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So, my question from the original post, again: Is the sensor in the Samsung NX300 or NX1000, the same sensor as found in the Sony RX100?  Really the NX1000 is more appealing to me, as it is sale-priced down to around $355, including a 20-50 zoom lens (the NX300 is about the same price as RX100).  Is this not also the same sensor as found in one of the Sony Nex models?

Perhaps you should try that question on a Sony/Samsung forum.  I don't think people here would without the answer if they knew it.

EOS-M / Re: Canon USA eos-m
« on: December 08, 2013, 12:21:57 PM »
Nope.  I'd rather the US M2 be better than what is being offered in Asia.  If you want it, get it from Asia.

Lenses / Re: Canon IS primes sale price?
« on: December 08, 2013, 11:26:01 AM »
No need to remember in the wetware, the net doesn't forget (now coming to a currency near you): http://www.heise.de/preisvergleich/?phist=734239&age=9999

Sometimes, these bots to captured the lowest special offers...

Lenses / Re: Canon IS primes sale price?
« on: December 08, 2013, 11:23:09 AM »
Anyone remember the price for the IS primes (24, 28, 35) earlier this year when they were on sale? Thinking about buying the 35 (mostly for video) soon and wondering if there's a chance of it having a good price for the holidays.

Or you can just buy the amazing SIGMA 35mm 1.4 prime for about 1/2 of what you'd pay for the inferior Canon prime.

...just a thought...


Sigma 35 f/1.4 for half of the 24 f/2.8 IS, 28 f/2.8 IS, 35 f/2 IS?  Where can I find the S35 for less than $400 new?

I figured you'd have inferred that I was referring to the similar Canon EF 35mm 1.4, which retails at about $1.5K

The point of my comment is that in THAT prime, Sigma is a better deal for a superior lens. 

...I didn't think I was being very cryptic...  I'd never compare a 35mm to a 24mm.

I figured that is what you meant, but this was a thread about the 24 IS, 28 IS and 35 IS after all...

Lenses / Re: Canon IS primes sale price?
« on: December 07, 2013, 12:04:55 AM »
Anyone remember the price for the IS primes (24, 28, 35) earlier this year when they were on sale? Thinking about buying the 35 (mostly for video) soon and wondering if there's a chance of it having a good price for the holidays.

Or you can just buy the amazing SIGMA 35mm 1.4 prime for about 1/2 of what you'd pay for the inferior Canon prime.

...just a thought...


Sigma 35 f/1.4 for half of the 24 f/2.8 IS, 28 f/2.8 IS, 35 f/2 IS?  Where can I find the S35 for less than $400 new?

Not what you wanted to hear, but it's the EOS M for $300 for me.  Familiar Canon UI and APS-C performance at a good value.  Touchscreen is nice, lenses and camera that fit in jacket pockets, same RAW workflow.

Lenses / Re: Canon IS primes sale price?
« on: December 06, 2013, 10:39:50 PM »
Picked up the 28 f/2.8 IS for 350 from Adorama a week before Thanksgiving.  That was the lowest price I saw for that lens so far.

Lenses / Re: Do You Take Better Pics with Primes?
« on: December 06, 2013, 10:32:45 PM »
Love the zooms for sports (24-70 II/70-200 II), although I might change my mind if I had the superteles.  =)

Even though I take more pictures with the 24-70 than I do with any other of my lenses (the 70-200 is a close second), I usually bring a prime or two).  Primes with large apertures give you the option to blur out the background more effectively and pull the focus onto the subject and gives you more leeway indoors when not using a flash, which are really helpful when shooting in cluttered/confined spaces.

Under the 3rd AF menu, there is a category, One-Shot AF release priority.  Did you set it to Release Priority?  According to the manual, setting it to "Release Priority" gives priority to getting the shot rather than achieving correct focus.  It also gives the following note:

Note that the picture will be taken even if focus has not been achieved.

Also, what if you focus in LV and then exit LV to take the picture?  Does that work?

Canon General / Re: So what have we bought this Black... Er, Weekend?
« on: December 05, 2013, 05:04:28 PM »
Actually it was proven a while back (well...at the time it was proven) that Cyber monday really did not exist.  It was just a continuation of the black friday sales and the sales generally continued through to Christmas.  However over the years since then and with all of the hype and instant advertising we get, merchants have created cyber monday.  It has become a self fulfilling prophesy.  Though to be honest I dont see anything special about the Monday after thanksgiving.  We can usually find deals just as good all the way through the end of the year.  It's just another excuse for merchants to sucker us consumers into buying more than we would normally buy.

True, but that is what the media calls it, and it sticks.  What special name does the Thursday before Christmas have?  In typical media fashion, they cover the beginning and end of the event (i.e. Black Friday into Cyber Monday and Christmas Eve).  If I remember correctly, the heaviest shopping days happen within a week or two of Christmas and depends on when Christmas falls relative to the weekend and the weather.

Personally, I saw that LensAuthority was having a Black Friday sale and picked up a lens at a good price.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: December 05, 2013, 04:51:32 PM »
Canon has deep pockets, and there's this thing called licensing…

Indeed, but it seems Canon execs would rather drop dead than to license IP, for example they programmed their own operating system (DryOS) rather than license an existing real time os. But of course I don't know what non-Canon IP already is in my cameras, and I surely would love to see them license exmor ... but Sony would have to be really desperate to give away one of their most exposed tech advantage, wouldn't they?

That is also assuming that Sony would license it to Canon.  If they license the technology, what advantage does SoNikon have?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unthinkable: Swapped out 5D3 for 6D
« on: December 05, 2013, 12:06:27 PM »
Just out of curiosity, would there be any real benefit of using a 5DIII over if for someone who doesn't use AF?

No much.  5DIII still has a higher frame rate and a slightly higher sync speed.  If you're giving up AF and using MF exclusively, then it might make more sense to get the Sony A7R over the 6D.


yes, I agree to some point. I've deliberately picked the "worst possible view on size". :-)
In front or rear view one gets a better sense, just how much smaller an A7/R is compared to even the smallest FF DSLR, even with lens mounted. Much less obtrusive too (important to me for street shooting and other situations).   

Main issue are the lenses. Neither Canon nor Sony have the kind of pancakes/ultracompact lenses to go "small and light" - sole exception the EF 40/2.8 which I really like. The Sony FE 35/2.8 is ok for me sizewise, but not pricewise [not even with Zeiss written on it]. Unfortunately no wide angle pancake (e.g. 20/4) or ultra-compact tele (e.g. 85/2.8) on either side (yet).   


I picked up a EF 28 f/2.8 IS when it went on sale for 350, and it is much smaller than my other lenses.  Only had took a couple snaps to make sure that it was functioning ok and to set the AFMA roughly, but I was impressed by its compact size and IQ.  Never tried the EF 40 f/2.8 but it is even smaller.  So a set of compact primes (24 f/2.8 IS, 28 f/2.8 IS, 35 f/2 IS, 40) exist for the EOS system.  The difference in body size is not that significant to me because it's really lens + camera that matters, and if it doesn't fit in a pocket, then I'll be bringing a camera bag anyway.

The thing that bothers me, is that the lenses being offered for the A7/A7R are slow and expensive.  35 f/2.8,  28-70 (f/4-?), 24-70 f/4, 50 f/1.8...  I see the advantages for landscape users like LightandMotion, because he can get a high IQ FF sensor at a good price and does not need AF.  And those that have lots of vintage glass can use them with appropriate adaptors, but how big are these market segments?  The slower lenses allow them to be more compact, but restricts their use indoors in ambient light.  I'd rather use a 35 f/1.4 at ISO 3200 rather than a 35 f/2.8 at ISO 12800, where noise and DR suffer significantly.  And the faster the glass, the larger the lens, and the less advantage the mirrorless system has.

I'm all for mirrorless versions of the 5D, 6D, etc in due time.  Without a physical shutter, the sync speed and frame rate can increase.  Focus peaking will be nice but only if the EVF reaches the quality/responsiveness of the OVF.  More MP in smaller packages with higher frame rates will require more processing power, and battery chemistry has not changed.  It's not surprising that these mirrorless offerings have abysmal battery life' they're using the same technology as DSLRs, their batteries are smaller and the electronics are active all the time.  Unfortunately, there aren't any good technologies to replace Li-ion, so the battery will need to be bigger.

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway
« on: December 04, 2013, 10:32:41 AM »
Thanks CR for this contest!  I got the Gura Gear 22L based on CR recommendations, and I love it.  I added the Et Cetera cases later for the flashes, which was a great solution.  I have a small bag for 1-2 lenses, but the Chobe would fill the gap in the middle perfectly!

Wishlist:  Chobe, Sabi and Anansi

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III - Anything better than RC-6 remote?
« on: December 04, 2013, 06:52:30 AM »
I don't understand your aversion to a unit which sits with the camera and plugs into the remote port of the body?

I'm just trying to figure out what my options are.  As I mentioned previously, the competition (Nikon side) offer products that have neither of those disadvantages; they have RF solutions that don't need a wire, and they don't have a brick that needs to hog up the hot shoe, preventing you from mounting a flash unit.  I'm a bit surprised that there are no similar products on the Canon side, and that all the 3rd party solutions I've seen exhibit both disadvantages.  I mean I suppose you can have the brick off the hot shoe but dangling from the wire off the 3-pin port side, but that seems super ghetto and dangerous.

Have you thought about why Canon solutions use a cable?  Canon's port is on the side; if you mounted something like the Nikon solution at the port, then it would interfere with the L-bracket.  The wire allows you snake it through the L-bracket.

You could get a cold shoe that mounts to the L-bracket if you'd prefer not dangling it off the side but the Hahnel is not heavy at all.

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