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Lenses / Re: Why is Canon so slow updating (legacy) lenses?
« on: April 16, 2012, 03:25:22 AM »
With my limited budget, I'd be be not very happy if I get a 35L that has been in production for quite a long time the day before the 35L2 is announced. If I knew there was an "update" coming, I'd rather wait and buy an used 35L1 for a lower price - so please sell it once the new version arrives, will you :-p ?
Well that is just it, the price probably won't drop that much. The 35 1.4L "I" goes anywhere between AU$1300-2000 and it is widely expected that the 35 1.4L "II" will go for AU$2300-2500+. Without major improvement, this will actually probably make the price of old-stock 35 1.4L "I" increase to or at least hold ground at an average ~$1500 as everyone rushes to it before it is sold out. Look at the 5D Mark II running alongside Mark III - it has barely shifted price and in some stores actually increased as people have mass-bought, thinking it good value compared to the 5D Mark III which, in the same way lenses do, will hold at MSRP/RRP for a considerable length of time.

Imho the one thing that does justify an "update" is a sturdier construction and weather sealing - the latter should go without saying with any lens costing 1000+ bucks because missing weather sealing (as well as a plastic body, see 100L) threatens the investment under harsh conditions.
Indeed, can't argue with you here - weather-sealing would indeed be welcome. It isn't so much an issue all the time, but the last thing you want is some water creeping in to your $1000+ lens. Ouch. So, short answer, if you want me to sell you my 35 1.4L, call Canon JP and ask to speak to the weather-sealing department. If that fails, wait for it to rain and I will sell you it as a lens cup, pre-filled with fresh rainwater. :P

Lenses / Re: Why is Canon so slow updating (legacy) lenses?
« on: April 16, 2012, 02:39:58 AM »
Why people feel the need to "update" their glass when a new version comes out is beyond me.

Rumor has it that Canon uses other glass/coating in for the digital generation lenses - so that would be one reason to "update". The other reason is that some 80s tech is just crappy today - talking of non-usm af motors... and Canon did update some lenses like the 24L but didn't do the same for the 35L for reasons unknown to me.

True, there are differences in coatings. Having said that, I am not sure it always justifies an upgrade. New lens versions are most relevant to first time buyers of that lens model or focal length or if lens improvements (like IS) are necessary to certain groups of users' shooting style.

I certainly won't be rushing out to replace my 35 1.4L with a 35 1.4L II, even if it gets IS, as that lens is already and always will be a stellar performer and, in my opinion, one of if not the top lens in the Canon line-up for what I use it for. If I had Parkinson's or shot low-light sports, then maybe adding IS would swing me, but I won't be parting with my cash at a likely inflated cost for something that has little relevance to the way I shoot or for mild improvements in coatings on a lens that is already contrasty and good at handling flare.

Manufacturers know that customers will buy updated lenses based almost solely on a II or III designation and "new, revolutionary, 'game-changing' coatings" or "extra large rubberised grip for extra grip...piness" - they make a killing out of it; they get two or more lens sales at the same focal length or ranges as well as new investments in additional focal lengths or ranges.

It is kind of opposite to micro four-thirds, where they have an over-abundance of body versions all using the same mount, but few quality lenses from the camera manufacturers. (Though one could argue that they also get access to thousands of adaptable MF lenses.)

Unless there are dramatic modifications or improvements, updates should be reserved and the research and development budget spent elsewhere - for the development of new lenses (perhaps more tilt-shift, anyone?) or sensors. Maybe a range of cameras that don't have the appearance of 90s office telephones, too.

Lenses / Re: Blank slate 5D3 lens lineup help
« on: April 16, 2012, 02:16:01 AM »
Depends on what you shoot really. But from what you have said, I gather you want to shoot a bit of everything.

Personally, I have:

35 1.4L
50 1.4
85 1.8
100 2.8L

17-40 4.0L

I find this covers most of my desired range, but plan to get a 70-200 for those moments you don't have time to switch lenses or need some additional reach.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Product Advisory
« on: April 16, 2012, 01:50:47 AM »
What problem is there with the eye-fi? I was thinking about getting myself one to play with.

A few users are having their cameras lock up, displaying "Err 80: Electronic control or image malfunction." These users are predominately using either Eye-Fi cards or third-party batteries. There are many possibilities for this error though and Canon has been recommending people go through a list of potentials before writing off any future use of Eye-Fi cards. You can follow the developments here: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=5358.0

It may well be worth taking your camera to your retailer and asking if you can test an Eye-Fi card for 50-100 shots in-store before buying. However, some seem to be experiencing the errors continually, while others only once in 1000 shots or so from what I recall reading on photo.net.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Product Advisory
« on: April 16, 2012, 12:22:09 AM »
I think we can have every confidence that Canon will right this, the Eye-Fi problems and lens IS issues. It would be devastating to their image not to (and potentially the images of their customers :P). I expect we will hear very soon their plan-of-action and I also expect a global recall for affected devices (all sold units, basically).

It is great that the customer is so critical of the products so that Canon themselves can build on what they have and will deliver in the future. Does all this talk affect sales? Of course it does. Will it affect Canon's profit margin and thus future research and development for new gear? Of course, but only to the most minor and negligible amounts. Let's face it, Nikon is also "struggling with production problems," with back-logged orders stacking to the roof, most likely to cover for their own array of fixes they have to implement before shipping the next batch.

Cameras are complex pieces of kit, let us not forget that; the odds of having something perfect out-of-the-box in such high-competition, fast-paced industry is quite low. Luckily, because of this competition, all we need to do as consumers is voice our concerns and the manufacturers will heed our calls.

In the meantime, get out shooting with your mostly-working 5D Mark III. Take photos: isn't that what photography is about?

(As for those with an inferiority complex envying the D800 mega-pixel count, you should have made a fuss about it while the 5D Mark III was still in the research and development phase. This is one thing a recall won't fix - that is, unless every 5D Mark III out there has a defective sensor - with the noise performance I am getting with my Mark III, I question anyone who could consider it the least bit defective. :P)

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III error 80 and failure to release shutter
« on: April 15, 2012, 11:07:03 PM »
Error 80 is a rather ambiguous error that relates to "electronic control or image malfunction."

This may explain why some 5D Mark III users are experiencing the error despite using factory batteries and various, confirmed working SD/CF cards.

Thus, I would not say the response from Canon listed earlier is necessarily something that should be ignored for all users reporting this error, as your problem may indeed be related to the items the instructions refer to.

That said, there is clearly an issue with the 5D Mark III and Eye-Fi cards.  :o Or a couple of them, at least.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Product Advisory
« on: April 14, 2012, 12:16:18 PM »
Yes, I know that, but if the camera KNOWS the backlight is on, then, assuming the defect is relatively uniform in its effect on exposure, it may be possible for the camera to compensate.

EDIT: eg. "When light = on, increase exposure by x."

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Product Advisory
« on: April 14, 2012, 12:13:49 PM »

is the LCD button independent of and thus mechanical, or does it communicate with the software?

The camera obviously communicates to the LCD; it should be noted that I am not suggesting the LCD speaks back, but whether the button that initiates the backlight is activated mechanically or via the camera's software.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Product Advisory
« on: April 14, 2012, 11:51:20 AM »
Hi all,

This is my first post here (yes, I do expect an official welcome).

I recently acquired a 5D Mark III. Great camera; loving it. I do, however, have the described "issue."

Like almost everyone here, I too originally scoffed at the idea this could be fixed in firmware, but then I got thinking and some questions came up: is the LCD button independent of and thus mechanical, or does it communicate with the software? If the latter, is the issue uniform - that is, does the metering deviate to the same degree on each affected camera? If this is the case, could not firmware tell the camera to compensate the metering for the false readings?

I purchased from Hong Kong but am based in Australia, so would hate to have to lose the use of my camera while it carts around the world to make use of the local-only warranty.

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