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Nikon just put out their D750 announcement:

Nikon has, of course, gone a little crazy with all the FF offerings.  But the D750 is not a weird sidebar project (like the D800E), a retro/style play (Df), a quality fix (like the D610) or a refresh/update (like the D810).  This is a new segment at first glance.

I thought the FF market had settled into:

Entry:         6D / D6-something (2 models 1 model  ::))
Pro:           5D3 / D8-something (3 models)
Flagship:   1DX / D4-something (2 models)

It looks like (and I haven't scrutinized this terribly long) this D750 camera is a mish-mosh of:

* D6-something sensor (entry)
* D8-something AF system (pro)
* D8-something video (pro)
* D810 and D4s image processor (pro/flagship)
* 6.5 FPS burst (pro* is not quite this fast, but 6.5 is nowhere near their flagship level)
* D6-something fastest shutter speed (entry)

And everything -- features and price -- seems to line up with a new mid-level FF price point.

Is this tenable as a business model?
Can Nikon sustain four price points of FF shooters and not:

  • Leave one price point unattended for long periods with new offerings?
  • Frustratingly blur the lines between the segments and have new offerings muddle things further?

As a consumer, I love all the options, but surely this is a tough road for Nikon to take, isn't it?  Would Canon ever try to stretch out and subdivide the FF market in this fashion?

- A

EOS Bodies / How does the reveal of the final 7D2 specs make you feel?
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:40:58 AM »
We've finally seen what are believed to be the final 7D2 specs:

So there it is.  It's Christmas morning, and you finally got to open your present after ages of speculating.  How are you feeling?

- A

Lenses / "Confirmed" -- Zeiss Otus 85mm F/1.4 at Photokina
« on: September 04, 2014, 09:51:13 AM »
Photo Rumors: new Zeiss 85 Otus is "confirmed" for Photokina:

(These guys usually have pictures when they confirm things.  Not this time, though.)

- A

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Shooting an event soon -- could use some advice
« on: September 03, 2014, 01:20:52 PM »
Hey gang,

I wasn't sure where to put this, sorry.

I am volunteering at a kids event this weekend and when they heard I was a photographer (full disclosure: natural light enthusiast only), they asked me to bring my rig and shoot the event.  I only have sketchy details, but here's what I know:

  • It will be a mixture of indoor and outdoor shooting.  Outdoors will be violently bright and indoors will be cavelike darkness (it's actually an aquarium).
  • There will be thousands of people there over the course of the event, so it will be some form of organized chaos in a walkaround 'capture what I can' sort of scenario.
  • The event will last 4-6 hours and I need to carry all my gear over that time -- no 100% safe bases of operations are available, and my car will be too far away.

So here's what I was planning on bringing:

  • 5D3
  • 600EX-RT with a Sto-Fen Omni Bounce
  • 16-35 F/4L IS
  • 24-70 F/4L IS
  • 70-200 F/2.8L IS II
  • Filters: CPL for outdoor shooting and UV for indoor shooting and handsy kid fingerprint insurance  :P.  The CPL might also be useful to shoot the exhibits through the glass if need be.
  • I may also bring some rain covers in case they need me to shoot near an open water habitat -- I'm waiting to hear back on that.


1) Did I miss anything obvious?  (Note that I lack any (even basic) off-camera lighting tools like a bracket or ETTL cable.  So I'm hotshoe-ing the 600EX-RT or bust.)

2) I need to be able to carry everything around with me, so I don't want to go too heavy.  The 70-200 is heavy and likely will be overkill given how many people will be packed into this place.  Should I leave it out altogether to save weight, or would you bring it?

3) Should I even bother with a gray card to back out the interior lighting?  I think I'll be moving around to so many different spots that I won't have the time to use it.

Any advice is appreciated.

- A


Take this rumor with a grain of salt, but that would make a heck of a splash...

- A

Pricewatch Deals / 70D refurbs now available *and* on sale
« on: August 20, 2014, 12:16:52 PM »

Lenses / Sigma 14-24mm OS lens at Photokina?
« on: August 14, 2014, 05:41:34 PM »
Oh snap.  Ultrawiders who really want 14mm on a zoom might be happy to see this rumor...

...but I think someone will complain about not having f/2.8 before anyone can say woohoo to a 14-24 lens.

- A

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: July 28, 2014, 06:29:06 PM »

Another APS-C vs. FF rant, this time by Zack Arias:

I'm not remotely foolish enough to stir a debate so much as pass on something that will give the pre-digital-era photographers a smile.

- A


I've had a 24-70 F2.8L I sitting unused since I opted for the 24-70 F/4L IS (which is a joy to use, by the way).  I made up my mind to sell it some time ago.

So I went through one online quoting process with a few folks -- KEH, B&H, Adorama, etc. -- and kept seeing quotes of X and the same lens being sold at the same sites for 1.5X. 

I lack the eBay time to rack up happy customers, and I'm told that eBay is a customer-tilted justice system in which I may be found guilty without a proper trial.

So I am asking:  what is the easiest way to sell lenses that minimizes drama, maximizes simplicity, and doesn't involve me giving it away for nothing. 

Easy question, right?

Annnnnnnd:  Go!

- A

I started a survey on a 7D2 rumor thread, but thought I'd increase my hits by having a standalone posting.

Head here for my simple and fast survey re: displays on the back of DSLR bodies.  I'm trying to segment everyone's take on touch vs. no touch, rigid vs. tilty-swively, etc.
(I did this offsite to get more than one question asked with a multiple checkbox response, that's all)

Everyone can participate once, and then repeating the link should show the results.  It's interesting so far, but I'd like more responses if you have 90-120 seconds to give.  It's fast.


Lenses / 16-35 F/4L IS -- Canon registration, ACR profiles, etc.
« on: July 14, 2014, 12:31:58 PM »

I just got the new 16-35 F/4L IS, and I had two questions:

  • When I tried to register it with Canon, there was no option for this lens (or the new EF-S 10-18 IS lens either) under UWA zooms.  I checked to see if it was misfiled, but I can't find it.  I'll assume Canon just hasn't updated their website yet.  From past lens release experience, how long does this usually take?
  • Is there any estimate on the lead time for an ACR update with lens correction profiles included for this lens? I notice there was an update in June but this lens was not included.


- A

Software & Accessories / To filter or not to filter
« on: July 14, 2014, 12:23:18 PM »

just curious, what's your preference on using the front filter threads on your current lenses?

For the sake of this poll, let's assume that:

  • We are not talking about landscape / square / ND grad sort of hardware as that confounds the question a bit.  If you have a lens you only use that hardware with, please discard it from consideration with your answer.  We're looking for general shooting here.
  • We are only talking about lenses that natively allow front filtering without special hardware or a third party solution. So I am not talking about superteles with rear-filtering, UWA lenses with outrigger attachments, etc.

Please note that I am not trying to stoke the ongoing sometimes well-behaved / sometimes not well-behaved debate on this [cough] polarizing topic.  I am just looking to establish a baseline on filter practices this forum uses. 


- A

EOS Bodies / Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 07, 2014, 10:50:24 AM »

I'd thought we'd start the week looking forward to something.  What features / performance levels would get you excited about the 7D2? 

I want a positive statement from you about what would legitimately fire you up to own a 7D2.   No snarky "APS-C is not for me so I'll say 'A 50 MP FF sensor', ha ha" stuff.  Seriously, what would get you excited when the 7D2 announcement comes?

- A

Disclaimer:  I'm not trying poke fun at Ivan's original thread so much as build some excitement around a release.  Mondays need positive thoughts because they are, in fact, Mondays.

Landscape folks,

I just ran a quick vignetting test with a new 16-35 F/4L IS with Lee Filter setup attached just now.


  • Used a FF rig, a 5D3 in my case.
  • Shot at F/9 perhaps 18" away from a large white wall.  Confirmed focus once at beginning of series and then switched to MF for all shots so the lens wouldn't hunt on the bare white wall.
  • Used a Lee 77 wide angle adaptor ring directly on the lens' filter threads
  • Attached a 2-slot Foundation Kit holder with the 105mm CPL ring screwed on the front.
  • Ran a series with nothing in the Holder, and then ran it again with the 105 CPL attached.
  • Walked the FL from 16-24 in small manual increments (the gap in the ring is relatively small in between 16 - 20 and 20 - 24, so it was not an exact science.)
  • Cable release, tripod, LV, etc.
  • The CPL was a 105mm B+W Kaesemann filter (BWKCPMC105 at B&H)
  • The camera did not have peripheral illumination enabled, but I don't think it would have mattered as (a) there is no lens profile recognized by my 5D3 and (b) the type of vignetting this issue creates is a black and white hard obstruction.
  • Pulled Focal Length value from the EXIF from a Mac OS Command-I (info) pull.  No idea if there is a more exact way to get the value.

Results with the CPL ring on a two-slot Lee holder but NO CPL in place:

16mm - 24mm:  Clean.  No vignetting. 

Results with the CPL ring on a two-slot Lee holder and the CPL was in place:

16mm: Vignettes considerably.  Expected.
17mm: Vignettes.
18mm: Vignettes slightly.  Cloning/editing this out is only a small chore at this point.
19mm: Vignettes the smallest possible amount.  A trivial fix in PS or whatever you use.
20mm - 24mm: Clean.  No vignetting.

Pleasantly surprised.  I thought I'd need to painstakingly disassemble my Holder down to a 'two options' variety (one slot with CPL, two slots with no CPL ring, etc.) to use this holder at all with the 16-35.  But as my holder stands, I can shoot with 2 slots (no CPL) at 16mm and all three starting at 20mm.  I love it. 

That the only wildcards here that might differ on your FF rig with this lens are (definitely) the thickness of your CPL's front ring and (possibly) the version of your Lee Holder.  Lee is known to have snuck in weird versions over the years that are ever-so-slightly different.

Hope this is helpful to you!

- A

Lenses / Canon EF 16-35 F/4L IS -- Reviews are trickling in...
« on: June 26, 2014, 02:34:50 PM »
And Bryan Carnathan at TDP is first:

Please post links to any reviews that you see on this thread.  My rental of this lens just arrived -- can't wait to put it through it's paces this weekend.

- A

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