You can have fun with panoramas.... the cats were moving around as I tried to shoot the inside of the gazebo... and appear in multiple places... and the distortion of the roof beams is incredible!
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I always shoot RAW+Jpeg. RAW for archival and the jpegs are for those time when I need to share photos right away. Most of the time, the jpegs just go into the trash. I shot a convention once and got lazy and used the jpegs instead of processing the RAWs. I don't know what I was thinking. There isn't a camera in existence that can process files better than I can and I'm a noob. I don't care if it takes me a week to process them, the flexibility of the RAW lets poor photographers, like myself, recover from mistakes in exposure and WB. I process each file individually instead of syncing in order to practice my LR skills. It can be a pain though :p I just don't see the value in spending $2000 for a camera body and then shooting in less than the highest setting.
I know it needs replacement to compete, but I thought that Canon was swamped in their production of really big fluorite elements and that was the reason for slow delivery times for the 200-400.... I sort of thought that it would be coming in a year or two... once production caught up... with the remote possibility of it having the built-in extender like the 200-400. That would certainly be a "big announcement"...... but until they catch up on the 200-400's I would expect the 100-400F5.6 and the 400F5.6, with their somewhat smaller optics and much higher sales numbers, to be more likely...The 800 has only been out for 5 years. The 300, 400, 500, and 600 version IIs replaced lenses that were introduced twelve years earlier. I don't think there will be an update of the 800 terribly soon.
I'm not sure I agree. The 600 II really obviates the 800L - the 600 II + 1.4xIII gives 840mm f/5.6 that's lighter and cheaper, and still delivers better IQ. Same for the 600 II + 2x vs. 800L + 1.4x.
There are good reasons that Art Morris sold his 800L and now uses the 600 II instead, and I really can't imagine Canon is selling many (any?) 800's any more.
Add to that the fact that Nikon is launching an 800/5.6 with fluorite and some very impressive MTF curves.
These big lenses are tough and expensive to design - but Canon has shown no reluctance to pass those costs on to customers (and the price of the Nikon 800mm gives Canon plenty of headroom on price).
It may be a while before we see an 800 actually available, but I expect they'll at least announce its development (and likely avoid mentioning a release time frame, they don't need more egg on their faces!)
I thought the 800 was older than that.... so I looked it up... 2008... You are right, it probably isn't going to be updated soon.An awful lot of the "Big Whites" have been upgraded to version II with incredible optics.... but not the 800F5.6 or the 400F5.6. Both are long overdue. Also, the 100-400F5.6 is long overdue for an upgrade. If I had to rate in terms of probability, i'd say 800F5.6, 100-400, 400F5.6...
The 800 has only been out for 5 years. The 300, 400, 500, and 600 version IIs replaced lenses that were introduced twelve years earlier. I don't think there will be an update of the 800 terribly soon.
The 400 f/5.6, the 300 f/4 and the 100-400 are from 1993, 1997 & 1998, respectively, and all need to be refreshed, if for nothing else than IS & AF updates.
The gear does matter after all......Of course gear matters.... take a 800F5.6, a 600F4, a 500F4, 4002.8, and a 200-400F4.... use the boxes they come in, and you can make a life-raft....
Kind of like this but with something a little more edible!I'd be the guy with the coffee.....
I can't help but think that this would make an epic food fight if we were all in one room with copious amounts of colorful pudding to fling...
Thank goodness for weathersealed bodies and lenses!
I will 2nd or 3rd the guess for a new 800mm. Sales of those must be pretty stagnant since the 600mm f/4L IS II came out. I know I sold mine in favor of the new 600mm II. Very few wildlife photogs are going to pay more for an 800mm, when the 600mm + 1.4x III renders more focal length (840mm) and has better image quality. Plus I can put the 2x III on there and have a very usable 1200mm f/8 lens.+1
Nikon has come out with their new 800mm lens, so Canon must answer.
That's my logic at least...I'd say it would need to be f/4 or be f/5.6 and much lighter in weight than the 600mm II to get some interest.
Every time anybody says anything about sensors there is the same crew which goes absolutely crazy. It is a never ending argument which cannot be won, But everybody seems ready to try, hence the comments about popcorn and beverage of choice...Wow! I am new to this forum and I have two comments.
1. You all have way too much time on your hands. If you need something to do, I have lots of projects that need getting done.
2. I am surprised to see Nixon users on a Canon forum. What's with that? Shouldn't you be on a Nixon forum or something?
This thread has really turned me off to this forum.
Might I suggest you go look at the images section of the forum... there are some absolutely fantastic images there and it is both a great source of inspiration and a place to ask questions. It has helped many of us to become better photographers.... and the images are taken with everything from p/s cameras to $15,000 lens/body combo...
Thanks Don. I will be spending my time on that thread. I didn't mean to be rude, I was just very surprised.
For what it's worth, the 70D will be my upgrade from my Rebel.