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I wouldn't worry so much about the second body as a good quality wheeled camera case to lug all that stuff around.  Unless you're into body building, weight lifting or iron man racing, that load of gear can stress your
back.  However, I agree that two similar bodies are usually the best choice for back-up, accessory sharing, and
reducing one more variable in a multi-body shoot.  Since you have top of the line glass, I'd personally go with
a second 5DmkIII in this situation (budget being a minor consideration).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unthinkable: Swapped out 5D3 for 6D
« on: December 04, 2013, 12:47:00 PM »
I'll be waiting for the next post where you have sold the 6D with your L glass and bought into the Fuji X system.
Unless you concentrate on long telephotos, you may find that the X-Pro (or the shortly expected x-pro II) will
fulfill all your needs and expectations at about 1/3 the weight.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« on: December 04, 2013, 10:25:52 AM »
The optimum solution for "low light stage events" is the Leica M with the f0.95 noctilux - but you're only
$15,000 short if you plan to "keep saving".   I'd suggest you buy now and enjoy the show - a 70D with the
85mm f1.2 will consume your camera fund and give you one hell of a low light solution.  It's more about
the glass than the camera - and you can use the lens long after the camera body has bit it's technological

EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M in 2014 [CR2]
« on: December 03, 2013, 02:07:14 PM »
I was disappointed in the projected specs of the "new" M2. My wife is delighted, she's already spending the
money I was going to save for the "new and improved" Canon M.  Maybe version 3 will have some appeal.

EOS Bodies / Re: Black Friday Special: Refurb 7D or 70D NEW
« on: November 30, 2013, 01:20:28 PM »
You've got a top of the line lens, so go a little extra and get the 6D.  That will solve your "crop" problems and give you a platform you can continue to use.  The 70D offers the new "dual" pixel sensor with it's supposed advantages.  I find that most of my grandkids soccer game pictures are taken within the 85-150 zoom range -
field side positioning with the ability to walk the sidelines - so the "extra" reach that  a crop body might offer
is a minimal advantage.   From a pure "action sports" perspective, the 7D is a fine solution even if it is a little long in the tooth.  If budget is no object, get the 5DMkIII.

EOS Bodies / Re: "Two New FF Bodies in 2014" - if 5DM4, would you jump in?
« on: November 29, 2013, 10:30:22 PM »
Better iso specs, 40mp chip,  dual I/o s.lots, dual battery, faster processor(s), interchangeable screens, mag body that's weather sealed at 3k$

Lenses / Re: Move from 24-70 f/2.8L Mk I to 35mm F/1.4?
« on: November 11, 2013, 06:19:13 PM »
Of course, as a regular reader of the various rumors on this forum, you've seen the speculation about
the 35 f1.4L being replaced in the "near" future - possibly part of this "blizzard of new lenses" expected
next year.   Unless you've got a burning requirement you may want to wait to see just how astronomical
the also expected price increase is - but then the current model has been very highly rates for 12-13 years
and may also see a price drop as dealers clear their shelves.  Another alternative is the relatively new
and especially "cheap" Rokinon/Bowers/etc. etc. which if you can forego autofocus mode will give you a
good feel for whether or not a 35mm prime is really what you want - and you can sell it later without too
great a loss.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Appeal of Nikon Df
« on: November 07, 2013, 09:39:25 AM »
I was interested in the Nikon announcement but decided that is was designed by a committee - maybe they
tried too hard to keep today's capabilities with yesterday's "features".   Were Canon ever to try something
similar, I'd like to see a "digital AE1p" or "T70" with only basic exposure controls and, obviously, the FD mount.
The APS sensor would be fine and the pricing less than $1000 would make a very interesting entry in the
market - with a lot more potential customers than the EOS-M in it's current form.  Now that would be the kind
of camera that could take us back to basic techniques and thinking about images - though I'm not sure I'd like
a frame counter that would limit us to 36 exposures per SD card.

Lenses / EF-s prime lenses?
« on: November 06, 2013, 12:01:54 PM »
With over 60% of Canon's DSLR line (by product count) and probably more in terms of revenue percentage, why
are there no EF-s mount "serious" lenses?  I've heard the consumer market argument and feel it's incredibly weak.
Certainly some percentage of photographers using AFS cameras are serious enough about photography to seek
higher quality lenses than are currently available .   I'd like to see several reasonable fast prime EF-s lenses - maybe not at the "L" quality level, but then again, why not?   How about a 15mm f2.0,  22mm f2.0, 32mm f1.8
and 53mm f1.8 (23-35-53-85 equivalent)?

EOS Bodies / Re: SL1 as a "travel" body
« on: November 06, 2013, 11:50:10 AM »
Unless you have "fat fingers" it's a good solution though I'm not convinced it's worth the price premium over a
T3i for minimal size/weight differences.  Since we don't buy cameras by the pound (except in UK  :-)  ) overall
the low end Canon line seems pretty similar with only minor tweaks featured as "improvements".  My solution
was slightly different - a Leica D-Lux 6 with a fast lens, excellent image quality, adequate zoom range and small size - is almost tempting me to leave the Canon stuff at home on most trips.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumor: Nikon Digital FM2 - Retro look
« on: November 02, 2013, 08:34:01 PM »
I can't remember ever waking up in the morning and thinking "Gee, what a nice day to go shoot a video",
but do enjoy the morning walks with a still camera looking for a new perspective or a simply wonderful
sight.  My canon lenses are like old friends and have been carefully selected for tasks that I enjoy.  I don't
need all the "bells and whistles" of the current cameras - not a selection of 21 "scenes", video capability,
or whatever.  I'd really like a camera body where canon disables all the "stuff" they think users want, and only
give me good, fast autofocus and low light performance.  Course, if they're going to take out 75% of the
"function", they probably could lower the price by 50% and we'd all be happy.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I hate to say you told me so, but...
« on: November 02, 2013, 08:21:50 PM »
I would rather imagine that Canon could do whatever it wants to, assuming some marketing geek can make a
financial case for it and some insider is willing to champion it.  If I were running Canon I'd be much more concerned about the bottom falling out of the point and shoot market as cell phones get better and better
photo functions.  The Rebel SL1 isn't that much bigger than the Olympus or Panasonic top end m43 offerings,
with access to a much fuller line of lenses - some of which anyone who looked to buy the SL1 would probably
already have.  I'd be much more concerned about the rumored new full frame, basic photography oriented
Nikon DF as having the potential to impact my high end product lines than any smaller format ILC offering.
It's reasonable to assume that within five years only Canon, Sony, Panasonic and Fuji will be making serious
cameras anyway.

Lenses / Re: Advice on dream African photo safari
« on: October 11, 2013, 09:06:45 PM »
"I may buy or rent a second body" --  then consider taking the second body as a 7D (or the follow-on if it's even
available enough before your trip to get familiar with it -- and adding a 400MM f4.0 with the 1.4 extender as
a lens alternative.  With the crop body you can get the reach you may need without breaking the bank and you
don't have to worry about image quality.  Also, the smaller, lighter body can alternatively be used as a video
camera with spectacular results.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I don't understand
« on: October 11, 2013, 12:35:01 PM »
surapon posted
Yes that 42 inches X  65 Inches Poster , that wide as my  8 years old ,42 Inches HP. Designjet 800  Plotter that can print. No I still do not have enough Pixel 21.5 of my old Canon 5D MK II for looking good  poster, at the 5-8 feet away from the photo/ poster.

You need to look hard at Photoshop with the Genuine Fractals plug-in.  We routinely print 60X120 posters that
look fine from four feet away.  Starting with a 12 or 18mpix image and using the plug in is plenty!  Take a look
at the postershop rip for your machine and you'll find "it ain't the camera"!

OK - $4000 for a for an all manual 50mm f1.4 lens.  Adorama shows a summicron f2.0 for $7350, an old summilux f1.4 for $3995, and the noctilux f0.95 for 10,995 (all manual).  The Canon cinema 50mm lens is $4700. 
Guess if you want to play with the big boys, you have to step up to the plate!

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