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Lenses / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG Sets New Benchmark for Excellence
« on: March 19, 2013, 05:53:22 AM »
Canon version didn't do as well...Is the D800 making the difference here?

Thank goodness someone else (and another after you) actually went and read the article, its not just the lens and unfortuantly its not as good on a canon body :(

I think we can assume that the Canon version is optically identical. Take this information as a confirm that this lens is a good investment for the future, when all FF bodies will likely be in the 30-40 MP range ;)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 18, 2013, 04:34:30 PM »
I'm far from being a pro photographer and I definitely lack a lot of photography knowledge. But I'm quite surprised that many of you guys are ready to switch to Nikon just because of the 14-24 lens. I mean, it's a remarkable lens but it has its own flaws, such as very strong lateral chromatic aberration and strong rearward focus shift, as well as great difficulty finding a filter for it. Why wouldn't you use Zeiss, Canon's TS or Schneider PC-TS prime lenses instead of a remarkable but still a zoom lens? These days you can quite easily make panoramic images if these lenses aren't as wide.

You seem pretty knowledgeable to me.

I would not say "many" are willing to switch...there is a bit of swarming by the same fanboys on topics like this. Some of the most adamant can't probably sustain two camera platforms but will still spout it as a certainity... others are well meaning and are stating a point of view.

Most sensible Canon and Nikon users that hold on to, and invest heavily in, their primary platform may not wish to dirty themselves by participating in a thread like this. While these good folk are classy, they also abandon the field to the more rabid and the committed (oh what a pun!  :) ) to give the impression that there are a lot of dual users out there who may eventually leave their camp in disgust, be it Canon or Nikon. 

I am sure dual users exit, but it is a fair guess that they are a small minority.

The sane recognize Nikon and Canon leap-frog eachother constantly and one will go broke if one switched everytime Nikon or Canon came up with something nice. So I wouldn't draw broad conclusions based on what one sees on this single thread.

Having said that, I will point to the fact that the title ironically, and aptly, includes the word "crazy" ;)

In all of your so fine sarcasm about shooting 2 systems being blaspheme and pussy-like, you gave yourself the answer. In the end it makes more sense to buy good products from the competition instead of products you don't like from your main brand just because they're all that's available. You know, some people like to spend their money wisely and buy the best product they can afford - and that's not always nor necessarily a canon product. But you're not one of them apparently.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 18, 2013, 10:08:33 AM »

Couldn't agree more. I'm a dual user since last year and couldn't be happier. Plus you dont really care what Canon or Nikon put on the market; one way or the other, one of them will present something that fits you. It feels good not to be tied in with one platform.

Exactly. Photography is an expensive hobby, one that is possible to plan on the long term.

For many people - including me - it makes more sense to have 1 Canon body and 3 lenses + 1 Nikon body and 3 lenses instead of 2 Canon bodies and 6 lenses.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 18, 2013, 04:48:42 AM »
Shooting both system is a mind-opening experience.

I bought a D600 with a 85/1.8G and I couldn't be happier. There are a lot of false prejudices about both systems widespread mostly from people who shoot one of them and happened to play around with the other for 5 min or a couple of days. They mostly derive from the absurd assumption that a Nikon camera has to feel and work the same as a Canon - otherwise it's wrong and weird. And viceversa of course.

Shoot with a Nikon camera and a good lens and you'll see for yourself. As many others have said, if you're into landscapes a D800E is the best thing you can buy.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DxOMark trashes the Leica M9 sensor
« on: March 15, 2013, 05:16:48 AM »
I don't know why people hate DxO so much.

Are you so surprised that Leica sensors are not that good? They put a 320K dot display on a several grands worth camera in an era where Rebels have 920K dot displays. People who buy a Leica are apparently not overly interested in these features, but this doesn't make DxO's findings less true. And the same is true for Canon's vs Nikon/Sony's sensors - just get over it.

It's like complaining because the Zeiss 100/2 MP costs double as much as tthe Canon 100/2.8 L - which also has weather sealing, IS, autofocus and 1:1 macro. People who buy a Zeiss lens are after different things from mere value for money and sharp pictures, and those things are not provided by other manufacturers. This doesn't make the Canon any less of an amazing lens, and doesn't make the Zeiss any less than a unique lens.

Nikon D600 and 85/1.8G - an amazing combo. I'll be expanding my Nikon kit soon enough. I'm particularly interested in manual focus lenses, and some old Nikkor Ai-S can be bought at fair prices and still hold their ground pretty well against modern lenses.

Lenses / Re: New wide angle lens for FF
« on: March 14, 2013, 05:42:30 AM »

Other folks rate the Samyang wides or you could adapt a Nikon 14-24, both of course would be manual.


Canon General / Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« on: March 13, 2013, 01:47:28 PM »
As for many other people, it depended on the situation of friends/family.

Most of them were shooting Canon and when I bought my first reflex I found natural to do what people that I supposed were more knowledgeable than me were doing.

I never regretted my choice until recently. When I wanted to buy a FF I realized that the D600 was offering more than the 6D for less money. I bought one along with the 85mm f/1.8G and so far I'm enjoying the combination terribly. I'm still learning to shoot with a different system, but overall I'm already quite impressed.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next Rebel? [CR1]
« on: March 13, 2013, 01:30:56 PM »
If it's a mini 60D at a 600D price I could buy one.

EOS Bodies / Re: A New DSLR Line from Canon? [CR1]
« on: March 12, 2013, 08:48:05 AM »
Seems like a nice lightweight/travel solution.

Lenses / Re: Zeiss 25mm f/2
« on: March 12, 2013, 05:08:46 AM »
It seems to be a nice lens, but inferior to the 28/2 which is cheaper and better at the price of 3mm - and actually offers an amazing value for money for a Zeiss lens. The 21/2.8 is the dream of many landscape photographers but it comes with a certain price tag.

So in the end when I spend a lot of money I like to be sure to pick a lens that won't make me regret purchasing it over others. In this sense I would sooner pick the convenient 28/2 or the amazing 21/2.8.

Another sleeper in my opinion is the Voigtländer 28/2.8. Comes at a very reasonable price, it's a gem of build quality and also very small and lightweight. I can't find any review, but if you look online you can find pictures taken with a D800 and they seem quite good to me.

Lenses / Re: I'd love a little adivce...
« on: March 11, 2013, 01:18:29 PM »
Something new but with a retro feeling: samyang 35mm. Very good lens, almost on par with sigma. You can get the cine version t/1.5 with declicked stops at a very good price. Look up some reviews and you'll be convinced ;)

Lenses / Re: Need help with choosing a telephoto for $800 and under
« on: March 10, 2013, 10:31:38 AM »
Hi, I think your 105 macro will be just fine for portraits.

For a long zoom, with your budget I suggest tamron 70-300 or sigma 120-400. If you don't mind being limited at 200mm, then the 70-200 L f/4 non IS will be great.

Lenses / Re: opinions about my future set?
« on: March 09, 2013, 05:31:20 AM »
Hi, having a FF without using primes IMHO is a crime :)

Having a 14mm you're covered for landscapes, at least at the moment. I would buy the 24-105 kit for general use and the 135L for portraits. Or even better, buy the Tamron 24-70 instead of the 24-105. For a tighter budget, a 85mm prime like the Canon f/1.8 USM or the Sigma f/1.4 are also very good on FF and around 135mm equivalent if you mount them on your crop.

EOS Bodies / Re: Will the 70d have a new sensor?
« on: March 09, 2013, 04:44:17 AM »
   IMHO, 700D, 70D and 7DII will all using the same new sensor... build quality, focusing speed, frame rate and features available will differential the models. Release sequence will be 70D, 700D and 7DII.

   Have a nice day.

So a $1200 body will have the same sensor as a $2500 + body?  Nah.

Why not? The 600D has the same sensor of the 7D. It's expensive enough to develop one sensor, let alone several. Manufacturers usually do not differentiate their offer on sensor. If they do, lower-end models will have a safe version of the actually developed sensor - see D800 and D600.

However, usual marketing fashion is to release the most expensive product first. This is to avoid that people potentially willing to spend 2000$ decide that they'd be happy enough with a readily-available 1000$ model instead of waiting for the higher-end one. So with the 7D2 seemingly being the last product to be announced, it might be that it will be the only product with a new sensor. After all Canon has used a old tech for the 5D3, why wouldn't it make sense to use it for a 70D?

Canon recent policy has shown how the company is trying to push customers to buy the more expensive products in the line-up. I wouldn't be surprised to see a let-down 700D, a good enough 70D, and a fantastic 7D2.

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