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I'm sorry if any Zeiss fans find my opinion insulting, but to me this looks like yet another solution to a non-existing problem - at least as far as Canon cameras are concerned.  I am not even going to consider the possibility that this would be a Tamron/Tokina "cheap" alternative - this is Zeiss, after all - so the only way to market this lens would be on the basis of quality.

Now, the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II is good.  Really, really good - so good in fact that a "better" lens would probably not produce any meaningful improvements for most users - so why should anyone want this lens - for the "snob" factor, yes, but what else?

Then there is the issue of IS and AF - sure, a MF lens like the 15mm one may be just fine, but for a zoom?  This lens would need AF to be competitive - otherwise it would just be a way for people to show that have more money than common sense.


lol. Very well said. Then there is that "I hate being noticed with that big White (Cream Colored) Canon that makes you a target for thieves in some countries" factor. I wish there was a way to safely paint my large Canon zooms black or Canon gave us a choice of black or cream.

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Where did the product mock up come from?

I hope it has AF. MF prime is one thing but a MF zoom is another.


I agree. Having to deal with both Zoom and Focus at the same time would be a nightmare when you're out shooting moving subjects. I assume this would be at a price point that only professionals or people with last names like Bush or Rockefeller could afford.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 or 1DX for Ultimate Image Quality...
« on: March 01, 2012, 11:51:15 AM »
I shot some images with the 1DX at CP+ in Yokohama this year and I can say the ISO performance was amazing! I saw very clean images all the way up to ISO 8000. It started to get a little grainy beyond that but still looked far superior than my 1D Mark IV.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The new 5D Mark III ?!?! PICS!
« on: February 27, 2012, 11:07:46 PM »
Although personally I was hoping for a higher megapixel camera, I think a lot of people are going to be happy with this new 5D. For the most part, all 5D Mark II owners wanted was a camera with better AF performance and it seems like Canon has given them their wish.


It wasn't until we saw the D800 that we started to dream of 30+ megapixels, so Canon really did what they were supposed to do with the Mark III. And who knows, the Mark X may still be coming or Canon may have realized that 30+ megapixels is too much for a 35mm sensor and may give us a camera with a larger sensor.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Announcement Soon [CR3]
« on: February 17, 2012, 08:45:20 PM »
My credit cards are burnin'.
I'll be getting one but does any body know any more about the video, still h.264? Or a version of H.264 with different compression?


I read a while back that Canon was working on a new video RAW format that could be recorded to CF Cards. This would be a great time to announce it along with a new FF 5D camera. Let's be hopeful.


Here's the link:
http://www.eoshd.com/content/6976/canon-developing-4k-raw-video-format

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EOS Bodies / Re: Announcement Soon [CR3]
« on: February 17, 2012, 08:38:56 PM »
The excitement around the Nikon D800 has most Canon shooters either scratching their heads or drooling with envy, so it was a no brainer that Canon has to make some significant announcement of their own very soon. The next most likely candidate for such an announcement would be the FF 5D Mark (III? X? whatever Canon wants to call it).


I shoot a lot of magazine, beauty and fashion portraits, so I'm really hoping for a large megapixel studio camera to give me lots of detail for cropping. I even wish (though I know it's not going to happen) that Canon could give us a camera with a sensor larger than 35mm Full Frame and yes I would be willing to buy more glass for a camera like that.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Split? 5D X & 5D Mark III [CR1]
« on: February 13, 2012, 08:44:41 AM »
A typical RAW from 18MP is about... 25MB. 45MP is about 2.5x that, so let's say we're looking at average raws of 65MB on a 45MP sensor. So you need 2.5x the storage, not really significant given that cards, hard disks, and CPUs are getting faster all the time. We're still looking in the ball park of 250 shots per 16GB CF card. 32GB are commonly available and more affordable than ever.

Put another way, if you're too cheap to handle 45MP files, you probably can't afford the body in the first place either so there's no problem!

As to two models of 5D, let's put aside the name and rephrase that: will Canon put out two sub 1D level full frame bodies. Easy answer - Why not? They can remove or add models as needed. Who saw the 7D coming before it came out?


I agree. Most hobbyist talk about not needing a higher MP 5DIII but in my opinion most hobbits don't really need a 5DIII. I hate the fact that hobbyist feel that professional camera bodies should be dumbed down to fit their needs. If you truly are just a hobbyist or Prosumer, the 7D or 60D is probably where you should be anyways. Most professionals need detail and IQ to crop images as needed. That means more MP and more disk space. As we get paid to provide clients with the best images possible, that's a necessary investment.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: February 11, 2012, 11:11:05 PM »
Surely a coincidence that Tamron have announced theirs today (with their image stabilisation)

"Tamron develops full-size, high-speed standard zoom with built-in image stabilization – SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007)"  Tamron press release (source: NR)


Visited the Tamron booth at CP+ yesterday, they neither have a working version nor do they have a time schedule of when this lens will actually be available for sale.  They had a mock up lens on display in a glass case that we weren't allowed to hold or touch, so I don't think I'll be holding my breath for this Tamron any time soon.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Split? 5D X & 5D Mark III [CR1]
« on: February 11, 2012, 11:02:58 PM »
I can say after seeing the D800 in Yokohama (at CP+) yesterday, the rumors of the 45MP 5DX had better be true. Nikon has a clear winner on their hands from what I can tell after playing with the camera. As a mainly studio photographer, the D800 really appealed to me. The images I shot with it were nothing short of amazing! I was blown away by the detail I saw on the camera's LCD, so I can imagine how great they would look once I got them into Aperture or Lightroom. I really hoping Canon answers back with this 45MP beast. 2012 is going to be an interesting year for photographers for sure. I was considering upgrading to a Leica S2, but if Canon and Nikon can produce similar or better image quality in a camera priced at a fourth the cost, Leica just lost their entire S2 market. 


On another note, I also had the opportunity to play with the Canon 1DX, but since it's off topic here, I will post my thoughts about it on another forum.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: February 07, 2012, 05:30:22 AM »
$2300 and no IS...interesting.


Yeah, it looks like someone at Canon has a sense of humor or are just out of touch with the economic times. Nowadays customers expect more for less, not less for more.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: February 06, 2012, 06:44:06 PM »

Quote


*nods*  It's in the same area as the lock switch on my 70-300mm f/4-5.6L.

I agree with earlier posters about mid-tones being flat and lacking contrast, and a lack of sharpness at f/2.8.

It's all about what you get used to. I thought the 24-70 was good until I got the 100mm L macro, the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS USM II, and the 8-15mm f/4L fisheye - especially the fisheye. Those lenses really punch out the color and contrast, and now the 24-70mm looks decidedly dull by comparison.

They need to improve the glass resolving ability, but huge improvements will come from improved coatings, and rounded aperture blades will help with creamier bokeh. New Canon lens designs from about 2005 have all come with the rounded aperture blades.

So it'll come with no IS, 82mm thread (at least matching the 16-35mm...makes sense),  improved design, improved glass elements, improved coatings, improved electronics and improved (rounded) aperture blades.  WIN!



IMO a win over a previous lackluster Canon lens is not a win. I'm looking for a win over competing brands to get my hard earned dollars (yen). If Tamron or Sigma can make a better lens for less money, they win! My mentor still uses a Canon 40D and shoots with Sigma lenses and yet he's one the best photographers I ever seen. He's shot Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, B.B. King (and too many more artists to mention) all with supposedly inferior Sigma lenses. Canon needs to step up their game. That Red Ring needs to stand for more than just higher cost.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: February 06, 2012, 05:56:19 PM »
I had the first version of this lens, hated it, sold it (Zoom extends the lens from the barrel, less than desired IQ etc...)! As a professional, I expect more from my investment in equipment. This new version doesn't look to be much of an improvement. As someone mentioned Canon has never included IS on lenses below 100mm, but that is no excuse for not innovating. Perhaps the technology to do it didn't exist before; I'm not a lens designer or engineer, so I wouldn't know. Since Tamron has just introduced their new lens with IS, we know the technology exists to do it today and for the people complaining about weight, it seems from the specs that the Tamron is lighter. Not having done it before is just no excuse for not doing it now and frankly I welcome anything that can help improve IQ and low light image capture thus improving the usability and flexibility of this lens. 


It just seems to me that Canon is not a company about taking chances and/or innovating. They seem to always play it safe and just add or improve basic features rather than trying to blow their competition out of the water. No XQD or f/8 AF on the 1DX. As I mentioned in a post before, they could have also added the new Thunderbolt I/O on the 1DX as well and since most of the tech is in the cables, it would have been totally possible without adding to the bulk of the camera. I would like to see Canon show some sign that they are innovating rather than copying or playing it safe. Canon grow a pair! You certainly have the ability.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delayed?
« on: January 30, 2012, 07:22:44 PM »
I just read this quote on dpreview.com ( http://www.dpreview.com/news/2011/12/07/CompactFlashXQD ) “The XQD format will enable further evolution of hardware and imaging applications, and widen the memory card options available to CompactFlash users such as professional photographers,” said Mr. Shigeto Kanda of Canon, chairman of the board, CFA.


What I don't understand is that if someone who is an executive at Canon is the Chairman of the Compact Flash Association, why the hell were Nikon the first to adapt that new tech into a flagship product before Canon? It seems like the brass at Canon don't communicate well with each other.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delayed?
« on: January 30, 2012, 06:56:41 PM »
I know it's wishful thinking and speculation, but let's hope the delay is so the 1DX can support the new XQD memory cards like the Nikon D4. I feel that was a major oversight by Canon in future-proofing their new flagship camera. They should have gone the Apple route and included cutting edge technology that has a future.

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at such high iso i doubt there will be a whole lot of difference between the 2 to be honest, I would expect great things from iso 100,000. I think we might see usability of images hit the ceiling in the 25k range
but noise tollerance is such a subjective thing as has been previously discussed. I think it will be spec bragging rights and thats about it.

I agree with you on the 25k range.  The point for me will not be so much how high each machine goes in terms of ISO (like 51k versus 102k) but how clean they each are at ISO 12,800 and ISO 25,600.  Being somewhat limited to a usable ISO 3200 currently with my 5D, hell a clean ISO 12k or 25k seem like heaven!  I really hope this new sensor Canon has delivers !
I would have to agree. Most of these spec numbers are marketing hype and mean very little in actual usage. My 1D Mark IV can shoot in the 100,000 range but I hate the images that come out of it. I rarely push it past 6400 ISO and those would be extremely rare cases where I absolutely have to come back with an image and flash was prohibited.

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