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Mad small & cheap yo.

Your wish might become reality - Yongnuo already cloned the 50/1.4, maybe they get around to release a whole Canon-mount dslr sooner or later :-)

LOL!  ;D

Lighting / Re: R.I.P Metz Speedlites.
« on: Today at 06:55:38 AM »
I do hope that their flash business will survive. I have a Metz macroflash and an AF 58-2 which is quite good (besides its old fashioned interface)...
Maybe it's time to buy a new Metz flash to strenghen their business ;)

Only if one wants to live with the uncertainty re. warranty and future availability of service/repairs, spare parts etc.

I never bought third party strobes for Canon. Price difference for Metz strobes vs. Canon speedlites was not good enough for me to take any compatibility risks with reverse engineered third party gear. ETTL II in itself is complicated and finicky enough to avoid any additional source of problems.

Had Metz come out with Canon RT-compatible strobes and transmitters (!) at half price compared to Canon, then I would have considered. But either their engineers did not see fit to build them and/or German and EU laws did not provide any possiblity to work around Canon patents and protected designs. This is not China. The playing field is not level, but heavily tilted due to these types "imperfections of globalization".

As it is, I do not see a viable future for Metz. Mahogany furnished TV sets and simple hammerhead flashes are somewhat out of style. And lower-end "commodity" products cannot be produced at competitive costs in Germany.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 20, 2014, 11:57:58 PM »
But I would have really liked Canon not to cripple USB TETHERING / Remote Control [remember, they had to put a sticker on the respective symbol already printed on the EOS-M box!] ... using Canon Utilies/Remote.
And additional built-in WiFi would be even better.

I'm pretty sure the only feature stickered-over on my (UK) EOS M box was the 3-10x Video Crop/Zoom that they removed from the review/pre-production models' firmware... are you sure yours had that printed?

Ooops .. Thanks for the correction ... You are right.

Got mixed up for a moment with all the features canon decided to omit or cripple on the eos-m ...

EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 20, 2014, 02:20:08 PM »
yes! .. the 1/8" inch rebel plug even would be awesome to have - I'd love to have a wired release on the M
I can see not having room for the N3 plug, but the rebel would do nicely.

I don't care at all for wired remote release via weirdo proprietary Canon plugs and Canon-priced cables and dumb triggers.

But I would have really liked Canon not to cripple USB TETHERING / Remote Control [remember, they had to put a sticker on the respective symbol already printed on the EOS-M box!] ... using Canon Utilies/Remote.
And additional built-in WiFi would be even better.

For remote release I use an RC-1 IR Trigger. It works on all Canon cameras I had and have. From Elan 7E to EOS-M. it is older, but slightly better than RC-6, since it has 2s and 10s delay option. :-) 

I don't see how you can compare this with the 5D III, the 6D yes, and its in the same price range, A7 II has more MP and new technology while the 6D will still perform better in low light.

... this is why I will wait for the Sony A9 to come. With new, even better sensor.  8)

... the weight, size, mass of DSLR gear becomes problematic I've wanted to downsize my gear but not downsize my image quality. I've proven to myself that this is possible with a mirrorless system. 


I was just about ready to carve in and get yet another tired old Canon mirrorslapper (5D III) for my Canon glass, but now I'll definitely hold off any purchase until I see the Sony A9. It may well be 100% of what I am looking for: 
* even better, new sensor (= way better than any Canon sensor)
* AF hopefully fully tracking capable
* probably next gen electronic viewfinder ("Retina"-resolution and even less lag)
* possibly a larger battery, holding more charge (500+ shots),
* most likely a better shutter without maddening vibrations; hopefully fully electronic global shutter with crazy X-Sync
* and possibly even eye control AF point selection 8) , something Canon has abandoned for no apparaent reason

Sony lens range is also getting more attractive by the day ... that 16-35/4 sure is a nice lens, at least on par with the Canon. I'd be perfectly happy with the three f/4 zeiss zooms - 16-35/4, 24-70/4, 70-200/4 plus 55/1.8. Anything else can be had via adapter if needed ... e.g. tilt-shift. I don't use long teles anyway. Only open issue are my Canon 600EX-RT flashes ... let's hope Yongnuo,or Phottix will finally come to market with a little radio trigger that opens the RT-system for use with Sony bodies as well. :-)

Mirrorslapper window is closing really fast now on Canon and Nikon.  8)

Third Party Manufacturers / Sony on the rampage: A7 II official
« on: November 20, 2014, 02:47:08 AM »

A7II specs (translated via google):
- 24.3 million pixels FF sensor
- 5-axis in body stabilization (same as the Olympus E-M1)
- LCD monitor 3.0-inch 1.23 million dot. 107 degrees up, and tilt 41 degrees below
- EVF 0.5-inch 2.36 million dot
- ISO100-25600 (extended with ISO50). Video ISO200-25600
- The shutter speed is 30 seconds -1/8000 seconds
- 270 sheets at the number of possible shots EVF use. LCD monitor when using 350 sheets
- Continuous shooting 2.5 frames / sec. When speed priority continuous shooting 5 frames / sec.
- Video XAVC S, AVCHD, MP4
- The battery is NP-FW50
- The size of 126.9mm x 95.7mm x 59.7mm
- Weight 599g (including battery and memory)
- Vertical position grip VG-C2EM (sold separately)
- Media Memory Stick PRO Duo / PRO-HG Duo / XC-HG Duo, SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I compatible)

Release date for the camera is December 5.
Price is 190,000 yen (current conversion: 1300 Euro or $1,600). Although I am sure price in Dollar will be lower

... plus even higher specced A9 heavily rumored for early 2015.
Maybe with eye control AF  8) ...
YES! Count me in. 

Canon, Nikon ... mirrorslapper window is closing ... fast!

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF-S 11-24mm f/3.5-4.5
« on: November 18, 2014, 06:47:49 AM »
Canon must be crazy to have so many iterations of their EF-S ultrawide lenses.
It may make sense if this is an EF-M lens.

not really ... EF-M 11-22/4.0-5.6 IS STM does exist. Very compact, very good and affordable. :-)

EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 18, 2014, 06:30:30 AM »
pro enough never to sell?
these sell is such small quantities why would canon even bother?
I don't even think the Fuji Xt1 even makes a blip on bcn's japan rankings let alone anywhere else.
I mean, here's a news flash .. the people that hang on in dpreview, cr forums .. aren't the mass buying public.  while it's certainly good to tailor to us if you have no market (like sony, Fuji,etc) does .. it's not exactly profitable for Canon or Nikon to migrate R&D away from other areas, nor does it build an installed base in the lens mount.
MILC / Small FF is even more against what canon is saying they wish to do with MILC - which is to get it even smaller.

Japan is a different market, full of gadget-lovers. Things have to be tiny and shiny. Functionality is not so important, as long as something is "brand new", "cute" and available in 16 different colors or perfume-bottle shaped.  :)

In Europe the market segment with disposable income to spend on photo gear values functionality, control/UI and perfomance over everything else. That's why we like to buy Audi, BMW, Mercedes cars and "higher end" cameras plus good lenses.  :)

Fuji XT-1 and Olympus OMD's and Panasonic GH-# are selling very well in german speaking Europe ... and lots of "Canon and Nikon leakers" towards both systems, but more towards Fuji ... due to sensor size [APS-C vs. mFT]. 

In the US there may still be a bit of "the bigger it is, the better it is" [DSLR >> compact Mirrorless] sentiment, but most prosumers have learnt by now that it ain't necessarily so. 8)

Fuji XT-1 has not made any impact in the US yet ... since it is only shipping now:

I expect mirrorless sales to be quite strong during Black Friday season with all those massive discounts on offer.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 18, 2014, 01:44:31 AM »
pro mirrorless without the lenses to back it up .. yeah, sounds like you want to purchase a sony - that's what they do.

Lenses are there. eF-M are "pro" enough. Plus all "pro"/ L lenses with EF mount can be used via small and simple adapter. No need to re-invent the wheel.

The only thing missing is a "pro enough" EOS-M body. Something at least as "pro" as a fuji XT-1 or Olympus OMD1 with as "pro" an AF system as a Sony A6000.

Whether canon calls it "M3" or Rebel something ... Does not matter to me, as long as it is small, very good and very affordable.:-)

that said, APS-C sensored EOS-M system is only a stop gap or stepping stone to "truly pro-grade" FF mirrorless system to come. As "pro" as the next iteration of sony A7/R/S. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 01:25:41 PM »
Canon should bring 2 Models:
• EOS 3 - as small as possible, = like EOS M2, with 70D sensor, fast enough DPAF, some minor improvements, price exactly like SL/100D
• EOS M Pro = "Fuji XT1 killer", 7D 2 sensor, AF speed best in class, EVF, built in flash, built in wifi, GPS and RT commander, fully articulated "retina" LCD, beefier grip to fit LO-E6N battery for 500 shots per charge. :)

And never mind should those 2 models confuse some consumers. They can still go and buy a rebel or other mirrorslappers.

I am sure Canon will keep the EF-M mount. It' specs are well chosen and the existing lens line-up are all price-weight-size-performance leaders. Add a few more good, small and cheap pancake primes (e.g. 12mm/4.0, 50/1.8, 80mm/2.8) and a 60/2.8 macro and everythinv will be just wonderful.

EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrade current body or wait?
« on: November 17, 2014, 04:01:01 AM »
... canon 75-300mm which I am planning to sell because both are not compatible with full frame. I considered the 7Dii because it would support my sigma 17-50 but I mostly shoot landscapes. Let me know your thoughts!

All versions of Canon EF 75-300 [and 70-300] lenses are fully compatible with full-frame sensor Canon DSLRs.
However, the EF 75-300/4-0-5.6 III is optically not a great performer. EF 70-300 IS is much better (and has IS).

If you don't need the reach, ultra-fast AF and fps of the 7D II, the 6D will be a good choice. But FF camera body is only half of what you need for better IQ. The other is lens/es), most likely wide-angle to standard for landscape.   

The old EF 35/2 is not very wide, outdated and optically outclassed by the new IS primes [35/2 IS, 24 and 28/2.8 IS] and the new L zooms ... 16-35/4 L IS // 24-70/2.8 II // 24-70/4 L IS. Even the not super expensive EF 24-105/4 L and the new EF 24-105 STM [wait a bit on that one for more decent pricing] will deliver decent IQ.

Man, what is up with Canon's "white" lately? I thought they had gone from the "old" white to the "new" white a couple of years ago, but the three lenses in this photo all appear to be different shades.  :o

It struck me too when I saw them side by side ... not sure, how large the differences are in reality and/or whether the lenses were shot with different lighting/white balance.

Only have the 70-200 II available at the moment, so cannot compare real lenses myself. The 70-300 L appears to be yet a different shade of white/cream as well ... also not identical to the 100-400 II.  ->,312.10,ha,t

Lenses / Re: Did Canon Leak the EF 11-24mm f/4L?
« on: November 13, 2014, 11:02:00 AM »
Your view of things where "Azubis" accidentally publish such things is far from the reality how such corporate websites work. Usually there's an Enterprise-CMS like CQ5, Magnolia, CoreMedia or InterRed in the back with a multi-stage workflow to avoid that anything gets published by accidence. I know this since I was involved as a consultant in setting up such CMSes for various major companies in Germany.

yes, "multi-stage" - definitely. And most of the time it works as planned. But you know ... mistakes of all sorts and kinds also happen.  ;)

Like the Euro 2,499 MSRP in the Canon Germany press release on their website ... quietly changed later on to € 2,199 ... certainly also just a mistake by some assistant to a junior assistant brand manager who typed in a  wrong launch price and hit the "release to internet" button. :P

Or the fact that Canon winter cashback forms on Canon across many (all) EU countries have the respective country of buyer's residence "locked in/hardcoded",  so residents of other EU counties cannot register their out-of-country purchases for cashback. I had to personally make Canon Germany change that ...  ;)


On 100-400 II has already been added.  8)
You can compare [collapsed] size with lots of other lenses and on different bodies. Tamron and Sigma 150-600's are not (yet) available for comparison.

Here you can see 5D III plus 100-400 I (left) vs. 100-400 II (middle) vs. 70-200 II (right),312.447,312.7,ha,t

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