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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Book Shows Up at Amazon France
« on: February 13, 2012, 12:21:14 PM »
Also listed at FNAC with the same release date...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DOF FF vs Crop...
« on: February 13, 2012, 10:45:32 AM »
This tutorial should clear up the subject for you.  Don't think of it as "smaller DOF at the same focal length", but more like "subject size given the desired depth of field".

On a crop-frame camera, if you want a very shallow depth of field then the lens that will provide that DoF on a FF camera will require you to be further away from your subject in order for the subject to be framed identically.  And of course as you move further away from your subject (to compensate for the smaller sensor only "seeing" the center of the image rendered by the lens) the depth of field increases as you increase the focus distance...

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EOS Bodies / Re: How does Canon respond to the D800?
« on: February 11, 2012, 06:51:13 AM »
That blog is a total mess. It's also funny how he has gone from like 100% raving against Canon to 100% raving against Nikon. Very bizarre.

That's why ol' Fake Chuck is so near & dear to our hearts :-).  Takes a lot of guts to be that crazy in such a public manner.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D on it's way out?
« on: February 11, 2012, 06:27:01 AM »
Or, if you prefer, yes, it means that a 7DII is coming soon, just as surely as the upcoming storm we're expecting in the Northeast US was caused by a butterfly flapping it's wings in China.

That butterfly had better not tweet about its accomplishments if it doesn't want to get itsself on a terror watchlist...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D on it's way out?
« on: February 11, 2012, 06:16:12 AM »
In my opinion, if Canon produces 3 new bodies in 2012 (1DX, 5DX and 5D mark III), we won't see any 7D mark II this year  ;)

Don't forget that we're supposed to be seeing a Ciné DSLR this year too; the new product pipeline is certainly pretty loaded...

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Lenses / Re: 36+ Mp EOS dSLR (rumored): How do existing EF lenses cope?
« on: February 09, 2012, 08:40:32 PM »
How many of us can play our favourite DOS game on a Windows 7 computer? (sorry, pre 1995 computer era for the children reading in  ;) )

I use Vogons to run a bunch of old-school games like Ultima VI on my MacBook Pro (albeit in a tiny window, though there are some interpolation techniques that help make it not look horrible in full-screen HD :-).  See also the remake of WC Privateer on top of the Vega Strike engine. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Anyone else want a cropped sensor?
« on: February 09, 2012, 08:26:46 PM »
Personally I'd be extremely happy with 10-12 1DX pixels in an APS-C camera with a viewfinder a little better than the 7D (if that's possible, I know it's already 100%/1.0x).

I think the yearning for FF is mostly based on:

  • very low noise floor at high ISO
  • great viewfinder image
  • very shallow DoF at moderate focal lengths

If the first two could be made very close to the 5D in a crop camera, then I think the DoF available at APS-C focal lengths is an acceptable compromise for a whole lot of people.  Digic 5+ will certainly help things out in the noise department...

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EOS Bodies / Re: CP+ 2012
« on: February 09, 2012, 06:03:06 PM »
Yeah, the 1DX is a perfect wedding camera - covers all the bases, not jst a few.

Yeah, especially that it's big enough that you can defend yourself from bridezilla with it if things get out of hand :-)

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's wrong with the microadjustment?!
« on: February 09, 2012, 05:12:09 PM »
I think that's just normal and is called "focus breathing".  it's because certain elements move as you go from MFD to infinity.  I'd try to calibrate lenses either on the setting you know you'll use the most, or at a mid-point.

Focus breathing is when the focal length of a zoom lens changes slightly when the point of focus is changed...

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EOS Bodies / Re: How does Canon respond to the D800?
« on: February 09, 2012, 05:40:14 AM »
Not that this is particularly relevant to the parent topic, but personally I'd be happy with 10-12 1Dx pixels in an APS-C camera with a viewfinder a little better than the 7D (if that's is possible).

I think the yearning for FF is mostly based on:

 - very low noise floor at high ISO
 - great viewfinder image
 - shallow DoF

If the first two could be done as well as the 5D in a crop camera, then I think the DoF available at APS-C focal lengths is an acceptable compromise for a whole lot of people.

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EOS Bodies / Re: CP+ 2012
« on: February 09, 2012, 05:21:33 AM »
come on canon give us something!!

uh, we just got a batch of new lenses.  I wouldn't expect any more announcements until at least May...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Anyone else want a cropped sensor?
« on: February 09, 2012, 05:20:13 AM »
A used 40D is very good value for money

I'll second that.  The only thing that would compel me to move up to something more modern is video & focus calibration.  The viewfinder is quite good for a crop camera (though not as good as the 7D).  The interchangeable focus screens make it a snap to add a Katz Eye for manual focus lenses.  The AF is better than the unit in the 5DII & 6+fps is pretty fast if you need speed.

If you've got the scratch, the 7D is really a very good camera.  There may be a 7D MKII announced at Photokina this year (or maybe CES next year, who knows), but don't let that stop you if you need a camera now.  Prices have really come down recently.

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Lenses / Re: Pricing of the New Lenses
« on: February 07, 2012, 10:27:34 AM »
they can't use EF-S (or EF) on a mirrorless system.
mirrorless = new mount.

I think Pentax/Ricoh disagree with you.

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Lenses / Re: Pricing of the New Lenses
« on: February 07, 2012, 10:05:15 AM »
Now, let's all calm down for a minute.  These prices are MSRP.

The MSRP of the EF-s 60mm f/2.8 macro is $750, & B&H sells it for $450 (plus there's a $40 rebate on top of that at the moment).  So if we assume that after the "new" factor wears off & a lot of the new primes get into the channel they'll be selling at about the same 40 points off MSRP as the EF-s macro, then we're looking at about  $480 for the 28mm and $510 for the 24mm.  They may be a little more than that for a while as production ramps up, but I'd be very surprised if the 24mm was more than $599 at B&H this summer.

If the new primes were f/2 or faster (or if they had done a 20mm or wider as well) I seriously would have considered one them at the prices above if the IQ was up to snuff.  As it is, between my 24-105L and my 20mm f/3.5 Voigtländer pancake I think I'll stick with what I've got in the wide prime department...

Given the price point & the target market, I really have a hard time understanding why they went with f/2.8 instead of replacing the 28mm f/1.8 USM.  Do they really think anyone wants slower primes?  Perhaps they felt that a 24mm f/2 IS USM was too close to the 24 f/1.4L & would cannibalize sales...

I imagine that there were two reasons for announcing the 24 USM at the same time:

 - unlike 28mm & 20mm, there was never a 24mm non-L USM (same goes for 35mm).

 - the 28 and 24 are so similar that they were designed from the beginning to have a very high degree of parts commonality (perhaps even some of the optical elements like the IS group), so it makes sense that they would do both at the same time to increase the economies of scale.  I think it could even be said that we got the 28 "for free" as a result of it being a very minor redesign of the new 24 (which was missing in the lineup, unlike the old 28 they dropped last month).

I would even hypothesize that this parts commonality could be the reason for the slower aperture; perhaps a 28mm f/1.8 IS USM couldn't be made as identical to, say, a 24mm f/2 IS USM as these twins are.

The upside of all this is that it's possible that they release other lenses on this new common IS USM prime "platform", like a 35mm f/2...

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Lenses / Re: Pricing of the New Lenses
« on: February 07, 2012, 07:47:44 AM »
Given that my 24-105 f/4L IS was <1000€, the new primes would have to be as good as the Zeiss ZE 25 and 28 in order to pique my interest...

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