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Lenses / Re: DXOMark: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Reviewed
« on: December 17, 2013, 03:50:47 PM »
Interesting.

Seems a bit discording with the major voice claiming a "as good as but not really better".

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: December 16, 2013, 06:50:53 AM »
I'm hoping for a lens that can live up to the IQ of Tamron's more recent releases (the 24-70VC and 70-200VC), but at only $1100 I'm also quite skeptical. I would have preferred it if Tamron spent an extra $200-300 to make a better lens (e.g. better glass, improved durability). Even at $1400 it would be still be a compelling alternative to the 100-400L if it could keep up optically. At $1100 it seems like the aim was more to be the best third party long zoom than actually compete directly with the 100-400L.  :(

Who knows, lets wait for the reviews...

The more you go up in price, the less people want to buy 3rd-party lenses - for a number of reason.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Thinking Out Loud: EOS 7D Mark II Thoughts
« on: December 15, 2013, 07:39:08 AM »

Canon's goal is not convert people from APS-C to full frame, Canon wants to sell enthusiasts two cameras, one full frame and one APS-C.

I believe you're right in theory, but how is that feasible?

I believe that for most people a 5D3 is a more sensible investment than, say, a 6D + 70D. In fact, if the 6D had the same AF as the 70D, maybe people would have dropped their 5D3 en masse, as it happened with D800/D600 when many people realized that 24 MP and 39 AF points were good enough and worth more money in their pockets.

At this point, the 6D2 will probably have at least the AF system of the 70D, and for most people that would be a deal worth throwing out their APS-C. Simply because at that point, you'd rather spend that 1-2 grands on a good tele instead of a pro crop body. Who would spend more money on a crop? Some for sure, but maybe not enough.

It comes a time when things get good enough and expensive yet marginal upgrades become inconvenient. The 7D/70D AF is not the best out there, but I believe it satisfies the most. So in this respect, if the price of such a crop body goes too high, it might lose the competition with entry-level FF, even if specs are better.

The real IQ upgrade at that point becomes what Canon seems most reluctant to provide: a new sensor tech.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: December 15, 2013, 04:57:00 AM »
Kind of ridiculous for people to be arguing over the sharpness of a lens that hasn't been released yet.

The Tamron 70-300 VC is a very good lens for the money. Comparable sharpness to the 100-400 L. Not as sharp or as responsive as the 70-300 L but about a third the cost too. My only real complaint with the 70-300 was that under certain conditions it had a tendency to "hunt" a little before locking focus. Not consistently and not a terrible problem, but I did experience it a time or two.

If the 150-600 is of comparable quality, I'll be pleased.

I'm also quite happy with mine.

Again, my only concern has been the CA and low resolving power. When mounted on crop cameras it dies.

It really shines on FF (borders keep up quite well) but then again, 300mm on FF isn't quite taking you anywhere fancy. Now, 600mm....

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A 40mm f/0.85 for Your EOS-M?
« on: December 14, 2013, 12:30:56 PM »
Very interesting concept, questionable engineering if you think that it weighs 1.2 Kg  :o

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: December 14, 2013, 11:42:02 AM »
MTF charts don't look bad at all.

There is concern only for the meridional 30lppm line at 600mm WO, that has a steep decline towards the edge. Well, first of all one could have expected as much. Moreover we don't know how it is when stopped to, say, f/8 or at 550 mm instead of 600mm.

We need more comprehensive reviews, but I see good potential here. It might be a particularly good performer on APS-C.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Not Coming? [CR1]
« on: December 14, 2013, 11:26:15 AM »
Probably has more to do with the Canon 6d reaching the 1500.00 dollar price mark (and sometimes lower).  If the 7d mark ii comes in over that it, it becomes maybe a niche commodity that doesn't sell all that well.  I think the market looks at full frame as the complete item.  The biggest reason for crop was affordability and if it loses that it could be phased out.

+1

Same reason why we haven't seen a D400 either, as of yet - not even in rumours.

I believe that when the 70D and the D7100 were designed, they left some room in the specs for more pro models. Later on they might have realized that it's not viable marketing-wise to have such cameras at such an eventually high price point, with FF getting cheaper and cheaper.

That said, the good part is that both the 70D and the D7100 are amazing cameras.

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580EXII worked well in manual mode. Obviously doesn't work in ETTL mode, but I generally use manual mode most of the time anyway.

If only they had the Sony sensor in a 1d body at the A7R price.

Not familiar with Sony's latest hot shoe, but so the 580EX II will physically fit inside Sony shot shoe and get a fire signal when Sony's shutter is released? (in manual mode)

In short Yes.  The hot shoe is a little shorter so the back two pins do not make contact.  I understand that Nikon and many other flashes that support M flash mode will also work.  I have yet to see a Sony flash that does not need an adapter to work with it.  I refuse to buy a Sony flash because I do not want some flimsy adapter between the camera and the flash.  So I use my 430EX II on it instead.
I just tried it with my 600 EX RT, Yongnuo YN568EXII (Nikon mount) and Sunpak RD2000 (Canon mount) ... all of them work very well up to 1/250sec (obviously, everything has to be in manual mode, coz although the shutter triggers the flash the camera does not register the flash). I find the hotshoe fitting is extremely tight, it's ok with the metal footing of Canon and Yongnuo but I'm afraid the plastic feet of Sunkpak could easily give up the ghost ... you can literally rip it right off if you are not careful. Anyway, I had already ordered the Sony HVL-F43M flash a few days ago, should be here tomorrow or the day after.

Interesting to know that the RD2000 works fine. It makes for a nice small addition to the kit.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.3 VC on Thursday
« on: December 14, 2013, 04:01:48 AM »
That's a really, really, good price!

We all know that it won't be prime-like at 600mm, but if it holds well up to 500mm it will be a winner.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A New EOS M with EVF Second Half of 2014?
« on: December 09, 2013, 03:42:53 PM »
One thing is not clear: what is this M2 going to offer over the competition?

Not a bigger or better sensor, not a better lens selection... Why would one pick it? They had to drop the price ridiculously in order to get the M1 competitive. Are they going the down same way again, yet somehow they expect a different result?

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Few more, straight out of the Sony a7 camera, with the 28-70 kit lens ... (these images are nothing worth talking about, but it might give you some idea of what to expect from this camera to any of you who are interested ... the weather here sucks right now with a small dust storm, so only few lame indoor pics from stuff in my office ... I'm hoping to put the Sony a7 to good use during my vacation next week).
I would not recommend this camera (especially with the kit lens), unless you have a specific limited need like I do.

I suspect things will get better for you as become more familiar with the camera.  Your comments so far have reminded me a bit of when the D600 was coming out and it looked so much better on paper than the 6D, but the actual camera was a bit of a letdown.

I hope for your sake and the others posters here that are investing in this camera that it isn't a "paper tiger".
I don't have anything against your post in particular, but I've seen lots of nitpicking going around. Recent reports also mentioned that when you turn wifi and NFC off the battery life can get to 600+ shots.
When I spend $2000, on a camera I expect certain things to be provided e.g. at least a measly charger so I don't have to wait 16 hours to charge 3 batteries (while I can't even use the camera during that time) ... I think I am entitled to "nitpick ... no? ;) By the way I am not sure which reports are mentioning about battery life of 600+ shots, but I've had both WiFi and NFC turned off the whole time and the battery does NOT even give 300 shots ... maybe they've got some special kind of a7/a7r, or maybe my a7 is defective.

I agree wholeheartedly on the battery charger front. In fact I thank you for your observation, which led me to buy a 20 quids third-pary charger.

As for the report:
http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/battery-life-a7-a7r_topic103190_page1.html

Seems a good idea to keep autoreviewing off.

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Few more, straight out of the Sony a7 camera, with the 28-70 kit lens ... (these images are nothing worth talking about, but it might give you some idea of what to expect from this camera to any of you who are interested ... the weather here sucks right now with a small dust storm, so only few lame indoor pics from stuff in my office ... I'm hoping to put the Sony a7 to good use during my vacation next week).
I would not recommend this camera (especially with the kit lens), unless you have a specific limited need like I do.

I suspect things will get better for you as become more familiar with the camera.  Your comments so far have reminded me a bit of when the D600 was coming out and it looked so much better on paper than the 6D, but the actual camera was a bit of a letdown.

I hope for your sake and the others posters here that are investing in this camera that it isn't a "paper tiger".

The D600 is far from being a letdown. In fact, with the D610 being released, buying a D600 could be a damn good bargain.

No one thinks that the a7's are going to kill DSLR. However, as I've recently read in a review, the a7's Mk II could. It's impossible not to see the potential, when you consider that they are a world first vs a decades-old, mature, established tech. Possibly surpassed tech? Time will tell.

They have class leading sensors, good tech inside, excellent (though momentarily few and a tad pricey) Zeiss branded AF lenses, and they can take pretty much any lens ever made. And they're small like a MFT camera - something that people like me, who take lots of planes, will be thankful for.

I don't have anything against your post in particular, but I've seen lots of nitpicking going around. Recent reports also mentioned that when you turn wifi and NFC off the battery life can get to 600+ shots.

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I ordered the charger from a brand called Lemix - I'll let you guys know.

BTW, the Sony kit lens has been widely reported as terrible and subpar. If you want to really enjoy the sensor you have to get the Zeiss 35/2.8 or adapt something from Canon/Nikon/Leica etc...

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Not arguing, but thinking aloud that 300 should be enough with planning for a smaller package.

Sure, depending what and how you shoot. However, IMHO,  more buyers than not will buy the A7/A7R and end up shooting zero.  I suspect it will be bought by wealthy hobbyists, most of whom don't shoot much anyway.

Wonder why you feel that? It is actually one of the cheapest options around for this quality. The wealthy who want to buy for the sake of buying have Leica.

+1

The a7 is actually the cheapest FF available - at least here in Europe.

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