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The last true Flagship camera Canon sold was the 1DSIII. 

To be considered a Flagship camera the 1DX would need 2X the pixels at the very least.

So, the 1DsIII was a Flagship because it had 2x the pixels of...what?

Flagship. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.  ::)

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Canon General / Re: 24-70Mk2 fell off my 5DMk3 and smashed
« on: March 31, 2013, 04:09:37 AM »
Please type slower. On my 24-70 II, there's a nice gap between the zoom and focus rings that I use to mount the lens. The zoom ring feels like...a zoom ring, it's obviously not the bare lens barrel. When I grab a lens to mount/unmount it, my hand expects to feel the barrel, not a knurled ring - if I feel a knurled ring, even in the dark, I shift my grip.

The OP mentions having been shooting for a while before the lens detached. In your experience, if a lens is not mounted fully, can you still take pictures?  I usually notice an aperture setting of F00.

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Bigger IQ hit with the 2xIII, but useable.  The 1.4xIII does quite well.

Sure, the 300/2.8 II will be better, but at close to 3x the cost, that's no surprise.

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Your story is like Thom Hogan's article on tripods - start with a cheap one with a pan-tilt head, get better legs, then get a cheap ballhead, then a better ballhead, then better legs, finally you wise up and get Gitzo (or RRS) legs and a top quality head.

The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II.  It's Canon's best zoom lens, and quite likely the best zoom lens available from any manufacturer. If you want the best, you'll end up there - so skip any more intervening steps and get the best.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 30, 2013, 09:35:54 PM »
Canon may attempt to impress  us with some new solutions, but as long as they stay behind with theirs old sensor technology it is mostly cosmetic solutions compared to Sony/Aptina/Panasonic and others

Indeed. That's what Canon does - puts lipstick on pigs.  How do they manage to sell so many pigs?

Could it be Canon doesn't sell just pigs, but rather luaus with all the trimmings, and their luaus are just all-around better...bigger spread, tastier poi, and more skilled fire dancers?

No matter how much you only care about the pig, it's about more than just the pig.   ::)

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Canon General / Re: 24-70Mk2 fell off my 5DMk3 and smashed
« on: March 30, 2013, 03:00:49 PM »
"The problem with America is stupidity. I'm not saying there should be capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?" - as found on the Internet

Not sure about that. Maybe greed. See, right here in this thread we have someone who suffered an unfortunate accident and cries out, "Design flaw," not my fault, someone else should take responsibility. The next step is litigation - sue Canon for bad design or lack of proper warning, of course with the expectation of a financial award.

Neuro

Please re-read the original post carefully.   The OP asked a question if there is a design flaw or if this something unique to his/her work style.  If there was a design flaw I suspect that it would have be discovered long ago.  I think this was a very unfortunate combination of events.

I do agree that the US population (in general, no specific individual) is looking for a free lunch and all too quick to blame the other guy for their misfortunes.  Then again individuals within companies at times do not responsible leading to bad rep.  Very complicated problem with no easy solution and finger pointing does not help. 

BTW I do not intend to finger point at you, or be harsh, nasty, etc in any way - if I came across that way, my apologies.

Apologies to the OP if I came across as pointing a specific finger, my remarks were more of a general lament about our litigious society.

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Canon General / Re: 24-70Mk2 fell off my 5DMk3 and smashed
« on: March 30, 2013, 01:06:07 PM »
"The problem with America is stupidity. I'm not saying there should be capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?" - as found on the Internet

Not sure about that. Maybe greed. See, right here in this thread we have someone who suffered an unfortunate accident and cries out, "Design flaw," not my fault, someone else should take responsibility. The next step is litigation - sue Canon for bad design or lack of proper warning, of course with the expectation of a financial award. 

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Canon General / Re: 24-70Mk2 fell off my 5DMk3 and smashed
« on: March 30, 2013, 10:57:41 AM »
@dylan777   Why would I make this up?
You're embarrassed that you dropped your lens... that's understandable, it's happened to a lot of us.  The part that's hard to understand is why you're trying to blame someone else for your mistake?

Maybe Canon should put a warning label on there, like "Caution, hot contents," on a coffee cup?  ::)

Unfortunate and tragic user error? Yes. Design flaw? No. 

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Lenses / Re: Want to expand my gear?
« on: March 30, 2013, 10:02:27 AM »
Unfortunately, you can't stack the MK III TC's.

I'm curious - Is the inability to stack the mark III TCs an electronic or physical limitation?

Physical. A 12mm extension tube between them allows stacking.

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Do I have a defective mark iii?

I have yet to do any firmware updates..

You have a wetware problem.  ;)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Bias of tests
« on: March 30, 2013, 09:49:36 AM »
It varies. DPR gets preproduction cameras for evaluation, TDP gets gear retail through B&H, etc.  They should state the source explicitly, IMO.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Master Trigger for Canon 6D
« on: March 30, 2013, 09:41:49 AM »
Glad to help!

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 f2.8L II or.....
« on: March 30, 2013, 09:28:15 AM »
pretty sure I can live with that 'issue'  ;)
actually thinking about that does it still fit on the lens reversed ok for storage?

Yes, it goes on reversed just fine.  The 70-200 II also has this hood design - I really like it.

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Canon General / Re: 24-70Mk2 fell off my 5DMk3 and smashed
« on: March 30, 2013, 09:22:34 AM »
Neuro,
If I remember it correctly you are located in MA as well, right? Who do you use for insurance?

For non-MA residents: things here are a little complicated when it comes to insurance since a lot of the affordable big companies such as State Farm don't do business here.

I am in MA, yes.  State Farm certainly does business here - they're my insurer for cars, home, and camera gear (no agents, though - I go through the policy service office in Southborough).  But they may not write policies for new customers in MA - we had them in CA originally, kept them when we moved here 9 years ago.  Because getting gear coverage was as simple as a phone call and emailing a list of serial numbers, and the cost was very reasonable, I never investigated other options.

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Lenses / Re: Want to expand my gear?
« on: March 30, 2013, 09:05:06 AM »
here is my thought:

70-300l for more reach:  imo, i would not choose this one... for more reach, i would wait to get 7d mark ii or 70d so that i would add another body to my list and it will be obviously more reach than what you have planned when pairing with 70-200mm.  someone here might claim that 5d mark iii is better at high ISO... sure, but keep in mind that lens is f/4-5.6.... at most two stops and think about it, you can shoot at f/2.8 with focal length of 320mm instead of f/5.6 at 300mm

This applies only if you're making big prints (larger than 16x24"), submitting for publication, or have some other need for high MP, the cropped 5DIII image will have equivalent IQ to the APS-C image (and better IQ at higher ISO).  The 'reach' of APS-C is often an illusion.

Plus, the OP's talking about lightening his load - does carrying two bodies make sense?

The part about the primes that kills me is to keep two people in focus I end up having to stop it down so wondering what other benefits the primes will have besides subject isolation options and compositional thinking vs  zoom.

With the MkII zooms that you have, when stopped down to f/2.8 or narrower, the primes' advantages are negated, except sometimes size/weight (e.g., 135L vs. 70-200 II).

Then picking up a 270ex for a lighter travel flash.
You can't bounce this so I'd avoid it; direct flash is horrible.

Might want to check your facts before making an assertion like that...


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