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I'd like to see Sigma put out a new 24mm fast prime.  They already have a 20, 24, and 28mm f/1.8s but they're the older style lens body and lack Sigma's HSM (USM) and are just "ok" IQ wise.  I would assume the new 24mm would be akin to the 30mm f/1.4 optically (GREAT glass and as good ALL DAY LONG as the 35mm L from Canon - (if you haven't shot both lenses more than a couple times in varying conditions, just shut up because it's all of the 35mm L for stills (if not more) and MUCH better in low light and video too).  I have a mix of Sigma, Canon and Zeiss glass and if you shoot both video and stills, the thing I like about Sigma primes is their focus rings are a little stiffer, in some cases larger diameter than their EF counterparts (i.e. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 vs Canon EF 50 f/1.8, 77mm vs 58mm) and make pulling manual focus MUCH easier...not as easy as Zeiss which no one compares too in manual focus smoothness but definitely better than the EF lenses and equal to the L lenses (if not maybe a tad smoother depending on which one)  I wish I could afford all the Zeiss primes but I can't so I have a mix of 3 Zeiss, 3 L's, and 6 Sigmas...and have never had any quality issue with any of them, not one repair, not one calibration...don't believe the QA/QC hype, it's disproportionate to the real number of issues...and a good photographer knows how to use their lenses, look how long it takes to really get the most out of a lens like the 50mm f/1.2 L... people complain about the sharpness of it compared to the EF 50s...some tests show the $99 50mm EF II is even sharper from f/2-f/8 and smaller (tests are rarely all encompassing though); but the 50mm f/1.2 L it has it's merits and takes time to get the most out of it...when you do, it's amazing glass.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit About the 5D Mark III? [CR1]
« on: December 06, 2011, 07:35:53 AM »
There is no way Canon is going to put an AF system in a 5D series camera that is a lesser equivalent of - if not better than - the 7D AF; that source is bogus.  Secondly, the other information is solid (if obvious) and anyone who thinks the Cine version DSLR Canon rolled out at the C300 launch is going to be a 5DIII must remember one simple thing; Canon announced it, branded it and placed it directly beside the C300 in HollywoodTHAT is the market that camera (when/if it comes to market) is intended for, Hollywood B/C cam setups supporting the C300...Indie types etc.  It is not designed for the same market as the 5DII/III etc and while it might be awfully similar to a 5DIII (think 7D/60D differences) when it comes out, it will be different and targeted at a different market and probably available in a PL mount option like the C300.

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EOS Bodies / Re: November 3, 2011 Announcement
« on: November 03, 2011, 03:47:17 PM »
Now its soon 8 PM here in Norway. Will there be an announcement soon. Or is this just a wish

announcement is scheduled for 3PM Pacific Time (LA), so that would be what... 11PM Norway?

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Lenses / Re: Canon 135L f/2
« on: November 03, 2011, 12:06:02 PM »
Noticed this post and wanted to inquire since most of you shoot with the 135 L apparently.  Do any of you ALSO shoot or have you with the 100mm L 2.8?  I am literally trying to make a decision between these two lenses this week... I will use them on BOTH a 7D and 5DII, mainly for portrait/fashion/editorial, location 75%/studio 25% when I need more compression than my 85mm affords.  The macro value of the 100mm isn't really important to me, I have other macro lenses for that work.  I'm leaning toward the 135mm heavily but just curious of there is anyone here that shoots both and has more insight into the 100mm....especially given I'll be shooting mostly on location outdoors where light is normally sufficient or using portable strobes/reflectors when it isn't...diminishes some of the extra stop advantage of the 135.  I'm mainly concerned with IQ and bokeh...and most reviews I've read give kudos to both in IQ.  Any reason to choose the 100mm f/2.8 L over the 135mm f/2 L based on the use case or other factor I may not have considered?  Thanks in advance.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Max CF Card size that can be used in the 5D2?
« on: November 03, 2011, 11:39:44 AM »
For continuous stills in RAW @ 3.9 fps, 100MBs write speed.

Video requires a lot less, like 6 MBs.

I use 80 MBs cards, but I rarely shoot rapid fire.

I know the question is regarding size but since the speed was mentioned, just remember, your 5DMkII (and 7D etc) has a built-in buffer so you don't need these expensive high speed cards like the Extreme Pro (90 MB/S) or arguably for the 5DMKII at only 3.9FPS, not even the Extreme (60 MB/S).  You can take a 7D shooting RAW at 8 FPS -15 RAW max consecutively (2x the 5DMkII, albeit slightly smaller files (18MP vs 21MP)) and fire off almost the limit (b/t 10-12 RAW shots consecutively) with the slower 30 MB/S cards due to the buffering.  Now could you keep going and going without stopping? ...of course not...not with the 7D (let alone 1D) at least but probably can on the slower 5DII or close to it, haven't tested it that way.  ...The UDMA Cl.5/6 for read/upload is a value add, but in real-world scenarios with a 3.9 FPS camera (or a 10FPS camera for that matter), the write speed isn't required...save your money.

How about buffer flush?  Say you hold down the shutter until the buffer fills, then release the shutter.  At that point, the camera reads BUSY and you can't take another shot until a sufficient amount of data in the buffer is written off to the card.  So, in that scenario, a faster card may mean you can take another shot sooner, right?

Yep, exactly, that is what I meant by "could you keep going and going without stopping? ...of course not."  If you want to hold the button down on a 5DMkII for 5 minutes and snap 1,000+ RAW pics almost continuously, you need a high speed card...no question...but who does that with a 3.9FPS camera? - which is why I used "real world scenarios" which I realize is a subjective term but assuming a 5DMKII shooter isn't shooting race cars or sports as a faster 7D/1D user might.  My only point is to remember the buffer and that if you just want the ability to fire off 10-15 RAW consecutive pics from time to time, the buffer should handle it on a 30 MB/s card, that's all.  ...especially with the 5DMkII at only 3.9 FPS.  ...and 60MB/S is PLENTY though 30MB/S should cover 99% of scenarios with a 3.9 FPS camera....can't fathom what scenario you would need a 90+MB/S write on a 3.9 FPS camera with buffer unless you just want to take hundreds of RAW pics consecutively in which case you'd be using the wrong equipment with a 3.9 FPS camera (5DMkII) and be better off with a faster 7D or 1D.  Again I'm only talking about write speed need, there is certainly value in the faster read (UDMA 5/6+) of the faster cards as well which is even more important to some shooters depending on assignment/timelines etc...I just don't notice any difference between the 60 MB/s and 90 MB/s cards used with either a 5DII or 7D in RAW and my (older) SanDisk Extreme III 30 MB/s, (newer) SanDisk Ultra 30 MB/s, and Lexar Plat.II (200x) cards work just as well in 99% of situations though the read time does take noticeably longer to upload to LR3/external drive than the UDMA 5/6 Extreme/Pro 60Mb/90Mb/s do if you're uploading an entire shoot, say 400-500 pics....but we're talking an extra 30-90 seconds or so depending on your PC/card reader...not 15-20 minutes etc... so again...what is that worth to you personally, your style of shooting, your post/edit requirements?... it may be nothing or it may be EVERYTHING (journalist with breaking news pics, etc).  I'm just submitting the idea that for the vast majority of shooters in overwhelmingly majority of shooting situations, it's not remotely necessary to have a super high speed card.

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EOS Bodies / Re: November 3, 2011 Announcement
« on: November 03, 2011, 10:02:09 AM »
there was posibility to get an invitation to tommorows event, but no more

http://www.eventcredentials.com/canon/orginvite.aspx

interesting...why does this reference Nov 4th & 5th vs the 3rd?  Are there going to be more announcements the 4th and 5th?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Max CF Card size that can be used in the 5D2?
« on: November 03, 2011, 09:53:47 AM »
For continuous stills in RAW @ 3.9 fps, 100MBs write speed.

Video requires a lot less, like 6 MBs.

I use 80 MBs cards, but I rarely shoot rapid fire.

I know the question is regarding size but since the speed was mentioned, just remember, your 5DMkII (and 7D etc) has a built-in buffer so you don't need these expensive high speed cards like the Extreme Pro (90 MB/S) or arguably for the 5DMKII at only 3.9FPS, not even the Extreme (60 MB/S).  You can take a 7D shooting RAW at 8 FPS -15 RAW max consecutively (2x the 5DMkII, albeit slightly smaller files (18MP vs 21MP)) and fire off almost the limit (b/t 10-12 RAW shots consecutively) with the slower 30 MB/S cards due to the buffering.  Now could you keep going and going without stopping? ...of course not...not with the 7D (let alone 1D) at least but probably can on the slower 5DII or close to it, haven't tested it that way.  I have various SanDisk and Lexar mid-high cards including the Extreme Pro and now only buy the Extreme 60MB/S, not for the write speed as much as for the read speed when uploading images to LightRoom or other external disk.  I also shoot outdoors a lot and in wet and sometimes very cold conditions and supposedly the Extreme is sealed a little better than the Ultra (or so they market it that way)  The UDMA Cl.5/6 for read/upload is a value add, but in real-world scenarios with a 3.9 FPS camera (or a 10FPS camera for that matter), the write speed isn't required...save your money.

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EOS Bodies / Re: November 3, 2011 Announcement
« on: November 02, 2011, 02:52:03 PM »
does this make sense ?

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1904375068458
Is that... an EOS camera? It couldn't be the Mark III, surely...? New fast 50mm lens? They didn't show the aperture marking.

It doesn't have a built-in flash (:05) so definitely not a 7D II unless they've dropped it to make the new flagship flash that much more attractive, also you can see the characters at bottom right where the current model says "Mark II" and it is clearly at least that many characters though not readable (:18)... I don't have my 5DII in front of me at the moment to compare every detail but it is either a 5D Mark II with a new 50 L of some sort or indeed a 5D Mark III...then again...I'm often wrong :)))

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Canon USA Press Release
« on: October 18, 2011, 05:36:11 AM »
Well I don't know about you all, but I'm skeptical of this 'new and improved' AF technology - only 5 f/2.8 sensitive points down the middle of the frame!? What the hell were Canon thinking!?

Yeah, I did think that too. Was surprised about it replacing both the D4 and Ds3, say to me another new camera is on it's way to cover the high mp needs of studios.

Completely agree, the 5D III should be interesting.

Agreed.  I wonder if this will mean a new xD series as well, obviously the 5D3 would be focused around video most likely so does that mean a 3D (etc) series for the previous 1DsIII market with 24-30MP for studio use and other non-action?  It would seem like a full-frame replacement for the 1Ds with the improved IQ referenced here would have a market without the need for 14FPS and video.  But Canon knows more about their market(s) than we do I suppose.  I look forward to more expert opinions on all the new features referenced to separate the marketing hype/PR from real value...but at first glance this looks really interesting.  Thanks CR!

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