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Lenses / Re: 2013 EF / EF-S Lenses ... Canon, where are you?
« on: March 21, 2013, 05:43:45 PM »
I'm hopeful for this March announcement to see what is in store lens wise over 70D body wise. I just get a sense there is less rumors/hype/love to D-SLR lens over camera bodies each time I check this page and forum.

Past/Hopeful EF / EF-S lens predictions:
14-24 f/2.8L
35 f/1.4L II
50 f/1.4 II
50 f/2 IS
135 f/2L IS
100-400 II


The only two realistic expectatoins from that long list are 35L II and may be, just may be, 50 f/2.
Rest is pipe-dream.

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Lenses / Re: Thoughts on Canon 20mm f/2.8?
« on: March 21, 2013, 01:10:39 PM »
Its a poor lens and that is being kind...on the new 5D3 you are gonna notice all the warts. Choose a third party or the 16-35II.

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Lenses / Re: Best lens from my set for nightclubs?
« on: March 21, 2013, 01:06:15 PM »
Not a big fan of a single primes for low light party areas... There is only so much blurred glow sticks one can put under under creativity... Some of the 24mm prime shots all begin to look the same with the distorted sides...

Zooms are ok with high ISO...i would probably suggest 16-35II constantly changing up its focal range and sticking to f2.8 and high ISO.  Flash is distracting in these cases and you will stand out as the man with the big "stuff."

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D, DIGIC 6 & 18mp Sensors
« on: March 20, 2013, 08:09:35 PM »
A new sensor! Oh no. What will people whine about now?

No worry, for some folks nothing Canon will ever do will be enough.

About 14-24 or 16-35 III that will out peform Nikon 14-24 at f2.8 ;D ;D ;D ;D

Dreams do come true when you wish upon a star...delusion is the best cure for discontentment ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D, DIGIC 6 & 18mp Sensors
« on: March 20, 2013, 07:28:09 PM »
A new sensor! Oh no. What will people whine about now?

No worry, for some folks nothing Canon will ever do will be enough.

One new lens a week ... two new bodies every month...60 Mp sensor for under $1200...so they can wank on it arguing every day here in the forum ...and some of their laundry needs doing and floors too... Get on it Canon ;)

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Wiki, you need to correct your post...you entered your text in the middle of my words ;)

woops

fixed :-[

Hehe...tnx...it just flows better that way  ;D

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Wiki, you need to correct your post...you entered your text in the middle of my words ;)

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If Canon doesn't release a 70D or 7D2 that are really outstanding with close (but not as good) ISO performance as the 6D, 5D3 & 1DX and updated sensors i'll just have to invest into a 17-40L and 6D or move to the dark side.

You're really expecting the 70D, or even 7D2 for that matter, to have close to the same ISO performance as the latest model FF cameras?

He may be closer to the mark than you think...
Perhaps not the 70D...but I fully expect future 7D2 to rival high ISO of not just 5D3, may be even the 1DX... it will jive well with the intended use of a cropped high speed camera. The price will probably reflect that.

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Canon General / Re: Gear upgrade: 2 primes vs new body + 1 prime??
« on: March 19, 2013, 08:37:48 PM »
hmm... bodies come and go...lenses are for ever. :)

I understand 5D2 was ok and some owners have stuck to it and haven't upgraded... 5D3 offers significantly better AF performance and some ISO bump.... would this be important for you as a wedding photographer over a fast UWA prime?

14LII is a completely different proposition, distortion profile is one of the best in the UWA category and is relatively sharp. The Zeiss 15mm is marginally better lens, but is also manual and is more expensive.

A compromise might be to get the 5D3 and 85LII combo, .....and suppliment it with the highly affordable samyang 14mm...I hear good things about it though I am told the moustache distortion doesn't completely get fixed in the post if you are dealing with straightlines at the horizon and you happen to be a purist. This really wouldn't matter that much inside churches with curved naves.
Cheers!

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Lenses / Re: Do I need the EF 85mm f/1.8 USM?
« on: March 19, 2013, 08:22:22 PM »
I'd ask why there is no 50mm, but that's just me.


I will echo RL's comment... 50 f/1.4 is affordable, even slightly cheaper than 85 f/1.8, and will do great portraits...you can walk back a bit and get a wider field of view (35-like "field" not "angle" of view)  or closer and get near ~85mm range...

Also you will actually get 2 stops more light from your 2.8 zoom. As for bokeh...it produces lovely blurred background.

Here is a simple 50mm f/1.4 shot stopped down to f/1.8.


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I can't comment on the 6D, I don't own it...but the 1DX is a significant improvement over my 1DsIII. I did not own the 5D2, so can't comment on a direct comparison, but I am very happy with the 5D3, and folks who have upgraded from 5D2 seem to be overall happy.

I fail to see an overwhelming discontent among the users. Just my 2c.

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Let's be fair... Canon released three major full frame upgrades in the past 12 month cycle...3 actually before the end of the year 2012...1DX, 5D3, and 6D....

So now they are releasing a few for the average consumer aka non-fanboys... come on now boys...seriously... How many bodies more can Canon release in quick succession? If you were them, wouldn't you want to pace yourself?

How can they possibly keep on releasing major updated bodies and lenses every two weeks because forum members expect something new to chew on and dissect? hmm? ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T5i Leaks
« on: March 19, 2013, 06:14:28 PM »
So all you suckers out there with a 1DX better trade up to a powershot...

May be not for a PowerShot, but I am seriously considering trading for a small footprint RX1 and the new 24-70II... 

Now if this PowerShot sings and dances like that frog from bugs bunny cartoons...I'll get on it right away! ;)

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Lenses / Re: Do I need the EF 85mm f/1.8 USM?
« on: March 19, 2013, 06:04:37 PM »
I own both the 85 1.8, the L, and the 70-200 2.8II.

My rather non-committal comment earlier was based on the fact you may want to invest in something new based on the way your post was phrased. The 85 f/1.8, if you can find a place for it in your line up, is a great lens.

For portraits you are not going to get the look from 70-200II at 2.8 that you will get from 85 f/1.8 at f2!!! they will look very different. The canon 85 is a dedicated portrait lens... 70-200II, while capable of taking great portraits, is a jack of many trades.

The reason Canon has not updated 85 f/1.8 since 1992 (20 years!),  is not because they are lazy, but IMHO because they feel it is still good today, and has relevance.

Also, sharpness is not everything in portraiture, though 85 1.8 is plenty sharp. I will have to give the nod to the zoom on sharpness across the frame though 85 has really good center sharpness which is what you go for in portraiture for the most part.

Importantly, at the same focal length of 85mm, my passing impression was that there was a little more compression with the zoom than with the prime. I haven't tested this very carefully, but you shouldn't expect the same framing or "look" from the two lenses.

They are both competent in their own right.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T5i Leaks
« on: March 19, 2013, 04:39:01 PM »
Canon will squeeze out the last drop of commercial value from this line of sensors before they move to the next generation. They is after all a commercial company trying to eek out a profit.
Since the new hybrid sensor has been around almost a year now, I'd expect to see it for a while.  Its not the same sensor as in the older cameras.

I did use the term "line of sensors"...most of us "uneducated masses" realize Canon continues to tweak its sensors and that product lines will stretch for more than a year.

In fact, the point I was making was precisely that...expecting a commercial company like Canon to continually release newer and newer tech with every single cycle is not realistic and they will need to make a profit.

Some think that the number of pixels defines sensor technology.  That's why we had megapixel wars, because the uneducated masses think that more is always better.

Quoting my original statement about unfair expectations from a commercial company and making a statment about "uneducated masses" and high megapixels is odd. What relevance does this have to anything I said?

As for "uneducated masses", I thought only my colleagues in the Longwood Medical Area used those terms...glad to see it thrive elsewhere. ;)

So far, no one has moved away from the basic silicon technology, no black silicon or other revolutionary technology.  There are slightly different versions of it, but no new tech has come out, and none is on the horizon.
Even the three layer foveon sensors use old tech silicon.

This is like saying the 1950's combustion engine still essentially lies at the base of automobile engines today and why talk about innovation. I don't view the lack of flying saucers based on magnetic force modulation to define advancement in technology.

With all due respect, it is perfectly ok for the "uneducated masses" you deride to expect something with every few product cycles their little common brains can cope with.

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