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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.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Packing list for trip of a lifetime
« on: July 17, 2012, 12:22:36 AM »
Travelling to the Galapagos Islands in a few short weeks with the wife and two teenagers, all de facto photo enthusiasts
I was there... what, 12 years ago. For photo/wildlife enthusiast, it's wonderful.
I had EOS 3 back then, 100-400L, 28-135IS and 50/1.4 if memory serves,
my wife carried EOS 300 and 75-300IS (and some short lens I've forgotten).
We will each have our own camera body, and obviously sharing lenses
for the bodies, and  70-200, 100-400, 16-35 and 24-70 zooms I propose, laptop, external hard drives. & accessories we plan on sharing
That doesn't sound much for four people. I would expect that to lead to serious
fights about the long lenses, especially the 100-400, if there's more than one
person with any interest in birds. To save weight I would leave the laptop and HDDs though,
just take a lot of memory cards (I mean a *LOT* - I'd plan on at least 1000 pictures per person per day).
And plenty of spare batteries, too. (You may not be able to charge them on the boat - check in advance.)
Also, any suggestions/personal experiences on an underwater camera/housing for a small point and shoot possibly? We will have opportunities for snorkeling (sharks / seals are abundant photo ops) and would add a P/S if people like one enough to convince me.
Absolutely! We didn't have any underwater photo gear then and have regretted it ever since. :-)

I'd suggest forgetting underwater housings and getting something like Canon D20 (I've got a D10, which is fine, the D20 is smaller).
I am still debating the value (weight) of bringing my Induro GHB2 head (3+ lbs), Manfrotto 055 Carbon Fiber - Q90 - 4 Section tripod (another 3+ lbs) and /or monopod - versus lighter options.
As I recall, I had hardly any opportunities to use a tripod. If I was going again, I'd leave it at home.
A monopod would be more useful but not really essential either. For most of the time there's plenty
of light - I had no trouble shooting ISO 100 slide film handheld almost all the time.
I am also CPS member who could 'evaluate' just about any lens for a week, but with trip overlapping with Olympics, selection/availability might not be great. Was thinking about 28-300, so if Neuro (or others) have experience with that, let me know.   I am considering a trial of this lens to help limit my weight, but I love my 70-200 and 100-400, AND if I bring 3 white whales with me, not sure my wife will still want to be seen with me  :)
I'm sure my wife would never forgive me if we went there again without at least one long white lens for each of us. :-)

If your kids are really into photography, you can really expect fights over the long lenses.
If at all possible, get at least one more tele lens. (I'd get two, so that there'd be one for
every person, but perhaps your wife isn't as much into long lenses as mine).
The 28-300 (never tried it) would probably be great, but as a lighter alternative, consider the 70-300L IS. If weight becomes limiting, drop the 16-35.

In any case, good luck, and have fun! There aren't many better places in the world for
wildlife photography.

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