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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: April 22, 2014, 10:53:36 AM »
"occasional AF inconsistency"

Noooooooooooooooooooooo!!  This is why I retuned all of the copies of their old 50mm...  Hopefully the Sigma dock can fix this.

Otherwise the review looks great.  My biggest concern with this lens was if it sacrificed a nice smooth OOF for sharpness.  The few "Bokeh" (I never know if I am using that word correctly) pictures I have seen look good though. 

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 11, 2014, 10:46:25 AM »
Oh, man...  What to do, I told my-self if it came in at $899 I would pre-order.


Over $500 for a manual focus lens that is only 1/2 stop faster than a similar priced zoom that is already well regarded.  I expect to see the street price around $250-300 if they actually want to sell any.  Crop users are usually less likely to use primes so the price had better be attractive.

The 14mm UWA was great because it was wider than the canon zooms available.

If you want a lens that will last more than a year or so It looks like the new Sigma 50 will be our only option now that it is rumored that canon is unveiling another micro usm in their new yet-to-be-announced 50.

When did the 50mm go from being the standard to being the dumping ground for fragile or focus shifting lenses? My first slr was a 55mm and that was the only lens I had, I still have a fondness for that length but the only one I have in my kit is the Zeiss 50MP.

Lenses / Re: New EF-S 24mm & USM Motor Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 18, 2014, 11:25:01 AM »
We’re also told that a new USM motor will also be introduced some time this year, and it will be called “C-USM”, which stands for Compact Ultrasonic Motor. This technology is likely to first appear in a new 50mm lens.

No no no no no!!!  It is a compact USM motor that made the last 50mm f1.4 a piece of unreliable garbage.  Why would you do this again when you already have a reliable usm motor that is small enough to fit in the new 24, 28, 35 mm IS lenses?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art: Next week at CP+?
« on: February 10, 2014, 01:27:36 PM »
Sigma has updated the lens page. Two interesting points:

According to Sigma, this is "the best 50mm in the history of photography".

The weight is a whopping 815g!

Well I guess the Zeiss Otus is a 55mm not 50mm.  The rest of the 50mm competition is not all that great so they may have a valid claim if the MTF charts are true.  Here is to hoping it comes in at a sub $900 street price.  if it does I will pre-order. 

PowerShot / Re: Updated PowerShot G1 X II Specs
« on: February 10, 2014, 11:29:15 AM »
I wonder if Canon thinks this is the American substitute for the EOS M?  It seems like they may classify the M system as Asia only.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Price leaked
« on: February 06, 2014, 10:37:26 PM »
$1300 for a 50mm f1.4?!?!?!?  Maybe if it had Canon AF but that is waaaay too steep considering you have to play the sigma lottery.  I was going to pre-order this lens if it was in the $800 range but for $1300 i'm out.....

Lenses / Re: Another Mention of a New Macro Lens in 2014 [CR1]
« on: February 05, 2014, 06:06:43 PM »
a say, 135 (150) - 200mm (or 180mm) macro with 1:1 at 200mm and IS does not sound implausible. zooming out while keeping the same distance would allow for easier framing, would allow better flexibility getting the shot.

I don't see a 150-200 range to be enough to make it worthwile to bother with the complication of a zoom lens over a prime. 

I was thinking a 100-200mm f3.5L IS USM with inner zooming (does not extend) that costs about $1500 street and 1800-2000 MSRP at launch.    1:2 at 100 zooming to 1:1 at 200.  I do like the idea of no focus breathing (hope I am using the term correctly)

Personally I would prefer a 50-150 f2.8 IS USM this would be a much more useful range for all of my Macro purposes.

Lenses / Re: Another Mention of a New Macro Lens in 2014 [CR1]
« on: February 05, 2014, 06:00:36 PM »
120mm TS-E macro  ;D

That would be a very cool lens that I could not afford.  It would probably cost $2500-3000. 

The Sony a7r seems like the Canon full frame mirrorless we have been waiting for.  In fact it is exactly the same as if Canon produced it:

If canon had a Mirrorless FF:
you would buy the new body
There would be a couple of special naitive lenses available that are not useful on any other camera
you would buy the adapter to use your Canon glass.

With Sony's Mirrorless FF:
you would buy the new body
There are a couple of special naitive lenses available that are not useful on any other camera
you would buy the adapter to use your Canon glass.
Exactly the same thing with one exception...  you would get better DR with the Sony sensor.

EOS Bodies / Re: Announcement Talk Begins
« on: January 03, 2014, 01:38:04 PM »
Not likely to happen at all but I would love a SL1 sized body with some 70D features like the dual pixel sensor, AFMA, etc.  Add an EOS-M style touch screen and we have my perfect camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: Announcement Talk Begins
« on: January 03, 2014, 11:11:30 AM »
Please Canon.  Just give us a good fast 50mm!!!! Not one with a plastic mount, not one with an unreliable micro usm focus motor and not one with focus shift!!

I grew up on 50mm and it is still my favorite walk around length. 
Oh, and please release it in N America...

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Grab a Pancake! $129 at B&H Photo
« on: December 19, 2013, 11:48:17 AM »
I really don't need one but for $129 free ship and no tax I just cannot resist!!  worst case I can just sell it after the BH sale for what I paid.

EOS Bodies / Re: A New EOS M with EVF Second Half of 2014?
« on: December 09, 2013, 11:09:15 AM »
Just give me the M or M2 with the 70D Sensor.  that is all I want, otnerwise the system is perfect. 

The EVF will just add bulk.  If I want a view finder I will use the 5d3 or the 7d,  It really is not that hard to frame a shot with the screen on the back.   The whole point of mirrorless is the small size .  I am glad Canon is at least getting that right if little else. 

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