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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Sigma Lenses Coming Q1 of 2015 [CR1]
« on: November 18, 2014, 08:43:32 AM »
It says the other rumored ultra wide zoom is DC, are they talking about the 16-20 f/2 or the 14-24 f/4?

Is Sigma just trying to make the fastest zoom lens ever, focal range be damned? In a previous interview I recall they were looking into what the optimal focal range was for an f/2 zoom lens. Maybe it's just those 4mm. Would be impressive nonetheless!

If it's a DC 16-20 f/2 then we're looking at a 25mm - 32mm range on crop which kinda misses the 24mm and 35mm boat but I guess it's about there. Could be useful I guess with such a wide aperture. But I feel like the already proven 18-35 f/1.8 has this general focal length covered on crop. They should just make it a 16mm f/2 and be done with it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How long until the next FF body? Or buy now?
« on: November 18, 2014, 12:52:01 AM »
Remember that the vast majority (around 95%) of people never buy another lens after their original purchase of a DSLR.

Also, to the extent that the "never upgrade" thing is true, it means that the manufacturers need to improve their kit lenses, because a lot of folks won't upgrade, and will be daunted by the low-quality images that they get compare with what they were expecting.  This leads to people giving up before they find a reason to buy a better lens.

It could also be said that by creating a really good kit lens that performs exceptionally it might dissuade people from upgrading or purchasing a second lens. I think the IQ of the kit lenses available now is already pretty good.

I'll add that I thought the 18-55 kit lens (the older version without STM) was the best thing since sliced bread .... Until I bought the plastic fantastic 50mm f/1.8, that blew me away and was almost certainly the gateway lens for my gear lust! That's smart marketing from Canon! IQ improves but then you thirst for AF speed, and so the endless cycle continues! Hahaha!

EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 10:59:54 AM »
Oh and can we have an EF M 55mm f/1.8 IS STM please Canon? That would be the ultimate on an ultra small, ultra fast M3!!  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 10:54:41 AM »
I think we'll see DPAF in the next Rebel / T whatever i, before we even get a sniff of it in an EOS M. The M line sits below the DSLRs. Unless Canon are about to leapfrog the M into a higher class with a more advanced feature set? Could be possible if they finally take mirrorless seriously.

A new mount is unlikely unless they are completely abandoning the M mount. The recentish release of the 55-200 suggests they are still investing in it.

I really like the M as it is. All it needs is much faster AF. The M2 fixes that to a certain extent and at it's current price in Japan it is really tempting but I really want to see where they are going with the next M to make a decision.

Small and fast. That's all I want. Viewfinder and flash be damned. That's what rebels are for.

Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 15, 2014, 10:47:33 AM »
I am turning 60 yrs. in  5 days...and although I still going strong (I put 8 widows in a house this week!) ... I am just going to have to let the beast go!!!!  Times (and gear) are a-changin..... LOL!!!!
Congratulations a few days ahead of time! Both to the 60th birthday and to have managed to do whatever it is that you did to those widows. I'm impressed! ;)

May the light be with you, and your shutter finger steady!

Thanks!   4 of them were on the second floor and one was a DOOOOOZEY to get to for the install!!!
I am planning on going to the new Fulton Center in Manhattan early tomorrow morning to just take some images. The architecture looks unbelievable. I am traveling from Jersey car>train>train and a lot of FF kit will be sitting at home....AGAIN!!!  It is supposed to be my day off.   LOL!  :P

That's how I felt on my last holiday - it felt like work and that was just with two lenses. The EOS M came to my rescue though so I totally get what you mean.

Congrats on turning 60 soon! Hope you continue doing what you love for a long time!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How long until the next FF body? Or buy now?
« on: November 15, 2014, 10:31:41 AM »
I feel like every other day there's a deal on 5D3 and 6D bodies on EBay. Couldn't OP get one of those deals or are they region locked? US only? Surely not. People buy from all over these days. $3600 for a 5D3 is madness. That's more than when it was new.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How long until the next FF body? Or buy now?
« on: November 15, 2014, 10:24:06 AM »
Buy a 6D now. Canon is deliberately slow with releasing updates to their FF lineup. Most likely the next FF camera to be released is the 5D Mk4 but I feel like the Mk 3 is still new (or maybe it just seems that way to me!). I don't think we'll see a replacement anytime soon. So rest easy on that point.

Also, it had been rumored that the 6D Mk2 will be more upscale and hence cost more. Grab a 6D now and enjoy the affordable FF fun! The six is packed with features and IMO is a real bargain. The wifi is kinda meh but the GPS is solid and very useful if you travel or do any kind of work outdoors. Easy to keep track of where you took the shot for those re-shoots and fave places. Plus it makes mapping images on Flickr a thing of the past.

If you shoot things that move I recommend you stretch for a 5D Mk3, the AF capabilities are well worth the extra. The 6D is quite basic in that regard. (I miss my 7D's 19 cross type points!)

Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 15, 2014, 01:24:14 AM »
Maybe when they said, Year of the lens, they meant a twelve month period and not specifically 2014.

So what was the first big lens announced... and how many more months are left in the twelve months of the lens.... It just does roll off the tongue.

Really, it has been a pretty good year....with 1.5 months to go:

EFS 10-18
EF 16-35 f/4 IS
EF 24-105 f/3.5-5.6
EFS 24 f/2.8
EF 100-400L II
EF 400 f/4 DO II
EFM 55-200

Did I miss any?  Best year in awhile for lens releases.  Granted, I have yet to buy one, but 2-3 are under consideration.

If you count the video lens releases there is also -

Canon CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 zoom lens (April)
Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0 - 8.9 Ultra telephoto zoom lens (October)

Which makes 9 so far plus two rumored for release soon. If they announce either of those before Dec 31st I will count that as 10 and it will most definitely qualify it as year of the lens!

Wait, so the yellow boxes aren't power bars that indicate how good you are at Street Fighter??

Spokane vs Neuro! Fight!

I heard that if you type Up Down Left Right Y B X A Start & Select you can enter high speed burst mode, 14 posts per second!

 ;D ;D  ;D

After reading many of the replies in this thread, a philosophical question came to mind.

Not sure which other poster wrote about his experience of recommending a camera to his friend. But the gist of it was that his buddy didn't seem interested in the a6000/mirrorless setup at all. This attitude towards mirrorless I believe is still very prevalent outside of the enthusiast/amateur/pro market here.

So my question is, knowing that this is still the general attitude of the bulk of the market in the US, could it be that Canon/Nikon have not gone all in on a mirrorless system offering simply because they don't want to validate to the mass market what all the other companies are doing?

Could it be that if Canon/Nikon started seriously pushing into the mirrorless market in the US that they would only be shooting themselves in the foot by leading the public to believe that this is now the way to go? or that it is a potentially better or more viable option?

Yes, that was indeed what I was getting at! A lot of people still look to Canon and Nikon to set the trends. Non gear heads who just want to take a pic of their family on vacations and want something better than a compact. What is the first thing that pops into their head? I need one of those bigger fancy cameras because bigger = better. Naturally that idea becomes a DSLR. It's how I got into photography. I didn't think "You know what I need? A Mirrorless camera system". I didn't even know what that was until I started geeking out.

For me the mirrorless market is geared toward the professional and enthusiast who already knows how to take good pictures but is looking for an alternative or second body to complement their DSLR. These people are aware of new tech and how best to utilize it.

It was only after I bought the EOS M (and only so I could have an opinion based on fact) that I realized the possible benefits of mirrorles. I though it would be gimmicky and I'd end up selling it. I love it now and it gets used a lot. I find myself explaining to my friends that it's got the same sensor as their APS-C sized DSLR, and guess what? They don't seem impressed because they have no clue what that means! But they are impressed with the IQ! That's good enough for me!

I think we can all agree that the lens is expensive no matter what currency or country you're in! But it looks like it would be worth the money! As someone who has no business buying this lens; I might buy this lens! Tempted!

Roughly though, would you say it's about a month's salary for the average joe photographer? (one that isn't working at Burger King!). It's almost exactly that for me. That is my own gauge for expensive! If it were $300 cheaper it wouldn't really make much of a differnce, relatively. Still almost a month of hard earned!

I see the Sony A7 series as an accessory to Canon lenses rather than a complete alternative. A nice wee bit of extra resolution for the landscapers. Or perhaps you'd like some low light video help. Need a compact second body? Sony can help you out!

Need an actual camera system? Oops sorry ask again later.  :P

The current A7R and A7S cameras are already priced quite high and we can assume these new PRO ones that they have in store for us will be even more costly. We're talking 3K easily, maybe even more. And the lenses are pricey. But I guess you pay for the high image quality!

Hopefully we see a lower end model to rival the D610 / 6D price range like the current A7. An improved version 2 of that camera at a competitive price range would be nice for those getting into FF for the first time.  Add some cheap primes like we have in the Canon system like the pancakes and the mid priced IS primes and you'd have a sweet system that I would recommend to newbies looking to move up from a compact.

A friend recently asked me about buying an entry level DSLR, I mentioned the usual Canikon stuff and threw in the a6000 too but he seemed very uninterested in owning a small mirrorless camera. I dunno but mirrorless doesn't seem to be the thing that everyone wants despite my efforts to promote the format!

I have no doubt Sony will make awesome new cameras but I think Canon and Nikon need to go all in as it were with mirrorless before the masses take notice of them. Making them even more PRO and specialist doesn't seem like the best strategy right now but what do I know. Maybe I should shut up and start saving my hard earned so I can afford to buy one of these next generation machines someday!

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M in Turkey
« on: November 11, 2014, 09:55:48 AM »
Thanks for sharing your experience! It's interesting - sunlight hitting the screen has never been an issue for me, maybe because I tend to shoot in the evening!

Also worth noting, I had ML installed but I had to remove it when I bought the 11-22mm as it caused the camera to crash with this combo. I don't know why. It wouldn't let me take a picture when I pressed the shutter. When I switched memory cards to one without ML it worked fine.

I was thinking of taking only my EOS M on my next trip too and see how it goes!
Have you tried to install ML with a SLOWER SD card?? I have the same trouble with the 18-55 zoom with ML on a class 10 SD card.  After I install the ML on a older Class4 card, the problem went away.

Woah I never even considered that it could be the SD card! The thing with that is the EOS M is slow enough as is - using a slow SD card would just annoy me.

The only features I regularly used on ML were focus peaking or magic zoom and that was only with my manual focus lenses. I find the standard tap to zoom feature just as good when manual focusing so it's not an issue. Usually when using a manual lens I'm taking my time anyway.

I do miss the in between ISO settings and some of the video features though so I might give it another go.

Wow... Canon can go just screw themselves.  This lens has an awesome prices in the states... in Japan, it's 300,000 JPY which works out to $2600 USD.  Guess this will be another lens I will have to purchase in the states.  Man, really Canon.

No, it's not.

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