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Lenses / Re: Realistic wish lens
« on: October 27, 2011, 01:20:48 AM »
For me, 20-135 f4 L IS. Just a might wider, and a mudge longer than my 24-105... f2.8 would be nice, though not throughly necessary. I wouldnay mind the weight or size (I'm big...). Though I would be satisfied with f4...

Also, Canon 100-300 f4. Sigma once made one, and it was wonderful! Maybe make that 70-300 f4... make it EF-S and we'll call it a day!

And, I'll second that 11 f2 ,,, (maybe I just shutmeself up and go pony up for the tokina 11-16 2.8...)

And, a 50-150 f2 IS...

Lenses / Re: The price 300mm 2.8 IS--is just greed--maybe?
« on: October 25, 2011, 08:28:52 PM »
Ahhh... the 70-300... my favourite lens before I got my 300 F4 (which was my favourite before I got my 300 2.8)! There are always a lot of 7X-300s for sale on ebay, so it would seem a lot of them have sold over the years...

I like megapixels. The more the merrier! But, I have reasons for liking them... Usually, my subject of choice, birds in flight, don't fill the frame, and often don't even come close to filling it...

The more the merrier! And hand me that stack of hard drives...

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D mrk. II
« on: October 25, 2011, 09:15:51 AM »
Am bracing for the shift. Know it is coming. Mark II will cost more. But, I'm head-over-heals with the 7D, so no longer is my will free to exercise judgment and skip an iteration....

Lenses / Re: The price 300mm 2.8 IS--is just greed--maybe?
« on: October 25, 2011, 09:13:13 AM »
ALL my 300 2.8 pictures are hand-held. I use my tripod for other things. But not for interrupting my speed of use with my supertelephoto lens! Yes, it hurt at first. No, I'm not going to be using a tripod... (yes, I do have a good tripod!)

But all that said, in about 10 years, I am going to drop the 7 or 8 or 9 or whatever thousand for the Mark II. I already have the Mark I, and am sure it will last that long and longer. The 300 2.8 Mark I is great, frankly, a lens beyond my comprehension for goodness!

That being said, I'm wondering what the OP's point is - perhaps, the 300 2.8 should be cheaper? And who are these mysteriously wealthy lawyers, doctors, and engineers he knows? Could he introduce them to me?  ;D Maybe they could get me a 1DX for Christmas, with a 600 f4 kit lens!  :D

Anyway, I don't mind Canon charging a hoard for gear; they have to make money too... I wish it were cheaper, but I also wish I had a free Bacon dispenser in my living room...

If the OP wants to boycott Canon, he may feel free to, though I don't think it will do much to them... As for the professional photographers, I think this forum is kind of loaded with them and their little brothers, the semi-pros (slave by day, artist by night...)... I myself being a part-time money maker, I do feel that remark to be rather inconsiderate...

Software & Accessories / Re: To HDR or Not To HDR
« on: October 23, 2011, 11:04:35 PM »
My HDR is a ND grad, the thing which screws on the front of a lens... Sadly, when I tried to check the local camera stores for them (Fort Lauderdale area), NONE of the attendants knew what they were...

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D mrk. II
« on: October 23, 2011, 11:00:13 PM »
Hoping the max ISO climbs... and the mega pixels a bit higher too!

I will try to keep my gear greed to a minimum when they start to announce it, but, probably I'll fail and jump headlong onto the pre-order bad wagon! (Yes, I love my 7D's that well!)

EOS Bodies / Re: The EOS-1D X & f/8
« on: October 23, 2011, 10:57:16 PM »
no focus at f8, wow this is a step back.

Yup. Hard to slice this any differently. Even Westfall, a Canon rep can't explain away this backward step (the other being the MP downgrade, despite the better explanations for that decision).

I bet poor Chuck feels bad about this!

EOS Bodies / Re: The EOS-1D X & f/8
« on: October 22, 2011, 02:37:47 PM »
Chuck's answer seems like a cop-out to me... Many are the times before I got my 300 2.8 I wished that my 300 f4 would autofocus with the TC 2x (and the taping trick never would work!).

The exchange Canon offered here (more AF points and what-not) just doesn't seem to cut it...

EOS Bodies / Re: Light Field camera - Is this a revolution?
« on: October 21, 2011, 08:59:23 AM »
No, I don't think so... the computing power required for a "real" sized image from a "real" sized sensor would be ludicrous....

Besides, I looked at their website image gallery yesterda: Dismal IQ. Very not sharp. Colors look flat. Bokeh not too good. And the arrogance of their you-can-only-process-this-through-us policy throughly rankled me!

This is a gimmilck, to be toyed with by the unwashen masses....

EOS Bodies / Re: Speculation on new Canon lineup.
« on: October 21, 2011, 08:54:41 AM »
7D mk II: 20-24 mp, 10 fps, ISO 102,400... ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Do You want a 1.3x sensor 7D-like camera?
« on: October 20, 2011, 01:54:56 AM »
I like my 1.6 crop! No, am not interested in a 1.3x:

1. My 300 3.8 becomes shorter...

2. My Sigma 10-20 would still mount, but would only become useless at the wide end (I've mounted it to an old film rebel; it vignettes severely at 10!)

And, all my lenses would get worse in the corners. So, no...

And Canon had better not be thinking of making the 7D mark II the next ASP-H camera!  >:( If they do, I'll stick with my 2 7D's and dream of the olden days...  :'(

EOS Bodies / Re: The New EOS [CR3]
« on: October 17, 2011, 09:53:54 PM »
I cannot wait!!! ;D Wait a minute... I don't know when I'll be able to afford it...  :'(

On a serious note, I hope the technology trickles down to the 7D mkII soon... And hopefully a few more megapixels! (Songbirds are never big enough...)

EOS Bodies / Re: The True Cost of 36mps'
« on: October 12, 2011, 03:57:37 PM »
I'd love a good 36 mp in my 7D mkII! Taking bird pictures, I usually crop most images...

United States / Photography is Terrorism?
« on: October 11, 2011, 08:48:26 AM »
Here is a link to a news article about a man in Scotland who was banned from a mall because he took two pictures of his daughter with his cell phone camera:

Living here in the USA, I am glad things aren't to this point yet, at least not where I am from... but that somewhat-related post I saw earlier about possible mandatory shutter noises in cell phone cameras could be heading this sort of way, maybe?

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