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Lenses / Re: Lens suggestions for 3 weeks trip to Egypt and Jordan
« on: October 22, 2012, 08:59:29 AM »
You will need to get away from those tightly secured, separated tourist areas and then oh wonder, people will suddenly not be eager to sell you any souvenirs.

That's true - they might want to tell you their strong opinion about America and criticism of their prophet in a very close and personal way. Arguing that official western policy is not necessarily what you think won't do you any good.

I know people who grew up in Egypt and still have western as well as local friends there - even they wouldn't want to take a lucky hike into really local areas right now, manners have changed when terrorism started about 5 years ago and the Egyptian state reinforced oppression, resulting in the recent uprisings.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5DmIII price drop in France 2700 EUR
« on: October 22, 2012, 07:54:49 AM »
given the weak €
The euro is not weak...its in the top 10 of worlds strongest currencies.

That doesn't say much :-p ... agreed, the € is a strong currency in comparison to the North Korean won, but its exchange rate has taken a dive lately which reflects on consumer prices for imported goods (see links above). Back in the good ol' days you got 2$ for 1€ (well, it was DM by then), now it's only 1.3$.

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Lenses / Re: Lens suggestions for 3 weeks trip to Egypt and Jordan
« on: October 22, 2012, 06:17:14 AM »
and the few times you want the reach of the 70-300 you will be glad its there just keep it in the bag until you need it then its not grabbing much attention.

I taped mine w/ black tape, looks way cheaper now and less white, you might want to do the same - and it protects the white paint from scratches as an added bonus.

It's just as it been said before - usually you'll want an ultrawide (standing inside a temple or close in front of a pyramid :-), tight-spaced local markets) and a tele for far-in-between shots. I'd say the 17-40 + 70-300 + the 50/1.4 for very low light indoor shots. Then you can just choose one zoom according to the occasion and mostly stick to it, you don't want to switch lenses in dusty or crowded places. And bring a sensor cleaning kit! And a mini travel-tripod.

We are planning a 3 weeks trip to Egypt + Jordan (other than usual highlights like pyramids, luxor, petra etc... I am hoping for few days in desert too. both in egypt and in jordan).

If you're going not now but next summer you might think about giving your wife a Rebel instead of a p&s so you can share lenses and - most important - you have an eos backup if one fails. This happened to me in the middle of my Egypt trip in Assuan, it's just been too hot, the camera couldn't take it - very frustrating experience.

I would probably take the 85 for some candid portraits of the locals with some nice bokeh! :)

And remember to have enough $$$ around for baksish, the locals won't understand if someone with a big camera isn't giving away lots of tips, that's the tradition and the local social security system! Personally, I found taking portraits extremely annoying, so I preferred sticking to columns and temples that don't bug you to buy a talisman.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 60D or t4i for video?
« on: October 22, 2012, 04:32:38 AM »
You should definitely have a look into magic lantern which doesn't support the 650D yet. (Or does it already?)

Ml won't support the 650d unless a firmware update is issued, this is required because the code cannot be read from the camera. And then it'll take some time - the 650d has the new digic5, and the ml devs are busy with the 7d and 5d3. So if you want a camera now, can spare the $$$ and don't need the better video af I'd say go 60d, too.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5DmIII price drop in France 2700 EUR
« on: October 22, 2012, 04:28:01 AM »
They have the Nikon D600 for just 250 less. Canon 5D3 vs Nikon D600 for almost the same price?

Why not? Nikon users are as unlikely to switch brands as Canon users are, and if many of them have been waiting for a ff cam but didn't want the 12mp d700 or the more expensive d800 then the demand for the d600 will be initially high.

The 5d3 will sooner or later reach the point when all people willing to pay €3000+ will have bought one, so the price has to drop to find sufficient customers - or they'll do discounted bundles with the 24-70ii which is what I'm waiting for.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5DmIII price drop in France 2700 EUR
« on: October 21, 2012, 03:27:32 PM »
may not  be for long time...

... even so, given the weak € this is rather amazing - thanks for reporting! The 6d will have a very tough time finding customers for €2100, maybe Canon will be sorry to have omitted adding a swivel-touchscreen and a flash.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Soon-To-Be-Released Tamron 70-200 2.8?
« on: October 21, 2012, 03:09:45 PM »
Thanks for all the insight.  I'm weighing this, one of the consumer 70-300's or a Canon 70-200 f4 IS.  I don't think I can ever beat my 135 with anything at any price for indoor sports, but see how a 2.8 stabilized zoom would be GREAT for indoor events and outdoor sports.  A 70-300 might be "better" for outdoor sports, but the 2.8'er more versatile overall.

Keep in mind: 1 The non-L Canon 70-300 has just micro usm, so you'll be better off with a 70-200/4L no to speak of the better build quality. 2. The depth of field with 300mm is very thin, so imho f2.8 is great for fast af but not for the actual shot, I even stop down my 70-300L a bit in good light.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New body?
« on: October 21, 2012, 12:44:46 PM »
Yes, it's a new body from Canon called the Sony Alpha a77.

Could it be Canon is finally getting a grip and using Sony tech, too - so that's what Canon was really talking about when they said their next sensors will have more dynamic range :-)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Soon-To-Be-Released Tamron 70-200 2.8?
« on: October 21, 2012, 11:40:09 AM »
you pay a premium price for a product that will still be sought after when it is 3-4 years old and will still command a respectable 'used' price

... if you treat it really nicely that is and have a lens cap and hood that looks like new. And you have to take the repair prices into account, a damaged L lens will cost you much more than a non-L because spare prices scale accordingly. And then if you carry around thousands of $$$ gear you'd better insure it - add that to the purchase cost, too.

So for some applications it might be wiser to buy a Tamron 24-70 with 6 year warranty, either get it repaired simply buy a brand new one (if completely broken or stolen) and still be way below the price of one Canon mk2.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Soon-To-Be-Released Tamron 70-200 2.8?
« on: October 21, 2012, 07:34:23 AM »
Where did I predict the 24-70 MK II L was going to be "THE" lens?
You need to stop putting words in peoples mouth. :-X

Where did I say *you* predicted the Canon to be "THE" lens? If I'd wanted to put these words into your mouth, I'd written it otherwise (or my English skills fail me again here, if so I'm sorry). The quote from you was intended as an example of L lenses having a strong reputation.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Soon-To-Be-Released Tamron 70-200 2.8?
« on: October 20, 2012, 02:19:29 PM »
No.  Tamron might be a good value for the occasional shooter, so I'm not knocking them, but the list of advantages the Canon L will have is long.

... starting with a strong reputation, so a unreleased lens like the 24-70ii is predicted to be THE lens without horrible onion bokeh a Canon would surely NEVER have ... while a Tamron unreleased 70-200 is not competitive for sure :-)

You can expect half the price, half the quality.

No, that's just it - price and quality don't scale linear, so half the price will be much more likely to be 2/3 or 3/4 the quality - look at the 24-70 Canon mk2 and Tamron. If you get a premium product, you're paying money just for having the best or pro gear.

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...someone managed to catch some Canon exec at a show saying that they took it out to promote the 7D and to make putting it back into some potential 70D give the 70D an extra, exciting, 'new' selling point. So blame it on the out of control Canon marketing guys IMO.
Nice to hear that's 'confirmed' so to speak.  It's always been obvious to me that's exactly why the 60D doesn't have AFMA.  Since the the firmware code is there already, someone had to actively make the decision to omit it, and that someone was clearly in Marketing.

Ugh, if the reason really is intra-Canon model marketing that's pretty a pretty cheap move! Generally I like to speculate what greedy schemes the Canon marketing guys are up to, but even I feel bad when I hear it really confirmed :-( ... it is my (current) brand after all and I've been using Canon since ~1990.

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...but with all my other lenses, it's been more or less fine.

... with *Canon* lenses that is, I guess? I can report the same from my 60d, but also all Canon. My theory is that Canon not only removed afma from the 60d to make the 7d look better, but to stall 3rd party lens sales - non-Canon lenses seem to be much more in need of af adjustment.

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Video & Movie / Re: Magic Lantern for 650D any soon?
« on: October 15, 2012, 04:03:59 AM »
The people at Magic Lantern said they are waiting for a firmware update.

... and they need an actual 650d lent or sponsored to try it
... and the  5d3 & 7d ports are in the works, I guess they'll first achieve stability with these
... see here: http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?board=34.0

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