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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 :-)

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...

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.

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...

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.

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.

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...

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...

EOS Bodies / Re: A guy used 1DX yesterday in Germany!!
« on: February 04, 2012, 04:12:08 PM »
Auto focus at f/8, non of the current lens line up is less than f/5.6 and as far as I remember non of the EF range ever has been.  Even the ultra rare 1200mm manages f/5.6, the only lenses which will fit are the old mirror lenses, but they don't autofocus anyway.  Given a camera costing this much what lenses are there which need this feature?

Clearly you've never used a teleconverter before...

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: 400 f/4, 300 f/4, 200 f/5.6
« on: February 04, 2012, 03:48:18 PM »
200mm f5.6.
Two possibilities come to mind immediately for that aperture and focal length.

1) It's for a extremely high resolution lens, with absolutely no chromatic aberration or distortion.  Something like the Zeiss Superachromatic designs of the 1960s.  Many say their sharpness has never been matched and give stunning results in black and white and in color (although it's too sharp and unforgiving for flattering portraits).  Can also be used for IR photography as the focus is the same across a wide range of wavelengths.   Notable for it's six element design with one achromatic pair.

Bloody brilliant.  With 6 elements in 5 groups it could certainly be pretty small, light, & cheap if they wanted to.  It's true that f/5.6 ain't that great but if it was razor sharp wide-open & had good IS then I'd certainly want to have one in my coat pocket whenever I'm out shooting.

Lenses / Re: Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2 ZE
« on: February 03, 2012, 05:10:34 AM »
The 100 has T*... What does that mean?

T* means that the lens is fully multi-coated.

AFAIK all the ZE lenses are T* coated, including the 50 Makro Planar.

BTW, not to be pedantic, but Craig has just done a really nice job of reorganizing the forum into Rumors and Gear Talk sections.  It would be helpful for the organization of the forum if Gear Talk stayed in Gear Talk.  Thanks :-).

Lenses / Re: Revolutionizing the kit zoom
« on: February 02, 2012, 09:14:52 PM »
There is the 17-70mm f2.8-4 OS HSM from Sigma...

Good call, I had forgotten about that one.  That's exactly the kind of thing I'm talking about (in aperture, focal length, price, and optical quality).  The PZ review judges it quite favorably for a zoom in that price range.

Anyway, I think it's safe to say that there are several announcements from Canon in the pipeline, so we'll see what happens...

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D X or Mark III Specs & Release Date? [CR1]
« on: February 02, 2012, 10:41:49 AM »
We’ve seen one report about an October ship date for the 5D Mark III. If it’s not the 5DX/Mark III coming in the next month or so, then something else will be.

Sounds like a 7D replacement to me...

EOS Bodies / Re: My 9.8mp 70D dream
« on: February 01, 2012, 06:58:52 PM »
There's always the 10mp mRAW mode on the 7D.  Wish it could do some real tricks with the extra pixels like my Fuji though...

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
« on: February 01, 2012, 12:58:59 PM »

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