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Lenses / Re: Comments on the design decisions of 24-70 II?
« on: October 13, 2012, 11:48:54 AM »
I don't pretend to have any inside information about the design tradeoffs that were actually made. 
Such things as distortion, curvature of field, sharpmess, CA, coma, AF speed, weight, and cost to manufacture are only a few that are typically considered, and improving one area is going to have a effect on the others.

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My 24-105 is very good, and I have some fast primes for low light.  Thats why I can wait. One stop better is significant, but I won't need it until about Christmas when I start my low light photography.  I used a Nikon D800 with their 24-70mm f/2.8G, and found myself at f/2.8 and ISO 12800 much of the time.  The fast primes can drop this to ISO 6400 or less.

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It sounds like it will be a very good lens.  Some are reporting issues at the long end, so I'd check that out.
I'm waiting for the eventual price drop to decide if I'll get one.  By then,there will be a lot of feedback from users.


What issues?

Softness, particularly at the edges and 70mm. 
Two pretty respected reviewers have seen this.  There have been some that claim to have seen the issue in poosts on this forum, but I tend to look to experienced testers with a good track record of spotting issues.
  It is undoubtedly a fantastic lens, and there may be some samples with issues, which is why I'm waiting for more reviews to come in.  I've had 5 of the old version and they were not impressive.  I have high hopes for this one.
 
Let us know what you see.
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-24-70mm-f-2.8-L-II-USM-Lens-Review.aspx
 
http://www.photozone.de/canon_eos_ff/773-canon2470f28mk2ff?start=2

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Next Zeiss lens?
« on: October 12, 2012, 10:50:35 PM »
The Zeiss 21mm is recognized as one of the finest lenses.  I'm not a big Zeiss fan, but from what I've seen, it is not overrated.

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DXO has zero credibility when it comes to rating cameras.  They just don't get it.

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Lenses / Re: New EOS Compatible mount tested in Germany - Polar Mount
« on: October 12, 2012, 10:37:56 PM »
You get an idea of how big a polar bears head is.
Yes, that might be the largest I've seen, and I've seen several.

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I waited, and was ready to jump when the Adorama $2750 deal came along.  I now have $55 ebay bucks to spend as well.
Just keep a eye open, sign up for e-mail notification of a price drop at Canon Price watch and other similar sites, and wait.

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Lenses / Re: New EOS Compatible mount tested in Germany - Polar Mount
« on: October 12, 2012, 10:31:39 PM »
He thought it was a lens mug.

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Software & Accessories / Re: 7D Maximum burst after FW v 2.0.0
« on: October 12, 2012, 09:41:52 PM »
Sigh... typical.

Tell ya what.... I don't look at the gosh-darn number in the display. 

Instead, I try to know the nature of the beat (the camera), as if it were an extension of me.

In that manner of familiarity, I just know I'm going to get a lot, or just a few frames, depending on how things were set.

I don't have a 7D, but I have had a 350D and 400D, and a 5DmkII... each has their own unique personality.

I may be geting a 7D soon... have not decided yet on which to get.   So, its nice to know there is an "issue", but its not a deal breaker for me.  Every camera has issues.....
While its not a issue for us do to the NR setting, I do look to see how many exposures are remaining on my card.  I change the card when there are too few left to be able to get thru the next few minutes without having the card run out and missing a critical shot.
I expect that many do not just risk losing a shot and check for remainding space.

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Lenses / Re: B&H Issues!!!
« on: October 12, 2012, 09:31:57 PM »
Says Order Processed: Ready for UPS 10/11/2012 at around 11p.
Origin Scan around 7:30p today.
Departure Scan around 8:45p today.

Well, I'm glad to know where it is but hugely disappointed in having to wait all day because of what B&H told me.  They'll definitely be hearing from me on Sunday.
It sounds like UPS issue.  B&H loads them into a empty trailer which UPS picks up every 2-4 hours.  Apparently, UPS either missed picking up the trailer or left it sitting for a day.
Whatever the reason, its disappointing.
Contact Henry Posner of B&H and ask him for help.  He is their Goodwill Ambassador and will do anything he can.
 e-mail henryp[at]bhphoto.com  Henry is pretty good at helping out.
 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Hand Strap Question
« on: October 12, 2012, 09:12:05 PM »
I don't think that the hand straps actually add much security.  A black rapid strap will be more secure, and unlike most neck straps, they are comfortable.

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Software & Accessories / Re: 7D Maximum burst after FW v 2.0.0
« on: October 12, 2012, 08:50:22 PM »
Not too many photographers use that setting.  High ISO noise reduction in camera results in losing a lot of detail.  Many prefer using Raw to jpeg.
Of course, it should work, but for me, I'll never notice it.

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Software & Accessories / Re: OS Questions
« on: October 12, 2012, 08:23:48 PM »
I much prefer windows 7 64 bit over XP.  However, if some of your hardware does not have drivers for Windows 7, then that will be a issue.  Fortunately, most of the mainstream hardware does support it, but older scanners, and older cameras that use firewire do not have 64 bit drivers.
I did not have any issues with my hardware. 
If you want to use a SSD, for example, get Windows 7.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 60D?
« on: October 12, 2012, 08:17:56 PM »
I'd go for a refurb 7D, or a T4i.  The T4i has sharper images, and the AF while in video is usable as long as you are not taking videos of objects moving toward or away at high speed.
The touch screen is also a huge plus, at least for me.
The lack of AFMA in the 60D  is disappointing (not in T4i either, but you can use live focus and its fairly fast.)

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Software & Accessories / Re: 7D Reborn at Magic Lantern
« on: October 12, 2012, 08:11:20 PM »
All the features in ML are certainly interesting, but I have never talen the time to play with them. 
 
Maybe this winter when I'm stuck in the house with 6 ft of snow outdoors ;) (I guess that wouldn't work either, I'd be shoveling snow off our roofs)

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