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Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 11:15:39 PM »
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... ;-)

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Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 01:23:12 PM »
BTW, why hasn't anyone considered some of those 8 lenses might be for cinema?

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Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 01:21:17 PM »
85/1.4
85/1.2L III
This is not realistic. 1.4 would compete with 1.2. You may wish it but it will simply not happen.

Sigma already has an 85mm f/1.4, which competes with the 85mm f/1.8, if not the 85mm f/1.2. As noted before, reviews show the Sigma to have inferior IQ.
True, but Sigma MUST try to compete with Canon. Canon will not compete with themselves!

But Canon ignore Sigma?

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Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 10:41:06 AM »
85/1.4
85/1.2L III
This is not realistic. 1.4 would compete with 1.2. You may wish it but it will simply not happen.

Sigma already has an 85mm f/1.4, which competes with the 85mm f/1.8, if not the 85mm f/1.2. As noted before, reviews show the Sigma to have inferior IQ.

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Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 10:28:38 AM »
Canon says, "If you can afford a FF body, you can afford an L-series telezoom."  Not saying that I agree, but everyone who fills out the online registration for a lens gives them data on lenses and bodies owned, and income level.

And what percentage of photographers do that?

I didn't even now I could register a lens online.

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Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 10, 2013, 01:12:06 PM »
My wild guesses...

I think more EF-S lenses with STM (18-200mm, 15/17-200mm, 17-55mm, ...) is a safe bet. Maybe an 18-270mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM to compete with the Tamron.

The EF 35mm f/1.4 II - it's old, and the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 is gives it a very good fight.

The TS-E lenses are waiting for an upgrade, so TS-E 45mm mkII + either TS-E 90mm mkII or 135mm (near macro?)

A new ultra wide lens, e.g. 14-24mm or 16-35mm mkIII. Note that the 16-35mm mkII was released ~6 years after the mkI, so there's a precedent for such a quick upgrade.

A 50mm upgrades, maybe 50mm f/2 IS USM + 50mm f/1.4 with proper USM.

Maybe a 20mm with better IQ to give APS-C cameras a good 35mm equivalent?

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Canon General / Re: Benefits of a mirrorless FF?
« on: October 29, 2013, 08:43:36 AM »
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True, everything.

BUT, Sony has been in business for ages: they don't need to build a brand or corner a market. They have (and had) both. IMHO, it's just bad business, especially since they've now evolved into an insurance, movie and music company. Cut the electronics division and for great PR, give the equivalent in "losses" to charity.


Possibly they have contractual obligations to Nikon, similar to the situation between HP & Oracle.

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Although most folks attribute this lowering of profit margins to users switching from cameras to to camera phones, the reality is that Canon market shares for DSLRs (STILL outselling mirrorless cameras by a ratio of 4:1) has dropped in the USA.

Some folks have already noted other reasons for that, some of which are not Canon's (or any other manufacturer's) fault, e.g. economy in large, and cameras becoming sufficiently mature for the market to pay for lot less upgrades.

According to Thom Hogan, Nikon has nearly caught up with Canon DSLR market shares in USA. Not a good sign for Canon if this is true.

Indeed.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: High Megapixel DLSR a niche market?
« on: October 27, 2013, 08:39:32 AM »
Almost every current-production Nikon dslr contains a sensor with more pixels than a 5DIII, starting with their inexpensive entry-level D3200.  High megapixel cameras aren't a niche market as far as Nikon is concerned.

The whole discussion is for the want of an extra 2MP (which is <10%) advantage cameras like the Nikon D3200 have over the 5Dmk3? Gee...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: High Megapixel DLSR a niche market?
« on: October 26, 2013, 01:39:08 AM »
The response I got was troubling to me.  I'm paraphrasing but, basically, I was told that the person agreed with me but that high megapixel DLSRs was a "niche" market.  Personally I don't consider landscape, commercial, fine art, large group photography, etc... a niche market.

It's niche in term of how many cameras Canon will sell, and how much profit Canon will make from it.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II with IS
« on: October 24, 2013, 05:54:23 AM »
My 2c:

A. Canon has an EF 24-70mm f/4 and - as noted above - equivalent focal range EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 with IS. This means Canon thinks IS on that focal range useful, possibly for some photographers' need, definitely it's bottom line.

B. Canon has four 70-200mm lenses, 2 w/ IS & w/o, which means both Canon and it's customers find it useful to have a choice. In this case, the differentiating factor is price. Why not do the same with 24-70mm lenses, with the differentiating factor being IQ?

As Tamron is already selling a 24-70mm f/2.8 vc, stealing sales Canon could make by releasing a similar lens, my guess is Canon thinks that between it's f/4 IS, f/2.8 IS-less, and Tamron f/2.8 vc, it can't make a profit from turning it's prototype into a selling lens.

That could be due to characteristics of the lens (say price/performance point too low to compete with the Tamron), lack of available manufacturing resources, or whatever, but if Canon was confident it could release one soon, I would expect a development announcement to keep some photographers from buying the Tamron. Not seeing such announcement, I don't expect to see an EF 24-70mm f/2.8 with IS anytime soon.

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Canon General / Re: Benefits of a mirrorless FF?
« on: October 21, 2013, 07:46:22 PM »
Doesn't the short flange distance make it harder to produce wide and/or fast lenses?


Not really. You can always make the flange distance as long as you want: just make the rear end of a lens longer. As stupid as it may sound, this is exactly what Samyang is doing with their lenses for the new Sonys: http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/10/16/samyang-announces-five-full-frame-e-mount-lenses


It's like using the EF-EOS M adapter, which defeats the point of having smaller camera - whatever you save on body depth you lose on camera length.

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Canon General / Re: Benefits of a mirrorless FF?
« on: October 21, 2013, 09:09:11 AM »
Doesn't the short flange distance make it harder to produce wide and/or fast lenses?

They were able to do it on a smaller sensor, EOS-M with 11-22 and 22mm F2.  It'll be easier for an FF version.

As far as I understand, it's the other way around - the farther the pixels from the optical axis & the shorter the flange distance, the obtuser the angle the light hits the pixel, causing vignetting. As far as I gather, this is already an issue on current FF cameras with fast and/or wide lenses, e.g. the 24mm f/1.4 L II has >3 stops of vignetting when wide open (translation: corner pixels record ~1/10th the amount of light center pixels record).

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Canon General / Re: Benefits of a mirrorless FF?
« on: October 21, 2013, 04:06:57 AM »
Doesn't the short flange distance make it harder to produce wide and/or fast lenses?

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Lighting / Re: Why was Godox first to think of this?
« on: October 19, 2013, 08:16:53 AM »
Would be pretty sweet if the 600ex rt took LP E6 batteries! Then you'd only need one charger!

Yes, that would be sweet.

This Godox flash has two major advantages then. A power level gauge and a rechargeable battery.

As you've noted, any flash that uses AA batteries can use rechargeable batteries. I have an old PowerShot A610, which takes 4 AA batteries, and I like to take it with me from time to time - nice to use same charger for both.

Newer PowerShots use lithium ion batteries - another battery type & charger, which change from model to model. It's a hassle to manage, not environment friendly, but manufacturer's-bottom-line-friendly.

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