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This solves the last problem  to migrating to the NEX 7 from Canon. Now I'll be able to use the EF 90mm f2.8 TS-E for product shots  :)  :)  A side benefit is I'll be able to use the EF 86mm f1.8 USM while waiting for a E-mount Zeiss 85mm.

Guess it also means that I'll keep my Canon Elan 7n film camera  :)

Come on Canon, it's past time for you to build a Pro Quality Third Generation camera. What are you waiting for  :(

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28 f/2.8 Disappears From Price List
« on: January 15, 2012, 06:47:26 PM »

You're comparing the weight of a mirrorless camera plus small image circle lens with a FF image circle lens?  Well, then...the S100 weighs less than 7 oz./200g including the battery and memory card, and has a 24mm-equivalent f/2 lens.  That comparison is only slightly less relevant, but if you want to save weight, there you go...

I prefer APS-C and DX cameras to FF. I don't sell 40x60 prints, I just shoot ads. If I need a really big print, than I'll use my 4x5 Toyo. My Only FF cameras are Full Frame Film cameras. I like small light weight cameras and I'm getting a Sony NEX 7 with a Zeiss 24mm f1.8 to test. If the NEX 7 works out, most of my Canon gear goes into storage.

BTW if Canon builds a Pro Quality Mirrorless with the requisite small/light lenses, I'll get one to test.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28 f/2.8 Disappears From Price List
« on: January 15, 2012, 11:47:05 AM »
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I'm not at all convinced this is true: I like primes—or, rather, I should say that I like the prime I have—but can't justify spending more than $500 on a prime. And I can't be the only person in this position; I'd like an equivalent of Nikon's $200 35mm / f 1.8. Which is what I hope Canon is going to offer.

Nikon's most expensive ($499.95 MSRP) f1.8 prime is the new AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G. The AF-S NIKKOR
50mm f/1.8G is $219.95 MSRP. Nikon is upgrading their D lenses to AF-S G lenses and still keeping the prices reasonable, Canon could/should do the same.

BTW for thous not familiar with Nikon, AF-S = USM and G lenses don't have aperture rings (just like Canon lenses).
   

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28 f/2.8 Disappears From Price List
« on: January 15, 2012, 11:25:11 AM »

The 35L and 50L are much lighter (not much heavier than the 85/1.8), and 135L is only a little heavier than the Nikon. 85/1.4. All three of those L lenses focus very fast, too. The 85L is an outlier on both counts.  For an 85mm lens, an aperture of f/1.2 is 36% larger than an aperture of f/1.4.  I put up with the weight and slow AF of the 85L because it delivers great images.

Why would I want to carry the extra weight of the 85mm f1.2L, when I mainly shoot between f5.6 and f11 ??? My advertising clients are more concerned with their customers getting a good look at the product, than they are with creamy bouquet.

The combined weight of a Sony NEX 7 with a Zeiss 24mm f1.8 is less than a 22.9 oz./650g EF 24 f1.4L lens. For comparison the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED weighs 21.9 oz. (620g).

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28 f/2.8 Disappears From Price List
« on: January 14, 2012, 09:26:47 PM »
I like primes. Small, light and quick focusing primes. So this disqualifies the big, heavy L primes. A Canon 85mm f1.2 L weighs 1,025g and a Canon 85mm f1.8 weighs 425g. For comparison a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G weighs 660g.
 
IMHO, Canon should make a series of "85mm f1.8 quality" lens, not "consumer quality" lenses.

Primes work well for me because I usually work with only one lens. I can go for six month without talking the EF 85mm f1.8 off the camera.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28 f/2.8 Disappears From Price List
« on: January 14, 2012, 02:35:31 AM »
RE Nikon vs. Canon AF.  Both manufacturers need a way to differentiate their lines, pro from consumer. Historically, with Canon that is AF - to get their best, you need the 1-series.  Nikon offers their pro-level AF in lower lines. OTOH, if you want a high MP sensor from Nikon, you pay for their most expensive pro body, whereas Canon offers a prosumer camera with the highest resolution they offer.

I prefer an APS-C sensor over a FF, but the 7D doesn't have the focus system and the metering I want/need. So I'm waiting to see what the D400 will be like. While I'm waiting I've bought a Sony NEX 5n, a great video camera but not much of a stills camera due to a lack fo a hot shoe. As soon a the Sony NEX 7 is available I'm buying one to test. I'm not a fanboy for any make of camera, I just buy what best fits my needs. And lately I'm not impressed with what Canon is offering. But a 7DmkII with Pro Focusing and Metering would impress me.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28 f/2.8 Disappears From Price List
« on: January 13, 2012, 09:30:55 PM »

I keep hearing this and am wondering if Nikon really is better at focusing?

The Five Point auto focus on a Nikon F100 Film camera (1999-2006) is on par with my 40D. The 51 point auto focus on a D300, D700 and D3 is much better than the XXD and 5D/7D. The Nikon Matrix Metering is also better. The problem is that Canon has Consumer cameras (good focus), Prosumer cameras (better focus) and Pro cameras (best focus). Nikon only has Consumer (good focus) and Pro cameras (best focus), so the focus on a D300s is much better than a 7D. As mentioned by others, I use the center point only on my 40D.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28 f/2.8 Disappears From Price List
« on: January 13, 2012, 02:21:51 PM »
Still waiting for a 22mm f1.8 EF-S lens.

Canon needs to make some more lenses of the quality and light weight of the EF 85mm f1.8.

BTW a Sony NEX 7 with the Zeiss 24mm f1,8 lens weighs less than a Canon 60D body. To some of us, high quality and light weight, is worth  extra money. So my question to Canon is, why are you driving shooters like me to Sony (weight) and Nikon (focusing) ???

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I bought a Wimberley II gimbal head in 2006. Should last me the rest of my life. I use it with both still and video cameras. A high quality piece of equipment is worth a few bucks more.

BTW Calumet http://www.calumetphoto.com/eng/product/calumet_large_lens_gimbal_head/ck7075 and Induro also make Wimberley copies.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon promises a 'mirrorless' camera in 2012
« on: January 11, 2012, 01:57:24 PM »

APS-C is the perfect size. Canon needs to get their act together and make a small and light Pro quality camera. It doesn't need to be mirrorless, a Digital EOS IX (an APS film camer from the 1990s) would be great with a EF 85mm f1.8. or a new 22mm f1.8 EF-S.

Here you are - EOS IX + 85 f/1.8

Thanks, briansquibb. I'd buy two. if Canon made a Digital EOS IX!

A Digital EOS IX (EOS XD?) with a 7D/7DmkII sensor would be a BIG seller, IMHO. Lots of great EF-S and EF lenses could be used with a Digital EOS IX.

BTW Nikon made the Pronea APS film camera with a F-mount.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon promises a 'mirrorless' camera in 2012
« on: January 11, 2012, 01:43:02 AM »


Camera-size means also includes lens size. So for the image quality (and a shallow depth of field) a big sensor is needed, which means big lenses.


I shoot advertising -- I couldn't care less about paper thin DOF. Most of what I do is shot between f5.6 and f16. YMMV.


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Just look at a NEX with a telephoto lens, the size of the body is becoming less important, because it's the lens that makes up the bulk. Then there is the handling issue for serious work with a camera. I think most people would get a cramp in their hands, if they have to cover a sport event for 2 hours with a NEX+telephoto-lens.

Always use the right tool or the job. I don't think many people will be covering the Super Bowl with a Sony NEX.

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On the other hand, these systems are nice to go hiking ...

They are also great if you are holding a camera for 8 hours during a commercial shoot. Some Pros are talking about dumping their DSLRs for mirrorless. My primary lenses are 24mm and 85mm primes. A NEX 7 and a 24mm f1.8 Zeiss weight about 20 Oz total.

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People who do not care that much about IQ, will buy a smaller camera ...


People who don't care will use their phones. The P&S market is dying. And not many people will "step up" from Smart Phones to real cameras.

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I think there is room for an APS-C or even FF EVIL-camera in the rangefinder style. SONY is close to this, but the ergonomics of the NEX sucks.

Since I got my NEX 5n my Canon DSLRs don't get much use. When I pick-up a NEX 7 I doubt they will get any use.

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If I were Canon, I would take some time to find the ideal sensor-size for a future EVIL-System. It is not an easy task...

APS-C is the perfect size. Canon needs to get their act together and make a small and light Pro quality camera. It doesn't need to be mirrorless, a Digital EOS IX (an APS film camer from the 1990s) would be great with a EF 85mm f1.8. or a new 22mm f1.8 EF-S.

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: More Super G Series Talk
« on: December 27, 2011, 03:13:49 AM »
Something like a Ricoh GR Digital IV (fixed 28mm equiv. f/1.9), but with a larger sensor would be great. But Canon will never build one because it is too niche, so we will get something with a f/3.5-f/5.6 Zoom.

I'm using a Sony NEX 5n with a 16mm f/2.8 lens, total weight is 12.0 Oz. It's a great video camera, but without a hot shoe, it's not so good for stills. To me weight is more important than size, 'cause I never carry a camera in my pant/shirt pocket.

Cameras are just tools. I own cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony and even a 4x5 Toyo. If Canon wants some of money, all they have to do is build something I need.

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EOS Bodies / Re: This and That
« on: December 04, 2011, 12:16:31 AM »
Canon Buys Mamiya [CR1]

Mamiya was bought by Phase One. I don't think tat it is for sale.

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Canon General / Re: New APS-C Camera in February?
« on: November 08, 2011, 12:28:46 AM »

Unfortunately, Sony has already set the bar, I think, in the APS-C space, with their recent 24MP offerings.  Canon will have difficulty backing below 18MP, but hopefully won't go hunting higher resolutions.


The Sony 16Mp NEX 5n has a great sensor -- excellent color and low noise. I use mine strictly for video, 1080x1920 60P, 30P and 24P. If you like Auto Focus it does Face Recognition and Auto Follow Focus. If you like Manual Focusing, it has Focus Peaking just like a Broadcast video camera. If Sony can provide high-end features like this on a $600.00 camera, why can't Canon do it on their more expensive cameras???

Now I'm hoping that Canon's new APS-C will be competitive with the Nikon D400. If it isn't, I'll just keeping using my 40D.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Live Coverage of the Announcement
« on: November 03, 2011, 08:38:48 PM »
Any ideas if the lenses will AF on a traditional DSLR?

I doubt it. Why would they, they are designed for use with a camera that doesn't have built-in auto focus.

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