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Lenses / Re: 17-40mm advice please!
« on: March 03, 2013, 01:06:41 PM »
I would get the 24-105 as a kit lens when you get your FF body. As others have said, you can't beat the discount price when the 24-105 comes in the kit. That's what I did.

I like my 17-40 as an UWA when I am shooting FF landscapes. Stopped down to f/8-11 it is as good as the 16-35.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII and D400 Specs
« on: March 02, 2013, 08:42:43 AM »
I just love speculating that the 7D 2 will be APS-H to see the APS-C crowd reactions :D

it's like a wind up toy that you wind up and let go and they bounce around all over the place make lots of noise then calm down eventually... until you wind them up again! ;)

No, everyone knows that the 5D3 has superior IQ to the 7D so if you want a new APS-H camera call it the 5D Mark IV. A smaller, lighter body than a 1 series and the "5D Mark IV" would recall the 1D Mark IV and may help boost sales.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Made the Jump
« on: March 02, 2013, 08:22:52 AM »
You will enjoy it. I added a 5D3 and some lenses to my kit last year. I still smile when I PP images from it.

But I kept my 7Ds for birds. Some experts will knock the extra reach of a crop but my 500 f/4L cost a lot less than an 800 f/5.6L for FF would and is a stop faster. Can add a 1.4x to the 500 but still can't add one to an 800 and shoot with the 5D3.

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Lenses / Re: Keep or sell??
« on: March 02, 2013, 07:56:15 AM »
Keep it ... it will serve as a back up lens ... also, as you said that by selling it "you won't make much on it anyway" ... besides if/when you want to do some video in low light (at that focal length) it will come in really handy. Over a period of 6 years I had three Canon 50 f/1.8 lenses, the only reason I don't have any of them now is coz I gave them away as a "free gift bundle" to "enhance" the sale of my Canon 400D, 500D & 7D. So keep it, if for nothing else one day it will come in handy when you want to sell some of your other gear.
+1
Might also be a good lens to take to the beach.

I still have my 50D & 28-135 kit lens. Couldn't get that much for it (not enough for a small L lens) and thought if I took a trip it would be a good backup body just in case.

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Lenses / Re: Best Value "Normal" Lens for 6d?
« on: February 27, 2013, 09:32:03 AM »
I exchanged my 135 for a 100 2.0 and 200 2.8 - more useful for indoor volleyball.  The 135 2.0 was sort of an "inbetween" focal length for my needs.  I wonder if that'll change by going to FF.  If so then it'll be clear that I'm a dick.
Yes, the 200 2.8 will be like your 135 on a crop  :(

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PowerShot / Re: Comparable Camera to the Sony RX100
« on: February 20, 2013, 10:31:40 PM »
I thought about buying the Sony RX100, but ended up buying the Canon s100 when it was on sale for $229 on Amazon. I plan to take it on a trip in which I'll already be taking 2 DSLR bodies and an assortment of lenses. If it were to be my only camera, I'd pay the $648. But as a point and shoot, and for my uses, I decided to put the $400+ difference toward other uses. That said, if the price spread had been say $100, there is no question that I would have bought the Sony.
+1

Bought the S100 on Black Friday for $229 from Amazon too. Got it in silver, figured it looked "less pro" than black and wouldn't cook as much in the Florida sun. Happy with my choice.

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Canon General / Re: Since 7D MkII isn't coming soon.....
« on: February 18, 2013, 04:07:39 PM »
I'd go with the 7D and consider refurbed or used. Then when the 7D2 comes out wait a while for the price to drop. Look how much the 5D3 has dropped in a year!

I liked my first 7D so much that when I found the Canon Loyalty Program I bought a second (refurbed) one. I think the older one, bought new, is the one that is gripped and on my 500 on a tripod. The other one usually has the 100-400 mounted for BIF and no grip to keep the weight down. Other than the serial number I can't tell them apart.

I'm going to wait a while to replace them with the 7D2 if it turns out to be much better then the 7D.

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Canon General / Re: With the Yen plunging, will we see price drops now?
« on: February 18, 2013, 03:50:03 PM »
Question:  If the High Yen = High Canon Prices argument was as valid as was asserted so many times, will we now expect to see this effect working in reverse?  Or will prices stay the same, and the True Believers simply latch onto some other factor to explain it?

I remember decades ago when the Mark rose vs. the Dollar the price of a Benz rose because of it. When the Mark dropped vs. the Dollar the prices held.

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Canon General / Re: Do you see lenses when you check the time?
« on: February 18, 2013, 03:45:04 PM »
Primes? Of course. Primes even work here in the US.

If one of the dogs gets up early I can see 5:00 on the alarm clock. Before I retired 5:00 PM was one of the best times of the day, now it's time to pull a bottle out of the wine refrig. and chill a white one or let a red warm a bit to serving temperature.

If I'm going out to shoot birds with my 500 I set the alarm for 5:00 AM. I dream about a 600 II.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma lens for birding?
« on: February 05, 2013, 10:54:56 PM »
A local pro I shoot birds with at times with had a Canon 100-400. Borrowed a Sigma 50-500 from another pro, used it for a few months, really liked it and bought one for himself. Returned the borrowed one and sold his 100-400. I did a quick look through his blog and couldn't fine a mention of it but he obviously liked it better than the 100-400. Sorry.

I still like my 100-400 but then I'm not a pro.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D or 5D Mark III
« on: January 29, 2013, 09:12:16 AM »
If you pick up a FF camera, I agree with J.R. suggestion to upgrade your lenses in the wide to short tele range.  I suggest selling your 28-135mm and picking up a 24-105L.  The 24-105L is an excellent general purpose lens on a full frame camera and very reasonably priced. 
+1

If you go FF get the 24-105 f/4L IS with it at the same time as the "kit" lens. It comes at a considerable discount.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Potential upgrade from 7D
« on: January 20, 2013, 02:22:13 PM »
When you are looking at prices for the 5D3 body check out the Kit price with the 24-105. Recently one of the big name stores was selling the kit for about $550 more than the body only. At that price I would consider adding the 24-105 to fill between the 16-40 and your 70-200.

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Lenses / Re: Your favorite lens is?
« on: January 14, 2013, 04:03:03 PM »
My two primes:

On both FF and crop the 500mm f/4L IS
On the FF the 24mm TS-E f/3.5L II

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Software & Accessories / Re: Black Rapid and dropped camera?
« on: January 06, 2013, 04:11:47 PM »
I have used a Black Rapid 7 to carry my 100-400 and ungripped 7D combo for about two years, no problems. I connect the BR 7 directly  to the lens. Once I tried it with the 500mm but that is too heavy for me to HH for more than a minute or so. Another plus with the BR is that the camera/lens does not hit the tripod like a neckstrap setup would when you are moving from the 100-400/7D for BIF to the tripod mounted 500/gripped 7D for nest shots.

The 5D3 has a neck strap. Usually shoot it with shorter lenses HH. When I use it with the tripod mounted 500 the neck strap just hangs there. Same thing with a tripod for landscapes, it just hangs there.

My gripped 7D has a neckstrap and is usually used with the tripod mounted 500mm. Makes it easy to swap T/Cs on and off, don't have to hold the body when making the swap. Also use it with shorter lenses.

Very happy with the Black Rapid 7.

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Nikon SP (black) with a matching 50mm f/1.4. Wonderful, fast handling rangefinder film camera. I think I'd still have it if it wasn't stolen from my car following a Christmas lighting shoot at a local mall in 1963. Upgrade from my S2 with much a better viewfinder system.

Rolleflex 2.8E twin lens reflex. A whole different way to shoot.

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