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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: January 28, 2015, 05:54:21 AM »
Why constrain yourself with what Canon offers?

Why constrain yourself with the weaker (in some cases much weaker) lens selection that other brands offer, or hamstring their AF performance with an adapter?

When the best lenses on offer are manual focus only, how can the requirement of being able to use autofocus be taken seriously?

Which "best" lenses are you referring to?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Says it all
« on: January 21, 2015, 09:47:58 AM »
Ha! Still the usual DR advocates will either opt out of posting on this thread or remain in denial saying something like "I don't care about the market ...".

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Software & Accessories / Re: Mr Adobe and CC
« on: January 21, 2015, 09:36:41 AM »
One minute on the Adobe Australia website would lead you to this-

https://creative.adobe.com/plans?plan=team&store_code=au

Still at A$9.99 per month.

The A$49+ is for the entire CC (all apps).

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: January 21, 2015, 08:29:59 AM »

I guess some most of us just don't really care about Dilbert's IQ. 

 ::) ::) ::)

There - Corrected it for you  ;)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Language problems with the manuals.
« on: January 20, 2015, 02:58:43 AM »

I am a bit surprised that people here think that sloppy language is OK because so many companies are guilty of it.
It is not a good excuse.

I'm not surprised at all. The manuals are reasonably well written in the three primary languages, French, Spanish and English. Canon sells most of its products in regions where the users are fluent in at least one of the three languages.

For other countries, I'm guessing that the user base doesn't amount to much to Canon on a global scale, so like any big corporation, Canon doesn't take any additional trouble with its manuals.

Nevertheless, it would be foolish on the part of Canon to get something translated very specifically into a local language. Translation involves interpretation which is subjective. Having multiple manuals meaning multiple things is awfully unwise.

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Lenses / Re: TS-E Depth of Field newbie question
« on: January 20, 2015, 01:19:16 AM »
Picked one up on eBay. Waiting for delivery.
While shopping, found this commentary. Thought it was interesting.
Thoughts?

24 and 17mm T/S aren't useful.


 
The lens does two things that are practically unrelated, and both of which are borderline useless in the extreme wideangle. Firstly, the shift mechanism allows perspective correction. This was a critical part of photography in the days of large format, and I used this lens to get the same benefit on film when I started out with Canon. However, if you are working digitally, it is far easier and cheaper to correct perspective while editing. Second, It allows tilting of the plane of focus, which allows near/far compositions to simultaneously be in focus when simply stopping down doesn't do enough (or isn't desired for other reasons such as stopping subject motion, etc.) However, these extreme wide angles, with small apertures even wide-open, have extreme DOF already and it'd be a rare photograph that needed more DOF than a normal lens could accomplish at 24mm (or even more so, 17mm). On the other hand this ability would be very attractive at 45-90mm. (A related trick is to tilt focus in the opposite direction of your composition to minimize DOF. But again at 17 and 24mm, I'm sorry but nothing gets very defocused anyway.) As far as other details of the lens go: the construction is the very best Canon makes, comperable to the 70-200Ls or better. The image quality unfortunately suffers as you shift off-center, as the lens resolution falls off as with every lens. (There is also extreme cos^4 vignetting, though that can be fixed in your editing software.)

Funny how things are not useful when you don't know how to use them in the first place  ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Language problems with the manuals.
« on: January 19, 2015, 08:37:35 AM »
We are not talking about a local fishmonger here, we are talking about mega-multinational Canon!
How is it possible that they cannot 'afford' a native English speaker who knows Canon DSLRs to edit the language?
Could it be that they are being impolite in a barely detectable manner?

Bigger companies than Canon have made marketing blunders in translation. In Canon's case, at least the users have been spared the buffoonery.

Case in point being the Ford "Pinto" which remained unsold in Brasil because "Pinto" is a slang for "small male genitalia". Similarly, Pepsi's slogan "Come alive with Pepsi" got translated into "Pepsi will bring back your ancestors from the grave" in China. The "Got Milk" campaign got translated into "are you lactating" in Mexico ... so, it happens!

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Lenses / Re: Purple fringing of 85 1.2ii
« on: January 16, 2015, 01:32:58 PM »

As for the purple fringing, yes, my 85L f.1.2 II, along with my 24L f/1.2 II, 50L f/1.2 and other fast lenses previously owned (50 f/1.4, 35 f/1.4L, and 135L f/2) all do it.

Nice lens and mark II, WOW. Now I want Canon to make one for me as well ;)
LOL - oops!  I forgot to mention my 800mm f/2 as well ;)

I'll pass this one, it'll be too heavy for me. Surprisingly Canon didn't make the DO version for you :-X

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Lenses / Re: Purple fringing of 85 1.2ii
« on: January 16, 2015, 01:22:28 PM »
I'm sure I'd be impressed with the Mark II but I'm yet to find a way to resell equipment without losing 50% value.  I see this purchase as a long-term marriage that I need to get right first time.
If you're losing that much on Canon lens sales, you're doing something wrong.


+1

I have always sold my gear for at least 80% of the price I bought it for (except for the 100-400 v1 which I sold it for $ 900, but could have got more if the Tamron 150-600 had not come about). However, I must admit, I've purchased used gear in mint condition for 40-50% of the price (For instance, I got the 50L for $700 and 17Tse for $1600, used and under warranty), so Machaon isn't alone here.


As for the purple fringing, yes, my 85L f.1.2 II, along with my 24L f/1.2 II, 50L f/1.2 and other fast lenses previously owned (50 f/1.4, 35 f/1.4L, and 135L f/2) all do it.

Nice lens and mark II, WOW. Now I want Canon to make one for me as well ;)

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Lenses / Re: New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly
« on: January 16, 2015, 01:04:02 PM »
How many of Canon's recent L lenses have been nothing short of fantastic? The conservative approach (complainers call it lack of innovation) has given us near perfect glass and some of it at very competitive and affordable prices.

i.e. 16-35 f/4L, 100-400 Mk2

It seems to me that each of the L series being launched in the past two years and newer have been exceeding most shooters expectations. All you need is to be a bit patient and the price will drop a bit. Wait 6 months or so and it gets on CPW's Street Price list.

I bet this new UWA Zoom will be the same.

Some good sense here about the quality of the new L lenses over the past few years. However, expecting a steep price drop in 6 months appears to be unrealistic to me.

I don't doubt though that quite a few hobbyists (no disrespect intended) who will buy this lens and will rave about the fantastic IQ at 11mm will ultimately struggle with the massive FOV and the lens will come up for sale now and then at bargain prices a year after release.

Steep is your word

My bad! but then a $100-$200 doesn't make a difference for a lens costing $3,000 so you'd be looking for a better / lower price.

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Lenses / Re: New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly
« on: January 16, 2015, 12:56:58 PM »
I don't doubt though that quite a few hobbyists (no disrespect intended) who will buy this lens and will rave about the fantastic IQ at 11mm will ultimately struggle with the massive FOV and the lens will come up for sale now and then at bargain prices a year after release.
That would be nice, but I haven't seen many of the TS-E lenses going cheap! 

That was how I got my 17TS-E, I paid $1,725 for it on eBay, it was only a couple of months old and was within a year of release, at the time the new price was $2,500.

I'll definitely take a good look at the new lens, it would be unbeatable for small bathrooms, walk-in closets and similar small spaces that I often have to photograph.

I hear you brother. I got mine last week for close to the equivalent of $ 1600 from a guy who would have used is not more than a dozen times. Mint condition, tried it for a week before buying, 7 months warranty remaining, what else would you want?

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Lenses / Re: New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly
« on: January 16, 2015, 08:29:22 AM »
How many of Canon's recent L lenses have been nothing short of fantastic? The conservative approach (complainers call it lack of innovation) has given us near perfect glass and some of it at very competitive and affordable prices.

i.e. 16-35 f/4L, 100-400 Mk2

It seems to me that each of the L series being launched in the past two years and newer have been exceeding most shooters expectations. All you need is to be a bit patient and the price will drop a bit. Wait 6 months or so and it gets on CPW's Street Price list.

I bet this new UWA Zoom will be the same.

Some good sense here about the quality of the new L lenses over the past few years. However, expecting a steep price drop in 6 months appears to be unrealistic to me.

I don't doubt though that quite a few hobbyists (no disrespect intended) who will buy this lens and will rave about the fantastic IQ at 11mm will ultimately struggle with the massive FOV and the lens will come up for sale now and then at bargain prices a year after release.

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Lenses / Re: New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly
« on: January 15, 2015, 10:55:13 PM »
At last, a Canon lens that goes straight on to my 'need to get' list ;-)

Price looks just fine ...YMMV ;-)

+1

This will be the second lens I will buy immediately upon release.

Price looks fine to me as well :-)

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but, but Nikon (using Sony sensors) is one hell of an innovator. QC can go to hell!  :P  :-X :-X :-X

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 14, 2015, 12:54:48 AM »
@ Dilbert - I guess you are intentionally not answering my question as to whether you have shifted to a Sony system. I hope you don't because once you do, you'll move your cribbing to the SonyAlpha forums and we'll miss out on your comic relief act here.

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