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Lenses / Re: why isn't the 17-85mm gone ?
« on: March 02, 2015, 03:03:48 PM »
What I don't understand is why the EF-S 17-85 is still there. I thought it would've been discontinued not long after the EF-S 15-85mm was released. The 15-85 is one third dearer but it's so much better that buying the 17-85 is a weird decision, isn't it?

That is odd.  The 15-85 blows away the 17-85, and isn't that much more, I'm blown away the 17-85 wasn't disco'd.  I was under the impression it had been.

Honestly, for EF-S "normal" zooms, I see the market for the following:

1. Cheap kit lens (18-55mm f/3.5-5.6)
2. Enthusiast kit lens (17-85mm f/3.5-5.6)
3. Fast aperture prosumer standard zoom lens (17-55mm f/2.8)

Where the 17-85 fits in is anyones guess.  Cheap enthusiast kit lens?




Back to topic:

If I had to make a wish list to replace the 17-55mm, I'd add the following:

  • Modern/upgraded IS
  • Weather sealing
  • Dust reduction

Unrealistic ask: f/1.8 performance.  Though if trading off IS was the exchange, I think it actually would hurt marketability.

Enthusiast users like my dad like the fast and sharp 2.8 with IS, but when he borrows my 6D, really misses the IS for tripod free night landscape shots even if he's using my 35mm f/1.4.  Last time he borrowed my 6D, I rented a 24-70 f/4 IS for him, and he actually preferred it over the 24-70 f/2.8 and 35 f/1.4.

I used the 17-55 IS lens for years on my 40D and then 7D. It is a great fast standard zoom lens for photo and video. And with IS to boot. I have not found anything equivalent for full frame yet.

Agreed.  When I lent my dad the 6D as mentioned above, he found the same thing, nothing could offer the 2.8 aperture with IS combo that he found so dear.  His favorite lens on the 6D was the 24-70 IS, the only saving grace was the 6D's high ISO performance is at least a stop better than the 7D.

The lack of a comparable lens is why he is going to buy a 7D2 instead of 6D.  The Tamron 24-70VC is close, but the thing weighs a bloody ton, and AF/IS is not perfect.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 19, 2015, 11:33:39 PM »
I just hope the library management is more robust.

I far prefer LRs edits / processing over Aperture, but every photo winds up in Aperture for me anyways because it handles library management far better IMO.

Can you be specific?

The only think I can think he means is that Aperture has a managed database option. Personally, that's not for me, if for no better reason than it doesn't work well with my backup strategy. For the short time I used Aperture, I managed the files myself in folders rather than allowing it to shove everything into a single amorphous blob.

The managed database is a big part of it, as is Apple's excellent Vault system for backups.  I also far prefer how the keywording, folders projects, and smart albums function in Aperture. 

I find that the amorphous blob for me is more organized than the multiple LR libraries I find myself creating to handle items from multiple jobs.  I can have multiple projects, folders, and ultimately jobs in the same Aperture library, whereas I find I can't separate jobs as well in LR.

I am excited by the new XXL pano option.  Maybe it'll replace gigapano for me!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Pelican ProGear cases?
« on: February 19, 2015, 11:36:29 AM »
I switched to HPRC for flight cases for my camera gear.  Far cheaper, and far lighter than the comparable Pelicans.

I'll have to check out these ProGear cases though!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 19, 2015, 11:35:13 AM »
I just hope the library management is more robust.

I far prefer LRs edits / processing over Aperture, but every photo winds up in Aperture for me anyways because it handles library management far better IMO.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art announced..
« on: February 10, 2015, 01:22:20 PM »
Man, if I still shot crop, I'd jump on this in a heartbeat!

For FF though, the 35A is my go to!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Discontinued
« on: January 22, 2015, 01:11:23 AM »
I just hope this doesn't tamper Sigma's R&D investments going forward.

The other new lenses they have are fantastic.  Hopefully this doesn't distract from new A or S lenses.

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Lenses / Re: Landscape Lens for Crop To Make Me Go Wow!
« on: November 25, 2014, 07:24:56 PM »
The new EFs 24 mm f2.8 pancake. If you want to go wider for landscape, stitch.

Pro-tip: stitch in portrait as you'll get 1.3x more resolution than stitching in landscape for free!  (This should have been obvious to me, but it wasn't when I started shooting panos.)

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Nice choice on gear.

That should suit you very well for the kayak photos.  As most of the races are during the day, lens speed shouldn't be much of an issue.

The 135L is a sweet, sweet piece of kit.  I love the thing, just make sure you do your AF Microadjustment as at f/2 the focal plane is very thin.

Off-topic, but if they're in K1, they'll likely become some of the fittest people you've ever met.  I trained with an ex Team Canada K-1, C-1 guy and the cardio strength was insane.  I paddled slalom and played canoe polo, so not a lot of sprinting in my background, but any paddling is sure a good way to keep fit.

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I would definitely ask your sister what she is most interested in from a photography perspective, before looking at portfolios.

My wife and I went through this exercise before choosing our photographer.  We asked the following questions:

  • What photo are we going to print to share and remember our day with?
  • What photos might friends and family be interested in?
  • What photos have we seen that we don't like?
  • We decided that we needed to own 100% of the copyright, and would do our own printing.

When it came down to #1, we decided that formals were the most important for us.  We figured we'd never print and hang a ceremony picture, but instead one of our formal shots.

For #2 we figured photos of the bridge & groom with each extended family unit would be appreciated, but further, we realized it would be a great opportunity for some relatives to find family photos.

#3 we determined that the current craze of shooting into the sun would be a fad and not stand the test of time.  We prefer sharp photos, vs photos that have their contrast and detail crushed by shooting into the sun.

These three answers led us to judge portfolios, and ultimately photographers by how good they were at posing people in formals.  You could be the best event photographer, and ceremony photographer in the world, but if you couldn't pose people for formals, you weren't the photographer for us.

We also looked for photographers who's style most closely matched ours.  I.e. some shots into the light were acceptable, but if 50-75% + of a portfolio was shot into the sun, we vetoed the photographer.  We focused on photographers with great formal shots.  We also splurged on a second photographer to help get the family photos done. 

Post processing was another area we paid attention to, if you vignetted every photo, and/or took the clarity slider "to 11" so to speak, it wasn't an immediate no, but I made sure to ask if the photographer would mind if I asked for the RAWs of my favorite shots.

One thing we learned was that once you cross a certain point, for us in Alberta it was $2k, pricing no longer reflected portfolio quality.  It was clear that those under $2k were at a lower level, but those over $2k while all good were all over the map in terms of portfolio quality to investment ratio.  There were some for $4,500 that I felt both technically, and artistically couldn't compete with our photographer at $2,700.

A last comment: We did our photos with myself, my wife, bridal party, and our immediate families before our 3 pm ceremony, and scheduled 2.5 hours for them.  It was a fantastic idea in hindsight.  No one was rushed for photos, we got every single shot we wanted, and no one had to fill an awkward gap in the day where photos were happening.  We did do another 45 minutes of shooting (aggregate) throughout the reception where we nailed down some extended family shots.  Sure it ruined the "surprise moment" when I saw my wife in the ceremony, but we both felt it was more special when it was just the two of us who saw each other for the "first time" at our photo location.  We also got to see each other before the ceremony and calm our nerves.  Our wedding officiant strongly recommended that we meet before the ceremony to have a chat and calm nerves before regardless of photos.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 04, 2014, 08:17:31 PM »
Silly question, but did you AFMA the lens? If you did, does shooting at twice the shutter speed you shot the picture earlier that was soft sort the issue? Is it soft when shooting from a stable tripod?

That would be my guess, the entire bird seems a bit OOF.

Testing with manual focus in 10x live view might be a good way to test if it's body or AF.

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Software & Accessories / Re: DxO OpticsPro 10 released
« on: October 30, 2014, 12:29:39 AM »
Just as a heads up, it doesn't appear to matter what version of DxO you own before from a pricing perspective.

I have DxO 8, my pricing is:

$69USD to DxO 10 with Viewpoint 1.2.1
$98USD to DxO 10 with Viewpoint 2.5

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Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: October 29, 2014, 09:40:10 PM »
Conclusion : Those with BR buy a 'lockstar'. Those who do not use BR, bare this in mind before making your purchaser decision, and get a lockstar!

Holy smokes.  Didn't know the lockstar existed.  Why BR doesn't issue those as standard equipment is mind boggling.  For a 3-15 cent piece of plastic, not including it is borderline asinine.

My solution was to remove the connectR from my strap (cut off), and use a sturdy split ring on the left strap attachment on my 6D.  Instead of the connectR, I use a small locking carabiner to hook the split ring to the strap.  The clips to stop the connectR from sliding obviously no longer work, but I don't have the weakness of the connectR to worry about.

http://www.backcountry.com/metolius-bravo-key-lock-screw-lock-carabiner

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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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