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I can deal with physical discomfort...I just can't deal with how it hits my wallet!!  I've lost count of my root canals, I think I've had 5 in my life!

Ditto! The pain before a root canal is always worse than afterward for me. It's the wallet that really hurts, especially after throwing in the crown work. That's money I would much rather spend on camera gear and travel.

Canon General / Re: Deal: Canon 6D (body only)
« on: January 22, 2014, 01:20:32 PM »
Canon Direct usually has refurbs available for around $1500.

Lenses / Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« on: January 11, 2014, 01:52:39 PM »
I'd also buy a 20L if it was on par with the 24L in a heartbeat. I'd also settle for a revamped 20 f2.8 IS if it was as good as the new 28 and 35 IS lenses. Same with something slightly wider like an 18mm.

Lenses / Re: Tamron SP 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Review
« on: January 03, 2014, 12:14:11 AM »
i  want a really good 600 f/4 that doesn't cost $12000. i guess sigma is working on one (cr1). it seems that everybody that is interested in this lens wants 600mm so just make a prime!

There has never been a better time to buy a big lens for less money if you're willing to buy a used one. The old Canon 600f4 is still a fantastic lens, and the 800 is also readily available used for a lot less than a new one. Those lenses didn't turn into pumpkins at midnight the day the newest lenses started shipping. People are still taking and selling great shots with them and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Lenses / Re: Get a 300mm or 600mm? Oh the agony...
« on: January 02, 2014, 09:30:18 PM »
The 800 is a great option right now, especially if you want to buy used. They are readily available in the $9k range. They have the same IS as the latest MarkII big whites and are only slightly heavier than the new 600.  If you want to photograph birds with a 600mm, you'll usually have the 1.4x and 2x attached. It's a lot easier and less of a hassle just to take off and on one tc than fiddle with two and their caps.

Lenses / Re: Two Lenses Coming for CP+? [CR2]
« on: December 15, 2013, 04:21:33 PM »
I also want a high quality ultra-wide prime. No more ultra-wide zooms, please, unless they're great at the wide end.  Zooms are always going to compromise somewhere somehow, and if Canon came up with something really incredible there will an incredibly high price tag on it. A nice compact and affordable prime between 16 and 20mm with edge to edge razor sharpness, little distortion,  and manageable light falloff at normal landscape apertures would be very welcome in my camera bag. A lens like that is also a gaping hole in Canon's lens line up.

Lenses / Re: IS Versions of the 50mm, 85mm & 135mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: November 27, 2013, 05:21:13 PM »
The 20mm f2.8 really needs an update. And while they're at it a 17 or 18 mm prime would be nice too. The 17 TSE is great, but it's bulky, doesn't take filters, lacks AF, and is very expensive. Canon needs something better than second rate zooms in that range.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 13, 2013, 01:11:28 AM »
The image quality better be MUCH better than the current 7D or else no one will take it seriously. IMO Canon should go back to making APS-C cameras since there is a day and night difference in the quality between a 1.3 and a 1.6x crop factor. I owned a 7D for a short while. No thanks, I won't waste any more money on one again. I'll stick with full frame and my trusty 1D4's.

Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 10, 2013, 02:59:01 PM »
I'd like to see one high quality prime between 16 and 20mm that is razor sharp from corner to corner when stopped down a little bit and is small and relatively inexpensive. It doesn't have to be fast, but it has to be razor sharp in the extreme corners around f8. Something like a sharper version of the Zeiss 18mm f3.5 with AF would be perfect to me.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1 Announcement Q2 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 02, 2013, 11:13:43 PM »
I have no doubt that Canon will come out or at least announce a new 1D camera next year since they have been releasing them every two to three years since the first 1D.  Those cameras have never been revolutionary, and what I expect is something very similar to the 1DX with more pixels, maybe 21-24mp maybe a bit more.  27mp would give it the same pixel density in a full frame as the 1D Mark 4 has and many who are still using 1D4's would welcome that if it kept up at least 10 fps, but Canon may not be quite there yet. I would think a slower 40 mp camera might not get the 1D badge unless Canon wanted to start making 2 different 1D models again.

As far as a new 800 goes, I wouldn't expect a dramatic weight difference in a newer model. The current 800 already uses most of the technology used in the current MarkII telephotos. It has the same IS and slimmed down lighter casing. They could possibly redesign it without the permanent front element, but other than that there isn't too much else they can do to reduce the weight at this point as far as I can tell.  I think the biggest difference between the current 800 and any mark II version would be the addition of the IS3 mode, the same electronics to share with the current TC's, and a new color paint.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS Resolution Tests
« on: January 04, 2013, 06:42:17 PM »

I guess. I just figure that if I care enough to take a DSLR then I want better than the 24-105 delivers on FF (or wider and better (and for less) on APS-C). And walking around and travel and such are often when I come upon the best scenes where I'd want the most quality if anything.

I never, ever, ever got the whole leave the good stuff home when you are traveling (or even walking about)! That is when you are in interesting places! Why leave the good stuff home when you are around all these amazing and unique opportunities and then bring it out when you are back in the same old whatever? But to each their own. But for me, travel is when I'd most of all want the tops. I sooner use the convenient lower stuff for someones cat wandering through my backyard and the good stuff for the Seychelles or Paris or the Big Sur or what not.

Obviously many love the 24-105 though. It often comes up the tops in most favorite lens posts. (Then again it also comes up most often of any lens in least favorite lens posts too  ;) ;D). I tried to like it three times and quickly returned or solid it all three times. But obviously while many agree with me, very many also disagree.

I agree 100% with this. I have tried 3 copies of the 24-105 and owned one for about 6 months, but was never happy with it at the wide end where I would use it most. The corners never looked good for serious landscape work on full frame or even on a 1D4 at 24mm. While overpriced at the moment, it could possibly be a great landscape lens. Unfortunately these tests don't tell us much about that. Corner sharpness at 24mm stopped down a bit to maybe f8 is what I'm most interested in. Comparing this new lens wide open to f2.8 lenses stopped down just isn't a reasonable comparison IMO. According to the charts in the article, this lens is sharper wide open at 24mm than any of those f2.8 lenses wide open including the L II.  With its small size I think it really has potential to be the lens I have been waiting for for travel and hiking. Yeah, it really should come down in price a few hundred dollars. I expect that this lens will have a similar fate to the 70-300L that a few years ago many felt was an unneeded and overpriced lens for Canon to come out with. The 70-300L has since become generally well liked and the price has also come down with frequent rebates, etc.

That's an incredible price for the 70-300 "L"  Lowest ever. It's a great lens and I strongly urge anyone considering it to act on this. I love mine.

I also agree. This also should give some hope to those of us who are looking at some of the seemingly ridiculous prices on the latest lenses. If you're willing to wait, there will eventually be some good deals out there.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: December 01, 2012, 10:42:00 AM »
I believe the APS-H sensor is the perfect combination between extra reach and low noise at high ISO.

I agree. As for whether Canon will ever produce a professional model of the quality of the 1D4 and its predecessors again with that sensor, I am doubtful. Meanwhile I love my 2 1D4's and have no plans on replacing them any time soon.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: November 30, 2012, 11:02:18 PM »
The only real way that Canon is going to plug the hole left by the APS-H sensors for the wildlife and bird photographers who have used the 1D series cameras exclusively for the past 10 years is with a 1D Mark5. Another 7D ain't going to cut it or get much interest, at least with Canon's current sensor technology.

Lenses / Re: Is the EF 800 f/5.6L IS Due for Replacement? [CR2]
« on: November 20, 2012, 11:48:21 AM »
This is all just more bad news for current 800mm owners who may want to sell their lens without taking a big hit in the wallet. It really lowers the resale value of the lens even more, which is currently a very tough sell with the new 600 now available.

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