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I have the 600 II and am awaiting the arrival of my 200-400 ....  But, neither of them are light, and hand holding them is not as easy as some of you on this board seem to think it is.  Doable, certainly, but challenging, YES.  Way too much lens for a small person or a woman to handle, without being on a tri-pod (Wemberley) or at least a monopod

I am glad someone pointed that out. I keep reading different posts with people saying the 400, 500 and 600 ii lenses are handholdable. They are, but only for a (very) limited period of time.

The 600 ii is just under 4kg add that to a 1D X which is 1.4 kg or something, giving you a combined total of around 5.5kgs.

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I find it interesting that so many people here bought it with the possible intention of selling it on, despite its widely known flaws (and please do not tell me there are none, I have seen it in action, and Canon issued a FW update to address some of them, and looks like they are now going to launch a brand new version to correct them all!).

What makes you think the price will go up, especially if Canon does launch a new M? I cannot see the price going up at all.

Still, sounds like there are a lot of happy campers here on CR right now, so congrats on the new purchase.

I won't be buying one, but I do look forward to hearing about the possible new M, and could there be some new lenses to go with it too....  8)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Buy 7D now If I won't be able to afford 7D mkii
« on: July 03, 2013, 08:03:27 AM »
I think TDP's review of the 1D Mark II is very interesting:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EOS-1D-Mark-II-Digital-Camera-Review.aspx

and here is a comparison of the 1D Mark II and the 7D:

http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon_EOS-1D_Mark_II-vs-Canon_EOS_7D




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EOS Bodies / Re: Buy 7D now If I won't be able to afford 7D mkii
« on: July 03, 2013, 07:52:26 AM »
Reece, I am sure a lot of people would love to have so much first hand experience with a 1D Mark II.

What lenses do you currently have access too?

I know one member recently purchased a 1D Mark I (or whatever it is called) and that thread generated quite a lot of interest.

Maybe you could get your Dad to treat himself to an upgrade, and you get the 1D Mark II as a gift and get to play with his new toy from time to time.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Buy 7D now If I won't be able to afford 7D mkii
« on: July 03, 2013, 03:07:17 AM »
Is it worthwhile buying the 7D now if I will not be able to afford 7Dmkii?
what kind of a question is that? seriously.

Nice way to welcome a new member, whothafunk. And a 15-year old member at that! Seriously.

To the OP, Reece, there are plenty of people on this forum who know the ins and outs of how Canon's pricing works much better than I, but I would expect the price of the 7D to drop even further than it has recently once a 7D Mark II is announced, and even more once that camera is released.

I would keep playing with that 1D Mark II, and watch the prices fall. No urgency, and money in the bank for you.

Have you considered the brand new 70D as well? If you wait 6 months to a year that may also have come down a little in price as well and still has 7fps, plus some great brand new video tech for a reasonable price.

Just ignore unhelpful comments like the one from whothafunk, some people just can't help themselves.

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Dylan, I remember that you had a RX-1 in your signature. Did you trade it for the 2nd 5D3 body?

Didn't he say his wife "borrowed" it off him and never returned it!  :o ;D

As much as I appreciate the excellent IQ and fast AF on a DSLR, I have really started to consider eventually switching to compact system with large sensor and great lens.

I think that the enthusiast and consumer camera markets are going to go in similar lines as to what you highlight. I see so many consumers with bulky DSLRs and a whole assortment of lenses, to produce stuff that will likely only ever be seen on FB, and the occasional mantelpiece at your, and possibly a relative's, home. Even the 5D Mark III was heavily marketed in some markets to consumers, with billboards of still and video ads showing off how great it is. But for most consumers and enthusiasts, a M, RX1, RX100 ii and the like, are more than enough, and even better in some ways as they are so easy to use, so portable and just more fun, and I think many will start thinking the same.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: JOOOUUUUSSSST!
« on: July 02, 2013, 07:31:13 PM »
What would you do?

I might just go and enjoy the day.

Any chance you could speak to CPS leaving out the "doing it for fun" part and ask if you could borrow a camera? Perhaps the 1DX to see what it is like before you make a purchase decision, preferably with a nice lens to go with it.

Good luck and enjoy.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: July 02, 2013, 06:36:01 AM »
I'm a videographer, but I'm thinking about switching from my 5D Mark II to the 70D if the noise isn't too bad. The main reasons is that the 70D has a Digic 5+ processor, which is the same as the 5D3 if I'm not mistaken, right? If the magic lantern team manage to hack the 70D, which I'm sure they are, that could enable 1080p RAW video recording. Also that AF in video recording looks quite handy when its hard to focus manually. Lastly, its a generally better camera, functions wise, than the 5D2, which only has the fullframeness to brag about, which although is really nice, but I could give that up for generally better specs and that lovely processor. :3

Doesn't the lack of a headphone jack concern you? I know you can go external, but sometimes it is nice to have an in camera system you can monitor audibly.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Dual Pixel Liveview Autofocus
« on: July 02, 2013, 01:38:36 AM »
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Does it have a headphone socket?

It doesn't appear to have one based on the pics I've seen, unfortunately. Also, the remote control terminal is the Rebel-class E3-type connector as opposed to the N3-type connector used by the higher-end bodies. Also, no PC sync terminal like the 60D & 6D  :-\.

Yes, you are right. Strange move for a camera with so much video potential. The two video examples engadget has uploaded are pretty amazing in how easy it is to switch focus from one point to another.

I had been considering getting a XA20 but I will have to take a closer look at the 70D as it might meet my video needs better than the 1D X does, though the simple fact it does not have a headphone jack puts me off. Still this is a good move forward for DSLRs, and I am even more interested to see what they do with the 7D Mark II.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Dual Pixel Liveview Autofocus
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:32:09 AM »
This is pretty big news for those that do shoot video. Does it have a headphone socket?

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Lenses / Re: 400 2.8 vs 200-400 4.0 1.4
« on: June 29, 2013, 01:25:03 AM »
How would the 400 2.8 with a 2XII stack up with the 200-400 @ 400 with a 2XII? Just curious.


http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=741&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=2&API=2&LensComp=764&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=7&APIComp=0


Thanks Neuro but I'm in a scotch induced semi-coma at the moment  ;) ... how would you compare it in practical use?

I don't have much experience of seeing images of test charts but the 200-400 @ 400mm + 2XII appears to be better ... the images off the 200-400 + 2XII appear (to me at least) to be sharper as opposed to the prime + 2XII at f/5.6 as well as f/8.


You did not ask me but as I have not opened my first beer of the day then I will take a shot at it.  ;D

For me this comparison of the 400 f/2.8 ii + 2Xiii at 800 f/5.6 with the 200-400 1.4X plus 2Xiii at 800 f/8.0 gives you a slightly better image on the latter.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=741&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=2&API=2&LensComp=764&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=7&APIComp=0

However when I compare the 400 f/2.8 ii + 2Xiii at 800 f/8.0 with the 200-400 1.4X plus 2Xiii at 800 f/8.0 then it is the prime that seems to be quite a bit sharper. The difference here seems to be greater than in the other test.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=741&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=2&API=4&LensComp=764&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=7&APIComp=2

Does that make any sense?

What scotch btw? Cheers.  8)

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Lenses / Re: 400 2.8 vs 200-400 4.0 1.4
« on: June 29, 2013, 01:09:38 AM »
Question to Canon CPS?Why?  Like you ask, you will get a answer.
The ultimate zoom for hockey worldwide football indoor sports, handball etc  have included  the 200-400 from Nikon a long time and the lens has replaced a variety of lenses for the photographers. The quality are now so good from the cameras  that a stop do not give much benefit and  if  Canon can show that their  lens is a good as a couple of heavy fixed lenses  then it is not much to discuss?
Your own choice that you have a 300 or 400/2,8 ?
For a newspaper or magazine there are no difference if the american football has been shooting with a 400/2,8 or 200-400/4 at F-4

At all the major int. sporting events I am at, I hardly ever see any zooms - Nikon or Canon. Most pros are using f/2.8 primes and operate a multi-camera system (two or more cameras each with different lenses). The only zooms you tend to see are the 70-200 f/2.8.

I can see the advantages of having a 200-400 1.4X and if they ever make a f/2.8 version, I will be one of the first to put my name down (although how much it would cost is a scary, scary thought  :o ). But at f/4 it is better suited for wildlife shooters etc rather than sport.

I still haven't tried it though but will be doing soon enough. Then I will know for sure.

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PowerShot / Re: Canon France Denies Large Sensor Compacts
« on: June 28, 2013, 11:07:01 PM »
I feel for Canon. I do hope that they do not do a Google image search for "canon 70D", or even "canon 3D", I can't even imagine how unhappy they would be then. Horror of horrors. :o ::) 8)

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Canon General / Re: Is this a fair offer for an on location job?
« on: June 28, 2013, 10:29:25 PM »
So I got the contract today...  if I have a uniform, I could be on the field taking pictures... But I don't have a uniform, so I will ultimately be in a tower...

Oh come on! This is part of being a photographer, you do what you have to do to get the best pics from the job you are given, so get a uniform!!

Surely you can make, rent or borrow one!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List
« on: June 28, 2013, 04:23:48 AM »
Ok no more about that  ::)

Oh you mentioned the pub, that's another thing that's super expensive here. What was I thinking moving back?

Of course, but I get the impression that you are not back for good, so soak up the cultural benefits of being in Europe, and thank your lucky stars it is not winter, as I have seen those YT videos of what you Swedes get up to after too many schnapps! Even Anthony Bourdain partook in such a refreshing dip I believe!

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