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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS [CR2]
« on: June 25, 2012, 07:46:51 PM »
I don't get the hype about this lens.  There is already a 70-300L out, which does have 100mm less, but you can get that with a 1.4x TC for cheaper than this 100-400 is supposed to be.

The 70-300, while a great lens, does not take Canon teleconverters.

EOS Bodies / Re: Need education as to Image Quality
« on: June 25, 2012, 05:43:52 PM »
I will defer to the techies on this site, but a wild guess would be that the gapless microlenses used on the new sensor might have something to do with it.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS [CR2]
« on: June 25, 2012, 02:13:47 PM »
Ne pas juger tout le monde à cause des paroles d'un troll.

Urteilen Sie nicht alle, weil der mit den Worten eines Troll.

Not all Americans think the world revolves around us.

EOS Bodies / Re: Announcement Day July 24, 2012? [CR2]
« on: June 22, 2012, 03:10:43 PM »
The danger factor depends on the type of bear as well. For example, brown bears are much more dangerous than black bears.

False. Black bear.

Either way you're dead.

Best advice, always go with someone slower than you. You can't outrun the bear, but you don't have to. You just have to outrun the person you are with. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Announcement Day July 24, 2012? [CR2]
« on: June 22, 2012, 10:42:04 AM »
Lets hope the 200-400 f4 is one of the len's announced. I need one for October as im off to the forest to shoot bears, with a camera not a gun.


400 + 1.4x is not enough for close ups at a safe distance of bears in the wild.

You need 700mm or more in glass.

Doesn't that depend on your definition of "safe"?

Hah! Reminds me of my favorite bear safety tip from the folks at the National Park Service in Yellowstone: "Bear spray is not used like insect repellent and is not a substitute for common sense."

Germany / Photoshop Training (French)
« on: June 21, 2012, 11:25:07 PM »
I guess I'll post this on the German board, since there isn't one for France.

Groupon offering some sort of discount on Adobe training for Photoshop or Dreamweaver. Signed up for Groupon before I went to France last year and still getting their e-mails. I don't speak French, but it looks like its 89 Euro for the training.


Its getting like that south park episode where every one bought hybrids. Smug levels are getting outta control.

Yes...Plus 1 or 2 or whatever.

On the other hand, I admit I take a bit of pleasure seeing all the "I've-got-a-bigger-sensor-than-you" folks going ape-crap trying to tear down DXO simply because they don't like the results. After all, we 7D owners have to constantly listen to some pretty intense smug levels every day on this forum. 

Personally, I'm tired that every discussion of the 7D gets hijacked by:

1) Those who can't let go of APS-H even though it is so done you need to stick a fork in it;

2) Fools who think that full frame trumps everything; and perhaps most annoying of all

3) Single-digit fetishists who can't stand the thought that Canon would actually use a single digit to market an APS-C camera.

Rant Over.

Yes. Depending on what your criteria is, Nikon made a better camera this cycle and they are selling it for $500 less. Frankly, I'm glad. Competition in the marketplace is the only thing that gives companies the discipline they need to excel.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / 580 EXII Discontinued
« on: June 21, 2012, 03:28:08 PM »
That's what Photo Rumors guy is reporting. Any confirmation Canon Rumors Guy?

Not a big surprise I suppose.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Pressure By the Nikon D600?
« on: June 20, 2012, 01:32:55 PM »
There appears to be a strong view on the forums that Nikon lenses cost more at the moment than Canon. It seems that Canon are charging a lot more for their very latest lens releases compared to their earlier versions even allowing for 'original' lens prices. So if they replace a few more lenses in their range could Nikon/Canon lens cost situation be reversed?

Nearly 35 years ago I chose Canon because I was a struggling young newspaper photographer (and yes, many papers expect photographers to buy their own equipment) and I could get an fourth lens for what I saved buying Canon over Nikon. I'm no longer young or a newspaper photographer, but like most people I still have constraints.

This price inflation on lenses has me very concerned and I think Canon is making a big mistake if it continues.

EOS Bodies / Re: NEW FF Body that is able to take EF-S Lens
« on: June 19, 2012, 11:20:17 PM »
I kind of hesitate to bring this up as I am bored with the whole APS-H thing, but I am curious. Has anyone mounted the Tokina 11-16 on a 1D? Does it vignette at the wide end?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sandisk Memory Card Sale - Today Only at B&H
« on: June 19, 2012, 07:31:54 PM »
Just a reminder that Canon Price Watch also does a price watch on memory cards on its site. You can compare prices there.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Mirrorless Entry
« on: June 19, 2012, 03:51:38 PM »
Let the gnashing of teeth begin.

Can someone explain the logic here to me, because no matter how hard I try, it just doesn't make sense.

1) There are too many APS-C camera bodies.  According to whom? They are all selling quite nicely, which is the criteria Canon and Nikon use to judge whether or not their marketing strategy is working. Does someone on this forum have some inside knowledge or secret criteria that trumps sales?

2) Canon and Nikon need to merge their second tier crop bodies with their flagship crop bodies. Why? Both seem to have found their markets and sell very well. As long as both companies recover their costs and make a profit on both bodies, what incentive is there to merge them?

3) There isn't enough room for differentiation between the 70D and 7DII. This is basically a variant of #2, but it is patently false. There is already a significant gap in features and construction between the 60D and 7D. The upgrade path for each is pretty clear: 70D inherits most of the features of the 7D, but retains the same body construction and style; 7DII inherits most of the features of the 5DIII but retains the APS-C sensor. Still plenty to differentiate them both and the full frame differentiates the 5DIII and the 7D II.

4) You can't have an APS-C body with a single-digit designation. Probably the most childish and irrational of the points. Who says? It's Canon's company and they can use any designation they want. It's a marketing tool and just like the "L" lens designation, it means whatever Canon wants it to mean. As their use of "L" demonstrates, they don't feel the need to be consistent in anything except that the designation means a higher price.

5) You can't have both an entry-level full frame camera and a flagship APS-C body. Setting aside the fact that this mysterious full frame camera has yet to surface, why can't you? If given a choice between a fully-equipped 7DII that basically mirrors the 5DIII in everything but sensor size vs. a stripped down full framer that causes all my telephoto lenses to lose more than a third of their reach, I know which I will pick. Both cameras can exist side by side because they both have different target markets.

6) Canon wants to move everyone to full frame. Well, yes, they said that several years ago. That's good marketing language, but I'm not seeing a lot of evidence to back it up. And, frankly, wouldn't it make more sense for Canon and Nikon to try to move their enthusiast, prosumer and professional markets to two bodies instead of just one. Having a top of the line 7DII and an entry-level full frame just gives them an opportunity to sell more cameras to the same customers.

Let me go back to point #5 briefly. If Canon is concerned about any camera sales being cannibalized by a bargain full frame body, wouldn't they be more concerned about the bargain camera hurting the sales of the 5DIII? If they make such a camera it has to compete with the feature set of the rumored Nikon full framer without coming too close to the 5DIII. That's a much bigger challenge to differentiation, than the challenge of differentiating the 7DII from the beginner's full frame camera.

(As an aside, how they do that, I think is pretty clear. They will do it the same way they differentiate the 60D from the 7D: Construction. The full framer will likely be an overgrown 60D in a similar composite body with a weaker autofocus and slower frame rate, but with a nifty swivel screen)

Lenses / Re: Where is the Lens EF40mm F2.8 STM made in?
« on: June 18, 2012, 10:48:38 PM »
Maybe this http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/about_canon?pageKeyCode=pressreldetail&docId=0901e02480581e9a is why the 1DX has been delayed.

Need to get the new factory up and running. :)

Just to add some fuel to the fire: I don't think we know what the quality of the new 18-135 STM lens is yet, so that might be Number Four.

Does make you wonder too, if Canon is considering changing formats, why they would be releasing their first affordable zoom for video in EF-S format? 

I think I'm just going to surrender on the whole APS-H format discussion. It's become a religious issue for some people and no amount of logic or facts will shake their faith that APS-H will rise from the dead and walk the earth again.

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