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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji Full Frame X-PRO2 coming 2015
« on: April 11, 2014, 09:55:31 AM »
Given that Canon is probably going to lay all their cards down in September

What makes you so sure?

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 10, 2014, 09:45:48 AM »
It is a good lens with IS and at a decent price, but nothing more than that.

It delivers consistently but it has absolutely nothing special about it.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:56:07 AM »
SLRgear has updated the Sigma 50 review since publishing the Otus.
The crop comparisons show well what tradeoffs Sigma made in designing this lens to be slightly less sharp but provide better microcontrast.
I like what I see from the Sigma more than from the Otus at this stage but for me a lens must balance sharpness and bokeh so I'll still buy the Sigma cuz it's cheaper. ;)

from this excerpt, they agree

"All in all, this is a case where the raw test numbers doen't carry the entire message. For our money, we'd go with the slightly higher CA, lower sharpness, but higher micro contrast of the Sigma, even if the two lenses cost the same."

Interesting.

I so much wish I liked the 50mm FL better.

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12 mp? Foveon or Bayer sensor? It's hard to believe that Sony, which got good reputation because of its high MP sensors, would go back to 12 mp camera  :o

I don't think they're going back, but rather in a parallel direction. This camera seems to be based on the opposite concept of the a7r and is targeted at a different market.

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... I don't think these documents should be released, its a dangerous game and I don't think CR has the money or the power to fight a big corporation like Canon ... but be my guest and prove me wrong.
I'm with you - it is a risky endeavour to release NDA'd or internal documents.

Technically there should be a legal issue only for the person that sends/steals them. If you have no agreement with Canon, you're not a Canon employee, etc.. There should be no obligation for you to keep them secret. Unless Canon publicly disclaims their genuineness and sues you for diffamation.


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Think I'll bookmark this.

Might be useful next time I hear some litany about disservice from Nikon or Sony and how much more attentive Canon is to customers.

Oh yes because Nikon (D600) and Sony (just about everything from flaming TV's to laptops) don't have similar lists!

Yes? No? Maybe?

I'm not claiming that Canon is worse, I'm only disputing the belief that Canon is better.

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Think I'll bookmark this.

Might be useful next time I hear some litany about disservice from Nikon or Sony and how much more attentive Canon is to customers.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Curved Sensor Tech by Sony
« on: April 04, 2014, 10:36:45 AM »
I guess it's going to be for small sensors only.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D9300
« on: April 04, 2014, 10:35:27 AM »
If it's true that the 7D II will be announced in May, this Nikon D9300 rumor would have a quite exceptional timing for a mere coincidence.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New: Sony A7s FF E-mount
« on: April 04, 2014, 10:31:51 AM »
Considering it's going to be announced for NAB, I guess it will be something video-related. Maybe 4K?

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The optics of FE 24-70 f/4 are very much from ZEISS made by ZEISS, including the anti-reflective coating ... its just that the lens isn't all that good for the money they are charging, because of which some people speculate that ZEISS "only provide QC to Sony".

It's a bit more than a speculation.

I did some research, and Zeiss/Sony lenses are indeed designed by Zeiss, but in close collaboration with Sony, which is then the sole responsible for production and distribution. This means that Zeiss engineers are restricted to what Sony is able or willing to produce.

In fact it's not a contradiction that Zeiss will announce some manual focus primes for the FE mount. Those will be 100% Zeiss lenses like the ZE or ZF primes.

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Lenses / Re: Philosophical question about Sigma Lenses - Why?
« on: March 31, 2014, 03:10:24 AM »
Just out of curiosity thanks to a conversation in Marketing 101 - why would a company like Sigma create products for other brands, specifically lenses for Canon? I'm curious about the thought process that went into a decision by such a company to create accessories and devices for someone else's products since they already have their own line of camera bodies...

Sigma is the third lens manufacturer in Japan by market share, not soooo far away from Canon and Nikon. When Canon sells lenses to Canon users only, Sigma sells to Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, Panasonic, etc etc.

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Unfortunately, The Sony/Zeiss 24-70 f/4 OSS lens has received disappointing reviews at both photozone and SLRgear.

http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/24-70mm-fe-zeiss-gets-tested-by-photozone-and-slrgear-doesnt-meet-the-expectations-from-the-reviewers/

I read those reviews and that's pretty much what I feel about the FE 24-70 f/4 lens ... it is a good lens to have for about $700 (maybe $800 max, but no more) but for close to $1200 it is just not worth it, one might as well stick with the kit lens.


In fact I've read the kit lens is actually quite good for a "kit lens". Charging this premium for the Zeiss certainly makes people expect quite a bit more.

However, to my knowledge this is not a "Zeiss" lens. They only provide QC to Sony. In fact some new real Zeiss ZFE (or whatever they will be called) primes should be announced at the next Photokina.

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I would consider buying a flash that I can bounce off the ceiling if that's going to improve my indoor photos more than buying a faster lens would.



Yes, it will.

Buy a big one with a simple dome diffuser. Indoors, where the light can bounce pretty much everywhere, it gives a very nice and even lighting.

If you cant afford the Canon 600, try a 580 II used. Otherwise the YN568 and Metz 58 AF-2 are also very good. The latter is particularly good when used on camera because of the additional small direct light. But the Yongnuo is super cheap.

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Lenses / Re: Tamron 150-600mm AF servo issues?
« on: March 27, 2014, 05:38:11 PM »
No issue at all on 5D3.

Of course you should expect the AF speed of the 70-200/2.8

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