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Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 18, 2013, 06:09:45 AM »
Yeah. What lunatic continues to buy gear they hate?

you have not read, what he wrote. He is using multiple Canon bodies for stills and video. Out in the wild.
The last thing I'd want out there is a body from another manufaturer, with different user interface, different sensor characteristics, different batteries, etc. ... how about you?

If my livelihood depended on it, I would.

I might still do that in part (even though I do this for a hobby). I did not like the WA lenses of Canon so I might just pick up a used D800 (sell quite cheap these days) and the 14-24.

It's such a common perception that pros NEED the best cameras. In most cases they don't, infact they get by using quite humble equipment. The things which amatures prize, are not the same things which pros need or desire. MP count is typically very low on our lists. Reliability and build generally are they highest factors. A client usually doesn't care if a quality image is 18mp or 36mp, as long as it's the image they want, it's sharp and clean. 

Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 13, 2013, 06:44:52 AM »
They have a very good value for money 85mm 1.8 and a superb 85 1.2L II that most probably focus much better than Sigma... :)

I keep hearing the 85mm f/1.2L II focuses so slowly... ;-)

It's slow to move from MFD to infinity...so if it hunts it's pretty laborious. But minor AF adjustments are quite quick and repsonsive. It acn certainly handle AI Servo movement. It's slower than most L lenses, although not much slower than the 50mm f1.2 L which never seems to get critised for it's slow AF. What it looses in speed it gains in accuracy. It's certainly more accurate than the Sigma. I would prize AF accuracy over AF speed any day.
I tend to find the 35mm f1.4 L less accurate but fast AF in low light.

Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 05:39:46 AM »
Now there are other lenses, but these are the most crucial IMO: (I have / or have had, all these lenses)

Canon EF 14 2.8 L II (2007) has bad IQ, lot's of CA/coma in the corners, beaten well by the Zoom lens 14-24 2.8 Nikon, as well as the Samyang 14mm.
Canon EF 16-35 2.8 L II (2007) has bad IQ,, lot's of CA/coma and soft in the corners. It has it's strengths in weight and portability but need an IQ upgrade.
Canon EF 24 1.4 L II (2008) has REALLY BAD IQ!! CA and so much coma in the corners that it basically useless in low lit sutations wide open. Beaten well by Samyang 24 1.4! Wake up Canon!!
Canon EF 35 1.4 L II (1998) has bad IQ, lot's of CA/coma/soft in the corners. An old lens well beaten by Samyang 35 1.4 and Sigma 35 1.4, needs an upgrade, but IMO 24 1.4 is more important to prioritize!
Canon EF 50 1.8 II, (1990), the oldest 50mm is the best 50mm Canon has. Corner sharpness is bad, but still beets all other 50mm from Canon, still this lens suffers from CA and is beaten well by the Nikon 50 1.8 and Sigma 50 1.4.
Canon EF 50 1.4 (1993) is suffering from severe CA wide open, well beaten by the Nikon 50 1.8 / Sigma 50 1.4.

Canon need to pull their finger out of wherever they are currently (the Cinema division) and respect and prioritize the DSLR customers which have put Canon where they are.

Have you even tried these lenses or are you chart watching? Your comments are extream and very irritating to those of us who actually use these items in a professional guise....which the L lenses were created. They weren't designed for web trolls who claim knowledge, but their experiance seems to come from looking at web reviews. I use a 35mm f1.4 L, 24mm f1.4 II L and 16-35IIL day in day out professionally and have for many years. If you think those lenses are junk because of a few minor aberations...then you really need to get a grip. No lens is perfect, end of subject. All of the lenses above, I use wide open and I have produced great photos which sell and sell. A fast prime shot a f1.2 or f1.4 is a remarkable thing and a lens which is delivered to the customer with pro build, AF and great optics for around £1200 is quite remarkable. These lenses are astonishing and can produce amazing photographs in the right hands. If you pass over these gems because of some crazy elitest attitude...it really is your loss....but please don't come on here and spout your views as verbatim...as you will be challenged!
Consider this, most of the best photographs ever taken were taken on quite lowly kit...Steve McCurry, Cartier Bresson...to name a few. Perhapse we should be more critical of our photographs than our lenses? I suspaect that 99% of modern lenses and cameras out perform their users.

Lenses / Re: The 100-400 or the 70-200 f2.8 II+2x Mark III for wildlife
« on: November 11, 2013, 05:01:01 AM »
I sold my 100-400L and 400mm f5.6L after testing my 70-200II LIS and 2x TC together.
Optically, the 70-200 combo is very strong. The IS is better and the AF is a little slower but more accurate.
Generally it's better to use a native lens instead of converters....but with such a sharp lens like the 70-200, it's not a problem. The 70-200 combo is heavier and more bulky.

Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 11, 2013, 04:50:00 AM »

You know what I want to see them do?  I want to see them bring back the 50/1.0L.  Remind the world why the EF mount was made to be what it is.  I want to see them push the envelope and see what could be done with today's manufacturing techniques and materials.  You know your stuff is outdated when even a company like Sigma can beat your 35/1.4L for bokeh quality, corner sharpness, and secondary spectrum control.  Then design an affordable series of lenses with emphasis on durability, like a 50/1.4 II, or a simple 50/1.8 that isn't plastic.

Canon used to be the undisputed leader of designing novel AF lenses.  This is the company that gave us the TS-E 17/4L, 50/1.0L, 85/1.2L, MP-E 65/2.8, 135/2L, 200/1.8L, and 400/4L DO IS, among other amazing technologies.  But all we see these days are uninspiring, conservative, incremental designs.  Nothing that pushes the envelope, nothing that makes us feel like we just *have* to try this lens because it will let us get the shot that no other lens can.

While I agree with most of your sentiments, but many of those "golden years" lenses has some serious issues. The 50mm f1.0 L is horrendously soft wide open, The 200mm f1.8 was closer to f2 in reality...and was heavily front heavy...it easily nose dived on a pod becuase the tripod ring was put in completely the wrong place. The 400 DO is widely regarded as softer than the 400mm f2.8 or 400mm f5.6..or even a 300mm f2.8 with a 1.4 TC (which really questions the need for that particuar lens).

While Sigma have a fine 35mm f1.4, my Canon 35mm f1.4 has performed faultlessly over the last 6 years...I have the Canon version and the Sigma version wasn't available and it produces fantasticly sellable pictures. To me, a lens is a lot more than chart results and sharp corners.

A new 100-400 L would be a game changer. The mkI version is one of the most versatile long lenses available and it's very old and certainly needs a re-work. An IS system which didn't come of the ark (it was one of the very first IS systems ever put into a lens)...an AF system which faster than pedestrian....and a sharpness to equal or better the 400mm f5.6 would be very nice. I'd buy one in an instant....I could lose several lenses in my bag to combine into this one lens.

At a guess, I'd say these are coming:
a new ultra wide, say a 14-24L (although a 12-24 would be sweeter)
100-400L replacement
A TS-e 45L and TS-e (longer than) 90L with improved macro capability
A 180mm L Macro replacement
A 300mm f4 L IS replacement
That's six, I'm sure there's more!

I'd like to see a 24-105L update and a 16-35IIL replacement.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumor: Nikon Digital FM2 - Retro look
« on: November 06, 2013, 03:37:16 AM »
I think that amoung the trendy pro / semi pro wedding photography shooters...this new Nikon will go down a storm. It looks great...it seperates a cosmetic "arty real shooter" from the masses (guests with pop up flash cameras and f5.6 lenses). It looks cool and I have to say Quodos to Nikon for that...yes I'd love a retro DSLR like that from Canon. It's lower MP and higher native ISO ability is a serious consideration for that large niche too.
Canon have made the best Wedding camera ever, the 5DIII (developed by one fo the world's leading Wedding photograpehrs - Jeff Ascough). Its features are honed for that market and it's a fantastically versatile camera as a result.
Nikon's approach is quite cleaver....same market (and one which they pretty much abandoned after the D7000) but appeal to the look and feel of a trad user. Priced directly against the 5DIII and a complete contrast to Canon's offerings. I think it'll sell really well.

On a personal note, I have always prefered the look and feel of dedicated dials over a menu driven UI. That said, I've made the latter work for me over the last 15 years or so....

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: sigma 120-300 review at petapixel
« on: November 04, 2013, 04:31:10 AM »
They are much, much better at 600mm than you would have expected from the TDP iso tests.
Stop down 2/3 of a stop to f6.3 and it sharpens up nicely. Its certainly a sharp lens, it's nearly as sharp as a Canon prime no question. I'm not sure I'd want to use a 2x TC on a 1.6x crop camera...that's pushing it a bit too far for critical sharpness. But on a full frame, a 2 x TC and a stop drop works very well. I used a Canon 2x mkII and a Canon 1.4x mkII & III. The 1.4x hardly drops any quality and can easily be used wide open. The 2X, not quite so well. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: sigma 120-300 review at petapixel
« on: November 02, 2013, 04:20:54 PM »
Anyone who does a side be side objective comparison with a ef 70-200 f2.8 LIS II would see the Sigma's deficiencies very quickly....like the focal drop to 240mm near Min Focus distance...sorry not worth the weight, size and cost over a 70-200 for the little extra it offers.

I really wonder why you keep repeating this nonsense after I called you out on this less than half a year ago? What are you trying to accomplish here? Are you trying to sell something?

I replied to your lengthy post several times...you seem tho think you are some kind of moderator here. Policing what you don't like to hear. My comments and 1st hand disappointment on this lens hasn't changed so why should my opinion?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: sigma 120-300 review at petapixel
« on: November 02, 2013, 05:16:43 AM »
Call me a snob, but I didn't see sharp like I see sharp on my L lenses. I just wouldn't be happy knowing that for a few more dollars I could have had really sharp.


Shot on a Nikon...prolly why :D
Seriously though, this review is full of..."it's great because I've just bought it and it's new and shiny".
Anyone who does a side be side objective comparison with a ef 70-200 f2.8 LIS II would see the Sigma's deficiencies very quickly....like the focal drop to 240mm near Min Focus distance...sorry not worth the weight, size and cost over a 70-200 for the little extra it offers.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1 Announcement Q2 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 02, 2013, 05:07:44 AM »
Q2 of 2014?  Really?  Same time as the 7D MK2 is rmoured to be outed.  Yet no lens announcements  :(  Just in time for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, so it might be worth keeing an eye out during the matches for any "new" lenses, like the 200-400 was trialled in anger at the Olympics last year....

Should hopefully bring down the 1DMK4 to a more affordable price, so that might be a viable alternative to the 7D2 if the 7D2 isn't in the shops by August 2014 so I can shoot lots of wildlife.  Fingers crossed  :)

The big white teles are announced way ahead of time and I don't think there's much left to refresh at the top end. Maybe a 800mm f5.6 mkII or a 200mm f2 mk II....but neither of those would be particularly big announcements. We're waiting for a pair of longer TS-e replacements....again not a big announcement item. Then there's the rumored 180mm macro replacement...again, another quiet lens.
The 1DX will always be a premium product, with a high cost regardless of the cost reduction. It's been out for a few years now and it's time for a cost reduction.

Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: November 02, 2013, 05:01:48 AM »
For my professional endeavors, I pretty much have all the kit I need or want.
But for personal and travel use, I'm in the need for something smaller and lighter.
A 24-105L and 70-300L / 70-200 f4 LIS is a hard combo to beat.
It's light and with a wide focal range too....ho hum.

Lenses / Re: 135 F1.8L IS
« on: October 29, 2013, 05:21:04 AM »
[...] the current L lens is a pretty old design [...]

The 17 year "pretty old design" is the reason why this lens is so good. With the current trend, I am afraid that the new one will be made for chart shooters and will screw the bokeh.

Not that there is no room for improvement - better coating and IS would be welcome but I am afraid that the IS may pose design restrictions which would change the character of this lens.

What a bizarre thing to say. I can't think of any of the newer mkII lenses which have worse out of focus rendering than the mk I versions. 24mm f1.4L mkII comes to mind. All of the big white tele zooms. The 70-200 f2.8 II LIS is another example, in fact it's only slightly better than the mk I.

The 135mm f2.0 L's bokeh is pretty bad when stopped down due to uneven or non-rounded aperture blades. Drop to f2.8 or f4 and see the Bokeh shape....pretty mis-shapen

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: October 29, 2013, 05:15:33 AM »
One thing that I notice is mising from the "spec list" and that no-one seems to have picked up on, which IMHO is Canon's greatest development in the past 10-20 years - the lockable Mode Dial!

Fit one of those and I'm sold!  ;)

Funny thing is that both my A1 and AE-1 program cameras have lockable mode dials. The later EOS 650 cameras has their mode dial pointing towards the photographer...so the lock aspect wasn't needed. When we went digital, Canon seemed to loose this feature....only to re-implement it back again on the 60D after a lot of complaints (ie 5 years at least). It was available as a cost upgrade on a 7D and 5DII models.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: October 28, 2013, 05:28:15 PM »
I own both a 7D and the 5DIII. The results of the 5DIII are generally so much better, in terms of focus accuracy, color, dynamics and ISO (in RAW). The 7D is hard pressed going above 400 ISO for bird photograpy. With the 5DIII you can take photo's at 1600 ISO without problems, or even higher depending on the circumstances.

But in many cases I need or can use the extra 1.6 crop factor. So having a marriage between the 5DIII type quality, with a APS C camera, and high speed would be great. Basically a top of the line crop camera. I assume the innovative video will be the dual pixel 70D, plus other features?

I will get this the day it gets out.

That's exactly the same results as I saw with my 7D (before I sold it recently). 400 iso or lower and slightly softer / milkier images than my 5DII / III's were producing.

Lenses / Re: 135 F1.8L IS
« on: October 28, 2013, 08:00:50 AM »
I use my copy (135mm f2 L) quite a lot. maybe not as much as my 16-35IIL, 35mm f1.4L or my 85mm f1.2 IIL. But it is used quite often. It works really well with extenders too, adding to it's versatility.
There's certainly room for improvement, my copy is looking a bit bashed up. It could do with weather sealing, although I've not had any issues with my copy and mine's got quite wet at times.
Mine's lost a screw on the front ring. I think there's certainly a capacity to push the design to f1.8, while pushing the filter size to 77mm. There's the option of adding an IS unit to the lens, as long as it doen't degrade the stunning Image Quality which the current version offers.
One of the joys of the current 135L is that it's a convenient size and weight. It's not too obtrusive and it's quite light and easy to handle.

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