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Yup the 7DII is my new main with the 70D as my spare/backup. I know I'll use the 70D a lot for the flippy screen and when I shoot wildlife with the 7DII I like to have a wide/normal lens on my second body for quick landscapes and snapshots.

After using the 7DII for a couple of weeks though it's hard to go back to the 70D, it's amazing how much just a stop or two of better ISO performance affected me. I'm no pixel peeper but I shoot so much at 1600 and above that I can tell exactly what camera I used when I look at it in Lightroom before PP without seeing the EXIF.

EOS Bodies / Re: Video Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:03:55 AM »
A commercial is not a review


Lenses / Re: Canon 400mm f/5.6 L
« on: December 11, 2013, 11:08:49 AM »
I used the Canon 400mm f/5.6 for a long time until I discovered what the Sigma 150-500mm could do. I've heard the Sigma 50-500mm is even sharper. I've moved on to the Sigma 300-800mm and Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 but you should consider the 500mm zooms from Sigma at this price point. IS is unimportant if you shoot with a tripod or use a shutter speed of 1/focal length of the lens or faster. I have IS on the 120-300mm but I turn it off.
I'm not sure where you heard that, but the (low-end) Sigma zooms are not even remotely close to the 400 5.6 - here's the 400 compared to the 150-500 compared @400mm, wide open:
The Canon is sharp from center to corners with just a hair of CA, while the Sigma is blurry mush with CA from mid-frame to the corners.

The Sigma 120-300 is a huge step up from the 150-500, but at 420mm with the Sigma 1.4x it's still not as sharp as the 400 5.6, even stopped down to 5.6:
The 120-300 is a fine lens, but if you want a sharp lens at 400mm, you can't beat the 400 5.6.  The only lenses that are sharper at the focal length are the 300 2.8 IS II + 1.4x III ($7,299) or the 400 2.8 IS II ($10,999).  Even the 200 2 IS + 2x III and 400 DO aren't as sharp.

The 400 5.6 is by far the best 400mm for the money and gives professional results.

Thank you Mackguyver for ruining my day! Haha!

I have the Sigma 150-500mm and knew it was a mushy mess already, especially when I picked up a Canon 70-300L last year, wow what a difference. But I hadn't seen that direct comparison between the Sigma and the Canon 400 before. Holy S___ that is horrible!

I was already going to sell the Sigma and pick up the Canon 400, but damn, I can't sell that thing fast enough! I think some of my family may be getting smaller Xmas presents this year so I can afford that sexy little 400, I love how small it is too!


Lenses / Another Lens recommendation request :)
« on: November 27, 2013, 11:20:11 AM »
I thought I might ask for a little help finding my next lens. I won't go into a ton of detail but I'll try and get the basics covered.

I'm an enthusiast level wildlife photographer that also likes to dabble in all areas of photography, and a bit of a gear head, as well as a technology geek. My goal is to save up enough for a big white, probably a used 500mm sometime next year. Also I want to eventually have a two camera setup, one crop and one full frame body. I was running a 60D and 7D combo for the last year or so, 7D with a Sigma 150-500mm or a 70-300L for shorter stuff, and the 60D with a prime or 10-20mm for landscapes. For now though I only have the 7D and I switch lenses as needed.

Long story short, my current lenses are Sigma 10-20mm, Sigma 30mm F/1.4, Sigma 50mm F/1.4, Canon 70-300L and Sigma 150-500mm. What I'm missing is a good standard zoom, and I'll qualify it by saying that I don't have a ton to spend and I really want IS for shooting video, my current lenses have made it difficult to shoot as much video as I would like. I like to hand hold or monopod as much as possible, I prefer walking and hiking to static tripod setups waiting for wildlife to come by.

My current list of options in no particular order:
Canon 24-105mm F4
Canon 24-70mm F4 IS
Canon 17-55mm F2.8 EF-S
Sigma 24-105mm F4
Tamron 24-70mm F2.8

The Canon 24-105 seems like the one to go with since it's decent/cheap/easy to find, I really like the features of the new Canon 24-70 F4 but that price is horrible. the Canon 17-55mm is probably the best lens I can get right now for crop but won't work if I end up with something like a 6D for landscapes and my 7D for wildlife.

One other tangent that I keep thinking about is to get the new 70D with 18-135 kit lens and use that as my second camera, I really like the swivel screen and video features of the 70D, but I'm hesitant to go with another crop body. Then again, a 70D with a 7DMK2 could be a killer combo next year, and combined with a Canon 500mm, yummy!

I'm torn, can't make up my mind and pull the trigger!

Thanks in advance for any help!‎

Lenses / Re: When is the New 100-400 Coming?
« on: June 07, 2013, 10:10:09 AM »
Damn you neuroanatomist!!!

I started reading your press release on the previous page and then started to get excited as I was reading it and then....

Damn you and your pigs in hell!!!

Lenses / Re: Is there any chance this is legit?
« on: April 09, 2013, 02:08:02 PM »
I wanted so badly to believe that this is a sweet old man with too much money and not enough sense and was just looking to give this lens a nice home :)

The broken English and little bits of photo jargon is what drew me in, but alas, I just can't see anyone throwing 10K out the window, even if they were a billionaire.

Lenses / Re: Is there any chance this is legit?
« on: April 09, 2013, 12:04:16 PM »
Haha, OK, now I don't feel like I'm missing out on some amazing deal!

I figured it was either stolen or they are planning on murdering the person that comes to pick it up :)

Now if only I can find a 500mm L for $1000!

Lenses / Is there any chance this is legit?
« on: April 09, 2013, 11:36:02 AM »
I've been keeping my eye on Craigslist for a couple of lenses I'm looking for, a 24-105mm and a 500mm prime for birding.

This ad popped up this weekend and all I can think is it must be stolen. If I had enough saved I would think about getting it, but are there ever deals this good that are legit?

Lenses / Re: 70-300L for Outdoors?
« on: December 07, 2012, 09:34:34 AM »
Can't imagine you will regret that purchase.  I love mine and it's size is perfect...lives on my 7D.

QFT, same for me, I haven't taken it off of my 7D in months :)

Lenses / Re: Faster cheapish prime for a wedding?
« on: June 22, 2012, 02:04:22 PM »
on a crop the 50 is going to be like shooting 80 its very tight in a reception
perhaps the sigma 30f1.4 is a better choice
I usually go with a 50f1.4 and 16-35f2.8 on FF bodies for the reception
now i just wish sigma would make a 50 f1.4 like their 85

I'll second the Sigma 30 f/1.4

It may help you get some slightly wider shots than the 50, I love mine on a crop camera.

Lenses / Re: How about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HS
« on: March 31, 2012, 12:04:02 PM »
I love it, I shoot on a 60d and also picked up the Sigma 30mm 1.4 thinking it would work better on my crop camera. Without any actually testing or specifics I just feel like the 50mm is sharper and better all around than the 30mm. I've gone back to using the 50mm more and plan on getting a used 5DmII and just leave the 50mm on it all the time :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 60D vs T4i
« on: February 24, 2012, 02:15:21 PM »
A pure guess, but in general a company would not take a feature like that away. I would probably wait and see what the T4i has to offer, since it should be announce pretty soon, doesn't hurt to wait a little longer.

I loved my T3i as a starter DSLR but I quickly outgrew it and moved to the 60D, didn't want to go all the way to the 7D until I see what comes out this year. I really want to save up for a full frame model and use the 60D for video and second camera work.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 60D vs T4i
« on: February 24, 2012, 11:41:46 AM »
I think we will eventually know, lol.

Think there is any chance any of the rebel line will have built in wireless flash control?  One of the main reasons now I'm wanting to get a 60D or 7D is for the flash control.

"The EOS 7D and 60D were the first Canon SLRs to support wireless flash control using the built-in flash, and the Canon T3i follows suit. That is, the T3i's built-in flash can act as a controller or commander to one or more remote wireless flashes. You can have the built-in flash contribute to the exposure, or just command the remote flashes. Like that of the 60D, the Canon T3i's wireless flash capability supports four channels and defines two groups (the 7D defines three groups). Exposure compensation and flash ratio of 1:8 to 8:1 can be set on a per-group bases, allowing a lot of control over how multiples flashes contribute to the final exposure. Additionally, there's an Easy Wireless Flash mode, which simply fixes the flash strobes to all operate as one group with a 1:1 flash ratio."

Is that not enough for you?

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