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Lenses / Re: Thinking about this but wanting your thoughts....
« on: March 18, 2014, 10:37:11 AM »
As others said, it all depends on your needs and wants.

If you really want a 100-400 "L" go ahead get it. There is no telling how long it will be before a replacement arrives and there is nothing wrong with this lens as it is. The next one will likely cost about twice as much, assuring that a market will remain for the current model, so you won't be risking that much.

Just realize that this is not a small lens. It's not a lens I want to carry around with me all day when traveling. But, if you want to shoot birds or wildlife from a distance, you need this lens.

For all-around travel, I don't believe anything can beat the 70-300 "L." It's the perfect second lens in a two-lens travel/walk around kit (coupled with a 15-85 EF-S for crop or a 24-105 "L" for full frame). It's relatively light and not huge. Generally, I want the extra 100mm of reach that it provides, and I tend to shoot outdoors, so I have taken a pass on the 70-200 zooms.

One additional thing I will say for the 70-300 "L" is that the IS is phenomenal. In a pinch, I've shot it (braced against something) as slow as 1/15 sec with acceptable results.

If I were an event or wedding photographer, or shot in mostly low light, I'd go with the 70-200 mm f2.8, but for me it just doesn't have enough reach. I do have the 200mm f2.8 "L" prime, which is small, relatively light and can give me the extra stops when I need them (if only it had IS).

Like the 100-400 "L," the 70-200 f2.8 is a substantial lens, which can be a consideration if you are carrying it around all day. And, if you are going to routinely couple it with a 2x converter, you're really not gaining anything over the 100-400 "L."

You owned the 55-250, which is in my view one of Canon's greatest bargain lenses. Probably even a better bargain than the 50mm f1.8 and close to the 85mm f1.8 in value for the dollar. It's not the most robust lens, but it is sharp, which is what counts in my book.

If you want something between the 55-250 EF-S and the 70-300 "L," then consider the Tamron 70-300. It's better than the Canon non-Ls. Not quite as good at the 70-300 "L" but certainly not bad and for the money it's very good. The Tamron is about equal to the 55-250 EF-S in sharpness, which is to say it is very good.

I realized as I writing this that I own or have owned too many lenses. :)


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This poor thread doesn't seem to be getting the love it deserves.

Not a camera accessory, but one of the best bargains I've found is a big bag of plastic spring clamps from Lowes (building supply store) that goes for something under $15 for maybe a couple dozen in different sizes. Or, you can order the exact same clamp individually for about $4 each from a photo store. Great for holding backdrops, etc.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Medium Format
« on: March 17, 2014, 09:56:01 AM »
Shot with a Hasselblad H4D-40.  That is the shot before editing.  The final shot was given some mood, and the bits of orange tape were cloned out:
http://collider.com/wp-content/uploads/the-walking-dead-cast-season-two1.jpg
If your response is that the scene could have just as easily been shot with a Canon 5D3, while true, that misses the point.

What is the point? I don't really see anything in that shot which couldn't have been captured with a full frame or even APS-C sensor? Is the "look" the point?


Yea I'm a little confused by this comment too. There's clearly a fair bit of perspective distortion going on: look at the relative sizes of the sheriff in front on the two women (one with teddy) at the back. Normally the larger the format the less exaggeration there is, so this was quite a wide lens for MF, looking up. I don't see why you couldn't have produced the identical image using the afore mentioned 5D and a wide shift lens such as the 24 or 17 mil.


The "point" might be that in a city where 10,000 photographers could have shot exactly the same scene, it makes it easier for the ad agency's art director to simply weed out everyone who doesn't use a Hasselblad.

"Oooh, this guy uses a really big camera, so he must be good." Never mind that most views of the image will be on the IMDB app on iPhones at a maximum size of maybe three inches.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 14, 2014, 11:08:36 PM »
Look at the form http://www.photobusinessforum.com/images/calumetphoto_case_14-08908.pdf. The box they checked says $0 to $50,000.


I think this pdf filing is only for the online business calumetphoto.com, the parent or the stores business was probably a different entity.  Here is an article from the Chicago Tribune that seems to make more sense.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-03-13/business/chi-calumet-photographic-closes-20140313_1_chapter-7-bankruptcy-protection-facebook-page-facebook-and-twitter


Yeah, you're certainly correct. That helps explain things, as I couldn't imagine how they could only have $50,000 in assets. Thanks.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 14, 2014, 05:18:41 PM »
Whoa! I should have looked at the court filing first. They are listing less than $50,000 in assets. I'm guessing there are individuals on this forum (not me) that have more than that in Canon equipment.

I don't know how this works in the camera retail business. Is it customary for a supplier to retain ownership of the stock until it is sold?

Maybe it will be the Canon refurbished store that gets all this stock back?


That 50,000 is in 1000s, so really means $50 million in assets.


Look at the form http://www.photobusinessforum.com/images/calumetphoto_case_14-08908.pdf. The box they checked says $0 to $50,000.

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I think the Canon 600EX RT great, but too big and heavy (and expensive).


I tend to agree with "expensive", though often there are Canon rebate programs and even without them the 600rt is as expensive as Nikon's flagship with added 3rd party radio triggers.

However, after some time I have come to value the 600rt system - if you use light modifiers and/or shoot in bright outdoors with hss, big and heavy is the least concern if the flash "just works". Remember it might be big, but it doesn't need the clutter of an added receiver - and the 200mm zoom lets you concentrate the light more effectively where you want it also w/o an added modifier.

I'm going to sell my 430ex2, it's really nice to carry less weight esp. on a bracket, but except for bounce in small rooms it's just too weak.


Nikon SB 910 street price today $546.95 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/832699-USA/Nikon_4809_SB_910_AF_Speedlight_i_TTL.html

Canon 600-EX-RT street price today $449.00 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productDetail&A=cart&Q=add

Nikon no radio, Canon radio included. THE 600-EX-RT IS NOT OVERPRICED; when compared to the competition it is cheap!


That's U.S. pricing. I imagine Marsu would like to be able to pay U.S. prices rather than Euros.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 14, 2014, 04:16:58 PM »
Whoa! I should have looked at the court filing first. They are listing less than $50,000 in assets. I'm guessing there are individuals on this forum (not me) that have more than that in Canon equipment.

I don't know how this works in the camera retail business. Is it customary for a supplier to retain ownership of the stock until it is sold?

Maybe it will be the Canon refurbished store that gets all this stock back?

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 14, 2014, 04:05:47 PM »
... the days of the mirror-flipping high fps beast seem to be almost over.

Marsu, don't tell me you're buying into the mirrorless hype. :)

Canon's delaying strategy worked on me and I bit the bullet last fall with a 5DIII. But, I'm still interested in a 7D II.

I think my list is pretty modest.

5DIII style autofocus
Dual card slots (one each)
600 RT settings through the menu (that's a certainty)
Modest improvement in sensor, particularly in reduced noise
If higher megapixels, no loss in image quality
Weather sealing at least to 5DIII standards
Same basic controls as 5DIII
Frame Rate equal to or better than current 7D

Basically, I want a second body that I can shoot birds and wildlife with when I'm distance limited and know I'll need to crop a significant portion of the frame away.





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EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 14, 2014, 03:52:13 PM »
Yes, very unfortunate for the employees, the company and for the market itself.

While I hate to profit from someone's misfortune, I looked up Chap. 7. That's used for liquidations, rather than reorganization. If the stores liquidate their stock in a public sale, I may be making a trip to Chicago. Although I suppose it is more likely that they will sell everything to a third party.

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While I might be interested in a lower cost strobe to supplement the 600 RT, I am certain it won't be able to use an external battery pack, which is a deal breaker for me.

The 600 RT has come down enough in price that for a savings of $100 or so, it's just not worth it. Also, I'm not interested if the menu system isn't identical (which it probably wouldn't be). I really don't want to learn yet another set of buttons.

Frankly, my biggest concern is what happens when the next generation comes out. I'm heavily invested now in the system: five 600 RTs plus the ST-R3 and not looking forward to having to start afresh again if Canon comes out with some super new technology.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Medium Format
« on: March 14, 2014, 11:30:38 AM »
The big market for high end gear is not pro photographers, it is wealthy enthusiasts, just look at the "limited edition" Leica market.

Not that I think a Canon MF speculation has legs, I don't believe it does, whereas the Cinema range has an expanding market and they can have leveraged the EF lens tech very well , I was just pointing out the faulty logic of linking gear price to pro use.

Exactly right.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Medium Format
« on: March 14, 2014, 10:45:32 AM »
Um, you're missing the point entirely.  Why would Canon do it?  Because they'd help CREATE the market for it, by building it in the first place.  You speak of film...I'm talking about a sensor that is similar in size to the Leica S2.  Google it, and get back to me...

I certainly was not talking about what the consumer wants.  I was talking about WHAT THE PROFESSIONAL wants.

And, if Canon made a larger sensor in a very slightly larger body than the 5D3 or 1DX, with huge dynamic range (20 stops or more), huge signal to noise ratio, and as many MP as you could ask for (different sensor choices for the same body)...and an autofocus system that exceeds anything in existence today...along with the ability to shoot 8k video...and if they made a full line of lenses (including supertelephoto) that would work with this system...well I would definitely buy into it if I could both afford to and needed it for pro or high quality work.

10 years from now, just see if something like this isn't in widespread use...by PROFESSIONALS...not people taking selfies while driving drunk...

Okay. I'll play along.

I did Google the Leica you are referring to. It is $22,000 body only. For the sake of argument, let's say Canon could produce a similar product for half the cost, that's still $11,000, before lenses.

How would you propose Canon "CREATE" a market for this camera? You say "I was talking about WHAT THE PROFESSIONAL wants."

But what professionals are you referring to? Have you surveyed professionals and found this need? They don't seem to be beating down the door for the Leica, so what would create sudden demand for a Canon version?

About the only professional market that remains today is wedding and event photography and that is very price sensitive and competitive. I don't see most wedding photographers moving to this.

It's  not suitable for photojournalists or wildlife photographers. There are almost no professional landscape photographers. High-end commercial studio photographers maybe, but that's a very small market. So again, how would you suggest Canon "create" this market.

Nothing personal, I just don't agree with your original premise. I think Canon is better off concentrating on improvements in their existing formats.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 13, 2014, 12:15:37 PM »
The firmware 2.0 update lends itself to the fact that Canon may not release a replacement. If they were then why "unlock" a bunch of cool, useful features on a camera you were going to replace soon?  Seems to me it would (even a little) cut into sales of the new model.

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The 2.0 major firmware update occurred in August, 2012. Back in 2012, the update was clearly intended to extend the life of the 7D and buy Canon some time. Perhaps they knew at the time that it would be nearly two years before they had a replacement ready.

At this point, the existence of the firmware upgrade would have little to no impact on a 7DII.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Medium Format
« on: March 13, 2014, 09:58:20 AM »
Does anyone not think that, perhaps 10 years from now, Canon will be into Medium Format in a big way?

I think not.

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It just seems everybody thinks small cameras will go extinct because of smartphones...

No. Simple, all purpose, fixed lens cameras with short zoom ranges may go extinct but small cameras will not. In fact, smart phones are small cameras. Small cameras that can fill a niche that a smart phone can't – Superzooms, waterproof and high-quality fixed lens – are likely to survive.

The truth is, Canon already makes medium (or possibly large) format cameras. They are called 1D, 5D and 6D. The standard format (by sales volume and use) is APS-C.

For the past 70 years or so, Canon and Nikon have been destroying the medium and large format (by film standards) market. Why would they invest in that money pit?

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Street & City / Re: Street Portraits from a small Karoo town...
« on: March 12, 2014, 06:31:37 PM »
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Always a good day when I come here and see you're posting some of your fine images!!

Thanks.

Agreed. When you are traveling like this, what's your technique for finding people and convincing them to pose? You do a great job of getting people to let you into their homes and their lives. Any secrets?

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