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Lenses / Re: New Lenses Imminent? [CR1]
« on: November 03, 2011, 10:05:09 PM »
I was hoping for a new 50mm >1.4<... Why the hack a new 1.8 again?  :(

Ditto. ... If they come out with a better f/1.4 i'll be all over it.


Double Ditto!!   ;D

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Lenses / Re: Lens Announcement [CR1]
« on: October 26, 2011, 10:59:37 AM »
Quote from: Canon Rumors
A few other pieces of information have said Canon will be updating a lot of current lenses in the next 24 months...

Many of the "L" lenses have been updated/replaced, so I'm (still) hoping for a 50mm f/1.4 II!

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United States / Re: Canon's new "2.4mm" lens available at bestbuy
« on: October 24, 2011, 12:49:34 PM »
Sorry, couldn't resist. Bestbuy lists the new 24mm lens twice as a 2.4mm.  Now THATS wide angle.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Canon+-+EF2.40+mm+f/1.4+Wide+Angle+Lens/3900242.p?id=1218441028899&skuId=3900242


And at f/1.4, it must be HUGE!

(I'm actually surprised it doesn't say f/.14!)

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Canon General / Re: Photography - Equipment or Skill ?
« on: October 23, 2011, 01:43:08 AM »
I don't know if anyone's mentioned it, but I think personality/ people skills and confidence are just as or more important than skills/ talent and equipment. If you're very likeable and you really believe you are a good photographer then you will be successful. Unfortunately I think this is something that is difficult to learn if you don't have that kind of personality.

People skills probably do help, especially if you're photographing people... ;)

As for believing you are a good artist (photographer, painter, musician, etc.), from what I've read, the best ones usually don't think they're very good.  That's what drives them to become better, or cut their ear off!  (Okay, extreme example!)  OTOH, those who already believe they are good, might not try as hard.  Why should they?  In their minds, they're already good!

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Lenses / Re: Any info about a new 50/1.4 II ?
« on: October 22, 2011, 05:58:08 PM »
I read a few months ago various comments about a new 50/1.4 II : do you have any News about it ?

As opposed to the old 50mm f/1.4 Mark II:P

Seriously though, I'm also eagerly awaiting a replacement for the 50mm f/1.4.  It's my favorite lens, but the "micro" USM needs to go.  Also, the body feels a bit cheap, unlike the 85mm f/1.8 or 28mm f/1.8.  A reduced MFD would be nice, too.  Unfortunately, I haven't seen any rumors about one.  :(

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Lenses / Re: 24 2.8 USM and 35 f/2.0 USM listed on CPS site
« on: October 22, 2011, 12:30:41 AM »
On the Canon CPS site, on the equipment loans page, two of the lenses listed are the "EF 24mm f/2.8 USM" and the "EF 35mm f/2.0 USM." It's near the bottom of the page. http://www.cps.usa.canon.com/loans/loans.shtml

This lens is not listed on the eligible products page. But the 35 f2 and 24 2.8 are too low-end to be considered "professional" lenses, right? The current 35mm f2 is not a CPS eligible product, but the 24 2.8 is. Hmm. It wasn't part of the old program, I remember looking.

Probably a typo, but it's strange that they mistyped those two lenses, AND included them in a higher-end lens list (evaluation loan list), AND put them near the bottom away from lenses of their focal length.


It is a typo, because neither the 35mm f/2 nor 24mm f/2.8 has USM.

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Without knowing what you plan to shoot with it, it's hard to make a recommendation...

+1

The 50mm f/1.4 is a also good deal.  It's not as "solid" as the f/1.2L, but it's small, light and about 1/4 the price.  Definitely my favorite and most used lens.  It is on my 5D Mark II when I take it out of the bag and when I put it away. :)

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Canon General / Re: Different body names for North America... why?
« on: October 20, 2011, 03:36:52 PM »
It's mostly marketing.  Even movies get different titles in different countries!


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.  But for us ignorant Americans, for whom philosophy is a difficult concept, they changed it to Sorcerer.  Or my personal favorite, the movie, The Madness of King George - about the dementia of the George III, the King of England at the time of the US Revolutionary War.  It was originally titled The Madness of King George III, but test audiences revealed that wouldn't fly, because no one would go to see the third entry in a trilogy without having seen (or even heard of) The Madness of King George I and II.  Is history no longer a secondary school requirement?   ::)


Apparently not!  Another was the "March of the Penguins," as some Americans may have assumed "March of the Emperors" (the European title) was about an army of "Napoleons" (can't remember where I saw that, Discovery perhaps).

Sometimes, it is ... even "societal" or "superstitious" reasons


Or linguistic.  The classic example is the Chevy Nova, which failed dismally as a model name in Latin America since "No va" means "doesn't go."


LOL!  I vaguely remember that one.  It certainly pays to do your research.  Part of the problem is that we don't border a bunch of other countries, like in Europe.  Over there, being fluent in multiple languages is a necessity for doing business.

part of it is definitely linguistic.  in asian languages (at least Chinese and Japanese), saying "hundred" or "thousand" or even "ten thousand" is a single monosyllabic word.  and culturally, there's a habit descended form our Asian storytelling traditions of referring to awesome things by calling it "hundred" or "thousand" whatevers.  a common breakfast dish in northern china is known as "thousand-year egg".  they love "14000 Leagues Under the Sea" as a dramatic title.  people used to proclaim "may the emperor live 10000 years".  so it's just a cultural fetish for huge numbers.


Thanks, I was not aware of that.

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Canon General / Re: Different body names for North America... why?
« on: October 20, 2011, 12:02:40 PM »
It's mostly marketing.  Even movies get different titles in different countries!  It's what the manufacturer thinks will sell in a particular market.  In the US, the "Rebel" name might have been used, at least in part, to get a copyright.  For instance, Intel started using the "Pentium" name, as they couldn't copyright a number (which is what they formerly used to name their processors).  It also gives the consumers a "brand" with which they can identify.  After all, we are a rebellious bunch!  ;)

Sometimes, it is for legal (someone else has rights to a particular name in that country) or even "societal" or "superstitious" reasons, as a particular name or number could be considered unlucky (the number 13, in western culture, for example), offensive or downright evil.  For example, we will never see an EOS "4D" or "9D" from Canon, as those numbers are "unlucky" in Japanese:  Four is sometimes pronounced shi, which is also the word for death, while Nine is sometimes pronounced ku, which can mean suffering.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Canon USA Press Release
« on: October 18, 2011, 01:00:22 PM »
I don't understand why some people continue to argue the point that the 1Ds and 1D have merged.  Is it because they are hanging onto hope? 

I honestly see this as a good sign for those who need high MP yet not all of the bells and whistles of the 1DX.  Why?  Because I see this as a possible future for Canon DSLRs.

1DX:  A sports and photojournalist camera that is the flagship for Canon DSLRs. $6800 (Correct my price if I'm wrong, I thought I read that in the release.)
5DMIII:  This is where your big MP, FF camera comes in at.  What were we thinking, 24-32?  $3500-$3800
6D:  Rumors have been out about a cheaper FF option.  Why not put your 1DX sensor in this?  $2800-$3000
7D/7DII:  Continue on with the line as it is a beautiful seller and great camera: $1800-$2100
60D/70D:  Last I heard, the 60D was easily outselling the T3i.  I'm guessing the line continues:  $1000

I have to agree.  With the way that the 5D II ate into the sales of the 1Ds III, because the sensors were so similar, I figured Canon had to do something to differentiate them for the next release.

It will certainly be interesting to see how things shake out with the 5D II replacement.  I'd certainly like to see some of the 1D X features, such as Multiple Exposure (I don't expect 9 exposures, of course) and chromatic aberration correction.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Canon USA Press Release
« on: October 18, 2011, 12:13:34 PM »
So when will we see the DXs ?? Logic says its there. DS3 is still the highest rated camera on the Canon official site.  Also European Pricing suggests that putting the mk4 at 4000 euro and the ds3 still at 6000.

So funny just realized that the ds3 is not on the UK site but still on the Spanish site.... hmmmmm


They just updated the order on the USA site.  The 1D X is now first, followed by the 1Ds III, etc.


I just checked the usa site and it's #4 on the list below the 1D mark III and above the 5d 2.  ?


Perhaps we're looking at two different pages or, as Neuroanatomist suggested, you need to hit Refresh.  Here's the link to the page I was viewing:

http://usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/slr_cameras

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Canon USA Press Release
« on: October 18, 2011, 11:50:26 AM »
So when will we see the DXs ?? Logic says its there. DS3 is still the highest rated camera on the Canon official site.  Also European Pricing suggests that putting the mk4 at 4000 euro and the ds3 still at 6000.

So funny just realized that the ds3 is not on the UK site but still on the Spanish site.... hmmmmm

They just updated the order on the USA site.  The 1D X is now first, followed by the 1Ds III, etc.

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Canon General / Re: Photography - Equipment or Skill ?
« on: October 18, 2011, 11:30:23 AM »
Unfortunately photography is one profession that anyone can just buy a camera and become a photographer. Does it mean they are good at it..no.....You can't buy a stethoscope or scalpel and just become a doctor, or buy new golf clubs and become tiger woods immediately or buy a fast car and become a Nascar driver....these things take time to learn and actually perfect the skills needed to perform.

A camera is a camera, most people that start new photography businesses don't even know how to use their own camera. Lots shoot and let the camera make all the decisions.

There is a difference between just taking photos of people or things that happen to be in front of you and trying to genuinely create something amazing through direction, use of light, angles etc. Photography is all about the light, for landscapes it's being there at sunrise or sunset. For people it's posing skills, making them feel comfortable and being able to see the good light and using it to your advantage to make them look their best, plus picking the right lens to compliment your subject whatever or whomever it may be. For weddings it's the same except you usually have a time restriction during your days.

If you can't see the light or create it, know how to compose, know how and take the time to learn and actually be able to use the camera to it's fullest, or know how to interact with and direct your clients and know how to use light on your subjects creatively to make a killer photo then a new 7000 dollar camera isn't going to really help you.

Well stated!

BTW, I think your quote should be:

"You can't buy a stethoscope, scalpel or golf clubs and just become a doctor..."   ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III [CR1]
« on: October 18, 2011, 12:00:33 AM »
Okay, so now that we know what the 1D X has, what does that mean for the 5D Mark III?  Will the MP decrease?  (Is the megapixel war really over?)  Will the auto-focus and FPS improve?

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Canon General / Re: New EOS GPS & Bluetooth/Wifi Addon Introduced
« on: October 17, 2011, 11:45:56 PM »
Something that should've been inside the 1D X in the first place.

If it was inside, then they couldn't charge extra for them!  ;)  If people don't buy them, then perhaps they'll get the idea...

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