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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM in Stock
« on: June 15, 2012, 05:27:13 AM »
Please give us a report. Thanks

Will do.

It might be in stock over here but have you noticed the price we have to pay? 229 quid??? With todays exchange rate it gets to $355 compared to $199 preorder price in the US...A slight rip off?

Total rip. We've been eating it the past few years with the Euro being stronger than the buck, given the EU economic issues that didn't make much sense, but this is worse with unequal base price.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM in Stock
« on: June 14, 2012, 09:41:10 PM »
Great! I'll have a Voightlander 20mm to compare it to tomorrow.

I wouldn't make a generic blanket statement here as others have. I shoot a lot at the ocean; the real answer is it depends on your equipment.

I have a 50mm/1.4 which I killed at the beach. I was careful too, keeping it under wraps, but there was a breeze and just a few grains of sand got into the lens. Non weather sealed right? No lens filter is going to help with that big gap they have in the front. I still haven't gotten it fixed.

Likewise I have a gitzo tripod which got sand into it. Never again on that one! I'm looking for a beach tripod, I understand gitzo has a line of (probably overpriced) ocean pods.

But in general if you have a 5D or especially 1D body and weather sealed L lenses with filters you should be good. You will have to clean the filters though, and make sure you clean the body off afterwards. In the manual Canon recommends wiping down with a well wrung out cloth after being at the ocean, you'd be surprised how much salt spray makes it into the air.

And don't change lenses unless you're really careful! Don't do what I saw which is one woman who just stood there with her open camera body and L lens hanging in the breeze as she poked around for the new lens. Surprised me ....


Yes I did try the piano but it is difficult when your fingers are big as well. So I did the next best thing -played rugby :)
Where I come from, playing rugby is considered far more important than playing the piano. :)

Where I come from, having the wife play the organ...errr, I mean piano is priority one.  ;D ;)

Ah, piano, meaning soft.

Left yourself open there, had to take it ...

EOS Bodies / Re: 4 More DSLRs Coming in 2012? [CR2]
« on: June 12, 2012, 08:21:59 PM »
I really hope the big megapixel IS a 1 series body. My dream, I'd buy it in a second.

Lighting / Re: 600ex-rt overheating?
« on: June 10, 2012, 05:29:10 PM »
No, if the back LED light is red then the flash has over heated. If it's orange it is slave (by default, this can be changed in cFn), and green is master (by default). I haven't overheated any of my 3 600-RT's so I can't comment if 'reddish orange' is the red backlight indicating overheating, but that makes sense to me. This is all documented in that thick manual they sent along with the flash.

Don't know your exact circumstances, I do know that these flashes can't take too many pops. The manual states (by memory) that after 10 consecutive flashes it needs a rest. 1/64 or 1/32 should be a light load, but maybe they were also in the sun? Not like these little flashes have heat sinks, and they're dumping a goodly current off those caps.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX on preorder
« on: June 10, 2012, 01:08:45 PM »
Not enough choices. I preordered and stuck with it, until the delays got to be too long and rumors of a Big Pixel 3D/etc coming out.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon at a Crossroads?
« on: June 10, 2012, 01:06:49 PM »
Like all Major companies, Canon has a roadmap.  One for 5 years, one for 25 years, and one for 50 or even 100 years.  Obviously, the roadmap for 5 years gets updated more frequently than the others, and they are not sharing it with the competition.  Market factors will drive changes, but upgrades for lenses and new lenses are likely pretty firm, at least as far as planning.  Execution of the plan is something else.

Major companies don't have 100 year plans, not 25 and certainly not 50. Five years is about as far as they are looking at best (maybe on some vague division manager roadmap), in reality the plans are only for the next year or two and subject to change. Long term plans like that are useless due to too many variables, changing staffing, etc. Plus there's no point.

So why should you guys speculate? 'Canon', specifically the camera management team, have no idea how long this will go. Very probably the current technology will carry them along for the rest of their careers, but I guarantee they're only looking at the next product release, and how to get the 1DX etc into your hands (and your money into the coffers)

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Information.
« on: June 09, 2012, 09:20:05 PM »
Looking forward to it. On any DSLR body, such as my non gripped 5DMKII, it should make for a super light package.

It's interesting to see how many full-fledged dslr users suddenly speak out their desire to have a more compact, lighter camera system for some occasions. Imho this points towards the future - once mirrorless, more compact systems get a premium image, competitive af & lens selection, the old-school dlsr line will be less attractive.
"Com[act, Light Weight, SYSTEM" that is a contradiction of terms. Most people have at least 3 lenses in their bag as a system. The size and weight of the body becomes secondary.The weight and the size of the bag will not be light or small.  I would put is in a different way."We need a smaller lighter weight single lens combo" As a DSLR user, once awhile I do "travel light" with only a 18-55 IS kid lens on my 40D. I probably will get the 40mm f 2.8 to make it even lighter and smaller. As for mirrorless body, they are too small and a little bit too light for my shooting habit. Even the Rebel is too small in my hand.

No it's not. My present DSLR minimal system weighs a ton and threatens people when I take a shot. People look at my 24-105 on a non-gripped 5DMKII and I often get comments like 'that is a real camera'. Compare to my Fuji X100 with flash, batteries, hood and cards which all goes into a Black Rapid case over the shoulder. I never notice the weight or size, and people never notice when I'm shooting. Two systems, two purposes. But I have twice as much trouble to manage, batteries, cards to upload, dates and time settings to keep in sync, systems to learn ...

I'm now looking at the possibility of a system consisting of a 5DMKII and a couple of pancakes. If I'm feeling ambitious maybe a flash. The whole thing can fit in a small bag at a pound or two. And I've got nearly the IQ of the full system, and all the speed and convenience of one core component.

I don't know why this concept is so difficult.

A Phase One digital MF back has a touch interface and it looks quite usable. I don't see how a 35mm would be any different.

Numbers are important. But...knowing your serum creatinine level won't help your doctor know if your kidneys are functioning properly, without knowledge of the normal range for your age and gender.  Knowing the length a bridge must span isn't enough for the engineer to build the bridge, the load capacity must also be known. 

The DxO Score attempts to represent the performance of a sensor as a single number, a problem that's compounded when people extrapolate that number to the camera's overall performance.  To borrow Bob Atkins' apt example, that's about as meaningful as representing the Mona Lisa as its average color value:

That's a nice analogy, however a single number can easily be a determinant of what it attempts to measure. For example, you can know an enormous amount of information already about a person just by knowing a single number, namely their age. Taking your Mona Lisa example, that could easily be fixed by taking the intensity value at each pixel as representative, and you would get a result that gives you a lot of information about the original (namely a black and white version). The example he gave which you quote is reductio ad absurdum - it's obviously a flawed measurement to make.

Measurement is difficult, the hardest part isn't usually taking it, but knowing what to do with it. The single DxO score could be very useful, or might not, depending on how you intend to use it and your particular criteria for usefulness. Disclaimer, I've spent my life in measurement science.

Canon General / Engadget hands on with the T4i and Shorty Forty
« on: June 08, 2012, 12:16:06 PM »
Oh and that other new lens

The Shorty Forty looks good on the camera - not 'too small', if there is such a thing.

Canon General / Re: Best Filter for 40mm Pancake?
« on: June 08, 2012, 11:29:23 AM »

The B&W 52mm haze filter is $19 at Amazon, don't know about prices elsewhere. I bought one for the upcoming 'pancake breakfast'.

You're quoting the price for the single-coated version, which lacks the multi-resistant coating (MRC) that resists fingerprints and makes it easy to clean...  The MRC verison is $40.  Personally, given the lens is 23mm thick, I'd likely not put a standard F-pro mount on it, which adds 5mm. 

Personally, I'd get the B+W XS-Pro UV Nano, which is $46 from Amazon.

Thanks NA, I ordered the filter you recommended. I use filters on all my lenses so I don't have to think about damaging the lens when I go the ocean (frequently) or put it in my bag (likewise frequently). I also have the bad habit of not being careful with my filter purchases.

Canon General / Re: Best Filter for 40mm Pancake?
« on: June 08, 2012, 09:54:16 AM »
The B&W 52mm haze filter is $19 at Amazon, don't know about prices elsewhere. I bought one for the upcoming 'pancake breakfast'.

However, with the release of the T4i today, this camera has features the 1Dx doesn't have.

You want a touchscreen on the 1dx? Multi-image mode for jpeg to fix crappy noise performance? Or a built-in camcorder af mode "Much to the pleasure of aspiring student filmmakers and parents everywhere" as Canon states?

If you always want the bleeding edge, maybe a 1d body with its long product lifecycle isn't the best thing for you... but by all means get a 1dx or two, that keeps Canon's profit alive enabling them to do more r&d and release other bodies at sane prices :-p

He made a good point. The Phase One has a touch screen, now a low end Canon does but not the 1DX. This product cycle of the 1DX is beyond ridiculous for a tech item. Is it really that difficult to come out with a new high end DSLR? I've worked on tech products orders of magnitude more advanced (multi million dollar test equipment and multi-billion dollar physics equipment) than a camera, and have never had a delay like this. I wonder what is going on at Canon.

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