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Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:24:21 AM »
This lens is over-kill for me. I'd have preferred it being f/3.5, weather-sealed and possibly with IS ... unless the latter significantly increases the size. It being an L-grade lens goes without saying, but just for clarification: L, of course. Such a lens, with great optics, would be the ideal travel lens with a "full-frame" camera.

It's called 2470 f4 L IS or 17-40 or 16-35.

Why 35 f/3.5 when there is an 35 f/2 IS already in existence? The point of a prime lens is speed*. No use owning a f/3.5 prime L when there are f/2.8 L zooms kicking about.

Edit - *exception TS 24mm f/3.5 L

Lenses / Re: Help me decide: should I buy an EF 135L
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:12:59 AM »
The 135L rocks on FF. Crop doesn't do it justice. However that lens was so freakin good that even on the mushy 7D shots looked crisp and full of detail. Focal length wise if you want discreet reach (over 200mm) it can be useful.

In this case I'd say leave it. 100L got you covered.

EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 23, 2014, 09:49:13 AM »
Only want to see the 5D Mk4 for curiosity's sake and to see what kind of features it'll have. No plans to buy it or any other new body for a while.

Definitely don't want to see a 6D MkII anytime soon as I just got the MkI recently!  ;D

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 23, 2014, 07:47:47 AM »
I'm more than happy with my Canon gear and think the recent negativity is largely undeserved. They make fine equipment that works as expected without fail. Seriously, the stuff is rock solid reliable. OK, so the eyecup cover of  my used and abused t2i viewfinder came off (shocker) so it's not all roses!

Sony sensors - yeah, they're all right I guess. Am I jealous? Not really. I'd rather have Canon ergonomics and I've been shooting RAW from day one and can squeeze a lot of detail out of a single exposure now. No issues at all. The 6D files are really nice to work with!

As a tech geek I would love to see some cool new gadgets but then again I have no need for them as the gear I have gets the job done. After that it's pure lust!

Sometimes reading CR forums you might think Canon is some kind of old has been grandpa of a company but like someone mentioned before look at all the cool stuff they gave us recently -

7D Mk II - how many of us had given up hope? It's real and it's badass!

100-400 II - did someone say unicorn?

16-35 f/4L IS - oh, hello wide angle lens that is super awesome! (Who doesn't want one of these?)

10-18 IS STM - people complained about good cheap lenses. Well?

EF-S 24mm f/2.8 - pancake in crop flavor. Who doesn't like pancakes?

But hold on wait a minute none of that matters guys, you know why? Because DXO who like to pull numbers out of their rear aperture said that the DR is poor at ISO 100, so forget it. Throw it all away. Nothing to see here.  :P

EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 19, 2014, 09:18:45 AM »
As soon as Canon releases a full frame EOS M or similar mirrorless, they have me onboard with the M system.  Of course assuming a similar IQ as the modern full frame DSRL cameras. For landscapes and general photography I will trade my 5D mark II for a much lighter mirrorless, any time (hiking is getting harder with all the weight of the camera + lenses).
then for wildlife and some sports I do, 7D mark II with tripod/monopod wouldo do.

Now the question is how long do we have to wait?


For landscapes the EOS M + 11-22 is a pretty good alternative for hiking. The IS makes it really useful for those sunset and blue hour shots. Plus if you need a tripod a much smaller and lighter one is all you really need. If you shoot RAW you'll not notice a huge difference between the end result (after PP) of this set up and FF. It surprised me how good the IQ from the M actually is. 

The closest lightest FF equivalent of the above combo is a Sony A7 / or 6D with a EF 16-35 f/4L IS. I'll let you calculate how much the difference in cost is. You have to ask yourself are you getting that much better IQ? Better - yes but ten times better? No way.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF-S 11-24mm f/3.5-4.5
« on: November 18, 2014, 09:23:08 AM »
I used to have the EF-S 10-22 and I don't think it needs an update, does it? Works perfectly fine and has a solid build.

For the cheaper option Canon already brought out the EF-S 10-18 so I doubt we'll see another UWA EF-S lens so soon. I'm glad they're still developing EF-S lenses though. They've got some really good lenses such as the 17-55 and the 10-22, and the quality of the recent ones has been stellar too. 

EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 18, 2014, 09:00:23 AM »
pro enough never to sell?
these sell is such small quantities why would canon even bother?
I don't even think the Fuji Xt1 even makes a blip on bcn's japan rankings let alone anywhere else.
I mean, here's a news flash .. the people that hang on in dpreview, cr forums .. aren't the mass buying public.  while it's certainly good to tailor to us if you have no market (like sony, Fuji,etc) does .. it's not exactly profitable for Canon or Nikon to migrate R&D away from other areas, nor does it build an installed base in the lens mount.
MILC / Small FF is even more against what canon is saying they wish to do with MILC - which is to get it even smaller.

Japan is a different market, full of gadget-lovers. Things have to be tiny and shiny. Functionality is not so important, as long as something is "brand new", "cute" and available in 16 different colors or perfume-bottle shaped.  :)

I think that is a little bit of an over simplified and perhaps stereotypical view of the Japanese market. I don't disagree with you fully, you certainly have a point about the "cute" and "different colors" thing but that doesn't represent the majority. They do tend to follow trends and when something becomes trendy almost everyone ends up owning it. Like the iPhone.

When it comes to cameras though things are a bit more traditional as this is the land of cameras after all. I still see a whole lot of DSLRs , in black  ;) kicking about. Way more than colorful mirrorless cameras. Spotting an EOS M is a fun game for me and I get excited when someone else has one! I'll admit it has mainly been women that have owned them and sometimes I feel like shouting "my other camera is a 6D! Honest!"

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Sigma Lenses Coming Q1 of 2015 [CR1]
« on: November 18, 2014, 08:43:32 AM »
It says the other rumored ultra wide zoom is DC, are they talking about the 16-20 f/2 or the 14-24 f/4?

Is Sigma just trying to make the fastest zoom lens ever, focal range be damned? In a previous interview I recall they were looking into what the optimal focal range was for an f/2 zoom lens. Maybe it's just those 4mm. Would be impressive nonetheless!

If it's a DC 16-20 f/2 then we're looking at a 25mm - 32mm range on crop which kinda misses the 24mm and 35mm boat but I guess it's about there. Could be useful I guess with such a wide aperture. But I feel like the already proven 18-35 f/1.8 has this general focal length covered on crop. They should just make it a 16mm f/2 and be done with it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How long until the next FF body? Or buy now?
« on: November 18, 2014, 12:52:01 AM »
Remember that the vast majority (around 95%) of people never buy another lens after their original purchase of a DSLR.

Also, to the extent that the "never upgrade" thing is true, it means that the manufacturers need to improve their kit lenses, because a lot of folks won't upgrade, and will be daunted by the low-quality images that they get compare with what they were expecting.  This leads to people giving up before they find a reason to buy a better lens.

It could also be said that by creating a really good kit lens that performs exceptionally it might dissuade people from upgrading or purchasing a second lens. I think the IQ of the kit lenses available now is already pretty good.

I'll add that I thought the 18-55 kit lens (the older version without STM) was the best thing since sliced bread .... Until I bought the plastic fantastic 50mm f/1.8, that blew me away and was almost certainly the gateway lens for my gear lust! That's smart marketing from Canon! IQ improves but then you thirst for AF speed, and so the endless cycle continues! Hahaha!

EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 10:59:54 AM »
Oh and can we have an EF M 55mm f/1.8 IS STM please Canon? That would be the ultimate on an ultra small, ultra fast M3!!  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 10:54:41 AM »
I think we'll see DPAF in the next Rebel / T whatever i, before we even get a sniff of it in an EOS M. The M line sits below the DSLRs. Unless Canon are about to leapfrog the M into a higher class with a more advanced feature set? Could be possible if they finally take mirrorless seriously.

A new mount is unlikely unless they are completely abandoning the M mount. The recentish release of the 55-200 suggests they are still investing in it.

I really like the M as it is. All it needs is much faster AF. The M2 fixes that to a certain extent and at it's current price in Japan it is really tempting but I really want to see where they are going with the next M to make a decision.

Small and fast. That's all I want. Viewfinder and flash be damned. That's what rebels are for.

Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 15, 2014, 10:47:33 AM »
I am turning 60 yrs. in  5 days...and although I still going strong (I put 8 widows in a house this week!) ... I am just going to have to let the beast go!!!!  Times (and gear) are a-changin..... LOL!!!!
Congratulations a few days ahead of time! Both to the 60th birthday and to have managed to do whatever it is that you did to those widows. I'm impressed! ;)

May the light be with you, and your shutter finger steady!

Thanks!   4 of them were on the second floor and one was a DOOOOOZEY to get to for the install!!!
I am planning on going to the new Fulton Center in Manhattan early tomorrow morning to just take some images. The architecture looks unbelievable. I am traveling from Jersey car>train>train and a lot of FF kit will be sitting at home....AGAIN!!!  It is supposed to be my day off.   LOL!  :P

That's how I felt on my last holiday - it felt like work and that was just with two lenses. The EOS M came to my rescue though so I totally get what you mean.

Congrats on turning 60 soon! Hope you continue doing what you love for a long time!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How long until the next FF body? Or buy now?
« on: November 15, 2014, 10:31:41 AM »
I feel like every other day there's a deal on 5D3 and 6D bodies on EBay. Couldn't OP get one of those deals or are they region locked? US only? Surely not. People buy from all over these days. $3600 for a 5D3 is madness. That's more than when it was new.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How long until the next FF body? Or buy now?
« on: November 15, 2014, 10:24:06 AM »
Buy a 6D now. Canon is deliberately slow with releasing updates to their FF lineup. Most likely the next FF camera to be released is the 5D Mk4 but I feel like the Mk 3 is still new (or maybe it just seems that way to me!). I don't think we'll see a replacement anytime soon. So rest easy on that point.

Also, it had been rumored that the 6D Mk2 will be more upscale and hence cost more. Grab a 6D now and enjoy the affordable FF fun! The six is packed with features and IMO is a real bargain. The wifi is kinda meh but the GPS is solid and very useful if you travel or do any kind of work outdoors. Easy to keep track of where you took the shot for those re-shoots and fave places. Plus it makes mapping images on Flickr a thing of the past.

If you shoot things that move I recommend you stretch for a 5D Mk3, the AF capabilities are well worth the extra. The 6D is quite basic in that regard. (I miss my 7D's 19 cross type points!)

Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 15, 2014, 01:24:14 AM »
Maybe when they said, Year of the lens, they meant a twelve month period and not specifically 2014.

So what was the first big lens announced... and how many more months are left in the twelve months of the lens.... It just does roll off the tongue.

Really, it has been a pretty good year....with 1.5 months to go:

EFS 10-18
EF 16-35 f/4 IS
EF 24-105 f/3.5-5.6
EFS 24 f/2.8
EF 100-400L II
EF 400 f/4 DO II
EFM 55-200

Did I miss any?  Best year in awhile for lens releases.  Granted, I have yet to buy one, but 2-3 are under consideration.

If you count the video lens releases there is also -

Canon CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 zoom lens (April)
Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0 - 8.9 Ultra telephoto zoom lens (October)

Which makes 9 so far plus two rumored for release soon. If they announce either of those before Dec 31st I will count that as 10 and it will most definitely qualify it as year of the lens!

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