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Portrait / Gypsy Girl
« on: July 19, 2014, 04:34:26 AM »
Hi, this is my first post. Relatively new to serious photography but always been a Canon fan (back to when I acquired my first SLR a Canon F1, circa 1978). But recently (about 2 years ago) my wife and I joined a camera club and have been entering club competitions serious for 2013 and 2014. So we are on a steep learning curve. Here are couple of images I shot at an annual medieval event

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Lenses / Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« on: August 29, 2013, 04:39:55 AM »
Marsu,

Good idea, this tread has evolved. So I have created a new thread and if members wanted to pop over there and comment, http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=16669.0

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Lenses / Advice sought on Cropped Frame Wide Lens
« on: August 29, 2013, 04:38:32 AM »
This thread have evolved from a previous thread, http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=16624.0 

I have a Canon 7D and my wife has a 600D. We have on both the EF-S 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS lenses and find these pretty satisfactory general walk around lens (with the obvious compromise for the large focal length range).

I have been thinking of late of getting our first "L" lens. As enthusiast rather than professional photographers without a endless budget and the price of these lenses, we really don't want to waste money getting the wrong lens.

Our interests in photography are (not in any particular order):
1. Landscape and travel
2. Nature, animal, birds (not macro)
3. People (not portrait)

With this in mind I recently hired a EF 17-40mm f4.0L USM (as a potential landscape lens) but was underwhelmed when I compared it side-by-side with our 18-200mm using equivalent focal lengths and exposures. I was expecting this L lens (Canon's cheapest and most popular, so I read) to stand head and shoulders above the 18-200mm in image quality, color saturation, brightness, etc. But my (admittedly) amateur eye could not see the difference.

So my thinking now of an ultra wide EF-S lens to compliment our existing lenses. So thinking of either:

10-22mm f3.5-4.5 USM; or
17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM

I am leaning towards the 10-22m as this gives us a range we don't current have and would make a nice ultra wide lense on 7D and 600D for landscape.

Once again seeking comments, views and experiences especially from members who have used this lens.         

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Lenses / Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« on: August 29, 2013, 02:00:12 AM »
Ok over the last couple of days I've ha a bit of think about this after all the great advice, comments and experiences. Thanks a million. This is a great forum.

I am now thinking of a toss between two non-L lenses both the EF-S. They are:

10-22mm f3.5-4.5 USM; or
17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM

I am leaning towards the 10-22m as this gives us a range we don't current have and would make a nice ultra wide lense on 7D and 600D for landscape.

Once again seeking comments, views and experiences especially from members who have used this lens.   

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Lenses / Re: Why pick 70-200mm f/4l IS over 70-300mm f/4-5.6l IS?
« on: August 26, 2013, 07:16:12 PM »
Here's a good review of the subject lens:

http://www.canonrumors.com/reviews/ef-70-300-f4-5-6l-is-review/

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Lenses / Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« on: August 26, 2013, 06:54:01 PM »
Thanks folks for your efforts and replies. I am overwhelmed by the responses. This is the first time I have posted like this on this forum and the responses have exceeded all my expectations. This is simply one of the most informative forums I have encountered. On other forums, not that I have post this issue there, i don't get much response. Thanks a million. You have given me much to think about and I am not in a hurry to make a purchase.

O'Neill thanks for your long reply. In reading it, I thought you have been reading my mail. My wife an I are recent enthusiasts photographers, only been a member of a camera club for our second year but it has really stretched us. This is the first year of seriously entering monthly club competitions (which are judged by Photographic Society of Queensland [PSQ] accredited judges, not club members) and I have already picked up seven awards (mainly merits but one highly commended) in 6 competitions. So this has spurred me on to want to achieve more with my photography. Hence the reason for looking at better glass. When I got our first 18-200mm EF-S lens I was impressed with the first outing (having had only kit lenses before). It's just a great walk around lens too and gives a great focal length range. We've photographed a few events in the last last year or two and this is such a great lens for these sorts of things where you need a good focal length range. 

However, I want to start thinking about getting lenses that are more targeted to particular needs/types of photography (rather than the all rounders we have). The input I have received on this thread has been simply awesome, has helped a lot and is greatly appreciated. Keep it coming.         

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Lenses / Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« on: August 25, 2013, 10:06:26 PM »
Aaron, I hear really good reports on the Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens. Of course, it is one of Canon's most expensive zoom L's. I take this is due to the fast (f2.8) characteristics combined with the L quality?

Neuro, it is the Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6L IS USM to which you are referring? I hear good things about this too. But one downside is that it doesn't taken the Canon converters.     

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Lenses / Which L Lens to start with?
« on: August 25, 2013, 09:37:22 PM »
I have a Canon 7D and my wife has a 600D. We have on both the EF-S 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS lenses and find these pretty satisfactory general walk around lens (with the obvious compromise for the large focal length range).

I have been thinking of late of getting our first "L" lens. As enthusiast rather than professional photographers without a endless budget and the price of these lenses, we really don't want to waste money getting the wrong lens.

Our interests in photography are (not in any particular order):
1. Landscape and travel
2. Nature, animal, birds (not macro)
3. People (not portrait)

With this in mind I recently hired a EF 17-40mm f4.0L USM (as a potential landscape lens) but was underwhelmed when I compared it side-by-side with our 18-200mm using equivalent focal lengths and exposures. I was expecting this L lens (Canon's cheapest and most popular, so I read) to stand head and shoulders above the 18-200mm in image quality, color saturation, brightness, etc. But my (admittedly) amateur eye could not see the difference.

So my thinking now is towards the opposite (focal length) end and I am thinking of a telephoto zoom. I like the focal length available on 100-400mm L lens but as the rumors are that this is likely to be updated soon, I don't want to buy old technology for my first L lens. I also hear good reports about the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens but the maximum focal length is a bit shy of what I would/might want for a serious nature lens.

Any thoughts, experiences and/or advice are welcome and sought.             

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D or wait for 7D MK II?
« on: July 02, 2013, 01:46:55 AM »
Also as a 7D owner, I'd wait for the Mk II, even if that is 6+ months away. It is interesting that the mention of the 70D is not even on the Canon Australian website yet.

The rumors of the Mk II specs seem pretty good and if it is to reflect the shock and awe it's forebear created the Mk II is going to be something awesome. But as another poster has commented, I am weighing up the 5D Mk III with the "new" 7D when it is released (tough I think the latter will win as it seems by all accounts to be a cropped frame 1D). In my case, I don't  have a lot of EF-S lenses so the change to a FF does not come at a significant downside cost.     

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 IS E-TTL-II compatible?
« on: January 21, 2013, 10:23:08 PM »
Neuroanatomist,

Thanks. I just noticed it on the DP review specs list (last line) must have overlooked that before. Thanks a million.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 IS E-TTL-II compatible?
« on: January 21, 2013, 09:37:45 PM »
Neuroanatomist,

Thanks. It's pretty hard to find any mention that this lens is compatible in any of the Canon websites or manuals or even third party reviews.

Cheers,
Peter

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 IS E-TTL-II compatible?
« on: January 21, 2013, 08:38:58 PM »
Great. I assume this means it returns distance to the camera's E-TTL-II for use with Canon EX II speedlites (such as 430 EX II)?

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Lenses / Canon EF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 IS E-TTL-II compatible?
« on: January 21, 2013, 07:28:33 PM »
Can anyone tell me if the Canon EF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 IS lens is E-TTL-II compatible? On a compatible body(i.e. 7D or 600D (T3i) of course.

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Lighting / Re: Flash/Speedite for 7D and 600D (Rebel T3i)
« on: January 19, 2013, 11:58:31 PM »
I should add, that I/we have also got a third party wireless trigger off ebay (see http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/251175507175?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649), so that isn't an issue, but for indoor macro set ups will prefer to use the 7D and 600D master optical controls so as to take advantage of the TTL function seeing that our extension tubes provide metering.

I am already thinking about a 600 EX-RT (as well as a 430 EX II) to future proof at least one of our flashes. 

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Lighting / Flash/Speedite for 7D and 600D (Rebel T3i)
« on: January 19, 2013, 01:48:26 AM »
My wife and I are enthusiasts (in Australia) with a 7D and 600D and are considering our first speedlite purchase. We will get two so that we can have a macro and portrait set up with two flashes (operating wirelessly from the camera master control). We are considering getting two Canon 430 EX II, but could make one of them the 600 EX-RT if there was a compelling reason to spend h extra money. Comments/experiences sought.

Thanks in advance for your advice   

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