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I don't think brand loyalty is such a bad thing.

In many industries it is simply impossible to find trustworthy product comparisons, because one or another vendor is doing more business with the people doing the testing, thus resulting in a bias governed simply by the amount of money spend by a vendor to endear themselves. That is a simple factor and completely ruins any hopes by naive consumers that for example the next car of the year maybe something better than the rest. I trust more in the experiences of colleagues and friends actually using Canon, Nikon or Sony gear than I have faith in many of the self-styled independent test providers.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why so much trust in DXO.
« on: April 20, 2012, 11:44:42 AM »
Quite frankly I don't trust any claim by DXO that certain sensors or lenses are better than others. It looks to me like their results are fabricated more than they are measured. It does not help that their results do not compare well with other published test results or the reality found by many photographers. I also have severe doubts to their claims of being trustworthy. They are a company out to make money. This has nothing to do with providing trustworthy tests, better examples of which can be found at DPReview.

EOS Bodies / Re: One area the 5D3 beats the D800...
« on: April 20, 2012, 11:08:41 AM »
@V8Beast: I only wrote that because of the other thread, where posters either enjoy complaining about DXO blatantly manipulating test results or being blind believers in whatever results DXO reports, as if this was any kind of rational behaviour.

EOS Bodies / Re: One area the 5D3 beats the D800...
« on: April 20, 2012, 10:55:16 AM »
Oh, come on. Why did you mention DXO in this thread?  :o

Actually I have never considered switching to Nikon, although some of my friends are Nikonians. I rather wait for Canon's 200-400mm instead of adding a second system with different menus and controls only to use one lens (although that is one tempting lens). Regarding the D800 and it's extra MPs I simply don't need that for what I do.

EOS Bodies / Re: One area the 5D3 beats the D800...
« on: April 20, 2012, 10:28:25 AM »
Many thanks to DP Review for doing some really useful testing. :D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why so much trust in DXO.
« on: April 20, 2012, 10:24:16 AM »
This is certainly not a conspiracy, but DXO is simply performing their tests to give you the end results shown. You cannot expect them to spend a lot of effort in testing without a solid business reason being involved somewhere.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why so much trust in DXO.
« on: April 20, 2012, 10:00:10 AM »
Can any one tell me why we are having this discussion? I don't visit DXO for their test results. How about you?

Software & Accessories / Re: tripod for travel photography
« on: April 05, 2012, 06:48:24 AM »
@DocSavage: That Sirui tripod may be a real good tip.

I am travelling by plane quite a lot and instead of bringing my tripod I have managed to loan tripods on location, if I really needed one. This Sirui tripod appears to be light enough to bring along.

I would like to read more about experiences using this tripod.

Lenses / Re: Looking for advice.
« on: April 05, 2012, 06:28:08 AM »
I don't know about your budget, but since you already own that nice 135L and you seem not so happy with your 18-55, why don't you add some L primes? Perhaps a 24L or 35L might be a good choice.

If I were you I would hold back buying a standard zoom like the 24-105 until you buy it in a bundle with a 5D Mark III.

EOS Bodies / Re: going on vacation...need help...
« on: April 04, 2012, 03:52:56 AM »
Bringing the 24-105mm is an excellent choice. If you are into good food, you will be quick to find non-tourist restaurants, which offer food of excellent quality. Attached is a shot I have taken with my 24-105.

By the way for taking photos of those narrow Italian streets you should bring something significantly wider than 24mm. I suggest either going all out for the 14mm or one of the wide angle zooms 17-40 or 16-35. Any prime in the area around 20mm focal length should also provide nice results. My point here is that 24mm will be a real limitation on the wide end. On a full frame you should be bringing something in the 18mm or 20mm range.

Regarding cleaning tools I have always brought a cleaning cloth on my trips to Italy, but I have rarely needed it. Attaching a battery grip is in my opinion a very good idea, because you may frequently want to frame shots in portrait mode, even for architecture. Another good gadget to bring would be a Gorilla Pod and a wired or remote trigger. You may find this very helpful for night-time long exposure shots, where you may want to be close to the ground for a different look.

Lenses / Re: Canon 200-400/1.4x vs. 600/4 II
« on: March 29, 2012, 04:54:14 PM »
My choice is buying the 200-400. Quite frankly I don't think a 600m prime would see much use, if I owned one and since the 200-400 so nicely fits the limits of my 70-200/2.8 L, it appears to be made for me. Similar to the original poster I am also thinking to use it for zoo visits or perhaps for safari, which is were this lens should be a brilliant choice given its versatility and focal length range. Of course I must admit that I am not usually shooting birds, only occasionally.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon smarter than we think
« on: March 29, 2012, 04:39:49 PM »
In my experience that is just normal. Your first investment for a new office ritually goes into a coffee machine  ;D

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 2.8x Teleconverter
« on: March 29, 2012, 04:37:25 PM »
1) Putting a teleconverter in front of a lens won't really work for two reasons. First you will not be able to attach it to different sized lenses, for example a 300mm f2.8 and a 300mm f4 lens have significantly different front elements. This alone should be a rather obvious reason. The second part is the optical setup. Here I can only point to the article about lens heritage, to throw some light at the reasons. Let us just say that technically this won't work with multiple different lenses either.

2) Zoom lenses with variable aperture are being built, because they are cheaper to make.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon smarter than we think
« on: March 29, 2012, 04:23:07 PM »
In my humble opinion Canon is doing well in terms of corporate strategy and execution. Lowering prices is often bad for business (would it be any good for yours?), so Canon trying to stick to a higher initial sales price, which is not even higher once you calculate currency effects, is just good business sense. Corporations want to earn money, not to give away new goods for less, which in my opinion would be sign of really bad business sense. Of course the trick is to set the right price for the market. If the pricing would be off, we can expect price corrections to increase sales volume, just to keep those factories occupied and to avoid stockpiling goods in warehouses, which does have a cost attached.

So for all of those who complain about $500 more or less in a camera's price, why don't you just wait? If many do feel like you, the price of the camera body will indeed come down to what you want. You only need some patience. If on the other hand there are so many people buying the camera for the initial asking price, that you are simply not part of the initial buyers group, you can still wait for eventual availability of a used camera or you can just save your money until you have sufficient funds. I don't think these are bad options. I myself am currently waiting, wondering if the price will come down. It doesn't make me question Canon's ability to perform business.

Regarding the 1Dx I believe Canon just wants to avoid errors, so they delay the launch until they feel they are ready.

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