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Canon General / Re: Will the new Sonys force Canon to rethink?
« on: August 20, 2011, 10:53:05 PM »
Are Sony about to change the game in a really big way?

Since Sony does not have a single super-telephoto prime lens, the answer is easy:  no.

What if they formally announce this 500mm lens that was first shown 18 months ago as a prototype:

"What if..."

"How about..."

"Perhaps when..."

Sorry, but the answer is still no.  Thousands of photographers with years (decades?) of experience with and tens of thousands of dollars invested in Canon (or Nikon) are not going to "jump ship" simply because Sony makes a new dSLR and maybe, someday releases one super-telephoto prime lens.

Besides, I seriously doubt that Canon's next pro dSLR won't be ground-breaking.

Canon General / Re: Will the new Sonys force Canon to rethink?
« on: August 19, 2011, 08:02:34 PM »
Are Sony about to change the game in a really big way?

Since Sony does not have a single super-telephoto prime lens, the answer is easy:  no.

Would a 200-500 f/2.8-4 zoom lens suffice instead? (That's just a guess.) If they're feeling ambitious, they could also introduce a 120-300 f/2-2.8 and maybe a 300-800 f/4-5.6.

Ummm, no.  Super-telephoto zoom lenses aren't going to cut it for professional sports and nature photographers, especially ones that only exist in your imagination.

Canon General / Re: Will the new Sonys force Canon to rethink?
« on: August 19, 2011, 06:44:01 PM »
Are Sony about to change the game in a really big way?

Since Sony does not have a single super-telephoto prime lens, the answer is easy:  no.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark II + 24-105mm Lens price drop
« on: August 19, 2011, 11:20:39 AM »
The Yen took a bit of a drop two weeks ago, so some of the lower prices we've seen recently may be due (at least in part) to that.


Lenses / Re: wide angle lens
« on: August 18, 2011, 12:04:00 PM »
It depends on how wide you want to go and how much you're willing to spend.   ;)

The Canon EF 28mm f/1.8, which I own (I also use the 5D Mark II), is a great prime lens and not too expensive (~$500 new).  It's small, light and fast.  It's my lens of choice for shooting landscapes, sunsets, etc.

The EF 16-35mm f/2.8L is a well loved ultra-wide zoom, but it is large and costs more (~$1700 new).

The EF 14mm f/2.8L II is even wider (I have the original version), but costs more still (~ $2200 with current Canon promotion).  This lens is best for getting up close to something to distort the perspective.  It has a convex lens, so you can't put a filter on the end of it, so watch the fingerprints and be careful not to walk into things with it!

For a deal, check out Canon's website, where you can buy refurbished ones (w/90 day warranty) or the buy&sell forum on fredmiranda.com, where pros and amateurs alike can buy/sell used photography hardware.

Street & City / Re: Interior Shots
« on: August 17, 2011, 07:37:57 PM »
Chris,  what are you doing post-processing here?  Looks like 'metal' prints . . . I'm a pixel-peeper so it's sort of confusing my brain ;)


The 'metal' sheen seems to be an effect of HDR processing.  I just tried the tool that he's using, Photomatix, and can see some of that same effect.

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Jacobs
« on: August 17, 2011, 01:51:39 PM »
I notice that several L lens prices have dropped at Jacobs in the last few days.  Sadly for me, who bought a second hand 100 Macro IS L last week, they have that particular lens at £599.99

They also have the 70-200 F2.8 IS II at £1699.99

I don't know why this has happened, after a couple of years of nothing but increases it's good to see.   

I seem to recall that the Yen had a bit of a drop a week or two ago.  Perhaps that's trickling down.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Mark IV & 24-70 II in 2 Weeks?
« on: August 17, 2011, 12:15:15 PM »
Just remember, folks, that there are no EF lenses (not EF-S!) with IS that don't reach at least 100mm.  So for the EF 24-70mm Mark II, don't get your hopes up too high.

(Of course, now that I've mentioned that, who knows...  ;) )

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: August 15, 2011, 11:17:10 AM »

2009_0830stuff0247 by hersheybar16, on Flickr

I really like the soft colors in the sky.  As for adjustments:  first, maybe level off the horizon -- it looks just a bit too high on the right.  Second, crop out the very bottom of the photo (where the plants are); it's not uniform and it doesn't add to the scene.  Finally, lose the tree on the right; it makes it look like a torn negative!  ;D


2009_0830stuff0201 by hersheybar16, on Flickr

Here, the horizon is level, but it's a bit too high in the scene (something to remember for next time).  Again, I'd crop off the bottom (about up to the where the dirt road is) as it doesn't add to the scene and takes your eyes away from the view.

Lenses / Re: Which is the best "normal" prime for a Crop Camera?
« on: August 14, 2011, 12:52:13 AM »
I use the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 on full frame (5DII) and love it.  It's fast and sharp (perhaps the previous poster rented a 'bad' copy).

I have a Canon Elan 7 and was planning on purchasing the Canon 50D. I have a few Canon lenses to go with my camera and did not know if they would be compatible with the digital camera I was getting. How can I tell if I can switch the lenses between digital and film? So I know if I need to buy a lens to go with the camera or not.
I am open to any other feedback about the camera too.

Any Canon "EF" lens (Electronic Focus) will work on any Canon EOS SLR, whether it be digital or 35mm film.  This means that any Canon lens you currently use on your Elan 7 will fit on any Canon Digital SLR you purchase.  However, Canon "EF-S" lenses (Electronic Focus - Small) will only work on Canon "APS-C" size (1.6x Crop) Digital SLRs, which include all the Digital "Rebels" and the 40D, 50D, 60D and 7D.

On a 1.6x Crop body, an "EF" lens will be 1.6x "longer" (you get a narrower angle of view) than it is on your Elan 7 or a "full frame" digital SLR (such as the 5D Mark II).  Just multiply the focal length by 1.6 to get the value.  For example: an "EF" 100mm lens will be 160mm on a 50D.  If you like shooting landscapes or other "wide-angle" shots, your current "EF" lens might not be wide enough on a crop body.  If that is the case, you could get an "EF-S" lens, such as the 10-22mm zoom, which would give you a wide-angle, but you wouldn't be able to use it on the Elan 7.

NOTE:  "EF" and "EF-S" are printed (along with the rest of the description) around the outside of the lens, near the glass.

The "kit" lenses that you can purchase with the Rebels, 50D, 60D and 7D are usually "EF-S" and will therefore not mount on your Elan 7.  If you're going to continue shooting both and want to swap lenses, then you might want to buy the body only, and purchase a separate EF lens.  Check out BHPhotoVideo.com and Adorama.com (professional camera stores in NY) for current promotions.

Note: if you decide to purchase a "third-party" lens (Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, etc.), be aware that they have their own designations.  For example:  Tamron's "Di" (Digitally Integrated) is their equivalent of "EF" (any digital or film SLR), while "Di II" is their equivalent of "EF-S" (1.6x Crop bodies only).

Canon General / Re: Canon 16-35 f/2.8 DO Patent
« on: August 04, 2011, 11:56:06 PM »
IS is not mentioned in the patent.  The patent is all about using DO elements in a wide angle zoom to reduce CA.  I doubt if we will see the exact lenses covered in the patent, but we may see a IS version.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I do not think there are any EF lenses with IS (not EF-S!) that do not reach at least 100mm.  Therefore, I doubt this (or even the oft-rumored 24-70mm f/2.8L II) will have IS.

Canon General / Re: remote control your DSLR with your smartphone
« on: August 04, 2011, 11:47:11 PM »
I think this is realy cool


you can plug your phone on your camera and control it from the phone
I wonder if you can make time lapse movies using this?

Neither the article nor the video state that it has an intervalvometer, unless that's what they mean by "Continuous capture."  It would be nice, if it does have it!

EOS Bodies / Re: Even Nikon has announced its FF successors.
« on: August 03, 2011, 07:12:51 PM »
Nikon has already announced its successors of its D700 and D3s, and they will be releasing it on the 24th August.

That's probably what Canon has been waiting for!  Wait for your competitor to announce their new product, so that you can trump them days/weeks later.  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Mark IV Dimensions Outed?
« on: July 28, 2011, 07:16:18 PM »


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