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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x TC Information
« on: December 03, 2012, 05:22:09 PM »
I don't have the $$ or the physical strength to carry this lens.  But if I had both, why not opt for either the 500f4 L or the 600 F4 L?  really, if I'm going to empty the bank account and get a herniated disk, I'd go for the prime, with no gimmicks..

Am one who's still hoping for a replacement for the 100-400 L that's a bit sharper, better IS(a given) and lighter weight(I doubt it).  Am also considering the 400 F 4 DO. However, I wouldnt spend 6K unless they upgraded it from the original.

T4i  was taking some shots in the living room, and the lcd screen just went dead...no playback, no info, nothing.....had to do a battery pull to get it back. Battery charge is ok. I wasn't blocking the face sensor in back.  Anyone hear of this?

Overall, first 24 hours w/T4i + 18-135 IS STM very impressed, coming off a 60D and Xsi.

Pro's: Lens - Build much stronger than I expected. Fast focusing, really dead quiet(on stills)
Cons: Heavier than I expected(0f course, built is more like the 15-85 than the 18-55)
haven't test IQ yet

 Live view very improved over 60D. very easy to focus in ordinary room light using live view,
Like touch screen a lot, but not a game changer.
Shutter sound seems quieter than 60D
Small, light
Seems to focus faster in normal AF modes than 60D
Frame rate not bad for rebel
Big fat ISO button on top...never liked the D series small, indistinguishable buttons.

Cons:  4 way control buttons harder to push than on xsi...smaller, more indented.
I can't believe they can't give you more ISO options, how much would that cost? You go from 800 to 1600 w/nothing in between like on past Rebel series.

Battery/Charger. Don' like the two piece chord/charger set up vs having plug directly on charger.
Battery hard to get in and out of charger, almost like an off-brand battery I once bought.

EOS Bodies / Rebel t4i - near 10% price increase??
« on: November 02, 2012, 06:17:45 PM »
on Amazon and else where, body only went up from 739.00 to 799.00 overnight.  Wonder if this is Canon's new pricing policy.

I remember back in the '70's electronics mgfrs would fix the min price I forgot the term for it,,, Fair Trade or some such thing in the USA. Then it was declared illegal....it was restraint of trade..... you can't tell someone else what to charge..... Now it seems like they've found away around it.   BTW, looks like a fine entry level camera, but I will not pay 800.00 for body only Rebel....no way.

I like the idea of the Pro 100 with the "gloss optimizer". Am currently using the Epson R1900...This is the only series of a3 w/gloss optimizer..except the pixma pro 1 which is out of my price range.  Does anyone know how the Pro 1 does w/Glossies?

Lenses / Re: Advice before buying used 15-85 EF-S
« on: July 26, 2012, 10:39:44 AM »
1. Best lens I ever used for general wide to short tele.  I've had many others bought and sold incl 18-55 IS, 17-895 USM, sigma 17-70 etc   I had rented the 15-85 and the 24-105 L together, took a lot of shots, could barely tell the difference in IQ, so I got the 15-85 to save a few $$ and I wanted the shorter end of the zoom.

Very good build for a non-L,  despite reviews I have seen no CA, yes, some vignetting which is automatically removed in processing, very sharp, etc etc

It's not my money, but I would fork over a few extra bucks if you can to get a new one rather than a used one.
I know it's a lot, but today, lenses are not just glass , they have moving parts(IS, AF) etc.  I would only buy a used lens from a reputable dealer who tests and checks out lenses.  Not that an individual seller would be out to stick you w/a lemon, it's just that he/she might not be aware of the true condition of the lens.

good luck

EOS Bodies / Re: A New 100-400 & Coming Announcements [CR2]
« on: July 25, 2012, 07:47:57 AM »
great news if true. sold my not quite sharp enough 100-400L a few years ago, getting by w/a 70-300 IS.....can't wait to see this one, even if it means running up some debt to get into the lens arsenal.... :)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Preorder the Canon EOS M
« on: July 23, 2012, 08:52:30 AM »
so we're talking 950.00 including flash/fixed lens, vs 950.00 for rebel t4i w/18-55 is

Am I missing something? In concept you get the same IQ w/the APS-C sized sensor.  You get less weight, but still not exactly a feather weight, given size of lens, need to carry external flash.   You have no EVF like many point and shots have.  So why carry around one of these instead of a Rebel???  If the price was much lower, I might get one as a toy, or as a "walking around" camera, but  right now, I'm going to get a Rebel to lighten up when I don't need my D' series.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Specs
« on: July 22, 2012, 11:18:02 AM »
no built in flash?? Rarely use it on the D series, but if the goal is convenience and compact form factor who wants to carry around an external?

EOS Bodies / Re: Any actual photographers out there?
« on: July 08, 2012, 05:43:23 AM »
This website is called Canon Rumors...So I come here to find out about........rumors relating to Canon.

The owner can make all the $$ he wants to the way website owners do...linking ad content to editorial content.  If I don't like it, I can leave.  As far as the level and quality of info provided, again, it's not called Canon Facts, How to Buy A Canon, or the Canon Bible.  Yet, it's still one of the most entertaining sites around, I find I'm spending more time here than on dprerview.

As far as the level of quality of the photos posted: See line one of this post.  I personally learn the "artistic side" by going to specific books, museums or websites to see images published by specific photographers and artists who I have learned to admire.  I see a lot of other good photos in my day to day web travels but have zero expectation of seeing them here. That doesn't mean that members of this forum and other forums don't post great shots....it has no bearing on whether I visit it.  All I want from this site are......Canon Rumors.

CA is my #1 thing to avoid because I find that it's not always very easy to take out in ACR.  I've tried automatic, manual settings and there's a lot of fiddling around.

That being said, I chose the Canon 10-22 for my widest lens and have not had any problems with it.

My worst lenses were the 17-85 IS USM which i got rid of for the 15-85 IS USM (despite reports in the reviews, I haven't had CA).  My Tamron 70-300 VC is very sharp for the price, but don't shoot bare tree branches against a bright sky.....

Emergency Room, somewhere:

"We have a photographer in  Room B.  Another case of Canonitis Albinis."

Ralph Nader writes a new expose: "Unsafe At Any ISO"

When I saw this post I thought it was April Fool's Day....How bizarre and fr'kin careless manufacturing by the world's greatest camera company.

Lenses / Re: Patent: 600 f/4 DO IS & 400 f/4 DO IS II
« on: May 22, 2012, 08:24:12 PM »
if only they could produce a DO lens in a cost effective way. Why "do" a version II when they hardly sell the original? 

Lenses / Re: B+W Filters compared to Promaster Filters?
« on: May 22, 2012, 06:39:04 PM »
I made the mistake of buying several Promaster Digital Series filters because I thought I'd be saving  a lot of money, esp. on thin ring filters for my wide lenses.  Never again. Some could not be removed from lens. One just fell apart. So, even if the optics were ok, the build was crappy.  I have been very happy w/my B&W's

I have to say that as a landscape photographer who spends days driving around rural areas looking for the right scene, I would love to have a GPS info tagged into my files. Currently I log locations into my auto GPS or Android with a description and try to piece things together when I get home.  Google maps w/satellite view helps.

Aside from the price, I'm not crazy about using the flash shoe because I either keep a flash mounted or carry one in my vest for a quick fill light if need be.  I agree the GPS tagging is not an essential function, but I would pay a bit more to get a model that had it built in.   I'm sure they could find a way to have it work in the camera body...it could be in any plastic bubble on the surface...

I find the price for a GPS chip to be obscene. Really, $269.00 for this one trick pony. There's no reason why it can't be built in to the camera.

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