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Thanks for sharing! :)
Especially the 600mm performance looks good, compared to the Tamron! :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: Today at 04:49:25 AM »
Where are the images?????

Until you post images I'll assume you're just looking for attention! We're on page 4 and still no images ...

If I had the 7DII in my hands right now, shooting is all I'd do! :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Modular DSLR Coming from Canon? [CR2]
« on: October 29, 2014, 02:42:25 PM »
I would not expect too much modularity...
Sure, it would be nice if everyone could choose his sensor/AF system, metering system etc., but that raises the cost by a fair amount of money, because the AF is always a fit for the sensor, so you'd have to have some Kind of basic algorithm that connects every AF system and sensor (I have no idea about this, I'm not an engineer or something). Also, they would have to manufacture each camera body separate, which would be like manufacturing a customized car.
I believe that this "modular" body will at max be something like the VF or maybe, following the MF lead, some kind of grip+sensor design, that way you have your body and different "digibacks".

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Whats wrong with the 70 D ?
« on: October 27, 2014, 04:33:36 PM »
...the 1DS MkIII is the best camera Canon has made so far for print output.

Really? Didn't know that... What about the 5DIII? :)

The technology of image sensors is ripe, and we should expect small improvements. Something like 1/3 stop better seems quite realistic.

I don't know what the highest ISO improvement ever was with Canon DSLR's... maybe 2/3-1 stop? Don't expect too much...

Canon General / Re: Slick City Kit?
« on: October 27, 2014, 04:30:24 PM »
Kit sounds great, try the Lowepro Slingshot 202AW. :D

Software & Accessories / Re: Ballhead for Gitzo 2542L
« on: October 27, 2014, 08:53:51 AM »
I'd go for the small UniqBall (I think its the UHB-35 or something) or the Novoflex CB3 II. Both great, medium heavy ball heads, perfectly suited for your type of lenses. :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Whats wrong with the 70 D ?
« on: October 27, 2014, 08:50:30 AM »
There is nothing wrong with the 70D.  :D

It is just a normal Canon body... That means very good metering, superb white balance, great AF, good handling, but also it means not as much resolution and dynamic range as the bodys from the competitors (Nikon D7100 or Sony A77II), as well as generally more noise, also at low ISO. It is good, but not excellent (and I'm referring to the Latin word excellere=to stand out here, just to avoid any arguments ;) ).
I'm not saying Canon is not good; they aren't world market leader for no reason... I love my 7D and can't see myself switching for different reasons, but image quality wise, there are better options, and that is probably what you are opting for as a fine art photographer. :)
The 70D is a great camera, it has the normal Canon greatness, but it is not on top of things IQ-wise. :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: clown* photographer
« on: October 26, 2014, 04:22:34 PM »
Hmmmmmm.... If I had an iPad, I'd download a picture from the Emirates homepage that willl be a thousand timesas good as yours...
This is really the first time I cry because of sadness, not because of joy when seeing a clown...

And I don't know what the purpose of this thread was... Maybe a market research for your website boastpartners.com, but it certainly does not belong in this nice and practical forum!

A nice day to all the iPad shooters!:D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Help to get a new cam + lenses (FX)
« on: October 26, 2014, 04:03:08 PM »
How about being puristic and going for just a Sigma 35/1.4 as a classic street lens? :D
Or, if that is too wide, their 50?
6D sounds great for you, though :)

EOS Bodies / Re: It's just me but...
« on: October 26, 2014, 01:32:54 PM »
I can't even remember any lenses released this year besides the 400 DO...

Ummm.... 10-18, 16-35, 55-200, 24, 24-105... makes a total of 6 lenses... in what year did Canon last release 6 lenses? :D

Hello Werz! :)

A few suggestions:

The 7DII will fit just right for your type of photography; I believe this will be a stunning body!

As a Macro lens, the 100L is great, but if you want to save money, go for the Tamron 90/2.8 VC Macro. I have that lens and have compared it to the 100L when I bought it and there is no visible difference! The only thing the Canon is better at is image Stabilisation in macro situations, but I consider that negligible when shooting macro, because I work with a tripod. For portraits, the VC of the Tamron is perfectly fine!

Whatever macro lens you will choose, you can use it as a portrait lens also, I do the same.

For wildlife, I would not buy the 100-400. It is an old design and you need good luck to get a satisfying copy. Either go for the 70-300L, or, if that is too short, for the new Sigma 150-600 Sports. The former would have the advantage of being extremely compact, while the latter goes to 600mm. The Sigma would probably require a tripod, though.

For landscapes, I would recommend two lenses, a UWA and a standard zoom (that you can use for everyday shooting). For the UWA, I'd recommend you to get the Tokina 11-16/2.8 (great lens, stunning optics, but noisy AF and not really flare resistant) or, depending on your standard zoom choice, the Tokina 12-28/4 (same as the 11-16). I have the Tokina 12-24/4 II, the predecessor of the latter and it is really good and a good bang for the buck too!
For standard lenses, you can use a EF-S zoom, but I didn't like my 15-85 and the 17-55 is probably a bit too less tele. Also, they are both not weathersealed, which I consider very important. Therefore, I would go for a FF standard zoom. I'd recommend for not having to switch often the Canon 24-105/4 or for better IQ and faster aperture (for street shooting, casual portraits) the Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC. That latter lens is absolutely stunning, although it might require some AF Microadjustment. For having the WA covered, you'd then have to go for the 12-28.

So, in summary, I'd recommend the Tokina 12-28/4, the Tamron 24-70/2.8, the Tamron 90/2.8 VC and the Sigma 150-600 S.

Now, some other suggestions:

You will need a flash sometimes. Go for the Canon 600EX-RT.

A tripod is an absolute must for landscapers and macroers. I'd recommend the Manfrotto MT055CXPRO4, it is very sturdy and relatively compact, I have got its predecessor. For heads, I'd go for a good ballhead like the Novoflex CB3 or CB5 or the UniqBall.

Get many spare batteries.

Get good, fast cards, I recommend the SanDisk 160Mb/s CF's and the SanDisk 95MB/s SDHC's.

Last, get Lightroom and shoot RAW! It makes a truckload of a difference about being able to control the light. :)

Happy buying and shooting! :)

Reviews / Re: Camera Store Trashes New G7X
« on: October 22, 2014, 03:50:03 PM »
I haven't commented on this forum for a while (even though I read it regularly) because the attitude of most people here. The notion that you have to be a total Canon fanboy to have legitimacy to post here, is absurd at best and does nothing to help the end user nor Canon.

I am not the casual photographer like many here, I make my living from photography and my work is published in magazines like Vogue so it might be possible that I know a few things.

That being said, NO I don't own a G7X, but I do agree with the Camera Store's assessment of Canon as a company lately. They seem to put just enough features on their cameras to stay above water, but never go that extra mile to make a ground-breakingly outstanding product. When compared to other products on the market, Canon always seems to be following not leading, which is a shame. I absolutely loath their "play it safe" attitude toward product development.

I own and shoot with all Canon gear (except for my recently purchased Phase One) and I'm generally happy with it, but it does not mean it's all perfect. For example, the rubber zoom ring on my new 24-70 MkII dislodged itself from the lens barrel and is now warped and in need of repair. Are you kidding me?!!! Unacceptable for a lens I paid over $2,000 for.

It should also be noted that I am regularly an early adopter of all Canon gear and usually own one while most people are still sitting on forums discussing specs. I was one of the first people in the world to own the original 7D, the 5D Mark III and the 1DX as well as various lenses. Again, I am happy with most of my Canon gear and the 1DX's low light performance continues to astonish me, but in no way do I think all Canon gear is perfect and I think the people on this forum should have a more open minded attitude toward possible flaws and imperfections and not just write anyone who brings them up as unknowledgeable and just a trolling. You are not helping Canon make better products by defending their flaws and/or shortcomings.

Thank you very much for sharing your practical and experience-based opinion!
The best I've read on this forum for a long time! :D

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 II or 100 2.8L and 135 2 and 200 2.8
« on: October 19, 2014, 03:57:05 PM »
Definitely the zoom for flexibility! :)

Lenses / Re: Building my lens system - where to go from my basic kit?
« on: October 19, 2014, 03:56:16 PM »
The 70-200/2.8 is a beast and really heavy!
If you want to have a light, small (that is of course relative) travel setup, I'd go for:

-Canon 16-35/4 L for landscape, architecture, group shots etc.
-Sigma 50/1.4 A for people, street, low-light and creative stuff
-Canon 70-300/4-5.6 L for details, landscapes and every other telephoto use

The two Canons are the greatest travel lenses on earth and the Sigma is just stellar, but buy it with the USB dock and finetune your AF.

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