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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III - Price Drop Details
« on: March 06, 2012, 09:15:26 AM »
It took the 7D quite a while to drop in price and then it was only $100 so I would not be waiting for the $2999 5D3 if you are looking at a purchase in the next year and a half.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark II Price Drop
« on: March 04, 2012, 10:56:01 AM »
I got a mailing from Hunts two days ago with a $2199 price for the 5D2 and the regular $3499.99 for the 5D3 Preorder. They had a "special" phone number to call for the special prices. Their website still had the 5D2 at $2399.

I'll wait and see where prices settle by April. Wondering what will happen to the Refurb and CLP prices. How low will they go?

EOS Bodies / Re: New 5D2 Price - Cheaper!
« on: March 03, 2012, 09:34:18 PM »
Got an email from Hunt's yesterday listing the 5D2 at $2199.00  :) and the 5D3 preorder at $3499.99  :(

I'm looking for a landscape body (and some lenses) as a next purchase and the 5D3 does not give me what I want right now. But considering the price of the 5D3 right now I don't know how much a 30+ MP body would cost but probably enough that I would not jump too quickly.

Thinking about a 5D2, looks like $2199 may be the new price there based on Hunt's latest email. Going to speak with two bird/wildlife pros I know who both shoot 5D2s for landscape about going with it and what they think the 5D3 improvments would do for landscape work. One guy has the full set of TS-E lenses (not much need for improved AF there) and a 17-40mm that see most of his landscape use. The other guy mainly uses a 16-35 and a little bit of the 24-105 for landscape.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII pre-order thread
« on: March 02, 2012, 10:26:56 PM »
I ordered the body only at 12:10 and the kit later on at 11AM in the morning.

Does the kit normally ship later than the body?

A lot of times it seems to be a crap shoot. May depend on how many the dealer orders of each and how many of each they get delivered.

EOS Bodies / Re: So who thinks there will be a 7D Mk. II now?
« on: March 01, 2012, 10:23:00 PM »
So does the 7D line live on or just get replaced by the 70D?

Depends on the 5DIII price that will be announced tonight.

If it's $3500, then yes, the 7D line will live on a happy life for a couple more years.

But if the 5DIII is announced at $2699 tonight (which is my bet), then expect the 70D to replace the 7D this fall as the top-of-the-line 1.6x model - with 22mp, 19 AF points (or more), 6fps, and 100% viewfinder.

All that for $1299. Let's see who will miss the 7D then.

Well, that sounded good until you got down to the 6fps.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Full Spec List?
« on: March 01, 2012, 03:39:52 PM »
Thank you for not changing the battery type and keep the LP-E6 for this beauty.  ;)


EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Full Spec List?
« on: March 01, 2012, 02:43:46 PM »
I haven't read through the whole thread so forgive me if I'm asking something that has already been addressed.  But is anyone else curious as to the purpose of the CR1616 battery listed in the box contents?  That's a nickle-sized, flat disc type battery.

For date/time functions to keep running when you are charging your batteries

It came factory installed on my new 50D and 7D and my CLP 7D. When you read the "Getting Started" section of the manual there is no mention of installing the CRxxxx battery. It's back in the "Replacing the Date/Time Battery" section. I imagine the 40D and 5D2 are the same.

Boy, don't I feel stupid  :-\  I've been shooting with a 5DMKII that I bought new a year ago and I swear I don't remember seeing or installing this battery.  But I just looked in the manual and sure enough, there it is on page 217.  Did this come factory installed on the Mark II?

EOS Bodies / Re: canonrumors phototips live cast 1 March 2012
« on: February 29, 2012, 06:40:25 PM »
So that's what about 4 in the morning gmt?  8)
Sounds like a party, cupcakes and beer for all!!  ;D

Yes, 0400 GMT. We are still on standard time on this side of the pond. Should go to Daylight Savings (Summertime) the second weekend in March.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 7D + 100-400mm & 400 F5.6
« on: February 28, 2012, 07:58:50 PM »
My first DSLR kit was a 50D and 100-400 (and the 28-135 kit lens) and I was shooting birds. Added a monopod and could hold it on target much longer waiting for that perfect head position. Later added a 7D and love the improved autofocus, much better on BIF. Added a second 7D later and semi-retired the 50D but still have it and use it.

Always been happy with the results from the 100-400. It is an older lens and likes more light than my 70-200 f/4L IS but it works well in daylight. Never used the 400 f/5.6L.

EOS Bodies / Re: Pre-Order Canon 5D Mark III
« on: February 28, 2012, 02:12:55 PM »
Yes, IF I wanted one and it was important to me.

But I think a new/older 5D2 will be a fine Landscape camera for me and that's all I need from the 5D series right now. So I'll wait a while and see where the 5D2 prices go.

EOS Bodies / Re: The new 5D Mark III ?!?! PICS!
« on: February 28, 2012, 09:40:51 AM »
Would the existing 7D users sell off your current 7D's after you buy the 5D3, if the AF of 5D3 can match the 7D?

NO. I use a 500 mm f/4L IS on my 7D. The 800mm (for a FF body) is too expensive and since it's an f/8 I could not add a 1.4x to it and still keep AF on the 5D3.

A lot of people think we shoot 7Ds because we cannot afford 5Ds. But there are a few of us that need a very good APS-C camera because we cannot afford a pair of 1D Mk IVs. And the additional cost and weight of a 600mm f/4L IS makes the 500 a better solution.

But I am thinking of a 5D2 for a landscape kit body.

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: February 24, 2012, 07:32:47 PM »
Well it says its not a 2.8.......
I wonder if Canon will double the price on this one also.

At least double! After all it's a faster f/2.0 not a slow f/2.8  :(

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next 5D on February 27/28, 2012 [CR3]
« on: February 22, 2012, 04:06:03 PM »
Let's hope that it's not $3500 body only!

Well, the 5D2 + 24-105 kit is $3199 at B&H today. So I don't think that $3500 could be for the 5D3 + 24-105 kit, just $300 for the new body? No.

Perhaps for the new 5D3 + 50mm f/1.8 kit? Perhaps.

I'm wondering about the 5D2 returning to CLP. It was $1599 for the refurbs there a while back and then Canon pulled it  :(

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 500 & 600 f/4L IS II in May
« on: February 18, 2012, 10:13:35 PM »
I was looking at moving up from my 500 f/4L to the 600 f/4L II but the "lighter" 600 II would weigh as much as my 500 and I really want something lighter so decided to go with the 500 II.

Then I didn't win the $325 Million Powerball last weekend  :(

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