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Lenses / Re: Did I get a bad copy of the EF-S 17-55 f2.8?
« on: September 10, 2013, 11:47:45 PM »
The 17-55 has been AFMAed, right?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New iPhone: Final Nail in the Coffin
« on: September 10, 2013, 03:59:26 PM »
I've never had an iPhone but I do use the wife's iPad, and it's too slow for sports and too noisy for indoor/low light situations.  My cell phone is about as dumb as can be -- no data, no internet, no text; just use it as a phone.  Am I in the minority?  Absolutely.

P&S sales will continue to go down until the smart phones saturate the market, but they'll still sell in the hundreds of thousands/millions.  The problem with cell phones is that they are size limited.  They are expected to fit in pockets (at least for guys), and they still need to provide all the other functions expected of them.  P&Ss can be larger, and can use better lenses, larger sensors to their advantage.  Perhaps whatever replaced the CMOS sensors will be able to make smaller sensors as good as FF today, but until those disruptive technologies arrive, we're stuck with incremental improvement.

A lot of friends use the phone as the primary camera already, but the quality of the pictures taken are not very good and they don't back up the data.  So, what happens if the phone is lost/damaged/stolen?  They get a new one, but they've lost everything.  There goes a few years of pictures.  Maybe they can get some reduced sized versions from Facebook or whichever app they use, but those often aren't high enough resolution to print.  And when those companies go out of business or change their model, there is no guarantee that those images would be preserved.

Photography is a mostly a hobby for me, and I do it to preserve memories.  I might have a dozen pics of my grandparents, and a few dozen of my parents before they got married, and a few hundred of them since then.  Now that I've had kids, I've snapped thousands of pictures.  We take the best ones to create digital scrapbooks (easier to duplicate if the kids want their own copies later), and then print them.  My kids are young, but they've already forgotten a lot and they get a kick from looking at the scrapbooks, which jog our memories and get the conversations going.  Those conversations don't happen looking at an iPad.  Quite a few friends have remarked how they wished they had scrapbooks/photo calendars like that, but they don't have the pictures to make it worthwhile.  When film was king, everyone developed their rolls and got prints.  Those prints usually were stored in shoeboxes in closets, under the bed, etc. but people still had them.  What will people have to show the next generation?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: About to drop some $$$
« on: September 10, 2013, 02:55:41 PM »
Or pick up the 24L and the 100 non-L macro, if your budget can stretch a little.  $150 for a rental would make a significant chunk of the price 100 macro, especially if you can get it used.  Then upgrade to the 100L later, if you think it'll improve your product.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: About to drop some $$$
« on: September 10, 2013, 12:43:53 PM »
I would think the 24L would be a better fit, so I'd get that one first.  After all, how many people buy large pictures of rings?  It might make it in a wedding album, but I don't see friends ordering large pics of rings.  People pics...  yes!  It'll take a while to make the best use of the 24L, but that is part of the fun!

Canon General / Re: 70D or 70-300L
« on: September 10, 2013, 09:20:17 AM »
How about a 70D and an extender?

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M or New EF lens?
« on: September 09, 2013, 05:01:45 PM »
$400?  Are you kidding?

This is Canon we're talking about...  ;D

Unless of course we're assuming launch disaster mkII

Give it 2 years.  Consumer models are updated much more frequently, even if they don't bring much additional functionality (i.e. T5i vs. T4i).

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M or New EF lens?
« on: September 09, 2013, 03:51:12 PM »
I say be patient.... There is a strong rumor that canon will announce a pair of eos-m cameras sometime in September, one low end and one high end... If the high end one has the dual pixel technology of the 70D, this would make a VERY capable Eos-M camera as it should address almost all of the complaints of the original EOS-M.

Might take a while for the price to drop to 400 tho...

Yes, it will have the X problem, when wide enough lenses are used (i.e. 24mm) and if you push the filter hard enough.  I have a Schneider 77mm VND (parent company of B+W), and I can get 8+ stops out of it at telephoto ranges.  The X problem also limits how much of filter you can use.  I get about 2 stops at 24mm, about 3 at 35mm but I can get 8 stops at 70mm before the X appears.

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M or New EF lens?
« on: September 09, 2013, 11:01:41 AM »
- AF is fine for stills but not good in servo because it is slow.
- Battery life is worse because the battery is smaller and it is driving the screen all the time, but that is a general disadvantage for this class of cameras.  You could always get extra batteries.
- I don't think the screen could be turned off, and I don't see why you'd want to.  There aren't many physical controls, and the touch screen is a great way to change the settings.
- It's OK in low light conditions, about what you'd expect for a Canon APS-C camera.  The 22 f/2 helps a lot because you can use it wide open to minimize the ISO, which degrades the image.

In general, I don't see the M replacing a DSLR.  It's a nice travel option because of its size, but it has signficant limitations.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D vs Nikon D7100 Epic Shootout
« on: September 09, 2013, 10:42:16 AM »
If you guys have any suggestions for future testing I am all ears. I would like to do these videos when I can and make them the very best, reliable I can.

I like the servo segment, which tested AF and buffer performance.  Quantifying the hit rate with outer AF points was a good feature, and seeing the Canon 19-pt AF provide better point performance than the Nikon xx-point system provides validates that the AF system is more than just the number of points.  One question that I'd like to see answered in future camera reviews is how the cameras AF'ed using off-center points with fast glass for stills.

Servo accuracy would also be nice feature in lens reviews too.  There are many sites that show resolution, bokeh, etc, but few use it for sports and then quantify servo performance (TDP usually mentions it but doesn't quantify it).

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D vs Nikon D7100 Epic Shootout
« on: September 08, 2013, 09:47:18 PM »
Thanks for the review.  Highly informative and balanced.

I was planning on getting the Kenko 1.4 because I have a 70-300L and the Canon won't fit on it, but the Kenko will.

I have a 5DIII and 6D. Anyone's experiences with the Kenko?

I'm planning to get the Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter.

I heard/ read somewhere that the kenko  causes the 5d  mkiii to freeze and requires a power off and on.   I stopped considering kenko  atthatmoment..  but i don't remember where i read/ heard that.

Probably in this forum, posted by Mt. Spokane.

Technical Support / Re: Internet upload sppeds????
« on: September 05, 2013, 01:13:55 PM »
Contact your ISP.  Residential accounts often have much slower upload speeds.  Commercial/business accounts tend to even out the two rates, but they will cost more.

EOS Bodies / Re: Another 6D v 5D3 body battle...
« on: September 05, 2013, 12:28:37 AM »
If you're in the US, consider a refurbed 5DIII when it goes on sale.  That will close the price gap considerably, or wait for the sales during the holidays.  I got mine for 2500 USD from a non-authorized seller, but the 1000 difference makes "self-insuring" much more attractive.

A lot of people think that the only advantage of the 5DIII's AF is for sports application, but it also helps out when using fast glass wide open.  It allows you more options for framing shallow DOF shots because the non-center points are useable (unlike the 5D2).  I haven't used the 6D much, but I had owned the 5DII, and the center AF point was good, but using it for sports was a chore.  You had to frame looser or stop the lens more, and AI servo was definitely less consistent/accurate.

Lighting / EOS-M and the Canon 270ex II flash
« on: September 01, 2013, 09:35:05 PM »
Has anyone tried using the EOS-M with the 270 EX II flash?  Does it work well?  I'm looking for something small that would match the M but would still have decent power.  I don't need it to do much else (triggering, etc.), so it's mainly for fill, etc.  Trying to decide whether or not to get it while DigitalRev has it on sale for 130.

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