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I'm actually considering a trip to Nepal in a few months to hike to the Everest base camp.  I have a 6D with a 17-40L.  Since you've been, any recommendations for a good lens to take?  I'm probably going to be extremely limited in what I can carry and would like to stick with a single lens, maybe two if possible.  Do you think the 17-40 would suffice?  I can't afford a 24-70 2.8L but have thought about picking up a 24-70 4L but am not sure it will be in the budget considering all of the other gear I may have to purchase.

EOS Bodies / Re: 50d just died, trip in a week, what should I do?
« on: June 06, 2014, 01:11:11 PM »
Why not email customer support and ask about the Canon Loyalty Program?  I just did that with my old 20D that wasn't working and got 10% off of a refurbed 6D.  With the discount shipping and tax it was still about $250 less than a new 6D and it puts your old 50D to work for you.  Of course you're limited to the availability of the refurbished body.  Mine only took about 3 or 4 days to arrive after I ordered it so you might have time before your trip. 

I will say the 6D is amazing!  Especially after using a 20D for the last 9 years or so the image quality is awesome.  And if the 10-22 is your only EF-S lens, you should easily be able to sell that and put the funds toward a wide angle that would work on your new FF. 

Best of luck!

Been shooting all week with it now. Dynamic range over a stop better than my 1dx. Noise is similar.

Summary from a Canon Landscape Photographer

Sony A7R Cons:

- Needs battery grip to balance EF lenses properly.
- Slow autofocus with Metabones Adaptor. One shot AF is slow and AI servo is not accurate.
- Only 4 fps, so not suitable for sport
- Battery charger not included. The battery charges from either an AC or USB source, in camera. Separate charger is $79. If you have a battery grip and don’t have a separate charger, you need to remove the grip and place individual batteries in the camera body to charge.

Sony A7R Pros:

- When used with native FE lenses there is fast and accurate AF. It is a perfect setup for street photography. Remove the grip, and you’re good to go incognito.
- Fantastic Sensor with great dynamic range. Arguably the best of any current DSLR.
- Low noise. ISO up to 51200, still very usable
- 36.4 megapixel sensor – over 50% more than any current Canon DSLR sensor.
- When used with a grip, EF lenses (up to 100mm) balances well.
- Excellent EVF, Easy to manual focus with focus magnifier
- Customizable buttons and controls.
- Cost $2398.00 AUD – likely to be 1/3 the price of any future large megapixel Canon offering.

In Summary:

A great addition to the kit of any current Canon Landscape Photographer, particularly if your clients favour large prints. You can use all your existing favourite EF lenses, and manual focus is easy and quick. Factor in the cost of a grip, extra battery and an external charger though.

Thanks Light and Motion, this is exactly the kind of info I've been looking for.  I'm primarily a landscape shooter as well and without much money to spend on the hobby am looking for the biggest bang for my buck in whatever I end up getting.  I couldn't decide between a 5D3 or a 6D but once Sony announced the A7R I've been anxiously awaiting to hear how it performs in the landscape arena. 

I'd be interested to see any of your landscape shots that you've taken with it!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 3D Outed by B&H Photo [CR0]
« on: October 02, 2012, 06:16:43 PM »
Wouldn't it say pre-order only or whatever the 6D now says at B&H?? yet this says Back-ordered?  Definitely smells funny to me...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Looking for a Camera Body upgrade
« on: June 21, 2012, 04:27:41 PM »
If your doing landscapes, a full frame camera is the best. It has more resolving power that smaller sensored camera with Equivalent MP count.

If you have the budget a MK3 is the best.

If you have less to spend a 5d2 is the best.

If your strapped for cash, A 5Dc is a excellent choice and still a stunning camera.

Pick your poison. ;D

Another good thought that I had briefly considered but shoved aside in my mind.  My reasoning being that with the lower MP count on the 5Dc, wouldn't that affect how big I could go with enlargements?  I'd really like to be able to make at least 40x60 high quality enlargements with whatever I end up purchasing.  Thoughts or input on that? 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Looking for a Camera Body upgrade
« on: June 21, 2012, 04:24:55 PM »
I just got a 5D3 and I'll tell you why. I actually wanted to upgrade at about time time the 7D came out but I really wanted to go full frame. I couldn't quiet bring myself to get the 5D2 because I wanted the AF and frame rate of the 7D. I basically froze in my decision then soon heard about the 5D3 so I waited... over a year!

While I'm doing all the research now, I am thinking that I'm going to end up waiting until we see what comes out at Photokina this year and then make the decision.  It's most likely going to take me that long to save up all the funds anyway, but I'd like to narrow down my decision and then go from there.

I got my 5D3 this week and am thrilled to bits with it. It's everything I wanted it to be. The best of the 5D2 and the best of the 7D in one camera plus a little bit more. That's not to say I didn't hesitate when I saw the price of the 5D3 however.

The price thing is my biggest detractor from the 5D3.  It just seems like a lot to spend and I tend to over analyze things and have seen a lot of people having issues with it...but their issues seem to be in things I don't tend to care much about, but it still gives me pause.

If your main interest is landscapes then I actually think you'll appreciate a full frame camera more than a crop. And if fast focus isn't so important then maybe a 5D2 will be perfect for you. I like to shoot some sports which is why the 5D3 AF is so important to me.

Saying that, if you also shoot wildlife then maybe the 7D will be best for you as you can get longer reach with your current lenses and fire a burst of shots off to try to capture 'the moment'.

You know, you could always get a 5D2 and a 7D for the price of a 5D3. Then you could have a landscape camera and a wildlife camera. You'd never need to swap a lens when you're out and about again!

Do you do much low light work? If so the 5D3 starts to be the more attractive option.

I definitely think I want to go FF, but I do enjoy doing wildlife at times.  Though you raise a good point with buying a 5D2 and a 7D for the price of a 5D3.  I honestly hadn't even thought about that....hmmmmm....

And any low light work I do is usually just shooting landscapes at sunset or sunrise.  Occasionally some star traces or something like that, so I'm not sure how much of a benefit the 5D3 would give me there either.  I've never really worked with any of the 5D models.

Thanks for all your input.  Gives me some more things to think about!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Looking for a Camera Body upgrade
« on: June 21, 2012, 03:49:00 PM »
I have decided the time has come to upgrade to a new camera body.  I believe my skill has finally surpassed the capability of the camera I'm currently using (An EOS 20D).

I want to make the best investment I can make, but I can't afford to just arbitrarily buy the latest and greatest.  I'm truly looking for the absolute best image quality I can get, but still try to maintain a reasonable price.

I have been looking at the 7D, the 5DmkII, the 5DmkIII and (blasphemy, I know) switching to Nikon and looking at the D800, though I would consider other options.

I shoot mainly landscapes and nature photography and I'm interested in getting the best possible IQ I can get.  I would like to make some rather large prints with my photos as well.  I'm not necessarily concerned about AF as I do manual focus quite a bit though a quick and accurate one would certainly be a nice to have. 

So far as my glass I own the 70-200 2.8L, the 12-24 Tokina (which is a great lens, but only an EF-S mount) and the 17-85 EF-S so no matter what I do, I need to also invest in a good landscape lens as well.

I'd be interested to hear opinions as to what a lot of other landscape photographers out there use and what some of you think would be the best route.  Thanks!

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