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Lenses / Re: Patent - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS
« on: July 09, 2012, 12:51:14 AM »
So they will make an overpriced V2 and then have plans for a IS version. Why didn't they just make the V2 have IS?
It is quite simple really. Canon will first launch the overpriced 24-70L II, and then they will launch the 24-70L II IS at an ever higher price! (Let's call it "over overpriced").

The pricetag of the IS version will then make the non IS version look like a bargain!

This strategy might seem kinda strange, but do not worry - Canonites will bend over and take it deep. Both versions will sell like hotcakes, regardless of overpricing.  Just look at the 5D3 sales!

These are happy days for Canon.

The IS version wouldn't be called "24-70L II IS" as this implies that there is already an IS version out there. The first IS version would be "24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM" (no "II").

I am quite happy to not have IS. Just use a flash and/or high ISO or even a tripod. Problem solved. Good job Canon.

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Lenses / Re: A New EF 50 f/1.8 IS? [CR1]
« on: July 08, 2012, 08:02:21 AM »
For the love of Henri Cartier-Bresson Canon - bring out a decent 50mm already!

I'm waiting for an improved 50mm f/1.2L from Canon - and then I might make the jump. I've got the Canon 50mm f/1.4 - shits me to tears (dodgy focus and micro USM just seems nasty).

Anyways - waiting for the 24-70mm f/2.8L II more than anything. It's not like I need the 50mm f/1.2L with the 35mm f/1.4L and 85mm f/1.2L in the bag, and Canon's high-ISO improving with the latest bodies.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Delayed Again
« on: July 06, 2012, 03:54:36 AM »
SPEWING!!!!

I have a 1-week epic snow trip in mid August and this was going to be my pano lens with my Really Right Stuff nodal slide gear. I am lusting after it because of the supposed corner sharpness - better for the pano-stitch work than what I'm used to.

SPEWING!!!!!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My Canon EOS-1D X Has Arrived!
« on: July 04, 2012, 02:25:14 PM »
Does it have the light-leak issue, and do the AF points illuminate when you want them to?

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Availability
« on: July 03, 2012, 01:18:08 AM »
I've been waiting bloody patiently for my 5D3 + 24-70mm f/2.8L II kit. I'll be well pissed off it they start fulfilling single-order sales before loading up on the kit sales.

There was one benefit in that I didn't end up rushing out and getting the "light leak" 5d3 so am partly thankful for that, but now I'm thinking they need to bring it on and fast. I'm itching to get rid of my old 24-70mm as well.



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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Successors [CR1]
« on: June 29, 2012, 10:50:46 PM »
There's no way the 7D replacement will not accept APS-C lenses. So no sensor bloat - that's just silly.

APS-H is D.E.A.D. It was only there for faster frame rates compared to FF. It was a compromise. Canon solved this with the 1DX. The whole point of a crop-sensor lens in a semi-pro body like 7D is just that - the crop factor! Otherwise you'd just get the 5DIII. My left nut to say that APS-H will never ever see the light of day ever again in a new body - it makes absolutely zero sense.

I was initially thinking that 60D and 7D would merge. I've changed my mind. The price gap would be too great going from Rebel/650D to 7D. That middle ground needs to be filled to stave off competition from the impressive Nikon D7000. Canon won't give up that fight.

There will be a 70D and 7DII. Both will be 24MP. There will be enough feature differences to justify the price diff - weather sealing, frame rate (dual digic vs single), AF points, magnesium body.

The Canon no-frills full frame camera - this one is hard to predict! They need to be competitive with Nikon yet not Canibalise 5DIII sales the way the 5DII cannibalised 1Ds sales several years ago. I definitely think is coming though - the 5DII is dated and won't work with new accessories. It needs a direct replacement at that price point. Will it be a megapixel monster? I doubt it but we shall see.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS [CR2]
« on: June 26, 2012, 03:29:08 AM »
I bet most CR forum members are more used to pulling on 100mm than twisting.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Mirrorless Entry
« on: June 20, 2012, 12:51:11 AM »
New mount? Small sensor?

EPIC FAIL!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 4 More DSLRs Coming in 2012? [CR2]
« on: June 13, 2012, 09:10:30 AM »
I have it on good authority *drum roll please*  that Canon are preparing a medium format camera.

Don't be so shocked.

Apparently they feel threatened by the Pentax 645D, the new Pentax 645D Mark II (coming out soon) and the massive recent price reductions in the Hasselblad HD40, not to mention the Nikon D800. It all makes perfect sense.

It's rumored to be around the 45MP mark to compete head-on with (and beat) the Pentax 645D. Canon will have a new range of glass for landscape and product usage, and they'll also sell an adapter for EF lenses.  The full frame will drop megapixels down to the 18MP range so you'll have something similar to a 1DX with regular full-frame L glass (albeit in a much bigger and slower body). The focal lengths with the adapter won't be directly comparable, as the lens needs to sit further away from the body due to the bigger mirror, and the adapter shim.

The good thing about the adapter is you'll still have AF. Canon are also looking at having a manual-focus-only adapter for Schneider-Kreuznach lenses, to woo customers with existing medium-format lens investments.

This will knock Nikon out of the park, as the depth compression (that medium format and Brenizer look), dynamic range, low light performance and skin tones will be so much better.

It's why Canon were confident about combining the 1D and 1Ds lines at reduced megapixels (for the 1Ds) - they know what's coming down the pipeline for high-art landscape and studio/product shooters to fill that void.

It's just a bugger that I'll have to buy some new glass! I'll only need a couple of wide-angle primes though. Can't wait! It'll be the perfect addition to my 5DIII. Price rumored to be in the 14K range for the body.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 4 More DSLRs Coming in 2012? [CR2]
« on: June 12, 2012, 06:35:03 PM »
There will be no point having an entry level FF unless Nikon comes out with one, otherwise they'll cannibalise 5D3 sales.

1100D
70D
3D - high MP FF

Sorry 7D users - your time is up.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Availability [CR3]
« on: June 09, 2012, 11:08:10 AM »
Can someone please remind me - what was the hold up?

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Now i'm guessing a 70D is coming this fall that would make the 7D look bad and that we will not be seeing a replacement for the 7D till spring.

I would have to say that with the features on the new T4i, the 70D/7DII merge is looking like more of a reality. Why?

Here are my reasonings.

1. Current 60D is 5.3fps and T4i is 5fps.
2. They share the same 63 zone dual layer metering system.
3. They share the same 9 point AF system.
4. The T4i shares some features of the 7D like the built-in speedlite transmitter.

The 70D would have to be placed in the 7-8 fps range and likely sport a higher MP sensor. Like I have mentioned before, 18MP cannot be where Canon draws the sensor limit. The features found in the T4i would likely make it into the 70D as well.

That leaves us with the 7DII. Now, if it remains APS-C then it would have to have speed and features that exceed the 70D... hmmmm.

It makes more sence now than ever that Canon will "intergrate" the two lines. Either a 7DII OR a high performance XXD line camera (70D). The only other thing I can think of for the 7DII is a high performance (without APS-H or a "pro" body) line similar camera to the 1D series, but that doesn't make much sence. It would have to sport 10-12 fps (and perhaps a lower MP sensor) and have superior low-light capibilities, but I suppose anything is possible.

If Canon makes a budget FF, then this is the logical roadmap. The firmware update for the 7D suggests to me that this is where the line is going.

D

I agree with you. The feature improvements of the 650D mean there's no great reason to buy a 60D right now (if you can put up with the smaller size and no rear thumb dial on the 650D). The xxD line is getting feature-squeeze from below and the next xxD is getting pushed right into 7D territory - makes a lot of sense to merge lines. It would tidy up the naming immensely if they reserved all the xD naming for full frame only, and pushed the next 7D into budget full-frame territory.

Here's my road-map prediction:
----------------------
CROP SENSOR
----------------------
xxxxD:  Budget      - 1100D, 1200D, 1300D...2000D, 2100D, 2200D...
xxxD:   Enthusiast - 650D, 700D, 750D, 800D, 850D, 900D, 950D, 960D, 970D, 980D...
xxD:     Premium    - (7D), 70D, 71D, 80D, 81D, 82D, 90D, etc

-------------------
FULL FRAME
-------------------
7D:  Budget       - 7DmkII, 7DmkIII...
5D:  Semi-pro    - 5DmkIII, 5DmkIV...
3D:  High MP     - 3D, 3DmkII...
1DX:  Premium  - 1DX. 1DXmkII...

--------------------------
FULL FRAME CINE
--------------------------
1DC:  Premium - 1DC, 1DCmkII...


The 7D, 5D and 3D lines will natually get more cine features as they go on which gives them "feature headroom". Thus I doubt there will be a 7DC, 5DC or 3DC, but you never know.

As for the "3D", sure it creates confusion but in terms of price, it would probably sit in-between the 5D and 1DX, thus the 3D moniker is most likely.

P.S. - APS-H is dead.






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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Odds & Ends [Various]
« on: May 31, 2012, 10:05:53 AM »
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EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Availability
The lens will be available in July from a few people.
"
Ah I first read this as "for a few people", thinking - I wonder who those three lucky people are?! :o

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Time to settle this once and for all.

The reason why they build GPS into the camera bodies is primarily because of countries like China and North Korea. They don't like GPS built in, and don't allow the sale, so they don't.

With point and shoot cameras - they make "for China" and "for the rest of the (free) world" models. For top end DSLRs, they can't justify the expense of having two models - a GPS-enabled one, and a GPS-crippled one. So they don't - they just put it as an accessory and not sell the accessory in China.

I for one like the accessory in that it doesn't drain the main battery. I can just switch it on when I need it. Granted - it would be nice to have it like an iPhone and I could turn it on/off via software.



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Lenses / Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: May 27, 2012, 08:29:41 AM »
I went to the PMA exhibition in Melbourne today and got to play with the new 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM and I gotta say I was really impressed with the size, build quality and focus speed. Can't comment on IQ ans I couldn't take images away.

If you look here http://camerasize.com/compact/#312.289,312.286,ha,t  they have it wrong - the mark I is about right, but the mark II - there's no way it was that big next to the mark I.  I took my mark I lens in with me and held the two size by side and the mark II is substantially smaller and lighter, which put a big smile on my face, as I find the mark I just a bit too big and bloated - especially the fat lip at the end. The mark II seemed just right - like a 24-105mm - very nicely balanced on the 5D3 body (no I don't work for Canon!!)

Some other observations:

1. Hood. Damn I love the lock-in hood! I've shot weddings where my mark I hood has turned a little (mine's very loose) and I've got the black hood in the corners. The mark II hood snaps in with the same firmness as the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II USM - inspires confidence.

I do like the smaller hood immensely. I shoot landscapes with filters a lot without hoods and find that flaring is very rarely a problem. I think with this hood - sure it won't be as deep as the mark I but in reality - I can't see that as being a problem at all.

The only time that I prefer the old hood is when it's raining - the front element has greater protection, as does the lens extension barrel.

2. Focusing. zing! super fast! Really though I don't know how much of that was the 5D3 though. I wasn't allowed to put the new lens on my 5d2.
When comparing side by side, the old lens focus has a lot greater distance from 1.5m to 3.0m to infinity.  I'd roughly put it at 1.5 times the turning amount to go from 1m to infinity on the old lens. The new lens - gonna make it a bit harder for manual focusing hitting the right hyper-focal distance as the markings are so close, but the trade off is most-likely to be the faster autofocus.

3. Build quality - no complaints. The big amount of rubber is nice to handle.

4. zoom feel. The old lens feels loose-ish around 70mm and tightens around 30mm and requires a bit more force to twist it to 24mm, whereas the new lens feels more even in tension throughout the zoom range.

Not sure what else I can tell you. If it was a choice of saving size and weight with no IS, or keeping the same size and weight and adding IS, I'm glad they went with no IS and gave me the weight and bulk saving that I'm really happy with. (remember IS does nothing for a moving subject!). To keep everyone happy, they really should release an IS version of this lens though.

It'll make for a great all-rounder lens. I think it will be fine for street. Not as good as a 50mm f/1.2 or 85mm f/1.2, but a lot better than the 24-70mm mark I due to the smaller size, which makes it easier to whip out of the shoulder bag.

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