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Lenses / Re: An EF-M f/1.2 Lens?
« on: February 08, 2015, 02:51:49 AM »
There was that hint, late last year, of a new line of lenses. Maybe this is from that new line?

Nah the CPS guy debunked that in that interview about the 5Ds, it was just a bad translation. The new line is just the latest L series lenses after 2010 that were made with high resolution in mind.

If I were to rebuy everything today I'd probably end up with the same kit. I have a good balance between price, IQ and size / weight. It took about 4 years to reach that point though and several bodies and lenses had to be bought and sold along the way but I think I finally nailed it.

The only lens I would maybe change is the old Sigma 50 1.4 to the Canon version for more accurate AF performance but I can make do for now.

I'm glad I went with Canon from day one. I initially wanted a Nikon D90 based on specs vs the T2i but it was out of my price range. Now that I know better I'm not bothered by Nikon specs as I know how to get what I want, even from my EOS M.

Lenses / Re: An EF-M f/1.2 Lens?
« on: February 08, 2015, 12:18:37 AM »
If it was the 50L 1.2 via adaptor wouldn't it's profile stick out as a silhouette when we are looking at the back of the camera? The 50L isn't that small that it would be hidden by an EOS M3 body, would it? Hmmmm

Took a screenshot of that bit. The settings show f1.4 but since there is no EF-M f1.4 lens we are assuming it is the EF 50 1.4 or 1.2 but look at how the camera is being held. Seems quite light and not burdened by and adaptor.

(I know the f/1.2 bit comes later but I'm assuming they aren't carrying two different 50mm lenses around, that would be stupid just to show one at f1/1.4 and one shot at f1.2 so logic dictates it's the same lens)

EOS Bodies / Re: Who is going to buy the new 5Ds's?
« on: February 07, 2015, 11:19:01 AM »
Two very fine looking specimens I must admit however the sensible part of my brain is telling me I have no business buying either of them now or in the future. As a hobbyist and occasional paid gig shooter the 6D is perfect.

It's funny how there was complaining from some about the lack of a high resolution camera from Canon and now it's announced it's not good enough. Didn't we do this with the 7DII? And the 6D? And the 5DIII? All three of those turned out pretty good IMO.

Edit - I will definitely rent one of these puppies one day. That'll be a good day for sure!  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Full Specifications of the EOS Rebel 760D
« on: February 05, 2015, 09:33:33 AM »
What is the advantage of the screen on top?  I know I've read that people like to be able to look down at the camera and see all the settings, but is that the main thing?  I find the same information on the back screen on the Rebel and for my eyes it is usually in a bigger font / easier to read.

I'm really in the market for a body upgrade from my T1i and am curious if the 760D actually offers anything truly useful over the 750D besides the top screen.  If indeed you can only remote control the 760D via phone, then that is a feature that would be really handy to have.

Advantage - one less button to press to change settings. Instead of pressing the Q (quick control) button to jump into the menu you can simply turn the dials to adjust shutter speed or aperture. Very useful for making quick changes on the fly. Plus at any given time you can check what your settings are at a glance. "Oh, I have ISO 1600 set, better change that ..." Equals less missed shots basically. To a street photographer that split second could be all the difference.

Also a lot of landscapers shoot low on a tripod and it's more convenient to look down on the LCD and adjust settings than crouch down and stare at the back of the camera. Same situation when in the studio. Or macro. Should I go on?

Lenses / Re: EF 11-24 f/4L USM Specifications
« on: February 04, 2015, 07:21:27 PM »
This lens is giving me G.A.S.  I will be selling my 14mm f/2.8L II very soon...
For astrophotography 2.8 cannot be beaten.... Other than that I agree...

no, that's nightscapes.  Astrophotography is an exacting photographic discipline all in itself that most would laugh at the thought of doing unguided photographs.

It's pretty clear what tron meant. We are on a photography forum talking about Canon gear. When someone says "astro" or "astrophotograhy" we tend to assume that which is done with a DSLR.

Please don't point out every little detail and flaw in what people write. I noted you also did this with one of my posts.

A little off topic but since you mentioned a revamp of the site could we get some more emoji? I'd like ones for sarcasm and irony. They seem to be lost here.

Also - Congrats!

EOS Bodies / Re: The New Rebels Will be Called the 760D and 750D
« on: February 04, 2015, 10:54:45 AM »
total random musing.. what if one of those rebels is using a full frame sensor?

nothing ever says that rebels MUST stick with APS-C.

that would almost then make the two models make a little sense - as well as the 24-105 IS STM full frame lens.

They did that already and called it a 6D.  ;)

a 6D is most certainly not a rebel.  different pentaprism/mirror, chassis construction, ergonomics.

You're right. Even the rebel has 19 cross type AF points now darn it!

EOS Bodies / Re: The New Rebels Will be Called the 760D and 750D
« on: February 04, 2015, 10:20:56 AM »
total random musing.. what if one of those rebels is using a full frame sensor?

nothing ever says that rebels MUST stick with APS-C.

that would almost then make the two models make a little sense - as well as the 24-105 IS STM full frame lens.

They did that already and called it a 6D.  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: The New Rebels Will be Called the 760D and 750D
« on: February 04, 2015, 10:19:09 AM »
The 24MP sensor is what jumps out at me.  That's a whole new animal for Canon.  Did they make it? Did Sony? Did Nintendo?

We got a DPAF 20.2MP 70D, semi-flagship not long ago.  Then the DPAF "tweaked up" 20.2MP 7D2 full flagship

And now along comes this lil' Rebel with 24MP???  Uhh-k.
makes sense really - the pixel structure is much more simpler without the dual pixel stuff in it.  it also follows what canon was saying about the DP sensors - that they were expensive to fabricate.  It would make sense then why it's not on the rebel (or the M3).

the 70D is nearly EOL.  it may just be the last xxD body if the rebel starts to have a lot of it's features.  canon could be trying to slim down the number of APS-C bodies it sells.

I guess we'll see if the 760D has a pentaprism versus a mirror.

I don't think they'll have just two APS-C offerings, there is a need for the xxD line. Some people need a camera that's in between the beastly 7DII with it's machine gun like 10fps and tank build and their entry level camera that almost every tourist and their kid owns. The rebels are physically smaller than the xxD line too making it uncomfortable for some. The 70D is the Goldilocks camera for many. Just enough features and not too much overkill. Seriously, I  feel like I'm talking myself into buying one now!

I need to get off this forum for a while! But so many cameras coming soon! Aaaaarrgggh!!  ;D

Lenses / Re: A New Nifty Fifty Coming [CR1]
« on: February 04, 2015, 10:01:55 AM »
Just CR1 so no point in getting panties in a twist over it but even if this is true I'd buy it as long as it's decent wide open, which almost all recent lenses have been. This would be a huge upgrade from the soft and mushy, in my opinion largely useless, thrifty fifty at f/1.8. Anyone who has used it will agree it needs to be stopped down a bit so really you end up at best f/2.2 or above. I'll even take f/2 just sharp wide open is all I want.

The EF-M 22 STM is great at f/2, I'd be very happy with an EF-M 50 f/1.8 if that is what this turns out to be.

Win win. Bring it.

EOS Bodies / Re: The New Rebels Will be Called the 760D and 750D
« on: February 04, 2015, 08:49:03 AM »
These specs are pretty good for a rebel if they are indeed true. 24Mp (most on any current Canon APS-C is 20), wifi and NFC plus a decent 5fps. And the top LCD and rear dial is just icing on the cake. It's a beast! I would be very happy if I was a beginner looking to buy my first DSLR.

Not that surprised they left out the DPAF.

EOS-M / Re: First Images of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 04, 2015, 01:43:15 AM »
I like the size of the original M/M2, not sure how I feel about the grip on this new thing. On the one hand (lol pun intended) it'll be comfortable to hold but on the other it will add bulk and presumably weight. Pop up flash is a nice addition for those rubbishy party shots for facebook that are one step above my iPhone 6, I was thinking about the 90ex but didn't want to buy it (I'll probably use it once). 

I'm seriously thinking of getting an M2 though. I love the original M but I really want to use the Yongnuo RF 603 as a remote trigger. The M2 has wifi that would be a work around and I can just use my phone. The RC-6 is OK but  you have to be in front or kinda sideways. I want to place the M in some hard to reach places as it's small and release remotely. Plus the M2 has faster AF.

Feeling some slight M GAS. Just need to make do with what I got! Damn these low low priced Ms! They make it so easy!

EOS-M / Re: First Image of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 03, 2015, 10:16:53 AM »
Judging by the lens, they kept it similar in size to the original.  That's a good thing, an EVF would increase the size.  I expect it'll be compatible with Canon's hotshoe add-on EVF.  An extra dial means more control, also good.  The integrated grip is nice, glad they ditched their proprietary strap lug.

If Canon wants to compete it needs an EVF model. If this does not come with an EVF built in, then there isn't much hope for Canon to compete in a ruthless market segment.

I'm sure you're right.  After all, the EOS M was merely the second-best selling MILC in the largest geographical market for the segment, beating out models from Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic despite lacking an EVF.  Not competitive at all, right?   ::)

Look at the price it had to come down to in order to sell... They still need to make profit in order to be called competing. You could get one for $250 with a lens, when the original price was closer to an A6000, which spanks the noodles out of it.

You're talking about North America, where MILC sales are weak.  I was referring to Japan...there was no 'fire sale' on the EOS M there.

There weren't any fires but it did come down in price on around the same time as the US price reduction. I watched it closely and when it hit 31,000 Yen I bought it. It bottomed out at around 29,000 yen before being replaced by the M2 which has almost halved in price itself since release. I saw a used new M2 going for 33,000 recently. *just checked, seems the rumors are helping!

I consider 30,000 a close approximation to $300 btw. the dollor yen rate is all over the darn place now but relatively speaking it's about that.

EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: How many mp do you want anyway?
« on: February 01, 2015, 07:22:58 PM »
The EOS M had two problems:

1.  It couldn't be used practically out of the box in green square mode.

2.  It was those kind of users who would want one.

This meant poor reviews for what is acutally a decent little camera.  AF is pedestrian but there are work arounds..
Use one shot, switch off continuous af, use the centre cell or central group of grids and recompose (bin button before focusing)

The 22mm is as good a lens as canon make.  In this format it's a great pocket camera.

But they are now so cheap.. It's basically a 650D but without an OVF.  Great for video, especially if travelling and if you aren't scared to take control of a camera it repays with crisp clean saturated shots.

Thank you to every reviewer who slagged it off and thank you to Canon for getting your marketing so badly wrong, and thanks also for fw2.

I have two of these which make a great matched pair for video interviews.  The noise is lower than my digic4 cameras and it breaks the 12min recording cap, which is also excellent.

I'm thinking of buying a third to run ML on for timelapse,  it's just that trade off between there being stock left and the prices dropping even further.

Fair point there! If it wasn't deemed a flop by all the reviewers I probably wouldn't have one in my kit today.
Best value for money ever IMO!

They should market the M line to DSLR owners who need a second body instead of handbag space savers and first timers.

I wonder if the M reputation is beyond salvage at this stage regardless of what they do with the next one.

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