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dpreview has tested it as well, if you are intersted in a more reputable source than dxomark

Aren't they working together?


Never mind; try this: http://www.lenstip.com/index.php?test=obiektywu&test_ob=374

Another rave review....

Lenses / Re: More Canon Pancakes ?
« on: July 22, 2013, 11:10:25 AM »
What's the longest focal length that could be made in pancake or near-pancake lens?  I think the longest I've run across is the Pentax 70mm.

Lenses / Re: Canon 35mm f2 IS
« on: July 21, 2013, 04:32:04 PM »
A few months ago I had a chance to compare it with the Sigma for a few days (on a 6D), but I used them only to take photos.  Leaving aside price and the obvious differences between 1.4 and 2.0, there was only one area where the Sigma obviously beat the Canon and that was coma - much less of it at 1.4 than the Canon had at 2.0.  Aside from that (and it's only a problem in a rather narrow range of circumstances), if I didn't want the shallower focus potential of the Sigma I would go for the Canon, especially since IS does make a difference, even at 35mm, in low light hand-held.  Moreover, it seems to have the nicest bokeh of any 35mm lens you can put on a Canon (I think The Digital Picture's review shows this), better than the Canon 1.4 or Sigma 1.4.

EOS-M / Re: Where is my backordered EOS-M w/22 STM lens?
« on: July 20, 2013, 07:12:27 PM »
Mine arrived this afternoon (the battery is still charging...); I was surprised to see that the box I received is a kit that includes the speedlight as well as the 22mm lens, i.e., the kit that's the current B&H EOS-M deal for $399, but they still charged me only $299.  Have others been receiving this too?  I hadn't planned to use the camera with any sort of flash, so I never noticed whether this was part of the original bargain, but this was a pleasant surprise.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Super Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2545
« on: July 18, 2013, 05:07:59 PM »

Yes, it came in the box made for the kit - it's so labeled, and there's a photo of the lens on the box and a compartment for the lens inside (it looks the same as the box my 5DII kit came in when I bought it - with lens, that time - early last year, aside of course for the precise model details).  The boxes for camera body only are much smaller.

I guess that explains why they are able to sell it this cheap...cuz they are selling the lens separately.  Now, did you check your camera and see if it's from the old or new production.  My concern is if these are 'flawed' with light leaks or anyother issues Canon provided firmware updates on.

I've not noticed any flaws.  It came with the latest firmware installed.

EOS-M / Re: Where is my backordered EOS-M w/22 STM lens?
« on: July 18, 2013, 03:41:06 PM »
I just received an email from B&H telling me that my back-ordered copy had shipped; presumably I'm not alone....

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Super Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2545
« on: July 18, 2013, 03:32:38 PM »

May I ask how you know it was a Kits bundle?  Did it come w/the Kit's box?
I have read somewhere here, don't recall exactly, that Canon may or still honor the one year warranty even if it's purchased w/o the warranty card? 

Yes, it came in the box made for the kit - it's so labeled, and there's a photo of the lens on the box and a compartment for the lens inside (it looks the same as the box my 5DII kit came in when I bought it - with lens, that time - early last year, aside of course for the precise model details).  The boxes for camera body only are much smaller.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Super Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2545
« on: July 18, 2013, 02:21:09 PM »
They had the same deal last week.  As I mentioned in a different thread, I called and was told there was no US warranty card, but I ordered one anyway last Wednesday evening, after they had closed for the day, and received it (free shipping) on Friday.  What I received was a kit minus the lens, which is fine with me.  It looks new (the shutter count was zero), it seems to work flawlessly (haven't tried video yet and may never do so), and unlike most of the digital cameras I've bought (including Pentax K-5, Canon 5DII and Olympus OM-D, my first copies of all of which I returned) the sensor is spotless.  So far, so good, then.  In the event I have a problem which Canon won't cover I'll report back....

EOS Bodies / Re: 70D + 6D vs. 5D mark III
« on: July 16, 2013, 02:43:15 PM »
With the price of the 6D falling, and the reported price for the soon to be released 70D, would it make more sense to buy both of those cameras versus buying just the 5D III?

With the two cameras, you would have a built in back up if one breaks down, you have the "Reach" of a crop sensor, hopefully great video, low noise at high ISO, fast FPS, etc...  Where is the down side to buying two instead of one camera?


None, unless you want all those advantages in one camera, don't need/want a back-up, and don't mind that the images will look a bit different (that would be solved by buying two 6Ds...).  There are other obvious advantages to having more than one with you when you're taking photos - less need to swap lenses, for one.  (You could even mix brands to fill certain lens gaps - someone who wanted a very wide zoom might consider a Micro 4/3 + Panasonic 7-14 or Nikon FF + 14-24 (or whatever their fabled wide zoom is) to supplement a Canon fitted with, say, a 70-300L (Nikon has no equivalent that's anywhere near as good).)  It's also nice if, when your spouse/partner accompanies you when taking photos, s/he has a comparably good camera to work with.  That's why, over the past 16 months or so, I've gone from 5DII + T3i to 5DII + 6D to 5DIII + 6D, with an Olympus OM-D tossed into the mix.  (I might even consider adding a D70, provided its image quality turns out to be better than the 60D's.)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Move to full frame (6D) or New Lens?
« on: July 16, 2013, 10:39:22 AM »
I would get the 6D, especially if you do much hand-held low light photography - you'll be amazed at how good images look at ISO 6400 and beyond, and thus surprised at how much more you'll use your 70-200 f/4, which is arguably a more useful focal length on FF anyway.  As you already have 50 and 70 covered I would forget about an expensive 24-70 zoom for now and get something cheaper and wider such as the 17-40 L, or one of the new wideish primes with IS (24, 28, 35) or the cheap 40mm pancake (though it's perhaps too close to your 50mm) or the older 35mm f/2.  (Or, when one of the crazy deals are floating around, get the 6D/24-105L kit.)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 70d + 70-200 II vs. 5d III
« on: July 15, 2013, 02:35:12 PM »

I was actually considering the 6d + Tamron 70-200 combo for a while, but a couple things steered me away:

2. As with basically everybody else who has ever considered a 6d, that 11pt AF is a concern. Other than the center point, the point spread would be more of a step down from the t3i's AF. I should remark that I'm not shy about using the t3i's outer points at concerts, so I don't doubt that the 6d's outer points would be too slow or not sensitive enough, but the fact that both the 70d's and 5dIII's AF systems have both better point spread AND cross type sensors in the outer thirds of the frame is a huge consideration for me.

Depending on what you're photographing, you may well find that the differences between the AF systems of the 5DIII and 6D are exaggerated by fans of the 5DIII.  I won't dispute that the 5DIII is much better if you're tracking subjects that move across the viewfinder or towards/away from you (I have no first-hand experience), but I recently added a 5DIII to my 6D and spent some time the other night comparing the performance of their outer points in very dimly lit rooms, with no flash, in my apartment with the 70-300L attached, and the number of situations where the 5DIII succeeded and the 6D failed was remarkably small (both succeeded most of the time, so I'm not sure whether it would have made that much difference had I used a faster lens); somewhat to my surprise there were even a few instances where the 6D beat the 5DIII using extreme *outer* points.  Having just bought the 5DIII I was slightly disappointed that the difference wasn't bigger (but also impressed, as I had been before, by how well the 6D kept up).  I would be surprised if your Rebel proved better than the 6D, but you might as well find out first-hand by following your own advice and renting one - that's what I like to do, anyway. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 70d + 70-200 II vs. 5d III
« on: July 14, 2013, 06:49:51 PM »
Based on the photos you've posted I'm inclined to suggest you take a different route: 6D + 70-300L (or, if you really need f/2.8, the new Tamron 70-200).  True, the 6D's autofocus isn't as sophisticated as the 5DIII's, but it should be just fine for the sorts of things you seem to photograph (in really low light it should be a bit better than the 5DIII, at least if you stay with the center point), and the images it takes in low light are in a completely different class from your Rebel (I owned the same one as a back-up for a while).  As for the 70-300L, obviously it's not as good as a 2.8 if you need to freeze action, but it otherwise performs superbly in even very low light when attached to a 6D; and with the 6D's superb high ISO performance you'll be able to freeze action anyway, even if not as well.  Assuming the reports that the 70D's ISO performance will be similar to the 60D's (and thus your Rebel's) are true (if so, that's very disappointing), I wouldn't bother waiting for that at all.  Even if it's better, chances that it will be as good as the 6D seem remote - and, as you will have noticed, the price of the 6D seems to keep getting lower (if you wait for the right sort of sales). 

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 6D Body $1499 or $1589
« on: July 14, 2013, 06:19:25 PM »
DON'T BUY FROM A NON AUTHORIZED DEALER! Simple as that. You're will  not get warranty when you need it most. https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.usa.canon.com/app/pdf/dealer/CanonAuthorizedDealers.pdf

Most of those deals on Ebay are from Non Authorized dealers. USA WARRANTY is nor CANON WARRANTY! GETITDIGITAL is not CANON authorized dealer. How canon rumors can post misleading info here?

Who's misled?  Anyone who's read about Big Value etc. here (including this thread!) and elsewhere online knows that you can't expect a US warranty (which may or may not make a difference), etc., etc., and is aware that there's a degree of risk.  As I reported earlier, I received my 5DIII barely more than a day after I ordered it, it's plainly new and seems to work perfectly; and unlike three expensive cameras I've bought from authorized dealers in the past couple of years, the sensor is spotlessly clean and I won't have to return it (I just took some exciting photos of the sky at a very narrow aperture - not a speck of dirt anywhere).  If something goes wrong within the next year, well, I guess I'll find out what, if anything, the risk cost me.  Someone unwilling to take the risk knows where to buy them instead.

Canon General / Re: Just For Fun!
« on: July 14, 2013, 09:34:51 AM »
21. Being overly passionate and concerned about how first time buyers (or anyone) spend THEIR money.

Some folks react as if it's coming out of their own savings. You're new to dslrs and want to buy a 1DX? Great. Next!

Quite.  This typically overlaps with 1-3.  If the camera really doesn't matter, then it doesn't matter if a novice starts with an expensive, high-end camera.  (Anyway, isn't it easier to learn how to use a dslr when, as is the case with higher-end cameras, changing basic settings requires less complicated fiddling with menus?  I found my first dslr, a Nikon D3100, and point-and-shoot pocket cameras, far more intimidating than my subsequent Pentax K-5 and 5DII/5DIII/6D.)

EOS Bodies / Re: Is this a scam website?
« on: July 13, 2013, 03:50:27 PM »
Interesting or odd (or something) that they have three different prices for the Nikon D7000.

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