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Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 09, 2014, 03:55:14 AM »
I only shoot birds once a year (eagles) so I don't really need the reach that often.  I wanted to take photos of my 5 and 3 year old kids so I got the 200-400.  For anything other than birding (and some other niche things), I would think the 600 is too long. 

The lenses really are quite different. 

Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 09, 2014, 03:51:29 AM »
The point I am making is that I believe the 2 canons are the best but the tamron is very close behind and will give you undiferentiaded results under most conditions so anyone on a budget should take a good look at it.

Anyone on a budget doesn't have a choice but to choose the Tamron.  Someone with (truly) the budget, is going to pick the Canon (nine times out of 10). 

Canon General / Re: Gear envy
« on: February 09, 2014, 08:57:11 PM »
Yes, the 5D3 has a slightly higher resolution than the 1DX.

But surely the difference is not enough that it would matter, would it?  I like the 5D, but the 1D is better in every respect that I can think of (resolution not included). 

Canon General / Re: Gear envy
« on: February 09, 2014, 04:23:56 PM »
I wonder why they bothered with the 5ds. Why not just have one model to track?  Does the 5d do something the 1D doesn't?

Photography Technique / Re: The Cheapo Camera bag to fool the bad guys.
« on: February 08, 2014, 02:53:44 AM »
So what are the red lines on the lens hoods for? 

Lenses / Re: Selling price increase on big whites
« on: January 14, 2014, 03:29:14 PM »
I just noticed accidentally checking canonpricewatch that Big Whites selling price hiked up on B&H Photo Adorama and for some lenses on Amazon
for example 300mm f2.8 L II IS USM ( Which is by the way on my wish list) costs now 7099$ compare to 6799$ few weeks back .
Is there because of dollar -yen fluctuation or recent winter attack in U.S
Any thoughts?

I just looked at two lenses (which I own or am thinking of) and they haven't changed.  600mm and 200-400. 

Lenses / Re: A tip of the hat to Canon Customer Service
« on: January 14, 2014, 03:23:52 PM »
Yesterday, I got a letter from Canon Rebates telling me that my "UPC" code for a recent lens purchase was invalid.  Today, I called and said: "Whattz up?".  The rep solved my issue in 4 minutes, and admitted that it was a problem on their end.  Well done, Canon!
Kind of a thumbs up because you shouldn't have had the problem to begin with.  The thing that really annoys me about mail in rebates is that you often have to follow-up with them.  It's enough hassle that I don't let it affect my purchasing decision. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D clearance sale
« on: January 04, 2014, 01:07:11 AM »
Henrys is interesting.  I started buying from them last year because I don't travel to the U.S. as much for work.  This year, I went to do some more shopping online and noticed their selection has been drastically decreased.  If you look at their bag selection, for example, they don't carry many of the models that I would consider "normal" models.  I just searched for a long-lens bag and came up with nothing. 

Maybe their clearance sale is to significantly decrease the value of their inventory costs (they might just have too much $$$ tied up in the clearance items). 

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS Rebel SL1 $369
« on: December 27, 2013, 07:14:13 PM »
This seems like such a great price given I paid more for just an external flash.  For those that have added this body as a second body (for travel, etc.), how often have you actually used it?  I am tempted to get one of these for fun, but I'm afraid it will just sit at home much like my 40mm pancake does. 

I would love to have a lighter and smaller set-up but I find with my pancake, I never use when it comes time to leaving the house, I just grab a camera bag which is already a certain size and the weight difference doesn't make a big difference to me. 

Lenses / Re: New to Canon - please help me decide on lenses
« on: December 18, 2013, 12:31:09 AM »
How important is budget?  Do you pixel peep?

Lenses / Re: New Lens, New Lens Company - 40mm f/0.85 Ibelux for EOS-M
« on: December 13, 2013, 02:31:12 PM »
$2,080, but wow f/0.85 - check it out:

Made in China. No thanks. Not for a premium product. At least not yet.

I might be missing something but what does "over a moving river, up to a cliff" have to do with the range?

dramatic effect

Pretty much my thought. Although theoretically I suppose the water, especially if it's not flat water, could cause some amount of interference through reflections & such.

I didn't know RF waves could see reflections.   :o

I might be missing something but what does "over a moving river, up to a cliff" have to do with the range? 

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: November 24, 2013, 08:21:03 PM »
Canon has officially, publicly announced the technology: August 31st, 2010 ...
...ANY given company has its Business Plan ahead for 1,2,3,5, 10 & 20 years. Each one in its own pace and milestones. Each subject to some extend to modification. What I mean is that we might be seeing technology developed as early as 2006.
My problem with this general line of reasoning is that it assumes that Canon (or any other company) purposely withholds a new technology in order to boost profits.

Whether you believe it or not, it happens.  We saw a very recent real-life example in the world of video processors.  NVIDIA announced their 780 ti video card just days after AMD announced their new R290X.  It's widely known in the semi-conductor and PC world that NVIDIA was holding back releasing the full power of an existing chip design based on what the competition was. 

Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 Mark I vs Mark II
« on: October 31, 2013, 01:56:13 PM »
Thank you for all the feedback so far. Keep in mind I am shooting with a Canon 5D Mark I. Just from reading the comments I gather the main difference in real world situations is sharpness and bokeh, realistically how big is the difference in sharpness?

Also is there a difference in the IS?

I think these opinions always boil down to whether an image is pixel-peeped or not.  I had the Mk I for years before upgrading to the Mk II.  When the Mk I was around, many people said how awesome it was and that Canon couldn't improve on it.  I never believed that because I bought two copies and even compared the one I chose to a friend's copy.  None were sharp at the 100% level.  I've got a fair amount of glass and of all the lenses I have used, the 70-200 Mk I was probably the second softest lens (at 100% at 2.8 or wide open) I've used a lot.  The 16-35 wide open is pretty crappy too (at 100%).  The other lens I'm not crazy about is the 24-105.  I do use that lens a lot because it has IS and is great for taking snapshots of the young kids.  When I want an image with high IQ, I will use something else.  The new 70-200 Mk II, is not as sharp as my copy of the 85L, but it's close enough for me that I would use it for important photos. 

Now if you are not the kind of person who views images at 100%, then you likely won't notice a difference in sharpness between the Mk I and the Mk II.  If you edit at 100% or you do pixel peep (which I proudly admit to), then you will notice what I would call, a HUGE difference when shooting at 2.8. 

Anyone who says there isn't a sharpness difference at 2.8, is not viewing at 100%.  I can almost guarantee it. 

I would even go so far as suggesting you save for the Mk II if you can't afford it now. 

The locking lens hood is a huge improvement for me too.  For some reason, my hoods often rotate out of lock for me so much that I have to keep checking it.  I even used gaffers tape to tape down the hood of my 24-105 hood.  You don't have that problem with the 70-200 Mk II. 

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