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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon BG-E11 Making its Way to Retailers
« on: May 20, 2012, 01:44:50 AM »
I sort of guessed it might double the # of shots per charge. 1200? I guess that was without any chimping. I was hoping it might also raise the FPS as is the case with the Nikon grip with their DSLRs. I might still end up getting one when I buy my 5D3 at the end of the year. Hope the price of the 5D3 will have dropped a little more by then too. It's currently $3700 CAD back in Toronto.

Nikon grips themselves don't technically raise the FPS. Those same FPS are achievable without the grip - just Nikon won't 'unlock' them for you without you buying it. Just another way to make you pay for the grip. Custom firmware could achieve the same result.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D - buy now or hold off?
« on: May 18, 2012, 08:42:06 AM »
Here's what I got an offer for earlier this week:
Canon 7D Body
Tamron 17-50/2.8 OS
Canon EF 70-200/4L IS
Canon Speedlight 430EXII

Plus a bag and some accessories, mem cards etc...

To everyone, thanks a million!

I've been on the 7D since Nov'09 and love it. I was planning on selling it when I picked up a 5d2, but together they are a powerful combo.

Ill hold on to it for the reach even after upping the 5d2 to 5d3.

Same. Will be getting a 5DIII when the new 24-70mm kit finally becomes available, will be keeping the 7D in regular use until a better Canon 1.6 crop exists.

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Lenses / Re: Best third-party lenses
« on: April 28, 2012, 02:21:37 PM »
Till 30.4 local store got deal offer for Canon 50mm F1.4 30% sale so which one to get Sigma 50mm or Canon 50mm f1.4?
Canon is smaller and bit less weight than Sigma and it's pretty sharp on f5.6 and Sigma is sharpest in f?
Sigma got big plus for inc. lens hood

Which one to get?

You should really go off more than the opinion of a few guys off a forum, but I really prefer the Sigma. I normally use it at f/2.0 on a 7D.

I have LOTS of L glass. The only non-Canon lenses I own are the Tokina 11-16mm and the Sigma 50mm f/1.4

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: BG-E11 Delayed
« on: April 26, 2012, 08:41:39 AM »
Canon Australia put out a date for the grip foe the first time today - late May also. (On Facebook site)

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EOS Bodies / Re: My only beef with 5d3 right now...
« on: April 23, 2012, 08:04:46 AM »
Microsoft is really slow with releasing updates to the Camera Codec Pack. The latest version (16.3.1483.0410) which was released 4 days ago added support for the Nikon D7000, and D3100. Both of those cameras are a year and a half old. Expect to be waiting awhile for 5D3 support.

This doesn't bother me as I don't ever see the thumbnails for my photos in Windows Explorer. I import directly into Lightroom, and it files the images away in dated folders on my RAID array.

Rofflesaurr is correct - MS are quite slow. You can check this page for updates though if you want.

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26829

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EOS Bodies / Re: I still don't get the crop debate
« on: April 15, 2012, 07:46:39 AM »
yes, no argument there;  I just don't quite understand the need for three distinct 1.6x product lines.  Even from the marketing perspective they've forced themselves into corner, imho, because it would be silly to have both a 70D and a 7D.  My guess is that forcing this corner was no accident at the time, lets not forget that this decision was made probably 4 years ago.

But while we're speculating... consider that the 7D could be a marketing experiment, to test the acceptance of a premium 1.6x body, which we all recognize the naming convention suggests.  7D was either  successful or it was not:

If 7D was successful,  it either hurt xxD sales or it didn't.  If it hurt xxD sales, then Canon will likely merge the two lines into one, and they have a marketing decision as to what to call it, but odds are that 7D would win.  If it did not hurt xxD sales, then Canon has a real dilemma,  to effectively position both lines and name them something without conflict.

if 7D was not successful, then they just drop it, and focus on the xxD as the premium 1.6 body. CR -1 here of course I have no data to back this up;  just engaging in amusing speculation.

Eh? Think on this for a second. Would you ever write "If the 1Dx hurts 5D Mark III sales, then it is not a success." ?

Of course not. In no way, shape or form would Canon view a sale of a 1Dx over a 5D Mark III as a bad thing. They've upsold the customer to a more expensive model. It's exactly the same with the 7D and 60D. Canon would view the sale of a 7D over a 60D as a success, not a failure.

The mind boggles on what some people come up with to be honest.  :o

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Lenses / Re: What is most EXOTIC Canon lens?
« on: April 11, 2012, 11:18:31 AM »
I'd say the 65mm MP-E 1x-5x Macro. It is certainly very odd in it's physical operation though not really rare. And no one else has a comparable macro lens.

The 1200mm is certainly rare but it's just a bigger 800mm

As far as commonly produced lenses, it has to be the MP-E 65mm, some may think the 135mm softfocus though. Otherwise the 5200mm posted above.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: April 10, 2012, 10:01:52 AM »
On a 7D...

What kind of bird is that? Nice picture!

It is a Pied Heron. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pied_Heron
As you can see his (her?) 'hair' is not normally like that. I waited for the wind to pickup to take the shot.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: April 09, 2012, 11:25:35 AM »
On a 7D...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III File Issues
« on: April 05, 2012, 08:07:53 AM »
There is zero advantage in formatting the CF or any other card in camera. As a former Software Engineer this pains me greatly when I read people saying this.

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So very tempted to pick up the kit w/24-70mm f/2.8 L USM II.......

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III Review by Jeff Ascough
« on: March 04, 2012, 12:51:14 PM »
But he's also Canon's best buddy and Ambassador.

Still interested in buying one, but that review did read like a fanboys review to me.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The new 5D Mark III ?!?! PICS!
« on: February 27, 2012, 07:33:00 AM »
Never thought the 5D X name was likely. Glad to see it's called the Mk III.

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EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: February 14, 2012, 10:26:58 AM »
I also think that the floods/earth quake has played its part in the lack of xxD / xxxD line differences. The higher end cameras are now outside of Canon's historical upgrade timeframes, which has allowed the lower end cameras to slowly suffer congestion. The consumer market upgrades more frequenty, slowly taking up features higher models previously had, only there haven't been any higher models. This has meant that frequently refreshed models have no room to improve, causing their feature overlap to increase, and differences to decrease.

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EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: February 14, 2012, 10:11:02 AM »
Now 5D2 focus, shutter lag, shutter noise, these are other issue altogether... the 7D is a real upgrade in each of these, which is why a FF 5D/7D merge makes so much sense!

I can't say I really understand this at all. Why does the 7D line need to be deleted in order to improve the next 5D? Surely it would make more sense to just... improve the next 5D. I don't see how certain features in the 7D line precludes them from being in any future 5D. Most of these features are simply because the camera is newer.

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