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Considering the 70-200 f/2.8 MII is still at it's launch price of $2,499 (currently there is a $400 rebate so it's $2,099) I don't see the brand new 24-70 falling in price anytime soon.  You may find a deal with non-authorized Canon dealers but the rest have to abide by Canon's MAP pricing.

Lenses / Re: Rebates
« on: November 29, 2012, 01:42:40 PM »
Rebate on the 5D MIII expires 1-5-13, I imagine Canon will extend the other rebates until then... maybe even up the rebate amount?

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D launch and effect on 5D MkII & MKIII
« on: November 29, 2012, 01:04:32 PM »
I don't see the 6D hurting the 5D MIII as the 5D MIII is a more advanced body.  However, I do see the 6D affecting the 5D MII and would be surprised if it continued much longer but it sounds like Canon does intend to keep it around for a while so we'll have to wait and see.  As far as 5D MIII pricing, as of November 1st Canon put in place MAP pricing for all authorized Canon dealers which is the $3,499 minus any rebates Canon has on the body.  You will see other stores advertise below this price but they are not Canon Authorized dealers (and if they are Canon will probably catch them sooner or later), supposedly they still come with a warranty and everything so technically there shouldn't be a risk purchasing from them but as with anything it's a gamble.  Should these non-authorized stores continue to discount the bodies heavily I wouldn't be surprised to see their shipments from Canon to start to shrink in quantity. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Used 5D3
« on: November 16, 2012, 04:20:37 PM »
The light leak issue was made out to be more of an issue than it really is.  Unless you're taking pictures in pitch black rooms, with the lens cap on or with a flashlight aimed driectly at the top lcd then it won't be an issue.  Even if you do get a camera pre-fix (which is a small piece of tape by the way), you can send it into Canon and they will add the fix.  Don't let a good deal pass you by because of this concern.

EOS Bodies / Re: got a 5d mark iii offer for 2980, jump in or not?
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:34:59 PM »
I'd jump on it.  Canon put in MAP pricing the around the first of November, since they are a Canon authorized dealer they are supposed to be listing at $3,499 minus the $200 rebate so it should be $3,299.  I wouldn't count on Black Friday sales, Canon usually does rebates instead.  The current $200 rebate is set to expire 11-24 I believe.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III - Price Drop Details
« on: October 30, 2012, 01:59:50 PM »
I think one of the main reasons of the price drop is to be more competitive with the D800.  I was surprised it was $500 more (didn't stop me from pre-ordering one) but I think Canon may have realized people were actually contemplating switching brands over it and sales may have been slower than predicted.  I'd be surprised to see it drop any significant amount from this point.  Usually with the holiday rebates you see the stores raise their prices a little bit to account for rebates should Canon have a rebate on the MIII but I think this is something Canon requires the retailers to do.  Reason I say that is one of the major retailers explained it a year ago and said that Canon had guide lines in place and if you wanted to participate in the rebate program then your prices had to be a certain amount.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Rumors Surface [CR1]
« on: October 09, 2012, 02:29:09 PM »
This is what will get my check book out:
1. Low noise at low ISO, high ISO capable sensor
2. Same or higher frame rate
3. Same or higher MP- but only if point 1 is satisfied
4. Two CF card slots
5. Same or better AF (5DIII level?)
6. Same or better build quality
This is not too much to ask, and given the rumors of a brand new sensor and the 46MP FF, I am guessing they are more than expected.

It's not going to get the same or better AF than the 5DMIII, that AF system is reserved for the 5D line and the 1DX (1DX has AF features the 5D MIII doesn't).  The AF is what is separating the segments and Canon isn't going to shoot themselves in the foot by putting that AF in the 7D MII.  The 6D entry full frame is only getting 11 AF pts, I could see the 7D MII getting more than that because the 7D MII will be marketed for its action shooting where the 6D is marketed for full frame... no way it's getting the 61 AF pts though.

EOS Bodies / Re: We need a "Canon Whiners" Section!
« on: April 24, 2012, 01:42:11 PM »
Honestly this type of thing tends to happen with every release.  You get the typical AF problems, too much noise at ISO 1,000,0000, back/front focusing and so on.  This time someone had the bright (no pun intended) idea to start messing with the camera with the body cap/lens cap on.  Usually takes a month or two for all the madness to cool down.  Funny thing is now people are showing it does it with the 5D MII, 40D and some Nikon bodies as well.  Some folks are mentioning under exposing and I encountered that as well then I realized I was using the wrong metering for the scene I was shooting, as soon as I changed it everything was fine.  9 times out of 10 the issue is operator error, not hardware malfunction.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon, STOP shipping defective products!!!
« on: April 24, 2012, 10:21:39 AM »
I have yet to see an image where this supposed issue affected it, have you?

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D firmware update - wow, could it be?
« on: April 22, 2012, 10:07:56 PM »
All camera functions are executed via electronic 'commands' from a central processing unit. Hence, ISO and/or AF functions of any camera can be updated thru firmware. Hardware is composed of any piece, structural or physical, that comprises the component(s) of the body.
 In electronic systems and computing, firmware is a term often used to denote the fixed, usually rather small, programs and/or data structures that internally control various electronic devices.
If that were the case, folks would release hacked firmwares right and left but they can't because it is dependent on hardware.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III NOT Getting Recalled?
« on: April 21, 2012, 11:50:28 PM »
My guess is they will release a firmware update that turns the LCD backlight off when the shutter is pressed, problem solved.  People are really making way too much out of this, I have yet to see a shot where this messed up someone's picture.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D firmware update - wow, could it be?
« on: April 21, 2012, 11:36:24 PM »
7D owners, does that post make you anxious or what? Imagine a fix to the ISO noise issues, autofocus issues and whatever other issues we've been having being implemented into the 7D. Man, then it would be an awesome body, wouldn't it?
Waiting here at the edge of our seats for the release........ :)
Pretty sure that both ISO and AF is hardware and can't be modified via a firmware.  I didn't see the new post on the home page mention anything regarding those, where did you see it?

No I don't think there will be a recall.  All they have to do is issue a new firmware and make it so that when the shutter is pressed the backlight turns off, problem solved.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Recall?
« on: April 12, 2012, 03:47:56 PM »
A member on POTN posted this
I just called Canon tech assistance and CPS.  They say its a BS rumor. NOTHING AT ALL. THERE WILL BE A firmware UPDATE FOR THE 800MM LENS. Called national camera exchange they said they have heard nothing at all.

I called Kenmore camera here in Seattle and they hadn't heard anything about it, no emails/calls from Canon.  If there is an issue it may be narrowed down to a small batch and they only contacted the vendors that the batch went to.

EOS Bodies / Re: I am done with B&H
« on: April 12, 2012, 10:38:30 AM »
The biggest problem is that Canon has not taken the correct measures to make sure a major retailer like B&H gets sufficient shipments.  I placed my pre-order with B&H about 30 minutes after it was announced on the night of 3-1.  I was lucky enough to get my camera within the first wave of shipments considering how many folks did the same thing.  It seemed as though the stores on the west coast got their deliveries before stores on the east coast which makes sense if you thing about it.  The cameras are shipped to the west coast (shortest travel) and from there they are trucked/flown eastward.  I live in Bellevue WA (part of the Seattle area) and Kenmore Camera is the store I go to for local purchases.  They are good people and I've never had a problem with them but I saved $300 in sales tax by ordering out of state.  I had two different opportunities to buy the camera from them before my B&H order showed up but it just wasn't worth it to me to pay the sales tax.  You can't really blame B&H for the lack of inventory, that is all on Canon but you can blame them for their attitude.  I've made about 20 purchases with B&H and never had a problem, I still have a pre-order in with them for the BG-E11 grip.  As it stands now it seems it's becoming more difficult to get your hands on one as there are waiting lists at most stores.  My uncle is friends with a camera store owner on the east coast and he told him that they do get sporadic shipments in but it is typically just a few so it makes it hard to make the waiting list smaller but they are doing their best. 

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