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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS USM
« on: February 06, 2012, 10:57:03 AM »
Right! Since Canon and Nikon refuse to implement in-camera IS, and tout the "vastly superior" in-lens version, you really have to cry foul when they leave it out of any lens design, save maybe the widest of angles.

For composition purposes is it vastly superior.

And at 24mm and 28mm there is no reason for IS at all. I have no problem at all buying a non-IS lens that is below 100mm. Now I suppose I'll hear from the video people about that.

No reason for IS at 24? Really? Why do you think it is in the 24-105? The 17-50?

IS is really quite helpful even at wider focal lengths. To be sure, not the same as at 600mm, but, still helpful.

Canon General / Re: $5000 gear spree exercize
« on: February 05, 2012, 11:56:59 PM »
$5000 to vegas, triple it to $15000, and hope that that's enough for the 200-400 f/4 once it's released...

NICE! I don't believe in gambling, so I'm going to rob bank instead and spy for the Russians...

I'm mainly a wildlife and action photographer, so I don't mind being the favourite child!

Just kidding. Actually, as many have said, Canon has many wonderful things. Nikon people grumbled loudly when Canon invented the 5DII and even the 7D that they had nothing like it available.

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. On the german side of the lens fence, it costs a pile more, has no autofocus OR IS....

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot Announcements February 7, 2012 [CR2]
« on: February 05, 2012, 02:58:41 PM »
The D10 wasn't an oddity! It was awesomeness in an awesome blue oddly-shaped box! And waterproof to pretty deep! I have awesome pictures from a coral reef in the keys I used it to get pictures of. The only problem with it was the maddening shutter lag (compared to a 7D...)... I am spoiled. I need to shut up and pony over for the ikelite housing...

F8 AF would be wonderful beyond belief!

300 2.8 + 2x TC + 1.4x TC = 840 F8!!!

I once paired my old 300 f4 with a 1.4 xTC + an old quantaray 2x TC (extremely poor image quality... but...). I was able to get pictures with it which were way way better than I would have without it. 420 5.6 doesn't really extract a blue heron from the background when it is quite distant. However, a 840 f11 (!) will do a great job rendering the background out of focus. Hopefully, at some point, I can find those photos...

Canon General / Re: $5000 gear spree exercize
« on: February 04, 2012, 11:20:25 PM »
600 F4.


Hmmm... can I have an extra five thousand, and then a little extra?


EOS Bodies / Re: A guy used 1DX yesterday in Germany!!
« on: February 04, 2012, 11:15:47 PM »
As a 1DsIII user, the 1Dx isn't the upgrade I was looking for. My next body will be a 5D3 or D800, so the specs of those two bodies are all that I care about. The 5D3 probably won't be released until after the 1Dx, so that's the only reason I care about when the latter hits the market.
To be sure, it wasn't the camera I was looking for either. I think combining the 1D line was a huge mistake. I mean, isn't one of the main reasons they kept the camera at 18MP was to be able to shoot so quickly? Wouldn't a lot of studio photographers been a lot happier if they could have shot at half the speed but with much bigger images?

I hate it when somebody tells me "you don't need anything more than 18MP." I have heard that a lot. How do they know what I need? When working with a model, I certainly need 27MP much more than double digit frames per second. I was kind of hoping the new 1D would rival medium format. When I'm shooting sports I don't want full frame. It's an impressive camera, but I really think they only people it's perfect for would be like National Geographic photographers and certain kinds of sports on smaller fields/courts. It's just the wrong camera for me and a lot of others, as well, even though it has a lot of really sexy features.

Are was allowed to admit this?  :D  Will Canon revoke my membership? 
I agree completely.  I want more MP than my 5DII for studio and general photography.  And the crop factor on my 7D is much appreciated when I shoot sports, or nature.

Well-said! I love the 1.6 on the 7D. I couldn't imagine losing the reach.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 03, 2012, 06:23:55 PM »

A sea gull on Fort Lauderdale Beach...

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: 400 f/4, 300 f/4, 200 f/5.6
« on: February 03, 2012, 06:22:14 PM »
No one will be able to use the 200mm f/5.6 with a 1.4x extender on a Canon 1DX!!!      >:(

HAR HAR!!!!  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: 400 f/4, 300 f/4, 200 f/5.6
« on: February 03, 2012, 06:20:06 PM »
A 400 f/4 L IS and weather sealed would be a dream and an instant favorite lens for numbers of wildlife photographers if the price is correct (i bet between 2500 and 3000$)...

If  one of the 300 f/4 L IS II weather sealed or the 400 f/4 L IS is due to be produced this year i'll be a buyer for sure !

The front element of a 400 f4 would be nearly the same size as the front element of the 300 2.8 (they share the same hood and cover). As such, I doubt it will go for under 5000-6000 bucks...

Still, would be a nice lens... maybe they will make the 7D mk II to AF with f8 lenses...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: King Cobra vs. Wimberly
« on: February 03, 2012, 03:14:40 AM »
Thanks guys! I went and got the Wimberly Sidemount. I realized that I could either pony up for it, or buy a cheaper one then pony up for the expensive one later...  ;D

Canon General / Re: Should photographers hibernate?
« on: February 03, 2012, 02:59:41 AM »
I love taking pictures. I have only recently gotten a DSLR (about 3 years ago). But I have always loved taking pictures. My life is filled with frustration and boredom (work) but there is always photography.

But, obviously it's winter time here. Unfortunately I live in the southern US which means winter typically lacks beauty and just looks depressing. There is no pretty snow or ice to photograph here, everything is just dead. The maple tree in my front yard looks a bit like Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree. The grass is dead, the trees are dead, the leaves on the ground are dead and rotting. Adding to that is the unseasonable warmth this year. The high yesterday was 69F.

Now, normally I would be all for getting outside and photographing some of these dead things. I think I could manage to pull something good out of the winter death. But there is another problem with winter: the sun. It's basically completely down by the time I get off work. So there is not much time to go on a walk. In fact by the time I drive to my house it's dark. Last week I did manage to get my EOS-3 out and shoot at a beautiful local university campus (they actually have winter grass so it's green). But I only had ISO400 film and it quickly got too dark.

So, I guess I'm just sitting here at work staring at my camera bag wondering what you guys do in the winter. I haven't had a photo session in a few weeks and I'm getting a little antsy I guess.

What are some tips? What do you shoot in the winter? Do you live in a place with a pretty winter or do you have to make do?

Should I just take a long nap until spring?

Glory in the dearth. Use the grimness to make striking monochromatic like images. Look for lines and shapes. Showcase the empty limbs of the trees.

Believe me, it is a blessing to be where trees lose leaves at times... here in Florida, I only have the opportunity for those shots I mentioned with the Bald Cypress trees...

Lenses / Re: Upgrade choices- full frame; wide prime or zoom; 135f/2
« on: February 02, 2012, 12:46:02 PM »
Get a 7D and use the savings on a 70-200 2.8!

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D X or Mark III Specs & Release Date? [CR1]
« on: February 02, 2012, 10:08:33 AM »
These rumored specs seems too good to be true for $2700 (like others have said), considering that things like AF is the same as the 1Dx (more then twice the price) and pretty high frame rate.

And speaking of frame rate, the 1Dx uses 2 Digic 5+ processors. At 12 fps at 18MP= 216MP/sec. Scaling that to a 22 MP sensor, Dual Digic 5+ would be able to move 22MP at nearly 10fts.
One Digic 5+ would maybe do 5fts at 22MP??

So unless the 5d mk3/mkx has dual Digic 5+, I don't see how it can do 6.9fps.
On a single Digic 5+ CPU I can believe anything roughly under 5fps

I am assuming that the 12fps the 1Dx does is limited by data throughput, but the limitation could be mechanical (mirror movement), in which case the upper limit of throughput is below 12fps at 18MP, otherwise Canon would have used just one in the 1Dx.

Indeed! It may be a little early, but I am going to call shenanigans on this rumor.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D X or Mark III Specs & Release Date? [CR1]
« on: February 02, 2012, 09:55:53 AM »
If they kill the 7D mk II, they will have my limitless rage! :'( Or sorrow.

Seriously though, they had better not kill the 7D line off!

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