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Lenses / Re: What has become of the long-rumored Canon 50mm IS?
« on: April 18, 2014, 05:59:07 PM »
It's got engaged to the 7D II

At this rate, it is going to be a "White Wedding"

Lenses / Re: What has become of the long-rumored Canon 50mm IS?
« on: April 18, 2014, 12:49:34 PM »
Me too.  I just wish they'd announce something about this lens.  The 50mm spot has such a weird confluence of lenses in Canon's lineup.  I want to retire my nifty-fifty but I don't know where to turn on this.

Black & White / Re: Antananarivo - landscapes & streets
« on: April 18, 2014, 10:38:43 AM »
Beautiful!  I never thought to try any of my Madagascar shots as black and white, because everything there is so colorful.  Will have to look through and try some.

Canon General / Re: "MAP" pricing....How long will it last????
« on: April 16, 2014, 02:48:40 PM »
My biggest complaint with the MAP game is that Canon is treating it as completely arbitrary.  One week, MAP is strictly enforced and the price on gear is ridiculously high.  Then they run rebates and everything is moderately priced.  Then they let people run double-dips on a few items and there are great deals.  Next, back to MSRP.  Didn't get in the door fast enough on that great deal?  Too bad, maybe next time.  Forget to mail in your rebate?  Tough. 

As noted above, MAP is not designed to save the "mom and pop" camera stores.  Those are closing anyway.  Even if Canon and Nikon banded together on this, there is too much profit on showrooming and accessory sales being lost to the internet.  The last time I popped into a Ritz camera here, before they closed, they had an entirely random assortment of crop zoom lenses and bodies, and that was it.  They were pushing cell phones, cases, bags, frames, anything but cameras and lenses.  If they don't want to give the big retailers larger bulk discounts, then don't.  But quit playing games with the pricing to the consumer.

Software & Accessories / Re: {Resolved} Please be a simple fix...
« on: April 04, 2014, 01:07:07 PM »
OMG I love the suggestion of your first pic being of a clock in the new time zone.  How easy is that, at the airport or the train station?  Can't believe I never thought of it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Not sure which Canon body to get
« on: April 04, 2014, 01:04:54 PM »
FYI, I jumped from a Rebel to a 6D and the difference really stands out.  You'll get a kick out of it.

Good suggestions above.  Start with the practical and just keep shooting as much as you can right now.  Lens cleaner -- easy way is to use a little blower to remove dust, then use a Zeiss wet wipe and a microfiber cloth to dry. 

UV or clear filters can be used for protection, but a cheap filter will reduce the quality of your images.  A good filter can cost almost as much as some inexpensive lenses, so some people only buy the expensive protection filters for their more expensive lenses.  A circular polarizer is a good idea for outdoor shots and to reduce reflections (glass, water, etc).  If you are going to spend good money on a quality CP filter, it is best to buy a large one and then buy "step-up" rings to fit it to the filter diameter of your smaller lenses.  Neutral density filters (solid or gradient) reduce the amount of light that enters your lens, allowing you to use a wider aperture for shallower depth of field or a slower shutter speed.  CP and ND filters take practice.

It is hard to suggest a bag when you don't know what type of gear you'll be bringing, but for the camera and 18-55, a Zing wrap works really well until you do.  You can throw the combo into a backpack or something until you know where you're going in terms of extra lenses, etc. 

A good neck strap is also well worth the money, consider straps (Optech, Tamrac) that have quick releases so you can remove the strap when packing or shooting on the tripod. 

A tripod is also good in general (for travelling, that is your call).  Get a fluid-head if you want to shoot smooth panning (i.e. videos), or get a ball-head if you are basically looking for stills.  In terms of quick-release tripod heads and camera plates, everything is brand specific except for those that refer to "Arca Swiss."  AS is a brand but also a type of dovetail that is basically public domain and so lots of manufacturers use it.  Also something that you can find lower-cost options on Amazon.  Some tripods come with heads, some are just legs and you buy the head separately.

A remote release is a good idea.  The wired ones are best, but the wireless remotes can be used for selfies.  (I have a Canon brand wireless and a generic wired remote with a built-in intervalometer...)

As for lenses, lots of people here will spend your money very quickly.  If you are new to photography, you can do a lot with the modern "kit" lenses (18-55, 55-250, 18-135).  Plus they are lightweight and easy to carry around.  The best camera is the one you have with you -- and use.  There are some inexpensive lenses that are a lot of fun, especially the 50mm 1.8 and the 40mm 2.8.  The 50 is a little older and a little bit longer, but it lets in more light and creates a shallower "depth of field," meaning more blurry out-of-focus backgrounds (often called "bokeh").  The 40 is newer, smaller, quieter, focuses a little more closely, and has a slightly wider field of view.  The 28mm 1.8 or 35mm 2.0 (not the IS version) can be had used for a little bit more than that, and they make a good "normal" lens with a wide aperture like the nifty 50.  It is hard to find an ultra-wide lens for APS-C (or "crop") sensors, but the 10-22 is well liked and can be found somewhat inexpensively used.  These can make for nice landscape photos, but you can do those with the 18mm end of your zoom, too.  If you are into taking pictures of flowers, bugs, etc, consider a macro lens (50mm 2.5, 60mm 2.8, 100mm 2.8 ).  Look at completed listings on eBay to get a good idea of used prices.  The third party manufacturers make a lot of lenses, too, but I don't have much experience with that.  If you are just starting out, consider a standard zoom (your 18-55), a telephoto zoom (55-250 or 70-300), and a fast "normal" lens (28/35 on crop). 

You have a pop-up flash on your Rebel, and that will work for "fill flash."  Consider buying a "Gary Fong Puffer" for your pop-up.  It is a lightweight and easy way to soften the light and avoid the "deer in the headlights" look.  The next step up is something like the 430EXII which has a swivel and lets you bounce the light around a modify it. 

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Technical Report
« on: April 03, 2014, 10:33:06 AM »
I've had my MK I for about 1-1/2 years now, it is the wife's camera, and it gets used fairly often.
The issue of the poor viewfinder was not really well addressed, buying a optional viewfinder for $200 or $300 is not a option for us.
The lack of close focusing seems to have been improved.
The poor lens cover has not been improved.  We bought a third party adapter that works well.
No touch screen, or dual pixel AF, both of which I would make use of.  The Wi-Fi would get used.
I managed to score on a rebate deal with my MK I unit, paying about $100 after all the rebates, I don't expect to ever see a deal like that again.

I agree that the viewfinder issue is not resolved, but I just don't think that many people use them anymore.  I agree, it should have had the dual pixel AF.  Guess they have to save something for the MkIII. 

Two things I wanted to point out -- It does have a touchscreen on the LCD, and the detachable lens cover has been replaced with an attached shutter.  It looks like a beefier version of the one on my wife's new SX280HS.  If you add the filter adapter, you're back to using clip-ons, of course, but I thought this was an acceptable upgrade.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Advice for New Camera
« on: April 02, 2014, 04:14:45 PM »
For starting out in DSLR video, the 70D is supposed to be the best bet for crop sensor cameras.  It is more expensive than the 60D or the Rebel series but it has a much different kind of autofocus system that is optimized for autofocus while shooting video.  All are good cameras but this is a major benefit.  The 60D is at a low point in its price cycle.  The Rebel series are generally replaced every year, although the t3i is a freak that continues to hang on.  Some people will tell you that you have to buy a full-frame camera, but this is a significant investment and not necessary right away.

For lenses, consider those with "STM" in the name.  The STM motor is supposed to be quieter and smoother focusing during video.  That would mean choosing the 40mm f/2.8 STM over the older and noisier 50mm f/1.8.    The "nifty fifty" does allow more light in, but keeping focus on a living subject at an aperture wider than f/2.8 is quite difficult.  There are a number of STM lenses now, an 18-55, a 55-250, and an 18-135.  These are all supposedly improvements over the prior non-STM versions.  All of these except the 40 feature image stabilization.

There are also new prime lenses that feature image-stabilization but not STM, the 24mm, 28mm, and 35mm IS.  They use a different kind of motor that is similarly quiet and smooth focusing.  Optically, they are reported to be very good lenses for their cost.

If you are used to the zoom and autofocus of your camcorder, you may wish to get started with an 18-55 or 18-135 STM kit lens and see what focal lengths you prefer to use when shooting before you purchase a prime lens. 

Some folks will tell you to buy new or vintage manual focus lenses so that you can manually control aperture and focus.  Although there is a benefit to that, you may not be ready for that level of commitment.    If you are doing run-and-gun documentary style video, autofocus can be a help.  If you are doing art videos or controlled narrative shooting, manual focus may be possible.

EDIT:  If I were getting started, I would choose the 70D, the 18-135 IS STM, and the 40mm, and use those before I made my decision on investing more money into prime lenses.

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Technical Report
« on: April 02, 2014, 10:39:23 AM »
I am looking for a small camera to always carry around, which is not my 1D-X or 5D Mark III, but which still delivers image quality I can enjoy. I have been pondering purchasing the EOS-M, but the EOS-M Mark II rumors have effectively kept me from investing into that system. I am also not very keen on using interchangeable lenses on this type of small camera and this is where the G1-X Mark II becomes really attractive for me, because it covers a focal-length range I consider sufficient.

Then I think you'll be happy with G1XII.  The Mark I is totally an everyday camera, and the features they are upgrading will make the Mark II even better.  The size is a little chunky.  I throw mine in a backpack, packed in a decently compact case that lets you carry it on its own (Case Logic DCB-303 Vertical Flash Camcorder Case http://amzn.com/B0039BPG1U). 

Is it just me, or does this press release sound like an April Fool's post? 

"enables shots to be taken four centimeters closer than with rival lens models, an advantage for camera operators working in tight locations such as studio spaces or on-site home-improvement reality television locations"

"enables news shooters to capture “head and shoulders” shots from distances further away than previously possible"

"Other important changes in the Canon HJ18ex7.6B portable HD zoom lens that further enhance user convenience include . . . deletion of the glossy logo plate"

Given the recent arrests of baggage handlers and TSA personnel for theft, I don't know that flagging your baggage as containing a firearm would be much help.

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Technical Report
« on: March 31, 2014, 10:26:50 AM »
As somebody who enjoys the G1X already, I can honestly say that this Mark II looks like it will be even better all around.  Just looking at the lens specs and minimum focusing distances on that table makes me want to check my bank account.  But since I already have the first, I'll have to wait a bit until the early adopter premium drops out. 

How does your G1X compare in image quality to your 6D plus comparable lenses? I am looking forward to purchase the G1X Mark II once it comes out and am curious to learn about your experiences with the previous model.

I've never done a side-by-side comparison, but you're never going to get the two confused.  For one, the lens on the original G1X has relatively small minimum apertures, so, when you combine that with the smaller-than-APSC sensor, you don't get much in the way of shallow depth of field.  Plus, the low-light ISO performance of the 6D's sensor is amazing.  The original G1X does well in low light, but it is not comparable and the autofocus really struggles.  These are two things that will probably be much better on the G1X Mark II.  The lens already has faster minimum apertures, so that will help reduce depth of field.  I am guessing the autofocus will be better, at least because it will have more light to work with.

Really though, you're comparing apples to oranges.  You can't expect the same performance from these two types of cameras.  You just have to choose the right one for the job.  If there is a fixed lens point and shoot out there that compares to the 6D, it probably has the price tag to match. 

PowerShot / Re: The manual for the G1 X mark II is published
« on: March 25, 2014, 04:30:00 PM »
it might ongoing issue mentioned in another thread - bad translation

This isn't Yongnuo we're talking about.


Last report was that the imaging division was going to do $14 billion in global sales, with $2 billion in profit, and gained market share in the US.  I find it hard to believe that they can't find enough translators and proofreaders to fix this stuff.  Lay people on the internet spot it within a few hours of the manual being posted.  Not to mention the glaring omission of the ST-E3-RT.  You can't tell me the manual got greenlit for publication before the ST-E3-RT was publicly announced.

I think the company's attitude is that they would rather put out misleading information rather than risk accidentally "leaking" anything that might be considered a roadmap to future plans or equipment compatibility. 

Compare it to the recent interview talking about the EOS M.  The guy in Japan said the M2 is coming to the US, then Canon USA said it isn't.  And where is the 11-22 EF-M lens?  They know we can purchase it via DigitalRev or elsewhere, but they won't "support" it in the US?  Come on. 

I don't know why I'm complaining.  I don't have any budget to buy new gear anyway. 

PowerShot / Re: The manual for the G1 X mark II is published
« on: March 25, 2014, 01:57:06 PM »
Love that I can use my 600EX-RT's with this baby, only...

"Wireless operation of the Speedlite 600EX-RT is not supported."


It would be tempting to think that maybe what Canon really means is that the on-board flash cannot be used as a master.  But then one would have to wonder why the ST-E2 is listed as compatible and the ST-E3 is not listed at all.  Apparently optical wireless is supported while RF wireless is not—even though the ST-E3 was available at retail before the G1X II was even on the drawing board.

I would think that they mean the G1XII can't serve as a radio master to the 600E-RT.  And it also seems like the G1XII can't serve as an optical master on its own (even though it should), although it can with the 580, 600, and ST-E2.  And I assume that it can work with an attached ST-E3 or 600EX-RT to use them as radio masters.  But none of that is clear. 

It reminds me about their little blurb in announcing the new MR-14 II where they said it could remotely control a 600.  The implication being that it was an RT master, when the reality is that it is an optical master and can consequently remotely control lots of flashes in addition to the 600. 

Either Canon wants to play silly little games about their flashes or they just can't write this stuff clearly. 

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