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Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: April 21, 2013, 07:48:11 AM »
... but what seems to to be hard for many is that it now seems that this particular third party lens is actually better than its original counterpart...

Canon has been over taken in the sensor department by Sony/Nikon and now they're being overtaken in the lens department.
They will probably go bankrupt before the end of the year.

Not just yet. They're still leaders in camera gimmicks/bells&whistles and consumers seem to like those.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: April 21, 2013, 03:37:00 AM »
... but what seems to to be hard for many is that it now seems that this particular third party lens is actually better than its original counterpart...

Canon has been over taken in the sensor department by Sony/Nikon and now they're being overtaken in the lens department.

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I'd rather see Sigma do a 19mm or 20mm or 21mm wide angle "A" lens. There's nothing available for Canon that's a prime, wide and auto-focus.

Canon's widest is 24mm and if Sigma did a 24mm, they'd just be copying Canon. They should man up and do something new.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What site do you use to host your photos?
« on: April 20, 2013, 02:28:13 AM »
I used to use Picasa but then I read the T&C and it meant giving Google the right to use my photos however it wished.

I now only use flickr because I retain all rights and they only have the right to display my images on their website.

I would be curious to know what the intellectual property T&C are for other sites such as smugmug, etc.

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There are sample photos taken with this lens mounted on a 5D Mark II:

http://lcap.tistory.com/entry/Sigma-18-35mm-f18-with-5D-Mark-II

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PowerShot / Re: SX50 outperforming 5DIII +100-400mm
« on: April 19, 2013, 06:00:34 PM »
Awesome guys....

This just tells me Canon has lots of tech to make crazy good sensors. Imagine if this tech was applied to full frame sensors.....

Canon doesn't make their own sensors for all of their digital cameras - these cameras could indeed be using Sony sensors.

It is a back-illuminated sensor which does indeed make me think that this is a Sony sensor and not a Canon sensor.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 21mp Sensor in the 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: April 18, 2013, 08:52:25 PM »
So lets see if I understand this... The 7D2 MIGHT be 21 megapixels, or it MIGHT be 24, or it could possibly be 18. And the 70D MIGHT have one of those sensors.... or it could be something else.....

Yeah, I know... sounds like a company that knows what it is doing, doesn't it?

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Any thoughts on how this lens is useful for anything other than landscapes?

it is good for being returned!

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 03:41:23 PM »
Anyway, whilst y'all going on about low-light and high-ISO performance, I want low-ISO performance ... ISO 50 ... or better yet, ISO 25.

Um...why?

The 5DIII (I'm not personally familiar with crop cameras) is noise-free at ISO 400. It's just as noise-free at ISO 200 and ISO 100. There's no more noise to be cleaned up, so what's there to be gained by ISO 25?

Being able to use the camera with extremely bright light and not need a filter.

Being able to take longer exposure photographs in normal lighting without needing a filter.

ISO25 film produced some excellent shots.

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 03:38:16 PM »
[T]he 5D Mark III does not present such a technological leap[....]

Erm, that's complete bollocks.

Best autofocus system of any camera on the market at the time of its release, best high ISO performance of any camera on the market at the time of its release, best video of any consumer DSLR....

I'd dispute that on two points.

The 1DX has better tracking.

People who are using the 6D/5D3 are saying that the 6D has a center focal point that works with much lower light than the 5D3.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 03:34:09 PM »
DXO tells us the sensor is useless, yet somehow people manage to take great pictures.

I managed to take great pictures 15 years ago with my SLR and yet I use DSLR nowadays (beyond micro 4/3).
I managed without mobile phone 20 years ago but I use it continuously nowadays.

Technology moves on. Not so Canon's APS-C sensor tech. They are still living in 2009.
The 18 MP is perfectly fine for me and I think for the most (the last thing I'd wish for more MP with Canon's sensor tech from 2009) but hopefully they improve the per pixel quality.

Using an SLR meant that your image quality depended on two things:
1) lens
2) film

Film could be changed whenever you wanted, every 6 months if new film came out that you wanted to use.
Same again with lenses.

Back in the film days, the camera itself was not central to the issue of creating a quality image like it is today.

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Canon General / Re: How do you buy equipment?
« on: April 16, 2013, 10:21:56 AM »
I buy equipment using money.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 08:33:37 AM »
What's not new for you may be new (and now affordable) to someone else.  Why rail on a camera not aimed at you?  The 70D, T5i, and SL1 are terrific cameras for those whose needs they meet.  What everyone here wants is a 1DX or a 1DXL.  I'm willing to wait until the 1DX prices are where the 1D Mark IV is today.

What everyone is really waiting for is the successor to the 5D2 that actually improves on IQ.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 15, 2013, 11:33:44 PM »
This sounds like a sweet upgrade from the 60D.  I bought the 50D over the 60D because of the body-design and materials. Even though it was lower-spec in some ways. Add WiFi, GPS, weather-sealing, 6.5fps and Digic 5? I'd seriously consider it if I wanted a crop-camera..

Exactly.

It is full of the latest "bling" that consumers crave - who cares if it takes good pictures or not, just as long as they're better than my iPhone.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
« on: April 15, 2013, 02:28:16 AM »
Were you able to calibrate the lens?

i've always wondered why people rave about this lens so much. Sure, it's cheap, but imho it's just fuzzy. Or did i get a dud?
have a look at this cockatoo i shot in aus last september.
first shot slightly cropped, 50% scaled, 93% jpeg compression. second shot 100% crop, 93% jpeg compression. 7D, iso800, 1/1000s, f8, Ljpg straight from the camera.
DOF at that distance (~20m) should be at least 1.3m, at any rate i used spot af expansion.

so do you guys reckon it's just a dud unit, or is this typical for this design?

anyway, when i bought it i justified the expense comparing it to the 70-200f4, i paid €100 less, and got the 200-300 range and IS to boot. I've since sold it to my sister, she's happy with her 18-55 on her 550d, so she should be happy with this (although, she shoots raw and i don't, go figure), and i'm buying the 70-300L in a week or two duty-free on my way to aus...

The lens is just really crap at 300mm. I've sent mine + camera off to Canon for calibration and what came back ... still not as good as the Tamron 70-300 VC.

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