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EOS Bodies / Re: First 6D review up - does [KR] read [CR] ?
« on: November 15, 2012, 11:32:00 AM »
Why the zero in the links?  Don't want to inadvertently help KR rise to the top of the searches?

Got it in one :-) ... outbound links from a large site with Canon content to KR are worth a lot of money because of the way google works - if I set them (even from the forum), I want a free 5d3  ... no, wait, I'd be even ok with a 6d!

As a side comment - broken links cause Google to lower the rank of the web site that carries them (in this case,, as broken links indicate the site is not maintained and lets info (such as said links) go out of date. It might be best to not mark the URL as a link, or allow marking links as nofollow.

Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 15, 2012, 10:18:48 AM »
A few guidelines:

* No backup is forever, so refresh. Hard disks, DVDs, etc have a finite life time. At some stage it would corrupt, so you have no choice except making a fresh copy.

* Keep an off-line copy. An on-line disk exposes the files to viruses, and might be damaged due to power surge.

* Keep an off-site copy. A disk in your apartment might be damaged in fire, earth quake, flood, etc.

I stopped backing up to DVDs, because copying >100GB of data takes a long time, and distributing the work over time (e.g. start disk 1 before going to sleep, start disk 2 before going to work, start disk 3 before going to sleep, ...) makes tracking tedious.

BR would make it a lot easier, but around here both the BR-drives and the media are expensive to the point it's cheaper & faster to use hard disks.

I rent a locker in my gym, and keep a hard disk there. I go there often enough to rotate it.

Lenses / Re: Picking the Best 24-70mm f/2.8 Lens by WOMP
« on: November 15, 2012, 04:26:06 AM »
YAAR (yet another amateur review :-)) ... but thanks for the link. He didn't mention the new Canon 24-70/4is btw?

Not that I've noticed, which is why I've added f/2.8 to the title.

Lenses / Re: Picking the Best 24-70mm f/2.8 Lens by WOMP
« on: November 15, 2012, 04:24:55 AM »
Smashing lenses makes me care less about the "review" and more about the idiots and their stupid waste of great equipment...

It made me wonder whether they've paid for the lenses out of their own pockets.

Lenses / Picking the Best 24-70mm f/2.8 Lens by WOMP
« on: November 15, 2012, 01:50:09 AM »
Video is here.

It's video oriented, so the Tamron lens wins by virtue of having a stabilizer.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 11, 2012, 05:48:37 AM »
Doesn't it make sense that people would pay a premium for a much more handholdable low light lens?

Probably wrote it a hundred times - I shoot bands (read: people playing music, hence moving) in low light. Four stops better than 1/30 is 1/2. I'll admit up front some motion blur is useful in that context, but not that much motion blur, and I'll certainly not pay a 175% premium for it.

Lenses / Re: Canon Makes the EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Official
« on: November 11, 2012, 03:34:56 AM »

Sigma 35mm 1.4 at $899

Canon 35mm F2 IS at $849

Canon is getting truly ridiculous with their prices.

It's worse where I live.

Sigma & Samyang lenses cost exactly the same as in the U.S. (= convert to local currency, add sales tax, and it's the same +- $25), while Canon lenses have a significant sum added, regardless ot who imports it.

E.g. the EF 40mm f/2.8 is priced (exclusive of sales tax, converted back to US$) $219 - those $70 are a 45% markup. The EF 8-15mm f/4 is priced $1695, or $387 (or 23%) markup.

The price of the Canon 35mm f/2 is a bit cheaper than the Sigma in the U.S., but will be significantly more expensive around here. I use fast lenses shooting bands in low light situations, so I prefer another f/stop to IS. If I decided to spend that much on a 35mm lens, the Sigma would win my cash (joining three other Sigmas in my bag), just because Canon's (and Canon's importers') pricing policy.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Max Print Size for Landscapes
« on: November 10, 2012, 09:27:52 AM »
What's the intended viewing distance? The farther the viewers stand, the lower the resolution you can print the photos and still have them look good, and the larger you can print the photo.

E.g. ads hanged on the sides of building are seen from such a distance, it's printed ~20DPI. Those ads are printed on plastic nets with holes, so the wind would pass through, rather than act like a sail.

For more details, see pages like this.

Lenses / Re: New 50 Finally on the Way? [CR1]
« on: November 08, 2012, 12:00:29 AM »
With the exception of the 50 1.4 and possibly the 50L, which other lens would you guys like to see updated? I've heard people mention the 135L, 85 f/1.8 and the 100-400. Are we waiting for any others. Plz don't say 14-24 cos thats not an update!

As Canon's upgraded lenses have unreasonable prices, I'm not waiting for any lens to be upgraded.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Preorders
« on: November 07, 2012, 09:24:06 AM »
I know Canon keeps throwing the "the yen is expensive!" excuse out there but legitimate or not it's definitely wearing pretty thin.

The Yen is as high for the 35mm f/2 @ $310 as it is for the 35mm f/2 IS USM @ $850.

I think the best example of Canon shooting itself in the foot is killing the EF 15mm f/2.8 in favour of the EF 8-15mm f/4 L. If I had to buy a fisheye today, I would buy the Sigma 15mm f/2.8 because of price (~1/3), extra f-stop, and DxO support (e.g. defishing).

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS Coming [CR3]
« on: November 07, 2012, 03:54:17 AM »
Congratulations! At the MSRP of 1500$ for the 24-70 f/4L IS. This lens is now


I agree if purchased separately, but the theory was all along that this price will be just a marketing joke to be able to sell heavily "discounted" kits with the 6d making the new camera body more attractive.

That's the scenario that makes sense to me.

It's a good FF kit lens, in the sense that it goes from wide to short tele, has IS & USM, and allows a taste of macro without buying a macro lens, but I don't see it selling well as anything else. E.g. someone who shoots macro would buy a macro lens, and someone who doesn't (like me) wouldn't care for 0.7x max magnification and IS being hybrid.

I hope Canon wouldn't EOL the 24-105mm - I like it, my copy shows sign of age, and I find 70mm a bit short. If it's upgraded for a reasonable price, I might buy it.

Lenses / Re: Canon Makes the EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Official
« on: November 06, 2012, 05:21:44 AM »
I was waiting for a new 35mm f/2 with USM and improved diaphragm, but no way in hell I'm paying $850 (exclusive of hood & pouch, to add insult to injury).

Already bought the Samyang for about half the price, keeping an eye for the Sigma 35mm f/1.4

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 06, 2012, 03:17:38 AM »
How many parents will spend $800-$900 on a prime lens so they could shoot HD video of their kids playing sports?

With appropriate advertising, probably the same customers that spend $4000+ to buy a DSLR to take pictures of 1 month old babies and the cat...

If there are many of those parents, I'd say those advertisements were made by voodoo priests.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 06, 2012, 12:55:40 AM »
I beg to differ, Canon is following the money -> HD video DSLR + Lens sales. Just wait and see, the 6D will easily outsell the 1DX + 5D3 combined (obviously cheaper camera aimed at the masses), but Canon have done their homework on this, travel photographers like to shoot full-HD video to show to the folks back home, as well as taking stills. Moms + Dads love to shoot HD video of their kids playing sports etc. as well as taking photos, which explains why Canon have included similar AF-tracking in the 6D as the new 5D3. How many CR contributors justify expensive kit on the grounds that they can shoot their kids as well? (Just look at how many 50 1.2L shots are of Photogs progeny)

How many parents will spend $800-$900 on a prime lens so they could shoot HD video of their kids playing sports? Most people I know who have a crop camera either don't buy any primes at all, or buy one cheap prime for the fast aperture, which often is 50mm f/1.8.

Taking photos of my family is a justification for buying lenses. It wouldn't justify an $800 35mm f/2 IS USM prime. I would be hard pressed to justify it for $600, and I'm a bachelor who, in net terms, earns ~1.5x the average salary around here.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 05, 2012, 09:09:08 AM »
At last - the 35mm f/2 I was waiting for, specifically with USM & improved aperture. If the price is right, I'm buying one.

Alas, if the new 24 and 28 2.8 IS lenses are anything to go by, price will be substancially more than the old 35 f2......  ::)

With improved diaphragm and added IS & USM, it would be surprising if Canon didn't raise it's price significantly. I wouldn't make a big fuss if the price was raise 60% to U.S.$500

Also, consider it's position relative to the 35mm f/1.4 L USM - having the same diaphragm (8 rounded blades) & USM, the two lenses are not as differentiated as before - cash & IS would win many over one f stop.

On the other hand, Canon might replace the 35mm f/1.4 L with a 35mm f/1.2 L, and make even more people happy.

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