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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 12, 2014, 06:24:20 AM »
Given the potential customer base of those moving from other APS-C models I reckon
It will have a mode dial,
It will have a flash,
It will be size of a 5D or slightly less,
You will have to buy your own battery grip,
I'd say ~10 frames a second.
24 Megapixel.
Reasonably modern focusing (from the 5D M III)
An improved ISO performance - closer to the 5D
Good video but nothing spectacular
Reasonably good screen
Wifi and Gps
Dual cards .
In essence a good camera that makes you feel like a pro but mainly sold to experienced amateurs.
It will be better than most of their friends cameras but still a step below a 1-DX and not full frame so it doesn't impact too much 5D sales
I'd say they have their market down to a T.
It will cost just less than a 5d Mark III .

We'll see I guess

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8L IS II underwhelming
« on: June 06, 2014, 07:36:02 AM »
You  must have received a very bad copy.
It's a tremendous lens. Super sharp and accurate.
At 18 comparing things to Hasselblads is interesting.
You seem to know something about photography and unless you are over complicating how you are taking photos I couldn't see how the problem is you.
A complete beginner would take great shots with a normal version of this lens.
Maybe you should buy a 5D Mark III to pair with it.
At 18 you'd probably be better off buying cheap equipment and making the most out of them.
You'd potentially learn more that way.
Jumping straight to a 70-200mm F2.8 II means maybe you won't every appreciate how good it is (if you had a good copy).
There is too much emphasis on buying gear (I include myself here ) and not enough on improving the actual photos we take. Lack of equipment makes you're innovative and better out technique.
I hope you get your version replaced with a proper version. Hopefully you'll then see what a great lens it is.

EOS Bodies / Re: Can Canon deliver a FF sensor that is class leading?
« on: June 05, 2014, 09:51:14 AM »
I know some people here get sick of this dynamic range discussion but I find it interesting.
I always amazed at some of Transnistriathe knowledge displayed here.
My question is more simple.
With brightish scenes I often use graduated filters or maybe do a bit of blending or HDR to avoid blown himghlights.
How far off are we in getting a sensor from Canon that might render it obsolete to use graduated filters to control over brightness in the sky?
I know the eye is complex and because it's sort of combining images and may have an equivalent dynamic range of 24 stops. Ideally I want a camera that is capturing the view closer to what my braining is receiving.
A sensor that is a capable of holding detail in a sunny day is what I would love.

I'd love a sensor too that you zoom in further that say the 5D Mark III without the picture pixelating.
I love those giga pixel pictures where you can zoom and zoom.

It might be easier to list what I wouldn't buy:
But did.
Sigma 150-500
Canon 28mm 2.8
Sigma 10-20mm
Canon 70-300mm III
Lens baby
Zeiss? Pentacon six 50mm with tilt adapter
Canon 50mm 1.8
Samyang 8mm Fisheye(although it is good on an APS-C
Canon 85mm 1.2 L
Canon G12
I won't even mention the gadgets and triggers and flash modifiers I've wasted money on.
No wonder Garry Fong is so rich

I would rebuy
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 II
Canon 24mm TSe II
Canon 50mm 1.4
Samyang 14mm
Canon 24-105 F4l
Canon 100mm marcro
Canon 1.4 and 2x extensions
5D Mark III
580ex II flash

I'd replace 17-40 with a 16-35mm

I'd also rebuy the Fuji X100s.
It's a lovely camera to use (even though I don't think it's image quality is good as a Canon APS-C sensor
I'd rebuy a Gopro too for time lapsing
Lee filters I'd certainly rebuy.

No wonder people simplify later in life.
Too much gear not enough time taking photos

Lenses / Re: Sigma 300-800 - Anyone use this lens?
« on: April 20, 2014, 08:01:45 PM »
It has great reviews on Amazon
But not as good reviews as the Sigma 200-500 F2.8

Lenses / Re: Thinking about this but wanting your thoughts....
« on: March 18, 2014, 03:14:32 PM »
Best of luck in your search for the right lens. The only thing I would say is I think the 70-200 II F2.8 is the best of all Canons zoom lens. It creates beautiful photograph. It locks on focus very fast. It's very adaptable to sport , portraits and even landscapes. Other than the cost you'd never regret buying it. I use the canon 1.4 and the Kenko 2x converters. Still good but maybe some of the magic disappears. Probably for what you are planning the existing 100-400 is good enough.

Landscape / Re: Slot Canyons- Canyon X and Upper Antelope, Grand Canyon
« on: December 02, 2013, 04:59:52 AM »
Thanks for sharing you experience . You were kind to do so and you made good use of the feedback here. Some lovely shots. A9586 being my favourite. Looks like tough conditions to photograph in. Others have complained about the crowding too. I suppose everyone has to make a buck. Glad you felt it was worth it. The crowds will be bigger next year because of your great photos.

Lenses / Re: 70-200mm F 2.8 IS 2 VS 70-200mm F4 IS
« on: November 21, 2013, 06:07:09 PM »
I own the 2.8 II but have used the F4.
Both are great. Of all my lens I think the 2.8 is the best .
It's absolutely brilliant for sports and for portraits.
The F4 is way lighter and cheaper and very very good. You will love it but maybe crave the 2.8
The 2.8 will either give you big muscles or a repetitive strain injury.
But it's wonderful and even after 2 years it hasn't lost its appeal .
I have the 85mm II and I wouldn't rate it anywhere near as good.
It's too tricky at times whereas the 70-200mm always comes up trumps.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mk III handling annoyances
« on: November 20, 2013, 06:28:32 PM »
For me I think the Focus confirmation is poor on the 5D. The focus point should light when focus is made. Sometimes it does this in the dark but appears erratic. The focus confirmation on the view finder this green dot is not distinct enough.

Lenses / Re: Which TS lens is better
« on: October 23, 2013, 06:00:53 AM »
I had this dilemma 17 vs 24mm. I chose 24mm and haven't regretted it. I think it's a more flexible focal length.
I could see that if it were interiors that you want to use it for the 17mm might be more appropriate.
I mainly use it for landscape and 24mm is perfect for that. Stitching also works really well if you want a wider view. Filters were an important factor for me. The 17mm at the time wasn't so straightforward.
So thumbs up on the 24mm TSE II. I don't leave home without it  ( I am just praying that I don't ever break the knobs.)

I was interested in someones statement earlier about using it wide open
(I guess maybe astro photographers would a lot, though).
I am using a 14mm Samyang for Wide field Astrophotography.
I was wondering if the 24mm was commonly used for this.
I never thought of using it as maybe I thought it might be fiddly in the dark.

Hahnel are a very good and reputable company. Their batteries are good. Ive found them amongst the best. Opteka are good too. Their wireless trigger equipment is excellent.
I'm very confident in buying their gear. It's never let me down. Their HQ is in Ireland but they are a German family firm I believe. It's a good combination. German engineering with Irish ingenuity.

Lenses / Re: 85mm prime recommendation
« on: October 03, 2013, 07:04:47 PM »
I have the 70-200 2.8 II and the 85 1.2
In my opinion the 70-200 is much more flexible and gives great portraits .
The 85 1.2 is a specialised lens. Shooting at 1.2 is difficult. The depth of field is very thin.
It's a risky lens to use compared to a 70-200mm. The focusing is slowish and easily out of focus if either you or the subject budges an inch. It's easier to use stepped down but then you may as well buy the excellent 1.8.
My conclusion 70-200mm expensive but worth it
85mm 1.2 expensive not really worth it (but you do get some amazing shots with it.
(If scares people though', they see the shutter.

Lenses / Re: Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
« on: September 24, 2013, 09:00:33 AM »
While I come to Canon Rumors to learn about interesting technical details from very knowledgable hobbyists I don't object to Ken Rockwell either. I've found his reviews pretty fair.
I personally prefer "The Digital Picture" reviews. I like his formatt of doing things (is it Bryan?).
I've no idea if either of them really know what they are talking about but I find them an interesting read.
I don't know if it's part of being male that comparing things is a natural instinct.
I see it in my son, which is better a Lamborgini or a Ferrari, is Messi better than Ronaldo?
These websites provide this is spades when comparing lens.

What's great about Canonrumors is the depth of knowledge of people like Neuroanatomist and Mt Spokane.
They are doing it for nothing.
I don't object to Ken making some money out of his reviews to feed his growing family (it must be around 20 children at this stage but maybe I've double counted), it's his life work I suppose.

Lenses / Re: 24mm TS-E II purple cast
« on: September 24, 2013, 08:38:22 AM »
I haven't had this issue myself but at max tilt and max shift you will find some unusual results and the meter readings on the camera go all wrong.
I must say I love my one and use it alot for landscape photography.
I don't feel I've fully mastered it even after 6M or so practice with it.
I find it hard to predict the impact of shift or tilting in particular scenes.
Sometimes however you get images that you just can't get otherwise.
Definately I haven't seen a purple cast.
Maybe you have a special Velvia version.

Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.2
« on: September 24, 2013, 08:33:15 AM »
I was interested in finding out from users whether the 50mm 1.2L is worth it.
I have the 50mm 1.4 and I like it.
It's not the sharpest lens in the world at 1.4 but it does give pleasent images.
I also have the 85mm 1.2L and find it a difficult lens to use at 1.2.
I usually stop it down to F2 to ensure focus.
At 1.2 the Depth of Field is Razor thin.
At that rate it would have been alot cheaper to buy the 85mm 1.8 and it would weigh a fraction of the 1.2L.
The 85mm 1.2L is a pretty special lens when you do manage focus.
It's bokeh is great. I question though it's value for money.
I am wondering would I see great advantages in the 50mm 1.2L over the 50mm 1.4

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