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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!

EOS Bodies / Re: Why do you want a FF Mirrorless?
« on: November 23, 2012, 08:08:31 AM »
A FF mirrorless camera will never be a performance beast.  So why bother trying?  A great sensor and EVF, with "ok" AF, maybe 3fps and 1/4000 shutter speed in a tiny (eos-M sized?) body and a low $1,000 to $1,500 price and I'd be happy.
I think you're dreaming on the price... but for 2000 dollars i'd be in for sure.
If the RX1 had a removable lens, even if there was only one lens available for now(35mm 2.0 would be great)and was 3000 dollars($2000 body, and 1000 lens) I would have preordered. When I first saw the RX1 rumor that's what I thought it was and I was so happy. I'm just a little hesitant to spend 3k on a camera with only one single focal length. If I could buy a used RX1 for 2000 today, i'd be on it(and I might be in a year if no FF mirrorless has come out.)
I travel a lot, and currently live in China, so for me the FF mirrorless is all about high quality, and compact size. I'd love to trade in my D700 and 24-70 for an RX2 with a 24mm-50mm 2.8 zoom or something like that.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Sample Images
« on: November 19, 2012, 09:24:56 AM »
I'm not impressed with the 24-70 images at all..
The distortion looks bad…even at 70mm, the model's face looks really weird..
There is something kind of strange about her face...
however, those 35mm pictures look pretty nice. I'm not sure if i'd pay 900 for this lens, especially given it's an f2, but the pictures were nice.
Anyone know where those 35mm pictures were taken? I think I really just liked the location.

Software & Accessories / Re: Luma Cinch Strap
« on: November 19, 2012, 02:53:09 AM »
I checked out this strap very thoroughly, although i have never actually seen one in person. it looks pretty awesome. However, I chose the BosStrap instead.
Connection with a screw to the tripod mount seems a little dangerous to me. The BosStrap has a pretty unique design, and is extremely well made and comfortable, plus it's half the price....
check it out if you're interested. I've also read a lot of people say the metal pieces of Luma scratched their camera body.

Software & Accessories / Re: Do It Yourself Black Rapid type Strap
« on: November 18, 2012, 09:45:17 PM »
I went thru the same process of making my own strap. In the end I bought the Black Rapid screw for the Manfrotto quick release because it is a very critical failure point and hard to make with the tools I have.

I like this double connection point strategy.
are those BR lugs really locking? There seems to be a few bad reviews on all the sites talking about cameras crashing to the ground that scared me. I usually walk around for hours at a time with a 24-70, so it's often quite heavy.
Neuro, have you checked out the BosStrap? What do you mean when you say "neck strap - not a good way to carry a camera with a heavy lens, such as a big white zoom"
Would you rather have the camera upside down, for easier transition from hanging to shooting? or are you just saying the neck straps are a potential point of failure?
I really like how the BosStrap uses only one side of the neck strap attachment points, and when it hangs it is really comfortable with an easy transition to shooting.
I'd be interested to learn more about BR straps, but at the moment. However, I really like the choice I made, it's a lot cheaper, and ultimately, I think the neck strap connection point is safer than the tripod mount.

Software & Accessories / Re: Do It Yourself Black Rapid type Strap
« on: November 17, 2012, 06:38:35 PM »
i don't trust those screws in the tripod mount to hold my camera. a few twists and turns and your camera could easily fall to the ground. I would be constantly nervous my camera was coming unscrewed and about to crash.
I did a lot of research on these, and finally ended up buying the bos strap. It is a very similar design, except that it simply mounts to one of the neck strap lugs.
I've used it for a few months so far and it is very comfortable and sturdy.
I really wanted to buy a BR, but ultimately, it just didn't seem like the safest way to carry my camera.

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