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Lenses / Re: New Canon L Primes, but Not Until 2015 [CR2)
« Last post by Haydn1971 on Today at 03:09:17 PM »
Also, the 40mm f2.8 is the new 50mm f1.8 - the first prime
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Lenses / Re: New Canon L Primes, but Not Until 2015 [CR2)
« Last post by Haydn1971 on Today at 03:04:14 PM »
I suspect people are forgetting that Canon are in the business of lens manufacturing to make money, not to satisfy photographers economic needs. 

The facts are as I see them, both Sigma & Nikon now have super duper high price 50(58)mm f1.4 lenses for £800 and £1500 respectively, both very likely to be selling at a price that makes a tidy return for both Sigma and Nikon, let's not even talk about the Otus range !   So, Canon has four 50mm lenses, f1.2, f1.4, f1.8 & f2.5 Macro, the last three are all cheap, long in the tooth, possibly getting difficult to manufacture, likely to have limited return on manufacturing costs and are flawed in numerous ways.  Whip out a new design, add a healthy 100-200% margin above the current margin, bingo, great up to date lenses, that photographers will fall over themselves to buy, offer a premium f1.4 in the mold of the 24mm f1.4 II L, sell for about 75% of the 24mm, add a second 50mm f2.0 IS, in the mold of the 35mm f2.0, sell for a similar price as the 35mm....    But what about the f1.2 ?  It's prime for pushing into towards the Otus range, give it AF that works to perfection, deal with the flaws of the current lens, sell for £2k - bingo, profits go up on the 50mm range.  Photogs on here will hate the extra costs, though :-/
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EOS Bodies / Re: One other hoped-for feature on the 7D2
« Last post by 20Dave on Today at 02:56:52 PM »
How does the 1DX do it?


In the pdf   http://cpn.canon-europe.com/files/education/technical/eos_1d_x_explained/AF%20guide_EOS-1DX_V2_eng.pdf you can find on page 28 a possible solution for assigning EC to a button.

Be patient: it will take some time to open this pdf.

They assign EC to the set button. Afterwards you can change easily the EC by pushing SET and turning the mail dial.


I just found that the 5DIII can fairly quickly change ISO as well (p. 327 of the manual), but it is disabled by default. You have to hold down the set button while turning the small dial next to the shutter button. You can't go into auto-ISO with this method, but you can go out of it and adjust the ISO while looking in the viewfinder. Not as straightforward as EC, but I'll give this a try.

Thanks
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Lenses / Re: 300mm f/2.8 L IS II - what do you use it for?
« Last post by Skatol on Today at 02:56:28 PM »
I recently bought a used MarkI and it stays on my 5DIII 85% of the time.  Recent outings include: zoo, civil war reenactment, bluegrass festival, birding (w/2x).  I prefer closeup shots so this works well for me.  There were a few times when it was a little too much lens at the festival but I got a perspective most others didn't.
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Lenses / Re: New Canon L Primes, but Not Until 2015 [CR2)
« Last post by anthonyd on Today at 02:53:30 PM »
Guys, you all misunderstood.  This is the year of the lens.  That means that they will release just one lens this year, that's it!  ;D
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« Last post by Antono Refa on Today at 02:52:10 PM »
That video doesn't demonstrate his point. It does demonstrate how to appear as if you're a babbling idiot.
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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« Last post by Aglet on Today at 02:49:49 PM »
@zigzagzoe
Thanks for your posts.

There's a few of us here who will heartily agree with most of what you said.  I was a Canon fan until the superior raw files from a $400 Nikon consumer body blew my 5D2 into the weeds!  Well, at that time I was already a Canon fan in decline and searching for better options as I'd realized the 5D2, so hyped by fanboys, was a bit of a turd with very noisy low ISO raw files and a tendency to underexpose; or at least the one I had was.

Your example of the model, whose arm was in deep shadow, and looking like it has a bad rash because of the read noise, is a good one.
When pushing the limits, sure, there are plenty of "work-arounds" to make Canon cameras able to produce the desired shot.  People doing that seem to be forgetting they're compensating for under-performing hardware!  Poor hardware IS a good way to improve your skills as a photographer, as you have to be extra creative to overcome the limitations of your tools.  Reduce the limitations placed on your shooting by those under-performing (Canon) tools and you're now free to benefit from a range of other advantages like less setup time, less time in post, more freedom and flexibility in lighting and exposure, etc.

Ardent fanboys will continue to argue that technique matters more.  It sure does, especially when you chose to use gear with more limitations for certain kinds of shots.

As for the lens argument some make, sure, Canon has some excellent lenses.  But there's also plenty of good glass for Nikon and no matter how bad the Nikon lens may be, it still doesn't change the read noise issue.

My D800/e are my favorite bodies for my kind of shooting yet and I only wish I would have not been so prejudiced in the past so I could have benefitted from using the advantages of other camera brands much earlier.  I haven't purchased a new Canon camera for years now.  But I have purchased Nikon, Pentax, Fuji and Olympus and have enjoyed the benefits they all bring while none of them are as limited by FPN and read-noise issues as Canon. 
Despite the sales and marketing success, Canon is now the underdog, and I actually hope they can perform some sort of a comeback miracle; it might give me one more tool to use.

EDIT:  BTW, I would not be surprised if Nero isn't already pondering and composing an acrid response to your posts.  ;)
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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« Last post by Don Haines on Today at 02:45:52 PM »
I've no doubt that the D800 and D810 are good for landscape work - having all those extra megapixels, and I don't think anyone here disputes that Nikon is better at base ISO (I only know this from reading this forum). They may well be the best full frame cameras for this purpose, I don't know (I don't do much landscape work).

But to claim Canon is bad at ISO 100 is hyperbole. And to claim the 5D3 is 'painterly' at ISO 800 (or just over) is... perplexing. It's a subjective term of course. But the raw files look good much higher than that - depending on what and how you shoot. I find bird photos can look okay up to ISO 6400-8000 - using the technique of slightly overexposing and then reducing the brightness later (to reduce shadow noise) - and I'm very happy with results at ISO 3200.

Exactly!
Whatever you go for now is way better than just a few years ago... Anyone want to buy my Olympus E-300? ISO 400 was as high as you would shoot at, 800 was tearful, and now a GoPro takes better quality stills.....

I am currently shooting with a 60D... ANY Canon/Nikon/Sony/Panasonic/Olympus DSLR or mirrorless out now beats it for IQ, yet somehow I keep getting great pictures with it......
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Canon General / Neutral Density Filters - HELP !
« Last post by PikkieChick on Today at 02:39:15 PM »
Hi there
Looking at buying my first batch of ND filters. Thought that a Hoya 3 stop and 6 stop would be a good start. My question is - can I stack these to achieve 9 stops using either a 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM or  EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM.

I understand that the 16-35mm might vignette badly with stacked filters. Does anyone have experience with this ?
Also that many lenses you can't actually go up to 9 stops as wide angle lenses sometimes will give you an x in your image at much lower than 9 stops.

Help and feedback please. Maybe the slim B+W might be an option, but any better with vignetting ?  Can u stack a hoya + a slim B+W on top (as I understand the slim B+W doesnt have the thread on top)
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Lenses / Re: New Canon L Primes, but Not Until 2015 [CR2)
« Last post by ahsanford on Today at 02:33:24 PM »
That's the reason why I like the 40mm STM. It's just f2.8 which is sad for separating objects, but those f2.8 are just awesome and useable. A good lense is a lense you're willing to carry with you.

Agree in principle, but the 40mm pancake's much-slower-than-USM focusing speed is a dealbreaker for me.  That lens sits in the cabinet while I shoot with the venerable Canon 50 f/1.4.  Even with the 50 F/1.4's occasionally hunting AF, I miss fewer shots with that one than I do with the pancake.

Now, for a walkaround lens shooting non-moving subjects, the 40mm pancake is a peach of a lens.  Sharp right out of the gate at max aperture, and you can't beat the size and weight.

- A
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