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EOS Bodies / Re: Big megapixel camera?
« on: January 31, 2013, 03:41:12 AM »

I sure hope that they price the big MP camera is priced in line with the D800.  At $8-10K, it may be worth my while to switch.

I kind of doubt that because that is the 5D MIII price range, if they did then they would have to dumb down the features in order to not have the two compete with each other which I don't see Canon doing.  I wouldn't be surprised to see it possibly fall between the 5D MIII and the 1DX with the large MP but the specs of the 5D MIII.

+1. I am not in the high MP segment. The 5D3 is far enough for me in any area. But I would consider a high MP body to slip into that gap. US $ 4.5K? Equipped with that recently posted sensor tech patent  to improve IQ as they are cramming more pixels on it. It was a 7DII related post. But it could apply to these musings as well.

Cameras are obsoleted in 3-5 years, often sooner.  Having a 3K body with fixed lens that will be obsolete in 5 years or less seems like overkill.  I'd prefer to buy a good lens that will last for 20 or more years, and a  cheap body that can be sold in 4 or 5 years.  With Sony's record of poor product support, they will likely walk away from it in three years.
I think this is a very limited product, aimed at those with money to burn.
Mt Spokane: That's what drove me away from Sony some 7 years ago. Started digital photography with a humble DSC-P 30 3.2 MP cam. Moved on to the DSC-F 828. While other Sony's came out they all of a sudden changed their memory cards. So no way to rely on a system here. The R1 was announced as the new big thing and soon forgotten. When I dropped the F 828 I switched to Canon. Nice lenses. Slightly cheaper bodies back in the day (2007 - 30D purchase). So here I am with a 5Diii since past summer and I don't regret it.  8)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Roadmap for 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 27, 2013, 06:15:58 AM »
It would be nice to have an update on the 50mm f/1.4 - at least I am curious about it.

What would be the improvement in a new 50 f/1.4 have over the old one?
As an amateur the current lens works pretty well for me. Took a picture just yesterday. Very low light. Only source was a flatscreen. No NR applied.

Z96A3292bNoNRBWcropDEFKLEIN by Peter Hauri, on Flickr

AF on Jupiter, seriously?  :o

It's easily visible as the brightest "star" in the sky. AF easily using live view

yes, it is. Even without LV.

Boys AF on Mars to get more candy bars.
Girls AF on Jupiter to get more...


Lenses / Re: Reasons why 14-24L zoom will not be coming soon
« on: January 19, 2013, 10:12:25 AM »
hate to say it, but maybe the 14-24 will be a F/4 instead of 2.8.
I'm guessing a high quality f/4 version would be more attractive generally.  Lower price, smaller size & weight.  The ultra-wide range of 14-24 is very cool, but how many of us really need it to be f/2.8 and want to pay extra for it to be f/2.8 and want to carry the a big bulbous design that f/2.8 requires?  I'm sure some people want it to be f/2.8, but I'm guessing many would be as happy or even much happier with with an f/4 version.

I would be happier with the price and range, but 2.8 helps a bit in nightscapes. For daytime shots, not so much; after all general rule for it, places the apt in the f5.6-f11 range.
With that in mind, what about a 1.4 or 1.8 UWA prime? a 16mm focal would be fine with me  ;D

An F/4 UWA - great. I'd go for such a lens. Even for nightscapes, as I often stop it down to f/8. Results with the 28 f/2.8 and the forementioned settings are pretty fine.

Z96A2899bMasterKLEIN by Peter Hauri, on Flickr

So, I would prefer a 14-24 f/4 over a 2.8 as the price tag would be much nicer...
For inhouse low light photography I re-discovered my 50 f/1.4 after my recent upgrade to FF.

Recently I was shooting my cat at ISO 51200 in an almost dark bedroom at 6:30 a.m.  Canon 5D3, Canon EF 50 F/1.4 @ F/1.6, 1/40 sec. While a small amount of ambiental light fingered into the room I manually focussed at the animals ears which I saw better than it's eyes, therefore the face is slightly out of focus. Photograph above: no NR applied. Photograph below: NR value in both Luminance Noise & Chromniance Noise: 14 out of 20 in Canon's free software Digital Photo Professional. This goes way beyond my wildest enthusiast amateur dreams! Watch it in full mode, although due to reduction in post for webupload the difference is less obvious. But the pic without NR looks as grainy as back in the filmdays...But that's quite awesome at these ISOs!

Shooting my Cat at ISO 51k by Peter Hauri, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Canon 50mm 1.4 IS?
« on: January 19, 2013, 09:51:28 AM »
I too think it is a fake picture. But I am not sure since I am no expert.
I do love to see an updated Canon 50mm version (presumable it is f/1.4) and love to see the comparison with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4

Otherwise, it is not so unlikely. Since we've seen the announcement of the 28 f/2.8 IS...
What is the f/stop-equivalent to a 50 f/1.4 IS? would equal to a 1.0 ? Don't know how to ask that correctly in english...

Canon General / Re: After CES Whats Next for Canon?
« on: January 19, 2013, 09:42:18 AM »
14-24. Just curious about the pricetag ;-) Anyway, the 16-35 "will do". Planning on it for maybe later this year.
That is what I thought until I compared it to the 14-24 from Nikon. The 16-35 just doesn't cut it when it comes to landscape photography, and you will see why when you compare the lenses.

If Canon's 14-24 is at least as good as Nikon's (I am sure that it will be), it will be one of Canon's best lenses ever, right up there with the 70-200 IS II.

Don't lie to yourself man. ;) Are you forgetting what you wrote in your signature?

thanks for reminding me! I just hope that it comes out soon, to lower in pricetag once I get ready to pull the trigger. I am undecisive...But yes, holding to the signature line could be the better choice. Thanks! ;-)

AF on Jupiter, seriously?  :o

It's easily visible as the brightest "star" in the sky. AF easily using live view

yes, it is. Even without LV.

If I am correct, yes. There was a strange big light ball in the nightsky I was able to focus at beneath a Septmeber sky last year. So, I asked at flickr. Well, most of the time I focus manually...So not a big issue under the nightsky.  ;)

My 5D3 is a great cam. Coming from the 30D I set its AF by suggestion of my brick and mortar dealer on the center AF point. In 90% of the cases it works great.
But compared to the 30Ds center AF point which was quite snappy even at very distant and dim light in moonless nights, the 5D3 AF is struggling a bit. Still being in my learning curve since August, what are the mistakes by my side while handling my gear.
AF on the moon: no problem.
AF on Jupiter: mostly no problem.
AF on some distant, dimmer light at full darkness...not always working.

Guess I've read about slight issues here, so thank you for any help
Cheers, Peter in Switzerland.

Lenses / Re: Canon 50mm 1.4 IS?
« on: January 19, 2013, 05:30:58 AM »
IS on a 50 f/1.4? Not a must have for me. But for videoshooters using a DSLR it might make sense.

Lenses / Re: My greatest wish: the cheap-fast glass!
« on: January 19, 2013, 05:29:03 AM »
Quite unlikely, I guess.

Canon General / Re: Why buy from a bricks and mortar store?
« on: January 19, 2013, 05:24:18 AM »
I prefer a bricks and mortar store over an online shop when it comes down to bodies. Bought my 30D some years ago online. Had dust and oil issues and got treated very unkind. Therefore past August I bought my 5D3 at a brick and mortar store in a town nearby. Friendly people, knowing what they're talking about (went there backed with good research knowledge already). They even lowered the price by about 100 swiss francs as I paid in cash. They will see me again. For lenses, I prefer an online store.

Canon General / Re: Don't order camera gear from Dell.com online store
« on: January 19, 2013, 05:19:51 AM »
Frist photo looks fishy to me. Can't see any tape attached to the box, so... ::)

Canon General / Re: After CES Whats Next for Canon?
« on: January 19, 2013, 05:17:40 AM »
14-24. Just curious about the pricetag ;-) Anyway, the 16-35 "will do". Planning on it for maybe later this year.

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