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EOS Bodies / Re: Skipping the 5D-s. What do you want in 5D4?
« on: February 15, 2015, 12:13:21 PM »

There's no skipping considering that the 5Ds is a different beast aimed at a different photographer. The true successor would be the Mk IV, and the time between 5D product updates is long enough that there's no reason to skip a model unless the features list really is disappointing, or of course if money is the issue that it usually is for normal mortals.

All I really want is some more DR and improvements across the board. When it comes I will likely wait for a year or so for prices to come down, and then bite.

I was having mirrorless fun too, last weekend. What a way to celebrate a good beer  8)

1st photo: Sony Alpha 6000 + Metabones Speedbooster + Canon FDn 28mm f/2.8

2nd photo: Sony Alpha 6000 + Metabones Speedbooster + Canon FDn 50mm f/1.4

Lenses / Re: Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art announced..
« on: February 10, 2015, 04:09:12 PM »
Wow... this new lens effectively kills my Sigma 20mm f/1.8  :o

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Discontinued
« on: February 10, 2015, 03:54:07 PM »
... one of the following pictures depicts a porsche (or is it a vw, not sure) ...
Hi Tinky!

The red thing is a Porsche 924. Looks like an ad photo from Porsche as you can read the "S" on the license plate for the city of Stuttgart where they are located.
A VW would have the "WOB" for Wolfsburg in ads.
But as Porsche is now owned by VW you can say it's all alike. ;)

Cheers Max, it was a wee in-joke for Porsche aficionados there...

It is a porsche (I knew that) but it has a VAG L4 engine, and was developed as a VW.
Often derided as the poor mans porsche, the vee dub porsche or the worst porsche ever amongst purists.

As with everything branded, be it canon, sigma, porsche whatever, anomalies crop up everywhere, which is another reason camera / car analogies are so facile and tedious.


Actually the 914 is the original VW Porsche... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porsche_914

And in fact 'the poor man's Porsche' is also often used to describe what I drive... the Golf GTI (Which is in fact a VW). I have the MkI http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Golf_Mk1#Volkswagen_Golf_GTI and the Mk VI which is my daily driver.

FWIW Porsche and VW are practically inseparable : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Group

And yes I full heartedly agree that 'camera / car analogies are so facile and tedious'  8) 8) ;D ;)

Lenses / Re: EF 50 1.8 STM
« on: February 10, 2015, 01:46:44 AM »
I agree with Sulla that the new Canon f/2.8 zooms are prime-killers. They have caused me to sell my 50/1.8, 50/1.4 and 40/2.8, all of which are less sharp than the zoom at f/2.8. I have been not felt the need to upgrade to the L version of the 100mm macro.
Having said that, the benefit of weight still remains, for those who care. The 135/2 is a great travel lens in that regard; I used to miss the telephoto FL simply because I couldn't lug the 70-200.
And of course, price. If you can get equal sharpness at 50mm/f-3.5 for $ 300 bucks then why pay another $ 1500 for something you don't need?

The better high iso performance of today's camera's also makes a difference, making extreme wide apertures only needed if you want very narrow DOF or shoot almost in the dark. I find that I'll often try to stop down to at least f/2.8 to get sufficient DOF in most cases. Still, I tend to carry a prime when I travel because the zooms I use then are at least f/4 and that really is dark when the light gets dim.

Sometimes it's also just 'fun' to shoot with a prime especially if I take just the lens and body because it makes me think hard what focal length I'll need and then stick to it. That's one  reason why I have a Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 which is a pretty useless lens to me otherwise, oh and it completes my prim(e)ordial trinity of 24mm f/2.8, 35mm f/2.0 and 50mm f/1.8. FWIW these tiny old primes are really great because I can almost always squeeze one in a corner of my bag if I think I might need/want to use it.

Lenses / Re: EF 50 1.8 STM
« on: February 09, 2015, 12:41:29 PM »
if its got a metal lens mount and circler iris ill get it stm ok.

I still use the 50 1.8 mk 1 its slow and noisy but built like a tank compared to the mk2 plus it even has a distance scale.

The 50 1.8 mk 1 is my travel '50' and the results still blow me away every time.

Lenses / Re: New Unique Macro Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 09, 2015, 12:14:36 PM »
My 15mm f2.8 fisheye with MFD of 15cm can focus as close as a macro.
Yes, but can you get 1:1 magnification? :)

Not sure how serious you are, but isn't a fisheye macro oxymoronic? 'True' macro implies 1:1 magnification of the subject at the sensor, but a fisheye has the widest field of view of any lens type. How could you have both simultaneously? My gut feeling is it's physically impossible, but I'm not an engineer.

The lens would have to be practically on the subject itself I imagine, it does seem oxymoronic I agree which is why I mentioned the idea in the first place :)

Lenses / Re: New Unique Macro Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 08, 2015, 01:17:51 PM »
Fisheye macro???? :o

What you are saying about the 12mm Rokinon is basically the same thing I am experiencing with the 14mm on the 5DIII. If I really want the focus to be exact, I have to open up to 2.8, check with th LiveView, then stop down again and then bracket because there seems to be no correlation between the actual brightness of the shot and the readings that the meter is giving.  Cleatly it is not a lens for sharp shots of moving subjects.

I also have the 14mm. I've solved the focus problem by adding an AF confirmation chip and calibrating it at f/4. Opening up to 2.8 and then stopping back down is not a good way to focus the 14mm because it suffers from aperture dependent focus-shift. If wider apertures than f/4 are required (almost never) I tend to use this lens on my 5DMkII which has an EF-S precision matte focusing screen fitted and that DOES allow to see the DOF at f/2.8.

FWIW the 14mm gives me no metering problems. I put the camera in aperture mode and leave it at f/2.8 which is the aperture value I programmed into the AF confirmation chip. I then focus with the lens stopped down.

As for the 10-18, well it's a 'too' nice to have to be honest. I should really just concentrate on lens purchases for my EF system as that is my main system and it is the best from a value and performance point of view. I really only have the Sony for those occasions when I want the convenience of something compact but still good image quality and interchangeable lenses. It also let's me use my old FL and FD  lenses which is fun.

Please, mrsfotografie, tell me why are you not happy with the Rokinon 12 mm f/2.0?
It is supposed to be of very high optical quality and reasonably priced. In fact, I though I might actually get one.
As you said, there is so much more tempting stuff from Canon for the EF that you'd really have to be a Sony fanatic to buy a Zeiss Touit or whatever for 1000 dollars when you can get a 16-35 f/4 at that price and it is quand meme something else, totally. Value is something where Sony is seriously lagging behind.

martti, the 12mm is a very good optic and lives up to its reputation, there's some CA but that's easily corrected. Reason for selling it would be that it is a pain to correctly focus manually, even with focus peaking enabled and especially when stopped down. The focus peaking does not clearly enough identify what is in focus and what is not, when dealing with such a short focal length. This is not really a problem in itself because you can check the result on the screen or in the viewfinder, but it means that shooting with this lens is cumbersome if you want to shoot fast and move on. I don't see myself using this lens if I would have the zoom because the times when I need a fast aperture in such a wide angle lens are fairly limited (and for low light use I'd be shooting with my 5DMkIII anyway).

And yes I totally agree the Sony lenses are overpriced. I have the 16-70mm but comparing it to my 24-105L (size, weathersealing), the price just isn't right. The 10-18 is also a pricey piece of glass. And as for those Touit's, something like that deserves a full frame sensor.

Update: I've been playing around with the focus magnification feature on my a6000 and it's an excellent help to check that the lens is in focus, much better than focus peaking which doesn't really work very well at such short focal lengths. So for shooting that allows time for 'focus checking' I will hang on to this lens - I'd rather spend the money for a Sony 10-18mm on a Canon 16-35f/4 IS  :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Discontinued
« on: February 06, 2015, 12:47:59 PM »
My Canon L 24-105 crapped out after a couple of years with poor focusing. I bought the Sigma lens and wish it had been around when I bought the Canon. The Canon has been know to be a "weak" L lens for years and has issues.. I would not buy another Canon L lens when Sigma has this new line of art and sports lens with the USB dock... Drive the Porsche , I've own them and their costs. I'm wiser now....


The 24-105L is a very good lens, and I have plenty of other lenses to compare it to... you may just have had a dud, or another issue.

FWIW are you seriously comparing Sigma to Porsche? Since when is Porsche the more affordable alternative???

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R Press Release
« on: February 06, 2015, 01:39:34 AM »

Look these new cameras, the 5DS and 5DS R, are not 5D MkIII replacements, they are nothing to do with the 5D MkIII and 5D MkIV either, they are different tools that are more finely tuned for different users. They are not intended to be the best general purpose camera ever made, which I firmly believe at this point the 5D MkIII is, they are refinements of that Canon 5D marque to widen their appeal to a very nuanced clientele.

I think the unfortunate thing about the route Canon has taken is we will get no end of utter garbage about how this 5D can't do what that 5D can with no regard for the fact that that isn't what it is designed to do or sold as doing.

The 5D MkIV will be the 5D MkIII replacement, it will need 'better' everything than the 5D MkIII. The 5DS and 5DS R are 1DS MkIII replacements for the kinds of people that used to drop $7,000 on a 135 format camera. For those people a pair of 5DS/5DS R's make a lot of sense, they already get 'better' everything (that is important to them) even with the seemingly modest improvements talked about.

There will never be a camera that has the best of everything in it, there can't be. We now have a split 5D line as we used to have a split 1 series line. People never bitched about why the 1D couldn't do what the 1DS could or visa versa, get used to the new family and the split feature set.

Well said.

Fully agree.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R Press Release
« on: February 05, 2015, 03:07:52 PM »
Crop mode!!!

Yes add that to the 5D Mk IV please, 10 megapixels after cropping is plenty for me :)

EOS Bodies / Re: The New Rebels Will be Called the 760D and 750D
« on: February 05, 2015, 01:51:26 AM »
Yeah, very interesting. It seems to imply Sony (or at the very least some new process sensor).

Sony APS-C has 1.5x crop while Canon APS-C has 1.6x crop. Hmmm...

It'll be exciting if the new Rebels have wider base ISO dynamic range than the APS-C flagship 7D2. ;)

It would be even better if Canon went to 1.5 crop, makes it a lot easier to calculate equivalent focal lengths on the fly  8)

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