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EOS Bodies / Re: Who is waiting for Canon Mirrorless?
« on: May 26, 2012, 09:02:17 AM »
I would be interested in playing around with a mirrorless body only if it were EF compatible. I don't want to add a whole new system of lenses.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 4D full frame
« on: May 25, 2012, 11:57:57 AM »
From what I read at the bottom of your posts, you guys own a lot of gear, but considering the uselessness and waste of time of the discussion you're having, not that many clients to use it for!!!


Wouldn't your post be considered even more of a waste of time then? And you know time is money...

EOS Bodies / Re: Who said 5D mkiii is NOT sharp...
« on: May 25, 2012, 10:30:53 AM »
The 5D mkiii has lots of nice, new, sleek, ergonomic curves- it's not sharp any place I can see :)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 4D full frame
« on: May 25, 2012, 10:24:27 AM »
I believe the number "4" is bad and usually skipped in Japanese culture. Not sure of the validity of that statement, I just think I read that in a few places.

Makes sense, Lumix went from the LX3 to the LX5, and the gf3 to the gf5.

So we should probably take the 4 off the table.

Also, like others have said, a lower number indicates higher end model.

I still see a 10-1 difference in Canon to Nikon with people carrying DSLRs around NYC.

Nikon is being aggressive because they NEED to win back some of the market Canon dominates.

Canon is continuing to evolve their brand as the world evolves to a more multi-media driven place. The EOS brand now includes cinema cameras. I think it's fair to say, Canon & Nikon are evolving in different ways. Neither is right or wrong.

Choose to tools that best suits your needs. It's doesn't have to always be a fanboy battle.

I have no problem with people moving to Nikon. However I do think that the constant putting down of Canon to justify moving to Nikon with so called 'facts' to justify their move is not appropriate on a Canon Rumours forum. I dont logon to this forum to join in with speculation/rumours about Nikon kit.

You dont hear me critisicing Canon, Nikon or any of the other manufacturers. I have a lot of old kit which one might say is ready for replacement (from a technology point of view).

I dont say that the 5DIII is overpriced - that is a purely subjective point of view.

I dont say that the D800 is a great camera and the 5DIII is rubbish because again that is a purely subjective point of view

I cannot even say that I will upgrade 'to get the best' because I am nowhere near achieving the potential from my existing kit (even though I could fancy the latest and greatist and upgrade)

Older technologies still deliver, and deliver cheaply. My 1Ds3 is now worth about the same as a new 5DII. I would consider the 1DS3 an upgrade from a 5DII -  for my photographic needs. In fact I did upgrade my 5DII to the 1DS3 when I heard the 5DIII specification - because it met my needs better. When making the decision it was made entirely on the basis of the offering from Canon. I am not angry or disappointed with Canon because the 5DIII did not meet my needs. If none of the offerings met my needs I would have had 3 options:

1. Not upgrading - the 5DII gave high IQ images, so from that point of view I didn't need to upgrade. I did loads of weddings and christenings with it without a problem

2. Wait to see if anything else was coming along - the existing kit still gave the same good IQ

3. See if any other manufacturers offerings met my needs. Unlike most, I have bought most of my kit used so I would not 'lose' a lot of money on the existing kit. Obviously moving manufacturer is a lot more than buying a new camera.

It would have been sad to move away from Canon because I have nearly 20 year experience with them - but to feel angy or disappointed with them - definitely not. And I wouldn't vent my anger against them on a Canon Forum either as they have given me a good ride for 20 years. Switching camps is one thing, abusing the other camp is another.

I have 3 cameras and a bunch of lens that are outdated but they are upto anything I would like to do.

I wonder whether sometimes people upgrade because they believe that it is the kit which is as fault rather than their ability. I bought the best kit I could afford and then started working on getting the best images and I know I haven't got there yet - I wish sometimes other people in my position would focus on improving their photographic skills rather than moan about their kit and say how the latest will improve their photos - when in fact after upgrading they just churn out the same old photos they did on their old kit - and then vent their anger at the manufacturers about the poor kit.

The 7D 'soft focus' issue was 90% user error IMHO. I have 'fixed' so many 7D's which were 'rubbish' - the 7D I have at the moment I got cheap because it 'had the problem'. It is a cracking little camera, spot on AF and decent IQ. Yet Canon got so much stick because of this. This is another case of mass hysteria - one or two people got a faulty AF unit - and vented their anger long and loud on the forums so that suddenly all the useless owners thought they had the same problem and they vented their anger on the forums until it sprialled nearly out of control. Shades of the 5DIII 'light leak' methinks.

Bottom line is:

If you dont like the offering dont buy it
If you dont like the offering it isn't the manufacturers fault
If enough people dont like the offerings then the manufacturers will offer something else or go bust


I think a lot of the complainers are more into the toys, tech, comparing specs & reading charts. They need the higher ISO IQ and improved dynamic range to photograph the back of their lens cap and brick walls.

It's a shame how this forum has degraded so quickly, it used to be a place to share in a positive way.

Bodies come and go. Canon glass is great.

PowerShot / Re: Can't wait for D20
« on: May 24, 2012, 11:46:26 AM »
@pdirestajr - great shots!  My "deadline" for the D20 is well passed and I went with the S100 instead, but after seeing these shots I still may want to pick up a D20.  Thanks for sharing!

Thanks! I think I'm the only person that bought this camera. I don't use point & shoots often, so the D20 with it's added benefits made sense for me.

There is also the benefit that the APS-C sensor shoots the "sweet spot" of the lens. So you can use old lenses like the 35mm f/2.0 and get a super sharp image across the frame! On a FF, it may get a bit ugly in the corners.

That's true, but it's really a strange argument if you think about it. You probably could built an older ef lens cheaper as ef-s without the non-used non-"sweet spot" glass around the center. It might not make such a difference and it depends on the zoom range, but with ef lenses on aps-c you're carrying dead weight.

I think Canon should take a leaf out of Nikon's book and allow EF-S lenses to fit full frame cameras, using a discrete part of the sensor - the APS-C part.

However, it seems Nikon users don't really use that option much, they seem to use fx glass on a fx sensor. For this and marketing reasons, I guess there's no way Canon will follow this path, though it would be handy if engineered with no additional cost.

I agree. Wasn't using it as an argument. I shoot crop & FF and they both have their advantages. I just like being able to use my EF lenses on my EOS-3, 5Dii & 7D with different benefits on all.

IF I shot my 35mm f/2 on my 5D, I'd probably want to crop it more often to eliminate issues- losing tons of pixies. On my 7D, it's cropped without the loss. Benefit.

I don't buy APS-C lenses cause I use more FF cameras- & I like the flexibility of bringing out 2 bodies, and interchanging lenses.

Lenses / Re: Canon 35mm f/2 vs Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 vs Canon f/2.8
« on: May 24, 2012, 11:28:54 AM »
I have another question: I intend to sell my Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 to buy Canon 35mm f/2 for portrait shoots (separation of subject from background is important to me). However, I don't know if f/2 of the 35mm can create shallow DoF like (or better than) the 55-250mm with long focal length or not?

I use crop sensor and don't want to move to far from subject so the 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4 or longer focal length are not suitable for me.

Any advice for me on that? Thank you very much!

Are you talking about shallow DOF, or the bokeh quality and compression of the blurred background?

The telephoto Zoom at it's longest @ f/5.6 will be more blurred that the 35mm @ f/2.

But there are a lot of factors involved:
- camera Distance from subject
- aperture used
- focal length
- background distance to subject

Here are 2 shots since I had the 55-250 a long time ago, and still use & love my 35mm f/2.0.

This shot is the EF-S 55-250mm @ 232mm f/5.6:

green army man by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

And this shot is the 35mm f/2 wide open:

Lex 39 weeks by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

In the bottom photo, the background is across the street (pretty far), but still a TON of detail. Since I wanted this shot to still show the city, it worked for me.

The top photo was just a walk around street shot.

Lenses / Calumet tax free!
« on: May 24, 2012, 11:13:13 AM »
Just got an email that Calumet is offering tax free discounts on all Canon lenses & Speedlights in addition to the current instant rebates. Oh, and free shipping.

Pretty good offer till June 2nd. Just thought I'd pass it on to anyone who might have missed it.

I'm in the US, not sure what the deal is worldwide as it was a Memorial Day email.

There is also the benefit that the APS-C sensor shoots the "sweet spot" of the lens. So you can use old lenses like the 35mm f/2.0 and get a super sharp image across the frame! On a FF, it may get a bit ugly in the corners.

PowerShot / Re: Which Canon Point and shoot??
« on: May 23, 2012, 09:29:38 AM »
I'd go with a Canon S95. Bought one for my wife for X-Mas and she loves it. She doesn't know much about photography, but she did notice that the S95 can actually take indoor photos of our daughter that weren't blurry! Her camera phone and older Point-and-shoot couldn't do that.

... and how "basic" the 5Dii was. Of course the 5Dii's sensor is beautiful and beats the 7D's.

I totally don't understand how anyone can say the 5DIII was a "small" upgrade! It has upgraded basically EVERYTHING.

for sure thats why i've got a bright screen for my 5dmk2 and it's getting used with my manual focus lenses now
its a pretty sweet combo
the mk3 is just so much better handling than the mk ii

That's exactly why I bought a 5Dii too! First thing I did was buy the better focusing screen and slapped my manual lenses on it. Great combo. Beautiful images.

PowerShot / Re: Can't wait for D20
« on: May 23, 2012, 01:00:59 AM »
The D20 is my new summer toy. Just broke it in on a trip to Turks & Caicos. It passes in my book.

Bring it in the pool:

Pool View by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Or the ocean:

Violet Sky by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Blue by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Macro is decent:

Lizard by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

It even handles shooting into the sun.

Sunset Pier by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Pier Walk by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Sunset Girls by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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