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Funny. I would be excited, if it was a 300/2.8 @ 755grams and 160 mm length @ € 2,000. Or a 400/4.0. :)
300/4.0 ... 1st gen nikon DO design ... no, thanks!

For 2k i'd much rather buy the EF 100-400 II - with "diffractive stuff" only happening at f/16 and above.

In my book, fresnel lenses will stay where they are: in beautiful, old lighthouses, that i will take pictures of using strictly "non-fresnel optics". ;)

There are not many lenses for which I envy Nikon users but one of them is the new Nikon 300mm f/4 VR with "Phase Fresnel" optics (sounds similar to DO optics). It appears to be about 8" long, weighs 755g and costs $2,000 (despite which many Nikon users are complaining about the high price!). I would absolutely love a 755g, 8" long 300mm f/4 DO IS at $2,000, especially in unobtrusive black.

I really think Nikon has nailed the potential of diffractive optics with their new lens and hope that Canon will follow suit.


If the Pancake is an option, the Pancake is always the correct choice.


Had and sold the 50/1.8. Have the 50/1.4, but hardly use it. Also got the 40/2.8 and like it. Currently I only got the EOS-M to use it with.
Don't have the 35/2 IS, but consider it mainly a video lens. To me not worth it "for stills" only. Especially for street photography. Shutter times mostly used in street with typically "not very fast moving" subjects can be hand-held without IS with 40/2.8.   

obvious conclusion: 1D C is not selling well at all. So price comes down.  ;D

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: January 18, 2015, 02:04:51 PM »
I take my M for travel and walks. This picture was taken with 18-55mm at 18 mm.

just love this image. Kudos!  8)

it might be cheaper to just destroy the faulty units and manufacture new ones ... instead of shipping back, reparing, shipping again. 

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Owners Post Your Pictures
« on: January 15, 2015, 02:39:26 AM »
Interesting picture! Aboard a cargo plane or en-route to Guantanamo? :-)

Untitled by kranjay, on Flickr

Canon General / Re: Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path
« on: January 14, 2015, 10:46:01 AM »
You don't think everyone else is tired of your non-stop "antiquated, mechanical  mirrorslapper" BS?

might well be the case. But it is a rather different thing to voice an opinion on a "technical/gear issue over and over again" or to attack other forum members personally, over and over again.

It's been said a hundred times just what additional value Canon gives through reliability and the robustness of their products.

Some people are apparently too young to remember the EOS 1Ds III auto focus debacle right after introduction ... and Sigma's initial problems with OS in 120-400 and 150-500 ... or Metz's issues with exploding flash bulbs ...

Let's get real: getting a newly introduced product exposes you to inherent risks, and a proper recall is 1000x better and more honest than a company singing "lala, I can't hear you" to a torrent of problem reports.

What you say is true and understandable. But such things happen FAR less with Canon than with other manufacturer. Ya?

Since the 1D III AF disaster things have been better at Canon ... until now. Keep fingers crossed. :)

Nikon certainly has a QA problem. 4 out of their 6 recent FF DSLRs had a QA problem.
* D800 left side AF problem 
* D600 oil splatter [not acknowledged - until mass litigation forced Nikon to step up to it; fix offered: D610 
* D810 white spots [acknowledged, fixed]
* D750 flare problem [quickly acknowledged, fix offered]
see also Thom Hogan's blog: http://www.dslrbodies.com/newsviews/the-good-news-and-bad-news.html

Canon General / Re: Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path
« on: January 14, 2015, 07:57:05 AM »
Neuro, I really ask you to post to the topic of the respective threads rather than launching repeat personal attacks on me (and on other members of this forum).  Every time you run out of arguments you come with the same type of sh*t. I'm getting sick and tired of it.

Post information and opinion re. the "upgrade path (from APS-C gear to FF gear)", rather than taking guesses at other user's "personality recipe". That's not the subject of this thread. So stop the cr*p.

So, you have a problem...you know the solution...  Personality recipe: two parts stubbornness, one part wishing for something that doesn't exist, throw in a dash of good heart and sprinkle generously with jealousy.

it is not a quiet recall. It is the announced FIX for the flare-problem affecting many but not all D750 bodies produced and sold to date.


While the problem should not have occurred at all in the first place, this time round Nikon's handling of the issue has been very good. As opposed to the D600 splatter problem and the D800 left-side AF problem, when Nikon denied the problem fo9r a long time and then tried to just dodge their responisibilities until they were finally brought down on the issue in court via massive/mass litigation. :-)

Canon General / Re: Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path
« on: January 14, 2015, 04:12:08 AM »
If you mourn the lost money on your EF-s macro more than you treasure the last picture you took of a parent  then you have a black black heart.

these two things are definitely not "EITHER - OR" as you try to imply. 
So stop YOUR whining.

I 1) BELIEVE I have a fairly good heart and 2) I KNOW my APS-C gear is denying me the technical quality I could get from using FF-sensored cameras and the gear is also not as good as it should and could be in helping me capturing the images I want to record. So in short, FF gear would be a far etter tool for me.

Only problem is, I am not willing to shell out a couple 10000 Euros to buy yet another antiquated, mechanical  mirrorslapper and matching lenses and there are no mirrorless FF cameras + lenses available yet worthy of may purchase.

Today we could and should by all means already have fully capable Canon FF cameras as small as the Sony A7 and priced @ 999,- or even less since mirrorless cameras can be built at much lower cost. Plus native lenses to match - some bright, good, fat, big and expensive Ls AND also a good range of small, "optically more than good enough" lenses like say that sole little Canon pancake EF 40/2.8.

Such FF gear would be affordable to many people, not only the filthy rich.  It would not make people "better/more capable photographers" per se, but it would give them better "last shots of their parents" and it would help them to get those shots more easily. For instance, parents faces would be in focus instead of the fence in the background behind those faces. The less capable a photographr is, the better should their tool be to maximize chances, that at least some shots still turn out as desired and are at least non-blurred, in focus and corectly exposed.  8)

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Uinta Art Wolfe Edition Giveaway
« on: January 14, 2015, 03:53:58 AM »
Fear not, we'll do a non social media giveaway next week. I'm just waiting to hear back from a vendor on a prize. :)

I really should do more of these.

THANKS, excellent!  8)

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Uinta Art Wolfe Edition Giveaway
« on: January 13, 2015, 05:29:59 PM »
Well at least it is not only USA this time. Was about time. Still cannot participate since i don't and won't ever have a twitter or dazebook account. So much for gura gear. Luckily i do not need bulky photo-backpacks any longer, since i shed those fat mirrorslappers. My eos m set fits nicely into a small and cheap shoulder bag. :-)

It would be nice if female visitors would finally also be allowed to Athis. Not even Annie Leibovitz - who was asked to portray people like the Queen of England and might as well be asked to shoot in Vatican and portrait the pope - would stand a chance to capture any of the (excellent) images shown on the website or anything else on the entite Athos peninsula.

High time for a change. After all, we do live in the 21st century, nit inthe 11th or 14th. :-)

Canon General / Re: Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path
« on: January 13, 2015, 04:25:10 PM »
For people newly entering, it is much less costly today to start out with crop and later migrate to FF if desired than 10 or even 5 years ago.

Today you can get away with an SL-1/100D plus 18-55 IS STM - a very decent kit lens compared to some pretty nasty predecessors - plus EF-S 10-18 as wide-angle and the very decent kit lens 18-55 IS STM and buy any longer focal lengths  as EF lens/es. That way total exposure in Ef-S lenses is limited to a very slim 300 usd/€ or so.

Major problem to an FF upgrade path is the massively crippled 6D. For enthusiasts, 5D 3 is the firstpossibke Canon camera ro represent an upgrade over a 70D or 7D and it is way too expensive for many non-pro enthusiasts and amateurs who don't earn any money from their pics. To make things worse, 5D 3 is end of life, no matteg ehen Canon finally decides to bring a successor.

And a mirrorless FF Canon line not even on the horizon.

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