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Lenses / DXO Mark review the 28mm f/2.8 IS...
« on: January 03, 2013, 08:26:15 AM »

I'm puzzled as to how an f/2.8 lens manages to achieve a measured T-stop of 2.7; doesn't that violate the laws of physics? I'm guessing that either Canon are being very conservative with their f/2.8 rating, or DXO Mark has made a cock-up... I wonder which  ;)

OK, so apologies for banging on this line a bit on previous threads, but 2K+ is a lot of money to cough up!

That said, the 5D MkIII is currently at the £2300-£2400 mark here in the UK.  I have three options:

1. Buy at my favourite camera shop now at this price. 
2. Order from HDEW (or Digitalrev/Pro Camera Store etc.) grey market for ~ £1950, saving a whopping £400.
3. Wait and see if Canon lower the price. 

Option 1 basically guarantees me peace of mind with regard to problems, but I would be pretty p*ss*d off if Canon dropped their prices to the £2000 mark in a few weeks. 

Option 2 insulates me against possible Canon UK price cuts, but leaves me bitten by the paranoia bug!

Option 3 leaves me without a 5D MkIII and with no guarantee of getting one any cheaper. 

What's anyone else's take on this; is the release of the 6D likely to affect the 5D MkIII's price (either up or down), should I be more worried about the strength of the Pound/Euro versus the Yen? Or am I overthinking this sh*t to the point where I am starting to lose my marbles?  :-\  :-\  :-\

"while i continue to be a loyal Canon user, Canon lacks behind Nikon in picture quality, why is that?"

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Third Party Manufacturers /'s D800 price is killing me!!!
« on: November 03, 2012, 10:27:08 AM »
[Here in the UK, we have to pay at least 20% more than in the USA (VAT), so please bear this in mind when I quote prices]

I really want a 5D MkIII and if the D800 were the same price, I would buy the Canon.  The problem for me is that the D800 is still very tempting and its price on the aforementioned website is £1907.64, compared to £2339.00 for the 5D MkIII (@ Camera World).  In fact the Canon is priced identically to the 'premium' D800e! The disparity in prices would go a long way to offsetting the cost of switching lenses...

I'm really not looking to start yet another 5D MkIII versus D800 debate, I just want some consolation  :'(

Please Canon, drop your price to match the D800 and my decision would be simple!!!

An interesting couple of articles from Chipworks [via Canon Watch]:

Refreshing to actually read some facts amongst all the rumours and speculation.  The second part throws some light on why Canon seems stuck around 20MP and what the future might hold. 

Lenses / Photozone's review of the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II is up
« on: September 22, 2012, 12:15:56 PM »
Klauss isn't overly impressed for the price:

EOS Bodies - For Stills / AF point comparison - D600 vs. 6D vs. 5D MkIII
« on: September 22, 2012, 09:10:17 AM »
For the record:

D600 -

6D -

5D MkIII -

Please note that these are simulations and not real images (and that this is not my photostream!). 

Shame about the 6D's AF system.   If they'd built in four more points (above and below each of the outside points) and made them all cross type, this would have been a superb AF system for anyone that didn't need to track moving subjects.  Looks like we're back to the bad old days. 

Unless they can go very agressive on the price, I can see quite a few APS-C upgraders with crop lenses switching to Nikon.  Or maybe not, the 60D seemed to be popular with new DSLR owners despite the D7000's spec sheet advantages. 

EOS Bodies / Is that really it for Canon at Photokina 2012?
« on: September 19, 2012, 09:55:42 AM »
The 6D and the annual Powershot updates? Surely there must be something more, how about lenses? I would have thought that we'd at least have seen a few more lens prototypes: EOS-M; a (cheaper than the 24-105L) kit lens for the 6D; 14-24 f/2.8L?

To be fair, Nikon have been a bit quiet too (D600 aside); it seems that the 'big two' have left the field to the competition. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Andy Rouse taking 1D X on Masi migration shoot
« on: August 21, 2012, 11:29:20 AM »
UK wildlife photographer Andy Rouse has written in his latest blog post that he is planning to take a Canon based system on his next photo shoot to the Masi Mara.  Andy was one of the well known converts to Nikon following the 1D MkIII AF debacle.

Lenses / 17-40mm f4.0 L - £486.00 new
« on: July 20, 2012, 06:49:17 PM »
Robert White are selling the EF 17-40mm f4.0 L USM Lens for £486.00 incl. VAT (seen via 

I don't know if this is a mis-pricing as it is over £100 cheaper than the going price in the UK.  Might be worth a look if you're in the market for this lens, I believe that they're pretty reputable (usual disclaimers  ;) )

Call me sad, but I've just noticed this:

The K 01 results have been up for some time, but I've just noticed the measurements -specifically those for dynamic range.  Can someone please explain how the K01 has nominally the same sensor as the K5 and D7000, but much lower DR.  It is virtually identical in all other measurements. 

What is going on? 

EOS Bodies / Get some perspective... [Humour!]
« on: March 31, 2012, 10:31:31 AM »
Every now and again, we all need to get some perspective (myself included).  Here's a bit of lighthearted ribbing of us all from Lensrentals; enjoy:

EOS Bodies - For Video / 5D MkIII vs D800 for video
« on: March 09, 2012, 06:46:16 AM »
I don't know if anyone has seen this article yet, I'm not a video user so I cannot form a judgement.  Their assessment seems very preliminary and full of caveats, but it may interest you video guys:

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