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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 26, 2014, 08:45:08 AM »
For published fashion work I can see Fuji-blad will remain _the_ "go-to" system.

Interesting that you mention Fuji-blads - There is a very high chance that a Fuji medium format announcement is imminent.  Supposedly styled similar to an X-Pro 1 and using the ubiquitous Sony 50mp sensor, it will go head to head with a Sony/Mamiya medium format, rangefinder styled camera.  If rumors come to fruition, these two guys are going to rule landscape and travel photography.

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 26, 2014, 05:08:51 AM »
This is the first online forum I joined.  At the time of filling the profile out, it never occurred to me that you're stuck with the same user name forever...... :(

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 26, 2014, 03:29:50 AM »
Someone keeps thinking that in the future all cameras will be full frame? :-X
I think crop cameras are safe, too.  If anything, the comments above about "pro" users makes me think the days of FF cameras might be numbered.

Crop sensors have improved significantly over the last few years.  And, if Canon was to implement the latest improvements in manufacturing techniques and sensor design, we'd struggle to see much IQ advantage of a FF sensor over an APS-C sensor (in fact, with other brands, you struggle to see the difference now).  DOF differences and shooting at very high ISOs and more MPs will still be attractive incentives for crop camera users to change to a FF camera.  But I suspect a growing number of people will decide that crop cameras are good enough. 

To differentiate themselves in a competitive market, I see more studio-based and wedding photographers moving to medium format and abandoning 1DX/D3X/D4S style cameras. (And in the next two years, there will be at least another two new, smaller, medium format systems introduced in the 1DX price range to attract these photographers.)  Many wildlife and sports shooters will prefer the extra "reach" of a 7D3.  Current 5D3 users will continue to transition to Sony and Fuji mirrorless systems.  I don't know if there will many people left to buy Canon FF cameras.

How does this all tie into this topic?  Canon have only made muted sounds about medium format and that doesn't give people looking for a medium format option the confidence to stay around for a bit longer.  They will move to other brands.  A very high percentage of mirrorless buyers are DSLR owners, yet they are also leaking away to other brands.  We can tell from the rumors posted here and the details of patents that Canon has the ability to make class leading crop sensors, but we haven't seen much evidence of Canon investing any $$$ in manufacturing plant and instead we have Canon polishing up the same sensor they've had for how many generations of cameras?  This leads to website stories about how Canon is falling behind, which might lead people doing research on their first camera to choose another brand.  Added to this, there hasn't been a noticeable drive to develop EF-S lenses anyway.  And with the Eos-M, a quick look at the B&H site suggests you can't even buy an Eos-M and if you already had one and were after another lens, I hope it is the 22/2 that you seek as it is the only one available. 

Lenses / Re: Help me decide: should I buy an EF 135L
« on: November 24, 2014, 07:01:35 AM »
I love mine, and it has essentially replaced my 70-200.  But in the absence of special uses such as wildlife or sports photography (after all, on a 7D it is essentially an equivalent of a 200mm f/2 in relation to reach and light gathering) it doesn't sound like you'll get a lot of extra benefit from it.  Still, it is a nice lens at a good price....just buy one.

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 23, 2014, 07:35:35 AM »
As a Canon user since the mid-1980's, I have a strong attachment to the brand.  Before jumping across to Fuji, I gave Canon a chance and waited for their mirrorless option.  But it just wasn't what I wanted and sadly had to go elsewhere.

I still use Canon DSLRs for some things, but my kit hasn't changed in ages - Canon just haven't made anything that has excited me in a long time.  I think the 40/2.8 is the only Canon lens I've purchased in the last three years, and the new 100-400 is the first serious lens in a long time that I'm likely to buy.  But the only reason I'd consider buying a new body is if a camera breaks and I need to replace it.  Even though my cameras are several years old, for what I shoot, I don't think a new camera would be of any significant improvement.

Apart from some topics I haven't noticed an upsurge in negative comments.  This is still a very friendly, helpful forum.  But I can understand why those with particular interest, needs and desires might be disappointed with Canon's lack of development in some areas. 

EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 16, 2014, 06:44:24 AM »
I'm pretty happy with things as they are now.  Don't really see the need for any new bodies.

Largely the same as above.  I'll turn it off to remove the card at the end of the day and it will then stay turned off until I need to use it again.

I try to remember to turn it off when changing lenses as I've heard the the sensor is more likely to attract dust with the camera on due to "static electricity" and "charged particles".  Might be an old wives' tale, but sounds feasible.

Canon General / Re: Hello everyone!
« on: November 11, 2014, 10:02:39 AM »
I agree, too.  You should consider compiling some of your posts and turn them into a photography book.

Still shooting film.  Although, I'm shooting less and less each year.  I like the look I'm getting from some of the current films - such as Kodak Portra.  But I struggle to say if there is any benefit to it.  I do it mostly to be a little different.

My main camera is an EOS 3, but I've also got an Elan 7E, 3000 and 1000FN that I pull out of the cupboard on very rare occasions.

If I'm shooting B&W, I develop it myself then scan it.  I've got my own darkroom equipment at home, but I haven't fired it up in over a year (probably longer).

On that point, I'm probably going to put all my darkroom gear on eBay over summer.  If anyone lives near Brisbane, Aus and wants it, I'll happily do a good deal.   There's a LPL C7700MX medium format enlarger (with a Minolta 80mm lens), a Meopta 35mm enlarger (useful for flashing paper etc), a set of contrast filters, timer, chemicals, hundreds of sheets of paper (mostly older RC that is several years old and possibly a lot is unusable, but I'm sure there is some newish 11x14 Foma FB paper), a couple of safelights, various sized trays, tongs, focus checker, toners and other assorted chemicals.  $250 all up on the basis that you take everything.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 10, 2014, 02:16:53 AM »
Thanks everyone for the advice, I am in Aus actually. I think there is a little flexibility in the budget I was leaning towards the 600d with the new kit lens and a 40 2.8

If you shop around you can get some good deals.  CameraPro in Brisbane often have good prices and have a 700D with 18-55mm for $769.  (They also have a Fuji X-E1 with 18-55 for $799 which is an interesting alternative - it is a good camera with a good lens.).

FWIW, I've got a 40mm and love it.  Mine came from the USA.  For most camera items, don't discount the idea of buying from reputable overseas retailers.

Canon General / Re: what's wrong with this shot?
« on: October 31, 2014, 03:35:07 AM »
Blown highlights on the chains due to poor DR performance?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 21, 2014, 08:00:19 AM »
When elves take photos of children with Santa, they typically use the cheapest Canon DSLRs.  Seeing these elves make up more than half of all the pro photographers in the world (and possibly 90%+ of the higher income ones), does that make their cameras "pro" cameras?

Lenses / Re: Zoom or 135 in Place of 100 and 200?
« on: October 20, 2014, 10:19:10 PM »
For general photography, my 135 largely replaced my 70-200.  It's smaller, lighter, faster, and less conspicuous.  And it is a nice lens - it is sharp, focuses quickly, and has that f/2 aperture.   But the 70-200 still get a workout when I want the extra flexibility of a zoom and the extra reach. 

The 70-200 is probably the smart choice.  But the 135 has enough going for it to make it a valid alternative.

Lenses / Re: Travel gear thoughts...
« on: October 18, 2014, 02:57:53 AM »
I also have bought the pro cube recharge dock from Hahnel, It recharges two Canon batteries and has a 2.1A USB charger on the back.
That's one good looking charger!  I travel with a handful of chargers - camera charger(s), AA/AAA/18650 charger, phone charger, laptop charger, GPS charger.  And then you have all the associated cables.  I'm sure there are better ways to do things.  If you ever get your blog up, I'd be keen to hear how you managed with everything.  There aren't that many sites or blogs that deal with the mechanics of travel photography - memory cards, storage, backups, editing on the road etc.  Yet these seem to be regular topics for discussion on this site.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to differentiate crop vs. FF
« on: October 17, 2014, 04:08:29 AM »
I've been hearing some positive murmurings about the 7Dii sensor, which is why I prefaced my comments accordingly.  But,until DxO officially ranks the sensor any comments about about the 7Dii are just wild, unsubstantiated speculation and lack credibility. :)   

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