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Lenses / Re: A Big Lens Announcement in September? [CR1]
« on: August 29, 2013, 02:36:35 AM »
Is this Canon US ?  EF-M 11-22mm maybe ;-)

In all seriousness, I wouldn't be surprised if this is a EF-M 11-22mm and another EF-M - perhaps 55-200mm compact tele zoom or an EF-M 18-135mm

A repkacement 100-400 or even 200-400mm f5.6 IS would be a nice cheapie L !  I'm seriously reluctant to grab a 100-400 at the moment given I'm managing with the 70-300 non L

Lenses / Re: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 vs 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
« on: August 26, 2013, 04:35:31 AM »
Agreed, the 15-85mm is a great lens, especially for travel, it's slightly heavy but not L heavy ;-)

Paired with a 100D/SL1 would make a great travel combo and useful for 95% of holiday shots...  I'd also shove a low f stop prime in ya bag too, I'm sure you have one already !

Lenses / Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« on: August 26, 2013, 04:28:28 AM »
My first question would be do you shoot in raw and do you have Lightroom ?

If you don't, try this first, including buying a book on Lightroom...   Next up, check at what focal lengths you shoot at most, this is easy in Lightroom...    I'd first consider a better APS-C lens, i had the 15-85mm, but the 17-55mm might work for you, my photos kinda looked a bit better, next up I'd consider a low f stop prime, I got the 50mm f1.4 new and a secondhand 135mm f2.0 L prime, my photos started to buzz with these.  I added the 10-22mm which was fun to use and gave me some great images...   I also got into using ND grads, polarising filters and black glass.

My story drifts from here, as I took the plunge with a 6D when it was launched, bought a 16-35mm soon after, then a 24-70 f2.8 II soon after that....  I sold my 450D which ended up costing me £50 per year of use, bargain !  Sold my 15-85mm which had cost me about £60 per year of use....  Still need to get shut of the 10-22mm and although I'm pondering swapping my 70-300 non L for something better, I'm still getting good images from it, just annoyed with the buzzy AF it has and slight loss of image quality beyond 200mm (pixel creeping necessary to see)

Moral for me is don't jump in at first, learn what you need through Lightroom, play with light using filters and once you get to know your photos, use that knowledge to improve your kit sensibly.

Lenses / Re: We want more EF-S lens
« on: August 24, 2013, 04:49:53 AM »
Its a one sided poll.  I would not buy any because FF bodies are the up and coming thing.  I've nothing against APS-C, I own one, but EF lenses work fine on them and can be used on my FF body as well.

I don't really believe that crop sensors will ever go away now - the benefits are for too great for the manufacturers in the mass market - however here in lays the problem, the vast majority of crop camera owners will never own more than two lenses, many of these will stick with just the one "super zoom".  However, looking at the options, the EOS-M 22mm f2.0 is nearly a third of the depth and weight of the full frame 35mm f2.0 (ok so this has IS) - so I feel that there is an opportunity to provide a small range of crop specific primes, which a widened range of FF pancakes wouldn't necessarily forfill.

Similarly with the crop zooms, the 15-85mm is a cracking lens, but crop users need more like it, the 17-55mm is getting old, it could be improved in a number of ways, there isn't a decent crop specific zoom to match the 70-200mm range (something like a 40-135mm f2.8 would be nice) - the 70-200mm f2.8 IS II just looks silly on a 700D, but as a starting camera, more serious users are likely to grab an extra lens or two and the 70-200 range is popular.

I'd love to know the breakdown of lens sales to users, whilst we speculate, I really do think that the crop user is underestimated by the minority FF buyer, especially in the UK where I live, you hardly ever see FF cameras other than in the hands of wedding photographers and even then it's just as likely to be a crop body.

Third Party Manufacturers / Playful ideas with a Canon !
« on: August 23, 2013, 07:47:25 PM »
I've really got into playing around with how i take my photos recently, been using black glass for a few years, got a Lensbaby last Christmas, added the macro/wide/tele accessory kit around Easter, then a intervalidameter, then the lensbaby fisheye optic last month...  Also using Instagram and Kitcam on my iPhone almost daily.  I've read about people using old retro lenses, popping adapters on to use new lenses like the Nikon 14-24 etc...   Then I've read recently about the Lynny Lens, but what else is there ?  What playful fun do you get up to with your Canon, with lenses, sliders, flashes, timing accessories and such...

Canon General / Re: Should I get into this industry?
« on: August 19, 2013, 02:33:26 AM »
Weddings, kids, portraits and dogs is the way to making a living in my opinion... If you aren't brave enough to do a wedding, you won't make enough to pay the mortgage :-/

Many Internet pundits say that making money at photography is easy, but making a good living is easier elsewhere.  I worked up a business plan a few years ago and it scared me silly how much I'd have to charge and how much work I'd need to do to earn a similar amount to what I did at the time as a freelance civil engineer.  I now work for a big "services" firm in the UK as a Senior Consultant (traffic engineering) earning slightly less, but with almost an assured future workload, so I don't have to spend time marketing myself as much, which is nice because I don't really like the networking aspect of my industry.

If your a good networker, photography as a career might work for you, if you see it as just a way of getting lots of cool new kit, it won't, but there is a lot of ground inbetween - sit down, work out your costs and by that I don't just mean the camera, lenses and lighting, I mean cost of running transport - fuel, tires, servicing, finance, cost of living, mortgage, food, utilities, socialising, cost of marketing, website, portfolio, trade shows, then look at what you need to fund holidays, how much tax you will pay, liability insurance, personal injury protection (you are the main business asset), then look at how much you think you can charge locally and a reasonable estimate of workload - most people get married on Saturdays in the UK, so you might expect a maximum of 40 weddings a year, you might expect a might expect a couple of portrait sessions a week over say 40 weeks, maybe a outside shoot every other week, then there is the business stuff, product photos of anything from cakes to Diesel engines depending on what's close by...

Seriously, I'd look at your current skill set and think, what's the market value vs what I'd need to learn new with photography - I stayed in Civil Engineering myself

Lenses / Re: Conversation with pro re: 50L vs. 50 f/1.4
« on: August 19, 2013, 02:05:56 AM »
This discussion could change soon - given that Canon has been busy replacing its old non-L primes with new models that are twice as expensive...

The 24mm, 28mm & 35mm have all been replaced with new fancy IS lenses, there have been suggestions on here that the 28mm f1.8 could be at risk of being chopped - why have 2 primes at what is today a odd focal length - which leaves the 50mm f1.8 & f1.4, both pre digital, both rather flimsy affairs, with the current ISO performance of new cameras, I'm half expecting a replacement f2.0/1.8 IS at a premium and a less than £150 nifty fifty f2.8 pancake without IS, with the 85mm following soon after, don't bother with the 100mm because the L is still "quite" cheap, but perhaps a cut price ultrawide prime to follow too...  16-18mm f2.8 prime perhaps ? Would it need IS ???  Would it kill sales on the 14mm ?

Lenses / Re: Telephoto for 6D?
« on: August 18, 2013, 01:58:14 PM »
Although I'm looking to upgrade from my Canon 70-300 IS, due in part to the lack of reach and less so, because of the drop off in image quality beyond 200mm, I'd argue that for the money, the 70-300 IS is a cracking lens, take a visit to your local independent camera shop, grab a few shots with it, then compare with the 70-200 f4 non IS - personally, for your budget, I'd err towards the 70-300 because it has IS, however, if fast moving subjects are your thing, I'd err towards the 70-200 f4 non IS.  The 70-300L is nice, but then it's 3x the price of the 70-300 IS

Technical Support / Re: Canon 5D3 at airshow
« on: August 16, 2013, 01:34:27 PM »
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L IS II with a 2 X III TC.

Hmmm... What's the AF speed like, I currently use a 135 f2 and a 1.4x MkII TC for my tele needs, which is fast enough, but I've been pondering a longer lens to replace my 70-300 Non L which is rubbish at locking onto fast jets.  A 70-200 f2.8 and 2x TC sounds interesting, but has anyone used that combo against a 100-400 ? Also, how much did you crop by ?

Technical Support / Re: Canon 5D3 at airshow
« on: August 15, 2013, 04:29:41 PM »
What lens are you using for the aircraft in flight Scott ?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon is going to add mid format
« on: August 12, 2013, 01:54:24 AM »

Also whether CR1, CR2 ... what?

Front page of CR is a good place to start - no CR number though - personally, I'm not convinced, MF is better, but one wonders if the investment would be more about killing the competition ?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D vs 5D3 vs 5D2 for indoor rental
« on: August 12, 2013, 01:50:34 AM »
I'm bias, I've got a 6D with a 24-70 f2.8 II - If I was in your shoes, I'd look to try the 6D & 24-105mm as a baseline, pushing to a 24-70mm f2.8 II - be aware that its a lot heavier a setup than what you have used before.  You don't get much reach on FF at 70mm, I personally use a 135L with a 1.4x extender sometimes, but in a fast moving wedding situation, a 70-200 f2.8 IS II could be useful, however, reach depends on what the final output is - I crop most of my stuff to a 1600 pixel long side for uploading on Flickr, but if you want to print out larger than A4, then you may want the extra pixels

Lenses / Re: 100-400 f/4-5.6 or 200-400 f/4 "little brother"
« on: August 10, 2013, 05:27:43 PM »
The 100-400 costs about £1200 retail here in the UK, the 400mm f5.6 prime is about £1100, so given that the currently 12 year old 400mm f4 with IS costs about £5.6k, it's a fair guess that a circa 2014 400mm f4 prime, with IS would retail for probably in the order of £8k, so add the 200-400 zoom functionality, maybe £9k if you lucky, more likely £10k as the 200-400mm 1.4x is retailing at £12k in my local shop !

I'd say more likely (than a f4 200-400) is a 200-400 f4-f5.6 with hybrid IS and weather sealing at £3k would be a realistic alternative replacement to fit with the 70-200mm range, but wouldn't at all be surprised with a pump 100-400 f4.5-f5.6 with the new look white body, improved optics and plain IS, but then as argued before - isn't the 70-300L the logical replacement for the 100-400 giving the higher mpx options available now.

Site Information / Re: The 10 Commandments of CR
« on: August 03, 2013, 05:42:01 PM »
3. Thou shall bitch about any new lens announced by Canon

Lenses / Re: Wide Angle lens for my 6D
« on: July 26, 2013, 03:09:03 AM »
Having gone from a 10-22mm on a crop, to a 6D + 16-35, then bought a 24-70 2.8, I'm starting to realise that I use the 16-35 very little and when I do it's generally at 16mm - I've bought a Fisheye Optic for my Lensbaby this weekend, so pondering chopping the 16-35mm in for a 14mm prime.  Personally had I got the 24-70mm first, I'd be going straight for the Canon 14mm 2.8 because when you want wide, you always seem to go as wide as possible.

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