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Lenses / Re: Shootout: EF 16-35 f/4L IS vs EF 17-40 f/4L
« on: September 27, 2014, 08:53:25 PM »
Very nicely done!  I appreciate the detailed comparisons at various focal lengths and f-stops.  I have been contemplating buying a 16-35 f/4 and this review helped make my decision to do it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 03:36:02 PM »
Best camera system available.  Terrific glass and camera ergonomics.  Everything just works and integrates extremely well. 

Lenses / Re: Inexpensive standard walk around lens question
« on: September 25, 2014, 03:50:21 PM »
EF 35mm f/2 IS is a terrific walk-around on my 6D.  I purchased this Canon 35mm instead of the Sigma Art  due to its compact size as I was looking for a relatively small lens that I could use in place of my relatively large 24-70 2.8 II.  35mm is a nice general purpose focal length.

I bought my as a refurb for $479 and its an excellent copy.  I'm a big fan of Canon refurbs.

Mirrorless has it own special - small, light weight easy to carry around on certain lenses.

I would switch to mirrorless if my kids weren't in sports. For landscape and everyday photos, current mirrorless is good enough for me.

Dylan, what lenses do you use on your mirrorless body (Sony A7r I believe)?  Do you use a Metabones adapter?

Lenses / Re: Inexpensive standard walk around lens question
« on: September 24, 2014, 03:00:51 PM »
People that want to rob your camera are likely cannot tell if it is a 5Dc or 5DIII. All they know is a BIG ( read it as expensive) camera. May be you should stay away from the area that is not safe. Your EOS-M should serve you well. It is small and cheap.

+1  The EOS-M looks (and is priced like) an inexpensive P&S, so most thieves would probably not look at it twice.  The M and 22/2 lens make a terrific general purpose option with very good to excellent IQ.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 21, 2014, 07:40:51 AM »
I occasionally use wifi but have never used GPS.  As long as I can turn them off to save battery life, I don't care if they are there or not.

Lenses / Re: Lenses that you want Canon to release next
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:55:51 AM »
I would add a 400L 5.6 prime with IS to my wish list, which I would buy over a new 100-400L II if it was two out of {lighter/sharper/cheaper} than the zoom.

+1 A 400 f/5.6 IS would be next on my wish list if available.  If not, I may buy a venerable but excellent 400 f/5.6 anyway.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M The positive experience
« on: September 18, 2014, 06:57:37 AM »
Try a Sony A6000 and see if the positive experiences you had are still that positiv.
I normaly don´t buy a camera to drop it. :)
Even engineering plastic is pretty good today.

But a slower AF, a way worse sensor than the Sony Exmor?
The EOS-M was already outdated on release day.

The EOS-M has nothing except AF for EF lenses and price that speaks for it.

Don´t fool yourself. The only reason to buy the EOS-M is when you have EF glass.

The topic is the EOS M's durability and high build quality.  Do you have comments along those lines?

Sure, you can buy newer mirrorless bodies that cost more with better capabilities, but the M is pretty terrific little camera IMHO.  I have an EOS adapter for mine, but almost never use it.  The native M lenses are terrific.  So, owning EF glass was not the only reason I bought the M, and I am very satisfied with the purchase.

I look at it a different way.  Competition is good for the consumer.  If companies are nipping at your heels, then you are going to be forced to up your game.

So, I try (and sometimes fail) to avoid bashing camera companies.

Agreed, competition is really the only thing that forces companies to come out with improved products over time.

Personally, I think the 7D2 looks like a terrific budget sport/action/wildlife body.  I doubt I'll buy one as most of my photography is portrait, studio and landscape, so the 6D is fine for my needs.

Lenses / Re: Input on building a prime lens kit
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:56:50 PM »
As a general rule, is it a good idea to skip alternate lenses in a line up when planning and building a prime kit?

For example

24 - skip 35 - 50 - skip 85 - 100
35 - skip 50 - 85 - skip 100 - 135

And then only if you find that you really need one of the skipped primes, go back and fill it in?

That's what I am doing now that I am re-building my prime kit.  I *think* it is a good strategy.

FWIW, this is my strategy. 14/35/85/135. Although I may go back in an get a 100mm for its macro ability.

+1  I currently own 14/35/85/135 with a 100L Macro thrown in for good measure.  The combination works well and provides good coverage.  My 35mm f/2 IS is generally my walk around lens and I combine it with the 85 or 135 depending on how much reach I think I'll need. 

Lenses / Re: What telephotos do we own?
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:47:15 PM »
I currently don't own any lenses longer than my 70-200 2.8 II plus extenders and that is generally OK.  However, I do occasionally want something longer with better IQ than is possible with a 2xIII.  I'm thinking about adding a 400 f/5.6 in the near term and saving up for a 300 2.8 II longer term. 

I have a self imposed annual budget for photography equipment and it will take me a few years to save up for a 300 2.8 II!  I had the pleasure of renting one for a weekend a few months ago and its an incredible lens!

Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: September 12, 2014, 09:45:51 PM »
I do not plan to buy any of these lenses.  The Otus 85mm interest me, but only to see if it sets a new quality benchmark, its way out of my budget. 

I'm still hoping and saving for the long rumored 100-400 mkII or a new 50 or 85 IS.

Lenses / Re: The New EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: September 11, 2014, 01:05:43 PM »
I suppose this lens will fill a niche as an inexpensive "starter" FF general purpose zoom.  For a still shooter, a gray market 24-105L is probably still the better option for just a little more $$.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 12:12:26 PM »
I don't shoot much sports or action so I won't be buying this body.  I'll be more interested in future FF bodies, like the 5D Mk4 or 6D Mk2.

But, it is well spec'd.  The AF system should be very 1Dx-like at a reasonable price.  Looks like a great camera for an action shooter on a budget.

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