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Lenses / Re: 500 x $10K or 600 x$13K
« on: December 30, 2012, 12:05:39 PM »
Go for the 500, and invest the money left in a flight ticket to a dream destination for birders...Amazonia or some other place... 8) And in case you need more reach you have your extenders right with you, can't be that bad with a high quality lens.

Thx crasher8 for your response. I was pondering about the 17-40 as well...But ducked away from it due to the speed. Soon we'll see if it is more than foam from a dreamers brain ;-)

Hi, although my bank account is set up for saving, just a question towards the professional and more advanced photographers out there: As how important do you consider the additional 2mm on the wide end which will be offered by a rumored 14-24 f/2.8 L. Does it make a big difference or what would you do? What are the probable advanteges on the wide end?

As an enthusiast amateur I am on a budget and first considered the Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6. But it is a tad too slow for my nightphotography preferencies: nightscapes and milky way preferably during moonless nights.

So, maybe I'd go for a 16-35 instead which as equivalent to the Canon EF-S 10-22 on my former 30D expect the difference in speed (about one stop, but permanently). The price tag surely will be another argument, as it will be considerably higher than the one of the 16-35 f/2.8 L (CHF 1361.00 online over here).

Thanks for your advice. Cheers, Pedro.

EOS Bodies / Re: Does a 39.3mp Sensor Exist? [CR1]
« on: December 30, 2012, 09:49:09 AM »
As an absolute non-tech person compared to members like neuro and many others: what do these rumored faster digic versions and higher mp mean in relation to a newer and more improved sensor tech, which was discussed quite a few times this past year? Or does the post tsunami effect contribute to the fact, that Canon were not able to improve their sensor tech as much as some folk were hoping for?

Neuro..are you out there somewhere to explain it in a plain and simple way to folk like me?
Thanks and cheers, Pedro

Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 30, 2012, 07:45:28 AM »
Let's hope for a CR2 soon...No hurry here to buy the lens. Still saving up. Especially if it passes the 2k line...

Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 30, 2012, 04:54:48 AM »
When you are taking these large group photos with wide angle lens, , just arrange the people so the really skiny people are on the ends, with the heavier people towards the middle.

Problem solved!

LOL! good one. Looking forward to January 8. BTW: it's Elvis Presley's Birthday. Maybe they announce another lens: a "kingsized" zoom  8) Cheers, Pedro.

Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 24, 2012, 05:39:10 PM »
Should I sell my 16-35 II NOW?

I've been thinking about that...the front filter capability is what's stopping me.  Oh...that, and the fact that no 14-24/2.8 has actually been announced, and even if one is, it might be many months before it's actually available.   :P

As many the months maybe...I don't care ::) As I am saving up I will be glad about its release and what is shared by early adopters... 8) Merry Christmas to everyone west of the pond or wherever you may be.

Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 24, 2012, 11:15:27 AM »
Hope I'm not upset about the price tag!!!  :-[
You will and you know it!  ::)
yepp, anyway. time will tell and, there is joy in saving up. As it was on the route to 5D3... 8)

Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 24, 2012, 08:55:36 AM »
Well, made my decision today. Saving account for the 14-24 F/2.8 is set up. Hope I'm not upset about the price tag!!!  :-[ But this is a "once in a lifetime" lens, and worth the wait. Merry Christmas to ya'll. Cheers, Pedro.

Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 23, 2012, 09:11:17 AM »
I'll be looking forward to the 14-24 pricetag...Don't wanna crash the party here, but as a "tripod-lens" for nightphotography the 12-24 sigma could be fine anyway. The 14-24 from Canon will be constantly two to three stops faster...hmm...As the lens from the dark side is at about 1.8k over here, will the canon premium increase the price over 2 k?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Hand on SONY RX 1.............AMAZING
« on: December 21, 2012, 07:23:13 AM »
Ken Rockwell says the color is crap, so it cannot be worth buying :)
Oh and it's $2800 BEFORE you buy either the EVF $445 or OVF $650 and the OVF is just glass - no information :(

I keep telling everyone that the Fuji X-Pro 1 + 35mm F/1.4 has better IQ than my 5D MK3 but nobody believes me :)
If this were anything but a Sony, I'd be interested.
EVF only is not much use for street photography either (I've been playing with the EVF only Fuji XE-1).

There are serious rumors Fuji is working on a FF version of it's amazing X-Trans sensor, which will positively take names.
I'll wait for that...


Very true, even the lens hood costs something like $200 extra! That's where they really hope to make their cash, or some way to make buyers believe that they really cut down on a lot to make it "super cheap" at 2800, so the accessories are to compensate... or whatever...

The rumors for an FF fuji have been around, but problem is the lenses, they are all built for crop sensors, and the lens roadmap still has many lenses to come, so having to design a whole new set of lenses for a larger sensor/different system, especially when Fuji can't keep up with their own lens production (they delayed one of their wide angles in favor of putting together more zooms), doesn't seem possible. Who knows, if anyone it's Fuji that can wow us again though.
I had a Sony DSC-P30 in Ecuador, and upon return to Switzerland I bought a Sony DSC-F828 only to find out I needed some other memory cards (if I remember correctly) then I crashed it slipping out on ice under snow in early 2006 and that was it. Being amazed by the 20Ds IQ back then, I saved up for a 30D which I bought the next year. This August I got back to FF as I purchased the 5D3. Wouldn't go back to Sony again. For these same reasons as mentioned above. Not even because of better sensor tech. Canon will have to get this fixed, if they want to stay in the market. Maybe they are doing so already, while my 5D gently clicks ;-)

Canon General / Re: some money left. what should I buy?
« on: December 19, 2012, 12:19:28 PM »
I have almost $9000 left for spending on some canon gear :-)

what would you suggest to buy?

I have got:
2 x 1DX
24-70 L 2.8 II
70-200 L 2.8 II IS
24-105 L 4.0 IS
70-200 L 4.0 IS
17-40 L 4.0
100 2.8 L Macro

some speedlites and some other small things.
As I do not know your photography, your gear line up looks like a PJ or wedding photog to me. How about a 3k reserve for the rumored 14-24 f/2.8 in late 2013. For now I'd go for a 16-35 or/and some fast WA primes. Have fun with your purchases and Merry Christmas.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I feel like a kid again....
« on: December 19, 2012, 12:07:36 PM »
As one grows up, the excitement of Christmas diminishes... you know what your getting (socks) and it's focus drifts away from the presents and more towards spending time with your family and friends...

But this year...  this year....  i can not wait for Christmas morning!!!!!  I feel like a 10 year old kid eagerly anticipating the nintendo shaped box under the tree... Why am i so excited this year?...  well let me tell you! While finding a hiding spot for my wifes present at home (macbook air), i was rummaging at the back of the guest room closet to see if there was space there, i found a 5d mkiii kit!!!! :D soooo....  it is there, 15ft from where i sleep....  and i can't touch it until the morning of the 25th! Hence the excitement... I just hope she charges the battery for me! :)

Anyway, this has no real relevance to anyone, but since i don't have many photo-buddies (recently moved to india) here so i needed to share...  now i need to act all nonchalant so my wife doesn't find out...

I hope you all have a great Christmas season and a happy new year...  :)

This is the absolutely BEST and MOST HILARIOUS post I've ever read on one of the photog fora...Merry Christmas, adhocphotographer...well as I said in the days before the 5D3s official announcement: "there is joy in the waiting..."  8) And be aware: The 5D3 is an awesome camera! Bought one in August, payed the premium but it was worth every swiss franc! Took some 2.4k photos to date.

Lenses / Re: Fellow stargazers & nighttime landscape loners!
« on: December 19, 2012, 06:57:19 AM »
The former poster is right. But if you just like to do nightsky/nightscapes without deep space pics, then here's another link. Lots of tips here from the outstanding nightshooters who came up with the whole thing on a broad scale. A classic page: http://www.thenocturnes.com/

Lenses / Re: Fellow stargazers & nighttime landscape loners!
« on: December 19, 2012, 06:22:18 AM »
Quick question to the OP, or anyone really:

To capture those stars, constleations, and other space oddities do you need a special body like a 60Da or a modded sensor to capture all that stuff in space? I have a regular Canon 500d and I'm really interested in nighttime long exposure shots. I have all the required stuff to start (tripod, levels, remote trigger w/ timers, a UWA lens). Any tips for me?

Well, your 17-35 lense is quite good to start with. You don't need an awful lot of camera, as long exposure star shots work well at iso 100, F/5.6 or even wide open. if you like a wider lens and will stay aps-c for a while try the 10-22 from canon. I did quite some stuff with my 30D before I went fullframe again.

"3286" color by Peter Hauri, on Flickr
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