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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fantasy Dayhiking Kit
« on: July 18, 2013, 09:23:35 PM »
having the ability to get basically a 21- 900mm focal length (unless my math is wrong) with incredible IQ sounds awesome.  Discuss :)

Hi, just wondering how you got to 900, my maths makes it 640mm.
400mm x 1.6 crop on 7D2 = 640. Did I miss something?

200-400 has a built in extender, so 400*1.4*1.6 = 896.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Super Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2545
« on: July 18, 2013, 12:57:10 PM »
I bought a camera for 2499$ from BVI. It took two weeks to get here but It was indeed a USA camera.

+1, my experience as well.

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EOS-M / Re: Share your thoughts - M pricing
« on: July 17, 2013, 11:11:26 AM »
After getting the recent $299 kit on sale (22mm) I wanted to fill out the rest of the system. I love the camera by the way, perfect complement to my DSLR. Not as good as, but about as small as my S100 (minus lens) and with far greater capability. My S100 still has a place too by the way.

Anyhow so I got the zoom for the $153 (white box) from BigValueInc which I think is a great price, the adaptor from another eBay reseller for $85 (grey box) and ordered the wide angle zoom from Canada (pending). For the quality of what you get, and the EOS M sale (selling it at cost as far as I can tell) this is well worth it.

I consider it as doubling the capabilities of my existing DSLR kit for not a lot of money. My fisheye zoom doesn't get a lot of time on the DSLR but it's getting a lot of stick time on the M as I've always preferred crop sensors for zooms.

Did something similar.  Got the 18-55 from BVI, and the adapter is on its way.  The M is primarily for my wife, and upon using it with the 22 f/2, she was wondering where the zoom was.  So, I ended up picking up the 18-55.  I agree with others that said it works better with fast compact primes.  The 18-55 is too slow for indoor stuff (1/15s at ISO 6400).

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Move to full frame (6D) or New Lens?
« on: July 16, 2013, 10:25:18 AM »
If finances allow, get the 6D + 24-105 kit.  Use the 24-105 until you have enough to replace it, if that is what you want.  I used the 16-35/50/70-200 combo until the 24-70 f/2.8 II came out and it worked well, but it comes down to personal preference.

The 6D + 24-105 will do better than the 7D + 15-85, but the bigest improvement will come with your 50 and 70-200.

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Lenses / Re: 17-40 Replacement
« on: July 14, 2013, 10:40:19 AM »
Given that both options are manual focus, I'd go with the TS-E 24.  Typically used for architectural photography, the movements also come in handy for landscapes.  I use shift to so some quick panoramas and to get a shot that I can not get to.  I use tilt far less but it useful when you can.  If you don't use the movements, the TS-E 24 II is still about the best 24mm lens around.

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I used to bring the 70-200 II to the zoo with 1.4x and 2.0x extenders.  Then I got the 70-300L and left the 70-200 II home when going to zoos.  The 70-300L is more compact and lighter than either 70-200 II or the 100-400L, which helps a lot.  If you get the 300L, then you'll need to bring multiple lenses, which will make the travel kit heavier than what you already have.

I can see getting the 300L if you plan on using a 2x to get to 600.

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Lenses / Re: EF-M 11-22 f/4-5.6 IS STM Not Coming to North America?
« on: July 12, 2013, 01:04:31 PM »
Notice they say "due to current market conditions". This can mean a lot of things, but to a large company like Canon just having an item out for support and sales means it costs money - a lot of it. The service centers have to be trained and keep parts inventory - just for starters. This costs $$.

My guess is they see NA sales low enough that it's not worth supporting, they mostly just sold them to the Photo sites and rental places. Perhaps this is why they dumped stocks in NA.

Now with the however many new EOS-M's running in the wild in NA it might be a different story - in a year! Big companies run slowly.

The US has a population that is 9x Canada, which is offering the 11-22.  They could only repair/service the lens at 1 site rather than all US sites to save money.  Maybe the Canadians like the M more than Americans and buy more...

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Lenses / Re: EF-M 11-22 f/4-5.6 IS STM Not Coming to North America?
« on: July 12, 2013, 11:57:22 AM »
Between the Canadian retailers shipping to US, and eBay, I don't see how it'll be a problem for anyone wanting to buy this lens...

As I stated...you can buy it easily enough, but what if it breaks?

Don't stores like Adorama offer store warranties on gray market gear?

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EOS-M / Re: Just got my EOS-M! First impressions...
« on: July 11, 2013, 11:38:28 AM »
Played around with MF and AF+MF with the EF-M 22 f/2 and was likewise disappointed with its implementation.  This camera will be used strictly AF only with EF-M lenses.  Loved the IQ of the EF-M 22 -- fantastic little lens.  Still haven't quite figured out a good way of holding it with the right hand and still have good access to the controls, but it's a good trade for the compact size.

Did you try switching to back button AF? That enables full time manual focus with the 22mm (when you have AF+MF selected) in the menu.

I was trying to set to BB AF (custom function 5), but it didn't seem to be working the way i thought it should.  There might have been something else that I had set that might have over-rode it or locked it out.  I'll have to dig into the manual to see...  Thanks for the heads up!

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EOS-M / Re: Just got my EOS-M! First impressions...
« on: July 11, 2013, 09:58:09 AM »
After having the wife use the S90 (before I accidently drowned it)/HSxxx, this blows it out of the water IQ-wise.  Best $300 camera I've ever bought.

Played around with MF and AF+MF with the EF-M 22 f/2 and was likewise disappointed with its implementation.  This camera will be used strictly AF only with EF-M lenses.  Loved the IQ of the EF-M 22 -- fantastic little lens.  Still haven't quite figured out a good way of holding it with the right hand and still have good access to the controls, but it's a good trade for the compact size.

I do wish that the camera would prefer something faster than 1/30s before trading shutter speed and ISO (auto ISO) though.  It'd be nice to set the min shutter to something like 1/60 or 1/120 because kids move even when they try to be still.  Servo AF isn't very good, but it was not expected to be good.

When the wife looked at it, she immediately asked where was the flash.  Might have to pick up the ex-90 at some point because there is no way she'd use it with a 430.  Ordered the ef-m ef adapter.  Don't intend to use it much at all, but the M will be a capable backup to the DSLR if the situation arose.

Not quite sure if I'd get another lens for it since all the needed focal lengths are available with the DSLR and the main advantage of the M + 22 f/2 is its size.  Tried out a relative's NEX 5 and was not impressed.  It probably had to do more with the kit zoom than the sensor, but I know I'd rather have the M + 22 f/2.

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Lenses / Re: Indoor Lens recommendations?
« on: July 11, 2013, 07:57:44 AM »
There are a couple ways to address your problem.  Faster lenses and flash.  I often don't find f/2.8 fast enough because I still find myself at ISO 3200 and above.  In that case, using the larger aperture of faster lenses will allow you to trade DOF for ISO/shutter speed.  f/1.4 lenses are really helpful in these situations, but I tend to focus on a single subject because the DOF is thin.

In your case, I think a flash would be more helpful.  You can then use your current lenses and drag the shutter.  The flash will help freeze the subject while the longer exposure time will allow the background to be exposed properly.

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Lenses / Re: Does IS make bokeh busier/less smooth?
« on: July 09, 2013, 11:51:03 AM »
I've seen some nasty "bokeh" out of the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II and 100L, but that is usually when the shutter speed is slow, so I do think that IS can make it worse under certain conditions.  The IS can only compensate at the targeted focal length, so objects at other distances may be moving more with IS than without it.  Good technique/keeping the camera/lens as still as possible seems to help because IS is not as active.  Longer exposures with wind-blown trees lead to a similar effect.  I don't recall encountering bad bokeh in good light (i.e. less than 1/1000s)

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EOS Bodies / Re: So I made the jump to FF - now what?
« on: July 08, 2013, 08:44:14 AM »
How do people feel about the 135L with an extender?

It takes the extender ok, but it will lose to the 70-200L f/2.8 IS II in IQ/IS.  If you don't have 70-200L zoom, then 135 + extender is a good way to extend the focal length range.

Do you think it is better than the 70-300?

The 70-300L will have better IQ than the 135L + 2x.  The 70-300L matches well against the 70-200L f/2.8 IS II.  The 70-200L f/2.8 IS II focuses better on lower contrast targets, tracks better, and has a 1-2 stop advantage but is heavier than the 70-300L.  The 70-300L is compact and lighter, costs less than the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II, and delivers IQ that nearly matches the 70-200L over much of the overlapping range and is better at 300 than the 70-200 is at 280.

For those that shoot sports and portraits, the 70-200 f/2.8 II is the ultimate zoom lens but is heavy.  It also takes extenders well.  The 70-200 + 1.4x will nearly match the 70-300L at the long end and will be a stop faster, and the 70-200 + 2.0x will come close to 100-400L.  The 70-300L is arguably the best travel lens.  For controlled portraits or when trying to maximize discretion (although a dSLR with a L lens will likely be much larger than what many people use, i.e. cellphones) or going for the shallowest DOF/maximum background blur, the 135L is a good choice, but for most other use cases, the zooms are better.

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EOS Bodies / Re: So I made the jump to FF - now what?
« on: July 08, 2013, 07:24:56 AM »
How do people feel about the 135L with an extender?

It takes the extender ok, but it will lose to the 70-200L f/2.8 IS II in IQ/IS.  If you don't have 70-200L zoom, then 135 + extender is a good way to extend the focal length range.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Help about prices...
« on: July 05, 2013, 07:09:35 AM »
I used Get It Digital for my 5DIII, and it arrived fine.  For 2500, I was willing to put up with some hassle, but didn't have any issues.  GID is not an authorized dealer but it's an ongoing debate whether or Canon offers warranty coverage under these cases.

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