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Lenses / Re: Believe it or not, 5D3 user misses the 300D reach...
« on: November 27, 2012, 11:36:30 AM »
I sold my 7D recently and I miss the reach sometimes. I was contemplating a 200mm F/2 sometime in the near future with a set of extenders.

I'll wait until the 7D2 is released before I consider another crop camera.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Technical novice upgrading to EOS 5D?
« on: November 27, 2012, 11:21:00 AM »
I am thinking of upgrading from an Eos 30D to an Eos 5D MkII. Basically I am a hobby photographer who'd like to do stills along with video at a much higher image quality. My style is not so much about perfect detail and technical images - I don't mind a little dithering from noise and blur. My problem with the 30D is its focus reliability, along with low resolution and no ability for video.

2 things I'd like to know are -

Do my needs justify a 5D over a 7D?

Will my lenses now be useless?

-Canon Zoom Lens - 17 mm - 85 mm - F/4.0-5.6 - Canon EF-S
-Canon Lens - 50 mm - F/1.8 - Canon EF

Here's some of my photos for ref:

Many thanks :)

I would probably get the 7D over the mk2. It's got everything but the IQ of a FF sensor.

If you do plan on going FF, Skip the 5D2 series camera and get a MK3. It will save you alot of headaches.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX or 5D Mark III with two lenses
« on: November 27, 2012, 10:49:34 AM »
1Dx, as you already have a very good lens selection.

Since you choose the lens route, I can personally say that the 24L II and 50L are spectacular lenses.

EOS Bodies / Re: Possible positive 6D surprise? Should I wait?
« on: November 27, 2012, 10:48:08 AM »
Various websites are saying the 6D sensor will actually have an advantage in low noise at high ISO vs. the sensor on 5D3. 
I have an itchy trigger finger with all the $2500 give-aways on the 5D3.  If the 6D were really going to stay at or around $2100.00, it would seem like a slam dunk for buying 5D3, UNLESS the new sensor really is better in low light...  I realize the AF seems to have been deliberatively crippled (and overly-so!), but for shooting portraits and candids and casual soccer of my kids, I really don't need the pro athlete or bird-in-flight AF.

Plus, heck, the replacement for the 7D (7D2?) could have a wildly better sensor?

What do CR folks think of this?

I should say you can see my equipment below my name.  I shoot portraits and candids of my 7-year old and 6-y-o and my infant.  They do/will play some peewee soccer, but nothing challenging for another 6-8 years max!  I've never met a bird who would pay fair value for an excelent portrait at 1000 yards, so I don't need too incredible an AF capability.   :)

If your choosing between the 6D and 5D3 based mostly on sensor tech, Be prepared for disappointment.

If you choose based on the metering, AF, ergos, etc... the 5D3 is vastly superior.

EOS Bodies / Re: When will we have a full frame body below $1,000?
« on: November 27, 2012, 10:46:08 AM »

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro
« on: November 27, 2012, 10:41:24 AM »
I've been wanting to add a macro to my lens bag. This one might be it, or the 180L.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: T3i vs T4i for first dslr
« on: November 27, 2012, 04:11:46 AM »
If you are serious about photography and if you're into pure stills and don't mind the weight, I wholeheartedly suggest a 5D classic (or 5D2 if you need video) + 50mm 1.8/1.4 depending on your budget.  This is the system I'll use if I were to  turn back time and start again.  I'll also get a Yongnuo TTL flash afterwards.  From there you can build your lenses then you can upgrade again your body if needed.  You will learn a lot with a professional body and a 50mm lens.

+1. If I had to start over again for photography, a 5Dc + 50mm 1.4. I'd never buy crop again.

Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: November 27, 2012, 04:00:04 AM »
My GSD olga. She is no longer with us. :(
Love the B&W of Olga, RL... Great image, her eyes are epic!

Agreed, gorgeous picture of a beautiful dog. Sorry to hear of your loss RLPhoto. :(

She's not dead, but sold to another breeder. :|

An interesting note is the B&W shot was done on a D30 from 2001.

EOS Bodies / Re: First Round of EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: November 26, 2012, 05:09:59 PM »
This looks promising but knowing canon, a last minute fumble seems highly probable.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Quick help needed: Polarization filter
« on: November 26, 2012, 12:57:05 PM »
You rotate the filter until you see reflections or the glare disappear. Piece of cake.  8)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Where to get photography training?
« on: November 26, 2012, 11:08:26 AM »
Behind the Camera.  8)

Canon General / Re: Authorized and unauthorized dealers
« on: November 23, 2012, 06:10:20 PM »
No USA warranty service if purchased grey market or through an un-authorized dealer. If something breaks because of bad manufacturing, It will not be repaired for free. You have to pay.

I buy off Evil bay because my Insurance covers this anyway and I have no issues with that.

Good stuff.  8)

Insurance is not a warrantee.  I sell insurance for a living and I have yet to see a carrier who will cover a manufacturing defect.  Unless you have something uber-special (and likely really expensive) I highly doubt you have the coverage you think you have.  I'd suggest you read your policy again, specifically under covered perils (or covered causes of loss), my guess is you have coverage for theft, loss, maybe some coverage for property in transit, but not much else.   

That being said if you can confirm it does let me know who is placing it for you as I'd love to get in with this outfit.

My flash head on my 7D was defective from the factory, It wouldn't pop-up any more.

It was no longer covered because it was a Re-furbished body and canon wouldn't fix it under warranty services. They took it in and I paid my deductible to hill & usher. They took care of the rest and I got my camera back just fine.

I didn't have any fuss, but good service from them.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Bryce Bayer Passes away at the age of 83.
« on: November 23, 2012, 06:04:30 PM »
If you shoot a digital camera, Its possible through this mans research. Its very sad but his legacy lives on in all our cameras.

Canon General / Re: Authorized and unauthorized dealers
« on: November 23, 2012, 05:11:30 PM »
What type of insurance do you have?

Is it homeowner's insurance, or specific photo gear insurance?

Hill & Usher.

EOS Bodies / Re: Looking for new camera
« on: November 23, 2012, 04:34:41 PM »
Hello I am looking to upgrade from a 60d.

I have spoken to a few professional photographers I know and they have both advocated a full frame sensor.
I went to our local shop here in Nashville and I was steered to a 7D which is still cropped. I have looked at the 5Dii and the 5diii,the 6d seems like some odd hybrid, half the af points of 7d but not a 5dii either. I have a budget for 1-2 new L lenses and a body. I will have some great coaching as I step up to a higher performing camera.

I have a toddler who I will need speed for, some animal pictures, nature and outdoors, 40% of shooting will be indoors, most in lower light. I may shoot some birds, but not much, some abstract/ architectural type/ general purpose. I was thinking 24-70 unless the kit lense 24-105 is better at my overall usage.

So having said all of that to I pony up more cash and get the 5d?
Is the 5dii fast enough? Is the 5diii overkill?

Looking to shoot RAW and run aperture or light room for my post.

On a side note I will be using the camera 60% of the time my wife will be learning and relying on the AF features initially.

Thank you all for your help and expertise.

Thank you


7D + 17-55 F/2.8


5D3 + 24-70 2.8 <---------Your choice of lens.

Both have excellent AF, and I would skip the 5D2 series all together.

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