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Software & Accessories / Re: Thoughts on 430EX
« on: March 09, 2011, 02:47:04 PM »
I was ready to buy the 430EX but decided on the 580EX I (used) and added the 580EX II subsequently.  I'm glad I did go this route.  The differences for me that made me decide on the 580 are the guide number/power of the 580EX's and using them with umbrellas, no white bounce card in the 430EX, AF assist for the 430EX is 9 pt and 45 pt for the 580EX and recycle time is much faster with the 580EX. I would consider a used 580EX I rather than the 430EX II.  The weight of the 580EX I is similar to the weight of the 430EX II.

You can also use an external battery pack on the 580, which reduces cycle times, and increases battery life.  You can get generic versions from your favorite Chinese dropship site (I've had good luck with dealextreme) for less than the cost of the batteries you put in them.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II in April? [CR2]
« on: March 08, 2011, 11:15:32 PM »
I doubt if I'd buy a kit with a 24-70 unless it was discounted enough that I could resell it to subsidize the cost of the body.  I've come to prefer primes to zooms, and f/2.8 is not as fast as I often need in dark venues.  I returned my 70-200mm f/2.8 MK II for that reason.

I'm guessing $2000-$2200 for one with IS, but it might be a couple of hundred less.  Price does not seem to matter, buyers line up to get the latest lenses and backlogs run several months before the pipeline gets full.  Then, when all the early adopters have one, the price will drop 10%.

However, I'm certain that many will buy one and love it, I am burned out after having five of the existing 24-70mm L's that were only fair.

I've come around to a similar ideology.  I plan on getting the 5D3 kit, hopefully with a newly updated 24-105 f/4L IS, as soon as it's released.  That'll cover my general/walk-around/vacation zoom quite nicely.  If I need fast, that's what primes are for.

Hmmm, price guessing...  I'd put the 24-70 f/2.8L II at $1699 list, and the 24-70 f/2.8L IS at $2349 list.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II in April? [CR2]
« on: March 08, 2011, 10:19:06 PM »
They may get released at the same time (would be nice), but the 24-70 is too expensive, and too specialized to be a kit lens.

Actually, the local Nikon (Taiwan) did release a D700 kit which came with the Nikon 24-70:

http://www.coolpix.com.tw/shop/shop_eye_detail.php?Shop_Eye_ID=48

So I won't be surprised if an upcoming 5D3 would appear with the 24-70L II ;D

Dare I ask how much?  $4k+?

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II in April? [CR2]
« on: March 08, 2011, 07:14:32 PM »
They may get released at the same time (would be nice), but the 24-70 is too expensive, and too specialized to be a kit lens.

I would suspect that most people that would get the kit would be significantly less likely to own any existing L glass, and would need a high quality general purpose lens. The 24-105 f4L IS is a much better (subjective, I know) general purpose lens, and what they would benefit the most from having if it's their only L.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: First trials with the amazing 7D
« on: March 08, 2011, 02:55:23 PM »
P.S., Congrats on the camera, and that's a beautiful dog you have.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: First trials with the amazing 7D
« on: March 08, 2011, 02:54:19 PM »
To expand on what kubelik and scalesusa said, hold on to that kit lens for a little bit.  Practice, learn the camera, and the craft as a whole.  On that journey you will also learn what you need in a lens to fulfill your goals.

It's real easy to say the 18-135 is less than the perfect lens, but a lot harder to say what is the perfect lens for you.  Everyone is quick to spit out an opinion; and yes, the guidance you receive can be valuable; but it's ultimately up to you to determine what is best.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f2.8 l usm
« on: March 08, 2011, 02:44:15 PM »
...which I kept and disposed of the others.

I'd love to be your garbage man. :)

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II in April? [CR2]
« on: March 08, 2011, 01:39:33 PM »
I still think the logical thing to do (which almost precludes it from happening), is for them to split the line.  Bring out a 24-70/2.8 II with greater resolving power to match modern sensor densities, and a 24-70/2.8 IS version for those that need it.  It's a good strategy for the 70-200/2.8, makes just as much sense on the 24-70.  I also strongly believe the 16-35/2.8 could benefit from this as well.

In the f/4 space though, and I'm primarily thinking of the 24-105/4 IS here, while I think that lens could also use an update, I don't see room in the lineup for a non-IS version.  In fact I'm really hoping to see a MkII released as a kit lens for the 5D3.

Along the same line, I don't see why there's a non-IS version of the 70-200/4, besides historical context.  So maybe I'm just way off base.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Odds and Ends
« on: March 07, 2011, 02:40:24 PM »
what is a TYPO ??

It's short for a typographical error.

In a modern context would generally mean someone typed it in wrong.  In a historical context would often be a typesetting or transcription error when framing the movable metal characters that make up a page of text.

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
« on: March 06, 2011, 06:42:22 PM »
Amazing.  Not even sure what else to say.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The 7d with an aps-h sensor!!!!!!!!
« on: March 01, 2011, 02:11:23 PM »
If the next generation 1D is FF, then moving the 7DMk2 to APS-H almost makes sense.

If the next 1D isn't APS-H, then it makes even less sense.  A one off sensor is an expensive luxury on a $5k camera,  and a non-starter on a $1300 camera.

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United States / Re: Bait and Switch Camera shops fined
« on: February 28, 2011, 06:40:01 PM »
If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Light Peak on EOS digital
« on: February 25, 2011, 01:30:20 PM »
I don't think I've transfered pictures off a card while it's still in the camera but twice, maybe three times.

I'd rather have a good, fast, card reader that I can use for all my cards/cameras.  Why pay extra to integrate it into every camera, if the current USB2 connections are more than adequate for occasional use?

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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USM?
« on: February 25, 2011, 12:02:19 PM »
P.S.  Sorry, I meant to add: I've decided I'm going to buy this lens.  I'm waiting until April and if there is nothing definitive about an update, I'm going to buy the current version.

If a new version is released in conjunction with a 5DM3, I will probably buy the kit hoping to save a few bucks on both the camera and the lens.

It would be nice, but I doubt the 5D3 will have this as a kit lens; especially with IS it would just be too expensive of a lens, and would probably put the kit in the $3800-4000 range.  I think an updated 24-105/4L would be much more likely.

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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USM?
« on: February 25, 2011, 09:18:57 AM »
"Rumors of it's replacement have been greatly exaggerated" - Mark Twain

But seriously, there have been rumors for at least 3 years that it is being replaced/upgraded with IS, etc.  I honestly think they'll eventually release both a new version, and a version with IS.  When?  No one but Canon knows.

If you need the lens, I would get it now.  If the new version is worth upgrading to, you probably wont lose much (5% ?) when you sell yours since the new version will surely be significantly more expensive.

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