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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« on: January 15, 2014, 09:58:34 PM »
I wouldn't be surprised if this new Sigma will surpass the Canon L glass in terms of performance. Both their new 35mm and 24-105mm have done just that. I think if this 50mm can get within 80% - 90% of the performance of the Zeiss 55mm Otus..  That would be quite a feat.

Forget about the price of the Otus for a second..  How many reviewers have claimed the Zeiss 55mm Otus as being the best DSLR lens E-V-E-R?  :o  Quite a number of them. I'm thinking the Sigma 50mm will come in around $750 considering the 35mm version comes in around $900. And if you think you're going to get a Zeiss 55mm Otus copy for $750. It's not going to happen.

Would the Sigma be worthwhile if it has 80 - 90% of the performance of the Zeiss Otus at their price level? Sure! A 2014 Mustang/Corvette are hot cars and totally great. But they are not Ferraris. Whether you like Ferraris or not. There is a reason why you pay a premium.

And that's a great comparison. The lenses will be for two different markets. A pro photographer making $100k+ plus a year shouldn't sweat about a $4k, near-perfect lens. Especially if it's used often for the next 5 years or more. The pro should make an easy $30k a year from using that lens.

I love Sigma for coming out with amazing glass and going for the best. And all for a very reasonable price.  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: A New Rebel for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 15, 2014, 02:44:08 AM »
I almost bought the Canon Rebel t2i over my 50D. Rebel is nothing to sneeze at. It's a damn fine camera. Any Canon DSLR. I was at Best Buy the other day and playing with their SL1.  I would love one of those little guys!

Oh not at all, the rebels are fine cameras, no ones sneezing at them or anywhere near them it's just the way that they are "upgraded" is very humdrum and not worth getting excited about! We'd rather hear about a 7D replacement than a new rebel. Just more curious about the higher end specs.

I started out with a t2i myself. Gave it to my GF to use when upgraded. Still work flawlessly after years of service. I have nothing but respect for my humble rebel. I learned a lot from it. I actually get annoyed when people under use it or never use anything other than the kit lens. It's so cheap that almost every ones got one. Trouble is they don't all get the most of this amazing machine! Shame really as it can take stunning pics. That's how I feel about the EOS M too. I reckon in the right hands it can do wonders.
Before I bought my first DSLR, I was pretty excited about the new Rebel. But I know what you mean.   ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: A New Rebel for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 14, 2014, 10:19:36 PM »
I almost bought the Canon Rebel t2i over my 50D. Rebel is nothing to sneeze at. It's a damn fine camera. Any Canon DSLR. I was at Best Buy the other day and playing with their SL1.  I would love one of those little guys!

EOS Bodies / Re: A New Rebel for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 14, 2014, 03:59:20 PM »
yeah... the rebels are usually announced around february-march

t2i - February 8, 2010
t3i - February 7, 2011
t4i - late cause of the tsunami
t5i - March 21, 2013
t1i - March 25, 2009

Exactly. It's no mystery when Canon releases their annual Rebel. Nikon just released their 5300 as well. I'm sure we'll see a matchup in March in one of many magazines/blogs.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Coming for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 11, 2014, 11:25:27 PM »
I'm very excited for this camera!  I think that 24mp and 10-12fps with a 61pt AF system isn't unreasonable given that it matches the specs for the prototypes that were previously mentioned.  It's possible that the 70D's sensor could be used, but we've already had one rebuttal rumour that indicated the 7D II (or whatever it get's called--for the sake of simplicity, I'll refer to it as 7D II for the rest of this post) will have a brand new sensor and will not share the 70D's.  That makes sense.  I expect the 70D's sensor will find its way into the 2014 Rebel lineup, and I think Canon will want to differentiate the 7D II from the rest of the APC lineup, especially given the much, much higher price.  Will it be worth it, when one can buy a full-frame 6D for much less?  Absolutely!  I've said it before, but it bears repeating, different camera's fit different types of photographer and photography.  If I was shooting a wedding or other low-light event, I'd prefer a 6D or 5D II full-frame camera to any APS-C camera.  But I'm not, and neither of those cameras would be stellar performers for the wildlife and action based photography that is my passion.  Granted, a 5D III, with its superb AF system and decent (6fps) burst-rate still makes a good choice for either type of photography (unlike the 6D and 5D II), but still a 7D II with 10-12 fps and the cropped frames tighter framing with a given lens makes a very compelling camera for wildlife and sports photography. 
I often read here the opinion that the 7D II won't be special because it would be too close to the 1DX, but I don't concur with that assessment at all.   No matter how good the chip is, the APS-C isn't going to match the low-light capability of the 1DX and pros are still going to prefer it (and whatever replaces it), although I will not be surprised if many of them don't grab a 7D II as a second body!  In the end though, they are competing in different market-places.   What's more, Canon isn't bringing this camera out in a vacuum--they need to make sure this camera is good enough to lead APS-C technology for the net 3-5 years, so it has to be more that merely "good."  Like the original 7D, it must be ground-breaking and class-leading if it's going to compete in the $2,000 + price range.  It should also be remembered that when the original 7D arrived in 2009, the top of the line action camera in the Canon lineup was the 1D III, with 10MP and 10fps.  Canon didn't worry that the 7D matched it with 19 cross-type AF points (although the 1D III has 45 AF points, only 19 of them are user-selectable and cross-type).  If they didn't worry about making the 7D too close to the current 1D III in 2009, I doubt they'll worry about the 7D II being too close to the 1DX in 2014!  This is especially true given the level of competition the new camera faces compared to what the 7D did 5 years ago.   Why will the 7D II be awesome?  Because it simply HAS to be!  Of course, there will still be nay-sayers, even if it has the specs I expect it will have.  I've seen posts where someone wrote "yawn" at these very specs, even as I was salivating over them!  And I've read repeatedly that many just don't "get it" when one can buy a full-frame camera for less, or because it will be big and "pro", rather than small and mirrorless.  I think they miss the essential point--those of us who want this camera, know what we want, and why we want it.  If it doesn't fit your style of photography, then of course you ought not to buy one--purchase the camera that fits your shooting style and subjects.  Photography would be far less interesting if there was just one style of camera and one kind of photography. Myself--I can't wait for this camera! 
On a side note, I'm more interested in specs and capabilities than I am in the name, but I DO think 7D Mark II has a GREAT ring to it!!!  ;D

Well said. Though try using some paragraphs  :-D

I really hope the 7D II will rock. The specs I've seen are pretty darn good IMO. I would LOVE to have a 7D MKII for my event/action photography. I love my 50D but with it's ISO of 1600, it gets really difficult to photograph a poorly lit event. Even with a flash. Yes, you'll get your subject well lit, but how about the surroundings?

Even if the ISO performance is one stop down from the 5D MKIII, the 7D MKII would be a hot camera. I still drool over the pictures I saw from a 5D MKIII taken at 10k ISO...

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Coming for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 11, 2014, 07:59:03 PM »
A month away..  Good timing too.

I for one am going to be extremely optimistic that the 7D replacement is going to knock a lot of socks off. I hope it's going to be the benchmark for which all other APS-C cameras are measured by for quite a while.

Lenses / Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« on: January 10, 2014, 12:17:49 AM »
Haha! I recently sold my Canon 28-135mm lens. I expected to see it on this list until I notice "In production". It was a fun lens.

EOS Bodies / Re: Do you have a 4K display?
« on: January 10, 2014, 12:15:42 AM »
I tried a Mac Pro with the SHARP 4k display attached to it. I tell you, it was pretty amazing. If you think HD is impressive, 4k will blow you away. Everything looked amazing on that display. I just looked at the display and thought "I can edit photos all day on this. No problem".

The SHARP is $3500. But SHARP, ASUS and Lenovo are all coming out with with 28" 4k displays under $800 THIS year. I'm kinda wondering about quality since a Dell Ultrasharp 27" is about $900. Still, this is a good sign.

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon Answer the D4s? [CR2]
« on: January 09, 2014, 10:59:01 PM »
Canon doesn't have to answer the D4s. It needs to answer the D800(e).

Both the 1DX and D4 are incredible cameras in every way. So if the D4s is a little better. That's nice. Canon doesn't have to worry about that. No person who owns a 1DX and everything associated with it is going to sell their gear for a slight improvement from Nikon. And that goes for both manufacturer's user bases. It's not going to happen. At least not with Pros and REAL photographers.

Looks like a sweet camera.

I'm glad Sigma put some time and effort into the 50mm. Until recently, this focal length usually gets left out in the cold. I love my Zeiss 50mm f1.4. Still one of the better ones out there at this focal length. But I'm glad there are more quality choices in a medium price tag.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS 5D Mark III $2549
« on: January 04, 2014, 02:08:31 AM »
Canon didn't have a very good 2013. They are probably giving incentives to dealers to push as many out to end the year better.

Awesome deal though...   :o

EOS Bodies / Re: Announcement Talk Begins
« on: January 03, 2014, 02:27:07 AM »
I agree. I don't think it's going to be anything to get excited about.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« on: January 02, 2014, 06:47:28 PM »
I'd travel and shoot with whatever working camera I had.

This.  I used to get mostly great photos of plays even with my relatively ancient XTi.  In my experience, it isn't the camera that makes or breaks stage photos, but rather whether you shoot in RAW and whether you know how to use the camera in full manual mode so that your shots aren't consistently blown out by the automatic exposure thinking it needs to bring out the details of the black floor rather than the bright highlights that just happen to be people's faces.  :)

I think a 6D would do a stunning job, and I'd be surprised if the better autofocus of a 5Dmk3 or a 1DX would make much difference in such a controlled environment.  Just my $0.02.

Great explanation. I've always shot RAW and with my first couple of shoots, also included JPG. But since, only RAW. And it makes a HUGE difference saving images in post processing.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Dual CF or Combo memory slots?
« on: January 02, 2014, 06:43:33 PM »
At least with some of the specifications I've seen..  The best performing SD cards tend to be a generation slower than CF cards.

I guess it goes back to how we shoot. Even with the dance events I shoot, I rarely rapid-fire. But that's me and my style.

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