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Article on stolen camera gear.....

http://petapixel.com/2013/12/17/lenstag-infographic-breaks-gear-stolen-gear-gets-stolen/

And by the way, Christmas is the peak for stealing things from vehicles....


I didnt know about lenstag. Need to check that out. Thanks for sharing this!

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Lenses / Re: DXOMark: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Reviewed
« on: December 18, 2013, 12:20:02 PM »
The t-stop of 5.1 for the Canon 24-105 is a bit of a shocker to me.  tsk tsk Canon!

So basically the Sigma is about the same price and about the same sharpness, but half a stop brighter.

Not surprising since it has a bigger front end! Why is that a shocker?

An f/4 zoom lens is not one you'd expect to have optimal light transmission anyway. It has IS that easily makes up for it. Good for Sigma though for improving on the design. However that seems to have come at a price - added bulk.

Separate note. Even though I buy in yen I always write prices in USD here on this forum because that's what most people understand. It doesn't bother me. Keeps things standardized. But the point is when we convert we all get funky numbers. I think when quoting a street price we should just use amazon.com or something.

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Lenses / Re: Two Lenses Coming for CP+? [CR2]
« on: December 18, 2013, 09:57:11 AM »
These days it may seem anathema, but I have been so unimpressed with the Sigma's bokeh (a pretty huge deal in a wide aperture prime) that I went with the Canon 35mm f/2 IS instead, despite a slight sharpness downgrade from the Sigma.  I certainly think that Canon can improve on the Sigma design by offering a properly weather sealed prime that has both great sharpness, much more accurate AF, and smoother bokeh transition.

Where Canon has a problem is the price department.  If they aren't a bit more competitive with the pricing it will be very hard to market an only marginally better lens at a price point that could easily be more than double that of the Sigma.  I saw a sale on the Siggy yesterday for $699, so the price is certainly already dropping.  That's a tough sell for Canon.

The 24-70II is optically fantastic, but its very steep MSRP has meant that a LOT of people have opted for the almost as good but much cheaper + VC Tamron.  This a trend that Canon can't afford to keep repeating.

It would be nice if the 35L was dropped in price too! It's one that I want but damn that thing is still going for $1500 or more these days. Seems to have gone up in price! I don't get how the 135L can be so cheap and the 35L so expensive? If the drop the price to $1000 even I'd buy it over the Sigma. And then Canon could release the 35LII at the same price as the 35L is now?

Same with the 50L. I'd value that at $900. At that price I'd buy it. You can't seriously charge people $1500 for that when the 24-70L II is $1699 with rebate! I mean I'd rather fork out the extra and say screw the 24L, 35L and 50L!

But even then I still want a prime. I feel like I'm done with zooms.

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Lenses / Re: DXOMark: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Reviewed
« on: December 18, 2013, 09:43:51 AM »
I wonder if this lens is really aimed at Nikon users.

As others have said, for Canon users this may be a nice lens, but it's not an "must have." The street price of the 24-105 "L" is less. Just about every full frame Canon user who would want this lens already has the Canon version. There are currently more than 500 in stock on the Canon refurbished store (selling for more than the street price of a new "white box" version).

Basically, the market is flooded already, so I wonder if Sigma may have made a mistake with this lens unless they are just targeting Nikon users.

I admire what Sigma has been doing lately and I appreciate the competition from third party manufacturers, but I'm scratching my head over this one. It runs contrary to most other recent releases from Sigma, Tamron and Tokina – where they have either been focusing on giving consumers choices that Canon and Nikon don't offer or they've been undercutting Canon and Nikon on price with staples like the 70-200 f2.8.

Big +1.  As soon as this lens was announced, I felt that the only way that it would be a success is if it destroyed the 24-105L optically.  It didn't seem to offer any other compelling reason to purchase:  focal length the same.  IS/OS.  Same maximum aperture. 

Downsides included:  Heavier and larger front element.  Not weather sealed.  Sigma's reputation for sometimes inconsistent AF accuracy.  Third party lens with potential downsides that come with that.

I think the consensus out there is that in SOME ways the Sigma is better optically, but it certainly doesn't blow the 24-105L out of the water.  That is going to make it a hard sell.  Just out of curiosity:  a lot of you own the 24-105L - are you planning on selling it to get the Sigma? 

I don't own the 24-105L right now.  I've owned two copies in the past and liked them considerably.  I own let my last copy go when I got the Tamron 24-70 VC and found that I wasn't using the Canon anymore.  But if I owned the 24-105L right I certainly wouldn't be selling it to get this lens.

I bought my EF 24-105L second hand. Got it fairly cheap too. I knew fine well going in that it was not going to a lens that had amazing IQ and that was fine because I just needed something to work with in the general focal range. For that it performs well, especially from 35mm onwards I'm seeing really quite sharp images. 24mm performance could be better but I can live without since I have the 17-40L and now the Samyang 14mm (on my 7D it gives an almost 24mm look). The weather sealing has came in handy when on vacation / at te beach etc. the lens isn't light by any means but a decent amount that I can handle.

Will I change for the Sigma? Nope. The Sigma's bigger and heavier and not sealed. Don't give a damn about a tiny bit extra sharpness at the wide end.

I think for those who don't need the extra range the 24-70 f/4 IS beats both the Sigma and 24-105L and provides a nice third option. If I was to change I'd prob go for that one, just wish it was a little cheaper though.

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Lenses / Re: Two Lenses Coming for CP+? [CR2]
« on: December 16, 2013, 08:03:29 AM »
Oh PLEASE dear Canon, give me something wide. Like 15mm f2.8 fisheye / 17-40L IS  :-\

BTW hello to all you wonderful camera friends. I've been here and sneak peeked in many months and now my first post  8) Have a awesome day


Roham From Oslo/Norway

Welcome to CR RohamR! There are a lot of people here wanting some wide angle action next year! Me included! I really hope we see that rumored 16-50 f/4 IS. That would be perfect!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What happened to A-DEP?
« on: December 16, 2013, 07:37:56 AM »
Unless I'm mistaken, it has disappeared off of Canon bodies...?

I don't think I ever used it when I had my T2i. Seemed to be very much like P mode. And on a crop camera that most people will be using with slow aperture kit lenses there isn't much shallow dof to control. Everything looks the same unless you are really close to your subject. Plus creative auto lets you control the background blur and is easier to use.

I'm glad they got rid of it. It doesn't really help newbies understand the relationship between aperture and dof IMO. 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A 40mm f/0.85 for Your EOS-M?
« on: December 16, 2013, 07:06:02 AM »
"If you know of any other extremely fast lenses, please share it with us.
Kind regards,
Rob.



Here:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lens_speed


I also wrote an article about fast lenses about two weeks ago. Maybe I should update it with this Germanese lens?

http://zeebytes.blogspot.jp/2013/12/rare-and-exclusive-lenses-to-drool-over.html?m=0

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Lenses / Re: Two Lenses Coming for CP+? [CR2]
« on: December 15, 2013, 09:53:47 AM »
And 7DII!! :D

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+1 ... it is the cheapest full frame camera with a kit lens anywhere in the world.

As a bundle, yes.  But here in the USA at least, the 6D + 24-105/4L IS kit is only $84 more than the a7 + 28-70/3.5-5.6 OSS, and you're getting a more versatile body and a lens with a broader zoom range on both ends, constant aperture, and one stop faster at the long end. 
... snip ...


yes, 24-105 is a better lens.
but: http://camerasize.com/compact/#380.21,488.396,ha,t
oops! :-)


Yeah OK it does look a bit bigger but you are getting a longer zoom range. I wonder how it would compare to the 6D + 24-70 f/4L IS combo? Obviously it would cost more.

This link is for the 24-70 f/4 comparison.

http://j.mp/HYCNKd

This one is with both cameras with a 50 1.8

http://j.mp/1bNP78T


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EOS-M / Re: Eos M vs Fujifilm X100
« on: December 14, 2013, 07:33:07 PM »

Eos M advantages -

1. No need to learn a new menu system.
2. Ability to use your existing Canon lenses via adapter.
3. A Canon hotshoe, no need for additional triggers for off camera flash.
4. Pocketable (with 22 f/2 lens and large jacket pockets!)
5. Magic Lantern
6. Higher resolution
7. Larger screen with anti smudge coating that actually works (and it's touchscreen but this could also be a disadvantage)
8. Works with Canon RC-1, 5 and 6.
9. Has Touch shutter feature that allows you to select a focus point, AF and take a picture by tapping the screen. (Still not found a good use for this though!)

#9 Have you used the touch shutter?  In candid situations I can be sitting around with a friend and point to the back of the camera - choose the subject and the camera will focus and take the pictures.  As long as you don't hold the camera up at eye level it appears that you are simply showing your friend some pictures you've taken and are pointing out something in some picture of the camera.  In a tight crowd or even when taking family pictures (works with kids really well), you can get some candid's that you simply could not get by holding your camera up to your eye.  Even with point and shoots without the touch shutter, people are aware whenever you have your finger on the shutter button and the camera is pointed toward them.  With touch shutter, you never touch the shutter button -- after all you are just showing a friend an already captured photo - right.....

By the way, #2 trumps All other EVF cameras currently if you are heavily invested in Canon glass.  Unless you are heavily invested in some other APS-C line of lenses, #2 is TRUMP over all other considerations although you forgot to mention the $300 price for body and a really decent lens.  What APS-C with 18 MP or more for $300 is there? (I know B&H is now $350).  I have a few of these for different purposes and many of my friends are buying them up when they can.

I have to give it a try again. Last time it kept taking pictures while it was hanging round my neck! I wonder if I was sat down like you said with the beep off, maybe it could work. I agree with finger on the trigger people take notice!

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EOS-M / Re: Eos M vs Fujifilm X100
« on: December 14, 2013, 07:26:13 PM »

Eos M advantages -

1. No need to learn a new menu system.
2. Ability to use your existing Canon lenses via adapter.
3. A Canon hotshoe, no need for additional triggers for off camera flash.
4. Pocketable (with 22 f/2 lens and large jacket pockets!)
5. Magic Lantern
6. Higher resolution
7. Larger screen with anti smudge coating that actually works (and it's touchscreen but this could also be a disadvantage)
8. Works with Canon RC-1, 5 and 6.
9. Has Touch shutter feature that allows you to select a focus point, AF and take a picture by tapping the screen. (Still not found a good use for this though!)

Of course some of these advantages are Canon user specific. If you already have Canon accessories. In a straight up head to head the Fuji wins. No contest.

10. $400 cheaper!

I thought price was an obvious one that OP and rest of the forum are aware of by now so I left it out!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A 40mm f/0.85 for Your EOS-M?
« on: December 14, 2013, 11:57:05 AM »
Could it be they know something about the future M that we don't know about?  ???

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Just get EOS-M, Tiny/ Great Camera
« on: December 14, 2013, 11:54:41 AM »
Enjoy your purchase Surapon! I think you'll really like it! For the size and cost this thing is awesome. I'm starting to enjoy photography again thanks to this because I can take it just about anywhere and still have those DSLR functions that I'm used to.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A 40mm f/0.85 for Your EOS-M?
« on: December 14, 2013, 09:35:35 AM »
Wow.  The concept is cool, but how many people in the world are going to buy a two thousand dollar lens to mount on >$300 camera?

You beat me to it I was gonna say the exact same thing!  ;)

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