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Anyone besides me notice that the OP never replied to anyone after his/her initial question? If they are indeed reading the replies here, the money they spend at 'Best Buy' would be foolishly wasted compared to buying online at B&H or Adorama. Talk about retail markup!

Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II "Fix"
« on: February 08, 2013, 04:09:17 PM »
We love our white lenses, people think we're professionals!!   ;D

Lenses / Re: I can't stop thinking about A MONSTER!
« on: February 07, 2013, 03:51:52 PM »
Rent one like others are saying and you'll see for yourself. The lens is awesome, but it's also very heavy, will sway in ANY wind, becomes a target for vandalism or theft and requires a very stable tripod. Oh, and it's $13,000 dollars. Now if you are the person who won the Powerball last night, go for it. The thing takes awesome pictures and you'll be surprised at it's IS capabilities. Lug it around for a while and you'll have arms like Popeye!  ;D

Canon General / Re: What's your definition of "Pro"?
« on: February 07, 2013, 03:14:18 PM »
Just jumped into this thread without reading the previous entries, but my definition of "Pro"? Getting paid for our work and having to pay TAXES on the income and equipment!  :(

EOS Bodies / Re: Expected reception of the 7DII / 70D
« on: January 31, 2013, 01:20:08 PM »
Really, no positive choices in the poll. My vote is that the 7D Mk II will be awesome, just like the 1D series is/was for full frame users. The way I look at it, you have to gauge the product with the times. In other words, throughout the last 20 odd years, Canon products were and are excellent tools for their time and have updgraded as time passed and technology permitted, albeit maybe too slow for some users and critics, but look on the sidelines of all professional sports and tell me what brand sticks out. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 550d vs 7d AF for Bird Photography
« on: January 31, 2013, 12:44:37 PM »
chasinglight, the 7D is an awesome camera, set correctly. Note coreyhkh's comment about setting his AI Servo to 'slow'. If you buy a 7D, pay close attention to the Custom Functions (CF) of the camera and the focus & drive settings within. They are key to the killer AF capabilities that the 7D has and, if needed, refer online for further info as the owners manual is not complete in it's explanation of the CF settings.
Great shots by the way and corey, your shots are excellent, too!

I just noticed my "camera" field has been changed to my all time favorite - the AE-1. Thank you Canon Rumours admins!  :)

Canon General / Re: Photography magazines
« on: January 30, 2013, 04:03:01 PM »
Practical Photography and Digital Photographer are 2 of the best magazines at the newsstand. They come from England, cost about $13.00 US and are worth every penny. One word of advice though and it's been repeated here in this thread. Photo mags tend to state and re-state articles over and over, therefore buying a yearly subscription might seem fruitless after a few months. Second word of advice is that they also tend to lean very heavily on Adobe Photoshop in their tutorials. Great if you've got it, worthless if you don't. I know it's the gold standard, but it's also $600 US. Happy reading, sharp shooting!

I wanna be an AE-1, like 'James at 16' had!  :D

scoobert, have you looked at what Magic Lantern can do for your 7D?

We both got new 70-200mm L f2.8 IS Mk II's! And they're fast and awesome! Thank you B&H, oh, I mean Santa!  :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: right now i am not happy to be a canon user
« on: December 20, 2012, 10:38:18 AM »
Perfect reply Neuro, I see the poster didn't reply back. Why do people post such crap? Is it because they like to incite us Canon owners into a debate or argument? Damn.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D: 'I need a Must Have's List'
« on: December 14, 2012, 12:44:44 PM »
Flashes are a good choice. I cannot speak to the brand new models, I have an original 430 and it works perfectly for my needs. Just one thing if you do buy an external flash. Buy a Sto-Fen diffuser or similar for it. Indoors, a diffuser is a must-have, IMO.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D: 'I need a Must Have's List'
« on: December 14, 2012, 12:41:01 PM »
10-22 is without a doubt my preferred lens for the 7D.

After I bought my 10-22, it became my favorite lens. It just captures light and images better than my other lenses.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D: 'I need a Must Have's List'
« on: December 14, 2012, 12:31:58 PM »
Plus read the owners manual carefully, especially the parts about the AF systems and the Custom Functions. Out of the box, the camera is great. Properly tuned, the camera is awesome. Then practice with it. Practice switching between AF modes while still looking through the viewfinder, practice shooting moving objects to see if your AF speed is correct, practice, practice, practice. I mean it. The camera can do amazing things, that's why it's been a good seller. Make sure you have the firmware up to 2.0.3 also. The lenses Mt.Spokane mentioned are perfect combos for the camera. The battery grip is also nice to have too. Enjoy!   :)

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