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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 F4 is shipping today
« on: June 20, 2014, 06:20:32 PM »
Mine is/was supposed to ship from Canon today. So far all I've gotten is an invoice (with an unscanned FedEx tracking number) for my free "100 Million EF Lens Gift Set" T-shirt along with a message that my order is "ready to ship". I am underwhelmed.

Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L vs. Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS
« on: June 20, 2014, 05:21:04 PM »
Agree with all responses. The sharpness of the f/4L IS vs 2.8 ll is pretty much a wash (I have both). It sounds like you have no need for speed/low light/depth of field and the f/4 is soooo much easier to carry, both in size and weight. It truly is a joy to use as well as very reasonably priced.

EOS Bodies / Re: New Sensor Tech in EOS 7D Mark II [CR2]
« on: June 19, 2014, 08:55:24 PM »
I think the new sensor will be a marked improvement simply because Canon probably feels like their reputation depends on it, and I think it does. I don't want to debate market share, profit margins or anything else of the sort. Canon needs to release a bad-ass sensor as a matter of pride and reputation, and I think they will. The 7Dll (or whatever they call it) needs to be a significant upgrade from the 70D (a fine camera in its own right). And not just in build quality, auto focus and frame rate, but Image Quality. As an aside, I have been waiting for the 5Dlll to come down to a price level that I'm comfortable with for quite some time. I shoot with a 6D and a 7D and would absolutely love the "all in one" beauty of the mark lll, but I'm just an enthusiast and follow the old adage of putting my money into the glass. Anyway, the 5Dlll is frequently available in the $2600 price range and this is approaching my price range, but I will absolutely wait to see if Canon's new generation of sensors are enough of an upgrade to pay what I consider to be a ridiculous price for. It's just a hobby, right? Well, thanks for listening to my subjective rant.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Hitting Retailers
« on: June 19, 2014, 07:55:34 PM »
One of missing pieces in my puzzle.

Since I'm no hurry for UWA, willing to wait for X-mas rebate.

I was going to wait for a rebate too, but then pre-ordered one when the Canon site glitched and was selling at a discount.

What was the discount rate?


They ship tomorrow. Goodbye 17-40!

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Hitting Retailers
« on: June 19, 2014, 04:37:59 PM »
PMI Digital on ebay has these for sale now. They are a reliable and Authorized Canon seller...


So, in other words, third party manufacturers have more faith in the M "system" than Canon USA :P

Lenses / Re: Any word on the 50mm with Image Stabilzation?
« on: June 18, 2014, 04:25:53 PM »
I don't think the 50 f/x IS will replace anything. Canon will have 4 50mm lenses out in the wild. I think they'll leave the little 50 alone and upgrade the 1.2 and 1.4 as it suits them. I also suspect that the new 50 will be f/2 to keep the size/price down. Isn't guessing fun?

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: June 17, 2014, 09:04:15 PM »
Beautiful series!

Lenses / Re: Any word on the 50mm with Image Stabilzation?
« on: June 17, 2014, 08:51:05 PM »
Canon is likely saving up for a big showing at Photokina in the fall, would not be surprised if that is one of the lenses announced.

I would also not be surprised if this is not announced, if the outdated 50/1.8 and 50/1.4 have been selling so far they will continue to do so. The 50/1.2 is a unique prestige cash cow not to be easily endangered by a faster 50mm with IS and good bokeh.

The 50/1.2 is threatened by the Sigma 50A, not the EF 50/x IS. I hope Sigma can ramp up production enough to fulfill demand for the 18-35A and the 50A, so that when they release my new 85A I won't have to wait too long to get it. I am also very interested in the presumably soon-to-be-released 50 IS. I wonder if it's going to have a silly high release price like that of its siblings, or more in line with current prices.

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for bicycling?
« on: June 16, 2014, 05:07:44 PM »

Located in Norway, and we can't buy anything above 30 ish dollars without paying both 25% taxes and a 30 dollar fee for declaring it. Include shipping and a used bag is more than retail here  ;D

Wow. You have my sympathy. I afraid to contemplate what your 1DX cost :P

I believe you'll find the Travel Angel to be too short to shoot comfortably with unless you raise the center column. Raising the column adds a great deal of instability, and should be avoided. Have a look at the Sirui M3204X. It is 58" w/o the column extended and is well made and quite stout for a pod in this price range.

Amazon has 1 for sale at $400 right now which is a very good price.


B&H has them for the normal price of around $465.


Unfortunately those prices do not include a ballhead. I would suggest a Markins Q3 for that.


The filters you have chosen are excellent. Happy spending shooting.

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for bicycling?
« on: June 16, 2014, 04:34:15 PM »
So Viggo....what did you buy and why?
. I'm looking for the Tamrac, but it's not easy to find here, and it seems it's an older model. I have been looking at the Lowepro Urban Photo Sling 150, it seems like it would do. But I'm not in a big hurry and need the money for something else, so haven't pulled the trigger yet. Just sold my 85 today, so might buy something fun soon  ;D

the Netherlands
maybe they sent it abroad, don't know te extra costs for that....

Thanks, but 50 eur is quite expensive and I would have to pay shipping and 25% taxes in top it's twice what my backpack was, lol.

It's $66 on Amazon in US.


I don't know where you're located, but you might try ebay. The bag is very sturdy, so picking up a used one is certainly an option.

Software & Accessories / Re: RRS or Markins?
« on: June 15, 2014, 06:04:53 PM »
Thank you all very much for taking the time to reply - there's an awful lot of useful info here.  :)

The ball head is the most important component of a support system.  There are better places (eg: lens and body plates, clamps, flash brackets, macro rails...) where one can save money.  I recommend investing in a top ball head, then saving elsewhere.

Yes, absolutely. I can't quite stretch to Linhof, but that aside, I'm willing to pay what it takes. I just want something that really works for me. (I already have a ballhead that doesn't...)

I've read the thread carefully several times now, and what I keep coming back to are the recommendations for Acratech. Strong but lightweight and easy to keep clean are excellent points in favour, and I like the gimbal/leveling base trick, although I don't know how much I'd actually use it.

I'm willing to carry as much as I have to, weight-wise, to be sure it'll hold my gear properly, but once that's given, the lighter the better. And the place I'm most likely to use it is on beaches, so while I'm rather hoping I wouldn't drop it in the drink or mud, having something that will forgive that if it does happen also appeals. (Also, I can be a bit of a klutz, so.)

I'm specifically considering the Acratech GP, which btw does have a tensioning knob (re: scottburgess's caveat about having to "crank on the tightening knob to really lock it down", which would be an issue because I don't have particularly strong hands).

Acratech don't however do custom L-plates, and Hejnar Photo don't seem to do them for Canon. My local bricks-and-mortar camera shop could order me one, but I didn't quite catch which brand it would be - Kirk, I think.

Would the Acratech GP be a good choice, do you think? And if so, where would I best go for my L-plate?

Thanks again!

The Acratech GP is an excellent head, you will not be disappointed. One of the major points of the arca-swiss system is compatibility. Any arca compatible plate will fit with any arca ballhead that uses a screw type clamp. Lever clamps are a little more picky. Kirk and RRS make the best L brackets that are custom fitted for your model of camera. Lens plates can be bought from any source as they are generic.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: June 15, 2014, 05:33:44 AM »
Hi dilbert.
Please could you show us a picture of yours to show us how it should be done, or if you don't have one perhaps a detailed explanation of the technique and processing needed to achieve no blown highlights. Whilst you at doing that the rest of us can take our pictures wih blown highlights and at least have something to show!

Cheers Graham.

I can't believe how many of these images have blown highlights.

This is one of the first ever sunset pictures that I took with a DSLR. Unfortunately it gets converted to sRGB for the web ...

Dull and lifeless.

The French will be so glad to hear you describe their capital city in that way.

This has nothing to do with where an image was taken, it's the depiction of it. That shot has no soul.

A photographer cannot capture what isn't there, so if there is no soul in that photograph then there is no soul in Paris.

By that logic, since there are no orange cars in the image, therefore there are no orange cars in Paris ::)


The image says far more about the ability of the photographer than it does about Paris.

What, you mean I have no soul?!?! OMG, how will I live without having a soul! Let me find a bridge to jump off!

Can't we just enjoy some nice sunsets without getting into flaming insults and cheap shots? Is this all we have?

PS:  @Dilbert    Please let me know when and where so I can prove that my 7D has not reached the end of its life :)

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