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Lenses / Re: TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Hitting Market
« on: January 08, 2014, 09:17:56 PM »
My reason is that I've sprung for a Tamron 200-500, and it was pretty poor.  I also bought a Samyang 14mm after reading the glowing reviews and got the worst lens I've ever owned.
Ya, I bought a 5D Mark II with results like that...
I don't want to lay out $1100 until a few reviewers that are careful and know what they are doing put up some reviews.
ditto, or I'll do my own tests
But I'm in no rush on this lens, appealing as it sounds optically, it is still a large and heavy bit of gear and I DO have a very good 100-400L for now.
Altho its resale value is likely to drop a fair bit over the next couple months if the new tammy is really good.
Hmmm, keep or sell?  glass-gambling time...

Lenses / Re: Upgrade for 17-55 2.8
« on: January 01, 2014, 10:31:29 PM »
As a few have suggested, the 15-85mm is a very good lens.
It's my most used because of the range, low CA, very sharp, has great IS, fast AF and is no bulkier than the 17-55.  I still have both of these lenses but the 15-85 is nearly welded to my 60D. The 17-55 comes out for some indoor shots or shallower DoF work with my older bodies.
Only complaint i have about the 18-85 is that I sometimes get severe corner shading, likely from a filter I keep on it.  This is intermittent and likely a factor of the IS group being near its physical limit plus the filter not being a super-thin type. Other than that, it's provided 1000s of excellent images and lets me leave the tripod in the car a lot more.

I've often been impressed by how sharp my 100-400L is, whether on a 60D or the 7D I no longer have.
my 7D+100-400 would AF with extreme accuracy w-o having had to AFMA it.

I'm eager to see how the new Tammy compares in optical performance and AF as it'll be running on my Nikon bodies.

Canon General / Re: only canon, nikon and sony will survive?
« on: January 01, 2014, 01:25:11 AM »
similarly interesting is the top 20 camera models in sales for both mirrorless and SLR.  But only in Japan.
i'd like to see the numbers for other economic regions.


Awe, you spent it already.
i was gonna suggest a Fuji X-Pro 1 and a nice prime or 2

I though about the very good Fujifilm X-20 but I purchased a Fuji X-A1 w 16-50mm kit zoom for under $500 and am impressed by how well it works and it has a larger sensor and X-mount.  Liked it so much I added the pricier X-M1 kit including the new 50-230mm zoom.  Again, it performs very nicely and I'll likely keep the xm1 as it is and possibly convert the xa1 into an infrared or full spectrum machine.

What I really like is that every lens I have I can adapt to the APS-C - sized Fuji with an adapter. Since I often shoot full manual I can get away with cheap eBay adapters for under $40 each. - there are even tilt-shift adapters that will allow me to T&S my favorite old Nikon FF lenses on my Fuji X-mount.  This is a very versatile imaging back and that's the main reason I got it/them.

Pros:  image quality/price, good ergonomics and interface, versatility, good staibilized OEM kit glass, excellent Hi ISO performance with OOC jpgs good to iso 6400, reasonably fast AF and handling for a mirrorless camera, can be used with one hand, small and light enough to carry comfortably but not "pocketable."

Cons: AF gives up in low light when other compacts would alter their AF mode to use a larger evaluation area (firmware fixable), not quite "pocketable" but small and light enough to carry comfortably.  Battery life could be better but it's still adequate.

I was on the fence about getting the excellent X-E2 instead of the X-M1 but the higher price held me back as rumors started to hit the forums of a new, weather-sealed X-mount camera with various improvements over the X-E2/Xpro at a possibly similar price point.
I'll wait to see what Fuji's new camera will be.  My next purchase is likely this new body or an Xe2.  I'm still not into MFT altho Oly's EM1 is really tempting.

Photography Technique / Re: What makes a photo great?
« on: December 21, 2013, 09:17:25 PM »
Here's a good bit of background on the iconic EARTHRISE photo from Apollo 8.


that's a serious "human element" image without any visible humans if ever I've seen one!

Photography Technique / Re: What makes a photo great?
« on: December 21, 2013, 05:15:14 PM »
I've been thinking about this one because it's fun to think about.  I think the greatest photos I've taken capture the essence of someone or some event.  How we'll they do this is usually improved by being well-exposed etc but not always.

Then I thought about the greatest photos I've ever seen and they do the same thing...just better than I do

IMO, the greatest images I've seen are ones that have a "human element" in them .. somehow.  Whether or not someone is in the photo, or something man-made or otherwise "touched by man."
There are plenty of great landscapes without a trace of human presence but I bet even Ansel Adams best shots pale in comparison to those other iconic images that do contain some human element.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Dual-Scale Column-Parallel ADC Patent
« on: December 21, 2013, 05:08:39 PM »
Today, in the photo world the tech gurus are predicting the death of the DSLR and saying the future will be mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. But, to me, these seem like laptops. Too big to be truly portable, overpriced and with too many compromises to truly replace a DSLR.

I strongly suspect that in five years, the tech gurus will have moved on to the next big thing. Mirrorless will have run its course and the DSLR will still be plugging away because the form factor that has worked for 75 years remains the best form factor for its purpose.

I don't think you're correct on this ML prediction.
If you've tried a Olympus EM1 you'll see just how responsive and useful a good ML-EVF system can be and the tech's got some legs yet.

I don't think ML will "run its course." It will become an alternative to the traditional SLR type camera body.  Each will have their pros and cons and appeal to different consumer segments.

All the MFT cameras and Fuji's higher end bodies are proving they're very capable already.  It will only be a matter of another generation or 2 before they will likely outperform even the best DSLRs for shooting speed, both AF and fps.
Higher frame-rate EVFs with higher resolution will surely arrive though they're already adequate to rival optical VFs for functionality.  Battery drain will be improved, extending their operating duration.  These advances may even arrive from the traditional SLR mfrs first.  I'm sure they can see the foreshadowing such technology is having on them. PentNikCan have already ventured into ML categories, not very successfully, but they've gotten their toes wet and will have to continue and may even have to get competitive, at least in their own way, within the next couple years.

The future WILL carry on WITH mirrorless cameras.  The end-of-times for glass-flappers is nigh.
And I welcome the advantages it will bring.

Photography Technique / Re: What makes a photo great?
« on: December 21, 2013, 03:23:00 AM »
Then some people spend piles of money and effort on filters to transform images into something that might have more emotional impact, often by rendering them down to poor IQ (excess contrast, crushed dark, blown upper shades, horrendous color exaggerations and-or shifts, etc.) that asks the viewer's imagination to make something more of it than it was to start with.

Seems all those great images have emotional impact AND they impact a majority of viewers in the same way so as to create a consensus.
Some images only greatly impact a small percentage of viewers; are they still great images?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Appeal of Nikon Df
« on: December 06, 2013, 08:53:28 PM »
I just played with one a few minutes after work today.
I think it was about the coolest looking body on the shelf but I really did NOT like how it felt in my hand.  It certainly is lighter than something like the D800 but the D800 fits my hand comfortably while the Df feels like an unpleasantly sized box with a bit of a grip on it.
Altho I like the control wheels, I don't like how it's not easy to press the lock button and turn them, or lift the mode dial to turn it.
NOPE, the Df will not make it to my shopping list.  It could have been an epic success but the design needs some minor improvements.  As it is,  I could buy 2 perfectly ergonomic and fun to use Olympus EM1s for that price.

Lenses / Re: Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM focus problem...
« on: December 06, 2013, 12:32:04 PM »
I had 2 of these lenses.
One I purchased used with a small scratch on the front element.  It always AF'd pretty near perfectly, no matter what body I used it on or what distance the subject.  I used this lens a lot on my 5d2, 40d and other crop bodies.  It was a great lens and I was happy with the results for years of use.
I also got a new one for a good deal, kept it as a backup.  Never took it out of the box, the warranty expired years ago.
Went to use it recently, only to find that it's AF is useless.  The thing misses focus really bad at various distances, tho sometimes it focuses just fine...  Did a little experimenting and what I found was that it would nail focus at certain distances but miss (mostly backfocus) at various distances in between.  It was repeatable enough that it seems to me to be a flaw within the lens and possibly how it communicates with the camera's AF system.
It's so bad that it backfocuses by about 2 feet on a simple high contrast target that's 10 feet away.
Seems Canon's quality control slipped on some versions of this lens.  Too bad, it provided a decent IQ/$ ratio.
Not sure I want to spend $ on sending it in for a possible repair.  Might consider doing my own take-apart and inspection.

Anyone have a similarly (mis)behaving 50/1.4 and any success with fixing it?

Canon General / Re: So what have we bought this Black... Er, Weekend?
« on: December 04, 2013, 03:05:10 AM »
make sure to post some..
I'm sure to; I seem to have more fun pushing limited gear some days than using the higher end stuff.
Tho I suspect I'll be itching for one of the X-trans sensor'd Fujis in short order vs the Bayer-array bottom-end X-A1 I'm starting with.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unthinkable: Swapped out 5D3 for 6D
« on: December 04, 2013, 02:59:13 AM »
Some things I'm struggling with, some not so much. Either way, I think the decision was the right one for me (for now).

good move
I bet you'll likely buy another Fuji before another Canon. ;)

Canon General / Re: So what have we bought this Black... Er, Weekend?
« on: December 03, 2013, 01:22:01 AM »
Monday added LR 5 for best deal I could find on the N side of the border and for under $100 I have a basket of lens adapters coming via eBay to use on my new Fuji.
If that's as much fun as I expect I might drop near $300 for the nikon to fuji tilt-shift adapter.  No need to wait/pay for the Canon version for the close-up/macro work I want to try with it.  I guess I could also build up a little bellows adapter too for ultimate lens control.
I suspect I'm gonna be spending more time crawling around the farm/yard this summer with a tiny & capable APSC macro rig.

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