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Lenses / Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« on: April 16, 2013, 01:43:14 PM »
Just a thought: next fall I am hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (and, I hope, back up again). I've been seriously thinking about the new SL1. It weighs half as much as my 7D, but with no sacrifice in image quality. I'd still have to lug around the 15-85mm lens, but I'd be shaving almost a full lb. off the weight with the SL1.

I realize that it will only be out a few weeks by the time your trip rolls around, so you'll pay an early adopter's premium, but it is a way to shave weight without losing quality.

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Lenses / Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« on: April 15, 2013, 08:45:06 PM »
The focal length on the 15-85 sounds incredible, but I'm a little hesitant about not being sharp enough since its often bundled as an entry level lens.

I think you are mistaken. The 15-85 is not routinely bundled as an entry level lens. Both the 15-85 and 17-55 2.8 are excellent lenses with "L" quality sharpness. But, the 15-85 is not a light lens. Still, if you are only taking one lens, it is the best all-around lens for a 7D, as it covers a 24-135 35mm equivalent range. If it is the only lens you are taking, it is the best choice, although I usually pair it with the 70-300 L zoom. Together, I can confidently go almost anywhere and know I will be able to cover almost any situation I run into.

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Send them $5 and they'll sell your mailing address to every photography-oriented marketing entity in this world and on two adjacent planets!!

Well, that's true with any magazine subscription, any eNewsletter or any website (including Canon Rumors – why do you think you get those banner ads for Canons every time you go to another website?) I don't mind. It's how they keep the Internet "free" and how they can afford to send  you magazines for less than the price of postage.

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Yes, thanks. Also, please note this statement on the website:

Will you automatically renew my magazines?

"We will never automatically renew your magazine subscription, nor will we ever in any circumstance charge your credit card unless you physically go to our store and type in your credit card information to place another order. Often times publishers will send you a "renewal notice/invoice" when your subscription is coming to an end. These mailings are not coming from us. If you do not wish to renew your subscription, simply ignore these letters in the mail. The only time we will charge a customer's credit card is on the day they made their purchase on our website. Customers will never be recurrently charged for anything we sell."

I always watch magazine offers carefully because a few publishers offer a deep discount and then automatically renew subscriptions at their "lowest subscription price" which can be significantly more than the price they are really offering new subscribers. Glad to see that's not the case here (or at least not what they claim).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announcements on April 23, 2013? [CR2]
« on: April 11, 2013, 10:30:00 AM »
Right, because the majority of the people buying the cameras are consumers and not photographers.

News flash. The majority of photographers don't dare about the crap being discussed here.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announcements on April 23, 2013? [CR2]
« on: April 09, 2013, 05:46:37 PM »
But that is exactly the reason that has most people on this forum up in arms, they AREN'T keeping up with advancements in new technology, they are simply rereleasing the same camera over and over again in different configurations. The average consumer may not notice or even care, but we dedicated shooters and die hard Canon fans do!

Fine. But, 'we dedicated shooters and die hard Canon fans' make up an infinitesimal fraction of their market. The vast majority of dSLR buyers are 'average consumers'.

Yup!  when the vast majority of the people buying this body will not know what an AF point is, much less how to manipulate them, or know what a cross type point is you don't have to innovate too much...

Hate to say it, but the XXd line and the rebel line would benefit more from instagram filters than an updated sensor...

I must disagree with this condescending attitude. I think most DLSR buyers are buying the cameras because, for a variety of reasons, they are not satisfied with the quality of images they are getting from their iPhones, their fixed lens compacts or their point and shoots.

Rebel buyers are very likely to be price-limited, but that does not make them stupid or incompetent. They may be new to DSLRs, but there is something about the format that they find desirable. Traditionally, this has been the ability to change lenses, but there can be other factors, such as the larger sensor size, sharper lenses, viewfinder, etc., etc.

It would be a major mistake for any company to treat their customers as stupid and Canon hasn't become the industry leader by making mistakes.

Here is something that people just have a hard time accepting: Canon's 18mp sensor is very good. It is more than adequate for 99.9% of shooting conditions. Can it be improved? Of course. Will it be improved? Of course. But, even 3 1/2 years after introduction, it can hold it's own against the latest sensors used by Nikon. It is not that Rebel or XXD users are inept and therefore can be sold inferior goods. It's that the product is only inferior in the minds of a handful of people who get their jollies from looking for insignificant flaws.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announcements on April 23, 2013? [CR2]
« on: April 09, 2013, 10:03:03 AM »
Could someone please provide a list of sites or publications that have done side-by-side comparisons of Canon's 18mp sensor to the sensors being used in Nikon's new generation of crop-frame cameras.

There seem to be a lot of drama queens here who pontificate on how much better the new generation of Nkons are, but when I've looked at sample images, I either see no discernible difference or, at higher ISOs, a little bit better performance from Canon.

A handful of individuals on this site keep trashing the performance of the 18mp sensor and others are repeating it as fact. Since this is a site adored by gearheads, how about some objective third-party comparisons?

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Site Information / Re: Love or Hate Canon Rumors Forum
« on: April 04, 2013, 08:20:51 PM »
I just want to make a quick clarification. I didn't start this thread to suggest any change would or should occur. I just thought it might be entertaining and maybe cathartic for people to share their likes and dislikes. Obviously if you look at the number of posts I have you can see that I am hooked.

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Site Information / Love or Hate Canon Rumors Forum
« on: April 04, 2013, 01:24:31 PM »
I don't know how many times I've sworn I was going to just stop posting on this forum.

After about the 10,000th thread regurgitating the same talking points it all becomes a little too much. Then someone posts something interesting or insightful and I am hooked again.

Things I like:

1) It's truly an international forum. I like hearing the perspective of people from all over the world and feeling that in some small way I have a connection to those in other countries.

2) There are some very good professionals who take the time to participate and share their knowledge.

3) There are people willing to share their personal experience and advice on equipment purchases.

4) There are people who know far more about the technology of today's equipment than I will ever know or even care to know.

5) Occasionally I pick up usable tips.

Things I hate:

1) Reading 10 million threads all repeating the same talking points on issues like sensors, dynamic range, ISO performance, shadow detail, etc. etc. Most of which don't have the tiniest thing to do with the quality of an image.

2) A handful of obsessive individuals who hijack nearly every thread and repeat the same points over and over again, arguing over obscure issues that have nothing to do with the original subject.

3) Individuals who "critique" the photos others post, pointing out insignificant or non-existent "flaws" that only shows how little they themselves know about composition and what makes a compelling photograph.

4) Individuals who post pictures asking for critiques, not knowing that most of opinions they get on this forum will consist of very bad advice. (And then taking offense at the ill-informed critiques)

5) Moderators who are often too quick to hit the "delete" button.

6) Commenters who have no sense of humor themselves and can't abide anyone else having a sense of humor. 

I could go on, but that's a good start. How about others? What is it that makes you want to never again return to this site. And what is it that keeps bringing you back here?


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below is an example of getting nice images without flagship...

example:  http://blog.zhangjingna.com/2010/10/equipment-and-where-money-comes-from.html

Thanks for this post. Great reality check.

I am so tired of these constant threads that repeat the same arguments over and over again. People constantly bragging about the size of their sensors. Others complaining about how when they underexpose a black shirt in the shadows they get noise if they blow it up 300 times. Still others wanting to shoot at 2 million ISO. Others point their lens straight into the Sun. It goes on and on.

If the picture is interesting, nothing else matters.  Nothing.

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EF-S 17-55 f2.8 IS

or

EF-S 15-85 IS (dont confuse this with the not so good 17-85)

the first gives much wider aperture availability and constant f2.8 which is very nice

the later is variable aperture and much slower but gives a wider wide end and much greater zoom range

they are similar prices
depending on which strengths you prefer either will be excellent

if you shoot alot of low light i would go with the first option if not so much and the greater zoom range is appealing go with the  second

Agreed. Both will give you significantly better quality. If you are in the U.S. the EF-S 15-85 is much cheaper. It is on my 7D about 80% of the time. If traveling, I take only this lens and my 70-300 "L" and can cover just about anything.

Others may disagree, but in my opinion, in the wide range, there aren't practical EF alternatives. (Both of these lenses are good enough that if you later move to full-frame they should have decent resell value. )

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The amount of misinformation in this thread is well ... staggering

You might want to save this to your clipboard and just re-post it periodically. It pretty much summarizes the majority of threads on this site.

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Canon General / Re: 24-70Mk2 fell off my 5DMk3 and smashed
« on: March 29, 2013, 06:03:29 PM »
I generally grip my camera with my thing and middle finger (left hand) around the zoom ring...

Great. Now that's a mental image I wish I didn't have!

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2013, 02:27:15 PM »
I love this forum. It is so predictable.

Put out any set of specifications and the mob will immediately zero in on the weakest aspect and suddenly it becomes the Most-Important-Thing-in-the-World.

Frankly, as a 7D owner, and keeping in mind that this is CR1, I find this pretty encouraging.

Modest, incremental improvements to the new model. What do people expect? The 7D is a great camera and when does any company completely reinvent a successful product? (See all the many interchangeable "generations" of  iPhones)

Most 7D owners are hoping for a slight improvement in the sensor. We don't know anything about this sensor, but I find the idea of a small increase in mp count encouraging as I like the way Canon has been emphasizing quality over sheer megapixels in their full frame releases.

The construction of the 7D is already pretty solid, but better weathersealing is always a good thing in my book.

Keeping a CF card slot is also a positive to me. Dual card slots? Nice, but not a deal breaker and since this is CR1 who knows what that really means. After all, technically, the 5DIII has a single CF card slot too.

What's with all the angst over the 19pt autofocus? Again, we have no idea what that really means. 5DII owners used to whine about how they wanted the 7D autofocus system. Suddenly it's terrible? The existing 19 points are fine, I just wish the sampling was a little more accurate. As Neuro has often pointed out, one of the problems with autofocus points is that they actually sample an area larger than indicated in the viewfinder. I'd take 19 very accurate autofocus points over more points any day of the week.

Someone assumed the inclusion of GPS and WiFi means the end of the pop-up flash. Perhaps. I'm not surprised. Canon is moving away from the infrared controller system to its new RC strobes. Sadly, I never expected the next generation to offer on-board IR control. Besides, if you ever tried to use the IR control with the popup flash you know that it is frustratingly prone to overheating. Plus, there's that annoying design flaw that causes the pop-up mechanism to lock down.

All in all, I'd say that if this CR1 rumor turns out to be accurate, I won't be either surprised or disappointed.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How to spend money
« on: March 27, 2013, 06:35:35 PM »
To each his own. Obviously you know you are lucky to have this problem and not snooty about it.

If it were me, I'd keep the 7D, buy a 5DIII and a 100-400 zoom, then pick out a great location to take my wife, where I could also use the cameras and lenses. Travel is ALWAYS a good investment in my book.

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