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Flare artifacts:  looking at the sample image pair linked above, even after 'correction' the flare appears pretty bad – there is still a very noticeable veiling glare on the image.  I'd be interested to see what a shot with a strong light source (the sun, for example) a bit outside the frame looks like. As it is, the lens should probably come with a 'black box warning' not to use it for backlit shots.

Also looked at the pair of night-scene images supplied by Nikon and totally agree. It is really bad. Even after "software correction". However, the first 2 Canon DO lenses [400/4 DO and 70-300 DO] are probably not any better as far as flares/ghosting goes in counterlit shots. At least i got that impression from quite a number of user reports [never tried them myself]. Whether the 400/4 II is (significantly) better, remains to be seen.

For reasons of price/value and also those qustions marks re. optical performance with strong light sources in the frame or just outside I will definitely not buy any DO (or "PF") lenses but leave Augustin Jean Fresnel's 1822 invention to lighthouse lens and similar use cases.

btw: 1822 ... 2001 ... so much for Canon being "innovative" with DO. ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Expect Higher End Products at CP+ in February
« on: January 07, 2015, 04:43:57 AM »
We will probably see a new Rebel in the next month or two, so that could appear for CP+.

Mega-Yawn! Yet another mirrorflapper Rebel ... yay!

Why not ...
  • an upgraded EOS-M3 with (at least!) 70D sensor and the overhyped DPAF-System finally delivering decent AF performance in real life?
  • plus a "EOS-M3 Pro" with (at least!) 7D II sensor, "Retina"-EVF, and high-grade DPAF-system matching or besting overall performance of Samsung NX-1? fully tracking-capable AF @ 15fps

Both decently priced? EOS M3 like any run of the mill "rebel DSLR", EOS "M3 Pro" a bit below 7D II - competitive with Fuji X-T1 and Samsung NX-1?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Yongnuo 35mm f/2 Canon Clone on the Way
« on: January 05, 2015, 06:01:44 PM »
hehe Marsu, full ACK! And btw ... that nasty magenta really sucks! 8)

Looking forward to what Nikon lens Yongnuo will take on first. they already said, they'll "also do" Nikon lenses. :-)

Actuallly I would not mind a Yongnuo AF 135/2.0 NON-L  ... for say € 299,-  ... the Canon EF 135/2.0 L patent has probably also expired some time ago ... :-)

you must apparently live on a very different planet ... looks like some Canon asteroid to me.

In the world of 2015 I live in and travel around ... I see all those families using smartphones and tablets to snap away happily ... for some years by now. Dwarfy-sensor digicams? Rotting away in some drawers.  ;D

another 5 stinking, unnecessary dwarf-sensored, crappy consumer digicams back from the year 2000. 

In 2015 companies should be prosecuted for manufacturing such useless crap ... for environmental reasons ... wasting valuable raw materials and producing special treatment waste impossible to recycle. :P

I disagree.  These are fun and handy little cameras and lots of people enjoy using them.  These are cameras that get used because they travel so easily — they work for family occasions, vacations, school events, etc.  Compare that with much better cameras that hardly get used.  I often read comments by people who buy prestige high end cameras and end up not using them.  They switch brands and complain/brag on forums about how their big camera is now "collecting dust" — a real first world problem.

EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for it ... Revolutionary or Evolutionary in 2015
« on: January 05, 2015, 12:51:38 PM »
for Canon: evolutionary ... at best.  :P

many others: revolutionary.

2015 will likely bring mirrorless cameras with APS-C and FF sensors that finally surpass DSLRs in every single aspect of imaginge capture and imaging. It will be a revolutionary move in the history of photography. From pseudo-analog digital camera-besats (DSLRs) to truly digital, fully electronic, solid-state, mechanics-free imaging. Looking forward to it.  8)

another 5 stinking, unnecessary dwarf-sensored, crappy consumer digicams back from the year 2000. 

In 2015 companies should be prosecuted for manufacturing such useless crap ... for environmental reasons ... wasting valuable raw materials and producing special treatment waste impossible to recycle. :P

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Yongnuo 35mm f/2 Canon Clone on the Way
« on: January 05, 2015, 11:39:08 AM »
don't worry about patents. Probably we are only a few years away until we all can cheaply and easily 3D print such primitive lenses like the age-old 50/1.8, 50/1.4, 35/2 ... at home. Without even the Chinese involved.   ;D

utterly ridiculous. Another proprietary black box. And still not even a single Canon DSLR with NFC. And only the lowest end FF camera with WiFi.

How impressively innovative, Canon!  ;D

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Products Announced Today
« on: January 05, 2015, 11:29:58 AM »
oh wow ... look how truly innovative Canon is!
2015 ... 1/2.3" dwarf-sensor digicams with 20 MP and 1000x zoom. Just what the doctor ordered.
Yuck & Yawn.  :o

Where are EOS M3 and "M3 Pro" ?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Yongnuo 35mm f/2 Canon Clone on the Way
« on: January 05, 2015, 02:47:00 AM »
Does anyone know, what kind of AF-drive Yongnuo is using? DC motors? And how well it will work with current and future canon bodies? And how about lens mount protocol? Presumably the Yongnuo lenses will spoof the lens ID code of some od, out of production canon lens - or will they use the codes of the lenses cloned (50/1.8, 36/2)? I recall some other third party manufacturer (tokina?) had some issues along with this a few years ago. 

For reasons like these I won't ever consider buying such lenses, but i welcome yongnuo bringing options to those on a tight budget (in china and elsewhere) and for possibly bringing some price pressure on Canon lenses - starting at the low end. Rumours have it that 50/1.4 is up next for cloning. As well as nikon lenses. :-)

Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: January 04, 2015, 07:24:16 AM »
View from the way down to Grindelwald (Swiss Alps)

very much like the picture. Conveys a great sense of alpine grandeur and human will and determination to perservere even in hostile environmental conditions. A very welcome change from all those alpine-postcard-blue-skies-tourism-advertising-pics seen so often.

However, at least on my screen there seems to be a lack of sharpness on the stone hut in the foreground. Not sure, what the cause is ... maybe just very slight camera shake? Maybe not enough sharpening in post processing?

iPhone 4S is always with me, but use it very rarely to take photos ... basically occasional snapshots or as a "sketchbook" ... when I see places/things I want to capture as "real pictures" using a "real camera". :-)

Smartphones/tablet cams will never deliver "good enough" in 4 aspects that are important to me:
1.) optical zoom/tele capability. Don't care for "everything in wide-angle only".
2.) viewfinder - prefer to take images with camera on my eye, rather than in stretched ourt hands
3.) image quality - especially when lighting is "less than ideal"
4.) good chance to get well-focused images of moving subjects, even in challenging capture situations

I sold my 7D and do not want to buy another DSLR. Currently I only use my EOS M set - which is ok, but also does not deliver on items #2 and #4 above. But it will tide me over until the smoke in the mirrorless area clears. It's going to be either Canon APS-C EOS M3 "Pro" or Canon FF mirrorless or Sony (A9). We'll see.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII AF Point Issue
« on: December 22, 2014, 05:31:42 AM »
... It's worth noting that the actual area of the AF point on the AF sensor is larger than the little box in the viewfinder.  Spot AF uses a smaller area of the AF point, but even that is slightly larger than the box in the VF (the main box, not the smaller inset box that indicates Spot AF).

This is something I have been loathe of forever! Why camera makers don't show AF-markings in the viewfinder (or on LCD)  that exactly correspond to the true size of the real AF-Sensors? Probably to cover up for all that misalignment inherent with the very design of mirrorslapper cameras. Moving mirrors and submirrors pl,us a number of separate planes ... AF-sensor, imaging-sensor, mattescreen, transmissive LCD, viewfinder image ... with a big fat prism (or a mirrored hollow space) in between.

But even in mirrorless cameras, I find AF-field markings WAY smaller than the actual AF-sensor. e.g. in the EOS-M. It irks me all the time, since it contributes to the blasted thing focusing on contrasty fecnces in the background rather than on soft faces in the foreground.  ::)

EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: December 19, 2014, 08:28:51 PM »
This is looking increasingly unlikely by the hour.

Why? It will lilely be announced in feb 2015.

For speedlites I normally use rechargable Panasonic Eneloop AA (NiMH).

However, in some instances I also use non-rechargable Lithium 1.2V AA cells, typically Energizer Lithium or Varta (which may well be identical except for branding). They are considerably lighter than NiMH cells and hold their charge longer in cold environments. Therefore they are my preferred choice for randonee ski-touring in winter - for anything from avalanche beacon, headlamp, torch to speedlites and other electronic gear. Sometimes I also carried along a vertical grip battery magazin loaded with 6xAA LiIon cells as "emergency power" for the camera. 

I've experienced absolutely no issues with (non-rechargable) 1.2V LiIon AA cells up to now and will continue to use them in the future as and when I see fit to do so, no matter what Canon thinks or advises.  :)

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