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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 24-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS
« on: February 10, 2014, 12:42:16 AM »

The idea of a Canon EF 24-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS lens is nothing very fascinating.  (Unlike Canon’s EF 200-400mm 1.4x f/4 L USM IS which I believe is a phenomenal lens!)
However I do see it might have merit if Canon can produce it at a price at least a couple hundred dollars lower than the 24-70mm L IS (which I believe is its current closest ‘competition’).

Canon already have produced a 24-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM but without IS.   See some reviews / user reports here:
http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/185-canon-ef-24-85mm-f35-45-usm-lab-test-report--review
http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/59/cat/11
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/6/sort/7/cat/27/page/1
It does ok, but doesn’t performing that well wide open and while it has USM, it doesn’t have IS. So, to me, it’s a new 24-85mm might be close to the same size (or even slightly smaller) than the current 24-70mm L IS, it could win if it’s a  ‘budget’ option.  I agree with some other posts, that the 24-105mm is still a compelling budget option too (it’s L and weather sealed, but not optically the most brilliant across the board, but it’s got decent bang for the buck).

I used to have the 28-135mm USM IS (and a decent copy of that), however I sold it after I bought an EF-S 15-85mm (much more practical zoom range for an APS-C).
I could see some people pairing a decent (new) EF 24-85mm with a 6D, if it was priced right –and had at least decent (if not stellar) optics, especially ‘wide open’.

Let’s see what eventuates!

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Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 70-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS
« on: February 04, 2014, 06:26:53 AM »
Hmmm "2014 WILL see the replacement of the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS"

Well, that's interesting!!! Not 'may'!

I love my 70-300mm (great IQ, and still so portable). I expect any 70-400mm will be significantly larger (& more expensive) - but would be a great 'zoom' birding lens.

Then there's the 200-400mm 1.4x... *sigh*

The Tamron 150-600mm looks like a decent budget birding zoom... reviews showing it's decent at 600mm at between f/8 and f/11.

But still... we're talking about a potential Canon 70-400mm... yes, I expect it will be EF too.

:)  Paul

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Sony A7R With Canon Glass
« on: January 28, 2014, 06:30:22 PM »
Those are very compelling images.  It doesn't sound like dealing with adapters is ideal, yet, but the A7R sounds like a great platform for using vintage glass! 

I have to say again, though - those are some great looking landscapes, and the shadow recovery section is also very impressive.

+1

Dustin, your words sum up my thoughts precisely. There are some quirks with adapters, particularly obtaining a perfectly centred one as well as the 'reflection' issue (with some work arounds noted).

As AF is not its strong point, it sounds not an ideal combination for moving subjects (understandably, where current DSLRs still rule the roost).

However, the definition (36MP) and ability to lift shadows with little negative impact on noise & detail is great. Hoping for a similar Canon offering in the future.  But at this stage I'm still thankful with my Canon 7D! :)

Paul

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When I got my first Canon DSLR (about a decade ago) - I shot in JPEG, tried a few RAW - but as my standard software (ACDSee) didn't read RAW directly AND my PC was so slow in processing RAW, I stuck with JPEG.

Then a bit later I shot some more in RAW - and stayed with JPEG for most, but RAW for 'critical shots', eg tricky lighting, or to pull as my dynamic range from landscapes as possible, etc.

Later again, I decided I would shoot in RAW + JPEG, and discard all the RAWS that were not 'keepers' - so I viewed / kept most of the JPEGs, but each month I had a 'favourite subfolder' where I moved my 'favourite' RAWs to.

Nowadays I just shoot in RAW because:
a) the software I have used for the last number of years - DxO Optics Pro) - converts RAWs to JPEG (and at different resolution / qualities, as I set) and
b) my latest PC & Windows 8 is much quicker at displaying RAW photos.

I think RAW is the best format to 'keep' - as any enhancements in JPEG (or similar) will still rely on the RAW camera file.  I am glad that Canon raw files don't apply image compression, noise reduction, white balance, etc, so I have total control of this post shot.

Paul

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Canon General / Re: Review: Canon EOS 17-40 f/4L by DxO Mark
« on: January 23, 2014, 10:40:09 PM »
If you buy a 17-40L as a standard zoom for a crop camera now that plenty of EF-s and other crop options are available, well, you're doing it wrong.  It's an ultrawide zoom for full-frame.

+1 - and that's the point of comparing it to the 18-55/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens or even the 17-55/2.8 IS.  Compared to the 17-40L on APS-C, the former delivers not-too-different IQ and the latter delivering better IQ (and an extra stop of light, a broader range, and IS).  Yet, many people recommend getting the 17-40L 'in case you go FF maybe someday,' which I think is pretty foolish unless 'someday' is next month.

Well, it worked for me, but that was when I bought my 10D, which was before the advent of EF-s.  A year and a half later, I bought a 5D so it worked.  However, if I had to start over again with crop cameras, I'd do exactly what I did at work and buy a 15-85IS instead.

+1

That's why when I entered the DSLR world, there were fewer options out there for APS-C.

I think Canon (& other manufacturers) are dedicated to 'crop sensors' - there are still plenty of good to great lenses being produced exclusively for APS-C DSLRs (ie won't work on FF).

Hence a number of my lenses I chose specifically as EF-S mounts:
 the versatile  15-85mm, superb walk-around / 1 lens-solution, with great quality and
 the outstanding Sigma 8-16mm - ultra ultra wide sharp & contrasty too

I frequently advise people to get the lens they need, not 'what they might find useful on a FF'.  It might happen to be an EF/ FF lens... but quite often the 'best lens for the current solution' might be an EF-S lens too!

Ok, I also have a 70-300mm L - but that's another story, as none of the other telezooms met my criteria (high optical performance, size/weight to still be portable, full USM, 4 stop IS, and zoom range).    :p

Paul

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II on Cameraegg
« on: January 23, 2014, 10:06:12 PM »

.....

Look at a 60D...it can handle 1920x1080 no problems.... it can read the sensor 60 times per second no problems...

To go to 2K video at 60 frames per second you will need twice the computing power (easy) and probably 1.8X the storage speed (easy with a good card)

To go to 4K video at 30 frames per second you need 4X the computing power (easy) and probably 3.5X the storage speed (could be done with a fast compact flash card, SD is out)

To go to 4K video at 60 frames per second you need 8X the computing power (easy with dual Digic5+ or dual Digic6) and around 7X the storage speed. SD and compact flash are both out.... it will have to be cFast or something else...

You could reduce storage requirements by compressing it more heavily, but if you do, there goes quality.... and if you do not have quality, why bother with 4K video in the first place?

If the 7D2 supports 4K video, odds are very high that it will take a cFast and an SD card for storage...

Don, I really like so many of your posts here, they are clearly worded, well formatted & thoughtfully written.  The above is one great example.

I have seen 4K (in a specialist store, on top end equipment), and it's great...  particularly if the screen is large. I do think 4K will be something more mainstream- ie wealthier households in the west will be having it more commonly in the next 5 years or so (but it will probably be somewhat of a delayed take-up).

What I do wonder, is where is Canon (& other manufacturers) seeing (or 'making') the bottleneck? If the above is true, and 4K has historically been unachievable due to card write speed? CFast sounds like a possibility (as does USB3) for Canon's next 'higher end' / XD (ie single digit series) of cameras... eg 7DmkII, or 5DmkIV, or ID___

I have a 7D, and enjoy it immensely, but I only use video very rarely. I prefer taking / making still photography to videos myself, though I appreciate good video that others take/make.

If Canon will come out with clean, great 60fps 4K video, I do expect it will probably be on their 1DC or dedicated video body range, and then 'trickle down' to the 'normal' DSLR range.

Let's see what the future holds... in the meantime, enjoy your photography / videography!

Paul :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patents: Canon 85mm f/1.8 IS, 100mm f/2 IS, 135 f/2 IS
« on: January 22, 2014, 04:07:51 PM »
This lineup would actually make sense with the previous IS primes released:  24/2.8, 28/2.8, and 35/2.  Each of the non-L IS primes replaced a low-cost model of the same focal length and aperture.  The 50/1.8 is ripe for replacement with a 50/1.8 IS.  These three would make sense, replacing their non-L counterparts.  The 135/2.8 IS would take the place of the 135/2.8 soft focus.  Consider the ultimate price points of the three IS primes we have now -- around $500 to $600.  That would leave plenty of room for somebody who wants a 2.8 telephoto with IS but doesn't want to shell out for the 70-200 2.8 IS II.  It also gives you options in the 135 (2 without or 2.8 with IS) and 100 ranges (2 with IS or 2.8 with macro and maybe IS).  The 85 makes sense because the L is such a specialty high price lens, and they could probably even keep all 3 in the lineup.  A lot of folks could probably get excited over a "holy trinity" with IS and 2-2.8 apertures that could be shot wide open, handheld, and for the price of a single 2.8 zoom lens.

+1

I'm still very much looking forward to (and waiting ... impatiently for...) Canon's 50mm true USM (hopefully with IS)...  Hoping 2014 will be a great Canon year! :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next DSLR Will Be Entry Level [CR3]
« on: January 17, 2014, 12:57:06 AM »
Yes yes yes!!!   A CR3!!!  That's what I've been waiting for.... and it feels so long.   8)  Well... I hope the CR3 also applies to the news about the 7DmkII.....

Entry level = relatively boring (for me)... And I believe that if there is an 'entry level' update, it will likely be an update to the 1100D, likely being a 1200D.  The specs of those cameras is fairly basic... I generally don't recommend people go for the xxxxD series of Canon, but rather go for the 'xxxD' / Rebel series.  (I have a 350D, my first DSLR, and still use it as a backup).  I think the 700D is decently spec’d and priced for what it is.

The 7DmkII ... well THAT is super exciting (for me!) I own a 7D, and lovey that camera... and should I ever need a new/replacement camera, it would most likely be a successor to the 7D (eg 7DmkII or 7DmkIII, etc).  I realise that the 7D could be improved upon (the most requested update would be an improved sensor – lower noise, higher DR &  less banding) – but as I’m not a pixel peeper – I don’t find the quality limits me much.  The current 7D’s AF is very good – but could be somewhat improved upon (it appears the 70D’s AF has ironed out some of the 7D’s minor bugs – though I realise many 7D users won’t have noticed these, eg the occasional ‘jumpy’ nature of AF in certain situation / lighting).

But by and large, the 7D is a very capable camera with lots of impressive specs (particularly for when it came out) – including a superb handling body, well implemented video, good image quality, flexible powerful AF, fast FPS, etc.  So I hope (and expect!) the 7DmkII will be an impressive camera, and hoping it will be like the 5DmkIII has been to the 5D line (where the 5DmkII was not much of an improvement in some areas).

I’m also quite interested what the ‘other camera’ (3rd, potential “new in 2014” Canon DSLR) could be… perhaps the high resolution / high DR FF (3D / other xD series?)  If so, hopefully that technology will trickle down (and ‘up’) to other lines and Canon bodies.

Finally, the ‘lots of lenses’ bids great news too and I'm VERY interested in this development / reality… again, if that’s CR3 worthy (hearing from the ‘same source’- is a very welcome sign, I’d say)! The only lens I’m really hanging out for, is a fast EF Canon 50mm prime (with USM and hopefully IS)… to complete my lens line-up. Hopefully Sigma’s new 50mm Art will challenge Canon to have a great competitor to that….

Thanks Canon Rumours for this good news at the end of a working week (here in Australia)!   Wishing all a good weekend, with lots of CR3 news becoming reality soon…..  (My photography funds are at the ready!)  :)

Paul

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Lenses / Re: 7D user - advice on my best option for a 'go to' lens?
« on: January 16, 2014, 08:08:47 AM »
My personal favourite is the 15-85mm (I love that focal length / flexibility).  I used to have the Canon 28-135mm (sort of similar to the 24-105mm L in some ways, though not the same quality as the L.  My copy of the 28-135mm was a good one, had decent sharpness & contrast wide open, 1 stop down was good (but not as good as the 15-85mm).

I have used the 17-55mm f/2.8 and found it a great lens too, but I preferred the 15-85mm, probably because when I want 'fast glass' - I want faster than f/2.8 anyway... so that's when I go for primes.  So the 15-85mm - which I mainly use outdoors is great.

The 17-85mm really suffered at wide angle (soft, distortions and higher CA). 

I like your portfolios of work.. .so great, creative shots in there... you have a good eye for photos. Some of the more 'arty' post processing is skillful, but it's not my style. Thanks for sharing.  I can see how you have used the 50mm well.  I'm waiting for a new, stellar 50mm to come out from Canon!

PJ

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I have 3 Lowepro products, I like them the most as far as dedicated camera gear.

First item that I have is a Nova (170AW) - which fits one body with lens attached and a lens next to it.  It is an over the shoulder design, and handy for 'shorter days' with little walking- but not suitable for 'treks' / multi-day or long shooting days.

Then I bought a Lowepro Slingshot 300AW, which could definitely carry more gear (eg one body and all my 5 lenses, or 2 bodies less a lens or two). It is fairly convenient to access items (via a 'sling' motion - and a flap can then be opened). But I found out it is not the most comfortable for long periods with that weight unbalanced (as it only has 1 diagonal strap, it feels 'lob-sided').

So because I do a lot of walking, I wanted something that suited me better. In stores I had tried many other brands and sizes - but kept going back to the Lowepro Fastpack 350

Therefore I purchased the Lowepro Fastpack 350, which is somewhat of a similar design - except it has 2 straps, and a few other small differences, and is definitely MUCH better for long walks. It (like the Slingshot 300) has a handy top accessories compartment, which can be used for 'that extra lens' - or lunch, or a thin jacket, etc.

So for what you need, I would recommend the Lowepro Fastpack 350 (I generally don't take my laptop with me in it, but it can work well).  PS I have kept the Slingshot 300 as my 'at home storage'.

Paul

Edit: my gear includes: Canon 7D body, Canon 350D body, Canon 15-85mm lens, Canon 70-300mm L, Canon 100mm macro, Sigma 8-16mm, Canon 18-55mm and Nissin 866 mkII flash.
Only thing is that none of my Lowepro bags have a place to store a tripod... but I usually carry that by hand, or 'tie' it to my bag...

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EOS Bodies / Re: A New Rebel for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 14, 2014, 04:56:08 PM »
Meh.  :-\

But its ok if its a full frame rebel.  ;D

There already is a full frame rebel... it's the Canon 6D!

But, reading between the lines, this rumour (if accurate) could be referring to a  6DmkII ;)

Regarding new cameras, I am not interested in an APS-C Rebel, and at this stage, not a 6D / 6DmkII either... I prefer a 7DmkII (or a 5DmkIV... but the 5DmkIII is already so good!)

PJ  :)


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Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: January 08, 2014, 06:01:05 PM »
Zeiss is releasing two more Otus lenses, 85/1.4 in 2014, followed by a "wide angel"/1.4. Having seen the exceptional performance from the 55/1.4, these may be very difficult to resist ...  ::)

LOL ... we are really waiting for that ... made by Zeiss!  ;D ;D

I've known a few wide angels, but I prefer the thin ones. More likely to be made in Budapest than by Zeiss  ;)

Eehhh ... That´s the thing about language, especially when it´s not your native tounge. There are always double meanings and room for interpretation ::)

Norway (and maybe also Sweden) had a Honda called Jazz. In all other countries they were called Honda Fitta. Which for most people is OK. But for us it translates to Honda The Cunt, so they renamed it Jazz ;)

I speak 5 languages, so I have had my share of experience with 'translations' - not to mention spelling errors throughout the years.  I read internet (ie international!) forums very much appreciating people who are using English (or another language that is not their first language)... as I've had to do no numerous occasions too.

In Australia it's the Honda Jazz also... and (as I also have a marketing degree) - Jazz has more positive connotations as a word / car name than 'Fitta' for our culture too (though Fitta is not an offensive word).

My 2 cents worth on that!  As to the actual topic of 'enough lenses'... I keep telling myself that there is only 1 more lens I 'need' - the Canon 50mm fast prime (hopefully IS) USM.... :D

Paul

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Lenses / Re: Patent: 16-120mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: December 29, 2013, 08:47:34 AM »
I like the idea of a 16-120 zoom for the EOS M!

+1

That could / would make a great walk around for the EOS-M (I love my 15-85mm on my 7D, similar range).

(note: mods...) I expect there is/was a typo in the post 51.87 should be 15.87, as the corresponding Half angle ω = 39.65....

Hmmm... I wonder what 'example 2' is...    ::)

Paul

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Lenses / Re: Best lightweight crop lens for SL1 & hiking
« on: December 19, 2013, 05:38:35 PM »

I have done lots of hiking (and/or ‘bushwalking’ as we call it here in Australia) – across many countries, from Switzerland to Thailand to Romania to Scotland to Australia.  I’ve had DSLRs for almost the past decade, and before that some years of point and shoot (P&S).

It’s certainly much less ‘hassle’ taking a P&S hiking than a DSLR in terms of size & weight (and even ‘convenience’ –when it comes to protecting & storing it). But the image quality of DSLRs (& a lens or two) can be very much the deal breaker.  I also ‘fear’ that one time at a unique location, a camera (or lens) will malfunction…

So when I went to Thailand I took both my 350D and 7D with all my lenses, and on each hike (day trips only) I took one of them (usually the 7D). On longer hikes I have taken the 7D usually- and most commonly with the 15-85mm lens (I love this as a one-lens-solution, for travel).

But occasionally I do take my 350D with kit 18-55mm (the old, non IS, non STM version), and it is definitely noticeably lighter (eg around the neck / in the hand) than the 7D / 15-85mm combo.  Stopped down, that lens actually does all right.

For your situation, I would also recommend the 18-55mm STM IS the SL1, the IS certainly helps in low light… and it’s got great IQ, and keep the P&S as a backup. Hope that you will manage the weight and your hike well. Please share some photos.

Regards

Paul

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EOS Bodies / Re: A 2014 Roadmap Part 1: The 7D Mark II is Coming [CR2]
« on: December 19, 2013, 04:42:49 PM »
This is good news – hints of ‘great news’ in the future. Another CR2… that I hope will become CR3… and then… reality- a 7DmkII.

My most desired camera item at the moment is a EF Canon 50mm f/1.4 – f/2 USM (IS).  As there was a CR2 about that recently, I’m hoping it will come out in 2014.   :)

And then… this – a replacement for my beloved 7D.  (Not that mine is broken, in fact I continue to remain impressed at how capable a camera it is). But a 7DmkII would be my next most desire camera gear to consider (when/if I need a replacement).

Improved IQ (less noise, bit more DR) at any ISO level would be my main request for improvements… mind you, I’m not a pixel peeper, and I’m happy with how my 7D does, it really is a great camera that I’ve loved since I bought it 4 years ago. I’ve taken thousands and thousands of photos with it, and it rarely disappoints.   8)

Other features to be:
- DPAF – perhaps even a noted improvement over the 70D’s revolutionary technology
- spot & partial metering tied to active AF point

Looking forward to what will appear in 2014.  In the meantime, I’ll be taking lots of photos with my 7D and existing lenses.  ;)

Price will be (puts a pinky to the corner of his mouth) one MILLION dollars. muh ha ha ha

This is a great one-line quote – that caused me a laugh this morning (here in Australia time)! Thanks, dstppy!!!  ;D

Best wishes and a great pre-Christmas weekend to all.

Paul

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