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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II Mentioned [CR1]
« on: June 25, 2013, 12:15:59 AM »
When was the last time Canon released a general purpose prime L? It was the 24mm in 2008.

I'm not sure they are still prioritising L primes like they used to, when 4 were released from 2006-2008 in 14, 24, 50 and 85mm.


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Lenses / Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« on: June 23, 2013, 10:58:54 PM »
Maybe the recent Canon 35mm f2 IS -- for FF and standard sensors.

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Site Information / Re: banning people for nothing at canon rumors
« on: June 20, 2013, 09:44:59 PM »
I actually think "banning" someone is itself kind of childish and needs to be reserved for extreme cases.

I think the exact opposite. I encourage the mods to set high standards, tolerate little, warn quickly, oust almost as quickly. Send 'em back to their mums for some retraining.

Friendly forums, like CanonRumors and almost any photographers' community, should be filled with over-the-top friendliness, courtesy,  support and a generally happy vibe. It needs to be over-the-top sugar sweet (but genuine) because written comms is terribly poor at getting nuance and intent right, we are not all Charlotte Brontë, so there really is no place for any sort of put-downs, sarcasm, or hostility, because even writers with no ill intent will find themselves posting things that look like they do have ill intent, or at least like they lack good will. Give up the subtlety, be really friendly.

Also, I don't see any '18+' box to tick before entering the site, so we can assume children are welcome here. I would certainly LOVE to think any young person male or female with an interest in photography, would feel comfortable browsing and learning here, and unafraid to post -- and not feel it is necessary to announce one's age first to avoid being bullied.

So please,  ::) find your happy space first before posting here, and try to be part of building something fun and open-armed to all. And if that thought makes you feel sick in your stomach and tempted to post sugary sarcasm,  maybe just park that post and stick to reading, or get up and do something off the computer.

I'm sorry but that comes over as incredibly naiive.  Everybody has an off day and says something they might regret.  As you've said, tone is difficult to read online so it's easy to be misunderstood.  I don't want this or any other forum to be 'over the top sugary sweet'.  That sounds like artificial sweetener.  It would be a bad thing for all if no-one was allowed to have a disagreement.  Healthy disagreements and exchanges of views are beneficial for all.  Yes they should remain respectful, but it is inevitable that there are times when things will overflow.

I'm not sure we disagree at all :) except in minor nuance. I said 'warn quickly', which is consistent with your post IMHO about everyone having an off day. And, as I no doubt correctly predicted, the thought of posting happily will make some people feel ill.

I'm happy to withdraw the words "over the top sugar sweet" and replace them with "consistently friendly, supportive and with a generally happy vibe". Same intention, same result: namely, the removal of some clearly angry and dismissive attitudes, and if necessary the people behind them.

My point is, if the mods clearly and repeatedly say they are going to be strict and demand high standards of us, then obviously back it up with consistent action, then the hostility, anger, and dismissive and personal stuff will disappear from CanonRumors so quickly we will all me amazed and delighted (with the obvious exceptions, not missed at all!) :)

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Lenses / Re: 100L vs. 135L
« on: June 18, 2013, 10:18:02 PM »
Which camera will it mainly be for, the 6D or 60D?

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If they are walking past I let it slide. If they stop I say "Yes, I like it. What do you use for photography?" Then I immediately think of a couple of good things to say about their chosen weapon, even if it's a phone.

If a chat gets going, I soon ask how important is a good photograph to them. If the answer is 'not really', there is no point in embarking on a tale of my equivalent of your Four Year Journey. If they are pretty keen, I give them a nutshell encapsulation of what my kind of kit gives me in exchange for so much bulk, weight, and cost, that I cannot get out of their camera, nice as it may be.

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Site Information / Re: banning people for nothing at canon rumors
« on: June 18, 2013, 09:57:25 PM »
I actually think "banning" someone is itself kind of childish and needs to be reserved for extreme cases.

I think the exact opposite. I encourage the mods to set high standards, tolerate little, warn quickly, oust almost as quickly. Send 'em back to their mums for some retraining.

Friendly forums, like CanonRumors and almost any photographers' community, should be filled with over-the-top friendliness, courtesy,  support and a generally happy vibe. It needs to be over-the-top sugar sweet (but genuine) because written comms is terribly poor at getting nuance and intent right, we are not all Charlotte Brontë, so there really is no place for any sort of put-downs, sarcasm, or hostility, because even writers with no ill intent will find themselves posting things that look like they do have ill intent, or at least like they lack good will. Give up the subtlety, be really friendly.

Also, I don't see any '18+' box to tick before entering the site, so we can assume children are welcome here. I would certainly LOVE to think any young person male or female with an interest in photography, would feel comfortable browsing and learning here, and unafraid to post -- and not feel it is necessary to announce one's age first to avoid being bullied.

So please,  ::) find your happy space first before posting here, and try to be part of building something fun and open-armed to all. And if that thought makes you feel sick in your stomach and tempted to post sugary sarcasm,  maybe just park that post and stick to reading, or get up and do something off the computer.

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Site Information / Re: banning people for nothing at canon rumors
« on: June 16, 2013, 07:02:26 PM »
canon-f1 informed he has registered a new account and will use that one from now on.
so the thread can be closed.

Well please tell him a message from members here, to de-register his new account, and stay away. A banned member is supposed to stay away, not re-register. Doesn't he know that? NOT WELCOME!  >:(

I hope the mods have a way to detect his now-very-serious serial rule breaking and put a stop to it (and him).

P.S. Don Haines -- love your post #119, no wonder he was banned, and good riddance.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L Non-IS Discontinued?
« on: June 14, 2013, 10:02:27 PM »
Surely the discontinuation of a lens doesn't coincide with the cessation of repair or parts availability? That would be insane -- imagine if car makers did that!

Yet that is the basis of this rumour.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: May 15, 2013, 08:33:19 PM »
After spending quite a bit of time standing on a rock in the middle of a swamp I was happy to have been able to capture these shots of Dragonflys.

I got many shots of them resting on bits of grass, but what I was really after was shots of them in flight.

I was using my 7D with an old ef-s 55-250mm lens.

Mate, I'm impressed. What is your technique for getting one in flight?

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Review - Real World
« on: May 15, 2013, 02:54:46 AM »
More and more users keep reporting how much they enjoy and are satisfied by the 6D.

It just goes to show how an excellent camera cannot be seen beyond its specs by the spec sheet nazis who wanted to leave Canon as soon as it was announced.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D L Announced, Shipping in May
« on: April 01, 2013, 02:54:22 PM »
Now I feel sorry for the plight of left-handed photographers!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-b Images Leak & a New Kit Lens
« on: March 19, 2013, 09:34:41 AM »
The weight is in the panasonic G3 class - amazing. And the lens mount looks h-u-g-e!

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I remember a canon experimental camera from a while ago, a weird white spaceship looking thing, talking about the future of photography being the imager videoing the subject then selecting the best frames. This is NOT a direction I want things going;

That reminds me a bit of the Canon N that came out last year.

All changes that happen in all areas happen despite the Old School moaning and fighting and withholding their credit cards at every step.

I am also reminded when Nintendo brought out the Wii. The Old School of video gamers pilloried and blasted and canned it from wall to wall and announced that this is the end of Nintendo because no one will buy it. They wanted a standard machine but with more video resolution, more speed, more audio. Just keep the same old formula but ever better.

Is there a parallel in photography, I wonder.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DPReview: Canon EOS 6D Reviewed
« on: February 13, 2013, 08:10:01 PM »
... I was just wondering if I can use contrast af for shooting test charts after getting a new lens, or if I have to take multiple exposures to allow for some af error - but as I understand now high-contrast b/w charts should achieve good focus.

Correct, you will have no problem. Simple to check if AF is on target: chimp and zoom in.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DPReview: Canon EOS 6D Reviewed
« on: February 13, 2013, 04:34:36 PM »
In FoCal's test, the rather big surprise is how inaccurate and variable contrast-detect AF is on both the 5DII and the 7D.
I didn't know that and expected my 60d af to be always spot on - is this your personal experience or do you have sources on that? Afaik even lensrentals uses contrast af as the comparison for perfect af accuracy?

The 'inaccuracy' refers to low-contrast scenes -- obviously.

Don't use contrast AF for low contrast focus points -- unless you are not a photographer but a camera tester instead.

(PS I am amazed by posters on canonrumors -- all wannabe camera testers instead of being photographers after cameras that meet their *real* needs. We can all make up 'pretend' needs for excellent focus on low contrast areas using contrast-detect AF -- but IMHO you are an idiot if you can't work around such a silly need).

(PPS I suppose as soon as a camera comes out with focus points in all four extreme corners of the frame, 99% of canonrumors posters are going to 'need' it in their cameras --- it will become a 'deal breaker'. When that happens I will be laughing at you even harder than I am today).

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