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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How long until the next FF body? Or buy now?
« on: November 16, 2014, 06:38:08 AM »
You should buy now.

Reading internet forums like this, you might think that the next camera will be lightyears ahead of what's available now.  With high expectations like this, it's no wonder that the internet crowd is disappointed every time a new camera comes out.  Case in point the 7D2. 

In reality, CMOS technology has matured.  While manufacturers like Canon are still able to produce marginal improvements, step-changes like 10D-20D and 30D-40D are a thing of the past.  I'm sure the 6D2 and 5D4 will create disappointment in the internet forums.  I'm also quite sure that they'll be awesome cameras, just like their predecessors.  And I'm also quite sure you'll have a hard time, looking at screen images or prints, telling which camera a certain image came from.

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EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 16, 2014, 03:29:11 AM »
Dear Santa, ehm, Canon:

I want a full-frame sensor in a Rebel body.  Essentially the 6D sensor in a 700D, plastic body and pentamirror.  For under 1200 USD, please.  Light, under-the-radar travel camera capable of working with the whole EF gamut, from little pancakes to big whites.  A Rebel with 6D IQ.  Now that would be nice.
But, Canon 6d currently is a Rebel full frame. ???
Only has not the price and size of a Rebel. ::)

To fit the size of T5i, this hypothetical camera would be mirrorless.


My old film Rebel was pretty small and light.  It had a full-size mirror...

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8 with T3i or 70-200 f/4 with 7d II
« on: November 16, 2014, 03:18:08 AM »
I recommend against a f/4 zoom for indoor work.  It is simply too slow.

Are you sure 70-200 is the correct range?  How close can you get to the ring?  Maybe a prime such as 50/1.4 or 85/1.8 or 100/2 is a better choice.  Primes are inexpensive and offer more than a stop improvement over f/2.8 zooms.  Since most of the action takes place in the center of a wrestling ring, and as a result the focusing distance won't vary much, I would think that a prime (or two) may very well be a workable solution. 

As for focusing, it is my experience that low f-stop lenses focus better in low (artificial) light than slow lenses.  This is a larger factor than the lens manufacturer in my experience.

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EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 15, 2014, 05:52:06 AM »
Dear Santa, ehm, Canon:

I want a full-frame sensor in a Rebel body.  Essentially the 6D sensor in a 700D, plastic body and pentamirror.  For under 1200 USD, please.  Light, under-the-radar travel camera capable of working with the whole EF gamut, from little pancakes to big whites.  A Rebel with 6D IQ.  Now that would be nice.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II: More High ISO Samples
« on: September 28, 2014, 06:16:39 AM »
What about low iso.  My 7D is noisy at 100 iso.  Any improvement?

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Canon General / Re: Another Canon Medium Format Mention
« on: August 11, 2014, 12:00:26 PM »
On a sensor doubled in size by a factor 2 (crop factor 0.5) a lens 100mm f 2.8 delivers the same picture like a 50mm f1.4 lens on FF.
No, it'll be like a 50/5.6.  The light is spread out.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSRL Camera for travel
« on: August 02, 2014, 02:46:36 AM »
Skip the ultrazoom and get a 18-55 STM and 55-250 STM.  Much better performance for less money.  Enjoy your travels.

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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 01, 2014, 11:42:18 AM »
Least used piece of gear at the moment?  Sadly, my Elan 7E   :-[

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 31, 2014, 12:24:02 PM »
The single most interesting thing is going to be the sensor in the new camera.

I disagree.  I think the 7D2 will be all about 4k video.  There will be new digic chip(s) to make that happen.

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zzzzz.  Wake me up when they add tilt-shift.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 Di VC USD
« on: March 09, 2014, 04:28:02 PM »
Interesting.

The Tamron at 400/5.6 looks a lot sharper and contrastier than the Canon 100-400 at 400/5.6
However, the Tamron at 600/8 looks weaker than a Canon 100-400 with a 1.4x TC

So, by inference: will the Tamron at 400 mm with a 1.4x TC attached outperform a Tamron set to 600 mm without the TC?

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Lenses / Re: Is There a Definitive "Best" Landscape Lens for Crop?
« on: January 31, 2014, 03:05:52 PM »
Sigma 8-16 or Tokina 11-16/2.8

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Anyone notice this?

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every lens is tested with Sigma’s proprietary modulation transfer function (MTF) “A1” measuring system before being shipped.

I think Sigma is really stepping it up.
First came adjustable focus - i.e. goodbye frontfocus problems.
Now: Goodbye decentering problems.
and at $900 this lens will be sharp and it'll have wonderful bokeh.  I have no doubts.
I think Sigma will be the new Zeiss - i.e. a premium 3rd party brand.



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Lenses / Re: New lenses ($6800 budget)
« on: January 05, 2014, 11:52:01 AM »
Canon 15-85, Canon 100-400 L, Canon 100/2.8 L, Sigma 85/1.4 or Sigma 50/1.4

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Lenses / Re: Another strike against UV filters
« on: December 18, 2013, 02:16:43 PM »
I crashed my car and my seatbelt left a bruise.  Another strike against seatbelts!

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