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Lenses / Re: POLL: When will the 24-70 mk2 really be delivered?
« on: July 07, 2012, 12:32:12 PM »
Yeah, and as was mentioned in other threads, they've already missed the key window for a lot of their target audience for this lens. Wedding photogs wanted this a month ago, not in late Fall. So Canon might actually see a lot of people holding off on buying it, just because they can wait and see reviews and decide if its worth it.

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Lenses / Re: A New EF 50 f/1.8 IS? [CR1]
« on: July 07, 2012, 12:30:01 PM »
The reason this intrigues me is because it could show a major divergence for future lenses for Canon, which would be different than the Nikon path. Nikon has basically no primes with IS (only their 85 macro and >200mm lenses), and I think only one zoom with VR in the f/2.8 range. Their most recent lenses are f/1.8.

Canon on the other hand just released two lenses that are a whole stop slower than their predecessors but add IS. This too would be nearly a stop slower and add IS. The pancake 40mm doesn't have IS, but that seems to be a size thing. If Canon is gonna keep targeting the video market, that might show the path for their future lens updates, making them slower but adding IS. F/1.8 is plenty shallow for most video work, and the IS can be indispensable. But for photo-first people, it'd probably be frustrating to see IS in everything...especially if Nikon is taking the other path

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I never thought I'd consider switching brands, as I've been a Canon user for nearly 40 years.

But, if I ever switch it will not be because of bodies, but because of lens prices. I chose Canon many years ago because their prices were lower for comparable lenses. I am afraid they are losing that edge. Bodies will come and go, but lenses are the long-term and larger investment. If Canon cannot remain competitive in its lens pricing I may have to rethink my investment.
I think part of what kept Canon competitive in lens pricing was the fact that many of their primes were older. Sure, they made them right and they are good, but, until the 24mm and 28mm, there wasn't a non-L prime that was made in the 2000's. It's easy to keep prices low when you aren't updating lenses for 20 years.

I think you have good reason to be worried for the future. The pancake 40mm is the only lens Canon has put out <$1000 that seems to match its price. Also, if Canon's non-L strategy is to go f/2.8 and IS, instead of f/1.8. Because Nikon and Canon's recent 28mm offerings are similarly priced, but Nikon does f/1.8, and Canon does f/2.8IS

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This is ridiculous. Nikon, Sony, Panasonic etc must think it is Christmas.
Well, I wouldn't go that far. Nikon has already release one firmware update for the D800, and another is coming shortly. They haven't even officially decided on a fix for their AF issue. Not to mention they still don't even have any stock of the D4 or D800E, so they are just as bad at Canon at releasing a product and then not supplying it.

And let's not forget the A77 that Sony "released" and then never delivered for like 6 months (it's why I own a 60D instead). Haven't followed Panasonic closely enough to know if they've had similar issues.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: FF advise (mainly stills)
« on: July 05, 2012, 02:57:27 PM »
Looks like someone just discovered memes

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Lenses / Re: Owning the Canon 200-400 f/4L Vs 400 f/2.8L II
« on: July 05, 2012, 02:51:01 PM »
Obviously it'll be impossible to say until it gets released (or at least spec'd in full), but the advantages the 200-400 have probably don't counter the 400 2.8. The big advantage of the 200-400 is obviously convenience, you can go from 200 to 560 without changing lenses, and likely with little optical compromise. But, the 400 prime allows you to create an 800 f/5.6 with the extenders you already have.

Both are probably gonna be around the same weight, relatively speaking (8ish lbs). Both are gonna cost about the same. If you're not gonna use the <300 end, then it seems like the 400 prime is the way to go. Especially since you could have it today, rather than wait who knows how long

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Lenses / Re: Good, inexpensive zoom lens? Beginner here.
« on: July 03, 2012, 03:40:07 PM »
That's a sharp lens and a third the cost of the 1.4.
Normally I'd agree with that advice, except, we are talking video here. The 50mm f/1.8 is practically useless when it comes to video focusing, unless you are setting focus for interviews and not changing it. The focus ring is awful.

The 40mm will probably be equally annoying, so I agree with the above poster when he mentions getting a lens that has a convenient ring for AF. Whether its primes or a zoom, you'll regret not getting a lens that makes that aspect convenient

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get a flash but dont go flashing away over the primary tog you will kill some of his shots, let him shoot then shoot some when hes done
If you read the OP again, sounds like he's shooting solo for the morning, and then the pro is taking over for the ceremony and reception

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Mirrorless Information [CR1]
« on: July 02, 2012, 02:42:37 PM »
True. But, except for body size, my proposal also solves each and every one of the problems mirrorless cameras have, and it solves them in spades.
Right, but size is one of, if not THE, main reason to go mirror less. An NEX and a 17mm pancake weight like 1/3 of your combo, and are < 1/2 the size. If you're lugging that long distances, or have limited space, it becomes a big deal.

It's like someone asking for recommendations for a wide-angle lens and you telling them to get the 85mm f/1.2. Sure, it's a beautiful lens, but, it doesn't meet the needs in any way.

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Technical Support / Re: EF-S lens & Mirror Lock-up Questions
« on: July 02, 2012, 02:32:40 PM »
1)   If you buy a EF-S lens… say the EF-S 15-85 lens;  Does the 15-85 mm focal length designation refer to a full frame sensor (so I would really have a wide angle lens of 24-136mm)  or to a cropped sensor thereby having a true 15-85mm lens?
In a way it's both. The focal length of your lens is 15-85mm...if you were to mount it on a full-frame camera, it would have that field of view (though there would be a black area because the image circle isn't large enough). But, when mounted on an APS-C camera, it adds the crop factor, which makes it perform like a 24mm-135mm lens on full-frame.

The focal length of a lens is universal, it's how the camera's sensor handles it that impacts the field of view


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there is a good chance you will be taking pictures in a tight space so think about the 17-40 or 16-35. Make sure you have a flash to bounce off the ceiling - and use windows for the catchlight. A dreamy gaze out of a windows is a classic pose that always works
Yep, the most important thing to get would be a flash, as that will do more for you than any lens upgrade. The 430EX will be fine, especially indoors...since you won't be triggering multiple flashes or anything.

Beyond that, it'll depend on the space. In a normal sized room, I found the 50mm to be pretty tight (on APS-C, so that's 80mm on your 5D), useful for only limited shots. It was great for getting tight shots of just the bride, but, that's only a small part of the preparation. You also want shots of the bridesmaids helping, etc, and 50mm was too tight for that

I used my 11-16 and 28mm lenses more (so for you, a 16-35 or even the 24mm primes perhaps). I think a 24mm and 50mm would probably be solid, along with a flash, and then if you need more reach for a specific shot, you use your 24-105L.

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Lenses / Re: Good, inexpensive zoom lens? Beginner here.
« on: July 02, 2012, 02:18:56 PM »
I'm going to school for video, so keep that in mind.  Sadly, I can only spend about $500 tops on a lens, since I spent the rest on camera gear.  I wish I could get a 70-200mm  :'(
If you're going to school for video, and you plan on using the camera to shoot your stuff, then I'd spend your money on a few primes rather than on a tele zoom. You'll want something to cover the wider range, and probably something in the more traditional portrait range.

I guess a 17-55 zoom would cover your wide needs; something like the Tamron non-VC, or that Sigma lens. As for the portrait side, something like Canon's 85mm f/1.8, or the Samyang 85mm f/1.4 would cover you. The Samyang lenses are a great value for video use, since you'll be manually focusing anyways. Another option is to use some older lenses (Nikon AI, older Contax/Zeiss, etc) with adapters.

The 18-135 (either the older one or the new STM) would cover general needs, but, you'll find it limiting for video use if you want shallow depth of field. I would avoid impulse buying, you already have one good lens that is useful for getting to know the camera (which is the most important part); you can find out once classes are going what you'll need more of in terms of focal length

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EOS Bodies / Re: How much will the 5d3 cost at the end of 2012?
« on: July 02, 2012, 12:09:53 PM »
I said $3,500, as I think that will remain the list price. But, I do expect Canon to offer a rebate of $150-$200 for the holidays. Maybe double the rebate if you buy a lens. So, street price could be a little lower.
Yeah, I have the same feeling, which is why I put $3300. It will still have the technical retail price of $3499, but, you'll see it on Amazon/B+H/etc at $3300ish during the holiday sales.

Definitely don't see it doing a major drop to anything like $3000

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Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II
« on: July 02, 2012, 11:43:49 AM »
There isn't much room for improvement on the current version of this lens. Although Canon has been coming out with some lenses lately that are close optical perfection. I would be interested in trying this new lens out!
They might add weather sealing to it, which is one thing its missing in relation to the newer L lenses. But yeah, aside from that and some new coatings, I'm not sure they can drastically improve it in any way.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Mirrorless Information [CR1]
« on: July 02, 2012, 11:33:09 AM »
Not sure I understand the point of having the pancake be larger (with adapter) on a mirrorless than it is on a 5D. But then, I'm sure the aim is to sell the lenses with the new mount.
Well, remember that a 5D would still be twice the size of a likely mirrorless camera, so even if the lens sticks out a little more, its still more portable on the mirrorless camera.


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