Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Still waiting for high MP canon while Nikon is coming out with new 800« on: June 10, 2014, 10:45:16 AM »
None of those three are primes. All L-primes are "full-frame" and a thus "wasted" on a "crop-frame" camera.
Obviously they are not wasted. A great many people shoot primes designed for 135 format image circles on smaller platforms (APS-H and -C). But I'm struggling with why you put the word in quotation marks. Are you purposefully arguing a point which you don't believe?
There was another post (not sure by whom, can't find it, maybe it was in a different thread) about a lack of frame-equivalent primes for small sensors. I have to ask the question: why would someone with no interest in a different sensor platform (e.g. a fully satisfied APS-C customer) care one iota about how his lenses frame on a different sensor platform? Gone, I think, are the days when long-time 135 format shooters made the transition to digital and would have experienced culture shock via crop factor." In the coming years, many or most new DLSR consumers will have no inkling of what a certain focal length would look like on a 35mm sensor, or larger formats for that matter. Crop factor is a useful tool for people like me who occasionally shoot with two platforms simultaneously. For folks who tend to stick with one, it's trivial information to relate one arbitrarially to another. Just buy the focal length you want for your subject and don't worry about what your subject would have looked like had you strapped your 200mm lens on an iphone.
This thread has really jumped the shark. It's devolved (amusingly so) into a series of skirmishes about "why doesn't Canon" or "why does Canon," all of which can be answered at once: because Canon doesn't / does think it worthwhile to the bottom line.