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Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: February 14, 2014, 02:13:42 PM »
with 77mm filter threads and IS please...

The 16-35 II is already 82mm.  Why on earth would they make it smaller when 82mm is turning into the new standard for the zooms?  The 24-70 II is 82mm, and surely the 70-200 III (if ever made) would avail itself of that added surface area.

Eventually, I think 77mm filters will be relegated to 'one-step-down-from-priciest' L lenses, like the 17-40, 24-105, 24-70 F/4, etc.

I hope not. The 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is already a big lens, I hope Canon wouldn't make it any larger.

As far as I understand, the wide lenses got a larger wide element to help reduce vignetting, which is redundant on long lenses.

Fair, but why on earth are the front elements of the white superteles so big?  It's not just because they are rear-filtered.  Surely, being able to pull in more light must contribute to the IQ in a positive way, right?  Otherwise, why would they do it?

- A

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PowerShot / Re: Underwater Compact that shoots RAW?
« on: February 14, 2014, 02:09:50 PM »

Please report back what you think about the AW1. I'm considering that as a possible backup camera.

J

Glad to, but keep your fingers crossed on my compositions.  I am never underwater, so I expect to gather crystal clear shots of my flippers more than any local wildlife.  :-P

- A

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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 14, 2014, 02:08:08 PM »
The iPhone only works with gloves off which was only an option for a few minutes at best.
My daughter bought me Thinsulate iPhone gloves - they work perfectly on the 70D touchscreen as well.

+1

I have a pair of REI technical gloves that have conductive fibers in the thumb and first finger, they work with my iPhone and other touch screens.  I also have a pair of windblocking fleece gloves with the integrated mitten cover for the fingers and separate thumb cover.  When it's really cold, I wear the fleece glove-mittens over the tech gloves, so only my fingertips are 'exposed' and even then they're covered.

For phones, those gloves are great.  But for SLRs, I am not ready for touchscreens yet.

I'm so glad my 5D3 arrived before Canon got into touchscreens.  Since I made the jump from crop to FF, I'm so used to buttons / wheels / joystick that I'd feel frustrated with the lack of precision and speed in the myriad little changes I make in aperture, ISO, etc.  Menu navigation (though less frequent) would take a hit in speed for me as well.

My wariness of touchscreens with an SLR will die over time.  I liken SLRs going to touchscreens to video game consoles going to motion capture.  The Wii (as innovative as it was at the time) had to have its entire interface relatively dumbed-down to support the new controller motion interface.  I found it infuriatingly slow and imprecise.  But over time, that tech will improve to where it legitimately is easier/faster to use than standard controllers.  Touchscreens on cameras will eventually get there as well, and I'll thank all the Rebel users who fueled those improvements when I make my 5D4k purchase in a few years.   :D

- A

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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 14, 2014, 01:00:52 PM »
Canon seem to be playing Blackberry to Sony/Fuji's iPhone in the compact camera space.

I think you're either pocketable (RX100), rangefinderesque (X100) or interchangeable (NEX or whatever they're calling them now). But you're not big and ugly and fixed-lens like the G1X. It's a very forgettable camera and will be lost in the clutter of these other models.

All the more reason Canon gets (a) an EOS-M viewfinder and (b) more lenses, USM lenses, high quality lenses in the native EF-M format for the EOS M platform.  No one is taking EOS-M seriously because it is lacking a ton of creature comforts for enthusiast shooters.  That could be rectified if Canon saw it as an opportunity and not a threat to its SLR business.

- A

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Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: February 14, 2014, 12:58:02 PM »
A weather-sealed 16-50mm f/4 IS sounds wonderful.  As does the 14-24mm f/2.8 - but what'll she cost? $3K?
As a 16-35mm f/2.8 L III ...

with 77mm filter threads and IS please...

The 16-35 II is already 82mm.  Why on earth would they make it smaller when 82mm is turning into the new standard for the zooms?  The 24-70 II is 82mm, and surely the 70-200 III (if ever made) would avail itself of that added surface area.

Eventually, I think 77mm filters will be relegated to 'one-step-down-from-priciest' L lenses, like the 17-40, 24-105, 24-70 F/4, etc.

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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 14, 2014, 11:54:12 AM »
When will Canon provide a camera that people like me would want as a secondary/travel camera? Something that has at least APS-C, a fast lens with manual focus option, easy access to shutter speed, aperture and ISO, and a good optical viewfinder?

Canon EOS 100D with EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens ... but only because you want an optical viewfinder.

Great minds think alike.  8)

I would state to you, 7enderbender, that the optical VF is the most limiting feature as far as body options go.

Effectively, an optical VF means you are down to Leica, Fuji, or an SLR.  (And no, I don't count a hotshoe optical VF like the RX1 offering as a legit VF.  Framing must be dubious with that.)

In other words, unless there's a mirror, optical VFs are becoming somewhat extinct.  That could be the number one reason why I still prefer an SLR to mirrorless.

- A

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Sony becomes more and more aggressive. It'll also release the a99 successor in few months. The market may be flooded with lots of Canon L lenses in a great condition and at a reasonable price  ;)

Sony is a "horsepower company" -- in their classes, they often have the most pixels, the fastest burst, the thinnest bodies, etc.  And their prices aren't ridiculous like others are.

But unlike (say) a Sigma with lenses, where they have been fighting to show that their latest glass has truly put their prior questionable quality reputation behind them, Sony has a different reputation to fight -- they always seem to put the tech first and the user experience second.

They have offered compelling horsepower per dollar rigs for ages, but how many are truly great to use?  The RX1 was a landmark FF rig, as are (on paper) the new A7 and A7r.  But how many folks are raving about what it's like to shoot with them?  Not many.  For all the talk of stellar sensors, you get folks complaining about things you shouldn't see in > $1000 bodies: AF issues, having to drill down through their menus to tweak things, lossy RAW files, etc.

Make fun of Canon or Nikon's crusty attitude about innovation, but what they market fundamentally works for photographers.  We can make fun of green LCDs, sensor dust, etc. but largely Canon and Nikon don't put out poor products.  They just take forever to improve upon them and offer new glass.  :-)

No alarms and no surprises = Canon will keep my money (at least on the body front) for the foreseeable future.

- A

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Price leaked
« on: February 13, 2014, 10:19:02 PM »
If it's $1300 I likely will not buy it.  In the rare circumstance in which my 35mm Art is just too wide, I'll settle for my Canon 50mm f/1.4.  This may be mostly psychological but at $1100 I might just go for the 50mm Art.

Coming in at 1/3 the price of the Otus but with similar build quality, nearly-as-good optics and AF?  If all that can be said, I think Sigma will get quite a few takers even at this price.

The only difference is that the Otus is cool and can be shown off, the Sigma can't. This is why I think the price will be < 1000 USD.

Shown off to who, if you don't mind my asking?  It's such an exotic piece of tech that only other photogs would know what it is. 

With that same money, you can you get a second FF body along with this new Sigma 50...  Just saying.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Zeiss is counting on a few of the Ferrari-driving enthusiasts to pick up an Otus and say "hey, look at my pricey new toy", but more likely they are aiming to impress the best pros with the best tool in that focal length.

- A


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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 13, 2014, 10:10:03 PM »

When will Canon provide a camera that people like me would want as a secondary/travel camera? Something that has at least APS-C, a fast lens with manual focus option, easy access to shutter speed, aperture and ISO, and a good optical viewfinder? I mean, how hard could that be to have some version of a poor man's Leica?

Next...

Fuji seems to dominate the chatter and good reviews for enthusiast APS-C fixed lens rigs -- the poor-man's Leicas, if you will.

But if you want to drill down, for enthusiasts with a fixed lens (and leaving out the consumer point and shoots and superzooms)...

Optical VF + fast fixed lens + full manual controls (if you want it) + APS-C = Fuji X10 (discontinued), X100 and X100s

EVF / LCD-only control + fast fixed lens + full manual controls (-ish) + APS-C = Ricoh GR, Nikon Coolpix A, Sigma DP3 and Quattro, Leica's X Vario and X2

EVF / LCD only control + fast fixed lens + full manual controls (sort of?) + 1" sensor = Sony RX100 I and II

...and then you get into the smaller sensor Pentax and lower-price Fuji rigs.

If you want a modular lens system, the above does not apply.  Just go to B&H and drill down from the top under camera bodies and select what you want.  Sensors dictate your call there.

APS-C and fast fixed lens = pricey, easily more than an SLR with a nifty fifty, and about the same as an SLR with a Canon 24mm F/2.8 IS (if you want something wider and sort-of quick).  If you want a second body and money is an issue, ask yourself how badly you need to lose that mirror or have a big sensor / employ a tiny DOF.  If you have to have a skinny DOF, or need strong low light performance, etc., it's certainly more cost-effective to just get a second SLR body and use the lenses you already have.

This starts a question on the value of small rigs and what you truly are paying for, but that's a very very long thread to start.   ::)

- A

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PowerShot / Re: Underwater Compact that shoots RAW?
« on: February 13, 2014, 03:03:00 PM »

I forgot that the Nikon AW1 was a possibility.  It shoots RAW. 

Rented.  Done.  Thanks!

- A

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PowerShot / Underwater Compact that shoots RAW?
« on: February 13, 2014, 12:53:56 PM »

Hello all,

I'm off to do some snorkeling soon, and was considering how I might take pics underwater.  I've considered both a sealed-up housing for either my iPhone or my 5D3 and I didn't want to risk either.  I've decided that I want to rent a waterproof compact camera instead. 

LensRentals offers the Powershot D20, but as you can see, the shots it takes are okay but not so hot:
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=%22powershot%20D20%22%20underwater

Given that these shots scream for post-processing (color cast, lack of contrast, etc.), I was wondering if any underwater compacts actually shoot in RAW. 

Are you guys aware of any?

- A


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Check out Dropbox.

I use Dropbox now. but not for photostream-like pushing.  I use it as a repository to share full-res shots with friends.

Is there a 'push' setup that will automatically download on to my iOS devices, or do I need to manually pull those shots down to my iPad?

Thx,
A

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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 13, 2014, 01:37:28 AM »

Back on topic [cough] here are some pics of this new animal:

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2014/02/13/hands-on-with-canon-powershot-g1-x-mark-ii/1

I normally don't push markety stuff, but Canon has not exactly explained all the details.  It's pretty hard to find a good shot of that EVF, let alone a screen cap of what it actually reports.

I'm not a mirrorless guy, and I recognize that this camera is more of a feature-laden point and shoot than a professional's tool, but Canon finally getting into still camera EVFs is interesting to me.

I keep hearing that the Fuji gang have made EVFs these multifunctional heads-up displays that can do all sorts of things.  I appreciate that they have an optical/electronic simultaneous thing going on and this is purely an EVF, but the lack of a proper viewfinder will never have me take EOS-M seriously as an enthusiast.  So any attempt to offer one (even here, in a segment I would never buy hardware) gives us a glimpse of what might be coming.

- A

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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 12, 2014, 12:45:04 PM »

Overview video on the camera from Canon's marketing dudes here (it's in English):
First Look: PowerShot G1X Mark II compact camera review

They briefly speak to the EVF but offer no specifics.  No EOS-M connectivity commentary, but you wouldn't expect that in a launch video.  It's like they just want us to buy this camera, those jerks.   :P

- A

Sorry, but I just could not concentrate on what they were saying ... the whole time I kept thinking why the hell is the guy in the blue shirt so uninspired about what he is saying ... and the bald dude just looked like someone shoved something up  the unmentionable cavity, with the assurance that they'd remove it only if he spoke the words they chose for him ;D ;D ;D ;D


With first-party marketing, I leave it on mute until they get to the one or two features I really want to hear more about.

Except for those awesome Nikon Df ads.  keep the volume on.  Those are roller coasters of awful.

- A

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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 12, 2014, 11:41:32 AM »

Overview video on the camera from Canon's marketing dudes here (it's in English):
First Look: PowerShot G1X Mark II compact camera review Small | Large


They briefly speak to the EVF but offer no specifics.  No EOS-M connectivity commentary, but you wouldn't expect that in a launch video.  It's like they just want us to buy this camera, those jerks.   :P

- A

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