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Lenses / Re: sorry i have to ask....
« on: March 25, 2014, 07:07:10 PM »
Quote from: RustyTheGeek
Call me crazy but I thought the overpriced 24 and 35mm EF primes that came out with IS were a waste of time.

Crazy!

The 24 IS and 35 IS lenses are both spectacular for different reasons.

First, they replace older designs that were far inferior optically.

Second, the 24 IS has significantly less flare closed down (where most landscapers would use it) than both the 24L II and the 24-70 II.  The smaller size also makes it more portable for hiking.

Third, the 35 IS has rounded aperture blades unlike the 35L, plus it is smaller and lighter than the 35L.  Fantastic for a city walkabout lens for those reasons, plus less obtrusive/expensive looking.

Fourth, these lenses have the added bonus of IS, which can be useful in select circumstances when you lack a tripod.  IS is really only a bonus though, the real beauty is in the other advantages mentioned.

I'd be tempted to buy either of those lenses...except for the fact that they're a good chunk of the way to one of the L lenses. Not always half-way, I'll grant you, but if they'd have been ~$300ish, much more attractive. At $600, I can probably double that and be about a refurb from Canon.

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Lenses / Re: sorry i have to ask....
« on: March 19, 2014, 12:47:03 PM »
Seems like a lot of folks are interested in the extreme lenses in the long range.

Me, I would like to see a 24-105 ver II.  I would also like to see a 16-35 III.

Call me crazy but I thought the overpriced 24 and 35mm EF primes that came out with IS were a waste of time.

The 24-70 ver II that came out was obviously a hit but also way overpriced.

For most mid-range enthusiasts, the 24-105 has been a great lens.  It is likely most folks 1st L lens with good reason.  Why doesn't Canon improve that lens after all this time?  Seems like it would sell well for them.

Unfortunately, unless a new 24-105 v2 was significantly improved (f/2.8? highly unlikely) I doubt it'd sell in vast numbers. Mostly it'd probably be sold as part of a kit, like it is now, which wouldn't boost sales really. Just like with the new Sigma 24-105. It's a bit better in some ways, and if I were to buy a new FF camera and didn't have the current 24-105L, I'd probably buy that instead with a bare camera instead of as a kit. But since I already have the 24-105L, I'm not going to buy it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Evolution or the murder of art?
« on: March 18, 2014, 04:46:52 PM »
Somewhere out there are a couple of videos on this topic - one from a stills guy who shoots a skier and talks about needing more control (but thinks this is coming) and another with two guys testing various shoots but coming away with the feeling that the shutter speed for smooth video is too slow for most stills work when subjects are moving much.  Then there's this: Photos shot on Red, which makes you think twice, at least for portrait work.

Agree with this. Even if you've got 120fps, that equates (with a 180-degree shutter rule) to 1/240s, which is ok for lots of general purpose photo work (say, most weddings?), but not any sort of action photography.

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EOS-M / Re: Want the 90EX?
« on: March 18, 2014, 04:44:39 PM »

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EOS-M / Re: Want the 90EX?
« on: March 18, 2014, 02:53:03 PM »
Not sure if it's changed or what, but link now shows as $149 with $39 shipping. =P

Yea, me too :(   That's unfortunately, I'd have picked one up for $50.

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Here's my bet as to what they mean:

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We used high precision CAD tools to design these two parts fitting together so water's natural surface tension would make it unlikely it will get in between and sneak up into the battery compartment.

They state, "The camera is protected…," not the camera + grip. 

I guess my sarcasm was too subtle and failed  :-[

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Canon's 5DIII brochure shows a diagram of the body+grip saying it's weatherproof - I guess because of the "high-precision alignment of seams and high-density structure".  I love the grip and it's by far and away the best accessory grip Canon has ever made.

I'm skeptical.  The body has sealing. The grip itself has sealing. I'm not convinced the combo is sealed. 'Seams' are integral to an assembled piece.  The battery doors on both body and grip have foam.  Is there foam on the body door opening or the grip where it contacts the battery compartment?  There wasn't on the 7D or 5DII.  There's play between the body and the grip, so I don't see how a 'high precision alignment' sealed seam can be formed.

Here's my bet as to what they mean:

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We used high precision CAD tools to design these two parts fitting together so water's natural surface tension would make it unlikely it will get in between and sneak up into the battery compartment.

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As an alternative to fill-flash, if it's not going to be super windy, you could get some of the white foam-core and 2 good stands to reflect the natural sunlight from 45-degree on each side for fill. Advantage is, once you get the locations set, it works rather well for the most part. Just make sure to put a couple of tape marks for where people should stand, and some weight bags to put on the stands to work to keep them from falling over if knocked a bit.

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Canon General / Re: Canon Refurbished Sales
« on: March 17, 2014, 01:07:19 PM »
Really it comes down to the price/value, just like everything else.  The amount of wear that a lens has is based on how popular it is.  The nice thing about LensAuthority is that they check out the lens before selling them for decenteredness, resolution etc.  It saves a bit of time checking it out.

I purchased a 100-400L from them during a Black Friday sale for 950.  It was rated 8-8.5.  The lens body was in excellent shape and the front/rear elements were clean.  The lenshood is a bit looser than a new lens' because of the wear, and the bottom of the lens foot was scuffed up (all of it was disclosed in the lens description), so I got what I thought I was going to get.

All things being equal, I'd rather get Canon refurbed units for the same price (better warranty, etc.), but not all lenses are available there.  I almost got my MP-E 65 from LensAuthority (they sold out during a sale), and I got the 100-400L and I'm happy with what I got for the price I got it.

Small scratches in the coating don't affect image quality significantly but it does affect resale value.  It might be worth waiting for a 8.5 or another unit that has cleaner glass for that reason alone.

Thanks for sharing. I'm not so worried about resale value. Not on a workhorse lens like the 70-200. Although I just dashed my thought of getting one in the next couple of months when I didn't set myself a hard limit on the amount of money I would spend doing my wine tasting in Santa Maria this weekend...let's just say 2 1/2 cases. I hit 11 tasting rooms though! Great times, lots of interesting wine.

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i think 512GB cards will be here by the end of the year, but i don't know if they will stay with CF interface as it seems that they are coming to the end of what the format will cope with, i know they are talking about the XQD format but my money is on the future of SD.

Fats

Perhaps they will be here, but they didn't go ahead and create XQD or CFast (CF replacement from same standards group) on a whim. SD cards just won't cut it, especially for top end photography that needs high write speeds to keep up with the high burst rates. Think sports & action photographers and the like. They need cards that can quickly clear the buffers of their 10+fps cameras. I highly doubt SD cards will ever become the standard format on the top tier (I'm including 5d3 level in here as well, possibly 7D replacement as well) cameras.

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Well, those 2 lenses are targeted at different markets.

The 24-70 f/4 is targeted at the lower end of the market where IS (shooting at slow shutter speeds or have shaky hands) and wants closeup/short 'macro' operation with fairly good image quality, but not top end.

The 24-70 f/2.8 v2 is targeted at the high end professional that needs to be able to gather as much light as possible to keep shutter speeds up, build extremely tough, and top end image quality (especially sharpness, this lens is super sharp wide open across pretty much the whole zoom range). And it has a price commensurate with it's qualities.

Thank you for that really good break-down. Do you have either of them or what's your preference?

I've already got the 24-105 f/4L so I don't see a need for the 24-70 f/4L IS for me, although from what I understand it's a bit sharper and does have that close-up mode, although I'd lose 35mm worth of reach.

I'd really love to get the 24-70 f/2.8L v2, and eventually I will, but it's rather expensive for me and I see more of a need for the 70-200 f/2.8L IS v2 first for me. And perhaps the new Tamron 150-600mm...so many lenses, so little money...

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This is likely using smaller sized NAND, possibly even TLC NAND and those are all fairly new. Might drop a bit over the next year, but probably not significantly. We probably won't see a 512MB card for 1 1/2 to 2 years is my guess, and by that time we'll all want them in CFast cards since the new top end cameras are going to start to have that interface. That's all speculation on my side, but at that top end of capacity, you need to go through another whole generation of NAND shrinkage before they really can boost that capacity any further, and it's starting to slow down a bit as they get down to smaller and smaller processes. They're actually basically at the leading edge of node size, and as they get smaller and smaller there are more and more concerns with longevity and read accuracy.

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Well, those 2 lenses are targeted at different markets.

The 24-70 f/4 is targeted at the lower end of the market where IS (shooting at slow shutter speeds or have shaky hands) and wants closeup/short 'macro' operation with fairly good image quality, but not top end.

The 24-70 f/2.8 v2 is targeted at the high end professional that needs to be able to gather as much light as possible to keep shutter speeds up, build extremely tough, and top end image quality (especially sharpness, this lens is super sharp wide open across pretty much the whole zoom range). And it has a price commensurate with it's qualities.

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Canon General / Re: Canon Refurbished Sales
« on: March 14, 2014, 07:23:42 PM »
Hmmm...not to derail the thread too much, but anyone bought from LensAuthory.com? Specifically a 70-200 f/2.8 IS v2 with their 7.5-8 rating? While I trust them (since they're really LensRentals sales arm), is any tiny bits of front-element scratches really as minor as they imply?

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Technical Support / Re: Newbie needs help: Tamron 150-600mm
« on: March 14, 2014, 02:13:43 PM »
What aperture? The Tamron is quite good for the price, however to get best sharpness you typically have to stop down to f/8-f/11 depending on the focal length.

Plus, while 1/640s is reasonably fast, if you are hand holding you need to use excellent technique to avoid a tiny bit of camera shake. Really, while a monopod can help with the right technique, a tripod is often best as it provides the stability needed for super-telephoto lenses.

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