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EOS Bodies / Re: An EOS 3D Mention [CR1]
« on: December 29, 2012, 12:35:18 PM »
Why if it's in a 1 series style body couldn't an upcoming high MP body be called the 1Ds mk IV?
I bet it won't be called anything "D". When all cameras are digital, the D is superfluous anyway, and I think time is about ripe to drop it. Maybe "EOS 1S" if it's 1-series like body with vertical handle, or 3S or 5S without. Or maybe some other letter. Given "EOS M" they might even drop the initial number altogether ("EOS S"), but I don't think that's very likely.

Sounds strange. I can think of exactly one feature that might make me want such a camera: if the lens were a real macro lens. Even then f/2.8-6 doesn't sound particularly appealing, but with otherwise good feature set (like flexible LCD) and right price might make it tempting.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Using 1DX in very low temperatures
« on: December 10, 2012, 01:34:27 PM »
Last winter I did a little test and kept my 7D outdoors for over two weeks when temperature stayed below -20°C, most of the time closer to or below -30°C, taking pictures with remote control (using WFT-E5) every now and then, and it just kept working. It was hooked to AC power though, batteries would obviously have died in that time. I'm quite sure the 1DX is at least as tough.

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 07, 2012, 02:47:35 PM »
I want to win!
(Nothing original about that, but hey, better than nothing.)

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M With Viewfinder Coming Late 2013? [CR]
« on: December 04, 2012, 09:51:57 AM »
Does [CR] without a number mean even less plausible than [CR0]?

EOS Bodies / Re: Downgrade to crop
« on: December 03, 2012, 03:24:52 PM »
Reach; this is only a question of money. Are you willing to pay twice as much for a lens, to get the same reach with a FF, as you would have to with a APS-C?
Not only money, but also bulk and weight. If I want to shoot birds at a location I have to walk three days in difficult terrain to reach (with camping gear, food &c on my back), the weight difference between a crop body with 400mm lens vs. FF body and 600mm lens (and heavier tripod) is non-trivial.

EOS Bodies / Re: Possible positive 6D surprise? Should I wait?
« on: November 24, 2012, 06:41:38 AM »
I can't get past the fact that the 6D doesn't have a joystick or rear wheel
The 6D does have rear wheel, although (just like the 60D) no joystick.

Also wonder why they'd announce this 6 months before it was availabile....not like its killing me not to have it.  Just seems really strange to announce something so far in advance.  The 1Dx and 7D firmwares were available almost the same day, right? 
Not quite. The 7D firmware was announced some two months in advance, and became available on the pre-announced date, not any earlier. The 1DX firmware, however, was available on the next day after announcement.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: upgrading from rebel xsi: T4i or used 7D
« on: October 21, 2012, 07:17:47 AM »
I have used both (7D a lot, 650D --which I think is the same as Rebel T4i-- a little, wife has it).
For sports or other kind of action shooting, I wouldn't think twice: 7D has way better AF, faster frame rate and superior ergonomics.

Th 650D has advantages in video (live AF, flexible LCD), and flexible LCD can be useful for other purposes as well (especially macro), but that's about it. Oh yeah, there's the touchscreen, if you care about that. And it is smaller and lighter (which is why my wife likes it).
Image quality is all but identical; the 650D has a slight advantage in JPG processing, but if you shoot raw you can't tell them apart.

EOS Bodies / Re: do crop sensors really add reach?
« on: October 20, 2012, 03:16:19 AM »
Assuming money was no object, a 1D X with a 600mm f/4 L II IS and a pair of Mark III TC's is definitely the way to go. I don't think money can currently buy a better set of gear for a nature fan.
Money is not the only limitation. I use my 7D a lot in wilderness hikes, and the key limitation there is weight. Added to camping gear, food &c, 7D with 100-400 and one or two smaller lenses and light-weight tripod I end up carrying over 30kg in my back for a week - while I just might be able to cope with a 1DX, there's no way I could take a 600mm f/4.

EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: With what features would you consider the 6d?
« on: September 18, 2012, 11:47:42 PM »
The only thing I really miss is the swivel screen, but I'll probably buy it anyway, if its low-light high-ISO performance is as good as that of the 5D3. For my intended use, it would actually be better than the 5D3: I won't be using AF at all, it is smaller and lighter than 5D3, and I do have use for both GPS and WiFi (I did buy WFT-E5 for my 7D, after all).

But the high-ISO performance is the key. I will wait for test results, and if it turns out to be noticeably worse than 5D3 in that respect, I'll spring for the 5D3.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specs? [CR1]
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:15:43 AM »
My real question concerning C or H sensor is how many people on here are actually using a 7D with ef-s lens'?  How many people spend that much on a camera, that much more for a 7D II upgrade and then puts $300 glass on it.
I use mine a lot with the 17-55 and the 10-22 mm lenses, both of which admittedly did cost more than $300.

Canon General / Re: Why is UK ripped off on new releases including 650D?
« on: August 08, 2012, 10:22:24 AM »
Then again not everyone has the opportunity to just go to america to buy a camera ..
I frequently buy cameras from USA via mail order, when it's significantly cheaper than buying locally (even after shipping costs and taxes). That's not always the case, though, sometimes there's no difference or local prices can even be cheaper.

Canon General / Re: Why is UK ripped off on new releases including 650D?
« on: August 08, 2012, 10:18:36 AM »
I assume 'import taxes' are the same level for lenses as cameras when they are both coming from the same country
No - at least in Finland (and I'm pretty sure it's EU-wide) lenses have an import duty of 6.5% or so, whereas camera bodies have none (of course VAT applies for both, and it varies from country to country). That doesn't explain all of the difference, though.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Packing list for trip of a lifetime
« on: July 22, 2012, 12:25:34 AM »
2. As far as the extreme conditions associated with boating is concerned you might want to listen to Martin Bailey's podcast on his trip to Antartica. He recommended a waterproof bag - pricey but if you are shooting with Canon pro gear...
I don't recall any problems carrying cameras in regular Lowepro bags. Waterproof bags are clumsy to open and close, not worth it in Galapagos.
I would go for a 7D with 70-300L, and a 5D with 16-35L at least. Plus a standard such as the 24-105L, and a maybe second lens for the 7D - but there are few that are weather sealed.

If you want BiF then I'd go for either third party TC's (the 70-300 doesn't work with Canon's) or the 100-400 with a Canon 1.4x TC
(not good with a 2x TC in my opinion).
Agreed on the 70-300L. You might make do with one wide-angle, depending on your shooting style.

The 100-400L is not very good even with the 1.4x, and with 7D it won't autofocus with it either. But by itself it works very well with 7D. As for water-sealing, I wouldn't worry about it. It's not that wet there.
Not sure myself if a fast fifty is required - but it's small enough to hardly notice.
I carried one and hardly used it at all. (It was very useful later on the same trip on Equador mainland, though.)
Unless you are really going to concentrate on underwater photography I would take a few rugged waterproof P&S cameras instead - it would give something for the other two people to shoot with if you are only taking two bodies.
I actually missed the "two bodies" part in the original message - probably subconsciously filtered it as impossible. I'd never think of going to Galapagos without at least one body PER PERSON and one spare in case one breaks. If I go there again I'll take two bodies and a waterproof P&S just for myself, and my wife wouldn't be caught dead without at least one DSLR and a P&S of her own.

Seriously: If the kids are even remotely interested in nature photography, buy, borrow or steal at least one more body (even a lowly Rebel). When walking on the islands you really need a camera and a long(ish) lens for every person (200mm is enough for most purposes, BIF excluded). Wide-angle lenses can be shared easier, sceneries wait for you to swap lenses.

And get one bag per SLR, capable of holding it with one long lens, so that everyone (every photographer) carries one. For yourself a little bigger bag with room for the wide-angle lenses &c. Backbacks or good shoulder/sling bags that stay put when jumping off a boat. Forget Pelicans and the like.

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