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Third Party Manufacturers / Sigma 150-600 Sport - finally some in Canada
« on: February 19, 2015, 02:21:54 AM »
 :) :) :) :) :) Well, I finally got my Sigma 150-600 today!!  I was told that I probably got the first one in Canada.  Maybe that is fitting, since I ordered back in October 2014.  Now the fun begins.  I am going to start some testing of the lens, probably crude compared to what the "labs" may have done, but I have to make sure it will work for me, particularly at the longer focal lengths.

WesternGuy

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony closing down?
« on: January 15, 2015, 04:42:31 PM »
Well, Tower also announced to day that they are closing down their Canadian operation. Ouch, these shutdowns come on top of the decline in world oil.  Can you say "hell in a hand basket"?

WesternGuy

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 150-600 sports testing
« on: December 29, 2014, 02:07:58 AM »
raj, I would be very interested in the detail that you get at 600mm on your 1D X.  I have a 1D X and have the sigma 150-600 on order.  I will shoot mostly birds and other skittish wildlife with this combination which is why I am very interested in how good the fine detail is with this camera.  I am also interested in how easy this combination - 1D X and the 150-600 - is to hand hold.  Similar tests with the 5D3 (my backup camera) would also be appreciated.  Thanks.

WesternGuy

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I have one on pre-order, but no news from the camera store yet.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will come this week.  :)

WesternGuy

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 150-600mm Preorder?
« on: October 16, 2014, 02:05:52 PM »
I have one on order with the local Camera Store, but so far no word on when it will become available.  I am going to Death Valley in November, so I hope I get it before then so I can do some testing.

WesternGuy

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma at Photokina 2014
« on: October 04, 2014, 03:16:59 AM »
Thank you lintoni.  I will start bugging my local dealer around the 15th.

WesternGuy

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma at Photokina 2014
« on: October 03, 2014, 09:36:33 PM »
Anyone have any idea as to when the Sigma 150-600 Sports model will be available to the general masses?  It looks like a lens that I could make good use of and I would just love to test against my Canon 100-400L IS with a 1.4X attached to it.  I know this combo doesn't go to 600, but it goes to 560mm which should be good enough for some initial testing on image quality.

WesternGuy

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Specs and Image Leaked
« on: October 01, 2014, 02:17:09 AM »
They have arrived in my part of the world!!  I am picking up one for my wife tomorrow.  The 65X zoom range is correct.  Other details can be found on the B&H site - www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1080919-REG/canon_9543b001_powershot_sx60_hs_digital.html

They still have it on pre-order status, but if it is in my part of the world (Western Canada) then they should have it soon.

WesternGuy

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: SX60 HS replacement for the SX50 HS?
« on: March 28, 2014, 08:51:50 PM »
Don't get rid of the S3 IS just yet, it still produces fine pictures (6mp is pretty clean) and the AA batteries are a big plus. SX50 has a considerably weak battery (unless you go out and buy a back-up).

I wish i didn't give my S3 IS away 4 years ago.

Triggyman, thanks for the insight on the SX50 battery.  My wife has now decided that she will wait for the SX60 and see what it brings, so we will see.  ::)

WesternGuy

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: SX60 HS replacement for the SX50 HS?
« on: March 19, 2014, 01:14:52 PM »
I'll be keeping an eye on this.  My wife is looking for a camera that is easy to use to replace her 7-year-old Canon point and shoot (Powershot S3 IS).  I'm steering her in the direction of a SX50 HS right now so I can borrow it for shooting things beyond the 400mm reach I'm currently limited to with my 6D and 70-200 2.8 II + 2xiii extender.

Since that purchase is probably at least 6 months away, here is hoping the SX60 HS will be available then.

I am in the same boat, so to speak, which is why I asked about the SX60 HS.  Only problem is that my wife would like the replacement for her birthday which is next month, so I guess I will have to go with the SX50 HS, although the Panasonic FZ200 is a very close second.

WesternGuy

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PowerShot Cameras / SX60 HS replacement for the SX50 HS?
« on: March 17, 2014, 02:47:19 AM »
There is a rumour that Canon will introduce the SX60 HS, a replacement for the SX50 HS sometime this year.  I am just curious to know if there is any reasonable truth to this rumour?

WesternGuy

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1Dx Problem
« on: January 28, 2013, 02:33:11 PM »
FWIW, I also have that combination and have no issues with it.

WesternGuy

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Lenses / Re: New 600mm f/4L IS Mk II - availability?
« on: November 02, 2012, 02:26:58 AM »
Well guys, mine finally arrived - November 1 - what a package.  This was just short of three months to the day that I ordered it.  Now the fun begins.  For those who haven't theirs yet - persevere - the fact that I have mine in such a short time (relative to the time it took to get the 1D X) tells me that they are out there, they just seem to come in bunches.

WesternGuy

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Lenses / Re: When is the Big Glass going to be available?
« on: October 30, 2012, 09:13:22 PM »
I ordered my 600mm II two months ago and I still have no word on when they are coming to my Canadian dealer.  I would agree with the sentiment about how can they keep coming up with new lenses when they cannot keep up with the demand for some of these that were announced many months ago.  >:(

I wish there was some way we could get some response from Canon themselves, because I tried an e-mail to Canon Canada's Customer Service and was told that they don't have any information on this type of thing and that I should contact my dealer.  I tried to tell them that my dealer did not have any information and I simply got the same old "check with your dealer" response - so much for "Customer Service".  If I wasn't so "locked in" to Canon equipment, I would be looking at Nikon, but then maybe they don't deal any better with these problems - a case of better the devil you know than the one you don't  ::) .

WesternGuy

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Lenses / Re: Kenko TC and AF at F8
« on: October 19, 2012, 03:28:25 AM »
Neuro, wow - that looks great - I can hardly wait to get my 600mm II.

WesternGuy

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