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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 10:51:18 AM »
The single most interesting thing is going to be the sensor in the new camera.  I want to know if Canon is going to compete with Sony or keep putting lipstick on  their current sensor technology.  This will help me decide where my  future camera dollars are going to be spent.

I hear you brother.  No new sensor and I buy a Sony A7R

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 10:50:45 AM »
Look forward to: 1D X II + 100-400

Lenses / Why are Cine Lenses so expensive?
« on: July 30, 2014, 12:28:51 AM »
Besides that they sell for the price, what does a Cine lens offer than a regular L lens does not?

Flip side - could a Cine lens be used as a still lens?  How sharp would it be?

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 DO Macro
« on: July 29, 2014, 09:59:57 PM »
I've been hoping for a 180 II, but was hoping for f/2.8, 9 bladed diaphragm, and the like, not DO.  Let's hope this is just a defensive patent.

Happy with F4, 9 bladed diaphragm and Tilt functionality to increase DOF a bit

1. Antartrica
2. Butan
3. New Zealand
4. Iceland
5.  Back to Africa (Tanzania and Rwanda)
6. Back to Denali (back country)

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 DO Macro
« on: July 28, 2014, 11:58:42 PM »
I used the 70-300 DO once, never again. I'd love to know how many 400 DO's they sell and if the people that buy them are legally blind.

I had both.  Decided that the 70-300L was better fit than the DO so I sold the 70-300DO.

Had the 400 DO, and while good, it was not that good.  In the end image quality was more important than weight.

In the early 2000's I used to use Ebay...a lot.  I gave up on Ebay around 2007 as the fees for listing/selling were too high and shipping is a pain in the butt.  Since then I have used Craigslist exclusively.  I usually get what I want for my gear and have sold numerous cameras this way including: Leica M8, Canon 1DSII, 7D, G12, 20D and numerous lenses.  In addition to selling, I have bought countless gear on Craigslist too which is a nice way to meet other photographers, not to mention try the gear before you hand over your money.

The thing on Craigslist is to sort out the flakes from the people who are serious...also, for Craigslist to be viable you need to live in a populated area (Vancouver, BC is where I am).  No matter what, do not ship to anyone on CL....cash deals only, in person, usually at a coffee shop.

Perhaps I had back luck on Craig's list but all I was scam offers - "I'll pay extra 50% to ship the lens to my cousin in ..."

No serious offers, so after 2 or 3 items I only list on ebay (10% fee plus 3% paypal fee hurts) or Fred Miranda.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Anyone own both Canon and Nikon
« on: July 23, 2014, 11:53:22 AM »
I think my previous reply to the OP was very confusing.
So try to rewrite it here:

IIn many ways the Sony A7R is not as refined as the D810 is , but it is a lot less risky and  also much cheaper to get.

And if you do shoot only landscapes or studio set up work , then there is no difference between the D810 and the A7R.


Thanks for the great reply.  I primarily shoot wildlife with a bit of landscapes (would like to do more) and some macro.

For wildlife I will stick, without a single thought of changing, with Canon.

Until the new 16-35 F4 came out, I was very disappointed with Canon WA zoom.  The 16-35 F4 is a real winner.  If Canon came up with a 5D M4 (or ...) that had significant improvement in DR I would be a happy camper.  36 MP would be nice but also will increase workflow (larger files, more disk space, longer processing times, ...)

The Sony A7R looks like a great alternative and need to try it soon. 

Thanks again for the thoughts

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Anyone own both Canon and Nikon
« on: July 16, 2014, 06:33:55 PM »
This is late (I do not get to sit down at a computer as often) but if you are simply after resolution and hate shadows in your images, I would suggest as some others have done - which is something like the A7R. Purely as a 'digital back' for whatever lenses you wish to use.

As for lenses, I would strongly suggest a couple of Canon's TS lenses before the Nikon's, simply because many of Nikon's lenses of recent years rely a good deal on in-camera corrections, which has allowed Nikon to slack on physical IQ in the lenses. This means that when not used on a Nikon body the lenses do not perform as well. Canon on the other hand, which only recently included/support lens correction in-camera on the very latest bodies, have had to maintain a little higher physical IQ in the lenses.

Sure, most pp software provides lens correction, but not on off-brand combinations.. so you will not get the proper corrections on something like the 14-24mm when used on the Sony body as you would on a Nikon body, and the same goes for the 17mm or 24mm TS on the Sony body, but the Canon's would need less correction to begin with.

Rental of your proposed setup will provide the best information regardless..

To give you an idea on what benefit in-camera corrections can make, DxO has the opportunity to test lenses on an independent body - a real measure of how a lens is designed, built, and performs - by testing on something like the A7R (as it has the same resolution that DxO says makes all the difference in the world) but stated that most people purchasing something like a Nikon lens would be using it on a Nikon body, and therefore any compensated benefits to be had in that combination are relevant to the lenses performance scores.
(Even though in-camera corrections mask the lenses physical design and performance)

Interesting comments about Nikon lens and in camera corrections.  I had not heard that but I know little of Nikon.  That is one of the reasons I started this thread.

I go back and forth on the A7R.  Great camera but wonder if I could use a camera without an optical viewfinder.

Now only Canon would introduce a 5D M4 with dual pixels to dramatically increase DR :)

Lenses / Re: What Lenses are missing from Canon's range
« on: July 16, 2014, 03:07:49 PM »
if you are talking focal length very little

If you are talking about quality and F4

Then killer UWA such as Nikon 14-24.  I consider the 70-200 F2.8 II to be a killer lens

Killer 100-400, current model is okay at best

How about a 400 F4 non-DO but IS.
Also a 400 F5.6 IS and 300 F4 IS

I dream about a extender that either a zoom (1.0 to 1.7) or discrete - imagine  an extender with 3 positions - 1.0 (none), 1.4 and 1.7

How about 1.7 extender

Lots of lens need to be updated, 180 macro (perhaps TS-E).

Overall, a few holes when you look at focal length and aperture combined but major challenge is quality of some of the L lenses are simply as good as many of us expect.

Stop you - hell go full speed ahead.  They are great lenses.
Nice one and I think if you shoot with Canon long enough, the great white fever eventually gets you :)

I have three small whites, does that count too? ;)

Mini whites.  Not quite the great one, but still white fever

Canon General / Re: Have G.A.S. and can't to get rid of it!!
« on: July 11, 2014, 02:38:32 PM »
Bodies 1
Lens  3

I have suffered from GAS for years and have to force myself to keep it down.

Don't buy anything new for a while.  If you don't use an lens or body in 3-6 months sell it.

Learn to control the lust urges.

Stop you - hell go full speed ahead.  They are great lenses.

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 09, 2014, 02:00:18 PM »
three things.  First two are would get be close to buying. 3rd is nice.

1.  1Dx -like build, controls, electronics
2.  DR and S/N greatly improved
3.  APS-H sensor (1.3 crop) with 18 to 24 MP

Final buy decision will be based upon what they deliver at what price

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How disappointed will you be if . . .?
« on: July 09, 2014, 01:56:05 PM »
Unless there is a major improvement in the sensor quality, this signals bad news for the future of Canon.  They are behind Nikon (Sony) in sensor technology and need to step up their game to keep competitive.

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