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Lenses / Re: Quick Comparison: Canon's new 400mm Options
« on: December 19, 2014, 08:30:00 AM »
He must have picked an excellent copy of the original 100-400 for his comparison.  I'd say my version 1 lens is average but the version II lens is excellent.  My copy of the new one is much sharper wide open plus the much improved IS and twist zoom is a "must upgrade" if you use this lens a lot.

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Lenses / Re: 100-400 II - first shots
« on: December 13, 2014, 11:36:38 AM »
Well I just received and unpacked the lens.  It may be tomorrow before I can really try it out.  I must say, outside of a "big white" with its own suitcase, this lens was the most protected Canon I've received as far as packing goes.  It even had foam padding INSIDE the lens hood!  Two features, one much appreciated and one odd one.  The sliding door access to adjust a polarizer or variable ND filter is great and it does snap closed so hopefully it won't become loose.  The odd one is the tightening collar which is similar but not the same as the one on the version 1 push-pull design. Why?  Mine is smooth but very tight on the "smooth" end of the collar setting.  I don't think it will have lens creep even with a lot of use.  Maybe Canon is not as confident as I am or there is a wide variation in how loose it is in their manufacturing of the lens (worrisome if that's it).  I would have preferred just the locking switch similar to the 70-300L which, by the way, this lens is not just a bigger version of that lens.  This lens reminds me more of the 70-200/2.8L IS II and has that quality of fit and feel to it.  It is also not near as compact as the 70-300L even though it is a similar design with the lens barrel extending as you zoom out.  This is a pretty big lens even at the 100mm setting.  Oddly enough it doesn't feel like it weights more than the 70-300L even though the specs say it is about a pound heavier.  One last thing is the collar design with the removable foot.  I am on the fence about the removable foot versus being about to remove the entire collar. 

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Lenses / Re: 100-400 II - first shots
« on: December 12, 2014, 09:25:06 PM »
Mine arrives tomorrow via FEDEX Saturday delivery.  I'll try to shot with the 7DM2 and 5DM3 over the weekend if I have the time and post something.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Another 50mp FF DSLR Mention [CR2]
« on: November 24, 2014, 12:04:25 PM »
If they do release another mirrorless M body, we need to get out the "torches and pitchforks" and storm the castle if they don't use a Dual-Pixel sensor.  That tech would actually make an M attractive.

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Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 06, 2014, 08:17:34 PM »
I wasn't one of the few lucky ones to have a sharp copy of the 100-400.

I don't think there is such a thing.  The existing 100-400 is an OK lens but not a great one.  It's a good range but sharpness isn't one of its strong points.  I've quit using mine altogether in favor of the 70-300/L IS.  It won't take much for Canon to improve on the original quite a bit; i.e., sharper and better IS. I just wish they had at least made it an f4-5.6...

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EOS Bodies / Re: \
« on: October 13, 2014, 09:04:19 PM »
I think one of the other posts eluded to the fact that this is not a new video.  It was on some of the other Canon sites from day 1.  The sad thing is that Canon USA is so screwed up that they just got around to posting it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 05:11:20 AM »
 From a video perspective, one thing that the 70D does quite well will be unavailable on the 7DM2 if it doesn't have the touch screen.  That is the ability to "pull focus" by touching a different point on the LCD.  It is very useful and the 70D does it at about the right speed and with no focus hunting.  Maybe the spec is wrong about the touch screen but, if not, I may opt for a 70D instead.  I don't do a lot of video but that feature coupled with the dual-pixel focus is very good to have.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 11:32:53 AM »
If they are going to use a pro style (and size) body, I'd have preferred that they keep the 1.3x size sensor of the 1DM4.  To me it was always a good compromise; i.e., a 300mm because a 400mm (OK 390) so just enough boost in mm but I could still get decent wide angle with standard L lenses plus marginally better IQ for the same MP of the smaller sensor.

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My next camera body for landscapes may just be a high megapixel body:

http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.uk/en/medium-format-digital/PENTAX-645-Z.html

Not much more than the 1D X when I purchased it.  Of course I'll have to build up the lenses over time.  Given that the sensor appears to be the same Sony sensor that Phase One and Hasselblad are just coming out with in camera backs that are megabucks, it should make high quality medium format "affordable" (relatively speaking).

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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 11, 2014, 02:42:59 PM »
Could have been a nice "always carry" camera if they had updated the sensor to the dual-pixel type of the 70D.  At least then it could focus well for both stills and video clips.  As it is, not very interesting except for the optional EVF.

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Canon General / Re: Review: Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
« on: January 30, 2014, 10:51:21 AM »
I bought one not too long ago to complement the two 600 flash units that I have.  It works as advertised but, to be honest at nearly $300, I should have went ahead and bought a third 600.  They were on sale with a rebate for $450 at the time.  All of the functionality of the E3 plus the additional flash.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: High Megapixel DLSR a niche market?
« on: October 26, 2013, 04:55:50 PM »
Oh, please....

Whoever you were sending emails to DOES NOT represent Canon as a whole....
He is not the president of the company or anyone even close!

Until you get someone from Canon who's in charge of anything don't think anything about what that nameless "canon" guy said.

I wouldn't mention the guy's name in case Canon has someone scan these forums.  He was not speaking officially, just candidly to me.  I will say that you would probably know the name...

In any event, the change I am contemplating is to medium format.  I used to shoot all three (35mm, 6x6cm, and 4x5") back in my film days but with the cost of entry for digital I concentrated on my Canon equipment.  To get into medium format in digital is extremely expensive.  I'm looking at Phase One equipment, but even used, it is about like buying a luxury car!  If I end up going ahead with it, it won't just be for higher resolution.  As some of you pointed out, dynamic range appears to be better in the large MF sensors. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / High Megapixel DLSR a niche market?
« on: October 25, 2013, 10:41:05 PM »
I had an email exchange with someone in Canon USA marketing recently.  As a long time user of Canon equipment, I expressed my disappointment with Canon's lack of a high megapixel offering.  With the D800/E and now the Sony A7R, Canon is distinctly lacking in that area.  The response I got was troubling to me.  I'm paraphrasing but, basically, I was told that the person agreed with me but that high megapixel DLSRs was a "niche" market.  Personally I don't consider landscape, commercial, fine art, large group photography, etc... a niche market.  It is more of an enthusiast, semi-pro and pro market but a "niche" market?  I guess Canon USA also considers mirror-less bodies a niche market as well...

I had also pointed out that Canon was pricing camera bodies much more expensively than the competition.  The answer to that one was that the market would decide prices.  To me he was saying, buy somebody else's equipment, Canon doesn't care.  There are plenty more people out there willing to pay their prices.  I've been with Canon since they came out with the EOS mount back in '87 but it may finally be time for a change.

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I'm also interested in the RX-10 all-in-one as a travel camera when photography is not the primary reason I'm traveling (i.e., business or family travel).  It uses the 1" sensor but, with a Carl Zeiss 24-200mm equivalent lens and constant f2.8 aperture, I might pick one up if it has a good review.

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