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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the Df
« on: November 05, 2013, 11:07:14 AM »
I am sorry to say but I am a total sucker for retro.  I would buy this in a heartbeat if it were canon. 

Though I don't understand why they did not include video, wouldn't make much of a difference to me since I have used it exactly once on my 5d3 just to try it out. 

EOS Bodies / Re: An Announcement Coming in November? [CR1]
« on: October 31, 2013, 03:15:16 PM »
My hope is it's the EF 50mm f/XX IS USM.  :)

Cannot happen.  I thought there was a law out there somewhere that Canon was not allowed to have a fast 50mm with good build, good bokeh and reliable auto focusing.  There are options to pick one or two but not all 3. 

What makes you think there's not an upgrade path?   :o

I'd consider the 1Dx a downgrade from just about every camera Canon makes, primarily because the portrait grip isn't removable, and I don't need or want it.  It's why I've never seriously considered any 1-series camera, nor will I in the future until and unless they go back to the 1V-style removable grip.

Strange ... That has to be the first ever comment I've seen of someone complaining about the inbuilt grip on a 1 series body but I guess it is a personal preference.

BTW, both my 5D3 and the 6D are gripped. Never taken the grip off them

I am in the same boat.  I just don't want the huge camera body, too heavy and akward.  I feel the 5d3's battery lasts a long time and it really only takes like 5 seconds to change it when it gets low.  I would much rather have an extra battery in my pocket than a large hunk of magneseum hanging off the bottom of my camera just to double the battery capacity. 

Canon General / Re: Official: Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS
« on: October 14, 2013, 02:10:38 PM »
If this lens is awesome, I'll sell my EF 24-105 f4 to help pay for it.

However...in this range, I'm dying to see what the rumored Siggy 24-70 f2 will look like.  I'll probably hold off on anything until it's revealed (IF it's revealed).

If this lens has a 82mm filter size for an f4 lens I cannot wait to see what an f2 zoom would have....

Lenses / Re: A New 50 Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2013, 10:59:54 AM »
If I get 10 years out of it, it'll cost me roughly £100 / year for reliable no worry usage. If I sell it for 80% of what I bought it for....then that's even better.

Same reason here for upgrading from the 100mm non-L macro to the L version ... and my primary concern with the new non-L IS lenses, it's seldom mentioned in tech geek threads. I don't buy red ring because it looks cool (actually I taped it), but because it's much more reliable, and even after less than 10years I'm pretty confident with my 100L/70-300L/17-40L.

I have had the 100mm Macro for about 6 years and it works as good as the day I first opened the box.  What reliability concerns do you have? I would think that since the L has IS, and IS is almost always the weak link in any lens' reliability I would assume the older lens would last longer than the L.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Outed?
« on: October 13, 2013, 11:36:17 AM »
Meh...  Bigger and heavier than an already existing canon L lens... With the recent sales this lens cannot be any less expensive than the canon.  So I guess the major draw is you get to play the Sigma lottery and have the fun of exchanging for one that does not have some strange focusing problem. 

No no no no no no no!!   Once Canon sees the competition selling a ~50mm lens for $4,000 then they will price theirs accordingly.   This means that the rumored 50mm f1.8 IS will be in the multi thousand range instead of $500 like people are predicting. ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS M This Week? [CR1]
« on: September 17, 2013, 02:48:18 PM »
I think most people will be happy.


LOL, I meant most people in the General population.  Not most people on this forum!!

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS M This Week? [CR1]
« on: September 16, 2013, 03:32:34 PM »
Sounds promising.  If it has:
1. the 70D's sensor with dual pixel af
2. an electronic view finder
3. size similar to the original M (With an EVF it will have to be larger)
I think most people will be happy.  Though there are some that will complain no matter what is released. 

On my would-be-nice list is the hope they style it after one of their retro cameras like the canonette or something. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumored Sigma Lenses Coming in the Next Year
« on: September 10, 2013, 11:49:14 AM »
Professionals, please enlighten me. Would not a 24 - 90 2.8 or 28 - 90 2.8 be an "ideal" walk around lens. While I don't shoot full frame, I would imagine a lens of such focal length would be ideal for a general purpose lens given it's 2.8 (as opposed to f4) and is long enough to reach the "ideal" portrait focal length of 85/90mm.
Technically it is possible to make a 24-90mm F2.8 lens, and it is also possible make a 35-70mm F1.8. ::) The question is whether the size, weight and price are competitive to sell well, given the other options in the market. A lens 24-90mm F1.8 is the dream of many people, but if costs $ 4000, weighs 3 lbs and is the size of a juice jug, in fact, would be a nightmare to use it. :'( Not everything that can be done must be done. ;)

Personally I think of the 70-300mm L as a walk around lens so if there could be a 24-70 f2 at about that size and weight (1050g), have smooth bokeh and cost about $1400 I would be happy with that.  Personally I love my copy of the 24-105 so It would take more than one stop of aperture to get me to switch especially with the smaller zoom range. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumored Sigma Lenses Coming in the Next Year
« on: September 09, 2013, 10:47:51 AM »
Cool, here is to hoping the 50 1.4 is good with no focus issues.  The canon 50's are either way too fragile or too expensive/ quirky (1.2 version).  The old sigma 50 has great IQ but after 4 copies I gave up playing the lottery.

The 24-70 f2 would be interesting.  I love my 24-105 but a 2 stop light advantage would be worth the switch, if it turned out to be only a f2.8 then I would just keep what I have (with the low light ability of the 5d3 one stop is just not enough to bother switching). 

Lenses / Re: TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Replacement Info [CR1]
« on: August 08, 2013, 01:50:06 PM »
Based entirely on my record as a pretty good guesser  :D, I think Canon might kill 2 birds with one stone here.

With the success of the 100 L IS Macro, the venerable (and comparatively inexpensive) 100 2.8 Macro is a bit of a lame duck now. so I think Canon might roll it and the 90 2.8 TS into one.

That gives you a TS-E 100mm f/2.8 L Macro. Maybe even a 105mm, but that's more of a Nikon thing, I think.

I and many others already use the 90 TS in a close-up role with extension tubes; I think this would be a logical and well-received new lens. And it won't be inexpensive  :'( .

I think this is a good guess.  Wasn't  there a rumor some time ago about a Macro Tilt Shift lens?   That being said if they do produce a 100mm TSE Macro lens I will be getting one!

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 50 f/1.8 IS
« on: July 24, 2013, 06:52:04 PM »
All I ask is for Canon to put out a fast + accurate focusing 50mm with good bokeh and is sharp wide open.  Don't care if it is f1.2, 1.4 or 1.8... Even if it is a EF 50mm f2.0 IS USM   I would be ok with that as long as it is good. 

Isn't DXO the company that tests DSLR sensors without lenses?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS-M sharper than 6D?
« on: July 16, 2013, 03:11:16 PM »
Wow, that is not my experience at ALL...

I have not done side-by-side comparisons between the M and the 6D, but I did compare the M (22 @ 22mm) with the 5D3 (24-105 @ 24mm) indoors in my place and while the M wasn't shabby by any means, there was no question that the 5D3 was far superior.

I find the 6D IQ amazing as well...used it this past weekend at a book signing and it is FAR better than the 60D I used to use at those types of events, even using the same 70-200mm 2.8 lens (!)...

The M has great IQ for its size. But my no means do I find it better than FF 6D or 5D3. At best there is little or no difference (outdoors, sunny day, landscape shots). For everything else FF pulls ahead, sometimes way ahead...

I'd check the focus on your 6D to see if something's up.


My EOS M +22mm is a very good little camera combo but it is not quite as good as the 5d3 +35L or 24-105 (don't have a 6d but asume the IQ at the sensor is similar).  There is no way the 6d should be that soft unless something is up (User or hardware issues).  You seem to know what you are doing so I would guess your camera needs to go in for an adjustment. 

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