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I'm also upgrading from a 450D - and decided to go with the 5D mk II. You can get one refurbished or used for a little more than the 7D. On amazon the 7D is about $1600 right now, in the Canon refurbished store the 5DII is $1760. Of course you can find a used/refurbished 7D even cheaper though.A Canon refurb 5D2 at the Canon Refurb store is $1760 + tax & shipping and a Canon [7D] refurb on the Canon Loyalty Program is $1087 + tax, no shipping last I looked. That comes out to about $690. That goes a good way to getting a nice lens.
I wonder if this'll affect the spread between U.S. and grey-market prices.
L-series versions of the TS-E 45mm and 90mm lenses.
+1 for the 90mm. That would make life complete.
In what way do find the 90mm lacking? Or do you just want the red ring?
To clarify, the original TS-E lenses have tilt and shift fixed at a 90 degree orientation to each other. It can be changed, but to do so requires disassembling the lens. The new L versions (17mm and 24mm II) allow altering the orientations of tilt and shift on-the-fly - and it's a great feature.
In NYC, the total sales tax on most items, including electronics, is 8.875%. See "Items 2-8" under "Tax Rates."
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?
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.