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Anyone seen or heard an EU or UK price?
No price is given in the Canon EU press release.

Euros for dollars?
Pounds for dollars?

2K in UK,

http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-canon-ef-100-400mm-f4-5-5-6-l-is-ii-usm-lens/p1563296

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Landscape / Re: Railway odds and ends...
« on: November 05, 2014, 08:43:13 AM »
It'll buff out....

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5D mk3 wasn't available from Amazon UK for a long time after launch as well.

Am I just being daft or is the 7D mk2 not on Amazon UK?

I've looked several times and you are right, not even a third party offering grey market goods. Other preannounced Canon products are available for pre order, but not the 7D2.

I've had emails offering preorder from Calumet, Wex, etc

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Yet another thing that makes me scratch my head on how some people get / keep jobs.

First and Foremost - Again my biggest gripe with reviews - Understanding the target audience - who is the camera designed / aimed for and does it meet those needs.

To me at least, the 7D MK II is aimed at sports photographers and wildlife - this means a little reach (crop) decent ISO (It is APS-C), Sick Autofocus

1)  Her first gripe is the AF Mode lever on the back - WHAT??? I used Expanded AF Area a lot as well, but am constantly switching zones and modes when shooting sports.  It is about control and sometimes I want the focus on a subject in a specific area and am creatively using DOF to the picture.   I cannot understand how a sports photographer does not want more control, especially in a sport like football where a player may break in front of you and take away the focus you want.

To me at least, this lever is a GOD SEND and in a place that will not bother me.  If Anything, I think the placement is genius.

2)  Her major gripe - no Audio tagging of images.  How many cameras do this?  1Dx, D3?  A nice feature but seriously

3)  Love the Duplicity - Crop sensor a plus for reach - crop sensor a negative for image feel.  Who is the target audience?  Seriously.  People by crop sensors (at least my opinion) for a price break, both in the sensors appear cheaper and they gain more reaches with their lenses.  Comparing the 7D to the 1Dx again... I would take the 1Dx in a heartbeat.

4)  Lack of analysis on the AF.  Then again, not surprised given she only shoots in one mode and does not switch.  The 7D MK II seems to be up their with the 1Dx in terms of AF features and capabilities.  The fact that limited tracking analysis was done as well as little digging into the modes immediately shows her naivety.

And seriously.  If you time some of the holiday sales right, you could wind up with a Sigma 150-600 and a 7D MK II for the price a little more than a 5D MKIII

That is in essence a 240-960 with Crazy AF performance.

One thing I would be interested in is if Sigma will be upgrading their TeleConverters as well.  A 1.4X or 2X with this combo will likely be MF only, but that is then a 480 - 1920mm

To try and compare the 7D MK II to a 1Dx is folly. 

Then again, if you want to bring dollars into the equation and spend $7500 of lenses and bodies, which will give you more?

She's got her job because she's a good photographer.  She's not a reviewer in the way that the DP Review folks are.  The article isn't touted as a review, it's just a working pro's opinion.  Nothing more.  No doubt there'll be a full review some time soon.  The comparison to a 1DX is valid to a lot of us because we can't justify that outlay and are interested in how it stacks up in a pro's hands.

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Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 21, 2014, 04:51:07 PM »
What photograph would you most like to be able to see printed and mounted on your wall? Now go and make that photograph.

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Canon General / Re: Servicing Canon Bodies?
« on: July 10, 2014, 04:44:15 PM »
These guys, based in Stoke-on-Trent have always seemed decent,

http://www.hlehmann.co.uk/

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Wouldn't it just have been easier to agree not to sell patents to trolls?

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Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 06, 2014, 07:31:57 PM »
70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

It was ace then.  It's still ace now!

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I'd hoped this would be a replacement for Flickr, which has just enforced a stupid policy of requiring a Yahoo account for logins.  Seems it's not to be, so back to my plan B, register a domain, build my own website based on some open source gallery software....  Just need to pick which one?

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Stormtrooper edition available next month?

May the 4th be with you....  ;D

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As well as being a good answer technically, it's also a well presented answer.  I do like his style of explaining things in a clear and concise manner.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Fail to contact support Reikan (Focal)
« on: March 08, 2014, 05:54:03 PM »
You do realise that the "Support Team" is one person??  In fact, Reikan is only one person...

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Software & Accessories / Re: Fail to contact support Reikan (Focal)
« on: March 08, 2014, 03:20:08 PM »
If you have a look on their website, there's a link to their twitter feed where they say that there has been an issue with the contact form, but now fixed.

http://www.reikan.co.uk/focalweb/

I think they did a website upgrade a week or so ago, so probably related to that. I've had nothing but good support from them having been a very early adopter of the software.  It's a shame they're still hamstrung by Canon's lack of a proper API toolkit for the 5D 3.

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Lenses / Re: Where do you sell used lenses
« on: February 10, 2014, 06:28:54 PM »
I sell high end kit on Amazon Marketplace.  Sometimes it can take a while to get a buyer, but I've got good prices in the past where I didn't want to risk a sale at a too low price on eBay.  I realise you can set reserves, but that doesn't seem to work for me.

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Sports / Re: track and field photography
« on: February 04, 2014, 04:30:44 PM »
I do pretty much as Northstar, except I start at 1/1000 and compromise that if the ISO is going too high.  Less than 1/640 and you tend to get motion blur.  What strikes me most in the first pic on the thread is that you're in the wrong shooting position.  There are way too many people in shot taking focus away from the subjects.  Reducing the depth of field to blur out the background would help, but personally I'd start by standing somewhere else.

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