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Lenses / Re: Best lense for bird shots
« on: August 14, 2012, 11:34:09 AM »
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.

-Brian


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Lenses / Re: Upgrading Advice Appreciated
« on: August 14, 2012, 08:25:29 AM »
I've always wanted to try one of those super zooms.  I could see how there would definitely be a trade off in weight and IQ (to some extent).

I can vouch for the 70-200mm versatility on full frame.  I use the F4 L IS version and love it.  Light and easy to wield.  I did, however, miss the long end of 300mm on a crop.  So I eventually added a 100-400 F4.5-5.6L IS to the kit.  If you shop used you can get both of those for less than the 70-200 F2.8 L II and a 2x TC.  The 70-300L interests me as well, but the above post about visible CA is the first I've heard of any flaws.  I havent researched it thoroughly though. 

On the wide end, thr canon 17-40 F4 L does a great job, and is a lot cheaper than the 16-35.  With the awesome high ISO performance of the 5D Mk III I'd save the bucks on the lens if you decide to get a zoom in that range. 

-Brian

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Lenses / Re: Verifying USM / Af noise in Canon 24-105 L
« on: August 10, 2012, 05:05:19 PM »
Each lens has its own IS sound.  My 70-200F4L IS is very quiet.  When i got a 100-400 a few years later, it sounded like a freight train in comparison.

-Brian

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EOS Bodies / Re: Another Spec List for the Entry Level Full Frame EOS
« on: July 25, 2012, 10:57:13 PM »


I'd be perfectly happy with a 1Dx sensor in a body with 60D build quality, if it came in under $2000.

That would be the best case for me too.  I hear folks speculate on Rebel type build...not sure I'd want that.  I'm too spoiled by the controls of the xD and xxD series.

-Brian

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EOS Bodies / Re: Another Spec List for the Entry Level Full Frame EOS
« on: July 25, 2012, 03:40:10 PM »
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 think I started the $2500 thing - here is my thinking.  It would seem unlikely that Canon would sell a 'better' camera than the 5dMKII for less money.  We haven't seen any direct successors coming out cheaper than their replacements in quite a while.  So, they could further drop the price of the MKII to take that price slot over and therefore allow the successor to come in at the same price point.  Or, they could reduce the spec of the camera in a meaningful way to make the new price point make sense (plastic body?...what else could give?).  Or, they could introdue a slightly better successor at a higher price, say $2500. 

I'm purely speculating that the spec list shown seems too good to be true at $2000.  So in my hypothesis either the price is higher or there is something else that must give in the overall package to hit the price point.  Pure speculation.  I actually hope I'm wrong.  $2000 I can swing as a hobbyist (I've been saving for 3 years).  Much more and I'll have to wait until its used for that price. 

-Brian

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EOS Bodies / Re: Another Spec List for the Entry Level Full Frame EOS
« on: July 25, 2012, 08:19:03 AM »
That is really exciting.  I'm looking for an upgrade to my 5D and/or 40D.  The only thing I suspect is that the $2000 price tag will be more like $2500 at launch.

-Brian

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX (possible) Ai Servo Issue
« on: July 19, 2012, 11:33:08 PM »
Obviously not an expert here, but I wonder if there is some pre-act/PID type algorithm in the AI servo software where by its reading info from the AF sensor and trying to 'predict' the motion of the target before it moves the lens to the focus point.  With no movement, it get no info, it makes no change....If there is just not enough light for it to accurrately calculate movement, the same outcome would occur as in these test cases where the target is not actually moving.

I have seen some behavior like this out of control loops in production facilities I have worked in.  Most of the time the software can be tuned to stop the issue.

-Brian


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Next Full Frame Camera [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2012, 08:39:15 AM »
Is the 19pt AF the one from the 7D?  I guess what I'm really asking is does the 7D have that many AF points? 

For me, this seems like the ideal upgrade from y 5Dc.  Sure, I'd love a 5dIII, but the bottom line is as an ameture that works maybe 4 jobs a year, I'm not going to be able to justify that cost.  Compared to the 5DII, this rumored list is a little more punch of an upgrade.  Though unless the pop up flash can act as a wireless controller i'd just as soon not have it.

-Brian

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Lenses / Re: First Impression - Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II
« on: June 12, 2012, 01:34:18 PM »
Sounds like a real advancement.  Lighter, sharper, better IS.  Obviously priced out of reach of hobbyists like myself, but sounds like a worthwhile upgrade for pro's on the move.

-Brian

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Patent: 24-1060mm Zoom Lens
« on: May 31, 2012, 08:57:21 AM »
If its not at least as sharp as the 24 TSE II wide open on the wide end, and maintain the resolution of the hubble telescope at the long end, then it'll be a total fail and I'm switching to Olympus.  LOL

-Brian

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EOS Bodies / Re: Chinese Alternative BG-E11 for 5D III not as bad
« on: May 29, 2012, 02:46:59 PM »
Does anyone know where the factory canon grips and batteries are manufactured?

-Brian

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D & EOS 7D Mark II Speculation [CR1]
« on: May 22, 2012, 10:43:50 AM »
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.

Good points, all.  Though, does anyone know the real sales numbers of 5DIIIs?  My local shop was talking about this the other day.  They get 2-3 shipped to them a month, and sell that many easily.  But they aren't selling tons and tons of them.  Leaves the question open whether the supply problem is really one of demand, or one created by Canon due to the very metered release of units. 

The lower cost full frame would be a seller, so I can see room for it.  The 5dII still sells, so would a replacement at the same price point.  It doesn't cannibalize as many sales of the 5DIII as you'd think - its people who can't afford or justify the cost of the 5DIII but still want FF performance who buy this camera (small studios, avid consumers?).   

It'll be very interesting to see what comes of these seires of rumors.  It'll tell what Canon is thinking. 

-Brian

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D & EOS 7D Mark II Speculation [CR1]
« on: May 21, 2012, 04:44:27 PM »
I would wonder if the 7DII would maybe then be a full frame camera at 18mpx?  If we make a rumor stew here and combine the rumored entry level FF camera, with the rumored 5dIII AF in the 7DII - then we could have a viable separation between the 7DII and 70D.  All your xDs are FF, and all your XXDs are APSc. 

I don't know, but it is fun to speculate.

-Brian

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800
« on: April 05, 2012, 11:26:28 AM »
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.


True. But it is an important feature when you like to spend your  time reading specs, not developing in-camera capture skills, and then doing a lot of PP to get what you want. 

I think photoshop is neat and I like some of the capabilties, but I don't like spending more time working on my photos than I do taking them.  If you take the time to get properly exposed pictures in the camera, the need for PP is much less and the differences in theoretical performances of RAW files becomes much less important.
Not everyone feels this way, but I do. 

-Brian

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 at one week: a few surprises
« on: April 03, 2012, 10:34:47 PM »
Good review.  Very practical points.  And refreshing - I was starting to think the laws of the internet had somehow made the only possible conclusion to 5dmkIII reviews "inferior to nikon in every way, i'm selling all my gear and jumping ship'

-Brian

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