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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: A dilemma - 7d -> 5d mk ?
« on: March 04, 2012, 03:09:53 PM »
With that in mind I see only two options as far as the body is concerned:

a) wait a year or two for the price to go down and keep using the 7D
b) buy the 5DII

Honestly, I don't think either decision is bad. I personally think that trading a body only makes sense if you are either very dissatisfied with what you have or something breaks. As appealing the 5DIII looks I really see no reason for me personally to go there - especially with the price back to where the 5D series originally started out. Again, just like you this is not a complaint, merely an observation. I would think that the MarkIII is worth the price and that my 5DII was a bargain (in 2010 for around $2200).

More tricky is the lens question. Your EF-S lens won't work on full frame and then it comes down to the 24-105, the new 24-70 or the old one. I personally start looking for a good copy of the original 24-70. But I'm biased against all the plastic lenses Canon comes out with these days, including the new 24-70. My 24-105 works pretty well but I don't love it.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII pre-order thread
« on: March 02, 2012, 04:26:58 PM »
Hello all,

I think 5D mark III targets mainly those who currently have a 5D (or mark II) and a 7D - both specs-wise and price-wise, and perhaps should not be seen as a typical 5D line camera. So the poll out of curiosity...


Good question. I would say it's for current 5DII and 1DsIII owners. The price is about the same as when the original 5D came out and that one and the II have proven to be hugely successful. So there is a market for very good full frame cameras.

I would think it's also (sort of) a replacement for 7D shooters since they may be faced with their line in it's current form going away. Why? Because it didn't sell well. Expect to see some plasticky version of the 7D line merged with the 60D. Just my guess and I'm not saying that it makes sense for the folks who like their 7D but that's what I think the numbers may indicate that I saw somewhere.

EOS Bodies / Re: Buy the 5D III or wait for the 5D IV?
« on: March 02, 2012, 04:19:58 PM »
Seriously, what I've been wondering is who really would want the 1Dx over the 5DIII? It appears Canon has now added better AF (potentially the same as in the 1-series) which is what everyone always screamed about. And it has supposedly more weather sealing and such, high enough frame rate and great flexibility for really everything now. So why bother with the 1Dx? What am I missing? And what else will Canon put out to fill any potential gap now that their studio and/or sports pros may be missing still?

The split between pro model and enthusiast + limited pro use seemed to be clearer. Now there are only two camera bodies and the "lower" one has actually the same or better features. I'm sure Canon has figured this all out and the 5D series has probably been one of their biggest money makers next to all the Rebels and P&S cameras - so that's probably that. From a marketing perspective I'm surprised that there wasn't a high resolution 1-series camera first.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is 5dmkiii a good investment in the long run?
« on: March 02, 2012, 01:54:44 PM »
No digital camera is an "investment" unless you mean it's value as a money generating professional tool. There may have been a few cameras in the past that were an actual investment but those times are over given how much more or less disposable technology is now in there and how short the life cycles have become.

That is very different from "wanting" one and being able to use it for quite a while.


It's certainly not a technological barrier, since I assume the 600EX flashes are backwards compatible with all the other ETTL camera bodies Canon has ever made.

That doesn't seem to be entirely clear yet:

"Sync Speeds — I shot at all sync speeds, up to 1/8000″ in High-Speed Sync, on both my 5DM2 and my 60D. I used both a 600EX-RT Speedlite and the ST-E3-RT transmitter to trigger. In hundreds of frames over the past week, I have not had one sync issue. The manual says that on pre-2012 cameras (anything other than 1D X and 5DM3), the system takes a one-stop hit in sync speed and that HSS is not possible. This will be an interesting area to watch as others begin to use the gear."

Looks like it works even though the manual says otherwise. And there were a few other features that are 5DIII/1Dx only, like the control over the 5 wireless groups.

It'll sure be very interesting what this all means in the end, what other products this may trigger, if there will be any other RT flashes from Canon, what PW et al will do next, etc etc.

I'd also like to see a list of countries where they won't be able to sell these - and where technically speaking you're not allowed to use the new radio system. I'm still very surprised that Canon did this even though the latest PW without any TTL capability could have been an indicator of something like this coming.

I'm much more fascinated by the flash and the remote than the new camera (as nice as it looks of course).

EOS Bodies / Re: Why the Japan hate Canon
« on: March 02, 2012, 01:41:09 PM »
Norwegian price is NOK 29.990,- which is $5.345,-

The US price is $3.500,- which is NOK 19.635,-

Our VAT is 25% in Norway, so if we add that to 19.635,- we get NOK 24.543,- (roughly)

- 24543
= 5447 (= USD $970)

So why do we pay $970 dollars more than US?
I N S A N A N I T Y!

I don't know for sure, but other than the very high average wages in Norway (thanks to your oil) there are also very high import tariffs. So I'm not sure if it's warranted to blame Canon for this (entirely or at all).

As a European immigrant to the US that's what I keep telling people: nothing is ever "free". If there are a lot "free" social services such as in Scandinavia then you pay higher taxes, tariffs and have reduced choices. Here in America a lot of stuff is cheaper but you also pay for other things out of pocket. So in the end it's usually pretty much a wash - at least in the Western and devolved world with that kind of income brackets. Everything else comes down to personal preferences.

My question is whether my light modifiers for the 580EX2 (e.g. stofen diffuser, Rayflash ring light, etc) will also fit the flash head of the 600EX? Thanks!

Doesn't look like it. At appears that if anyone wants to go this route it pretty much means starting from scratch. Plus I'm wondering if all new features will be compatible with the 5DII or the previous 1-series cameras.

Also I'd be curious if there will be any receivers to work with new radio system on the 580EXII etc. And will the smaller flashes get updated as well with the radio system? Is there one version or different versions for different markets? What will TP manufacturers do next?

This should be all pretty interesting. And the other thing I want to know: does it finally beep?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: [POLL] I'm a 5D Mark II owner and...
« on: March 01, 2012, 02:35:11 PM »
If these specs turn out to be as straight forward as it appears then I'll keep using my 5DII and see no immediate need to add a spare. If time comes the 5DIII would make a good replacement at that point. Unless I win the lottery of course - but then I'd switch to Leica anyway I guess.

I am going to guess that they are doing 1080 60/50p.

I'd love if it was clean hdmi out though.
I shoot mostly 720 50p anyway as most of my stuff ends up on the web.

Nothing groundbreaking. Rather a very solid follower to the highly successful 5D and 5DII. I bet people will keep buying it like hot cakes and it'll remain one of the most sold SLRs ever.

EOS Bodies / Re: Just got word the 5D III isn't coming this week
« on: February 29, 2012, 09:46:15 AM »
I'm a strong advocate of the stealth method.

You'd be surprised at how many strobes, lenses, umbrellas, etc. etc., you can sneak into the man cave if you are careful.

You do need to 'fess up to at least one white lens, so that she knows you have at least one big white lens, since they are pretty much a dead giveaway.

Once she knows you've got three or four lenses, you are golden. Who notices the differences after that.

When you are caught (and you will be caught) just act like you've had it for a long time. "Oh that, I got that ages ago."

This only works if you keep separate accounts. That, BTW, I have found after three marriages is a real secret to a happy marriage.

Never, ever, ever complain, criticize or question your partner's purchases. It takes a lot of shoes and purses to equal a lens.

Get home first, so you can intercept the package or delivery notice.  Adorama plasters their names all over their packages making them way too distinctive for a stealth operation.

Don't ever believe you are really fooling her. She probably knows all about your addiction anyway.

:-) Not that far off. Best thing: there is a good store within walking distance of work! And they don't blink when people pay cash...the guy actually recently laughed when they had something on backorder and he offered to mail it home for free. Nah, thanks I'd rather pick it up.

The only issue are the growing size and number of bags and cases under my desk. The  Pelican case really looks different from my bag from a few years ago...  :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Just got word the 5D III isn't coming this week
« on: February 28, 2012, 04:35:55 PM »
Aww man... what a party pooper...  :(

You have my deepest sympathies. But you know... One strategy is to stash some money in a top secret fund for use when the wife says "no", muahaha  ::). Then you tell her that you've been saving up for a loooooooong time and the funds will not be coming out of your account  ;)

This way she'll be so proud of you for saving and feel sorry for you at the same time that she might just let the purchase slide  8)

That doesn't work because then you risk the slush fund going straight towards a new dishwasher/kitchen floor/college fund...

You just need to make sure to stick to one brand and buy things that look the same. So all bicycles are red, all lenses have the red rubberband, all cameras are canon and black... you get the idea.  :o

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8 IS L II -VS- 135 f/2 L + 70-200 f/4 IS L
« on: February 28, 2012, 01:01:35 PM »
Hey everybody!

So hear is the the choice I have to make before the rebates end on 3/2. I have all but decided on the widely loved 70-200 f2.8 IS II. I appreciate the cost and weight as an issue, but after shooting with it for a couple of weeks on loan from a very generous friend ;D, I have learned to love it despite these issues.

I will be using this on a 5d II as a candid portrait lens (both indoors and outdoor) and as a general outdoor zoom lens.  I like it for its wide aperture and great bokeh when zoomed to 200mm. 

My only concern is that sometimes the f/2.8 is not quite fast enough for indoor available light shots. (I use the 35 L f/1.4 right now but it is to wide for certain portraits)

My last argument against /alternative to the 2.8 II would be that for the same cost $$, I could buy the 135 f2 L + the 70-200 f/4 IS L. This would give me a smaller more portable general outdoor zoom, (albeit with less background blur and less capable when combined with TCs), and I would gain a faster f/2 135 mm lens for indoor / available light portraits. 

I realize all three lens are great and I have read the numerous posts on them. I am more curious to know your thought on the one option vs the other and any pros and cons.

As always, I love this community and thank everyone for your responses in advance!


Sounds like you have made up your mind pretty much. The extra speed of the 135L I don't think is the best argument against your first choice. I personally came to a different conclusion for myself and opted for the 135L and the 200 2.8L II. But that's not necessarily because of the 1-stop difference. It's really for different applications and you could make a reasonable argument to own them all really :-)

If you don't mind the size, weight, color, price-tag and IS you're good to go and buy the 70-200 2.8L IS II.

With the upcoming [CR3] announcements... am I the only one who's equally excited by the idea of a new speedlite with radio signalling built in?? The creative possibilities without spending literally thousands of dollars on expensive ETTL third party triggers - I'm nearly salivating.

Perhaps I'm getting a bit ahead of myself... it is still a rumour!

The only problem I face now is I currently have 3 580 EX IIs - Canon releasing a radio add-on for legacy speedlites really would be wishful thinking, wouldn't it?

I would - I've I believed it.  I may be eating my words next week but I really can't see how Canon would have a build in radio trigger solution without getting themselves into a marketing nightmare given the various requirements in different countries, even the potential illegality, the changing of rules at will etc.

Unless it's really based on something that works everywhere like some Wifi standard and I'm not even sure if that is something that is the same and open everywhere for such a purpose.

Notwithstanding, if the things is otherwise improved a bit and comes with a "ready" and or "fired" beep I could see trading up. If not, well, then it may be a great opportunity to add a 580EXII or two for cheap...

I have a Calumet version of that. One side white the other gold/silver mix. Works pretty well. The white can easily replace a fill flash if positioned correctly. The gold/silver mix warms things up a bit without looking unnatural - but I like things a bit on the warmer side anyway so YMMV.

I only have a medium sized at the moment but I'm thinking about adding a small and a big one. The small one for transportation the big one for more "studio" like settings when bringing more gear

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: February 24, 2012, 08:36:40 PM »
Bah. I was kinda hoping for a 35 1.4L IS.

And dont tell me that IS is not necessary on a 1.4 lens. IS is always good.

Seriously, good for what? Seeing Canon come up with stuff like the above 35mm lens makes me go look at the Zeiss page all that more often...while hoping for a winning lottery ticket to go Leica...

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