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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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EOS Bodies / Re: Patents: Canon 85mm f/1.8 IS, 100mm f/2 IS, 135 f/2 IS
« on: January 22, 2014, 10:52:59 AM »
There's no assurance this patent will result in a lens sold on the shelves, but if 10 years of digital photography didn't kill the 135mm f/2.8 w/ softfocus, it must sell well enough to justify it's continue production, and even upgrade.
Actually, the 135mm f/2.8 is discontinued. I don't think Canon officially discontinued it, but, try and find it from a reputable dealer anymore...it's dead. The price of the 135mm f/2 coming down a lot basically killed it.

Of course, I also think a 135mm f/2.8 IS would be dead in the water as well. Who would buy it? It'd have to be priced under the 135L, and less than an 85 and 100 IS lens to even gain traction. More likely its just to protect the design

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/12064-USA/Canon_2516A003_Telephoto_EF_135mm_f_2_8.html

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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, 10:48:43 AM »
Ok, I'll try this again.
I think this is a FAKE post.
Just look at the block diagrams before you get too excited!


http://egami.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2014-01-22
The reason you are getting no traction is because this is always the source of patents for canon lenses. If this is a fake post, so are about 1,000 others on Canon patents.

Furthermore, as these lenses are very similar in focal length, their block diagrams are naturally going to look very similar. The difference between an 85mm and 100mm lens is tiny; thus why their current iterations are very similar in optical quality. Below are the current 85mm and 100mm lenses. Obviously IS shifts things a bit, but notice that their diagrams, at least in the front groups, are basically the exact same.




PS: Red scare text in capitals isnt really going to make anyone read your point

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM
« on: January 21, 2014, 08:19:58 PM »
Too bad the tamarin review did not compare this lens
generally speaking, it's regarded slightly below the 50-500 from Sigma. Having read the Tamron review, I'd probably opt for that over this, as $150 savings probably isn't fully worth it. The Sigma will soften after 400mm where the Tamron is sharper til 500mm.

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I do know I would like to stay close to business portraits, fashion, products, and maybe some weddings (low-light ability for not being able to use flash is key) areas of photography. I like shooting with natural light but I do have a Canon EX550 (I know I have Sony but it was free so I use it manually with a converter). I also have a set of flashpoint studio strobes.
Based on those, I'd say your best bet is getting into the flash/strobe game more. Business, fashion, and product photography get infinitely harder if you are relying on natural light; I can't even imagine business and product photography without controlling your light.

In fact, with flash and strobes, you could get by with a 60D for quite some time (I shot an entire wedding with one and never felt lacking with flash). And then when your jobs pay you enough, you can get the 6D and have the 60D as a backup. It makes your intitial lens selection tough though; buying the EF-S lens limits you when you get the 60D. Might be wiser to get a Tamron 17-50 non-VC for cheap ($300ish), get a prime or two, and have those options for full-frame. Focal lengths will depend on what you usually shoot, but the 85mm f/1.8 or 100mm f/2 are good longer primes. They'd work even better with the 6D.

Another camera you missed would be a 5D classic. Probably get it for about the same price as the 60D, and you'd gain a bit of low-light coverage.


But, it is probably smarter, right now, to keep your Sony gear, rent a lens for the wedding, and just be able to jumpy fully into the 6D. Going APS-C before full-frame when you know you want full-frame will end with you wasting money. And it's not like the A65 is incapable of taking good pictures

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II on Cameraegg
« on: January 13, 2014, 03:18:12 PM »
The thing that throws me on this rumor is that there are apparently still multiple test versions of a camera that is a month away from announcing? That would mean that it either won't actually be available for a few months after the announcement, or, that the rumored announced date is wrong (and it'll be available when they announce).

There's an amount of time it takes for them to churn out lots of cameras and have them in US retailers; and I have to think that <1 months is too short for it to be ready. The original 7D was announced in Sept and shipped by the end of the month.

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