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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 21, 2014, 07:40:51 AM »
I occasionally use wifi but have never used GPS.  As long as I can turn them off to save battery life, I don't care if they are there or not.

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Lenses / Re: Lenses that you want Canon to release next
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:55:51 AM »
I would add a 400L 5.6 prime with IS to my wish list, which I would buy over a new 100-400L II if it was two out of {lighter/sharper/cheaper} than the zoom.

+1 A 400 f/5.6 IS would be next on my wish list if available.  If not, I may buy a venerable but excellent 400 f/5.6 anyway.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M The positive experience
« on: September 18, 2014, 06:57:37 AM »
Try a Sony A6000 and see if the positive experiences you had are still that positiv.
I normaly don´t buy a camera to drop it. :)
Even engineering plastic is pretty good today.

But a slower AF, a way worse sensor than the Sony Exmor?
The EOS-M was already outdated on release day.

The EOS-M has nothing except AF for EF lenses and price that speaks for it.

Don´t fool yourself. The only reason to buy the EOS-M is when you have EF glass.

The topic is the EOS M's durability and high build quality.  Do you have comments along those lines?

Sure, you can buy newer mirrorless bodies that cost more with better capabilities, but the M is pretty terrific little camera IMHO.  I have an EOS adapter for mine, but almost never use it.  The native M lenses are terrific.  So, owning EF glass was not the only reason I bought the M, and I am very satisfied with the purchase.

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I look at it a different way.  Competition is good for the consumer.  If companies are nipping at your heels, then you are going to be forced to up your game.

So, I try (and sometimes fail) to avoid bashing camera companies.

Agreed, competition is really the only thing that forces companies to come out with improved products over time.

Personally, I think the 7D2 looks like a terrific budget sport/action/wildlife body.  I doubt I'll buy one as most of my photography is portrait, studio and landscape, so the 6D is fine for my needs.

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Lenses / Re: Input on building a prime lens kit
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:56:50 PM »
As a general rule, is it a good idea to skip alternate lenses in a line up when planning and building a prime kit?

For example

24 - skip 35 - 50 - skip 85 - 100
or
35 - skip 50 - 85 - skip 100 - 135

And then only if you find that you really need one of the skipped primes, go back and fill it in?

That's what I am doing now that I am re-building my prime kit.  I *think* it is a good strategy.

FWIW, this is my strategy. 14/35/85/135. Although I may go back in an get a 100mm for its macro ability.

+1  I currently own 14/35/85/135 with a 100L Macro thrown in for good measure.  The combination works well and provides good coverage.  My 35mm f/2 IS is generally my walk around lens and I combine it with the 85 or 135 depending on how much reach I think I'll need. 

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Lenses / Re: What telephotos do we own?
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:47:15 PM »
I currently don't own any lenses longer than my 70-200 2.8 II plus extenders and that is generally OK.  However, I do occasionally want something longer with better IQ than is possible with a 2xIII.  I'm thinking about adding a 400 f/5.6 in the near term and saving up for a 300 2.8 II longer term. 

I have a self imposed annual budget for photography equipment and it will take me a few years to save up for a 300 2.8 II!  I had the pleasure of renting one for a weekend a few months ago and its an incredible lens!

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Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: September 12, 2014, 09:45:51 PM »
I do not plan to buy any of these lenses.  The Otus 85mm interest me, but only to see if it sets a new quality benchmark, its way out of my budget. 

I'm still hoping and saving for the long rumored 100-400 mkII or a new 50 or 85 IS.

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Lenses / Re: The New EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: September 11, 2014, 01:05:43 PM »
I suppose this lens will fill a niche as an inexpensive "starter" FF general purpose zoom.  For a still shooter, a gray market 24-105L is probably still the better option for just a little more $$.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 12:12:26 PM »
I don't shoot much sports or action so I won't be buying this body.  I'll be more interested in future FF bodies, like the 5D Mk4 or 6D Mk2.

But, it is well spec'd.  The AF system should be very 1Dx-like at a reasonable price.  Looks like a great camera for an action shooter on a budget.

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Lafayette, Indiana USA, but born and raised in Kansas.

Scenery isn't great, but its a nice place to raise a family.

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Lenses / Re: Permanent price drops
« on: August 30, 2014, 05:49:13 PM »

$500 drop on the 24-70mm f/4L IS.  More sensible price now, ouch for those that bought it at higher prices.

+1  This is a nice lens but was way overpriced compared with the 24-105L until now.

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Lenses / Re: Another standard zoom advice topic
« on: August 28, 2014, 07:36:05 AM »
I would recommend a Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS that are going for between $600 and $800USD used on eBay, and new white box for around $900.  If you can wait, there will probably be some deals on these in upcoming months as well. 

This is an excellent lens, sharp at both ends of the zoom range with 3-stop IS and near macro (0.7) capability. 

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Lenses / Re: Help deciding on going full frame
« on: August 28, 2014, 06:43:00 AM »

The EF24-105 should be removed from the L line.  It's mediocre at best.  So if you can tolerate it's weaknesses, it should suit you fine.  Or, if 105 is not important, but IQ is, I'd recommend getting the 24-70 F4 or 2.8L II.

I don't agree.  The 24-105 is very well built, definitely "L" quality, auto focuses quickly and quietly and is pretty good optically.  The 24-105mm range is provides an extra 50% of reach over the standard 24-70 zooms.  Its also a terrific bargain at around $600 on the used market.  Excellent quality for that price!

There are of course better standard zooms, but they all cost more money, so the consumer has choices.  I owned one of these lenses for two years and was very pleased with the images I captured with it.  I replaced it with a 24-70 2.8 II last year, but if I didn't have the funds available I would still be using it.

Not all L's are excellent optically, some are just good.  Personally, I like having options within the L designation.

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Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: August 09, 2014, 07:51:24 AM »
YAWN.  Gee lets compare a camera that just came out to one that is two years old....

But comparing a just released camera with larger sensor to an older one?  He might as well just compared the 5DMKIII to the 5D MK II

+1  Its a testament to the excellence of the 5D Mk III that it took the competition 2+ years to equal and possibly slightly surpass it!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSRL Camera for travel
« on: August 02, 2014, 10:56:30 AM »
I just took the SL1 + Tamron 18-270 hiking over 70+ miles.  It worked great.
If you want it to be smaller, use the kit lens or the 40mm pancake or whatever smaller zoom or prime you like.
The batteries are also smaller than the 5D3 batteries.

How do you like the IQ of the Tamron 18-270?  I've been looking at buying an SL1 kit as a lightweight option for some time.  Carrying multiple lenses defeats part of the purpose of a lightweight/small kit, so a good superzoom would be a nice option for long hikes.

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