Lawrencew

Lawrencew

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Surprised at some of the comments here as I have found FoCal to be very useful and also stable.
No doubt this "test" version has bugs. But that has not been my experience with the current released version.

Of course shooting at narrow apertures and short focal lengths might hide any focus issues, but shooting wide open and/or at longer focal lengths where DoF is narrow, then I have found FoCal must useful at fine-tuning the MAF in my Canon 70D.

Could I have done it "manually", myself? Probably - but for a few bucks for the Plus version, I can let FoCal do it automatically, without fuss.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 11:33 UTC as 9th comment
On Astropad turns iPad into drawing tablet for Mac post (117 comments in total)

I have never found a single ipad stylus that would allow you to use it with something you could call "precision". Not of the precision that is needed for the type of work described.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 18:53 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies
On Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D article (318 comments in total)

I really don't understand your comment "As far as I can remember though, Canon has never offered us two cameras with the same sensor and asked us to pay more for one, to get some extra features before"

Until the arrival of the 20mp 70D/7DMKII and now the 24mp sensor, Canon had several models with the 18mp sensor on offer at the same time from the 1200D right up to the 7D. All of which offered "extra features" to justify their place in the line up.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 16:03 UTC as 67th comment | 2 replies
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off prototype 120MP CMOS sensor article (255 comments in total)

So with sensor shift a la Olympus I should be able to get 300mp images :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 13:23 UTC as 66th comment | 4 replies

No price has been announced for the EU or UK yet. But it looks like the US $ price of the 150-600 contemporary is almost half the price of the sport, which looks great value.
Can I assume that the UK price of the contemporary will be similar ratio to the UK price of the sport , or will I be ripped off as usual?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 07:40 UTC as 6th comment
On Sigma24mmF1.4_samples-01-F1.4 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (7 comments in total)

I would have preferred to know how well a Canon mount lens works on a Canon camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 07:38 UTC as 5th comment
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Lawrencew: As a Canon user - and M owner - Canon do leave me confused with the M3. Besides the USA issue, Canon label the M3 as an 'enthusiasts' camera, give it some nice knobs and buttons, but then omit a remote port, only give it a 5 frame RAW buffer, slow FPS, and poor movies options that simply don't compare well with the competition. And that is besides not having intervalometer and other functions that are becoming commonplace. Instead Canon seems to artificially constrain the M3 in comparison to its other 'enthusiasts' cameras, presumably out of 'fear'.
But as a Canon user the M3 still appeals as it in interoperable with my other excellent Canon equipment. And as PhotoKhan says below, that may well be Canon's prime market. Canon users like me. As it is, I can't see the attraction to anyone else, so it is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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However, in the EU, Canon have stuck to their policy of launching cameras at a relatively high price, and it doesn't look that competitive up against other 'enthusiasts' MILCs in the similar ball park from Sony, Samsung, Olympus or Panasonic.
Moreover, neither Canon nor any retailer I have asked can tell me if a body only version is going on sale. Surely it is? Nor do Canon EU have the fantastic EVF kits available as they do in Japan. So Canon expect me to pay another £230 for that it seems.
So I guess will wait for the inevitable fire-sale... and pick up another bargain like my original M. That or switch lock, stock and barrel to Fuji.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 14:20 UTC

As a Canon user - and M owner - Canon do leave me confused with the M3. Besides the USA issue, Canon label the M3 as an 'enthusiasts' camera, give it some nice knobs and buttons, but then omit a remote port, only give it a 5 frame RAW buffer, slow FPS, and poor movies options that simply don't compare well with the competition. And that is besides not having intervalometer and other functions that are becoming commonplace. Instead Canon seems to artificially constrain the M3 in comparison to its other 'enthusiasts' cameras, presumably out of 'fear'.
But as a Canon user the M3 still appeals as it in interoperable with my other excellent Canon equipment. And as PhotoKhan says below, that may well be Canon's prime market. Canon users like me. As it is, I can't see the attraction to anyone else, so it is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 14:20 UTC as 282nd comment | 1 reply
On Go wide! Hands-on with Canon's 11-24mm F4 L article (224 comments in total)
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DStudio: I hope it's as good as it sounds like.

But I'll reserve judgement until it's out. Canon's had many weak UWA entries, IMO - especially if you don't count the specialty TS-E 17mm lens. This applies to both zooms and primes wider than 24mm on FF (or the equivalent on APS-C).

The world doesn't revolve around the USA.
No problem buying an EOS M or EF-M 11-22mm where the overwhelming majority (95%) of the world live.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 15:59 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1392 comments in total)
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Mike FL: If this EM5-2 can really boost the sales by utilizing the IBIS, Sony will soon release a A7-2-MK2 to give you a 100mp image.

Or just release a FW to its A7-2 for 100mp capability.

AIUI, the lens only has to support the sensor's native resolution, as the shifted 100mp image would be a composite of many native images. That is how the M5II works.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 08:39 UTC
On Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 article (551 comments in total)

Not sure on what basis posters here are saying it is "too large". Yes it is bigger than some M43 models. But compared to other APS-C models, it is no larger. e.g. compared to Sony A6000 they are just about the same size. See the comparison on camerasize http://j.mp/1DMiDta

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 12:56 UTC as 74th comment | 6 replies

looks a good idea. Let's hope it is sharp...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 19:45 UTC as 20th comment
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Hubertus Bigend: The text says that the flash can work as a slave in a wireless setup; does that mean it cannot work as a master? I'm not up to date there, but I remember earlier Metz flash units having such a limitation. In that case, it could not replace the small separate flash unit that comes with many mirrorless cameras, I would still need to carry both (plus the big flash I sometimes need, and which I'd like to trigger remotely).

It is a shame, otherwise it would be a perfect alternative to a small Canon 90EX which does act as a wireless master, but doesn't have the very useful bounce flash capability that the Metz does.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 09:00 UTC
On silhouette-3 in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)
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pen araneae: Beautiful black and white.

Thanks Pen

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 13:56 UTC
On My Best Photo of the Week challenge (9 comments in total)
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Lawrencew: I added a photo, but it seems to have been removed. I had no notification as to why...

I guess that would explain it :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2014 at 07:11 UTC
On My Best Photo of the Week challenge (9 comments in total)

I added a photo, but it seems to have been removed. I had no notification as to why...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 14:33 UTC as 1st comment | 2 replies
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Suave: Surprisingly reasonable price. Looks like someone at Canon has learned his lesson.

Can people stop saying this price looks reasonable!

We need Canon to think it is much too expensive for us :-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 16:42 UTC
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Lawrencew: Any idea of the EU and UK price?
No price is given in the EU press release.

So not worth the effort considering that returns and warranty might be an issue.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 16:41 UTC
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Lawrencew: Any idea of the EU and UK price?
No price is given in the EU press release.

According to ePhotozine who have what looks like a UK press release, the UK price will be £1999 at launch. Which isn't too bad if that is confirmed.
Also Photography Blog has it at "an estimated retail price of £1,999.99 / €2,499.99 / $2,199.99"
At least it isn't straight pounds for dollars which has often been the case.
Expect it to be £1699 by next summer.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 10:18 UTC

Any idea of the EU and UK price?
No price is given in the EU press release.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 08:07 UTC as 50th comment | 13 replies
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