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Lenses / Re: New Lenses in January [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2012, 12:09:36 PM »

[As side note - I see lots of Tamron 18-270 in ads in newspapers and busses, and it sells well enough for local shops to sell in kit with Canon bodies. Olympus advertises on busses as well, and had the menus translated to the local language. Canon doesn't advertise at all, and I can't remember when I've last seen a rebate for Canon in any of the local shops. There's no denying local Canon sales are good, but I think Canon lens sales are heading in the wrong direction.]

I went to Photokina this year and I was struck by the lack of enthusiasm at the Canon booth. Okay, there were the big whites but nothing to write home about. Nikon was amazing and Fuji and Olympus as well. So, I agree that Canon's PR work is a bit weird.

Lenses / Re: Wide or ultra-wide angle with excellent corner performance
« on: September 30, 2012, 11:21:21 AM »
Take the 24 tse and you won't regret it. Sharp as it gets and providing you with all the possibilities you need when it comes to perspective.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade from 40D to 5d mkii
« on: September 28, 2012, 05:53:06 PM »
I bought the 5dII and kept the 40d and I am happy with it. To shoot BIF is much easier with the 40d. But doing the same with the 5dII is not as bad as one could think because of the rather sluggish AF, even in low light. The 5d is simply not made for action photography. It's made for IQ and very decent noise handling. To be honest, since I got the 5dII I kind of neglected the 40d - except for BIF.

EOS Bodies / Re: DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
« on: September 20, 2012, 07:49:44 AM »
Sensor performance isn't everything...

Not only not everything, but far less than even remotely close to everything.  Consider all the glass the light must pass through before it even reaches the sensor.

Also consider that DxOMark is evaluating only the sensor, and also that their "Overall Score" is composite of three arbitrarily chosen "Use Case Scores" that are combined in a 'weighted' manner, but the weighting is not disclosed.  Furthermore, their use case scores are normalized to an 8 MP file size, which explains how a camera with 14 bits per pixel can, according to DxOMark, actually deliver a dynamic range greater than 14 bits of EV. 

IMO, their Measurements (screen) are valid and quite useful.  Their Scores are steaming pile of misleading cow excrement.

Just a little reality check...   :)

+1 (a bit late, I know). I wished any limitations referring to my photographic skills could be ascribed to dynamic range and what have you.  ;D

Canon General / Re: Loving Canon right now.
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:06:45 AM »
maybe because we are spoilt  ;)

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.

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.


+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).

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.

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

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!

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.

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

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  ;)).

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

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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