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Canon General / Re: TEN YEARS FROM NOW.
« on: November 25, 2013, 03:41:12 PM »
I'm tempted to check if is a registered domain yet but am too afraid it won't be safe for work. and are both registered by domain brokers and are for sale. Surprise, surprise.

Also, checking a domain name can be done SFW via sites such as Just key in 'domain name' in google and you'll find tons of sites that'll help.

Lenses / Re: 85mm
« on: November 13, 2013, 08:14:02 AM »
after checking some samples on photozone
the sigma also has CA but it doesn't suffer as the 85 1.8

The Sigma is a lot bigger, though. One of the reasons I got the 85 was for street photography. Even a 5D3 can look inconspicuous with this lens. Well, sort of inconspicuous.

Lenses / Re: 85mm
« on: November 12, 2013, 06:41:30 PM »
I love contrast. I hate the 1.8 fringing. Apparently, the 100mm (non-L) is just as bad. Would have gone Sigma but have AF concerns (and sane financial priorities).

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Can you estimate a used camera price for me?
« on: November 11, 2013, 03:53:13 PM »
Ken Rockwell tip (!): eBay has a checkbox at the left side of their listings that says something like "sold objects"; check that and see the final selling prices. Canon 1Ds does 320 to 520 euro, and 530 euro seems to be the starting point for 1Ds mk. II bodies. I'll say it again: euro. YMMV a little :)

I felt nostalgic today. Bought this:

Lenses / Re: Help. 50mm 1.2 ?
« on: November 07, 2013, 09:40:32 AM »
Sigma or Canon? :)

Lenses / Re: EF-s prime lenses?
« on: November 07, 2013, 04:23:01 AM »
A couple from the Sigma 15mm Rect Fish

The palace shot is something else, very nice* - but a 'rect fish'? I'd think a WA is either rectilinear OR a fish-eye, but not both :) What did you mean?

*) No, the Laguna Seca one has reflections. I don't like those. Grab a rubber lens hood from ebay, put it flush against the window, and presto - gone are your reflections!

Lenses / Re: EF-s prime lenses?
« on: November 06, 2013, 02:47:09 PM »
It is quite clear that Canon has grudgingly users with APS-C when it finds only one prime lens EF-S. >:( Modern cameras like 70D (and the future 7D Mark II) need high quality lenses, and fast primes are lacking, especially wide angle. Although the new lenses 24, 28, 35mm IS are great, are not as light and cheap as can be EF-S lenses. :( I must admit that in this aspect, Nikon and Sony treat their customers better by offering several options suitable for small cameras such as SL1, that  is orphan of lightweight and fast primes.

This is weird reasoning and it is not clear to me that Canon is some sort of at fault here.

Firstly, primes are not lacking. There is an abundance of them, and they're all versatile enough that you can use them on FF too. Fish goes down to 8mm, and 14mm rectilinear isn't too bad either. Actually, I think Canon is doing crop users a favor. Primes are much cheaper than zooms as it is; if Canon were to double their primes catalogue to accomodate EF-S, it would more likely than not *increase* prices. Regardless, if you're buying primes, you've likely invested more than zoom users. And it's not just Neuro's (very valid) point on that, but it is in your best interest too, if you're climbing the ladder of quality.

Because: what quality advantage would crop primes get you? The low light advantages are there, but the 70D is at 12k8 and following camera's will only fare better. That's pretty extreme already. Sure, wider aperture is better, but it's a relatively small advantage, and if you want better, again there's a slew of FF bodies waiting for you. I think it's very sensible of Canon not to allow you to buy (more than one) EF-S prime.

The most important feature of primes by far, if you ask me, is the DOF they deliver. And if you want maximum DOF, you must go FF. If memory serves, FF has more than a full stop advantage. So, if you're buying to get DOF, you can just see EF lenses as upgrade-proof. Whether that is because Canon wants it or because you want it, is immaterial.

I admit that an approx. 10mm EF-S prime could find a niche, but everything else is covered.

Oh, and other manufacturers are *not* being nicer; Canon makes lenses for smaller camera's where that is prudent (EF-M anyone?). And Nikon only has a lot of crop lenses because they forgot to even *make* FF dslr's for about a decade.

Lenses / Re: Help. 50mm 1.2 ?
« on: November 06, 2013, 10:20:02 AM »
Can't comment on that, sorry, I never worked with that. I'm just warning you that if you like contrast, the 85/1.8 is not for you :)

Lenses / Re: Help. 50mm 1.2 ?
« on: November 06, 2013, 09:55:50 AM »
The 85/1.8 has terrible CA in high contrast shots. I hardly use it at all, because I like high contrast... :(

I was foaming at the mouth when I was buying my first dslr and I found out I wouldn't be using my mechanical cable release anymore. I still refuse to get why this simplest of remotes was scrapped just like that :'(

That doesn't mean I see a use for this camera. Weird. May attract hipsters.

I really was unsure whether you knew. Far be it from me to stop you having fun :D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Firmware 1.2.3 Available
« on: October 30, 2013, 04:59:46 PM »
Plus it's kind of hard to complain about something the camera never had in the first place yet you had no problem buying it.
No, it's pretty easy. One fix I'm jonesing for is a higher minimum speed when using auto ISO. Everyone with half a brain understands the camera can physically do this, and it would be nice if Canon could have at it. And it's perfectly OK if I voice that desire - how else would Canon be able to know, if all critics shut up?

All that doesn't mean I would or should leave the camera in the store. No one minds the crappy little details when buying a pro build, high iso full frame with an EF mount. It's not like I can go out and buy a totally equivalent, totally compatible camera save for that auto-iso-speed thingy.

I don't much like fallacies. I think this is called a black-or-white.

With so many letters and numbers (even a pipe!) designating each model, Sigma would probably feel right at home with a government contract...
With all that sarcasm, I'm not sure if you realize that this is simply a feature list which gives you everything you need to know about a lens (bar the image quality, obviously). All manufacturers, including Canon, do this - the inspiration for this lens, for instance, is called the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. They could give it a name, but instead they list seven (!)  features.

Btw, I really don't know why Sigma puts DG on their lenses, when they have DC-lenses too. And THAT one you really want to be aware of. I'm still plenty pissed my 5D3 won't take that nifty new f/2 zoom they made...

Let the QC jokes roll :D

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