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Messages - Ellen Schmidtee

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Lenses / Re: Speculation: Year of the Lens
« on: March 03, 2014, 11:32:58 AM »
Economy being what it is the last few years, I doubt there's more profit in the Otus price range than there is in the L price range.

Personally, I don't keep an open eye to upgrade any of my L lenses, nor am I willing to pay L-to-Otus prices. I would be willing to upgrade my Sigma 12-24mm with a Canon ultrawide.

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DXO testing shows results very close to the Otus 55 mm, in fact second best for any lens behind Otus and the best audiofocus lens DXO has every tested.

Huh?

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Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: February 14, 2014, 01:51:41 PM »
with 77mm filter threads and IS please...

The 16-35 II is already 82mm.  Why on earth would they make it smaller when 82mm is turning into the new standard for the zooms?  The 24-70 II is 82mm, and surely the 70-200 III (if ever made) would avail itself of that added surface area.

Eventually, I think 77mm filters will be relegated to 'one-step-down-from-priciest' L lenses, like the 17-40, 24-105, 24-70 F/4, etc.

I hope not. The 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is already a big lens, I hope Canon wouldn't make it any larger.

As far as I understand, the wide lenses got a larger wide element to help reduce vignetting, which is redundant on long lenses.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: February 12, 2014, 01:30:22 PM »
The gauntlet was also thought to be thrown down when the D800 came out and yet we are still here with our puny 20ish megapixel sensors and measly sub 12 stops of DR being forced to use inferior equipment to make images. Canon better do something now or they won't sell anymore 5D3s or 6Ds (oh wait, that was last year's BS from the NICHE of people on the internet).

Despite what everyone might like to think. Canon cannot respond to a new product such as the D800 in less than 3 years. There's just too much R&D required. Well maybe 2 if they were really in a hurry.

Canon already made APS-H sensors with 120 MP in 2010, surely it can make 40 MP FF sensors at 1/5th the pixel density. Canon makes enough money to prove it's management is smart enough to ask "can we make a profit selling this or similar technology to consumers", and if we haven't seen it in 3+ years, the answer is probably no.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Medium Format
« on: February 12, 2014, 08:52:38 AM »
But if the price drops the market for medium format could grow substantially and Canon might be interested.
Current full frame 35mm format might become the new APS-C and medium format the new full frame.
I don’t see that happening in the next 2 or 3 years, but in long term…

I see electronics' price dropping, but lenses?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: February 12, 2014, 03:55:28 AM »
Quick test, go and ask 10 random people (non photog/videographers) to define what 4k video is for you and see what you get. Then come back and tell me how impactful this development is going to be.

I think you would be hard-pressed even now to find many people that could tell you what 480, 720, and 1080 are.

I know, and I wouldn't pay extra for 4K video.

There haven't been a TV in my apartment for at least decade. Saw five episodes of Survivor (U.S. version, the season shot on the Marquesas Islands), and gifted my TV set to neighbor who told me he wanted to buy one . Most of my family members have a TV because it's a way to keep the kids busy.

Most 2560xwhatever displays are 27" or larger - too big for me to use as a computer monitor.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 24-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS
« on: February 10, 2014, 01:33:39 AM »

Eh, what can they really innovate in that spectrum? They already have the whole 24-xx spectrum covered; they just need to update the 28-135.

Not really, on both counts.  This looks like Canon is trying to build some new low-end kit lenses for convincing people to switch from crop-body cameras to full-frame cameras.  If you want to get the low-end consumers to move from EF-S to EF, you need a lens that will feel similar to what they're shooting with now.  Lots of folks shoot with the 18–55 kit lens, which is angle-equivalent to about a 29–88.  For those folks, a 24–85 lens is a pretty good match—wider at the wide end, and only slightly wider at the long end.

The whole point in a kit lens is for the photographer to start with something cheap so they would get a good idea what lens they want to spend good money on (wider and/or longer, faster, etc).

In other words, I doubt people would start with APS-C + 18-55mm and say "oh, I like the lens, we just want a bigger sensor", and fork the cash needed for a 6D + EF 24-85mm.

The scenarios I see are

A) APS-C + kit -> upgrade lens -> possibly buy more lenses -> upgrade to FF

B) Cheap FF w/ EF 24–85 in the kit -> upgrade lenses.

In the later case, a cheaper than the current 24-105mm kit would make it easier to buy FF as first camera, skipping APS-C cameras altogether.

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Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 09, 2014, 09:40:26 AM »
Fortunately, my P/S camera has "cat mode".
What are the other modes? For taking pictures of one fish or two fishes?
I haven't held a p&s in years. I see I haven't missed anything! :)

It's an water proof cameras, and the icons sequence is "one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish", and continues to black fish, old fish, and new fish.
I honestly cannot be sure if that's a joke or not :D

It's a Dr. Seuss camera for kids. When they get old enough to travel with their parents, they'll upgrade to a Doctor Dolittle camera.

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Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 08, 2014, 09:41:07 AM »
Fortunately, my P/S camera has "cat mode".
What are the other modes? For taking pictures of one fish or two fishes?
I haven't held a p&s in years. I see I haven't missed anything! :)

It's an water proof cameras, and the icons sequence is "one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish", and continues to black fish, old fish, and new fish.

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Lenses / Re: Another Mention of a New Macro Lens in 2014 [CR1]
« on: February 06, 2014, 12:13:47 PM »
First: Mamiya makes an excellent 140mm macro that covers the image area of a 6x7cm system. Using its rather simple optical formula for making a 140mm T&S lens for 35mm cameras should be quite doable.

Wouldn't that formula be protected by a patent? It would eat out of the profits, if Mamiya agrees to license it at all.

The reason why I don't think that Canon would make a T&S macro is because it is unwieldy for portrait and for hand held shooting and would therefore attract only a tiny niche market.

I'm not sure why would people want to use such a lens for portraits, but it would still be useful on a tripod in studio for that purpose.

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Lenses / Re: Another Mention of a New Macro Lens in 2014 [CR1]
« on: February 05, 2014, 02:32:56 PM »
My (naïve?) expectation is for a 180mm w/ the 100mm's HIS, and that a macro zoom that ends at ~200mm would compete with one of the 70-200mm models, but maybe Canon is going for something to compliment the 24-70mm f/4

Nikon has a zoom macro I think...

Too big a zoom range might sacrifice one of quality, price or weight.

A 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6, which has been discontinued, and takes the "world's first" bragging rights from Canon.

I don't think Canon can release such a zoom lens w/o IS, which would make profit issues worse, as Canon has two new stabilized 70-200mm lenses (f/4 from 2006, f/2.8 from 2010) which magnify ~1:5 w/o extension tubes to compete with it.

Maybe I'm missing something.

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Lenses / Re: Another Mention of a New Macro Lens in 2014 [CR1]
« on: February 05, 2014, 01:55:27 PM »
Macro *zoom* sounds a bit surprising, but a 180mm macro replacement sounds plausible.

It's almost 20 years old, and the Sigma 180mm macro is almost a stop faster + has IS, though it's IQ isn't as good as the Canon's.

My (naïve?) expectation is for a 180mm w/ the 100mm's HIS, and that a macro zoom that ends at ~200mm would compete with one of the 70-200mm models, but maybe Canon is going for something to compliment the 24-70mm f/4

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon 11-24mm f/4 Lens
« on: January 26, 2014, 02:52:12 AM »
For those who want the lens faster than f/4:

* If you need fast, you can buy the 14mm f/2.8, 20mm f/2.8, 16-35mm f/2.8, or 24mm f/1.4.

* I can think of only one rectilinear lens wider than 14mm, and it's slower than f/4.

* Apparently there wasn't much demand for zooms wider than 16mm, proof being the Sigma 12-24mm was the only such zoom for nearly a decade. I don't buy that Nikon & Canon just couldn't make a similar ultra wide zoom to compete. It's either there was no money in it, or they couldn't make one they felt would be up to their brand names' standards.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 11-24/4 patent
« on: January 25, 2014, 10:34:08 AM »
I hope this one will go to production.

Agree but want it to rival the Nikon 14-24 for IQ

I'll settle on 'well justifies an upgrade from the Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 DG HSM II', which I think will have to be the same as 'rivals the Nikon 14-24mm's IQ'.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 11-24/4 patent
« on: January 25, 2014, 05:42:52 AM »
I hope this one will go to production.

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