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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark-II as an action oriented DSLR
« on: June 13, 2014, 10:48:18 PM »
A 1/250th or 1/300th sync speed would be pretty sweet. 

EOS Bodies / Re: More EOS 7D Replacement Buzz Going Around [CR2]
« on: June 09, 2014, 07:49:09 PM »

An STM lens.  Really.  That's pretty weak for what is presumably a best-in-class APS-C rig in the $2k neighborhood.  STM is fine for video, and it's also nice upgrade over the squeaky slow AF motors of the older entry level Rebel kit glass, but 7D2 still shooters would want the speed of USM, right?

Are they legitimately going after pro wildlife/sports guys with this rig or just enthusiasts who want a high burst rate?  Surely the days of kitting this with a relatively average lens are over, aren't they?  (I recognize that the people drooling over a 7D2 likely already have a lot of glass, but the same could be said at the launch of the 5D3 and that had a decent lens kit option...)

Just riffing here:  any chance Canon kits this with a really solid L lens?  I recognize that a 24-something zoom lens will be too long on the wide end for a standard zoom.  So...

Kit it with a 16-35 F/4L IS?

Kit it with a first-ever L lens in an EF-S mount?  An EF-S 15-50 F/4L IS?  An L-quality update to the 17-55 F/2.8 IS?

Kit it with the Sigma 18-35 F/1.8?

- A

Kit it with the 17-55.  Also kit out a pair of primes like the 35 f/2 and the 135 f/2 L as a cool surprise option.  That would also make some nice white box discounts available on those primes from set-breakers. :)

Ok.  So turn AF off completely.  Claim it is such an incredibly sharp lens that you actually like manual focus better anyway.  This line of reasoning works so well for Zeiss they get 4x as much money for their MF 55.   8)

My 35 Art works perfectly. No autofocus issues at all on my 6d.   It is also impressively sharp, and it renders colors beautifully.  I have almost entirely stopped using my 24-105L in favor of this 35mm, despite the fact that the zoom would seem to be so much more convenient.   I have just started getting off my butt and walking closer to or farther from the action as needed.   It is worth it to get images so nice.

Software & Accessories / Re: Need help finding a backpack
« on: June 06, 2014, 11:52:07 PM »
You may have trouble finding a Thule bag in stock. Thule is a big name in sporting gear (ski racks, backpacks, etc) but camera stores have not yet picked up on them in mass quantities.

I'm not terribly terribly vain, but I tried on my top 3 contenders from the usual suspects and they looked like someone slapped either a big Igloo cooler or else a big floppy pet mattress on my back.

I got my Thule from a luggage store on sale for a little less.  Either way you might want to order it and try it on if you are interested.  Or the smaller daypack version is only $150.00

Software & Accessories / Re: Need help finding a backpack
« on: June 06, 2014, 08:37:45 PM »
I looked for months online for a low profile backpack that wore like a hiking bag and held a lot of gear. Most camera backpacks look really awkward on, because they are either freakishly wide, or stick freakishly far out in the back or both. Or they were too short.  I wanted a bag that was long vertically but not too wide and didn't stick out off of your back too much.

Anyway, the only one I found like that, which was a 100% photo backpack, and not a bag that was 1/2 for clothes, was the Thule TPBP -101. 



I have had the pack a year and it feels good on, holds everything i need, and doesn't look goofy. 

Don't confuse the TPBP backpack with the smaller TPDP day pack.  Both look a lot alike but the bigger one holds 6-7 lenses or flashes plus 2 bodies.  It depends on which size you need.

Good luck.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8L IS II underwhelming
« on: June 06, 2014, 10:53:40 AM »
While it's not "the best" it comes REALLY close to being that when excluding the super tele's. At least for sharpness, distortion, CA color, contrast AF etc.

But here's a quick look at what it compares to against an 18-200 Sigma.

At 70mm.


at 200mm


Pretty clear difference.  Also NOTE:  when you bring those tests up, the Canon is at f/2.8, and the other one is at f/5.0 on the wide end and f/6.3 at the telephoto end (because it can't open any wider). 
Most lenses are sharper stopped down a little to f/4 or f/5.6, and it is much harder to be sharp at f/2.8, but the Canon is nevertheless sharper wide open than the other lens, even if the other lens is at f/8.

I have never used macro flash, but would it have made sense to have it fit a bigger diameter lens?  Then simple step-down adapters could be made for smaller lenses, but it seems you would be limited in how far you could go the other way (stepping it up with adapters) before the flash was blocking the lens.

The Canon 180mm macro has a 72mm thread. So does the Sigma 150 and the Tamron 180.  Surely they would have made it so it can adapt up to that size, right?

My price prediction: $999.99.  It's like a staircase of $50 increments from the 35mm to the 50 mm to the 85 mm.

n=2 data points are hardly enough to suggest further data points.

it needs only 2 points to draw a straigth line...
so it is entirely possible.. the question is how accurate predictions based on this will be.

I understand, and I reiterate for the record (not that I have any great reputation at stake here) the price will be........ $999.99!

 I just think their marketing folks have dialed in the most they can charge whilst still maintaining the whole "great IQ at a good price" vibe which gives them free word of mouth buzz and enthusiastic reviews, and that price, for a mid-length prime, that zone is just shy of $1,000.00. 

If I am wrong I lose absolutely nothing, but I BET I am right.

EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in Testing? [CR1]
« on: May 27, 2014, 09:03:43 PM »
I forget. What is the supposed "3D" supposed to be? 

My price prediction: $999.99.  It's like a staircase of $50 increments from the 35mm to the 50 mm to the 85 mm.

Lenses / Re: The Next \
« on: May 19, 2014, 09:26:34 PM »
Wonder what the price will be?

Third Party Manufacturers / What's next, per Sigma Rumors site
« on: May 17, 2014, 10:17:44 AM »
This is an interesting site to check in on every once in a while.


Supposedly a 24mm and a supertelephoto coming next?

Lenses / Re: New Canon Tilt-Shift Lenses at Photokina [CR1]
« on: May 09, 2014, 10:50:49 AM »
It does sound like "the year of lenses"
Yes, and September sure is taking forever to get here!

I am glad you guys are getting something you are excited about, so don't take it the wrong way when I say this, but I really don't think a couple of tilt-shift lenses alone, macro or not, constitute what must people would look back on to call 2014 "the YEAR OF THE LENS".  (Cue sound of trumpet fanfare). :)

They may be great lenses but they are of fairly narrow appeal.  I doubt 10% of even pro photographers use tilt shift lenses, and the percent of all photographers using them must be smaller than that.  I am sure the people who do use them get very good use out of them, and again, i am happy for you here, but They need to come out with some more lenses before this year will go down in history for lens introductions, IMHO. 

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