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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x TC Information
« on: December 02, 2012, 10:37:32 PM »
This lens was on display at a camera show in Hong Kong a few weeks ago(I live in China, but nowhere close to there, so i didn't take much notice of it.) My wife showed me an ad for the Canon booth at the show(the ad was all in Chinese,) and the ad clearly stated that the 6D would be on display as well as the 200-400mm 1.4x.
I basically forgot that this lens hasn't been announced yet(or has it?) as I have seen this lens so many different times in the past couple of years. I'm not sure if the lens on display at the camera show here in China was a preproduction model or a consumer model....
this is definitely turning in to quite the saga.....

Portrait / Re: Opinion needed - Portrait post processing
« on: December 02, 2012, 08:26:09 AM »
I'm not sure what happened with my previous post, sometimes the links from the homepage to the forum sometimes get me a little confused or misdirected.

Regarding the post processing. i guess I like the warmer tones of the second and third images more than the first. Her skin looks really blotchy to me, although this blotchiness is pretty regular with 5DIII images. The pictures look overexposed to my eye and this is distracting. I might have cropped it a little more too as the bridge takes up quite a bit of the foreground and it isn't that interesting. I'm no pro, but I thought I would give my opinion since you asked.

Canon General / Re: Is it worth it...for me?
« on: December 02, 2012, 03:49:55 AM »
There are many reasons why people choose center point AF only. I thnk that by far the most common one is that the outside AF points don't work as well. This is particularly true in the Canon world. In the Nikon forum i hang out on, there is wayyyyy less talk of it. Probably because the D700's AF kills the 5DII's.... Now that people are moving on to D800's and 5DIII's it's becoming a mute point(unless you're getting a 6D.)
Personally, I chose the 5D classic and the Sigma 50 1.4... I loved this FF combination while i got used to the FF look and using the bigger more complex body, but after a couple of years, i wanted better AF and a pop up flash, so I switched to a D700(i got really sick of carrying around the litte 240EX flash from Canon.)
I'd probably go with the Sigma 50 1.4 or (in my dreams) the 50mm 1.2. I wouldn't get the 50 1.4 Canon unless you can get one for super cheap, especially since there are rumors it will be replaced very soon.
Your pictures are nice, but as others have said, most people wont really notice much differencebetween camera bodies. I guess the decision about whether it's worth it is up to you.
However, i will say that lenses will depreciate much faster than bodies will so buying glass first is always a good idea. If you can get a 5DIII for around 2500 bucks I think thats a good deal though as the camera will probably be around that price for a couple more years.

EOS Bodies / Re: When will we have a full frame body below $1,000?
« on: November 28, 2012, 11:09:08 AM »
Do you folks have any sources for this talk about $1000 sensors?
Please explain to me how the 6D is $2100 and the D600 is at $2000 when the sensor alone is half of that price? I believe the 6D will be selling at $1700 in a matter of months. I've read that FF sensors cost $500 to manufacture a couple years ago, but I have never heard of them being $1000 to make.

I'd love to see some more samples. I'm very interested in this lens. I'm basically just interested in seeing what it can do at F1.4 and shutter speeds of about 100-250ish on different ISO's.
Thanks! I hope you enjoy your new lens!

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro
« on: November 27, 2012, 11:27:11 PM »
I'm just enjoying thinking of Neuro using the 600 II as a lens for family shots......
"Okay kids, you stand on this side of the Grand Canyon, I'll be back at home on CR taking family portraits of you from the window. Smile!"

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro
« on: November 27, 2012, 10:39:34 PM »
While I appreciate the reviews, it seems like this is an absolute no brainer.
Everyone knows this lens is awesome... It's basically a fact at this point.
It's like having an article about how Scarlett Johansson is hot, or if Thailand has nice beaches.....
The most interesting thing I learned from this review is that the 100L was Neuro's first L lens! WOW, I guess APS-C cameras are the gateway drug of the camera world as you are apparently fully addicted to the hard stuff(Pro series bodies and White Lenses.)
Neuro, can I ask what you were interested in before you started stockpiling lenses and camera gear?
Looking forward to some more less obvious reviews in the future

Canon General / Re: How do you store your gear?
« on: November 27, 2012, 01:31:03 AM »
I've outgrown a single case...   ;)

I need to re-shoot this pic at some point, as I've replaced the Peli 1600 with a Storm im2720 (deep enough to hold the 600mm f/4L IS II), replaced the Primus AW backpack with a Flipside 300, added a Lens Trekker Pro 600 AW II, RRS tripod bags, and a few more S&F accessories.
Neuro, I love reading your posts. If you don't reply to something on CR with solid info, then it shouldn't count as a thread. Nice collection. That's awesome!
I just ordered something like this. I'm in China and I got one on TaoBao(Chinese eBay) for around 100 bucks.
Where I live(Chongqing) is very wet(i'm about 100m from the YangTze River) and EXTREMELY dusty. There is about 50 skyscrapers under construction within 2 miles of my house(maybe 100) and there is an incredible amount of construction dust. Chongqing is an insane place to live.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS for $749
« on: November 25, 2012, 11:16:31 AM »
This is a great price on this lens.... Makes me think it will be discontinued in about 18 months after they sell about 12,000,000 more of them in kits.
I'm glad I sold mine used a few months ago for $750.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 7D Body for $1151 via eBay
« on: November 25, 2012, 11:14:57 AM »
The CLP price(refurbished) 2 years ago was lower than this price and I passed up on that deal. The 7D is a great camera, but at this point it's ancient.
You can buy a D7000 and the 18-105 lens from an authorized dealer for $996, so i'd say $1100 for a 7D body(ESP w/o warranty) basically sucks these days.
The 7D should be around 900 bucks at this point.
Canon seems to be a few days late and a lot of dollars too much these days.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's roadmap
« on: November 25, 2012, 06:51:55 AM »
the 24-70 2.8 at $2300 really ticked me off....
all the super expensive, not so fast primes turned me off....
the $3500 5DIII really hit me hard....
the lame AF and $2100 price of the 6D was the last straw....
I bought a D700 and 24-70 2.8 in September, and I love them. It absolutely destroys my 5DC and 24-105.

EOS Bodies / Re: When will we have a full frame body below $1,000?
« on: November 25, 2012, 03:45:50 AM »
You're quite misinformed if you think sensors are that cheap. Think $1k for full frame and $100-200 for APS-C. Again, it's REALLY HARD to make huge chips with no imperfections. A single dust speck or mistimed/mismeasured fabrication step is much more expensive for a full frame process where only a few chips fit on a wafer than on APS-C, which fit many more. Every possible cost is squared and then some when building big chips.
FF sensors definitely are not 1000 dollars each....
If they were, the 6D would be 3000 dollars minimum, not overpriced at 2100.
I have read VERY conflicting articles on it, but at this point, I don't even think they are evn $500 each as seems to be the most quoted price online...
The last article I read made it seem like they more about $100 each to produce....
I haven't read an article yet that I fully trust in terms of the actual price of the sensor, but somehow, I know that they are not $1000.
If anyone has a link to an article that more clearly and absolutely gives the cost of manufacturing sensors i'd be quite interested to read it.

Software & Accessories / Re: would you guys buy it?
« on: November 24, 2012, 11:34:09 AM »
No, I wouldn't buy that, and I didn't.
Just thought i'd offer an alternative to BR, have you seen the Bos Strap? Mine is awesome and I feel more secure with the camera attached to a single neck strap loop than the tripod mount.

Checking out the link, I noticed the following statement under "product description" (re the Bos Strap) : "Helps reduce the stress and possible damage to your camera body tripod socket and internal seals when hanging the camera upside down from a tripod socket fitting." As I have a Black Rapid, which as everyone knows attaches via the tripod socket, I find this slightly alarming - does hanging a camera from a tripod socket fitting REALLY put undue stress on the tripod socket and internal seals to the point of damaging them, or is this just marketing hype?
If you read the reviews on BH, amazon, adorama, all of them have a few percent of people at least that claim their camera somehow fell and smashed to the ground. Made me a little nervous. I like the Bos Strap because there are no clips at all, and no screws to come undone. I have used both a 5DC and D700 on it and although I was nervous at first(mostly of the Nikon shoulder strap loop breaking) now I don't think twice. That screw on the BR strap seems a little shady to me, i feel like eventually it would just come unscrewed.

Software & Accessories / Re: would you guys buy it?
« on: November 24, 2012, 10:00:30 AM »
No, I wouldn't buy that, and I didn't.
Just thought i'd offer an alternative to BR, have you seen the Bos Strap? Mine is awesome and I feel more secure with the camera attached to a single neck strap loop than the tripod mount.

EOS Bodies / Re: Used 5D3
« on: November 23, 2012, 08:22:38 AM »
if you're going to buy used, why not buy a new one on ebay for 2500 bucks. not sure if the warranty is valid, but heck, that's gotta be cheaper than most used ones.... and no light leak!

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