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Lenses / Re: The future of Canon L primes
« on: November 09, 2013, 08:31:13 PM »
At this point I think the 50mm L lens is the worse performance-price ratio. The question is whether only improves optics and a bit more expensive, or also adds Image Stabilizer and becomes much more expensive. :-\

Agree. I would like to own a 50L but at that price I may as well just fork out a little more and get the excellent 24-70II, which would give me 24, 35 and 50mm prime quality if not better. However, carrying a large zoom lens just to get 50mm is leas than ideal. 

Also, if Canon updated the 50L it would only make the new lens more expensive. In fact any L prime update is gonna be reaching the $2000 mark. For some that's prob pocket change but for us poor folk we just have to wait several years for the price cuts! (Which, again is why I reckon the 24-70II is the best value vs performance lens if you need primes in that range).

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Lenses / Re: I'm done part II - here are all of the lenses I've sold
« on: November 08, 2013, 09:18:33 PM »
In order -

Tamron SP 70-300mm  f/4-5.6 Di VC USD. The first telephoto lens I ever owned. It was a bit too bulky and felt cheap. IQ was OK at the wider end but sucked after 150mm. I think I had this lens less than a year. Replaced with 70-200 f/4L IS.

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5. I loved this lens but when I moved up to FF it made no sense to keep it. Replaced with 17-40L. No regrets.

Canon 85mm f/1.8. When I sold the Tamron I bought this as a temp replacement. It made a good match to my nifty fifty at the time. However, I wasn't happy with the LoCA and it had to go. I also bought a used 135L around this time.

Canon 50mm f/1.8. I sold this the same time as the 85mm. I just wasn't using it and on FF it was less than optimal. Still, I wish I had kept it. There was no real need to sell it.

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM. This was tough to sell and one that I was on the fence about. This was by far my fave lens overall. So useful. However I could see that the 7D was being used less often and I needed something that could work on FF so it had to go sadly. Replaced with a used 24-105L.

I think buying L lenses had a lot to do with my decision to sell too! I just feel more comfortable with the Ls. I love primes but the L zooms do a pretty amazing job and f/4 on FF is actually quite nice. I think I'm done selling lenses for now, got an ideal kit so far.


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Canon, do you have "entry-level" version?   ;D
Yes Canon has many entry level monitors ... they are on the back of every Canon digital camera ;)

Interestingly, while reading wikipedia articles about LCD screens, I found out that the first ever LCD incorporated in a consumer digital camera was by Casio! Huh! That's a surprise!

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I want to bet that Sony actually makes the screen itself...

Or LG. I heard somewhere that almost all screens such as phones, laptops etc are manufactured by LG. Maybe nowadays Canon do too? Have they ever made screens before?

[one google search later ...]

Edit - Canon weren't on the list of LCD makers on Wikipedia but LG certainly were.

From wikipedia -

"They (LG) are one of the main licensed manufacturers of the more color-accurate IPS panels used by Dell, NEC, ASUS, Apple (including iMacs, iPads, iPhones, iPod touches) and others, which were developed by Hitachi."

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Yet again more good news for the pro video guys. Last announcement was for dual pixel in the C100. I'm beginning to think photography is just a side business for Canon now. That would be a shame if they just forgot about us! Accounting and marketing divisions are running the show, I guess. Oh well!

 

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: November 06, 2013, 08:36:37 AM »
The online store I ordered mine from said they're out of stock. Amazon.jp also out of stock. What the fricks going on with this lens, why can't I get one!!

 :(

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumor: Nikon Digital FM2 - Retro look
« on: November 04, 2013, 10:20:43 AM »
The black one looks OK but I'm not feelin the silver. Not that I would ever buy it.

So, the hottest topic is a Nikon release. Man it's a slow week here, eh?

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: November 04, 2013, 02:27:00 AM »
I got mine a few weeks ago, and am playing with it, as it requires a new skill set.  I shoot mainly in manual, so not too hard.  It will require a few test shots to nail exposure, or perhaps a light meter.  For me, focus is a bit tricky.  I use a loupe to help.  Also, I "discoverdd" yesterday that the dof button works with the lens, so this helps.

sek

I ordered this lens today, can't wait to get out and try it!

I would say that developing a new skill set is probably an accurate assessment.  It is certainly unlike any other manual focus only lens that I have used because of the extreme nature.  The viewfinder will be mostly for composition, not focus.  I either prefocus using the distance markers (and knowing where my lens hits focus) along with live view in other situations.  I don't get out of focus shots with the lens at all, so my technique works fine for me.

Thanks Dustin. I'm prob gonna be using Live view to focus and viewfinder to find that comp that is all but elusive with UWA lenses! I find myself looking through the VF and waving the camera about in all kinds of angles, looking like a bit of an idiot in the process, to find the angle that employs the distortion to good use! It usually ends in me saying "I need a wider lens!" At which point I get the  ::) from the girlfriend!

I got mine for ¥28,000 which is a steal! Still waiting on delivery!

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Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: November 03, 2013, 11:54:31 AM »
Aside from something better than the 100-400 I'm pretty much done, too (sadly?). Canditates are a new 100-400 or slightly possible, a 300mm f/2.8.

I've condensed my line up to this:

Prime:
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical
Sigma 20mm F1.8 DG Aspherical RF
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | A
Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1

'Travel' Prime:
Canon EF 35mm f/2.0
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk I

'L' zoom:
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

TC:
Canon Extender EF 1.4x II (great with the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II)

Lightweight zoom / 7D 'kit':
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2,8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF]
Tamron SP AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD

Sony NEX-6 'kit':
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN
Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS

Wait, are these the lenses you currently own or a wish list? That's a lot of glass!

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: November 03, 2013, 11:39:49 AM »
I ordered this lens today, can't wait to get out and try it!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: This momma is looking to buy a camera ?
« on: November 03, 2013, 01:00:48 AM »
Well after much consideration I ordered a factory refurbished t4i with 18-135 STM lens .. Im excited to began my photography journey .. I will keep everyone posted . Thank you for all your help. Truly !!

A marvelous choice, well done! It'll serve you well! Enjoy!

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: November 02, 2013, 08:15:58 PM »
to be honest, the pop up flash is so useless that I often wondered why it was on the original 7d.  I get the pop up flash for the entry level models, the rebels and the XXD series, but a pop up flash on a prosumer model....seems like a waste of real estate....

The 7D was the first camera able to be an optical master for Speedlites (via that popup flash), and that's a very useful capability in a prosumer model.

Of course, with the current RT system, the camera could be the master without the onboard flash - and I hope we see that someday!

The pop up flash as an optical master is actually quite useful in the 7D. It was my first time trying out off camera flash on the cheap using a 320EX. And when I moved up to radio triggers it served as my back up. When traveling it's nice to be able to leave the triggers at home and just simplifies off camera flash on the fly. I leave the pop up in optical master mode for quick portraits when out and about with a 430EX. Very compact and flexible lighting set up. I honestly miss that with the 5D, but with the Yongnuo 560III I only need one additional small radio trigger so maybe it's OK! (Still one extra thing to fumble with and put batteries in though).

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I hate to say you told me so, but...
« on: November 02, 2013, 08:05:21 PM »
when I saw this, I  thought it might be thgmuffin  finally ageing that f5.6  is useless for shooting night sports... I  guess I  will just continue to wait for that  acknowledgement.

 ;D ;D ;D

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Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: November 02, 2013, 04:30:55 AM »
I've been trying to reduce the no of lenses and gear in general to just the stuff I need. I think I'm close to having the ideal kit of what I need. I just need another fast prime lens in the 35-85mm range.

However I wouldn't say that "I'm done" as there is always room for upgrades in the near future!

If I had this I'd be done -

17mm TS-E, 24-70L II, 70-200L II  ;D

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Hang on a minute - doesn't the AA filter actually serve a purpose other than just smudge our images? Doesn't it reduce moire and aliasing?

Indeed, that's why aa filter is spelled "anti-aliasing" :-)

Without it you would have to deal with that in post.

Probably yes, but the point is: only if required and only in that particular area! And moiré effects on full res stills should be very far in between, maybe 1% of shots in 10% of the image?, that means that for the others you're getting sub-optimal stills because the moiré effect in video is much more ubiquitous.

With your argument Canon could also force the camera to apply all other image "enhancements" to raw like lens profiles, de-vignetting, CA correction, nice poppy colors, ... but also all at the cost that if you don't want these in post you cannot get rid of them. If you shoot raw it should be as raw as possible, postprocessing software is always better at doing the job, even if more time and work consuming.

It was a rhetorical question. I know what the AA filter does. As someone who shoots buildings I'd much rather not have to deal with removing moire, which Neuro has kindly demonstrated as being rather difficult.

Also I don't know about you but removing moire from several hundred wedding photos of a brides dress might drive me insane.

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