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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 »

Lenses / Re: If you could buy one ...
« on: February 01, 2012, 10:12:50 AM »
If I could pick really only one then I'd go for the 50L - if alternatives are allowed I might opt for the Zeiss 50 1.4 instead.

I'm getting ready to hock my ZE Planar 50mm f/1.4 on either the Makro-Planar 50 or the Distagon 28 f/2.  It's definitely not doing the "Zeiss thing" for me at fast apertures like my old C/Y 50mm Planar did (why, oh why did I sell that one?  Well, good adapters weren't readily available at the time like they are now...).

Canon General / Re: Headed to Paris with Camera Gear
« on: February 01, 2012, 10:04:01 AM »
Restrictions are primarily:

 - flash is not allowed in most museums, galleries, etc.

 - museums with a lot of sculpture like the musée d'orsay will make you check a big bag, but a small one is usually OK.

 - around official monuments & very crowded touristic places (yes, even outdoors), police have asked me to put away my tripod on more than one occasion

but in general Paris is a very photographer-friendly city.  People use tripods on the street very regularly without any trouble.  Most public buildings & museums will have a little sign next to the entrance that indicates what's allowed.  Many places enforce what it says, some don't.  Try to go to museums & monuments earlier in the day & in the middle of the week to avoid the crowds (also security is more lax when crowds are low); spend the weekends & afternoons doing something outdoors if you can.

Don't be afraid to explore, & have a good time :-).

Lenses / Re: Revolutionizing the kit zoom
« on: February 01, 2012, 06:51:09 AM »
Maybe not what you are thinking of, but I would be absolutely thrilled to see an EF-S 15-70 (or similar range) in a constant f4.

Sounds to me like a great idea for the next iteration of the EF-s 15-85 IS.  Of course that lens was clearly made to fill the role of the 28-135 IS on crop bodies, (anybody else wonder why they still offer that thing as an "advanced kit lens" with semi-pro crop bodies) but that would certainly be a step in the right direction.

Lenses / Re: If you could buy one ...
« on: February 01, 2012, 06:33:36 AM »
Well, since you haven't asked about the 17-55 f/2.8 IS I'm going to assume you're on a full-frame camera.

The 35 f/1.4L is the best handling of the three and is better for close work in very low light (like jazz clubs etc) as well as the most practical & least conspicuous for street shooting (& I feel the most inspiring as well).  The AF is quite fast as well & doesn't have the "niggles" of the 50 f/1.2L.

But as everybody else said, if you're not doing a lot of that kind of stuff & just need a very good all-round lens, the 24-70L is your mule.  Most of the folks I see around using 5DIIs for semi-pro & pro video work have a 24-70L mounted.

Lenses / Re: Revolutionizing the kit zoom
« on: January 31, 2012, 08:17:57 PM »
Some very good points there, especially the one about market demand.  Tamron & Sigma do have something in this price range though (that sell extremely well), and that is their 17-50 f/2.8 zooms, the least expensive of which costs a whopping $680 less than the Canon 17-55 IS (B&H prices, not including the rebates running on both at the moment).  Granted, the $440 Tamron doesn't have IS but for an extra $170 they'll give it to you.

I agree that maybe there's not enough room in the stable for my proposed "cheap wide prime replacement kit zoom" (& I'm certainly not suggesting a revival of the 20-35 USM), but it looks to me like Tamron & Sigma have a better answer to replace Canon's aging non-L wide prime lineup than Canon does.

If they wanted to do something about that then I think something like a hypothetical 18-45 f/2.8-3.5 IS with the same cost-cutting measures I mentioned above (built like the kit zooms) and the same size & less weight than the non-VC Tamron would do very well if priced right (i.e. significantly cheaper than the aforementioned Tamron), and I don't think it would cannibalize the sales of the existing 17-55 version based on its range & aperture and "pro" features like better build quality, non-rotating front element, etc etc. as anyone in this price range is going to buy the Tamron or Sigma, not the 17-55 f/2.8 IS.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that I'd personally rush right out & get one of these if they made them, but Tamron & Sigma have clearly demonstrated that there's a large market for reasonably-priced fast standard zooms for crop cameras, & are currently eating Canon's lunch in this particular segment.

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 30mm f1.4 EX DC HSM
« on: January 30, 2012, 07:41:12 AM »
Does anyone have any experience with this lens on a APS-H sensor lens? What about full frame?

You can do this with some 3rd party zooms designed for APS-C, e.g. the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 has acceptable vignetting on FF at 16mm and works as a 14-16 on APS-H, but I think for primes you're out of luck.

Lenses / Re: Looking for advice
« on: January 30, 2012, 05:51:01 AM »
If you need a wide angle, the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 stands alone in bang-for buck on APS-c.  They've just announced a mkII version that should be out this summer.

If you've got a dedicated wide-angle for your crop camera then a general-use lens designed for FF cameras like the 24-105L IS is less of a limitation on the wide side (as it becomes a "normal-to-medium tele" lens on crop bodies).

You almost certainly want some kind of prime as well though.  The 85mm f/1.8 USM is a really great option that won't break the bank.  I use it for portraits, landscapes, concerts, low-light, etc etc etc.  Good lenses that are light & fit in a coat pocket have a certain advantage over the big L zooms sometimes...

Personally I use a Voigtländer 20mm f/3.5 Color Skopar as the "street lens" on my 40D.  Small, light, inconspicuous, and it's a very rare example of an electronically coupled EF mount pancake lens (the other example being the Voigt 40mm).  I usually just set it to hyperfocal at f/4 & forget about having to focus :-).

Lenses / Re: What about a new 50/1.4 ??
« on: January 30, 2012, 05:35:36 AM »
I'd like to see a 50 f1.4L of similar build to the 100f2.8L macro keeping the size similar to the existing 50f1.4
weather sealing would be nice and using the ENG plastics would keep it light and portable :)

Good point.  Frankly, I'd even settle for the replacement of the archaic 50mm compact macro with an f/2 version with the same hybrid IS as the 100L macro (or the same treatment to the 60mm EF-s macro).

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