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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?

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...

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.

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.

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 :(

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.

EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: January 30, 2015, 06:42:17 AM »
If ISO only going to 6400 means that results are better at 100, then so be it.

If the design effort has gone into making a top notch stills camera rather than a glorified camcorder, then I applaud it.

Hopefully a whizzo 5D4 will be along before too long to keep the naysayers happy* ;-)

+1  People buying hi-megapixal bodies would primarily be using them for landscape or product photography, where they will normally be shooting on a tripod at the lowest possible ISO.  Higher ISO's make sense on a more general purpose body like the 5D Mk3 successor.

Thanks Sporgon and PBD for sharing your experience and thoughts on this topic.  I agree with your conclusions as they match my experience.

After reading several ETTR articles last year I went through an "ETTR phase" where I was consistently exposing as far to the right as I could without clipping highlights in the camera histogram.  I finally stopped after finding my picture quality was consistently suffering with this method and no amount of PP could bring back the correct colors and saturation to where they should be. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 26, 2015, 10:01:26 PM »
I'm interested to see what Canon announces.  I shoot a lot of landscape, but don't see myself buying a high megapixel camera.  My next camera body will probably be the 5DIV - after its been out long enough for the price to start dropping, so a ways off. 

Curious to see what the M3 will be like.  Hopefully DPAF and faster AF.  I might look at one of those as a 2nd body if the price is reasonable.

Lenses / Re: Prime vs zoom for landscape?
« on: January 25, 2015, 10:09:57 AM »
I primarily use zooms for landscape but would certainly be happy with primes if i had them.  I've invested most of my photography budget in high quality zooms (16-35/4 IS, 24-70/2.8 II and 70-200/2.8 II), the primes I own (35/2 IS, 100L, 135/2) have all been used occasionally for landscape work, but I often use 16-28mm for landscape and just don't currently have any primes in that range.

Lenses / Re: Upgrading lenses for college student
« on: January 25, 2015, 07:03:08 AM »
I also suggest a hard look at a 18-55 IS or STM these are terrific lenses that you can pick up really cheap used.  The fairly new 18-135 STM is a somewhat more expensive option with a nice zoom range.  The STM is a big improvement over the IS version - I owned both.

Canon has really upgraded their 18-xx(x)  EF-S lenses from previous versions.  They are optimized for crop bodies and often outperform much more expensive EF lenses on a crop.  Unless you plan to buy a full format body in the near future, I strongly recommend sticking with EF-S lenses.  If you are interested in UWA, the 10-18 is awesome.

For a fast prime, you might look at the new Youngno 50 1.8 which is cheaper than the Canon nifty 50 and reportedly better optically.

This lens should do well assuming its optically superior to Canons 16-35/2.8 II and I think it will be.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Discontinued
« on: January 22, 2015, 07:34:18 AM »
I had this lens before and thought it was a little better than the Canon version. Its price, I think, was not helping sales because a lot of white box versions of the Canon 24-105 were available at a lower price, and to the casual consumer, they will pick a "big brand" with lots of ads over a name that perhaps only the more advanced users know. Or maybe they just remember Sigma from the old days, before the Art series, and figured it to be a poor brand.


When Sigma introduced this lens I figured it would need to be optically excellent to differentiate itself from the very good and inexpensive Canon L options (24-70/4 and older 24-105/4).  According to the reviews, it was only slightly better then the 24-105L and similar optically to the 24-70/4L.  Given the low price of the Canon lenses, there was just no reason to buy a brand with a poor reputation historically (prior to the Art series) over a better known and respected brand like Canon. 

This appears to be poor market research by Sigma.  Their 35 and 50 Art lenses filled a niche in the market that Canon has neglected for awhile.  The Canon 35mm and 50mm offerings (other than the excellent 35/2 IS) are showing their age, so the 35 and 50 Art provided photographers with lenses that were significantly better than the Canon L's at a better price point.  With the 24-105 they didn't differentiate either in quality or price.

Even if the Samyang lens is close to the Canon 135/2 optically, I prefer to have autofocus for a lens like this which I'm usually using for shallow DOF shots.

Lenses / Re: My New "L"
« on: January 16, 2015, 06:19:56 PM »
Congratulations on the new addition!

My first "L" was somewhat underwhelming, nothing like yours.  I bought a 100-400L used and it was a poor copy, not very sharp and required AFMA of -19 on the wide end and +11 on the other.  I sold it and purchased a new 70-200 2.8 II followed shortly by a 35L.  I've done some buying and selling of other L's along the way, but the 70-200 has a permanent home in my kit.

Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: January 15, 2015, 02:55:09 AM »
I would buy a new Canon 50 f/1.8 IS in a heartbeat!  I've owned a 50/1.4 and sold it. I've rented a Sigma 50/1.4 Art that was terrific.  I loved the IQ and AF was decent on the copy I rented. I probably will not buy a Sigma Art due to size and weight and concerns I would get a copy with AF problems..  I really want primes that are small and light.

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