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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 22, 2014, 12:47:00 PM »
I have a little different viewpoint.

Many website and forums (such as this one) came about during the first decade of the 2000s, when digital cameras were an emerging technology and the pace of change was very rapid. Companies were releasing new products that tended to leapfrog one another and there was a lot to write and talk about.

As with any technology, digital cameras have matured and the pace of change has slowed. The truth is: 99% of digital cameras made today are perfectly fine for 99% of the photographs being taken of 99% of the subjects under 99% of conditions.

That leaves only those 1% issues to deal with. No company can afford to go after 100% of the customer base. It's just too expensive and offers too little return.

But, with less to talk about on forums, people fixate on tiny differences that are irrelevant to the majority of users. As with any topic, the more obscure it becomes the more intense the feelings are and we see more than our share of that.

+1,000 ... Nailed it!

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 22, 2014, 08:59:39 AM »
Another very satisfied Canon customer here (SLR systems, P&S cameras, scanners, printers), as well as a volunteer evangelist of their products to others in my "community." If I have a question, I'll post it here. If I have a complaint, I'll send it to Canon.

I sometimes wonder about the emotional age of some of the ranters. Also, how much free time they must have on their hands. No company can be all things to all people. Just because Canon doesn't develop their product line precisely to your personal liking is no reason to throw a tantrum over it.

My only complaint is that my gear wants exceed my gear needs by a significant margin. I try really hard to restrict myself to only the gear I need and will use (particularly lenses). I occasionally give in to temptation, and then end up eventually selling a lens that just sits and collects dust.

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Landscape / Re: Give me your Mountains...lol
« on: November 20, 2014, 09:38:07 PM »
White Mountains, NH last month

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 or 100-400 conundrum.....
« on: November 20, 2014, 01:43:33 PM »
The new 100-400 looks to be extremely sharp & versatile, offering all of the above without the need to reach for extenders, with the tradeoff being less light, less shallow DOF, and bigger size/weight.
Agree with your entire post; would just like to point out that the 100-400 II -- when compared to the 70-20 II -- is only 5% heavier (80g / .18lb), 5% larger diameter (5mm / 0.2") and actually a little shorter (6mm / .24") when collapsed. Add the 2x TC to the 70-200 II, and the size & weight advantages swing the other way, although the TC can be detached for packing.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 or 100-400 conundrum.....
« on: November 20, 2014, 11:56:21 AM »
Well, the responses so far are all over the place, which simply shows that the right lens to choose depends on your personal preferences and intended uses.

Since the 100-400 II isn't available for purchase yet, you're obviously willing to wait for it, holding off on the 70-200 II in the meantime. So see if the 100-400 II's product reviews that eventually get published sway your thinking one way or the other.

Based on how I read your post, I'd get the 100-400 II if I were in your shoes. As others have posted, 70-200 + 2x TC isn't a great way to get to 400mm.

Disclaimer: I already have the 70-200 II, and plan to buy a 100-400 II.


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Landscape / Re: Miscellaneous
« on: November 20, 2014, 09:33:51 AM »
Another old truck

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 5.7 Now Available
« on: November 20, 2014, 12:41:18 AM »
Adobe is burning through the 5.x version numbers pretty quickly ... can v6 be far behind?
They should be OK...there's still a little space between seven and infinity...

-pw
Man, you really don't understand version numbering convention.  :-[

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 5.7 Now Available
« on: November 19, 2014, 03:44:49 PM »
Adobe is burning through the 5.x version numbers pretty quickly ... can v6 be far behind?

there is always 5.11, as in "this software is so great it goes all the way up to 11".

 8)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 5.7 Now Available
« on: November 19, 2014, 12:09:14 PM »
Knowing Adobe, most of their updates break more than they fix.  In fact, it's a total crap shoot every time you install anything from Adobe.  I cringe every time...

I keep the previous two versions of every update, just in case I need to back-track. About the only software I have that isn't "downgradable" is for my Synology NAS (but that's actually more like an OS).

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 5.7 Now Available
« on: November 19, 2014, 12:06:40 PM »
Adobe is burning through the 5.x version numbers pretty quickly ... can v6 be far behind?
This is just because - thankfully - Adobe takes less time to update the built-in raw converter in LR, which means releasing a new LR version (unlike the ACR plugin for PS).

Yes, but there are version numbers and then there are version numbers. By making this v5.7, instead of (for example) 5.65, there are only two more 5.x numbers left before the big six-oh. I guess they could always resort to 5.901, 5.902 ...

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Yes, I bought them on ebay over a year back, about 50 or more of them of varying sizes up to 82mm.  So far, they are working great, and I haven't lost any.

I bought Tamron branded center-pinch caps for all my lenses a few years back, before Canon came out with theirs. I thought the Tamrons were a bargain compared to what Canon charges, but have since seen no-name versions for far less.

(P.S. Good luck with the sale!)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 5.7 Now Available
« on: November 19, 2014, 10:22:14 AM »
Adobe is burning through the 5.x version numbers pretty quickly ... can v6 be far behind?

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Lenses / Re: Danny Green Talks the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 18, 2014, 09:47:24 AM »
Sure, it's a advert, with all the attendant hyperbole and the occasional error (as pointed out above), but the image gallery is impressive ... virtually all shot at 400 f/5.6; i.e., wide open at the long end of the zoom range. Too bad they didn't see fit to enable clicking on the images to open them at full resolution.
Yeah, seems they were all at f5.6 and mostly at 1/250. On the one hand, its impressive to be able to get relatively sharp shots (as far as we can tell) wide open. On the other hand, f5.6 would have been imperative to maintain an acceptable shutter speed (marginal at 1/250 @400mm handheld you would think) and an iso below 1,000. Bearing in mind not everyone has the luxury of a 1DX.
We can only assume that these were shot handheld. We may be induced to think so by the shot of Mr. Green holding his camera to his eye with this lens mounted, but that doesn't necessarily make it so.

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And it features one of the new center-pinch lens caps!  8)

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Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 17, 2014, 08:13:36 PM »
From which perspective is the video foreign?...I am sure many on this site will find yourself just as foreign!

Oh, lighten up already. The guy has already sincerely apologized.

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