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Canon General / Re: Record Spending Into Camera Gear - HIGHEST
« on: December 13, 2012, 07:24:57 AM »
My wife calls me photographic equipment collector instead of photographer.
1999: my first SLR EOS Élan IIE with a kit lens while in grad school.
2002: EOS 1v, 28-70, 550EX, Gitzo tripod, B1 ball head after working as an engineer for two years.
2003: 50 1.4
2005: 20D, 16-35 (on 20D most of the time)
2007: 70-200 2.8 IS
2009: 100 2.8L IS Macro
2012: 5D3, 70-200 2.8 II, 660EX-RT, 40 pancake, sold 70-200 IS I and 550 EX
2013: maybe a 50 1.4 IS, 24-70 II or a second RT flash.

Then I should be set for a while.




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Lenses / Canon 24-70 Mk II variation (by Lensrentals.com)
« on: November 04, 2012, 04:40:04 PM »
Roger has done a nice analysis.

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/11/canon-24-70-mk-ii-variation

Don't be surprised if your copy is not sharper than your beloved 70-200 II.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS Coming [CR3]
« on: October 30, 2012, 04:29:46 PM »
Had really hoped for a stellar 24-105 4L IS II. Now they produced such an idiotic mutant.

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Canon General / Re: Canon’s Q3 Profits Tumbled Down By 42%
« on: October 26, 2012, 08:13:00 AM »
Also, more and more people are using their phones to take photos and videos, no need for the traditional digital P&S or even Rebels. I doubt Canon makes much money from pro cameras.

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I just looked at the 4 samples (or copies) Bryan posted on his website. Here is what my eyes told me:

- # 2 is slightly sharper than # 1 at 35mm f2.8
- # 4 is noticeably sharper than # 1 at 70mm f2.8 (corner)
- # 3 is slightly sharper than # 1 at 70mm f2.8 (mid-frame and corner)
- #2 is the softest at 70mm f2.8

I am still confused which one Bryan thought was the best.

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Landscape / Re: Best lens for landscapes for a trip to the mountains?
« on: September 24, 2012, 05:16:57 PM »
I was in Switzerland in August and you are in for a real treat!

I only needed one lens: 16-35 II (mounted on 5Dc)

Here's what I was able to photograph with it :)



These are beautiful shots, BL. My wife, our 13-month-old daughter and I were there in May three years ago. We actually stayed at the hotel right near the Staubbach Falls. The weather was not as nice thought. It was mostly heavily overcast and it rained from time to time. This is one place we plan to go back when the kids are older.

When we were there, I used 16-35 (Mk 1) and 70-200 2.8 IS (Mk 1) on a 20D.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Comparing 6D with 5D3
« on: September 23, 2012, 09:19:04 AM »
5D3 is no doubt a more capable camera. It seems to me that 6D will give you the best bang of buck for now. The real question is what feature matters most to you. If the extra sensitivity of the center focus point is more important given your shooting conditions, then go with 6D.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Forget Canon 6D I want this!
« on: September 18, 2012, 08:57:09 PM »
Female buyers of these cuties will never care about the IQ.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Describe the 6D in one word...
« on: September 18, 2012, 08:50:49 PM »
Lots of Rebel users own at least two to three EF-S lenses which cannot be used on 6D. So expect to spend more money.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon Announces the Canon EOS 6D DSLR
« on: September 17, 2012, 08:14:16 AM »
Canon's priority is how not to let Canon A hurt the sale of Canon B or vice versa, so they ended up crippling both products. Nikon's priority is how to beat Canon hands down and that's where innovation comes in. We've seen RIM going down, and we've seen how Miscrosoft hasn't wowed the world for a long time. Arrogance plus lack of innovation. Really disappointed!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Official Specs
« on: September 16, 2012, 10:11:11 PM »
Delay, quality issue, quick price drop (indication of overprice?), boring new product, .... Something is not right. I give two thumbs up to their lens department, but the 1DX and 5D3 might be the last two cameras that (arguably) beat their competitors if they let arrogance and lack of innovation take over.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Official Specs
« on: September 16, 2012, 09:50:14 PM »
A true disappoinment from Canon!

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I preordered mine on the announcement day and received it on March 26. Yes, I still remember the date it arrived and I took that day off to test it out. Then came the light leak "issue", followed by insane price drops just 5 months later. I'd be lying if it didn't bother me at all.

But we can't say right or wrong about the decision made in the past based on today's situation. That "if I had known..." scenario never exists. In my personal situation, I needed it because my 20D had 80,000 clicks and was near death. I was waiting for the 5d3 for quite a while. The 61 points AF system immediately grabbed me ( the reason I passed 5D2 was mainly because of its not so great AF performance and my wife gave me a firm "No" to 7D because she knew I would get a full frame sooner or later). Am I happy with the camera? Absolutely. I've been using it a few times a week and have shot thousands of memorable photos of my two little girls. So I paid extra price for the priceless moments of my family. From this point of view, it worths every penny!

Happy shooting, folks. Forget about how much you paid for it.  The more pictures you take, the more values you get out of it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Adorama is Taking Pre-Orders for EOS 6D
« on: September 16, 2012, 03:53:57 PM »
It appears that adding an "early adopting fee" (EAF) is part of Caon's selling strategy nowadays. The higher end the product is, the heftier the fee is. For 5D3, the fee is at least $500; for 6D, it's probably $200 given its specs. Then you will see some "huge sales" a few months after release that offer a couple of hundred dollars off beyond the elimination of EAF. The strategy has worked very well for 5D3 because two many people were waiting for and wanting it. Not sure about the expensive 24 2.8 IS and 28 2.8 IS. Having seen what's going on with the 5D3 prices, I doubt 6D will receive as long a preorder list.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« on: September 15, 2012, 11:47:43 PM »
Well I guess the lesson learnt here is to resist the temptation next time and not to become the early adaptor for Canon's high price products. I hope the new 24-70 II price could drop 10-20% by the end of the year, although lenses typically hold their values more firmly.

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