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Lenses / Re: EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye Available for Pre-Order at B&H
« on: July 29, 2011, 12:43:50 PM »
I've been receiving a lot of email of late - especially from people who send emails.

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Finally! A calculator mouse - my life is now complete.  ???

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EOS Bodies / Re: 3D (Again) & 5D Mark III (CR1)
« on: June 16, 2011, 03:28:45 AM »
FF
24 MP
30+ pt af
8 fps
dual digic V
dual card slots
weather sealed

~$3.5K - $4K and I'd buy 2

It could be more sports/wildlife oriented than the new 5D which could remain the slow, entry level FF that people expect.  That leaves plenty of features left over for a flagship 1 series body with 10fps, integrated grip, 1.3 crop mode and a gazillion megapixels.....

I'm with you on this one buddy!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 3D (Again) & 5D Mark III (CR1)
« on: June 15, 2011, 03:30:41 AM »
The more I think about it, the more I think the 3D is going to happen. People are screaming out for a full-frame 7D equivalent - rugged, compact, weather sealed, with better AF.  (OK I am - hopefully others are too!). An outdoor/landscape shooter's dream, for those who can't afford or don't want medium-format digital.

If they made the 5DIII like that it would do two things:
1) push the price right up for that model
2) cannibalize sales from the 1D line

So the market is ripe now for a model that sits in-between the 5D and the 1D lines. There's a big hole in their lineup that they currently aren't filling.

The 5DIII will be the cheapest full-frame offering. The new version will bring more megapixels and better AF from the 7D but not much else, except for perhaps newer video-specific features. It will compete aggressively on price.

The 3D will basically be a full-frame 7D. It won't have integrated vertical grip. It might even borrow some other features from the 1D line but not enough to cannibalize it, but will be a price premium above the 5DmarkIII line, the same way the 7D is at a premium above the 60D. Shutter speeds will definitely be held back as this is a 1D feature - expect a single Digic V for the 3D.

The 1D and 1Ds series will merge together into a fast-shooting, fully-featured, top of the line model - everything we have now but with more Megapixels and the updated interface from dual Digic V. What Canon will do with this camera is enable a toggle to go into 1.3x crop mode, discarding the outer-most pixels which will allow a faster shutter speed, so you'll have a 1D and 1Ds all in one.

Thus we'll end up with a nice matrix of cameras:
Rebel / 60D / 7D for crop sensor
5DmarkIII / 3D / 1DmarkV for full frame

I'll be going for the 3D for sure - maybe upgrade both of my 5DII's to them. Bring it Canon!

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Lenses / Re: Canon Announces EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS II
« on: June 13, 2011, 09:27:04 AM »
*yawn*. next!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III [CR1]
« on: May 21, 2011, 12:32:11 AM »
This is a very believable spec sheet.

32mp. Given that 600D, 60D and 7D are 18mp, the same pixel density on full frame is approx 46mp. Thus a move to 32mp is reasonable.

ISO to 25600. I don't expect it to go that high. I have no need for it in any case.

Digic V - to be expected. Hopefully it comes with an overhauled menu system and can do advanced things like electronic leveling.

4.2 shots/sec. A small increase from 3.9 of the 5DII. No threat to the 1DIV.

19 point AF. Taken straight from 7D.

CF card - to keep people with large investments in this card happy. Also it is appropriate for large RAW file transfer speeds.

All the video stuff I don't care for, but would imagine this is a good platform for video, as it's shot horizontal so don't need the vertical grip of the 1D series.

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Rant - I was hoping that Canon would bring the 5D line closer to the 1D line with a more rugged body and weather sealing, and using buttons instead of mode dial, and having an integrated viewfinder cover.

It doesn't look they will go that bold, but will keep the status quo and just bump up the features a bit to have a "full frame 7D" but without the same level of weather sealing.

This is a shame really, as Canon users need something akin to the Nikon D700, and it's imminent successor.


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Lenses / Re: EF 24-105 f/4L IS II [CR1]
« on: April 20, 2011, 10:30:41 AM »
I'm very happy with the sharpness, color and contrast from this lens.

Have you objectively compared the sharpness of it to a 100 macro or 70-200 or something else known to be sharp? The reason I ask is to help determine if the particular one I tried was just off or if it is a characteristic of the design. I may be interested in the existing one if a II doesn't materialize fairly soon and there is reason to try another copy.

I have used a borrowed 70-200mm f/2.8L IS, and own the 100mm f/2.8L macro. The macro is so sharp, it would have to be one of the sharpest lenses of any out there in terms of mainstream lenses. I haven't shot enough with the 70-200 enough to have an opinion. The 100mm trumps everything, but that's not a fair comparison ;)
I've only really compared it to my 24-70mm f/2.8L, and find it to be comparatively sharp. I like the smaller size, bigger zoom and IS over the 24-70, which is a bit of stinker in really contrasty situations (bad CA), and flary as well. Of course f/4 is slow, so the 24-70 comes out for gigs.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/gavaconda/tags/ef24105mmf4lisusm/ for examples. Check my profile for other tagged shots for other lenses.


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Lenses / Re: EF 24-105 f/4L IS II [CR1]
« on: April 19, 2011, 11:07:39 AM »
I love my EF 24-105 f/4L IS. The only bad things I can say about it are:
1. Barrel distortion at 24mm is quite pronounced but fixable in Lightroom.
2. IS is not tripod sensing. In my early forays into landscape shooting with this lens I destroyed some great shots by forgetting to turn that off. Most newer IS'es are smarter than that.

I've never had any problems with flaring with this lens, so the same hood is fine by me. My experience has been that the wider the lens, the more flaring your are likely to get, so the better hood you'll need. Being a relatively slow f/4, I don't think it needs as good a shielding as the 24-70mm f/2.8 shot wide open.

I'm very happy with the sharpness, color and contrast from this lens. It's every bit as sharp if not better than my 24-70mm f/2.8 on my camera body (5D2). Some people (who probably have never owned one) might say that since it's a kit lens, it can't be any good. These people probably owned EF-S kit lenses (the horrible 18-55) and were burned by that.

I won't be rushing to upgrade my 24-105. I'd prefer Canon release an improved 17-40, and the updated the 35mm and 50mm primes. More than anything I want a compact full frame (5DIII) that has 7D-like AF and WEATHER SEALING! (Are you hearing me Canon?!)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 600D/T3i Specs [CR2]
« on: February 03, 2011, 08:30:15 PM »
This seems like a Rebel without a cause.

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EOS Bodies / Re: “1Dsq” & 3D [CR1]
« on: January 26, 2011, 11:13:01 PM »
Oooh the 3D is exactly what I want. Well I'd like to stay at 21MP (I'm a 5DmkII user) but for the stuff I shoot and sizes I print then 3MP difference (14% drop) probably wouldn't be an issue, but if they can increase low-light performance, add 1d-level pro weather sealing, up the shutter speed and improve the AF then I am so there!!!

Lenses - new improved 50mm f/1.2L II would be good to go with it  - a low-light specialist body needs a better low-light prime to go with it.. hint hint... ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Mark IV & 5D3 Thoughts & Lens Patent
« on: January 23, 2011, 07:22:45 AM »
All I want in a 5DIII is the same as 5DII but with pro-level weather sealing and better AF.

Listen to me Canon - the 5D range brief is for a compact full frame body. It *needs* weather sealing and better AF. Keep the frame rates low and you won't monopolize the 1D/s range but you'll keep punters like me happy and stop me going to Nikon!

That's all the 1Ds mainly has going for it, how would that not monopolize those sales (1-2 fps difference ain't going to be the deal breaker)?  I've taken my 5D2 in rain and snow and it still has worked fine.  Since you use a 2 body set up, a 5D2 and 7D would be the ideal situation to get that AF and reach you need for wildlife.


Compared to 1DmkIV or 1DmkV - sports shooters will want the 'pro' level AF and some other pro features, and sports shooters will scoff at the FPS of a 5DII or 5DIII.

Compared to 1Ds mkIV - now that's where Canon is worried. Still, I think Canon will work in much high MP into this, as well as full pro AF, and pros will want the built in portrait grip. I think the 5DIII will go up a fair bit in price and they'll sell the 5DII for a while yet, so this won't monopolise the 1Ds mk IV sales.




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EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Mark IV & 5D3 Thoughts & Lens Patent
« on: January 22, 2011, 07:08:39 PM »
All I want in a 5DIII is the same as 5DII but with pro-level weather sealing and better AF.

I'm an outdoor photography enthusiast and thus like the small body size of 5DII, but need weather sealing as a couple of people I know, and very many I don't have their 5DII cameras die due to rain, and even just humidity. People like me get the 5DII because Canon only make two FF cameras, and the 5DII is more compact, and by far the cheaper priced (you can buy two 5DII's to one 1DsIII and have money to spare !!)

The AF is poor and I find that lacking when tracking animals and in low light.

Keep it at a reasonable price and I'll buy two, to replace my two 5DII bodies. The main reason I have two 5DII bodies is I'm paranoid of one dying due to the aforementioned reasons, but I'm now used to having two bodies so will stick with that. I don't really care for higher MP or frame rates, but will take them as a bonus.

Listen to me Canon - the 5D range brief is for a compact full frame body. It *needs* weather sealing and better AF. Keep the frame rates low and you won't monopolize the 1D/s range but you'll keep punters like me happy and stop me going to Nikon!

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Leica M9 Experience
« on: September 26, 2010, 08:03:41 AM »
What it boils down to is a DSLR is big, heavy and conspicuous and this puts it at a distinct disadvantage for street and travel photography. M9 fills that niche admirably, albeit with quite a few compromises - manual focus being one of them.

Outside of those uses, I personally cannot see much point to getting the M9. I'm sure that if Canon built a reasonably-priced EVIL, that would take a lot of wind out of the M9's expensive sails. I would get one just for street/travel photography, and use my DSLR for everything else.

The other benefit of the M9 is the corner-to-corner sharpness of the wide-angles on offer. Again this is something that Canon can and probably will address at some stage, although it can be mitigated somewhat by stopping down to f/8, if shallow DoF and fast shutter are less of a concern.  Perhaps the patented 14-24mm will rectify this issue.

Enjoy the M9, and hope its resale value holds after Canon release a high-quality EVIL that blows the M9 away ;)


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 60D Pictures?
« on: August 11, 2010, 08:31:50 PM »
Is that a Direct Print button I see down below the thumb?   *awaits direct print jokes*

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