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Perhaps if Canon collaborated with more designers, we'd get more functional gear.
Thinking back of the T90 when Luigi Colani was re-interpreting camera design and seeing that this is still the major design approach of todays EOS Cameras... I think you're right.  :)

Ah, the father of modern SLR ergonomics :-)

some of his other stuff is pretty crazy though.  Even some of the cameras were pretty bonkers looking, not to mention the Darth Vader trucks...

Still, '80s design at its finest <grin>

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Like Apple, Canon has realized that some of their products are as much fashion accessories as they are electronic devices (or at least they want them to be :-), and is acting accordingly.

Personally I think that statement applies to a lot of their smaller cameras, but I'd be surprised if anyone gives a crap what you carry your DSLR around in (from a fashion perspective).

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Lenses / Re: Do you keep all your boxes?
« on: September 23, 2014, 06:47:43 PM »
I like to know if you keep all your lens boxes? I can imagine that it's useful to keep the camera box , but do you keep all the other boxes too?
Keep in mind that I am a minimalist ;)

I cut the UPC/bar code off the box with a pen knife as proof of purchase (along with the receipt) & chuck out the rest.

As much as keeping boxes around to potentially increase resale value is tempting:

 - I have a small apartment where space is at a premium; there's no place for empty lens boxes here.  The available space in the cabinet is worth way more than the few extra bucks I could potentially make several years down the road.

 - I usually end up keeping my glass for a long time, and 5 year old lens boxes tend to be so beat up that they're not presentable anyway.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 23, 2014, 03:23:06 AM »
The watch is just a quick glance away compared to other devices such as your phone which could be in a pocket. Though i think habit has a lot to do with it. Even with my phone in my hand, sitting on a train, I always instinctvely glance at my watch to check the time so I don't miss my stop.

Agree wholeheartedly.  I began wearing a watch again when I started cycling to work.  Try pulling a phone out of your pocket on a bike just to check the time...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:34:41 AM »
You know what I'd really like in terms of radio options built in to a camera:

 - GPS with an intelligent power function connected to the inertia/orientation sensors already in the camera so that it switches off the radio when the camera isn't moving.  It should also have an option to switch off the whole GPS unit when the camera goes to sleep.

 - Bluetooth 4.0 LE radio, with apps to take full control of the camera from a computer or smartphone.  The bluetooth radio is a dual-mode radio that also supports "classic" Bluetooth & will need to be paired in this mode before it can be used as a remote viewfinder (which requires more bandwidth than Bluetooth LE but should work just fine with regular bluetooth 4 if the "viewfinder" video stream is sufficiently compressed).

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:26:03 AM »
when I saw "cannot decide" as a poll option I read

"Canon decides"

:-)

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Lenses / Re: Selling my two Zeiss lenses. Your advice?
« on: July 27, 2014, 05:49:35 AM »
Among other awesome glass, I've got a Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon.

It's the old Contax/Yashica mount version.  It says "Made in West Germany" on it & is built like the proverbial brick latrine.  Since it's an "obsolete film camera lens" I picked it up for chump change.  I've got about 1/3 as much invested in the EOS adapter on it as I put towards the lens.

I keep it at hyperfocal at f/4 or f/5.6 most of the time, except in low-light scenarios.  I admit that other than the first year or so after I got it it mostly lived in the "storage" camera bag as it's pretty heavy compared to most of my Canon primes.

Then I got a 6D, and started using it to shoot short video clips.  The "look" this thing gives combined with the short DoF & really long focus throw makes it completely awesome for video.  The old-school straight aperture blades make for starry highlights too, which may be spiffy or a hinderance depending on the situation & personal preference.

May I suggest that you want to part with these things because you feel you have a ton of cash invested in them without a corresponding return?  Personally my mantra with lenses is "if you've got a good lens & like it, then keep it unless you get something else that totally obsoletes it.  & if you've got an emotional attachment to it (for the images you've made with it, not because it's a nice object), then keep it anyway as you'll regret selling it" (my profile icon is a long-lost friend the T90).  If you can afford to do that of course; if you're out of work & the rent is due then you've got some tough choices to make, so start with the ones you use the least.

I can't speak for the 15mm or 135, but the c/y mount 35mm f/1.4 Distagon really inspires me when I use it, especially for video.  If you get similar pleasure out of your 35 then keep it.

Personally my experience after having owned a bunch of manual focus glass is that the wide-angles are easy to use & get used a lot, and the telephotos are frustrating for anything except controlled situations like portrature where you have the time to review & go back & do it over again & again until you get what you want.  Speaking as a long-time owner of the Canon 135L, if the AF is adjusted to where it really hits right I get as much joy & satisfaction out of using the Canon 135L as the Zeiss 35.  Those are probably the two stand-out lenses in my bag that I really try to use as much as I can (whenever the situation calls for it).  I also really love the Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM as it's sort of the little brother of the 135L, and the 40mm pancake "lives" on the camera as it's a really appropriate length for a lot of situations & it makes the 6D small & light enough that I can comfortably carry it in a coat pocket or messenger bag (much to the chagrin of my Fuji X10 which has seen basically no use since I got the 6D/40mm).  The 20mm Voigtländer also fits into this category.

The 85mm USM and 20 & 40mm pancakes all fit into one Canon lens bag which I can take pretty much anywhere if I need to.  In fact ever since my 24-105L developed an electrical short that prevents it from zooming beyond 24mm, that's 20/40/85 combo in the lens bag is pretty much my go-to travel kit.  The 135L and 1.4x TC go into the shoulder bag as well when I think I'll need anything longer than the 85.

Anyway, with that little tangent over, IMHO:  sell the ones that inspire you the least, and do check out the Canon 135L as it's more versatile than the Zeiss & you might even make money on the replacement.  With a little luck Canon may even release an IS version now that there's some healthy competition in the "fast 135" space...

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Awesome news for Andy & the Gura crew!

"brand & assets" sounds like they get to cherry-pick the interesting bits that they want to keep & throw out most of the fat that probably led to the bankruptcy...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Answer to Everyone's Complaints
« on: June 05, 2014, 08:07:33 PM »
But Only thing that I do not like = My slow brain and Low ARTISTIC ability that can produce the Masterpiece of Photos. Sorry, My  dear Mom and my dear Dad have been pass a way for 15 years, and I do not have a chance to learn  from them any more.
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Surapon, we love you :-)

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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: June 03, 2014, 04:24:15 AM »
i wish they would do a 20mm f2.8 IS in a similar vain I prefer 20mm to 24 for wide angle currently i use the voigtlander f3.5 which is MF only still a nice lens

I love my Voigt 20mm f3.5 pancake as well; makes a great lens for interiors & wide street scenes.  The current Canon 20mm f/2.8 is pretty big & heavy compared to the new IS wide primes; not sure how much smaller they could make an IS version.

The current "ultrawide prime" for my 6D is actually the "crop" Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 that I used as a wide zoom on my 40D.  It's a normal EF mount, & just leaving it at 16mm keeps the vignetting under control (this is one of the reasons I bought it in the first place; I tested it out on my EOS 1n as soon as I got it & it worked just fine @16mm).  The extreme corners can be a little soft & vignetted by a stop or two, but at $450 for a pretty decent 16mm f/2.8 FF AF prime no one is complaining.  Also the GF can still use it as an ultrawide zoom on her crop camera :-).

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Lenses / Re: What is the perfect lens for street photography?
« on: April 24, 2014, 06:01:08 AM »
I like to use my 35mm f/1.4 c/y mount Zeiss Distagon ("Made in West Germany") on my 6D.

Set it to hyperfocal between f/4 and f/11 depending on the lighting conditions, camera in auto ISO mode with minimum shutter speed set to 1/60th.

No focusing needed, just make sure you're far enough away (even at f/4 hyperfocal is a little over 2 meters).  Take a couple of test snaps to check for infinity, then point & shoot to your heart's content <grin>.

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I can recommend keeping the 40mm.  It works well as compact body cap that still has your camera in a ready-condition.  Additionally, you may always find situations where you don't want to risk your nice 35mm to the elements you're shooting in.  It's a cheap investment that you've already made.

Agree completely.  The 40mm f/2.8 pancake "lives" on my 6D.  Small, light, & minimum risk.

Another really fantastic little lens that I use a lot is the Voigtländer 20mm f/3.5 pancake.  A little "kit" I often carry instead of my 24-105L (which has the "shorted ribbon cable" problem, awaiting repair) consists of the 20mm Voigt, 40mm pancake, and the 85mm f/1.8 USM.  The 20/40/85 lengths complement eachother well.  Any two of them will fit comfortably into a grey Canon "LP1219" lens bag.  I have another lens bag that I use for accessories (handy to be able to take the two of them out quickly at security checkpoints too).  I just chuck the two of them & the 6D in a neoprene case (usually with the 40mm mounted) into whatever bag or backpack I'm carrying at the time & go. 

BTW the diminutive 270EX II also fits into the category of small/light/cheap; I consider it a must-have if you've got a camera with no flash like my 6D.  I keep it loaded with lithium batteries as they last forever & don't fade.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 16, 2014, 06:28:15 PM »
BTW other than compatibility with more cameras, does anyone have any idea why 220 film is so scarce?

B&H has ~60 120 film options, but only Kodak Portra in 220 (& @ $75 for a 5-pack it's not exactly affordable).

If someone comes up with a functional digital back adapter for these TLRs then their resale value would skyrocket...

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