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Pricewatch Deals / Re: New Canon Product Preorders
« on: June 08, 2012, 06:16:39 AM »
Just placed a pre-order for the 'shorty forty' (love that name). Thanks for the donation!

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Information.
« on: June 07, 2012, 05:51:07 PM »
Looking forward to it. On any DSLR body, such as my non gripped 5DMKII, it should make for a super light package. My 5D body doesn't weight anything, it's in all that glass.

I think pancake lenses are a brilliant solution to those needing a small and light package. This way I can go on vacation with one body, and just pick the lens based on how much weight I can carry. Lots='L' lenses, Puny=Pancake

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake
« on: June 06, 2012, 11:28:30 PM »
Complaining about the speed is a little stupid I think because I don't see a 'L' on that lens. Nor a few lbs of glass :)

EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in Testing [CR1]
« on: June 06, 2012, 10:29:40 PM »
Assuming this rumor is true, I'd think Canon would still wait a couple of years before releasing it.  Everyone that would buy a camera like this just bought a D800/e or Canon 5D III; and if you're a professional you purchased two or three of them.  It will be at least three years before I consider purchasing another camera.

Everyone?? I see a lot of 5D II owners like myself that are not pushed to go to a 5DIII at all. And put off by the pain of starting a Nikon lenses collection. 5K for a camera along these lines would cost the same as a D800 and a 14-24mm lens and I'd be back to using my Canon 14mm L, 17mm TSE L, 24mm TSE L, and 24mm 1.4 L for architecture and landscape. Sign me up!

Agreed. I wouldn't mind upgrading my 5DMKII (and keeping the 5D), I'd especially appreciate a 1 series body. The 5DMKIII and 1DX leave me cold though as I don't do any sports or wedding photography. As usual there is a lots of talk about how we don't need more pixels. So what? I could use a new body, and I want new features. Give me the new AF system, more pixels and a 1D body, I'd buy it in a second. In exchange I'll throw away FPS and possibly ISO.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake
« on: June 06, 2012, 09:35:40 PM »
I'm surprised at all the "I don't getz it ..." posts  :)

I'm going crazy with all the cameras I have. A S100 which I always have. A Fuji X100 for when I want good pictures and need to go light and unobtrusive. A 5DMKII with a load of the best lenses and 600 flashes and gear for when I'm serious. A G12 as my sons camera, another P&S for doing short videos on vacation, my wife's camera ... (we are a photography family on vacation)

You know the hardest part? Managing all the batteries and chargers. I have a big pelican case mostly dedicated to juice. And keeping all those charged can be a mess, spend half my time running around keeping track of what is drained.

If the IQ is any good this is a dream lens for a small light setup. The 5DMKII isn't that big or heavy of a body, the weight, size and obtrusiveness is all in the lens. If they keep it up and have a series of pancakes I can ditch the Fuji and probably the S100.  I am all over it :)

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Will the S100 successor have a larger sensor?
« on: June 06, 2012, 09:38:15 AM »
See this thread


Sony is taking the approach, however that camera also costs $600+. Not sure I'd want to pay that much for a P&S.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Is this a G1X killer?
« on: June 06, 2012, 09:35:35 AM »
The G series bodies are rather large and bulky, unlike the S100 which I can wear on my belt. So I believe this guy is a competitor to the S100.

However, as much as I like the idea of large sensor small cameras (and may be buying one), I'm not sure I get the point. They'll never be as good as the DSLR, and the DLSRs will never be as small and lightweight as a pocket cam.

I love my S100 for the small file size, good enough shots, GPS, quick and easy movies, metal body and ease of use. Would I pay twice as much for twice the sensor size? Not sure. 

Lenses / Re: A small walkabout lens - lay it on me!
« on: June 05, 2012, 08:53:58 PM »
Mt Spokane, Thanks, I surely will. No never lived there, but my sister and parents did/do live there. I like Spokane, very relaxed compared to California. Those grain fields are pretty wonderful. I can see a clear deep blue sky with polarizer, the grain and a disaffected woman in the foreground. Just an idea!

DigitalDivide, good ideas, but for me the issue is more the lens than the body. I'm happy with the 5DMKII and 50mm/1.4, if only my 50mm worked and I liked that focal length better.

wickidwombat, I'm feeling pretty sold on the 20mm. It is my souls focal length, the only issue is for $600 what else could I do with that? Maybe step it up and get the Zeiss 21mm?

Lenses / Re: A small walkabout lens - lay it on me!
« on: June 04, 2012, 10:13:26 PM »

  • Lens ideali around the size of the 50/1.4
  • Prime
  • Ideally wide, at least 24mm

Maybe the new 24IS? Dunno ...

The 35mm f/2 is a contender. Pros: good optics, very small. Con: old design, 5 blade aperture, noisy AF. Wide on full frame, normal length on crop (maybe you want wider).

I tried both this and the 28mm f/1.8. Didn't care much for the latter, was pretty bad wide open though got much better stopped down a bit.

Yeah not sure I want to mess with those old designs, too much of a compromise. Plus 35mm is the beginning of the telephoto range for me, I like to shoot wide :)

Only exception is when I want a classical headshot.

Lenses / Re: A small walkabout lens - lay it on me!
« on: June 04, 2012, 10:09:01 PM »
You mentioned that you got some sand in your 50/1.4. Had you tried to open it up and clean it out? I did the same thing to mine a few years ago, about 2 weeks after I bought it. I dropped it on the beach, and had that sickening feeling of picking it up out of the sand. There's a tutorial around somewhere that shows you how to do that when that exact lens. I just used a small screwdriver and my trusty Giotti blower. It worked great, and I haven't had any problems with it since then. Well, just problems related to operator error, but that's a different story...

Thanks for the tip, but it was just a few grains in the blowing wind at the beach. Darn lens wasn't out for more than a few minutes but that's all that it took. Ever since then I only buy weather sealed L lenses. Anyhow I cleared it out by turning upside down then jiggling and whatnot until it cleared. But now the motor is crap, it works, sort of, until it decides to freeze after a few minutes. Manually moving it around will get it to lock in again.

Anyhow I'm not sure what to do with the lens, delicate and IQ doesn't compare to my better lenses.

Lenses / Re: A small walkabout lens - lay it on me!
« on: June 04, 2012, 08:01:42 PM »
I have the 16-35L, 70-200/2.8, 24-105 and 8-16 fishy. I wouldn't call the 16-35 small, or any L lens small, certainly not unobtrusive. Too hard to take candids, people notice when one of those cannons is pointed at them.

My daily kit is the 24-105 and 16-35 in a top loader, and I love them dearly, but it's neither light nor unobtrusive.

Lenses / Re: A small walkabout lens - lay it on me!
« on: June 04, 2012, 11:09:40 AM »
EDIT: Or the zeiss 18mm! It's not too big, and close to my ideal focal length, thoughts on these two lenses?
Well, the weight there might be getting away from your "light" classification, but, if you're at the 18mm Zeiss, consider the 21mm as well (even heavier though). Every review I've read says its the best lens in that focal length range.

Voigtlander weighs about a 1/3rd of the Zeiss lenses...

Yeah, the Voigt is looking like the one to check out ... funny I never knew about that brand.

Lenses / Re: A small walkabout lens - lay it on me!
« on: June 04, 2012, 11:08:46 AM »
35mm f2

White Bull Terrier by MFV.pt, on Flickr

Nice shot, I see heavy vignetting though. Full Frame?

Lenses / Re: A small walkabout lens - lay it on me!
« on: June 04, 2012, 08:37:38 AM »
Aieeee! Great help folks, thanks!

Mt. Spokane (my parents live in Spokane BTW, I visit there often) thanks for the info. I will definitely send this lens in for repair. I had thought it was much more expensive.

On the Voigtlander, I didn't know these lenses existed! The Voight 20mm looks like the bomb, my dream focal length! Pancake! A little slow and MF but I can deal with that.

How is it with a FF Canon 5D? My credit card is practically out on this one!!

EDIT: Or the zeiss 18mm! It's not too big, and close to my ideal focal length, thoughts on these two lenses?

PS. The Sigma 30mm isn't for FF.

Lenses / A small walkabout lens - lay it on me!
« on: June 03, 2012, 11:07:32 PM »
OK I'm sick of trying to find a walkabout camera. None of them work for me, tried the Fuji X100 (want to buy one?), the Canon S100, a G12, etc. I just end up wishing I had my 5DMKII. Now there are situations where for weight and threatening considerations a smaller rig is preferred. So ... I need a small lens for my DSLR, ideally a wide angle.

I have a 50/1.4, which isn't that great. Slow to focus, IQ ... maybe my version has problems, it got touchy after some sand grains got in it, probably not worth trying to fix. Plus it's 50mm and too tight for me.

My dream focal length is 20mm but Canon seemingly has no good primes in that range. I don't like to rent, I prefer buying and deciding as it takes me months to figure out a new lens. So ... recommendations?

  • Lens ideali around the size of the 50/1.4
  • Prime
  • Ideally wide, at least 24mm

Maybe the new 24IS? Dunno ...

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