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Lenses / Re: Refurbished Lenses: Your thoughts.
« on: February 20, 2011, 11:23:19 PM »
In addition to refurbished lenses, I'd also appreciate your thoughts on "grey market" lenses, which can also be obtained at a discounted price, minus a warranty (Sometimes larger stores such as Adorama offer their own warranty on grey market items.)

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Lenses / Refurbished Lenses: Your thoughts.
« on: February 20, 2011, 11:16:34 PM »
I've always bought nothing but new equipment, whether it be camera bodies, lenses, lighting or studio equipment... steering clear of unknown eBay "specials" or used equipment. However, I'm thinking more and more about the saving on lenses which seem to be less prone to failure than other things such as all the parts in a camera body.

With some camera shops offering a full one year store warranty on top of the 90 day factory warranty, and sometimes giving substantial savings, refurbished lenses look very tempting. I've talked myself out of a $50 savings before to buy new ($50 didn't seem worth the risk), but sometimes you can save a lot more than that.

My question is: how many of you have experience with a refurbished lens? Would you recommend them or would you say to keep away and only buy new?

It is my understanding that many of the refurbs are showroom or store models that are sent back to the factory and inspected before sale, but there is no way to know if you're getting a floor model or a faulty lens that has been repaired.

Has anyone had any issues with a refurb? (i.e. dust, mechanics, AF, IS, etc.) Anyone seen a refurb sold with scratches or other cosmetic impairments?

Your thoughts and advice are appreciated.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5dmkii june '10 firmware update for manual film control
« on: February 19, 2011, 04:08:29 AM »
The 7D also allows full manual control during video to change the ISO aperture and shutter speed settings, but the changes are so drastic during shooting, you won't want to do it. Set the right exposure before shooting. Stop and change it each time the lighting situation changes (i.e. Indoor and Outdoor), although you CAN change it on the fly if necessary.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Something Coming March 1?
« on: February 18, 2011, 09:44:29 PM »
So, if you can wait about 6 months or so, the price will come down significantly and you'll sure what you'll get. That's what I did when 7D came out.

I ordered my 5D MK II minutes after the announcement well over 2 years ago, it had no issues and the price for a new one is still the same.

I did the same, purchasing  my 7D when it first came out... still loving it! (Got a great deal too.) You don't necessarily have to wait to buy, unless your waiting on an impending new release.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Something Coming March 1?
« on: February 17, 2011, 11:31:13 PM »
I'm new here, so apologies if I'm coming out of left field.  Currently own a 7D and looking at adding either another 7D or a 5D Mk II.  In looking around i noticed that the 7D is on sale everywhere.  Could this be a sign?  Or is this something Canon does on a frequent basis?

Yes. Canon does offer rebates on a frequent basis. Yes. This is a sign, for a good time to buy. It's VERY doubtful that the 7D will be upgraded anytime soon, if that is your worry.

Look around. you always can find a good deal. I bought a 7D body when they first came out for less than $1300 online - way less than they were going for then AND now. Look for rebates, store discounts, cashback offers, coupons, free shipping... not to mention no sales tax. See if you can combine all those discounts you find. You'll be surprised sometimes how much cheaper you can buy an item (legitimately) online.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D - buy now or hold off?
« on: February 17, 2011, 05:19:08 AM »
The 7D's autofocus system is a thing of beauty, and nothing to be frightened of. You'll be hard pressed to fine a finer AF system, and it is fully customizable to your specific use... I tend to favor the center spot focus, and only see the one AF point when I use that function. If you're worried about AF points showing up when you're composing, maybe you should be looking at a different camera... point and shoot maybe?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Something Coming March 1?
« on: February 17, 2011, 03:30:48 AM »
So... basically reporting that you have nothing to report?

Why do people feel the need to make posts like this? This is Canon Rumors, not CNN. I've been coming to this site for a long time and I appreciate what CR does: anticipation, speculation, fun, and for just providing a place to share comments with other Canon users.

Here's something to report:  I personally spoke to a rep in a Canon showroom in Asia yesterday who claimed to be in "the know." I was trying out some lenses on my 7D. After talking at length with him about bodies and lenses, he volunteered the info that the 5D III would be coming out close to the end of 2011, while an update for the 24-70mm f/2.8 L won't show up this year. He said that when it does come out, it will most definitely have the IS II feature.

For what it's worth... :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: new 7D firmware
« on: February 16, 2011, 11:30:27 PM »
Canon keeps leapfroging its own lineup with new features on cheaper cameras, as was the 7D to the 5D MkII (with its new AF system and frames per second, etc.). Even the video modes were out-competing it's big brother until Canon updated the 5D II's firmware. I'm sure this is an attempt by Canon to put the 5D II back ahead of the 7D in software features. With that in mind, I seriously doubt they'll add audio control to the 7D's firmware, though I sure hope I'm wrong.

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Lenses / Re: CR Guy's Fav Lenses - 24 f/1.4L II?
« on: February 16, 2011, 02:43:16 PM »
There is always the 14 f/2.8 L II.  I hear is really sharp for a wide lens, but a decent one is going to cost you at least $2000

I meant wider than 50mm. 14 might just be wider than I need or would want to shoot at. And I don't think I could justify that price tag. I don't see how the Canon guys can sleep at night selling stuff that high. (ok, for the new 70-200 IS II USM and the like, the price is justified. But $2300 for the 14mm, or something like those twelve grand super telephotos... whatever?!?!! I want a lens, not a small car. Why don't they ask for a limb or two while they're at it?

Sorry about the rant... I've actually never shot with the 14mm, so I could be wrong and it could totally be worth the $2359 suggested retail price that Canon's website gives it. I'll check it out next time I'm out at my local photo store if they have one. Thanks.

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Lenses / Re: CR Guy's Fav Lenses - 24 f/1.4L II?
« on: February 16, 2011, 01:55:45 PM »
It may not be as pixel peeping sharp as the 35 1.4L wide open, but it's still very sharp.

You mentioned the 35mm f/1.4L, which I haven't ever shot with or even considered. How does it compare with the 24mm f/1.4L II? It's less expensive than the 24mm, which is definitely a plus. And you say it's sharper? Why do you like the 24mm better?

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Lenses / Re: CR Guy's Fav Lenses - 24 f/1.4L II?
« on: February 16, 2011, 01:48:58 PM »
I've also been looking at this lens (24mm f/1.4L II) and considering it for my next purchase, but it's a hefty chunk of change. I've tried it out a couple of times in a photo store, and loved it.

A wide angle, wide aperture lens with top notch optics is what I'm looking for. I love the 50mm (which I already have), but I shoot with a 7D, so I'd like something a little wider for the crop sensor, and don't mind paying extra if it's that much better. The other option I'm looking at is the 16-35mm f/2.8L II, with a trade off of aperture for a zoom lens which is wider and longer.

Before anybody goes into the (much overstated) argument that I should go for the wider lens because of the crop body I'm using, let me make clear that optical quality is most important to me, followed by maximum aperture value, then followed by factors such as vignetting and CA. I'm more than happy to move my camera's position to the subject to compensate for differences in focal length, if it means using a better lens.   

I have a feeling I wouldn't be disappointed in either one, but for the premium that these two lenses carry, I want to select the right one. Could anybody give any advice on why I should or shouldn't make one of these two lenses my next? Anyone who has experience with both and could recommend one over the other?

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Canon General / Re: 70-300IS USM (non-L) now pointless.
« on: February 08, 2011, 10:03:25 AM »
Certainly new technology will always be pushing the envelope on quality, but just because the new L class is out (or the Tamron for that matter) the Canon 70-300mm non-L is still a great lens and is by no means irrelevant or "pointless." For new purchases, sure, you might want to look at cost factors, but the non-L class Canon is not out of the running, and Canon knows it. They are still marketing it in their current lineup, and I sure are still selling lots of them.

The Canon Canon 70-300mm non-L is truly is a great lens and worthy of the reviews that call it a "hidden L" lens. It continues to be one of my favorite lenses, and I've taken some of my favorite pictures with it. I've considered upgrading to the L class version, but you're right about the price difference. I love the quality of the pictures I get with the non-L. Is a slight upgrade in IQ worth that much money?  The Tamron might be a great lens, but already owning the Canon 70-300mm, buying that lens is pointless, not to mention I'm one of those guys who just can't buy anything but Canon glass. (Call me crazy. Call me a Canonite. There are a lot of photographers out there like me, and that's why Canon's non-L 70-300mm is not pointless.)


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Lenses / Re: Your lenses wishlist for 2011.
« on: February 07, 2011, 10:35:04 PM »
Lenses I will most probably upgrade to in the near future:
EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L (Though I'm still holding out for the IS or at least the II version... holding my breath... turning blue, here, Canon! Hello!!???)

Lenses I would love to see:
EF 35mm f/1.2L USM
EF 24mm f/1.2L USM

The above poster said that "there is something to be said for smaller, lighter, excellent quality slower primes." To each his own, but I'll take a bigger, heavier, tack sharp quality, super fast prime any day!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D - buy now or hold off?
« on: February 03, 2011, 11:30:46 AM »
For a crop sensor camera, there is no finer machine than the 7D. Several of its features top the 5D MkII. Even if you were to buy one now and find that Canon has released a newer model, it doesn't lessen the value or performance of the 7D. The only drawback to that scenario would be the eventual drop in price for older models. I purchased my 7D very shortly after it was released and I have had not one single complaint about the camera. My advice: get it! It's worth every penny, and though other cameras may be introduced this year that might best the 7D, it's doubtful a Mark II version of this camera is coming anytime in the near future. Though, I probably should leave the prognostications to the official posts of this site.

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