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Lenses / Re: A New Pancake Lens? [CR1]
« on: August 27, 2014, 12:58:22 AM »
I think a 24mm pancake would be a perfect walk around lens for a rebel. An SL1 with a 24mm pancake would be a mirrorless killer.

My 6D is a mirrorless killer with the 40STM!  Mirrorless killer as long as we aren't including the A7 series!  I'd still take my 6D over the A7/A7r, but the A7s could easily earn a spot in my camera bag for night work.

Here's a size comparison.

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Lenses / Re: A New Pancake Lens? [CR1]
« on: August 23, 2014, 01:24:02 PM »
We’ve been told to get the maple syrup ready, as a new 24mm pancake lens will arrive with the EOS 7D Mark II. No aperture was given, though f/2.8 would be assumed.

Coming with the 7D Mark II somewhat worries me that this may be an EF-S pancake.  I'd buy it in an instant if it was an EF pancake!

If it matches the 40mm for quality it would be fantastic!  It might even boot the Sigma 35A off my 6D for primary use.

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 17, 2014, 01:19:15 AM »
My point, in all of my comments, is that a touch UI is not the thing Canon NEEDS to focus in, and it shouldn't be the one feature that people use to decide whether to guy the 7D II or not. If the 7D II hits the streets with the same old "classic" Canon sensor technology...that, in my honest opinion, is a MASSIVE FLUB!!

I wonder though, from a business perspective, just how groundbreaking you (as Canon) want this new sensor to be?  If it is groundbreaking and truly amazing, how many sales of the 5D3 and 1Dx are sacrificed?  Not because those customers would go to the 7D, but because they would hold off for the 5D3 and 1Dx's successors.

I think we'll see a toned down new tech and then a relatively quick upgrade to the full-frame bodies with the full fledged new tech.

You'd make a great politician

Seriously, there's no call for such grevious insults!   :o

Wow...a politician...that's worse then insulting someone's mother!  :o

As an actual politician: Ouch.

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Another vote for the Wimberley 2.

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If you're using a Mac, then get HoudahGeo from houdah software.

All you need then is any app for your Android that can export a GPX track.  Most running or cycling apps can do this.

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post Thefts Halt Lens Rentals Canada Service
« on: August 01, 2014, 08:20:13 PM »
Oh, that sucks.
I really hope that gets sorted out and solved, before it gives anyone an ulcer. In the best of worlds some of those items on the loose will turn up with their serial numbers on the web so they can be returned to the right owner.

Come on Canadian police officers! Find those thieves!

The Mounties always get their man!

In all seriousness though, I really hope that CPC reimburses you for the lost gear.  Ideally you'll get a brand new fleet of rental equipment!  Although that won't make up for lost revenues.

I'd imagine based on the fact numerous parcels were lost, the broken link in the CPC chain is closer to you.

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I have a friend who shoots Pentax, I forget which body, but it's not the newest.  He takes it out in steady rain for hours without covering it.  Once he got a little water in the top display and was concerned.  He let it dry overnight and had no problems since.  If Pentax can do that in a prosumer crop body, then Canon ought to be able to without a lot of R&D money.  Please canon, charge me the additional $50 for comparable weather sealing!

I'd raise that $50 to 10% of the bodies cost if Canon would guarantee IPX-6 or IP66.  Similarly with lenses. Not having to worry is well worth the peace of mind 10% buys for me.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 08, 2014, 01:05:38 AM »
My 7D gets very hot when shooting in the sun, hot enough that I am considering painting it white.

My 7D did that too!

I'd be excited if I could get this list:

- Great High ISO performance.  (Think Sony a7s) I'd trade high MPs for low noise all day long.
- 5D3 Auto-Focus
- GPS
- More than 10 FPS
- Weather sealing as good or better than the 7D
- 7D Ergonomics

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Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 06, 2014, 08:00:08 PM »
My first was a 70-200mm f/4L IS.

Then came a 35L, which was sold for a 35A

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7D M2 would be nice but I hope they offer something like 1Dx with crop sensor.  Same electronics / ergonomics as the 1Dx.  Now that would be VERY NICE.   ;D

For me it would be 7D ergos (add a grip if you need), but same FPS, AF, and electronics as the 1Dx.

My 6D is my quality camera, the 7D2 would satisfy my need for speed!

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I'd buy Canon for my primary system:

Canon 5D3
Canon 24L
Sigma 35A
Canon 70-200/2.8L II
Canon 500/4L II

My personal photography setup:

Sony A7s
Metabones EF Adapter
Zeiss 35/2.8
Fuji X100S

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If I recall, the main selling point of the 7D when it was released was it's superior redesigned AF system and FPS over the XXD. Here was a solution to those in the prosumer segment that couldn't afford a 1D series to afford a better AF system and were complaining about the old 9 point AF system. It was definitely a more action/sports/wildlife kinda camera. Right now, I would say Canon's AF offerings are on-par - so really is a 7d mark II even needed?

5D3 AF would be a huge increase.  Likewise 3-4 extra FPS would be game changing for those who need the speed.

I'd also be happy if Canon pulled a move like Sony did with the A7s and dropped the sensor resolution, but gave amazing low light ability.  The ability to take a useful shot at 6400+ ISO would greatly enable action shooters.  The 500L is a bright, constant f/4, but that still isn't always fast enough and high ISO performance would greatly enhance it's usability to freeze motion.

With my 6D, I notice every day how much slower it is in FPS and AF than my 7D.  The low light performance is stellar though.

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Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 25, 2014, 09:39:23 PM »
6D - $1899
Used 7D - $800
70-300mm L - $1599
Rokinon 24mm - $550
Tamron 24-70 - $1299
Sigma 35mm - $899
135mm L - $1089
Benro A2692 - $220
Timbuk2 Medium Snoop Bag - $170

Leftover of $1475.  I might spring for a Fuji X100s in this case if I had the money to burn.  Or save for an RX1r.

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Reviews / Re: Why the DxO bashing?
« on: March 10, 2014, 07:15:14 PM »
Oh, and like many others, I think DxO's software is good (probably the best for noise reduction).

I'd argue for automatic distortion correction as well.

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Hello everyone,

I have always shot Canon and love my 6D, but I would love to try one of the Sony FF cameras.

I'm booking a trip to Walt Disney World right now, and it's one of my favorite places to shoot.  I rent from LensRentals a lot, and was deciding what to rent.

Options I'm considering are the:
  • Sony RX1r
  • Sony A7r
  • Sony A7

Lenses I was thinking of renting are:
  • Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 ZA
  • Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 ZA

Normally I'm completely happy shooting in the Disney parks with just my 6D, 35mm, and 70-200mm.  As such, I'm thinking the RX1r may be the best fit with it's fast 35mm.  However, I worry that I'll miss having a viewfinder, and that the newer A7's may have a more evolved UI.

So Sony using guys, what would you recommend?

Thanks!

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