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| p.4 #9 · Official: 24-70mm f/4L IS and 35mm f/2 IS released! |
The 24-105 is a great lens, but I don't think it'd take "46mp"
That's why so many don't get why Canon sold us the 1Dx being the replacement for both the 1D IV and 1Ds mk III. This bullshit has lasted long enough now. We want a better high megapixel camera first. We have more than enough good lenses already that take high mp resolution. After a high res model introduction everyone would have been happy to see a better 24-70/4.0L IS zoom that fits a high res model better than a 24-105L. Now this lens is swimming with no clear aim. Even if we assume this lens is a great performer, it better should be at this price, the most interesting aspect of this lens seems to be it's size. For everything else I would take the 24-70/2.8L anytime. Sure IS is what I wanted in the 2.8mk II version as well. But if I have to choose between 2.8 and 4.0 I choose 2.8. More light to the sensor, more creative possibilties with DOF and bokeh, higher shutter speeds, or lower ISO settings. I made that choice for the 70-200 zoom that I have in 2.8 and not 4.0. For the same reason I have the fastest primes as well. I know, this is not for everyone and as a general hiking setup or street photography kit the 4.0 lenses are a much better combo, but if size matters, there are already much more attractive alternatives, like an m4/3 or NEX setup. Canon is definitely missing some important buying decision factors here. The move from many photographers to those platforms does have good reasons. And Canon's latest introductions made it clear they don't get it yet that a lot of customers want other kinds of EOSfun than what they presented us lately.
It seems Nikon and Canon have taken different approaches.
Nikon has not really upgraded its glass (or ever had the dominant quality and selection of Canon), has relied on outside supplier for sensor, and has produced high MP/high DR range FF bodies at reasonable price. Without upgraded glass, Nikon is sort of up against an optical wall in the foreseeable future.
Canon has not yet upgraded its sensors to higher MP and DR, but has set the foundation very well with the widest range of best optics. That seems the logical first step -- great new lenses that improve existing bodies, and pave the way for improved models. Canon has keep their (large) sensor production in-house (Canon also has the edge on processor design), so it is impossible to say what they will eventually unveil, but the company is not known as a technology wallflower!
Canon has been adding to and revamping its optics line, and I can't believe they are without a plan to upgrade the bodies (hardware and processor) to complement the lenses.
I can't buy into the doom and gloom about Canon products or prices -- their progress seems consistent, even if Nikon (and Sony) has some very attractive products at the moment.
Thank you Gunz, I was just writing something much the same. Like most successful Japanese companies, there's always a long-term plan...a decade at least in the making...they're the high-tech gurus.
They feed consumer hunger quite well, profit from the "I must have the latest" mentality perfectly. Buy bleeding edge, pay the initial price, don't cry about the 20% or more you're gonna loose because it's just the game of high tech goodies; the semi-fast turn around of today's bling; smartphones, tablets (these are near throw away these days and are $250-500 a pop.)
This new 24-70, for me is exciting; not the price as I'd like it lower, but add it to my f4L zooms and I've got a high grade three lens combo that will handle 90% of my shooting; 17-40, 24-70, 70-200. Add a FF digital body and my kit is near complete. I've had the EF 24-85 USM for more than a decade and it has served me well, it's tiny nature, reasonable IQ (when stopped down) and low cost, has been wonderful. Other than the higher price this new 24-70 looks pretty sweet.
I'll wait for a bit, don't need to be on the bleeding edge, so sometime next year, given positive reviews, I'd hazard a guess that a 6D and 24-70 f4L IS will join my current kit...and I'll be quite the happy camper
No gloom n doom here
In 34+ years with Canon gears I'm still having fun (FD and EOS; perhaps M in the future) and am able to manage a wide