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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 14, 2014, 08:30:51 PM »
Found something really cool to maybe create a grip, called Sugru.
Anybody used this before? How strong is it?

I don't use a grip, but this one seems quite nice.

I didn't realize you were within the 30 day return period. By all means return it to B&H. Their customer service is as good as it gets. I'm sure Helen will work it so you aren't out anything more than some inconvenience.

Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: September 13, 2014, 09:04:22 AM »
I didn't notice the Sigma 135 f/1.8 OS Art mentioned.
Is such lens announced? Just rumors AFAIK...

True. Supposedly, the 24 and the 85 Art will come first and I have no doubt they will be excellent, but it's the 135 that I find most exciting from a creative point of view. It's as close to the EF 200 f/2 as I'll ever get.

As long as there's no front to back movement, I wouldn't worry about the mount. The weather seal gasket not making contact with the lens mount is definitely a concern. Has the gasket been deformed or torn? Do you have access to another weather sealed lens to see if its gasket functions normally with your camera? Do you get the same result when you mount your lens on a different camera? It's kind of unusual for an undamaged gasket to not make contact. I also have both the 24-105 and the 70-200ll and I find the 70-200 to be noticeably sharper than the 24-105 at similar apertures. It might be a good idea to send your camera + lens to Canon for service.

Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: September 13, 2014, 02:50:28 AM »
I didn't notice the Sigma 135 f/1.8 OS Art mentioned.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 06:41:09 AM »
Very nice specs indeed, though it's hard to argue with those that feel it should have been released sooner. Now it comes down to the quality of the files. I was really hoping they would include built-in RT functionality.

Lenses / Re: Trip to Easter Island & Machu Picchu. Need advice.
« on: September 08, 2014, 07:53:18 PM »
I see in your signature that you don't have an UWA. This might be a good time to pick up the most wonderful 16-35 f/4. That, along with your 70-200 f/4, should serve you well. For 35-70 you can zoom with your feet. I envy your trip to Machu Picchu immensely. Have a great time.

EOS-M / Re: M/22 arrived today.....
« on: September 07, 2014, 08:31:05 AM »
That would be the last wrench on the right anywhere most of the other parts of the quasi english speaking world :)

Only the yanks could break an entire language....


Think of it as evolving an entire language...


Oh, and to the OP, as you'll find out, the 22 is a great little lens. It'll make you want the 11-22mm and more fast primes. Or was that just me?

EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: September 04, 2014, 06:39:38 PM »
Well I have no intention of picking up the rumored 7D replacement because:
a) It doesn't seem to be enough of an upgrade for my use over my 7D (I'm assuming price to be $1.8 - $2.4k)
b) It would require me to buy the Sigma 18-35mm Art

EOS-M / Re: Anything new on EOS-M3? How it may compare to A6000?
« on: September 04, 2014, 06:22:06 PM »
I hope Canon continues to develop the M system. I have the acclaimed 11-22 on the way from Japan. Although I got it as a "bulk package" item for a big discount, it is still by far the most expensive item of my "system" (1 M body + 22mm + UW + standard zoom). I wish we could get some reviews and testing of the Tamron 18-200 as well as the EF-M 55-200, though I think from now on I'm only really interested in faster primes with AF. Canon? Sigma? Anybody???

Lenses / Re: A New Pancake Lens? [CR1]
« on: August 25, 2014, 06:18:28 PM »
I guess I'm the only one hoping for an EF-M pancake. I certainly don't expect it, I just like the idea of having another pocketable lens for my little friend.

EOS Bodies / Re: Do Sensors Make the Camera?
« on: August 25, 2014, 05:45:39 PM »
I think that the number of iPhone photos that are being published are a strong indication that the sensor is far less important that the photographer.

 I think that the number of iPhone photos that are being published are a strong indication that the old adage "the best camera is the one you have with you" is true...

The sensor alone does not "make the camera." However, everything else in the camera is there to direct the intended photons to the sensor (other than memory cards).

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 No Longer in Production
« on: August 20, 2014, 06:27:51 PM »
Oh dear there's going to be terrible anguish, spitting feathers and general sabre rattling if the 7DII doesn't have some sensor fabrication advance similar to the Exmor. But you know I'm not really sure how much pressure there is on Canon to catch up on this. It would seem that 99% of Canon users (generically speaking) are not bothered about that particular aspect of the sensor, including many well respected professionals; certainly judging by sales there are many other features which the buying public seem to want. Certainly the amount of people using variable ISO now surprises me, but on the other hand given the performance of a camera such as the 6D I suppose that shouldn't be surprising. And when using variable ISO who wants their DR to drop by a stop or two between ISO 100 and 800 ?

That is because those who are bothered by it will be/are moving to other manufacturers. If Canon are fine with bleeding off their market base, then sure, they won't care. If all depends on if the assumption that Canon are cool with losing market share to more progressive manufacturers is true or not.

I suspect they are not cool with that happening.

You skipped a step.  No, Canon doesn't want to lose market share. are assuming they are, in fact, losing market share.  Where is your evidence to support that assumption?   It seems equally if not more likely that those who are bothered by a ~2-stops less low ISO DR and switched from Canon to Nikon are outnumbered by those Nikon users hoping for the true replacement to the D700 that never came, and so bought a 5DIII instead. 

As for 'more progressive manufacturers', your definition of progressive is almost as biased as DxO's Scores.  DPAF...not progressive?  Fluorite elements in supertele lenses, you'd think a progressive company like Nikon would have used them decades ago like Canon did...instead Nikon called them too fragile, only now they're touting the benefits of fluorite in their newest supertele lenses.  Limiting the definitions of 'innovative' and 'progressive' to mean achieving more low ISO DR is typical of the biased DRivel posted by the crew of CR Forum DRones.

In the course of my work I come across a lot of people with cameras, and not many of those are true professionals. Some are just happy snappers, or tourists, or teenagers aspiring to a better camera. The odd one is a highly successful pro who buys £250,000 yachts with loose change ( seriously). ( zigzagzoe's got a long way to go to catch up).

Often these people will chat to me and I'll ask them why they chose Nikon, or Canon or Sony ( 'cos it's always one of these). I've never had one single person say they chose Nikon or Sony because of the extra DR that the sensor offers, or that it has more latitude and can lift shadows by five stops without seeing ugly noise. Not one. Ever.

So although those factors are the number one priority for some, generally very vocal people, and they will move away from Canon, I would suggest they are just a drop in the ocean compared with everyone else. So although I read on CR that Canon is using the same sensor fabrication that Noah had on his Ark, I'm really not sure that Canon are going to see this as a really high priority, especially given the fact that their sales are not declining in relation to Sonikon.

People do have issues with things like trying to focus in movie mode with a dslr for instance, and Canon have done something about that. I've been surprised by the number of 70Ds I've seen given that the camera hasn't been out that long. I would say that the vast amount of casual users are going to appreciate that more than lifting underexposed areas by five stops, and they are the people who are buying most of the cameras.

So what I'm coming round to say is I don't think the 7DII will have a radically different sensor fabrication, and I anticipate the howls of derision that are going to fill these pages from the usual sources.

It would be interesting to find out what percentage of DSLR owners even attempt to do PP, either in jpg or RAW. I suspect the number is rather low (particularly within the single lens crowd). I am hopeful that Canon will incorporate genuine "new and improved" sensor technology in the 7D's replacement as a matter of pride, as well as an effort to maintain market share. I guess I'm just a romantic.

Photography Technique / Re: APOLLO missions - image inconsistencies
« on: August 17, 2014, 11:17:47 PM »
and as has been posted before..... proof that it was faked because if you look carefully in the left hand corner of the picture, you can see a housecat...

I was wondering where my cat went! Lost him shortly before Apollo 11 lifted off. ;D

He went Hollywood...

Yup. I'm more than satisfied with my 16-35 f/4. I also await the 85 as well as the 135 Art. I wonder if they're also working on a 200?

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