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I wonder if a 14-24 would be versatile enough? A low distortion 16-35 with improved optics would make a better walk around lens for me personally.
I agree. Actually distortion is not so much of a problem. But sharpness even at the edges is an absolute must.
It will be a better walk around since it will allow the use of filters (including filter systems like Lee) and anyway 16mm is already very wide. The upper end at 35mm instead of 24mm would help to make less lens changes.
But I guess we will have to wait a few more years ...  :(

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EOS Bodies / Re: Pick between two options for the Canon 7D II
« on: June 25, 2013, 03:42:01 PM »
3rd option:
28 MP APS-H, usable ISO 6400, 8 FPS + EF-S compatible in 18MP crop mode with 10fps
... with a flying elephant that will help us carry all our gear  ;D  ;D ;D

Seriously, don't get me wrong but as the OP said it's about compromise.
I don't believe that Canon can/will improve in all aspects in a new APS-C body...

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Lenses / Re: $1000 .. what to buy
« on: June 25, 2013, 01:01:25 PM »
As I have already mentioned I am interested in your impressions mostly regarding the opposite use of rings.
P.S It will fit nicely vertically on the bataflae 26L bag I just ordered  :)

I'll let you know on the rings - lens arrives tomorrow.  TDP's specs show it as the same (retracted) length as the 24-70/2.8L II with the hood mounted, and that fits vertically in my Flipside 300 - so I assume the 70-300L will be the same.

So...I got the 70-300L on Thursday, AFMA'd it that night (a constant +2 at four focal lengths across the zoom range), and took it on an excursion Friday afternoon.  The size is great - it does fit vertically in the Flipside 300, so I was able to take four lenses (and I needed all four).  It also fits in a Lowepro Lens Exchange 100 AW, so that'll be nice on a belt to pair up with the 24-70 II.

I did find the reversed placement of the zoom/focus rings (relative to my other L zooms) a bit annoying.  I'm sure I'll get accustomed to it, although frequently switching off with the 24-70 II will slow that process down (it would have paired well with the EF-S 17-55/2.8 when I had it). 

I just ordered the Tripod Mount Ring C for it.  It's a small enough lens and my RRS ballheads are robust enough that it's not really needed for balance (though it won't hurt).  But I think the tripod foot will give me a good place to rest my hand, keeping it off the focus ring and positioning my fingers under the zoom ring.

The convenience of the lens and it's excellent IQ more than offset the annoyance of the ring placement, IMO.
Thanks for letting me know. I had a chance to use it for a minute. Weight was OK but the rings were a bit of a problem. Good choice with the tripod foot. I believe that it will be steadier. My 70-200 f/4L IS is also safe with no tripod ring but I occasionally grab the ring of my 300L f/4 (non-IS) which has a plate and put it on 70-200 when I intend to shoot a lot of pictures in tripod.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Pick between two options for the Canon 7D II
« on: June 25, 2013, 12:51:22 PM »
I have to wonder how many that voted for lower MP's and better ISO performance will then turn around and flame the 7d2 if it does in fact end up being low MP high ISO...lol

Ahhhh the 7d2, such a tricky camera to ponder.  When I had mine, I rarely had the need to use the high speed - I generally had that turned off because it was just overkill - but then again, I am not a sports shooter!

I guess it can go either way ---a baby 1dx or a baby 5d3...I'd hope for the latter because unless it does have good performance at high ISO, it won't be a camera I will consider...
I wouldn't complain for one. having a 5D2 and 5D3 I believe a 16MPx fast with high ISO capability 7DII would suit me fine. Plus 16MP*1.6*1.6 = 41 MP equivalent pixel density.
7D was somehow the baby 1D4 (somehow please don't start ...  :) ) so it is natural for me a low MP high fps count high ISO camera (like 16MP 9fps 6400 max usable ISO) to be the baby 1DX.
Also I consider 6D a baby 5D3 (again ... somehow  :)  )

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EOS Bodies / Re: Pick between two options for the Canon 7D II
« on: June 25, 2013, 12:05:20 PM »
You missed the third oneā€¦ Availability.
;D

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Canon General / Re: Is this a fair offer for an on location job?
« on: June 23, 2013, 07:16:59 AM »
I wouldn't do it if I didn't keep the copyright of my work period.
It isn't worth even for practicing. I believe they are trying to take advantage of you.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is This the EOS 3D?
« on: June 22, 2013, 11:33:14 PM »
It's the super-secret 9D..... A camera so secret that it uses the number of a different rumoured camera on it's strap....
So if the camera could speak it would say: My name is D ... 9D  ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Just Dropped my 17-40L...
« on: June 22, 2013, 11:29:20 PM »
Last year I was shooting at an archaeological place and I dropped my 24 TS-E 24mm II.
Immediately I put my foot and decelerated its fall a lot. It landed at a wooden floor. It had its cap.
Nothing happened not even a scratch on the  plastic areas    8)

I still try to figure how on earth my 5D2's screen was damaged. Screens are inside and cannot in any way be harmed by a dropping lens (I hadn't put any finger inside).

Anyway I happened to have a Grid Screen which I hadn't used yet. So I replaced the screen and everything was as good as new  :)

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Unfortunately I was not able to get it behind an ancient temple. So I took a few shots of it.

This is a 100% crop (5D3, 500mm f/4L II, EF2XII).

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Lenses / Re: A wise lens upgrade?
« on: June 21, 2013, 09:43:58 PM »
Have you considered that you would switch between these two lenses probably often?

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Lenses / Re: to TS-E or not to TS-E?
« on: June 21, 2013, 10:18:06 AM »
to TS-E by all means. I have got both TS-E 17 and TS-E 24 II and I have no regrets.

They are both part of my travel kit. 

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A 14-24 f/2.8 would be a very cool lens, negatives include the inevitable stratospheric price and the inevitable bulbous, vulnerable front element that couldn't take filters. For my priorities, use and needs, such a lens would come a fairly close second to an upgraded 16-35 f/2.8 MkIII. Currently my very occasional ultra-wide needs are handled by a very good copy of the Sigma 12-24. These are OK lenses for occasional careful use, but YMMV.

The current 16-35 f/2.8II is a usefully competent lens, but not one that anybody could describe as consistently stellar. Used carefully, it does the job pretty well. The new 24-70 f/2.8II has given us a taste of what Canon is capable of, but given the usual life spans of Canon glass, I doubt there will be a 16-35 f/2.8III for quite some time.

-PW
+1 A 16-35 f/2.8III that has IQ comparable to 24-70 2.8 II would be ideal. I would get that lens to use with my Lee filter base. Now it seems we will wait a few more years ...  :(

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My new camera!
« on: June 20, 2013, 09:23:45 PM »
I'm going to wait for the 1D X starts selling on ebay @ that price ;D
Hmmm I "see" your kids having their own ... kids by then  ;D

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: June 20, 2013, 03:44:05 PM »
When I bought the 100l I kinda swore I wouldn't have to get the 135. Just got it, haven't seen the magic yet. Probably won't get to use it till July :(
Never say never  ;D

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Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: June 20, 2013, 03:41:38 PM »
Excellent news! I've had my mouse hovering over the buy button of a 16-35II or 14II for some time

you and me both; for once, the timing of this rumor is a benefit!

16-50 f/4 would fit the crop bodies, to be sure, but wouldn't compete directly with the 17-55 due to the aperture.  I can see room for all three -- the 16-50 f/4, 16-35 III, and 14-24
I found a mint & cheap 14mm II so no regrets. However, I was sorry I lost a 16-35 2.8 II used sale.
Not any more. I will use my 16-35 2.8 version 1 and my fixed wide angle lenses in the meantime  ;D

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