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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Announcement in March? [CR1]
« on: February 19, 2014, 08:36:09 PM »
Where are the lenses in a so-called Year of the Lens for Canon? Sigh
Yeah, its gonna into March of "the year of the lens" before we even have a shot at a new lens. Which probably means no possible availability until April or May.

Is Canon really going to go a year and a half between announcing lenses (200-400 not withstanding)?

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Lenses / Re: New EF-S 24mm & USM Motor Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 18, 2014, 01:41:30 PM »
And others would celebrate more pancakes from Canon.  I imagine that I'm not the only one.
Bingo. I was against the 40mm when it was released...didnt think it made sense with the 50mm already out there. But I get it now.

A combo of pancakes or smaller EF-S lenses would be great. 24mm is fine, though like others I'd obviously also like a 15-16mm EF-S prime and a longer prime (something in the 60-85 range).

Cause to date, the best mirrorless cameras dont quite measure up to what I need. If Canon can beat them there, giving me a useable combo with a DSLR instead, I'd gladly stay with them as a lineup

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Lenses / Re: New EF-S 24mm & USM Motor Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 18, 2014, 01:36:41 PM »
I see little value in that.  A person bringing both the 24 and 40 and possibly something else might be better served by the 17-55.  Either that or pick up the M with the 22 f/2, which is still less inconspicuous than an APS-C body.

This is why: http://camerasize.com/compact/#448.303,448.345,ha,t

For me, I do adventure sports, which either involves long treks, or being put into a small case in the back of my boat. That weight makes a very big difference over miles, and it effects how the camera handles.  The EOS M can't AF, which makes it of limited use for multi-frame bursts. It's the same issue with basically all the mirrorless cameras; I need portability AND the ability to shoot action.

Moreover, if the new lens ends up being about the size of the 22 STM, I can own it and the 40mm pancake and still have $400+ and 1lb of weight saved. If it ends up being f/2 instead of f/2.8, then its even better off than the 17-55 (IS is of no use to me in action shooting)

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Lenses / Re: New EF-S 24mm & USM Motor Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 18, 2014, 11:27:51 AM »
EF-S really does have a gap, especially now with the new primes being so highly priced. If I'm an average consumer getting into the XXXD line, I've got the kit lens and other zooms, the 50mm, the 40mm pancake, and then everything else is $400+.

In the same way that Nikon makes what is essentially an EF-S 35mm f/1.8 for $200, I think Canon could do the same. Even an EF-S 24mm f/2.8 that's as good as the pancake would be a strong product at $150-200. I think an EF-S 24mm f/2 would probably be more in line with the other primes ($400ish)

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Lenses / Re: Which wide-angle lens to hire?
« on: February 17, 2014, 09:46:21 AM »
If you're hiring it mostly for night-time wide angle work, than the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm is your choice. It's a go-to for astrophotography work.

The only other real considerations would be the Zeiss lenses (15mm and 21mm) but they have the same issue as the 16-35 and 14mm with your filters being too small. And the Canon 24mm f/1.4 would give you 2 extra stops and your filters would work...but, you'd likely want to be using it at f/2 or more to avoid coma and losing sharpness.

I think the 14mm from Rokinon is your best bet. Most bang for your buck and a great astro lens. Zeiss 21mm would be the next best option, just because of how strong a landscape lens it is

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: February 13, 2014, 11:12:55 PM »
Sad days when a we get more excited about 3rd party gear more than Canon.
I disagree; the more options the better. I own a Tokina super-wide, a Sigma kit lens, and the rest of my lenses are Canon. Other than brand loyalty, what does it matter who is making the best lens?

Imagine if Sigma was still the old Sigma, and Tamron was the old Tamron...you'd have poor AF lenses that break, weak warranties, and you'd basically only have expensive Canon gear as your option. You'd be stuck waiting for the Xmas rebates to get reasonable prices. Instead, the used market for gear has gotten much cheaper, and Canon has been forced to cut their prices a lot after release.

I also think people forget, all the lenses that Canon has released in the last 2-3 years have been almost universally praised. The 70-200 and 24-70 are the holy grail for most pros. The non-L IS primes are really sharp (and now reasonably priced). Even the 40mm pancake was good, if a little odd. Even their kit lenses keep getting better. They just have such a successful line that they arent forced to swing for the fences like Sigma/Tamron are

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PowerShot / Re: Underwater Compact that shoots RAW?
« on: February 13, 2014, 01:08:03 PM »
You could rent the Nikon 1 AW1, its essentially a mirrorless waterproof camera. It'd be the closest thing to your DSLR.

Other options would be to rent something like a G1X or RX100 and an underwater housing for those.

Last resort, I think you can put CHDK on something like a D20; you'll at least get DNG files. But, you'll probably be disappointed with any true underwater camera, they all offer terrible IQ, and I imagine an uncorrected file looks pretty bad (tons of CA, distortion, etc): http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: February 12, 2014, 03:57:40 PM »
So from a sales perspective, Canon is doing quite well against Sony/Olympus/Panasonic despite it's very limited investment in the mirrorless arena - which sort of suggests that if they did decide to invest in the MILC market in a significant way, they would kick Sony/Olympus/Panasonic in the groin, at least from a sales perspective.
Here's what I'll find really interesting; Canon, at least a year or two ago, seemed to come from the approach that video was the wave of the future. Thus all the video AF features on their XXXD cameras, their focus on their cine lines, etc.

Now, I've used both mirrorless and DLSR, and it's very, very obvious that mirrorless is the future for video applications. Thus why things like the GH2/GH3 have been very popular; it allows you to cut out weight, use basically any lens, etc. For consumers, they basically become cameras the size of the Vixia's, but with a larger sensor and better lens options. For hobbyists and pros, you can save a lot of money on crew and gear with how much lighter they are.

Makes me wonder why Canon hasn't really toyed around with their own version of a GH3. From a video perspective, they wouldn't be cannibalizing their 5dIII sales; people buy those for the full-frame sensor and RAW video hack. And they wouldnt be hurting their C-line stuff, cause you rent/buy that for reliability and workflow. Even if they overprice it, people might buy it for Canon compatibility.

You'd think Canon would want to crush the Sony photography line; cause if they can end them, they end a lot of their other competitors who rely on those sensors.

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PowerShot / Re: PowerShot S200 f/2-3
« on: February 10, 2014, 07:45:25 PM »
What is the PowerShot S200 f/2-3?
Well, the previous powershots were all f/2ish to f/5ish, so, maybe it indicates that the aperture on the tele end will be brighter

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 24-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS
« on: February 09, 2014, 09:35:41 PM »
Boring, slow, and the opposite of innovative.
Eh, what can they really innovate in that spectrum? They already have the whole 24-xx spectrum covered; they just need to update the 28-135.

They'd obviously have to sell this below the street price of the 24-105 to have any chance of it selling well; it'll be interesting to see if they can release something like this for <$600.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Panasonic Lumix GH4 ...
« on: February 07, 2014, 01:31:41 PM »
If it weren't for Magic Lantern, Canon would probably be dead in the water in the consumer/amateur video space right now. Raw recording on the 5DII/5DIII with a full-frame sensor is the only thing that the other manufacturers can't offer.

But with the BMPCC, the GH4, whatever Sony responds with; I just dont' see how the "advanced video features" the 7DII is supposed to have can match up. Hell, i dont even see how Canon can release enough features to match the GH3, let alone the GH4. For a company that thinks video is the future, they are way behind the competition.

Also, the GH4 photo specs are great. I'm not a huge fan of their lens lineup, but, 1/250th flash sync, 200,000 shutter, 49pt AF, weather resistant, 8-12fps bursts...it's basically the specs a 7DII would have, and it's go pro video capability.

As someone who owns a 60D and a GH2, I can say that my future in the Canon lineup becomes less likely as each new camera is released. 2014 is gonna be a big year for Canon

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Lenses / Re: Lens Announcement Coming in February? [CR1]
« on: February 06, 2014, 09:52:31 PM »
I'm hoping with baited breath for a 12-24/14-24 with immediate availability, but I won't be disappointed if we will have to wait.  I'd just like to know now if there is another lens purchase in my near future, or if my 15-85 will have to stay in service for a while longer.
I'm curious, assuming you are on APS-C (with the 15-85), why you are waiting for what will likely be a $2000+ ultrawide when great ones exist at 1/4 that price?

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About the size/weight of Canon's EF-S 18-200 - probably a better comparison than the 28-300L.  Will be interesting to see how it performs in comparison.
What's funny is that it only needs to be as good as the previous 18-270 to basically be a win for them. Especially if the 16mm is decent at all. I imagine it will really be an ok zoom from 24-200ish, with the extreme ends being a bit of a joke.

But, that still puts it in better position than the Canon 18-200 (only good from 24 to about 135-150). And it'll likely retail in the $650-700 range, which makes it a big savings over the Nikon version.

And since it seems Canon has given up on anything more than 18-135 on APS-C, they wont really have competition there

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Canon General / Re: Patent: EF-S 17-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: February 04, 2014, 09:28:39 PM »
And people say Canon isn't innovating...


 ;)

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This is only interesting if you shoot at higher ISO settings.  :-\
It's a big win for video shooters; you now pay even less of a penalty by shooting at high ISO, which means you need to spend less on lighting, etc.

And if the 5DIII can gain 14 stops of DR for stills shooting, well, it's hard to see it as anything other than the best option for full-frame in most circumstances.

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