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I'm also a hobbyist, I've made money from my photography but it's been completely by accident.  Selling the occasional photo to a parent at a school function and a couple of my better landscape shots.  Having said that I believe in working hard then playing hard, if photography is your hobby no one has to justify your purchase but you, you and can't take it with you, they'll just rob your grave. :D

The 24-70 is a little bit of a disappointment because I was hoping for internal zoom and IS, but I will definitely be buying it once I buy my first FF body this year.  Lenses aren't like smartphones or laptops, they last many, many years.  Spread the cost of this lens over a 5 year period and the price gets alot easier to swallow....

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
« on: February 11, 2012, 11:27:19 AM »
I agree, 80-100% price increases for the most popular lens updates is getting a little tired.  While this lens could use some improvements, I'd rather see a traditional 400 f4 IS prime to replace the DO, price it in the 3-4k range and Canon would sell a boatload.  I'm actually hoping Sigma decides to release a 400 2.8 with their new optical formula....

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D X or Mark III Specs & Release Date? [CR1]
« on: February 02, 2012, 09:53:35 PM »
I think I'm just gonna stop wishing for a baby 1DX and get the real thing.  A 1DX will last me far longer than a 5D or 7D upgrade and I can keep carrying 1 body instead of 2 to get everything I want.  I guess this is Canon's master plan in the end anyways.  The more I think about it the more I'm sure Canon is going to limit both the new 5D and 7D models in some relevant way....

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 5D Mark III - February 7, 2012 [CR2]
« on: January 28, 2012, 02:49:43 PM »
I find these specs entirely plausible, the 1DX just isn't an affordable proposition for most people unless you're a demanding pro with tons of business or an avid enthusiast with lots of disposable cash.  It simply isn't on the radar for 98% of FF DSLR users.

The 5DIII NEEDS a spec sheet like this because, the advantages it once had i.e. 20+MP and great video are going to be standard for all the new bodies that occupy it's price range.  The current 5DII falls pretty short against the D700 once you remove these 2 advantage.  If Canon continues to cripple the 5 series, they will most certainly lose alot of new customers to Nikon.  Why would someone who already needs to buy new glass in order to move up to FF pick the 5DIII over the D800 if the Nikon has superior af, fps and build quality for roughly the same price?

I think Canon realizes that the advantages it once had are now gone and it needs to step up it's game or risk losing the slew of crop body users who eventually plan to go FF.....

I for one hope the specs are true so instead of a 1DX, I could get a 5DIII + 24-70L + 35L for roughly the same price as a 1DX which would complete my FF kit.....

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II [CR2]
« on: January 21, 2012, 10:14:45 AM »
Less heavy & shorter is very nice.
And what about the IQ and other possible improvements?

Shorter and lighter would be very nice, after a day walking about with the current 24-70mm on a gripped 5DmkII hanging off my neck I feel some aches and pains...maybe I just need to work out more ::)

if by "hanging off my neck" you mean you're using a conventional neck strap for that kit, your neck and back would thank you greatly if you moved to a sling strap like Black Rapid or one of it's competitors.  I can carry my gripped 7D/70-200 2.8 with an R-Strap for hours with no discomfort.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II [CR2]
« on: January 20, 2012, 02:46:56 PM »
the good thing is no IS & keeping external zoom shouldn't mean a dramatic price increase.

Pure, unfettered optimism.   :P  The 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II was the same basic physical design as its predecessor (internal zoom, with IS), and still Canon managed to set an MSRP that was a 32% premium over the original (translating to >$1800 for the 24-70mm II).

Definitely wishful thinking on my part, Canon could at least give us internal zoom to soften the blow. :D
Weight is simply not an issue for alot of us.....

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II [CR2]
« on: January 20, 2012, 02:30:48 PM »
If this is the final version, the good thing is no IS & keeping external zoom shouldn't mean a dramatic price increase.  On the other hand, I'll be quite disappointed with no internal zoom and to a lesser extent no IS.  This is supposed to be the top of the line lens in this range and leaving out these two things I think is a mistake.  Weather sealing while good would be better with internal zoom and slow SS can only be helped by IS especially at the longer end of the zoom range.  I'll probably still buy it once I pick up a FF body this year, as I'm sure Canon will improve on it's already great optics, but after the kit lens and my 15-85, I hate external zooms...

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I'd be interested in a Sigma 300 2.8 or 500 f4, if they can maintain their high level of IQ.  I just can't bring myself to pay Canon's prices for a range I will use, but not everyday....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T4i [CR2]
« on: December 05, 2011, 04:45:40 PM »
I think this rumor is very plausible, to the average consumer coming from a P&S, the more MP the better.  Canon almost has to up the MP count just to match specs.  The advertised improvements in jpg noise reduction in the digic V would probably make entry level consumers very happy with the MP increase.

I think the 70D would get the same 24MP sensor, single digic V and the 7D's 19pt af to make the upgrade to an XXD series worth it in the eyes of people looking for a clear upgrade path.  I also think we'll see a more affordable XXD FF camera from Canon in the next year or so

Canon could take the 1Dx approach with the 7D II and make it a real upgrade over the XXD bodies.  They should keep the 18MP sensor and improve the DR & ISO performance to set a new IQ standard for crop bodies.  I certainly would not complain about a 7D II with 18MP, greatly improved DR, 1-2 stops for a clean ISO 6400 & usable ISO 12K, 10 fps and a 30+ pt af system.

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Lenses / Re: New Lenses Imminent? [CR1]
« on: November 02, 2011, 10:35:56 PM »
When my 70-200 2.8 isn't fast enough, the 85 1.8 is my go to lens in darkly lit gymnasiums.  It's the only reason I haven't sold it, but it does suffer from some pretty brutal CA wide open.  A canon 85 1.4 would be a dream come true, and make for a very versatile complement to my zoom I know sigma has an 85 1.4 and I've had good luck with their glass, but I admit that I prefer Canon glass.

I rarely shoot at 50mm since I find the 30mm range more versatile but I'd like to see a Canon 35 mm just a little faster than 2.0

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Mark IV Information [CR2]
« on: September 14, 2011, 01:46:20 PM »
yeah, I don't expect this to be an affordable body.  If they merge, it's got to have improved IQ as compared to the 1DsIII and improved performance as compared to the 1DIV.  If true, I'll bet Canon continues selling the 1DIV for a while after this body is released.  I can't see it being any cheaper than 6-7K.  6months is a long wait, glad I just ordered a 7D so I can wait for those prices to come down a bit.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & The Rest [CR2]
« on: August 24, 2011, 02:28:30 PM »
I really want a FF 1DV, but if the 5DIII has 7D af or better, shoots 6fps or better and has weather sealing at least as good as the 7D, I'll hold my nose and buy it..lol!  I need or should I say, I want a new FF body now!!!  Especially since my 70-200 2.8 IS II is on the way.  ;D

I can always sell it later with not much of a loss if the 1DV is all that....

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1D Mark V [CR1]
« on: July 14, 2011, 01:23:16 PM »


My thought is that we will get a crippled 5D3 again with again a bad autofocus system.
Canon wants current 5D2 owners not to upgrade to the 5D3, but rather have them upgrade to the 1D and therewith earn more money, due to larger profits on the 1D camera.



This was my thought as well but my reasoning is that they'll sell a crippled 5DIII to a new owner, who will eventually wind up buying a 7D for the autofocus. (I would think larger profits for small cameras with less R&D this time around with bigger sales). (But you're right, current 5D owners will probably not tolerate another crappy AF system).

Side note: Canon wants Non- 1D owners carrying 2 bodies.

Also, if Canon releases another crippled 5D, new and existing customers have a high performance option from Nikon in the same price range.  The only people stuck would be those heavily invested in Canon EF glass.  Those moving up from crop bodies will more than likely be upgrading their lenses and brand new customers have to start from scratch with glass anyway.  The D700 shook things up by giving their customers just about everything (except video) right out of the gate.  I don't think crippling the next 5D is an option, it might not have 7D quality af but it should be light years ahead of what they have now.

I agree with you about Canon wanting people to carry 2 bodies, as an amateur, something I refuse to do.  That's why I'm thankful for the competition from Nikon.  If the 1DV is too costly or the 5DIII doesn't meet my expectations, I have another option in the D4 or D800

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1D Mark V [CR1]
« on: July 14, 2011, 01:07:34 AM »
The 1D IV has only been around for about a year and a half. Why would Canon be replacing that fantastic camera already? There are people out there who like its crop believe it or not. It's ideal for many big telephoto users. If Canon is coming out with a Mark V that has full frame for a lot more money, I will happily pass on it. The current Mark IV is just about perfect to me. There is apparently a lot of whining on the internet for a fast full frame camera. I do hope Canon comes out with one so they can be happy.

Canon will produce a fast, FF body because Canon's number 1 competitor already offers multiple, fast, full frame bodies.  If a crop mode is offered, the big telephoto users will still have their crop factor while allowing the ability to go ultra wide when necessary, something alot of APS-H users complain about.  If we finally get this kind of body, other than the price which is also a matter of speculation, everyone wins.

I shoot everything from landscapes to sporting events, this would be the ultimate camera for myself and thousands of others, I'm glad you're happy with the 1DIV, it means 1 less person competing for what will surely be limited stock if this turns out to be real.

cheers...   

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1D Mark V [CR1]
« on: July 13, 2011, 02:46:50 PM »
As I said above, Why you are thinking that the 1DV is going to replace the 1Ds and 1D series, leaving nothing in the 1D price range ? Is it obvious that the high res and speed merging would happen in the 1Ds price range and the 1D series will just continue as usual probably FF leaving the same price ranges as before ? The naming of the camera is not important, but price ranges are, and they can't leave the price range of the D3s/D4 out.

I agree with this, if the 1D lines merge creating a single flagship body, it would need to compete with the D3x at the 7$K+ price point.  That would leave a huge price gap between the 5D and 1D bodies.  It would more than likely alienate sports shooters and serious amateurs accustomed to buying in the $4.5 - $5K price range.  I can't see Canon giving up those sales to the Nikon D4 or feeling generous and giving us their flagship at a more reasonable price that would appeal to a broader demographic.  If the lines really do merge, Canon either has to continue selling the 1DIV, keep this unified 1D body in the $4 - $6K price range or add a 3rd FF body to their lineup.

I think we'll continue to have the 1D at 24-32 MP FF with crop mode shooting at 10+ fps in the $5K range and the 1Ds probably at 40MP or more no crop mode shooting at 3-4 fps in the $7K+ range.  My only questions is what could Canon add other than the increase in MP to justify the premium over a 1DV.  They would be able to compete with Nikon quite well with this kind of lineup even though Nikon has a few more bodies to fill in the gaps.

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