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EOS Bodies / Re: Why are you buying the 1D X?
« on: July 13, 2012, 12:02:14 AM »
I checked out Bryan Carnathan's review of the 1D X (or partial review).  I looked at the ISO charts and at ISO 6400 and 12800, the difference between the 1D X and 5D Mark III really isn't that signifcant and nothing that couldn't be quickly equalized with NR (which you'd have to use for the 1D X image anways).  I don't really see a HUGE ISO advantage from these charts at least.

Lenses / Re: Which L lens will be the first mark III?
« on: July 12, 2012, 08:45:31 PM »
Sorry, I meant the 35 f/1.4L II lens would be out before any other of the lenses had a Mark III, not 1.2.  It's hard to have a 1.2 Mark II when there isn't even a Mark I of those yet I suppose? 

And yes, I agree.  When I'm using my 24-105L lens, I find myself shooting at 65-70mm at least 80-90% of the time.  Get me a 65mm f/1.4L  8)

Thanks for the advice. 

Looks like i'll need to take another look at the 16-35 and 17-40.

Hey, I would not choose the 8-15 for the landscape shots either.  I do shoot a lot of landscape and my personal recommendation, for the price, would be the 17-40L.  Some buy the 16-35L but why?  My landscape shots are at f/8 and narrower.  However, I do own the 16-35L because I use it for other things, such as very low-light, tight room indoor shots.  With landscape photography, I was shooting with a 24 and 35 prime, but the zoom lens offers me much more convenience and flexibility.  I think if you want to only use it for outdoor landscape, 17-40L is YOUR lens.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Discounts for the 1DX for Christmas?
« on: July 12, 2012, 08:38:25 PM »
Look, there's not going to be a discount on the 1DX.  There wasn't ever for the 1Ds Mark III nor the 1D Mark IV.  And likewise, certainly not for the 1DX.  Sorry.

Lighting / Re: Fauxtographer Ruins Olympic photos.
« on: July 12, 2012, 07:52:05 PM »
If we knew the whole story, opinions would change.


Lighting / Re: Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT - I'm impressed!
« on: July 12, 2012, 07:50:14 PM »
I don't use it for the AF beam.  I literally need an on-cam flash and a fill flash.  Since this is full radio and optical transmission, having two of them for me is certainly not a waste.  I think you thought I meant something else, which is OK, it's hard for me to figure out what others mean too when it's just reading words vs. hearing them speak  8)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One way to win customers
« on: July 12, 2012, 07:45:27 PM »
The IQ from the 300 ver I is outstanding from what I have seen, I'm not sure if ver II improves much in that department.

From what I've seen and Bryan Carnathan's website, no the Version II does not offer an enchanced IQ; the selling point was updated IS motor and less weight.  Here's what I did.  I saw the price of the new one, $7299 at B&H.  I then found a version I that was actually in great shape, including the lens mount and the glass was clean, and bought that for $4500.  I don't mind the weight since I'm at a fixed sporting event site when using it.  So I was able to save $2800 and am getting the exact same IQ. 

For the 400 I did the exact same thing.  Found a fantastic version I copy for $5999 vs. the newest price around $10,900 or some even for $11,400.  Again, same IQ, more weight, $5k cheaper. 

Since I saved $7800, that I'd say was a great deal.  Not that spending that kind of money is a great deal, I'd just say relatively speaking $9500 is cheaper than $20,000.

Will I ever spend that much at once on lenses again?  NO.

EOS Bodies / Re: Should I get 7D now or wait for MKII?
« on: July 12, 2012, 04:34:30 PM »
Get the 7D now and enjoy shooting now. You will love the camera forever

If I still had my 7D I wouldn't get rid of it.  The extra reach is really great.  I could go to track meets with a 300 f/4L and be just fine (480mm).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One way to win customers
« on: July 12, 2012, 04:31:29 PM »
There are a ton of versions, so I'll type the whole title to the version I have:

300mm f/2.8L IS I

The II is probably much lighter.

Lenses / Re: Canon 28 1.8
« on: July 12, 2012, 04:14:19 PM »
Professional reviews to me, are rather useless.  They are looking at things that just aren't noticed or matter to most of us.  The 20, 24, and 28 non-L lenses are just fine for normal, everyday use, yes even on FF cameras.  If you have some money, get a few of 'em :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One way to win customers
« on: July 12, 2012, 04:12:43 PM »
What, the 70-200L II IS lens/5D Mark III or the 300 f/2.8L IS/5D Mark III?  8)

The 70-200 2.8II.  Unfortunately I can't comment on the 300 2.8L.  Maybe someday.  ;)
I'm sure the 300 f/2.8 and MkIII are an awesome combination too, just not travelling to Uganda with weight restrictions :P. I struck lucky, getting a mint one that had only been used twice. They now sell used (at least from retailers) for £1000 more than I paid. Even sold privately on eBay, they are at least £500 more than I paid.

I will ONLY travel to football games with the 300 f/2.8 already pre-mounted to a monopod and no farther from my car to the stands.  :)

Lighting / Re: Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT - I'm impressed!
« on: July 12, 2012, 04:10:49 PM »
But, why did Canon leave out an AF assist beam on the transmitter??

Many people seem to be wondering about that - I would rather get another 600rt than the rather expensive transmitter due to the missing af beam (which works excellent btw, seems to be better than on my 430ex2). Maybe the transmitter is so small that the beam wouldn't fit? Or they have an updated transmitter in the pipeline, together with the rumored 660rt with ettl-iii (featuring remote 2nd curtain sync :-))?

That's what I did.  Went with 2 of the flashes (at a considerable cost :( ) but I'm really happy with the performance.  I love the master/slave and dual flash, as well as the Manual settings, semi-manual settings are amazing, and last but not least I love the exposure bracketing/compensation.

What you do in this case is get the kit with the 24-105L lens.  This solves all of your problems.

That's what I said :-) ... @squarebox: Maybe have a look at your Lightroom stats again, how many shots did you do with open aperture - so is f2.8 really necessary considering you've already got the primes? And then look at the LR stats for zoom length (you can create a smart filter for this, zoom lenght > x and < y) - is dropping the 70-105 range on the zoom a good idea :-p ?

That's a great way to look at it.

Looking at my stats from the 24-100mm range, 80%+ of my shots were at max aperture, which might not help cause we are talking in the range of f3.5-5.6.

The other thing is that moving up to FF should get me a few stops increase in light performance, so when i see apertures i'm thinking how they work for me on the crop sensor and with weaker ISO capabilities.  So just by moving to the 5D, F4 might work for me.

Well, then the next question is, what are you shooting?  An aperture wider than f/4 is going to give you a pretty darn thin focal plane and your DOF is going to be tiny.  If you are outside in Hawaii, it's sunny.  If you shoot low-light indoors, don't open the aperture, get a good flash.  That way you maintain DOF with a narrower aperture.  I'm just thinking out loud here.

EOS Bodies / Re: Cancelled 1dx pre order.
« on: July 12, 2012, 01:27:06 PM »
You are probably right bdunbar79 about what to sell.  I shoot mostly birds/wildlife and need the crop factor for some better reach.  The 1D IV is my first 1-Series body and I'm hooked.  Gripped anything else is not the same and the next body will be a 1-Series something.  I'm in no rush and want to make the best decision with the least amount of compromises.

Oh I understand.  Duh, you need the reach.  Yeah in that case the 7D is a good choice.  Wow, you'll have a difficult decision to make! :)

Or do they have sticky prices?

Kicking around getting a 1DX and wondering if it would be better to wait for a possible price drop. I mean after the camera is finally available to us mortals (say early next year)

The answer is no.  1Ds 3 in 2007 new:  7999, new in 2012, 6800
1D4 new in 2009 5000, new in 2012, 5000.

Not seeing it happening soon at all.

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