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Lenses / Re: New Unique Macro Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 08, 2015, 05:25:14 PM »
A zoom macro would be my guess and would probably be the most useful. It would be easier to frame close up subjects more precisely than having to move a tripod back and forth. Either that of a TS-e macro to get more DOF up close.

A 2:1 macro could be useful too, but that's already possible with various combinations of tubes and/or tc's with certain lenses.

A 200 f2 DO macro? That sounds like a gimmick that nobody would buy. It would cost at least $5K probably. There's not enough DOF at f2 at 200mm and 1:1 to be worthwhile.

Lenses / Re: A New Nifty Fifty Coming [CR1]
« on: February 04, 2015, 02:25:58 PM »
Like a lot of others I was really hoping for a standard 50mm with IS at least of the quality and speed of the 35 f2 IS. Why doesn't Canon make any lens at all in the standard focal lengths between 35mm and 70mm with IS faster than some f4 zooms? It doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

Lenses / Re: Shootout: EF 16-35 f/4L IS vs EF 17-40 f/4L
« on: September 28, 2014, 12:51:24 PM »
I enjoyed the review.
Just wondering if you had the time to breath.. ::) goes so fast.  :)

My sentiments exactly. I would have enjoyed watching the video more if it was a few seconds longer and even slight pauses were in there to breathe. I get the impression that it was just put together in fragments and that wasn't taken into consideration. Nobody can physically talk like that non stop, so it can be uncomfortable to listen to at times.

Otherwise an excellent review.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1D Mark IV Prices Dropping?
« on: July 01, 2014, 11:38:14 PM »
I don't see any more or less 1D Mark IV's for sale or any lowering of the price recently. Where are you looking?  It seems that their price is what it has been for quite a while, in the mid $2k's to lower $3k's depending on condition and number of actuations.  I doubt that any news of an upcoming 7D replacement would have any impact whatsoever on their price. I would guess that most (I didn't say all) current owners of a 1D4 have at least tried the current 7D at some point and aren't especially interested in exploring that line any further. There are a lot more used 1DX's out there now and a lot more deals on gray market 1DX's, but as canonistic mentioned, the next 1DX may just be around the corner.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS-1D X Body $5099
« on: June 20, 2014, 11:54:52 PM »
I've seen a lot of $5,000 deals lately, either sales are poor and dealers have to dump them, or Canon is planning a replacement this fall.  Its only two years old, so that seems unlikely, unless its just a minor mid life upgrade like Nikon did to the D4.

I would expect some sort of replacement sometime in 2015.  All other 1D series cameras were  around for 2 to 3 years.  Only the 1DsMark3 lasted longer. The 1DX was announced in late 2011.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: May 17, 2014, 11:24:39 AM »
I can't tell much of anything really from any of those photos. None really have much corner detail. We also don't know where the focus points were for any of them.  I look forward to trying my own. You can tell a lot very quickly by focusing up close and looking at grasses and dead leaves in the foreground corners.

I also went ahead and ordered this new lens based on the MTF charts and optimism that it would be sharp in the corners at the wide end. One thing that leaves me just a little concerned is distortion. There is no mention of it anywhere in any of Canon's promo material. Those of us who process our RAW files with ACR won't see anymore updates to CS6 with a profile for this lens. I just hope that the distortion is at least similar enough to the existing 16-35 f2.8II that we can use its distortion profile to straighten out some lines when needed. I would hate to forced to subscribe to the cloud for just this one lens.

I only want sharp corners at the wide end. Everything else is secondary to me.  Can Canon do it?  I doubt it judging by what we have now.

Lenses / Re: More Wide Angle Lens Speculation [CR1]
« on: May 06, 2014, 02:11:58 PM »
haha. My 14MM II is just fine in the corners from 5.6 onwards. In fact, I prefer it to the Rokinon 14mm which has such stretched corners that I find it unusable. Yes the Canon at 2.8 is soft, but really 5.6 is just peachy keeno. Albeit expensive.............

You're lucky. I had one for several years and loved it when I only used 1D APS-H cameras with the outer third cropped out. When I bought my first full-frame camera it was the first lens to go. Every photo taken with it looked like someone smeared vaseline on the corners of the camera's sensor.  I traded it for a Zeiss 18mm,which isn't perfect, but fine at f8 and f11 where I need it most, and better than anything by Canon in that range that I've tried.

Lenses / Re: More Wide Angle Lens Speculation [CR1]
« on: May 06, 2014, 01:57:10 PM »
The current Canon 14mm f2.8II is already over $2300 and not very sharp in the extreme corners on full frame cameras. A new zoom that is sharper in the corners is definitely not going to be less expensive.  Any sort of 14-24 zoom that matches or surpasses Nikon's is going to be well over $3000 I would expect.

In reality, 14mm is pretty extreme for most people in most circumstances. If Canon could come out with ANY lens (zoom or single focal length) in the 16-18mm range that was razor sharp in the corners when stopped down only a little and took screw on filters, a lot of people would be very happy.

I can deal with physical discomfort...I just can't deal with how it hits my wallet!!  I've lost count of my root canals, I think I've had 5 in my life!

Ditto! The pain before a root canal is always worse than afterward for me. It's the wallet that really hurts, especially after throwing in the crown work. That's money I would much rather spend on camera gear and travel.

Canon General / Re: Deal: Canon 6D (body only)
« on: January 22, 2014, 01:20:32 PM »
Canon Direct usually has refurbs available for around $1500.

Lenses / Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« on: January 11, 2014, 01:52:39 PM »
I'd also buy a 20L if it was on par with the 24L in a heartbeat. I'd also settle for a revamped 20 f2.8 IS if it was as good as the new 28 and 35 IS lenses. Same with something slightly wider like an 18mm.

Lenses / Re: Tamron SP 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Review
« on: January 03, 2014, 12:14:11 AM »
i  want a really good 600 f/4 that doesn't cost $12000. i guess sigma is working on one (cr1). it seems that everybody that is interested in this lens wants 600mm so just make a prime!

There has never been a better time to buy a big lens for less money if you're willing to buy a used one. The old Canon 600f4 is still a fantastic lens, and the 800 is also readily available used for a lot less than a new one. Those lenses didn't turn into pumpkins at midnight the day the newest lenses started shipping. People are still taking and selling great shots with them and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Lenses / Re: Get a 300mm or 600mm? Oh the agony...
« on: January 02, 2014, 09:30:18 PM »
The 800 is a great option right now, especially if you want to buy used. They are readily available in the $9k range. They have the same IS as the latest MarkII big whites and are only slightly heavier than the new 600.  If you want to photograph birds with a 600mm, you'll usually have the 1.4x and 2x attached. It's a lot easier and less of a hassle just to take off and on one tc than fiddle with two and their caps.

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