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Lenses / Re: What would a 16mm or 18mm F2 FF lens look like?
« on: July 22, 2014, 03:13:55 PM »
FYI:
http://www.thephoblographer.com/2013/10/12/the-top-five-most-extreme-wide-angle-lenses-ever-built/

2.8 is fast enough for UWA - no point having a f/1.4 with tons of CA, coma effect and others, that would only be mild to tolerable above f/4..... sharp f3.5 with high iso is better than f2.0 images a lower iso I suppose.
I really don't  know - maybe it's design/optical law restriction., and only can imagine either with huge front element (>95mm)

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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: July 18, 2014, 12:10:42 PM »
here's a few of mine

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Lenses / Re: another...would you?
« on: July 10, 2014, 05:20:45 PM »
..thanks, I get the point
I am borderline a lens horder LOL - well, not really, but have a hard time getting rid of any, but I have to keep my imposed limit of 20. Hence the issue - one has to go in order to give romm to a new one at this time.
I know the Ts-e is a great lens, and the 18 has been just mounted on my IR camera.
Do I need 400 or even 600mm reach? It would open new fields and shooting opportunities, as I have other T&S lenses, along with plenty of UWA and WA
Seen many people selling a given lens, and having to re-buy it not too long after, but lately, I have read many posts of people disapointed with either sigma or Tamron teles.
So, could I sneak on more lens, without selling other? Sure,  considering what they(lenses) are able/capable of provide, I am really debating if I should make this an exception regarding acquiring a new tele

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Lenses / another...would you?
« on: July 10, 2014, 12:50:54 PM »
Hi,
currently I don't have any lens reaching above 200mm (unless I use a non-canon 2x converter on the MDP). I have been considering the Sigma 150-500mm or even the Tamron 150-600mm
To fund either purchase, either the Ts-e 90mm (choice #1 to sell) or the Zeiss T18mm will be sacrificed  :'( as much as I like both, the truth is they don't see much use lately.
I like the sigma option more, as it' available right now, great price, and I would say better buit quality compared with Tamron.
So, would you do it?
...just trying to get some feedack and opinions to make my mind once for all.
Thanks
Phil

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a disturbance in the force I feel......

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Lenses / Re: Interesting piece of glass - f/0.85
« on: June 04, 2014, 06:28:02 PM »
 a quick search about names involved shows that the German counterpart (IB/E Optics:Offers optical design and engineering for customized solutions in machine vision applications and produces HD video systems. Supplies MTF, distortion and telecentricity measurement equipment. Products include macro-optics, telecentric optics and molded optics." seems legit, in existence since 1992, and mostly dedicated to industrial optical applications/products. In the other hand, the manufacturer (Shanghai Transvision Photographic Equipment: Company Profile :Shanghai Transvision Photographic Equipment Co.,Ltd was founded in 2007. With years of technical experience in optical image industry, we have established our own brand KIPON and have developed image adapter line with the highest quantity and the most completed models in the world, including Single Lens Reflex camera adapters, mirrorless adapters, shift adapters, tilt adapters and so on."

If they were producing that in Germany or Japan, then I could see a good potential ...and price justification
(too many partnerships...)

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Anything Shot with a G1X Mark II
« on: June 04, 2014, 12:20:27 PM »
the swivel screen helps a lot for ground level shots

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Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 24, 2014, 10:49:33 PM »
no point spending all that money to stay home and post gear pics in forums...

if accounting for what I have already - maybe a larger gear bag, a couple extra batteries for my g1x2(backup camera), and spend the rest in a vacation in either Iceland or New Zealand

if starting from nothing, pretty much same as above, but no large bag - so, G1X2, evf, 4 batteries, a cpl filter plus adapter and a travel tripod - still less than 2k - camping in Iceland or New Zealand becomes a must   

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Lenses / Re: New TS-E Lenses for Photokina [CR2]
« on: April 21, 2014, 12:46:34 PM »
I think that maybe these new TS-E lenses will have the ability to electronically register the Tilt and Shift positions, which might allow for advanced lens corrections in post.

I know nothing, but I know that indeed I could use THAT feature either live or in PP (as to figure waht went wrong ::) )

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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G17 Coming in May? [CR1]
« on: March 31, 2014, 01:32:07 PM »
I think Canon is droping the G1#'s series and moving in G1X's series, sort of what they did with the 1D series - now just 1Dx.....

G1Xmk2 was in rumour status for a while...and now a G17 competing model just "pops" out of nowhere?

sure, why not - so typical of Canon

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It makes no sense comparing it with FF lenses  - apples with apples.
The samy 16mm is equivalent to a 24mm FOV in FF; so DxO is being silly and bringing rigged results this way.
When one changes to other lenses in equivalent FF range, or to a FF camera with given lenses, the results are substantialy different.
Not to say the Samy is not good at all - just should not be compared the way they did

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PowerShot / Re: The manual for the G1 X mark II is published
« on: March 25, 2014, 03:30:58 PM »
Love that I can use my 600EX-RT's with this baby, only...

"Wireless operation of the Speedlite 600EX-RT is not supported."

 >:(

It would be tempting to think that maybe what Canon really means is that the on-board flash cannot be used as a master.  But then one would have to wonder why the ST-E2 is listed as compatible and the ST-E3 is not listed at all.  Apparently optical wireless is supported while RF wireless is not—even though the ST-E3 was available at retail before the G1X II was even on the drawing board.

I would think that they mean the G1XII can't serve as a radio master to the 600E-RT.  And it also seems like the G1XII can't serve as an optical master on its own (even though it should), although it can with the 580, 600, and ST-E2.  And I assume that it can work with an attached ST-E3 or 600EX-RT to use them as radio masters.  But none of that is clear. 

It reminds me about their little blurb in announcing the new MR-14 II where they said it could remotely control a 600.  The implication being that it was an RT master, when the reality is that it is an optical master and can consequently remotely control lots of flashes in addition to the 600. 

Either Canon wants to play silly little games about their flashes or they just can't write this stuff clearly.

it might ongoing issue mentioned in another thread - bad translation

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PowerShot / Re: The manual for the G1 X mark II is published
« on: March 25, 2014, 12:12:20 PM »
No 14-bit RAW or AdobeRGB; boo-hiss!
from Canon's website:
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/professional/products/professional_cameras/pro_ps_digital_cameras/powershot_g1_x_mark_ii#Features
(...)Shooting and Recording Modes Including 14-bit RAW + JPEG
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II offers a host of shooting and recording modes ranging from fully automatic to fully manual, plus Full HD movies and full-resolution high speed continuous shooting. The camera recognizes 58 shooting situations, automatically optimizing settings for achieving the highest quality shots on the go. Alternatively, you can exert complete creative control over the look and feel of your images. 14-bit signal processing, just as in EOS-series cameras, gives images notably rich detail and smooth gradation, and RAW images are available in a choice of 3:2 or 4:3 aspect ratios. Compared with 12-bit processing, 14-bit offers a 4x increase in RAW data for a visible impact, giving images rich detail in both highlights and shadows as well as smoother, more natural tonal gradation for outstanding image quality.(...)

Thanks for that, didn't find anything about 12 vs 14 bit raw after a quick skim thru the manual.
Hopefully it has good enough signal to noise ratio to warrant 14 bits, otherwise 12 can be adequate.


check this out:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/minami/sets/72157642734832515/

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PowerShot / Re: Compact cameras - do everything but good fotos
« on: March 25, 2014, 12:09:02 PM »
My GF's getting a compact digital camera (sub 250€) for travelling, as she doesn't want to take her 550D/50 f1.8. When reading reviews, I made a mistake by trying to duplicate the noise level in some review's test shots with my 6D and comparing the ISO difference. Result: I didn't have enough ISO on the 6D to go beyond 200/400 ISO on the compact camera.

Why is there no inexpensive compact camera with OK image quality? Is the low-end compact camera market dying because of cellphones, or because it's filled with crap trying to pack more megapixels & zoom just for the sales pitch? They seem to be in a downward spiral, trying to differentiate themselves from cellphones with more zoom & megapixels, but becoming crappier in the process and letting people take better photos with that phone.

9 of 10 times, you get what you pay for - yes, compact cameras are a compromise, as one has to give out some features in order to get others.
So, is the 550D combo a size/weight issue, or simply wants something easy and cheaper to ease fears of damage and loss?
Maybe the Sony rx100 mk1 or the canons G15/ G16. Seems that they will be whithin her budget - in the used market.
Panasonic's lx series are great, but have smaller sensors too - anything above 800 iso is a waste and probably not great to large prints either

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Lenses / Re: Should I buy the 35L now or wait for the price drop?
« on: March 25, 2014, 10:10:48 AM »
There was the rumor not long ago that Canon has patented a new formula for a 35mm 1.4.
I want to buy a used 35mm 1.4, but I'm not sure if I should risk loss of value, in case a new one comes out shortly after.
Of course, there is also the Sigma option, but I'm scared of focusing problems which I have had before with Sigma. I also like the lighter weight of the Canon.
What do you think and what would you do?

Thanks!


...meanwhile you risking not taking the shots you want need.
It's not a collectible item (at least not yet), or a center display piece in your shelving, nor should be taken as an investment unless it's for work, or a very rare model; so get what you think you need, whithin your budget.
Prices will drop in time, no matter what - unless it's a rare lens. Lenses will depreciate slower than cameras, but don't let that stop you to get it now. There will be always something better lurking in the future, but live the present and get out enjoying your hobby.
Can't tell you much about the sigma - rent one or both and find out for yourself. As others said, the new model might be quite expensive to start, and guess what? - it will have a price drop sooner than later after you buying it...

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