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Lenses / Re: What's your favourite focal length?
« on: November 19, 2014, 04:53:45 PM »
14-35-85-150

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Gold-trimmed Nikon DF - good, bad, ugly?
« on: November 14, 2014, 06:38:59 PM »
We might laugh at these, but in the future these collectibles will be worth big money.

Specially the lens with a pointless plastic gold ring :). IMHO, it's just as collectible as Pentax K-S1.

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EOS Bodies / Re: I killed my brand new 7D MK2 today
« on: November 13, 2014, 08:56:39 PM »
So, why would anyone insert a memory cards without looking?

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f1.2 or Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art?
« on: November 10, 2014, 11:59:38 AM »
Apple vs tomato :)
85L has more oomph.
Next question.

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Battery life is like Canon 1 : 3 Sony, and for a landscaping trip you may end up with 10 or 12 NP-FW50, because battery life in landscape photography is not about the number of shots you take, but the amount of time you are waiting for the right moment and unlike DSLR you can't even work on the composition with your A7r being turned off or in standby mode like most DSLRs are most of the time.

And you can't just do the composition and turn off the Sony while waiting for the right moment?

I mean that LiveView/EVF is eating your battery while you are looking for the best spot or a better angle, not just when sitting there with a ready to shoot camera on a tripod and waiting for good light to push the button.

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Actually I find myself using liveview when doing landscapes on Canon and the battery life of even the 1DX in live view is just as bad as the Sony.

Me too, and yes it is. I've never been on a pure landscaping trip, but I like doing macro (for hours) and I think the battery drain rates are very similar in both. Normally it's like 10 peekers per battery :).

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1Dx in favour of mirrorless
« on: November 08, 2014, 03:58:55 PM »
Many claimed 12MP is little low for landscape. I don't agree with that either. I feel 12MP is good, as long as you don't crop 30-40% from RAW.

Well, A7s is not as bad as X-T1, but 16+mp wouldn't hurt.

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Well, I think it is OK when better = heavier and more expensive.
What's wrong with adapting Canon EF 16-35/4L IS on Sony A7r?
Battery life is like Canon 1 : 3 Sony, and for a landscaping trip you may end up with 10 or 12 NP-FW50, because battery life in landscape photography is not about the number of shots you take, but the amount of time you are waiting for the right moment and unlike DSLR you can't even work on the composition with your A7r being turned off or in standby mode like most DSLRs are most of the time.

Nothing is wrong with adapting an EF 16-35mm if you are a Canon user, have already the lenses and want the sensor characteristics of the Sony A7r. But in real life most users would buy the lenses from the manufacturer of their camera. It might be the case for the "advanced photographer", ready to mix and match lenses and bodies through adapters, but it is unlikely to be what most people do.

I assume the standard user would buy a Canon camera to use Canon lenses, and Sony camera to use Sony / Zeiss lenses. Nothing wrong with either method, it's just very unlikely that someone buying a camera system for the first time would bother to buy a Metabone adapter ($400) to mount a lens that won't behave exactly as the original brand would, to maybe get 10% better optics.

If someone want to go into the Sony system, it makes sense to buy Sony lenses, if you go into the Canon system it makes sense to buy Canon lenses for general use. So for Sony users, I suppose it is a good news to have an excellent wide angle zoom available, as it is for us, Canon users to finally have the 16-35 f4 IS that will replace without regrets the previous ones.

Makes sense. However, for most big canon L glass collection owners it is easier and more reasonable to use an adapter, than buying a whole second system + longer flange distance has its IQ advantages too. When/if I give up waiting for canon FF mirrorless, then I will definitely get some nice fast manual primes and adapters for A7r or the next best thing.
I'm not a professional and I don't have those back problems caused by 10+ years of heavy gear lifting. Which may be one of the reasons why I don't buy this crazy "compact system camera" propaganda, that is supposed to replace a proper FF camera. Sony A7 series may be my last hope :).

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1Dx in favour of mirrorless
« on: November 08, 2014, 01:00:51 PM »
I'm watching mirrorless cameras progress, and am considering renting a A7r for my next ultra low light job, bring both it and my 5D MK III.
 
I won't be able to do it until after Christmas, but it might be interesting to see how they compare at ISO 25600 as far as detail, color, etc.  The A7r should be a easy winner, but I've been fooled by the hype too many times to lay down good money based on others opinions who may have not took the same type of photos.

"... ultra low light job..." - Why not A7s then?

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A dream come true for many landscape shooters & travelers. A7r + FE 16-35mm f4 OS = light weight package with a full pocket of spare batteries.

Anyways, Canon 16-35 f4 IS is a GREAT lens.

Noboby said the Canon is not a great lens, it's likely the best of all 3, and I will probably get one in a near future.

However I am not sure I get your point about the A7r combo :

Canon 5D3 (905g) +16-35 L IS (615g) + 2 LP-E6 (about 150g) = 1715g

Sony A7r (407g) +  16-35 ZA (518g) + let's say 5 NP-FW50 batteries, to make it balanced (215g) = 1140g

When you go for landscape / travelling, it's very likely you carry at least a small backpack, so carry 3 more batteries is not really an issue (except for the cost) since the Sony batteries are about half the weight of the Canon ones. On the other hand 575g total weight less is not subjective when hiking / travelling. IMHO, for landscape / travel / architecture (and I am NOT saying for sports, birding, weddings or whatever else), the Sony combo wins, especially when you take in account the sensor low ISO capabilities (although for travel some might not want the extra resolution).

Well, I think it is OK when better = heavier and more expensive.
What's wrong with adapting Canon EF 16-35/4L IS on Sony A7r?
Battery life is like Canon 1 : 3 Sony, and for a landscaping trip you may end up with 10 or 12 NP-FW50, because battery life in landscape photography is not about the number of shots you take, but the amount of time you are waiting for the right moment and unlike DSLR you can't even work on the composition with your A7r being turned off or in standby mode like most DSLRs are most of the time.

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Don't they know that Canon lenses can be used (adapted) on A7R? Could someone tell them please :).

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EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 07, 2014, 05:58:33 PM »
Why DIGIC 6? That processor has been around for about 2 years now and is designed for old technology. The DIGIC 7 is probably on the horizon and I would imagine that it would be starting to show up in 2015.

The appearance of a DIGIC 7 would be a sign that Canon products are about to catch up with competitors instead of building systems around obsolete tech. A high end new camera appearing with a DIGIC 6 spells F A I L to me.

It's a camera, not an iPad. Digic6+ is fine. Nobody cares how they call it :).

EOS-1D/1Ds had Digic1
EOS-1D2/1Ds2 had Digic2
EOS-1D3/1Ds3 had Digic3
EOS-1D4 had Digic4
EOS-1DX has Digic5+
I think it's traditional :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 07, 2014, 03:12:25 PM »
When first starting out, you should explore a lot of different possibilities. I'd recommend the Canon T5 kit w/ 18-55mm & 55-250mm lenses. Add an extra battery and a 50mm f/1.8 lens. That's your budget right there.

There has been some good advice in this thread so I felt no need to give my 2ct, but I agree with the above doesn't seem like a good idea - esp. paying a lot of $$$ and ending up with the ultra-crappy ancient 50/1.8 which is the absolute reverse of the "glass first" mantra.

One other reason in addition to those jdramirez gave: Having too many lenses around can be a hassle for a beginner, nobody likes changing lenses and it can take the fun away. Having lenses with very thin dof can also be difficult for beginners. Better start with an older crop camera body and a single good ef-s lens like the ef-s 15-85 which covers more reach, then start shooting, then think again where to go from there.

"Glass first" mantra doesn't work for everyone. I regret that I didn't start with a FF and 50/1.8, although my budget wasn't $800. If I had to start now, with a crop, I would get the one and only Sigma 18-35/1.8 ART, but it alone costs $800 new. So, sometimes it's not "glass first", but "how much can you justify spending on it".

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 07, 2014, 06:58:59 AM »
If I was looking for a Rebel class DSLR, it would definitely be EOS 100D (or SL1), nothing else. But, if $800 budget is for both, body and lenses, then I would think about EOS M mirrorless system instead. At the moment, B&H is selling EOS M with 22mm f/2 STM lens for only $330.

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EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 06, 2014, 09:46:17 AM »
Deja Vu :) from 3 years ago.
Please, Canon, can we have that FF mirrorless already? This is getting really annoying  :'(

Pro level mirrorless body with uncompromised ergonomics and controls.
No need for mode dial, just one for each of the exposure variables with auto options.
No miniaturism or retro fetiches, please. Even Leica is innovating these days.
Big and comfortable grip with CF card slot and LP-E6 battery in it.
Respectable EVF, Vari-angle touch screen LCD, focus peaking, zebra and 4K video for god's sake (facepalm).
50+mp FF sensor with a big lens mounting hole for adapters (like medium format speedboosters :) )
and crop modes for crop lenses (even M4/3 would get 12+mp from such sensor).

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Nice review and thank you for samples  :)

There's a typo:

"FEATURES AT A GLANCE
A quick summary of the new Canon 7D mark II features:

2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor"


and noTC vs 1.4xTC vs 2.0xTC sample descriptions are wrong (vice versa).

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