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Software & Accessories / Re: Magic Lantern Team Hacks the Canon EOS M
« on: November 26, 2012, 05:45:56 PM »
This camera has by far the WORST autofocus i have ever seen. It must take like 4-8 seconds to focus on something.

Shameful Canon, just shameful. And ergonomic it is not, with the hand grooves not as well placed like the g series. I was looking forward to a nice lil camera but i was appalled. The AF alone makes this pure garbage.

Buyer beware.

Have you used an EOS 650? - try putting an 85mm f/1.2L USM II on an EOS 650!

EOS Bodies / Re: First Round of EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: November 26, 2012, 04:29:56 PM »
Hmm, what's wrong with the LP-E6 battery?  It was kept for the 5DIII.  While I doubt I will buy a 7DII, if I were too, that would be a pain - given a current collection of 8 LP-E6s, used across 3 bodies.

Software & Accessories / Re: Magic Lantern Team Hacks the Canon EOS M
« on: November 26, 2012, 04:17:30 PM »
Okay..... NOW I want an eos m. Imagine it on a flycam nano for b-roll work, lol.
Hackers are helping to sell more cameras!  :)

Hopefully this also acts as a useful form of "competition" to Canon by "encouraging" Canon to include more useful features in the stock firmware.

EOS Bodies / Re: When will we have a full frame body below $1,000?
« on: November 24, 2012, 11:51:16 PM »
Available right now...pre-owned on eBay.
Nothing wrong with a well looked after, low-mileage 5D or 5DII.

But new? It will happen. Probably not 2013, 2014 or even 2015. If you have a budget limit of $1k and have a definite need for FF, it's a pre-owned body for you.

Consider the following initial list prices (source

  • EOS D30: US $2990
  • EOS D60: US $2199
  • EOS 10D: US $1999
  • EOS 20D: US $1599
  • EOS 30D: US $1399
  • EOS 40D: US $1299
  • EOS 50D: US $1299
  • EOS 60D: US $1099 (possibly not a real comparison)

Canon has kept release prices of enthusiast level APS-C bodies above the $1000 barrier.  Although, if one were to adjust for inflation, we would be below the 2000 value of $1000.

I suspect, subject to market forces, Canon will probably try to keep full frame bodies above $1500 (at launch).  Given the trajectory shown above, that may take another 2 generations to reach, however.

You also need to consider where Canon is pitching the xx0D range - which have now settled at listing just below $900 at launch.  That makes a sub $1000 full frame body seem unlikely to me, unless APS-C starts to fall away, which seems unlikely to me.

EOS Bodies / Re: What will be the issue with the 6D
« on: November 23, 2012, 05:36:27 AM »
GPS coordinates are 3 km off

This could come in really handy, when you forget you have it and take pics of that gf your wife doesn't know about!  ;)

That "feature" could have saved US tax payers at around $100 million:

Getting back to the snap-happy soldiers who cost the US taxpayer lots of money, back in 2007 at a military base in Iraq, they took delivery of some AH-64 Apache helicopters. These are not cheap choppers. In 2012, the price of a brand-new one was $38 million. The soldiers proudly took pictures of their new attack helicopters, and then uploaded them onto the web. Almost certainly, the soldiers did not realise that geo-location tags were embedded in those photographs.

According to Steve Warren, a US Army Manoeuvre Centre Of Excellence intelligence officer, "the enemy was able to determine the exact location of the helicopters inside the compound and conduct a mortar attack, destroying four of the AH-64 Apache".

EOS Bodies / Re: Why do you want a FF Mirrorless?
« on: November 23, 2012, 01:47:50 AM »
So, i've been bored at work today, reading stuff about lenses (like every other day, really), and found some more interesting information on the problems on the angle of incidence.

I've come across this article. It's a fairly long-winded history of wide-angle lenses from Zeiss. But read page 12 in particular (you can just skip straight there if you know the difference between a Distagon and Biogon).

The long and short of it is this:
Take a regular wide-angle lens for an SLR, FF or APS-C, the light waves are going to hit the sensor a lot closer to orthogonal (that's a right angle, fyi).
Reduce this down into a mirrorless design, the lenses will be smaller, because there's no mirror in the way, right?
Well, maybe. If you want a smaller lens to put on your thinner FF mirrorless body, it's not as easy as just reusing the same sensor from your 5D. I already knew that leica had some fancy micro-lens arrays going on in front of their sensors. But according to this article, you also need a much much thinner IR Filter (and AA filter, and bayer array, and protective glass) in front of your sensor. That's probably why leica 'forgot' to put in the IR filter on their first M8. That's also probably why Leica has no AA filter. It's not for better IQ like it is in the D800E, it's because there can't be one. Well, OK, there can, but you're going to have to pay for it. (maybe this also explains that $3000 Sony FF P&S? Any cheaper and it'd be huge).
Leave in the regular-sized IR filter, bayer array, protective glass from your 5D, put it into a thin mirrorless body, with a thin pancake wide-angle lens? Your corners will not only look horrid, but you introduce field-curvature too.

So, at the end of the day, what can you expect?
You'll get an FF mirrorless eventually, but it's either going to be the size of the 5D3 (and the lenses aren't going to be any smaller either), or it'll be the cost of the 5D3, or it'll have so bad corner performance that it may as well be APS-C anyway.

I think you've touched on a very important issue here, and one which is often overlooked.  I suspect you can't get the flange distance much smaller than it already is on the EOS system without compromising performance.  Keep in mind that the angle of incidence of the light from the 85mm f/1.2 is already quite oblique.  Bring the sensor any closer, and you lose the ability to use these large aperture lenses without paying too much of a price in terms of sensor performance.  Alternatively, a new sensor technology is required.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics
« on: November 22, 2012, 10:21:06 PM »
These are from Melbourne zoo, using the 7D with the 70-200 f/4L IS USM:

Who is the monkey?

Qu'est-ce que c'est que ├ža?

Tora! Tora! Tora!

This is all a bit of a yawn!

Butterfly love

Lenses / Re: 1Dx or lenses
« on: November 22, 2012, 10:05:04 PM »
The immediate gap I see in your lens collection is a standard zoom.  There may be reasons why you don't need one.  If that is the case then OK.  Otherwise, I would consider the 24-70 f/2.8L USM II to add to your lens collection.

Given what you have said, this is more a case of what your heart desires most, rather than any need - so go with what your heart desires.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What would you do? Crop or FF
« on: November 22, 2012, 04:02:03 PM »
I wouldn't bother with a 7D or 60D, given that you have the T2i/550D, which has essentially the same sensor - so from a point of view of IQ, you don't get any improvement.  The only reason to move to a 7D is if you need environmental sealing, better AF or more fps.

... and better usability (lcd display, back wheel, more firmware features) which is a big plus - I wouldn't want to go below a 60d. But of course this is a bad time to get the 18mp sensor - the old 18mp cameras will be cheaper after the rumored 7d2 update.

To extend that comment: it is probably a good time for buying full frame bodies at the moment, but a bad time for buying crop frame bodies.  You do however first need to make your decision whether you want full frame or APS-C.

Right now, we know what full frame bodies Canon is likely to have for the next 3 odd years.  Canon still has to play its hand with respect to APS-C, and we will probably know what the next round of bodies will look like by about March next year. - Hopefully, at least, the 7DII (or the 7D's successor) will be known.

For me, I suspect that the 7D will be the last APS-C DSLR body I own.  I do still see APS-C having a place for me in a smaller form factor - I am hoping that Canon will soon announce a more advanced EOS-M body - the current one doesn't cut it for me.  That will hopefully provide a replacement for my G11.

Either way, it is worth remembering that current APS-C DSLRs are probably providing better IQ than 35mm film.  In fact, when I got my EOS 350D and compared to the results from from EOS 650, it was clear that I was at least as well served with the 350D.  (That doesn't stop me from shooting the odd film with the 650 for purely sentimental reasons.)  We are at a point where we are very privileged in terms of the equipment available to us.

Oh, and for those who argue that you don't need a full frame DSLR for personal use, that is like arguing that that I shouldn't buy a road bike with a 105 groupset for commuting, but ignoring that I do ride 70km a day....

Lenses / Re: Have $2200 budget which lens(es) to get next?
« on: November 22, 2012, 06:18:00 AM »
70-200 2.8 IS

I don't get why people are afraid of the weight. I carry the 200 F2 around all day and I'm not a big guy (65 kg, 140 pounds?). I own both and the versatility of the 70-200 is awesome for weddings. And if you have the 135 + 70-200 F4 in your bag, then it's the same weight as the 2.8 but you don't have to change lenses.

+1 on that.

My wife recently shot a job which involved using the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II for a week, plus using a Speedlite all the time on a gripped 5DII.  (About 6000 frames over the week.)  While it was tiring, it was not a problem.  She uses the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II extensively for outdoor portraits.

If you are going to shoot outdoor portraits or weddings, I would not go for a 70-200mm without IS.  We also got the 70-200 f/4 IS, but it is mainly a backup lens now.  If you plan to go on to shoot weddings (engagement shoots are an obvious gateway drug to weddings) rather invest in the IS version.  Apart from giving you a stop more light, the f/2.8 also gives you more accurate AF - the dual-cross AF points are only active for lenses which are f/2.8 or faster.  That may be significant to you.

The 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II is very popular with wedding photographers for good reason.  Soon after buying that lens for my wife we realised the investment was a no-brainer.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What would you do? Crop or FF
« on: November 22, 2012, 06:04:43 AM »
For family pictures, 5D2 or 6D(if you're willing to wait) might be enough.  That way, you can afford a more flexible lens (24-105 or 24-70 mark 1) and a flash with some diffuser.  I think having better lenses is the better way of doing it.  You won't be getting your nice DOF with just 40mm.  40mm for an FF is too short to get some DOF.

Note:  You can also retain your T2i or upgrade to 7D/60D and get a 50mm F1.4 or 85 F1.8 or their faster versions to get that nicer DOF than your present equipment.

I already have the 85 f1.8 and 70-200 f4.  My main concern is losing the wide end, the 40 f2.8 would fit that role.  Another advantage of going FF would be that getting the 135 f2 for portraits would actually make sense, as right now with a crop it would just be too long for what I would want.

Rather than a 40mm f/2.8, I would also consider a 50mm lens - f/1.4 if you can afford it.

I wouldn't bother with a 7D or 60D, given that you have the T2i/550D, which has essentially the same sensor - so from a point of view of IQ, you don't get any improvement.  The only reason to move to a 7D is if you need environmental sealing, better AF or more fps.

The jury is still out on the IQ of the 6D, but it will probably be a good camera.  There is nothing wrong with the 5DII, but the AF system can become frustrating once you have been exposed to the 7D or 5DIII.  If budget is a constraint, however, I would consider opting for a 5DII. - Also, there are 5DIIs going new now cheaper than the 6D will be at launch.  The 6D will most probably have an advantage over the 5DII in low light however (if samples like the ones on DPReview can be trusted).

As a general walk-around lens, you probably can't go wrong with the 24-105 - and if going for the 5DII makes it possible to afford it, that may be worth considering.  Just keep in mind that the bokeh of the 24-105 can be a little nervous at times - but you already have the 85mm f/1.8 for portraits.

Lenses / Re: Reikan FoCal EF 24-70L version comparison
« on: November 21, 2012, 05:09:09 PM »
Thanks - very interesting read.

While I haven't used the the original 24-70, my experience with the version II lens is consistent with what what is described.  When I used it the first time, mysubjective reaction was really "OMG, this is sharp!".

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Australia: coming lower prices for Canon equipment?
« on: November 20, 2012, 10:41:54 PM »
So what, Aussie websites try to emulate the experiences of shopping online that the rest of the world have done for years?
But they forget the most important part being the lower prices?
Sounds typical to me.

*wanders back to Adorama and B+H*

You would probably be able to negotiate a better discount if you walked into a camera  dealer on any Saturday afternoon than what is being offered via #ClickFail.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D vs 5D2???
« on: November 20, 2012, 05:28:57 PM »
I'm sure this has been covered a dozen times before

Indeed ... but I can understand that these decisions are not easy so asking again is tempting :->

Except for absolutely stellar tele primes extenders are for occasional use and not for "always on" because they heavily depend on the iq of the base lens - the 100-400L isn't a promising choice for this and it'll be f8 which has af problems (I can tell, I've got the 70-300L which is sharper). That's why most budget wildlife shooters who want tracking and fast fps are on the 7d - the alternative is about $5000-$10000 more.

Upgrading from the 550d->7d with the same sensor also doesn't seem that smart to me unless you get a very good deal ... better wait for the 7d2 or 70d with probably a better sensor that'll solve your problem.

Btw: You should get a Kenko 1.4x anyway for even on crop, it's very nice on the macro :-)

I agree with the view to avoid buying another crop frame camera, if you already have one of the bodies which has an 18MP sensor.  All the indications are that Canon's crop sensors are due for a refresh next year, so if you want to stay on crop, it may be better to hold out for one of the new bodies coming out next year.

Apart from hopefully having a better sensor, the replacement for the 7D would have better integration with some of Canon's latest accessories, like the Speedlite 600-EX-RT - for instance, only bodies of 2012 vintage or later integrate 100% with the use of the colour-correction gels supplied with the 600-EX-RT.  The 7D also requires a USB cable connection to integrate with a GPS receiver. - If any of these features mean anything to you, it may be another reason to wait.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Australia: coming lower prices for Canon equipment?
« on: November 20, 2012, 06:04:05 AM »
They seem to be up, at least partially, but the deals look pretty lame.

This is what a search for "Canon" yields:

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