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Lenses / Re: What Lenses are missing from Canon's range
« on: July 16, 2014, 01:02:12 PM »
400 mm f/4 IS
400 mm f/5.6 IS

I would be seriously interested in either of these if they were to come to market.

Canon already produce the 400mm f4 DO IS lens and it is similarly built to L class. 400mm f5.6L with IS is my dream for travel light.
I miss a light-weight do-it-all zoom like the Nikon 28-300mm VR, it delivers very good IQ and sharpness. I have not tried the new tammy.

I also support the 12-24mm f4L and a low-CA 50mm f1.8-2 IS lens with similar built, IQ and sharpness to the excellent 35mm f2 IS.

+1 on the 400mm (Nikon should add one of these too), Canon could add a non-tank like 28-300 similar in price and quality to the Nikon 28-300 as well as the Nikon 18-300.  I use the 18-300 on my D7100 and that has replaced by for my event camera which was a 60D with 18-200.  I've been surprised just how good the 18-300 and D7100 combo is.  They have been a joy to use.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Nikon D800s... Why?
« on: June 25, 2014, 01:08:26 PM »
New Nikon D800s... Why (in a forum named EOS Bodies)?

It's a development pipeline discussion, not a Nikon discussion.   :P
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I would love it to be about a Canon release for a new high MP body (I do landscapes and seascapes), but from what I've read, 2015 will be the earliest that we can have that discussion.  So I'm interested in the 810 because of the newer processor.  I'm hoping for a larger buffer so I can finally get continuous shooting at the top frame rate of 6 fps.  I know that doesn't mean much in the Canon lineup but to have 6 fps (with battery grip) and 36mp, that is a 50% improvement over what I have today.  I don't use it very often at the top speed (birds), but then speed of shooting is important sometimes.  Since the specs really haven't been released I suppose this is a premature discussion, but I like to have a general knowledge of what both (all) sides for upper end cameras are doing because that will be where the industry is heading.  More dynamic range also seems to be the trend that I welcome even though I am quite pleased with what the D800 and D800E already have.  The elimination of the AA filter on high MP cameras seems to be another trend that we'll see in future cameras.  I have shot extensively with both the D800 and the D800E.  I do see the difference in my large prints when I do everything right.  Elimination of the AA filter on high MP cameras does seem like a good thing (be sure to do capture sharpening to see the effect, otherwise you'll miss it).  If Canon comes up with this new 54 mp camera rumored to be a new Sony sensor this fall in Germany, then we can all talk about that.
 
 

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Just one more year and we might come out with something.....

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This lens will not be competing in the same league as the Canon 28-300mmL in terms of build quality, weather seal, focusing speed and size. I will be a consumer lens like the one found in Nikon that is a fantastic lens. I will wait for reviews to then take a decision but, it's an attractive do-it-all lens for canon users. I don't think it will be the same for nikon users since they already have it and it's priced at the same range.

I will wait for the reviews.  Out of all the Canon lenses, I decided to skip the Canon 28-300mm mostly because of size and price.  I waited for the really good Canon 70-300mm L.  I know that it is not the same but I've been very happy with this 70-300mm.  In fact, Nikon would do well to try to compete with it.  However I do have the Nikon 28-300 and my copy has exceeded my expectations.  I really don't see buying a Tamron since I've always been let down on their lenses.  I wish this new lens really competes with the Sigma Art line which I have been so happy with.  I'd love to see the IQ the same as the Art line.  I was testing the Tamron 150-600 at 600mm all weekend and the center quality was minimally ok but all the edges away from the center were just poor.  At first I thought it was me so I tried the Wimberly, RRS RH50, and an Arcatech. I tried hand one top of lens to stabilize it, then no hand.  With VC, no VC.  Full sun, then shade.  Rock, grass, cars, and even people (in wet suits).  What I found was close subjects seemed ok but distant subjects not.  I tried four different days.  I'm just not in love with Tamron.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal head or not for Tamron 150-600
« on: June 16, 2014, 10:00:33 PM »

It's not just the weight of the lens...That Bigron extends out quite a bit and factor in that big hood.  Center of gravity shifts depending on where you have it extended.   Hence gimbal over ballhead in this case.   PLUNK !
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+1 on that.  I have the ArcaTech and I tried it in normal ballhead mode and I was having a hard time getting it to stabilize using the Tamron 150-600.  I tried it on the Wimberly II and I'm much more pleased.  It also seems fine on the RRS BH50.  I think the ballhead on the Arcatech may just be too small.  What I have not tried is the ArcaTech in gimbal mode.  That may be better but racked out to 600mm, it stands out there a long way.  When I use the Wimberly, I do use a series 5 gitzo so this is probably overkill for the light Tamron.  I talked to Tameron service and then said to turn off the VC.  But the subject of gimbals never came up because many lenses say for gimbals you should leave the VC on and for monopods.  Anyone want to comment?
 

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As of today, here is B&H's update - "I am sorry but at this time the manufacturer has not given us a delivery date for this lens " that they sent me in response to an online query about the status of this lens.

Me too.

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Lenses / Re: Tamron SP 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: June 05, 2014, 12:19:05 PM »
I ordered my Tamron 150-600 in late December (Nikon mount) and I just got it last month so it took almost 5 months.  If the economy is still in bad shape, why does it take so long to get delivery on lenses?  I know they are made in Japan, Thailand (before military take over) or China but you would think with such demand that products would come out faster.  Of course, in some cases, manufacturers are purging their supply channels of inventory leading up to a new model, but the Tammy was really an all new product.

By the way, it is worth the wait.  At least my copy exceeded my expectations for such a low price.
 

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Canon General / Re: Canon Announces the \
« on: May 27, 2014, 07:43:34 PM »
Does this mean that when they announce and new lens/camera that Canon will "bring it" to market?
+1 to that...


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Canon General / Re: Canon Announces the \
« on: May 27, 2014, 01:11:00 PM »
I guess if you can't bring new products (like high MP camera), you might as well announce a really great marketing campaign.  I'm sure all customers would all appreciate that.....

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I've read a number of reviews (in print and online) that indicate that the D800 starts to fall apart once you get above ISO 800-1600.


I don't agree and I use D800/e bodies.
you can get perfectly usable shots at 1600 & 3200 with very little NR required so it's nowhere near "falling apart" at 800.  I don't even bother with NR at 800 and it's still good at a per-pixel level.

otherwise..
As for the constant comments on superiority of Canon glass, what's the point of it until there's a more capable EOS body to put it on?  Did no one here bother to look at the lens tests for D800e on DxOmark?
There's a good many lenses capable of rendering more MP than Canon has theoretical ones and you can mount them on a D800e .

http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Best-lenses-for-the-Nikon-D800E-The-sharpest-full-frame-camera-ever-measured/Best-DxOMark-sharpness-rankings

e.g.  The flyweight Nikon 70-200 f/4 VR is capable of stunning resolution, handheld, a few stops below the usual 1/FL rule as well.  A little technique and decent glass can get a lot of MP out of these bodies, if needed, and the sensor performance in other areas is still top-of-class.

Truly good and unique Canon glass, like the TS series, are better adapted for use on Sony A7 bodies.

Canon has, for years, been a letdown for those hoping for improved sensor performance and-or resolution.
I was one of those people but, with little patience, I found better options, went there, and have enjoyed the benefits of that decision since 2012. I don't have time to waste on Canon-HOPE.


+2 At long last someone that reports the same results for the D800/E as I have been getting.  I was shooting the new Tamron 150-600mm at 3200 on the D800 last night hand-held and I was pleased with the results (except for the fact that all the birds in the area took off when they saw the lens).  I did have to do some noise reduction but I really like the tighter grain (I mean noise) and can smooth it over to what print size I'm aiming at.  Thanks again for letting Canon users know they do have options.
 

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Yes, I bought a D800, and files that open to  125 - 150 MB are no fun to edit.  Its hard to imagine what editing a 200 - 250 MB file would be like.
 
The files open so large due to the huge amount of noise in any image over about ISO 800.  NEF is a compressed file, but they are uncompressed in order to edit them.  I tried editing 1500 shots that I took at high ISO over a couple of nights.  I had to use a ton of NR on them, and that took minutes per image to run.
 
I sold the D800 and bought a 5D MK III, it is much better for high ISO photography.  The D800 is great at ISO 200, assuming that you buy lenses that can resolve the high MP, and that you use a tripod or very fast shutter speed.  Its difficult to actually get the high resolution possible, many users do not and give up.

I have the 5DIII and both the D800 and D800E.  If you have some Nikon glass that you would like to sell because you have sold your D800, please let me know.  I use Photoshop CC and Bridge.  The actual file sizes on disk (NEF) are less than 50MB and no where close to what you are quoting unless you are talking about the resulting photoshop saved PSD file with all the layers that are not flattened.  Perhaps your computer is slow. 

I have been very pleased with the resolution of Nikon glass and very much love the 14-24.  Since I am a landscape guy I use ISO 100 mostly and here is where I find the D800 surpassing anything in the Canon line (most of which I still own).  I find the raw files very easy to edit with Photoshop CC and have developed a very efficient workflow.  It is true I am not a high ISO lover since my applications don't need it.  Most of my prints that I do myself are 24 x 36 or larger. 

Someday, if Canon comes out with a competitive camera, including the improved dynamic range of the D800 sensor over the Canon sensors, I really would like to shoot my Canon glass again because I really think the Canon tilt-shift lenses are a kick.   Also Nikon supertels are heavier than Canon equivalents but then Canon is so much more money.  I'm sure Nikon will catch up by decreasing weight and raising their prices just like Canon did.

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+1 on Thank You for your comparison shots.  I know that was a lot of work and many people enjoyed seeing your efforts.  I have the Canon 1.2 L so I've decided not to order the Sigma 50mm 1.4 in a Canon mount.  I'm still waiting for my Nikon mount to arrive.  I guess sometime this summer.  Thanks again for your efforts.

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I don't like myself when I'm cynical but something else could be going on.  In one case I remember someone like yourself shot the event without me knowing that there would be another shooter.  I thought I was the only shooter because that is what my contact told me.  Then the other shooter's pictures were chosen not so much that they were better but they were free because they were friends and the group was able to save a bunch of money.  Now I require a high enough shoot fee before I will schedule the shoot so at least I get paid for my time.  People will do a bunch of things just to save a buck.  Even brides or grooms.

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Lenses / Re: just hit the purchase button
« on: March 13, 2014, 12:43:07 PM »
I too just hit the purchase button, my largest photo buy ever, took quite a bit of hemming and hawwing and considering FL's etc etc.
The first thing to do was to rule out the fleeting latest appetizing gear that really does not suit my strengths or will not aid my in the best directions.
The only item I will be getting that isn't a sure thing for me is the Big Ron, so I will put it through it's paces from the gitgo if I need to facilitate a return to B&H. And if it doesn't thrill me well, there's the the cash for a 2nd body dedicated to Alt lenses (Lensbaby, Holga, Fisheye) I have been wanting.
What is "the Big Ron"?  What is "FL's?

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Coming in March? [CR1]
« on: February 21, 2014, 01:51:06 PM »
Please Canon give me some new Camera..  I'm a landscape and seascape guy.  How about a camera with built in ND filters (for raw), split, and graduated and HDR for raw with several options for bracketing, and a few features that I can't even think of.  Oh.  It must be better in every way than a D800E....  I'm ready to buy.

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