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EOS Bodies / Re: $1200 7D vs. $1800 5D II?
« on: February 15, 2013, 04:49:05 PM »
The real question I want to ask...

Can you explain why the Insurance company didn't cover your equipment? This would be very useful to know.

I'm from Canada, and I was in the US.  It's professional gear and not covered under my home policy, which wouldn't matter, since I sold my house and had no official residence at the time.  I had coverage for inside Canada only.  I would have needed production insurance for the various countries I would have visited on the trip.  Since I was only stopping in the US long enough to buy a boat, then rig it and leave, it didn't make sense to pay $3500 for the US.  Took a chance and lost.

EOS Bodies / Re: $1200 7D vs. $1800 5D II?
« on: February 14, 2013, 10:45:45 PM »
5D2 if you regularly shoot and make large prints at ISO 1600 and above. OR if you have certain Canon lenses which really work best on FF (T/S; the fast wide primes like the 35 f/1.4).

7D for everything else.

No matter how many times people insist...just insist...there's a HUGE difference when they pixel peep at 300%, they cannot pick out 16x24 or 20x30 prints at ISO 100-800.

And $600 would make a big dent for lenses, either buying one you need out right, or getting you that much closer to one that's more expensive.

I have no lenses.  Starting from scratch now.  To the other poster who asked, all was on one Lowepro Flipside 400 AW.  Jam packed with a carbon fiber monopod on the outside.  Like a target I guess.  Grabbed from a The HI hostel in Santa Monica while I was I dozed off on my bunk at around noon.  It was about a foot away from my head.  Cleaning staff came in with a big laundry tub on wheels, so I think it was them.  I came here from Canada to do an adventure travel show.  Didn't quite work out.

EOS Bodies / Re: $1200 7D vs. $1800 5D II?
« on: February 14, 2013, 10:34:36 PM »
Canon has a customer Loyalty program that gives you about 20% off the refurb price.  To get this, you need to trade in a old broken camera.
They will take and old 35mm Film SLR body, or even a old broken powershot digital.  If you don't have one, they can usually be had on Craigslist for a song.  I buy them for $10 at garage sales, sell the lens and keep the body to trade in.

I have a G9 with the lens error, that I wanted to get fixed but seems to be hard to have done now.  I could trade that in, but the Canon Refurb price is $80 more than BH Brand new, and $200 more than BH refurbished.  Looks like I'm better to keep the G9 and try to find a place to fix it.  But thanks for the heads up.

EOS Bodies / $1200 7D vs. $1800 5D II?
« on: February 14, 2013, 06:29:34 PM »
Almost a year ago, I had $18,000 of gear stolen while in LA, and was not covered by insurance.  It totally killed a project I came here to work on.  I had a 7D, 70-200 2.8L IS II, 11-16mm Tokina 2.8, Canon 17-55 2.8 IS, 1.4x and 2x TCII's, 580 EXII, pocket wizards, remotes, filters, zacuto z-finder, etc.  I shot mostly wildlife back in the day, and more recently some models, etc.  My focus though, has been motion pictures.  For the first time in over 20 years, I've been without a camera.  It's been very hard.  Financially, it hasn't been possible to buy everything again, and I haven't been able to come to terms with buying something cheaper to tide me over.  I also want something weather sealed, since I do a lot of work in humid, misty and/or coastal environments and had a bad experience with two failed 40D's in Central America.

I rent or use other people's stuff for films right now, but need to get something.  I'm dying.  Particularly not having something decent for stills.  I still have a lot of my support gear, tripods, follow focus, matte box, slider...  But I need a new body and lenses.  My first instinct is to go with what I new and get another 7D.  But since the 5D II and 7D are so close in price now, and since I'm hoping to try and pay for some gear by doing head shots, I am thinking I'm better off with the 5D II.  I know I'll lose some focusing for BIF and such, and I've done some excellent portrait and modeling shots with the 7D, the shots from the 5D II just seem cleaner right out of the camera with the same lenses.

I'm interested to what others think?  That $600 could really help towards a decent lens.  Any suggestions for a primary head shot lens for either body would be greatly appreciated also.  I suppose if I can get some head shot work under my belt, I could always upgrade later.  Dang.  Depressing starting over.

EOS Bodies / Anyone have pics with the 6D?
« on: December 29, 2012, 09:45:24 PM »
Anyone?  So far only talk, and reports of having bought one.  I haven't seen any pics yet.  :-\  Bring it!

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8 II + 2X converter versus 100-400 f/4.5-5.6
« on: October 25, 2012, 01:37:38 AM »
I had the 70-200 2.8L IS II and stacked a 2x and 1.4x converter and was getting sharper images than my 100-400L on a 7D. I sold the 100-400. Not long after that, the rest was stolen. Grrrr...

The reason for April release is a marketing strategy.  This keeps the body selling now in anticipation of the new features, particularly to the video crowd.  The video crowd was a huge market for the 5D II, and is what kept sales strong for so long.  With so many other options for video in their line, and new models soon to be announced, as well as other competitor offerings that include uncompressed HDMI out, they have to set the hook now on all the people sitting on the 5D III fence.It also gives them 6 months to sell some of their slightly more expensive alternatives with better quality video.  It's brilliant.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 16, 2012, 04:18:17 PM »
Wow!  Great shots.  Can't believe how good they are at ISO 800!  Can you tell me what lens/converter combo you used for the ones listed as 840mm?

Click image for bigger:


Edward van Altena

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 16, 2012, 03:31:58 PM »

California Brown Pelican taken with a Canon 7D, 70-200 2.8 IS II, 580 EX II flash and a Better Beamer flash extender, 1/1600th at 2.8 with flash on high speed sync. 

Sadly, my whole bag of gear was stolen shortly after this with almost $18,000 lost and no insurance.  I had sold everything to buy a sailboat and do an adventure travel show from LA to Australia over 6 months and shoot a ton of still as well.  The theft kind of killed my budget and after a few more setbacks, I had to bail on the trip.  Anyone want to buy a boat?

Still don't have another camera and almost throw up when I think of my gear, see shots I want to take or people with their cameras. So pretty much constantly.  :'( Protect your gear and make sure you have proper insurance when traveling.

Sheldon (Jon) Charron

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III - Body Price At Announcement
« on: February 28, 2012, 01:19:01 PM »
I see absolutely no point to upgrade to a 5D3.  Especially for a $1,000+ price increase.  61-point AF system?  Who cares?  Who shoots with multiple points anyway?  Center-point focus and recompose.  That's how any serious photographer shoots anyway.  Do people want their cameras to compose their shots for them too? 

Leave it up to your camera to pick your focus points and you will end up lots of throw away shots. 

Al the pros are nodding in agreement with this comment, and all the noobies are in denail...  LOL

That's an interesting comment.  I guess all the BIF, sports and action photographers making money out there with 7D's, 1D's etc. aren't pros.  It's a certainly possible to shoot action with a 5D, but you get a lot more keepers with a better AF system.

And don't think that having a great AF system does all the work for you either.  Technique is still critical. You still have to be able to pull the camera up and have the subject in the veiwfinder instantly.  Sometimes you need to start wide and zoom in as you track and frame. You need to know what settings to use and when to use them.  It's not as easy as many think.  A few weeks ago, I stopped in La Jolla to do an interview and some guys with $10,000 lenses and bad ass bodies convinced me I had to shoot the pelicans which where in mating plumage.  In 20 minutes I had a bunch of keepers, and they were uptight that I was getting so many great shots with a 7D and 70-200 2.8 IS II, while they struggled with their own rigs.  25 years of shooting helps, but so does the AF of the 7D. As a team, the camera and I pulled off some good shots.  It would have been much more difficult with the 5D. Sure, I probably would have been able to make it work, but why bother?  Having a 7D or better quality AF system on a full frame body would be so nice to have, which is why after having $18,000 of gear stolen, I'm seriously thinking about switching to the Nikon D800.

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