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Lenses / Re: Minimalist photography
« on: November 12, 2011, 08:05:27 PM »
I have been less than a minialist for 2 years with 20D plus 17-40mm L.  That will fit 90% of my need. After that I got  a used 35-135mm.

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Lenses / Re: Realistic wish lens
« on: November 12, 2011, 03:57:17 AM »
Thanks for the info. Out of all the lenses in the list that is faster than 1.2, only the Canon 50mm 1.0L is for DSLR, the rest are for range finder.  The canon 1.0 has been discontinued for the reason stated in the article. the article re-enforce about the difficulty of making a fast 50mm DSLR lnes. Even Nikon made the 1.2 SLR lens in 58mm, not 50mm.

For what its worth, there are a few fast m43 lenses.  Eg the Voigtlander 25mm/0.95 and the Noktor 50mm/0.95. These are both comparatively small.  The Noktor is also quite affordable.

Thanks for for head up. However, I cannot find any information on the two 0.95 lenses that you have mentioned in the official importer's site (Camera Quest). Even they exist, they arefor range finder, not FF DSLR.  Also I am not aware of any really fast M43 lens either. Please supply more information. Thanks

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Lenses / Re: Does a lens hood reduce the light?
« on: November 11, 2011, 01:14:36 PM »
May I stress that the hood also help protect the lens from foreign objects like dust, water splash your own finger etc.

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Lenses / Re: Does a lens hood reduce the light?
« on: November 10, 2011, 11:22:05 PM »
A hat with big rim will do wonder. with shorter lens, you just wear your head low and use the rim to shade the sun.  If you can hold and shoot with one hand,, then the other hand can really manipuate  the hat for shade.

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Lenses / Re: Does a lens hood reduce the light?
« on: November 10, 2011, 12:02:40 PM »
I always use lens hood (almost 100%) if I have time to put it on. The hood will not cut down USEFUL light and will not need additional aperture opening. It will cut down unwanted flare. It will help protect the lens from dust, water and foreign objects, especislly for people like me that do not use filter to protect the lenses.

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Lenses / Re: Realistic wish lens
« on: November 10, 2011, 11:54:40 AM »
here are som lenses that is faster then 1,2 http://blog.digitalrev.com/2010/08/15/5-fast-50mm-lenses-that-are-worth-selling-a-kidney-for/
Thanks for the info. Out of all the lenses in the list that is faster than 1.2, only the Canon 50mm 1.0L is for DSLR, the rest are for range finder.  The canon 1.0 has been discontinued for the reason stated in the article. the article re-enforce about the difficulty of making a fast 50mm DSLR lnes. Even Nikon made the 1.2 SLR lens in 58mm, not 50mm.

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Lenses / Re: Realistic wish lens
« on: November 10, 2011, 02:50:16 AM »
50mm 0.75  ;D
Dream on!!! If Canon can make it...

Didn't they already, in the 60s? Or was that someone else...? (they've had a 50/1.0 EF-mount, and i'm pretty sure a 50/0.95 at some point).

But yeah, goes against the "realistic" specification either way.

Yes,  Canon made a 50mm f 0.95 for their range finder in the 60s. Leica is making a 50mm f 0.95 ($11,000) for their M series Range finder camera now. It is a lot easier to make a fast 50mm lens for the range finder camera than the for SLR. As far as I know, the fastest 50mm lens for SLR is f 1.2.  0.75 is more than another stop faster. it will be quite a challenge.

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: PowerShot S100 reviewed and compared to the S95
« on: November 10, 2011, 02:36:57 AM »
I'd love to buy a new camera for my lady.
She has a suuuuper old Pana/leica (dont recall the name) and she loves to take pictures but the DSLR route is not in thoughts because of weight and size. She wants quality yet pockability and versatility.
She had her eyes on a G12 some months ago but I kinda pushed her on the s95 way since it's a marvellous compact camera.
but today I saw a sale on the new olympus pen mini...ohhh boy, it's beautiful and I love olympus.
I thought of Pen EP3 or even the 2 but it's waaay to expensive and too big for her tastes.
Ssssso, what you guys suggest me?

(s95), s100, G12 or the new pen mini?????
s95 being in brackets because after this review I have no doubt about the 100.

Hope you can help me out guys

Cheers and thanks neuro for the review
I suggest you try out the cameras on casual portratit in day light.  My experience is that different manufacturer ( even camera from the same manufacturer)will give you different skin tone. Some are slightly pale and greyish for my taste.  For the small size, the S95 or the S100 difinitely wins hands down.

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Lenses / Re: Realistic wish lens
« on: November 09, 2011, 05:31:51 PM »
50mm 0.75  ;D
Dream on!!! If Canon can make it, it may weight over 4 lbs, with a 110mm filter and sells for over $10,000. Would you like to have 6 to 7  pounds of camera plus lens hanging on your neck all day long???

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Canon General / Re: New APS-C Camera in February?
« on: November 09, 2011, 12:14:09 PM »

The 1DX was designed and built for professional photographers and they have very specific needs that don't necessarily have anything to do with hobbyists, amateurs, advanced amateurs or just the general public.


In a perfect world Canon would market the next 7D for pros and leave the 70D and below to the hobbyists and amateurs. If they did (again in a perfect world) we would see a cropped version of the 1Dx sensor in the next 7D. This is my wish and it would be awesome! I remember when the 7D came out people were raving how it was a mini-1D, why not keep the tradition alive?

Why would that represent a perfect world? Why would a cropped version of the 1DX sensor necessitate marketing only to pros?

If Canon make a cropped version (APS-C) of the 1DX sensor, it will only have 6.84 MP. do you think either the 'pro" or  Amateur will buy it???
I would like to see canon apply the technology of 1DX sensor on the existing 18MP APS_C and also give us the "low Light" technique ( addition the explosure from 4 adjscent pixels )from the S95 and ends up with a 4.5MP picture. Then we will have the best of both world.

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Canon General / Re: New APS-C Camera in February?
« on: November 07, 2011, 09:51:13 PM »
Hoe there there is micro adjustment for the AF. Canon shouild have make it as a standrd feature accross the entire DSLR line. With that, Canon can sell more fast lense.

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Lenses / Re: Realistic wish lens
« on: November 04, 2011, 01:31:01 PM »
My dream lens is a 7-800mm f/1.2 IS that weighs 1/4 pound and has perfect sharpness all over and cost $20 US.  If they can make a little robot that flies to mars and drives around doing science experiments there is NO reason why my dream lens can't happen.

Sooner or later if humans don't extinct themselves first, optics will move into the field of organics and genetic engineering.  Think something like, a cloned eagle eye developed in a laboratory.  So sooner or later you'll likely get your wish, just maybe not in the form you originally had in mind.  Don't laugh, it's probably not even as far away as we might imagine, and it would probably lend itself better to a DIY project than grinding your own glass with a dremil.

It is highly doable if you want your sensor to be 2mm X 2mm or smaller

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Canon General / Re: Birders don't use Canons?
« on: October 21, 2011, 02:35:11 AM »
Rear Window is another of my favourite "camera" movies with James Stewart showing his photographic prowess.  Just googled it and found it is an "Exakta" that he uses.  Product placement hasn't really helped LF camera sales or Exakta.  Do people pay much attention to it?

In the Rear "Rear Window", the Exakta name plate was covered up. So people do not know what it is unless you own one. Inthose days, movie maker do the opposite. They try the best not to show any name band to avoid law suite. Exakta is an "odd ball". Everything is left-handed.

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Canon General / Re: Birders don't use Canons?
« on: October 20, 2011, 07:54:39 PM »
Okay, while everyone waits for the announcement (or possibly non-announcement) of a new DSLR, I thought I'd start a new topic for entertainment purposes.

New movie out in the U.S. "The Big Year" is a semi-comedy about competitive bird watching. I couldn't help but notice the incredible job of product placement done by Nikon. Basically, everyone in the movie (aside from one scene using an Olympus) was using a Nikon camera or Nikon binoculars usually with a Nikon-branded strap prominently displayed.

I didn't see a single Canon in the movie. Just a coincidence I'm sure. :)

I don't know what models of DSLRs they were using, but I was amazed at the pictures they all seemed to capture, especially since most of them seemed to be using kit lenses. I guess I must be doing something wrong.

So, let's have some fun. What's your favorite/most amusing/most preposterous film scene involving a camera? What clever photo product placements have you seen in the movies or on television recently?
Nowadays ,Moviemaker is doing "hiden Advertisement "also. The movie make show off the product  in the movie plot with pre-agreement thet the manufacture will pay a fee to the movie maker. As you examplesays , all binoculars and cameras are Nikon (except one sceene). If it is not prearranged, I cannot think of  any other reason.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Up-sampling: Your thoughts?
« on: October 20, 2011, 12:37:21 PM »
Upsampling was do before by Fujicamera about 8 years ago. I cannot recall the model number. But I remember one of its advertisement says "body by Porche". may be you can look it up from Fuji's archive.

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