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Lenses / Re: 24-70/4 MFT charts
« on: November 06, 2012, 04:20:25 PM »
Canon again acted like there was no one else on the market.

Why would you spend double as much as for the 24-105?

Why would you spend considerably more than for the Tamron 24-70?

I hoped this lens was supposed to be priced in the same league of the 17-40. Charging 1500$ for a 24-70 f/4 zoom is ridiculous.

Canon had provided 2 very good midrange zooms in the last couple months. Both kind of pricey.
which might have an unintended effect of making Tamon's fast stabilized version look like the best possible compromise and price point.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D600 High ISO Examples
« on: November 01, 2012, 12:51:54 AM »
Yep... mine gets dusty.  It is just dust though... and does get blown off with a Giottos Rocket Blower.  It is annoying... but worth the hassle (IMO) for the incredible image quality.

I've managed to ADD more spots to my sensors using the Giottos Rocket blower.

Sticky little particles that may be tiny bits of the mold-release wax using in the rubber molding process.

Pity, it's an otherwise effective and easy to use tool.

I'd advise others to be wary of using this product to clean sensors.  I've yet to find a more suitable product tho. might end up building my own using a highly filtered airless compressor, accumulator and regulator with a final sub-micron filter before the final nozzle.

EOS Bodies / Re: Official DXOMark Sensor Score for the EOS-1D X
« on: October 31, 2012, 11:42:13 AM »
Surprise! Surprise!  There's NO surprise!

1Dx is a very good camera in all the metrics except the one where Canon is just plain behind and has made only marginal improvements in the last (nearly) decade.

Let's wish them well in their R&D for the next generation of sensor tech.
Which might end up in a Rebel long before it sees a pro body - unless their high MP FF rumor manages to see the light of day.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D600 High ISO Examples
« on: October 27, 2012, 04:11:06 PM »
I'm glad to hear that Nikon has released another modern FF lens, they are sorely needed.  Still lacking is anything equivalent in price and quality to the Canon 100-400L, even though the Canon is old, Nikon can't match it.  Same for the old Canon 135mm L, and for the Canon 24-105L.
Lenses are much more important than bodies, and a much biger investment.

I can certainly attest to the 100-400 being peerless at this time.  it's virtually welded to my 7D.

I'd LIKE to be able to use something like it on my Nikon side of the kit but alas, nothing.  Will have to see what the new Tamron 150-600mm turns out like and the low end compromise of 70-300 consumer lenses, even tho FF, are still just not the same league - tho might work for some of my requirements.

7D + 100-400 is likely to remain in my toolbox for a long time yet.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Birds in the back yard.
« on: October 27, 2012, 04:25:56 AM »
Love your picture. I've been thinking of getting a 100-400 for my 7D. How do you like yours?..

Thanks Doug :)

I really like it, and there's nothing else out there like it.  I'd love to find something in this range that's affordable to try on my Nikon gear but so far I don't see that option.

It's not TOO heavy, the slide zoom takes a bit to get used to but once you do it's very quick for things like running animals and even birds and bugs in flight; I could use more practice. 
I was getting some decent images from it with my older bodies but it didn't really shine for faster work until I put it on a 7D. After I got used to the AF system, or at least got better with it, it's been quite amazing with that lens.  I've been getting bang-on AF using servo tracking for small subjects using spot-AF.  Not easy to keep single spot AF point on target but I've found the assist/group AF doesn't tend to work as well for my shooting with busy backgrounds.  But that's just me and the 7D..
AF performance on a 5D3 or 1Dx should be really good.  On 40D, 60D and even 350D it worked quite well too, just not up to fast tracking like the 7D (or other fast bodies.)

The lens is really sharp up to 200mm then gradually softens towards 400mm.  Not much, mind you, it's still quite decent and I'm often shooting with it at the long end.
Bokeh can be rough in transition zones with fine detail like grass or branches but acceptable otherwise.
CA isn't bad and easily corrected.
The IS could be improved for handheld static subjects but at least it helps.  I'm usually panning with it so IS is of limited value.  Surprisingly, with birds in brush or clutter I'm often manually focusing too with decent results.

It's definitely great for bird close-ups at typical backyard distances, wildlife, even some kinds of landscape shots.  I tried a few long range shots with a 40D and 1.4 extender on it but the AF missed a bit and subject  (running fox in evening light) was not in sharp focus.  Longer range work tends to require fast and pricey 600mm glass.

OTOH, some say the 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II with a 1.4x or 2x extender (latest versions) works pretty well too if you already have that lens.  I haven't tried it to compare since I only have the 1.4x v2 and already had the 100-400mm.

So, it's not an ideal lens, but it covers an extremely useful range and performs pretty well optically and AF.
If you can find a used one in good shape and good price I think you might enjoy what it can do for providing a new perspective.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's new 70-200mm f/4 VR rated 5-stops
« on: October 27, 2012, 03:59:28 AM »
??? Hmmm... No weather sealing...

not likely a very robust version from what I've heard so far.
I think it's to have a flange gasket and be sealed enough to be "weather resistant"
I'd hope for more at that price tho.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D600 High ISO Examples
« on: October 27, 2012, 03:57:24 AM »
...the newly announced 70-200 f/4 will probably be my next purchase.. if it's any good.  I loved my Canon version and was sad to give it up...

I just ordered the 70-200/4 today, store tells me they expect it in by mid December, one other's advanced ordered ahead of me already.
I was hoping to handle one at a photo trade show this weekend but apparently the local Nikon rep has not (yet?) been successful in getting one in for a demo.
From what little I've read about it so far, MTF looks really good and DPreview I think stated that when they handled one the MF felt smooth and lightly damped.  I hope so! I bought the Tamron 2.8 version because I could not manually focus Nikon one properly with so much stiction in the MF ring.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 70-200 F4
« on: October 25, 2012, 01:28:12 AM »
What are your thoughts on the newly released Nikon 70-200 F4?

I'm thinking that this lens is the highest claimed VR rating of any lens yet, so even if it's one stop less effective in real life, as many claim they are, then it's still going to be impressive VR, especially for a medium-tele lens!
I've got 4 stops from a cheap 18-55mm at times so would love to have 4 with the possibility of 5 on something this long.

  • I hope it's AF is damn fast and accurate!
  • I hope it's MF is smooth and lightly damped, not like the 2.8 VR2 version
    • I hope it's going to have very pleasing IQ with smooth bokeh at all settings.
    • I hope it's sharp as a scalpel
      • I hope it's free of CA
      • I hope it has very little distortion
        • I hope 200mm is within 10% at all focus distances
        • I hope it's better than my EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II
        - because if it is then that's one more pricey Canon lens and full frame Canon body I can sell to pay for it and more.
        I'll wait to sell that lens until I see test results from the 6D and whatever "new sensor tech" Canon's alleged to bring forth in the next series of bodies. My 70-200L is just wicked sharp and contrasty, I don't want to have to buy another one if I keep using Canon bodies and Nikon's 2.8 does not please me for handling quality but it's IQ is excellent too.[/size])

        I think I'm going to have to be patient and wait to see what this new lens performs like when it's put to the test and results are publish by someplace like Photozone, DPreview, or slrgear.

        Just saw NR posted a feature comparison
        I think the max repro-ratio should be 0.36x for the f/4, not 1.36x!
        the MTF charts for the f/4 look like it's going to perform considerably better than the 2.8, especially at the long end. Wide end's not much better.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D600 High ISO Examples
« on: October 25, 2012, 01:10:05 AM »
Thanks Imagination!

I can't believe just how "head-over-heels" I already am with this camera!  I was out practicing some sunset shots in my backyard tonight... and the camera _just works_.  I love it!

I'm not quite head over heels with my D800, but love it just the same.  Use it every chance I get. My 5d2 is being ignored, hopefully it doesn't sulk when I go to use it.
I wanted to love the D600, but it's SO not comfortable for me to hold.
I've found I can rely on my D800s AF points as well, the thing just works like a good tool.
One thing I didn't try, is the D600's low light live view good?  D800's is not, very noisy. 5d2 low light LV is awesome.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 6D Need To Change Something..
« on: October 24, 2012, 02:46:41 PM »
Germany already has the 6D avail?

The hardware is bound to be here, but maybe they're still working on new parts of the firmware (gps, wifi) and the mobile phone controller. But the main reason for the delay will be that Canon doesn't want the 5d2 to compete with the 6d in parallel - initial 6d sales numbers might look disastrous otherwise.

by the pricing looks like they're trying hard to dump 5d2 stock ASAP so they can get the 6D to wide market release in time for holiday buying w-o causing the confusion of choice to new FF consumers.

Third Party Manufacturers / Nikon's new 70-200mm f/4 VR rated 5-stops
« on: October 24, 2012, 12:30:26 PM »
I've been looking forward to this lens and hope it performs well and handles better than the very sticky manual focus on their f/2.8 v2.
Also hope it doesn't have the focus-breathing issue. I want my 200mm to be 200mm at close focus.

If this thing can perform at least as well as Canon's f/4 IS then I have one more mainstream zoom in my Nik-kit.

Price for the tripod ring is nuts!  but so is Canon's.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Birds in the back yard.
« on: October 24, 2012, 03:23:39 AM »
Playing w 7D and 100-400mm in back yard, caught this blue beastie with a guilty look on his beak.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 6D Need To Change Something..
« on: October 23, 2012, 02:12:42 AM »

The 6D needed to have a multi-selector. Instead it went with the awkward ergos of the 6D. Ehhh.....

This is actually a signficiant thing turning me off of the 6D.  The multi-selector from the 60D is just awful.

I like my 60D but yes, the non-tactile buttons that are hard to use, worse with gloves, and that rebel-esque selector are really annoying compared to previous x0D bodies.
6D with such an interface is a poor decision.  Yet one more difference Canon has engineered into the design to reduce its pro appeal.

D600 doesn't fit my hand very well and I don't even have a big set of meathooks. I held one and got a cramp after about 5 minutes because there was just no room for my fingers; the front grip is too small. D800 is much more comfortable.  The weight difference was also negligible so I'll keep the better-featured D800 instead of trading down to the D600.

Still very curious how 1dx and 6d will dxomark.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Dx simple DR stress test
« on: October 21, 2012, 09:01:43 PM »
..camera off the bag and started approching more closely then few minutes later I was stopped by security telling that to use professional camera and lens without park authorities permission is not allowed (((.

THAT is certainly even more disconcerting than low ISO FPN!

I've only had someone ask me to stop taking pictures of plants at a retail greenhouse with my little point'n'shoot camera...  HAHA!  Not like this was going to be a source of commercial poster images, I was just trying to record them so I could remember what plant was what as I was planning what I wanted for my garden.

Since that was private property I complied with their request. But did my best to explain the above and make them feel silly for asking when other people were doing the same thing with their cell phone cameras.

EOS Bodies / Re: DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
« on: October 21, 2012, 01:35:28 AM »
And the other take-away from that link is the rumors section mentioning the D4x at 54 MP, right where I'd expect it to be, 2.25x the D3200's sensor.

When that comes out we can start a whole new round of, uhm, sophisticated deliberation when its merits are measured by DxO and published against whatever Canon will have to compare to it.

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