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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!


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'.


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...

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  :)

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


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!


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...    ::)


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.



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.


Lenses / Re: Two Lenses Coming for CP+? [CR2]
« on: December 15, 2013, 05:02:47 PM »
I really like it when a CR2 rumour appears.  Though I even get more excited to see a CR3! ;)

I have been in the market for a new Canon 50mm for a number of years. As I’ve written in a number of CR threads previously, each of the current Canon 50mm lenses has their strengths, but also their notable weaknesses. I really appreciate what Sigma (& Tamron) have been doing with many of their recent lenses, however to ensure forward compatibility (and most accurate critical AF) – I prefer Canon, as even the Sigma 18-35mm (as superbly sharp and ground-breaking a lens as it is) has been noted to have some AF niggles – which really takes the wind out of its sails for me.

A new EF Canon 50mm lens between f/1.4 and f/2 would fill the only ‘gap’ that I really have in my set of lenses. Ideally (for me) a Canon 50 mm would have very good IQ wide open (sharp, lots of general & micro contrast, low CA) - would have absolutely awesome IQ 1 stop down, FTM USM and close MFD. IS would be a (much appreciated) bonus.   ;)

As for what the other lens – I don’t ‘need’ anything else, though I know various people are looking for a new Canon UWA prime or zoom (eg 14-24mm), or a telephoto zoom (eg 100-400mm ‘mkII’). I can’t see Canon updating any of it’s current “II” lenses, nor updating any of their L focal length primes for which they have recently brought out a non-L prime (so I actually doubt a new 35mm L will be on the cards).

If there are 2 lenses coming out, maybe a new non-L 85mm prime, as the current 85mm is good, but could be a little improved upon, and the 85mm L II is not that ‘new’. Or, actually I’m thinking a new TS-E … at a new focal length.


Paul   8)

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.



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.



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.


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 :)

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.   ;)


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.....


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....


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.


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.


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.


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.


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