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EOS-M / Re: Poll: Would you have bought the M3? (North America)
« on: February 10, 2015, 06:20:50 PM »
I wouldn't have bought the M3 because I have the M, which I got on a great eBay sale. That said, in a few years I might want to upgrade to a newer Mx and I would in the meantime like to get a couple of additional M mount lenses.

I really don't understand why Canon doesn't sell the entire M line in the US exclusively through their own USA Canon online store. It seems to me like that would be an inexpensive way to handle potentially low volume sales. It's times like this when global capitalism is not global enough.

+1. I'm content with my M1 for now.  Maybe in a few years I'll look at an upgrade. 

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Lenses / Re: Advice on Canon PRIMES
« on: February 10, 2015, 01:55:28 PM »
The question you need to ask is what a prime can give you that your zooms can't.  You have every focal length between 16mm and 300mm covered, so primes in this range need to provide something your zooms can't to be worth owning.  You own some terrific zooms that are razor sharp.  Unless you are looking at a Zeiss Otus, you are not going to improve sharpness with a prime.

I own 2 of the 3 same zoom lenses you have (only different on the long end, I have the 70-200 2.8 II instead of the 70-300L).  I own the following primes for the reasons listed:

35/2 IS - Smaller, lighter and 1-stop faster than my 24-70/2.8 II.  The f/2 aperture and IS allow hand-held shots in really low light that are not possible without a tripod using my standard zoom.

100L Macro - Macro capability and a nice portrait lens.  I often pair it with my 24-70 or 35mm for day trips.  This is one of my most used lenses and as Marsu42 mentioned has a great fun factor.

135/2 - Awesome head shot or head/shoulders portrait lens.   Also great for indoor sports, sharp and super fast AF.  Incredible bokeh wide open.  Worth owning in addition to my 70-200 2.8 due to its compact size, inconspicuous black color and extra stop of light.

I'm looking to add a 50mm prime.  At this point I'm strongly considering a Sigma 50mm ART.  I rented one for a week over the holidays and loved it.  The only thing I don't like about it is that it's almost as large and heavy as my 24-70.  I suppose I'm still hopeful that Canon will come out with a new 50/1.4 IS.  If they come out with a 50mm prime as good as my 35/2 IS, I'd buy it in a heart beat.  A fast 50 would give me better low light capability and ability to isolate my subject than my standard zoom.  A Canon IS lens would also be smaller and lighter.

I'm also looking to buy a 300/2.8 II this year if I can every convince my wife that I really "need" it. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview Interview with Chuck Westfall of Canon USA
« on: February 08, 2015, 07:14:42 PM »
Amazing how many people are bashing these new cameras before we have even seen any test results.

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Lenses / Re: EF 50 1.8 STM
« on: February 08, 2015, 01:57:50 PM »
Even though I own some great zoom lenses, I think I enjoy shooting with my primes more.  Lighter, smaller and faster are always good things and I find an am often more creative with composition when limited to one or two focal lengths.  I think the OP`s f/1.4 limit it too restrictive at longer focal lengths.  f/1.4 is a reasonable expectation for 50mm and less, but not for 85mm and above in my opinion.  I couldn't imagine how much a 300/1.4 lens would weigh and cost!

I think it makes perfect sense for Canon to update the venerable nifty fifty.  Especially with Youngo coming out with a reportedly better 50/1.8 for less.  I'd really love to see a new 50/1.4 or /1.8 IS with the same optical quality and features as the terrific 35/2 IS and 28/2.8 IS.

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I believe the interviews mentions L series lens introduced since 2010 were designed for high MP cameras.   Until some form of official list is produced you might view DPReview's lens list sorted chronologically to get an idea.
http://www.dpreview.com/products/canon/lenses?subcategoryId=lenses&sort=Chronological&view=Grid

Yes, lenses introduced since 2010. I do not think any of the lenses listed meet this criteria.

Note: the first response is either a bad joke or somebody who has no idea what they  are talking about. The new cameras have an EF mount.

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EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview Interview with Chuck Westfall of Canon USA
« on: February 07, 2015, 06:23:07 PM »
Well if it had better dynamic range why would Chuck Westfall say it was the same as the 5D3 then? Duh.

That isn't what he said. He actually said "Canon is telling us......equivalent to the 5D MkIII", neither you nor I know what that means to shadow editability.

However if you listen to this at 1:40 http://www.fotosidan.se/cldoc/video-interview-canon-eos-5ds-and.htm that point is actually expanded on by Mike Burnhill from Canon CPS in the UK with " equivalent to the 5D MkIII in traditional measuring terms, but there's a much lower noise floor, so therefore more ability to pull out detail in the shadows and highlights"

That is why I say wait and see, at this point we do not know. I for one won't pass judgement until I can see and play with RAW files.

Sorry for the burst of rationality, lynch mob continue...........

Good catch!  I missed this point in the Burnhill video.  We all need to see what the results are from actual tests before we pass judgement.

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EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview Interview with Chuck Westfall of Canon USA
« on: February 07, 2015, 10:50:43 AM »
Well if it had better dynamic range why would Chuck Westfall say it was the same as the 5D3 then? Duh.

Canon has always been very conservative with their claims for new products.  I'm willing to withhold judgement until we have seen some hands-on testing.  It certainly sounds like there will not be a significant DR improvement, but there might be a small one.

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EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview Interview with Chuck Westfall of Canon USA
« on: February 07, 2015, 10:38:47 AM »
The mirror mechanism in the 5Ds & 5Ds R is upgraded from the spring mechanism inside the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, this will help in reducing camera vibration while on a tripod.

I actually did laugh out loud at that one, so funny, you couldn't make that kind of stuff up.... Oh wait you can  ;D

Sounds like a good improvement, why do you think its funny?

on a tripod, improvement over what?

Sorry, missed the "...on a tripod" part.  Off a tripod, reduced mirror vibration is a good thing of course!

With some, less-stable, tripods it would be helpful.  I always use mirror lock-up on my lightweight travel tripod since mirror slap vibration is noticeable for longer exposures.


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EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview Interview with Chuck Westfall of Canon USA
« on: February 07, 2015, 10:36:48 AM »
Tremendous resolution! No improvements in DR, no improvements on noise, no support for high precision manual focus, due to fixed focusing screen (they put it on the 6D and 7DII, but not on their flagships :o), exposure metering is not following AF, no illuminated AF confirmation ... There are some more, but these were on top of my wish list. I got one out of six. ::)

Not including support of changeable focus screens is easily explained as a business decision.
If manual focus was easy on 5Ds then the likely hood of people buying MF Zeiss lenses is much larger instead of them buying AF lenses from Canon.
Most people who buy 6D and 7DII will not spend the money on MF Zeiss lenses so it is safe to allow them to change focusing screens.

Remember Canon's first priority is to maximize profits, if you look at Canon's decisions through this lens then most decisions make sense.
Of course you´re right and that is what pisses me off. And, unfortunately we as customers, in most cases, let them bully us into their corner, where they lock us up and suck us dry. This time my disappointment was just too much and I´m preparing to exit.

Focusing Screens in Taiwan will make an S-screen that will give us that functionality. But it is a nerv wrecking operation to change the focusing screens and it must be done on a bench with tools and good light, ref. how it´s done on the 5DIII. And you have to be able to change them, preferably when you´re in the field, if you want to use lenses slower than f2.8. So I can still get it, but it will be a lot of hassle involved. I would not be surprised though, if the 5Ds will require that you go in from the viewer side to get it out, meaning it will be impossible to change outside of a CPS shop.

How many of you shoot macro with the 100 f2.8L IS Macro? How many use manual focus in doing so? I suppose quite a few. In a sunny and high contrast situation, it is a lot easier to focus that lens manually with an Ec-S focusing screen, than using live view. I would have loved to use a capable 5Ds for that.

Another good use of a high precision focusing screen is when shooting portraits with very shallow depth of field, like with an 85 f1.2L II or 135 f2.0. Why do Canon provide manual focus override with most of their lenses, if you are unable to see that you actually got That eye in focus? I would have loved to use a capable 5Ds for that.

So Canon´s protective attitude, fuelled by their fright of letting any other company make money by allowing customers to use other lenses their own and their view on how to maximize profit, ended in my case in not buying the 5Ds and also not buying the 11-24. And I doubt I will buy any more Canon lenses. I will also stop recommending Canon to people asking for advice. A drop in their ocean, but it might be that I´m not the only one.

The reason that the new 5Ds and r don't have interchangeable focusing screens is because they are fundamentally a 5DIII with different sensor and mirror mechanics. I don't believe Canon intends to produce these in quantities anything like approaching 5DIII numbers, so there isn't really much new tooling.

(Conversely the reason the 6D does have interchangeable screens is because it uses many 5DII components).

+1 This makes perfect sense.  Undoubtedly, the market for a high megapixel camera is pretty limited.  Most photographers not shooting product, studio or landscape will want a more versatile body with better high ISO performance, smaller files and faster FPS.  If they can use many 5DIII parts it will limit their incremental tooling and manufacturing expenses on what is essentially a niche product.

Hopefully, the 5DIV does have interchangeable screens!  We will see later this year.

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EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview Interview with Chuck Westfall of Canon USA
« on: February 06, 2015, 03:53:51 PM »
Extra DR is great, but not a life and death matter worthy of the inferiority complex many people seem to have over it.  It's just one of many things that go into making a great photo.  Yes, it would have been great if Canon could have improved it, but they didn't. 

For some people, having more exposure latitude does make a big difference, but ETTR, HDR, luminosity and other techniques aren't hard to use when needed.  It's not like the Sony/Nikon/Pentax crowd doesn't use these.

In the end, it's your money - buy what you need.  If that's DR, small cameras, in-body stabilization, etc. there are plenty of choices.  Personally, I'm excited by 50MP and an 11-24 f/4.

+1

I'm a little disappointed that Canon did not improve DR here, but I'm not going to judge a camera before its actually available or been tested.  I probably would not buy one of these bodies anyway, with or without DR improvement.   

We can all vote with our credit cards.  If these cameras don't meet your personal needs pass on them and buy Nikon/Sony if you are so inclined.

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EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview Interview with Chuck Westfall of Canon USA
« on: February 06, 2015, 03:49:38 PM »
The mirror mechanism in the 5Ds & 5Ds R is upgraded from the spring mechanism inside the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, this will help in reducing camera vibration while on a tripod.

I actually did laugh out loud at that one, so funny, you couldn't make that kind of stuff up.... Oh wait you can  ;D

Sounds like a good improvement, why do you think its funny?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R Press Release
« on: February 05, 2015, 12:02:55 PM »
Exciting day in Canon-land.  Biggest announcement day in several years.

I'll be interested to see the reviews on the 5Ds and 5DsR.  I don't have any plans to buy either of these bodies or the new 11-24mm lens in the foreseeable future, but curious to see what they can do. 

I'm content with my 2+ year old 6D and probably will be for another year or two.  Currently I'm still concentrating on adding to my lens collection as quickly as I can without upsetting my wife.  My next purchases will be either a 100-400 II or 300 2.8 II.  Probably at least 6 months off since I'm currently in the dog house...

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Lenses / Re: Who is going to buy the 11-24 f/4L?
« on: February 04, 2015, 08:02:26 PM »
The 16-35mm F/4L is plenty for my needs.

+1. 16mm is wide enough for my purposes 99% of the time.  I will probably buy an inexpensive fish eye at some point.  I just don't see myself ever buying this one. Right now a 50mm prime and 300/2.8 II are next on my wish list.

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Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: February 03, 2015, 07:27:36 AM »
If so I won't even wait for the reviews, I'll pre-order one on day 1.  I'd prefer a 50/1.4 IS, but would be happy with a f/1.8.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: January 30, 2015, 03:55:27 PM »
I have to say this lens is great, coming from the 400 5.6, this is a much more dynamic and useful lens. You can check out a few pictures with the new 100-400 here, sadly I don't have too many since its brand new and I am now in the dead of winter in upstate NY :( https://www.flickr.com/photos/puertoricanwildlifephotography/

Have you done any side-by-side IQ testing vs. the 400/5.6?  I'm looking to buy either the 400/5.6 or the 100-400 II.  Obviously the zoom is much more flexible, but expect to shoot mostly at 400mm anyway.  I'm trying to decide if the zoom versatility and IS is worth the extra $1K.

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