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Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 24, 2012, 12:31:45 AM »
Would you prefer a 17-40 f/4 IS or a 14-24 f/2.8?

I suspect both will be released, just a matter of time. Personally, I am only interested in the f/4 IS version because it will have front threading and will also be lighter.

Many however find the 14-24 more appealing because of the focal length range.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS Exists as a Working Prototype [CR2]
« on: December 19, 2012, 09:01:44 PM »
It would seem that Image-Stabilization may soon be considered the de facto standard on all of Canon's zoom lenses (plus some primes too). I wonder if this is because they feel they've gone as far as they can in terms of ISO performance?

Because Canon is addressing the complaints of those folks who want every lens stabilized. This crowd loves the in-body IS.

Previously, Canon tried to please the crowd who wanted the megapixel race to end. Look where it got them...

I don't think the general crowd knows what they really need.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body $1599 at B&H Photo
« on: December 18, 2012, 04:49:57 AM »
Smart Canon response to Nikon's D600/D800 deals. :D

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 vs 6D AF in low light
« on: December 18, 2012, 04:46:33 AM »

Thanks for the link. Quite a revelation. I hated the 7D single shot AF for its poor accuracy, but never expected its contrast AF to be so poor as well.

EOS Bodies / What happened to article on Canon's patent
« on: December 18, 2012, 04:38:48 AM »
Some time ago, CR published a small snippet on Canon's patent for a small OVF with 100% coverage.


The CR report has since then been removed. What happened here? Canon threatened legal action? :)

Thought more about it. Instead of FF mirrorless, it may well be a fixed lens camera, like the RX1. If it's a fixed lens camera, AF speed should not be an issue. So, we may see a battle between Sony 35 mm f/2 FF compact and Canon 50 mm f/2 FF compact.

Full frame mirrorless? Wow, wow, wow!!! That will simply DESTROY all competition

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L in Late 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 14, 2012, 02:14:15 AM »
Right, because Canon products are immune from poor QC, if that were entirely true then the wait + final cost wouldn't matter so much

Sure, they have poor 'QC' issues in the past. The truth is a number of those problems are mostly due to poor design, e.g., portrait issue of 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS, 1D3 AF problems, light leak in 5D3. But most importantly, they are officially acknowledged and rectified. Some companies don't even acknowledge their problems... like this article dated 6-Dec-2012: http://bythom.com/.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L in Late 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 13, 2012, 11:19:40 PM »
Typical of canon to feed rumors and leak announcements a year in advance, and control discontent among the brand loyalists, announce as late as they can in the next year, and deliver the actual product even later still like in 2014. Seen this play before. *yawn*

Either the above or get the product out of the door asap with poor factory QC like some companies. Pick your poison.

BTW, the 14-24 f/2.8L patent was confirmed in 2009, filed in 2007 within Japan and 2008 within USA. See this. So, if what you say is true, then Canon must have been fueling rumors and anticipation several years prior to actual product release. :D

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L in Late 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 13, 2012, 09:36:33 PM »

Edit: Remember there was some mention of patent exchange between Nikon and Canon this year. Perhaps Canon gave them the formula for 70-200 f/4 while they provided Canon something for 14-24 f/2.8. :) This is the last lens needed to complete the f/2.8 zoom trinity.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50 f/1.4 IS in 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 12, 2012, 08:52:04 PM »
As was stated before (but I shall echo)...
  • This lens should have been expected by all of us.  All the non-L primes seem to be getting modern updates with better build quality, internal focusing, USM and IS.
  • Such a refresh will have IQ that rivals current equivalently stopped down L glass of that length.
- A

I will add ring-USM, not just any USM (which may include micromotor USM).

Another point to add to the above list: the new lenses are almost guaranteed to be smaller and lighter than the older equivalents. Canon may even trade-off aperture size just to have them lighter and smaller.

All in all, a brilliant strategy! It's what I've always wanted!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D Wifi Linking with iPhone 5
« on: December 06, 2012, 05:14:01 AM »
Unless I want to be a spyier, WHY do I want to operate the camera through a cell phone ??? ??? ???
To understand and use any feature of a camera (including WiFi linking 6D with a smartphone), one needs imagination ... the first prerequisite of any photographer.

Well said. Maybe some folks are just gearheads who love to brag about the capabilities of their gear, leaving themselves little time to engage in real photography.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D vs 5D MKII (Focusing?)
« on: December 04, 2012, 04:08:40 AM »
I think it's the same as Roger Cicala's comment later in the thread.

Thanks for pointing that out. Anyway, I am happy as long as 6D single shot, center point AF consistency is better than 7D. The latter drove me crazy with its inconsistent single shot AF performance.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D vs 5D MKII (Focusing?)
« on: December 04, 2012, 02:36:24 AM »
Hmm. LensRentals did a controlled test and the results don't support your enthusiasm.
In terms of AF accuracy, the 6D is closer to the 5DII than the 1DX/5DIII.

I don't think Roger Cicala was being consistent in the above article.

If we list the AF standard deviations of previous Canon cameras tested by Roger using the new 28 f/2.8 IS USM, this is what we get:

1DsIII 29
5D II 38.5
50D 34
7D 41
1DIV 22
60D 34
T3i 41
1Dx 17
5D III 17
T4i 29
6D 28

If we group them according to AF consistency of the center point, this is the result:
Tier 1: 1DX, 5D3... 1D4 trailing slightly
Tier 2: 6D, 1Ds3, T4i... 50D, 60D trailing slightly
Tier 3: 5D2, 7D, T3i

So, yes, the 6D beats out the 5D2 (and the 7D too... consistent with my experience).

EOS Bodies / Re: More 6D sample images - with RAW files.
« on: December 01, 2012, 03:37:07 PM »
Seems like the 6D,1Ds3,1DX will be Canon's best for low ISO DR most likely. Still a far cry, from Exmor/Aptina/etc., as expected.

I am about to cry

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