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Canon General / Re: What Canon stuff did you get for Christmas
« on: December 26, 2014, 01:32:24 PM »
No Canon stuff bought for Christmas but sold one of my 7Dc. Plan to replace it in the next two weeks with a 7D2. Hoped to see some sort of a slight holiday deal on it by then or will go for the regular price.

Would like 7D2 before the end of Jan.

Lenses / Re: Impressions from the EF 16-35mm f4 L IS USM
« on: December 22, 2014, 04:32:11 PM »
Anyone who considers himself (/herself) a photographer, should only buy 2.8 or faster. You can easily spot the amateurs carrying the F4s around.

Agree. But between the higher cost and carrying around all that extra weight I don't know if I would purchase the Canon 600mm f/2.8L IS L or just stick with the f/4 version and look like an amateur. Oh but ...  ;D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 08, 2014, 02:33:57 PM »
Regardless, so you know someone who bought a bunch of Nikon gear?  A colleague of mine recently bought a 5DIII and four L-series lenses, over $10,000 if gear.  So what?   Both are completely anecdotal and as irrelevant as this thread you've posted...twice.  ::)
Over two years ago my wife bought me what she called a "Landscape Kit" for one of those x0 birthdays. 5D3 w/ the 24-105 kit lens, the 24 TSE and the 17-40 zoom. What does that prove? Just that for a reason, some people can spend a bit on new camera equipment if they see a reason to do so. As Neuro said "completely anecdotal and as irrelevant..." to this thread.

Lenses / Re: Preorder: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 11, 2014, 04:47:31 PM »
Frankly, I never understood the attraction of ordering a product before it is reviewed. Is being the "first kid on the block" one of the motivations?

Look at the nuts that stand outside the Apple stores overnight to be the first one in their group to have the newest iPhone.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7d mark II as reviewed by Artie Morris
« on: October 21, 2014, 05:00:00 PM »
and to aquire his skills ;)

The only thing that differentiates Art Morris from a million other photographers is opportunity - he has access (by his own admission) yo lots of tame birds, and the time to exploit them.

I live in Florida just like Artie but on the East (Space Coast) coast and shoot a lot at Viera and MINWR. Unlike Artie who lives in the center of the state and goes over to the West coast for a lot of his local shooting. And therefore have access to the same tame birds that he does. But my work does not look like his  :(

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Shipping October 30, 2014
« on: October 18, 2014, 11:30:18 AM »
Hope we all get our cameras on time but if b&h has them in store Oct 30th im on the fastest train too midtown
Don't forget the extra $150 or so for NY state, NYC and the MTA sales taxes  :(

The Space Coast of Florida with it's wonderful birds and some other wildlife. But if you want a landscape it has to be a sunrise or sunset over some water.

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 03, 2014, 09:08:53 AM »
My 50D and the 28-135 kit lens that came with it.

Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 22, 2014, 02:54:41 PM »
you slowly start buying gear and one day your gear is more expensive than your first car.

…and then one day, you buy a single lens that is more expsnsive than your first car.   ;)

My 5D III cost the same (number of dollars) as my first car. The camera $3500, the new 1964 Pontiac GTO convert. w/ 4 speed, tri-power, posi rear axle, power steering & brakes and lots of small add-on things was around $3475.

Just thinking what the 500 f/4L at about $6200 would have bought back then.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: When can we drop 'D' for 'Digital'
« on: March 24, 2014, 08:29:07 AM »
In fact, if you want to really pick nits, consider that an SLR stands for Single Lens Reflex.  The fact that it is a Single Lens camera must mean that it should be set apart from what?  Multi Lens cameras?  I'm guessing yes, since there were cameras made way back that did indeed have multiple lenses, esp movie cameras.  So the Single Lens part has been somewhat redundant for even longer, correct?

There were TLRs, Twin Lens Reflexes, like many of the Rolleiflex and Yashicamat cameras.

Lenses / Re: Is There a Definitive "Best" Landscape Lens for Crop?
« on: January 31, 2014, 02:45:46 PM »
Another vote for the 15-85.

It will give you the "less distortion than an ultra-wide" that many prefer, after all is a 24mm equivalent at 15mm. If you shoot panos, zooming to the 35-50mm range will give you the 55-80mm look that gives a cleaner merge than wide angle lenses usually do. And it's a good  walkaround lens.

I was out shooting with a friend (landscape & bird pro) last week and he is very close to adding the a7R  "and a couple of lenses" to his 5D3, 24mm TSE, 40mm TSE, 17-40+ landscape kit. Will keep all the Canon lenses & bodies he has.

Lenses / Re: 500 F4 II Lens Hood
« on: January 29, 2014, 09:13:00 AM »
That reminds me of when camera weight was quoted without the battery or CF card.  ???  Can't do much without a battery and CF card.

Lenses / Re: Canon 17-40mm & ND filter
« on: January 16, 2014, 03:19:40 PM »
I was wondering if anyone out there is using a Canon 17-40mm lens with a high (i.e. 10 stop) ND filter. I'm thinking of building a small set of 82mm ND filters (separate, not variable - probably a 4 and a 10 stop to start with) along with step rings so I can use it on all my glass.

I guess the question is two-fold:
Is anyone using strong ND filters with this lens and do you see any vignetting on the 17mm end?
Any ramifications to using an 82mm ND filter and step ring to put it on the 77mm thread of the 17-40 lens?

TIA for any info.

FWIW this lens has a rear 'gel' filter holder so you can use tiny gel filters that cause no vignetting at all :)

Never tried it though myself  :o ;D

Had to get up and look at my 17-40 f/4L and can't find where the gel filter goes. Nothing like my 500 has for filters.

Lenses / Re: 7D user - advice on my best option for a 'go to' lens?
« on: January 16, 2014, 03:05:52 PM »
From what you say I'd think the 17-55 f/2.8 would be the way to go. It will give you more quality than your present kit lens and the f/2.8 will also be nice. It is a quality lens. My "all around lens" on my 7D is the 15-85 which works out to a 24-136 on a FF but then I shoot outdoors and want the wider view. Wanted the 50 f/1.4 but don't do any available light work so decided to save the money.

I don't think the 24-105 f/4L would give you as much for your type work. If you are thinking that you would have the FF lens if you went FF in three or four years you may find that the 5D IV, or whatever it is, comes with a new kit lens that is better than the present 24-105 at a very good price.

I've had a 24-105 for almost two years (kit with the 5D3) and have never had it in my 7Ds. They get the 15-85, the 70-200 f/4L IS and beyond. I don't think they have gotten the 10-22 either since I now use the 17-40 on the 5D3 (landscapes). Good luck with your decision.

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