was made in 1982 and it was small.  So he feels that Canon achieved their optimal camera size 32 years ago!  :o

http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/education/technical/developing_the_eos_1_series_design.do

At the end of the interview he says "I previously said that I believe the optimum size among Canon cameras is the AL-1. I believe that the trend towards compact, lightweight equipment is a certainty among categories encompassed by advanced amateurs, and even professional equipment, [so] the entire [EOS] system will move toward a more lightweight form."

So I'm looking forward to smaller & lighter EOS cameras!  :D

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Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 16, 2014, 02:01:56 AM »
The full frame version of this already exists.  It is the 40mm f/2.8 STM.  And a full frame 24/2.8 also exists, but is not a pancake.  Likely it could not be built as a pancake, at least not with an f/2.8 max. aperture.  At f/4 they could probably make a 24mm pancake.

This lens will go wonderfully with the SL1 / 100D!  The little 40mm was too long as a walkaround lens on the SL1 / 100D.

I do wish that Canon would make a fuller EF-S line of lenses, as good as their full-frame counterparts but smaller, like a 22/2 or 22/1.4, an 85/2 IS, and a 45-135/2.8 IS.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:01:41 PM »
oh boy...i think i am going to skip the reading of all these pages and just jump out on a limb and say a few things. 

This camera does look to be badass, that is if your shooting action.  If your not shooting action, or are reach limited then FF sensors are just better for the obvious reasons.  So I won't be buying this - but - I do like what I see for specs. 

As to the constant DR drumbeat I hear...I am sick of that and sick of all the claims that this isn't an upgrade and canon doesn't innovate.  I mean, tell me seriously what other than using someone else's sensor has nikon done?  Take that sensor out and what have they done?  Not much, other than release 7 FF bodies over the past 3 years (more if you count the DF, and the d4 and the d4s) in order to end up with 2 decent ones....

Anyway you hack it though...all this talk of innovation and really, how can nikon take any of the credit for it...or...how can camera users give nikon credit for that?  Especially when apparently they couldn't even get that right without releasing 7 bodies to get 2 that may stick....

I agree.  DR is not even on my list of things to check before buying a new camera.  Canon have met my DR requirements for a very long time now.  (Improving DR is good, but I'm not missing any in current cameras.)  I'm much more interested in other camera details like high ISO, AF speed & accuracy, size & weight, ergonomics, durability, dual cards, etc., etc.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: And people say Canon is behind??
« on: September 12, 2014, 01:21:54 PM »
Looks like a great camera!  If I were a Nikon shooter, the D750 would be my #1 choice among all current Nikon models, based on size, features and price.  Looks like the perfect update of the D700.  And dual cards is nice!

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Lenses / Re: Samyang 12mm F2.8 Full Frame Fish Eye
« on: September 10, 2014, 07:42:07 PM »
Wow, that is pretty cool.  Really, really w-i-d-e angle.

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Lenses / Re: Lens price drops around the world
« on: September 04, 2014, 03:40:17 AM »
We have all seen that Canon USA has reduced the prices of 26 lenses. Moreover, it is possible that this price-drop is permanent.

Price drops are never, ever permanent.  Prices fluctuate.  Lenses that have been around for a while have had a variety of prices, going up and down probably depending on many factors, from exchange rates to material costs, etc.  Prices will no doubt continue to fluctuate.

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Lenses / Re: New Lens Information for Photokina
« on: September 03, 2014, 12:57:20 AM »
I would love to see Canon make a higher quality version of the 50/1.4 or 50/1.8, and an IS version of the 85/1.8.  Make them as good as the 35/2 IS.

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Lenses / Re: Canon Price Drops on L Lenses
« on: September 02, 2014, 10:05:20 AM »
It's the dawning of the age of aquarius .. good old EF is dying ... new native short flangeback lenses for mirrorless FF are on the horizon ... or maybe even around the corner. :-)

Canon has to lower lens prices, because so many people like myself are not interested in big mirrorslappers any longer.

Then the EF system must have been really dead some years back when lens prices where even lower.  For example, in 2008, I bought the 135L for around $950.  I bought another one in 2013 for $900.  Its current price is $1049 -- after the price drop.  Mirrorless must have been really hot back then. ;-)

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Lenses / Re: Canon Price Drops on L Lenses
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:29:07 PM »
Prices go up and down, and down and up.  The Canon 135mm f/2L lens price has dropped to $1049, but the price is still higher than it was back in 2008 or 2011.

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Lenses / Re: A New Pancake Lens? [CR1]
« on: August 23, 2014, 11:30:10 AM »
Yay, more pancakes!  I'd love to have another.  :D

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Lenses / Re: Rubber covering loose on zoom of 24-70 II - advice?
« on: August 22, 2014, 07:12:09 PM »
The exact same thing has happened to my 24-70/2.8 II.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D True High ISO King?
« on: August 22, 2014, 07:10:53 PM »
I absolutely love the IQ of the 6D

It;s amazing, isn't it? Smooth, sharp, clean images.

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My only beef is the AF performance pretty much sails out the window the moment the sun drops. Dusk shooting is all about MF in my experience.

Now this I'm going to have to disagree with. Using center point AF with L lenses, the lowlight focus is the best  I've used on any Canon DSLR.

I agree, center point on the 6D is great.  In any light.

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Lenses / Re: 85mm f1/2L II and event photography?
« on: August 22, 2014, 05:01:32 PM »
The 85L is a wonderful lens and I used it for many events.  But I also think it's too heavy for general event use.  I just didn't enjoy carrying it! 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 18, 2014, 09:51:21 PM »
How about a mirrorless full frame camera stuck in an AE1 type body?  No autofocus, full manual controls and good
battery life.  Oh, wait - that's a Fuji XT1 in manual mode.

But the XT1 doesn't meet your criteria ... it's not full frame.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 18, 2014, 01:18:42 PM »
I also do not understand why folks want reach for these microscopic bodies.  I might be way off here, but mirrorless needs to be small.  Period.

I like the option of reach — I'd be very happy to see mirrorless shrink some big lenses.  A 70-200/2.8 is a bear to carry (3.28 pounds!), not to mention even larger telephotos.  By comparison, a Panasonic 35-100/2.8 weighs just 13 ounces and provides the same reach.  Similarly, an Olympus 75/1.8 is tiny when compared with a Canon 135/2, thought they provide about the same reach. 

Canon could build some smallish lenses for a new generation of Eos M (with EVF and fast autofocus), like a 45-135mm/2.8 IS.  Fuji is going to introduce a 50-140mm/2.8 lens for their X cameras, which is basically the same idea.

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