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turkey vultures in the bluffs at devils lake state park. they look graceful when you watch them soaring but somewhat repulsive in photos when you are looking at them close up
70d, tamron 150-600
Well...let's see...Nikon has a WELL REVIEWED 14-24mm f/2.8 @ ~$2000...I would consider that if Canon could offer the same...Even if it was somewhat more expensive and had the same quality. ...This rumored lens is just "out of the box" for me ..both the extreme wide angle (which becomes stupid) and the cost......but hey..like I said I am happy with the new 16-35mm f/4 IS is a nice sweet spot for me...
I bet a LOT of people feel this way...but lets see if this rumored lens materializes, no?
I voted on last one + fundamental in photography. If I get to do it over, I would buy a 1DX over 5D III first.
It's pathetic to hear modest gear makes no difference in enthusiasm. Adv-tech making our life easier, faster and better.
I shoot a lot kids indoor sports. I need a camera that can give me the best tracking and best high ISO. I understand 5D II and 6D can do this task at lower keeper rate. With 1DX, my keeper is higher. I can be more selective on the keepers. When we look at Canon latest lenses, they made huge improvement - from IQ, AF speed, accuracy, amazing IS, and of course weight reduction on big whites. I got more BIF photos with my 1DX than 5D III. With my latest 400mm f2.8 IS II and latest 2x TC III, I can shoot at 800mm without worry much about AF accuracy. Would that be enough for hobbyists(with decent budget ) to enjoy new gear? I can't speak for everyone, but for me, YES. I understand photography is a hard earning business today and many pros couldn't justify the high cost of these new gear.
It's hard to teach an old dog new trick.
You are conflating enthusiasm and tech.
You have spent over $20,000 in the last 12 months on your camera gear, do you honestly believe your images are that much better than somebody using a 6D and a secondhand 70-200 but who invested much more time and enthusiasm than you into shooting their kids? How about your BIF, I'll wager I can find much better images than yours from vastly more modest and enthusastic shooters using a 7D and a 400 f5.6.
You enjoy the owning of the tech, and there is nothing wrong with that, but go to a small local camera club where the "best" camera is a 60D and you would be shocked at the image quality they are pushing out and it is all carried along and grows from their enthusiasm.
Enthusiasm and tech are not synonymous, my experience over the last 30+ years of serious photography has been that enthusiasm trumps pretty much everything, sure there will always be images that are just not possible without the latest or greatest, but from what I have seen, none of us, including myself, are shooting them.
It is going to be a fun weekend!
You message makes me smile because truth be told, I didn't really save $1k ... I used the $1k to buy some additional stuff at RRS and Black Rapid. I spent the same amount and just got lots more stuff
+1 for Canon Price Watch - the lens showed up today - easy transaction... Worth every penny (although with CPW it was a lot less pennies!)
This image won a contest here in Alaska which got me represented by a stock agency. It has earned me thousands of dollars since I took it in 2009.
I had 5 version 1 lenses, none were really good. The AF issue is likely due to some 5 cent internal plastic guides that crack, or break. You can replace them yourself. Thher are also internal lens adjustments that seem to need tweaking over the life of the lens which goes out of adjustment due to bumps.
The 24-70mm f/4 is not likely going to be a improvement, its about the same as the 24-105mmL.
I'd recommend having your lens tuned up. It might cost you $300, but you should see a big improvement. The one weak area is the curvature of field, at wide apertures, the edges will be oof, or if you focus at the edges, the center will be soft. This is a lens design issue and can't be fixed. Its only apparent to those who obsess over IQ.
If I could change ONE thing, I would make the body have the integrated grip like the 1D series. Nothing else.
Couple of shots with 7D Canon 70-200 2.8 ISii Canon 2x Extender iii
Emotional mom in a wedding. Shot using my Tamron 70-200 VC.