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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Rebel T5
« on: February 12, 2014, 10:12:13 AM »
If this camera were listing for $199'ish (US) body only or $299-$399 kit maybe I could see the sense. Keep new people/zombies coming into the canon system, etc.  I mean a very high percentage of commited Canon ameteur folks buy in cheap & then slowly upgrade lens/body until they are fully committed (ie: "stuck with") to the Canon line. I actually bought a T3 body really cheap (maybe $150-$175?) & used it as 3rd body/loaner/etc. for a while. Not too shabby. But honestly, other than the sensor and a few slight upgrades-display, focus,etc- the T5 seems pretty much the same camera only 3 years later.  Talk about totally warmed over goods. & fyi, I don't mind total left overs in a "new" camera if the price is right-but $549? Why go with this when you can still find EOS-M bodies for under $200...

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next DSLR Will Be Entry Level [CR3]
« on: January 17, 2014, 09:02:41 PM »

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next DSLR Will Be Entry Level [CR3]
« on: January 17, 2014, 06:38:09 PM »

Is the fact that the T3 does "only" 720p while the iPhone does 1080p the reason you label the iPhone's video capabilities as "vastly superior"? If so, that's a load of rubbish. 1080p video off a cell phone is so massively compressed it's NOWHERE near as good as what you get from even an entry level DSLR. I've seen the 1080p video out of an iPhone. It's good, but it's blown away from the 720p and 1080p I get from my DSLRs (and even P&Ss). And that's in good light. Drop the light and any smartphone's video will be a mess of compression artefacts and digital noise from having such a small sensor.

The iphone has a much more capable processor inside of it,  which is why it does higher frame rates than the 100D, let alone t3.  Apple also doesn't to worry about nerfing the IQ in order to maintain product differentiation.

To sum up, iPhone has better screen, better audio, and better at handling low light noise. And I'm pretty sure that was comparing to iPhone 5.

For the record. I'm not an Apple fan at all. I have a windows phone!

HurtinMinorKey, Don't let them drive you off! More iPhone-itis quotes (either still or video quotes are just fine), please.   & please, please, PLEASE keep quoting Ken Rockwell! (ur not Ken, using another handle, r u??) 

& I thought being stuck at home on a Friday night was going to be boring....

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: December 03, 2013, 04:27:43 PM »
was anyone here really excited about this anyway? Digic 5? AF speed 21/4 times faster than what, the original M speed-original w/ updated firmware speed? I think most here would just pass on this one & wait for either another clearinghouse sale or the next level up becoming available.  & given the SL1 sales, the general public may have done the same.  I am a little surprised by their limited lens offerings on this line though

Pricewatch Deals / Re: when will 5D3 go on rebate again?
« on: September 11, 2013, 01:12:13 PM »
Unless you want AF improvement, why not staying with the 5D2 and upgrade to 5D4 when it release?
+1.  I'd love a 5D3 but I use the 5D2 mostly for landscape work w/ some portrait & macro work.  For this work, the 5D2 is 90-95% as good as the 5D3.  So I'm staying w/ the 5D2 until the 5D4 comes out.  (Then maybe I'll pick up the 5D3 if the refurb price finally drops to 1500-1800).

This is actually tempting but for 2 things.  1.) I have CS2.  Once Lightroom became more functional, its pretty much the only Adobe photo product I use so I didn't upgrade.   I'm probably the only person out here on CS2 but still, no deal for me!   & 2.) Adobe will carry this only until they have the base they need/want and then they'll either bump the price or degrade the access to the point that no one will want it.   So $10/month really isn't bad (said the spider to the fly) but..... 

I would put one change on Neuro's turn of phrase:  Teach a person to fish, you lose an income stream. I truly believe that Adobe no longer sees us as customers, simply lemmings to be herding, manipulated, etc.

EOS Bodies / Re: Advice - worth the jump 550d to 70d?
« on: September 03, 2013, 03:41:21 PM »
PS:  for what it's worth, here is one of the early reviews out on the 70D.

As an fyi, I've personally grown a little cool on Gordon's reviews since he got on a mirrorless kick a couple years ago. I don't think I'm the only one.  This review has a little bit of a feeling like a fob to the tradionalist DSLR crowd to reestablish some of his cred.  Probably me just reading too much into it but even so.  Regardless though, it is nice to get some additional info on the camera. 

Update:  Digital Rev has their youtube channel review of the 70D uploaded

EOS Bodies / Re: Advice - worth the jump 550d to 70d?
« on: September 03, 2013, 06:16:28 AM »

My real expectation of upgrading from a 550d to a 70d is:-

  Significant improvements (for me):-

          Low light capability for the concerts and indoor or other low-light shots.  Seems to me there should be a noticeable improvement?
          AF performance and flexibility, especially for the birds in flight and low light situations.  I’m thinking this should be the real deal clincher? 

I guess there are other things, I do very occasionally video things so the new Live View AF looks like a big jump and of course the touch / vari-angle screen will be a genuine step forwards.

What I’m really after though is opinion on whether the two areas that I point out (AF and low light capability) are genuinely things that I will see a genuine improvement in.  I don’t plan to buy just yet, I will let the price run down first but I’m curious to see if my expectations are roughly in line with reality 


Fyi, I shoot with the 7D (folks keep saying the 70D has the 7D af array) as a back up & I've rented the 6D.  My opinion is that w/ the cameras you've mentioned, you can have one but not both of your key specs. 

      The 6D is incredibly good at focusing in low light. I was incredibly impressed with the camera when I shot in low natural light w/ a prime.  But it's focusing ability is not one I would want in a sports camera.  I don't think you'll feel that there was a great improvement in that area, certainly not 3-4 years worth. 

      I haven't shot with the 70D but most folks keep talking about it's af array being similar/the same as the 7D. If thats the case, it will be huge improvement over your T2i for sports photography.  Once you're used to it, you'll wonder how you ever got a good shot with your rebel.  But as far as low light goes, I had hoped the 70D would have the same capability as the 6D.  I was prepared to buy a 70D when it came out because of this.  Unfortunately, the -3ev sensitive cross center focus point was not given to the 70D (I decided to just stick w/ my 7D partly because of this).  And because of the lack of -3ev focus point, my reading of the spec sheet & experience with the 7D-I don't think you'll see a big improvement in the 70D for your concert/low light shooting. At least not enough to upgrade for. Although, to be honest, I may have been so spoiled by the 6D that even "good" low light focusing now seems just ok.   Anyway, once the reviews come out we'll know a good bit more.

You're smart to wait a while, read the various reviews & watch the price drop a little.  But unfortunately I just don't see one mid-level camera suiting both your main needs perfectly. Regardless, good luck w/ your selection & kudos on your glass selection.  I think you've really managed to squeeze the very best out of your T2i.

Lenses / Re: Big price Drop On the EF-S 17-55 f2.8 IS USM
« on: September 03, 2013, 12:05:22 AM »
the price has even dropped on canon's refurbished store... its 703.99 now!  the 10-22mm has suffered as well!  519.99!  :/  I guess Canon IS coming out with a huge lens announcement this month.  Shoot... Kinda scared but hope it's revolutionary!  haha

Thanks for the heads up on the 10-22, I hadn't noticed.  If it also gets the 20-30% off at the holiday's, I may pick one up.  I sold my copy when I moved to mainly full frame shooting & have regretted not having it for my back up & fun cameras.

& yes, I agree w/ you that it makes you a little curious about what the upcoming announcements (over the next 6 months or so) will bring. 

Lenses / Re: Big price Drop On the EF-S 17-55 f2.8 IS USM
« on: September 02, 2013, 11:21:05 PM »
It was seriously overpriced before.  IMO, it still is.  I sold mine (at the first signs of the internal dust some have noted) a few weeks after buying it.  Personally, if I was getting a cropped sensor lens I'd rather give the new Sigma f/1.8 zoom a try even w/ its much smaller range.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Refurbished 6D now at Canon Direct, $1599
« on: September 01, 2013, 04:30:12 PM »
I called the Canon Loyalty Program number to try to purchase a 6D but didn't get even get that far because the representative said the program is only trading broken Powershots for discounts on refurbished Powershots and explicitly said it is NOT for discounts on refurbished DSLRs.
That doesn't seem to jive with the internet claims I've seen for years (even on this site) and even one I saw a couple weeks ago of using the CLP to even get a discount on a refurb 5DIII.

I could understand if the refurb 6D isn't available through the program but I didn't even get far enough to even ask about it because he said the program is not what everyone says it is. Something seems pretty sketchy about that.

Did I just get a bad customer service rep? Has the program changed? Is there just a secret way to ask for the discount that I'm apparently not doing?

Any assurance that the CLP isn't just an elaborate internet joke played on noobs would be helpful.

No, its not a hoax.  You used be able to get ahold of casual lists of the units available thru CLP w/ prices.  The 7D & 60D (not to mention rebels) have been available for some time.  Although the only CLP purchase I've made was a rebel as a gift for someone. That was about 18 months ago.   Hopefully your experience is just that representative although it may be a new (temporary?) policy change. 

To be honest, I usually just pick bodies up when their refurbs go on sale. If you time it right, they're cheaper & you don't have to mess with finding/returning a "broken" powershot.

You may want to wait a few days and call back.  If you get the same person, hang up and keep trying until you get someone different.  And don't repeat whatever the other csr told, just tell them your powershot broke & you want to see about upgrading to a DSLR & see what they say.  Please come back & let us all know how it turns out!

EOS Bodies / Re: Rebel T5i/700D or 60D
« on: August 09, 2013, 09:11:31 AM »
In my opinion, you shouldn't go for either one of those cameras. Instead, go for the new 70D or the "older" T4i. If you are willing to spend some more money, the new 70D will deliver better image quality and AF speeds, especially in live view. If you want to same some money, go with the T4i , which is EXACTLY the same as the T5i (other than the mode dial) and MUCH cheaper. Just my opinion,

Although I tend to agree with this opinion, I'm curious what you plan on shooting & what you're coming from (currently shooting with)?  I'm guessing that you're coming from a P&S or cell phone & need to learn your way around a DSLR (& processing software).  If so, you probably don't need to go with the newest gear. 

As the above author indicated, I definitely would NOT go w/ the T5i.  You can save some $$ going with the a T2i,T3i or T4i.  Especially if you don't mind refurbished.  You can also wait for a sale @ Canon USA and save quite a bit of $$$ on their refurbished cameras.

If you don't mind a somewhat larger camera & want a little more room/function to grow into (although the IQ will be very similar to the Rebel series) you can pick up a 60D for an incredible price now a days.  The 60D will also do just about everthing the rebel does a little bit better.  The viewfinder is sharper, it will focus faster, shoot faster, shoot @1/8000, flash speed is 1/250, etc., etc.  And if you are new to DSLR's, I really would not recommend the 70D over the 60D for now.  Although the 70D will be current with many more bells & whistles, it will cost twice as much or more (depending on what deal you can get on the 60D).  & the reviews on the 70D aren't out yet so it's uncertain how much improvement in IQ there will actually be.  The 70D will certainly be a better camera but if you are just learning, & there isn't a significant IQ improvement, do you really need to pay the premium that's charged for brand new models? You can save some serious $$ if you wait 6-12 months b4 buying one of the newly released cameras.  You'll also have a much better idea about what you want & need.   

And fyi:  If you don't mind waiting a few more months, there are usually some incredible deals on Black Friday.  Both the T4i & 60D have been replaced so you should be able to choose between a number of bargains. 

Why save some bucs on your camera body? The reason I'm suggesting that you try to save a few bucs on your camera body purchase is so you can set the savings aside for additional equipment.  Because, after a few months, you are going to want at least 2 things.  An upgraded lens or two & a speedlight.  Depending on what you plan on shooting, you'll be fine with the kit lens/etc for a while.  But once you know your way around the camera & various shooting situations, the best way to improve your photo IQ will be pick up a better lens & a good flash. 

Anyway if you're fully familiar w/ DSLR's, perhaps just not the Canon models, just ignore most of the above & overlook it as a soapbox rant. But if not, then regardless of what you end up picking:  Good luck, have fun & welcome to the DSLR addiction crowd!

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR2]
« on: August 06, 2013, 07:38:54 PM »
Wow this thread has become un-interesting.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Canon 44.7MP DSLR at the End of August? [CR1]
« on: July 26, 2013, 11:13:17 PM »
Lots of patience required for all these goodies to trickle down to my price range   :'(


Pricewatch Deals / Re: Dodge & Burn Discount for Canon Rumors Readers
« on: July 23, 2013, 02:34:30 PM »
Ummm, what??

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