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Canon General / DxO Mark explained
« on: December 15, 2012, 09:40:54 AM »
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/dxomark_sensor_for_benchmarking_cameras2.shtml

... includes specific discussion relating to Canon's "flatlining" in sensor performance and that the 5D3 bests the D800 above ISO 3200.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/2 IS Resolution Test
« on: December 14, 2012, 10:37:55 PM »
...The new Canon 35/2 IS is attractive to me because of its smaller size & weight and IS...

Ditto!

The original 35/f2 without IS is even smaller and lighter and still has almost equal IQ :D

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/2 IS Resolution Test
« on: December 14, 2012, 10:43:25 AM »
I'd be curious to see how they all perform at, say, f/8.0

I  would never thought buying a f.1ish prime and shoot at f.4, 8 or 11?  Never hurt to ask ;D

No lens is sharpest wide open and typically all lenses produce their best IQ somewhere between f/5.6 and f/8.0

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/2 IS Resolution Test
« on: December 14, 2012, 08:07:13 AM »
I'd be curious to see how they all perform at, say, f/8.0

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Lenses / Re: EF 800 f/5.6L IS II & Other Big Lenses
« on: December 06, 2012, 06:43:47 PM »
Those 1.4x knobs and bulges are going to create challenges for compact storage of multiple lenses into bags.

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Does this mean that Amazon is flouting the MAP rule or that Amazon is not an authorised re-seller of Canon cameras? Or are Amazon being creative, e.g.:

Price: To see product details, add this item to your cart. You can always remove it later. Why don't we show the price? This item qualifies for 2% back in Rewards, and Free Super Saver Shipping. Details Special Offers Available

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« on: November 28, 2012, 06:40:42 PM »
What is the price of this lens?

The review seems to say $2099 but the canonrumors blurb mentions $1499.

The price at B&H is $1499

Ah, from the review:

"This lens has an MSRP of $2099.00 in Canada. Street price will obviously be below that number, but we’ll have to wait and see where the photo dealers price it."

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« on: November 28, 2012, 05:01:07 PM »
What is the price of this lens?

The review seems to say $2099 but the canonrumors blurb mentions $1499.

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More than likely the tiny difference in MP is due to design changes to increase wafer yields. It's even possible that 6D pixels are the same size as 5D3 pixels or a bit smaller if this is the case.

Actually the 6d sensor is a tiny bit smaller than the 5d3 one - if I wouldn't be that lazy I could do the maths and see if that's the difference between 22->20mp :-p

I'll save you the trouble: no, it isn't.

(I did the math myself at the time of the announcement when I noticed that the 6D's sensor had a crop factor of 1.01)

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2899
« on: November 15, 2012, 11:27:54 PM »
After passing Adorama's and BC's ebay deals I pulled the trigger and took B&H's kit. (oh I have to correct my signature :-) )

It seems that the sell isn't going as fast as in the last two deals.

Adorama 818 in some 8 hours, but @2749
Beach Camera 120 in 5 hours @2849
Beach Camera 16 in 2 hours @2899

It's hard to be smart, but I belive if people paid $3500 for it, it is definetly worth getting it for $2900 from an authorized dealer.

Will it be cheaper than $2700 at Christmas or Thanksgiving? I highy doubt it, but you never know.

No.

These sales more than likely represent the above trying to get rid of stock that they thought they would sell but haven't (for whatever reason.) I can't see these sales being replicated around Christmas.

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Lenses / Re: Why The EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Delay?
« on: November 13, 2012, 09:48:48 AM »
It couldn't be that it is in the way when dismounting the lens?

On that side of the lens, it could easily be getting in the way of almost anything. It really needs to go on the top side of the lens as the only thing that it could then get in the way of is flashes and the lens is too long for that bump to be of significance with flashes that would be impacted.

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Lenses / Re: Why The EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Delay?
« on: November 13, 2012, 09:46:19 AM »
...
The latest we’ve heard, and from a pretty knowledgeable I person is that the lens has needed a redesign in regards to the “bump” that holds the built-in 1.4 TC.
...

The bump is one the same side as all of the knobs as things that you want to change. For the average shooter that has their right hand on the shutter button and left hand on the lens, I can see it getting in the way as you move your hand along the lens.

Even its proximity to the on-off knob for the TC might be such that it is hard to turn the know whilst you've got your eye up to the camera because you can't really approach the knob with your hand against the lens. When you have the camera+lens down, I can see it being easier to get at the knob... but then how easy will it be to turn that knob when wearing big gloves with that bump there in the cold?

I can easily see them moving the bump to either be on top or on the other side of the lens.

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Pricewatch Deals / Australia: coming lower prices for Canon equipment?
« on: November 13, 2012, 06:55:21 AM »
I don't know what Canon equipment David Jones sells but from this story:

http://www.brw.com.au/p/sections/fyi/david_jones_plays_global_game_f7qnrKLFlwBwILSqlCeXeL

In its “Lower Everyday Prices” program, David Jones has cut prices up to 50 per cent for hundreds of products from brands such as Estee Lauder, Clinique, 7 for all Mankind, marc by marc jacobs, Guess, Scanpan, Canon and Bose.

The price reductions are the result of months of negotiations with international suppliers to bring local prices into line with the global market since the company announced a cost price harmonisation program in March.


... I wonder if those negotiations and price reductions will be seen at other retailers?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Convince me to shoot in RAW
« on: November 10, 2012, 07:43:29 AM »
Raw files are the digital camera's negative that you later expose and develop.

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Lenses / Re: Canon Makes the EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Official
« on: November 06, 2012, 04:30:20 AM »
I'm excited that Canon is making better lenses than ever.  Of course, better lenses cost more.  We can have cheap or good, but not both.

Also, people seem to forget that these are introductory prices — these lenses will likely be 10-15% cheaper within a year.

Except you seem to forget that Canon has now introduced MAP. That means unless Canon says the price drops, it will not drop. Just how often does Canon announce a price drop of a piece of equipment? Hmm, well, the 5D Mark II price dropped a lot once the 5D Mark III was out and there were a couple of other 5D Mark II price drops earlier on. But I can't for the life of me recall a single price drop of a lens. Price increase, yes.

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