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EOS Bodies / Re: 60D + EFS17-55 f/2.8 - £1000 at Tesco
« on: June 21, 2011, 01:58:02 PM »
No further change to my order status here. No phone calls either... wonder how many orders they had - maybe they have a backlog to manually clear?

EOS Bodies / Re: 60D + EFS17-55 f/2.8 - £1000 at Tesco
« on: June 20, 2011, 04:45:18 PM »
Still no change to my order status yet. No calls either.

If they were to send the wrong kit (not as described) then I believe under distance selling regulations they would be responsible for paying return postage.

EOS Bodies / Re: 60D + EFS17-55 f/2.8 - £1000 at Tesco
« on: June 20, 2011, 12:39:43 PM »
While not unexpected, they haven't removed the sale page or changed the price on their web site yet.

Will at least save me the dilemma of what to do with it all!

EOS Bodies / Re: 60D + EFS17-55 f/2.8 - £1000 at Tesco
« on: June 20, 2011, 07:22:24 AM »
I didn't get a phone call, but just looked at my order status and it is on "At warehouse - dispatching soon".

EOS Bodies / Re: 60D + EFS17-55 f/2.8 - £1000 at Tesco
« on: June 19, 2011, 08:09:35 AM »
After checking my credit card and bank balances, I gave in an ordered too... thanks to the timing I wont have to pay my credit card for over a month so I have lots of time to decide what to do.

EOS Bodies / Re: 60D + EFS17-55 f/2.8 - £1000 at Tesco
« on: June 19, 2011, 07:28:27 AM »
Argh! If I didn't get a 600D recently as 2nd body to 7D, I'd be all over this!

Actually, if I got it, sold the 600D+17-55 (as used) that means I could get a body upgrade and probably still have a small profit. Someone talk me in/out of this??? Before you ask, I already have the 15-85 and for my needs the extra range is more useful than a shorter f/2.8 zoom.

All assuming they do sell them at that price of course.

Canon General / Re: Odds & Ends
« on: June 10, 2011, 12:55:13 PM »
While I wouldn't count on a 7D2 any time soon, the 18MP sensor introduced with it is getting on for 2 years old now. It can't be long before a successor will be around, whichever body it might end up in.

EOS Bodies / Re: What do you want from the 5D mk III
« on: June 10, 2011, 07:16:51 AM »
And I DO NOT want dual CF cards.  I want 1 CF and 1 SDHC slot.  In the US, CF are harder and harder to find because most cams come with SD slots.
Tried the SD to CF adapters? Might be worth getting some to try if you think you might want to concentrate on SD going ahead.

I'm finding the availability the opposite here, at least for anything above consumer level throwaway cards. It is still hard to find branded moderate performing (200x or faster) medium-high capacity (8GB+) SD cards, whereas the CF versions are easily available everywhere. The 2GB super-slow ones are everywhere though.

Both the previous posts I think miss the point. You need "good enough for the job". That may or may not be full frame, or weatherproofed. Doesn't matter if you're pro or not. Even the best photographer would struggle if they don't have the appropriate tools for the job.

All the great whites are probably low volume sellers. Doesn't mean they are not profitable. I have a 300mm f/2.8 lens, but the lack of zoom is a big negative for me. The Sigma 120-300/2.8 was also tempting at the time, but I'd pay the Canon premium if they were to make one, particularly with IS. Having said that, the 200-400 extender would fill a similar role for me and that will do nicely when it comes out.

An EF 50-150 f2.8L would be too niche I think. It isn't that much different from the existing selection of 70-200 lenses. The only way it could make sense is if was an EF-S "as good as L", where the cost, size and weight savings combined would be more significant if you take the Sigma lenses for comparison.

An EF 1xx-300 f2.8L (or wider) would be a very nice lens to have I think. It would cost in the ball park of the 300 f/2.8L regardless... maybe they could look at this once they're done with the 200-400 extender.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Future of the 1Ds & 5D Lines [CR2]
« on: June 01, 2011, 07:57:34 AM »
If I were head of Canon going for a two model 5D3 approach, I'd make one photo-centric. Pretty much as we know the 5D2 but generally "improved" all round. It will include video in a similar way to the 5D2. The 5D3-V for lack of a better name would share the majority of the core electronics, but repackaged in a much more video friendly form factor, whatever that will be. It may or may not do stills too, but if so it would be very secondary.

I wouldn't worry about it. Hardware problems seem to be very rare. Firmware bugs are not unusual, but updates are easy enough to apply yourself as and when they are released. Waiting after launch is no guarantee either, as some problems can take years to show up like the original 5D mirror issue.

EOS Bodies / Re: A grateful end to the DSLR video "revolution"
« on: May 22, 2011, 10:09:15 AM »
There's two halves to that, the commercial side, and the technical side. On the technical side, the claim there is that Sony/Panasonic have jumped Canon in "affordable" big sensor video is partially right. The Panasonic AF100 is "only" a quarter the sensor area of a 5D2 so if you want the stronger shallow DoF effect, it is no substitute. The Sony F3 is more interesting I guess, but it is also over 5x the price of a 5D2. Fundamentally the 5D2 is still the only value really big sensor option around. But, there is at the end of the day a "good enough" sensor size argument too. In a similar way, APS-C is "good enough" for the majority of DSLR photographers, but that doesn't rule out the fewer cases where full frame is needed.

And in a case of possible optimism, who's to say Canon are not also working on their own interchangeable lens video big sensor camera? At the minimum they could just repack the 5D2 core into a better form factor. Maybe they're holding out for their next generation sensor to fix some of the shortcomings of existing sensors too.

Lenses / Re: Macro
« on: May 06, 2011, 04:34:20 PM »
One more option to consider for more magnification - add an extender/teleconverter. Do check if they are physically compatible. I believe the new L doesn't take the Canon extender as the rear lens element will conflict with the extender's protrusion. If the non-L is similar, you're looking at getting something like a Kenko non-pro one without a protrusion.

Quality will degrade depending on the quality of the extender, but a 1.4x is probably ok in most situation. Benefits of this method are you retain near enough the same focus distance range as the native lens, and in most cases you will also maintain AF capability.

Back to the earlier reference to extension tubes, they can degrade quality if you push too far. You are operating the lens outside its normal region. Depending on the lens and how far you push, you can get field curvature and other negative effects. Stopping down for DoF also helps combat that. If you're not too ambitious with extension amount then the quality can remain very good.

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