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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS Exists as a Working Prototype [CR2]
« on: December 20, 2012, 12:33:30 AM »

Will weigh 7 tons and require 83mm filters.

Nice.

83.5mm filters!

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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS Exists as a Working Prototype [CR2]
« on: December 20, 2012, 12:31:08 AM »
Let's see...Canon...2014...24-70mm, f/2.8 .....IS....hmmmm....well Intro Price $3500?  Sounds about right...no?

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Lenses / Re: Canon's lens plans
« on: December 19, 2012, 02:29:40 PM »
I like some of these posts.  I hope to see some improved fast primes,…like the 50L, 35L and a 24mm to 28mm in the f1.4 to 1.8 range without IS that is reasonably priced….
Then keep your eye on Sigma too....they may be besting Canon with lens specs, quality AND price!!!!!!  :-)

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Lenses / Re: 50 1.4 on 5d3 anyone?
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:06:34 AM »
I have a Sigma 50mm f/1.4. I love it. Way less money than the "L" and I find it to be all I need. All my other lenses (besides a Zeiss) are "L"......but I really enjoy that Sigma!

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Lenses / Re: Canon's lens plans
« on: December 18, 2012, 04:22:49 PM »
You mean that there actually is a plan and a pricing structure???????
I didn't know that! :P

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Software & Accessories / Re: Stop Using Instagram
« on: December 18, 2012, 04:01:28 PM »
I know I am in the minority....but I would NEVER have a Facebook page.  The reasons are just too many to list....WAY too many. It's just not a safe or very intelligent thing to do. Truly.

Safe? Intelligent? Aren't you the guy who took a photo walk on the Jersey shore during the worst hurricane NJ ever had????

Just kidding, Bob!! I know you're smart about everything you do, and those hurricane pictures are still the best I've seen anyone take regarding that disaster.

This Instagram thing has me puzzled. They certainly have a right to change their policy (and I and everyone else have the right not to participate), but they must think two things:

1. Most Instagram users won't care and will even be flattered that some corporate entity is using their images. "Wow, dude, Frito-Lay is using one of my snaps in their TV commercial -- awesome!"

2. The quality of photography has fallen to a level that any kind of junk is now acceptable.

This is really huge news. I'll be watching to see what happens. If there is no mass rebellion, it spells real trouble in the world of image ownership.

I agree with what you are saying, Bill... but this is the largest blatant encroachment on other people's property. I used to shoot for a livingbut thank God..... I got out! Many, Many people think I should show up with $1000's and $1000's of dollars worth of equipment and work like a dog to produce art...and for some reason they feel that they do not have to pay for it or pay very little.
If I show up with my truck full of carpenters tools and work all day...they are willing to pay for it??? Never has made any sense to me. ..but one thing that does make sense to me is to not give ANYTHING to Instagram or Facebook for free. As far as I am concerned what they are doing is "technically" legal...(read the find print)..but just plain sleazy and unethical.  It is just another "GOTCHA". I feel that it is a personal invasion. ...but like I said...I am in the minority..and most do not feel that way.  Oh well.
Also...I have to disagree with something else....I have seen some KILLER talent making awesome art on Instagram. ..I am going to have to call it the art of our times....new media... Phone images are becoming more valid and there is some serious talent out there manipulating and tweaking some wonderful art. They should be compensated for there creations if a large corporation sells it outright for media or advertising purposes or uses the art to advertise their business. Burying some legalese in fine print so that you can basically cheat or deceive someone is just bad ethics.
...but other than that ...it doesn't bother me! LOL!  ;D

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Software & Accessories / Re: Stop Using Instagram
« on: December 18, 2012, 08:45:50 AM »
Good post/information dr croubie

I might be wrong, but I can't see them getting away with this long term....people that produce good photos WILL stop using them, and instagram will be left with poor quality/uninteresting amateur point and shoot and mobile phone shots.

Not so. Instagram KNOWS that the average person will not change their habits.
...and Instagram was just bought by Facebook...BEFORE this policy was instituted.
I know I am in the minority....but I would NEVER have a Facebook page.  The reasons are just too many to list....WAY too many. It's just not a safe or very intelligent thing to do. Truly.
It's as if you have left the front door to your home wide open.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Holiday Lensbaby Deals
« on: December 18, 2012, 08:23:04 AM »
I think LensBabies are great fun (I own a number of their products)...and you can have a blast out there shooting with their lenses...that being said the prices have become somewhat absurd for the quality of the what you are buying. Just my opionion...but, Really?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to find shutter count on 5D mark III?
« on: December 18, 2012, 08:13:39 AM »
You can try this:
http://www.canon5dtips.com/on-the-web/finding-the-number-of-shutter-actuations-for-your-canon-eos-dslr
(I have not used it....)

I know when I sold my 5D II  I had to use some freeware I downloaded so that I could verify the shutter count for perspective buyers.  Whatever you use...see if you can find some feedback on the web by people who have used it with your specific camera...just to be safe.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Stop Using Instagram
« on: December 18, 2012, 08:04:30 AM »
Sooooooooo glad I got OUT of professional photography. So glad.

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EOS-M / Re: To buy M or not to buy M?
« on: December 15, 2012, 10:59:53 PM »
I generally don't adopt first generation electronic products...
...and with very good reason. Recent tech history is loaded with examples of why it makes a lot of sense to go with Generation 2. Original iPhone anyone? EOS 1Ds? I could make a long list here with Canons, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Leica, Nikon etc.

But along with around a billion other photographers I'll be keen to see Canon's next mirrorless offering.

If I just had to get on board with mirrorless right now, I'd be having a long hard look at the Olympus OM-D E M5. Read up here:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympusem5/
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/olympus_om_d_e_m5_review.shtml

-PW


+++1  OMD...amazing camera...the next one will be off the charts!

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Canon General / Re: DxOMark vs. Reality
« on: December 15, 2012, 09:49:45 AM »
The thread's first post has a lot of unproven speculation....but I do not disagree with the basic sentiment. DxO is NOT a place this photographer would go for meaningful information when researching cameras and lenses for purchase..  I do not know the reason for their wild fluctuations from what I know to be reality, but they are what they are....and to me what they are is a SUSPECT source, that often has stated opinions that are not in line with the conclusions of a pool of other reliable and consistent sources. DxO Mark backs up their remarks, in my opinion, with suspect "scientific" data.  Sometimes thier "data" is in line with the general consensus of my other respected sources, many times not. I do know that specific products from manufacturers can vary from item to item..but DxO mark does not present their information with that variation. They present their information as "fact".
 I do not waste my time with ANYTHING that DxO Mark has to say because I have found many of their "opinions" to be less than valuable. I feel that anyone with experience and intelligence would do the same.
There are just so many other consistently reliable sources out there to get my information from that increase my awareness and knowledge of photographic tools.

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Hey..this is a Canon Website....I am not taking this nonsense.
Now the thread has no content whatsoever!  ;D

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EOS-M / Re: To buy M or not to buy M?
« on: December 14, 2012, 09:25:46 PM »
To buy M or not to buy M?
...for me ...a RESOUNDING ....NOT!
I have a FF DSLR Kit.
...but my MFT Kit just shoots circles around the M. Big circles, small circles..all kinds of circles.
Sometimes it shoots circles around my Canon FF Kit...like when I want to hand-hold a shot in virtual darkness.
My Canon CANNOT do that. Don't get me wrong...I love my 5DIII...it has its place..
I personally believe that Canon missed the whole point of mirrorless.
...but I am a serious photographer....I realize that the average consumer may feel much differently.

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Lenses / Re: New Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for Canon getting awesome reviews
« on: December 14, 2012, 04:47:40 PM »
Before buying this please wait for a reviewer who understands focus shift and field curvature to weigh in.  Sigma has a horrible track record in regards to these areas.

For reference: http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/canon/lenses/normal-range/sigma-50mm-f1.4-dg-hsm-for-canon


FWIW, I had one that behaved pretty much exactly how Roger wrote it up. I sent it to Sigma USA warranty a few weeks ago for "recalibration" and it was sent back with repair noted as "firmware update". Works great now at all distances after AFMA. Apparently they did a lookup table in the firmware to map focal distance and apeture and use that to fine tune focus confirmation...or maybe they were able to express it as a transfer function...who knows, but they got it right.

That said, not sure why you reference Roger's comments about the Sigma 50, they have nothing to do with field curvature or focus shift. Plus it isn't like Canon has a stellar reputation concerning those flaws. The 50L is well known for its focus shift and the 24-70L I well known for its field curvature. All lenses have some sort of flaw, even if its only size and price like the 200L f2.  :)


Skitron....how old was your Sigma?

Also...The new Sigma 35mm looks like it is a real winner and tops the Canon L Glass. Bravo.
Now...who designed the case for the lens? I think that the designer used to be a Kitchen Cozy Designer...
Definitely wasn't anyone with a photography background...how could Sigma make such a great lens with such a useless case?????????????????????? :P

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