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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 28, 2014, 09:31:30 AM »
just sold my 7D. :-)

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Looks like an "interesting" business concept: make your customers buy a "new", marginally improved adapter every 6 months at 400 a pop, without offering any refunds for previous versions adapters. However, it will only work if metabonrs finds enough customers stupid enough to pöay along. I doubt it.

If sony wants my business for a compact FF-sensored MILC, they need to offer decent native lenses at decent prices, rather than me having to buy pricy, half-functional thirdparty adapter stuff to use some clunky existing lenses in pdd ways (manual focus? No way, dude). So I definitely won't buy - neither A7, nor metabones.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: July 15, 2014, 05:31:21 PM »
One reason for the big whites' high resolution property is that lens resolution is a function of diameter; a larger diameter lens (for a given focal length larger aperture lenses have larger diameters) will resolve more than a smaller diameter lens assuming similar correction for lens aberrations. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_resolution and scroll down to lens resolution. There are other aspects of resolution as well that are discussed in the article. Lens aperture is just one part.


I don't believe it and I don't care. I would definitely consider a 400mm/5.6 lens with 4-stop IS and IQ at least as good as the current 400mm/5.6 ... if price was less than USD/€ 2000 and would not waste a single thought, whether or not a 400/2.8 II IS would offer still marginally better IQ @ f/5.6 ... or not.

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EOS-M / Re: Next official EF-M Lens
« on: July 15, 2014, 05:24:49 PM »
My experience is different. I wil NEVER by some weirdo IQ-diminishing lens-adapter with glass elements in it. No way.

I like the Canon EF-M/EF-Adapter. Due to AF issues with many other EF-lenses I use it primarily with STM lenses: EF 40/2.8 and EF-S 55-250. Both work very well. Handheld handling with the telezoom is not great, but still OK for me. Most of the time I use it on my highly versatile "Micro"-Tripod (Cullman Copter, € 29) ... more stable than even the largest gorilla-pod.
All settings including AF-points via touch screen, and shutter release using my old Canon RC-1 IR trigger which also works on my 7D. Bought a tiny Arca-compatible clamp and small Arca-compatible plates for both camera body and adapter foot, dirt-cheap, but really decent China-stuff, branded MENGS (via amazon).

Don#t have apic with EF-S 55-250 available, so here is one with EF-M 18-55. The Micro-Ballhead will just about hold the M plus EF-S 55-250 and adapter. It will definitely hold the new EF-M 55-200, easily.

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EOS-M / Re: Next official EF-M Lens
« on: July 15, 2014, 01:02:03 PM »
With the latest telephoto, I would guess that Canon is done with M lenses.

Do you think they are going to kill off the M line?

no.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: July 15, 2014, 01:00:16 PM »
And yes, there is no technical reason why canon could not ewuip the 400/5.6 with IQ as is with a current day 4 stop IS with 3 modes (full, panning, tripod sensing) and sell it at USD 1999,-

Its only freaking "marketing differentiation".

I might jump at this if it's fully usable wide open. Note that it must completely blow away my 100-400 @ 400mm.

Wow, I was a bit surprised for a minute to see that quote attributed to me.
I don't think a 400/5.6 IS will cost $ 1999, unfortunately :(

me neither. ii am just convinced, it woul be technically possible. :-)

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Lenses / Re: You can only buy Canon gear in a month with an R ?
« on: July 15, 2014, 02:32:16 AM »
Hehe ... I hear you!

Luckily there are summer cash-back actions going on right now in many european markets. All the lenses you mentioned are included, except the brand new 16-35/4 is ... of course that's the one i am after, too! :-)

E.g. http://www.canon.at/summer-cashback?WT.ac=SS_Summer_Cashback_2014_AT
Can be combined with 5d III and 1D-X deals for more savings.
http://www.canon.at/cashback_eos5dmkIII/


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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: July 15, 2014, 02:21:47 AM »
There is no reason why the 400F5.6, in an updated version, can't have the same IQ as the 400F2.8. It's that full stop faster that you pay so much for.

For example, the 24-70 F4 and the F2.8 are similar in IQ, but twice as much for a half stop.....
The 70-200 F4IS and F2.8IS are similar in IQ, but twice as much for a half stop....

by that logic, I would expect a 400F5.6 similar in IQ to the 2.8.... but around 1/4 the price. Realistically though, expect 1/3 the price...

F/2.8 to f/4 is a full stop. :-)

And yes, there is no technical reason why canon could not ewuip the 400/5.6 with IQ as is with a current day 4 stop IS with 3 modes (full, panning, tripod sensing) and sell it at USD 1999,-

Its only freaking "marketing differentiation".

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Customer Advisor
« on: July 15, 2014, 02:14:50 AM »
not me

can you advise them that CC licks balls please?

+3

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: July 14, 2014, 08:43:56 AM »
I do  not like push-pull zooms. Just a remnant from the old analogue days.  Never bought the current 100-400, but held off and will hold off, until Canon comes up with a completely new version of this lens. Newly calculated optics, current-day IS (4 stops, 3 modes) and visibly improved IQ - especially @400mm (as good as current 400/5.6) plus better bokeh (much improved background blur). 
Would not mind use of plastics instead of metal, as long as it's really hi-grade (e.g. 100 L Macro). 

But now, with the 70-300L and the Tamron 150-600 out, I would really prefer a 100-500mm or 200-500mm/4.0 - 5.6. Should be quite easy to reach with a 82mm filter thread!

So I am not sure, whether I am willing to pay USD/ € 2400 for a 100-400 II ... unless it has really ***stellar*** IQ @ 400mm.

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Unfocused, you should repost that wonderful response on FM, DPR, and everywhere else the OP went trolling. Pure gold!

This is the only forum I participate in. But, at your request, I decided to register and repost in Fred Miranda and DPReview. Probably gets me banned, but oh well. :)

Really love your little essay. Extremely well written. Chapeau!  8)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 08, 2014, 05:24:26 AM »
I will preorder the 7d ii if it has
* af like 5d 3
* iq better than nikon d7100 at low and hi isos
* eye control af v2.0
* working wifi implementation + fully featured wireless tethering app for ios and android
* canon RT radio flash commander built-in
* price like 7d at launch ... € 1649 MSRP

If it comes with the same performance and features but in a compact mirrorless version with top notch evf and ef-m mount ... I'd be willing to pay up to € 2.500 :-)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 07, 2014, 12:53:44 PM »
I will preorder the 7d ii if it has
* af like 5d 3
* iq better than nikon d7100 at low and hi isos
* eye control af v2.0
* working wifi implementation + fully featured wireless tethering app for ios and android
* canon RT radio flash commander built-in
* price like 7d at launch ... € 1649 MSRP

If it comes with the same performance and features but in a compact mirrorless version with top notch evf and ef-m mount ... I'd be willing to pay up to € 2.500 :-)

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EOS-M / Re: Next official EF-M Lens
« on: June 29, 2014, 07:56:43 AM »
A tiny, cheap 75mm/2.0 IS - optically as good as the 22/2.0. :-)

Everything else is covered: 11-22 / 18-55 / 55-250 / 22.
no need to have multiple consumer zooms with overlapping focal length ranges.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 26, 2014, 05:00:11 AM »
D810 is a good mid-cyle update of D800/E and makes a very good camera even a bit better.
But ... there is a problem: pricing!

Nikon is trying to pull budget-street-priced D800 from the market and replace it with D810, that does not cost a cent more to build but would yield 1 grand more gross margin per unit.

But who will buy D180?
* Changes are not big enough to cause massive upgrades from existing D800/E owners
* People who want or need a D4/s or 1D-X will still get one of those
* Most Nikon DX / abandoned D300s owners willing to upgrade to DX are likely to pick up a D800 while supplies last, rather than paying 1000 more for a slightly better D810
* other "newcomers" to FF got a choice between D810 or 5D 3 @ at 500 less. Or Sony A7R at abaout half the D810 price.
ooops ... nowwho will buy the D810 in that scenario?

Nikon should have launched the D810 aggressively at USD/€ 1,999 .... that might have re-sparked interest.

And they should have added at least WiFi plus wireless tethering App for iOS and Android. After all, we're in2014 and not 2011.

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