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Lol?  :o

Now, Nikon, please make a DSLR in EF mount. That would be lovely, thanks.

That would be the easiest way for them to finally have decent glass.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d mark ii (should I keep it )
« on: March 06, 2014, 01:38:05 PM »
I have sold my 5DMkII and bought a second 5DMkIII. No regrets. Now both of my cameras are the same model so no thoughts in choosing.

In addition when you shoot with both cameras the controls are the same and this is a plus.

I would suggest to upgrade if you can afford it...
I have been thinking about doing that for a while, but there are four reasons I haven't:

#1, I won't get much out of it
(Yes, I realize the prices will only keep falling, but losing $1,000 - 1,500 sucks)

#2, I have the EF-S screen in it and that works great with my fast lenses.  The 5DIII viewfinder is a grainy, blurry, piece of junk in comparison and is all but useless for manual focus.
(I also realize that there are 3rd party solutions to this problem, but I'd rather not fool with them)

#3 I find myself shooting fewer events (and thus less need for two bodies with prime lenses on each one) and focusing more on shooting with a single body, so the 5DII has become more of a true back up body.

#4 I have spent way too much money on camera gear over the last few years and really need to get back to taking car of the house, cars, and other things like that :)
All your reasons are quite personal so quite reasonable too.
The only reservation I would have is about #1 where you said it yourself: "the prices will only keep falling".
By doing this exchange I saved about 40% of the price of 5D3 so I have no complaints myself  :)
Yes, they are very personal and probably don't apply to others, but I thought I'd share them in case any of them do.  Also, my 5DII is pretty beat up, so I think I'd be lucky to get a $1k for it, and after reading about the latest 1DX firmware, I think that's what I'd really like.  Besides the obvious upgrades over the 5DIII, I'm so jealous of the new features, especially exposure compensation in Manual and being able to set a shutter speed over 1/250s for Auto ISO.  Why anyone at Canon thought 1/250s was reasonable, I'll never understand.

Those and spot AE linked to AF point make me lust for a 1DX.  Still love my 5D3 though, and I can't really justify the additional expense right now.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: New Lens Rebates From Canon USA
« on: March 02, 2014, 10:12:41 PM »
Of course... two weeks AFTER I get the 135/2L...

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC
« on: February 28, 2014, 10:51:49 AM »
I just got mine a couple days ago, today is the first time I got to shoot it, impressed so far.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/102275892907916454902/albums/5981941679104710113/5981941677733606626

That's very nice, how much is the sky held back?  If it's not, it looks like it is a bit.  But it looks natural, so nice job.  Not sure I would have put the sun in the center like that for this shot, but I have to admit it does work this way anyway.  I need to get one of these lenses.  I don't like the idea of the corner stretching projection (I'd prefer 16 to 20mm), but there's really no other wide angle that comes close in IQ, that I can justify blowing the money on right now.  Anyhoo...again bravo...and my favorite part is the snow and trees in the bottom half.

Thank you.  I almost always go for the natural look, even though the facebook folks seem to love the gaudy HDR ones.  This is a 7 shot bracket, enfused, no other processing.  The wind up on this tower was crazy too, so I know sharpness suffered because of that.  This was just a quick test of the lens, since winter in Wisconsin you take any sunshine you can get.  Once it warms up I'll get some real shots.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS M2 Coming to North America & Europe?
« on: February 28, 2014, 10:31:38 AM »
M3 with DPAF.  Sold.  :)

This with the 22mm... would be my everyday camera.

I take a 5D3, a 60D and between 4-6 lenses almost everywhere I go, but there's plenty of times I'd like something smaller, lighter, and cheaper.  And if I'm going to an amusement or water park, it's just impractical to lug around that much gear; what to do with it while on rides?  This and a small waterproof bag I can stick in a cargo pocket, and I'm set.

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Canon General / Handstrap upgraded...
« on: February 20, 2014, 07:19:28 PM »
Handstrap upgraded to "L" spec!

(yes, I'm perfectly aware of how cheesy this is)

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC
« on: February 18, 2014, 10:26:40 PM »
I just got mine a couple days ago, today is the first time I got to shoot it, impressed so far.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/102275892907916454902/albums/5981941679104710113/5981941677733606626

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Lenses / Re: Most Anticipated Rurmored Sigma Lenses?
« on: February 09, 2014, 11:44:31 PM »
An "Art" refresh of the 85/1.4 would be very welcome.

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Lenses / Re: Lens Announcement Coming in February? [CR1]
« on: February 06, 2014, 09:27:48 PM »
Not what I'd consider the most overdue lens, but still VERY welcome by many, myself included.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II on Cameraegg
« on: January 12, 2014, 04:08:21 PM »
My crystal ball says it will use the same sensor as the 70D.

The new 7Dm2 and 70D will probablly have the same relationship that the 60D does to the current 7D.

If I remember correctly, the original price of the 7D was about $1800. If the new price is about $2000 that seems like a reasonable increase.

I think the principal difference here is that the 7D introduced the 18 MP sensor and the 60D followed it.  Since the 7D II (or whatever it gets called) is following the 70D, it makes sense that they would develop a brand new sensor the 7D II and use the 70D sensor for the Rebels, in order to help justify the premium for the 7D II.  Also, we've already seen one rebuttal rumour from Canon saying the 7D II would have a different sensor than the 70D.  Of course, it's all just speculation at this point--but that's part of the fun!  :D

Agree. That would seem more logical to me. If Canon gimps the 7D II by reusing the 70D sensor, it won't be nearly as successful as the original 7D. It really needs to be more revolutionary than evolutionary.

So you're saying that the t2i, followed by the 60D, followed by the t3i, t4i, and now t5i, all ate away into the success of the 7D?

Where in the world did you get that? I never even implied such a thing...

They all FOLLOWED the 7D. The point was that the 7D introduced something new...something that did NOT reuse prior tech. I am saying that the 7D II should do the same...introduce something NEW! Something like, say, a NEW 24mp APS-C sensor maybe.

Mathematical induction - If A = B and B = C, then A = C.
Similarly, if A = B and B = C, then B = A and C = B.

You just said that if the same sensor of 70D was in 7D Mark 2 then it won't be as successful as 7D.
If you still don't get it, suppose A is 7D and B is 60D and C = t3i.
A = B - few features & B = C - few features.
Suppose also A2 is 7D Mark II and B2 is 70D.
If A ~ A2 & B ~ B2, then you can also make the assumption that you are saying that the t2i, 60D, t3i and so on is eating into the success of the 7D.

All I'm saying is that it will also be A2 = B2 - few features.
No matter what you think the timeline is... 70D coming before the 7D mark 2 or after... it shouldn't eat into its success, cause it didn't do that to the current 7D.

It was revolutionary because the 7D was the first of its kind, but now its not first of its kind... its the second of its kind.

The 7D came out with a new sensor.  A year later the 60D used basically the same sensor.  And six months after that the T3i came with almost the same sensor again.  That's how parts/tech are expected, and usually do trickle down.

That is much different than a new sensor being introduced with the 70D (July 2013) and then maybe a year later the 7D II get's it's hand-me-down.  That will not sit well with most users that care about that sort of thing.

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Software & Accessories / Re: 5D III - SD card that will write fast?
« on: November 21, 2013, 09:35:04 AM »
SD?  You mean the Magic Lantern and emergency failover slot? :P

Yeah, it's painfully slow, and there's nothing you can do about it.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon Shmikon
« on: November 13, 2013, 09:14:29 PM »
Why is the Canon guy the smoker/drinker?

I can't say for sure... but probably has something to do with dynamic range...

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Portrait / Re: Best time to take environmental portraits without flash?
« on: October 23, 2013, 07:38:39 PM »
The hour after sunrise (blue hour), and the hour before sunset (golden hour).

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Lighting / Re: Why was Godox first to think of this?
« on: October 22, 2013, 06:14:31 PM »
I appreciate the weight savings, but I'll take the latitude to run on alkalines if I need to do so.  My $0.02.  I wonder why the battery pack isn't shaped like the usual 4 AAs?  That seems like a good idea sitting here.

Jim

I use rechargeable Sanyo eneloops. I didn't think anyone used Alkaline anymore!

I don't, I have rechargeables for all of mine; Still I appreciate being able to fall back to something if I somehow get sideways.  This is part of why I have battery grips for both of my smaller bodies too.

Jim

I know what you mean, it's like a safety net just incase you forget to insert the batteries the night before! (Always paranoid it's going to happen before a big shoot!).

I've never liked the idea of battery grips. I'd rather just chuck an extra battery in my bag. The 5D2 and 7D battery lp e6 last forever. I think I could get 500 + shots easily from one, maybe even 700. With 2 you could shoot a wedding. However, I guess it depends what kinda stuff you do like timelapse etc.

Number of times I've had to change the battery in one day of shooting is almost zero. Sometime all I need is 5D2, lens one battery and 32Gb memory card and I'm set for a walkabout.

I like the battery grip not only for the extra battery (which is more than twice the shots, if you halve the drain on a battery the run time increases by more than double), but for ergonomics.

An LP-E6 does last a long time though; I shot a wedding on Saturday, gripped 5D3, 4606 shots over 11 hours, one battery was still at 45% the other was at 47%.

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