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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List [CR3]
« on: June 29, 2013, 04:06:13 PM »
I am surprised that nobody so far has asked the big question about the 70D..... Does the mode dial go all the way around?

It definitely looks like it locks!!!1!!1!one!1!

</sarcastic excitement>

Don't laugh! That was one of the best things about moving from t2i -> 60D. It was pretty easy to inadvertently move the t2i dial when taking it in/out of a camera bag.

I hadn't thought about the possibility they WOULDN'T have that, but I agree, the photo looks like it has the center release button on the mode dial.

EOS Bodies / Re: the quality of the new sensor will be the key
« on: June 27, 2013, 10:36:42 PM »
the quality of the new sensor will be the key!

i´m a long time canon shooter, but couldn´t help myself to recommend a friend, who was looking for a good midrange body to go with nikon. nikon´s sensor quality is so much better at the moment. from 14ev dynamic-range to 3/4 ev more in high iso. autofocus is better anyway...

but let´s hope, that canon is done with "oldtimer"-sensor technology.

at least I am sick and tired of waiting for a competitive sensor.

we´ll see.

Somehow I suspect if this sensor was better than the Nikon equivalent, we would be hearing a lot more about it. I'll be happy if it's noticeably better than the 60D, and within spitting distance of the Nikon.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List
« on: June 27, 2013, 06:58:56 PM »
My 2cents for 7D II:

1. 1D X AF system
2. 10fps
3. Solid body, similiar to 5D III
3. wife etc
4. ISO same as rumor 70D or a bit better
5. Sensor technology same as 1D X  or 5D III - crop size with Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors
6. More poweful battery

Wow, that's quite a feature...   ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List
« on: June 27, 2013, 04:51:00 PM »
I'd much rather have AMFA than a magnesium body. I haven't heard of anyone having a problem with the body on the 60D- not sure why people are so insistent on that as a feature.  I wouldn't mind some degree of weather sealing though.

 I'm hoping this is $1400 or less, but knowing Canon I'll probably be disappointed.

This is a really nice upgrade for my 60D however. I'll probably bite if the price is right.

And yeah, I think this suggests the 7DII is going to have insane specs and price.

edit: I wonder if the battery packs are the same, whether a 60D grip will work on the 70D?

Is there any information out there whether Sigma or Canon TC's are preferred?  I feel like I saw conflicting opinions with the 2011 version.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony 400/4 telephoto on the way....
« on: June 04, 2013, 03:46:43 PM »
I'd imagine telephotos follow the Tripod rule of "pick 2 out of three" to the nth degree. 

Pick 2 of:

Good IQ.

*relative to similar lenses

Now that I think about it, maybe telephotos are "Pick 1".

Lenses / Re: Which canon macro lense 60mm, 100mm, 100mmIS, 180mm
« on: February 19, 2013, 08:21:03 PM »
I've used both the 100 USM and 100L 2.8. The cheaper 100 USM got me some fantastic photos (but shooting anything in a breeze is a good recipe for frustration). I had an issue with build quality- the rear element came loose - did not affect IQ for me but did lower resale value. Apparently this happens occasionally to this lens.

I upgraded to the 100L. I think the biggest difference is if you are using it for non-macro photography (e.g. portraits). Having the focus limiter is hugely helpful for AF, and the IS is pretty nice.

If you're using it primarily for macro- it's a hard choice. Getting the 100 USM plus some accessories like a monopod or tripod, a flash bracket and flash with the cost difference will probably make a bigger difference for your photos than would the lens upgrade to the 100L. If you think you'll use this at all for non-macro work, the 100L is a fantastic all-around lens.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 40 f/2.8 STM
« on: February 14, 2013, 02:10:48 PM »
I have a shorty forty but haven't used it much yet. The list price is $200, but over the holidays it was $40 or $50 less with rebates. Throw some store discounts on top of that and it was too cheap to pass up.

I've got that mid-range focal length well represented already- it's a stop faster than my 17-40L, it's slower than my Sigma 30/1.4 and nifty 50. I'm tempted to get a cheap rebel body just for this lens- is that crazy?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 12, 2013, 01:03:50 PM »
A couple from Montana last May.

adult_gho_montana 221  on Flickr

40-year-old-owl 219  on Flickr

Lenses / Re: UWA (to complement 35/100/200)?
« on: February 12, 2013, 01:57:42 AM »
I would think you might want something wider than 35mm, and also a TC for wildlife as well to stick on your 200mm. I bet you could find some flickr groups of Alaskan photography and see what lenses people are using. If you're going in the summer, you won't have to worry so much about low light, so you might be able to leave your 35/1.4 at home if you were worried about space.

Lenses / Re: Need advice on telephoto zoom Lens
« on: February 11, 2013, 11:49:31 PM »
Sparrow was ~100% crop, eagle was cropped but not as much, both potentially sharpened a little in post.

This next set might be a better set to look at actually, the one I listed earlier I was leaning awkwardly out of a car window for most of the shots. Try this one:


I don't know the details of this, but there are psychological studies showing the benefits of offering multiple items at different price points. You need at least 3- a low end option, something in the middle, and a most expensive option. Consumers like to go for the middle option- by rejecting the most expensive option, they can justify passing up the cheapest option for the middle option even if the cheapest option is objectively the best deal.

Obviously this doesn't explain the full proliferation of Canon P&S, I think the points about competing for shelf space make a lot of sense. It's kind of like political ads- sure most are superfluous, but you can't know which ones, and you can't risk not putting them out there.

Lenses / Re: Please help me.
« on: February 11, 2013, 06:38:37 PM »
I can only go by my experience, but I love the Sig 8-16. It's hard enough to go wide on APS-C, and I found myself using it primarily at the 8mm end. My use has been primarily outdoors and sometimes on a tripod. It doesn't play well with filters so that would be my main reason I would recommend against it (that and it's fish-eye-y which you may or may not want to deal with).

I moved from the Tamron 17-50 to the Canon 17-40L. The Tamron (nonVC) is a really nice lens but is kind of noisy  and lacks full time MF. I debated between the 17-55 EF-s and the 17-40L, and decided the weather sealing was important enough for me- I spend a couple months a year in a very dusty environment and I saw some complaints about dust getting in the 17-55. I bought a Sigma 30mm/1.4 if I need to work in low light.

Lenses / Re: Need advice on telephoto zoom Lens
« on: February 11, 2013, 01:36:49 AM »
Granted I'm on a crop sensor (60D), but don't overlook the wide end of those zooms. I've got the 70-300L, and 70 is a pretty useful for landscape and portraits.

I do a lot of bird photography with this lens as well.  I've never used the 100-400, but my guess is that in many situations you won't do any worse with the 70-300L. You're going to be cropping with both lenses (because, you know, birds are jerks), and the extra sharpness and better IS of the 70-300L will at least make up for the extra reach of the 100-400L.

Here's a recent set.

I had the 70-300 IS USM, and yeah, the 70-300L is definitely a great upgrade from the nonL lens.

Lenses / Re: Would you buy a new 28-300 L IS II lens and for how much?
« on: February 06, 2013, 05:59:47 PM »
It would need a focus limiter (maybe the old one already has this?).
If this is an all-around lens, I'd probably take 3.5-5.6 for the cost and portability factor. Not that 2.8-4.5 wouldn't be great, but the whole point of this would be a walk-around lens.

I shoot on a crop body so I'm not sure this would ever be a one-lens solution for me, but it might pair well with a UWA zoom. The amount I'd be willing to pay for it is probably a lot lower than what it would actually go for.

I'd guess if it was 2.8-5.6, it would be 2700, if it was 3.5-5.6, it might come down to 2000 or so. If I remember right even lenses like the Tamron 18-270 pushing $800, so imagine an L version of that, and you've got to imagine it will be ~3x as expensive.

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