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Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Flora - Post Here.
« on: November 14, 2011, 11:54:19 PM »

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Black & White - Post Here.
« on: November 14, 2011, 11:52:44 PM »
"Why the frown?"

"Everyone walks all over me..."

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Black & White - Post Here.
« on: November 14, 2011, 11:51:23 PM »
"The Fountain"

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Black & White - Post Here.
« on: November 14, 2011, 11:50:16 PM »
"The Angry Tree"

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* People - Post Here.
« on: November 14, 2011, 11:49:27 PM »

Lenses / Re: New Lenses Imminent? [CR1]
« on: November 04, 2011, 08:38:58 PM »
i'd like to see a 50 mm 1.2 mark II  ( 82mm) or a  new 50 mm 1.0

The 50mm f/1.2L is only 5 years old, so a replacement is probably more than a few years away.

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

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!

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.

And at f/1.4, it must be HUGE!

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

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!

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.  :(

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.

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


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. :)

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.

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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