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EOS Bodies / Re: A New Rebel for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 15, 2014, 10:13:06 AM »
I almost bought the Canon Rebel t2i over my 50D. Rebel is nothing to sneeze at. It's a damn fine camera. Any Canon DSLR. I was at Best Buy the other day and playing with their SL1.  I would love one of those little guys!

Oh not at all, the rebels are fine cameras, no ones sneezing at them or anywhere near them it's just the way that they are "upgraded" is very humdrum and not worth getting excited about! We'd rather hear about a 7D replacement than a new rebel. Just more curious about the higher end specs.

I started out with a t2i myself. Gave it to my GF to use when upgraded. Still work flawlessly after years of service. I have nothing but respect for my humble rebel. I learned a lot from it. I actually get annoyed when people under use it or never use anything other than the kit lens. It's so cheap that almost every ones got one. Trouble is they don't all get the most of this amazing machine! Shame really as it can take stunning pics. That's how I feel about the EOS M too. I reckon in the right hands it can do wonders.

Those are really good cameras when in the right hands, indeed. I just feel they are a little too small for my hands. To be honest, I fail to see much advantage in the reduced size of the SL1, since it will not fit in a pocket anyway.
Daniel

Ultimately it was the small size of the rebel that made me want to go for a bigger model. Taking 1000 shots in one day gave me cramp! The first time I held a 7D was like finding a perfect fitting glove! The 5D2 feels good too but man the 7D just begs to be held! And then there's the shutter sound. Rebel is like a cat sneezing. The 7D is a deep satisfying cough!

I'm weird about stuff like that! But hey if you're not comfortable with your gear you won't wanna use it right?

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Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 15, 2014, 07:36:30 AM »
I opted for the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 instead as I got fed up waiting. It's a pity I can't use filters with it though. Blasted bulbous ends! Haha!


Actually, there is a (very expensive) Hitech Lucroit Filter Holder.  It was originally designed for the Nikon 14-24, but they made adapter rings for other lenses, including the Samyang.  It can be found on their site and places like B&H, Adorama, & Amazon.  You'll also probably need to buy new large, expensive filters to go with it of course.

http://lucroit.com/SHOP/category.php?id_category=5

Also I believe Samyang posted something on their FB page about working on their own filter holder for it.  As I recall they were hoping to release it around now. 

There are also a number of home-made filter holders I've seen, you can google them and see if they look like something you'd like to try to duplicate.


Cool thanks!

I'll look out for the Samyang ones. They'll likely be cheap!

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Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 15, 2014, 12:52:30 AM »
Oh totally! They need something in that ultra wide range other than the costly 14L. Their foolin no one with the 8-15 fisheye! I opted for the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 instead as I got fed up waiting. It's a pity I can't use filters with it though. Blasted bulbous ends! Haha!

What is the widest you can get without going bulbous end? Is it 16mm? I imagine a 12-24 or 14-24 would be quite expensive anyway and wouldn't take filters.

Zeiss' 15mm takes filters -- 95mm filters.   :o

The TS-E 17 takes filters, 145mm filters.

You say that like you can just buy those at the dollar store! I mean sure I bet the Hubble space telescope takes filters too!  ;D

(I meant what regular folk consider a filter - 77mm / 82mm max.)

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EOS Bodies / Re: A New Rebel for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 14, 2014, 11:59:16 PM »
I almost bought the Canon Rebel t2i over my 50D. Rebel is nothing to sneeze at. It's a damn fine camera. Any Canon DSLR. I was at Best Buy the other day and playing with their SL1.  I would love one of those little guys!

Oh not at all, the rebels are fine cameras, no ones sneezing at them or anywhere near them it's just the way that they are "upgraded" is very humdrum and not worth getting excited about! We'd rather hear about a 7D replacement than a new rebel. Just more curious about the higher end specs.

I started out with a t2i myself. Gave it to my GF to use when upgraded. Still work flawlessly after years of service. I have nothing but respect for my humble rebel. I learned a lot from it. I actually get annoyed when people under use it or never use anything other than the kit lens. It's so cheap that almost every ones got one. Trouble is they don't all get the most of this amazing machine! Shame really as it can take stunning pics. That's how I feel about the EOS M too. I reckon in the right hands it can do wonders.

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Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 14, 2014, 08:50:43 PM »
A 16-50 f/4 IS would be just the ticket.
I like the idea of that, but would still love something really wide like the Sigma 12-24 II I used to own.  I fear that Canon considers our dreams of a super wide covered by the 8-15 f/4.  A lot of their articles have pitched it as a wide angle lens, but at least to me, I don't care for the fisheye distortion even if it can be minimized with a perfectly level shot.

Oh totally! They need something in that ultra wide range other than the costly 14L. Their foolin no one with the 8-15 fisheye! I opted for the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 instead as I got fed up waiting. It's a pity I can't use filters with it though. Blasted bulbous ends! Haha!

What is the widest you can get without going bulbous end? Is it 16mm? I imagine a 12-24 or 14-24 would be quite expensive anyway and wouldn't take filters.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A New Rebel for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 14, 2014, 08:37:44 PM »
Ah yes! I knew it was far too optimistic to hope for a 7D2 announcement. Come to think of it we are due new rebel since it has been, what 5 months or so (don't know exact time) since the last one. What will it be this time? Perhaps we shall be indulged with yet more, wait for it, picture styles!

Marvelous.  :P




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Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 14, 2014, 10:55:33 AM »
I really like the "normal" front end of the 16-35 and would rather Canon come out with a souped-up version of that lens vs. a 14-24 (or any other range) with a bulbous front-end.

Agreed. I'd rather have something I can walk about with that covers a good range. 14-24mm would be less than ideal for groups or street. I've used the 17-40 for street and general mucking about and it's quite useful with a CP-L and light enough that you can carry it about all day, wish it had IS though. A 16-50 f/4 IS would be just the ticket.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Microadjustment Automated
« on: January 14, 2014, 03:54:52 AM »
Does this mean no more trying to line up targets? Or is it just that the software to determine if the lens is out of whack is now installed in the cameras firmware as opposed to your laptop? And would it set just one value or more?

Would be awesome if it could learn and adjust as you shoot.

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I made a ahem paper "replica" to get my head around the size. Seems about the same size and thickness as an average coffee mug.

Observe.

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It all depends on the price of both the Sigma and Canon (if we ever see the Canon that is!). I got rid off my 50 1.8 a while ago and have missed having something relatively small and light to use as a walk around lens. The Sigma looks like it might be a bit on the heavy side, prob better suited to studio work than hiking and outdoor activities. For that kinda thing a 50 IS would make more sense. I really love IS, it's a life saver. I don't want to carry a tripod all day for the small possibility that i might need it for one or two low light shots in the evening. Just want a well built 50 that has reliable AF.

I can see both the Canon and Sigma being around the same price, a bit like the 35s.

Canon, the time to announce your 50 1.8 IS is now!

The new Sigma is almost the same diam/length as the Canon 24-70 F/4L IS, which is certainly big for a 50 prime!

But the weight is less than you'd think for its size -- the new Sigma is about halfway between the Canon F/1.4 and F/1.2, and right around a pound, I think. 

Interesting!  They pulled the weight from their webpage! It was around 16 oz when I first read it today.

P.S.  OT to Zv:  I use that 24-70 F/4 for hiking myself and it's not been a bother, it's quite ideal actually (macro/wide/solid AF for wildlife/weather seal/IS for lower light), and I'm not a big guy by any means.  I put that on a BlackRapid mounted body and I'm off.

Oh! Sorry I misread somewhere and thought the Sigma was the same size as the 24-70LII, that's my fault! Yeah the 24-70 f/4L is quite manageable esp on a 6D. I've considered swapping my 24-105 for it but I like having the 105mm option.

Where is everyone getting the specs for size weight and price btw?? (Found it, duh their website. I'm on fire today!)


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It all depends on the price of both the Sigma and Canon (if we ever see the Canon that is!). I got rid off my 50 1.8 a while ago and have missed having something relatively small and light to use as a walk around lens. The Sigma looks like it might be a bit on the heavy side, prob better suited to studio work than hiking and outdoor activities. For that kinda thing a 50 IS would make more sense. I really love IS, it's a life saver. I don't want to carry a tripod all day for the small possibility that i might need it for one or two low light shots in the evening. Just want a well built 50 that has reliable AF.

I can see both the Canon and Sigma being around the same price, a bit like the 35s.

Canon, the time to announce your 50 1.8 IS is now!

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I'm glad you like the EOS M Surapon! It's nice to hear about positive experiences with the M instead of all the bashing it seems to get. For the price of a decent point and shoot you get a heck of a lot of camera.

I've started using it a lot more now and recently on vacation I had the same thoughts as you Surapon - if someone robs me I'll only be down a few hundred bucks but if someone takes my 5D2 I am well and truly f$$$'d. I can't afford to replace it. I am seriously thinking about leaving my 5D2 at home next holiday and just taking the little guy!

Luckily as I live in Japan I can easily buy the EF-M 11-22mm lens (waiting for the price to come down). I think that would do me nicely as I really only shoot landscapes and buildings when on holiday. Would be nice to see Canon make a small telephoto prime to round off the kit. Currently my tele option is an old FD 50mm f/1.4 via adapter. The combo is surprisingly small and has a nice weight. Manual focus only but Magic Lantern helps with that. I also have the FD 100mm f/2.8 but haven't used it yet.

Another great advantage is that you don't need a large, expensive, carbon fibre tripod to support it. That means you can do all the long exposure stuff, possibly star fields etc, with a much smaller tripod. I tried it with my Gorillapod hybrid and it works just fine! Great for group shots in restaurants etc.

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I think small mirrorless bodies with wifi have potential for travelers. When you're traveling having something relatively small is a big help. If your camera fits in your pocket or a space in your backpack you're more likely to use it. I'm finding DSLRs very cumbersome on holiday. Also, when taking pics of yourself at famous locations and taking group pics with you also in the shot wifi is a blessing. (No more selfie stick!)

So, a camera that is smaller than a dslr and has wifi plus option to change lenses maybe. I think Canon are heading in the right direction with the EOS M2. Shame Canon US don't seem to think so.

If you remove compact P&S and you remove MILC then all you would have is smartphones and DSLRs. There needs to be something in between. What would replace it? That lens with sensor thing Sony made that attaches to your smartphone? Hmmm, I can't see MILC market dying just yet.

Anyone who's used an EOS M can testify to this - they're just plain fun to use! Can't wait for the future of these things, with faster AF and better IQ. Still early days for the M in my opinion.


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Lenses / Re: IS Versions of the 50mm, 85mm & 135mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: January 05, 2014, 09:22:09 PM »
I find the 50mm focal length quite boring. I'd rather shoot wider or longer. Canon please skip the 50mm IS and just make a 40mm F/1 IS cupcake (because f/1 wont fit into a pancake)

See, that statement makes no sense to me - how can a focal length be "boring"? That means you must not know how to use it properly if all you get are boring shots. You can use a 50 to get some very nice close portraits with shallow dof. You can do product shots, you can shoot landscapes, street, groups of people etc. the list of subject matter is endless really. Now if all you shoot is pics of you cat then I guess that's a different story ...  :P

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon abandoned EOS M?
« on: January 04, 2014, 08:53:09 PM »
Sonyalpharumors.com has recently posted a link to the top-selling mirrorless and DSLR cameras in Japan http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/2013-sales-sony-nex-5r-is-the-most-sold-mirrorless-camera-in-japan/

According to this link, Canon EOS-M is the second top-selling mirrorless camera in Japan. I know it's not worldwide but anyway, it seems that Japanese like it.

Another interesting thing is that EOS Kiss X5 (T3i) is the top-selling DSLR in Japan.

Actually the Japanese consumer market has different preferences of most countries. ??? I wondered if the price of EOS M also plummeted in Japan, boosting sales. ::) Another surprise is the fact T3i (Kiss X5) is the biggest selling SLR in Japan. :o


Yes it did. The price dropped to the same as the US. I got mine for ¥31,000 and a few days later on amazon.jp it dropped another thousand making it very close to $300. It's gone back up slightly now but still relatively cheap.

Also I see rebel XXXD series cameras everywhere I go. Everyone and their auntie seemed to have one around their neck when I was in Malaysia, all tourists of course. I saw the odd Nikon camera.

In Japan I see a fair amount of both Nikon and Canon at festivals and events.

In all my travels I think I saw two EOS M cameras. I don't know anyone else that has one which is a shame really as I think this little guy is amazing. For places where my 5D2 & 24-105 was too obvious (night market, streets, crowded spaces etc) the M was a blessing. I'm getting used to it now and I'm even considering to take only the M on my next trip. It sucks carrying several Kg of camara gear around airports, buses, taxis and hotels. No matter how strong you are it's a hassle. And then you've got to keep it safe from thieves!

I had my iPad and although I could upload pics via a cable I would have pref wifi. I think the M2 is exactly the kind of camera I need (though I'm gonna wait) to make my travel and share workflow stress free and fun. The only other option would be to use my iPhone, takes great pics but lacks useability and features. I love that the M has full DSLR features. Been doing some long exposure stuff at night and it's s lot of fun. You can quicky move location and view and no one takes much notice. This thing rocks and what Canon need to do is market it better. 

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