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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Has Made its Way To Retailers
« on: September 02, 2012, 12:33:29 PM »
Now I can FINALLY buy a 5DIII, woohoo!!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specs? [CR1]
« on: August 20, 2012, 03:17:29 PM »
I don't see the specs as THAT far fetched, the 7D is supposed to be the king of crop bodies.  It makes perfect sense to me that it have this kind of spec sheet.  The 61pt AF is a no brainer since it works so well in the 1 & 5 series bodies and should be exclusive to the top of the line xD series bodies and 10fps is no longer the holy grail considering the blistering performance of the 1DX.

The only unknown is the sensor.  Are we finally going to see some new tech from Canon?  The 18MP sensor has been ubiquitous among Canon crop bodies for some time now.  It makes sense to release a new higher resolution sensor on a flagship APS-C body.  Having a slightly higher MP count isn't going to matter much to Enthusiast/Pro buyers who understand the performance characteristics of FF vs Crop, but birders and those limited by reach (like myself) would certainly appreciate the upgrade, it would also be nice marketing material for amateurs who just wanna spend a bundle since Megapixels still sell cameras.

I do expect the price for this kind of performance to increase by about $1K, this is Canon we're talking about here.  Considering the recent firmware upgrades, I can't see the 7DII dropping this year.  Canon HAS to release it's high MP monster and affordable FF bodies in the Fall/Spring just to remain competitive with the dark side, so I see a 7DII as a late summer 2013 camera which is fine by me if they spend some quality time on the sensor......   

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II [CR2]
« on: August 09, 2012, 01:58:01 PM »
The 35L was next on my purchase list as I continue getting rid of all my EF-S lenses for my move to FF.  I too was hoping for an upgrade to this lens before I buy but considering the huge delays from Canon lately, I might just get the 35L I and call it a day, at least for now.  It's an amazing lens but it could definitely use an update for weather sealing, CA control and corner sharpness.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to announce medium format dslr?
« on: August 06, 2012, 12:06:28 PM »
Where would they possibly have room for a whole other camera system, especially one that might abandon the EF mount, or would be a major departure from their normal path? I can see a 40mp EF camera, no doubt...but not a whole new system.

what is the problem?
you think they can not expand the production capacity?
companys do that all the time.

if you mean room in the lineup.
well there is room for medium format.
there is enough room at the top.

that canon plays safe in the DSLR biz does not mean they can´t experiment in other areas.
the cinema systems shows that.

i would love to see a MF system from canon.. thought i don´t have much hope they will do it.

The EOS cinema line was produced because of the tremendous success Canon enjoyed in the VDSLR market, they have plenty of sales and market research to justify the investment into EOS Cinema and it cost them relatively little to add video to their EOS bodies to test that theory.  MF is still very much a small niche and there's no evidence that people would be willing to upgrade to a far more expensive camera/lens system, enthusiasts like us aside.  Expanding production capacity is not trivial, we're talking hundreds of millions of dollars and Canon just ain't that bold, they would need solid proof that they could turn a decent profit so someone will need to do it first. 

I'd love to see a more affordable MF body myself, but this is Canon we're talking about here.  :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to announce medium format dslr?
« on: August 06, 2012, 11:49:14 AM »
I find it highly unlikely unless an entire new suite of lenses were being released.  I wouldn't trust any EF lenses mounted to a MF sensor and I don't think people buying this type of camera would either, just doesn't make sense.  I agree this is probably the high MP body and it will be advertised as having MF resolution, not much different from the spin on the D800.

Canon just doesn't seem that aggressive to me, look how safe they played it with their mirrorless camera.  Now, I for one would welcome a Canon MF mirrorless, it wouldn't need to shoot at a fast fps rate (none of the MF bodies do) it would simply need to be a no holds barred IQ/resolution monster in a reasonably compact package.  That would shake things up in this industry unlike anything seen in recent years.  Honestly, I don't see it happening, but my candle is still lit for a FF mirrorless from Canon, they might have the stones to give that a try but I'm not holding my breath.

Lenses / Re: Canon at the London Summer Olympics
« on: July 31, 2012, 10:49:00 AM »
The 200-400 is not as massive as I thought it would be, looks pretty hand holdable to me. :D

Lenses / Re: New Canon 50mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 17, 2012, 12:10:53 PM »
Canon price jacking is still in full effect I see, but this lens is definitely in need of update due to it's extremely fragile focusing mechanism.  Bump the front element of the existing 50 1.4 and there's a good chance you'll need a trip to Canon.  It's well documented on the Canon forums and the reason alot of people go with the Sigma 50, but for ~$800 the replacement better be built like a tank....

EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless Update - APS-C? [CR2]
« on: July 12, 2012, 12:14:10 PM »
Great news if true, and I'll definitely give it a look although I still have a candle burning for a FF mirrorless.  I'll probably continue to sit on the sidelines until I see who decides Leica shouldn't be the only FF game in town....

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II
« on: July 03, 2012, 03:07:36 PM »
Sigh, not everyone shoots every 35mm shot at f1.4, if one's only purpose for purchasing this lens is to obliterate the background on every shot, that's certainly your prerogative but myself and many others want to the use the lens in more than that 1 limited scenario.  Corner sharpness is important to many, myself included but I won't discount those that find it unimportant as "using it wrong".  In addition to those "artistic" shots, I would use this lens to shoot low light street scenes where I would in many cases want corner to corner sharpness.  One eyelash in focus is not the be all end all of artistic composition....

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II
« on: July 02, 2012, 11:16:33 PM »
The current version is 14 years old and could benefit from Canon's new optical formulas, having used a couple of copies for various shoots, wide-open sharpness definitely has room for improvement especially in the corners.

Wide open corner sharpess on wide angle lens, LOL.

Please show me an example photo where the entire wide angle fov is OOF except the perspective distorted corner is in focus, I'm curious to see it.

Weather sealing, purple/green halo, yes.
Wide open corner? Not really. Take a look at the pathetic corner sharpess of 24L II wide open.

If you are expecting that, you are using it wrong.

Perhaps I typed it wrong, but saying I'm using it wrong is a bit of a stretch.  Wide-open sharpness and overall corner sharpness are areas that can be improved upon.  Happy now?

Also, if you venture outside the world of Canon, there are examples of optics that have stellar corner performance, I'll let you figure where those can be found....

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II
« on: July 02, 2012, 12:02:09 PM »
There isn't much room for improvement on the current version of this lens. Although Canon has been coming out with some lenses lately that are close optical perfection. I would be interested in trying this new lens out!

The current version is 14 years old and could benefit from Canon's new optical formulas, having used a couple of copies for various shoots, wide-open sharpness definitely has room for improvement especially in the corners.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Successors [CR1]
« on: June 29, 2012, 01:19:14 AM »
APS-H. Why? I really see no point in it anymore. It served a purpose when FF was wildly expensive and APS-C wasn't up to the IQ. It had an added advantage of faster frame rates and a higher useable ISO, great for low light level sports shooting. Now, with improvements in IQ in other sensor formats, the reason no longer exists for the format to hang around. It really is a no mans land for formats.

I have to respectfully disagree with you.  From my experience, APS-H IQ is far better than APS-C the latitude available in the raw files was night and day when I shot both the 1DIV and 7D.  APS-C is getting better every generation, but APS-H is still the closest you can get to FF IQ without going FF.  If you can live without the extra reach and aren't strictly posting your shots to the web, the older tech of APS-H still beats APS-C and comes very close to FF IQ.  IMO, Canon would be crazy to shelve such good tech, but stranger things have happened in the past....

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Successors [CR1]
« on: June 28, 2012, 07:07:40 PM »
I keep saying APS-H is just too good to shelve.  It doesn't give up very much to the 5DIII sensor as it is.  I wouldn't hesitate to add a 1.3 7D to my stable.  :)

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS [CR2]
« on: June 26, 2012, 11:43:10 AM »
While I see the usefulness of this lens and the merit in giving it an update, I doubt I'd be a potential customer.  Assuming the FF 5DIII I'm about to purchase, I'd still be using my 70-200 & 1.4 TC for everything up to 280mm going between f2.8 and a still relatively large f4 aperture.  I would only end up using this lens from 280-400 and I'm sure it's already at f5.6 by then, if I'm shooting birds and other wildlife, I think the cheaper 400 5.6 would be a more suitable and affordable option.  This lens doesn't seem like much of a value for my needs if the price is over $2K.

On the other hand, something like a 300-500 f4-f5.6 is something I would save my pennies for.  It would of course be ridiculously expensive, but I think it would be a far more useful range.  Especially for birding and safari type scenarios where more reach is always better.  As of right now, I'm still saving my pennies for the 400 2.8 II which was crafted by god himself.  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: 4 More DSLRs Coming in 2012? [CR2]
« on: June 13, 2012, 09:50:27 AM »
Well let's see, I currently own a 450D and a gripped 7D and I've even got a few shots over in the gallery section of this forum with a 1DIV.

I'll more than likely pick up a 5DIII early next month so I guess the answer to your question would be yes, I've used more than a rebel.  Having said that, I still enjoy using my rebel when I want a lightweight kit, which is why I didn't sell it when I bought the 7D last year. 

Believe it or not, some people actually like the smaller form factor and yes the cheaper price of the rebel bodies and since you're so experienced, you know the IQ is pretty much identical between the 2 ranges.

And yes I think you were trying to be a dick..lol!!  Unfortunately, that's not something that phases me. ;)

    • the 70D is coming because the T4i now has virtually the same specs as the 60D, no reason whatsoever to buy a 60D anymore and Canon knows it.  It will probably get the 7D 19pt AF, 8 FPS and the new 18MP sensor from the T4i.  I'm guessing $1200 - $1500

    I'd rather have a 60D over a T4i/650D. Have you used anything other than a Rebel before? Serious question and I'm not trying to be a d*ck. The size, build quality and lack of function is just terrible compared to everything else above it. The dentist excites me more than the new 650D.

I read it that what D_Rochat was trying to say was that in his opinion that although on paper the 650D looks good, he would buy the 60D

No need to get rude about it just because he has a different opinion than you

He asked a question, I answered it.  Not sure how my comment could be interpreted as rude.  Maybe I should have prefaced it with "I'm not trying to be a dick or anything"..lol[/list]

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