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Lenses / Re: I guess there won't be any new lenses at CES?
« on: January 10, 2012, 02:52:55 AM »
All I'd like is for Canon to release a fast prime lens in the 28-35mm range for us APS-C users. I know I'm not alone as this is something that has been wished by many a forum users for years. JUST DO IT ALREADY, Canon!

Yeah the pickins are slim in that range and the 24mm has all sorts of issues.  I really want a 50mm equivalent lens on my kiss x4 so i just screw it and decided last week i'll be picking up the 35L 1.4 after CES is done from the states... Will be saving close to $700 but picking it up the U.S.  (Japan is still charging close to $1900 USD for that lens...

Lenses / Re: I guess there won't be any new lenses at CES?
« on: January 10, 2012, 01:12:45 AM »
Well I did think it was odd that they extended the rebates on a bunch of lens from being the Sat. before the show till the beginning of Feb. hints at maybe a Canon reveal right after the rebates end.

In a related note, Monday the 9th having been a National holiday in Japan (think hordes of girls in kimonos who are all 20 years old storming shrines throughout japan), I didn't expect any announcements yesterday. 

From some of the posts here of interviews with Canon, they keep re-iterating that CES is a consumer show I had expected new non-L/EF-S lens to be announced.  Still have my hopes up that that will be the case.  A new 50mm 1.4 would be nice as well as 30mm f2.

Lenses / Re: Should I purchase the 15-85mm f/3.5-5.0?
« on: January 08, 2012, 10:31:48 AM »
I'd also suggest that you can answer this question yourself - I presume your kit lens is the 18-55mm (or some other 18- zoom), and you've shot for three years. Look back at the EXIF for your images and see how many were shot wider than 24mm; if it's a lot, get the 15-85mm, and if it's few, get the 24-105mm and keep your current kit lens for times you need wider than 24mm.

This is great advice.  Getting the 24-105 would also allow you to pick up the 10-22mm later without overlap as that lens is just amazing for landscapes and buildings.

Japan / Re: Getting USA warranty Lens serviced in Japan
« on: January 05, 2012, 02:19:33 AM »
if this would be covered under the normal warranty because I dropped.

No, it won't be covered. Warranties are only for flaws in manufacturing, it's not insurance against accidents.
That would be right. One thing I've wondered though is do Canon (at a cost) do repairs on foreign cameras, I saw something that seemed to make me think they wouldn't but it didn't seem to make sense they wouldn't do paid repairs to cameras from another country.

Just dropped my lens off at the canon service center, will cost about 15,000 yen to fix at the most.  It seems one of the elements got out of place when i dropped it.  But they had no problems servicing a USA lens.  And like it was mentioned here, because i dropped it wouldn't be covered under the warranty.

EOS Bodies / Re: Pre CES Week: Lenses, Cameras & Compacts
« on: January 04, 2012, 04:45:58 AM »

Yesyesyes, I know the earthquake and flood and whatnot, but I saw some images from japan of a completely destroyed road (earthquake aftermath), rebuilt to better than new within 6 days. I know they don't stop all production due to a small amount of water on the floor and couple of knock over shelfs. They could have built a new factory and up and running much sooner.

One may think that Canon, as a multi-national company - a worldleader, is prepared to deal with disasters and not let those interupt the business continuity and therefor the production process.
Well, obviously NOT. They probably never prepared their companies business with Business Continuity Management (BCM) plans and actions.
If they would have done that, then they could immdiately switch to alternative productionplants and keep up delivery.

You my friend have never worked at a japanese company in Japan.  They are easily 20 years behind the U.S. in terms of accounting, Disaster Recovery and efficiency.  From my own experience and those of my friends it would not surprise me one bit if Canon had no DR plan in place for an earthquake.  My former company's DR plan was "While you are running out of the building, can someone make sure to unplug the server backups we do to an external drive via usb cable and take it with them"... To which all the IT guys and myself laughed, like that is what we are going to be thinking as we are running out of the building.

If the 35mm L mk II is announced at CES, will the current MK Is drop even more in price, or should I be picking it up while it's on sale this week.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 f/2.8L II announcement tomorrow?
« on: January 02, 2012, 11:19:09 PM »
I guess it depends on who is making the announcement.  Canon Japan is on New Year holiday till the 5th.  One would think that Canon USA would at least wait till then to do a simultaneous press release.

Lenses / CES 2012 announced lens availability
« on: January 02, 2012, 11:16:48 PM »
I totally know that I'm putting the carriage before the horse, but any lens that are announced at CES 2012, when do you think they would be available?  (Hoping for a 35mm 1.4L mkII out by valentine's day for a trip to iceland)

Lenses / Re: UW lens recommendation for 7d?
« on: January 01, 2012, 08:08:53 PM »
I recently purchased the 10-22mm after reading alot of the reviews.  For image quality alot of people were recommending the 10-22mm.  It only has a little barrel distortion at it's widest, but canon's image software can remove it so the image comes out perfect.  I also read alot of FF photographers say they wished the 10-22mm wasn't EF-S because they want it on their FF cameras it's so good.

Personally, I'm very very happy with and it is my favorite lens right now.  My only gripe about it is that i wish it was a stop faster cause I like to use it to takes pictures of drinking parties with my friends.

Probably something you already know, but you can't use the built in flash with this lens at 10mm because it casts a huge shadow into the picture.

Japan / Getting USA warranty Lens serviced in Japan
« on: December 29, 2011, 11:48:57 PM »
I dropped my 10-22mm lens that I just got a few months ago and it seems the focusing on the right hand side of the lens is completely off.  Was wondering two things, the first is if this would be covered under the normal warranty because I dropped.  Secondly, would the canon repair shop honor a USA warranty here in Japan or will I have to send it back to the USA to get repaired?

Lenses / Re: Lens hoods and pouches now included with all non-L lenses?
« on: December 29, 2011, 05:23:51 AM »
I know this thread is probably dead, but when i was at a Mitsuboshi store in Nagoya today almost ALL of the lens had the pouch and hood included written on the box.

EOS Bodies / Re: How often do you shoot video with your DSLR?
« on: December 25, 2011, 11:00:22 PM »
I know I'm just nitpicking, but I don't shoot video as much as I want to because dealing with the MOV files afterwards is a complete hassle and a half.  Really wish they were in a more universal container like AVI.

That being said, the reason i bought my Kiss X4 over the 50D was specifically because the kiss had video.  I shoot to capture memories, and something I've realized, and it may just be my lack of skill, but you can't capture a persons complete personality in a picture.  More specific body gestures and speaking (which is even more interesting in my case cause all my friends are speaking in non-native Japanese so  they say screwed up stuff often).

Lenses / Re: Lens suggestions
« on: December 22, 2011, 01:34:01 AM »
I just wanted to say this topic has been a great read as I too will be traveling to Iceland in Feb. and the most recommended lens I found was the Canon 10-22.

Just check out some of the great pictures this guy took with it.

I myself will be going with a 10-22mm, 18-200 (before I started learning about lens) and hopefully the the 50mm f1.4 or the 35mm f1.8(? might be 2).

Lenses / Re: Lens hoods and pouches now included with all non-L lenses?
« on: December 08, 2011, 10:24:39 AM »
i purchased a 10-22 and 18-200 just 2 months ago in the U.S., both without the hoods.  Though the hoods are stupid expensive.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T4i [CR2]
« on: December 05, 2011, 08:49:01 PM »
I know that the specs aren't out yet, but I figured the new kiss x6 would at least have the digic 5 processor in it.  But what I wanted to ask, if I was looking for improved ISO performance, would it be worth the upgrade from a kiss x4 to the x5?  Or should I just wait and get the 70D when it comes out? 

Side note, I hope that they at least put two mics on the new kiss coming out, does wonders for audio fidelity.

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