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These are fixed lens camcorders. I know they serve a purpose, but...snore.

-Great for events.
-When you want things in focus with minimal effort.
-Auto focus capable
-Auto exposure capable
-Servo zoom, if you need it.  Probably supports tripod-handle zoom controllers and such.
-Integrated XLR audio.  Yeah, C-series has it, but DSLRs don't.

The main appeal for me with these cameras is having three dedicated rings on the lens for zoom/focus/exposure, as Canon currently does not have a camera in this price range with it.  I know they're probably programmed rings, rather than fully manual ones that actually move the lens elements, but it's better than nothing.

All that said, I'm not in the market for a camcorder now....perfectly happy with my little Sony NX30.   :P

Canon General / Re: Canon Announces the PowerShot G1 X Mark II
« on: February 12, 2014, 11:28:31 AM »
Any idea how fast the auto focus and general control responsiveness will be?  That's been the main thing keeping me away from new point-n-shoots and lugging around my beat-up GF1 these days.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
« on: October 23, 2013, 08:27:58 AM »
Recently picked one up because I damaged my 24-105L.  Managed to sell it, and put the money towards a rebated 24-70L f/4.

Gotta say, it's definitely nice.  These photos have been post-processed, but figured I'd post them anyway.

Lenses / Re: 24-105L or 24-70L (F4 or F2.8)?
« on: October 13, 2013, 02:09:46 PM »
Hard to draw any conclusions from downsized images.

It's a little clearer on the Part 2 YouTube video if you watch in 1080p.  He does a zoomed in side-by-side image comparison in Lightroom, moving around to different parts of the frame.

Lenses / Re: 24-105L or 24-70L (F4 or F2.8)?
« on: October 12, 2013, 11:04:53 AM »
I found a decent review online of all three lenses:

Essentially, the 24-70 2.8 is unquestionably the king.  But it costs a lot, and may not be worth the price for what you need your lens to do.

The 24-70 f4 is much cleaner across the frame than the 24-105.  For me, if you're shooting wide, and not framing your subjects in the center of the frame, then you'll benefit more from the 24-70 f4 in this regard as well.  Same for group shots.

I currently have a 24-105 I got in a kit with my 6D.  It has worked fine for most of my uses, but I have noticed it suffer a bit on group shots or other special situations.  I recently damaged the focus barrel on it (AF still works), so I'm going to try and sell it as-is and upgrade to the 24-70 f4.  Both because of the quality improvements, but also because I like having a lighter kit for traveling that the 2.8 definitely won't deliver.  I have several primes like the 50 1.4 and 85 1.8 if I need low-light shooting, so I don't need an extra stop of light in my general purpose zoom.

With the money saved between the 4 and 2.8, you could buy a few of those primes and still pay less than you would for the more expensive zoom.

Lenses / Any idea when the 24-70 f/4 L is going to be cheaper?
« on: September 19, 2013, 12:40:06 PM »
A bit of a ramble, but just looking for some feedback.

I shoot on a 6D, I recently damaged the focus ring on my 24-105L, and repair for it was quoted at $300.  The ring is very stiff to rotate, which basically makes me unable to smoothly focus while shooting video.  The autofocus still works fine though, so I continue to use it for still photography, which is about 85% of the work I do anyway.  The lens is less than a year old, but even that with what it is worth, I'm a bit hesitant to spend that money on a repair that isn't critical.

I have an idea to try to sell the lens for a low-ball amount as-is (maybe $400), thinking someone who only shoots stills may find use for it.  I also have a 17-55 f/2.8 that I was using before I got the 6D, and it pretty much useless to me now since I can't mount it on a full-frame.  My reasoning is that if I sell both lenses, I can put the money towards the new 24-70 f/4.

Being that it is still so new though, the price is a bit high for my tastes.  It is no doubt an excellent lens, but for the compromises it makes (35mm shorter, while still being f/4) I'd rather not dump $1500 on it.  Anyone that tracks prices know when it may come down a little in price?  Or should I just bite the bullet and spend $300 repairing my 24-105, pretty much hold onto that one forever?  I also regularly shoot with a 50 f/1.4 and 85 f/1.8, so I'm not sunk at the moment, it's just a bit of a bummer.

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