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Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 300-600 f/5.6 w/1.4x TC
« on: December 06, 2013, 08:35:32 PM »
I wonder if Canon would decide to not develop an 800mm f/5.6 IS II and instead just release a 600 f/4 IS with 1.4TC instead??  Already the 600II with external 1.4 TC has equal IQ and AF to the 800 IS I.  So a built in TC that could be even better optically paired to the lens may make a 800 II a useless proposition.

Not sure about that one. But I bet they would sell a lot more of the 600 + 1.4 T.C..   I would love that lens. Here is hoping the stock market holds and someone else is not chewing my food for me before it is avaliable..  :P


Lenses / Re: Handheld vs. tripod with the Great Whites
« on: November 22, 2013, 02:25:01 AM »
According to a majority of white lens owners here in Japan, you apparently cannot be recognized past amateur level unless you use a giant tripod, from "big white" to a 70-300 with IS, even if what you're shooting absolutely doesn't need any such support, but you're willing to lug around an F/2.8 zoom all day but shoot at F/16 only... err....
Seriously it's insane, was just at a nice place for autumn leaves viewing and I lost count past 50 of people with the 70-200 series of lenses, mostly 70-200LII too, and few of them are any sort of pro, just part of a photo group/club. It was interesting to see that a majority of users are Canon here, and more Olympus/Panasonic mFT users than even Nikon.

I run into Japanese tourists and retires here in Thailand all the time. They all tell me about Canon and how famous the 300 mm f2.8 lens and others are. And allot use tripods also.. strange.

Got to talking to one guy that was a real camera buff. He was shooting on a nice tripod using a Panasonic and an older 500mm f/4.5. Manual focus with focus peeking. And was getting some beautiful photos. I was amazed. Allot the Japanese guys here really get into it. Having special machined parts made for there lens and cameras.
I felt kinda out of place.

They also tell me Canon provides free services to it's customers there. Free yearly cleaning and adjustments.  Is one thing he mentioned.

Believe it when I see it. Along with the 7DII.

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: November 21, 2013, 09:14:46 PM »
So high megapixel?  For Canon that means what?  24MP  Might be pushing it... Prob closer to 23.8MP

From past rumors about Canon high-mp cameras in testing, probably 40mp+.

If full frame. Would that be a good camera for birding?

The Canon 1Dx and 5D III have been on sale here in Thailand for many months. I asked the Canon dealer here and he said it was Canon that was setting the prices not them.
5D III = 26-2700 dollars
1Dx   = 58-5900 dollars

That is before a VAT refund of 7%. So if I bought it and came back to the USA. I would get an additional 7% savings.
I personally think it is because they are not selling over here! So Canon is marking them down to try to get people to buy them. Strange even at those prices I still do not want one. Just stick to my old camera.

I went threw this same issue with the Pentax K-5. It was very stressful.  And the reason I moved to Canon!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Teaser
« on: November 08, 2013, 07:08:29 PM »
People are studying what appears to be a CG marketing image way too closely.

Who here thinks they really placed a cloth across the new body and photographed it to make this image? Raise  your hands...
I think that is a handkerchief to cry into when we find out that the 7D2 will not be released until 2015


This is really a great thread. I am verrrry hard on my camera body's. After reading this the 1Dx is definitely not going to be in my bag. I get tremors just reading this thread.

Well then, I hope you never do a Google search for "<your make/model of car> problems" or you'll be walking everywhere you need to go.   ;)

The issue being discussed here doesn't seem to be about how hard/easy one is on the camera, but rather certain units with a problem, much like the clicking batch of 24-70 II lenses.  In my case, my 24-70 zooms silently and my 1D X sensor is oil-free.

I know Nuro, and agree somewhat.  I also watch the hard core birding sites and some there are having the same problem. AF is number one for me, along with durability at this point. When I go on a shoot I always shoot hundreds if not a thousand or more shots in a few hours. Also I live and photograph in a very unfriendly harsh environment. 
Pouring over these type of threads has really paid off for me. No more product testing for me. I am at least a second generation camera buyer.

It may or may not affect me (if I bought). But, it is an issue that would stop me in my tracks. And I cannot afford two, one as a backup. At this point I am happy with my 1D mark IV, I cannot say enough good about it. An amazing camera for my birding photography hobby.

Cheers, Gary


This is really a great thread. I am verrrry hard on my camera body's. After reading this the 1Dx is definitely not going to be in my bag. I get tremors just reading this thread.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: October 28, 2013, 07:02:21 AM »
I will pass at this point. To little to late. I moved on.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Pentax K-3
« on: October 11, 2013, 06:01:53 AM »
I have the Sigma 500 f4.5 and the Sigma 300mm F2.8 prime. Been waiting for this moment. I hope AF is good. I am in dreamland now... :)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: October 09, 2013, 11:09:56 PM »
   Canon has backed itself in a corner.  Canon does not have the sensor technology now to offer an update IMO.
Time to move on. I am selling the 7D. I put the brakes on buying new Canon equipment when they failed to deliver a good crop camera for me. Now 1 year since I stopped buying Canon gear.

Fortunately I have some good lenses for Pentax. With the new K-3. If AF is fairly accurate I am moving on.

If and when a new enthusiast Canon crop camera materializes. Then I will think about it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Bad News Closing out 2013? [CR2]
« on: September 20, 2013, 10:12:52 PM »
About right. The 7DII is strictly " dust in the wind " never happen at this point.

True. Imagine everybody's surprise if, instead of introducing a 7D2, Canon introduces a high-end EOS-M model to replace the 7D.

LOL I can see my 500 on the front of a M now.... 

EOS Bodies / Re: Bad News Closing out 2013? [CR2]
« on: September 20, 2013, 09:43:19 PM »
About right. The 7DII is strickly " dust in the wind " never happen at this point.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumored Sigma Lenses Coming in the Next Year
« on: September 09, 2013, 09:48:20 PM »
If this happens. Wow, .. Having lenses I can change the mount on is a dream lens.

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