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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 12, 2014, 09:48:49 AM »
  I just broke in my new Pentax K-3. I was VERY impressed. Now with the new 7D II on the horizon?  Wow, can't wait to get my hands on that camera. Improvements in sensor technology is amazing.

  For birding these crop sensors rock!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: June 01, 2014, 10:05:59 PM »
You know I have been curious for a long time. And I am fixing to start experimenting.
I just ordered the Pentax K-3 to see if it is going to satisfy my needs. For birding.
I have the 7D and I really like the crop factor.  I put the brakes on at about ISO 800, with the 7D.
The K-3 is going to give me about the same ISO as the Canon Mark IV. around 1200-1300 ISO, with a 1.5 crop.

Not sure yet if it is going to work out, We will see? But the new Sony sensors are much better than they were a few years ago. And the cheap crop sensor cameras are everywhere now. And getting pretty good reviews.

So I will be shooting with the Sigma 500mm prime and Sigma 300mm F/2.8 prime with the Pentax K-3 with in body IS? I'm looking forward to seeing just how far I can push it, and how it stacks up against the 7D and mark IV, and the new Canon tele lenses? 

After dealing with Pentax in the past. My hopes are not too high. But I have to test it.

I am a die hard crop guy.. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: June 01, 2014, 08:51:25 AM »
As camera phones improve these high end APS-C systems will eventually disappear.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX camera
« on: May 12, 2014, 08:40:10 PM »
I'm not a big Arthur Morris fan. But i do watch the sales and blogs on his site. He bought two when they came out and sold both because of the mirror problem. Both stopped AF. I think he bought two more for a new trip he had planned.
They are probably fixed by now. I think I read both had 22-25K on the body's when they failed.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: April 27, 2014, 07:20:55 AM »
  I just came in from a two month trip. In the jungle of Thailand, Hala-bala. I only have the 1D mark IV and the 7D. I love the 1D series camera. But, after some frustrating long shots with the ID-IV + 1.4 T.C. I finally put the 7D and 1.4 on my 500 mm lens. Honestly, I loved the results. So much so when in that situation I always put the 7D on the lens. Long shots AF was fine. Depth of field was pretty deep and I never missed a shot. With the mark IV I was not happy at all. The 7D saved the day.

  Also shot some close shots with the 7D and mark IV. I much preferred the ID camera.

This is with the 7D + 1.4, after a frustrating time with the mark IV.

  I have many many shots with the 7D and Mark IV. More with the IV for sure. It is a piece of heaven for me. But  the 7D is still in my bag.  I personally could care less about the tests and the technical details. I can say,  for me it made a big difference.

EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR and PowerShots in May [CR2]
« on: April 02, 2014, 07:31:54 AM »
Who wants to bet that come may 1st, we'll get a CR2 about new cameras in June?

I'm off to shoot the sunrise with my 5 year old camera body, then blow my canon budget on a road bike. Have fun!

Lol, same here. Have fun.

If under the 20K range I want one. I started saving 5 Yeats ago for this lens. I tried the 800L and did not like it. Nikon looks sweet also. Wait and see now.

EOS Bodies / Re: $1200 1DX discounts on eBay... Anyone bought one?
« on: March 03, 2014, 07:45:04 PM »
When I lived in Thailand (2004-2006) high end electronics were way more expensive there than in the USA. Has it really changed that much?

No, everyday consumer electronics are more expensive. I wait until I am in America to buy pretty much anything else. But, Canon is not moving the cameras here at all. It is stale and they are cutting prices here to help sales. So only the 5DIII and 1Dx are being heavily discounted.  Although I don't want either camera they are for the taking if I wanted one for that price.    This is where I buy my gear here. The Canon prices are shown on there web site. 

EOS Bodies / Re: $1200 1DX discounts on eBay... Anyone bought one?
« on: March 02, 2014, 02:01:40 AM »
 I can buy a 1Dx every day here in Thailand for 5600 and that includes VAT. Which is refunded when i leave. So another 6% on top of that. Also the 5dIII is 26-2700 dollars. Everyday. So the price is valid. Grey market for you guys in the states. Those are Canon prices. Not sales. And not because of the exchange rate either.

After living here for a while I would have no problem buying this kind of item. I buy here all the time. New 1D mark IV after Vat refund. 3600 dollars.   :)

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 16, 2014, 10:22:03 PM »
  That is the first small camera I would love to have. But, I stopped buying Canon products about a year ago now. IMO, they are forgetting the crop sensor crowd. Been waiting for the 7D II for two years now.
  I personally am buying the Pentax K-3 and shelving my Canon gear in two months.  They either get something out for us crop sensor fans. Or I will sell my Canon gear.
  And I love my Canon lenses, but am tired of waiting.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in Q2? [CR1]
« on: February 01, 2014, 10:47:15 AM »
I would love to see it materialize.  But, this is getting kinda silly.
Seems like once every two or three weeks this get's thrown out... LOL

EOS Bodies / Re: Where are Canons innovation?
« on: January 09, 2014, 07:16:20 PM »
And, if you are not interested in the camera technology, why are you even at this site? A rumor site!!
For the rumors about the lenses (duh!).
I would be willing to bet that a lot (most?) of the people on this site have more invested in lenses than in camera bodies....

Yep, and the best in the world for what I like... Can't wait to see this years offerings.

EOS Bodies / Re: A 2014 Roadmap Part 1: The 7D Mark II is Coming [CR2]
« on: December 19, 2013, 10:36:58 PM »
At this point! I will believe it when I see it.
This roller coaster ride has ended for me.

EOS Bodies / Re: Thinking Out Loud: EOS 7D Mark II Thoughts
« on: December 16, 2013, 01:08:34 AM »
I have a Sigma 500mm F/4.5 lens and a Sigma 300mm F/2.8 prime in Pentax mount.
Also have the Canon 500mm lens and Canon 300 mm F/2.8 prime.

I am serious thinking about having the Sigma gear shipped to me and picking up a K-3. I presently only shoot with Canon since the K-5.

As I get older I am looking for a light weight and small rig for birding. Also I am a big crop sensor fan. DXo shows the ISO rating at 1250 for the K-3 and 1350 for the Canon IV. And I find that my limit on the IV for general birding. But the 7D is way outdated IMO.

If the K-3 has the AF? The reason I ditched Pentax originally. I will start using it again. The size of the primes suit me. Easier for me to hand hold and easy to handle.

Before I would seriously considering using it. I will have to shoot with it for at least 6 months. It takes me that long to really get the hang of a lens camera combo. Then if good I would start buying the new Sigma Art lenses.

Really what I think is going to happen is. Sigma is going to update there big lenses and make them sharper with IS. We are already seeing the smaller lenses really coming of age.

But honestly Pentax is not a threat to Canon in any way what so ever. And IMO never will be. As a birder, I am probably the least important person Canon thinks about for there Camera gear. If I drift away it would be like loosing a drop of water in Lake Michigan.. LOL

Nice to have a choice though. I'm looking forward to playing with it.

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 300-600 f/5.6 w/1.4x TC
« on: December 14, 2013, 08:31:09 PM »
Good points. 

 Looking at the MTF charts for my two Canon lenses it follows what you say to a tee.  I have to agree also with what I have found with my two lenses.
The bare lens is reet. Beautiful flat field wide open. Stopped down with a 1.4 T.C = a flat field, and a sharp enough image. For me the 2.0x is a no fly zone.

My two Canon lenses perform so good with out a t.c. I don't worry about my settings other than correct exposure. All the pressure is off. And I just enjoy the hobby.

Great thread.

Just to demonstrate how a 600mm f/4 with a 2x TC can and does produce stellar IQ. Here is Art Morris discussing his IQ with the 1200mm combo:

Half way down, under the section "The Power of Twelve Hundred Millimeters":

Quote from: Art Morris
"To create the relatively large-in-the-frame vertical image above I went with the 600II/2X III combo. Though many state openly that it is not possible to create critically sharp images with a 2X teleconverter I do just that consistently. "

By "I do just that consistently", he means he creates "critically sharp images" with a 2x TC on a consistent basis. His work truly demonstrates that fact. It is ALWAYS "critically sharp", as he would never accept anything less. For many people, they simply cannot accept that fact, and will only use lenses without teleconverters, at any cost. That is certainly an OK personal choice, I understand the desire for maximizing IQ. Real world results speak for themselves, though...and a good lens with a 2x TC IS indeed capable of producing critical sharpness.

Yep, he does it consistently. A nice guy also.
Still a no go zone for me though. At this point anyway.
I'm bowing out. Heading out for some photography in the sticks...

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