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Lenses / Re: New Lens Availability & More
« on: October 28, 2010, 11:59:42 AM »

Canon already has the best lineup - in this case, the grass isn't greener on the other side!
If/When new lenses get announced and released, it's only making the lineup stronger and deeper...

Do they?

i like short primes, and there lots of good short primes not made by Canon. BTW I use  an APS-C camera, so I'm always interested in small and light EF-S primes (22mm f1.8, 30mm f1.8 should already exist)).

Pentax has these (APS-C): 15mm f4, 21mm f3.2, 31mm f1.8 (FF), 40mm f2.8, 43mm f1.9 (FF).

Nikon has (APS-C): 10.5 full frame fisheye and 35mm f1.8.

BTW Pentax makes a 17-70mm f4 that is mentioned as being on some peoples wish list and a lightweight 300mm f4 as well.

Pigs will be flying over snow banks in Hell before Canon makes the above lenses.

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Lenses / Re: New Lens Availability & More
« on: October 26, 2010, 08:16:30 PM »

... I'm surprised you were happy with the results from the 75-300, my wife has it as well and is probably the worst performing lens we have between the two of us, ...



There is more to photography than pixel peeping. Neither of us ever shot pictures of brick walls, just action sports. I've had a few landscape half pages in magazines with this lens. Whats not to like?

Last time I used the 75-300mm was on a 40D at a Western Surfing Association contest in January 2008. I shot off the pier for about an hour, and got several shots that made good 8x10 and 12x18 prints. Normally I use either a 300mm f2.8 or 400mm f2.8, mounted on a Wimberley II gimbal head, for my long lens work.

Remember good photos have nothing to do with ultimate sharpness, barrel or pincushion. It's all about the response that the photo evokes.

BTW I bought the Wimberley gimbal head in 2006, and it was one of the best investments I've made in photo gear. Check-it-out http://www.tripodhead.com/products/wimberley-main.cfm

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Lenses / Re: New Lens Availability & More
« on: October 26, 2010, 03:13:06 PM »
70-300 f/4-5.6L IS Does anybody really care if this lens is ever released?

The 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS seems to reflect Canon's current thinking. An overpriced kit lens that is painted white to wow the n00b fanboys. They already have four lenses in this category, starting with the $199.99 EF 75-300mm f4-5.6 III and ending with the $1,399.00 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 DO IS USM. Is there any real need for the 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS, except Canon's need for profit?

I bought a EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 II USM for one of my sons in 1996. Great lens, especially for the money. He's shot it with film (B&W neg, color neg and slides) and digital, and so have I. Its been used with a EOS REBEL XS (film), Elan7n (film), 20D and 40D. Its been used to shoot high school sports, skate boarding, snow boarding, car and motorcycle racing, surfing, etc, etc. Never been disappointed with the results. Photos taken with this lens have been published in magazines. If you want to spend a lot more to get a little more go ahead and do it, Canon' bean counters will love you.


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EOS Bodies / Re: New \
« on: October 26, 2010, 02:26:55 AM »
I sure hope Canon finally releases a 3D, 15-21MP, 8fps, more dynamic range, less noise, 1Ds series AF, customization up the wazoo.

Sounds like you are waiting for a D800! Canon will never make a camera like you want.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New \
« on: October 26, 2010, 02:24:33 AM »
This would be great if it came out in March. they'll have it ready by March and 'wait' till the D800 comes out.

The D4 and D400 will probably come out in 2nd quarter 2011, that would make the D800 due in 2012.

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Yet another photographer talking out of a rear orifice trying to make a name for himself!

It's an oft said maxim " A poor workman blames his tools".

Ben Horton has already made a name for himself. A big name.

BTW have you ever seen any of his work? If not, how can you call him a poor workman.

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Found on Photo Cine News http://photocinenews.com/2010/10/22/nat-geo-shooter-ben-horton-compares-canon-glass-to-zeiss-glass/ Very interesting read. Lots of comparison photos. plus 100% crops.

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 1Ds Mark IV Feature
« on: October 22, 2010, 07:43:52 PM »
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I sometimes wonder if magazines set minimum MP limits so that they automatically exclude pictures taken from compact cameras...

Doing a quick google on this subject reveals that some stock agencies will not accept less than 12MP - I'm sure that will jump as soon as all of the pro Nikon gear has more MP.


I don't do stock photography, I do advertising. Ads are turned in as 300 dpi PDFs, if the photo in the ad fits that criteria it doesn't matter what it was shot with. A ten megapixel camera will give you in excess of 300 dpi as an 8x10.

From fashion photographer Benjamin Kanarek's blog http://www.benjaminkanarekblog.com/2009/06/18/pixel-peeping-anal-about-number-pixels/

"In fact my last shoot I did with the Pentax K20D was over kill considering the size of the support i.e. about 8×10 inches. In fact I had to reduce the image size to get down to 300 dpi for Pre Press.  I would have been quite comfortable with a 8-10 mega pixel DSLR. The only grain I see when published with a 10 mega pixel camera in double page landscape format is the “tram” grain of the printing press of around 133 dpi."


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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 1Ds Mark IV Feature
« on: October 19, 2010, 10:52:29 PM »
You seem to miss Leaf 80MP beast ;-)

http://www.leaf-photography.com/products_aptus212.asp

Theory is nice , but reality is better.

Phase One is shipping the P 65+ (8984 x 6732, Full res. 60.5mp 50-800 ISO and sensor+ 15.0mp and 200-3200 ISO) and the P 40+ (7320 x 5484, Full res. 40mp 50-800 ISO and Sensor+ 10mp 200-3200 ISO). http://www.phaseone.com/en/Digital-Backs/P65/P65-Tech-Specs.aspx

The big question is will Canon ever do something like these Phase One cameras?



You seem to have missed the point! The discussion isn't about the highest MP available, it's about variable image sensors like the P 65+ shooting at 60.5 MP ISO 50-800 and also the sensor+ setting that gives 15 MP at 200-3200 ISO. This is a feature that many posters seem want on the 1Ds IV.

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 1Ds Mark IV Feature
« on: October 19, 2010, 03:57:25 PM »
Theory is nice , but reality is better.

Phase One is shipping the P 65+ (8984 x 6732, Full res. 60.5mp 50-800 ISO and sensor+ 15.0mp and 200-3200 ISO) and the P 40+ (7320 x 5484, Full res. 40mp 50-800 ISO and Sensor+ 10mp 200-3200 ISO). http://www.phaseone.com/en/Digital-Backs/P65/P65-Tech-Specs.aspx

The big question is will Canon ever do something like these Phase One cameras?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark II Replacement
« on: October 15, 2010, 08:53:48 PM »
Nikon only builds consumer cameras and pro cameras. There isn't much difference between their pro models for things like weather sealing, metering and auto focus. The top of line D3x - 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors); AF fine tuning possible and the bottom of the pro line D300s - 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors); AF fine tuning possible. Canon would never do this, they worry about cannibalizing sales. And this is why a 7D will never be as good as a D400.

I think the reality is more nuanced than you admit.  I don't see Canon ever having the rather x0D-ish "prosumer" tag to the 7D.  The USA website's page for the 7D marks it for "serious photographers and semi-professionals."  They want to have an APS-C camera for professionals, not just because APS-C chips are cheaper, but because the format offers extra reach with lenses.  Somebody with a 5D or 1D series body may carry a 7D around as a second body, and Canon doesn't want to punish them for their purchase.  The x0D line has been repositioned from semiprofessional or "prosumer" to "advanced amateur," though I don't see tons of changes myself, aside from the addition of a lot of new features and less emphasis on the old points that were thought to constitute a "pro" camera but which weren't adding new functionality (i.e. the magnesium alloy body) or advertising bullet points.

Other than that, I don't see your autofocus comparison providing your argument much support.  Number of AF points has seemed to be going in Nikon's direction for a while - compare the D7000 and the Canon 60D, for example; the number and types of AF points was seen as a point in the D7000's favor there.


The comparison is very simple.

The APS-C Canon 7D "19-point all cross-type AF (f/2.8 at center: Dual Cross Sensor)." The Canon 1D IV "All 45 AF points are horizontal-line sensitive at f/5.6 (vertical). Thirty-nine of the 45 AF points are vertical-line sensitive at f/2.8 for cross-type focusing."

The Canon 7D does not use the same focusing as the Canon 1D IV.

The 5D II "9 AF Points (1 Cross Type) + 6 AF Assist Points." The 1Ds III "45-point (19 high-precision cross-type AF points plus 26 Assist AF points)"

The Canon 5D II doesn't use the same focusing as the 1Ds III.

On the Nikon side the APS-C D300s, the full frame D700,  full frame D3s and the $8000.00 full frame D3x all use the same 51 point focusing.

What's so hard to understand? Canon down grades the focusing for their lower cost cameras, Nikon doesn't. Simple as that!

The above may make little or no difference to you. Many 5D II shooters only use the center focus point.








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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark II Replacement
« on: October 15, 2010, 04:29:08 PM »
I seriously doubt the 5D III's body will be reduced in terms of build quality.  It's just below the top tier 1D (still an xD).  I don't think it would make sense for them to only have 1 2 professional cameras that had a tough build (1D, 1Ds).  Especially when they decided not too long ago to make the 7D tough.

Perhaps they are pushing the xxD cameras' standard down a notch to make room for xD cameras.  The 7D is a great value, especially when compared to the 1D iv and company.

Canon and Nikon have two different philosophies on camera models/lines.

Canon builds consumer cameras, pro-sumer (WTF does that mean) cameras and professional cameras. The Rebel line and the xxD line were differentiated by build quality and a few extra features. The 5D line was a full frame xxD (no pro features). The 7D is a half step toward being a pro line except they have limited auto focus, etc, because Canon didn't want the 7D eating into 1D IV sales. Then we have the 1D and 1Ds lines with all the pro bells and whistles.         

From Canon's recent actions I think the 5D III will be down graded, just like the 60D. This leaves room for a 7D like full frame (lets call it a 3D ;D) that will sell for more than the 5D II.

Nikon only builds consumer cameras and pro cameras. There isn't much difference between their pro models for things like weather sealing, metering and auto focus. The top of line D3x - 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors); AF fine tuning possible and the bottom of the pro line D300s - 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors); AF fine tuning possible. Canon would never do this, they worry about cannibalizing sales. And this is why a 7D will never be as good as a D400.

BTW this doesn't mean Canon cameras are bad, just that they are different from Nikon.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark II Replacement
« on: October 15, 2010, 12:19:34 PM »
Upgrade to 40D focussing?  I think that's a downgrade!
 

5D II:
9 AF Points (1 Cross Type) + 6 AF Assist Points

40D:
9 (Cross-type)

9 cross type vs 1 cross type. Going to 9 from 1 sounds like an upgrade to me.

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This is a pro grade body so I don't foresee a move away from the current alloy shell type.

Everybody thought that the 60D body would have stayed magnesium, but it didn't! I think that Canon will turn the 5D III into a full frame Rebel to increase 1Ds sales.

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I think Nikon dropped the ball with the D3 & the D700, it's 12MP sensor is not really comparable with Canons, ...

Lots of magazine covers being shot with the D300/D300s/D3/D3s, advertising too. Lots of black lenses at the Olympics, World Cup, etc. Many pros don't agree with you.

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...the only reason they have remained a viable player in the market has been the support of older reviewers who have been Nikon fans since they were top of the roost in the days of film, and have a soft spot for them.

Pros don't make equipment choices based on reviews in consumers magazines or web site reviews.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark II Replacement
« on: October 14, 2010, 11:20:57 PM »
My guess on the 5D III. Upgrade to 40D focusing, downgrade to 60D body, video stays about the same, upgraded sound.

The big sales points will be the excess megapixels and the tilting screen from the 60D.

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Lenses / Re: TS-E 90 Replacement?
« on: October 11, 2010, 09:15:59 PM »
Maybe Canon is paying attention. The newish Nikon PC-E 85 has a few important features that the Canon TS-E 90 lacks.

The present non-L TS-E 90 may be Canon's sharpest lens, so I don't expect the "L" treatment to make it a better lens, just a more expensive lens.

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