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Canon General / Re: 24-70Mk2 fell off my 5DMk3 and smashed
« on: March 31, 2013, 06:06:14 AM »
I pay $7.60 per year per $1K of covered gear.  As with all insurance, rates will vary based on your location.

That again reminds me that I still live in "emerging market" (central Europe,  part of EU). I just checked websites of few insurance companies - none of them offers such insurance (at least not as a standard service offered on their web sites). One got quite close with musical instruments but the upper bound was $2k-$2,5k and it didn't include insurance of any damage caused by incorrect handling. The price was 5x higher anyway.

The biggest local retailer offers similar insurance. From my understanding of their terms the insurance can be applied only when buying new equipment directly from the retailer. It can be arranged for one or two years and it cost 8x times more per year. I'm not sure how it works when you want insurance for longer time-frame.

There is still possibility that such insurance is provided by insurance company on-demand but from my experience the cost of any on-demand service will be really high. The cost of the insurance will also be affected by the participation in repair / replacement cost after accident. I can easily imagine something like 10% (or even more with small or none participation) of the equipment cost per year and that would be only insurance of the item for personal usage (no business related lose will be included).

Because you are using ISO 6400. Those two factors go somehow against each other. Use ISO 100 and it will work as expected. If you increased ISO to get better sensitivity use BULB to keep shutter opened longer than 30s.

EOS Bodies / Re: What is missing from the 7DII specs
« on: March 29, 2013, 09:49:01 AM »
Another sci-fi like thread? My opinion:

The only missing information for the rumored spec was a price tag. How much do you want to pay for 7DII? The feature set will place the camera in current Canon's line up. If the camera will be incremental update specialized for wildlife and sport photographers with better IQ, better ISO processing and better AF (that doesn't necessary mean more AF points) or even better FPS (all compared to 7D) we can hope for price around 6D (another specialized camera).

Adding more features will only make the camera more expensive. Canon still needs to make FF as interesting upgrade because going with FF means for sport and wildlife photographers bigger investments into glass with longer focal lengths and Canon wants you to make these investments. So if Canon decides to put features from 5D3 to crop camera and make it awesome for sport, wildlife, stills, portraits, landscape, events, video and whatever else, it only means that camera will be far more expensive than 5D3 (guess something like $4k+) with still somehow worse IQ (I don't think they will beat technical advantage of FF sensor). 

Of course there are features which makes sense for pro camera of any price tag - for example two card slots but we had only rumor about "some" test camera - not a real prototype of 7DII. Let's wait for the real announcement.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces the EOS T5i
« on: March 22, 2013, 09:23:44 AM »
The more I think about it, the fact that Canon didn't put wifi into the T5i(700D) or for that matter even the new SL1 is kinda perplexing/frustrating. Both these can be considered Canon's flagship entry level DSLRs for people migrating from point & shoots to more serious photography. We live in a world of iPhones & instant uploads. I thought the inclusion of wifi in last years "affordable" FF was a sign of things to come for Canon's future entry level DSLRs....but alas no.

I think Canon missed a real opportunity here. For one thing, wifi would have made the T5i an ACTUAL upgrade lol and not just in name only!....but it'd also be a REALLY useful & popular feature for consumers. Not to mention the fact that it'd help differentiate it from competitors like Nikon's offerings at a time when many are thinking Nikon is doing all the innovating lately.


I agree with missed opportunity. WiFi was something I definitely expected in the new version. Together with touchscreen they make stellar features for mass market. Canon already have application for iOS and Android to communicate with 6D. It could be just extended for T5i and make this huge differentiation to other entry level DSLRs.

Skiltron, the point is the average rebel user isn't an above average photographer... it's a person who goes to costco and see's a rebel as splurging...  It's the realtor that would rather do their own photos rather than pay for a pro to do them for them and wonder why the photos dont look right...  It's that soccer mom who wants to take the photos of little jimmy and dont give a rats butt about the horrid noise...  Then they read in the manual that oh yeah, it has afma, and has NO clue how to do it, or dont even read the manual in the first place and dont even know it's there... then canon has to deal with the morons who buy the camera, reads about afma, and then calls them asking how to do it, and have their employees on the phone with the people for 10-15 minutes at a time trying to talk them through it, wasting their time and money...  It's stupid... it's advanced... It's like getting a hyundai accent and complaining it has a stick shift saying it should have pedal shifters instead.  It's more than enough camera for what that target market is aimed for.

awinphoto i tell you a secret!

MONEY has nothing to do with intelligence, artistic vision or knowledge about a certain topic.

but MONEY does have much to do with what people can AFFORD!

what i want to say, there are A LOT of people who could make very good use of AFMA but can not afford a body with that feature.
or they wisely chose to invest the limited budget they have in lenses not bodys.

as mentioned before by someone, AFMA is a feature to fix canons own shortcomings in the manufacturing process. it should be a standard feature!

While this statement is correct it is hopeless ... There are people who die because they cannot afford proper treatment. Some products or services are considered premium no matter what is their real cost and what should be their effect if offered in much affordable price. This is ugly but quite deep part of "modern culture" and economic reality. 

Seriously guys (all of you who calls for innovation or better products): The only real thing you can do is change your equipment for Nikon, Olympus, Sony or whatever else. That is the only hurt you can do to Canon and the only way you can let Canon know that you disagree with their strategy. Otherwise you can only wait till Canon decides to show something. Rant on Internet has no effect - it leads only to flamewars. Only if Canon's market share and income drops they will start looking for the reason. Until that they have you exactly when they want you, because they know that once they release something interesting you will all run and buy it. They already have your money, they just choosing when to collect them ... It is called vendor lock-in (caused by investments you already made to vendor's products).

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T5i Leaks
« on: March 20, 2013, 05:11:13 AM »
It may sound silly but the target customers of Rebel or EOS-B usually don't care about number of AF points or quality of sensor - price and gimmicks are more important. I saw it on myself and my family / friends. Rebel users can be in my opinion divided into three groups:

  • First time DSLR users who will never uncover full potential of their entry level camera. They will use as much auto features as possible - auto focus, auto focus point selection, auto white balance, auto exposition (and scenic modes later), auto ISO jpg, etc.
  • Few users from the first group will go deeper, find limitation of their camera it the area of their interest and some of them will look for upgrade. I count myself into this group.
  • More skilled users who are looking for second / third DSLR body where the main requirement is size / weight or who are looking for a camera for their family members (that goes back to the first group).

If you don't know anything about DSLR, MP count may be something you will compare in product lists but when it comes to hands-on comparison all those gimmicks matters. The reason why I bought Rebel T4i as my first camera was because my friends use Canon (= recommendation) and because of ergonomics. It feels better in my hands than Nikon and it has a stellar feature - the touch screen. That is the WOW feature when I show my camera to my friends. Nobody cares what sensor do I have or how many AF points my camera have because they usually have older models which are sufficient for their needs but all of them see huge benefit in touch screen because the user experience in handling the camera settings and browsing / zooming images is what mass market in 2013 expects. The touch screen will be the only feature I will miss after upgrading to better model (6D).

If Canon adds WiFi to entry level model to make syncing images to tablet or smartphone straightforward, Nikon and others will IMHO not be impressive by their technology but only by their price because Canon is usually more expensive.

Btw. I don't believe that 18 MP or 24 MP makes any big difference in cameras mostly used with kit lenses and images used for small prints or web presentations (with no post production at all).

My first disappointment was quickly replaced with satisfaction. I'm Rebel T4i user and I want to upgrade. I was about to buy 6D when I saw rumors about new APS-C cameras coming. So I waited. If 70D is announced this week I may wait even longer before it is available and before some reviews come out. Now if it will not be announced I can happily buy 6D next month without waiting for miracle. I'm quite happy with its specs and I believe it will be nice companion to my Tamron 24-70 VC and 70-300L.

Lenses / Re: 650D lenses
« on: February 22, 2013, 03:02:11 AM »
I'm in the same situation. I bought 650D with kit lens (18-135 3.5-5.6 IS STM) in November. I already know that I will replace the camera in next few months with better model. I want bigger body with better build and at least basic weather sealing, much better viewfinder and better iso performance. At the moment my choice would be 6D with kit lens (24-105 4 L IS). I'm waiting for 70D to make final decision.

I don't take photos of sport or wildlife. Most of my photos are family events, portraits, landscape, animals (my cats, dogs and I expect a lot of photos from ZOO in the future) and occasionally details (flowers).

I made my own research to build list of lenses I may be interested in. The selection is always tradeoff between quality and price. I already bought Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC. It is awesome but it is more suitable for full frame camera. Better choice for crop camera would be already mentioned Canon 15-55 2.8 IS (price of both is almost the same).

Here are other lenses I found interesting for my needs:
Canon 17-40 4 L
Canon 100 2.8 L IS Macro
Tamron 70-200 2.8 VC or Canon 70-200 4 L IS
Tamron 70-300 4-5.6 VC
Sigma 50 1.4 or Canon 50 1.4

All these lenses can be used on 650D or any other 1.6 crop camera but they will also work on full frame. Beware that 650D is relatively new body so there can be some issues with older third party lenses (Tamron, Sigma, ...). I found that the hard way with my Tamron - the lens was discharging the battery of my 650D even when camera was off. This caused the fully charged battery to be completely drained within two days. I returned the lens to retailer for "repair" last week - I hope it is just a firmware issue.

Edit: Before I considered full frame as my next camera I had thought about Canon 10-22 3.5-4.5 EF-S or Sigma 10-20 3.5 instead of Canon 17-40 4 L but those lenses would not work with full frame body.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 7100 has been anounced
« on: February 21, 2013, 03:39:14 AM »
It looks like everybody compares D7100 with 7D2 rumors but in my opinion this camera should be competition to 70D ... Specs are really interesting with very nice price tag but we will see how it performs in the real world situations. I'm especially interested in reviews of ISO performance, f/8 center point AF and how IQ is affected by missing low pass filter.

I would really like to see some Nikon features to become standard in Canon enthusiasts level cameras as well. For example 100% viewfinder and 2 SD card slots.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark ii with WiFi/GPS or Without?
« on: February 20, 2013, 04:12:15 AM »
In my opinion every Canon camera released after Rebel T4i / 650D should have touch screen and every Canon camera released after 6D should have WiFi and GPS (if possible because they will most probably not work behind metal plate). All these features were already included in some model, all are quite cheap and doesn't increase the cost of the device (they are present in every budget smart phone), all are optional (you don't need to use them if you don't want) and all can bring significant value to users who want to use them - ergonomics or workflow improvements.

I'm amateur currently looking for upgrade from my 650D. I love 6D except two disappointments: no touch screen and "only" 97% viewfinder. I will wait for 70D and after that decide which one is better for my needs, skill and budget (in terms of cost/performance ratio).

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 19, 2013, 10:07:12 AM »
Build quality like 5D3
GPS & Wifi

These two rumors seem quite contradictory. Quote from 6D in-depth review by DPReview:

Construction is solid, if perhaps not offering quite the same bullet-proof feel as the EOS 5D Mark III or EOS 7D. In part this is because the 6D has a plastic top plate, which according to Canon is necessary to allow the Wi-Fi and GPS to work. The rest of the body uses a magnesium alloy shell, and Canon describes it as 'dust and drip-proof'.

I bought this lens last week to replace my EF-S 18-135 IS STM kit lens for Canon 650D (Rebel T4i). I was looking for standard zoom with 2.8 aperture and optical stabilization with good cost / performance ratio. While Canon EF-S 17-55 IS should be probably better choice for APS-C sensor I chose Tamron because its focal lengths better match my needs. I don't regret my choice. I cannot compare its build or optical quality but I really like it.

Unfortunately I have one major issue with my new lens. Since I bought it, I have significant problem with quickly discharging battery. First I thought that the reason is a build size causing higher energy consumption by AF and VC but the issue happens even if I don't use my camera (with Tamron lens attached). Yesterday I found that it is reported issue with yearly "revision" which was released prior to Rebel T4i and 6D:

Both 6D and the last Rebel (and probably all upcoming models) are affected by this issue with yearly revisions of Tamron 24-70 VC. According to linked discussion, warranty replacement for newer revision should solve that. Even with this issue there is still no other lens available on the market I would select as replacement of my Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC.

Btw. I'm considering the new Tamron 70-200/2.8 VC as my next purchase so any hands-on experience is welcome!

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