Sigma makes a 150-500 that sells here for about $1100 USD. I tried one at my local camera shop and liked it. I dont know about AF speed for birds though. I don't shoot that so I wouldn't have a frame of reference.
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I'd be perfectly happy with a 1Dx sensor in a body with 60D build quality, if it came in under $2000.
I am confused - some are speculating the cost will be $2500. Mark III is now selling for $150 less than MSRP. If you are already shelling out $2500 bucks, wouldn't the marginal dollar difference work towards just getting the Mark III now and not having to wait half a year for a stripped down full frame?
I have an old Rebal Xsi and happened on this site when I wanted to learn more about my upgrade options. I have waited for several months and I prefer to stay under $1K. I am not happy with the t4i but still waiting to see how the mirrorless camera shoots video.
On the other hand, I am thinking of getting a man purse and just going with the EOS-M.
I would wonder if the 7DII would maybe then be a full frame camera at 18mpx?
I'm usually wrong on this stuff, but I really don't understand why Canon would want to put out a "cheap" full frame camera. Even though there had been much griping about the price of the 5DIII, it's spent a lot of time back-ordered at many shops. Why cannibalize sales on a big seller with a cheaper model?
As another has alluded to, I also don't see why they would want to continue to have three tiers of APS-C camera (Rebel, XXD, and XD). I would look for "70D" to take over as the mid-range prosumer model, hopefully restoring the more solid build quality and feel that was compromised in the shift from 50D to 60D. Then (and here's me starting to wish) I'd like to see the 7D market space filled with an APS-H camera. I'd hate to see APS-H end with the 1D MkIV. APS-H doesn't match full-frame for shallow DOF effects, but it is a nice upgrade from APS-C in this area and it gives a little more reach with tele lenses than FF.
In that universe that you don't adjust the results in such a way to justify your preference.
True enough - in reality the supposed "pliability" of recent Nikon cameras' files only has value as an excuse to shoot badly and fix everything in post.