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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II specs wishlist.
« on: March 05, 2012, 05:10:34 PM »
I am a photographer who owns and uses the current 7D extensively, and I really like the camera. It is a very good step up from other APS-C cameras.

My 7DmkII wishlist is:
  • 5 Custom settings on mode dial (get rid of "Creative Auto" and "Full Auto")
  • Apart from that keep the body the same
  • At least 2 stops cleaner 18MP APS-C sensor
  • Improved DR at all ISOs, especially at 100 and 200 (for landscapes)
  • Exposure bracketing allowing up to 9 photos (+/- 5EV)
  • Dual Digic 5+ (one dedicated to AF)
  • Built in interval meter
  • Price AUD $1800 - $2000

Possibly / optional (points below not critical to me)
  • Possibly up to 30 AF points (all cross-type, need to be well spaced out
  • ISO up to 25,600 (or 51,200 - even if noisy)
  • Fast & full time AF for video & Live View - linked to AF button (can use FT MF on USM lenses)
  • Dedicated mirror lock-up button, or assignable to an existing button eg MFn
  • Sturdy flip out screen (useful for macros)
  • Option of 12fps @ 8MP or 10 fps @ 10 MP
  • Dual cards (SD backup for ultra critical events / photo outings)
  • With these 'optional' points included above, price AUD $2000 - $2200

Am I being unreasonable?


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III: Some perspectives/concerns
« on: March 04, 2012, 06:30:56 PM »
Quite a number of years ago, when I had been in the world of DSLRs for a while and had the 350D, a friend of mine (who had just purchased an entry level Nikon DSLR) said I should've got a Nikon instead of a Canon. My friend's reasoning was as follows "because there is a talented, independent person on the internet who says Nikon cameras are superior, and they are so good - and no one pays him to say or write that, so why would he?  His name is Ken Rockwell".  My friend also gave me the link to Ken Rockwell's website.

I looked at Ken's website and had the BEST laugh I had had for a long time.  :)   :D   ;D  A lot of his pages share absolutely information of no value, or even worse "rubbish". (I had used my DSLR enough to know that a lot of what Ken said was wasted webspace). Many of my photos, even with the years of using Fuji digital P&S were far superior to any of the 'best photos' Ken has shared.  Ken contradicts himself (over the years) in so many different ways:
"You need primes!"  vs  "You need superzooms!"  ???
"Brand matters" vs "Any brand is good"  ::)
"More megapixels are better"  vs  "You only need about 3 megapixels really"  :P

It IS so funny seeing him 'beg' for his children's education fund, family running expenses. Oh dear... if only he knew that I would never give him a cent, as I give to the REAL needy in the world (eg folks in refugee camps, or those in developing countries affected by natural disastors).

Ken can be the digital photography comic relief (just as this thread shows) when things get 'too' serious!!!     ;D

Ok... back to photography, and the 'real deal' - and I'm looking forward to reading more about the 5DmkIII... and seeing more photos taken from it soon!



Lenses / Re: Where do you sell used lenses
« on: March 03, 2012, 11:41:16 PM »
I sell mine on gumtree (the Australia equivalent of Craigslist).

Gumtree provides you with free ads (sell, swap or buy) , and you can meet face to face (do this in a safe, public spot) to try / purchase, etc. I've had success in selling 3 Canon lenses that way in recent months.

I sold the lenses below what I got them for, but I expected that, and the reason I sold them for cheaper was:
 - I had a LOT of use over several years
 - they were not L lenses
 - each lens had been superceded in more recent years with superior products (ie newer / better lenses available).
So I was happy with getting at least some decent money for them, but having a clear conscious I was selling them for a reasonable price.

Gumtree really worked for me!  ;)


EOS Bodies / Re: Introducing the Canon 5D Mark III
« on: March 02, 2012, 01:15:13 AM »
Thanks Craig for your great spot on recent CR3.   8)

From the actual released specs and if Canon has implemented their R&D well, this should be an awesome FF camera. Great IQ, very strong AF, etc.   ;)

I'm looking forward to the reviews, and seeing great photos from it.

Who knows I may even buy it somewhere down the line.... :)


I've seen the 5DmkIII listed on Teds (here in Australia) for AUD$4200 body only, or AUD$6800 with "24-70mm" (I note it doesn't say "24-70mm II"!)   :o

My experience over several years is that Teds list / marked prices are usually higher than some other bricks and mortar stores, however some Teds staff are willing to give a generous discount / reduction.   ;)

As with most electronic products, I expect the price of the 5DmkIII to reduce as time progresses, so that probably by the end of 2012 it will be selling substantially cheaper, and there will also be products available via SE Asia or the grey market, cheaper again.  :D

I look forward to people buying, using, enjoying the 5DmkIII and sharing great photographs from it.   :)

Happy photography everyone!   8)


EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* Here's an Invite for 2 March 2012
« on: February 29, 2012, 06:08:37 PM »
I had such a good belly laugh at some of the 'muffin' (vs cupcake), coffee (holder/maker, etc), CanonMouse, and other manner of poetic artistry going on in this thread.... THANKS!!   ;D   ;D  [Applause given to many folks]!!

Currently it's 09:10... as I live in Adelaide, South Australia - which is GMT +9:30 (and we're in daylight savings time as it's summer here now). So hopefully I might get to see something before close of business Friday (tomorrow)....

Having looked at the photos here (including those on the Chinese link) - I notice they have both IXUS branding / signage (eg G1X), as well as EOS and a number of display stands and at least one big EOS poster / canvas.  So I HOPE that it will be an announcement for a new EOS (that is, not just 'displaying' the EOS 1DX which is being released).

My take is that this event (across the globe) is probably indeed the 5DmkIII announcement / launch   ;)      I certainly HOPE it is... as I think that will set the scene for further improvements to trickle down to APS cameras (perhaps in video, image quality, and some new 'features').

Hey, one can DREAM can't one?!   :o   :P

AND... I hope that a fantastic quality 5DmkIII body, will also drive the demand for some new lenses... I'm still looking forward to a new prime 50mm fast (ie f1.4 / f1.8) prime lens, that has true USM and perhaps even IS.  Most important, it should be very very sharp wide open (tack sharp 1 fstop down corner to corner), and have beautiful smooth bokeh too.

Well.... let's see... only a day and a bit to go!  Hopefully it will be an announcement that catches us all out with PLEASANT SURPRISE!

Cheers everyone....


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D - Wait or buy?
« on: February 28, 2012, 05:54:52 PM »
2 years ago I was in a similar boat to you.  I had purchased a Canon 350D (XT) in 2005. I take tens of thousands of photos a year, including different genres such as children camps (charity camps), landscape, macro, wildlife and the odd sports / portrait, etc. Particularly for the wildlife, camps and sports, I felt like a superior camera (with better AF, higher ISO) would be important, particularly as I am the official photographer for the camps, and occasionally am asked to do sports / impromptu family photography.

My Canon 350D / XT had over 70,000 shutter actuations - and was still producing quality images. however I was a bit worried it might 'die' at a critical event / moment. So at the end of 2009 - soon after the Canon 7D was announced, I felt 'this is the camera for me'. I had a number of good lenses already, some specifically suited to APS-C (1.6x crop) Canon camera bodies. I've not looked back.  The images I capture with my 7D are superior to my Canon 350D (though admittedly, for landscapes there's not much difference, but the higher resolution: 18MP vs 8MP is helpful). Both have decent ISO handling, though I know FF cameras of course will be much better.

But the vastly improved AF (accuracy, flexibility, number of AF points, etc) and frame rate of the 7D for wildlife, moving children, sports is truly a huge benefit.  The live view is very handy - especially for macros, and sometimes for landscapes. Generally the handling of the 7D camera is far superior to the Canon 'Rebel' series, such as your XSi - also metering, etc.  So I would suggest that you get the 7D. No one yet knows for sure if there will be a 7DmkII (could be, but there appears to be more talk that a 5DmkIII might be released soon...) - there is at this stage no official indication. But you might want to wait till after 2 March 2012 to finalise your purchase, as it appears there might be a Canon announcement that date.

All the best.  No matter the outcome, the 7D can be a great photographer's tool - capturing great images. It is listed at a good price now... and I think the 7D one of Canon's best bargains / value for money bodies at the moment. The weather sealing, durability, quality all come together well. Surely FF have lower noise and more powerful DOF control. But a new 7DmkII will not be available for maybe several weeks / some months, PLUS the price will be a lot higher.  I hope my post is helpful.  Best wishes. Do let us know your outcome.


EOS Bodies / Re: Just got word the 5D III isn't coming this week
« on: February 28, 2012, 05:26:28 PM »
LOL!   I also had quite a good laugh at the original post... and at some of the replies (applause given to various folks!)  Thanks for the "ha ha ha" laughs.   ;D

Well, as a guy earning a good salary in Australia, and currently single - I probably don't have the dilemma that some others have between the delicate line of 'negotiating' with a wife or partner about the purchase of toys / photography equipment for the hobby. Definitely everything needs to be kept in perspective - eg important things like paying essential bills, providing for health needs, future education, etc. (This is beginning to sound SO dry!!!!)  :-\

I do realise some people have suggested very much tongue in cheek about sneaking in a new body, or lens... he he he...

A strategy that can work is have two tins or 'fun funds' (one for each spouse / partner respectively) - where money is put in each (eg $100 from income put aside, $50 for A and $50 for B).  And then, purchases for respective hobbies / special spending made from each. (Purchases don't have to be made at the same time). I have a degree in marketing and accounting, as well as work background in both relationship counselling. I'm not saying I'm a guru, but I've seen this work very successfully - and makes both the purchaser as well as the other, appreciate what is saved up for, and then purchased.  ;)

There can be a 'grey line' about 'what is necessary' and 'what is a fun fund thing' (eg is an evening dress, is sports equipment, improvements to the car, etc, etc?) Being clear on definitions from the beginning is important. I've also lived in a developing country, working in international charity - basically gave up my career and income to do so, therefore I also know the real life restraints on being frugal and living on VERY little.  (So consider setting up a 'giving away to needs of the world' tin / fund also!)

Ok, to end on a lighter note.... ensure you hold your spouses / partner's hand MORE than you have your hand on the camera. That way, with love in your life, you are definitely more open to see the beauty in life (either a flower, landscape, smile, abstract form, etc, etc).   :-*

I don't think I'll be getting the 5DmkIII (or what will be the next 'budget' FF camera). I'm sure it will be a great camera, and I expect will have awesome image quality.  But I'm still very thankful with my 7D - and it does what I need it to in a very good way. It's a very versatile and capable camera body, and with the 4 quality lenses I have (including good zooms, prime, macro, etc)- I can capture pretty much any photo I want to.

For sure, advancement in technology and more capable cameras, including the 5DmkIII that we're expecting will be a welcome addition to the market, and will hopefully see improvements 'trickle down' to more Canon camera bodies! We're all winners.  Happy photography everyone!!!    8)

Regards (& lots of laughs)


Lenses / Re: What's your favorite Canon lens and why?
« on: February 22, 2012, 08:41:14 PM »
My favourite lens is my Canon 15-85mm USM IS.   ;)

The reason for this is that it is just so versatile on my Canon 7D.  The size / weight, and focal length are just so useful, and I can use it for probably about 80% of photos I take. While it's not particularly fast, IS helps in some situations - and the USM focus is both fast and accurate.

The image quality of the 15-85mm is very good. Some minor issues on the wide end (to be expected, eg small bit of CA, and softness at the edges / corners). But really quite good considering! I had a good copy of the Canon 28-135mm, but my 15-85mm is superior in every regard, including build quality.

My next favourite lens would be my 70-300mm L. That is also my most expensive lens and perhaps has higher image quality than the previous lens.  The 70-300mm L is also very versatile for a telezoom - both it's physical size (fits in my LowePro should bag) - and can do eg portraits at 70mm f4, to birds / wildlife / some sports - up to 300mm @ f5.6.  But definitely the Canon 15-85mm is more a 'go to' lens for more of my general photography (eg landscape, casual portraits, even flower macros, etc).

Cheers.   8)


Lenses / Re: New Lenses Coming [CR3]
« on: February 22, 2012, 08:24:28 PM »
Kinda curious, how many of you would buy a new 50mm 1.4 with fantastic optics?  That's the kind of lens I have been waiting/hoping for.  Even if it was let's say $500, I would still jump on it.  Am I the only one who doesn't have thousands of dollars and would still love to have a great affordable lens like that?

Ahhhh.. I had a good chuckle at something you wrote above, michi  ;D
"Even if it was let's say $500".
It's much more likely to be closer to $1000 seeing the price of most of Canon's latest offerings!  Eg the 24mm f2.8 USM IS and 28mm f2.8 USM IS are around $800.  A much faster (eg f1.4!) lens, even without IS would cost around $800 to $1000 is my guess.

I'd be happy with a new 50mm f1.8 that has true (ring) USM (IS could be a bonus) for around $500-$600, or a f1.4 for around $800-$1000 with true USM (IS again, just as a bonus).  I had the 50mm f1.8, but sold it - as the focus accuracy & speed as well as bokeh aren't up to my standards.

I want a fast lens (at least f2), around 50 - 60mm, very high IQ wide open, true USM. That is the only real 'gap' in my current lens range  ;)   I have 4 other lenses: 10-20mm, 15-85mm, 100mm macro and 70-300mm L, so the 'fast quality prime' is the one I'm looking for.

I've seen too many focus issues with the Sigma 50mm f1.4 to be convinced by it. Same (weak, not true full ring USM) with the Canon 50mm f1.4, where many copies are not sharp enough wide open either.

Please please please Canon...


Australia / Re: Camera repair in OZ
« on: February 22, 2012, 07:51:42 PM »
Shame to hear your Canon 5Dc is having some issues.

I've had my camera repaired (under warrantee) when the built-in flash on my 7D didn't 'pop back up' - after I had an external flash mounted on the hotshoe (this is a known, identified problem).

I took my 7D in to the store, they took down my details, a description of the problem - etc - and it took a couple of weeks (no communication in the meantime - till it was ready), but thankfully I had a backup Canon camera body.  It works fine now.

Maybe you could contact Canon Australia directly while you're here and ask them:

Best wishes


EOS Bodies / Re: CanonRumors Accuracy
« on: February 22, 2012, 07:25:12 PM »
I do get very excited when I see a CR3.....   :P

Often the CR3s are not only 'spot on' (or very very close) - but they nearly always also herald that the date of announcement is actually accurate.

So, next week it is then!   8)

Thanks, CR guy!  Catch you all then with the (hopefully exciting) official releases / news / outcomes.  In the meantime - happy photographing my friends.


EOS Bodies / Re: *BUSTED* 5D Mark III & 5D X Specs?
« on: February 21, 2012, 05:35:23 AM »

- 5DmkIII ('enthusiast')  26MP 5fps. 19pt AF downgraded 7D AF, A few cross-type AF pts.
- 3D ('premium') 34MP 8fps. 45 AF, many cross-type and extra sensitivity AF pts. Better body.
- 1DX ('professional') 18MP 14fps. 61AF. Full professional body. Highest connectivity and feature set.

The main marketed differentiation between the 5D line and the 3D line will be on the sensor, with the focus for the 5D line being on low noise and great DR, whereas the 3D marketing focus will emphasize resolution, advanced features and body quality.


Reasoning on market segment, IMHO the 5DIII should lure those that own the 5DII (they are a nice segment in dimension), making them update to the newer, as much as those looking for an all around professional camera  less expensive than the 1DX.

The high framerate on a high resolution sensor camera has a reason if you don't split the line (as Nikon is doing with the D800).

If Canon is planning to split the 5D line, the high framerate should go to the lower-res camera (as a feature for general purpose shooter).

The high-res camera should be addressed to studio professionals or resolution addicted amateurs (they don't see high framerate as a big selling point) and bring a higher cost in comparison.

If you also take account of what the video enthusiasts are expecting, they don't need a higher megapixel camera, but a better Dynamic Range sensor for sure (as much as some video oriented new features).

So if you push on the DR feature, you must lower the pixel count and increase pixel dimension.

Canon can do the split since it is a mammoth company with a huge R&D dept. in comparison to Nikon (using Sony made sensors on proprietary specs), and it also makes sense on a usage-driven market segment (photo vs. video).

This is only speculation, of course, keep it with a grain of salt because we don't know all the photo-video Canon market numbers.

But also keep for sure that if a disruptive innovation has to be made for a product (the Canon 5D), it should be Canon itself to do it, because it opens new markets, don't cannibalize the existing one (think to the Apple iPhone 's new models development path).

Hi spideyhero

Also thanks for your comments above, replying to my initial post in this thread.

I can see the logic, of splitting the FF under the 1DX by having both:
1) a 'high resolution / slower fps' camera (studio / landscape) and
2) a 'lower resolution / higher fps' (sports / wildlife / photo-journalists)

However, for some reason, at this stage, I am just thinking they might split differently. I could very well be wrong. I just see there being a 'gap' for a (perhaps) 3D - which is above 5D line in resolution and in fps.  Like the 7D was when it came out (above other APS-C cameras in both resolution and fps).

I think both the 5D line and a possible 3D line will be relatively high resolution, compared to the 1DX, which has the ultimate image quality per pixel - in terms of very low noise, great DR - and the most speed of them all.

Let's see! Thanks again.   ;)


EOS Bodies / Re: *BUSTED* 5D Mark III & 5D X Specs?
« on: February 20, 2012, 06:31:56 PM »
- 5DmkIII ('enthusiast')  26MP 5fps. 19pt AF downgraded 7D AF, A few cross-type AF pts.

Cant see them developing an inferior AF wihen they already have the 45 point 1d4/1ds3 AF sitting in the parts bin waiting to be fitted

Hi Brian, thanks for your post also.  :)

Yes, I can definitely see where you're coming from, that it might seem better to use an existing / working AF system rather than 'dumb down' say the existing 7D AF.

My post above was speculation, however I do see a gap between the 5DmkII and the 1DX that 'needs' to be filled by something like what I've proposed above might be the specs of a 3D, which uses a good working 45pt AF system similar (or exactly the same as) the previous 1D4/1Ds3.  I just don't see the 5D line inheriting that (at least not 'yet').

And as I've seen Canon do quite successfully in the APS-C lines, that is: have a range - ie 4 (!)  differently developed AF sensors, which also seems 'inefficient' from a R&D perspective, but they have that. Although I'm reasonably technically competitent, I am not a electronic engineer (I've got a marketing degree instead)- thus I'm not sure the development costs (to dumb down a 7D or 'invent' another AF system all together for the 5DmkIII).  I just think Canon are trying to win points and market share by having a 'range to suit every person' - and also clearer reasons to attempt to tempt people up to the next line or tiers of camera.

But who knows... you could very well be right (and if so, well done!).  Time will tell... and hopefully we'll know before too long.   8)



EOS Bodies / Re: *BUSTED* 5D Mark III & 5D X Specs?
« on: February 20, 2012, 06:19:24 PM »

- 5DmkIII ('enthusiast')  26MP 5fps. 19pt AF downgraded 7D AF, A few cross-type AF pts.
- 3D ('premium') 34MP 8fps. 45 AF, many cross-type and extra sensitivity AF pts. Better body.

If the 5DMkIII is as you suggest it would match Canon's marketing from the past quite well. Let's compare what $3K brings us:

Nikon D800 - 36.3 MP, 4 fps ( up to 6 fps in DX mode), Nikon's best AF, fully sealed
Proposed 5D3 - 26 MP, AF inferior to even 7D's, and 5 fps

Now unless Canon does something magical with their sensor (something they have not done in some time now ) WHY would the average person buy the Canon except for already owning Canon glass? I've shot Canon gear since 1980 but am not a loyalist nor do I jump camps at a whim (obviously).

At some point though Canon has to step up and at least TRY to match what Nikon is doing, or at least come close to matching them.

I am at an end with buying crop sensors (currently using 7D,,, good camera, like it, but noise above ISO400 is tough on bird feathers ). I'm ok with buying bigger glass to replace the crop. But there is no way I would pay $3K to have an AF worse than my 7D.

This is like ESPN's "Come On MAAN" routine.

I prefer the rumors of a 1D MkIV AF or slightly dumbed down 1D-X Af, 5 to 6 fps and 22 MP for the next 5D. But I fear they will deliver something closer to what Paul is suggesting here. I also hope the rumors of the 1D-X MAYBE adding F8 Af ability is true. D800 and D4 both offer that.

Will be interesting to see if Canon steps up or if they continue to preserve the flagship at all costs, avoiding what Nikon did with the D3/D700 ( where D700 was a much cheaper option, add grip and almost a D3).

But Canon continues to do their marketing as they have and perhaps A D4+ 200-400F4 + 1.7X TC is an option.. hate to suggest it but who knows.

Thanks jdavis37 for your reply and thoughts.

I agree with you, that the Nikon D800 offers a lot of bang for the buck, and on paper it appears to be an impressive camera. With the 5DmkIII (or whatever the 5DmkII successor will be called), I think Canon will be targetting a lot of those already with Canon glass - and many of these will have significant glass already.  So if the price of 5DmkIII and D800 are close, I think they are going to differentiate on 'you're with us already' - not expecting many people to switch because they have lenses they don't want to part with, and a system that 'works' for the photographer already.

Perhaps Canon will have a sensor in the 5DmkIII that will be very good in terms of low (clean) noise at all ISOs, high DR and is very sharp per pixel definition, and they'll be encouraging people to either upgrade from APS-C or 5D / 5DmkII. If Canon do go the '5D line and 3D line' for FF below the 1D line, I think they'll 'aim' the 5D just below Nikon's D800, and the 3D significantly above the D800 (even if the prices don't fully reflect that). Canon will have done their research on that, and my understanding is that they make most of their profits and 'gain customers' via the APS-C cameras, first... then migrating them up to FF.

I find the 7D's AF to be very good for what it is.  The flexibility of the cross-type AF points location (for composition) and working well (ie focussing reliably and accurately), even in relatively dim light I'm happy with. Obviously I'd like to have a superior system (eg ability to focus in even lower light, perhaps even quicker AF response), but I think it is very powerful - and I've seen many experienced photographers really like it for action shots (eg sports, birds in flight, etc). The 7D noise is certainly an area they can improve on (and I hope they do for the 7DmkII).  Though for critical applications I select as low an ISO as I can, and post processing does often remove noise while preserving decent detail well - though of course not at the higher end ISOs.

The 3D I think will be aimed at those who need more speed and better AF than the 5DmkIII, whereas the 5DmkIII will have better AF than the 5DmkII, and be aimed at the 'more budget conscious studio / landscape photographer' after very high image quality, without getting anywhere near the $5k for 'just the body'. Similarly to the APS-C lines of cameras, I think any 3D will be developed to 'do everything better than the 5D line' - just as the 7D does everything better than the 60D, and in turn the 60D currently do everything better than the 600D (build quality, AF, features, etc).  The sensor is the minor differentiation here.  The Canon 200-400mm with built in 1.4 TC will be a lens that many with the 3D will 'want'. I do think it's a 'shame' the 1DX doesn't have AF f8 capability, and not sure if Canon is perhaps looking to change this via another FF that can AF @ F8, or via firmware.

jdavis37, I hope that Canon will surprise us with their next release of camera bodies. In many aspects, Nikon has upped the ante in recent years, though I still prefer Canon's bodies, colours and definitely most lenses (and lens breadth / quality, though of course both have many very good lenses). Let's see where this goes. I'm still very keenly looking forward to the image quality that is going to come from the FF 1DX 18MP.... hoping that it is something of a huge revolution in image quality - ie out of this world even compared to the 5DmkIII.  Not that I am planning to buy that camera..... even though I have currently the 'spare funds to'.

But I do believe Canon have seen what Sony's sensors have been like, and in response Canon has been doing a lot of work (R&D) on their sensors, that hopefully will trickle through as improvements in quality to all their next released models.



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