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Lenses / Re: Lens recommendation to replace 18-135mm IS
« on: August 10, 2012, 04:19:55 PM »
considering you won't get much for a used 18-135 I'd probably just keep it, it would be a handy travel lens, or for the day you just want to try to cover everything and not bother switch lenses.  To your point though, of the lens you mentioned Id say get the 17-55 2.8.  You'll see a huge upgrade in quality and it will be very handy indoors, granted f2.8 isn't that fast for low light indoors with moving subjects, but it's quite a bit better than you currently have.  The 100 macro could also be used for low light, but indoors it's likely a little long. 

I love topics such as this as it gets the fanboys into a tizzy on either side of the fence. Bottom line for 99.9% of the those in the market for either of these cameras the choice should be clear depending on how much you have invested in glass and what your needs are.  for landscapers the d800 is a probably the better option. for event pros, then it's no contest, the 5diii.  For the 1%ers to whom money is no object, they will just hire their own professional who's already made these decisions.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D: Buy now or wait?
« on: August 08, 2012, 06:30:31 PM »
I don't think you are going to see a replacement for the 7d in the next 12 months, and I would not be surprised if it was at least 2014 before what ever the replacement is will be shipped.  The recent firmware update probably gives canon another 12-18 months on the product life cycle. I am, however, by no means, an expert 

If it fits your needs and budget by it now. You won't be disappointed. If you buy used and take care of it I wouldn't be surprised you could resell it later for a small depreciation especially considering where canon has been taking pricing as of late. A replacement to the 7d will probably start at $2500 or higher.

Obviously if you are concerned about an imminent replacement wait till after photokina and see where the dust settles.

Lenses / Re: Another help me pick a lens yay...35L or 24-105L
« on: August 05, 2012, 11:45:12 AM »
Of the two options noted by the OP I'd say the 24-105 is the better option for your current set up. Although I would also strongly urge you to consider the 17-55 2.8, or 15-85 instead of either option. Both cover the wide to short tele range nicely on aps c and hold their value well. I wouldn't be too concerned about FF compatibility as I suspect with upgraded glass you'll find a new appreciation for your current body and will be able to hold off making that purchase for a little longer.

EOS Bodies / Re: No DXO results on 1DX until at least September...?
« on: August 03, 2012, 12:31:50 PM »
man this really pisses me off...those socialists with their month long vacations and universal health care...who do they think they are...don't they know I sit up nightly refreshing their site every 15 seconds just waiting to read the review of what it's like to shoot a top of the line camera with the lens cap on...the nerve...

On a somewhat more serious note, does the coffee table photo book of the DxO staff vacation contain 40 glorious examples of brick walls?

Aperture, IMHO, is the best all around editing tool out there. I think it handles raw just fine, others may disagree and that is their perogative. It does 99% of what I need, for the rest there is photoshop, but I have seen no need to upgrade that program for several years. The nik programs are great and I also use photomatix from time to time as well.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 II vs. 85mm 1.2 II - general opinion
« on: July 27, 2012, 02:01:40 AM »
i too have a 70-200 f4 granted the IS not the OP's non IS version.  I have debated the 135L and/or 85L with myself until I have been blue in the face, I think I am going to go 135L myself mostly because I can't stomach the price of the 85L.  That being said I agree with the previous poster, if you already have the f4 zoom, then the f2.8 zoom only provides a 1 stop advantage, I think you may be better off with the 85L. Keep the zoom for flexibility, and the 85L for its truly remarkable portrature capabilities. 

Lenses / Re: Refurbished Lenses from Canon
« on: July 25, 2012, 02:30:57 PM »
I have never purchased from them, but would like to.  I am never quick enough on the trigger when the email deals come out etc for something I want.  The way I see it, if you buy a refurb it's been checked out by canon and certified as in good shape, plus with 90 days to return, you should know if it is right by three months time.  Sometimes pricing with tax isn't much better than new, especially if you can buy from BH or Adorama sans sales tax, but you still should pocket a few $$$ regardless. 

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Preorder the Canon EOS M
« on: July 23, 2012, 11:37:59 AM »
I am pleasantly surprised by this camera, certainly now more excited about what a pro model may include.  The price isn't terribly out of line with what I expected.  Ever since it was rumored to be APS C I assumed it would be near $1000 for a workable kit.  This camera is squarely targeted at point and shoot/camera phone upgraders who want something that acts and feels like a iphone and think a full blow DSLR is either blase or just too complicated.  Why would canon leave money on the table between this and a rebel?  It's a smart business move to price them similar, those who want a DSLR their upgrade route is clear, those that want an iphone-esque camera on steriods here is your upgrade route.  I'm toying with the idea of ordering this for my wife for xmas.  She is always complaining her t3 is too big or has too many dials.  With EF converter it would make an excellent lightweight travel option as well. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: What will be the price of first EOS M?
« on: July 21, 2012, 12:10:46 PM »
if it is in fact aps c I'd expect at least a $1000 price tag and I wouldn't be surprised if it was priced at or near the rebels.  This product is for people who want DSLR quality, but are put off by the size and learning curve of a DSLR (how do I just set it to auto?) and want something that feels and acts like an iPhone. 

Lenses / Re: Question...To UV or not to UV...that IS the question!
« on: July 19, 2012, 05:28:16 PM »
this is probably thread count 2,867,985,345 on the internet regarding this very topic.  It's all been said before, you're either a filter guy, a sometimes filter guy, or a no way in hell filter guy.  To each his own.  Personally I've never seen the alledged image degredation some folks speak of when using a filter, I've also not thought taking a hammer to the front of my lens is a way to prove filters are worthless either.  All that being said I'm a always filter guy, I figure maybe it provides a little extra protection, if it does, fine, if it doesn't, well it helps me sleep better at night. 

Lenses / Re: my second lens?
« on: July 18, 2012, 06:56:46 PM »
as others have mentioned I second the EF-S 17-55 f2.8IS USM, that is right about your target budget new, maybe a little over, although you can probably find one used for around $900.  the 24-105 f4L is also a good option, but maybe not wide enough on crop for your landscape needs.  Sounds like you may have the 18-? IS zoom kit lens, either variations aren't worth much more than $250 used (and that may be even stretching it a bit), so just keep it and use it when you need the extra reach or want to take something on vacation that you don't care if it gets lost/stolen/takes a swim...

Lenses / Re: Recommendations for vacation lenses and gear
« on: July 17, 2012, 04:27:51 PM »
After reading this I can honestly say I would never go on vacation with the OP.  I understand and sympathize with his wife.  My simple rule of thumb, if the camera takes up more space than a extra pair of shoes it's too much.  The reasoning here is no one should go on a vacation that requires more than one extra pair of shoes, otherwise it's not really a vacation.  All that is needed for a family vacation is one camera and one lens.  It definitely does not require multiple posts/threads on an internet forum.  It shouldn't be this hard.  My $0.02: there is so much to do and see in Southern California you shouldn't waste it setting f stops and shutter speeds. 

Lenses / Re: New Canon 50mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 17, 2012, 03:24:31 PM »
good news indeed, I'm a big supporter of the 1.8 for value/performance reasons.  Never could bring myself to upgrade to a 1.4 or the 1.2 simply because for the money I never thought the 1.4 was three times better than the 1.8 and certainly never thought the 1.2 was four times better than the 1.4.  That being said I have been patiently waiting for canon to update the 1.4 and see if we get updated optics and true ring usm.  If we do and the performance is great then price may not matter so much. 

Site Information / Re: In Sympathy for CR Guy
« on: July 16, 2012, 11:21:01 PM »
Unfortunately speaking from personal experience, parents should never have to out live a child. My thoughts and prayers are with Craig and his family.

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