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Yes. I've cropped the photo a bit. The picture was taken with a 100mm f2.8 L Macro IS lens and a 5D Mark III.

Regarding a comparison between a crop camera such as a 7D and a 5D Mark III used for macro shots it is important to note that even cropping I get better results with the full-frame body compared to the crop sensor body. The extra reach the crop sensor provides does not in any way make up for the pixel-level quality difference full-frame sensors provide. This also applies to the 1D-X.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX VS 5D MKIII Cameras
« on: September 04, 2012, 04:27:12 AM »
Size difference is actually kind of a non-issue. Gripped a 5D Mark III or 7D is similar in size to a 1D-X. Instead there is a significant advantage for 1-series bodies in terms of better usability. Getting used to this is similar to the addiction to L-lenses. Once you have experienced just how good it can be, you don't want to go back.

Both investment in bodies and investment in lenses has resulted in my photographic output to become significantly better.

For me the effect has usually been a multiple of equipment cost. This is because I am always looking for highly specialized equipment that allows me to achieve a certain look or making a shot possible, which I could not hope to achieve without the prerequisite gear.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Seeking for opinion about body option.
« on: August 30, 2012, 10:55:26 AM »
Exchanging a 5D Mark II for a 7D and adding investment in extra EF-S lenses does not appear to make sense to me. I rather recommend sticking to the 5D Mark II or perhaps upgrading it later to second 5D Mark III. This avoids unnessary complications with your lens kit.

Then again if you already have a good set of wide lenses you may also use a 14mm or 16-35/17-40mm zooms with a 7D. That might make the 7D a worthwhile investment, provided you use lighting equipment more than you would rely on available light.

Lenses / Re: How to complete my lens lineup? Help!
« on: August 30, 2012, 10:34:09 AM »
Well I believe you already have made the best choice going for the 35 and 85mm L lenses. If you must stay within your budget you could also choose to concentrate your investment in excellent portrait glass, going for the 85 and 135mm lenses, although I believe the latter will become useful for you only once you add a full-frame body. I agree that on crop the 100mm lens makes more sense in this area.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon Official Retailer VS Parallel import
« on: August 30, 2012, 10:23:12 AM »
Although I am not residing in NZ you can expect that the camera is the same and the warranty is the same at least per region.

I doubt that there will be any difference between NZ and Australia. I bought my gear in multiple countries, even in multiple regions and Canon CPS simply accepts all.

During my recent summer vacation I have been shooting lots of macro photos. At first I thought I might use my 7D, because of the extra reach it provides, but I ended up using my 5D Mark III almost exclusively. Even with a 2x extender I got better results with the 5D Mark III than with my 7D. The 5D's sensor provides just so much more clarity and shooting macro at least I am always hunting for that extra bit of depth of field a smaller aperture will provide.

Lenses / Re: When are Canon going to revise the aged 20mm F2.8 ?
« on: August 27, 2012, 10:53:31 AM »
I particularly like the field of view offered for example by the 14mm L on a 7D. I would love to have a specialized L prime for full-frame with a very similar field of view. Of course it should deliver image quality at least comparable to the existing Zeiss prime.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX VS 5D MKIII Cameras
« on: August 22, 2012, 02:35:52 PM »
I also shoot with both. In case of macro shots the 1D-X ability to more quickly acquire focus does make a welcome difference to the 5D Mark III. Although I tend to shoot with manual focus quite a lot using macro lenses (I use both the 100mm and 180mm L macros) I noticed a tendency of me using autofocus much more often with the 1D-X.

One application for this is following ants. With the 5D Mark III I found those little creatures a bit to fast for using autofocus effectively, while using the 1D-X I can follow them around, keep them in focus and get results such as the attached shot of an ant with what you may call herd animals.

In my case ISO suffered a bit, but in case of tree trunks noise won't show much, because of a tree trunk's structure.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 3D X [CR1]
« on: August 22, 2012, 01:26:51 PM »
I believe that the point about random noise coming in applies only if you compare a high quality, high MP sensor with a low quality, high MP sensor assuming of course that lens quality is similar. The question is of course left in the open, from where this high quality sensor may come from?

To me the answer is obvious:
On one side you have some small companies trying to survive in a specialized market niche, while on the other hand you have big corporations with disproportionate amounts of money to invest in R&D out to annihilate annoying niche market competitors. I have seen this situation in other lines of business and the end result is rather easy to predict.

Lenses / Re: Canon Celebrates the Production of 80 Million EF Lenses
« on: August 22, 2012, 01:10:40 PM »
You are plainly contradicting yourself. I do own a 70-200m f2.8 IS and I will probably not buy the Mark II for some time to come, because I am so very pleased with the lens I've got. Nevertheless there is a tendency to always buy the latest and best gear, so I feel with you  ;). In this case I rather spend my money on other lenses I have not got an older version of.

You have used surprisingly low shutter speeds. I was shooting around 1/1000 of a second so as to avoid motion blur.

Did you use the 70-200mm for these shots? I can't find the information in the jpgs you have posted. Can you please provide lens and aperture information? I believe the background looks somewhat busy. Perhaps you can use a wider aperture? I have shot both samples you see below at an aperture of f2.8.

I have shot these squirrels in New York (I wouldn't exactly say that qualifies as a natural habitat). There has been no post-processing in the attached shots.

Lenses / Re: Canon Celebrates the Production of 80 Million EF Lenses
« on: August 22, 2012, 11:56:42 AM »
It is interesting to see how Nikon is trying to keep up regarding lens sales.

I would love to see a comparison of camera body sales and the actual revenue those companies are making. The latter would be the really juicy stuff, but I fear that is not publicly available. At least I have no idea what this would look like.

Since we have learned that some of the best selling lenses are L lenses this is telling quite a lot in the sense that we can expect Canon to reap a healthy profit out of that. Just think about the 70-200mm. Expenses in R&D have for sure been covered long ago, so it is just production cost against sales price. Now that is sweet (for Canon).

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