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Site Information / Re: Missing Persons -- Brian??
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:35:50 AM »
Perhaps he is just hiding from the trolls. Nevertheless it will be good, if he is back again posting.

I like black mice. Can you point me to a product description of that Nikon mouse?

And here I thought that Canon had this calculator mouse market cornered with their top of the line X Mark I. ???

Canon General / Re: Loving Canon right now.
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:19:42 AM »
The wish for stills cameras has been posted here quite often, but I don't think that Canon can be persuaded to go back on a feature, which has been such a match-winner for them. Just look at all those 5D Mark II sales, when Nikon had nothing to compete with it. Canon are quite aware now that a good sensor plus a mediocre autofocus system are a match-winning combination. Manual focus is not such a problem. You can still create stunning photos using manual focus. If you want brilliant autofocus capabilities Canon have that as well, but for a different budget. Just think of the 5D Mark III or the 1D X.

EOS Bodies / Re: Budget camera body choice
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:11:13 AM »
I suggest to go with the 60D. This is a pretty nice camera and will keep you happy for some time to come. I would not recommend going for a XXXD, because those are rather too small and eventually you might feel the need to upgrade, so you would invest in another camera body. With the 60D this wish to upgrade won't come so soon. Especially combined with a 70-200 f4 the 60D makes for a good combination. A friend of mine uses this setup to take sports photos and he is quite happy with it.

Canon General / Re: Loving Canon right now.
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:04:03 AM »
It might be good for someone to start a Canon-hate site, so that in this forum we can get back to discussing photography and away from all those silly troll posts.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Mirrorless Future
« on: September 18, 2012, 09:45:42 AM »
Let's suppose my own reaction time would be 150 msec and the camera would add another 50 msec, then most of the time taken is my own reaction being what it is. Now if you take a look at a 300 msec total you are in a totally different area and no, I won't be able to optimize a lot by a quicker reaction on the photographer's side.

Just think about seeing an interesting situation and wanting to take a photo and because of the camera wasting time on top of your own reaction time the moment is just gone.

That's no good. Staying within a sufficiently short timeframe from looking at a scene to the picture being taken is the key element.

Software & Accessories / Re: GPS, does anyone really use this???
« on: September 18, 2012, 09:04:24 AM »
well personally I don't need it and I don't want it. I guess it is mostly for those, who want their photos uploaded at Google Earth or do a lot of hiking.

Now this is nonsensical. If a business is not doing well then you exchange CEOs. If a business is doing well, why would you do that? Just compare Sony's earnings in the last years. Now this is where you see CEOs exchanged and for good reason, too. I do hope for Sony that Kazuo Hirai (their new CEO) is a good one. I would hate for that company to continue to go down the drain.

Lenses / Re: Which lenses to start?
« on: September 18, 2012, 04:39:14 AM »
The 100mm L Macro is an excellent lens, but its focal length is within the range of the 70-200mm. For a general walk-around lens this focal length is too long. I therefore stick to recommending the new 24-70mm f2.8 Mark II, which covers anything from wide angle to short tele in form of just one lens.

Okay, so the OP won't be able to do macro shots to begin with, but specialized lenses can be added later. I already listed a variety of specialized lenses I would recommend adding.

Lenses / Re: Which lenses to start?
« on: September 17, 2012, 11:21:38 AM »
It depends if you like the versatlility of zoom lenses or prefer primes or a mix of both.

For zooms I would suggest adding the 24-70mm f2.8 Mark II. Then you might add the 16-35mm wide angle zoom.

You can also mix this with primes. I would suggest the following:
85mm f1.2 Mark II for portraits
50mm f1.2 for wider portraits and as a general standard prime lens
24mm f1.4 Mark II or 35mm f1.4 for wide or not-so-wide low-light usage
14mm f2.8 for ultra wide shots

It depends on your requirements which prime(s) you buy first.

I have left out the rather expensive big whites, so as to not make super-expensive recommendations.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Mirrorless Future
« on: September 17, 2012, 05:42:38 AM »
Focus acquisition time is reported to be 150 msec. (0.15 sec).

150 msec????? This is sooo s---l---o---w. I guess that camera is not for me after all.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-M Body Only?
« on: September 16, 2012, 05:19:11 AM »
Probably they will sell it in some combinations so that purchasing won't present a challenge to customers, who might want to purchase a mirrorless camera instead of a point-and-shoot, but who do not care for exchangable lenses. I expect the following:
  • EOS-M plus pancake lens
  • EOS-M plus zoom lens

You will have to purchase the adapter on top of that, since the adapter would be only for what they may think of as advanced users: People with EOS DSLRs and EF lenses

Canon General / Re: Europe trip, 1-2 months
« on: September 16, 2012, 05:05:50 AM »
I advise to concentrate on one region or one theme, so as to have sufficient time at hand to appreciate local culture and sights. You would do best to define what you are looking for and then to spend some time in those areas best matching your target interest.

For example you could go for a grand tour of the Alpine region combining Southern Germany, the Alsace region in France and Switzerland, Austria (Salzburg has been mentioned, but this is not the only beautiful spot there), the Dolomites in Northern Italy and Venice and then you can add a trip to Rome and Tuscany, which is already a pretty dense program squeezing in a lot of stuff in just two months.

As an alternative you can also define one common theme, such as visiting only larger cities such as St. Petersburg, Moscow, Vienna, Berlin, London, Dublin, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, ...

EOS Bodies / Re: The Mirrorless Future
« on: September 15, 2012, 04:27:13 PM »
The Sony's size is certainly what I am looking for. The only issue is that I have no idea just how responsive the camera is. Nevertheless prime Zeiss glass in a very useful focal length and a nice full-frame sensor are quite appealing. I also hope that it allows for really quiet operation.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 vs 24-70 II
« on: September 15, 2012, 04:03:33 PM »
Thank you. This comparison pretty much hits the nail on its head. It seems I shall pick up this 24-70mm Mark II at some time.

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