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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS USM
« on: February 07, 2012, 03:27:40 PM »
Hang on a moment, what have you all been barking about the last several years ?  Now that Canon has offered up a new prime product in the new age of quality zooms.  The two decade old designs are now outclassed by modern zooms, so why buy them except for the low f stop, but really, after the initial novelty of using a low f stop, most of us step back and enjoy the image quality. 

So what if the new lenses are f2.8, they appear to be much better built, have USM focusing, 7 circular blades, special coatings to reduce flare and 4 stop Image Stability.  The cracking L primes are generally out of my amateur price range, but a 98% lens at a third of the price is starting to appeal to me, I'm not in the market for a full range of entry level primes, but really interested in reading the reviews of the new primes before making judgement and may well be persuaded into making a long term investment in a couple of these new primes, the 24mm sounds good to me, a new 85mm might also appeal too...   I'm still waiting for the flexible EF-S 2.8/2.0 zooms, but how will these new primes compare and importantly, how will they compare to the current L primes.

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Canon General / Re: Patents: Canon 55-110 f/2 Optical Formula
« on: January 21, 2012, 05:13:08 AM »
Other than the FD 55mm, I'm struggling to think of any "recent" use of the 55mm focal length in anything but an EF-S lens.

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Canon General / Re: Patents: Canon 55-110 f/2 Optical Formula
« on: January 20, 2012, 07:36:54 AM »
Sign me up for one along with a 17-55mm f2.0, I'm not holding out any hope now for new cheap primes, these will be the new cheap "primes" replacements.  I still hold some hope that we might even get EF-S L lenses, the build quality of my 135mm f2.0 L is so much nicer than my "premium" 15-85mm EF-S

After the boredom of massive super expensive primes, I'm starting to get excited again :¬)

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 3D & 5D Mark III Mentions
« on: January 02, 2012, 02:40:06 PM »
The 9D hasn't been used yet...

1Dx - Pro FF 18mpx fast framerate good autofocus etc, mid range HD video
5DIII - Studio FF High mpx slow framerate basic autofocus etc, mid range HD video
7DII - APS-C high mpx fast framerate, mid range autofocus, basic HD video
9Dx - The new 5D classic, FF 18mpx from the 1Dx, slow framerate, basic autofocus, basic HD video

High end HD video covered with separate range

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Lenses / Re: Canon 15-85 for a walk around lens
« on: December 30, 2011, 07:22:58 PM »
Thumbs up from me too...  Bought on the strength of advice from this forum after checking a few reviews out too, it's great outdoors, less so inside but generally useful for family snaps in poor light, I'm using my 50mm f1.4 a lot indoors and currently considering a wider low f prime, but have no plans to ditch the 15-85mm, it's great and on my camera most if the time as the default lens - non chain shops may even split a 7D kit and do you a deal on the "kit" 15-85, if your happy to save £50 and not get a box !  This is how I bought mine

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Lenses / Re: Extending my options
« on: December 30, 2011, 07:10:25 PM »
Agreed, 28mm couldn't be considered really wide on crop, but would be wide enough for my uses, which is generally indoor casual portraits of family and friends going about daily life.  The 50mm that I have is nice in wider spaces, but too tight in house type spaces.  The Canon 24mm f1.4 would be really nice, but justifiable ?  I dunno... 

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Lenses / Extending my options
« on: December 30, 2011, 06:40:23 PM »
Been looking at my photos over the last few months and I'm starting to feel want a few more lens options, namely a long reach tele and a low light wide.  My current gear is in my sig, but I'm considering buying the Canon 28mm f1.8 and the 400mm f5.6, perhaps with a 1.4x extender at a later stage.  I'm not ready to buy yet, the wide is probably priority in the next few months, the 400mm later in the year, maybe next, but both lens have mixed reviews, both good and bad, but im mindful that a replacement 400mm would probably have IS and be priced above my comfort level. 

Whats the feelings on here, anyone own either, good/bad experiences...  Is the Sigma 30mm better, would a 300mm f4 IS with a 1.4x be better ?  I just don't think that a 17-55mm f2.8 will cut it in the low light I'm taking photos in and struggling to justify £2k extra on a 5DII/III, plus the 400mm I want in the longer term.

I'm Still considering a longer term replacement for the 70-300mm non L, but that's a few years off, I'm generally happy with that apart from the AF and long end, so a 70-200mm F4 or 70-300mm L are looking like good contenders a few years down the line, with a replacement camera at that time too.

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Site Information / Re: Smartphone users - interested in Tapatalk?
« on: December 28, 2011, 05:47:05 PM »
Yes please...  It needs a server side extension installing, but works like a dream on the forum that I'm site manager for, helping strip out all the unnecessary stuff and reducing my data download on my phone.  It's also possible to moderate using the app too, subject to the necessary permissions.

It also works as an iPad app too.

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Lenses / Re: All round lenses
« on: December 19, 2011, 07:58:40 AM »
If you are buying a 60D, then seriously consider upgrading at the time of purchase and get a 60D with a 15-85mm kit and enjoy the cost saving.  15mm is pretty wide on crop, is f3.5 so works fine even in low(ish) light, the picture quality is very good and is considered to be a "hidden" L lens by many, along with the 17-55mm and 10-22mm.  I played with the 17-55mm, found it a tad heavy for a walk around lens and just a tad too narrow a focal range.

I've got the 70-300mm non L zoom, its great closer in (70-200) but find the quality at the long end a bit poor and AF is very annoyingly bad.  So would strongly suggest a 70-200mm f4 and sensible entry level tripod - perhaps (£100-$150 ish).  That way you can learn what you need from tripod before spending silly money later down the line, you can also add a 1.4x convertor later to get some extra reach on the 70-200mm.   15-85mm & 70-200mm will cover most users photographic needs.

I've more recently started adding primes, a 50mm f1.4 and a second hand 135mm f2.0, both are great, but the 50mm needs to be used with care in certain lighting conditions, but makes a great focal length for use in bars and resturants under low lighting, without having to resort to using a flash.  But thats getting a tad more costly and I wouldn't recommend getting into the prime game until you know what you really need.

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Lenses / Re: Buying lenses, do you listen to your heart or your head?
« on: December 15, 2011, 07:45:04 AM »
Yep, I keep talking myself into needing a 70-200mm f2.8, when my 70-300mm non-L works well enough 95% of the time and my 135mm F2 does what the 70-300mm doesn't.  Same with the wide too...  the 15-85 does a great job, but I can't help thinking, would a 17-55mm or 16-35mm or 10-22mm or etc etc etc....

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Caught that on NR - sounds a bit of a fanboy mashup of the D3 & 1DX

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D + 10-22mm or 5D III + 16-35mm L II?
« on: December 11, 2011, 06:36:58 AM »
Having actually done this test (7D v 5D2, 24" landscape prints) I can tell you that nobody can tell the difference or tell which print comes from which at low to mid ISO. Out of camera there are some small differences between the two at low ISO, but those differences do not survive post work or printing. I've even challenged people with 100% unlabeled crops, after post processing, only to have them completely fail to say which came from where.

Both make excellent 24" landscape prints, and very good 30" prints, and that's about the limit for critically reviewed landscape prints (i.e. close viewing; judging on fine detail). I highly doubt the 1Dx will change this for landscapes since the limiting factor here is the resolution of fine detail like distant foliage.

That's a really refreshing view - I started out on here with a view that I needed a full frame camera, I'm steadily developing the view that what I really need is a DSLR that meets my needs for popping pictures of my life events on flickr, pictures of friends, family and the occasional large print on our wall.  Pride of place in our lounge is a fantastic looking sunrise in Majorca, print over 3x24" canvas, it doesn't stand well close up, but looks great from the middle of the small lounge.  What did i take the picture with ?  A Fuji 3mpx point and shoot.   

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United States / Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
« on: December 04, 2011, 06:50:40 AM »
Currently have the 50mm 1.4 and 135mm 2.0....

I'm looking at a wide prime and something longer, but the options aren't to my liking, the L wider primes are just too much, the 400mm 5.6 just doesn't feel right without IS

So my wish list would be a 400mm 4.0 IS (without DO), perhaps ideally an EF-S lightweight 400mm 4.0 IS, then a range of EF-S primes, 14mm 2.8, 24mm 2.0, 35mm 1.8....

Back to real primes, 24mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8 and a 300/400mm is on my wish list with a 1.4x extender,

Not a prime, but I'd love a crop version of the 70-200mm, so an EF-S 40-150mm both to a higher quality not quite L standard as the 10-22, 17-55 & 15-85.

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EOS Bodies / iPhone 4S vs Canon 5DII
« on: December 04, 2011, 06:06:57 AM »
Interesting but no scientific comparison of the iPhone 4S against a Canon 5DII

Guardian Online

Demonstrate that the iPhone 4S still has a long way to go in terms of picture quality, but in my opinion can't be beaten on convenience.

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EOS Bodies / Re: This and That
« on: December 02, 2011, 02:41:28 PM »
I'm still convinced that the next camera will be an entry level FF 9D using the 18mpx sensor from the 1Dx, with the 5D labouring on for another year then being replaced with a higher res product or potentially dropped if the market doesn't appear to want higher res FF.   Canon cover both bases, have dual options for 12 months down the line...

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