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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1 Announcement Q2 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 01, 2013, 02:24:17 PM »
Big MP camera. A little behind the schedule I thought they would do this. But only a few months.   :-)

I think they are going to lower the price on the 1DX simply because the 7DMKII is going to take some sales from it. If the most recent specs of the 7DMKII are somewhat true, I think the 1DX would be a tough sell without a price drop.  I think the 7DMKII is going to come in around $2800 and the 1DX will come in around $5500. An extra $2700 for FF, ISO performance, dual CF slots. better weather and the "flagship" sports camera? Yes. I think many people would pay that over the 7DMKII for those features.

I hope the new big MP camera just kicks ass and represents the new standard. It really must. Otherwise. I'll have to wait until I can justify MF. And considering how good my 5DMKII, or almost any FF DSLR under 7 years old, I'm in no rush.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: October 28, 2013, 01:27:59 AM »
Yup.  As mentioned before.  A mini-1DX.

While I think the specs are totally doable, I certainly don't think the price is.  Except for the crop-sensor, it's as good if not better than a 1DX.  I think IQ is SO GOOD on crop sensors these days, the absolute need for FF is becoming less and less.  I think they would leave out the 2nd slot.  Because that's a 'Pro' feature.

It would cost AT LEAST $3k.  Even at that price, it would be a HOT seller.  Especially for the action-oriented.

I think it would eat SOME of the 1DX market, but not much.  They'd lose some sales on the top, but more than make up for it at the bottom.  In the end, they'd make more sales and profit.  After all, Rebels is where Canon makes the big money on DSLR sales.  That's why they come out with a new Rebel every year...

March would be a good time.  I would expect their big MP camera to arrive shortly thereafter.  It's going to be an awesome 2014 for Canon   ;)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Gets its Price
« on: October 25, 2013, 07:59:08 PM »
Never been impressed with the Canon 24-105mm L.  It's good but not worthy of 'L' status IMO.  So I'm very interested in this lens.  At an eventual street price of $650 more or less, it will be very interesting.  And great to have a worthy alternative to Canon.

It will take a loooong time before this new lens hits that price! The 35 1.4 hasn't budged much in price since day one. At the most it will drop $100. All recent Sigma lenses seem to be priced around the same $800 ish mark. It's still a lot of money for some, especially considering there is no weather sealing.

I'm relatively happy with the Canon version, bought it 2nd hand. Weather sealing and 77mm filter thread is more useful for me so I'll stick. Interesting prospect though for those looking at buying a general purpose zoom right now. A 6D or 5D3 with this thing would likely be a winning combo!

Well, it will be cheaper than the EF 24-105 at least.  Several hundred dollars is several hundred dollars. 

I find the EF-S 18-200 to be just as good if not better than the 24-105.  Unless you get the uber-expensive and enormous 28-300mm, the 24-105 is the best in Canon's class in the range for a FF lens.

But for crop, the 18-200 rocks.  On my 50D, the images are pretty good.  On a 7D, you can't tell between it and 'L' glass...

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Gets its Price
« on: October 25, 2013, 06:06:06 PM »
Never been impressed with the Canon 24-105mm L.  It's good but not worthy of 'L' status IMO.  So I'm very interested in this lens.  At an eventual street price of $650 more or less, it will be very interesting.  And great to have a worthy alternative to Canon.

Lenses / Re: Image of the New 100-400?
« on: October 24, 2013, 02:28:38 PM »
Must be a slow day in rumorville...

I know.  Right?  It's a Sony.

Software & Accessories / Re: OS X Mavericks
« on: October 22, 2013, 11:56:02 PM »
I installed Mavericks on my Mac Mini with 16GB of RAM.  LR4 seems to be running faster.  Image previews seem to be coming up faster.  Photoshop CC seems to be running faster too.

Overall, I'm very happy with the upgrade.  It took about 90 minutes for the whole process.  Something I wish they warned me about    ;)

Canon General / Re: What's Next for Canon?
« on: October 17, 2013, 11:36:32 PM »
Eh.  Canon came out with the 70D.  I thought that was really cool.  How about the SL1?  Again, very cool.  Dropping the price on the EOS-M?  Price drops are good in my opinion...   ;D  Oh yeah, the t5i...  LOL!

Yes, the Sony A7(R) is pretty awesome.  But when was the last time they came out with something this great?  No, I don't put the RX1 in that league as it comes with a fixed lens.  They got halfway to 'awesome'.  Same with Fuji.  How often?

Plus, it's this hyper-communication/development cycle that we're getting used to.  We want to see something developing all the time.  After all, we saw the 1DX and 5D MKIII come out last year.  A couple of ultra-fine cameras that will suffice for AT LEAST a couple of years...  I know full-time working photography pros whose FF Canon cameras are at least 5 years old...  They aren't on forums bitching about new gear...

Me, it will be at least a year before I think about upgrading my mighty-fine 5D Mark II.  If Canon's big MP camera doesn't wow me enough, I'll be going medium format.  And that's a testament to how good Canon FF cameras are...

Funny that a post that creates a firestorm of conversation comes from a Sony announcement   ;)

I was reading about these cameras on alpharumors.com and you know what they were complaining about?  "It's ugly!"  Okay, probably not the type of photographers I'd be hanging out with...

One word:  Impressive.  What can I say bad about it?  That it's a Sony product vs. a Canon one.  That's pretty much it.

The Fuji X100S.  Leaf shutter lens.  But fixed.  Sony RX1.  Full Frame.  Also fixed lens.  While I shoot mostly with my 50mm, I want options.  I think the Sony A99 might be better than the Canon 5D MKIII.  But limited lens availability.  The pros of the A99 aren't enough to limit lens compatibility.

I've been eyeing that new Zeiss 55mm ever since they announced it a year ago.  And my assumptions are right:  Impressive.  Seeing pictures done with the D800 is truly fantastic.  It truly gets close to Medium Format quality.  But only in resolution.  Tonal Range is still the Medium Format domain.  And what I'm hoping the big MP from Canon will challenge.  And I think it will.  It HAS to if it wants to be relevant.

It all boils back down to what's most important in a photographer's gear bag:  lenses.  And with the lenses that Sony is coming out with these new cameras is impressive.  I don't care about adapters.  I'll never use them.  I'm a Zeiss follower and extremely happy they will be offering a 55mm f1.8 with this camera.  The Zeiss 24-70 f4 could be cool.  Though for $1200, it should be f2.8.  But not bad.

Canon isn't sweating.  They are the 800lb gorilla.  Though I think they missed an amazing opportunity.  They really slacked on the EOS-M and the mirrorless market.  And the A7R looks to be a damn fine high MP camera equally capable with the Nikon D800.  At $800 less. 

I'm hoping Canon will announce their high MP camera next week at PhotoPlus in NY.  Though I doubt it.  We all know it will be released within a year.  We're just getting too much info on it.  And Zeiss wouldn't have released their 55mm f1.4 without the big MP Canon being on the horizon.  Though I'm sure they'll get lots of Nikon D800 users lining up for it in the meantime.

As a fashion professional who uses Canon, I still don't see enough to switch.  Yet.  Lots of things to consider still:  lens availability and quality, peripherals (flashes and trigger/receivers).  I couldn't see myself having my 5D MK II and one of these Sony's as a backup.  At the very minimum, I would need the lens adapter AND remember two different menu systems.  Not to mention compatibility issues with peripherals.  So I'd have to completely switch.  And this system has a long way to go to be considered by serious pros.  Once they get peripheral compatibility, this would be an awesome setup.  Especially for travel.

If I were a person upgrading to FF or a new pro, I would have to seriously consider these cameras.  I would love to get the A7R with the Zeiss 55mm f1.8 as my everyday and travel setup.  I'd also use it for events that I shoot for fun.  My 5D would only be used for real shoots.  And really, would start collecting dust.  The A7R I see as a camera I could keep for just these purposes for the next 3 - 5 years.  Easy.

Sony is going to OWN the mirrorless market for the next 6 - 9 months with these cameras.  They might even make camera of the year by Popular Photography.  Wouldn't be surprised.

While I can't even think about buying either of these cameras anytime soon, it opens a whole bunch of possibilities for other manufacturers.  It raises the bar for both Nikon and Canon.  2014 WILL be Canon's year.  But I think Sony just nailed 2013...

Canon General / Re: Official: Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS
« on: October 14, 2013, 03:29:12 PM »
Yes, Price and IQ.  Let's see 'em!

This Zeiss Flickr accounts shows a selection of images taken with the 55.. I believe this one is by Lloyd Chambers   http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlzeisslenses/10185277475/#

One word:  WOW!

This lens is SO CLOSE to medium format...  Even the D800 isn't enough to fully utilize the lens.  You get the resolution, but not the tonal range.

Again:  WOW!

Yes, I saw these on lightingrumors.com and became very interested.  I have the Odin system and it's GREAT.  Many advantages over other systems including:  price, ease of use, speed and quality.  Love them.

My 580EXII has never failed me.  It's a fantastic flash.  But at used prices, it's only $50 less expensive than a new Mitros +.  The only decent advantage my 580EXII has is better weather sealing.  But it's not a big advantage for me. With a built-in radio and cost, the Mitros + is a no-brainer for me.  Let alone the 2x longer warranty than Canon.

Now if only Phottix would come out with a high-powered bare bulb flash....    ;D


I don't think comparing this to Canon's 70-200mm f2.8 L is a good comparison.  The 70-200mm is an excellent small venue lens.  For up to 300 or so people, it's hard to beat.

With the Sigma, you're just too far at 120mm to get a good shot of someone and not have someone get in the way.  And at 300mm, you're almost 75' from someone to get a good full-body portrait of them.  So I'd regard this lens as a 'performing arts' or sports lens.  Put it on a crop body and it's definitely sports oriented.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Outed?
« on: October 13, 2013, 07:16:26 PM »
The Sigma has the same focal length range & max aperture, and it extends just like Canon's. So what would make one choose it over Canon kit?

If the lens is real, the filter size could be a clue to Sigma trying to beat Canon in kit lens IQ, e.g. less vignetting & barrel distortion at the wide end & wide open.

That the filter size is larger and the lens being heavier is a big clue that Sigma are aiming to beat the Canon lens for IQ in many areas and this should not be too hard.

The only question this brings to mind is if it becomes to heavy, does it become less "ok" to walk around with it?

If it also becomes available in Nikon and Sony mounts then it will become a "must have" lens for the D800 crowd as it would likely trump the current Nikon 24-120/f4 in terms of IQ and a worthwhile addition to the gallery of available lenses for Sony owners.


In theory, the Canon 24-105L is a really good walk-around lens.  But I've never been impressed with it's IQ.  IMO, it's really a $800 retail-priced lens.  Not $1150.  It's only marginally better than the Canon 18-200 EF-S lens...  If the 18-200 was an EF, I'd probably get it instead of the 24-105.  It's that good.

If the Sigma is a good 20% better than Canon's and possibly $200 less expensive, I'd be down for that.   ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: 3.5\
« on: October 12, 2013, 05:48:04 AM »
I wasn't sure about a touch screen until I tried it on the 70D.  It's DEFINITELY useful especially if you are using Live View.  They'll never replace buttons.  It's much faster to change settings with them.  And try changing settings when it's bright out...  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for the Canon 5D Mark IV or get the Mark III?
« on: October 12, 2013, 05:37:32 AM »
Just get the camera NOW if you want it.  It's just silly to wait for something better.  Because something better is always coming.

I think the Mark IV will be announced next year and released early 2015.  Or MAYBE late 2014.  But really, the MK III is so amazing.  It will take years for you to outgrow it.

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