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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.

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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).

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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.

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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 :)

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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.  :)

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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.

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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.

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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! :)

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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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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Discounts for the 1DX for Christmas?
« on: July 12, 2012, 12:50:40 PM »
Since it was possible to purchase the 1d Mark IV on several online shops, I expect the 1D X will end up there as well. The question is only when.

I expect prices will be more or less the same. Comparing previous 1-series and current 5-series pricing in shops I have seen there is much more variation in 5-series prices as Canon won't be controllng prices so much as with a 1-series body.

Well, the 1D Mark IV hardly, if anything, dropped in price whatsoever.  You can still buy a new one for $5k.  The 1Ds III only dropped $1200 new since 2007.  I don't think you'll see any drop in price of the 1DX for at least 3 years.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Cancelled 1dx pre order.
« on: July 12, 2012, 12:48:07 PM »
Good analysis except I'd keep my 5D Mark III in a year, and sell the 1D4 and 7D. 

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

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One way to win customers
« on: July 12, 2012, 12:43:02 PM »
What, the 70-200L II IS lens/5D Mark III or the 300 f/2.8L IS/5D Mark III?  8)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Cancelled 1dx pre order.
« on: July 12, 2012, 11:06:10 AM »
I believe the AA filter on the 5D Mark III is quite strong as well.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Cancelled 1dx pre order.
« on: July 12, 2012, 10:03:08 AM »
Then there is the ISO comparison on a color chart in the same review. The noise level looks SAME to ME at high ISO.

IMO, the difference becomes apparent at ISO 3200, and the 1D X becomes progressively better than the 5DIII at ISO 6400 and beyond.

Yes.  Which is exactly why I'm getting a 1DX and owning two 5D Mark III's.  If the 1DX proves to be much, much better, I'll sell one 5D Mark III, save money, and buy another 1DX or if there is a newer camera out above the 5D Mark III I'll look at getting that.  High ISO is paramount for indoor sports and for what I do it would be quite idiotic to NOT own a 1DX.  Granted I don't shoot above ISO 2000 at weddings because of flash, you don't get the flash advantage in a lot of indoor situations, namely sports.  I can't stress that enough.

I will also add that if you do get a 5D Mark III, the IQ is stunning, resolution is fantastic, and you can auto ISO in manual mode at all ISO values.  I will always have a 5D Mark III in my bag after having used it for a few months.  I've been meaning to post some photos recently because it's so easy to talk on here and wanted to show that yes, I'm actually doing something :)

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