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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sooner Than Later [CR2]
« on: December 27, 2011, 02:20:50 PM »
I ALMOST bought a 5D Mk II today, but now I'm undecided again! For the sake of a few weeks or months, should I hold out for the Mk III (at least until the specs are confirmed, in which case I could at least make an informed decision as to which suits my needs best)? There's no doubting the Mk II is a nice camera. I handled one for the first time today, in a camera store and I have to admit I was surprised by just how solid it feels. Having grown accustomed to using a 1 series over the last six years, I thought the 5D Mk II would feel 'plasticky' and a lot lighter but that was far from the case. It felt good - a LOT better than I thought it would. If the image quality is as good as it's reputed to be, no wonder people fall in love with it (especially given the relatively low price point). The three preset buttons C1, C2, C3 also appeal to me what a good idea! Not a camera for serious sports photographers or twitchers I suspect, but for studio work or landscapes it seems like unbeatable value for money, especially at current record low prices. I'm not usually this indecisive ... but there again ... help me someone ... PLEASE!

Good things come to those who are patient.  :)

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
« on: December 27, 2011, 01:35:34 PM »

Lenses / Re: 24-70 or 24-105
« on: December 27, 2011, 01:27:07 PM »
For portrait isolation consider a 135 f2 L. There are few lenses that do what the 135 can for that application at that price range. The amount of OOF Blur goes up with a longer lens for the same framing/F stop value.

Between the 24-70 and 24-105... you can wait 2-3 weeks and see if there's an announcent for the 24-70 mk.ii if not and you are tight on the budget, get the 24-105 f4, and then use some PP to get you some more OOF blur if that's very important to you. You won't have to PP every shot, just the few you deem worth it.

Many people have had "bad copies" of the 24-70mm to make it a recommendation, but it is F2.8, so it depends what you like. There are guys out there that love the 24-70 (good copies?) but it is an older model and should be replaced soon hopefully.

You choose what you are comfortable with.... personally I don't think the 24-105 will give you a lot of OOF blur... it will do some though.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sooner Than Later [CR2]
« on: December 27, 2011, 01:21:26 PM »
April announcement?

<applied> Tax refund </applied>

Lenses / Anyone try a Vivitar 2x extender
« on: December 27, 2011, 10:49:00 AM »

I know... you get what you pay for... but at $109, this is worth looking into: I was wondering if anyone has any experiences with these:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/2X-Extender-Canon-EOS-EF-II-Lenses-/130621881929?pt=Camera_Lenses&hash=item1e69abbe49

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: December 27, 2011, 10:03:16 AM »
My first shot with this "magical" lens... nothing special but displays the qualities of the lens itself.

Note the razor sharp dof focus line on the table right in front of Scooby's paw.

EOS Bodies / Re: New to Full Frame - some help with lens(es)?
« on: December 27, 2011, 09:41:03 AM »
As so many of you seem to be recommending the 70-200mm options, I've gone and a had a good look at the Canon lens lineup as a result.
You can probably tell by now that I'm not really into the idea of a big heavy tele lens, mainly due to size. I have however noticed that the 70-300 L is physically a lot shorter than the 70-200mm options. This would be one to consider in my books. What are people's thoughts on this lens?
As mentioned before - I very rarely find myself needing anything longer than 50mm (I went through my flickr stream last night and about 98% of my shots are at 50mm or less on a crop body), but I do see the appeal of longer glass, so was wondering what people have to say about the 70-300L as it's probably as large (physically) as I would ever want to go... well for now anyways...

I have one... and once I got the 70-200f2.8mk.ii, I thought I was going to sell the 70-300L... but no.. I cannot bring myself to do it so far...

It is sharper than the 70-200, lighter so used a lot more often... the area where the 70-200f2.8 beat it is perhaps a little more background blur, better in low light. So depending on how much application these have in your usage should determine which one you get. For the money, the 70-300L is an excellent choice and is a bit under respected perhaps because it is f5.6 @ 300mm.

Hope this helps.

EOS Bodies / Re: Sigma Announcing New Stuff on January 10, 2012
« on: December 27, 2011, 09:34:43 AM »
My Sigma wishlist

12-24mm without the complex distortion that plagues the Mk.II
24-70mm f2.8 with OS below $1k that is optically as good as the canon
200-600mm Zoom F4 or better at below $2k   ;)

I know it is too obvious that I am building this around the 70-200f2.8mk.ii  but it's just a wish  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: 5d or 1ds
« on: December 27, 2011, 09:21:41 AM »
I have a 5D and before it; used to have a 1d mk.ii (not DS though): I miss the frame rates and 7AEB on the 1D body, but apart from that it was a bag of hurt. I needed to resurrect an old XP machine to even load the software to control some of the 1D settings. Mine had USB 1 (not sure what the Ds has): Also image quality on the 5d is as good as any current DSLR out there. Much better than the 1D2 I had.

Don't think too hard about it... go with the 5d.

EOS Bodies / Re: New to Full Frame - some help with lens(es)?
« on: December 23, 2011, 10:58:55 AM »
If you got the bucks and want f2.8 all the way

16-35 F2.8 mk.ii
24-70 F2.8 (maybe wait for mk.ii)
70-200 F2.8 mk.ii

If you want to cover the range on reasonable budget

12-24mm Sigma ( you can skimp on this since the 24-105mm is 15mm equivant on crop; so wider than your 17-40 is on the 40D)
24-105 F4
70-200 F4 mk.ii

if you want FF 1 lens on a budget and build around it later on

24-105mm F4
(Later on add a 70-300L on the long end)

All in all the 24-105mm kit makes a lot of sense for you. I have one and have seldom needed anything wider (15mm on crop equivalent)

Hope this helps.

EOS Bodies / Re: Whortwhile to go for 5D Mark II?
« on: December 22, 2011, 10:25:13 AM »
Sometimes, Things like Magic lantern actually help the 5D2 retain it's value as well. With all the features it has, in some ways it could be more useful for some people than the 5d3 would be (given that Canon will cripple it to save the 1Dx).

Landscape / Re: Water Reflections
« on: December 21, 2011, 07:44:58 AM »
Applaud Axim!  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrading from 5d... 1ds2 or 5d2
« on: December 21, 2011, 07:43:22 AM »
Thanks again!

I think you guys have convinced me 1ds2 vs 5d2 comparison; there seems to be consensus, however on the pricing aspect; I feel; though the 1ds is older; it will depreciate less than the 5d2 when the 5d3 is announced.

What about the IQ compared to the 5d, is the 1ds ISO performance silimar? For me 400is max I go with my 5d, at 800 it needs a loy of PP, beyond that I lose too much detail.

EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrading from 5d... 1ds2 or 5d2
« on: December 20, 2011, 08:50:52 PM »
B&H is selling a 5D Mark II bundle for only $1999 -- it's a great choice at a great price (I paid $2700 nearly 3 years ago).  With the included SanDisk 16GB Extreme Pro CF and free shipping, it's a no-brainer.  Stop waiting and go get it!  :)

I'm waiting to get on this deal..... I have to wait until 1/3 to order so I get the tax write off, do you think the sale will last that long?  I hope so!!

I think you might snag it till then... I read somewhere about one of these Canon sales going on till Jan 7th  :)

Canon General / Re: Missing lenses on Canon Refurb Site
« on: December 20, 2011, 01:57:29 PM »
I would not read too much into it...As long as a lens is actively sold by Canon, it should be on that list... e.g. 70-200 f4L... since they must get returns all the time...   seems like someone needs to do some web content clean-up.

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