Lawrencew

Lawrencew

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Lawrencew: A key advantage that MILCs have is no need for MFA as the focusing is performed on the sensor

So you would think the best competitive move by Canon would be to include MFA in every DSLR. The technology must be well developed by Canon now and a minor cost to add. It smacks purely of Canon wanting to justify the higher price of other models

Having faced these back/front focus issues with Rebel camera I would never buy another one. Seems like Canon would prefer I bought a MILC instead. Pity the M3 isn't good enough to then.

Then why not use a MILC in the first place, if there is no advantage offered by the DSLR?

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2015 at 11:37 UTC

A key advantage that MILCs have is no need for MFA as the focusing is performed on the sensor

So you would think the best competitive move by Canon would be to include MFA in every DSLR. The technology must be well developed by Canon now and a minor cost to add. It smacks purely of Canon wanting to justify the higher price of other models

Having faced these back/front focus issues with Rebel camera I would never buy another one. Seems like Canon would prefer I bought a MILC instead. Pity the M3 isn't good enough to then.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2015 at 21:08 UTC as 12th comment | 5 replies
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photominion: I fear I'll end up a fatty from all the popcorn I feast on while enjoying the endless show of super bash brothers on dpr.

why don't people just accept that all the "progress" in resolution and dynamic range and noise handling won't do them any good when they don't (know to) use the gear they have?!

I always recommend to buy something around an antique Canon 50D, Nikon D90 or D300 when my students ask what to start with.
These cameras handle great, they offer all the important settings on the body and are really cheap to be had, so there's a lot of money left for a nifty fifty, a strobist starter set and a really good tripod and radio trigger.

And I can guaran-damn-tee you that many of my students deliver better results after half a year than most of what I've seen from the gear-hoes on this site. ;-)

rant complete

I thought students only used smartphone cameras these days :-)

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 14:55 UTC

Personally, I am certainly suffering from DSLR Elbow from holding a DSLR+ long telephoto lens...

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 11:54 UTC as 56th comment
On Canon announces 50mm F1.8 STM lens article (309 comments in total)
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Lawrencew: Once again Canon is ripping us off in the UK

Whilst in the USA the price of the new STM is pretty much the same as the original lens - $129 vs $125 (Amazon, BH)

In the UK however, the new STM is £130, whilst the original is only £75 on Amazon et al - both including taxes.

So for us in the UK, Canon haven't introduced a replacement at the same price, but taken the opportunity to nearly *double* the price...

So there is no "Wow. Just wow. Thank you, Canon. And that price? Again, wow." as MikeFairbanks posted earlier. Just the opposite...

@srados.

You miss the point. That "British Pound-Euro-Japanese Yen currency conversion, and fact that you live on the overpriced island" applies to both the old and new lenses.
So why is the new lens so much more expensive?

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 15:33 UTC
On Canon announces 50mm F1.8 STM lens article (309 comments in total)
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Lawrencew: Once again Canon is ripping us off in the UK

Whilst in the USA the price of the new STM is pretty much the same as the original lens - $129 vs $125 (Amazon, BH)

In the UK however, the new STM is £130, whilst the original is only £75 on Amazon et al - both including taxes.

So for us in the UK, Canon haven't introduced a replacement at the same price, but taken the opportunity to nearly *double* the price...

So there is no "Wow. Just wow. Thank you, Canon. And that price? Again, wow." as MikeFairbanks posted earlier. Just the opposite...

@Tim Grander

But the point is the lens is an "old" lens in the USA too - so why hasn't Canon introduced it at a higher 'introductory' price there too?

@steelhead3
But those "gov't mandated warranties etc" apply equally both to the 'old' lens and the 'new'. So they are not in themselves the reason the new is so much more expensive in the UK.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 15:01 UTC
On Canon announces 50mm F1.8 STM lens article (309 comments in total)

Once again Canon is ripping us off in the UK

Whilst in the USA the price of the new STM is pretty much the same as the original lens - $129 vs $125 (Amazon, BH)

In the UK however, the new STM is £130, whilst the original is only £75 on Amazon et al - both including taxes.

So for us in the UK, Canon haven't introduced a replacement at the same price, but taken the opportunity to nearly *double* the price...

So there is no "Wow. Just wow. Thank you, Canon. And that price? Again, wow." as MikeFairbanks posted earlier. Just the opposite...

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 14:36 UTC as 30th comment | 12 replies
On Canon announces 50mm F1.8 STM lens article (309 comments in total)
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Lawrencew: No sign of a UK price yet - but expecting to be ripped off in the same way Canon priced the 40mm STM.

Still, there's little to worry about importing this lens if Canon UK are too greedy.

£129.99 it appears. pounds for dollars.
Hong Kong imports here I come.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 07:11 UTC
On Canon announces 50mm F1.8 STM lens article (309 comments in total)

No sign of a UK price yet - but expecting to be ripped off in the same way Canon priced the 40mm STM.

Still, there's little to worry about importing this lens if Canon UK are too greedy.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 06:47 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply

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 284th comment | 1 reply
On Go wide! Hands-on with Canon's 11-24mm F4 L article (227 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 (554 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
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