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Lenses / Re: What about a new 50/1.4 ??
« on: January 27, 2012, 08:02:02 PM »
Bought > Sold > ?  > Bough again > Sold again

I know what you're talking about.

So far, over the last 8 years, here's the list of 50mm lenses I've owned/sold (in chronological order):

Canon f/1.4 USM
Zeiss Planar f/1.4 C/Y mount (Bob Shell adapter)
Canon f/1.8 II
Zeiss Planar f/1.4 ZE

Got my eyes open for a Canon nFD f/1.2 now that EdMika is making really nice adapters for them.  I still have the ZE and nifty fifty (technically it belongs to the GF), but I get the feeling that the ZE will get sold if I get the nFD f/1.2.

I don't know whether it's my copy or what, but the ZE seems to lose a massive amount of contrast when used wide open (the C/Y Planar certainly didn't. I regret selling that one; it was before I had my Katz Eye screen that enabled accurate manual focus).  After f/2 or so it's razor sharp & super nice, but it's got a weird look to it when used wide-open, which is primarily what I bought it for.   Photozone & other tests indicate a noticable loss of contrast at wide apertures, but not as bad as what I'm seeing...  I've also got a Voigtländer 20mm Color Skopar pancake that's pretty much made on the same production lines & it's great wide-open (granted that's f/3.5, but still...)

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Lenses / Re: What about a new 50/1.4 ??
« on: January 27, 2012, 04:20:37 PM »
Personally, I feel the world is well-fed with 50mm lenses (one of the reasons I got into Canon in the first place was that it's so easy to adapt lenses from other systems).  I seriously doubt that IF Canon is planning on releasing a new prime for mere mortals any time soon it would be a 50mm.  I would guess it would be a fast EF-s lens somewhere in the 24-35mm range, because this is where the biggest hole in their current lineup is.  I can also see them adding IS to the 60mm macro.

What I'd really like to see, though, is Canon giving us a stabilized fast short telephoto.  I don't care if it's EF or EF-s or a prime or a zoom, as long as it's f/2 or better, it has IS, and has as good or better IQ than the 85mm f/1.8.

It should be crystal clear that Canon sees FF lenses as clearly professional territory for years now.  As far as Canon is concerned (at least up 'till now), anything that's not professional FF is an EF-s zoom in their eyes (the only EF-s prime is the 60mm macro).  Nikon users should count themselves lucky that Nikon clearly doesn't see things that way and has been dutifully updating their old designs across the board.

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Lenses / Re: f2 2x zooms
« on: January 27, 2012, 08:42:30 AM »
Egami is usually the place to look for patents.  Here's a link to the f/1.8 and f/2.0 17-55 patents..

Plenty of other tasty stuff in their archives, notably this one for several fast wide primes & zooms, and this 16-35 f/2-2.8.

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One of the things I really like about Tokina is that their designs tend to be very good at the things that are difficult/impossible to correct for in post, and concentrate less on things like chromatic aberration & barrel distortion that can easily be compensated for with a lens profile.

The existing 11-16 is already very good.  I made a Lightroom preset for it that corrects CA that pretty much takes care of the problem.

If the translation is correct & they're making all these improvements, the new one should be approaching L-grade territory...

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Lenses / Re: f2 2x zooms
« on: January 25, 2012, 09:52:12 AM »
Great shot, Neuro.  The 24-105L's bokeh is indeed nice.  I believe I was at about f/5 here:




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The North Sea Jazz Festival at the biggest concert venue in Holland (Ahoy Arena) states the following:

"You can bring a small camera. Only when you are accredited as a press photographer it’s allowed to bring professional photo / film cameras to the festival."

Nice and vague.  So the first year I went I had the GF carry my trusty old S2IS (got to love a camera that runs on AA batts) and Pana LX3 in her handbag, and I left my 40D & L glass at home & took a small prime mounted on her 350D in my satchel, with her 55-250IS crammed inside my folded-up bike poncho.

Of course once I got in I saw a dozens of people carrying 5DIIs and various 70-200s in the open with no press cred or photo pass whatsoever, ho-hum.  Still got plenty of good shots & movies anyway.  There were certainly a few performances where photos by anyone without press cred were strictly forbidden, & the ushers were enforcing it (mostly the shows with assigned seats you had to pay extra admission for though).

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 07:43:16 PM »
I think it's cool that a Canon tester is wearing a Ricoh scarf on a safari test shoot :-)

My guess is that the camera on the 600mm lens is either a 5DIII or the forthcoming Ciné DSLR that has been discussed so much.  Certainly no pop-up flash on that thing, and a much bigger prism than the 7D...

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Canon General / Re: Patents: Canon 55-110 f/2 Optical Formula
« on: January 23, 2012, 08:40:25 AM »
Think that hint came when they killed off APS-H with the 1DMk4 (Ok yes you can still buy it but it is very limited) when they went to the 1D-X.

I wouldn't say that APS-H is completely killed off, but rather transformed into a different product line.  The super-35 sensor in the EOS Ciné cameras is very very close to the same size as APS-H; they likely repurposed the fab equipment used for the previous 1D sensors to make the Ciné sensors, & they've already stated that we'll see a super-35 Ciné DSLR.


Anyway, if the 55-110 lens patent was for a Ciné design it'd likely say so, & probably have aperture rated in T-Stops...

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II [CR2]
« on: January 20, 2012, 10:55:26 AM »
There is also a suggestion that the 24-70 f/2.8L II could end up a kit lens for the next 5D camera.

Makes a lot of sense to me.  Almost all the time when I've come across people in the field shooting video with the 5DII they're using a 24-70, primarily for its shallow DoF.  Of course since they're shooting video they don't care about IS either...

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Canon General / DADDY LIKES
« on: January 20, 2012, 06:08:08 AM »
If they get this one right, I'll be all over it.  I've been blabbing about the lineup needing a lens like this for a long time.  Extremely pleased that they sacrificed a little extra reach for the extra stop of aperture that will set it apart from the competition.  IIRC only Olympus offers an f/2 zoom up 'till now.

If it doesn't have IS, ring USM, and L-grade resolution I won't really see a reason to upgrade from my primes though; the 85 f/1.8 covers most of the situations this thing would.  IS in a short fast telephoto is the game changer, not the zoom.

Now, what they really need is the same thing on the wide-angle side.  I suppose that Canon thinks that the 17-55 f/2.8 fills the niche left by their arthritic non-L wide prime lineup, but this proposed telephoto's companion lens should really be something more like a 15-35 f/2 if they really want to talk about replacing primes with a zoom on the EF-s platform.

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Site Information / Re: a thank you letter to Canon Rumors
« on: January 18, 2012, 09:03:21 PM »
Even though SOPA and PIPA are bad and I'm really against them.  I'm not concerned, there is so much support for not passing it that they just can't do it, not to mention the massive infringement on constitutional rights.  Scary thing though, image the internet if SOPA and PIPA were to pass.

Do not fool yourself into thinking that the Constitution will protect free speech and the right to privacy from the ability of Corporate America to buy legislation.  If that were the case, then we wouldn't already have the DMCA, PATRIOT, retroactive telecom immunity from warrantless wiretapping lawsuits, etc etc etc.

Public momentum against this will have to be an order of magnitude stronger than it is now in order for your vision to become reality.  At the moment the best we can hope for is a Presidential veto.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon, range finder to medium format.
« on: January 13, 2012, 12:03:52 PM »
As much as we'd like Canon to branch out & embrace "retro" ideas like that, I don't think it it's in the cards any time soon.  Certainly not in this economy.

However, with the Ciné project, and G1X, we have seen that Canon is listening to market demand and responding.  They've done more "mold-breaking" in the last few months than in the past several years.  Here's what I think:

 - the D30 was a game-changer:  the first DSLR for mere mortals
 - the 300D was a game-changer:  the first consumer DSLR
 - the original 5D was a game-changer:  the first FF DSLR for mere mortals
 - the 5DII was a game-changer:  the first video DSLR

since then, until the C300 announcement:  more or less business as usual in the camera body department. Some very spiffy lenses though.

The G1X shows that they're ready to be a game-changer again.

I think that we have a lot to look forward to this year (remember it's a Photokina year too).

Specifically, a lot of Canon brass have been quoted saying that consumers want smaller high-performance cameras.  I don't think the G1X is the end of that trend.  I think there's a lot of potential for a very small EF-s camera this year, possibly even full-frame EF.  We'll see...

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Lenses / Re: HELP! Need help choosing a lens
« on: January 12, 2012, 08:21:03 PM »
This was just posted: 
Small | Large

shot with a 5DII & Tokina 16-28 f/2.8

I really like my Tokina 11-16 f/2.8.  One could say that I traded my Canon 17-40L on it as I sold it within a few months of getting the Tokina.

Cruize around here for some of my older posts on it, but I will say here that one of the revelations that came to me with this lens was that I bought it for use pretty much exclusively as a wide-angle for doing landscapes & interiors, and the first times I had it in my bag at a jazz club it suddenly occurred to me that I now have another low-light lens too :-).

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EOS Bodies / Re: DSLRs are a dying breed, EVIL is the future!
« on: January 12, 2012, 08:13:06 PM »
Let's put it this way:

I'd rather have a very good EVF & very good digital MF assist than the crappy pentamirror optical viewfinder sans interchangable focus screen found on most entry-level crop cameras.

But look through the viewfinder on any modern FF DSLR (or better yet, an older pro-level MF SLR like the Canon T90) & you'll see that EVFs and associated ergonomics still have a very very long way to go before being close to the experience.

The Fuji system seems to be a nice compromise, but I haven't had the experience of actually using one yet.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is there an advantage to still having a mirror on a dslr
« on: January 12, 2012, 08:08:18 AM »
I keep reading everywhere that mirrorless cameras are awesome. That coupled with P&S released at CES with the same size sensor as my kiss x4, is there anything you lose from going to a mirrorless system?  To reiterate, would a mirrorless Kiss x4 just be better than a mirrored kiss x4?

Let's put it this way:

I'd rather have a very good EVF & very good digital MF assist than the crappy pentamirror optical viewfinder sans interchangable focus screen found on most entry-level crop cameras.

But look through the viewfinder on any modern FF DSLR (or better yet, an older pro-level MF SLR like the Canon T90) & you'll see that EVFs and associated ergonomics still have a very very long way to go before being close to the experience.

The Fuji system seems to be a nice compromise, but I haven't had the experience of actually using one yet.

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