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EOS Bodies / 7DII feature requests...
« on: September 19, 2012, 08:39:36 AM »
There is another CR thread which is hammering the 180th sync speed of the new 6D. Plenty of photographers don't care one way or the other, and others place a high value on fast sync speeds. Yes, HSS is an option, but often at such reduced power output to render it of little useful value.

Which brings me to the 7DII wishlist. (Yes I know a 7DII may never happen, but let's run with this...)
The smaller APS-C sensor makes it a simpler matter to manufacture a shutter with a higher sync speed.
Remember the 500th sync on the original 1D? It was a flawed camera in many ways, but that fast sync speed rocked.

Listen up Canon DSLR R&D team! How about genuine 500th sync for the 7DII? I'll personally visit Japan and give each one of you a big hug.

What do you want to see on a 7DII?

-PW

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Lenses / Re: Were EF-S lenses a bad idea?
« on: September 19, 2012, 08:23:00 AM »
Was it lower manufacturing costs that triggered the EF-S line? Far and away the highest number of Canon DSLR's that exist on the planet are APS-C bodies owned and enjoyed by photographers many of whom may barely be aware of the difference between an EF-S lens and an EF lens but enjoy the relatively low price of entry to decent EF-S glass.

I'd bet the farm that APS-C DSLR bodies or future mirrorless bodies that may take EF-S lenses will be around for a many years and will ensure a long and useful life for these lenses.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Sync speed only 1/180s?
« on: September 19, 2012, 07:21:59 AM »
Not photographers.  Maybe armchair spec readers.

Yes it's been a motivator for the armchair spec readers. But it depends how you work. For plenty of photographers shooting style, any loss of sync speed is noticed and missed, even the drop from 300th to 250th from the 1D4 to the 1DX. In reality the 5D3 sync speed of 200th is barely different from 180th, but the incremental losses require modified technique and reduced flexibility.

Remember how useful the 500th sync on the original 1D was? Brilliant!

-PW

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Is it time for the CEO of Canon's DSLR division to resign? That's a mighty big call, but see it as symptomatic of an apparent misreading of the marketplace with the soft feature set of the surprisingly underwhelming 6D. It comes across as a camera designed by a committee.

What a wasted opportunity to consolidate and build on the success of the 5D3 and the 1DX. 

-PW

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70-300L
120-300/2.8
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAArgh decisions.
I can probably console myself with the 70-300L being more "walkaround", which I do a lot when birdhunting. Although i would very much like a 300/2.8, and if that 300/2.8 comes in black with an extra 120-299mm as well...

You bet the 70-300L is more "walkaround". Compare the weight!
70-300L           1050g
120-300/2.8     2950g
EF 300 f/2.8II   2400g
Only Mr Muscles would consider the Sigma as a walkaround. Wouldn't it be cool if the Sigma weighed in at a less punishing weight?

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D or 5D Mk II
« on: September 17, 2012, 08:46:15 PM »
so, pwp,
But for someone wanting an economical pathway out of APS-C, the 6D would be first choice over the excellent but now relatively ancient 5DII. The newer sensor, newer processor, no doubt improved AF array and other new features/incremental improvements etc make the 6D the clear choice.

and a couple of days before:
Wow! Eleven focus points. That's progress.  :P
The spec list reads pretty much as beige mush.
I doubt this camera exists.

-PW

so do tell us again, that beige mush is the clear choice?

Hah! You got me! It's amazing the clarity you gain with more information and a good night's sleep. Yes, the 6D exists.

Even so, each comment was valid at the time. In the context of being a new EOS FF camera, the 6D has a fairly beige, uninspiring feature set. I'm surprised by such a relatively  ho-hum release from Canon.

In the context of direct comparison with the 5D2, the newer 6D would appear to be the preferred choice.

-PW

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I find it fascinating that an upgrade on the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM has happened so quickly. The previous model of the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM was almost there for me, just lacking very slightly in some key performance areas.

As people are saying "Sigma do listen", there's a big chance I'll pick up this lens. If the required performance is there, my EF 300 f/2.8is could be headed for retirement. Think about it, a 120-300 f/2.8 zoom makes a pretty compelling case, especially if the critical areas of IQ and AF speed and consistent build quality cross into premium territory.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D or 5D Mk II
« on: September 17, 2012, 06:15:09 PM »
The 6D is not for 5DII shooters looking for an upgrade. Better to drop that spare $2000 on the new 24-70 f/2.8L.
But for someone wanting an economical pathway out of APS-C, the 6D would be first choice over the excellent but now relatively ancient 5DII. The newer sensor, newer processor, no doubt improved AF array and other new features/incremental improvements etc make the 6D the clear choice.

But for extremely price sensitive photographers looking to move to FF from APS-C, the 6D will absolutely hammer the second hand prices of good, well cared for 5D MkII bodies. Really, we're spoiled for choice.

-PW

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Competition is fierce in that segment. There's the Samyang and the Zeiss, not to mention the original Canon and Nikon lenses. Hope Sigma will take it into account.
Sigma don't always get their pricing right. Just recall the debacle of the SD1 launch at Photokina 2010.
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/sigma_sd1___ready_for_prime_time.shtml
It was 4-5 times more expensive than it should have been and very few were sold.
Hopefully that experience was a reality check for Sigma and the 35 f/1.4 will be both price competitive and an IQ hero.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Specs Leaked?
« on: September 15, 2012, 04:14:06 AM »
Wow! Eleven focus points. That's progress.  :P
The spec list reads pretty much as beige mush.
I doubt this camera exists.

-PW

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Nikon vs Canon - Honest Poll before photokina.
« on: September 15, 2012, 12:46:25 AM »
Unless you own and work with both systems, how could you possibly make a truly informed poll choice on this question? All most of us have to go on is personal choice and anecdotal evidence/viewpoints.

I used to be 100% happy with Nikon hardware but switched to Canon primarily because of the quality of CPS support compared to Nikon support at the time. It may have improved. And now I'm 100% happy shooting Canon.

The poll? It's a fairly pointless question. There is no clear obvious winner here. Both have strengths & weaknesses across different bodies, lenses & speedlights. Bottom line is they're both very close to brilliant.

-PW

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Black Rapid deservedly has a lot of very happy users, and for good reason, it's an evolved design and they just work. I also use the quite amazing Spider Pro System http://www.spiderholster.com/ This gets the bodies off the neck & shoulder, and puts the weight on the hips. It's a great setup for events shooting and sports like track & field where I routinely shoot with 3 bodies, two of which travel on the Spider Pro belt. They are 1-Series bodies with 24-70 and another with 70-200. A 300 f/2.8 is on a third body on a monopod. I can RUN with this setup.

But this is still an evolving science. Just a little heads up about the attachment method of both Black Rapid and the Spider Pro pins. They screw into either the tripod thread on the base of the body, or into the thread in the collar of longer lenses like 70-200 and 300 f/2.8 etc. Was this designed to handle the stresses imposed by a body and weighty lens? The thread in the lenses will be fine, but the thread on the base of bodies may not be up to the job. Think about how this thread is attached into the body. It's not tapped into the body proper, it's an insert into the body.

Some time ago when threading a Spider Pro pin into the grip of a 5D body, the thread insert just popped straight out of the grip. Admittedly I was tightening it pretty firmly, but still...makes you think dunnit?

-PW

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AFMA. It an acronym for autofocus microadjustment. The term has recently jumped into common usage. Newer Canon DSLR's have the built in function that enables accurate calibration of lens to body. Rather than go into a full explanation here, Google it and read up.

-PW

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Software & Accessories / Re: BG-E11 weight
« on: September 13, 2012, 10:32:22 PM »
Yep, a gripped 5D3 is bulkier in every dimension, that is taller wider and thicker and heavier than the 1D Mk4. It's BIG!

I use both cameras in tandem on a daily basis. I used to think the 1D4 was big but now it feels light and slim by comparison to the gripped 5D3.

There are probably a few years to do it, but the 5-Series could do with a long stay a weight loss clinic and daily visits to the gym in preparation for the 5D4.

-PW

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon PowerShot G15
« on: September 13, 2012, 09:52:25 PM »
That lens will probably be enough to tip me into my first G Canon since my somewhat disappointing G3 earlier this century.

-PW

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