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Lenses / Re: Thoughts on Canon 20mm f/2.8?
« on: March 21, 2013, 03:03:45 PM »
Agreed, I've been uhhhming and ahhhing for some time about which one of the new primes to get for my 7D as a walkaround lens, the 35 IS appeals to me because it's 2 stops faster than my f4 lenses, but it's fractionally longer than a 50mm on full frame, the 28 is just slightly wider than a full frame standard lens and the 24 is closest to the 40 pancake, but both the 24 and 28 are only f2.8. I like the thought of a slightly wider than standard compact stabilised walkaround lens, and the 24 comes closest...... but the 35 is faster..... decisions, decisions  :-\.... Still, the longer I wait the more they come down in price!  :D

New sigma 30 1.4 is supposed to be available March 31st. Granted, it's a little more expensive than some- I think $599? but that's less than canon's new IS primes, and it promises to be as great as the sigma 35. It's a crop-sensor only lens, which is the tradeoff for small/light/inexpensive.

Lenses / Re: Best sports lenses for Canon 7D
« on: March 21, 2013, 02:34:27 PM »
A local seller has a Canon 70-200 f/2.8 Non IS USM lens for $550.  What'd y'all think?  Is that a good deal?  I still want the version II and will still get it, but this looks a little tempting.  I trust Canon's build quality and I'd test the lens of course, but it is as is.

The current retail price of EF 70-200 f/4 is $659 ... so your local seller is selling it for about $100 less ... if it is new, that's a pretty sweet deal and I would buy it ... but if it is used, you are better off buying the new one for just another $109 more
you're mixing up your apertures  ;)

I agree that if it really is a 2.8, that seems too good to be true... even used from B+H, the 2.8 non-is usually goes for around $1000. ish. If you can really get one in good shape for $550, I will be very jealous.

Anyone have any idea how the SL1will stack up against the 5Dii / iii in low light? I'm a 5Dii owner and want to know if I can get decent high ISO out of it as a backup camera...

I highly doubt it'll be any better than any other APS-C... if you're used to FF performance, you'll likely be disappointed. That said, I've never owned FF, and I find the 7d to be perfectly serviceable... you just have to open your lens all the way up, shoot as slow a shutter speed as possible, or give up and bounce a flash. So to answer the question, it probably wouldn't hold a candle to the 5dII, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't function as a backup in a pinch...

Lenses / Re: Best sports lenses for Canon 7D
« on: March 20, 2013, 10:21:53 PM »
I agree with what has already been mentioned- IS is most worthwhile if you plan on shooting a lot of video. If you're looking primarily at lenses for stills, then I have been very happy with the non-IS version. If money was no object, I'd probably consider an upgrade to the v2 IS, but the vast majority of the time, my shutter speed is fast enough to render IS useless. So do bear that in mind when choosing a 70-200. Oh, and the background blur/subject isolation you get at 200/2.8 is awesome, so don't be tempted by the f/4  ;)

As for a shorter lens, the  17-55 is great. If you plan on shooting video, and want IS in your 70-200, then you get IS with that lens, and a 2.8 max aperture. But, the Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC is supposed to be a great lens also. Personally, I have found 17 more than wide enough for most uses- especially sports. I usually use my 70-200 for all the action, and then put on the 17-55 for candids and crowd shots when everything's all said and done. So I don't think a 10-xx lens should be an immediate consideration- 70-200, then a 24-70 or 17-55, and finally an ultra-wide IF you think you really want it.

again, just my 2 cents.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D, DIGIC 6 & 18mp Sensors
« on: March 20, 2013, 06:05:28 PM »
We’re told today that the 70D has been pushed into April, we had hoped that an announcement would be coming next week.
April! But I'm impatient NOW!

Probably just means they're trying to announce closer to availability... they knew it wouldn't be ready to ship till June, so just delayed the announcement till closer to that date.
</random speculation>

Canon General / Re: Announcements Coming Tonight
« on: March 20, 2013, 04:52:20 PM »
What is the EOS SL1? Is this the EOS-b (mini Rebel) you reported earlier?

Yes it is, with a new sensor as well.

new... smaller mp version of the integrated-AF 18mp sensor from the t4i? or some other variant of 18mp that was reported earlier?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T5i Leaks
« on: March 19, 2013, 09:39:17 PM »
So, T5i goes head to head against Nikon D5200 while EOS-b competes against the D3200. Not bad.

and they both get punched in the face... Hard... and fall over bleeding


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T5i Leaks
« on: March 19, 2013, 04:17:18 PM »
Not much different outside of the new 18-55 STM kit lens.

And the price: Probably 20% higher than t4i?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-b Images Leak & a New Kit Lens
« on: March 19, 2013, 01:34:24 PM »
Where's the problem here - new small camera to extend the popularity of the EOS brand - ideal for parents to buy their kids, ideal for people with small hands, ideal as a starter camera to tie new buyers into the EOS system.

It will create more profit for Canon to keep the shareholders happy and reinvest in development - a win-win situation in my book.

Damn, I wish my parents would buy me an $800 camera... But if they did, I'd rather have a refurb 60d or t4i plus leftover cash to put towards another lens...

LR4, upped contrast and clarity, a bit of sharpening, and desaturated (for no particular reason, I just found it more pleasing that way.) I think that's all I did...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Need a treatise on image quality
« on: March 18, 2013, 07:56:16 AM »
Well, a crop sensor does only use the "center sweet spot". But those lenses are really good in the corners. Hence the flat MTFs. So you really have nothing to fear in the corners...

Also, while a reduced MP camera would have more light-gathering area per photodiode, the smaller sensor means less light-gathering area for the whole image. So 18mp of full frame sensor (think 1dx) will gather more light than an 18mp crop sensor (lots of these ::)) if you want low light performance and dynamic/exposure range (see jrista's thread on the difference), I think you'd be better off with any of the new FFs (1dx, 5d3, 6d, depending on your AF/sealing/other needs)

EOS Bodies / Re: 7d2 Video specification speculation
« on: March 15, 2013, 08:52:11 PM »
I don't see a pun in the title.

I think he meant alliteration.

Whatever the specs are, we can pretty much guarantee that specs will be totally nerfed compared to what the processors are capable of.

I hoping for a 7DC that give me RAW, but i doubts that's coming anytime in the near future.

Indeed. Thanks.

yeah... maybe that'll be good cause to start using ML.

also, 7DC?

EOS Bodies / 7d2 Video specification speculation
« on: March 15, 2013, 02:43:35 PM »
Pardon the pun in the title, it's Friday afternoon and I'm getting goofy.

Adding to my wish list of things that are unlikely to happen, along with AF-point-linked spot metering, I'm wondering what the chances are of seeing higher frame rate video in the 7d2. Obviously this is not based on anything more than line items on CR1 spec lists about "improved video", and there are lots of ways to improve video.

But, given that the 7d is geared towards sports shooters, might Canon include the ability to shoot 1080/60 (or better?) This would be a better spec than the 5d3 and 1dx, but the GoPro3 can do it, and that's a much smaller, cheaper little device. Plus, I want it to happen, and therefore I've convinced myself it's possible.

Street & City / Re: Pictures in DC
« on: March 15, 2013, 02:36:39 PM »
For anyone who's been to DC, did you find it was worth having a UWA lens?

Brian, yes the UWA can be helpful with some shots.  For example, wide panoramas and narrow interiors.  Below are a few shots to give you some ideas.

The interior of the Lincoln Memorial on full frame at 17mm x 3 (shift pano):

Washington Monument (HDR panorama) by scrappydoggy, on Flickr

Panorama of the Capital Building on full frame at 24mm x 5:

U.S. Capital by scrappydoggy, on Flickr

Panorama of Great Falls (on the Maryland side):

Great Falls by scrappydoggy, on Flickr

The World War II Memorial Fountain on full frame at 17mm:

National World War II Memorial by scrappydoggy, on Flickr

Every time I see that shot of great falls (I've definitely seen you post it before- either here or POTN?) I want to hop in my kayak... stop tempting me!

You do bring up another interesting point that I never think of, though, which is stitching a panorama... seems like a less expensive way to get a little more of a view...

Lenses / Re: TS-E 45mm & TS-E 90mm Finally Getting Replaced? [CR1]
« on: March 15, 2013, 10:26:13 AM »
I'm not sure if I'm going to put my $ into Canon gear anymore ???

Fingers crossed for a sigma art series TS...

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