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EOS Bodies / Re: Show your love for the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS
« on: August 23, 2012, 09:55:12 PM »
The 70-300 IS USM is a great lens. Is it an "L" lens? No, but it doesn't have to be. I have done sharpness comparisons between the 70-200 f4L and the 70-300 IS USM at 200mm and they are both amazing. The 300 loses a little detail but it is worth it for the extra reach. I will never sell mine. I still use it and will continue to do so. It is worth every penny spent. It's a great lens in the EF line-up.

Too many people out there think that unless the lens is white or comes with a "red stripe" it is not worth owning. I do not believe that. Canon has several non-"L" lenses out there that are fantastic and some are even EF-s, the HORROR!!! :)

Do yourself a favor, get some 1/16' tomato red 3m stripe and put a band over the gold stripe at the end of the lens. That way no one will complain or even care to comment... :)


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specs? [CR1]
« on: August 21, 2012, 12:29:39 AM »
Seems logical to me, even if the camera will come out next year. These specs lend themself to the fact that even IF the 70D is released, it will surpass the 70D and remain the king of ASP-C! The 70D will likely be 20-22 MP and 6-8 FPS, if Canon makes the 70D! :)


EOS Bodies / Re: Show your love for the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS
« on: August 16, 2012, 09:25:08 PM »
It's a great lens. I still use it even though I have other "L" lenses at the ready.

Lenses / Re: How do you pack your lens hoods when traveling?
« on: August 10, 2012, 10:15:50 PM »
For the most part I just attach the hoods reversed on my lenses. Takes up way less room and makes it handy to get them when I need them.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D and 5D II that different?
« on: August 08, 2012, 09:08:52 PM »
I have both and while I love the image quality and colors in the 5D2, I find myself grabbing my 7D more. The 7D, for the money (I have seen it new for as low as $1300.00 ~ $1350.00 @ B&H recently) is one heck of a camera. It is fast, responsive and the image quality is outstanding. For the best rounded out camera that gives you a good mix of balanced features/quality for a great price, you cannot beat the 7D.


Ah, what the heck. Me doing what I love doing. :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Firmware update for 7D
« on: August 06, 2012, 11:06:26 PM »
I just downloaded it in about 20 seconds. Honestly, I am looking forward to the increased RAW buffer size. :)


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Firmware update for 7D
« on: August 05, 2012, 08:27:32 PM »
Ok, we know it was August "something" but does anyone know WHEN Canon will release it? I am getting anxious.


Rule of thumb - if you can survive the condition without harm, you can reasonably expect that your equipment will as well.
Rofl I just had an image of a person stuck in the alps after a plane crash curled in a ball trying to protect their camera from the cold

That's funny. :)


Inside the trunk was 110? It gets that hot here just shooting outside. The cameras are made to handle being left in a car, and several of my Canon buddies have no problem leaving their equipment inside a hot car here during the summertime. In fact, they expect the cameras to survive, they were built to hold up to a lot of abuse without fail.


Lighting / Anyone used a LED ring light for macro?
« on: August 02, 2012, 06:01:34 PM »
I have been looking for some decent lighting for my macro work. I have speedlites already but no ring flashes. I have been looking at the "aftermarket" ones for the Canons. Has anyone used either the ring flashes or LED lights? Thoughts?


That's a tough choice.  I have both and each has excellent qualities.

If I had to choose only one I would have to say go for the 7D. It offers enough outstanding features that it makes up for the "lackings" in the 5D2. (by saying "lackings" I mean the slightly older AF system, 3.9 fps, slightly smaller viewfinder, etc... vs the 7D) I'm not saying the 5D2 is a bad camera at all because I love mine, I just find myself grabbing my 7D more often. Yes the FF images you get from the 5D2 are excellent but the speed and responsiveness of the 7D outweigh that most of the time for me.

You can get refurb 7D for as little as $1200.00 and used ones slightly less (I.E. eBay, Craigslist) and I am seeing more and more lightly used 5D2's for sale for as little as $1500.00. (I paid $1600.00 for mine with grip, 25K clicks)

As far as waiting, you have no idea exactly what Canon will offer so if you wait, you might find yourself not liking the specs. If you need a camera, buy what you can afford now and learn how to use it. I'm sure in the end, you won't regret either camera body! They are both excellent.


EOS Bodies / Re: New, cheaper, Canon FF DSLR... 70D?
« on: July 24, 2012, 10:02:55 PM »
I don't believe the 70D will even exist. 2 reasons. 1) The XXD line has been pushed toward semi-pros who use EF-s lenses and Canon will continue the 70D (if there even is one) with an APS-C sensor. Too many XXD users have/own EF-s lenses and will not upgrade to an FF 70D as they won't be able to use some if not all of their lenses!

2) The new firmware update for the 7D is what makes this interesting. Obviously Canon is doing something to keep current 7D owners happy for a while longer. Any 70D body released would have to surpass the current 7D in sensor MP AND features (speed) based on the specs found on current camera bodies. I believe that the merge of the XXD line and the XD line is logical and so would be calling it the 7D X. (X being whatever)

IF Canon had a 70D in the works, why release such an extensive firmware upgrade to the 7D? The firmware update might discourage owners of the 7D from upgrading to the 70D! Doesn't make sense.

The "Canon EOS 7D has become one of the most popular APS-C EOS DSLRs among serious photographers and semi-professionals." (Quote taken from Canon's website on the 7D) Canon will keep the tradition, it's the best marketing decision Canon could make if they merged the XXD line and the XD line. :)

Canon will release another FF body, it just won't be called the 70D or 7D2.

Just my 2 cents.


Now that we have the EOS-M here is my thoughts on the future of Canon's APS-C line.

The XXXXD line (T3) will be replaced by the EOS-M. (Logical based on the pricing and compatibility with EF lenses)

The XXXD line will take on the features found in the XXD line. (Logical based on the features found on the new Rebel, it's closer to a merge of a 7D and 60D in a smaller body)

Very possible merger of the XXD line and XD line into the 7D mark II. The 70D (if there is one) will not replace or be better than the 7D replacement. The 7D has been and will remain the flagship APS-C camera for Canon. (The 7D is one of the most popular cameras Canon has ever made, they will continue with the namesake for it's replacement)

The replacement of the 7D will not be FF nor APS-H as the marketing for the 7D has been towards EF-s users. Too many current 7D owners own/use EF-s lenses. (I am one) It would not make for a good marketing shift for Canon to change the body into a different crop of sensor from the APS-C. This is about Canon making money and the smartest choices to convince users to upgrade. If Canon is going to introduce another FF body or "bring back" the APS-H, they will simply call it something other than the 7DX (X being whatever)

If there is a 70D (and based on the August release of the version 2 firmware update for the 7D) it will push the 7D2 into 2013 or possibly 2014. I don't see that happening. There would be little reason for Canon to release such an extensive firmware update IF they were going to announce the 70D anytime soon. The 70D would have to exceed the current 7D in features and speed. (And the 70D will not be FF nor APS-H for the same reason, current XXD users who own/use EF-s lenses) My opinion is that they are trying to keep current 7D users happy while they develop a replacement for the 7D later this year or the beginning of 2013.

I think Canon is shifting the playing field from APS-C bodies to more FF bodies. The rumors of an "entry-level" FF is what makes this future interesting. I can't see Canon having too many camera bodies directly competing with each other. From what I have seen in the past, they like to spread out the choices. Canon taking away (merging) the XXD line will slim out the crop sensor field and make room for more FF cameras.


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