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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake
« on: June 07, 2012, 07:12:48 AM »
So , for those concern the F-Stop , please forgive this lens and go for the L , faster lens with higher price and bulkier size.........

I don't have the cash to buy L, nor do I see the benefit of f/2.8 primes over the EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM for FF or EF 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM for APS-C.

I agree with preppyak - if f/2.8 is the standard for new non-L primes, sales would drop to the floor.

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siri will keep annoying you by criticising your exposure

Note the quote saying "today's cameras confuse users with way too many options based on legacy concepts - ISO, aperture and shutter speed hugely impact images ... Apple could disrupt the camera market with a simpler device that produces pro-quality results, continuing the instant photography mission of Polaroid's Edwin Land ..."

Apple is going to get rid of the legacy concept of exposure, so how could siri criticize it?

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 L USM Macro lens discontinued ???
« on: June 06, 2012, 02:14:34 AM »
Its due for a update, maybe they will announce it soon, and deliver in a few years?  I'm getting pretty cynical about Canon lens announcements.  I am equally cynical about Sigma vaporware lenses.

Sigma has 180mm & 150mm macro lenses on sale which, based on reviews & the experience of photographers I know, are quite good.

As Sigma produces the 180mm macro lens for years, I think it's safe to assume it's profitable, which makes me wonder why Canon would discontinue it's 180mm macro lens. Maybe Canon thinks it can use the resources for more profitable lenses.

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Lenses / Re: Canon's "matte" lens hoods.
« on: June 05, 2012, 08:16:23 AM »
I do.. that's why they're scratched up.. Maybe it's gear OCD but I like them to stay "new-like" for as long as I can.. however, once it's been scratched.... it's like a green light to "not care"..

Heh, it's the same when you buy a new car (or different one).  You pray not to get any dings or scratches, but once it happens then the worrying is over and you don't care as much.

I've read an article once about a car manufacturor that sold cars pre-scratched, so owners wouldn't worry to begin with. It didn't catch.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Odds & Ends - Mirrorless [CR1]
« on: June 03, 2012, 10:27:47 AM »
I world Expect it included with The camera

Why do you expect it to be included with the camera ???

Nikon doesn't supply the $269.97 FT-1 (F) Mount Adapter with the Nikon 1.
Olympus doesn't supply the $169.99 MMF-2 (4/3 to M4/3) with it's M4/3 cameras.
Sony doesn't supply the $399.99 LA-EA2 (Alpha mount to E mount) with NEX cameras.

Why would Canon give it away for free, when they can make a profit by selling it ??? just like everyone else ???

It would be the same as with current extension tubes w/ EOS contacts - Canon sells price it's branded tubes to cause sticker shock, and the unwashed masses will buy Chinese tubes for $15 a piece on Amazon.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Odds & Ends - Mirrorless [CR1]
« on: June 02, 2012, 01:36:36 PM »
2. LENS SIZE - no big problem
just look at M-mount lenses not only from Leica but also from Voigtlander and other manufacturers. Even a decent f/4 kit-zoom  could be made very compact and with decent optical quality.  As a matter of fact, no need to develop a new proprietary mount. Just take the patent-expired Leica M-mount and electrify it, using Canon pin layout and mountr-lens protocol. It would be backwards compatible with M-mount lenses  w/ manual focusing.

So the adapter required to connect an EF[-S] lens to the mirrorless camera would be an extension tube with contacts?

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Lenses / Re: Would Canon produce new 28/1.8?
« on: June 02, 2012, 12:22:29 PM »
DISCLAIMER: I understand the reasons for fast aperture lenses and their benefits.  I play -to a certain extent- devils advocate.

I think the problem is that for many users the zooms are actually good enough these days, and in particular, the consumer zooms are damn fine for the money.  Why do you need f2.8 or faster?  Just up the ISO?  Etc.   

Personally, I shoot in low light (mostly clubs & outdoor events), and use ISO >1600 often. If I was a Rothschild, I would buy f/1.4 L primes. Not being one, I wish for cheaper & f/1.4 < aperture < f/2.8

If slow (as in f/3.5-5.6) zooms are optically as good as f/2.8 primes & ISO solves the speed issue, at some point people would just stop buying f/2.8 primes. I would think Canon would want to sell more lenses, but possibly might want free those resources to make lenses for more profitable EF[-S] / cinema / fill the blank lenses, or just close the production  lines and save money.

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Patent: 24-1060mm Zoom Lens
« on: May 30, 2012, 11:59:43 PM »
* Two four-sided aspherical

Huh? Shouldn't that be four two-sided aspherical?

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Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS at B&H for $849.95

Canon EF 28 f/2.8 IS at B&H for $799.95

A local price comparison site brought 5 stores that sells the EF 24 f/2.8 for < $500 including all taxes. The new price is going to make it hard to sell the lens, especially as it would have to compete with the 5D's kit lens (only one stop slower), and crop camera owners have the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS as an alternative (a dozen local shops offer it for <U.S.$1,250 including all taxes).

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If you started from scratch again, lets say theft or storm, all your equipment was lost.

What lenses and cameras would you re-purchase first and others later? Would you take this opportunity to switch to nikon?

I prefer & use wide lenses to teles, so I find the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 very attractive.

In that situation I would certainly become familiar with Nikon lenses, and consider buying it over Canon.

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EOS Bodies / Re: This should be more than a rumour
« on: May 29, 2012, 05:29:58 AM »
I had an idea attacking the problem from a different angle: a two parts device, one attaches to the owner's belt and the other attached to the equipment, the two communicate wirelessly to estimate the distance between them, and if it crosses a settable distance, both emit an alarming sound.

This can protect against equipment being stolen or forgotten, and can be used for other purposes, e.g. childs getting lost in a crowd. It would be easy to attach to a camera using a miniature version of bike locks on the loops holding the neck strap, but lenses are a different story.

I've consulted a knowledgeable businessman I trust, and he says this idea can't be protected by a patent, so developing it is a problem - if it succeeds, it will be immediately copied, making it unprofitable.

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Lenses / Re: Most requested lenses for replacement?
« on: May 28, 2012, 01:38:46 PM »
Non-L primes: add ring USM, faster aperture, better IQ, more apreture blades, and IS where applicable

Since there are the L primes, why don't you just ask Canon to write you a paycheck? However, I agree with you that the micro usm like on the 50/1.4 really needs to phased out, there are enough other things to distinguish lenses.

I'll settle for non-L primes and half a check ;)

And on a serious note - I'm griping about the prices Canon charge for upgraded lenses. If those lenses were released with a reasonable price tag, I'd be happy to buy and/or upgrade them one by one over time. If I made a living off my equipment (I wish I did, I wish I did, I wish I did), maybe I could afford all L lenses, but as I don't, I have to opt for the non-L & used lenses.

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Lenses / Re: Most requested lenses for replacement?
« on: May 28, 2012, 01:15:25 PM »
Non-L primes: add ring USM, faster aperture, better IQ, more apreture blades, and IS where applicable - 20mm f/2 USM, 24mm f/2 USM, 35mm f/2 USM, 50mm f/1.4 [IS would be nice for APS-C cameras], 85mm f/1.8 IS USM, 135mm f/1.8 IS USM.

A new lens to compete with the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8

A big, healthy, resounding upgrade to my wallet, so I could buy all of the above, as well as the 8-15mm f/4 L, TS-E 17mm f/4 L, and 200mm f/2 L IS USM.

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EOS Bodies / Re: This should be more than a rumour
« on: May 28, 2012, 04:49:03 AM »
DEC computers used to have a PIN to protect the computer from booting into safe mode, booting from an alternate disk, etc, as a way to protect the computer in case someone had console access.

In case the password was forgotten, a DEC technician could take out the internal battery which supplied the memory cheap holding the password with power, and thus erase it.

Point is DEC computers weren't as steal-able as photography equipment, and it's easier to cheat service people with stories like 'about the owner having died, went on a trip to some remote location,

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Lenses / Re: Canon 35mm f/2 vs Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 vs Canon f/2.8
« on: May 24, 2012, 01:25:36 PM »
I have both the Canon 35mm f/2 and Rokinon 35mm f/1.4

The Rokinon is fully manual, meaning you'll have to set both the aperture & focus by hand. If bokeh is important to you, the Canon 35mm f/2 has a nervous bokeh when linear objects are out of focus, as can be seen in the Photozone review of the lens.

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