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Lenses / Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:34:54 PM »
35mm asph summilux - and the camera to go with it.

Lenses / Re: Sell non L primes to get 24-70LII
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:23:12 PM »
Do whatever you want to do - it's only money.  If you find out you've made a mistake, sell it and move on.
No one but you knows what makes you happy. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Fixed Lens APS-C camera - What would you buy?
« on: July 25, 2013, 11:05:38 AM »
I didn't care about a swivel screen but I did want a small, fixed lens camera for travel.  I bought a Fuji X100s
and am delighted.  As good or better image quality than my "travel" Rebel, lightweight but just a little larger
than I'd hoped.  Very satisfied with it however - now if I could just put it in the microwave and set a dial for
75% size.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II - How much will it cost?
« on: July 22, 2013, 01:21:13 PM »
interesting pricing dilemna for Canon marketeers.  How close to the full frame pricing model can a "professional" crop body skate?  Given that the 7D was introduced shy of $1800 and all Canon "new" products have been
substantially higher than the predecessor, you would predict a $2250-2500 announce price.  That would overshadow the 6D, but perhaps could be justified as a "mini" 5DMkII if it had similar or improved features.  There's a bottom set by the new 70D at $1300 and you could argue that a 7D could be slotted in between the
70D and the 6D at the $1600-$1800 price point.  Time will tell us just how "proud" Canon is with it's latest

don't care about the brand - look for the construction.  Many have moulded plastic snap handles on the legs -
and they do snap.  If you expect light usage look for legs that rotate and are held by friction.  Those also
wear thin with heavy usage, but tend to last longer for me than the first type.  Of all of the 6 or 7 tripods I have
around here, my favorite is the oldest - a 60's era Leitz Tilt-all.  Little heavier than some of the newer high
end models, but rugged and reliable - and still considerably cheaper than some supposed competitors.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Scanner software
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:54:26 PM »
why don't you just downloard the drivers from the cannon support page and use them.
Most canon scanners also will respond to the standard twain drivers in adobe products.


Lenses / Re: Lens recomendation for infant passport photo
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:46:31 PM »
Lens doesn't matter, camera doesn't matter - probably 80% + of all passport photos are taken with a
special purpose polaroid at your corner drug or office supply store.  The only thing that does matter is
that is a clear, well exposed head shot that fits within the size parameters determined by the state
department (or whatever department in whatever country you're in that controls passports).  The photo
should be "recognizable" and not shroud or disfigure the facial recognition in anyway.  The thing is for
identification not entering in a portrait contest.  In this case, at least, size does matter!

Lenses / Re: I have a weight limit....what would you bring?
« on: July 17, 2013, 11:43:01 PM »
You have a weight and a space limit.  I'd take the 17-40 and the 80-200 (if I knew how I'd use it)
add a 50mm f1.8 and a second body (best price performer out there is the Rebel T3 if you don't already
have the second body) You're not likely to run into a repair service in that part of the world.  If you're
snobbish and wouldn't be caught dead with a Rebel, at least take a point & shoot for backup.

Lenses / Re: What is the next Canon lens you want or covet and why...
« on: July 17, 2013, 11:32:53 PM »
What I'd really like to see Canon do is re-release the FD to EF lens adapter again.  I'd love to be able to
use my collection of FD lenses on a digital body (with a real viewfinder for you EOS-M fans) even with the
restrictions to "manual" use. 

Lenses / Re: Help Me Build My Lens Stable!
« on: July 17, 2013, 01:51:55 PM »
Get the 6D and save $1000.  Keep the 50 f1.4 and the 70-200 f4is.  Buy the 24mm f2.8 and the 85mm f1.8 (when you sell the 10-22 you've paid for both of these) Buy the 600 flash if you need one with the money you save. 
Bank the rest and save it until you find out how this covers your shooting style.  You can sell either the 24 or
85 (or both) and buy the L versions when you're flush and if you need them.  Keep you eyes open for a new wide
zoom, an improved 35L, a tele-extender for the 70-200  and/or a second flash or whatever - including a second 6D or the next click on the full frame ride.

Lenses / Different new lenses?
« on: July 17, 2013, 12:57:03 PM »
On the website NorthernLightImages there's a mock up of a 42mm f1.2 lens and the description clearly labels it as a fake.  But it did get me thinking about  what if Canon (or the N word) started to rethink their lens lines.  A fast
42mm would be wonderful (especially with APS sized sensors).  What other "new" lenses would you like to see.
It appears the zooms killed the 150mm focal length.  Could you make a "less expensive" 250mm or 350mm (the
old Leica R longer primes)?  Any other candidates?

The image quality of the X20 made me kiss the G1X good-bye despite the difference in sensor sizes.  They're about the same price but the X20 isn't as "clunky".  That said, an interchangeable lens on either one would
be wonderful.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Any Rumors of EOS M and Zeiss Touit
« on: June 28, 2013, 09:56:52 PM »
You questions begs two more
1.) Why would Canon want to partner with Zeiss who might well make a better lens?
2.) Why would Zeiss want to hook up with a turkey like the Canon M?

Technology moves on - with todays design systems there's a careful balance of optical design and coatings
formulation, computer controlled lens grinding takes the craftsmanship out of the glassworks into the NC programming lab and the secret to a quality lens is still the assembly process and the fine tuning of the unit as a whole.  That's why people pay an extreme premium for Leica lenses and why neither Sigma, Tamron, and even Canon nor Nikon can build a high quality CHEAP lens.  Robots can do a lot, but not the fine adjustments necessary to consistently produce high quality optics.  Look at the Canon 70/75-300 in its many current models to instantly
see the difference.  Even the Canon 50mm - you want good at $100, better at $400 or best at $1200 - take your
choice - and if you want a slightly different look, try a zeiss at $800.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 40D to 5D Classic. Good upgrade?
« on: June 28, 2013, 12:51:14 AM »
There are all kinds of reasons to upgrade to full frame, but printing 20X30 isn't one of them.  If you do your post processing in photoshop, buy genuine fractals and you can print as large as you'd like.  I routinely do posters
at 40X60 from 10 meg files after processing them. 

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