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Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Sample Images
« on: Today at 12:15:37 AM »
Anyone have any thoughts or knowledge of why Canon went EFS instead of EF with this lens? Seems like a good match with the 40 for FF.

They most likely need to get the rear element closer to the sensor to maintain the pancake design and that can't be done with an EF mount lens.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung NX-1 Review
« on: November 26, 2014, 08:58:50 PM »
Canon had difficulty actuating a mirror at 14fps, hence the reason they had to invest special resources to achieve that in the 1D X. But it is no lesser feat to process all that data and achieve the kind of per-frame intelligent processing it does to identify, focus on and track subjects across the frame at 14fps.

The 1DX doesn't actually move the mirror at 14fps, only at 12fps.  In 14fps mode the mirror stays up.

All I can say is...WOW. I'm hooked on the NX1!! :P I think it may be my new high speed birding camera some time next year, assuming the lenses pan out. I think I'd get this before I got an A7r I am well and truly impressed.

I also find Samsung's entry into higher end ML to be quite interesting and might consider one myself, especially if there's a nice post-intro price drop next year.

Did you read the link in the post I made a while back?

it mentioned a bit about the hardware tech inside the camera, an aspect of which I think that you, given your vocation, might find extra appealing. :)

I returned my 7D2, mine had some serious initial AF lag issues which may well be improved in a firmware update but for now, ALL of my ML bodies and comparably long lenses can AF faster than the 7D2 I tried with its initial firmware. EDIT:  that's with the long lens I tested it with, the venerable, original, 100-400mm L.

I hadn't read that yet, but yeah. Incredibly impressive technology. Programmable hardware? I've never heard of anything like that in a consumer product. That's incredible! Bringing apps to cameras in a way that is actually meaningful to cameras...that kicks ass.

Yeah, I think Samsung has a solid winner here. All they need to do now, now that they have some seriously competitive sensor and ISP technology, is to build out the ecosystem...lenses and customer support. I hope they do that properly.

Sounds like they're using an FPGA at some point in the pipeline.

Have you done the arithmetic yet to estimate FF and MF mega pixels with NX1 pixel density?

It would correspond to a 63MP FF sensor.


The 5D III does seem sharper...not sure why. It almost seems as though the lens is not fully focused with the NX1...but, that kind of seems to be par for the course for IR. I've never felt they get the best example images.

Seems like the NX1 is using a more aggresive NR setting for the JPGs.

Not sure but Canon seems to charge for hood.  Strange since all my other L lenses came with a hood

The always list the hood as additional accessory, even when it's included with the lens.

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 24, 2014, 02:52:37 PM »
(Ignoring the sarcasm tag for a bit ...) The 100L is a "full-frame" lens, whereas the 7DII is a "crop-frame" camera. Yes, it works ... but so would a 1DX have worked. My point is that it is silly to buy a "crop-frame" camera and then use brilliant "full-frame" lenses on it ... 'cause you're wasting that part of the lens you paid through the nose for: the edges. Bad economy, but the shareholders love it!

How much cheaper do you think that an 'L' version of the 60 macro with IS and weather sealing would be than the 100L? 

And I previously felt like the lack of 2.8 zooms was a huge downfall for Sony. Looks like those are coming soon as well.

Has this actually been stated anywhere?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How long until the next FF body? Or buy now?
« on: November 15, 2014, 12:55:17 PM »

There is a reason for this - apart from the 6d sensor image quality the 5d3 is superior in every way.

If you happen to shoot center point only, shoot with slower lenses and don't track, go with the 6d. Remember that even *if* Canon releases a newer 5d4/6d2 anytime soon, it'll be a lot more expensive than the current models.

I wouldn't say 5D3 is superior in every way, the 6D center point focuses better in low light and it also adds Wifi+GPS if that's something you want.  Also, I'm not sure that the 5D4/6D2 will be much more expensive than the current models; Canon's pricing strategy lately seems a bit more reasonable.

Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2014, 01:22:26 PM »
The 16-35 and 10-18 were both announced sometime in the middle of May, so I suppose they have until then to fit into a 12 month period.  If the 35 pans out then the only thing missing is the supposed TS-E updates.

Goodness, no.  You forgot one of the great bread and butter gripes of this forum.

The EF 50mm f/nooneknows IS USM to replace the ancient EF 50mm f/1.4 fake-USM would also go in the "things missing" bucket.  I want a sharp-in-the-corners 50mm lens with quick autofocusing and a size less than a pickle jar, and that new lens will be it

- A
I think raptor3x was referring to Canon Rumors' original post re 'Year Of The Lens‘:

You got it.

Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2014, 12:17:37 PM »
Maybe when they said, Year of the lens, they meant a twelve month period and not specifically 2014.

So what was the first big lens announced... and how many more months are left in the twelve months of the lens.... It just does roll off the tongue.

The 16-35 and 10-18 were both announced sometime in the middle of May, so I suppose they have until then to fit into a 12 month period.  If the 35 pans out then the only thing missing is the supposed TS-E updates.

Lenses / Re: More Mentions of 2014 Being the Year of the Lens [CR1]
« on: November 13, 2014, 03:17:19 PM »

Reasonable hit rate. Have I missed any?

EF-S 10-18 for budget lenses.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DxO mark: here we go again!!!
« on: October 24, 2014, 04:24:37 PM »
I think the one that I find most amusing is that they rate the Nikon D810 higher in low-light ISO performance than the 6D. Yet, if you use the comparisons on DPReview even a blind squirrel can see how awful the D810 is at higher ISOs.

It's more than a bit silly to call the D810 awful at high ISO.

LOL - Love part of this - "I was shooting running horses and maybe 3 out of 300 images were out of focus"

Now can't wait to see the Tony Northrup review...

"to test the sports AF capabilities, we will shoot my GF walking towards me... The 7D MK II only performed so so getting 6 out of 10 images in focus" 


That AF test still bothers the hell out of me.  I have no trouble believing that the D810 can track better than the 5D3 in that scenario as Nikon seems to have gone all out with the AF on the D810 and now D750, but that the 5D3 was only hitting 60% makes no sense. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to differentiate crop vs. FF
« on: October 22, 2014, 09:51:38 AM »
To make a better comparison:
Take the EF 70–200 mm 1:2,8L IS II USM
If you want to have the same DOF on FT you would not need a 35-100 1:2,8
but the ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 35‑100mm 1:2.0

You'd actually need a 35-100mm f/1.4.  The 35-100mm F/2.0 is equivalent to the 70-200 f/4.

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