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Canon General / Re: refurbished Canon 5d mk iii
« on: January 13, 2013, 07:33:05 PM »
I purchased a used 5DII in the past year. My considerations were (1) is it at or below below market price (2) excellent condition (3) low actuations (4) 100% positive feedback on Ebay. Nice to haves were original packaging and receipt. I would not have had an issue purchasing a refurb body if the considerations were met. I have purchase refub lenses and P&S and have had no issues at all.

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I used a 7D for a couple of years. Interested in going FF I purchased a used 5DII and planned on keeping the 7D for wildlife and as a back-up body. I sold it 2 months after purchasing the 5DII as I never enjoyed shooting with it again after shooting FF. Hopefuly I'll be able to upgrade to a 5DIII in the next year or two.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: December 30, 2012, 05:43:44 PM »
Here's a shot I took in Yosemite Valley over the holiday. I'm still learning and it is one of my favorite landscapes so far.

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: December 29, 2012, 10:55:02 PM »
Here's one I took at Yosemite yesterday. Sunny day with dark shadows in the valley. Tried to keep it as natural as I could. I'm also fairly new to HDR, but love the flexibility it can provide.

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Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 06, 2012, 09:19:04 PM »
I really want to win. Really!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 12, 2012, 10:40:57 PM »
Here are a few of my favorites, the first was shot with a 7D and 70-200 f/4, the second with a 7D and 300 f/4:

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Lenses / Re: EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 HELP
« on: May 14, 2012, 11:30:35 PM »
I used this lens with my 7D for 2 years until I upgraded to FF. I loved it and it was my most frequently used lens. It is sharp and has a useful focal length, along with f/2.8 and IS.  If you are planning on staying with a crop camera for awhile, this is a lens you must own. If it was compatible with FF I would still own it, even though it would be my only non-L lens.

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Lenses / Re: 85 f/1.2 L II vs 85 f/1.8
« on: April 03, 2012, 12:43:55 AM »
I am planning on using this lens on a used 5D Mark II that I will receive this week. I really wanted to pull the trigger on a Mark III, but figured I would go with the known quantity of the Mark II and add some quality lenses to my collection for the same cost. Once the dust settles on the Mark III (hopefully with a price reduction) I'll look to upgrade in another year or so. I have been shooting with a 7D that I will keep for sports/wildlife. Thanks again!

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Lenses / Re: 85 f/1.2 L II vs 85 f/1.8
« on: April 02, 2012, 11:51:08 PM »
All,

Thanks for the responses. Neuro, I appreciate the comparison shots and after lurking on this site for quite some time I have really come to respect your knowledge and opinion. That said, I'm leaning towards the 1.8. I don't shoot for a living and the faster AF will provide me with more flexibility in what I shoot. Hopefully I can add another lens with the money I save (already have the 135 f/2)...

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Lenses / 85 f/1.2 L II vs 85 f/1.8
« on: April 02, 2012, 12:53:12 AM »
On FF is the 85 f/1.2 L II worth the premium over the f/1.8? I know the 1.2 is an L lens and has better build quality, but Photozone indicates the 1.8 is a better value along with having faster focus. I'm also not sure about focus-by-wire.  I'm trying to build a stable of high quality primes, but don't want to spend the extra money if the difference is minimal for portraits outside of a studio. Thanks!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Yet Another 5DII/5DIII Dilemma
« on: March 22, 2012, 10:17:20 PM »
te4o I agree with you 100%. I would definitely not make a Mark III purchase until I have seen a number of reviews, hear first-hand user feedback and see some comparisons. I've waited this long... However, if the Mark III lives up to the specs it's going to be a tough decision and would require a big gulp prior to writing that check...

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EOS Bodies / Yet Another 5DII/5DIII Dilemma
« on: March 22, 2012, 05:06:01 PM »
I am a long time lurker and first time poster. I have been shooting with a 7D for the last 2 years, always with plans to upgrade to FF. I am an enthusiast who shoots all types of photography; macro, landscape, wildlife, sports and family. I don't shoot much video. I currently only have 1 EF-S lens (17-55) and a number of L zooms and primes. Now that the 5DIII is shipping, I am unsure if the additional cost is worth it to me. I feel I have 2 options:

1. Keep my 7D and buy a Mark II kit (7D primarily for wildlife/sports and Mark II for family, landscape & macro)
2. Sell my 7D and 17-55 lens and buy a Mark III kit (will sarifice wildlife reach)

I realize the Mark II has autofocus limitations and the Mark III is a superior camera. As I'm an enthusiast, I don't really need a back-up body. I'm having  difficulty pulling the trigger on the Mark III and am hoping some objective feedback will assist me in making the decision (I'm actually leaning towards the Mark II). Thanks!

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