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Lenses / Re: EF 50 f/1.4 II & EF 50 f/1.8 III [CR2]
« on: May 13, 2011, 10:39:21 AM »
Having IS in a 50mm 1.4 would be ridiculously amazing for low light. a 3-4 stop advantage ON TOP of an f/1.4 aperture would have capabilities similar to the Noctilux (though your focus would no longer be razor thin, thankfully).

f/1.4 is still plenty thin, and IS would just add cost, mass, and would be something else to break.  Subject motion dominates anyway

Software & Accessories / Re: Radio in New Canon Flashes? [CR2]
« on: May 11, 2011, 11:08:35 AM »
are multiband radio's like you get in mobile phones to work in many locations - or mayebe even plug-in radio card's for different regions.
Other products manage to do the former, but Canon doesn't have much of a history of doing the right thing for the consumer.

The big question for me is why, in 2011, is optical triggering still the norm?  It seems like a technology from the 20's or something.

Canon General / Re: Earthquake Effect on Canon Products
« on: March 15, 2011, 07:08:34 PM »
I have to admit that I'll be leary of products made in affected facilities for a while after they resume production --  who knows what got shaken/abraded, and if the quake and/or damage spread dust around.

Lenses / Re: EF-S 15-60 f/2.8 IS [CR1]
« on: February 12, 2011, 02:45:22 PM »
Given Canon's obsession for pixel count over sensitivity, the potential stop gained by f/2.8 compared to f/4 zooms would seem to be countered by the extra ISO step needed for the same noise level compared to a FF unit.

As for EF prime updates, I suspect that we will never see these -- Canon hasn't updated any in years, and they clearly view primes as a "pro" L-class segment now, with zooms for consumers.

EOS Bodies / Re: New Old Rebel Information
« on: January 14, 2011, 04:35:38 PM »
Rule no. 1:

Never buy a camera available in more colors...

Tripods and heads are okay, though? 

Lenses / Re: B&H & Adorama Taking Preorders on new Teleconverters
« on: December 22, 2010, 11:59:59 AM »
499$ now that is cheap......  ::)

Especially for a passive device with what, 2-3 small elements?

EOS Bodies / Re: No 1Ds Mark IV in 2011? [CR2]
« on: December 21, 2010, 04:19:01 PM »
now what "departure" means?

im from germany and my english sux... but departure sound to me like "to hell with the pro sector we focus on the consumer".

but i don´t think that will happen.

Your English is at least as good as that of many people who live here  :o

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark II Firmware 2.0.8
« on: October 22, 2010, 05:19:31 PM »
I haven't figured out what prompts it to do this, but I also permanently leave it on, and what happens for me is basically this:
Yep, and the first thing which comes to mind is to check whether the lens isn't set to MF, and it's not so you turn the camera off and back again, etc.
This is exactly what happened to me recently, a total of twice.  Time to dig out the USB cable it seems.

Canon General / Re: Canon Cross Media Station
« on: October 14, 2010, 03:04:09 PM »
Given Canon's ludicrous pricing on the WiFi grips, I can't imagine this being priced even remotely affordably.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 60D v. Nikon D7000
« on: September 29, 2010, 02:54:12 PM »
If you're doing hand-held bracketing for HDR then unless your subject is evenly bright, you've got to shoot in "P" or shutter priority modes
Mind you, I don't shoot HDR (mostly my kinetic toddler), but I would think that Av would be in order for HDR bursts.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 60D v. Nikon D7000
« on: September 28, 2010, 08:23:23 AM »
The 5-shot thing is probably because most people with the 5D2 don't need/use bracketing because they prefer to "get the shot in one."
It's mainly championed by the HDR crowd.
You can't just "add" +/-1 EV because things like the LCD screen on top and electronic display inside the viewfinder have +2..-2 hard coded into the device.
I could live with it blanking at +/- 3.  With bright backgrounds I find that +2 isn't always enough.
But we don't need 5 exposure bracketing, just the +/-3 ... It's not hard to set the camera to a certain combination of settings and then just turn the dial 2 or 3 notches after every shot.
Sounds like you should be shooting film with all-manual bodies.  Turning the dial takes time, and can result in orientation changes.  The HDR people really like being able to get five exposures in minimum time, without dicking with the rig in the middle.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 60D v. Nikon D7000
« on: September 27, 2010, 12:42:08 PM »
Oh, im just griping about everything.  This is part of the decision process for me. :D

Been there, still doing that ;)

Anyway, it looks like I may be sticking with Canon for another more generation. As much as I'm "willing" to switch, after doing the math on what it will cost to get me the equivalent Nikon setup then I'll stick with my more affordable Canon lenses.
Nikon 24-70 f2.8 - $1700 new / $1500 used
Nikon 50mm f1.4 - $425 new / $375 used
Hrrm, $350-ish (21%) more for the 24-70, $75 more for the 50.  Annoying, but adding up the percentage difference of a whole setup, I'm not so sure that the gap is a gating factor any more.  Before Canon's 20% yen/dollar markup it was bigger.

BTW. One thing to note about the 60D's shortcomings is that several of these "missing features" are firmware fixable. So as much as people hate complainers, whining does serve a purpose here because 60D vs D7000 comparisons can swing back to Canon's favor if they unlock some of the stuff they intentionally crippled.

In theory, yeah, but yet the 5D2 still lacks a wider EC range than +/- 2 stops, lacks 5-exposure bracketing, lacks aperture bracketing.  Those are all straightforward to code, yet Canon can't be bothered.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Leica M9 Experience
« on: September 27, 2010, 12:32:34 PM »
Were Canon to come out with a DSLR that omits the anti-aliasing smearer, would that change the equation at all for the OP?

I've seen some examples shot with bodies that had the AAF removed, and at modern pixel densities I don't see moire to be a significant issue.  IMHO it's time to dump the thing.

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