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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.

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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.

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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.

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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  :(

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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  :(

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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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Lenses / Re: Next 5D Kit Lens
« on: February 17, 2012, 04:52:04 PM »
Another one of those Senior Moments. Thought I said an IS lens not an AF lens. And a zoom.

But the 24mm TS-E is on my landscape list which is neither AF or Zoom. Oh well. Should have gotten back to this thread sooner.

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Lenses / Re: Is it worth waiting for an upgrade to 24-105?
« on: February 17, 2012, 11:41:35 AM »
I have a 7D body, with sigma 17-70, canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II, and I recently replace sigma 17-70 with canon 24-105 IS. The 24-105 is for sure the lens if you can only carry 1 lens. It is a lot sharper than sigma 17-70. I was debating on 24-105 f/4 IS or 24-70 f/2.8 for a while. The new 24-70 II makes the old look bad, and the new one is way to expensive, and without IS.  The 70-200 f/2.8 is so heavy, unless I know I will need to use f/2.8, I don't want to carry it.

As long as you know that you will be going FF at some time or don't need anything at the wide end you should do fine with your new lens. Enjoy!

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Lenses / Re: IS substitute for faster glass in low light? Not convinced.
« on: February 17, 2012, 10:37:04 AM »

yes exactly. now the questions is if the 24-105 requires 1/4 of a second (compared to 1/2 on the f/2.8), the IS allows you to hand hold it more steady, so what is the "effective" shutter speed? People claim that IS compensates 3-4 stops. does this translates to directly an effective shutter speed?
Are you thinking that IS changes the shutter speed or ISO setting? It doesn't.

If the f/2.8 requires 1/2 sec at 2.8 then the 24-105 f/4 will require 1 sec at f/4. If the IS compensates 3 stops it would be like trying to hold the camera at 1/8 sec. both lenses require the same amount of light to make the shot.

At a higher shutter speed you may move out of the "shake" zone and into an area where you can handhold better. If the scene requires 1/15 at f/2.8 at the ISO you picked it will require 1/8 at f/4 with either lens but holding a lens with 3 stop IS at 1/8 sec is like holding a no IS lens at 1/60 sec because the lens reduces the vibration/movement AS IF the camera was shooting with a shutter speed 3 stops faster.  3 stops.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Photo editing software for a new user...
« on: February 14, 2012, 04:27:53 PM »
If you bought the T3i new you got a CD with Canon's DPP and other useful programs in the box. You could try DPP. After all nothing is better than free.

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EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: February 14, 2012, 04:03:57 PM »
Why are you quoting your own post? :o

He meant to click Modify, but clicked Quote instead.  I do that from time to time.
Ok, now i understand  ;)

I now understand too.

Thanks Neuroanatomist. I just got back on and couldn't figure how I got the second post three minutes after the first. Didn't bother to read the second either. Thought I might have double clicked and it reposted but wondered why did it take three minutes.

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EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: February 14, 2012, 02:06:56 PM »
If this rumor is true I want to know who was the bird/sport/wildlife shooter that really pis anoyed the Canon execs? Kill the 1D4 and now kill the 7D?

If you merge the 7D into the 70D what will it cost for a xxxD shooter to move up to the 70D? Will they pay that much? Well, if they just move the present 7D into the smaller body they could save the development cost of a 7D2 but then what will 7D users do for an upgrade?

A question for the FF shooters that keep telling us to move up to FF. Do you shoot a supertelephoto + an extender? If I shot weddings and events there is no way I would have bought a second 7D rather than a 5D2 but I don't. At times I really need a 1120mm FOV (500mm x 1.4 x 1.6).

Perhaps I should buy a 1D4 before they are all gone, that way I would have f/8 AF with the lower crop. With what I have invested in white lenses and the nearly 2X increase in the prices of the Mark II superteles there is no way I could switch to the dark side.

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EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: February 14, 2012, 02:03:09 PM »
If this rumor is true I want to know who was the bird/sport/wildlife shooter that really pis anoyed the Canon execs? Kill the 1D4 and now kill the 7D?

If you merge the 7D into the 70D what will it cost for a xxxD shooter to move up to the 70D? Will they pay that much? Well, if they just move the present 7D into the smaller body they could save the development cost of a 7D2 but then what will 7D users do for an upgrade?

A question for the FF shooters that keep telling us to move up to FF. Do you shoot a supertelephoto + an extender? If I shot weddings and events there is no way I would have bought a second 7D rather than a 5D2 but I don't. At times I really need a 1120mm FOV (500mm x 1.4 x 1.6).

Perhaps I should buy a 1D4 before they are all gone, that way I would have f/8 AF with the lower crop.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Sensor...
« on: February 13, 2012, 10:35:57 AM »
I disagree.

The 7D has the best APS-C sensor currently offered by Canon.  The features that differentiate it from the lower models are build, AF, fps, etc. 

If the 7D had a larger sensor - even slightly larger - the image circle of EF-S lenses would not cover it. So...bad idea.


neuroanatomist: I recently went out shooting for a week with my brother inlaw. He has a 7d and a 24-70. I have a 550d and Tamron 17-50. Over the week we exchanged cameras several times for hours at a time. I expected his 7d+24-70 to blow the 550d away. Well, I was in for a surprise. Overall, the 550d + Tammy where at least as good as the 7d. I would even dare that in some cases they where better. When shooting at night in low light on a tripod, the 7d took quite a few seconds to digest each shot - the 550d was much quicker?

Bottom line is (my impression) that placing aside all of the 7d's pro qualities as far as AF, body, etc. from a pure IQ point of view - I saw no large advantage - and even seem to feel a certain annoying softness in the images.

Strange ? Can you comment?

Has your brother-in-law micro-adjusted the AF on his 7D with the 24-70? That should have gotten the focus right on.
Have you micro-adjusted the AF on your 550D with your Tamron 17-50? Oh, I dont think the 550D can microadjust. I know the 60D does not. That is something that was dropped during the "upgrade" from the 50D to the 60D  :(

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Uh, cliff notes version, I went to sleep with it on my tripod, tethered to my computer transferring a full card of RAW files over - tripod legs retracted, its about a foot off the ground. I woke up, somehow managed to kick the camera... and in slow, slow motion it fell... hit the ground...

and now the bit with the canon logo broke off. yes it hurt, yes i was stupid =(

canon says they can replace it, it'll cost RM199 to replace the front plate - not overly expensive i guess, but i expected magnesium alloy to be stronger... thankfully, the lens is okay - at least, i think its okay....its going in for a checkup as well - sending all my lenses in for calibration since the camera has to be sent off anyway....

considering I've seen (and heard of) videos/stories where the falls have been worse... im actually a bit surprised it just went crack - For what its worth, it cracked across the two screw holes, so that could have weakened it quite a bit....

I feel your pain and hope everything else is fine. BTW, have you bought a card reader yet?

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