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Lenses / Re: Video Review: Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: July 08, 2014, 12:33:40 PM »
My light weight walk around UW setup is EOS-M with EF-M 11-22 4.5-5.6 IS .... much lighter and smaller than the SL1 with 10-18.

Can't wait for the EOS-M mark 3

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 7D Body $999, Kits From $1099
« on: July 07, 2014, 02:21:26 PM »
The best time to buy a new digital camera is when it's new.

Pass on this, unless it drops to $100

Lenses / Re: DigitalRev review of the new 16-35 L IS
« on: July 04, 2014, 10:02:30 AM »
Not bad hand-held timelapse

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: June 26, 2014, 09:51:05 AM »
So many things to buy, so little money to buy them with. :'(

I think its too soon for 5D3 refresh but this would be my list for me to buy a 5d4.

Stills Side

1. Blinky AF point
2. Linked AF point Spot Metering
3. 1/250th Sync speed bump. (1/500 would be even more sweet)
4. Built in RT transmitter
5. 7 FPS bump and improved buffer for dual card writing. (pitiful if you use the SD card slot currently.)
6. Dual CF or SD, just pick one or the other.
7. Add dual custom buttons like the 1Dx besides the lens mount.
8??. Did anyone notice the second curtain sync C-fn through PC sync missing in the mk3? I was positive this was on my 5Dc or the 5D2...
9. Make the Rate button do something else beside's rate and protect. :/
10. Slight screen bump in resolution/size and/or Touchscreen with optional toggle.
11. Lastly, Any ISO/IQ/Resolution bump is nice but these other features are much more important to me.

Video side.

2. 4K
3. RAW Video Internally (if possible, Magic lantern will get it anyway.)
4. Peaking
5. Crop Mode 1080P

Thats all I could think of at this moment. Its mostly little stuff and if canon doesn't include the majority of these things, I won't upgrade.


12. I would like glowing buttons like on the D4s.

+1 ... nice list, although I like having 1 CF, 1 SD slot . I have a high speed CF, and I use an Eye-fi in the SD slot to transfer Medium sized JPGs

Reviews / Re: Is Canon 5d mk 1 still a good camera?
« on: June 22, 2014, 01:19:53 AM »
I've owned the Canon 40D, 5DII,  5DIII, and I've used the T3i, 60D, 5Dc, and 6D quite a lot. I can say the 5DIII is by far the best of all these.

The 5Dc produces beautiful shots up to ISO800, the 40D was a work horse, and the 5DII was great, and the 6D is pretty much the same as the 5DII with a few extra goodies. But the 5DIII is pretty damn good at everything from video to sports to landscape to portraitsl the ergonomics are awesome, and it's built like a tank. It stands out above all in this category. The only better camera to the 5DIII is the 1Dx, but you got to pay and you have to carry a much bigger camera. Overall, I would ditch the 5Dc for either a 5DII, a 6D, or a 5DIII if you can cough up the cash. Then wait for the next generation.

EOS Bodies / What do you hope-for MOST from Canon in 2014
« on: June 22, 2014, 12:46:32 AM »
I am hoping that Canon comes out with a killer mirrorless ... either a Pro EOS-M3 or a full frame, either of which should beat the Sony A7 series. Features: fast AF, awesome IQ, amazing low light, excellent video, Video AF with dual pixel, full sensor readout for video with no artifacts (moire, aliasing), excellent ergonomics, built in wifi with livestream to YouTube capability.

What product do you hope-for the most from Canon this year?

Great news, although Rokinon has already released multiple native EF-M mount lenses:

How about one of these two babies.  40mm f/0.85 :


Or this bizarre super macro:


I was going to mention the Handevision but it's not available yet, and personally, I think it's ridiculously expensive for such a low-priced camera.  I'll be surprised if they sell very many.

I didn't know about the macro lens - that is bizarre!

The Tamron is really intriguing given that IQ isn't my primary concern when I carry the M.

Not to mention, the Handevision weighs a ton!

Lenses / Re: EF-M 55-200 4.5-6.3 IS STM Coming Shortly
« on: June 17, 2014, 12:03:38 AM »
Nice.  This and the 22/2 as a walkaround M kit would work for me.

I am warming up to the M. I bought the EF-M 11-22 10 days ago, and I love it, it is so light and handy! Yesterday I went out with EF-M 11-22, 22 f/2, and 24-105 (with adapter), and the light weight is really nice. This 55-200 would eliminate the need for the 24-105 and make the M setup awesome for daytime walk around.

Now I'm hoping that Canon goes all-in with an M3 ... something that would challenge Sony's A7s in video (but APSC). Don't hold back, make it a real contender Canon!

Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 10, 2014, 07:22:03 PM »
The 24-105 f/4L IS came in the 5DII kit,
and I bought the 16-35 f/2.8L II at the same time

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: June 10, 2014, 01:19:58 PM »
This is the third review I read from Dustin Abbott. Great review once again. Very honest.

I was seriously considering the reviewed lens but got caught up by the announcement of the Sigma 50 1.4 Art (not sure I want to buy a 35mm AND a 50mm). Anyway I might end up just buying the 40mm instead, so here comes my

question: how does the 35mm f/2 IS compare to the 40mm f/2.8?

I understand the max aperture small difference, the 300$ price tag gap, and the former being a tad wider, but what in terms of:
- sharpness (@ 2v2.8 and 2.8v2.8)
- distortion
- bokeh rendering
- Dustin's "WOW" effect

Thanks in advance.

I have both the 35 f/2 IS and the pancake 40mm.  I use the 35 quite a bit, and love it!

I hardly ever use the 40. It's not quite wide enough, and the aperture is not quite large enough. I'm not a fan of the focus by wire, which produces a lot of noise in video, and is frustrating for quick manual focus, and you can't retract the focus unless the camera is on.

The 35 is small and light enough to satisfy my desire for light weight walk around, but the 40 fits easily into almost any bag, and the camera is really easy to take out of a bag when the 40 is on it. Some people use the 40 as a camera body cap.

If I was only going to get one, I'd get the 35 f/2 IS. I've taken handheld video interviews at night on the street using this lens that look like they are on a tripod! And the focal length is perfect for street video interviews because you can get up close to the subject which vastly improves the on-camera audio quality (using a Rode VideoMic Pro).

Then again, I bought the 40 2.8 for $150 ... at that price it's a no brainer for me, so wait for a sale and get both!

EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next for Cinema EOS?
« on: June 09, 2014, 10:58:50 PM »
If they don't get something out at Photokina to compete with the GH4, I suspect most of the low budget indie crowd will consider Canon dead in the water, and start migrating, unless they've already got too much invested in glass and already have a 5D Mk III.

Low budget indie crowd is generally shooting Alexa.

There's low budget, and there's LOWwww budget. My low budget crowd thinks I'm big budget with a 5DIII setup   :)

EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next for Cinema EOS?
« on: June 09, 2014, 06:03:52 PM »
If they don't get something out at Photokina to compete with the GH4, I suspect most of the low budget indie crowd will consider Canon dead in the water, and start migrating, unless they've already got too much invested in glass and already have a 5D Mk III.

The GH4 is certainly an interesting camera, but not perfect. A lot or most Indies cant afford or handle a full 4K workflow yet, shallow DOF is a challenge on the GH4 since you need much larger aperture lenses to achieve it (think f/1.2 ), XLR is nice, but most people use separate audio and it's not that difficult, some people like Philip Bloom have reported that low light performance is not that great (5D3 is awesome in low light). The GH4 is no longer small and light, and with the Audio option, it's quite large and heavy, and yet still not a good option for ENG ... and it's $4000 . I'm not tempted by the GH4.  The 5D3 footage still has a special beauty to it.

The real threat may come from the Sony A7s ... if reviews confirm the promise. Small, light, full frame, unbelievable low light, and 4K available for a high end production if you really need it. I'd like to see Canon put something head to head with the Sony A7s rather than the GH4

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 31, 2014, 03:46:41 PM »
It's mind boggling how brainwashed people are on FF being the god all-mighty form factor. I guess change is scary to a lot of people.

When it comes to sensors, bigger is better.  I guess physics is scary to some people.  ;)

Granted, smaller might be good enough, depending on the application/output.

People over play this card. With current sensors you're not going to see a difference until about ISO 3200. And that's if you print 20". FF is amazing in low light, but the majority of images are not produced there.

There's over 2 stops advantage from FF vs crop for pics. It's closer to 3 stops for video. The 5DIII video is pretty damn good even at ISO 10,000.  The 60D starts to degrade over 1250. The EOS-M video is not very good at 1600, so you have to stay at 800. Magic Lantern can help things there, but larger sensors win almost every comparison, but you have to pay to play

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