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Congrats! It's great to see progress, but I don't have the nerve to risk my 5DIII until there's at least a beta version, and the boot flag can be reset.

EOS Bodies / Re: What Happened to the Photography Industry in 2013?
« on: March 07, 2014, 06:26:46 AM »
There wouldn't be such a drop in lens shipments if some of they lenses didn't cost as much as a car.   Sorry, but $12k for the 200-400 is way out of my budget at this time.   Same with Canon "adjusting their prices to match the market"   So the 400 just became history unless I pick one up used.

Exactly. Can we get something that's more than $300 but less than $10,000?

I am waiting on a couple too (a better UWA, a new 400 5.6 with IS, a better 50 1.4) but  there are lots of good options available now: 24 2.8 IS, 28 2.8 IS, 35 f/2 IS, 100 2.8 macro IS, the 24-70 lenses, 70 - 200 2.8 IS, the Tamron 150 - 600 , etc etc

EOS Bodies / Re: What Happened to the Photography Industry in 2013?
« on: March 06, 2014, 09:08:52 AM »
What happened is that the size/weight issue of DSLRs is overrated.

Cameras just can't go more portable than cell phones.

And mirrorless is the wrong solution to the problem of DSLRs being too large and heavy. It turns out that users of DSLRs do not mind DSLRs being large and heavy, as long as there is a mature lens system, and the manufacturer being able to reduce the weight just a little bit.

Not quite true ... a lot of people want smaller and lighter, but they (me included) don't want to give up ergonomics or performance.

EOS Bodies / Re: What Happened to the Photography Industry in 2013?
« on: March 06, 2014, 06:41:56 AM »
I agree with many of the comments here. Although I am pretty happy with my 5DIII,  I would still like a few upgrades:

Lighter weight
Speedier fps
even better AF, the dual pixel in FF
better video: true HD, 120 fps slow motion, video crop mode, maybe even 4K capability
Focus aids for video, built in intervalometer, etc
How about an XLR device like the optional one on the new panasonic GH4!

I think there's still lots of room for upgrades that I would pay for.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon C100 praise & annoyances
« on: March 05, 2014, 11:08:06 AM »
Fimmakers shoot with film cameras, videographers shoot with video cameras. The C100 is a video camera, not a film camera.

Sure ... and real writers use a quill.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 600 f/4L IS III & EF 600 f/4 DO IS
« on: March 03, 2014, 06:54:24 PM »
I wish they'd just update the 400 5.6 ... put in IS, make it sharper, and don't massacre my piggy bank. It would be light enough to carry regularly, and probably do just fine with the 1.4x at f/8.

That would be my "poor-man's" super-tele.

Software & Accessories / Re: Louis Vuitton bag
« on: March 03, 2014, 03:27:58 PM »

It's a tough job, but somebody has to separate a fool from her money ... Thanks Louis!

EOS Bodies / Re: Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« on: March 02, 2014, 12:37:21 AM »
I'd just like some focus aids with a firmware update.

EOS Bodies / Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: February 27, 2014, 06:34:59 PM »
It all depends on how much of an improvement it provides.

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 25, 2014, 05:34:43 PM »
There's no amount of good reviews that will get me to part with that much money for a 50mm.
Interested in the Sigma 50 ART reviews though.

My Canon 50 1.4 works fine, but doesn't get a lot of use, so I'm in no hurry.
But I would love to see a robust, sharp, contrasty, fast focussing 50 1.4 WITH IS.
Not holding my breath on that. 

Reuters Full Focus best of 2013 was even more lopsided to Canon:  A collection of the years's best 93 pictures.

80% of the pictures within the collection were taken with Canon cameras. The Canon 5D Mk3 and the Canon 1DX were the most popular each with 27 photos in the top 93. (29% each, 58% together) The Canon 1DMkIV had 11. What totally blew me away was that Nikon as a camera was only used for 11 pictures in the collection of the top 93.

Here is the full list by camera manufacturer and model:

1.  Canon 5D Mark III          27 pictures
2.  Canon EOS 1DX             27 pictures
3.  Canon EOS 1D Mark IV 11 pictures.
4.  Canon 5D Mark II             7 pictures
5. Canon EOS 1D Mark IIII 3 pictures

6. Camera with two photos in the collection:
 a. Canon 7D
 b. Nikon D3s
 c. Nikon D4
 d. Nikon D300S
 e. Nikon D3

7 . Cameras with one photo in the collection:
Canon EOS 1D Mark II.
Canon EOS 1D Mark II N
Canon EOS rebel T3
Nikon D7000
Nikon D700
Nikon D3100
GoPro Hero II

Thanks for sharing.  The image with the mother giving birth is the one that will stay with me for days.

I don't care much which camera model they are using.  What's interesting is the dominant number of images shot with a 70-200 and 16-35.  I expected the 70-200 but I was surprised with how many images there are either shot with 16-35 or 24mm prime. If the 16-35 lens is popular with press photographers as well as landscape photographer one would think that a 14-24 lens would be one of Canon's top priorities.  Or am I looking at it the wrong way, is it because it's so popular that they don't think it needs a replacement?

I have noticed that the majority of winning journalism photographs are taken with wide angle/ ultra wide lenses.

Wide angle offers a dramatic perspective and lets the photographer capture both subject and context while being up close and personal. The drama and the sense of "being there" is most compelling with an ultrawide lens.

A journalist needs to be up close and personal to get the story in the first place, so a lens like the 16-35 is ideal.

Interesting ... people are getting excited over stats from less than 60 camera users and coming to the conclusion that one camera is better than an another?

These are the winning photographs out of many thousands, perhaps many millions of photographs.
It is revealing what the photographers are using, and what gear was used to get the one in a million shot.
Yes, it is significant, even though not scientific

It may be irrational, and fan-boyish, but I take a certain pride in owning a 5DIII seeing these results. It's encouraging to see that Canon cameras are getting the lions share of top results. It boosts my confidence in my choice to stay with Canon as well.

Lenses / Re: 35mm f2 IS for city photography at night?
« on: February 17, 2014, 06:56:07 PM »
I bought the Canon 35 f/2 IS for low light and video work. It's a great little lens.
It's smaller and lighter than the 1.4 lenses, which is important to me, and it has IS, which, apart from low light, is great for:

-Anytime you want deep DOF handheld in less than bright light.

It's a sharp lens with good contrast and color

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