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Canon General / Re: Gear Sale/Separation Anxiety?
« on: June 27, 2014, 07:58:53 PM »
I may delay sale (by ... a few or many years) but when I sell I do not regret.
The reason is that I upgrade most of my sold items.

Up to now I have sold:

CANON: EOS 5D Mark II, EF16-35mm 1:2.8 L, EF28-70mm 1:3.5-4.5 II, EF28-70mm 1:2.8 L, EF35-70mm 1:3.5-4.5, EF100-300mm 1:5.6, EF20mm 1:2.8, EF28mm 1:2.8,  EF1.4X II, EF2.0X II, Battery pack BG-E2N

SIGMA: 14mm  1:3.5, 400mm 1:5.6 APO, AF TELE-CONVERTER X1.4 FOR-CANON-AF

Tamron: AF TELE-CONVERTER  2X C-AF MC7

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Lenses / Re: The sharpness curse!
« on: June 26, 2014, 08:26:39 AM »
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Hate me for loving that 1.4 sharpness, I REALLY don't care  :P
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Great photo of your beautiful daughter - turning a "snapshot" into a true photograph!  I don't hate you for wanting the sharpness wide open - I'm sure nearly all 50L owners would be beyond excited if Canon came out with a 50L II that was razor sharp at f/1.2!
+1 Exactly! And then they would forget about the previous L "unique" characteristics and they would enjoy their new sharp 50mm L lens  ;D

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Only 2460 focusing points ? If it does not have 2470 points at least it is useless...  ;D ;D ;D

OH, BY THE WAY: The number of focusing points has to be ODD in order to have a central one  ::)

Only if the focus points are symmetrical.  For a counterexample, consider three points in a triangle, with a fourth point in the center.  :)
Technically true but without any purpose. Anyway I still insist in a camera having at least 2470 points (ehhmm 2471  ;D ;D ;D )

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Only 2460 focusing points ? If it does not have 2470 points at least it is useless...  ;D ;D ;D

OH, BY THE WAY: The number of focusing points has to be ODD in order to have a central one  ::)

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EOS Bodies / Re: What do you hope-for MOST from Canon in 2014
« on: June 24, 2014, 11:58:34 AM »
EF 16-35 f/2.8L IS or if they ... can't include IS then EF16-35 f/2.8L III.

Sharp fully open up to the corners, low CA, low distortion, low coma (very low coma), low vignetting and ... low price (OK just kidding for the price)

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Only 2460 focusing points ? If it does not have 2470 points at least it is useless...  ;D ;D ;D

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Lenses / Re: The sharpness curse!
« on: June 24, 2014, 11:29:35 AM »
Sharpness is important and for sharp pictures you need the right gear. But what do you need most for sharp pictures?

* exact focusing,
* optimal aperture,
* either fast shutter speed or heavy tripod,
* clear sunlight or flash,
* if available big format (the bigger the better, film or sensor is unimportant)
* and experience in developing and printing (unimportant whether files or film).

Lens design is only one factor, perhaps a minor one, most important in case of the lens is, that it is perfectly centered and adjusted to the camera.

Don't forget correct exposure and optimal contrast play a part in sharpness. There are plenty of people who don't need or want lenses so sharp but I'd rather have mine sharp and have to soften it in post (which I'll never do) than to need it sharper and not be able to.

Having said that, I do agree with the OP that sharpness is by no means the only characteristic people should be looking at when choosing a lens. There are many more factors that go into that decision and in the end it's up to the individual to decide if it's worth it.
Usually, a sharp lens exhibits other equally desirable characteristics (apart from weight maybe, but for these we have the version II white lenses...).

I read over and over about sharpness not being everything but the Original Posters most of the time do not mention other characteristics that they consider as equally desirable. Only generalizations...

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Lenses / Re: The sharpness curse!
« on: June 24, 2014, 11:24:19 AM »
Disdain for gear does not equal creativity.

Funny how many who belittle enthusiasm for great tools post hundreds of comments in a gear forum!

Be proud to be a gearhead!
+1

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX2 5D4 to be announced in January/ February 2015
« on: June 23, 2014, 04:54:53 AM »
I'll take one if X II native 52,000ISO = 12800ISO current X

Dylan77: What will this mean for the 5D4 in "native" ISO? In nightphotography tests, the 1Dx was recommended without hesitation for ISOs 8k to 12.8k, while the 5D3 was referred to as an ISO 5k cam due to its pixelcount. Can we expect about 3/4 to one stop improvement in high ISO in RAW with the 5D4? I hope Canon will remain with the +/- 22 MP. As I guess, that real improvement in high ISO IQ happens along with improved sensor tech and same MP count, otherwise we'd endup with an "evolutionary" new body only.

If Canon can implement these into X2:
1. All 61 AF points = double & dual cross
2. Slightly higher MP(20MP)
3. RAW, 25K ISO = 12K ISO current X
4. keep 12-14fps RAW
5. Add little more DR to the "NEW" rumor sensor. I'm going to get nailed for this :P

I might be in the minority here, but these might help current X owners to upgrade. Current X is really solid.

1.  Like to cross points on the power points.  Expand the focus area.
2.  24 MP
3.  Not just 1 stop improvement in S/N, but 3-4 stops.
4.  Agree
5.  More than a little. 4 stops.

Total programmable buttons.  Canon made a major step with the 1Dx but I would like see them take it all the way.

Also either 1D-series body with APS-H (1.3 crop) or APS-C (1.6 crop) sensor with 24 MP.  Realize that S/N would drop but hopefully Canon can keep the ergonomics the same and DR similar.
OK My turn  :)

So 5D4:

Same 22Mp
All 61 AF points = double & dual cross
RAW, 25K ISO = 6K ISO current X    :) :)
Increase to 7-8 fps RAW
Add ALOT DR to the "NEW" rumor sensor  :) :)
Configurable Minimum Shutter up to 1/8000 at Av, Auto ISO Mode  (Just Like 1Dx)
Exposure Compensation at Manual, Auto ISO Mode (Just Like 1Dx)

 :) :)

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Nice of Canon to hobble the actual utility of their downloads. Why did I bother paying for a 7D?

Maybe some hacking is in order?

Are you seriously complaining about buying a camera that was released YEARS ago, Canon's oldest body ever, in fact, because it doesn't work with a JUST NOW newly released version of DPP? Seriously?


Their "strategy", if this word would actually apply to something so poorly conceived, strikes my as being somewhat disingenuous. If Microsoft made a major upgrade to Windows 8.1 but said it wouldn't work on computer more than 3 years old, would there be an outcry?

Bad analogy - the hardware is gone, but the files are still here.

I don't care whether the current version of Windows I have would run on the desktop computer I had in 2009, because it is no longer in my possession.

I do care whether the current version of DPP (or PS, or LR, or whatever) would process the raw files I shot in 2009 with a 450D, as though the hardware is no longer in my possession, the raw files are & I might want to reprocess them.
+1 The analogy is 100% off. There would be an outcry if the new Windows couldn't read all user files that were created with previous versions of Windows.

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I am shocked.. shocked I say, at the responses to this question. ;D 

Imagine asking this question on a Canon fanboy site and finding out that the vast majority of members say they would re-buy Canon.  Never saw that coming. LoL

I would imagine that if this same question were to be asked on a Nikon fanboy site, the responses would be equally "surprising"   ;D

OP, when you posted on Canon Rumors, did you really expect people to respond "If I lost everything, I would dump Canon?"

That's why I love coming to Canon Rumors.   8)
Back in the 80's I had a Konica Autoreflex TC with a 40mm f/1.8 (OK, I still have it). I also had bought a Sigma 70-200 (or 70-210) lens. When I lost that lens (YES, lost! it's a big story!) a colleague suggested that I turn to Canon. I got an EOS 620 with 35-105, 100-300 and a 420EZ flash. So switching brands can happen. Admittedly not often but it is still possible.

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buy from scratch..
hmm

5D3 + 70-200 2.8 IS II for action

Nikon D800 or Sony a7R + Nikkor 14-24 + Nikkor 85 1.4G for landscape and portrait

big gap somewhere in between 24-70

The canon 24-70 2.8 II is way overpriced and no IS for that kind of money,
so the 40mm pancake might fill somehow. Cheap, sharp, small, lightweight!

I'd love some prime L glass such the 50L and 85L, but those lenses are soft, overpriced, slow focus (especially the 85L) and OLD
85L is slow focus and maybe overpriced but it is not soft.

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Those curved TVs look pretty cool, at least on TV 8).  This looks like a big cost saving / miniaturization move by Sony to eliminate lens elements that correct for field curvature.  With 100M EOS lenses out there, not to mention Nikkor and many others, I don't see flat sensors going anywhere.

I hate to say it but those 100M EOS lenses would all work better on a DSLR with a curved sensor than one with a flat sensor.
Maybe or maybe not because they have different levels of field curvature and most macro lenses would really suck on a curved sensor.  On the other hand. the Sony sensor will no doubt have lenses that are all designed to have very similar levels of field curvature.

Field curvature has nothing to do with illumination levels.

I believe they were trying to say that not only will the new sensor allow for smaller sized lenses relating to field of view, focal length, etc., but they will also allow for larger apertures, thereby allowing more light.

I won't allow for smaller lenses as the image circle still needs to be the same size.

What it will also do is put the entire sensor in the same focal plane, so that if you're using a 50/1.2, if the middle is in focus then the edge will be too (providing it is in the same focal plane in front of the lens.) Well in theory, but that would require the sensor to have the same curvature as the lens and that might not be possible.

It is just aiming the bucket (pixel) in the direction of the rain drops (photons).
Exactly, plus, different lenses, different curvature. I do not think it is practical.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 09:34:20 PM »
Can somebody explain to me HOW lack of a mode dial is a good thing? I've never really understood the button system on the 1D line. To me it seems to be a lot slower to switch modes like this.

Dials are difficult to seal. You can't REALLY seal a rotating component...there is always going to be the open joint where the seal meets the shaft of the dial.

Buttons, on the other hand, can be completely sealed. You place the button on the outside of the seal, the electronics that activate on "press" inside the seal, and everything is good.

The 1D X uses buttons to meet it's weather sealing grade...which is quite a bit higher than the current 7D. If weather sealing is important (and if you shoot sports or any other kind of action, it's plenty common to shoot in the rain or other wet weather), then the 7D II moving to a button-only system is actually a rather welcome thing.
I agree with you provided they do not put a pop up flash as it was suggested in this thread.
Otherwise it will be the most joke camera ever!

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Mind-blowing. The lens is actually usable at f/1.4. No coma "wings" ! I do believe that it is better corrected than the 35mm f/1.4 Art. However, I like the 35mm and 21mm focal lengths for most astro-landscape photography on full frame.
Exactly! 50mm focal length is not useful, at least for me...

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