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Sigma is planning to announce a 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art series lens at Photokina with availability coming in October of 2014.

There has been no word on the possible 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art or 135mm f/1.8DG HSM Art lenses. I think both the 85 and 135 would be more highly desired than a 24mm prime, though if it’s as good as the 35mm or 50mm, we’ll take it anyway.


I didn't pay attention to this announcement in April, but recently I bought a second hand Canon 24mm f/2.8 to get a taste for 24mm primes, and... fell in love with it. And now I want more!

So I checked out the image quality charts on The Digital Picture.com, but there seems to be little improvement in MTF, going from the Canon f/2.8 to the f/2.8 IS model, see: http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=246&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=788&CameraComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

I agree that handling, AF and IS would be improvements, but not enough to justify the added cost. And for my porposes the 24mm L II is too expensive, for such a specialty lens.

So again I feel I'm in need of a lens that doesn't exist, but may be imminent. So please let it be. Here's me hoping for the 24mm Art to be announced at Photokina in September!!! :D

In the mean time I think I may sell my 20mm f/1.8 - that focal length is quite close to 24mm and in my experience I don't use the lens all that much because it's too limiting (too wide) for reportage work. I often shoot with a combination of a wide prime (24 or 35mm) on my 5DMkII and a tele-zoom on the MkIII.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 28, 2014, 12:18:37 PM »
I had a couple of 7D bodies, got rid of both of them. The AF was always just a little off, both bodies acted the same. I've talked to many other photographers who had the same problem, just off enough that the subject was just a little soft. I had tried the micro-adjust, but was all over the map, sometimes a little front focused, sometimes a little back. It was ok with the slower lenses, or at least close enough to be reasonable, but never good with a fast lens.

Finally sold the last one a couple months ago, and got a 70D. The 70D misses on occasion too, but when it misses it's more obvious. However, it hits the focus better much more often than either of my 7Ds ever did. Neither is as good as my 5D3 or 6D, though. I'd like to see what they do with the AF on the 7DII, if they can get it as good as the 5D3. The last croppped sensor camera I've had with decent AF was the 40D.

Can't say I experienced that with my 7D, I sold it because I didn't like the image quality (too much noise). 

It's nice you mention the 40D - it was my first DSLR and that 40D was a really great camera for sure.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 28, 2014, 09:03:24 AM »
It's getting painful reading everyones post on the  continuous saga of the 7D Mark ll.'s release date. Relief Date for me.

If only it would be a 'relief date'.  But if history is a guide, it will be many threads complaining about this feature or the lack of that feature.  Then someone will test the DR.......
... and someone will then threaten to move to Nikon  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 28, 2014, 06:58:18 AM »
It's getting painful reading everyones post on the  continuous saga of the 7D Mark ll.'s release date. Relief Date for me.
I'm still enjoying my 7D. Did everyone else's suddenly die? Or explode? I'm going out and take some pics later today.
My wife will be using her 70D and me with my discontinued 7D. As long as i'm not discontinued, I'll be fine and so will
the pics from my 7D if I follow the rules of good photo shooting that I have learned since I bought my 40D in March 2008.

'Discontinued' does not mean 'obsolete' so enjoy your 7D ;)

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Macro / Re: Mechanicals
« on: July 27, 2014, 02:53:56 PM »
My two locks are the most expensive parts on my bike apart from the wheels. The thing is that you can't really lock your hubs and you can just unbolt them and rip the spokes off. Thief will go there here. It is amazing because Montreal is such a safe place otherwise.

That's really extreme! Not much that can be done about such persistence.  :-\ Fortunately over here most people tend to see a bike more as one piece of kit. It always amazes me that people say their bike is 'broken' and mean the whole thing. Why they don't think of it as made of individual parts is beyond me...

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
« on: July 27, 2014, 02:38:52 PM »
I just bought this lens and made it out for about 30 mins until the heat killed me off (Dubai summer is horrid), here are the first images I took, so the AF is a million miles faster than my old Sigma 150-500, I'm well chuffed with my purchase  :)

I went from the Sigma 150-500 to the 100-400L as well, the loss in focal length is well worth the gain in image quality, AF speed, handling and portability. Since I sold the Sigma, my monopod hasn't seen any use because I'm able to hand hold the 100-400L all day. I am hoping for an updated version though as it's getting quite dated by now.

By the way when I was in Dubai, one of the locals said Dubai has two seasons: Summer and 'Hell', so good luck over there  :-\

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Macro / Re: Mechanicals
« on: July 27, 2014, 01:16:45 PM »
Intersting story, I'll check the link for sure. That Sheldon Brown site is a bible for cyclist isn't it. Personally I've been riding a fixed gearfor a few years as I mainly ride around the city and park in crowded bike racks where I've had my derailers bent a few time. Fixies are so much more reliable and give so much feedback when riden with cleats.

I've built a commuter bike based on a single speed mountainbike frame that addresses that by using an 8-speed internally geared hub. The first photo shows the hub when the bike was new (april 2004). At that time the bike looked like a proper mountainbike with nobby tires and without fenders. The photo was taken with my first digital camera - a Canon PowerShot A20.

The second photo shows the current state of affairs after 10 yrs, the bike has evolved into even more of a city bike with fenders, narrow slick tires and such. Still with the same hub though which now has more than 15000 km on the clock. This photo was taken with a Canon Powershot S90 that I now use for such 'practical' pictures.

I've spent several months in NL in 2011 and it is flat indeed, although the wind can be quite strong along the Ijsselmeer. Needless to say that my Canadian home town now feels so unfriendly to bikers since I've been in NL though.

Yes sometimes I say the wind is our hills. Sometimes the wind feels like a mountain too  :-\ NL is a very bicycle minded country, but for mountain biking and the spectacular nature I think I'd prefer to be in Canada ;)

That looks like a nice bike to ride around on. A friend of mine rides a 3-speeds Nexus hub and also has the front generator/brake hub on a vintage bike. He actually had his front fork breaking off at the shoulder as it was designed for a rim brake and the hub brake force had too much leverage. Luckily, it broke down when he was almost stopped so only minor bruises. I guess this front hub is better for replacing disks.

Here in Montreal, bike theft is such a plague that I'd rather have as inexpensive components as I can. Those Nexus are too expensive for my taste and I've been too frustrated having my stuff stolen. On the other hand, a fixie built on an old road bike fits the bill perfectly.

On theft, I think here in the Netherlands, bicycles are almost considered public property so I make sure to use a good lock. If I think it's iffy I'll use an old crappy bike.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 27, 2014, 12:20:58 PM »
Actually this means that Amazon is phasing out Cannons for Nikes due to the better dynamic rage and pixels revealed with the 810D.


And I thought heptagon meant Amazon was starting to sell cold war relics in place of American Civil War relics. ;)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Nike


Those Nikes you posted have quite some range. And they're big and white, too. Nice!


I don't know if you've been following the news recently but anti-aircraft missiles don't go down very well right now, especially in the Netherlands  >:(



My apologies for any poor taste or offense.  None was intended as I also mourn the loss of the passengers of this plane.


Thank you. I understand that it was an accidentally poor choice of words, but due to the grave nature of the incident I thought it was best to point that out.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 f/4L IS disappointing?
« on: July 27, 2014, 11:29:01 AM »
I too have both 70-200 f/4 L IS and 70-200 f/2.8L IS II for the mere reason that when I bought the first the second didn't exist yet!

However there are cases where I need the 2.8 and cases where I don't so I can do with a lighter lens.

So I keep them both!

Indeed...  I bought the 70-300L as a travel telezoom, after owning the 70-200/2.8L IS II for a while.


I bought the 7-300L first - as travelzoom (occasionally sports in good daylight) and only after that I bought th 70-200 f/2.8 IS II - what a great zoomlens with wonderful IQ. It came very handy when shooting indoor musicals with limited and changing lights.
I have a few lenses in the same focal length but all for different reasons and pusposes....ok I suffer - a bit - from GAS  ;D

I've got the 70-300L for travel too. It collapses to a very manageable size and has excellent image quality too  :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 27, 2014, 11:13:34 AM »
Actually this means that Amazon is phasing out Cannons for Nikes due to the better dynamic rage and pixels revealed with the 810D.


And I thought heptagon meant Amazon was starting to sell cold war relics in place of American Civil War relics. ;)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Nike


Those Nikes you posted have quite some range. And they're big and white, too. Nice!


I don't know if you've been following the news recently but anti-aircraft missiles don't go down very well right now, especially in the Netherlands  >:(

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Lenses / Re: Going native at 400mm
« on: July 27, 2014, 05:58:20 AM »
    A 400mm prime would be nice especially if I can use my 1.4x II to go to 560mm occasionally.


    • The 400mm f/5.6 has no IS.

    ...
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    What else am I missing? What would you recommend?

    Suggest you wait until mid-September if you can.  A 400mm lens or newer 100-400mm zoom are likely releases for this fall.

    Yes, that seems to be the consensus here. I can wait because since I already have the 100-400, it's a luxury problem to say the least.

    Thank you all for responding. I'm happy to say that reading this thread has relieved me from some of my GAS for now and I will indeed wait to see what's up. Besides that, a new 100-400 would be nice to have for travel. We'll have to wait and see but I surely hope something good is announced this year.

    By all means please continue the discussions, I think the 400mm focal length is one of the most challenging from an equipment point of view, because gear-wise there are so many ways to get there but none of them are entirely satisfactory.

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    Macro / Re: Mechanicals
    « on: July 27, 2014, 05:45:16 AM »
    Intersting story, I'll check the link for sure. That Sheldon Brown site is a bible for cyclist isn't it. Personally I've been riding a fixed gearfor a few years as I mainly ride around the city and park in crowded bike racks where I've had my derailers bent a few time. Fixies are so much more reliable and give so much feedback when riden with cleats.

    I've built a commuter bike based on a single speed mountainbike frame that addresses that by using an 8-speed internally geared hub. The first photo shows the hub when the bike was new (april 2004). At that time the bike looked like a proper mountainbike with nobby tires and without fenders. The photo was taken with my first digital camera - a Canon PowerShot A20.

    The second photo shows the current state of affairs after 10 yrs, the bike has evolved into even more of a city bike with fenders, narrow slick tires and such. Still with the same hub though which now has more than 15000 km on the clock. This photo was taken with a Canon Powershot S90 that I now use for such 'practical' pictures.

    I've spent several months in NL in 2011 and it is flat indeed, although the wind can be quite strong along the Ijsselmeer. Needless to say that my Canadian home town now feels so unfriendly to bikers since I've been in NL though.

    Yes sometimes I say the wind is our hills. Sometimes the wind feels like a mountain too  :-\ NL is a very bicycle minded country, but for mountain biking and the spectacular nature I think I'd prefer to be in Canada ;)


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    EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
    « on: July 27, 2014, 05:21:54 AM »
    I'm most interested in any (long) lens release that might coincide with the 7DMk II.

    Actually this means that Amazon is phasing out Cannons for Nikes due to the better dynamic rage and pixels revealed with the 810D.

    Funny I read 'Cannons for Nukes', I bet that was your intention. By the way I would prefer a cannon because there is far less collateral damage.

    Even better I think all cannons and nukes should be replaced by Canons and Nikons. It would still hold true that here would be vastly more Canons.

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    EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
    « on: July 26, 2014, 12:17:32 PM »
    I know of one major internet retailer in the Netherlands that hasn't been carrying the 7D for quit a while now. There are two others that still list the 7D and various kits thereof, though.

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    Macro / Re: Mechanicals
    « on: July 26, 2014, 05:37:23 AM »
    Here's two that I took for practical reasons, but turned out to pretty good photography, too :)


    Now thats funny, creating this thread I was thinking that I should try some macro of my bike wheel hubs, of some chain links and possibly of the cleats mechanism... you've beaten me to that.


    ...by 6 years ;)

    These were actually not shot with a macro, but with a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 on a 40D. That was an excellent lens with good close focusing ability. Too bad my copy started giving wrong focal lengths in the exif, and poor AF speed most likely due to exposure to humidity on a trip in Africa.

    If you're interested, the pics show a venture into 'half step gearing' - a temporary solution I used to modify my roadbike for riding the 'Marmotte' bike ride  in the French Alps. It is normally set up for riding in the Netherlands (flat country), but by combining the 9 speed 11-32 cassette from my mountainbike with a 39t and 42t plus an old Suntour front derailleur that can handle the small step size of the front gears, I ended up having 17 gears of different step size which, despite a complicated shifting pattern, worked like a charm. See http://sheldonbrown.com/gear-theory.html and look for 'Half-Step Gearing'.

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