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Reviews / Re: Review: EOS M System
« on: December 07, 2013, 03:09:45 PM »
I was really excited to see this lens coming for one huge reason:  towards the end of the video I saw this and took a screenshot of it:

This is the first third party lens I have seen that supports the EOS-M mount.  That's exciting, because it speaks to at least some confidence that the mount isn't going to be abandoned.  I've already put in a request to review the lens when it launched in an M mount, so here's hoping that will happen.

I thought that Samyang 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS and 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS Reflex Mirror Lens was the first third party lenses for Canon M mount.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any reason to choose a 7D over a 70D?
« on: November 15, 2013, 12:47:51 PM »
3 simple reasons:
Speed - fps and buffer size that can do 25RAW series;
CF - faster and safer;
Build and ergonomics.

Lenses / Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« on: November 15, 2013, 12:38:58 PM »
It works beautifully on FF, but it's a different story on APSC.
The worst thing about the "focus by wire" is that Canon didn't figure out how to make it go back to infinity automatically when the battery dies. Small, sharp, very nice bokeh, reasonably priced.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Image Quality - Body vs Lens?
« on: November 15, 2013, 07:57:48 AM »
I think this answer is a bit more complex than simply answering "body vs lens".

If you are talking about a Canon 70D with a 50mm f/1.8 vs. a Canon T3i with a 50mm f/1.2L , then the answer will be LENS.

But, if you are talking about a Canon T3i with a 50mm f/1.2L vs a Canon 6D with a 85mm f/1.8, then the answer will be BODY.

While the LENS has a huge impact, so does the BODY.  But, the biggest impact the body has is FULL FRAME vs CROP.  So, you are probably better upgrading the LENS instead of upgrading to another crop body.  But if you are moving to FULL FRAME, you may get superior image quality by upgrading the BODY instead of the lens.

Been there, done that. No more crops for me. Basically speaking, FF+zoom ~ APSC+prime, but FF+prime level is unreachable for crops. Maybe the new Sigma 18-35/1.8 on crop is close to f/2.8 zoom on FF (still not as good), but it's size (as big and heavy as 24-70LII) and price ($900) puts things back in their places. No free candy there.
On the other hand, any decent modern lens can produce decent quality images. The new EF-S 55-250/4-5.6 IS STM is considerably better and cheaper than the older EF 70-300/4-5.6 IS USM and, in many cases, it's not bad enough for upgrading to 70-300L.
IMHO, upgrading is not about mixing priorities, "FF vs better lenses" is like "bees vs honey", they should go together. Every L lens deserves a FF body :). Size matters, specially in physics. Bigger sensor will always give you more ... , due to either bigger pixel size or their quantity.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: November 10, 2013, 06:03:11 PM »
ISO 12,800:  this is one area of unquestioned strength on the 6D.  It's high ISO performance may be the best in Canon's lineup.

The Moose of Algonquin Park by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Beautiful shot. I have not tried all the cameras in Canon's lineup, but 6D does a much better job at ISO 1600+, than the 5D2 (remember those purple shadows and stuff? :) ).

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Want to get a 50
« on: October 28, 2013, 03:22:52 AM »
50 for f/1.4 - Sigma 50/1.4 HSM
50 for f/2+ - Canon 50/1.4 USM
50 for f/2.8+ - Canon 40/2.8 STM

EOS Bodies / Re: Sensor Dust - DSLR vs Mirrorless
« on: October 23, 2013, 12:06:04 PM »
What really matters is that mirrorless camera sensor cleaning is much easier, because dust WILL get inside any interchangeable lens camera, eventually. :)

Canon General / Re: Benefits of a mirrorless FF?
« on: October 22, 2013, 07:01:38 AM »
Doesn't the short flange distance make it harder to produce wide and/or fast lenses?

Not really. You can always make the flange distance as long as you want: just make the rear end of a lens longer. As stupid as it may sound, this is exactly what Samyang is doing with their lenses for the new Sonys: http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/10/16/samyang-announces-five-full-frame-e-mount-lenses

It's like using the EF-EOS M adapter, which defeats the point of having smaller camera - whatever you save on body depth you lose on camera length.

I think the question is - 'What's the point of making such small APS-C mirrorless camera?'. Better grip, bigger battery and vari-angle LCD would add a lot of value to a camera.

Canon General / Re: Benefits of a mirrorless FF?
« on: October 21, 2013, 01:46:24 PM »
FF mirrorless advantages:
great lens adaptability (including rangefinder optics);
EVF (yes it does have many advantages over OVF);
manual focus (EVF + focus peaking);
easier sensor cleaning procedure;
no mirror - less vibration, longer life;
size and weight;
lower price (than FF DSLR);
perfect for landscape, portrait, macro, astro and video.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake"
« on: September 17, 2013, 01:45:08 PM »

IMG_3167 by ecka84, on Flickr

IMG_3208 by ecka84, on Flickr

These pics are great.  What extension tubes do you use?  I've never worked with extension tubes before, but these pics are amazing and it's awesome that you took them with the shorty forty.

Thanks :)

Also (and this maybe a stupid question, but like I said I have never used extension tubes) can you only use manual focus if you are using extension tubes?

I'm using the Marumi extension tube set (13+21+31). It seems like a decent quality product - metal mounts, lens electronics connection, metal lens release levers, while reasonably priced. It supports AF, which is not very usable at macro distances (just like with any other macro lens), but lens electronics support is needed to operate the manual focus of the 40STM, image stabilization, as well as aperture.

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS M This Week? [CR1]
« on: September 16, 2013, 04:11:16 PM »
More pancakes please :)

I agree. 1 pancake is not enough, I'm still hungry :).
Good grip with LP-E6 battery in it would be great too.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake"
« on: September 16, 2013, 02:47:48 PM »

IMG_3167 by ecka84, on Flickr

IMG_3208 by ecka84, on Flickr

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D body ergonomics versus 5D
« on: September 12, 2013, 04:31:08 PM »
The only thing I missed in my 6D (that I had in 5D2) is the CF card slot. In most other aspects it is better than 5D2 and just as good in the rest of it. Ergonomics is a very personal thing. I like this smaller and lighter body and the ability to operate most of the buttons using only my right hand, while holding the lens with my left. IMHO, Canon should have put CF (or CF+SD) in 6D and dual CF in 5D3, but it's not as bad as CF+XQD in D4 :).

Lenses / Re: 50 F1.4 durabilty question
« on: September 10, 2013, 04:33:56 AM »
Originally, I wanted to ask the OP - "Are you wondering if an L lens would allow you to drop it continuously?", but then I remembered about the warning I've got from the "trolling rights watch" (no offense :)). So, is it the first time you've dropped it?

Yes, it was the first time I dropped that particular lens, and that was from only one metre high onto a wooden floor. It was however the second time I destroyed a 50F1.4 as the first one died with exactly the same problem when a handheld scanner slipped out of my hands and hit it while it was on a camera. I have lots of other lenses (both L and non-L) and never had any issues with those, even though they are used in averse conditions (having people bump into you, backpack on bike, doorframes. tripod failure,...)

So my question was rather than "can I drop it continuously", "Do the L Lenses with internal focussing offer better protection against deformation" Because If I have to baby the 50F1.4 every time I throw it in a backpack, I might as wel save up for the 50 1.2L as i'll end up destroying more 50F1.4's in the end (Now on my third copy of the lens already)

But no offense taken for your original question, it was more about the fact that the particular lens I have is apparently very prone to issues due to the construction (so Next time, I'll replace it tiwth the L anyway)

That makes sense. However, you would throw away a lot more $ if you destroy a 50L :). You've said that you love the manual focusing ring, then maybe a pure manual prime is what you need?

Lenses / Re: 50 F1.4 durabilty question
« on: September 09, 2013, 11:59:31 AM »
Do not drop your lenses! - Problem solved ;)

+1....dropped my 85L II yesterday :(

OMG  :( ... is it fine?
Originally, I wanted to ask the OP - "Are you wondering if an L lens would allow you to drop it continuously?", but then I remembered about the warning I've got from the "trolling rights watch" (no offense :)). So, is it the first time you've dropped it?

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