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Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 07, 2014, 02:20:38 AM »
I quickly did a superimpose of the 70-300L over the 100-400LII. Size comparison is based on the size of the sealing gasket on the lens mount.

Looks like it won't fit 'standing up' in most lens bags, so the 70-300L still holds its value as a travel lens for that purpose.

I've attached the psd too if you'd like to play around some more with the image.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1dc = Free beer
« on: November 05, 2014, 02:47:08 PM »
Sanj, how come someone who operates a 1DC... a camera that nears perfection... doesn't take the small effort needed to put a simple snapshot upright?  :o

You are so right. I got lazy.

Lol, good for you  8) ;D

In the mean time you may enjoy this:


Lenses / Re: Another EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Mention
« on: November 05, 2014, 11:02:18 AM »
70-300L killer? I'll happily trade that in if the 100-400L II will fit in my travel bag!

Wishfull thinking...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1dc = Free beer
« on: November 05, 2014, 11:00:17 AM »
Sanj, how come someone who operates a 1DC... a camera that nears perfection... doesn't take the small effort needed to put a simple snapshot upright?  :o

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1dc = Free beer
« on: November 04, 2014, 01:25:13 PM »
Just think of the amount of beer you can buy for the relative price difference if you're happy with a 5DIII instead of a 1DC. I know I am!  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit About the Modular DSLR Rumor
« on: November 02, 2014, 03:53:38 AM »
My 5D II and III are already pretty modular... they take a battery grip and you can decide if you want to mount a flash or not :) The best thing is the possibility to change lenses  8) ;D

Lenses / Re: More EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Talk [CR2]
« on: October 30, 2014, 02:36:14 AM »
If it is based on the 70-300L design, let us not forget that lens does NOT take 1.4x or 2x extenders. Any chance this new 100-400 would not take extenders?
Because it starts at 100 there's a good chance there will be enough room for a Canon extender ;)

Lenses / Re: More EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Talk [CR2]
« on: October 29, 2014, 01:08:43 PM »
As it is supposed to be very similar to the 70-300 I wouldn't be the least surprised that it was also designed at the same time by the same team!!
So if they've missed the boat on this one tough titty but humble pie if it turns out as sharp as the Sony @400.

Yes, even the conservative Canon will have to step in soon.

Lenses / Re: More EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Talk [CR2]
« on: October 29, 2014, 07:42:49 AM »
Why even bother with the Tamron 150-600 and the Sigma on the way. I think they would be better off making something longer than 400mm.

Because a lot of people, myself included, would value something shorter in length and smaller in diameter than either the Tamron or the Sigma.  The bag I would use for this lens won't take anything bigger than a 70-200/2.8 or the existing 100-400L in the retracted position.  Further, the Tamron is a little heavy (not too bad) and the Sigma C is unknown.  The Sigma S is way too heavy for me to handhold all day long.  Finally, it's likely that this lens will out-focus the Tamron and SigmaC for moving subjects.

That's why.

If its about bag space and weight just get a teleconverter for the 70-200. Honestly for wildlife I would rather just use the 70-200 and crop than use the 100-400. The Tammy does well focusing in my experience.

Actually the 100-400 by itself is already lighter and smaller than the 70-200. If you're carrying both a 70-200 and a 100-400 in your bag, that's not a smart thing to do. Consider what you need and leave the rest at home is my motto (everything has to fit in my Lowepro Mini Trekker AW or it stays).

Lenses / Re: More EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Talk [CR2]
« on: October 28, 2014, 01:12:35 PM »
I am trying to understand what the impact of this design will be for the sales of the 70-300L.
Because if it is light and the IQ plus AF same (or better) as the 70-300L, I will sell my 70-300L and purchase the 100-400MKII

If the 100-400L II manages to be the same length and diameter as the 70-300L (which I doubt is even physically possible without resorting to DO, and then there's the required diameter of the front element) then I would consider the same, however as it stands the 70-300L will remain my travel tele (I don't use it for anything else, really)...

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: October 17, 2014, 02:57:35 AM »

IMG_4106 by ecka84, on Flickr

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. It's powerful to see these two shots, one as a kitten, one at progressed age. How old was he? 10 or 11 yrs?

Ouch! But very nice
Lovely! How did you shoot this? And this is play. Notice the claws are out but the pressure is only to hold. Not break skin. And they can do that in a microsecond! Notice the skin depression on the middle finger. It is play.

Well, my first cat Bambi did that to me once - held my finger in her mouth with sufficient pressure to hold and refused to let go so I went in with my mouth and held her paw with my teeth! She had this shocked look. Total disbelief. She let go of my finger. The look said "What! You did that to me? You are my dad - you cant do that!". That look was priceless. If only they could talk.

She has been gone a long time. This incident was probably 21 years back. She was my first cat. She taught me Cat. Before that I thought that I was a Dog person and so I needed to hate cats! Surprise - surprise! Things your "other" family members teach you...

This is an old picture I took with my Canon A510 P&S 9 years ago. Kittens name was Mars, and he's playing with my cousins hand :). I know they are cute and fluffy and playful, but I would keep my face away from those sharp little claws :). I think I always was (and still am) a cat person. I love cats, they are funny, unpredictable, fast, smart, caring, independent (self-sufficient) and proud animals. It's amazing how they are ready to stand against and (if necessary) fight much larger enemies, even bears :).
Mars is gone too. He was a free cat.

This is the last picture of him I took last year.

Old Warrior by ecka84, on Flickr

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Variable Diffusion Focusing Screen
« on: October 15, 2014, 03:25:55 PM »
Totally cool!

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: October 15, 2014, 03:21:34 PM »
5D3_6134 by volksron, on Flickr

I love the clarity of this shot, Mr. VR6 :)

PowerShot / Re: Get G15 refurbished or G16 new?
« on: October 15, 2014, 03:19:04 PM »
Ok topic closed, I just ordered the G16.

I think you will be happy with it.  Conga rats on your new camera!

Thank you, I'm happy with my purchase, and it satisfies one of the rules of nature: If 'n' equals the number of camera's (or lenses) you own, the ideal number is 'n+1'.  ;D

PowerShot / Re: Get G15 refurbished or G16 new?
« on: October 15, 2014, 03:05:37 PM »
The G16 is the end of a line.  Canon is now coming out with larger sensors and upscale P&S bodies, the G7X, the G1X, and a large sensor superzoom that is not officially yet announced.
I have no way of knowing if the G16 will become a classic, or if it will lose its value, but it is still a very nice camera, and costs less than a G7X.
Canon has slowly evolved the G line over the past years, so jumping to large sensors is a reflection of changing user demand.  I think they should have moved to large sensor P&S cameras several years ago.  It was apparently marketing that held things back.  Now, they are forced to try larger sensor bodies.  The 1 inch sensor may become the standard for P&S cameras, and the 1.5 inch sensor for high end P&S.

You're right - I too think the G16 may be the end of the species. It is a vastly evolved species, but likely a dead end. Or actually it is not - the G12 was. Canon does seem to be trying to re-invent the professional compact camera, and it has, with limited success - for some time.

To summarize, the G1X was a bit of a 'freak of nature', based on the G12 but with a bigger sensor. Nicely 'modern' but sticking to the 'old', known formula. Strangely the G15 and 16 still came out after that. Why?

Was Canon not entirely confident the G1X could take the lead?

So the G15 and 16 were based on the old formula but yes they were made more compact to fit below the G1X. They mostly achieved that by sacrificing the vari-angle screen (and by sticking to the old 'tiny' sensors). After all if you wanted that in a largish 'compact', and a bigger sensor, the G1X catered for that. Right?

Concurrently, the 'S' line became the pro-line of real compacts and - not so surprising in retrospect - that now has spliced off into the G7X as was the case with the G12 to G1X mutation. But in going to a bigger sensor, the truly defining aspect of the compact camera is lost - that tiny little sensor with seemingly endless DOF. And now the G1X II has lost the OVF too... what's going on?

Whatever the future of compact camera evolution (or revolution), I've finally decided to go for the old 'proven' Canon compact. Canon has built a name for itself in this segment for a reason, and the G-series was the best.

Considering all of this though, I never thought I'd actually want to own a G series camera - they always seemed oddly big to me in comparison to the tiny sensor, and what's the point of that? There's a reason I jumped at the S90 when it was announced!  Eventually though, the convenience of a well evolved compact camera with room for all the required controls and optical viewfinder (hence the size) got my attention.

I have owned the S90 for a long time, but despite that great little camera's abilities, it was clearly an unfinished product. I ended up tweaking it with Richard Franiec's Custom S90 Grip, Lensmate S90 Control Dial Solution, and a paper spacer on the battery to make sure it made good contact with the pins in the body (so that the camera would not falsely report the battery as being empty). Even with these tweaks, the S90 never lived up to its potential due to a lack of operability, and to be honest the A590 IS that I owned previously was a lot more satisfactory in use as a *real* camera, despite its low build quality and so-so image quality.

So now after having held out so long I've finally decided to get Canon's 1D equivalent of the compact camera's. The ultimately evolved 'compact' - tiny sensored 'pro' camera. As a replacement for my S90. It may be a classic but I know it will surely loose its (monetary) value. Nevertheless I see possibilities and that's what counts. It's the second body that will always fit in my bag. It has the potential to match my DSLR's in ease of operation and post processing workflow. It's not for low light and not for shallow DOF, but it's a well evolved little all-rounder. Let's see what it leads to.

Canon is good in evolution, not revolution. And at the end of the evolution, Canon has won me over.

No matter. I will have lots of fun with this smallest of *real* camera's. And like every camera/lens/accessory in my kit, it has the potential to inspire, and further my development as a photographer. It's another tool in my 'shed' and I will put it to good use. I hope.

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