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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D: 'I need a Must Have's List'
« on: December 14, 2012, 12:17:47 PM »
If you love your 7D, You will hate the 6D. After owning the 7D, I wouldn't want anything less than its AF and the 5D3 is that camera for me IMO. You will have to ditch the Kit lens from the 60D with either camera.

+1 million

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Lenses / Re: Canon 100mm f2 usm vs 70-200mm f4l (non-is) vs 135mm f2L
« on: December 14, 2012, 04:46:15 AM »
I hope you don't mind if I ask others here to help us out with some sample pictures if possible

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Lenses / Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« on: December 14, 2012, 04:38:34 AM »
Hi everyone,I have been using a 7d for about a year now and I know its limitations quite well.I am sure ff is the way to go for the future though I am pretty sure a 6d isn't the answer for a 7d user (atleast me).

 I'm 17, still a student and 10 years away from a ff upgrade the 100 macro might as well be my last lens so I was wondering if its the right choice for a portraith light lens with a macro bonus.or should I consider something else within that budget (not the non l version I'm pretty sure about that too)

P.S- I  love taking shots in low light and light painting (i know, 7d is a perfect camera for that) so I am pretty frustrated on being limited to bright daylight shots so any tips are welcome,after all in 10 years point and shoots will have better ISO performance so i'll make the switch then

Thanks in advance

P.P.S- this is my first post ,really interested on what neuro has to say

Thanks for the advice I am almost convinced I don't need to buy the 100 L and am currently debating a 50 1.4/1.8 with a 100 f/2 setup
The 100L is an excellent lens, but....

First of all, macro shooting doesn't sound very high on your priority list. You seem more concerned about shooting low light, light painting and portraitts. Second, the 100L is the single most expensive lens in a focal length and category that's stuffed full of excellent alternatives (including other Canons). Third, I'm not really a big fan of using a macro for portraiture... a macro lens can be too sharp, too "clinical". Not everyone is an 18 year old model with perfect skin and a $200 an hour makeup artist prepping them for the shoot. Finally, for your purposes the IS of the 100L is pretty much unnecessary. What you want to shoot either can be done fine handheld without IS or you'll be putting the camera and lens on a tripod anyway, so likely won't find it necessary. IS is of limited value for high magnifcation macro work, anyway. It's of the most use with non-macro uses of the lens. And there you are "limited" to f2.8 with most macro lenses.

Finally, 100L definitely wouldn't be my choice as my only lens... on a crop camera or anything else.   

For portraiture, you would likely be better served with an 85/1.8 or 100/2. The 135L is superb, too... but fairly long focal length for portraiture on a crop camera like the 7D. If you still want some macro capabilities for occasional use, you can add macro extension tubes (the Kenko set is probably the best value/quality overall) to any of these lenses or even to your existing 50/1.8.

If you really want a macro lens, plan to shoot a lot of macro shots... Consider other possibilities.... many of them half the cost or less than the 100L...

Canon EF-S 60/2.8  IS
Canon 100/2.8 USM (non-L, non-IS, build quality is identical to 180L macro, but the 100mm focuses faster)
Tamron 60/2.0 (the biggest aperture macro lens currently avail., might be more useful for portraits)
Sigma 70/2.8
Tamron 90/2.8
Tokina 100/2.8
Sigma 105/2.8 OS

Didn't mention the 50mm macro lenses, since they duplicate focal length you already have. The 60mm and 70mm lenses might be too close to the 50mm focal length, too, for someone with so few lenses to work with.

The two Canon lenses listed above and the 100L have USM and the Siggy 105 has HSM, which help with focus speed. The other lenses will be slower focusing. However, even with faster types of focus mechanisms, no macro lens will give ultra fast focus that some non-macro lenses can offer. The reason is that a macro lens has to move a focus group all the way from infinity to 1:1 magnification, far more than a non-macro lens. Macro lenses are designed for precision, anyway, not for focus speed. Some macro lenses have a focus limiter that can help, too. On the other hand, the lenses you have now are not USM and not all that fast focusing anyway... so you might be just fine with these other lenses' focus speeds.  Macro and much portraiture don't generally demand all that fast focus, anyway.

Don't be an "L-coholic". A red stripe and an L designation don't necessarily mean all that much. There are great lenses that are not Ls and there have been a few less than stellar L-series. Sure, most are fine lenses... but some are virtually no different. According to Canon, all that the red stripe and L designation means is that the lens is: 1. compatible with all EOS cameras past, present and future (thus, no EF-S lens will ever be an L, no matter how good it is). 2. Built to the highest current standards and with the best possible materials. 3. Incorporates some form of exotic lens element(s).

There have been some superb lenses that simply didn't need exotic glass to do their job very, very well, so never got a red stripe painted on them. For example, the 100/2.8 USM macro is identical in build quality and functionality to the 180/3.5L... even better in some ways (it's 2/3 stop faster and focuses faster, so is probably more useful for non-macro purposes). Yet it doesn't have exotic glass in it, so it's not an L. Or, look at the TS-E lenses... The original 24/3.5 is an L, as are the 17/4L and 24/3.5L II. But the 45/2.8 and 90/2.8 are not, though they are virtually identical build quality, image quality and functionality. Again, they just don't need exotic glass.

Finally, an L might not be the best choice for someone for a number of reasons... consider the 50/1.2L and the 85/1.2L... both spectacular lenses. But they are somewhat specialized. They are not only more far more expensive, bigger and heavier, they are also slower focusing than far less expensive 50/1.4 and 85/1.8. These two Ls are designed with longer throw, slower focus purposefully... they emphasize precision over speed (especially the 85mm). That makes them superb portrait lenses, but perhaps a bit less capable for sports or any other sort of action photography.

Some of my lenses are Ls... Others are not. In general, I don't care whether a lens has a red stripe painted on it or not. I consider the features of the lens, it's general utility and how it meets my needs. That's what decides for me whether or not I buy it and add it to my kit. I don't really care what color Canon paints it (within reason) or what designations they put on it.

Good luck with your decision. I think you need to do more research and keep looking. The 100L caught your eye because you've had a chance to use it... but if you have stated your intended purposes well, might not be the best lens for you. Especially if you end up with it as your only lens, selling your others to purchase it. There are far cheaper macro lenses that can do macro very nearly as well, and other lenses more suitable for your intended purposes. So don't get stuck on the 100L as your only option.   

P.S. You might be interested to know that the 7D has a special feature just for macro shooting, when it's used with Canon USM macro lenses. Canon has not promoted or documented it very well, but when fitted with the EF-S 60mm, either of the EF 100mm with USM, or the EF 180/3.5L and focused close, in AI Servo the camera will increase subject distance sampling to 4X as frequently as usual. This is automatic, not something you can set, and only works with those particular lenses. And it only does this in AI Servo focus mode, which is a fairly unusual focusing mode to use with macro photography (I usually focus manually, sometimes use One Shot, but had been using a pair of 7Ds for three years before I even heard about this special macro focusing feature... don't know why Canon hasn't mentioned in the manual at all or elsewhere more often). I suspect the 5D Mark III and 1DX also have this feature, but don't know for certain. In effect, this feature acts a little like IS along a third axis (up/down axis and side-to-side axis of movement are handled by a normal lens-based IS, on lenses that have IS... this feature provides sort of a nearer/farther axis of correction.

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Lenses / Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:07:21 PM »

I'm not literally 10 years away from ff its more like 6-7 and I'm bitten by the L bug,but all your replies have been really helpful please tell me what you guys think about the 50 1.4 and 100 f2 setup or suggest a similar one I constantly see myself shooting between the 100-250 range


As you alreadave 50 f1.8, given your preferences I see no point in upgrading to the 50 f1.4 - the latter may be more robust, but I doubt you'll notice much difference, if any, in the photos you take.  If you're mostly shooting 100-250 AND want/need a fast lens, you may want to get a 135 L instead of 50 f1.4 + 100 f2 (it costs about the same as the 100L); it's a stunningly good lens.  Or consider a non-IS 70-200 f2.8 or, if you want/need IS and are willing to compromise on speed, the 70-200 f4 IS.
Zoom lenses are not my style and I desperately need a fast lens,I doubt the non is version is available here but it'll be great if it is

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Lenses / Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:02:46 PM »

I'm not literally 10 years away from ff its more like 6-7 and I'm bitten by the L bug,but all your replies have been really helpful please tell me what you guys think about the 50 1.4 and 100 f2 setup or suggest a similar one I constantly see myself shooting between the 100-250 range


As you already have 50 fcontributeiven your pcountryrences I see no point in upgrading to the 50 f1.4 - the latter may be more robust, but I doubt you'll notice much difference, if any, in the photos you take.  If you're mostly shooting 100-250 AND want/need a fast lens, you may want to get a 135 L instead of 50 f1.4 + 100 f2 (it costs about the same as the 100L); it's a stunningly good lens.  Or consider a non-IS 70-200 f2.8 or, if you want/need IS and are willing to compromise on speed, the 70-200 f4 IS.

Not here not my country,its more expensive and too long to be the only lens on a 7d had a samyang been available here I would have gone for the 35 without a 2nd thought
 
So you say the transition from 1.8-1.4 isn't worth it in my condition and I should stick to the 1.8

Now I'm really confused

I think you may have misread what I wrote - I was suggesting the 135L as a substitute for the 100L, not the more expensive 35L, which I think would be a huge waste of money since you have the 50 f1.8 and reaI y access to a 24.  As for 50 1.4 vs 1.8, well, perhaps it's just me, but for the sorts of uses to which I put a fast 50mm lens, I see very little, if any, difference in the photos they take. 

No i get it 135 is one of my favorites but its $1250 here vs $990 for the macro

I think ill stick to the 1.8( love it)maybe I will wait a year keep contributing to the 5d fund
Buy it in 3 years( very very very very very unlikely)

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Lenses / Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« on: December 13, 2012, 10:32:03 AM »

I'm not literally 10 years away from ff its more like 6-7 and I'm bitten by the L bug,but all your replies have been really helpful please tell me what you guys think about the 50 1.4 and 100 f2 setup or suggest a similar one I constantly see myself shooting between the 100-250 range


As you already have 50 f1.8, given your pcountryrences I see no point in upgrading to the 50 f1.4 - the latter may be more robust, but I doubt you'll notice much difference, if any, in the photos you take.  If you're mostly shooting 100-250 AND want/need a fast lens, you may want to get a 135 L instead of 50 f1.4 + 100 f2 (it costs about the same as the 100L); it's a stunningly good lens.  Or consider a non-IS 70-200 f2.8 or, if you want/need IS and are willing to compromise on speed, the 70-200 f4 IS.

Not here not my country,its more expensive and too long to be the only lens on a 7d had a samyang been available here I would have gone for the 35 without a 2nd thought
 
So you say the transition from 1.8-1.4 isn't worth it in my condition and I should stick to the 1.8

Now I'm really confused

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Lenses / Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« on: December 13, 2012, 05:07:30 AM »
I know you seem to have already made up your mind, but I feel I must chime in on the 100L.

It's an amazing lens, but you mention you will be doing primarily portraits with macro as a bonus. I used the 100L on the 7D for about 2 years, and while it was a fine lens, it was very often too tight for portraits, and I was very limited in how I could photograph my portraits. Sometimes I just couldn't get that far away from the people.

When I upgraded to the 5DIII, I fell in love with the lens as a portrait lens. It's absolutely amazing.

Finally, as someone else said, I would never, ever sell your 50 1.8. It's such a cheap lens, and it provides you with a low light option when needed. There will inevitably be times you need something wider than 100mm, need more bokeh, or just want something small and light, and I would highly recommend you keep your 50mm. Just my opinion

I'm currently leaning towardss the 50 1.4 and 100 f2 combo unsure now that I see rumors about the 50

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Canon General / Re: Record Spending Into Camera Gear - HIGHEST
« on: December 13, 2012, 04:56:28 AM »
W Wha what??

Came to the wrong place,my bad :-X

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TSE-24
50L
200L
135L
300 f/2.8L

I wish I could add the 16-35,24-70 II,70-200 II L

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are you really serious about 6D?
« on: December 13, 2012, 04:38:10 AM »
As far as I get it,the 6d may be good in one area

It might replace the 60d 'a' as the lightpainters' ultimate camera

:-\

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EOS Bodies / Re: Frimware on 7D version 7.7.7??
« on: December 12, 2012, 03:52:11 AM »
Just got my 7D back from CPS.

slapped a battery in and the camera came up with this strange menu item at the bottom...



and when i check the firmware....


Firmware Ver. 7.7.7 8A.7C.4D?!?!?!



What is factory menu ???

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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 F/2.8L II USM on 7D
« on: December 12, 2012, 12:44:49 AM »
17-55mm all the way cracking lens. Unless you plan on going full frame, then i would say get the 24-70mm MKI because the MKII IMO isnt worth another £1000!!!! Insane. Regardless how much better it is it isnt £1000 better.
I had bad luck with the 17-55 as the IS motor failed while still under warranty.  Image quality was excellent, but my impression was that the lens didn't seem to have a build quality to match its price.  The new 24-70 II is expensive, but both image quality and build quality seem to be a match for the price.

Similar experience steered me off the efs route,used to love the 17-55,thankfully it wasn't my lens

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Lenses / Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« on: December 12, 2012, 12:34:10 AM »
Still new here will keep an eye out for that

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Lenses / Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« on: December 11, 2012, 08:04:43 PM »
Thank you everyone for your time
I feel enlightened,thank god I consulted you guys,this is gonna be a long post so first up

It absolutely kills me to sell any of my gear I have some sort of emotional connection with them specialy the 50 mm

I know that just the 100mil can (and is ) limiting but I have almost unrestricted access to my cousin's 24mm for atleast next 3 years

Though I have nothing my 7d has mounted several fantastic lenses including the 200 f2,of all lenses I liked the 100mm the mistake have constantly been using my friend's 100 L(i can probably compose with my eyes closed)

The17-40 caught my eye

I'm currently leaning towards a 50 1.4 and 100 f2 setup with the 24 as my occasional wideangle backup

Renting is practically non existent in my country and 2nd hand lenses the same

3rd party lenses too are hard to come by

I'm not literally 10 years away from ff its more like 6-7 and I'm bitten by the L bug,but all your replies have been really helpful please tell me what you guys think about the 50 1.4 and 100 f2 setup or suggest a similar one I constantly see myself shooting between the 100-250 range

Thanks in advance

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Lenses / Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« on: December 11, 2012, 11:19:24 AM »
I don't think you get it
selling gear is the only way for me to own L glass
Or I could sell 7d and downgrade to a rebel with 2 lenses

Personally I wouldn't hesitate lasting a decade with a 5d3 and a 50 1.2 but $$$$$ don't grow on trees specially for someone like me

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