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Any idea on Canon's timeline for a parent to turn into a real product? I am really looking forward for the 85mm IS

Next two years, one would think.

The non-L IS refreshes are in pairs, like the originals from the '90s:

24 / 28 have similar size, filter diameter, etc.
35 / 50 have similar size, filter diameter, etc.
85 / 100 (the F/2 -- not the two macros) have similar size, filter diameter, etc.

So I see the 85mm and 100mm non-L IS refreshes to be released together.

The only mystery is why the 50 non-L IS is taking so long.  One would have expected that one with the release of the 35mm.

- A
Or ... three or four  :)
But rest assured that in five or six there will be a CR2 for all three missing lenses: 50 IS,85 IS,100 IS  ;D

I believe Canon must answer in the 50 segment soon or Sigma could legitimately scoop some bread and butter Canon pros. 

Consider:  the buzz for the Sigma 50 Art is deafening, and if it's as good as billed and priced correctly, it could scoop both the (a) often-shooting-wide-aperture-but-still-wanting-AF camp (using the 50L) and I-need-a-sharp-corner-to-corner-50 camp (stuck with the trusty old Canon 50 F/1.4).

The overdue Canon 50 F/wedontknow IS is a strong answer to the second group's needs and seems to be the only thing Canon has in the pipeline right now.

- A

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Any idea on Canon's timeline for a parent to turn into a real product? I am really looking forward for the 85mm IS

Next two years, one would think.

The non-L IS refreshes are in pairs, like the originals from the '90s:

24 / 28 have similar size, filter diameter, etc.
35 / 50 have similar size, filter diameter, etc.
85 / 100 (the F/2 -- not the two macros) have similar size, filter diameter, etc.

So I see the 85mm and 100mm non-L IS refreshes to be released together.

The only mystery is why the 50 non-L IS is taking so long.  One would have expected that one with the release of the 35mm.

- A

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Lenses / Re: Good lens for hiking
« on: February 28, 2014, 10:06:32 PM »

Easy choice for hiking on a FF rig = the Canon 24-70 F/4 IS.

Small length for an FF zoom
Useful FL for hiking -- wide enough for landscapes but has some reach to crop / compress  down-the-barrel trail views
Light -- I believe the second lightest L zoom behind the 17-40
Weather-sealed
Considerably sharper than the 24-70 2.8 Mk I and 24-105
IS is nice (but usually not much help in daytime hiking)
The 0.7x Macro mode -- despite the very short working distance -- is a nice functionality for wildflowers on a hike

That'd be my vote.  I've taken it on a few hikes to good effect.

- A

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Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 25, 2014, 06:08:47 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.

Agree.  That Sigma Art should do gangbusters business at its rumored price point.  Every good Otus review tents up the upper end of the 50/55 market and makes the Sigma look like a steal.

This is, of course, assuming that the Sigma 50 Art is as good as billed and isn't released at too high of a price.  Time will tell.

- A

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Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 25, 2014, 04:55:27 PM »
It all depends on what you shoot, but I'll take the minority position:  get the Canon 24-70 F/4 IS.

The upsides are numerous:  IS, light, compact, sharp, weather-sealed, and has the 0.7x Macro mode. 

It's a killer travel lens, all things considered.  Yes, you lose a stop over the Canon 24-70 2.8 II, but it's so much lighter to carry around, and IS + Macro have been quite useful for me.

But if speed really is vital for how and what you shoot, you should be shooting with primes.  If you are one of those folks who slams it fully open all the time, even with a 2.8 zoom you'll wish you could open it up more...

- A

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Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 25, 2014, 04:28:49 PM »

I forgot one pearl from the review -- we all know Zeiss makes metal hoods, but this hood is SO stiff/strong that he uses it as an extension of the barrel for handling and steadying his shot.  That's something else.

- A

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Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 25, 2014, 04:26:53 PM »
I love the TDP site, I go there regularly. 

I'd read the whole review -- Bryan is great at capturing the needs of the photographer in his writing.  He considers handling, build quality, alternatives at that FL, etc.

But if you want the IQ info, his comparisons are quite telling (these are pulled right out of his review):

Otus vs. 50L:
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=917&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=403&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=1

Otus vs. Canon 50 1.4
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=917&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=115&CameraComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

Otus vs. Zeiss 50 1.4
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=917&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=709&CameraComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0


Yeah...  Right?!


That said, resolution isn't everything.  For what I shoot at that focal length, no AF = no sale for me.  But happy shooting for those with the coin and the patience for this beast.  The reviews I have read have been consistently excellent.

- A

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Lenses / Re: Zeiss Otus 55mm review from Bryan Carnathan
« on: February 25, 2014, 01:55:30 PM »
I just bums me out that such lenses exist and I'll never get them due to not having AF.

I'd only use an MF lens for wide angle landscape work or macro work, so no matter how good the Otus is, I'll never get it.  I rarely (if ever) get "Nikon Df commercial amounts of time" to compose and shoot.   :P

- A


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Hands-on video from CP+ here:

Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | ART Small | Large


- A

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Price leaked
« on: February 21, 2014, 01:42:13 PM »


Hands on from CP+

Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | ART Small | Large


- A

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Lenses / Hands-On Video with the new Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art
« on: February 21, 2014, 01:41:27 PM »

Just spotted this hands-on video with the new Sigma 50 at CP+ here:

Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | ART Small | Large


Not too much going on, but he has a host of side-by-side comparisons for diameter and length.

No news on pricing.   ::)

- A

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Lenses / Re: New EF-S 24mm & USM Motor Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 18, 2014, 05:25:28 PM »
What's keeping Canon from producing a hybrid STM-USM?

No idea, but as a still shooter, STM is kind of the devil to me.  If they ever offered such a lens, I trust it would have a switch to move between STM and USM.

That focus switch would be called "Still" or "Movie".   :P

- A

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Lenses / Re: New EF-S 24mm & USM Motor Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 18, 2014, 03:03:46 PM »
OK, been thinking ... if Canon made this rascal weather-sealed ... oh, boy!

Is there a single EF-S weather-sealed lens?  I don't believe there is...

Surely, they'd save the first weather-sealed EF-S lens for use with a sealed body like the 7D (or 7D2), so I'd think it would be saved for a super high quality EF-S zoom, like a 17-55 F/2.8 IS Mark II if they ever made one.

If pancakes are coming to EF-S, we should keep our feet on the ground.  Don't expect IS, massive apertures, or weather-sealing.  Small size has a cost.  :P

Again, if pancakes are coming, I'll use Canon's last two pancakes as a read of things to come.  They will be small and sharp.  USM would be the most we could hope for, I think (and that would be awesome).

- A

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