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I found this Nikon Rumors thread kind of interesting to snoop on.

And it was also interesting to see how anemic the forum is on Nikon Rumors compared to Canon Rumors.  Very little activity, not nearly as well-organized, not as much content.

I found this Nikon Rumors thread kind of interesting to snoop on.

Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 19, 2014, 04:41:01 PM »
Why not?  Did the non-RT 430 not exist alongside the non-RT 580?  One had more power and sold for more.  It didn't hurt the 580.

It's about what you can sell. Till the 600, Canon historically had high and mid level flashes co-existing, as did Nikon. Since they brought out the 600, people have been expecting a smaller RT-enabled unit to come out any day (for more than two years now).
At this point, people have sort of accepted that they have to get the 600 if they want RT- and it is such a desirable feature people are ponying up the cash. So providing a mid level RT-enabled unit now makes less sense to me.
At the end of the day, I keep emphasizing on "to me" because I don't have all the market research data Canon does. So we will find out, I guess.

We are all just guessing of course, but I think the reason Canon has not been in a hurry to put RT into the mid-tier models yet is because Nikon has not yet fielded an RT flash, so for the moment Canon has the field to itself.   If this rumor of an upcoming 430/440 with RT proves not true right now, then I think it is a matter of time.  At the latest, i think,once Nikon puts out an RT flash or two, we will probably see Canon put that feature in the 2nd tier units.

Come to think of it, that is a good question.  When WILL Nikon answer Canon with an RT flash?  And why has it not already done so?  There are already 3rd party RT flashes out, and there are a lot more coming up soon. If the 3rd parties can do it surely Nikon has the ability to do so.

Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 18, 2014, 09:58:10 PM »
I agree with Sabaki. It might be a RT-equipped Macro.
Canon has not released a mid-level RT flash for this long and reduced the price of the 600s considerably, and people seem to be buying 600s happily enough. I don't see why they would want to release a 4X0-RT now and potentially decrease their profit margins.
Or else, it might be a small and inexpensive rt commander with fill flash capability only (all the functions of ST-E3-RT with flash capability of 270ex and AF assist- priced around $ 300 (wishful thinking...)

Why not?  Did the non-RT 430 not exist alongside the non-RT 580?  One had more power and sold for more.  It didn't hurt the 580.

Over time most devices acquire more features, while often holding steady on price and sometimes actually coming down in price, adjusted for inflation.   Look at early flat screen TV's.  Look at early "digital" calculators.  Very expensive with few features compared to modern cheaper better ones.  Today the cheapest model of Ford/Chevy/etc have features that were only available, if available at all, on their higher end vehicles years ago. 

Lenses / Re: Year of the lens....a joke....?
« on: July 15, 2014, 07:40:26 PM »
Photokina is where the big announcements will happen, that is how it usually goes at least.

Yeah, but how many lenses could we realistically expect them to launch all at one Photokina?  I think to be the as-hyped year of the lens, you'd need at least, say, four - minimum. Right?  To go down in history as their year of the lens they need more than two, right?   

Canon General / Re: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Update [CR2]
« on: July 14, 2014, 07:30:09 PM »
But will it be able to make phone calls?

Lenses / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART questions
« on: July 10, 2014, 09:20:03 PM »
I love my Sigma 35 Art.  The thing is a guaranteed focus machine, even wide open, and Since I bought it 7-8 months ago it has been on my camera almost constantly.  I did a puddly little +2 AFMA but it really wasn't crying out for it to begin with.  And of course it is so amazingly sharp.

Also, the colors are so vivid I almost can't believe it. 

It feels very solid.  Really solid, and high-quality.  More solid-feeling than my 24-105L, which is plasticky (though in a solid package,  same way a Corvette is plasticky fiberglass).  Almost as solid as my 70-200 2.8 L Mk 2, and some of the difference there may simply be the fact it isn't so dang heavy!

Get what you are comfortable with, though I do not see the burningly-important point in IS in a short lens like a 35mm.   If you are shooting people you can't really do that a lot slower than its theoretical reciprocal shutter(1/35th) anyway, because the subject's motion blur will kill you.  I cant shoot my elementary school kids below like 1/60th, and they are not even all that squirmy.  And if you are shooting landscape in dim light at 1 second, you should just bring a tripod, or rest the camera on a rock or something----gheeesh.   ;)

Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 10, 2014, 09:01:14 PM »
I was surprised how many people gave their list before anyone said they needed something before a low light regular length prime.  Even a wide angle zoom person went before someone chimed in with an 85mm prime.  Guess it depends on whether you shoot people or animals, and sport vs. landscape, elephants vs. birds, etc...

I would keep my 6d, and my lenses would be:

1 lens: Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4. (This would be really painfully limiting but the low light regular-to-wide thing is indispensable to me).

2 lenses:  Sigma Art 35 plus Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L Mk. 2 (love the sharpness and color, and the range covers so much).

I'd hate to see the rest go, but I could survive without the other lenses, without flashes, and without monopod s or tripods. 

Hey, a reflector doesn't count, right?  I could keep one of those?

Lenses / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART questions
« on: July 10, 2014, 10:45:06 AM »
Check out the review below :)

Disclaimer: I do not read this gentleman's reviews but perhaps you may find your answers in there.

Very interesting, the guy speaks about everything I think.
I can't believe that $900 lens can be better than $1200. I don't think that I pay for canon's name here, but for quality.

Easily solved.  I shall sell you my Sigma 35 Art for $1,500.00, which by your logic, makes it better than the Canon which is just a $1,200.00 lens.  ;)

Then I will repurchase the Sigma 35, and apply the difference towards a copy of the upcoming Sigma 85 Art.

Lenses / Re: I'm looking at rentig/buying a new lens for weddings
« on: July 07, 2014, 08:28:56 PM »
Well, here's what Bryan Carnathan at The Digital Picture suggests:

Be sure to skip past the "for APS-c cameras" list if you are shooting full frame.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 03, 2014, 10:23:11 PM »
I went with the Phottix Mitros+ , which has the Odin built into it.  It is probably as respected as it gets for non-OEM equipment. It really works well.   It actually does 2 things which (as i read) the 600 cannot.  It does 2nd curtain sync off-camera, and it adjusts the telephoto zoom remotely.

I just bought 3 flashes.  Here is a neat starter set with one flash and one original Odin transmitter.,or.&bvm=bv.70138588,d.b2U,pv.xjs.s.en_US.cqlOfy5Invw.O&biw=768&bih=928&tch=1&ech=1&psi=Lw22U_37FrC-8AGvw4HIDw.1404439856978.9&ei=gg22U-HgDqfC8QGj7IFQ&ved=0CIwBEKYrMAM

I don't suppose your leaf blower has a HEPA filter built in?

Lenses / Re: Any word on the 50mm with Image Stabilzation?
« on: July 01, 2014, 06:17:09 AM »
I have asked in the Review thread of the 35A whether people are still happy with the lens but with no reply. If other people are having problems with the 35A I'll give it a miss.

It's a fantastic lens in terms of IQ, but the focus is inconsistent (and can't be fixed with AFMA). At least in my case—I know others are happy.

I replied to his question in the reviews section that my copy is 7 months old, gets used 90% of the time when I am not shooting telephoto, it is insanely sharp and grabs focus wide open extremely reliably on the targeted eyes and eyelashes. 

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: June 30, 2014, 03:11:08 PM »
My 35 lives on the camera.  It is insanely sharp, and the focus nails it every time.  I had been waiting for the 50 to come out, but I bought the 35 on sale at Christmas.  I am glad I waited.  It is a perfect length for general shooting, and I can always crop when I need to zoom. 

My 2cent: it comes down to individual needs - sport shooter Vs Landscape shooter.

I do lot of indoor shooting, clean IQ at high ISO is what I'm after.

I shoot very little landscape.  Virtually everything I shoot is alive, and occasionally I jumping around doing gymnastics or trampoline indoors in horrible light.  It is a struggle to get a fast enough shutter speed without going 1-2 stops above 3200.  Then I am limited to how much I can blow it up, because the image really has little detail.

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