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Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2014, 11:22:13 AM »
It's got to come some time. I have the 35 f/2 IS now, so unless this is irresistibly stellar, I'll probably pass. IS is just so handy for video.

Please bring a 50 or 85 (f/1.4 or f/2) with IS soon! Yesterday would be nice  ;)

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one thing is sure.. you donĀ“t even need DXO to see that sony has the best sensors.

They probably have, but that is of little interest to me.
A little while back I got the chance to play with the Nikon D800e and the D4 along with 2 examples of the Nikon 500 F4 ED VR AF-S lens.
Sorry they may have the best (Sony) sensors (and the much touted Nikon processors) but the cameras performance (the D800e was of little use due to the light) and the lenses performance just made me glad I bought Canon. They were pretty peeved when they tried my Canon setup.
Sony sensors are probably the best around at the moment but they are not necessarily put in the best cameras and do not have access to the best lenses (certainly in the case of long fast lenses).
So Sony's (better) sensors are of little value to me, especially in Sony cameras!

Agree ... Lenses and, to some degree, ergonomics keeps me with Canon. Skin tones too. I love my Canon lenses, and I only have a few non-Canon: Tokina 11-16 f2.8, 50-135 f2.8, and a Bower 85 1.4 cine.  Camera bodies will come and go, but lenses will be around for the longhaul

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Lenses / Re: Did Canon Leak the EF 11-24mm f/4L?
« on: November 11, 2014, 01:15:00 PM »
An EF 16-35 f/2.8 III that is as sharp as the current Nikon 14-24 F/2.8
An EF 14-24 F/2.8 that is only as sharp as the current EF 16-35 F/2.8 II

that's your poll.

of course they are mostly going to suggest the first one  the 16-35 II is alright, but not sharp wide open, making a 14-24 like that would be a much weaker performer than the nikkor - so why on earth would anyone want it?

That's precisely why I asked it!  Did people want a wider FL even if it wasn't the sharpest lens around?  25% of the respondents still said yes! That 25% is probably pretty geeked about this talk of an 11-24.

- A

that just goes to show you that even if it's a crappy 14-24 some would even desperately want that.

seriously doesn't tell you much else.

I think it might be a stretch to call the 16-35 II crappy. Not as good as the 14-24, for sure. But crappy...

It's true the 16-35 2.8L II can be a little soft wide open, but I am still keeping it because of the f/2.8.  One stop is a lot of light. At equivalent apertures, the f/2.8 II and f/4 IS are pretty much identical, so it's a question of more light or IS.

Here's what I'd like to see, although it will never be made:  16- 24 f/2.0  (smaller range to keep the size and weight down in the 600g range.  Or a 24-50 f/2.0

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Lenses / Re: Preorder: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 11, 2014, 01:04:32 PM »
Frankly, I never understood the attraction of ordering a product before it is reviewed. Is being the "first kid on the block" one of the motivations?

As a general rule, this is a good policy. However, with this lens I think ordering is a safe bet. Does anyone doubt this lens will be anything less than stellar?

That's a good point ... Canon's recent lens releases have been great, even if expensive. It's a good sign when we can fully expect a new lens to be awesome. Still, I will wait for reviews (and possible sale prices) mostly because I'm in no great need for this.

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Lenses / Re: Preorder: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 11, 2014, 09:32:14 AM »
I'll wait for reviews and possible price drop, but I think this is set to be a big seller.

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Lenses / Re: Did Canon Leak the EF 11-24mm f/4L?
« on: November 11, 2014, 09:30:34 AM »
Looks like a bonafide accidental leak to me   :)

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Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 10, 2014, 01:57:23 PM »
This lens is very tempting. I wish it was a little lighter but it's now on my wish list. Can't wait to see the reviews, but Canon seems to be on a roll with good lenses. I hope they replace the 50 1.4 soon. Also a new 85 with IS would be awesome.

They just rebuilt the 85L. Not gonna happen again soon.  If any prime gets rebuilt with IS I figure it will be the 135L due to the focal length.  That one is also long in the tooth, and even Sigma didn't bother with putting IS on the new 35 & 50 ART.

I think Etienne was referring to the 85/1.8, not the 85L II. Although the 85L was refreshed ~17 years after the original design, the 85/1.8 design is now 22 years old.

And while Sigma didn't put IS in its new 35 and 50 Art models, Canon did just add it to the 35/2 a couple of years ago.

I, too, would like to see the 50/1.4 updated, to a 50/1.x (true ring) USM IS version.

Yes I was referring to the 85 1.8, add IS, true USM, rounded aperture blades and we're good to go ... But an 85 1.4 would be cool too.

The 85/1.8 has true ring USM and is one of the fastest focusing lenses around.

I owned the 85 1.8, and liked it quite a lot, but there's a lot of CA. A small bump caused the manual focus to stick and be unreliable, which made it useless for video, so I sold it to a guy who never uses manual focus and he's quite happy with it.

I recently bought the Bower 85 f1.4, and it is very nice for video, extremely smooth focus and clickless aperture, but no AF and no IS. I'd really like a Canon 85 f/1.8 with IS.

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Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 10, 2014, 01:51:39 PM »
Now, there's a unicorn wish.

Looking for this lens to drop to $1,699 levels in 6 months.

It could happen. I bought my 70-200 f/2.8 IS MkII for $1850 from B&H about a year after it was release at $2499.

I am interested in this new 100-400, but I'm in no hurry for it. If it drops to $1699 I'll bite for sure.

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Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 09, 2014, 11:04:51 PM »
This lens is very tempting. I wish it was a little lighter but it's now on my wish list. Can't wait to see the reviews, but Canon seems to be on a roll with good lenses. I hope they replace the 50 1.4 soon. Also a new 85 with IS would be awesome.

They just rebuilt the 85L. Not gonna happen again soon.  If any prime gets rebuilt with IS I figure it will be the 135L due to the focal length.  That one is also long in the tooth, and even Sigma didn't bother with putting IS on the new 35 & 50 ART.

I think Etienne was referring to the 85/1.8, not the 85L II. Although the 85L was refreshed ~17 years after the original design, the 85/1.8 design is now 22 years old.

And while Sigma didn't put IS in its new 35 and 50 Art models, Canon did just add it to the 35/2 a couple of years ago.

I, too, would like to see the 50/1.4 updated, to a 50/1.x (true ring) USM IS version.

Yes I was referring to the 85 1.8, add IS, true USM, rounded aperture blades and we're good to go ... But an 85 1.4 would be cool too.

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Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 09, 2014, 02:51:57 PM »
This lens is very tempting. I wish it was a little lighter but it's now on my wish list. Can't wait to see the reviews, but Canon seems to be on a roll with good lenses. I hope they replace the 50 1.4 soon. Also a new 85 with IS would be awesome.

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Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 07, 2014, 01:15:08 PM »
Still waiting for the most important spec ...

... the $ spec

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Lenses / Re: More EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Talk [CR2]
« on: October 29, 2014, 03:20:26 AM »
I have the 70-200 2.8 IS II and 2x extender. While I like it's versatility, it is slow to focus and soft wide open. I am interested in this 100-400 mkII if it delivers fast performance, reasonable price, not too heavy and sharp wide open.
Otherwise I'll stick with the combo I have.

To be honest, I am hoping for a super sharp contrasty lightweight new  400 f/5.6 IS

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces the Cinema EOS C100 Mark II
« on: October 23, 2014, 11:15:21 AM »
I also see no reason to record 4K today.

So I can stabilize in post, crop, downsample, and still have 1080p left.

This is a legitimate response, but this camera is aimed at people using professional-style rigs, no? So stabilisation isn't really an issue.
Sure it's not an issue ... If you are that one professional on earth who gets everything perfect the first time, even in fast moving ENG or doco environments. For the rest of us not-yet-perfect videographers ... every bit of tech helps

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces the Cinema EOS C100 Mark II
« on: October 22, 2014, 10:03:19 AM »
If you use the C300 and C100 daily you will know how significantly better the C300 feels, and this upgrade makes the C100 actually nicer than the C300. The tiltable hq EVF is alone worthy of upgrade, the screen is also a great addition, slowmotion also is very good, these were the only complaints people had with the C100 and it fixed those. The dual pixel AF in the entire frame can revolutionize event/sports/documentary shooting. They also DO claim higher image quality and better high ISO performance.let's wait and see what it does in real life tests, but this seems like the most "complete" video camera for 5$k now. If you need 4K, this camera is not 4K, look at 4K cameras, there are many.

The Canon C line while disappoints web-readers who don't actually use the cameras, prove to be the best in class when actually used. The C300 didn't become the de facto standard for news and broadcast for it's spec sheet, remember how the scarlet was announced on the same day with an enormous spec sheet, look how many use the scarlet compared to the c300 now. Let's wait until we see the images and real-life tests.
It does not say dpaf for the entire frame. I'm guessing it is just the center as before.  But entire frame with a touch screen focus pull would change things

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces the Cinema EOS C100 Mark II
« on: October 22, 2014, 01:39:45 AM »
This is a small refresh, nice to have stuff if you were going to buy a new C100 anyway, and that's why the price doesn't change much.

But the big news is still the Sony PXW-FS7 ... at $2,500 dollars more it still looks like a steal compared to the C100 mkII.

I am both disappointed in the incremental upgrade (I really thought the C100 II was going to be very tempting), and happy that it looks like an easy decision: Sony wins this round.

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