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It is interesting -- thanks for posting.  Add an EVF and some dials to the EOS-M and the length and width are similar.  The depth is bit larger to accomodate the mirror box, but then you also get a useable grip and phase detect AF.  Definitely wouldn't mind having one as a backup camera -- wouldn't take up much space in the camera bag.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces the EOS T5i
« on: March 21, 2013, 11:21:24 AM »
Are the T4i and T5i bodies exactly the same??

It looks like the SL1 might be positioned to take over the Rebel line.  If the SL1 sells well, I wouldn't be surprised if all future Rebels are sized like the SL1.

EOS Bodies / Re: 600D vs 100D
« on: March 21, 2013, 10:54:56 AM »
Anyone have any idea how the SL1will stack up against the 5Dii / iii in low light? I'm a 5Dii owner and want to know if I can get decent high ISO out of it as a backup camera...

Probably about the same as how the 4Ti does now.

To be fair, the previous releases did at least improve something:

500D to 550D was 15MP to 18MP

550D to 600D was articulating screen and a few other video features

600D to 650D was improved AF with 9 cross-type points

650D to 700D is nothing really new?!?

I think the 700D is a dead end.  The successor to the 650D is the 100D.  Canon used the year to reduce the size and to reset the Rebel line.  The Rebel won't lead the xxD and xD line in specs.  The Rebel line inherits most of the xxD specs and performance over 2-4 iterations/years.  The 650 closed most of the gap that existed between the Rebels and the 60D.  The 100D's size reduction was done to compete against the micro 4/3rds.

EOS Bodies / Re: 600D vs 100D
« on: March 21, 2013, 08:57:48 AM »
I think this is a good response to the mirrorless competition.  It's not much bigger than the EOS-M and it retains full functionality of a Rebel including phase-detection AF.  Stick a EF 40mm pancake, and you have a small walk-around or street camera or use it as a backup to a larger camera.  It won't take up much space in the camera bag. 

I think this is true evolution of the Rebel line, not the T5i.  It retains the physical controls that we are used to and are more efficient than menus.  Canon is probably using this to gage how well the public will accept the smaller form factor for future Rebels.  Now the Rebel is positioned better to compete with future micro 4/3rds systems.  Why design another line of lenses (EF, EF-S, EF-M)?  Play to Canon's strength:  its breadth and depth of EF lenses.

Lenses / Re: Best lens from my set for nightclubs?
« on: March 21, 2013, 08:18:09 AM »
Don't think you can do all that with one lens.  I'd suggest the 24L II and the 24-105L.  The 24L II for ambient, wide shots.  The 24-105 with and without flash for the close-ups.

Lenses / Re: What next?
« on: March 20, 2013, 12:07:21 PM »
Very nice pictures, and thank for the advice. I have one more question for you and for those who shoot primes. Do you shoot at open apertures like f2 or f 1.8 cosidering the DOF. I mean my zooms are great, but some times an extra f stop would be usefull to lower ISO. Thanks and once again, very nice pictures!

That depends on the subject.  Much more likely to take advantage of thinner DOF when there is a single subject or when the subject is close to a busy background.  The fast primes will give you the option of a thin DOF look and trading DOF for ISO and shutter speed.  It is a different type of flexibility than the focal length flexibility of a zoom. 

Lenses / Re: 70-200 for trip to Vegas and Grand Canyon
« on: March 19, 2013, 12:35:58 PM »
I'd bring it just because the Grand Canyon is so large.  It won't get used as much as the other lenses, but it should get you some shots that you won't be able to get otherwise.  It also depends on how long you'll be staying there and how many spots you'll be able to visit.  If you are hiking/driving through large portions of the park and can get to many scenic spots, then the 70-200 is less useful. 

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70mmL II v Canon 50mmL 1.2
« on: March 17, 2013, 07:13:24 PM »
Depends if you want superior low light & bokeh or sharpness & versatility.
Whilst the 24-70 is an amazing lens, I love my 50 1.2, it just feels great, looks great and sparks my creative love for photography, and also a lot more fun to use so it says on my 5d mkiii most of the time! :)
But if you don't plan to shoot below 2.8, get the 24-70 II :)

Nothing specific, yes I know that sounds vague, but I am looking for a lens that is versatile photographing what I see that takes my fancy, but which will also allow me to be creative

24-70 II first because you prioritize walk-around over portraiture.  The question is whether or not getting the 24-70 II will make the 24-105 expendable and make it a down-payment for the 50L.

EOS Bodies / Re: just got a 5Diii, and wow!!
« on: March 17, 2013, 05:21:42 PM »
The Canon 24-70 sounds much better than the Tammy based on others feedback, but is $600-800 more. If you had the choice... 5Dii and Canon 24-70, or 5Diii and Tam 24-70?

Lens first if you can wait to upgrade the body later.  Get a refurbed or used 5DII now and you won't lose much on trying to sell it later.  Prices for the 5D III went down to 2500 near Christmas. 

Lenses / Re: Is there anything I can improve on this gear list?
« on: March 16, 2013, 09:17:01 PM »
Try out what you have for a bit, and you'll know what to get next.

If you liked the 50 on the crop, then a fast 85 or 100 f/2 makes sense on FF for portraits and I'd suggest getting that next.

The question on whether or not to get the 24-105 depends on how often you'd prefer a single walk-around lens rather than bringing 2 or 3 lenses.  It's a matter of convenience.  If you choose to skip the 24-105, then the 35 f/2 makes more sense.

Lenses / Re: How's the 70-300L?
« on: March 16, 2013, 08:41:44 PM »
I have the 70-300L IS USM for use with my 5D3, and I find the images it provides excellent.

Build quality is outstanding, it seems to work decently in low light for me (never had any issues), and though I find the forward zoom ring a bit annoying, I adjust quickly enough.

But I will take issue with the folks who think it is "light".  Hardly.  It is sufficiently heavy that it gets used less than it might otherwise, in favor of the 24-105L and some "foot zoom".

However, it is great at air shows and the zoo - places where you can't adjust the framing by walking.

Very glad I didn't get the 28-300L (which I considered), as that lens is substantially heavier still.

Light is relative.  It's a bit lighter than the 70-200L II + ext or the 100-400L, which are the some other L zoom options.  It's also more compact than the 70-200 II, which helps because I can stuff in a a small camera bag.

Lenses / Re: TS-E 45mm & TS-E 90mm Finally Getting Replaced? [CR1]
« on: March 15, 2013, 04:00:34 PM »
Sensor(DR) is not the reason for switching. I'm perfectly fine with 5D III sensor. I simply want FF sensor in P&S body(like RX1) that can switch lenses.

My needs might not apply to the PROs, but hey...........why not ;D

Even if it means going to another lens system that will take advantage of the reduced distance, which will take years to fill out?

Lenses / Re: 5DIII+35mm or 50mm?
« on: March 14, 2013, 12:12:53 PM »
I like the 35 better for walk around and I like the 50 better for portrait.  The question you have to answer first is which focal length would you rather have large apertures.  If you don't intend to use the 50 much wide open, then something like the 24-70 II is a better choice.

EOS Bodies / Re: Help with Canon 6D Purchase
« on: March 11, 2013, 10:40:23 PM »
Depending on the price of the 6D + 24-105 kit, it might make sense to buy the kit now and sell the 24-105 later for a profit.  Right now, the difference between the kit and the body only is 550.  Used 24-105s go for a bit more than that, so you should be able to turn a profit when you want to trade in the 24-105 for a 24-70 VC.

Or you can get the kit now, sell the 24-105 and your Sigma 17-50 and get the 24-70 VC.  It's more economical to get ultrawide zooms for crop cameras, and a Tokina 11-16 or a Sigma 8-16 or a Canon 10-22 will be less expensive than a 16-35 II.

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