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Lenses / Re: IS Versions of the 50mm, 85mm & 135mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: December 15, 2013, 09:50:11 AM »
It is not unreasonable to say that Canon will replace the 20mm f/2.8 in the near future with IS, if they are replacing the 85mm f/1.8 USM with an IS version.  Price should be pretty comparable to the 24/28/35mm IS primes.  My assumption of this future lens was in no way unrealistic.

I agree with you that it is realistic, but here's another way to look at it: the 20mm f/2.8 is apparently selling well enough to stay in production for many years. Canon could make a new non-L 20mm, and have one 20mm prime lens in production, or a new 20mm L prime and keep on selling the non-L as well.

Then again, maybe Canon never made a 20mm L because 20mm f/2.8 sales are too low to justify two primes at that focal length, in which case it might be too low to justify a new 20mm f/2.8 IS USM.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Not Coming? [CR1]
« on: December 14, 2013, 11:21:57 AM »
My 2c is that Canon might have too many DSLR lines to differentiate, and might want to cancel one of them. I mean, how many ways can Canon slice features like AF, DPAF, and SD vs. CF cards?

Looking at it another way, Canon is about to finish upgrading all it's super teles, after which it probably plans not to upgrade again for 20 more years. Canon will probably need to push out a 24MP APS-C sensor soon. I doubt the super teles can resolve a lot more than 24MP on APS-C. So, if Canon released a 7DmkII with a 24MP sensor, the same issue would rise with the lower lines - can't raise resolution, so what differentiates the lower lines?

So my guess Canon is going to eliminate a line of cameras, maybe merging the xxD & 7D lines.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II to Finally Arrive? [CR1]
« on: December 10, 2013, 10:02:53 AM »
Yes, this would be great to see if Canon can compete with Sigma's 35mm f1.4, especially with a competitive price.

The current 35mm f/1.4L mkI is ~$500 more expensive than the Sigma, and the mkII's price will fall below that of the mkI in the foreseeable future, so I don't see the two competing on price.

EOS Bodies / Re: "Two New FF Bodies in 2014" - if 5DM4, would you jump in?
« on: December 09, 2013, 02:28:29 AM »
A big enough subjset of:

* Improved AF, e.g. illuminated AF points & improved coverage.

* Improved IQ, e.g. in high ISO performance.

* Built in RT transmitter.

* GPS.


* Interchangeable focusing screens, compatible with the 5Dmk2's focusing screens..

* Faster SD slot, supporting UHS-1.

What would set me off is:

* A new 5D is plenty expensive, I don't want to spend more on new batteries and new memory cards.

* >24MP. I don't really need more than that, extra pixels come with a price, esp in lenses that can actually sharp enough. I'll have to save for a while to upgrade to the 5DmkIV, the only way I'll buy a Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 is if I win the lottery.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Get a new camera every 150,000 pictures?
« on: December 08, 2013, 06:18:08 PM »
Like many mechanical devices from cameras, cars, HDD's, dishwashers etc, major failure is more likely to happen in the first few days than at any other time.

Electronic devices have a fair share of infant death, and it's common enough in microprocessors for Intel to invest in tracking the problem and trying to avoid it.

Personally, I had an Intel Pentium fail during OS installation. Two shop owners told me they prefer to install windows for their customers just to make sure all the parts (installation media, CD drive, etc) work. The replacement worked for over five years.

Had to replace a brand name thumb drive the day I bought it. The replacement worked for close to a decade.

Which is why I recommend testing a new memory card before using it - low level format, a burst, a few seconds of video, and download the files. Better to spend a few minutes with each card, than losing a bunch of photos on that one in a million infant deaths.

Why would Canon feel compelled to rush into the high megapixel market when it's pretty much been a flop for Nikon and Sony?

In what sense is it a flop?

My understanding is the D800[E] is intended to serve a niche market of high end studio and landscape. Therefore I wouldn't measure it's success by comparing units sold to the 5Dmk3.

Agree. Why is it a flop?? Either for Nikon or Sony??

Cause its for a niche market.
Being a professional photographer is a niche market in itself, to be a niche within a niche... not really a successful business plan.

Going straight to the end of your post, if Nikon made a profit on the D800 (and whatever lenses & other equipment it wouldn't have sold otherwise, e.g. by getting customers who would have otherwise bought an MF camera), then it's a success.

Next year is a Photokina year and it would be very surprising if Canon doesn't have anything to announce for the show.

By the look of things, the 5DIII/6D split of the 5D-series was somewhat rushed - without a unified vision/strategy behind it.
So, my expectation is that Canon will be working to address that.

The most likely candidate for Photokina announcement is the 5DIV, IMO.
Probably with more megapixels (~30?) and modern amenities like WiFi and dual-pixel AF.

I bought a 5Dmk2, and upgraded to 5Dmk3, but Canon would be hard pressed to sell me a 5DmkIV with ~30MP. I don't need that much, and it would have a price in computer resources needed to handle the images, and possibly at fps (or would require faster memory cards, read: money, to keep it the same).

And yes, I know about sRaw & mRaw, but DxO doesn't support those, and "ditch it for another software just so you could get a feature you don't want" shouldn't be in any salesperson's vocabulary.

I'd rather have video features, e.g. DPAF, over more pixels.

Other photographers might want higher MP, and if there's money in it, Canon should go for it. I'd just rather see it in a different cameras line, say new 1D-Studio.

Why would Canon feel compelled to rush into the high megapixel market when it's pretty much been a flop for Nikon and Sony?

In what sense is it a flop?

My understanding is the D800[E] is intended to serve a niche market of high end studio and landscape. Therefore I wouldn't measure it's success by comparing units sold to the 5Dmk3.

Lenses / Re: IS Versions of the 50mm, 85mm & 135mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: December 05, 2013, 04:04:16 AM »
You only lose a little speed and weather-sealing (in the case of the 24mm F/1.4L).

"Only" use weather sealing? Well, it obviously depends on what you shoot, but for me it makes *the* difference between usable and no ends of repair bills like I experienced with my old non-L macro :-\

I have to admit I find it hilarious if Canon will go on reserving sealing (which would consist of some rubber rings and such - please correct my if I'm wrong) for "L" lenses, for a €600-€800 lens this should be a given - at least to a standard that covers light rain, but maybe reserves wartime usage in the tropical rainforest for the premium models.

IMHO, this is one of those times it's justified to demand a high price for a feature, in face of it's [I assume] low manufacturing cost.

I look at it like this: assume the new non-L primes have weather sealing. On the one hand you have non-L primes with IS, USM, good IQ, and weather resistant sealing, and on the other hand you have L primes with no IS, are just a stop or two faster (which today's ISO performance isn't as important as it used to be 15 years ago), and the question of why would a photographer pay an extra for the red ring.

So I think it makes sense L lenses would have an extra stop, better IQ, and that "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these lenses from the reliable completion of their work" build, which includes weather sealing.

Lenses / Re: IS Versions of the 50mm, 85mm & 135mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: November 27, 2013, 12:52:52 PM »
...and hopefully, Canon will learn from its overpricing of the 24/28/35 IS lenses and just come to market with the right price.  I previously said I would gladly pay $799 for all of the above in a 50mm lens.  But the market performance of the 24/28/35 puts these lenses in the $500-600 range.


The 135L is a special lens that I don't think will be lumped in with a 50/85 refresh (keep in mind that there also is a 100m F/2 USM that no one talks about, also in need of a refresh).  I see the 135L being a very serious piece of kit that will get its own fanfare when it is released.

Canon, give me my new 50!


*sigh* Ok, new lenses, probably better optical IQ than their previous, with IS (yay?), more expensive and a lot slower. Yes, I said it, f/2.8 is slow. For a good quality prime that is. For a zoom, yea, that's pretty fast. But for the 85mm going from f/1.8 to f/2.8? Ugh.

The rumour states f/2 not f/2.8: granted that's 1/3rd stop slower, but not as bad as you're suggesting. I'd take 1/3rd stop slower maximum aperture if it meant higher resolution at f/2 and lower longitudinal CAs than the current 85mm f/1.8.


My 2 cents:

1. That somebody published a story that claims Terry Richardson did something does not make the story true. Maybe he has a case for defamation.

2. To the best of my knowledge of Israeli law, if Richardson did this in Israel, and the models were over 18 (with exceptions that I don't think apply here), it would be legal. I think it would be immoral and unprofessional, but still legal.

Lenses / Re: More Mentions of 2014 Being the Year of the Lens [CR1]
« on: November 18, 2013, 01:01:35 PM »
Widest FF zoom lens: 12-24 L f/2.8 USM
Except 12mm is already being done; they'd have to make it an 11-xx lens to be the widest.
Canon makes the 8-15mm already, so to be the widest, it must be really wide ...

IMHO, a wider than 180deg circular fisheye is very unlikely - it would have the granddaddy of niche market, and compete with Canon's own 8-15mm fisheye zoom.

So I'm for an ultra wide lens, as

I. Both Nikon & Sigma have wider zooms, so there's a market for such a lens.

II. Canon camera owners buy Nikon's ultra wide zoom with an adapter, so Canon is losing sales, and specifically the kind which might make people switch brands. Again, more so than to the Nikon 6mm.

III. Nikon issued a patent for a full frame 10mm prime. It wouldn't necessarily get into production, but it helps giving Nikon an image of the leader in ultra wide lenses.

So I'm for an ultra wide rectilinear zoom.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel SL1/Kiss X7 in White
« on: November 14, 2013, 08:39:55 AM »
I hope that white paint is dirt resistant.

Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 13, 2013, 06:08:03 AM »
BTW, why hasn't anyone considered some of those 8 lenses might be for cinema?


And also EF-S and EF-M...

I've listed EF-S lenses, e.g. EF-S 18-200mm IS STM.

Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 13, 2013, 06:07:02 AM »
They have a very good value for money 85mm 1.8 and a superb 85 1.2L II that most probably focus much better than Sigma... :)

I keep hearing the 85mm f/1.2L II focuses so slowly... ;-)
The 85 1.2L II focusing keeps coming back as a problem. It is clearly a love or hate lens. I am in the love category. I can only say that when you learn how to use it and you don't shoot F-1 cars coming right at you, it is a phenomenal lens. But if they updated it with same IQ, added IS and a faster (regular USM) focusing mechanism, I'd probably buy it.

Well, if I had the money & guts to work as a photographer, I would buy it to shoot portraits, and use a tripod.

My point was Canon might have benefit from upgrading one or both lenses, e.g. to sell you an improved f/1.2.

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