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Lenses / Re: 400 mm f/2.8 L Mk I
« on: July 02, 2012, 12:22:42 AM »
At five years old it's going to have IS. But check first. Just remember that until just a few months ago when the 400 f/2.8 II shipped, the 400 f/2.8 MkI was the holy grail of 400mm glass in the Canon Universe. It's a truly fabulous lens. The major benefit of the MkII is a radical weight loss. The MkI is a substantial 11.83lb / 5,370g vs the MkII at a svelte 8.48lb / 3,850g is a whole lot more manageable. But for the price I'd be jumping on it, subject to being in reasonable condition. If the lens does not work for you, you won't lose a penny re-selling it.


Lenses / Re: TSE Macro Lens
« on: June 30, 2012, 08:06:40 PM »
Considering how well my 90mm TSE lens takes extension tubes and/or a 1.4x teleconverter, a dedicated TSE macro lens seems unnecessary.
This exactly mirrors my own experience and viewpoint.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Successors [CR1]
« on: June 29, 2012, 03:53:33 AM »
APS-H is a dead end to me. Only FF or APS-C are valid formats as far as I'm concerned.
APS-H. Why? I really see no point in it anymore. It served a purpose when FF was wildly expensive and APS-C wasn't up to the IQ. It had an added advantage of faster frame rates and a higher useable ISO, great for low light level sports shooting. Now, with improvements in IQ in other sensor formats, the reason no longer exists for the format to hang around. It really is a no mans land for formats.

I'd ask both of you if you have ever owned an APS-H body? Dead End or No Man's Land? Try working with them.

I've had four starting with the original 1D. And over 1 million APS-H frames. Probably my favourite cameras ever are the 1D MkIIn & the 1D MkIV. Alongside these I've always had FF & APS-C as well. The extra reach with minimal IQ compromise is brilliant. I'll shoot a glossy DPS, full page or billboards with the 1DMkIV with total confidence. If I need full wide there is always the FF body. Photographers who use and value APS-H will miss it badly. Some are buying extra 1D MkIV bodies.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII Price Drop
« on: June 28, 2012, 07:03:37 PM »
This caught my eye...5DIII pricing under $3,000! It was inevitable, but so soon? It's $2975.
I don't see their phone number or address under Contact Us. It doesn't look legit to me....NO THANKS.
Suit yourself. I've bought a number of lesser items here. No problems, fast free shipping with tracking.


EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III vs D800/E, is the 5D3 better at anything?
« on: June 28, 2012, 09:11:09 AM »
Price is dropping fast and is close to 3000 euro now in the netherlands so price is not an issue anymore

Where do you get this prize from? In Germany, it's no less than €3250, didn't drop a cent since release - obviously they're still serving back-orders and there's no competition yet.

Check this...Under $3000!


EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5DIII Price Drop
« on: June 28, 2012, 09:07:47 AM »
This caught my eye...5DIII pricing under $3,000! It was inevitable, but so soon? It's $2975.


EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II
« on: June 27, 2012, 07:40:58 PM »
If 7D II is not FF, how to update?

61 point AF, greatly improved high ISO performance, 10 FPS, Digic 5+  & UFO detector for starters.
Video users will add to this list.


Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Quick Review
« on: June 27, 2012, 06:18:52 AM »
The 40 + 7D makes a great street combo - makes me uninterested in a mirrorless/rangefinder/P&S

40 + 7D for size yes, but the APS-C 64mm equivalent cuts into the street combo value for me.
Better on a FF for my taste.


EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II
« on: June 27, 2012, 04:49:24 AM »
I still believe the 7D2 will be APS-H. 8)

Believe or want? Believe based on what? Information? Come on, let us in!


Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Quick Review
« on: June 27, 2012, 01:06:41 AM »
Picked up my 40 McShorty an hour ago. It's about as deep as a lens backcap. My daughter thinks it looks unprofessional. That's GOOD! It focuses nice and close, the STM AF is OK, not quite USM standard but zippy enough. IQ? I'm impressed. If this lens did not deliver at f/2.8 it would not be a keeper. At best a functioning bodycap. But early handheld tests on 5D3 tell a very promising story. BTW these all used AI Servo AF with centre point selected.

At f/2.8 it's sharper than my 24-70 f/2.8 and stays remarkably good out to the edges. F/4 & f/5.6 are terrific.


Normally there are 2 groups of people complaining:
1. people who can't afford the camera but want it
2. people who couldn't afford it yet somehow bought the camera and now are looking for any excuse to return it


EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II
« on: June 26, 2012, 07:51:11 PM »
How pointless is this question? Is it what you think it will be or what you want it to be?
If 7DII goes FF it won't be a 7 series any more. If there is a 7DII it's likely to remain the premium APS-C Canon.


So many of the great shots posted on this thread validate that old chestnut, "A good workman never blames his tools..."

Sometimes there can be an almost unhealthy obsession with gear, chronic Upgraditus and a perceived need to always have the latest.
Mind you, there is some real fun that comes along with obsession!

20D with a kit lens, tired old G7, early Rebel, doesn't matter. In the right hands powerful, beautiful creative images can be created with just about any old clunker.

Does this mean I'll trade my 5D3 for a 300D? Nope. But it makes you think dunnit?


My prime reason for looking at this hardware is for flash-on-camera HSS purposes. If the PW MiniTT works on 1D4 & 5D3 in this function with the hypersync type of power efficiencies then that is a big plus. Reading up indicates that Odins have a great rep for reliability but it's not clear to me if they enable similar power usage benefits as the PW MiniTT.


The 200th sync speed on the 5D3 is a bit limiting, 300th on the 1D4 is less limiting.
Canon HSS is a godsend but uses battery power like a hungry monster.
I'm running 580EX & 580EXII off Quantum TurboT3 batteries.

So, PocketWizard MiniTT vs Phottix Odin for HSS.
Which one works best for my current 5D3 & 1D4 with 580's?

Thanks in advance.


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