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Messages - HarryWintergreen

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I can't help it, but to me Canon management has not been exactly compelling for some time. In my mind it lacks flexibility and spirit. But this is rather a personal impression than something backed by hard facts (how could it?).
Success not alway makes things easier. And btw I love my 5D2 and my Canon gear in general.

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I find it fascinating that an upgrade on the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM has happened so quickly. The previous model of the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM was almost there for me, just lacking very slightly in some key performance areas.

As people are saying "Sigma do listen", there's a big chance I'll pick up this lens. If the required performance is there, my EF 300 f/2.8is could be headed for retirement. Think about it, a 120-300 f/2.8 zoom makes a pretty compelling case, especially if the critical areas of IQ and AF speed and consistent build quality cross into premium territory.

-PW

+1!!! Exactly what I am thinking resp hoping for. MTF charts seem to be quite promising. Let's hope it is really a X-300 lens (and not something 260ish).

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon PowerShot G15
« on: September 14, 2012, 05:15:07 AM »
Nothing to rave about. Canon should have equipped the G1X with a faster lens (yes, I know there's a size problem). When it comes to small sensor cams DOF to me is not that much important. Let's hope AF speed and frame rate will have been improved upon.

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Street photography is something different. DSLR here isn't the best choice. Fuji seems to have taken this into consideration.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 24 f/1.4L and 24mmL TS-E ii
« on: August 30, 2012, 11:59:12 AM »
TS-E 24 II: very little CA even in high contrast situations, distortion negligible, extremely sharp; downside MF and manual exposure correction in ts-mode. I love this lens!

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IS is simply a must. The difference in terms of the keeper rate is considerable.

Or look at it this way.  He wants it for sports mainly.

Well, in bright lighting sports, the f/2.8 would let you use a faster shutter, and gaining one stop of aperature (f/2.8 vs. f/4) lets you advance one stop in shutter speed (double speed), making up for one stop of image stabilization.  Does the f/4 IS really give you much more than 1 stop of IS?  And if it is really bright, then forget about IS completely.  At a very fast shutter speed (like bright daylight fast sports), Image Stabilization doesn't really do any good.  So in some situations at medium speed, the two may cancel each other out, and in others at high speed the IS is useless.

And in low lighting, like in a basketball gym, the f/4 may not be usable at all (unless you have an uber-expensive camera that is great at uber-uber-high ISO), whereas the f/2.8 is twice as bright as f/4.  And since you would want to use a monopod for that anyway, the monopod will be your image stabilization.

I know both lenses and I used to shoot track & fields in film days. To me IS is clearly valuable even in bright light. But I see that there may be indivdual differences in what situationens one shoots and how one does is.

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IS is simply a must. The difference in terms of the keeper rate is considerable.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 40D or XS
« on: August 17, 2012, 06:51:53 AM »
I definitely would go for the 40 D. Sturdy body, very good continuous shooting, decent AF and very decent IQ. 10 MP to me in many respects is an advantage (smaller files, acceptable noise, more forgiving with a view to lens weaknesses - provided there are any  ;)).

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II Review
« on: July 31, 2012, 09:44:29 AM »
wow

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: What will be the price of first EOS M?
« on: July 22, 2012, 07:56:47 AM »
Is Canon aiming at people attending this forum? I'm afraid this is not the case. So they will be wanting to set foot on the mass market, i.e. 400-599.
btw, I think Canon has already written the G1X off, so pricing should not be dependent of the G1X sales.
In the end all I still dare to hope for is a decent mirrorless with an articulated screen that is still pocketable.

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Lenses / Re: Keep 70-200 f4 IS or go for f2.8 IS II?
« on: July 21, 2012, 08:07:02 AM »
Both lenses are masterpieces by Canon. Arguing about what lense has the edge to me doesn't makes sense. F/2.8 can be an tremendous advantage. But since you already have the 300 f/2.8 this should not weigh too heavy. A lense is a tool. Not to be restricted by the weight when it comes to shooting over a longer period of time to me is quite important, too.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Cancelled 1dx pre order.
« on: July 13, 2012, 07:01:21 AM »
supposed 5DIIi and 1D X had identical IQ, would this rid you of the urge to have the 1D X? If the answer is yes then you definitely do not need the 1D X.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Product Announcement Invites for July 23, 2012
« on: July 10, 2012, 08:53:19 AM »
If Canon managed to introduce real alternatives to cameras as the Fuji X-Pro 1 I'd be on board. But alas...

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Same goes for the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 which basically is a great lens. To me the amount of chromatic abberation is too much. So, you have to prevent shooting under conditions with harsh transitions of contrast. DxO has included camera-lens combinations entailing the Tokina lens. Don't know if and how good this works.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 01, 2012, 09:18:54 AM »
40D, 70-200 f/4.0 IS

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