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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX VS 5D MKIII Cameras
« on: August 30, 2012, 07:28:37 AM »
To me, if you have to ask, you've never shot with a 1 series Canon camera.  I have both and both fill a need.  The 5DM3's silent continuous shooting mode alone makes it a more appropriate camera for some subjects and events while the 1D X is a vastly superior camera in just about every other way.  One thing that people overlook about the 1D X is the accessory difference.  Both the WIFI and GPS accessories take power from the camera so no bag full of AA batteries.  I have a GP-E2 GPS for the 5DM3 and it works great for GPS coordinates (not so great for direction...) but it requires AA batteries and it sits in the hotshoe.  Yes you can use it with a USB connection but it's in the way.  The 1D X accessories are smaller and attach to the left side of the camera.  A plus for me besides the obvious camera build quality, built in vertical grip, weather sealing, better AF, higher frame rates, etc... of the 1D X.  It was tough to make the decision to sell the 1DM4 to partially finance the 1D X but, in the end, I'm glad I did.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Anyone else preorder the EOS M yet?
« on: August 23, 2012, 09:28:51 PM »
I don't plan on buying this version.  It doesn't make any sense to me other than as yet another P&S and, in that light, I'd probably buy one before a G1 X.

The EF adapter is really odd for a camera with no viewfinder or even an option of an add-on viewfinder.  By the time you add the adapter plus an EF lens, it would be very unbalanced with most of the lenses and certainly awkward to hold out in front of you to shoot with.  If you're wagging a tripod with you, you might as well have a normal DSLR.  A T4i makes more sense to me if lightweight is you goal.

The first EOS M is more of a step up for people that have progressed to the point of wanting better image quality than their cell phone can deliver...  ;D

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I've also been looking at the 28-300 as a walk around lens for travel but if I buy it then I can't afford to go anywhere.  So I've been looking at the Tamron 28-300 as a much cheaper alternative.

I wouldn't bother with the Tamron unless you're OK with soft shots and very slow AF performance at the long end.  I own the Canon 28-300L but tried the Tamron 28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD (that's a mouthful) when it came out as an alternative lens when I wasn't in the mood for the weight of the Canon.  I shot with it a couple of times before deciding it wasn't for me.  The VC did work fairly well and of course it is much cheaper and lighter but a lot of the images were soft compared to the Canon and the AF was very slow at the long end of the zoom.

Now for the Canon 28-300L, I use mine a lot for travel photography.  Maybe mine is a better than normal copy but for travel it can't be beat for a full frame camera.  It barely cuts it on the wide end on the 1.3x crop 1DM4 and so I ususally carried a 24 and 17 along with it for some shots if I was using it with that camera.  I use the past tense because I sold the 1DM4 to help finance a 1D X so I'm now full frame all the way.  I personally wouldn't consider it for a 1.6x crop camera because of the lack of wide angle.  A big plus for the lens is that it focuses down to 2.3' through the entire zoom range; not quite a macro but close enough for great flower and detail shots.  For an older lens design, the IS works very well and the lens focuses quickly.  One thing I'll point out about the lens is that it is a big heavy lens.  Even when pulled back to 28mm is looks like you are shooting with a telephoto zoom.  When traveling with it, I've gotten quite a few "evil eyes" from people thinking I was zoomed in on them when I was taking wide-angle "street" shots.  As a lot of people usually suggest, if you have somewhere to rent one, I'd do that first to see if it is for you.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM vs IS II
« on: August 13, 2012, 09:08:58 PM »
I had the version I and was never particularly impressed by the sharpness.  It's main selling point was the f2.8 constant maximum aperture and IS.  The version II is very sharp for a zoom and the IS improvement is significant as well.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Firmware update for 7D
« on: August 06, 2012, 09:59:25 PM »

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Firmware update for 7D
« on: August 06, 2012, 09:29:20 PM »
Anybody tried the firmware update yet?  I just downloaded it from Canon USA and it took quite a while so I figure the world is downloading it...

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Lenses / Re: Canon at the London Summer Olympics
« on: July 31, 2012, 07:54:08 AM »
He's using a pro body.

Yea, the viewfinder looks like a 1D X. 

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Lenses / Re: Canon at the London Summer Olympics
« on: July 31, 2012, 07:23:05 AM »
So does anyone know who the lucky guy with the 200-400 is?  He's not using a pro body (note how he's holding the camera for a vertical shot).  5D Mark III maybe?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Camon M (mini) prices
« on: July 25, 2012, 07:23:36 PM »
Because in Europe (UK) for the EOS M + 22mm + adapter and the free flash, we will have the privilege of paying...

£879.99 or $1363.98.

Still feel hard done by?

Is that with VAT or without?  No one ever mentions sales tax with US pricing.  It's true that if we purchase from an Internet retailer that doesn't have a store in our state, we can usually get by without paying additional taxes but, if you patronize a local photo store, you get the privilege of adding an additional 10% to the price where I live for "state and local" taxes...

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Lenses / Re: 28-300 L lens- thoughts?
« on: May 30, 2012, 10:30:39 PM »
I own one and use it for travel photography some times.  There's always the issue of getting a good one versus an average one from Canon.  I've got a good one.  For the price, you expect pretty good image quality and it can deliver.  You do have to factor in that it is an 11x zoom a little.  I'd rate mine as good at 28mm and very good from 35mm through 300mm.  For me the positives are as follows:

  1  One zoom covers the entire 28-300mm range.
  2  It focuses down to 2.3 feet at all focal lengths making it a near macro lens at 300mm.
  3  Good image quality with easy to correct CA showing up mostly at the wider end of the range.
  4  Canon's IS is very good on this lens.

The negatives are:

  1  It is one of Canon's push/pull lens designs making it a "dust pump" on the front of your camera so you need to zoom it slowly if possible.
  2  It looks like a telephoto zoom even at 28mm making it hard to do any street photography with it when traveling without getting harrassed by people thinking you're zoomed in on them.
  3  Pretty heavy lens for all day use (not really a problem for me but some people would gripe about it...).

For me its's a good lens to have at times but not always.  The answer for number 2 above is to carry a second lens for street photography!

You do need to try it before you commit to purchasing one.  Renting a copy first would be best.  I wonder who rents lenses...

JM2C

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EOS Bodies / Re: Chinese Alternative BG-E11 for 5D III not as bad
« on: May 29, 2012, 07:52:10 PM »
With additional controls in the grip, I'd be more worried about the reverse engineering being "not quite right".  Since I spent the $3500 for the body, I'd spend the additional $350 for the Canon grip.  If anything goes wrong during the warranty period, Canon can't blame it on a third party grip. 

JM2C

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Lenses / Re: Most requested lenses for replacement?
« on: May 28, 2012, 07:54:47 AM »
How about a new version of the 400/5.6L adding IS.  Also, now that Canon has boosted the price of the big white lenses to beyond reason, maybe a 500/5.6L with IS also...

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Lenses / Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: May 27, 2012, 04:06:32 PM »
After cleaning up the 24mm shot a little, the image is not that impressive.  The center is sharp enough but it looks to me like curvature of field is nailing it on both sides of the image.  It's impossible to compare it to the 24-105L since the max f4 aperture DOF would hide some of this.  Maybe he'll buy some of the Tamron 24-70mm VC lenses for the lens rental business and can do an A/B comparison for us.  I'd give up a little center sharpness for better sides/corner performance at the wider apertures plus the VC would be a nice addition (and then there's the price...).

As for the noise, the OP needs to comment on that one.  The noise levels out of my 5DM3 bodies isn't nearly that bad unless underexposed and then corrected...

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I currently use the Amod GPS receiver which works quite well.  However, if this project works well then it would also be a good purchase and would cut out an extra software step.  The price also seems reasonable.  I suppose one of the drawbacks is that it can't be used with a hotshoe flash?

Addendum---- looks like it can also work with USB

I received one today.  It can be used with a hotshoe flash but you have to connect it with one of the two (short and long) USB cables.  BTW it only works in the hotshoe with the 5DM3 and 1DX.  You get partial functionality with the 7D but it has to be connected via USB since it can't communicate through the hotshoe on that camera...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Anyone get the GP-E2 GPS yet?
« on: May 21, 2012, 03:56:58 PM »
Received one today from Norman Camera.  It's a little big since it takes a AA battery.  I glanced at the manual, put a battery in it (it didn't come with one by the way; how cheap can you get...), and attached it to a 5DM3.  Powering it on enables the GPS Settings in the 5DM3 menus.  It took about 60 seconds from power on to acquire satellites.  Not bad, since I was indoors!  I took a test shot and loaded it onto my computer.  It came with a CD with Canon's Image Browser EX software on it.  The mapping utility is a feature of the IB EX package.  It uses Google Maps and put the position within about 6 feet of where the shot was taken.  The manual says it will run 39 hours at Canon's default settings which included 15 second updating.  Only time will tell if that is so...

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