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Messages - Bob Howland

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Now if only Canon had these kind of deals on their lenses.  :'(
It isn't a Sigma deal. It's a LensRental deal. They paid $26,000 for the lens, rented it once for about $1000 and are selling it for $15,000. They lost at least $10,000 on the lens. Incidentally, they also sell used Canon equipment.

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The irony of this lens is that an f/4 lens of the same focal length range would be superbly useful shooting field and motor sports, a worthy competitor to Nikon and Canon's 200-400s.

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It should be mirrorless with an APS-H-sized sensor.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Grizzly Bears
« on: March 28, 2014, 03:37:47 PM »
How do you tell one Grizzly from another? They all look pretty much the same to me.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Lens survey - your favorites, and your most wanted?
« on: March 26, 2014, 11:58:23 AM »
Buy an EF adapter and you have all the lenses you need

And most of those lenses are so big that the advantage of a small camera body is lost. If I'm going to put an EF lens on an M body, I want that lens attached to something like a Metabones Speed Booster. As luck would have it, the Canon APS-C sensor is exactly the right size to make it a 1-1/3 stop device, not a 1 stop device like the Metabones.

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Photography Technique / Re: photographing motorsport particularly F1
« on: March 26, 2014, 08:12:21 AM »
You might want to look at these for input on shutter speeds:

http://www.pbase.com/rhowland/2005_06_12_watkins_glen

The cars were about 200 yards away, moving across my field of view at 80-100 mph. The lens was my 70-200 Sigma EX. The longest lens I've ever used for panning was a 100-400.

I've never been able to use a tripod or monopod when panning. When you're panning, you have to rotate your body not a tripod or monopod. I have found that I want my body in its most comfortable resting position at the end of the pan. Then twist your body, with your feed stationary, to where you expect the pan to begin, wait for the car to enter the viewfinder and unwind your body while following the car. If you're most comfortable at the start of the pan, you'll tend to lag behind the car.  With my 40D, I was shooting at 6.5 FPS, which mostly was adequate. The 10D used for these shots was a bit slow. I wanted the car to be directly perpendicular to me or with just a little of the front showing, so timing was extremely tight. I'm waiting for Canon to introduce a mirrorless FF camera that can take 20 FPS, full resolution.


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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Lens survey - your favorites, and your most wanted?
« on: March 24, 2014, 04:11:27 PM »
I want a tiny 15-85 f/3.5-5.6

I don't own an M and I won't buy one until they introduce something like this. If the only body available is the current M or M2, I won't be buying one anyway.

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perhaps the new lens will have a built-in 1.4

This should be mandatory design for all new superteles industry wide.  There's really no reason not to at this point.

Mandatory?!?!

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EOS-M / Re: Is the canon eos-m a dead end system?
« on: March 11, 2014, 05:48:36 PM »
dead end is a generous description.  this system was still born - Canon shoved it out the door ...  Now you're in
a "pasting feathers on a turkey" mode and you might be better off kissing it off and starting from scratch.

The EOS M was the second best-selling MILC in Japan last year.  One country's meat is another one's spoiled turkey...   ;)

I just wonder how many Japanese buyers buy it with only one lens and will never even put another lens on it. Of course, as I recall, the average number of lenses owned by Canon DSLR buyers is less than two.

There are many people who would buy it without any EF-M lenses. They only care about adapters for lenses they already have, like Canon EF. That makes a lot of sense for telephoto, because there are no small CSC tele lenses without huge compromises in IQ. EF-S 55-250mm IS STM can be considered "near native" lens for EOS-M (via the adapter) - fast AF, nice optics, stabilized, compact (for 88-400mm equivalent :) ) and affordable. Many are using old manual lenses and they love it.

That might be true in North America and Europe. (It certainly is part of the reason that Neuro bought his.) But is it true in Japan? I thought a lot of buyers there were young women looking for a fashion accessory.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma ART Series: 70-200mm f2.8 possible?
« on: March 11, 2014, 11:54:04 AM »
It would be a "sport" lens but probably won't come soon since that market is already very saturated.

+1, although I voted "Yes"

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EOS-M / Re: Is the canon eos-m a dead end system?
« on: March 11, 2014, 11:33:22 AM »
dead end is a generous description.  this system was still born - Canon shoved it out the door ...  Now you're in
a "pasting feathers on a turkey" mode and you might be better off kissing it off and starting from scratch.

The EOS M was the second best-selling MILC in Japan last year.  One country's meat is another one's spoiled turkey...   ;)

I just wonder how many Japanese buyers buy it with only one lens and will never even put another lens on it. Of course, as I recall, the average number of lenses owned by Canon DSLR buyers is less than two.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Suggestions of a NAB 2014 DSLR Announcement [CR1]
« on: March 03, 2014, 10:33:39 PM »
For NAB, Canon will introduce a FF mirrorless camera using a version of the current EF mount only with a flange-sensor distance of 24mm. The 24mm distance will allow native lenses, whenever they appear, to be used on the M mount with a relatively simple (and very thin) adapter. Like the Panasonic GH4, it'll do 8bit 4K at 4:2:0, which can be processed to 10bit 1080p at 4:4:4. The half-pixels will be settable to different ISOs, allowing a 14 stop dynamic range. It'll cost as much as a 1Dx, maybe more.

Hey, a fella can dream.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS M2 Coming to North America & Europe?
« on: March 01, 2014, 08:41:32 AM »
Apparently not - An update from Imaging Resource:

"[Editor's note: We received an update after we went to press that Canon USA does not have plans to sell the EOS M2 at this time. We'll let you guys know if this changes!]"

Wild guess: Canon still has M's in stock and they don't want to completely kill the market for them.

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EOS-M / Re: Is the canon eos-m a dead end system?
« on: February 19, 2014, 09:18:13 AM »
Something like this:

http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/thecamerastoretv-a6000-video-review-its-a-fantastic-solid-product/

is what the Canon M2 should have been: 11FPS, 24MP (I'd settle for 18MP), EVF and comparatively small. And, oh yes, it's $650.

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