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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Camera Crossroads :)
« on: August 02, 2012, 03:36:26 PM »
I agree on keeping the 1D MK IV.  I'd also hold off a little and look at the 200-400mmL when it arrives this fall.  With the built-in TC, it becomes a 280-560mm zoom on FF, and longer on the 1D MK IV.
It really sounds handy for sports.  There will likely be a lot of reviews from Olympic shooters who have loaners from Canon.

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There are two very good and practical reviews at the Luminous Landscape.  I was interested in both of them. 
Both are good cameras, but ...
 The RX100 controls are too small for my big hands
The OM-D sounds good, but there are no or very few 1st line micro 4/3 lenses formicro 4/3, so you have to adapt a 4/3 lens or another lens.  That defeats the whoe purpose for me.
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/sony_rx100.shtml
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/olympus_om_d_e_m5_review.shtml
I'm still looking.
However, If you want to adapt some $1300 lenses to the OM-D and invest $$$ in a second system, you might want it.  With the RX100, at least you do not have to spend thousands on new lenses.

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Canon General / Re: Announcements in August [CR1]
« on: August 02, 2012, 02:53:08 PM »
Since I bought a 16-35mm L last week, the new lens will almost certainly appear.
I'd like to see a G12 replacement with 1" sensor, but thats unlikely, since the price would jump to that of the RS100 / G1X.
I've been waiting for something that would be a significant advance over my G11, and still be usable with my large fingers.  A 3 inch touch screen would be a big benefit for me.  I tried a T4i the other day, and I can operate the touch screen much better than the tiny controls.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: No more Katzeye for Canon 5D Mark II?
« on: August 02, 2012, 11:59:17 AM »
hey guys, try www.focusingscreen.com

also, can someone tell me what's so special about brightscreen?
Some say they are better, some not. 
They use cut down Canon or other larger screens, and / or make their own.  They treat them with a undisclosed process to be brighter than the ones Canon supplies for $45.00. 
Making the best possible focus screens is a art, and it can be expensive to make really good ones, as opposed to merely milling down one made for a 1 series camera, or a Hasselblad, etc.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5d Mark III Eyepiece cover
« on: August 02, 2012, 12:06:54 AM »
Yes, all 1D series have VF shutters. Canon just did this on purpose to make 5D owners feel inferior in some cases so more can be pushed up to buy 1D
In case you haven't noticed, nearly every product line in the world differentiates models by adding more features to the high end models. 
It does not matter if its a camera, a television set, or a automobile.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: No more Katzeye for Canon 5D Mark II?
« on: August 01, 2012, 11:59:22 PM »
/The Katxeye screen for the 5D has been used for the Mark II.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DS 3 losing focus during One Shot lock
« on: August 01, 2012, 03:14:57 PM »
A dirty internal of the switch could be the cause.  I presume it was a used body,  Its best to have it serviced, as a intermittent switch will only get worse.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135 f/1.8L IS
« on: August 01, 2012, 03:11:03 PM »
Looks faked to me.  Fair job of it though.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Bryan Carnathan's 1D X Review Is Finished
« on: August 01, 2012, 11:11:55 AM »
As with any information, you need to consider the source.  It's important to read many/most of the reviews on a particular site, to get a feel for the style.  For example, while I find Bryan's reviews very reliable, it's important to note that his reviews are generally positive and upbeat - he usually finds something to praise about every lens (which is not unreasonable, but helpful to know if you're just reading one review).  One of the very nice features of TDP is that in addition to the text reviews of the lenses, there are technical comparisons of sharpness, vignetting, distortion, etc., showing the actual images (as opposed to reduced and plotted data), which allows the readers to see for themselves and draw their own objective conclusions.
+1
Each reviewer has his own style.  However, several that I've now read have a lot of positives and few negatives. I have a 1D MK IV which I bought to replace my D800, however, I've yet to use the f/8 AF capability.  I never used it on the D800 either.
If you are one who cannot afford those big whites, or just like me, can't handle the weight, then using a 400mm f/5.6 or 100-400mm with TC is a advantage over using a 7D. and no TC.
I need to try my MK IV at f/11.  My 1D MK III would AF at f/11 with certain lenses.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon one series shutter life
« on: August 01, 2012, 10:55:03 AM »
Shutter life is dependent on a number of things, the high count is for images taken over a short time.  It also follows a bell curve, the figure you see is just the center point of the curve.  Some die after 5K and some last for a million cycles.
Heat, humidity, bumps, and age all take their toll.  Canon will probably not want to warranty it after 4 years of use, but isn't there a euro warranty for 5 years?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Pull the trigger on a 60D? Pricing...
« on: August 01, 2012, 10:47:10 AM »
Prices depend on the worldwide economy.  Canon has to have cash flow, just like any business and will reduce prices if needed to sell down high inventory.
Its anyones guess as to where the economy is heading, but I think prices have stabilized for now.
Part of the price drop may be due to buyers holding off in anticipation of a new model.
 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Bryan Carnathan's 1D X Review Is Finished
« on: August 01, 2012, 12:09:49 AM »
I read it earlier today.  He seems enthusiastic about it, but its also obvious that the 5D MK III will suffice for many of us.  He does tell us what works well, and what doesn't.
I think that there seems to be quite a consensus of experienced experts giving a thumbs up.  I was considering one, but decided to buy a new lens instead.  I'm still on the fence about getting another 5D MK III.  There have been some better prices, but those are likely from dealers who took the double down rebates and applied $200 discount to the body and will sell the lenses for full price.  That might mean prices will rise again.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D MKII. Refurb or New?
« on: July 31, 2012, 10:56:19 PM »
I bought my 5D MK II new when they first came out, and was very happy with it.  I sold it for $1700 when the MK III came out, but returned it.
I bought a refurb thru CLP by trading in a old broken and worthless film SLR.  The price was $1407 plus tax, with free shipping, or $1514 total.  The Camera had about 275 actuations on it, and is excellent, probably better than my first one, as far as lack of hot pixels is concerned.
 
Thats a $500 savings, you can buy a decent lens for that.
 

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm f/1.2 L ?
« on: July 31, 2012, 01:12:29 PM »
Nowhere did I see mention of a mark II.  Canon still calls 10 year old lenses "New".

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX or 1D4
« on: July 31, 2012, 12:45:32 PM »
I have a 1D MK IV, and for wildlife, where you are focal length limited, the 1.3 crop plus ability to AF with TC's down to F/8 and even to f/11 with taped pins is valuable.
Resolution is about the same.
No doubt, the 1Dx is a supurb camera, but maybe not when you are focal length limited.
Get a little used 1D Mark IV plus a 5D Mark III for less than the cost of a D1 X.

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