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EOS-M / Re: Future EOS-M Lenses
« on: February 18, 2013, 08:12:28 AM »
The M with EF 70-200 is simply hilarious but the pics are amazing!

I wonder what is it like to handhold such a small camera at arm's length (no VF) with a somewhat heavy lens... Is it too hard to keep it steady?

Black & White / Re: New Member to my Canon Family
« on: February 17, 2013, 09:00:13 PM »
Wow, great stuff! Well done indeed!
And how about developing yourself? Is it too much of a hassle?
I've recently bought a film camera with some rolls of Ilford HP5 and TriX to (hopefully) learn to take my time before pressing the shutter, but haven't developed any so far; I'm considering developing myself, but I've no idea how difficult/expensive/worthwhile it would be.
Any advice?

Lenses / Re: I want to replace my 18-135 IS STM
« on: February 15, 2013, 06:51:16 PM »
If you replace the 18-135 with a 200, you may encounter a number of situation X's that are covered by neither the 40 nor the 200, as you will not have a wide angle at all.
I agree with you and I'm sure my lens collection will continue to grow over time. I do find that the 40 is too tight for some of the indoor shots I've wanted to take, so if I don't buy a wide angle this time around, it'll probably be next on my list.
Concerning WA, I've just bought a 17-55/2.8 for my 60D and will sell the 18-135 kit lens now. Couldn't be happier. (Not useful for birds, though.)
I don't have tele lenses so I cannot recommend any, but if I were in your shoes I think I'd rent or borrow a few of them to actually try before making a decision.
Good luck!

and the hassle with the rides and the heat made it unenjoyable to have a dslr with

Honestly, we have talked about that.  I have these visions in my head though of having these amazing photos of the castle at night etc.  Maybe all thats overkill tho.  Maybe THIS is what the G series Canon's are really for!

I'm getting myself a Fuji X20 (when it's out) for occasions like that.

Lighting / Re: Weird ettl ec behavior - is this just me?
« on: February 14, 2013, 06:14:26 PM »
... but you seem to recommend the book Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites ? The other recommendation I read about is Canon Speedlite System Digital Field Guide

The first one, from Syl Arena, is a terrific book; you won't regret getting a copy.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D - Worth Buying ???
« on: February 14, 2013, 07:44:12 AM »
I'd say it depends on your needs. Yes, the 5D3 is way better in low-light, but one year ago there were lots of photographers who used a 7D for wildlife and were happy with it. This things change a tad too quickly, I guess...
This line kind of made me decide for the 60D when I was considering buying it, a while ago:

"Just two years ago, ISO 12,800 was a throwaway setting at best, with the 50D turning out nasty images fraught with overt banding, visible even in a thumbnail. Today I look at ISO 12,800 from the Canon 60D and T2i and have a hard time finding much to comment on. It's impressive. Feel free to shoot in near-darkness."

That aside, I guess it depends on what you want/need the most now. What's the priority, low-light event/indoor shooting or wildlife? Buy the one you need now first, and then save money for the other.
Neuro always points that you don't need APS-C for the extra "reach" if you won't print big, because you can crop images from, say, your 5D3.
Also to be considered is the AF. Is the AF on your 600D good enough for wildlife? (I don't know, but you probably do.)
Tell us what you decided and how you liked it. (I'm considering buying a 7D, too!)

Canon General / Re: Canon 1D X on the Street
« on: February 13, 2013, 10:52:59 AM »
If you're traveling for pleasure and are even a little bit serious about photography, I can't understand why you would leave your best photo equipment at home. If you're so afraid of losing it, spend a few bucks on insurance.

I take pictures in Camden, NJ -- the most dangerous and violent city in the US. I'm careful and take necessary precautions, but I paid a lot of money to be able to take the best pictures I can -- it would be dumb to go there with only a P&S.

I just think it's overkill sometimes, but...
Alright, alright, got it! :)

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 40 f/2.8 STM
« on: February 13, 2013, 10:47:37 AM »
All I can think of is that other glass... Old Speckled Hen, hopefully... :)

Canon General / Re: Canon 1D X on the Street
« on: February 13, 2013, 10:33:54 AM »
Seconded. I don't have a 1dX, sadly, but I just carry my Lowepro flipside 300 everywhere- 7d, all my lenses, and 430exII. Because why not? A backpack is pretty easy to carry around in everyday life, very inconspicuous, and you never know when you'll see something worth photographing...

I don't exactly disagree, but was a DSLR necessary? I love my DSLR, but more often than not I feel it's not necessary when just strolling around.
Do you think you take too many photos with your 7D in everyday life that wouldn't be possible with a smaller camera?
I'd say, in my case, that less than 10% of the shots I miss are the camera's fault.

Canon General / Re: Canon 1D X on the Street
« on: February 13, 2013, 10:24:13 AM »
I usually say if you see me without the 1d X, it wasn't me. It goes everywhere I go, even if it's a trip to the grocery store, and why not ?

Seconded. I don't have a 1dX, sadly, but I just carry my Lowepro flipside 300 everywhere- 7d, all my lenses, and 430exII. Because why not? A backpack is pretty easy to carry around in everyday life, very inconspicuous, and you never know when you'll see something worth photographing...

I feel it's a tad too slow sometimes to reach for my camera when it's in the backpack. I've sure missed a few good moments because I didn't have the camera in hand at the time -- and I guess it wouldn't have happened if I had a smaller MFT or, even better, something like the Sony RX100 or the Fuji X20 carried with a handstrap all day.

Canon General / Re: Canon 1D X on the Street
« on: February 13, 2013, 08:06:03 AM »
This thread looks like a great opportunity to learn what each of us takes when traveling, especially abroad/by air. (I always take my 60D, lenses, flash, tripod etc when going by car, although I very seldom shoot other than handheld with available light. On a recent trip to Czech republic, a good P&S might have sufficed for 90+% of the photos I took.)
I'm considering buying myself a Fuji X20 for traveling light and leaving the 60D at home, for I've realized (1) most shots when traveling concern the background, even if it's a portrait, so there's no need for very shallow DoF, and (2) I'm too lazy to carry heavy gear I won't probably use/benefit of.
The X100s is another camera I consider, although I'm not sure I'll be comfortable with a fixed lens, despite all its advantages.
The EOS M would be perfect to stick with the brand and be able to use accessories (e.g., flash and lenses), but from what I've read it's not that great a camera; also, I'd rather have a VF, and even though it's small, I don't see it fitting in a pocket with a lens attached (same "problem" with the seemingly terrific Olympus OM-D EM-5).
What do you take nowadays, and what are you thinking of buying? Why is that?


Love to see:
Use of 1d series batteries and voltage for slightly faster AF with a grip.
Better high ISO performance
8-10 FPS
AF menus like 1dx/5d3
No built in flash
Grip with a thumb stick like the BG-E11
Viewfinder latch like 1D series
61 point AF would be nice but I feel 40-50 would do just fine if they were as sensitive as the 5d3/1Dx
Close to or on par with 1d Series weather sealing (with grip too!).
Why mess with my built-in flash wish?  :'(

I'd go for a second CF card slot. Mixing card types, forcing the use of slower SD cards, is kind of useless. I'm rather bummed the 5D III includes mixed card slot types. Everyone who has tried to use the SD to save a second copy of the image written to the CF has experienced a significant loss in FPS.
You mean two CF card slots?!
Damn... Want to buy a dozen SD cards? :)

That operate at 1/4 to 1/3 the speed of my CF cards? I can get up to 1000x CF cards, vs. 600x SDXC cards. Not only that, CF cards have a much lower latency, and buffer clear time with CF is three to five times faster (4-7 seconds for CF, 20 seconds for SDXC.) Even with the best of the best SDXC cards, they are still a slouch compared to even a moderate UDMA-7 CF card. I'll take the lower latency of CF at the same speed as an SD any day, even if it costs several times as much (although I'd say, given that I buy Transcend CF cards that have yet to fail me even once, the conversion rate is more like 3-4 SD cards per CF card, at mot.)
Shhh... Nobody's going to buy my SD cards if you say it out loud...  >:(
Seriously, didn't think there was so big a difference. What about camera size with two CF slots?

I would not buy a 60D because it does not have AFMA.  That means that the body cannot be tuned to my fast prime lenses.  If you are using smaller apertures where the focus errors get lost in the depth of field, a 60D is fine.  But, if you want to move up to fast wide aperture lenses, they always have a little AF error, and sometimmes a lot of error.  I'd take a used or refurb 7D over a 60D any day.  That doesn't mean that the 60D is not a fine camera, it just means that you might be disappointed if you try to use fast lenses with it.
AFMA is the only reason I'm upgrading my 60D in the near future. I'm alright with some noisy high-ISO, and would keep the 60D had Canon cared to release firmware to address that.
And if indeed the current 7D sells for $700 or less when the mk2 is out, as Radiating thinks, well, then I'll not only buy it but also keep my 60D as a backup. (Geez, I feel like a pro!)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III Dynamic Range
« on: February 09, 2013, 09:54:09 PM »
Im using canon 10-22mm + ND-4 (kenko)
Thanks for answering!

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