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Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD G2 rumoured to be announced this week

Oh my.. The competition in the 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens segment seems to be extremely busy at the moment. Sigma should have an 24-70mm ART lens announced any day now, and now Tamron is rumoured to announce a new 24-70mm G2 this week too, according to canonrumours.com. (also here)

Interesting enough, both are rumoured to start shipping with an initial price tag of 1299 USD.

I guess I will have to wait for some real life test and reviews before deciding then. I used the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC a lot on my 60D, and it was an excellent lens. If the new Tamron proves to live up to this, I might be interested.

Additionally, Sigma released some MTF charts that people "wise" in such things seems a bit disappointed about. I never decide on lenses based on MTF charts, so my advice: Wait for some real reviews by trusted sources.

In Undead Colors: Blue

The last picture in my Undead Colors collection. It doesn't completely fit in with the other three pictures, so I included it as a kind of bonus picture. The previous three were meant to stand alone, but I kinda liked this one too.
Again, a part of Mandinga / Hasseris gymnasiums Parade at Aalborg Carnival 2017.

Canon EOS 6D mark II to be announced in two weeks

Back in the fall of 2015 I were looking for a replacement for my 60D and were considering my options. I could buy the 6D then and there, keep saving and buy the 5D mark III or wait for the 6D mark II. I ended up buying the 6D and a second hand 24-105 f/4 L and haven't looked back since. I bought it on a hunch that the 6D mark II would not be announced for a while. I were right...

Now, a year and a half later, the rumors seem to indicate that the 6D mark II might get finally be announced in two weeks time.

I look forward to reading the specs for the new camera. It seems to be a decent upgrade to the original 6D, and apparently it will fix the only major flaw of the original: the lack of a flip screen. My 60D had this and I used it a lot. After switching to the 6D it were the only thing I really missed.

It seems like a lot of people complain about the lack of 4K, but I think they misunderstand the 6D and the 6D mark II. They are a photographers camera, not a videographers camera. It is a simple no nonsense camera. To me it is not important at all and I wouldn't care if the 6D mark II didn't have video capabilities at all.

Will I be out buying the 6D mark II as soon as it is released? No, not likely. It's not that I am disappointed, it's more that I already have a nice camera, a camera that I know like the back of my hand, a camera that fits my needs.

I think it is a mistake to switch cameras all the time. I like knowing how my camera acts, how to operate it without thinking about it and its forces and weaknesses. 

Yes, having a 6D mark II would be awesome, but would it improve my pictures? Not likely. Well, except for the flip screen perhaps. Despite the bad reputation of the autofocus system of the 6D, it is very precise and very fast. I think most of the crap talk comes from Internet "experts" who hasn't ever tried the 6D.

I will, at least for a while stick to my 6D. It still has plenty of shots left in it and as the mark II is more an evolution than a revolution, there is now need to upgrade here and now. Maybe in a couple of years, or obviously if anything should happen to my camera. Or maybe I will skip the mark II and wait for the mark III.

Who knows.. maybe Canon will release a mirror less camera the size of a DSLR, with EF mount by that time. That would be interesting too.


Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 ART to be available next month

I am not really the type who gets all excited about new gear, and I think i more or less got my GAS under control, but no rule without exceptions.

According to the rumours all over the Internet, Sigma is finally going to make their promising new 24-70mm f/2.8 ART zoom lens available next week.

I currently use the Canon 24-105mm f/4 L when I need more than just my Canon 35mm f/2, and even though that is a pretty good zoom as well, I sometimes think the aperture of f/4 is a bit too limiting. Don't get me wrong, it is an amazing lens, but when it starts to get dark I would love to have a larger aperture available.

I then obviously considered the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L, but it is rather expensive, and the cheaper Tamron 24-70mm does not seem to be as good as the Tamron 17-50mm i used on my 60D.

So, I am excited about this new release, because I hope that the reviews will reveal that the image quality is in the same class as Sigmas other ART lenses. If it is, and the price is not too astronomic, I will be all over this lens.

Hopefully prices will be available soon too, so that I can make a decision...

In Undead Colors: Green

One of the many beautiful costumes from this years International Carnival Parade at Aalborg Carnival.
The British Carnival group Mandinga Arts had teamed up with Hasseris Gymnasium to create the most amazing and well-executed themes of the entire parade, a Mexican Day of the Dead tribute. 

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