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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS C300 Price Drop Already? [CR1]
« on: November 25, 2011, 11:52:33 AM »
Reminds me of the Sigma camera they were selling for 9,000 then dropped to about 6,000...

Lenses / Re: Lets define 'Tack Sharp'
« on: November 24, 2011, 02:38:02 AM »
An image is only sharp if taken with an L lens on a 1D camera. Nothing else can ever be sharp, no matter what.

Actually, I am not terribly certain why many worry themselves with the mystical sharpness beast. With decent glass, you should't be too troubled... I have no idea why you are looking at your image at 200%, but that's what's amusing to you...  ;D

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Speedlite 680EX - Details and Release
« on: November 23, 2011, 04:19:26 PM »
It will probably not be here for a very long while....

That being said... I'm still hoping that Photokina will bring a 7D mk II with all the mystical features I dream of...

And, maybe also a Canon 85-300 F4... Much like this one...


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: KatzEye Focusing Screen
« on: November 23, 2011, 04:13:52 PM »
My Spotmatic has one of those screens... I love it!!!

EOS Bodies / Re: Help! I'm impatient!
« on: November 21, 2011, 02:25:59 AM »
I've been getting really unhappy with the low-light performance of my 60D and then I tried someone's 5d2. I am ruined.

Get a grip! (not a battery grip...) The 5DII may offer marginally better low light performance than your 60D, but the difference isn't radical.

You have got a very good camera. Unless it's making money for you, it's an expensive purchase. It was a good choice. Love your 60D.   

Understand its strengths & weaknesses and get on with taking great photos. Your 60D is still a better camera in most respects than anyone on the planet had just a few years ago.

Paul Wright

Exactly what he said!!! Moreover, when you get the 5dII you'll be missing the autofocus and the reach of your lenses. What are you trying to get pictures of, anyway? Likely, your problem really is poor technique, way unrealistic expectations, and perhaps a but your slow glass. Use what you have, be thankful for it, and maybe get a sigma 30 1.4 and a 85 1.8. Those will help you a lot.

I use a 7D, same low light performance, and I have no problems. Careful noise reduction and sharpening practices help for ISO 6400. 3200 is not too bad... 1600 and better is amazing for nearly any uses! Really, 1600 does way better than my ISO 200 film sitting in my freezer...

But what is your low light performance issue? Slow AF? Too much noise? Are you viewing images at 100% and raging? Dig out a film camera, shoot some 1600 TMAX, and see the difference! (Not that there;s anything wrong with TMAX!!! ;D )

Lenses / Re: Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 OS for action sports
« on: November 21, 2011, 02:17:54 AM »
Go to youtube there's some reviews of it. Seems pretty good but there isn't any serious test for the moment on the net..

But I hate video reviews! And video tutorials. Seems Largely to be the lazy way... Even still, the 120-300 is intriguing!

Hmmm... OP's post got removed... spamming, I see!!! Anyway, my brother told me that smart phones "take better pictures" than my XSI (which I no longer use, because of my 7D). I explained shallow DOF, ISO... he remained a little clueless, but began to get it, onst I removed the advertising veil from his eyes...

Tiny sensors cannot beat ASP-C. They will never get there!!!

Lenses / Re: ? on why Canon ignored...
« on: November 16, 2011, 10:30:46 PM »
There is a complicating factor here that needs to be acknowledged: with Canon abandoning the APS-H sensor, no one knows what direction they will go in the future to meet the demands of photographers who relied on the extra reach of the 1.3 crop factor of the 1D.

For now, Canon seems to be playing some games with that customer base (promoting "up sampling" for example as a viable alternative to greater resolution). I think they will be watching that market very closely to see if some of these photographers migrate to the 7D, possibly as a second body.

The 7D might not be as indestructible as the 1D series, but it is does have a robust build and could certainly hold its own under most conditions. My own sense is that there may not be enough room in the marketplace for a APS-C body significantly above the 7D. However, I am not privy to Canon's manufacturing costs, so I don't know if it would be cost effective to offer a bombproof, one-piece gripped 7D X version. At a minimum, a 7DII that inherits enough key features of the 1DX to make it attractive to professionals, while still affordable for enthusiasts is plausible.

If there is anything we've learned from Canon over the past two months, it is that past behavior is not an accurate predictor of future behavior. Canon has demonstrated that they are unafraid to take new and unpredictable paths.

THANK YOU, at least someone understands my point with the 7D! yes, its not labeled a 1D camera, but one doesnt have to look too far in the past to see how it outperforms the 1D series of the past. The thing is a beast.

Maybe the roadmap for the 7Dii contains the 1Dx sensor and the 60D becomes the successor to the 7D and the rebel becomes the new 70D... why not push everything up a notch and leave the sub-$1000 market to the 4/3 and point and shoot market? besides, the iphone is the number 1 most used camera reported on flickr... how many people are going to buy a cheap dslr over a free, highly capable point and shoot that comes with their iphone?

besides, I think several days ago CR posted a slide of Canon's roadmap and I didnt see any DSLR on the "consumer" side

what is "up sampling" anyways?

They had better not switch the 7D sensor!!! I'll... I'll switch to Pentax!!!  ;D

Hear me, Oh hear me, o ye Canon engineers: leave that ASP-C alone! Do not bloat it! I would be heartily enraged to have my glass shortened and my corners worsened...

Lenses / Re: ? on why Canon ignored...
« on: November 16, 2011, 10:17:13 PM »
Why would anyone want the 7D to be a 1dmk4?

That's like trying to make your youngest son act like the oldest! Just not cool!

Lenses / Re: 300mm F4L IS
« on: November 16, 2011, 10:11:42 PM »
It's a kicking lens! It is the second best lens ever (in some ways...)! Especially with a 7D, this is a amazing lens I have used mightily, and love it!

Lenses / Re: Minimalist photography
« on: November 14, 2011, 01:23:13 PM »
I am not a minimalist. When in full mode for wildlife and nature, I've got two 7Ds, a 10-20, a 24-105, 70-200 2.8, 180 3.5, and a 300 2.8, and usually a 50 1.4 and 30 1.4 tossed in for good measure, as well as a flash, and maybe even my tripod if I think I need it.

I think minimalism is a mindset and method which works best for some people and uses. I've done minimalism (for differing reasons, usually mountaining or something broke...), but I prefer to have all my options available.

However, if I am going out to town, or being with friends, I usually bring as my point and shoot, if you will, my 7D with either 24-105 or 50 1.4 (or sometimes 30 1.4 now that my 50 is having issues...)

Maybe they did it on purpose to get free publicity in the rumor forum world...

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS "Soonish" [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2011, 01:15:49 PM »
Will it take the 1.4x or 2x extenders?

If it would take a 1.4x AND they'd release a high-pixel-density 1.6-crop body (i.e. 7D Mark II) that could focus at f/8, Canon might get several thousand of my dollars.

Agreed. 21-24 mpx 1.6 crop, 8 fps 7D2 paired with this lens would make a great kit.

In times past, I spurned the 100-400 in favour of a 300 f4; perhaps, I may look to this in the future. I now have a 300 2.8, which I use extensively, but a 100-400 would be nice for a second camera...

Canon General / Re: Birders don't use Canons?
« on: November 13, 2011, 04:12:12 PM »
Here is South Florida, I frequently go to the Everglades for photography. There are usually a lot of serious bird photographers, nearly all of them use Canon. The masses use a mixture of lenses and cameras, but the serious shooters all use Canon with almost no exception. The ratio is probably more than 15:1 Canon to Nikon.

Lenses / Re: Changing lenses quickly or safely in the field
« on: November 09, 2011, 12:14:08 PM »
I take a lens off, hold it between my legs, and place the new lens on, then replace the rear cap, and put it back to wherever it got it from. Usually, I reserve this method for my larger lenses. My smaller lenses I hold in the crook of my arm as I pop them about.

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