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i went to bozeman,mt  and glacier national park (about 200 miles north of yellowstone) last august. my sigma 10-20mm almost never came off my camera. amazing lens. what ever lens you have you'll make do and take great shots. 15-85 is a great focal length range.. if you want to splurge and rent the sigma, do it.. but if not the 15-85 will do fine. if you do have a scene that wont fit in 15mm you can always stich multiple shots together in photoshop.


Lenses / Re: What lens are you patiently waiting for?
« on: March 28, 2012, 12:17:17 PM »
an updated 35mm would be nice. the 35mm f2.0 is really an old lens.. the 35mm L lens is great.. but i wish where was some middle ground between a 300.00 lens and a 1400.00 lens in that focal range.

there have been hints of a new 100-400 for years. i'd be interested in that lens too.


the nikon d700 and d800 are VERY different cameras than the 5dmkII and 5dmkIII. youre comparing apples to oranges.

if you just look at the specs and compare yes.. nikon has some fancy numbers.. but give it a month.. 2 months.. and see how the real reviews and results come out. lets see what people can really do with these cameras.. lets see what system the real pro's get behind.

both nikon and canon have amazing cameras out there. you couldnt go wrong with either. its just a tool.. if you think nikon is a better choice, go for it.. get the camera and start shooting.. ultimately.. thats what its all about.. at the end of the day i could care less what brand is on my camera.. or on your camera.. show me what you can do!

if you look back in the forums on here and flickr, you'll see exactly the same kinds of comments about the 7D when it came out... still new users with the 7D complain about soft shots.. cameras these days are incredibly complex. they take a while to figure out all the Idiosyncrasies.. there might be a few problems with the 5DmkIII.. the people that bought them all are all early adopters! expect  few rough spots.. expect canon to address all of them.. yes.. adobe raw isnt out there.. (no big surprise there, they have always taken a few weeks to release the update to the new cameras)

for every complaint i see in the forums, i see just as many happy with their camera and getting good shots.

make sure you've read the manual.. make sure you know what the settings you're using are really doing.. and take lots of shots. who knows.. maybe  you did get a bad camera.. but i think 99% of the cameras out there are just fine.. its just a new tool we are all going to have to learn. 

EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: March 27, 2012, 10:21:53 AM »
why couldnt the 70D fit in as top of the line?

EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: March 27, 2012, 09:49:58 AM »
i just dont see it..
 here's how i see the future canon lineup

maybe a cheaper full frame

60D and 7D are too close.. too many features are the same.. and the price difference isnt enough.. features just arent different enough..

i'm really looking forward to seeing how canon handles mirrorless. thats really what i'm looking forward to

going on to 500px.com or flickr.com i browse through the amazing photos.. some truly breathtaking.. many taken with a rebel.. or the nikon equivalent.. or a canon 40d (gasp! a 5 yr old camera).. you use whatever tool you have to the limits.. you learn those limits and work around them.. i have no doubt the 5DIII and the D800 are amazing cameras.. but honestly... how many of us really use our current cameras to the limit? No offense but how many of the people bitching about the 5dmkIII are pro photographers that are really pushing their current cameras to the very limits? i have a 7D.. its a far better camera than i am photographer. and sure.. i'd love a 5dmkIII but.. after looking at the feature set.. full frame would be nice.. the 5 and 7 photos in HDR bracketing would be really nice.. and better low light performance would be nice.. but 60 to 70% of my photos are shot during the day.. or with a flash.. can i buy it? sure.. if i wanted.. but is it going to make me a better photographer? no.. not really.. would it be some bragging rights? sure..

there will always be something bigger and better just around the corner.. there will always be  a lens or a camera i'm drooling over.. and wishing i had.. but the thing i want the most? TIME... time to shoot.. and time to travel to some beautiful places and take shots with what i currently have.

to get on topic.. both cameras are getting amazing reviews.. but i think they are VERY different cameras. The reviews coming up about the 5dmkIII are all glowing reviews.. they all say its an amazing all around camera, that canon listened to the complaints of the 5dmkII and built on it. The D800 reviews also give it stellar reviews.. you couldn't go wrong with either..  if all you can notice or see is the difference in MP then yes, sell all your canon gear and go nikon.. but there is a lot more to a camera than its sensor or how many MP of an image it saves.

i've got too much invested in canon to switch.. and i'm very happy with my canon gear. the 5dmkIII looks like a great choice. i'm going to wait until dec and see what else canon has up its sleeve. i'm more excited about the rumors of a mirror less small camera from canon.

thats my two cents.

or just rent a big lens with 400+mm focal length when you need one.
far cheaper than buying.

i went from an Xsi to a 7D.. the learning curve on the 7D was substantial.. it took me much longer to adapt to it than i expected. i cant really explain it.. but the 7d seems much less forgiving than the xsi.. meaning i really have to meter correctly.. and have the settings right to get the shot i want... maybe the xsi was just as unforgiving and i just didnt notice.. also.. the 7D really does like or need good quality glass on it.. the 5D mkIII will be no different. lastly.. the RAW files on the 7D are significantly bigger than the Xsi's.. so my computer was capable.. but my storage needs required me to buy external storage..

i totally think going from the 30D to a 5dmkIII is fine.. but expect a learning curve.. dont plan on shooting a wedding the day after you receive it.. its going to take some practice and adjustment.

i really dont think you could go wrong with either one.. they are each companies flagship cameras.. with the latest technologies.. but i agree with the previous posts.. i'm really curious about the reviews in a few months. i think the canon will turn out to be a more well rounded camera.. while the nikon will be an amazing studio  camera. but this is just my conjecture.

Landscape / Re: Where Do You Print Your Pics?
« on: March 05, 2012, 10:59:59 PM »
+1 for WHCC

i've had very good luck with them. great attention to detail and customer service

Lenses / Re: Canon 50/1.4 focusing
« on: March 05, 2012, 09:35:06 PM »
i love my 50mm f1.4 but its on its 2nd trip (in 4 yrs) to canon service for focusing issues.. i use it a ton.. it gets bumped around quite a bit.. so i dont mind sending it in.. when it works.. its amazing.. but this is the 2nd time mine has had focusing issues in 4 yrs.

EOS Bodies / Re: What to expect for a new high MP full-frame body?
« on: March 02, 2012, 08:27:09 PM »
at some point you run into physics.. these FF sensors are the same size.. the mark II, mark III, nikons eqiv. all have roughly the same size physical sensor.. you can pack on more MP to a point.. but at some point.. you've got to make a physically larger sensor.. nikon did increase to 36MP.. but we have yet to really see what the results are compared to canons 22mp camera. yes the file size will be bigger.. more pixels to play with.. but are those pixels sharp? how bad is the noise? is the color representation accurate? i guess we'll find this out in late april or may when the cameras really come out.

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