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EOS Bodies / Re: The last Canon crop sensor - ever
« on: August 10, 2013, 05:00:47 AM »
Here we go again.

Ever since the APSC-sized sensors came out, people have been wondering if it's just a stop gap, something that's gonna go away in a short while.  Well guess what, it hasn't.

APSC is popular.  Manufacturers keep making more and keep selling more of them.  That's because people like the format.  APSC is the new 35 mm.

I'm not sure that its correct to say that APS-C is reason these cameras are popular.  It's the price point that is popular.  So long as the mainstream public will accept spending $x on a camera that produces acceptable exposures, then the camera manufacturers will do all they can to exploit that market - which is what they should be doing.  There is always a market for the best.  It is usually a smaller, more expensive market and it's what typically separates the Pro's from the Enthusiasts.  I don't think that APS-C is going away so long as the mainstream public accepts the price point.

Now, what I do think would be a problem is if we come to a point where APS-C quality can match that of full frame.  Not a good strategy for the camera companies.  You would level the playing field between the pro's and enthusiasts (not artistically of course), and you could not charge beyond what the mainstream public is willing to offer.  Why would a pro buy a more expensive camera if the quality was the same, and why would the mainstream public pay more than they already do.

What a lot of people want - myself included - is a camera that produces great colors, and sharp enlargements to 12"x18".  Digital APSC cameras do just that. 

Little point-n-shoots produce flat colors and blow out highlights, and digital 35 mm is beyond the point of diminishing returns for most folks. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: The last Canon crop sensor - ever
« on: August 09, 2013, 03:49:13 PM »
Here we go again.

Ever since the APSC-sized sensors came out, people have been wondering if it's just a stop gap, something that's gonna go away in a short while.  Well guess what, it hasn't.

APSC is popular.  Manufacturers keep making more and keep selling more of them.  That's because people like the format.  APSC is the new 35 mm.


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Software & Accessories / Re: What size RAW should I shoot at?
« on: August 03, 2013, 03:47:07 AM »
Yes I'm beginning to see a sort of pattern of 10 commandments forming on CR.

Number 1 would be:

Buy a 135L ; it'll change your life.

And 2 is definitely:

Only ever shoot in full raw.
 ;D

and commandment #3: Thou shalt print thy pictures.

Why else buy a 6D?

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 24-70 f/2 OS HSM Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 30, 2013, 11:28:50 AM »
Very unlikely.  But it'd be cool if they could pull it off.  With a matching 70-200/2 OS.  ;)

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Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: July 30, 2013, 11:21:00 AM »
For me, outdoors = AV, indoors = M

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Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 50 f/1.8 IS
« on: July 24, 2013, 03:58:10 PM »
I really don't get the "IS is for video" thing.  Video clips typically last several seconds, and IS won't hold an image that long.  If you shoot video and care about quality, you use a tripod.

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I may sell my Canon 17-55/2.8 to get this lens.  I'm very interested.  T-stop of 1.8.  They weren't fibbing....

The F-stop is 1.8, the T-stop will probably be in the 2-2.1 neighborhood, possibly 2.2 with that many elements.
DXO measured 1.8

Yes I too was expecting about 2.2

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Bad Rumor.

1.8 + OS = dont think so!!!!
That's my first reaction too.

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I may sell my Canon 17-55/2.8 to get this lens.  I'm very interested.  T-stop of 1.8.  They weren't fibbing....

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Lenses / Re: Lens recomendation for infant passport photo
« on: July 21, 2013, 04:26:32 PM »
A passport photo is 2x3 inches.  The lens doesn't matter.  However correct pose and lighting are paramount - if they are wrong the photo will be rejected.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fantasy Dayhiking Kit
« on: July 21, 2013, 04:19:25 AM »
Drebel with a FF sensor (plastic body, pentamirror = lightweight)
Canon 14-24/2.8
100-400/4.5-5.6 L IS mk2.

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Lenses / Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« on: July 20, 2013, 03:04:25 PM »
Canon 17-40/L, when used as an UWA on FF gear, not as a standard lens on crop.
Why do you say this? I use the 17-40 as a standard lens on crop and it performs very well for the most part IMO, as I understand it it's biggest weakness is used at the wide end without stopping down on FF. Using it on crop negates most of this issue.
The 17-40 is Canon's best full frame WA zoom.

I'm using a 17-40L on crop as a standard zoom because I plan (for CR regulars yes, really :-p) to upgrade to ff sometime and most of all the L is sturdy and sealed which makes a great difference because I regularly shoot in snow and dusty/dirty outdoor conditions. Just be sure to replace the lens hood with a 83J...

... however @f4 the 17-40L is clearly lacking in sharpness and except for the above reasons I really wouldn't recommend it on crop, even though it has a very good price nowadays esp. with Canon cashback rebates.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=100&Camera=453&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=100&Sample=0&CameraComp=736&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0
Sure, it works as a standard zoom on crop.  But used this way I wouldn't call it a "sleeper lens".

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Lenses / Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« on: July 20, 2013, 04:36:40 AM »
Canon 55-250/4-5.6 IS

Excellent little lens! I just sold mine because of disuse (but the 400D I used it on has been replaced with a Sony NEX).

Yes it's a good lens.  I have messed around with quite a few starter telephoto lenses over the years, and this is the only one that does not disappoint.  It's no L lens, but it's decently sharp optically.  Just stop down a little when at the long end.  The 5x zoom and low weight make it a great choice for lightweight travel, hiking, and other uses in strong light.  I have a 2'x3' canvas wrap printed from a photo taken with this lens, and it looks like it was taken with far more expensive and bulky gear.




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Lenses / Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« on: July 19, 2013, 03:17:28 PM »
Canon 85/1.8
Tamron 90/2.8 macro
Tamron 17-50/2.8 non-VC
Canon 55-250/4-5.6 IS
Canon 50/1.4
Canon 70-200/4 non-IS
Canon 17-40/L, when used as an UWA on FF gear, not as a standard lens on crop.
Canon 15/2.8 fisheye

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