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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony FF NEX - competition is good. Canon?
« on: September 26, 2013, 11:31:52 AM »
Canon is so far behind in technology that it just isn't funny anymore. I've said it before and I'll say it again ... the EOS 100D should have been a mirrorless camera (comparable to the Panasonic G3 and G5), the EOS 70D should have been a mirrorless camera (comparable to the Panasonic G6 and GH3, and the Olympus E-M5 and E-M1), and the EOS 6D Mark II must be a full-frame mirrorless camera. Add to this that Canon is trying to sell the current crop of DSLR's, especially the 70D, to amateur videographers, but has absolutely nothing comparable to Olympus' (and now Sony's) 5-axis IBIS.

As an aside, what current mirrorless systems lack in terms of native lenses, they make good in support for the plethora of old, yet excellent, manual focus lenses.

If the EOS 6D Mark II went mirrorless than that would be pointless without a mount change and new lens lineup.

Putting an EF mount on a mirrorless camera adds a ridiculous amount of bulk which defeats the whole point of a mirrorless setup but to call it a 6D Mark II would make no sense to change mounts going from the Mk I -> Mk II.

The sony E mount makes sense because it has a 18mm flange distance vs 44mm for the EF mount.



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Software & Accessories / Re: What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« on: September 18, 2013, 10:16:16 PM »
Luma Cinch II

I had blackrapid RS-sport previously but I like the Cinch II much more.

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Still cheapest at Don's ($30 cheaper), and cheaper at Vistek and McBain. All are authorized Canon retailers.

The flashes I picked up at Don's had USA/Canada warranty cards in them.

http://donsphoto.com/product_description.html?catalog[product_guids][0]=799012

http://www.vistek.ca/store/CameraMountedFlash/261863/canon-speedlite-600exrt.aspx

http://www.mcbaincamera.com/productdetail.php?mcbain_id=0204198

All stores will ship to the US


Wow Don's seems really cheap since they offer free shipping to the US

not sure if there is any customs/import fee but if not that is $409 USD per flash which is pretty insane since its new

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I've been getting refurbs from Canon USA themselves for about $373 in recent months...


Canon USA has refurbs currently listed for $549, do they run sales periodically?


Link is http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/309834?WT.mc_id=C126149

I do not know how often they have sales though.

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http://www.cameracanada.com/enet-cart/product.asp?pid=5296B002

The are an authorized reseller and will have a full warranty inside the US

 the only downside is you have to pay shipping (about $25) + brokerage fee for international orders($25) but they are per order not per speedlite

Also currency exchange fee which is typically 3% but if you have a credit card that does this for free than it is pretty good

I ordered 2 so it ends up being $930 for 2 speedlights (a little less than $465 each)

if you order 4 and you are paying with a credit card with no foreign transaction fee than you can get them fairly cheaply (roughly $450 per after all fees assuming you have a credit card that will pay your foreign transaction fees)


I've been getting refurbs from Canon USA themselves for about $373 in recent months...


I would go for this if it were available but AFAIK they haven't offered this deal since april-may since you have to wait for it to be in stock and offering the 20% off refurbished accessories promo and it hasn't been in stock even for $440 in 3 weeks.

I have been waiting since June for this deal to come back so I decided to pull the trigger.

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http://www.cameracanada.com/enet-cart/product.asp?pid=5296B002

The are an authorized reseller and will have a full warranty inside the US

 the only downside is you have to pay shipping (about $25) + brokerage fee for international orders($25) but they are per order not per speedlite

Also currency exchange fee which is typically 3% but if you have a credit card that does this for free than it is pretty good

I ordered 2 so it ends up being $930 for 2 speedlights (a little less than $465 each)

if you order 4 and you are paying with a credit card with no foreign transaction fee than you can get them fairly cheaply (roughly $450 per after all fees assuming you have a credit card that will pay your foreign transaction fees)

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Dynamic range is Probably more Important to me than noise reduction or pixel count.
I think the way to do this is to split the sensor into highlights and shadows...
I rather have an 8mp 16-stop split sensor, than a 16mp one with less DR.
It can be done.
It is interesting that most HDR cameras take 3 exposures but nobody thought about changing the ISO Instead.
I believe in pushing things to the limit and opening up the possibilities of a device...
Like my jailbroken iPhone 5. Which is amazingly more useful and fun than the limited iOS from apple.


Kudos to magic lantern!
Keep up the great work!

why not 36Mp and the best DR ?

Not everyone can switch systems and if you do any significant video work whatsoever than 5DIII is several orders of magnitude better than the D800.

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Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: June 19, 2013, 06:58:47 PM »
Thoughts:

16-50 F/4 IS is an intriguing concept.  A good percentage of us prefer a wider walkaround than 24-70.  I certainly use the 24-50 side of my 24-70 more than the 50-70.  I hope this one gets the smaller/lighter L treatment that we just saw with the currently demonized (but still an interesting design) 24-70 F/4 IS.

The 14-24 has massive shoes to fill.  I am not starting a dynamic range / low ISO / Nikon D800 conversation, but landscape work has been one of the perceived chinks in the armor of Canon's armamentarium.   Something that punches its weight against Nikon's seemingly legendary 14-24, possibly coupled with a high MP sensor, would be two huge steps towards correcting that perception.

For those not visible to the performance of Nikon's homerun hitter, it pulls in resolution figures right up there with the Canon 70-200 F/2.8 IS II.  Landscape filter companies make products specifically to work around this lens' huge front element.  Canon guys use adapters to mount this on their bodies.  It's that amazing, apparently. 

I still don't understand why we don't have a breathtakingly sharp autofocusing prime for landscape work.  I am drowning in a sea of ultrawide zooms (soft in corners), arty huge aperture L lenses (ditto), tilt-shift (no AF), and Zeiss glass (no AF).  I appreciate landscapes ==> tripods ==> liveview ==> no need for AF, but some folks just want to snap a picture of a coastline or a mountain range without all that fanfare.  I'd pay $1-2K for a breathtakingly sharp autofocusing 24mm L that didn't shoot itself in the foot (i.e. corners) to offer side a wide aperture.  Negative points if you tell me to just buy the 24-70 II.   :P

- A

I don't agree that canon has massive shoes to fill in the landscape department.  If you are already on a tripod and doing serious landscape work than I'd put the 17 TSE against the Nikon 14-24 anyday.

Sensors are another matter of course.


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I agree.  I'd take a 16-24 or 16-28 as well.  I don't really like the fact that a 14-24 can't take filters unless you are looking at 6x6's which are insanely expensive.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I love big gear
« on: January 23, 2013, 03:51:13 PM »
I disagree.  DSLR is for the time where taking photos is the primary reason you are out.  In these instances I will be traveling with a few lenses/flash and maybe a tripod.

Something like a Fuji X-E1 or a Leica where you want an awesome camera but want to enjoy yourself and taking photos is not the primary reason you are there.  In these situations i'll carry maybe one extra lens.

RX100 or Fuji X20 for discreet portable.

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http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2013/01/08/fuji-x100s-and-fuji-x20-claim-blazing-autofocus-and-innovation


I have been saving for a Fuji X-E1 but these make me want to rethink that because the main complaint of the X-E1 and X-Pro1 has been the AF is a tad slow and the lack of good workflow (being solved with next iteration of capture one pro)

If they update the X-E1 with this new AF I am definitely sold not to mention the slew of other features better sensor 1080p60 focus peaking


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EOS-M / Re: To buy M or not to buy M?
« on: December 16, 2012, 12:54:08 AM »
the M that is...   the fuji is awesome...

Fuji is awesome but you need another set of lens.  I'd wait for the next M.  The fact that it can use my other Canon lenses is already a big +.  I don't have any wish to spend more on other lenses except those I can use with my SLR.  Also the cost of maintaining 2 different systems is way, way expensive for me to handle.  For me, the M is a perfect backup camera and as a light camera when you need one.  E.g., I carry my G11 when we go out for weekends and when I want to travel light.  It's still usable until ISO 800 for internet purposes.  With the M, I think it can do almost everything that my SLR can do and that's a good thing.

What Canon Lenses are you dying to use on an EOS M?

I know my two main lenses (24-70 II and 70-200 2.8 IS II) would be ridiculous on a mirrorless.

The only one I could see using is maybe the 40mm pancake or maybe some EF-S lenses which I would never buy since I have a Full Frame.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III - Camera of the year 2012
« on: December 11, 2012, 05:12:48 PM »
I think what left people with a bad taste was the price of the 5D Mark III being priced $500 above the D800.  I think that now that you can get easily get one for 3000 or less than it is definitely a more versatile camera than the D800.  If you want a landscape/studio camera the D800 is a no brainer but for everything else the 5D Mark III is a real winner.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS-M With Viewfinder Coming Late 2013? [CR]
« on: December 04, 2012, 04:52:21 PM »
I like the red but the hump is pretty fugly.

I agree they need to fix the AF before anything else. There was a rumor on canonwatch with firmware update hopefully that comes true.

I was looking at the nex 6 as an option but the image quality is not up to par so will wait for other options.

Have you looked into the Fuji XE-1?  The only reason I haven't bought one yet is I am debating a wide angle  lens vs the Fuji.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS-M With Viewfinder Coming Late 2013? [CR]
« on: December 04, 2012, 01:23:48 PM »
For those asking for full frame it's not happening any time soon and if it does than I'd expect a minimum of 3499 and a non EF mount due to the flange distance is not suitable for anything remotely compact.  I'm sure an EF adapter would be possible but pretty much the best you are looking at is Leica M9 @ $4000 with autofocus and a new lens lineup that is not EF compatible and at canon L prices.


I'd much rather see something comparative with the fuji xe-1 which has pretty much the best aps-c sensor

Good AF, good lens lineup size, great control scheme and awesome styling

What are they waiting for? I DO NOT wish to mount my EF 24-70 or 70-200 on that tiny thing - what's is the point buying mirrorless ???

Then my comment does not apply to you.  I have seen way too many comments on this board wishing for a cheap EF mount compatible mirrorless FF.  That is simply not going to happen.  I've seen tons of people hoping for EF compatibility when IMO it is not a big selling point.

The reason the Canon EOS-M is not great is not because it lacks a FF sensor.

Poor AF,  Poor ergonomics / styling, lack of built in flash and a sensor that is a generation or two behind the NEX or Fuji X are the problem right now

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