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Lenses / Upgrade for 17-55 2.8
« on: December 31, 2013, 05:55:26 AM »

I currently use a t2i and have no intentions to move to FF in near future. I'm fine with crops.

What I would like to see is a high quality wide to long zoom to rival the new 24-70 L mark 2 for FF. I guess this would mean a mark 2 for the 17-55. The current version is quite old, and could use an upgrade to something more modern, smaller, better build, and improved IQ to match the look and feel of the new L lenses - and the new fuji / tamron/ micro 4/3 lenses flooding the market.

I'm surprised this seems to be a non issue and nobody else brings this up?

thoughts ?

EOS Bodies / Re: Change from T3i to 70d, or invest in a new lens?
« on: December 24, 2013, 06:39:41 AM »

I use a t2i. As far as sensor and overall image quality - all the current crops are very close of not identical 18MP camera. The 70d 20 MP seems to be more of the same - with a very slight improvement as far as digic 6 and more MP. Bottom line - the 70d is not a "jump" in IQ. (if you do video that's a whole other matter as the 70d has ground breaking constant AF)

I would easily recommend the 15-85 which I use allot as your "go to" lens as a superior general lens. The 15-85 is a pleasure to use, durable build, nice and wide, nice and long, fast AF, great colors.

The only cons I can think of are:
- A little nose heavy on the rebel - get a grip to balance this out.
- Some annoying lens creep - the grip will help for this as well - as the camera will hang from your neck nose "out" and not nose "down" because of the balance / weight of the grip at the bottom of the camera.

Assuming you have the 15-85 (15mm is very nice on a crop!) you might want to get the nifty fifty as a fast prime for portraits or more artistic work.

I would even say - to prefer the 15-85 over the 17-55 for your purposes as a travel lens. For most outdoor usage the 15-85 is more attractive as it is wider and longer, lighter to carry, and built stronger.

EOS Bodies / Re: L Lenses for crop bodies
« on: November 21, 2013, 07:35:33 AM »
As the lines between FF and crop continue to blur - and we are seeing very high performance crop bodies ....

Assuming you're referring to Canon crop cameras I think your premise is false - unless by "performance" you're excluding what ultimately counts, image quality.  Over the past few generations of Canon crop bodies there has been negligible improvement in sensor performance - the images taken with a 70D don't look much different from images taken with a 7D, 60D, or the last few years' worth of Rebels or EOSM, even if it's now easier to reach that result thanks to better AF etc.  The gap in price between crop and FF may be narrowing as the price of the 6D continues to fall, but if anything the gap in image quality between crop and FF has been widening: cf 5DII vs 7D/60D/Rebel and 6D vs 70D/EOSM - the crops have stayed much the same, but the 6D is noticeably better in image quality than the 5DII, which in turn is still considerably better than any of the crops.  (And even when/if Canon does start to introduce crop sensors with significantly improved image quality - 7D2? - the various physical traits referred to by the short-hand phrases "crop factor" and "full frame advantage" will remain.)

Is this really true that FF IQ is so significantly superior to crop ? I think the market is moving rapidly to smaller bodies and smaller high quality lenses.  Sure there are certain aspects of FF especially in the area of DOF that are not achievable with a crop, but ultimately the prosumer like myself, will not justify the cost of FF bodies and lenses. I still think there is a new much bigger prosumer market - that will go for high quality lenses for crops.

EOS Bodies / L Lenses for crop bodies
« on: November 19, 2013, 03:57:01 AM »
As the lines between FF and crop continue to blur - and we are seeing very high performance crop bodies - I am hoping canon will invest in high quality lenses for crop bodies. Why not L lenses for crops ? There is no good wide angle prime lens options for crop (outside third party lenses) this is a pity.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 70d for stills - IQ Improvement ?
« on: July 02, 2013, 02:17:06 PM »
I am a 550d shooter looking to upgrade. I primarily shoot stills not video, so my question is pertaining stills only.

From this perspective - would the 70d give me more of an upgrade then say the 650d which is half the price ? They seem to have the same ISO range.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D Reaction
« on: June 30, 2013, 09:56:27 AM »
Why is such fowl language trash allowed on this site ?

There is no insight/experience or information in this video ? He reads the spec and curses ?

Lenses / Re: EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro... is IS worth it?
« on: June 23, 2013, 06:01:05 AM »
I have all kinds of lenses. The ONLY lens I have that is simply superb in every way is the 100 L IS. Its AF is super fast, color rendering excellent, lightweight, and overall a pleasure to use. It is can perform many duties in addition to macro, portrait, artistic, etc.

I shoot a canon crop 550d.

Lenses / Re: Canon 100mm macro L or Zeiss 50mm makro?
« on: June 17, 2013, 05:06:56 AM »
I happen to own the Canon 100L and I had a chance to use the Zeiss Macro planar 50mm f/2 for a few months on loan from a family member. I have a 550d crop body.

The canon is simply a joy to use, as it has the IS, AF, and is VERY sharp and contrasty. For me the longer FL is an advantage for macro as well allowing me to stand back.

The Zeiss is built like a tank - and for studio macro shots, mounted on a tripod, and MF carefully in LV for perfect focus. Personally I do not see any real overall advantage of the Zeiss to the Canon, unless you want 50mm.

I think this thread brings out a simple painful? truth. That is electronics have developed to the point, that the overwhelming advantage the FF cameras had some years back - is rapidly closing down.

Another truth is that in the digital age - electronics plays a big role - shadowing the role of optics that dominated the film cameras.

So here we see, a small sensor camera + an entry level lens - produce - at least under certain conditions - results that are for all practical purposes - almost identical if not better then a $2500 combo !

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Samyang 14mm f2.8
« on: April 15, 2013, 01:28:54 PM »

Ahhh, good to know that you're one of those people who think the sensor is the sum total of a camera.  I bet that DxOMark T-shirt looks great on you!  ::)

I understand there are many other important components to a body - but I still dont see any great "leap" from a say 550d to the 60d ?

I am very confused - as I see that canon has been re-packaging the 550d for the past few years ? Call it a 60d, call it a 650d, call it a 7d, call it a 700d ? Why are we not seeing a significant jump in asp-c sensors and performance?

All the other companies Nikon and the like - seem to be leaping ahead ?

Did canon get stuck or something ?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 700d/100d as a first DSLR or wait for 70d?
« on: April 08, 2013, 05:26:47 AM »
I am a 550d owner. As far as I can tell - all the recent crops are the same IQ overall. The primary differences pertain to the overall handling, focus speed, and build. The 7d being the top of the line as a fast moving rugged sports camera - which is great but probably not your priority.

I would just get the 700d + A GRIP

Lenses / Re: Wedding with crop bodies, help with rentals.
« on: April 08, 2013, 04:28:58 AM »

I've shot daytime events with a 550d. A few suggestions:

The UWA is nice but the 17 on the 17-55 should be enough.

I would get the 17-55 and a 35mm f/2 - GREAT little bright lens for shooting events no flash.

make sure to have a grip - or plenty of extra batteries.

You did not specify what style of photography you are focusing on. So here are some general ideas: I own all these lenses and use a t2i.

1) Tamron 17-50 Non VC - great general purpose.

2) Canon 15-85 wider range, more expensive general purpose option.

3) Canon 50 1.4 excellent affordable portrait lens for 7d.

4) Canon 60mm EFS macro + portrait combo lens.

5) Samyang 14mm wide angle

For 1,000 USD I would get numbers 1 + 3 above - you will have change.

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