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Lenses / Re: Sigma 18-35 F/1.8 just announced?!
« on: April 18, 2013, 04:48:04 AM »

Someone help me understand the market target for such a lens.  After all, I thought the people buying high end glass for their APS-C rigs are 7D users buying long primes for birding.  What APS-C users have been lamenting that their 17-55 F/2.8 IS isn't quick enough?  I would argue that as cool as such a new lens might be to use, this can't be a massive gap in the APS-C users' bag, right?

So so so confused.  Help me make sense of this, thx.

- A

A lot will depend on the price point and actual IQ of course.

I see it as a travel lens. While there are many good standard zooms on APSC, many times I felt like I needed a fast prime too for portraits and subject isolation. This lens kind of fills that gap - please also note the 28cm MFD.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 DC?
« on: April 18, 2013, 04:19:15 AM »
Holy 5h!t ... f/1.8 on a zoom lens? ... if its real, that'd be freakin AWESOME!

It is real, it's been officially announced ;)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 DC?
« on: April 18, 2013, 04:11:01 AM »
Looks like the ultimate travel lens! At 35mm it will also do for a decent portrait lens on APS-C!

I'm becoming more and more a Sigma fanboy :P

+1 if: the IQ is ok & the price not on Canons pricing orientated

Don't expect it to be cheap. It's a unique lens, and Sigma will take its toll for it. Also, it seems that they didn't spare on special glass and on glass in general (810g!).

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 DC?
« on: April 18, 2013, 02:34:54 AM »
Looks like the ultimate travel lens! At 35mm it will also do for a decent portrait lens on APS-C!

I'm becoming more and more a Sigma fanboy :P

EOS Bodies / Re: Sell 60D now or after 70D is shipping?
« on: April 17, 2013, 08:39:57 AM »

I received a brand new 60D kit (with 18-135mm lens) last year for Black Friday (I didn't even have to wait for Christmas). So it's only a few months old, and I've only taken a couple thousand pictures, and it is in mint condition.

I was considering upgrading to either the 70D or 6D, and was wondering about what the optimal time would be to sell the 60D.

It appears that on eBay/Craigslist, the most I might be able to get is maybe $750, so a lot of depreciation has already occured.

My question is, when the replacement is announced, will the used price plummet, or will it remain relatively stable? If it's not going to drop much more in value, then I'll probably hang onto it for a while.

However, if the price is going to go through the floor, I'll seriously consider selling it soon/now, even before the 70D is announced/shipping.

(I know a lot of this is contintent on the 70D specs, but looking for general advice.)


I'd wait for the 70D to be officially announced. You might find the upgrade to be not so compelling.

Lenses / Re: New review of the Sigma 30mm f/1.4
« on: April 17, 2013, 08:26:09 AM »
Yes, it's a new lens design. There's a review on lenstip too:

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 17, 2013, 06:56:17 AM »

Besides, it gives the 70D a relation to 7D as the 6D has to 5D2, a modern version with tweaks. Not to mention it would sell like hotcakes. :)

It could be a total crap and it would sell like hot cake anyway. It's Canon's offer at that price point, and people who want to buy Canon will buy that - it's their only choice, same with the 6D. This is why Canon can afford to protect the higher-end models without losing market share even when competing products are better specced. A brilliant policy for their stokeholders, much less so for their users.

Lenses / Re: I have just lost confidence with Canon Rumors & B&H
« on: April 17, 2013, 04:04:04 AM »
Raising prices before going on sales is unfortunately a very common phenomenon. It happens all the time with clothes, for example.

Lenses / Re: New review of the Sigma 30mm f/1.4
« on: April 17, 2013, 04:02:21 AM »
Wait....Sigma has yet another revision of the body of this lens? Now it incorporates almost shiny pieces of plastic? Also the hood went away from the petal design? This is the third different look this lens has had...

Did you watch the video?  Sigma has a 30mm f/1.4 for crop sensor bodies that the reviewer is comparing the new 35mm f/1.4 to.  They are completely different lenses.

Of course I watched the video. If you are familiar with the siggy 30mm then you would know that the one he reviewed has a different hood and a different finish then what I am use to. There was a change about 1-2 years ago that changed from a sparkly matte finish to a satin plastic finish. The one he reviewed has almost glossy segments and a non-petal hood.

This is the new version belonging to the "Art" line.

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 03:58:10 PM »
As for the rest of your specs...well, they're meaningless.

This is a typical fanboy response.

When a Canon has better specs, it wins hands down.
But if a Nikon has better specs, then this is irrelevant in the 'real world'.

FYI, this is not how things work with buyers.
Buyers look at the price and the specs and then ponder if the camera offers good value.

The D7100 offers exceptional value.
If Canon doesn't match that, then they'd better offer the 70D for cheap.


EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 10:22:52 AM »
Why does someone assume that if the pixel count is the same then the sensor is the same one?  The 1DX. 7D, 60D, T3i, T4i, T5i, EOS-M, and SL1 are all 18MP

The 1DX has a FF sensor. All the other cameras you listed have in fact pretty much the same sensor.

The camera will likely be `good' in absolute terms, if this is any indication.  It is really the strength of the competition at present that is the issue.

The 7D mk ii is what I'm really waiting for.  But even then I will be doing a careful comparison with the Nikon offerings.  I could end up with a hybrid system (since I can't give up my workhorse MP-E 65mm).
I think you've said a lot in that first paragraph Bard.  Almost all Canon cameras are "good", what everyone one wants is one that is "Great" for the price of one that is "Good".   

Not that I blame anyone, who wouldn't want that!  It goes along with the "song of the silly" that is sung everywhere,  those are all wanting and expecting a FF offering for under $1000!  It's just not real, not yet anyway.  I'm sure in a couple of years folks that want a FF camera under $1000 will be able to pick up used 6D's and used 5d2's for $1000 and under, it's just a matter of time...  ;)

I don't think it's silly to expect a camera in the same price and market league as the D7100 to offer comparable performance.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 07:39:53 AM »
The problem is not the megapixel number, just that Canon is using technology from 2009 in a world of Moore's Law.

That's like Apple sticking with the camera from the 3GS for the iPhone 5.

18MP is the sweet spot?  So when camera comes out with a 24MP sensor with better DR and ISO than this 2009 relic, what will you do then?  Stick with your 7D because "no one needs those megapixels"? 

An 8MP cellphone sensor with tiny plastic optics can out-resolve a 5MP one.  Do you know what a DSLR sensor would be like at that density?  There is a ton of growing room, 18MP is just the beginning.

I think the question one should be asking is "what am I going to use this camera for?". Does 15% or 25% more resolution (which the lenses are unlikely to be able to capitalise on) make you a better photographer? The major dofference between a 60D and 70D is the GPS and wifi, not the sensor. If Nikon or Sony have a bigger megapixel camera available which has the same or better iso ability (which I seriously doubt), will it be able to get better pictures or print much bigger? Or is it about bragging rights and owning a camera with the highest MP rating?

I'm a professional photographer and I'm really happy with the resolution on my 5DIII and 5DII. My landscapes are sharp at 100% and I can enlarge upto A1+ using my big Epson printer. The prints are crisp and sharp close up. When I had a 7D, I was happy with it's resolution's just that the iso ability of that camera was seriously lacking. Iso 400was as high as I'd push that particular camera. It was a great camera bit the IQ wasn't that great. I hope that the next gen of 1.6x crop sensors from Canon can match the last gen full frame sensors for ISO ability and general pixel quality. Then they will have another winner on their hands.

That's what people are talking about - if that's the same sensor. MP count is secondary, but this 18 number sounds like the fingerprint of THAT sensor.

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: April 15, 2013, 12:29:57 PM »
The results from the Sigma do look good; I've never really been an ultra shallow DOF shooter so perhaps that's why I can't think of any situations when you'd be shooting at f1.4 and require critical corner sharpness.

Can someone post a real picture which has razor thin DOF but requires corner resolution ?

It's a matter of framing. Sharp corners mean you can frame the scene as you like, compared to center framing + cropping.

Lenses / Re: Long zooms
« on: April 15, 2013, 11:09:15 AM »
I am considering purchasing a long zoom lens for football and rodeo photos and birding. Does anyone have links to reviews comparing the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, Tamron AF 200-500mm f/5.0-6.3 Di LD SP FEC (IF) and Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS HSM? Any personal opinions (like I have to ask) whether the Canon is worth the extra $500-$700? I shoot a 7D, mostly for newsprint (so everything gets halftoned down to 150 dpi).

When you print at 150 dpi halftoned IQ becomes a very secondary matter.

I'd buy the Sigma 120-400 OS HSM. Doesn't match the Canon 100-400 L, but for you intended use you'll hardly see the difference - and it costs considerably less.

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