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Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Preorders
« on: November 05, 2012, 11:44:36 PM »
Canon USA has the MTF charts up on their site :


As expected it is much better than the 24-105 at the wide end, but still the very corners at 24mm don't look quite as promising as the new 24-70 f2.8II. There is also no mention of distortion at the wide end and that is anyone's guess at this point. Chances are that the price will come down a bit for those willing to wait a bit and it likely will show up with rebates too eventually. I think I'd like this lens, but I will definitely wait to hear real world reports and reviews before preordering one.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 05, 2012, 11:00:03 AM »
I think it will be a let's wait and see situation for the new zoom. The 24-105 isn't at its best at the very wide end where I want to use it the most. It also has a lot of distortion at that end. If the new zoom improves the wide end significantly over the 24-105 in a smaller package I will get it probably. It would be a nice lightweight travel lens to pair with one of the 70-something lenses. I hope the MTF charts come out soon.

Lenses / Re: A New EF 800 f/5.6L IS II? [CR2]
« on: October 22, 2012, 02:48:32 PM »
It doesn't really make a whole lot of sense. The current 800 already is pretty light, only 1 pound heavier than the 600II, and has the 4 stop IS. Maybe they could shave one more pound off of it, add the IS3 mode, and make it the new color, but I doubt that anyone with the current 800 would go to the cost and hassle of replacing the one they already have for that, especially if it means a price increase.

How about none of the above? Neither focus with an 800mm + !.4x? Then long live the 1D4. I wouldn't waste my money on either of these 2 manual focus cameras. I'd rather they left out the exposure meter than the AF with f8. To each his own, and these 2 cameras ain't mine.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS USM
« on: February 06, 2012, 12:44:56 PM »
Canon has needed to update their selection of non-L primes for a while now, and these seem to be a good start. I think that these IS lenses would be good for all sorts of outdoor use such as hiking without a tripod. It's often necessary to stop down for dof in low light. If the IQ is there, and the price and weight are low, I think these will be a great addition to any camera bag. There are already faster lenses in these lengths.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X f/8 to be Added? [CR1]
« on: February 05, 2012, 11:25:25 AM »
Only *two* random emails? I'll send another and maybe it would become a CR2 rumor :P. This f/8 non-issue is overwrought as it is. I suspect this is because that's the only feature that the D4 has over the 1Dx. Everything else is inferior on the D4. Did it occur to the fanbois that the previous Nikons didn't have this f/8 capability while the EOS-1 series has had it since the mid-90s? No one has trumpeted it as a huge advantage until now that the shoe is on the other foot.

Nikon cameras have never disabled af with an f8 lens, and they have always worked fairly well with them (so I am told). Nikon also doesn't offer a 800 f5.6 lens (or a 400 f5.6) that is frequently used with a 1.4x by Canon owners. It is also no secret that Canon's new 2xIII teleconverters work very well with the current 500 f4 and 600 f4 lenses and that Nikon's current 2x TC is not of the same quality. If you were a bird photographer using Canon cameras and had tens of thousands of dollars invested in big white lenses, the loss of af at f8 is not a trivial matter.

EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. [CR3]
« on: October 13, 2011, 01:15:45 AM »
Whatever this camera is called, it definitely won't replace the current 1D4 for a lot of people. It would be a huge step down for most wildlife  and some sports photographers who use telephoto lenses. Suddenly you're going to have to be 30% closer to your subjects or have to crop and get less pixels on your subject than with the current 1D4. Although I have absolutely no interest or need for a fast full frame camera, it sounds from this thread that some people want such a contraption. I hope Canon makes them happy.

Canon General / Re: New 65 f/2.8 & 180 f/3.5 Macro Patents
« on: October 11, 2011, 11:56:17 AM »
These lenses don't have IS? I don't see Canon releasing new macro lenses without the same hybrid IS in the 100L. The current 180 macro is already a great lens. I think only IS would give anyone a reason to switch to a newer model or attract new buyers.

That camera, if this rumor is true, would have to be at least 26mp or it would be a step down for all the many the wildlife photographers who use and love the 1D MarkIV. Suddenly their 500, 600, and 800mm lenses will gather less pixels or they they are going to have to get 30% closer to their subjects. A lot of folks ain't gonna be happy. They better keep making the 1D4 also if this is true.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1D Mark V [CR1]
« on: July 13, 2011, 11:30:26 PM »
The 1D IV has only been around for about a year and a half. Why would Canon be replacing that fantastic camera already? There are people out there who like its crop believe it or not. It's ideal for many big telephoto users. If Canon is coming out with a Mark V that has full frame for a lot more money, I will happily pass on it. The current Mark IV is just about perfect to me. There is apparently a lot of whining on the internet for a fast full frame camera. I do hope Canon comes out with one so they can be happy.

Lenses / Re: EF 400mm f4 L
« on: December 12, 2010, 05:14:13 PM »
I'll look into the 300 2.8 and the 400 DO. My main concern with the size of the 400 f/2.8 is traveling with it. How can I get that, along with several other lenses and a body into a carry on bag? I wonder how the other guys get it on a plane or maybe they don't bring many other lenses.

I travel with both a 600 f4 and a 300 2.8 all the time. I put them in a backpack along with 2 camera bodies, several smaller lenses, teleconverters, and binoculars. I use the Tamrac 787 backpack :


With the back straps pushed away it fits in even the small overhead compartments of commuter flights. My small laptop fits in the front pocket. I usually remove the lens hoods for the big lenses and put them in my suitcase to save room. I wouldn't worry about a 400 2.8, especially if you're not taking a 300 2.8 also.

EOS Bodies / Re: New \
« on: October 25, 2010, 02:51:31 AM »
It might be the 1DV - the first full-frame sports camera from Canon.

Some might say it's too early for the 1DIV to be replaced but, IMO, it will be replaced next year.
It's about time the 1.3x crop factor gets retired.

If you don't like the 1.3x crop then don't get yourself a ID series camera. If they do retire it a lot of people including myself who have been using the 1D series for years will be very unhappy. I love my Mark 4 and couldn't ask for a more ideal camera for myself in todays's technology. I do hope that they introduce a full frame camera with a faster frame rate. I have no interest in one, but it will keep the whiners quiet.

Lenses / Re: *UPDATE* Zeiss ZE Roadmap for 2011 [CR2]
« on: October 24, 2010, 01:35:34 AM »
I think Zeiss made a 15 f3.5 for the Contax RTS system. It was very expensive from what I recall but it was supposedly excellent. Unfortunately I doubt that it will be less expensive than the Canon 14mm f2.8 II if that is what the lens will be.

Lenses / Re: Canon Announces 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
« on: September 11, 2010, 10:07:58 AM »
I don't see what all the negative responses to this lens are all about. If the quality is there its price doesn't seem out of line with all of Canon's other recent introductions. Yeah it's maybe on the expensive side, but if the quality is there, especially wide open on the long end,  it doesn't seem outlandish. It seems like it would be an excellent and versatile little lens for hiking and travel. It's compact and rugged, covers a wide range, focuses close, and has the improved IS. It seems like a useful professional tool, which is hopefully what it was designed to be. There are plenty of less expensive alternatives out there.

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