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Canon General / Re: Canon layoffs
« on: December 04, 2013, 10:25:13 PM »
Thinking about this for a few more minutes and just wanted to add this thought.

On this forum, we often discuss spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars as though it means nothing. I'm often amazed at the number of people here who have the means to spend vast sums of money on camera equipment.

Probably a majority of the discussions on this forum revolve around whining about how our expensive toys aren't good enough and how Canon isn't producing products fast enough for our liking.

I think a topic like this is genuinely helpful and should be humbling to all of us. We should all reflect on how fortunate we are in comparison to the majority of people across the globe.

[/soapbox]

+1

I have seen there are many financially well-off people on this forum, (including myself) who can afford to spend large volumes of money on camedar gear - sometimes just as a 'hobby'.  Some people (here and elsewhere) DO actually spend huge amounts money, others spend less.

As I spent a decade working with, and living in a moderately poor country (Romania) - that impacted my worldview and spending patterns (I was already quite frugal). I try to balance giving to others, spending on necessities, and a little for 'life's luxuries' (eg camera gear). 

Because I have seen people frozen to death, people in real hunger and need - and have many connections around the world - I'm humbled to think of others before myself.  At the same time I enjoy photography, and do indeed thank God for the ability & resources to take photos and enjoy this hobby.

Cheers, unfocused for your post - and also for the OP (cep 500) - hope your friend will find alternative employment.  Canon seem to be making a lot of careful decisions about business strategy, still I'm sad for your / his loss.

Regards

Paul

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Lenses / Re: The price you paid for your 70-300L ??
« on: November 26, 2013, 06:25:33 PM »
I bought my brand new Canon 70-300mm L in December 2010 from a bricks and mortar store (with a fantastic returns policy) here in Australia, for AUD$1600. It had been $1700 the previous week, and I jumped on the $100 special. Plus I received a quality 67mm CPL filter for about $50 off the RRP, so in effect I was getting my lens for less than $1600 – and that was just about a month after it was really hitting the shelves (a month or two after it's international release).

Sure, I could have waited more than a year – and probably obtained the lens for a bit less than that, but I’m glad I didn’t. I have taken so many photos with this lens since Dec 2010, I’m very happy. Plus, I have seen the lens (in the same store that I bought it in) for $1800 for a lot of time – even during 2013.  Probably a result of demand and supply and international currency rates, etc.  The IQ of the 70-300mm L is definitely a cut above any other 70-300mm / 55-250mm lens (and I’ve used all of them).

Read real user reviews, and the vast majority of people who purchased this lens are very impressed with the IQ & handling this lens. It retains superb IQ throughout the focal range, wide open – which the non0L 70-300mm  can’t do, neither can the Tamron 70-300mm USD (which was the lens I was also considering).  The 55-250mm (including the latest STM version) are good for the money, but they don’t compare at the tele-end (eg not as sharp, less contrast, inferior bokeh, higher CA).  You do get what you pay for. Sure there are some poor ‘dud’ samples / copies out there (eg the one that SLRgear reviewed) – but nearly all of them are good (I’m very glad mine is a superb sample).

All the best.

Paul

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Canon General / Re: New Technology Coming to Cinema EOS
« on: November 20, 2013, 08:43:08 AM »
Such technological improvements will only benefit people all round - those wanting improvements in Canon's still photography (eg liveview as well as CFast) - and those in other brands.

Hoping to see 2014 be a great year for Canon: lots of great glass, some fantastic new innovention in bodies too!

Paul :)

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Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 11, 2013, 08:36:03 PM »
I hope canon releases the rumored 50mm 1.8 IS USM before 2014. That's all.
Make it a 1.4, built like the 35 f/2

I hope my family won't mind me filling my own stocking then!

This (ie a Canon 50mm IS)  is similar to my #1 wish…  (as I’d written earlier in this thread).

But I also have had a few other ideas since, in this order:

2)   EF-S 7-18mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS (this would be an awesome lens if Canon could pull develop and produce this!)  I don’t need a fast ultrawide. Having said that, I’m very happy with my awesome Sigma 8-16mm
3)   EF-S 50-150mm f/2.8 L USM IS (if it could be significantly smaller & cheaper than Canon’s EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM IS). Sigma have a lens of this version, and many reports show it has great IQ (sharp, contrast, low CA, decent bokeh) – but it’s not that much smaller than the FF 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses out there. (It’s about AUD $900 online – great value for what it is, but too large, and I prefer Canon’s AF over Sigma’s for such lenses and critical DOF applications).
4)   EF 50-100mm f/2 USM IS (maybe with a built in 1.4x)
5)   EF-S 50-100mm f/2 USM IS (seeing as Sigma made the 18-35mm f/1.8 for APS-C, maybe there can be size / other benefits realised)

I think that none of the above lenses are totally unrealistic.... sure, they are very 'brave' and 'adventurous' - but surely possible!   8)

Let's see what 2014 (& beyond) brings... would be a lovely match to a 7DmkII.   ;)

Paul

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Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 10, 2013, 09:11:48 PM »
I give somewhat more weight to a CR2 rumour than a CR1 (as should be!)

If there is a rumour of 'lots of new lenses coming in 2014' (from Canon) - that gets me mildly excited.

Looking forward to a Canon EF 50mm USM being one of them - hopefully with aperture between f/1.4 & f/2 and IS to boot!  IQ to be very good, wide open.

Let's see.  That would round out my lens arsenal nicely.

I appreciate that others might want the 14-24mm f/2.8 (I have the Sigma 8-16mm for my 7D, which is great, high quality IQ - sharp & plenty of contrast corner to corner), etc

Looking forward to a CR3 on this one end of 2013 / early 2014... hopefully!  Please please please Canon provide us with a great 50mm fast prime... similar to the 35mm f/2 USM IS.....

Paul

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Wow.. this lens has real potential!  600mm, VC and USD.

Looking forward to seeing what it's like in the field... optics, and IQ!

Exciting future....

PJ

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Lenses / Re: EF-s prime lenses?
« on: November 06, 2013, 11:41:05 PM »
Sigma makes a sweet selection of UWA for the APS-C format. People knocked them before they started up with the 35mm and new makeover but in the UWA offerings they have been very well received. When I used my 7D's the 10-20 and the 8-16 were perfect. I love my 15mm Rect Fish for the FF, using it on both the 1DX and 5D3.

Yes they do. But the OP was looking for "Canon" lenes. Good to hear good words about 8-16 from someone who have used it. I wanted to buy it but finally went with the Tokina 12-24 f/4 last year. May be in future I will go for the sigma 8-16.

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Would it be a huge ask to post a grab of a pic set at 8mm and a pic set at 11mm.

I'm really very delighted with my Tokina, but if the extra 3mm makes a substantial difference (which at this end of the FL's it is likely to) then I might be trying to convice Santa about my behaviour this year.

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Super stuff.  would you have anything of the same scene just for a comparison for field of view?

Looks great! You live in a nice part of the world.

my daughter lives in perth au so when i go to visit her i always love taking photos. there is a good comparison tool at the digital picture which has a gizmo and review for the sigma as well as all the other ultra wides for aps-c. it helped me decide. you can click on lens, focal range, and aperature. all in a matrix of the same scene, your tokina is the sharpest of the bunch but i like the 8mm width.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sigma-8-16mm-f-4.5-5.6-DC-HSM-Lens-Review.aspx

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I’ve been following this thread, and am writing a reply here.  I’m currently at work, using a bit of my break to write a reply – so I can’t upload any of my photos as they are on my home PC.   (As a note, I live in Adelaide.... Perth is indeed a beautiful city of Australia, and so is Adelaide, they're fairly similar in some aspects).

When I bought my first DSLR (Canon 350D), I bought the Canon 28-135mm which became my most used lens, but it obviously isn’t wide.  I bought the 50mm as my prime lens / fast glass.  I had also bought the Canon 18-55m kit lens, so I used that for most of my ‘wide angle’ landscape shots.  After some time I wanted wider, so I looked at the current UWA zoom lenses available, and ended up buying the Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6.

At that stage there were only 3 real options: Canon 10-22mm (expensive- nearly double the Sigma), Tokina 12-24mm (not as wide as I wanted) and Sigma 10-20mm (bit of an unknown back then). I read several professional reviews and user reviews and went with the Sigma. I was very happy with the quality of the Sigma, though there was a bit of an issue with my first copy (AF/decentring).  But my second copy of the same lens was much better- AF sometimes got thrown, but it was sharp corner to corner – which was my main criterion.  I often use MF mostly anyway.

A few years after that, I bought the Canon 15-85mm, a great all purpose lens (and sold my Canon 28-135mm – which served me well). The 15-85mm is a much more useful focal range, plus it was superior in terms of sharpness, contrast, and IS. Many more UWA lenses for APS-C cameras have become available in the last few years, eg Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, Tamron 10-24mm, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, etc. (As a note – the EF-M Canon 11-22m IS for the EOM is a very interesting lens, as it incorporates IS… certainly can be helpful, even for UWA shots… let’s see if Canon or other manufacturers comes out with an ultrawide for APS-C or FF that has IS….)

This year I decided to buy the Sigma 8-16mm (mainly as 8mm is 20% wider than 10mm – and reviews indicated it had superior IQ than my Sigma 10-20mm). I bought a new Sigma 8-16mm for a good price, and it certainly is a fantastic lens. I’ve used the Canon 10-22mm, which is also great, but the Sigma 8-16mm really has the features that I am after. It’s IQ and AF are superior to my Sigma 10-20mm: it has less CA, is sharper and that 8mm is certainly very wide (I need to keep in mind not to include my feet, or shadow in many shots).  I’ve had a good run from my Sigma 10-20mm, and sold it for half of what I bought it for, but seeing as I’ve had it for over 6 years, I’m very happy with that!

Now, back to primes… I don’t find I need any specific ‘prime’ for ultrawide. I enjoy having UWA zooms, though yes, most of the time I do use them at their minimal focal range – and my Sigmas have been (very) sharp corner to corner – even wide open. I know some people might find an UWA prime handy for certain applications – however I would encourage people to try / consider the Sigma 8-16- it’s also a great complement for my 15-85mm - and on the tele end of my 15-85mm, I have my Canon 70-300mm L to complement – which is a super sweet, high IQ lens…  

So for primes,  I’m more interested in a new Canon 50mm prime, hopefully similar in specs to the latest Canon 35mm f/2 USM IS…   So at 50mm, there is less difference if it’s a EF or EF-S lens.  I enjoy the focal length of 50mm, for my style of photography (eg subject isolation, portrait photography, etc).  I do at times use the 35-40mm focal range, but 50mm suits me better (when I have reviewed how I use my 15-85mm and 28-135mm lenses).

Finally, as a note - I use my Canon 100mm f/2.8 at times for non-macro applications (eg I’ve got some great outdoor portraits).  I think the EF-S 60mm is also a great lens for lots of applications (actually can be ideal as a ‘semi-fast’ portrait lens on an APS-C too, but it’s not fast enough for me… and I don’t like the minimum (1:1) working distance … that’s why I went with the Canon 100mm USM instead. Let’s see what the future brings, but I think most people find EF primes do work for APS-C cameras.

PJ

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Probably their 200-500 updated with VC. And hopefully better optics.

+1

I tried the above (200-500mm) lens, but didn't at all like it because of the optics & lack of VC. The size was not too bad, though - as I wanted a portable telezoom. Focus would have to be spot on though, ideally USD (like USM).

If there is a better option, that might be a good option. However I'm still glad I have my 70-300mm L, works a treat for great IQ on my 7D, and is very portable!

PJ

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: October 29, 2013, 06:03:24 PM »
I remember someone saying change the card slot to SD....the worse idea I've head this thread, cf all the way I want my buffer clear asap....

also usb3 or better yet gig Ethernet jack to get my files off.

I can't see GigE connectivity on a camera.... consumers like wireless... the throughput of wireless is laughable compared to GigE, but wireless is more convenient... so the poorer solution wins... USB3 has to come soon, at some point people will stop making chipsets that only go up to USB2... USB will win out over Ethernet because all you have to do is plug it in.... no configuration required, and a lot of people use laptops and tablets with no wired Ethernet connection... USB is a more universal solution than wired Ethernet.

I can't speak from experience, as I haven't made the leap yet, but I understand 802.11ac is actually starting to approach the real-world throughput of gigE. While I doubt they'd put an ac antenna array in the 7d2 for space and power reasons, they COULD get the throughput if they wanted.

Also, given that Apple's target market for laptops correlates pretty strongly with pro and prosumer camera buyers, I think a thunderbolt / USB3 combo would be awesome- USB3 for PC users, TB for mac...
This is a bit of a simplistic explanation, but here goes....

There are two basic types of network traffic, on type is where you set up "a pipe" and the data automatically streams down the pipe from one device to the other, the other type of data flow is a send/acknowledge data flow.... something like "here's a bit of data", answered by "I got it.... send me another"... and so on.. Most network traffic tends to be send/acknowledge and it takes time for the requests and acknoledgements to fly back and forth so the flow of data is slow.

When you connect with wire, data can flow both ways at once and this greatly speeds up the send/acknowledge protocols. On a wireless link you can only go one direction at a time and it takes time to turn the link around... plus you can have interference on wireless which causes re-transmissions and further slows things down. Processing of the data is faster on wire than wireless so there is less delay there too.

All this adds up...

In the end, you find out that it takes almost the same amount of time on a wireless link to move 20 bytes of data as it takes to move 1400 bytes of data so if you want any decent kind of throughput you need to be moving huge blocks of data in one direction and small amounts the other way..

Marketing people have a different perspective.... they compare the most favourable conditions of a wireless link to the least favourable conditions on a wired link... and that's how they come up with claims to be "almost as fast"

As a photographer, I suggest you do your own test... transfer a bunch of photos from a laptop to a computer over a wireless link, and then repeat the process over a wire link... send some tiny Jpgs and then try some RAW files and see the difference it makes to you on your gear...

I’ve written it before, and I’m repeating it here again – I really appreciate many of your posts on Canon Rumours forum, Don.
Thanks to you and many others (of course Dr Neuro deserves thanks as well for his great technical insights)  :)

Your post above is spot on: technically accurate and helpful. I find that I rarely use wireless – though it can be handy at times (eg quick connect of laptop for 2 minutes). However for serious internet usage, data transfers, I stick with wired connections. So much faster and predictable (and I find, also more secure – ie less possibility of the occasional wireless drop-outs).

I have undertaken ‘tests’ of file transfer speeds for many years: using tiny JPEG vs large files (eg RAWs) and even vs much larger video files.  I have done this to test HDD to HDD transfers, USB (back in the days of USB1.1, USB2.0 and now USB3.0.  USB3.0 definitely ‘rocks’!  I remember when I thought USB2.0 was ‘blazingly fast’… lol.

I’m looking forward USB3.0 being the new normal standard for all devices and hopefully included on the 7DmkII.(that might be my next camera, but in the meantime – I’m very happy with my Canon 7D. The CR1 rumoured spec list for the 7DmkII looks good (maybe too good to be true) – but I trust Canon will put out a winner when it does!

Regards,

Paul

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Software & Accessories / Re: DxO Optics Pro 9 released
« on: October 27, 2013, 11:42:09 PM »
Don't you hate it when you realize that the f/2.8 lens(es) you brought are WAY too slow for the event?  I think we've all done that one before.  I hope you're able to get something out of the shots in post.

Oh, I knew that going in - I have f/1.4 and f/1.2 primes I could have brought, and a 600EX-RT on the camera that I chose not to use, despite several iPhone, P&S, and Rebel-on-full-auto lights/strobes disturbing the ambiance.  I hadn't planned on any keepers from that activity (one of several, others are better lit, it's an annual event we attend).  FWIW, I brought the 35/1.4L last year, and didn't get any keepers from the fireside stories, either.  I grabbed a few shots this time on a lark, just to see how PRIME would handle them (I think it's the first time I've taken any non-test shots above ISO 25,600).

Neuro, I'd be very keen to see some of your shots from your daughter's Halloween event (including 'before and after post processing' comparos, both to see the detail of the IDX at high ISO's, and what DxO v9 can do with them).

I've been using DxO since v5, and love what it can do, particularly with its useful batch post-processing improvement capabilities. So when the DxO Optics Pro 9 came up in my email telling about PRIME, I became interested.... and there are still some weeks the upgrade offer is valid till.   8)

Will keep an eye out...

Paul :)

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Lenses / Re: 70-300mm IS USM or splurge for Tamron 70-200mm VC
« on: October 17, 2013, 10:14:28 PM »
Shame to hear about your house and lenses, thankfully though - it seems no lives were lost?

For Safari, you definitely want reach (but also flexibility - ie don't want a prime).  I find a 70-200mm too short for most of my wildlife shots (and I have a Canon 7D).  My current telezoom is the Canon 70-300mmL USM IS.

I have used the Canon 55-250mm IS, the Canon 70-300mm USM IS (ie non-L), the Tamron 70-300mm USD, the Canon 100-400mm L, the Sigma 120-400mm and Sigma 150-500mm (Yes, I've tried a lot of lenses - borrowed from friends or used in-store!)

I have also previously owned the Canon 100-300mm USM, but that was quite a while ago, and it had lot IQ above about 180mm.  The Canon 70-300mm USM IS is definitely ok, but loses contrast and some sharpness between 200-300mm. 

If you can't afford the Canon 70-300mm L (which is also great because it's still very portable, especially to any of the lenses 400mm and above), then I'd recommend the Tamron 70-300mm USD a bit ahead of the Canon 70-300mm USM IS. Just stop these down to f/7.1 or f/8 to get more sharpness and contrast at 300mm. I've obtained surprisiing good photos with the Canon 55-250mm, that might be the cheapest stop gap measure.

Hmmmm... I don't know if my post gives any more clarity, but I'm just sharing. I'm very glad I went out and waited till the 70-300mm L arrived then bought that.... the other lenses just didn't cut it for me in the end!

Enjoy your safari.. and share some photos!

Paul

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Lenses / Re: EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 Vs EF 24-105mm f/4 L
« on: October 10, 2013, 07:19:25 PM »
The Canon EF-S 15-85mm is my favourite ‘go-to lens’ for the 7D and the 1 lens option I use when I only wish to travel with 1 lens. Put simply, it has an extremely useful focal range, very good IQ [sharpness, contrast, low CAs good bokeh, etc], build quality (a step above most consumer zoom lenses) and convenient features like FTM USM AF & a 4 stop IS.

The 24-105mm has a less useful focal range on a 7D, very similar (still very good, but not better) IQ, better build quality – and similar FTM USM AF & a 3 stop IS (note: one stop less effective).

For a 7D, I’d definitely stay with the 15-85mm – as the focal length is just so much more appropriate. There is little difference between 85mm & 105mm.  105mm @ f/4 provides a bit extra control of depth of field than the 85mm @ f/5.6.  (I have owned a good copy of a 28-135mm, which I know is a bit different again, but it feels more similar to the 24-105mm regarding focal length).

The 15-85mm stands up well to use in a variety of conditions (I’ve taken photos with it in very dusty environments, light drizzle, fog and humid conditions… it did not suffer issues. I would probably have some concerns using it in heavier rain or in the tropics for extended periods of time, though).  The 24-105mm is better weather sealed, but even with it, I would not take it into the harshest environments on a 7D. With a 1D body, I’d venture most habitable places on this planet 

In addition to my 15-85mm, as zooms I also have a Sigma 8-16mm (love this UWA lens, a great wider complement to the 15-85mm!) and the 70-300mm L (a great high quality portable tele complement to the 15-85mm). When I want fast glass, I like primes (I don’t consider f/2.8 really ‘fast’, so that’s why I don’t have the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8).  Enjoy taking photos with your 15-85mm!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Where is the Canon 7D successor?
« on: October 10, 2013, 05:51:46 PM »
So in the last two years Canon comes out with touchscreens, WiFi controls, and Dual-pixel technology.... and at the same time they say that the 7D2 will be revolutionary.... that's got to mean something more than a slightly better 70D. What if the 7D2 is mirrorless and they are still trying to get the EVF up to snuff... or some equally impressive jump in technology? What if they are alternating vertical and horizontal on the dual-pixels and haven't got it quite right yet... What if they are ISO splitting the dual pixels for increased DR....

I am much happier waiting for a true jump in features in a 7D2 than having one rushed to market with laughable "upgrades".... like going from a T4i to a T5i with a mode dial that spins all the way around... I'm sure they could introduce a 7D2 now that was barely better than a 70D, but I am patient enough to wait for a real upgrade.

+1

This!  Yes, I'm very happy with my 7D - and find the more I use it (even after tens of thousands of photos) - the more skilled I become (yet I can still improve in areas too).

I saw Canon's recent release of the 70D as very promising for the 7DmkII - a real upgrade (as the 70D was to the 60D).   ;)

Don, I can't recall reading that Canon has stated the 7DmkII will be 'revolutionary' (but if you can source a publication from them, please do share!)

Exciting times ahead... I'd be happy with improved IQ, improved AF, maybe a mirrorless (still compatible with EF-S lenses, though). Enjoy photography folks!

Paul  8)

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Lenses / Re: A New 50 Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: October 09, 2013, 07:29:19 PM »
As I've written numerous times on CR before, I would be happy with a new Canon 50mm prime.

My main requirements are:
 - at least f/2 (up to f/1.4 in an ideal world)
 - good IQ wide open (eg sharpn, good contrast & pleasing bokeh, low CA)
 - true FTM USM AF (fast & accurate), or STM if not USM

Added bonuses:
 - 4 stop IS
 - close MFD
 - 58mm filter thread size
 - lightweight / small-ish
 - metal mount
 - less than $800

I like Canon's latest 35mm f/2 USM IS - it meets pretty much all the criteria I have for a 50mm; except it's a 35mm (I've analysed my photos, and I would much prefer a 50mm prime than a 35mm prime). I find I can use one of my zoom lenses at 35mm (eg my Canon 15-85mm).  If they could make a 50mm similar, I'd be very happy with that to round out my lens arsenal.

Paul

Compare your spec list to the new Zeiss 55mm...it's quite amusing really and puts us all into a very distinct bracket in the market place.

Yes... I did look at the new Zeiss 55mm lens... and actually I believe while it will have 'outstanding IQ' (eg superior bokeh, sharper, more contrast) - I can't justify the price for such a lens.  Plus I rely on AF in too many situations.   :-\

I'd much rather spend big bucks on the Canon EF 200-400mm 1.4x L IS USM  :)  My most expensive lens to date is the Canon EF 70-300mm L IS USM, which I love (a great portable telezoom, with quality IQ).

So, I'm still looking for a new Canon 50mm prime that meets my needs... :)

Paul    8)

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Lenses / Re: A New 50 Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: October 08, 2013, 10:46:51 PM »
As I've written numerous times on CR before, I would be happy with a new Canon 50mm prime.

My main requirements are:
 - at least f/2 (up to f/1.4 in an ideal world)
 - good IQ wide open (eg sharpn, good contrast & pleasing bokeh, low CA)
 - true FTM USM AF (fast & accurate), or STM if not USM

Added bonuses:
 - 4 stop IS
 - close MFD
 - 58mm filter thread size
 - lightweight / small-ish
 - metal mount
 - less than $800

I like Canon's latest 35mm f/2 USM IS - it meets pretty much all the criteria I have for a 50mm; except it's a 35mm (I've analysed my photos, and I would much prefer a 50mm prime than a 35mm prime). I find I can use one of my zoom lenses at 35mm (eg my Canon 15-85mm).  If they could make a 50mm similar, I'd be very happy with that to round out my lens arsenal.

Paul

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