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Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: January 07, 2015, 06:14:16 PM »
It is a good question, particularly the 50.

I will say the 85 f/1.8 is surprisingly good. I was thinking of selling mine recently because I wasn't using it.  Then I found myself inside an indoor water park in Sandusky Ohio and my 70-200 2.8 was sucking wind.  Too dim and I didn't want to shoot at ISO 6400.  I also didn't want to fog my nice white up too badly.
I shot all afternoon with the 85 f/1.8 wide open, and it was very sharp, and it focused very quickly and very accurately on the screaming mad kiddos running around.  About the only thing you hear bad about it is CA, but none was noticeable in that water park.  No tree branches against a bright grey sky anywhere in there I guess.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Gotta be patient...
« on: January 02, 2015, 11:10:44 PM »
I used to keep some handguns around. I did get into them in a "gear" way the same as I get into the ""gear-ness" of the cameras.  I sold them when I had a stepson move into the house as the risk of something bad resulting vs. the risk of something good happening seemed like a poor bet, for me anyway.

At least with cameras and "G.A.S." You end up with 1000's of good images to keep.  With the guns you never even need one much less 5 or 10 of them. Even 90%+ of police never shoot anyone in a whole career of carrying one around never actually shoot anyone.  I just spent a lot on ammo to punch holes in paper.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Plastic/Resin Mount for DSLRs
« on: January 02, 2015, 10:07:33 PM »
Cheaper = more sales  :)

Only if they gave the savings to the consumer.  Maybe they'll split it between profit and price cuts.  Maybe monkeys are preparing to take wing from our nether regions.

Lenses / Re: The f/4 Pentacon
« on: January 02, 2015, 12:31:01 PM »
Quite a thorough coverage of all the focal ranges there.  My only thing is I would feel a little naked without even one lens faster than f/4, even if it was just a little 35mm like the f/2 by Canon or f/1.4 by Sigma.  If I was shooting living/moving stuff that goes indoors or that needs photographed at night.  Would not matter for landscapes, etc., on a tripod.

Lenses / Re: The f/4 Pentacon
« on: January 02, 2015, 12:18:10 PM »
Since the 5 are all f/4, shouldn't it be something like "the pentaQUADrigon" or the "quadro-pentaculous team" or something, to get both the 5 and the 4 in there somehow?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is Leica really worth it?
« on: December 31, 2014, 12:49:54 PM »
Excluding Leica S Medium Format DSLR, The rangefinder cameras are unable to replace DSLR Canon or Nikon, or or perhaps mirrorless Sony.

There is not and can never be auto focus. ???
There is not and can never be zoom lenses. ::)
There is not and can never be macro lenses. :-[
There is not and can never be ultra wide-angle lenses. :-X
There is not and can never be fisheye lenses. :(
There is not and can never be super tele lenses. >:(
There is not and can never be tilt shift lens. :'(
There is not and can never be Image Stabilizer Lens.  :-*

For me, rangefinder cameras work well for a werent limited number of photos, not worth the investment.

You would have more benefits using Zeiss lenses Otus in their current DSLR.

EDIT: How could I forget ... Leica M is the only camera system currently to take pictures with the lens cap, and not notice anything wrong through the viewfinder. :P :P :P

In this photo You could pass for Eric Clapton. (Lol).  Can you grind a metal rangefinder over the strings and play Leica slide guitar?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is Leica really worth it?
« on: December 31, 2014, 12:41:38 PM »
It is my understanding that in general, Leica cameras and lenses are relatively expensive.  I have no doubt they are well built and the lenses contain quality optics.

My question is this, is it really worth it? Is the IQ of a top quality rangefinder system with a couple lenses so much better that it justifies the hefty price tag? I know such a question is rather subjective (is it worth it), and different photographers have different needs. And what is good enough for one photographer is not good enough for another. But still, subjectively, is it really worth the added price?

I show my ignorance on the subject by merely asking the question. But I'm curious to hear from others on the topic, especially those who might own one, such as the leica M

No one who has spent the 3x to 5x premium for Leica equipment has ever, in the history of the universe, said it was not worth it. 
Now, while some of this could be attributed to high levels of customer satisfaction, there is no way that number could be 100% positive unless something else was at work.  Kind of like how elections in Iran and North Korea are always 100% in favor of the incumbent leader but it seems fishy.  One possibility is that, in some cases, people who have shelled out so much on the Leica item find the possibility it was a waste of money to be so horrifying that it is literally unthinkable.

particularly if you like the Beatles at all, check out "Strawberry Fields" marker in Central Park West, right across from the Dakota building, where John Lennon lived (and was shot).  Very simple, an iconic image and a touching experience.

Reviews / Re: Lens cap review: (Exploding) Hama 77mm lens caps
« on: December 28, 2014, 11:56:16 AM »
Here is my collection.  I have several of each.

Hi Mt Spokane,

Do the Canon pinch caps work smoothly for you?  They would be great inside a lens hood if so. 

My only experience with pinch caps,meow ever is with Sigma's 35mm lens and it can be slightly tricky to get it on right.  I never rule out user error, but lens caps are fairly straightforward tech, so I flatter myself to think I would not screw that up.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Confirms Development of High Megapixel Camera
« on: December 25, 2014, 07:33:15 PM »
I would like more resolution in the sensor at higher ISO's. 

Usually I have a lot more heartburn about loss of resolution at moderately high ISO (like ISO 800 or 1600) than I do about grain/noise, which I don't really notice much until ISO 3200 or more.  I find it irritating, for example, when the camera does not record eyelashes or eye or lip detail, and I see it doing that at those ISO's before I really see much noise. 

Would the higher res sensors deliver more lines of resolution at the higher ISO's?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Confirms Development of High Megapixel Camera
« on: December 24, 2014, 05:21:11 PM »

Who cares? Not me that's for sure... "not sure when but sometime in 2015", sorry, life is not never ending, I waited a long time and had hoped for the 5D Mark IV to be announced at Photokina, yet nothing and then in NYC in October, again, nothing.

I decided to go with Nikon and although I think they are putting products out too fast, at least there is something there worth having, there was no way I was about to drop almost 2k on a 5D Mark lll and I just got tired of waiting, sorry Canon, some indicator of when would have been nice but at this point, all there is as usual are rumours, meanwhile, I need a camera to actually get on with taking photos.

Why are you still here then?

Seriously. +1. There actually is a NikonRumors site, you know.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Confirms Development of High Megapixel Camera
« on: December 24, 2014, 03:23:44 PM »
The new line of lenses will probably be a total refresh of the lower end lenses, not the newest "L" lenses.  The marginal IQ lenses are the ones whose flaws would be amplified most glaringly by the higher resolution sensors.

They will still have to have lower-cost lenses to offer the lower price point customers, but the higher res cameras will force them to give better IQ optics, just to make them work acceptably.  Hopefully that means the prices won't be/can't be priced drastically higher.

EOS Bodies / Re: Ron Martinsen Blasts the 7DII in his review
« on: December 21, 2014, 09:50:40 PM »
This guy may not be one of the well-known experts on photography, but that just frees him up to innovate and break important new ground.

I am pretty sure, for example, he is the first one ever to discover the helpful descriptive power of the word "diarrhea" in describing image quality.

Lenses / Re: Quick Comparison: Canon's new 400mm Options
« on: December 19, 2014, 11:44:45 AM »
So.... Am I oversimplifying this analysis if my take away here is that because the center number of the DO lens is now higher than that of the 100-400, the DO lens has leapfrogged the 100–400 and is now a better lens?  If so, in what exactly, sharpness?

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