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Lenses / Re: Need help choosing a sharp wide angle lens
« on: September 08, 2014, 07:01:32 PM »
How wide do you want to go?

Samyang 14mm is a popular choice at the UUWA range.  The 24 f/2.8 IS and 28 f/2.8 IS are both nice lenses, and it primarily comes down to which focal length you prefer, and both are small.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D750 to be Canon 5D3 competitor?
« on: September 08, 2014, 03:03:58 PM »
How about we all pitch in a few bucks/dollars/quid and buy dilbert a D800 for Christmas? Maybe he will finally stop complaining then, because I can't figure out why someone so unhappy with Canon and envious of Nikon wouldn't just switch and STFU :)

I'm 100% serious about this. I will pitch in the first $10 USD for dilbert's D800 fund. We just need 299 more people to pledge $10 USD to this altruistic cause. With the power of the internet, surely we can accomplish this!

-1.  Subsidies increase the target behavior while taxes cause the opposite effect.  What you want to do is charge him for each such post.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Which body to bring
« on: September 06, 2014, 10:54:54 PM »
Do you have access to a safe in the room or can stow you gear securely?  If so, why not bring it all and pick based on where you going for each day?

The last time I went 3 years ago, I used the 17-55 and the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II.  The 70-200 was used about 30% of the time.  If I went now, I'd bring different a different mix, but I'd still bring a 70-xxx especially for animal kingdom, parades and shows.

Lenses / Re: 35mm f/1.4 L to 16-35mm f/4 L
« on: September 06, 2014, 02:34:06 PM »
Depends on what other lenses you have and how you use the 35L now.  I'm inferring that you don't have any wide angle options or a 24-xx zoom because you're considering a 24L.  The  16-35 f/4 IS is a great walk around and landscape lens.  If you think the 35L will still be used if you get the 16-35 (i.e. specifically for indoors), then I'd suggest keeping the 35L and getting the 16-35 in addition to it.

The 16-35 is a lot more versatile and useful to more people than either the 14L II or the 24L II alone. I'd suggest picking up the 16-35 f/4 IS first and seeing how you use your lenses.  Then you can best decide what to do with your 35L:  whether or not you would prefer to keep it or trade it for a 14 or 24.

Lenses / Re: wide angle needed
« on: September 05, 2014, 09:40:00 AM »
16-35 f/4 IS.  Zoom is useful for travel, and this one is fixes a lot of corner softness of the previous Canon zooms (16-35 f/2.8 II and 17-40).  Focal length range is useful for various applications, which reduces lens changes.  Matches well with 24-70 f/2.8 II.

EOS-M / Re: Anything new on EOS-M3? How it may compare to A6000?
« on: September 04, 2014, 10:36:43 AM »
I don't think it's a question of quality, eg I.Q...I'm quite happy w/the images I get from the M..they are pretty much the same as i get from my 70D. I don't think the competitors have anything revolutionary w/sensor performance, I am always going to stick w/nothing smaller than an aps-c

The issue I have w/the M is w/ will never be more than a walk-around or 2nd camera when I can't carry the DSLR...   No EVF, kind of clunky controls when trying to do Exp comp, and I really like a built in flash for fill light,etc.  Only a few fixed ISO settings, very very poor battery life(you must always carry a spare)

 I don't regret the bargain I got w/the M, but am willing to spend more to get more.     Another poster commented that it's not "dead" eg, it's quite alive in Japan, but that doesn't help me here in U.S.A.

It hasn't bothered me that not all the lenses weren't offered in the US -- I bought them from Canada and elsewhere.  It makes a big difference to me that it is doing well in Japan because that means that it is not a dead end system.  If it was not doing well in the market it was designed for (Japan), then I'd have treated it as a P&S to be replaced every few years and would not have picked up additional lenses.

It's a good thing for Nikon right now.  More frequent updates require larger engineering/tooling departments, but the constant work keeps the workforce sharper and allows technology risk to be spread out more evenly.  Features that are not developed in time for the current model can be assigned to the next update rather than delaying the entire product development.

However, as the technologies mature, it takes longer to develop the same incremental improvement, and the ROI for such a strategy will not make sense then.

EOS Bodies / Re: The day of the anti-climatic announcement
« on: September 03, 2014, 09:40:48 AM »
SONY is about to drop Something that has never done before..A DSLR sensor you use with your phone.

The 7D2 better be one amazing piece or it won't get much talk.

A friend expressed interest in this.  He had used their previous version and liked the idea of it.  I asked why when it is so much more unwieldy.  His answer:  it's more portable than it looks, but, mostly, because he can than edit it (i.e. Instagram) and post immediately.  Is that a better workflow than having a WiFi capable camera and transferring the files to a phone/computer?  I have no idea, but then I don't have a smartphone either, so I'm usually carrying the DSLR or EOS-M most places anyway.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye - Durability?
« on: September 02, 2014, 09:41:42 AM »

If you think that's an exposed front element, try the TS-E 17mm...   ;)

Which is why I tend to treat the 8-15 and TS-E 17 the same way, trying to keep the cap on most of the time.  That and the fact that the 17's cap is even larger and less comfortable in a pocket.

If I remember correctly, the 14L II has a similar cap arrangement as the 8-15's clipping to the petal hood.  My 14's hood resides in the closet somewhere... I use a lenscoat instead.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye - Durability?
« on: September 02, 2014, 09:36:58 AM »
I am aware of the clumsy cap/hood interface complaints...  Was hoping perhaps one purchased in 2014 would have improved manufacturing tolerances to make this occurrence less likely.

When cleaning the lens, does it clean easy (like a B+W XS-Pro Nano filter?) or does it require polishing like a normal lens.  I am trying to figure out if Canon went out of their way to put on some durable anti-scratch, easy clean coatings on this lens which I am hoping they did given how exposed the element is.

It cleans easily.  It's usually capped, so it doesn't tend to get that dirty, but a microfiber cloth or a lens pen to take off the smudges and a rocket blower/brush to blow off the dust/lens pen dust is all it really needs most of the time.  I have more problems with dust than smudges anyway, and a blower works fine.  With the fisheyes, you have to be a bit more concerned about lens surface dirt/contaminents because it can show up in the image if you're not careful.

Lenses / Re: Need some advice - lens calibration
« on: September 02, 2014, 09:25:40 AM »
How does it look when you use LiveView to focus?  Using manual focus without a focus screen made for it will be difficult to get consistent results with fast lenses.

If the LiveView images look good, and your AFMA attempts do not seem to fix the issue, the lens may need to be calibrated by Canon.  I had a similar issue with my 24L II, and I took a series of pictures of an object at f/1.4, f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6 and sent the images with the lens to Canon explaining that the AF accuracy was not nearly as good as the LiveView images taken at the same images (also included those images).  The service sheet stated they they adjusted the focusing board on the lens, but did not go into details.  No parts needed to be replaced, it was an adjustment only, so hopefully, it won't be very expensive.  Mine was under warranty at the time...

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye - Durability?
« on: September 02, 2014, 09:16:43 AM »
I have used this lens for quite a while, and I'm very cautious with it. The front element protrudes a lot, and I'm sure it will get scratched if i hit it on something. That's why I always attach the hood between shots, Or keep it in front of me where I can see whats coming towards the lens.

The hood also comes loose quite easily, which is another concern. It is however not as bad as the 15mm prime, which jumped out of its hood while I was hiking and the lens was in my bag, and it landed not entirely strait back on the hood, which resulted in the aluminium hood scratching against the front element for two hours. Luckily enough that was outside of a crop camera frame, so it was still sell-able.

It takes some getting used to, but the routine of detaching an attaching the hood while you move around becomes natural, and really should not be a reason not to buy this awesome lens.

The lens cap and hood are two pieces but I take both off at the same time by twisting off the hood.  I don't bother with leaving the hood on only because it can interfere when you want a circular image, and the interface between the cap and hood is not very secure and I'd rather not fumble around clipping the cap to the hood in the field. 

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM $249
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:29:18 AM »
Gotcha.  I purchased the M mostly out of curiosity because of the cheap price now.  The fact that it doesn't have an onboard flash makes it weak in some indoor compact situations.  And I'll definitely miss a viewfinder.  I'll have to wait and see until I get it, update the firmware and shoot with it a bit.  The SL1 will stay in my arsenal for years for a multitude of uses.  The M will likely be a flash in the pan for the reasons I've already read about.  But who knows since some on CR like theirs, it seemed short sighted to blow it off when I could get it for $249.  I have small flashes already and I just ordered a EF adapter for $63 so I guess I'm ready to go except for an extra battery.  Any advice I should be aware of?  Thanks.

I bought mine when it was 300 with the 22 f/2, then added a white box 18-55, and a retail 11-22 (from Canada).  I also got a 270 EX II flash for it.  If you treat it like a P&S, it will meet/exceed your expectations.  Tap to shoot is good at times, and IQ is up to Canon APS-C levels.  I have the EF adapter too, but I've rarely used it.  Because it can AF in video, we use that for family videos rather than the DSLR.  Play with the AF settings (a lot of us use one shot to reduce battery drain).

I was hoping that Canon would update the M like they did with the Rebel line every year.  I'd like to see it upgraded with the 70D sensor, but I'm in no rush.  The system has potential.  The lenses are nice, and the camera size is nice.  The AF speed is its Achilles heel, and that is fixable with current technology.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM $249
« on: August 31, 2014, 11:51:21 PM »
The dealbreaker for me about the SL1 is the lack of AFMA.  To take advantange of fast glass, it needs AFMA.  Sure, you can use slower lenses, but then it's not much over the EF-M's 18-55...

Really?  AFMA missing is a deal breaker?  How did you survive before mid 2007 or 2008 when Canon first started offering AFMA?  I think when one is shooting an SL1, while it's always nice to have, AFMA is not the primary purpose of the camera.  Same could be said for the EOS M.  Personally, I think AFMA should be standard on any removable lens camera but it's not a deal breaker on an entry level lightweight Rebel body.

For fast lenses, it is.  I had a 20D and a 17-55 f/2.8 back then, and I didn't know how good the lens was until I used it on a 7D and used AFMA.  Then I got a 35L, and it was even more crucial to have AFMA.  So yes, a lot of my shots with the 20D are slightly OOF.  I thought it was the quality of the lens and camera combination.  Even without AFMA, it was better than the kits lens, but it was not anything as when it actually got it right.  I learned to to take multiple shots hoping to get one whose error was "right on."

And no, the same can't be said of the EOS-M.  No mirror, no PDAF, no AFMA issue.  And if you're using slower, more compact lenses on the SL1, then the EF-M 18-55 compares well.  I got the EOS-M to replace the P&S, and it has done that job well.  The 11-22/22/18-55 + M body is compact system.  I use the 5DIII much more often, but when DSLRS aren't allowed, I grab the M.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM $249
« on: August 31, 2014, 10:46:45 PM »
Good deal?

I've always liked this camera. Especially after the firmware upgrade. Always wanted to buy one.

But the lack of quality lenses for it stops me every time. I would only consider the 18-55mm. But that lens is only f3.5. MINIMUM would have to be f2.8. Adding an adapter for a better lens takes away it's size and cost attractiveness. At that point, buy an SL1 instead. Unless Canon comes out with an M2 in the United States, the 'M' is a dead-end product.

Pity.  My favorite lenses for the system are the 22 and the 11-22.

The dealbreaker for me about the SL1 is the lack of AFMA.  To take advantange of fast glass, it needs AFMA.  Sure, you can use slower lenses, but then it's not much over the EF-M's 18-55...

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