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Sigma 100-300 f/4 - a compromise between price, speed and focal length. It's okay with the Sigma 1.4x converter.  The 2x is noticeably less sharp.  It's a beautiful lens to manually focus.
Sigma 10-20 - less expensive than the Canon 10-22
Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 - much much less expensive than the alternatives, sharp wide open and a longer focal length than the xx-5x f/2.8 alternatives.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: The Future of the G Series
« on: November 12, 2011, 04:50:41 PM »
Look at SONY's A77 and compare it to the Canon 7D, which we own... Yes the 7D was a great camera when it was released, but Next to SONY's A77, it simply doesn't measure up at all... I'd hate to switch, but I'm contemplating switching to the A77 and the A99 when they become available

You're surely not complaining that a 2 1/2 year old camera is eclipsed by a rival's new model?  I was going to take the mick out of you but people flitting from one brand to the next every time an improved model is released ensures that Canon continues to raise their game.

EOS Bodies / Re: someone identify this crazy video attachment/camera?
« on: October 09, 2011, 01:29:43 PM »
so my mate
Could you post a link to the full sized photos? We can put 'em through some CSI style computery stuff to get a clearer look.

EOS Bodies / Re: Your wishlist for your next body...
« on: October 09, 2011, 06:21:24 AM »
-1D series construction and weatherproofing;
-FF, 100% viewfinder coverage
-Options to customize, much as you would a car. Me, I'd opt for no video, WiFi, GPS, etc

It will be cheaper to make

Next you'll be crying out for those inefficient automated mass production lines to be replaced by thousands of artisan craftsmen using hand tools in order to reduce costs & increase supply  ;D

Bomb proof construction, FF with 100% viewfinder, and more production lines and complicated distribution so luddites can have features taken out doesn't equal cheaper!  I'm afraid that sticking the video at the far end of the mode dial is the nearest you're going to get to your dream camera  :-X

EOS Bodies / CR4 Rumor: Ken Rockwell dumps Canon! Moves to Nikon!
« on: October 09, 2011, 05:51:40 AM »
I'm becoming incredibly bored with all the different rumours that never come to anything. They must be just made up. It's about time we had some hard facts ... otherwise I could be joining those who have jumped ship.

CR4 fact: Ken Rockwell dumps Canon! Moves to Nikon!

You can't hide your identity: KenRaw = Ken Rockwell.  Submitted as CR4 'cos you don't like it when they're just rumours  ;)

On a serious note, it'd be pretty quiet if only the reliable rumours were posted.  CR1's with Craig Blair's take at least provide some entertainment, and serve as an opportunity to get an informed opinion on the speculation.

EOS Bodies / Re: 60D or Wait?
« on: October 08, 2011, 10:44:39 AM »
I am currently selling my Canon HF-S20 video camcorder to jump on the DSLR revolution-wagon.

I seem to be leaning towards the 60D...what are your thoughts on that as well as upcoming cameras in that range as well as lenses ?

I'd go for either 60D or 600D, simply because they can use the magic lantern mod.  Of the two, the 50D is the better camera.  As for lenses, 15-85 is a great general purpose walk around lens.  Consider IS essential if you're going to be hand holding.

I'd hang on to the video camera too - the small depth of field you get with DSLRs can suck!

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D + 50mm 1.8
« on: October 04, 2011, 04:46:13 PM »
I suppose you shoot with iso 100.
You're not doing anything wrong. Just buy an ND filter!! Something between ND2-ND8 should do the trick but you should experiment with them yourself!

It's worth pointing out that variable ND filters are available, so one doesn't have to keep swapping different strengths.

Also, there are good technical reasons why cameras are unable to offer very low ISO values - it's not the camera makers being stupid!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 650d or 70d
« on: October 01, 2011, 06:21:21 PM »
Firstly I'll say if it wasn't for the Magic Lantern firmware hack I wouldn't be looking for a Canon DSLR. So Magic Lantern is awesome as my username states ;D.

Fantastic isn't it; keeps me loyal to Canon.

I'm looking for a camera with AGC (disable-able) or at least compatible with Magic Lantern, 1080p 60fps, 720p 90fps, better ISO (love using my camera to take shoots in the dark)... all which I think is possible with their new digic 5 processor ... I really want to see a 650d or 70d by mid-2012 ... Otherwise I'm going to bite the bullet and get a 60d now

As DJL329 said; if you /need/ it now, buy it /now/.  You can always sell when the replacement comes out.  This is probably the best compromise.  If budget is a consideration then holding off will likely be the best option - I reckon Digic 5 will be awesome.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Tuesdays PowerShots
« on: August 21, 2011, 09:11:11 AM »
Does anyone know if there's some rhyme or reason to the compact camera names, such as SXxxx (with and without an HS suffix) or Axxxx or Sxx?  Different target markets?  Different key features?  Or is it just a bunch of random letters?

From Wikipedia:

A series: "Easy and Fun" budget cameras ranging from point-and-shoot to prosumer cameras
D series: waterproof, freeze- and shock-resistant
E series: design-oriented budget cameras
G series: flagship cameras with advanced features
S/SD series (also known as PowerShot Digital ELPH, Digital IXUS and IXY Digital): "Performance and Style" ultracompact point-and-shoot cameras
S/SX series: ultra-zoom cameras
S series: originally a series of compact point-and-shoot cameras, currently a series of prosumer cameras slotting beneath the G series

There are two versions. Please can anyone explain the difference? I have Vista with an Intel dual core processor - any help telling me which to download would be gratefully received.

Got 64 bit Vista or 7?  Use the amd64 download.
Got 32 bit Vista or 7? Use the x86 download.

Landscape / 9 shots with spread of 5EV between each shot do you?
« on: July 22, 2011, 01:57:09 PM »
Install the Magic Lantern firmware and you can get a burst of up to 9 shots with a spread of between 0.5 and 5EV between each shot.  Works on 550D, 600D & 60D.  Think they've got firmware for a couple of other Canon DSLRs too.

There's other good stuff too - auto focus stacking for macros, an experimental motion sensing mode, interval-o-meter, custom overlays in Liveview, settable time settings for bulb and more.  Loads of extra functions for video people too.

Macro / Re: Do Moths Have Fangs?
« on: July 21, 2011, 03:51:28 PM »
Fascinating.  I wonder if they're used to keep the furry antennae in good condition?  On a similar note, I snapped this photo of a house spider and was surprised to see they've got lots of little teeth as well as the two big fangs:

Lenses / Re: Canon Lens Price Increases
« on: July 17, 2011, 01:07:34 PM »
This is just typical Japanese business practice!  The cost of development or getting manufacturing right has risen, so they're going to pass those costs on to the end customer, not for them a reduced profit margin, they're so blinkered & greedy, & have such little respect for their customers that it's passed on.

Well I won't be buying any of them at these prices ... If I were a user of this type of lens then I'd be switcing away from a company which shows me no respect and doesn't really care whether I stay with them or not.

You seem to be taking this personally, yet were never going to use nor buy these lenses anyway.  Why so outraged?  Changing prices to reflect changing costs is a pretty common business practice over much all of the world, not just Japan.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: PowerShot Info
« on: June 06, 2011, 02:49:10 PM »
The hacked firmware and wink self timer sold Canon compact cameras to me, and I'm looking forwards to an S95 successor with 240fps super slow motion movies; larking about is always more fun in super slow-mo  :)

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