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I was thinking about the shorty forty and the earlier announced 24mm and 28mm - this is an odd trio. Among all the super high end lenses they're announcing they come out with these. All three are small, high quality lenses, but are all rather oddballs. Now I ordered a 40mm which is on its way, and am seriously considering a 24mm, just because I really like small, solid primes. However I don't know of Canon ever releasing a pancake before, and the other two outliers, why? DSLR owners are scratching their heads over these lenses. Since they were announced soon before the mirror less, could these be meant as mirror less offerings, with an EF mount mirror less?

Look at it this way, imagine a mirror less with a few zooms, and put in the 24, 28 and 40 mm along side it. Seems to make more sense now. If Canon went this route, it could be their way of getting the P&S crowd to step up into the DSLR and EF lens family. First they get a mirror less with a shorty forty and a zoom, and later they can upgrade to a DSLR body and use their existing lenses.

Tell me I'm wrong or this has been discussed before ...

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Lenses / Voightlander 20mm Pancake notes
« on: June 22, 2012, 10:39:57 AM »
I got a little time with the Voightlander 20mm pancake and some people here wanted to know about the lens, here are my notes.

First off, the lens you can buy now is discontinued, including the one on the B&H website. I mentioned this to them but they didn't have much of a response to that. Anyhow, an updated one is coming out in August which has a metal knurling focus ring instead of a rubber covered ring. I think this is a great idea, I like all metal, especially in a lens like this.

The lens is solid and small. Not as solid as I was expecting, but I'm not sure how it could be made more 'reassuring'. Getting rid of the rubber as I mentioned, and there is some plastic in there.

Anyhow, on the IQ. I didn't do extensive testing just some shooting around the house. What I found is that the lens won't give you the best results without coaxing. Canon lenses seem to just deliver to the best that is possible given the situation. This camera tends to give you worse results, and you have to push it to give better.

It does vignette and is soft wide open in the corners with a FF. This is part of what I mean by the lens making you work - it wants to take certain types of pictures and not others. I took a night shot with a focused flash and it looked great. I also took a general wide angle daytime outside snapshot and it didn't look so good. The lens likes more considered 'art shots' and performs better in those.

For some reason I found myself tilting the camera and doing more creative framing than with the big lenses. I never do that with my other lenses. I think the big zooms encourage you to think 'do it professionally', and this little lens encourages you to 'think creatively' more.

The lack of autofocus was a no brainer. You get a focus light in the viewfinder when it finds focus, or you can get a Eg-s manual focus screen. My first camera was an AE-1, maybe somebody who hasn't used a manual focus lens would feel differently but I actually preferred it. Nothing worse than having a 'hunting focus' lens when you're trying to take a shot.

Finally, the lens has a characteristic that I noticed in Flickr shots and in my own. Hard to describe ... kind of like if you were taking pictures with film, and the film had some slight harsh, jagged contrasty look. Flat colors, not three dimensional. By contrast the 70-200 2.8 II has dreamy 'true to life' colors and depth, this one creates a stark look. I like the look, my wife loved it. More old school than new school, shots look like they might be from the 70's or something, and I think it's a combination of the old school optics and digital resolution. This is a characteristic that makes the camera want to take 'art' shots, and not snapshots.

Neat lens, my ideal focal length, I'll probably buy the new version when it comes out in August. There is a Flickr group dedicated to the lens if you're interested. Here is a picture from that group that captures the lens for me


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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 580 EXII Discontinued
« on: June 21, 2012, 06:26:33 PM »
I'm so glad I held off buying any more than one 580, in anticipation of a RF flash.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Mirrorless Entry
« on: June 19, 2012, 06:21:38 PM »
Honestly?

Thanks to the Shorty McForty, I have no interest in a mirrorless camera.

Agreed, with a camera for my wife, son, and one on the belt (S100) I'm drowning in chargers and batteries. Not to mention the old Rebel I keep with me because it's a crop body.

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Will the S100 successor have a larger sensor?
« on: June 19, 2012, 10:24:14 AM »
Regardless, what can they do to up the ante on the S100? Barring any other ideas I think a bigger sensor makes sense.

However I would guess they wouldn't so a full APS-C sensor, but one somewhere in between. Canon seems to like to take that approach, where they can claim better performance without going all the way. Dunno

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Canon 600EX-RT review
« on: June 19, 2012, 07:14:07 AM »
Good review. Yeah they're an awesome flash. By the way, you can turn off Optical from the Z menu through a custom function. Handy if you're like me and don't use it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X now or wait for 1D neXt?
« on: June 18, 2012, 06:58:36 AM »
I'm waiting. I'd like to upgrade to a 1 series body (because I can afford it, not because I need it), but the 1DX doesn't do it for me. I don't need to take enough frames per second to be able to make a movie of it.

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Lenses / Re: ND Filter system for landscape photography question
« on: June 17, 2012, 11:14:34 PM »
The commonly available Cokin P series has a wide angle bracket that I don't believe vignettes on my 16-35. Haven't had a chance to exhaustively test it though.

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Software & Accessories / Printing recommendation?
« on: June 17, 2012, 11:12:44 PM »
What online printers do you recommend? I'm picky about colors, who calibrates their system?


If you have any recommendations for purchasing a printer I'd like to hear that too, as I wouldn't mind being able to do my own prints too (even if it is more expensive)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Filters for 16-35mm f/2.8L?
« on: June 17, 2012, 11:11:04 PM »
In Cokin the more common P series also has a wide angle bracket. I haven't done careful testing but I don't think it vignettes with my 16-35.   

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM in Stock
« on: June 16, 2012, 04:28:02 PM »
Looks great, I like what I see. Do you live in the UK or is this early delivery somewhere else?

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Yep, I've got three as well, and a ST-E3 I've been waiting forever for. I'm really happy I waited until these guys, it's a small, light and flexible system that works really well. I can afford some expensive flashes, can't afford lugging lots of stuff around.

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Heck, I'd be happy if they just shipped the damn ST-E3

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Lenses / Re: Help picking lenses for vacation!
« on: June 15, 2012, 06:13:54 PM »
I got the fishy before a trip and haven't had much chance to use it. I recommend a s100 on the belt, instant movies and snap shots

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EOS Bodies / Re: CANON 1Dx - Action images - UEFA EURO 2012™
« on: June 15, 2012, 05:54:42 PM »
Well said! Shooting a football player jumping in the air to catch a pass lasts only a second. Shooting with a 5D MK II gives you 4 photos and a super slow AF which gives you about a 10% chance of catching the shot, shooting with a 5D3 with a good AF and 6 fps should give you a 40% chance, the 1D MK IV has lots of speed but a jumpy AF so I would say around 60% chance and with the 1DX with amazing speed and blazing fast AF you should have at least 80% chance of getting the shot. I've attached an example of this from last year using the 300mm f/2.8 matched with a 1D MK IV. I believe I got about 3 frames in focus, two were useable and I cropped the other into a vertical to add variety. I had a good read on my target this time but I have missed other similar shots which required a quicker reaction time due to jumpy AF on the 1D4 or slow AF on the 5D2.

Here's the shot: http://markwebbphoto.com/p225432823/e3b84f559#h3b84f559


Wow Mark, I looked at all your photos, some seriously good work there. Since we're on a gear forum, and gear comments?

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