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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 DO
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:49:07 PM »
The MkII is closer but I wonder what weight saving developments with these II's would make any DO lenses lighter too.

I don't care for the DO stuff at all, I'd much rather Canon would come up with an excellent "regular optics" EF 400/4.0 L IS ... half the weight and a quarter of the price of the 400/2.8 L IS II.  :-)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:43:36 PM »
A crop sensor mirrorless is not going to threaten the success of the Full Frame Sony a7.

I totally agree!

That's why I will never pay ludicrous amounts for APS-C sensored mirrorless cameras and lenses that can only handle APS-C imaging circle [like Fuji X-stuff] but will rather wait for the next generation mirrorless FF camera ... as compact as the A7 ... and even more "competent" as a relly universal photographic tool.
 
Specifically: better AF [fully tracking-capable], fully electronic shutter [absolutely silent, 100% vibration-free], better battery charge [500+ shots] and user interface/ergonomics like a Canon EOS ... with thumb-wheel, back-button AF and mode dial with AvTvM :-) plus 3 custom positions and WiFI and a Canon RT-flash controller built in ... now that I have finally splurged on 600EX-RTs :-)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 29, 2014, 02:13:53 PM »
Full Frame and Optical Viewfinders are the past. APS-C/DX, M4/3 and One Inch cameras with EVF are the future.

In the not-to-distant-past Full Frame 35mm cameras where called Miniature Cameras, and most professionals didn't use them. In the not-to-distant-future only hobbyists will use Full Frame, and pros will have moved-on to smaller formats.

Did I hear someone whining about bokeh?? Bokeh will be handled by the camera, sorta like custom white balance is today -- just dial in how little or how much you want.

Time marches on!

But only if
A) smaller sensored cameras and lenses for them are sold at significantly lower prices than today. Gear makers will not get away with making significantly cheaper cameras than aps-c dslrs and at the same time selling them at higher prices. ;-)
B) total victory for smaller than ff sensored cams will only come, if they are able to scale lenses with more than 50mm focal length proportionately to sensor size.
... So still a ways to go. :-)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 29, 2014, 01:45:56 AM »
I don't dispute, the fuji XT-1 is a very nice mirrorless APS-C camera. But the price is way too high. And it is almost as  big as an SL-1 and delivers about the same functionality as a SL-1. It therefore should be priced like an SL-1. not 2.5x higher, which is more than a 70D or a 7D.

And the Fuji x-kitzoom is f/2.8-4.0 and cannot touch the excellent Canon EF-S 17-55/2.8 IS. And yes, it may feel "plasticky" but it has held up extremely well over the past 5 years of constant use on my 7D ... alongside some of the "metallicky" white L (tele) lenses. As of today there is no optically better, constant f/2.8 stabilized APS-C wide-to-standard zoom lens available on the market - irrespective of cost.

Fuji X's problem is the pricing. Same as EOS-M original pricing. Way too high for what it is. I am willing to pay a grand or more for a good lens. But it needs to be capable to light the full FF image circle. 135 format the "holy grail" in photography, no matter whether analog or digital. There simply is no other imaging-area format that allows for better image quality from still extremely compact and portable gear, "built into a human hand". Witness sony A7 (which btw. does not cost more than a Fuji XT-1), A7R and Leica M system (which is of course is  also way out of range on pricing). 

At the end of the day I want and will get a fully electronic, seriously competent yet still compact and "comparatively cheap" FF mirrorless camera system. I will not invest "real money" into APS-C gear to tide me over until then. Dirt cheap EOS-M + EF-M lenses are an excellent compromise to serve as my pocketable compact camera until Canon or Sony or Fuji finally come up with the FF mirrorless system I want and don't charge an arm and a leg for it.  :-)

Why should a FF-sensored mirrorless with sensor like A7R and AF-capability like e.g. A6000 (or XT-1, Oly M1), further improved EVF and battery charge of 500+ shots have to cost more than 2000-2500 UDS/Euro? Somebody is gonna bring it. Along with matching FF lenses to go with it ... compact, light, IQ like the EF-M 11-22 is perfectly fine with me, Zeiss label not needed, "plasticky"  instead of "metallicky" also fine with me, at USD 300-600 a pop rather than a 1 to 2 grand a pop. :-) 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 28, 2014, 04:15:42 PM »
To me the expensive fuji x-gear is no alternative whatsoever. I'd rather drop dead than drop a grand for every other Aps-c-only lens. Fuji X will be dead the very moment canon comes up with a killer M3. Not to mention if canon comes up with a compact and fully competitive FF mirrorless camera system. Or sony gets their act together and launches a kick-ass improved A8/A8R plus some affordable and decent non zeiss labeled lenses.

Until then we get pretty much the same iq out of our little 299 usd second camera eos-m kits that would cost 2999 as fuji-x stuff.

I'll laugh really hard, when fuji will launch an FF-sensored x-pro body and all those 56/1.2 and 10-24 purchasers will realize that their 1000 euro clunkers will not serve that image circle. Costly paperweights. Overnight.

If canon fails to develop the m system, i'll use it as long as it serves me and then dispose of my 400 euro "investment. No big deal. Althoigh i would prefer canon to be much more serious about mirroless.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 28, 2014, 08:40:25 AM »
Curious that so many CR members seem to have the EOS M but it bombed in the US???

Quite simple: they all purchased it in the fire sale. I do not know anybody who paid the totally absurd initial price of 899 or so for the kit.

Had Canon come out with body+18-55 [even without the speedlite 90EX] priced at 499,- they would have sold quite a few. Possibly enough to get a good initial share of the mirrorless segment and to sell quite a few additional lenses.

Had Canon come out with a really good, higher end model first  ... with EVF + AF performance at or near the top of what was available from competors at launch time ... eg. whatever Panasonic it was in 08/2012 or Nikon 1 or Olympus M5 ... and priced that model at 899 including 18-55 kit lens, they would have sold an even larger number.

However, Canon decided to come up with a low-end model and asked a high-end price. And luckily we taught them a good lesson: "Customers are NOT stupid." :-)   

Furthermore, Canon decided not to offer the excellent and very modestly (!) priced EF-M 11-22 in the US. So they don't sell any copies of that one either. And they decided not to offer the EOS M2 outside Japan and some Asian countries. So they don't sell any in "balance of world".  And they are dragging their feet on a M3 and rather bring a "new", marginally improved itaration of some Rebel DSLR every 6 to 12 months instead of establishing a amrekt-leading presence in the mirrorless segment with a really strong M3.   

Speaking about "shooting oneself in the foot". :-)

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Do the high-end cameras mentioned by Neuro and others give a true 100% view?

Yes. If the camera's "play" menu has an item "Magnification" with one  of the options "Actual size".
It does say "apx." though ... meaning approximately, so I don't know whether it is ever so slightly off "100%" or not. I wouldn't mind ... I'd just like to have a one button-press zoom to approx. 100% on my EOS-M [and 7D :-) ] to judge images for sharpness when chimping. 
e.g. for 5D III: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canon-eos-5d-mark-iii/11 

6D has it too [but NOT the Nikon D600/610!]
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Quick-Zoom playback button on an affordable DSLR
Yay! This was one huge disappointment for me on the Nikon D600:  the lack of a one-click zooming feature during playback, like all my other Nikon cameras have, and like the new Cano 5D mk3 has.  On the Canon 6D, there is now a dedicated magnifying glass button right within perfect reach of your thumb. Unlike all previous Canon DSLRs throughout history, you can now zoom in right away, without having to first press the playback button!  That always annoyed me to death, to have Canon cameras that would do instant playback and show me the image, but would still require me to hit the “playback” button with my left hand before I could zoom in and check focus.  It sounds like a very minor issue, but it makes a huge difference if you’re on the clock.  One tip I can give:  Set your 6D zoom to “Actual Size”, so that with a single tap of the button you can go straight to 100% zoom.  Even if you used an off-center focus point, the camera still goes to that point!
http://www.slrlounge.com/canon-eos-6d-dslr-review-and-field-test-canons-highest-quality-dslr-yet

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 27, 2014, 05:12:46 PM »
What's really missing is a kick-ass M3 with truly tracking-capable AF and top notch EVF and 500 shots battery charge. That would very quickly end the Fuji X-games as well as Sony ex-nex alpha stuff. Not to mention dwarf-sensored micro four-thirds. And it would drive a lot of 1 inch nails into the nikon 1 coffin. :-)

Can't be that hard, Canon ... Just do it! ;-)

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EOS-M / Re: NEW 10-18 IS STM Test Shots with EOS-M
« on: May 27, 2014, 01:07:01 PM »
IMO, STM lenses at the moment are too under-rated. It's my experience on the M that STM performs better than USM, but that could just be the M.

yes it is the EOS-M and its hybrid CD-PD AF system (same as Rebel 650D in live view) that works better with STM lenses.  Similar "STM lens" benefit applies to most current EOS cameras in live-view mode.

In "regular" Phase-AF mode = DSLR through viewfinder, lenses with decent USM-AF drive will be faster than STM lenses.

And yes, all STM lenses [EF, EF-S and EF-M] produced by Canon so far deliver decent to very good IQ at very decent to excellent prices.  8)

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Thanks. So EOS models from 2012 onwards, with the exception of EOS-M.

EOS-M2 ?

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... a 100% view of that area. Or a user-assignable button - like on nikon dslrs.

Or some Canon dSLRs.  I have 100% review of the selected/used AF point assigned to the Set button of my 1D X.

Yes. Which other canon eos models carry that feature at the moment?

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Thanks. Thats my suspicion too. I am aware of the 2-finger spread on the touchscreen but would prefer a Double tap  to get a 100% view of that area. Or a user-assignable button - like on nikon dslrs. I find it more convenient to check sharpness that way.

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EOS-M / EOS M: 100% view with 1 click or tap - available or not?
« on: May 26, 2014, 06:39:41 AM »
Hi, can't find the information on the quick. Does anyone know, if there is a way to get 100% view playback on a EOS M quickly - i.e. with one click or one (double) tap ... somehow? Is it possible to custom-assign "100% view playback" to any button (e.g. to "Set" button)?

in playback mode ... 100% view of shot just taken, not the 5x/10x magnification loupe in shooting mode (I know that one).

Thanks!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 DO
« on: May 25, 2014, 09:42:38 AM »
So far, Canon DO lenses have never been good enough, small enough, or cheap enough to be of any interest to me. I do not expect this to change anytime soon. 

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Yes, the Sony FE 70-200/4 OSS is "80 grams HEAVIER and slightly LARGER than Canon EF 70-200 /4 L IS", but following are the reasons why I went with the Sony FE version:
  • I already have the EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II, so I don't want another EF lens of the same FOL
  • Although I really like the EF 70-200, if I want to use it on my a7 or a6000, I need to use my metabones adapter which takes away the weight & size advantage and not to mention slow AF
  • Being a native lens the Sony FE 70-200 f/4 OSS auto focuses really fast and accurately like a machine gun on my a6000
So, for me, the above considerations are worth spending the extra money on the FE 70-200 f/4 OSS

I totally agree. Had i bought an A7/R i would also have purchased native lenses with at least halfway decent AF.  However, i find sony lens pricing even more outrageous than canon's. Not only fe lenses but also other zeiss branded glass as well as almost all of the sony G lenses (a-mount).

Lens choice is one more reason why i would really like to see and buy a canon FF MILC ... along with a) decent mid-price lenses and b) outstanding high-price L's ... Like 70-200 2.8 II and 4 is, 24-70 2.8 II and 4 IS ... Of course in a new native short flange distance mount.

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