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At this point in time i would stay with nikon, as others have pointed out the 5D is pretty dated and a d7000 or 7100 would probably better as you wont have to buy new glass. If you want full frame, try a D700? That's meant to be an excellent camera and you may be able to use some of your lenses on it, not sure though.

Lenses / Re: Which setup would you have?
« on: October 29, 2013, 07:56:52 AM »
Right now I am going to buy the 70-300 VC, I then will buy a prime(s) down the line...

I'll update the thread on how the performance is this Friday!

I think all of us said that f/2.8 is a minimum.  F/2 is better.  Do you really think more reach and less light is the right decision?
Well, at what I can afford right now....yes.  :-[

I can guarantee that you'll be back a week after buying the slow telezoom asking 'what now?'

Save yourself that week, and save yourself the money you'll chuck away.   I don't have shares in canon so my only interest here is stopping a fellow 'tog making the mistakes I once made.

+100. I hate spending money on stuff but eventually learned that getting quality gear will save you more money in the end. The tamron will end up on ebay and you'll be down $100.

Lighting / Re: Time for a silly question...
« on: October 29, 2013, 07:13:15 AM »
On my lights, the receiver is built in to the power cable and attached with a quarter inch jack into the light. The trigger then sits on my hot-shoe. If your set up is the same I think it would work with the bowers but i'm not familiar with the skyport system. On the other hand theres no disadvantage I can think of for using the bowen as as slave, it's probably the way to go until you build up your bowens kit a bit.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony A7 or A7R pre-order list
« on: October 17, 2013, 06:15:05 AM »
Not on the pre-order list but I was going to purchase a 6D next year, I think A7 has replaced the this plan now. The A7 has generally better specs, more features [crop mode, swivel screen],most probably a better sensor and it'll probably be cheaper when I get it. It'll be great for a the studio and landscape/travel stuff.  Yeah, there's a lack of lenses but it's a new system, what do people expect? I can always use an adaptor to plug any holes until they get more lenses out, I'm not one for huge lens collections anyway as I don't do a wide variety of photography.
I don't see the A7 or A7R replacing pro wedding/sports togs gear anytime soon but I think they'll make great waves in the prosumer market! 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Lens Today
« on: October 14, 2013, 02:50:47 PM »
The D7100 sounds like the way to go, it'd be a great wildlife set up with that lens. Or you could temporally move to Nikon rumours and await news of the D400   ;D

The person I bought the D300s from said his D7100 was not suitable for wildlife and was poor at tracking.  He has several Nikon bodies and uses his D800 which is good at tracking.  Do you use a D7100 to track BIF?
I seriously doubt if we will see a D400 soon, and certainly not for what I paid for the D300S, which I think was a very good price.
I'll probably sell the 200-400 eventually, but I do buy lenses locally on craigslist when the price is right, then play with them a while and keep the best ones if I find myself using them.  I have a old Nikon Film body (several actually), but none of them was really suitable for a really nice lens.
I'll keep the D300s and use it as a 2nd camera to my 5D MK III.  I might then sell my old 40D.
I'v used it for an event, and thought it was pretty snappy, good accuracy too. Didn't use it for BIF though and I guess thats the ultimate test for an af system. Congrats on the D300s tho, looks like a great camera!

EOS Bodies / Re: Reactions, Pros and Cons, and Results to the 70D
« on: October 13, 2013, 06:13:26 AM »

40D is still my favorite Canon, 60D is very good too, but from what I've seen of the 70D you will likely find it a very pleasing upgrade from the 40D in most ways except for a few ergonomic differences.
Good call! The 40D is my favourite too, in fact I'm having a hard time upgrading because I want a camera with the same/similar ergonomics and that only leaves the 7d and 5dmkkiii. I would love a 5dmkiii but it's too much camera for what I do and the 7D is pretty old now, awesome but old.

Canon General / Re: UK lens price increases
« on: October 12, 2013, 10:29:20 AM »
Rebates are still on tho. Calumet did a double rebate offer a few weeks ago, which matched the canon rebate. So for example the 100mm l 2.8 macro was about £560, the lowest I'v ever seen it! I nearly had it but didn't really want to rush in to it, didn't know how much i'd use it really. Prices on Digitalrev are still pretty good tho, they have the 70D with 18-55 for £850, thats about £350 less than UK sites.

Sigma.........YOU ROCK!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Lens Today
« on: October 10, 2013, 05:47:18 AM »
The D7100 sounds like the way to go, it'd be a great wildlife set up with that lens. Or you could temporally move to Nikon rumours and await news of the D400   ;D

I don't think the 24-105 is a good walkaround option on crop, remember it's around 38m on crop at the widest which is not all that great for landscapes. Not used that sigma lens but I have used a Tamron 17-50 2.8 vc that was very good for the price, they do a version without VC for even cheaper I think. Theres some good write ups for both on the web.

Landscape / Re: First landscape submitted for critique
« on: October 03, 2013, 03:48:33 AM »
It's got a really unique moody feel to it, quite a change from the usual landscape style you see. I like it, would have been great if the rays of light would have been stronger but thats out of your control.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: September 13, 2013, 05:55:21 AM »
... and it's not like adding a real usm would be a large cost burden, it's just that Canon keeps making profit with this dinosaur version so why rock the boat and threaten the 50/1.2 sales?
+2.  It's the AF that's only keeping it from being the best 50mm from Canon at least from the IQ perspective.
+3 I hope Sigma rocks the boat so hard, it tips over!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon goes Medium Format?
« on: September 12, 2013, 06:28:22 AM »
The race is on! I doubt the MF market could support 2 new players, so it would be a question of who provides first. I'm still unsure on wether it's a good market to get into anyway, sure you can sell the gear for a premium but how many are buying? Some MF shooters might even consider 'downgrading' to FF once we start seeing 50+ mp?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New iPhone: Final Nail in the Coffin
« on: September 12, 2013, 04:52:29 AM »
It seems like pretty much everyone agrees that smartphones will eventually replace p&s. I think DSLR's have stood the test of time and will continue to do so until some RADICAL sensor/lens tech comes along. Although I do think that the market may shrink a bit as more photographers/people decide the iq is good enough for them

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony's new little cameras
« on: September 07, 2013, 07:42:56 AM »
While I don't even have a smart phone, its always good to see innovation.  The problem is that 90% of Sony's new ideas just don't fly.  They do seem to be out of touch.  Once in a great while, they hit a home run.

Yeah, they're definitely doing the most interesting stuff with regards to photography gear: slt's, xr1, possibly ff mirror less, but they do seem to trying to create markets out of nowhere and this tactic seems a bit desperate at times.

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