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Lenses / Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« on: January 10, 2014, 08:57:49 AM »
Happily...I do not own any of them!!!! ;D

I note that this new Sigma 50/1.4 is being introduced at $900.  Canon's current 50/1.4 (a 20-year-old design) is about $400 or less (BuyDig offered it for $279 recently).  If Canon introduces a new 50/1.4 in the same price range as this Sigma, some people will complain (in online forums) about Canon's pricing ... "They doubled the price!!!".  If Canon introduces a really good 50/1.8 with IS, some people will compare its price to that of the nifty fifty ($125) and scream.  However, a really good 50mm costs some $$$ to build.  That's why the Sigma is $900 and not $400.  That's why the Otus is $4000 and not $400.  Even the manual focus Zeiss ZE 50/1.4 is $725.

If the lens is large and has a complex formula (13 elements in 8 groups)...the canon 50mm f/1.2L  (has only 8 elements in 7 groups) not a GREAT lens...I am hoping that this new Sigma could be the best 50mm with AF for Canon on the market.  This is REALLY exciting news to FINALLY "possibly" have a great normal lens for FF.  I am keeping my fingers crossed here and hoping for the best. Canon has been sound asleep here for many years.

I think it's an exciting announcement too.  But I disagree about Canon sleeping.  They've been putting out new lenses steadily, just at other focal lengths; I could make a list of some really good ones.  The 50L is a wonderful lens because of the way it draws -- it's made a lot of my favorite photos.  A lot of photographers like the look.  And it's weather-sealed once you add a filter.  Canon obviously had different design priorities for the 50L than ultimate sharpness.  It does have some faults, so it doesn't please everyone.  I believe they omitted a floating rear element which is what helps make some other lenses so good.  But with that it would have cost even more.  I'm looking forward to seeing how this Sigma will compare.

When I said Canon has been sleeping "here"...I was referring to 50mm focal length.  This is the NORMAL focal length for FF and the Canon offerings have been in my mind disrespectful of photography.  I think Canon should be offering something solid, reliable and competent in this BASIC staple. The do not, as far as I am concerned. I bought the old Sigma 50mm f/1.4 (not without its own problems...but apparently I bought a good copy), because the canon offerings were so anemic...and the price on the L lens for what it offers is embarrassing. Also, if they ever do come to bat on this situation, (a 50mm f/2.0 IS is NOT addressing this BASIC issue) you can bet the pricing will suck the air out of the room.  Whatever is going on over at Sigma Corp. I for one hope that they keep sending lots of it our way. Hope this new Sigma busts the 50mm situation wide open.  We will see. (fingers crossed).

"The lens is large and has a complex formula (13 elements in 8 groups)"...the canon 50mm f/1.2L  (has only 8 elements in 7 groups) not a GREAT lens...I am hoping that this new Sigma could be the best 50mm with AF for Canon on the market.  This is REALLY exciting news to FINALLY "possibly" have a great normal lens for FF.  I am keeping my fingers crossed here and hoping for the best. My Sigma 35mm Art is da bomb.  Canon has been sound asleep here for many years.

Canon General / Re: Are Metal Mounts Better Than Plastic?
« on: January 04, 2014, 04:23:01 PM »
Wouldn't "all metallic construction" be kinda hard to see through? And those all metallic circuit boards would be tricky to engineer.
Obviously there is glass in the lenses, plastic-coated wires, rubber on the focus rings, etc...DUUUUUH...but like Roger says..Zeiss uses metal throughout the Lens. Zeiss could make that claim in their this instance, it is dishonest for Olympus to make that claim.

Canon General / Re: Are Metal Mounts Better Than Plastic?
« on: January 04, 2014, 01:05:51 PM »
Hey...NEW INFO....
Just went on to an MFT blog and another photographer just had the mount break off his Olympus "PRO" is what he had to say...and according to him...Olympus admitted that there is an issue....

Nicholas: “The mounting plate of my M.Zuiko 12-40 PRO lens broke off, just as others have reported. Three of the four screws sheared. This happened while mounted on an E M-1(with Battery Holder) in a padded Lowe Pro Bag. The bag fell off a bed onto a heavily padded hotel carpet. It was such a minor fall that I didn’t even look inside the bag when it happened. I only realized the lens was damaged the next morning when I took the camera out of the bag.
I called Olympus and they acknowledged there was “an issue,” and assured me that warranty would cover the repair. Perhaps most troubling: The technician iI spoke with admitted that they do not have a fix. He encouraged me to keep checking the website for updated information.“

Canon General / Re: Are Metal Mounts Better Than Plastic?
« on: January 04, 2014, 10:47:16 AM »
Roger's articles are always GREAT...he backs them with facts and I always learn!
I have an extensive Canon FF system and an extensive MFT system (10 lenses for each)...
I do a lot of research (ALWAYS) before I buy.  I was looking into the Olympus 12-40 zoom that Roger mentions in his article.   The marketing stated "PRO"  ....which I laugh at, too.  ....BUT...if you go to the Olympus website and read some of the finer print (which I did), about the lens on the product page, Olympus states: " this lens features all metallic construction ".  Link to page here:
Now, I would consider myself a relatively intelligent guy with a ton of experience in photography.  I do not think that plastic is a bad thing in "pro" (LOL) lens design. ( I own a Canon 100mm Macro f/2.8L IS ($1000...made of plastic, incredible lens).  So here is my question...If the manufacturer states "the lens features all metallic construction", would I expect that my metal lens mount is held in place by three plastic support rods...which are a main part of the construction of the lens??? I accuse Olympus of lying here. Outright. (mind you...I own two of their cameras and many of their lenses and love & enjoy their products).   They need to change the data on their product page.  That verbiage is not just misleading. It is not truthful. Period.
I suspect that the design may be a little lacking regarding the weight of the lens and it may be too much for the mount design and/or there was/is some manufacturing problem here... who knows.
I have not bought the lens as it is $1000...I think there "may" be some kind of problem and Olympus has not addressed it.
All respect to Roger...but I think that something is "up" with this lens, perhaps.  Maybe not..but there are alternative lenses to choose from that have not been exhibiting "this" issue. LOL.
Of course...the plastic mounts are far easier to replace/repair (thanks Roger...I did not know that!) in the end...maybe it doesn't matter.  Also..we do not know "exactly" how these lenses on the internet were damaged. People do lie, or are completely unaware of what actually happened to their lens and why it got damaged.  :-)

I recently went to a photo workshop where 20 "photographers" met in a parking lot. I would say that most were not "casual" photographers.  In a 10 minute span I witnessed one person dropping their camera on the asphalt, and another knocking their camera (on a tripod) over and it slammed on concrete. We had not begun shooting yet.  Perhaps those individuals consider that "normal" wear-n-tear....I do not know???? I guess I should take everything with a grain of salt.  :o

Photography Technique / Re: What makes a photo great?
« on: December 20, 2013, 12:12:26 AM »
Technical ability and passion.  If you only have one, take the passion.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 135mm f/2 DG OS Art Coming? [CR1]
« on: December 17, 2013, 06:16:37 AM »
I would LOVE to see a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens in 2014. Should not be too difficult to best the Canon offerings...and being that the Otus is totally out of my reach...a guy can hope for something in between.

Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 11, 2013, 11:02:15 PM »
Dear Friends.
I would like you to read my new post, That might help your solve the problem, when you fly, and not stupid as me.---No, Not absurd accessory as the photo.---ha, ha, ha

That's a great story.  I'll have to keep that in mind next time I fly with my Giottos Rocket! I was thinking of upgrading to  this blower though as it may be easier on sensors.

Also, I learned you are an architect today!  With an impressive body of work as well, and in very tough fields like detention centres.  Those and court houses have to be some of the toughest buildings to design.  Kudos.

Thanks, Dear Botts.
Yes, That are my real Professional, as Thai Architect for 5 years( during work in Thailand), And As American Architect since 1974. Yes, I have a lot of FUN, and get the great lesson in my Life, to work with Inmates as the USER Clients---Ha, Ha, Ha---Yes, I have super fun story, and may be some time, I will post here and let all of my friend in CR to laugh and Learn with me.
Nice to talk to you, Have a great night.
Funny story...but you performed a quadruple amputation on your unsuspecting Giottos. How cruel of you! LOL!

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: December 11, 2013, 10:52:36 PM »
Here's one.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II to Finally Arrive? [CR1]
« on: December 10, 2013, 11:38:48 AM »
Sigma 35 owners all yawn in unison!
Small yawn....  The Sigma is so sharp that it scares me (Like the Canon 24-70mm or the 70-200 f/2.8 IS etc),...the bokeh is not all that soft...but I don't care because of the price and the quality all around of the Sigma....I am thinking that the bokeh could be better on the Canon like Markoe hopes above...but you are talking at least twice the price with the current "L" lens that is a big no for me... the weather sealing is not a deal-breaker for me either....That is "if" it is weather-sealed...I am guessing it will be.

Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 10, 2013, 04:16:46 AM »
Sort of like camouflage flashlights :)
The worst accessory I can think of is the selfie stick!

"One man's trash is another man's treasure"! The Selfie Stick could be Steve Huff's most important piece of hardware.  :D :D just never know.
Me, I thought it was a monopod!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: December 03, 2013, 09:39:20 PM »
I certainly had hopes that Canon would go quite a bit farther with the M system, I own the current version, not a bad Camera, but not a good camera either when I look at what it needs to be a reasonably developed back up to my 1Dx & a possible replacement for my 5DMK III, the current M doesn't do it.

But the Image files aren't too bad from the current M, absence of a viewfinder is a big issue for me after having the current M, in day light the screen is almost useless.

So, my a7r arrived 3 days ago, still trying to work through the Menu system, not as bad as the Nikon System, but takes a while to work out.

Nice size, has a viewfinder, takes some getting used to but I like the viewfinder on a7r.

I was concerned after reading reports that the auto focus would be quite slow, but I'm using the a7r in dim lighting, very dim, and it focusses just fine quick & accurate. Files look very good to date but I'm yet to really put the is camera to the test considering the choices of Lens, well, make that choice, in Singapore the only Lens available is the Zeiss 35f/2.8, which is a lovely Lens, 55 arrives sometime late December.

Once I get a WA ( 15F/2.8 ) & a Macro ( 100f/2.8 ), I'll try & get the a7r into a Underwater housing, I have high hopes the a7r could replace my 5DMK III for underwater Imaging.

Like the Camera so far, has a load of the things I had hoped Canon might put into V2 of the M.

Image was shot with the M.

Thanks for the input regarding the Sony...I cannot buy one...but I am eagerly watching the development of all-things mirrorless.

Enthusiasm matters!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Specs Revealed?
« on: December 02, 2013, 05:13:42 PM »
Sorry ...but I just have to laugh.  No mention of a VF for the new M?
Look...I have an extensive MFT kit to complement my Canon FF Kit... I have been researching picking up an Olympus E-PL5 as a second MFT body.
1. VERY small.
2. Can be fitted with the BEST EVF out there...Olympus VF4
3. 8 frames per second
4. Incredibly extensive small, fast,  prime lens selection...(all lenses actually including zooms)
That is just a few of the bests on the M-system..and the E-PL5 is one year old...and I bet that it focuses faster than the new M??????

I am looking at all of the other manufacturers...what the hell is Canon doing in the area of innovation??????????
I think that is a really valid question at this point.

you do realize it´s just a rumor yet?
like my latest rumor.... canon is only making popcorn from 2015 onwards.

why not getting your heartattack when the specs are really out?   ;D

Not having a heart attack...quite the opposite...I am laughing my ass off at the ineptness of the "photo giant"......Mirrorless is such incredible tech to make cameras smaller and lighter...Canon could have an unbelievable small light "system" by now...but in the meantime carrying my E-P5 EVERYWHERE and creating images! I will skip the popcorn....thanks.   :-)

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