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Or do they have sticky prices?

Kicking around getting a 1DX and wondering if it would be better to wait for a possible price drop. I mean after the camera is finally available to us mortals (say early next year)

EOS Bodies / Re: This should be more than a rumour
« on: May 28, 2012, 12:55:04 PM »
"Hey, a once-in-a-lifetime-shot, quick I have 2 seconds to get it ... "

BEEP: Please enter your PIN

Canon will never do it, besides the glass is where the money is.

This is why I have Pelican lockable cases cabled to my car/trunk. Any security measure is ultimately defeatable but this isn't a bad solution.

Lenses / Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: May 28, 2012, 09:37:23 AM »
I used to have the 20-70 I until I sold it. Nice lens, heavy though and the new one is spendy. I now have the 24-105 that I got with my 5DMKII. I didn't think much of it (gah, must be mediocre since its a kit lens) until I realized that my best shots were coming with that lens. Now it's the  one most often on my camera (next to the 16-35 II when I'm doing landscapes)

No interest in an updated 24-70, more expensive, heavier, limited focal range, no IS, but it's 2.8 (no biggie) ...

Lenses / Re: Recommendation for a sidekick wildlife lens
« on: May 28, 2012, 08:34:24 AM »
Putting all that together, I guess I don't have a good option without the updated 100-400, Gah ...

... at first, I thought about waiting for the 100-400ii, too, but then people explained to me that it'll likely cost double of the mk1, so that's out of the question for me. *If* there ever is a mk2. From what I understand, maybe the Sigma 120-300/2.8 sounds the best choice for you - as always, it's a tradeoff between weight, cost & iq.

NA - I'll consider the existing 100-400 some more. OTOH, if they were to update it next year I know I'll be kicking myself :)
Concerning tc and f8 af: You can always get a Kenko tc (dgx) which somehow manages to fool the camera into af'ing though exif data etc. is correct. However, on my 60d the single point af really suffers w/ f8, and for multi-point af there are too usually few af points, I guess it'll be the same for your old Rebel.

Sure it'll cost more, but what does that Sigma cost, around $3,000? Not cheap and only 300mm. For a wildlife lens, especially since it may be with a FF body, I need 400mm at least. Also I'm sure they'll update it, it's too popular a lens to let it languish forever. If recent trends are any indication I'd expect it in the next few years, they've already updated the 70-200 2.8, the 24-70, 16-35, etc. If nothing else they want an excuse to jack the price up! Anyhow the 100-400 wins in the versatility department besides.

Kenko sounds good but like I said I'm sticking with Canon Brand I think.

Lenses / Re: Recommendation for a sidekick wildlife lens
« on: May 28, 2012, 08:03:20 AM »
Well, it certainly isn't an easy question it seems! Reminds me of doing astronomy, getting good results starts to go sky high (ha ha) both in cost and size, very quickly. I do care about getting the top quality I can (with the high quality of rest of my equip I'd rather not bother with mediocre results due to issues with my camera or lens). However I would like something to see how serious I am about wildlife, if I like it then when I retire eventually I could pop for one of the big white trumpets. Though speaking of which, I'm not sure how my wife would react to a super big, white expensive lens like that. Probably mutter something about 'old rich white guy'.

Anyhow, so the 2X quality is maybe questionable, it is $500 after all and is only useful for the 70-200. Plus like Mr Mollusk I'd probably prefer a 2.8 lens in this application, if I could get it. My biggest problem is that I don't want to buy a 7D just yet, so would be using with an old Rebel which surely wouldn't focus with this combination.

The 100-400 is too old a lens for me, I've been waiting for an update, will probably wait for a good time longer, who knows.

The 70-300 has a lot of nice features (weight primarily), but doesn't give me a lot of reach and is mostly redundant with my 70-200 AFAIAC.

The 400 looks quite good, other than being slow and old (no IS or weather sealing) and the fact that I have to carry another lens around. However I do spent a lot of time at the ocean and have wanted to get shots of ocean critters - seals, whales and what not, so the lack of weather sealing is an issue here. I ruined a 50/1.4 once by taking it to the beach.

On the Sigmas, those look pretty nice but you know I just want to stick with Canon. I'm at the point where I don't want to bother with off brand gear (which is why I returned my off brand battery grip and just bought the Canon, because the buttons sucked on the off brand)

Putting all that together, I guess I don't have a good option without the updated 100-400, Gah ...

Lenses / Re: Recommendation for a sidekick wildlife lens
« on: May 27, 2012, 10:21:12 PM »
pwp: A friend has the 70-300, nice lens but frankly I'm not sure it makes sense with the 70-200/2.8. Too much overlap for only an extra 100mm.

Neuro, the 2X makes a lot of sense coupled with the 70-200, if the IQ and usability stands up. I like to keep my lens count low so getting more use out of the 70-200 is an idea I like. Your shots look good, so would you recommend it for my application?

I should decide as there is a rebate expiring soon.

Lenses / Re: Recommendation for a sidekick wildlife lens
« on: May 27, 2012, 09:11:38 PM »
Hm, since you're a Sigma guy, what do you think about the 150-500 for wildlife? Not small but certainly flexible and cheap (er)

Lenses / Re: Recommendation for a sidekick wildlife lens
« on: May 27, 2012, 05:11:34 PM »
On further thought though the 1.4x won't really give me much reach for the cost and hit in IQ and speed. It's kind of odd, to keep decent usability and IQ you need to stick with the 70-200/2.8 & 1.4, yet all you'll gain there is another 80mm in focal length. Doesn't seem worth it.

Maybe I'll look into the 400mmL ...

Lenses / Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS
« on: May 27, 2012, 11:52:22 AM »
I’m more interested in spending some time with this little prime than the new 24-70, I know I’m weird.

You are not weird or I am too ...

I found the old 24/2.8 in a shop five years ago - second hand for 150 EUR (or similar $) and I love that lens for APS-C due to its
- great focal length for natural views (I am happy that the 40mm comes if/when I go to FF)
- brilliant images
- compactness
- light weight
- good close focus range

Zooms are flexible but very LAAAARGE and have some disadvantages when it comes to contralight situations. So perhaps it is a matter of AND and not OR: Zoom for flexibility AND prime for compactness, maximum IQ, contralight situations.

Me too.

I don't want any more zooms. I may pick up the new 24 or 28 for light weight walk around if it's a sharp and contrasty performer even at 2.8.

Agreed - in candid photography the big setup is too intimidating. I have a Fuji X100 and the thing frustrates me much of the time with missed shots and I miss my Canon. Unfortunately Canon doesn't seem to have a small decent prime, I'm hoping the 24mm will fit the bill.

Lenses / Re: Recommendation for a sidekick wildlife lens
« on: May 27, 2012, 06:57:25 AM »
Thanks Mollusk - I do have the 70-200 2.8/II already so that would be a nice and cheap option. It's not light, but I was thinking that it wouldn't have enough reach even with a crop body. Using the 1.4 is an interesting idea though, with the 2.8 it would still get a lot of light and probably still have good IQ.

EDIT: Yeah I like this idea - so 1.4x or 2.0x?

Lenses / Recommendation for a sidekick wildlife lens
« on: May 26, 2012, 11:26:45 PM »
    I like to do landscape photography, and while out I'd enjoy doing some wildlife photography (primarily birds I expect). I have an old Rebel I'd dedicate to the task and just need a lens (when I upgrade my next body the 5DmkII will probably become the wildlife body).
    So ... what lens to pair with it? I want something that I keep with me but will get the critters, so light and long is what I'm thinking about. Good candidates seem like ...

  • 70-300IS (relatively light, relatively cheap, flexible (zoom), enough reach?)
  • 400 (relatively light, relatively cheap, inflexible prime, no IS, more reach)
  • ?

Don't know if the old Rebel might suck too much, maybe I'll upgrade to a newer Rebel or even a 7DII when it comes out.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: remote tigger 600EX-RT
« on: May 24, 2012, 08:58:49 AM »
I just got a Cowboy Studios remote trigger that works beautifully for $21


I have three 600-RTs and the ST-E3-RT on order, but I decided that using one of them to trigger is a waste. Plus with a pre-2012 body you need a cable from the flash to the three wire socket on the camera (forget what that one is called). The trigger is small so doesn't take up much space and it acts and feels like the regular switch.

Same here ... Syl Arena was the first to mention the level indicator I believe, but I have yet to find it, if it exists.

any reason these wont work?

I have some like that. They're too wide, and not long enough. You can stick them in there and get some effect, but not total coverage I think.

really? those i posted stick out about an inch longer than a 580 exii is wide

You really want a 3x3 for the 600 gel.

Yeah, this is exactly my thinking. Even though the 1DX isn't quite what I'm looking for, if I project when the replacement is coming (basically an eternity in technology-time) I figure maybe I should just buy now instead of waiting forever.

Because by then my 5DMKII will be looking pretty darn aged.

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