I guess I'm confused. Can you guys list or do you know the settings that CANNOT be accessed on a 64-bit system? Thanks!
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Prices have been climbing every year, there are usually two price increases each year applied to selected lenses. The longer you wait, the higher the price. There are usually sales around Christmas, and with the poor economy, Canon has extended their lens rebate thru the end of July.
Last year, Canon had some very good deals due to their poor 4th quarter sales performance and high inventory. They wanted to improve the sales figures for FY 2011. When that happens, you can catch a good deal.
To note though, those sales are only in the US.
I picked up my 35L last year during the sale for $1100 USD in the U.S., saving myself close to $700 off the Japan retail price.
If you want a good camera for $1400, get a used 1Ds Mark II. It's IQ is way better than the 7D.
Wow, the price has really dropped. Its a very good deal at that price, you do have to have a 32bit XP computer with a firewire card and cable for some of the settings. That can be a pain if you have a 64 bit PC.
I own the 100-400 for two years, mostly used for bird photography with 7D. I have had both dust and moisture problems and finally died a couple of months ago. Now it is back from canon repair after some $300 refurbishing. It is a very versatile lens and you can even do some great macro shots by adding a Hoya +4 macro lens in the front. But... my prime 300mm f/4 IS L has better image quality and is sharper, so now it has become my preferred birding lens specially after adding a Keno 2X TC.
Here is a link to some tests:
I will probably not upgrade to the new 100-400. I would be more interested in an improved version of the EF 300 f/4.
I talked one of the shops with which I Pre-ordered (i'm in the US). They said they expect to receive their first shipments the first week of July, and there's a CHANCE I can receive mine after the 4th. they of course can't make any promises. But this is what they've been told by Canon. I tend to believe them. They were among the first to receive the 5diii's. I got mine from them way back in march. So we'll see. All I can surmise from all the info out there, is its likely some those who Pre-ordered may be getting theirs in the next couple of weeks
After 4th of July? That sucks, the whole idea was to take photos at low light of fireworks ((((
Yeah I was also told by my retailer that they expecting shipment first or second week of July... so hope to get it soon...
The 24L is the clear winner here, if you want to pay for it. A tilt-shift lens for indoor family stills and video? Why?Yes! I agree about the 24/1.4L version II ... a super outstanding lens even wide open, and more practical than the 24 tilt-shift. It is a bit sharper than the 35/1.4L. Of course it will be even sharper stopped down a bit. It works very well on the 60D and 7D; I have used it on both.
Support of "discontinued" models usually last around 7 years.
I believe it may have to under EU law