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Lenses / Re: Realistic wish lens
« on: November 06, 2011, 06:17:08 PM »
I'd like to see a 24mm f/1.8 or f/2 prime and a 17-50mm f/4L IS to round out my ideal landscape setup. 

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Lenses / Re: Canon 24/105mm f/4L IS USM vs Canon 24/70mm f/2.8L USM
« on: November 06, 2011, 06:08:55 PM »
Had both, sold the 24-70mm.  I just wasn't using it.  If I wanted a fast aperture, I wanted faster than f/2.8 and would go to a prime.  In short, if I was using a zoom, it was the 24-105.  More reach, lighter, IS, less expensive.  With the money you save, buy an inexpensive prime for low light.   

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Canon General / Re: Camera armor, does it work?
« on: October 02, 2011, 03:35:58 PM »
I bought camera armor once and it made the body way to bulky and cumbersome.  The buttons were annoying, the grip was annoying; it was just weird.  Don't recommend it at all.  The camera is built to take damage, even the Rebels can get a little dinged up. 

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Canon General / Re: Photography - Equipment or Skill ?
« on: October 02, 2011, 03:33:55 PM »
A great photograph is made by a person who is both skilled in the eye and skilled with their equipment.  The quality of the equipment matters.  If the eye visualizes a perfect image, but the skill with the equipment or the physical limitations of the equipment itself can't fulfill the need for that perfect image, that's a problem.  Yes, you can take beautiful images with kit lenses, but the more sophisticated your equipment becomes, the greater range of images you'll be able to capture, and the more skilled your eye will become at recognizing great images before they become great photographs.  Equipment simply expands the breadth of your photographic capability.  That's why we choose what lenses we place in our bags before a shoot.  Because if it was 99% skill, we'd just throw on a 18-55mm and go shoot.  For a hike, we may choose slower zooms for their light weight and range of focal lengths.  For a portrait session, we might take medium and telephoto primes with fast apertures.  But not having a range of equipment is only limiting if one seeks to expand beyond the capability range of the equipment he or she has.  Buy a macro lens and you'll find yourself taking photographs you never thought about before, images your eye had never conceived of.  That said, never expand your equipment beyond your ability to be technically skilled with it. 

As light is captured by the triumvirate of film speed, aperture, and shutter speed; a good photographer is made by the triumvirate of visual acuity, technical skill, and equipment.  The actual percentage breakdown is completely dependent upon the individual photographer and their needs.

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Canon General / Re: October 26 Event?
« on: September 27, 2011, 01:32:31 PM »
Exactly as you envisioned?  C'mon, guys, it's a given it's the release of Ron Howard's film.  If a 5d Mark III is nearing release, this will be the time to announce it, no doubt.  I can't imagine Canon would miss the marketing opportunity.  I would expect either a full frame 1D or a 5D Mark III plus printers.  A T4i?  I assume that's a joke.  Canon isn't going to send out invitations like that to pros to announce a Rebel.  Not knocking Rebels, they just ain't going to be announced that way. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Hypothetical Canon Lineup
« on: September 18, 2011, 11:16:01 AM »
1Dsomething : FF, Both high rez, slow fps... and low rez, high speed, best AF

5D: FF, slow speed, medium AF

7D: APS-C, high speed, higher AF than 5D

XXD : enthusiast camera

XXXD: mid range APS-C

XXXXD: entry level APS-C

Is this a prediction or an analysis of the present line of Canon EOS cameras?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Your wishlist for your next body...
« on: September 18, 2011, 11:14:05 AM »
I'd like a 5d Mark II with slightly improved noise at high ISO, particularly at 6400 and below.  I'd also like improved dynamic range and a 12mp sRAW option.  A single SD slot instead of a CF slot would be nice.  25% longer battery life would be useful as well.  I'd be okay with an on-board master flash; I'd probably take the camera on vacation more if it could double for snapshots at night.  If the PictureStyles button was user-assignable, say to mirror lock-up or something, that would be beneficial.  Perhaps I'm the only person in the world, but I actually like the 5d Mark II's autofocus.  I appreciate that it's not cluttered with autofocus points.  When I use AF, I just use the center point anyway.  BUT, I realize that's just me and it's an important move for Canon to improve the AF to the 7D level.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Hypothetical Canon Lineup
« on: September 18, 2011, 10:15:08 AM »
Why drop the XXD line?  No room for a 70D?  I think the 1D and 1Ds are merged.  There's no reason to think that Canon can't do high fps with high resolution, particularly if it gets linked to the sRAW system.  It drives up production costs to produce two pro bodies and especially two full frame sensors, thus driving up cost for the consumer, making the camera less appealing, particularly if Nikon is able to keep production costs lower.  I would expect the 5D III or otherwise titled successor to come in around 2,699 with a full-frame entry level coming in at 1,600-1,900.  The 1D and the 5D III would have the same sensor, just grossly different capabilities (expect 3 fps in the latter).  The rest kind of your thoughts mirrors what we have now, so I'd expect that to continue.  In my mind, the 7D is an XXD camera.  I bought my 20D in 2004 for about $1,400, so it's not as if that line hasn't been close to the 7D on price in the past.  That's the area I'm most unsure of, though: will they bring the price point of a 7D successor down and make it a 70D or was the XD naming a positive factor in the 7D sales?  Hard to say.  I am confident that there will be a 7D successor, though.  The camera was very well received and Canon has shown some degree of commitment to the EF-S lens line, though it could use a few primes.    Good thoughts, Bokehmon!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Theoretical question
« on: September 18, 2011, 10:04:13 AM »
To buy a camera just because of the sensor is like buying a car just because of the engine.

Nobody would do that.

I'm guessing professional car drivers choose a car based on the engine.  I would find it a little shocking if a photographer DIDN'T think image quality rendered by the sensor was the most important thing in a body...  I certainly bought my cameras based on their sensors...

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EOS Bodies / Re: A New Entry Level Full Frame Camera? [CR1]
« on: September 17, 2011, 12:18:07 PM »
A lot of people here don't think that R&D for new cameras cost money....

If they were to come out with a budget FF camera, it would be a lot like what they did with the XXXXD series... recycle old sensors and add/ cut out some new features.

If there is an entry level FF camera, then the most cost effective way to produce it would be to use the 5DII sensor, and some AF system they already have... ie the current 5D one or 7D one....

They can then sell this at a lower market price without have to spend money on R&D while protecting the sales of a newer tech 5DIII.

It makes much more sense from a market standpoint to use the same sensor (7D, 60D, 600D) and vary the features because that reduces costs.

Along this line, I expect that the new 5DIII will have the same sensor as a 1DsIV. Either the 1DsIV will drop to like 6999 price point or the 5DIII will rise to 3499.

+1

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EOS Bodies / Re: A New Entry Level Full Frame Camera? [CR1]
« on: September 17, 2011, 09:44:27 AM »
That's great news, CRguy! Let it be real.
Here's my wishlist:
Digic V
clean ISO 6400
ISO 50- 51.200
18 MP
6 fps
better AF than 5Dii
US $ 2000
no video
or same as 5Dii
and I'll order it right away  8)
could be a real killer cam!

Unfortunately, your wish list is a little excessive.  For an entry level, why would they develop a whole new sensor, a whole new autofocus, and add more technology than the 5d ii has, then cut the cost?  To keep cost down, they'll simpy build a new body around existing technology.  I would expect to see a 5d mark ii with a highly limited feature set, including no top lcd.  They'll bring full frame to the masses, but it aint going to be pretty and certainly not have iso of 51200.  No video?  You seem to miss the constant reminder on here that including video costs canon nothing and cuts your costs in the long run because they sell more bodies.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A New Entry Level Full Frame Camera? [CR1]
« on: September 17, 2011, 09:40:13 AM »
A entry full frame DSLR would not be a logical move and bad timing.

The 5DMKII has enough pixelcount, but for all else it is actually nothing more than an entry DSLR.
Feature wise the 5D MKII is a very 'old' camera in today's camera landscape except for its pixelcount as said.

Therefore this rumour sounds more like rubish and from someone who can't afford the 5D MKII.

Meaby after the 5D MKIII is released there is room for a small pixelcount full frame camera (which would then be the old 5D rebranded as 6D?) Although even that is not very likely to happen.....


Entry level?  Really?  Do you even use one?  In what ways, apart from autofocus, is the 5d mark ii an entry level dslr?  As for putting a 12mp sensor from the 5d into a new body, do you really think canon would market a camera with iso 3200?  They'd use the sensor from the 5d mark ii and stretch the technology.  Everyone who was going to buy a 5d ii has pretty much bought one.  Some will upgrade to a new higher end body, others will buy a second body on the lower end.  Still others would upgrade from the rebel, 60d, or 7d.  It would be shrewd of canon to puruse this.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A New Entry Level Full Frame Camera? [CR1]
« on: September 17, 2011, 09:35:09 AM »
It's only a matter of time until Canon follows through on this.  Like they did with the 7d sensor, they'll place a full frame sensor in multiple bodies, stretching their profits from the r&d and actually reducing costs for the consumer in the long run as well. I wouldn't be surprised, given that the 5d mark ii is fairly frequently backordered, if Canon simply placed the same sensor in a plastic body, stuck a digic 5 in there, and pulled a bunch of features out.  The cost of producing it would not be staggering and i surmise it would sell well as a prosumer camera at around 1600?

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Canon General / Re: Abandoned at the Alter, Again
« on: September 15, 2011, 10:42:49 AM »
drummstikk--you're arguments are valid to a point, but not everyone's needs are the same.  I am shooting cyclists going by at 30mph, and the more I can capture individual athletes the more shots I sell.  I'm not shooting for a masterpiece or even a cover photo, I'm selling to the individuals, and everyone that I miss is a lost sales opportunity.

An old school way to do this is pick your spot, set your focus and capture them as they go by.  Except when they go by in groups, this doesn't work.  Old world there was nothing you could do about it.  With the latest and greatest I can refocus (or at least a good AF can; I doubt it's humanly possible, certainly not for me!) and recompose the shot multiple times in the span of 10 seconds and capture a whole lot more of what I'm trying to shoot.

But you're shooting with a 40d and not crying for a 1D IV.  I shoot cycling, too...with a 5d Mark II and a 20d at 5fps.  If someone can't find a 1d Mark IV and for some reason the 5d Mark II is so inferior, buy a 7d as someone else had mentioned.  There are LOADS of full-time photographers that don't use the 1-series.  National Geographic for years sent their photographers on assignment with EOS 5d's (they may still; I don't know anyone there anymore).  I've seen 7d's and 5d's carried by photographers on the field at NFL games.  It is a lot of fun to see a new camera body get announced with new technology, but let's all try to get a grip and realize that our pictures are not going to magically get better with this new technology.  No doubt the jump from film to our modern digital cameras has improved the quality of pro photographs, but now that we're (almost) all using digital, the returns are minimal on new bodies.  Is the 1d III so outdated that people can't use it for pro work?  REALLY?  C'mon.  I plan on keeping my bodies until it's more cost effective to replace than repair.  A person who makes their living off of photography shouldn't be buying a new pro body every time it's released; that's just bad financial planning for a business.  There is no way they'd be increasing their business so much by the "upgrade" to recoup that loss. 

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon Announces the PowerShot S100
« on: September 15, 2011, 08:34:46 AM »
A great update.  The addition of the grip on the front (previously a 3rd party add on) shows that Canon is responding to how their consumers are using the product.  This update really makes the S100 complete package. 

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