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Reviews / Re: Review - EF 24 f/1.4L II
« on: March 22, 2013, 12:06:26 PM »
Nice lens, but no match for the TS-E II when in need of that focal length (landscapes and architecture)

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds III
« on: March 21, 2013, 04:31:39 PM »
Erm... I am EU based... no Fred Miranda or Craiglist over here...

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds III
« on: March 21, 2013, 02:26:55 PM »
It was not my intention of selling directly through CR and my OP is proof of that, just asking what other options I have. Sorry for the trouble.

A 1DX when I need the burst rate and the low light capabilities, a D800E for landscape and architecture.

Lenses / Re: Upgrade my 28-70 EF/L to 24-70 EF II/L?
« on: March 20, 2013, 03:24:50 PM »
You know you will do it anyway if the thought has been going round your head...  :P

EOS Bodies / Re: $2,800.00 budget
« on: March 20, 2013, 03:22:51 PM »
I would invest in better glass, and get a 1Ds Mark III second hand if possible.

EOS Bodies / 1Ds III
« on: March 20, 2013, 03:21:54 PM »
I would like to sell my 1Ds III to scrounge up some much needed cash (getting married... and that is expensive!!). eBay will not let me sell since my seller rating is too low apparently... and Amazon not getting any chance either.
Anyone can suggest how I could go about it? It is still a pretty good body from Canon and I do not want to let it gathering dust there in the closet...

I suggest waiting for the Big Stopper rather than going for the Hitech option. I also suggest looking around all the other retailers in your particular continent... I reside in Europe, most retailers all over were back-ordered, but you can usually find one who has 10 stop ND from Lee available from stock. Got one within 3 days from Ireland.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 20, 2013, 03:17:21 PM »
Enough with the flame wars already  :o
As the OP I never meant to be a Canon vs Nikon rant, just to assess the veracity of owning the best of both worlds and whether it made sense business wise.
All I got was that people stick to their system even if it shot them in the foot... repeatedly. Brand loyalty does not make sense.

Lenses / Re: Why some lens says "macro"?
« on: March 19, 2013, 02:59:18 PM »
Pure marketing ploy, only macro lenses are those with 1x magnification capability or larger... or you could always reverse your lenses!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 18, 2013, 05:07:17 PM »
I did not mean to start a flame war, I just meant that although I am a dedicated Canon user well invested in L glass and make money out of my prints, I cannot keep begging Canon to fulfil my need for a high resolution body for one line of my work. I will grant you, the 1DX coupled with the 70-200 and 400 mm blows others out of the water for events, sports and wildlife, but when it comes to higher resolution and UWA lenses, I am not too happy with what Canon can offer me. So, although it might seem crazy to invest in another system, it makes sense rather than waiting for a vaporware high resolution body to MAYBE (may be never really!) appear just to sustain the one system I am used to.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 18, 2013, 01:50:15 PM »
You're right, I suppose I could run out onto the football field with my f/1.4 lens :).

That's the spirit. ;)

Actually Nikon D800 plus the 14-24 can be the second coming... that is all there really is...nothing like it since sliced bread...  Canon's telephotos...superteles... f/1.2 portrait lenses...they don't matter...screw all that...but the you are talking... it does it all. Sharp all the way from this deluded corner to the other greener pasture.  ;)

Actually there is a heaven on both sides.. a D800E with a 14-24... and a 1DX with a 400 mm f/2.8 II on the other side...

EOS Bodies / Re: Frustrated with Canon
« on: March 17, 2013, 03:22:04 PM »
Am I alone in feeling that Canon has, perhaps, lost its way at the top end of the market, albeit temporarily ?  The new top end models simply don't provide what I want. The EOS1DX is clearly a sports camera body, not a studio camera, and I resent Canon for trying to pretend that it is.

I've been with Canon now for years, having used their EOS film bodies before digital . Time spent with Nikon !DXs confirmed my view that Canon had far superior ergonomics, and five years ago, the Canon EOS1DS Mk III was a game changer. However, since then Canon seems to have lost touch with its professional customers. As a result, last year, I bought a Nikon ( D800E) which I currently run along side my Canon equipment. It is a fine camera. Nikon seems to have priced this camera very competitively indeed, and I gather that it is making large inroads into what should have been the preserve of the 5D3 market.

Now we're told that Canon have no intention of producing a higher MP camera until next year, and given Canon's habit of announcing cameras long before they actually become available, the reality could be some time after that.  By which time the Nikon D4X will be out.   

How frustrating. I want to stay with Canon, but they sure are making it difficult.

So what is wrong with your 1Ds3?  Is it now suddenly not a good camera?  Are your photos now suddenly bad?  If you want super high MP, go medium format.  So what's the problem?

Is there even such a thing as affordable medium format? Can get a Mamiya 645 for 500 euro, but the digital back and the lens cost a foot, a leg and the whole of the body and then some!

Lenses / Re: Is there anything I can improve on this gear list?
« on: March 17, 2013, 01:26:40 PM »
You have good gear, get out and shoot, when you gravitate towards a particular niche, then invest at that point.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 17, 2013, 01:22:11 PM »
It is an expensive endeavour, since it involves buying the D800E body, the 14-24 and a filter system for the lens... it all depends on selling the 1Ds Mark III in the end.

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