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PowerShot / Re: Canon to Leave the Entry Level Point & Shoot Market?
« on: February 24, 2014, 05:25:27 PM »
That makes good sense. Good move.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Help: Amateur upgrade from a t2i to....
« on: February 23, 2014, 11:44:26 PM »
I think the best utilitarian camera out there other than the 1DX is the Canon 5D MKIII. IMO, in real world practice, it only lacks the FPS of the 1DX. Having a dedicated processor is nice on the AE on the 1DX. But unless you are thinking of going full time pro, I don't the think the 1DX is really necessary. The 1DX is really good long-term investment though.

Except for the Sigma 50, I say sell your other lenses and get a good 24-70mm f2.8 and 70-200mm f2.8. With a great set of these, you can do just about any kind of photography with them. Unless you are positive you want to go prime lens. But you already have the Sigma 50 and that can be used for lots of things.

I just rented the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM and thought it was spectacular. It's almost as sharp as my Zeiss 50mm f1.4 and the bokeh might be better. You can go used/new for $800/$900. The only problem I have with it is that it's not weather sealed. But the Canon 24-70L is 2.5x more. Unless you can get the older version which is supposed to be almost as good. And less than half the price used. If you can find one for sale   ;) Those puppies are gold.

I'm sure you know how awesome the Canon 70-200's are.  :o People use those for sports, portraits, weddings. Lots. The MKII version is so bad-ass and an excellent long-term investment. If you can get one on sale, it's not hugely more expensive than the MKI version.

So at sale prices and money from the sale of those two lenses, that should give you a few hundred dollars left. Maybe buy a Phottix Mitros+ flash gun? Hopefully you have a sufficient camera bag. Maybe 'borrow' one of your school lenses for a backup  ;D

After testing the new Sigma 24-70mm, I'm really excited about what Sigma is doing. Okay, the Canon 24-70L might be sharper. But worth 3x the price. I doubt it.

I love the high contrast, sharpness and bokeh of my Zeiss 50mm. But up until the Otus, it was also one of the most expensive. I'm happy that there some very worthy comparable brands and competitive pricing.

Lighting / PocketWizard Layoffs
« on: February 18, 2014, 07:16:14 PM »
PocketWizard is restructuring.  More news...

Lenses / Re: 50mm upgrade or 85mm coverage?
« on: February 16, 2014, 07:22:57 PM »
The new Sigma 50mm is supposed to be rockin'. And it's about $300 less than the Canon 50mm f1.2.

But I don't think I've seen you or anyone ask 'What do you shoot?' or "Which lens do you use most often?"

I LOVE my Zeiss 50mm and it's the pick up truck of lenses. Very utilitarian focal length. As long as you don't get too close for portraits, those types of shots are very pleasing.

But 85mm is the defacto portrait lens. But it's not so great for street and landscape photography.

I say, if you use one of your lenses much more than the others, upgrade that to the best you can. But if you currently use all your lenses about the same amount of time, then maybe the 85mm would be the next lens.

EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: February 14, 2014, 01:40:17 AM »
Somehow I bumped into a rumor of the Nikon D4s and though "This is my perfect camera!" FF, 24MP, 10FPS. Well, only in specs because Nikon ergos and UI don't work for me. But that's a sweet camera in specs. The D4 is a nice camera too.

I wish Canon would come out with something that exciting. The 1Dx last did it for me. The 5D MKIII just missed the boat a bit. If you don't need the much improved AF, you don't need an upgrade. And the older version is already 3 or so years old. It's sad.

The G1x MKII is a $400 - $450 camera. I hope no one has their career riding on sales of that camera. Give me the EOS-M anytime.

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 12, 2014, 01:14:14 AM »
The Mk2 is more consequent in its features.
I didnt like the optical viewfinder because it was too small. A halfway solution, and made it bulky.
No increasing number of pixels, another good point.
How does it look?
Absolutely dont care.
I own a Sony RX100; I like its small size and superb IQ.
The 1GX offers more, so it is bigger.

@ flash: hm. When I use all this extra gear it makes no difference if I carry my 1 or 5D.

Price: $ 600 in a few months will be the fair price for it.

Thanks for reading!

At $600 it would definitely be a better deal. But the sensor size just kills me. When I can get a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 for $300 or Canon G16 for $450...  Don't know if it's worthwhile.

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 11, 2014, 10:51:19 AM »
On one hand, I like the camera. But if the price is still in the $700 - $800 range, I think it's too expensive without without a bigger sensor. I'd rather go EOS-M...

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EF 50mm f/1.8 II $99
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:42:26 PM »
I'd consider buying one of these little guys.   :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 24-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS
« on: February 09, 2014, 10:00:58 PM »
At first I thought "boring". Really, a 24-70L f4?  But then I thought of it as broadening their range. There's not much in the middle. You got low and high. Okay, boring but practical at least.

PowerShot / Re: What to Expect From Canon For CP+ Next Week
« on: February 07, 2014, 11:48:39 PM »
I could never part with my trusted G11, so as long as it lives no replacement in that class for me. :'(

I don't blame you. I wish I hadn't sat on my Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 with my fat arse busting it...  Loved that camera and would STILL be happy with it. 5 years later...

PowerShot / Re: What to Expect From Canon For CP+ Next Week
« on: February 07, 2014, 03:53:19 PM »
It's nice that a G1X update is coming out..  But yes. Boring. 

I would love something like this so much!

I love the Canon 18-200 a lot! But I can't use it on my 5DMKII. The Canon 24-105 doesn't have enough range. The Canon 28-300 L is pricey and HUGE...

If this lens can do a little better in IQ and performance than the Canon 18-200, it's almost a no-brainier. If it's around $600, I'm in!

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX Replacement
« on: February 02, 2014, 09:19:55 PM »
I played with a 1DX and it was impressive. It really is a good jump from the 5DIII in almost every way. Except for image quality at most ISO levels. Though, I could only justify one if most of my income came from photography. Not yet.   ;)

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X Successor Coming Shortly [CR2]
« on: February 02, 2014, 08:49:14 PM »
Looking forward to it! I liked the G1X but it didn't self itself far enough from smaller and cheaper compacts that were almost as good and smaller good DSLRs.

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