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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSLR viewfinders
« on: April 03, 2012, 01:50:01 PM »
Best viewfinder I ever used was on my Nikon SP 35mm rangefinder. It was 100%. Lifesize. You could shoot with both eyes open and see a very large area outside the photographed area.

The main viewfinder had a paralex correcting frame that floated in the field of view with the focusing area in the center. There was a ring that you turned to "drop in" frames for 80mm(?), 105mm and 135mm FOV. For WA lens use you moved your eye slightly to the left and viewed through a less than lifesize viewfinder that covered the FOV of a 28mm lens. Inside the 28mm field was a frame that defined the FOV of a 35mm lens.

Lenses / Re: What lens are you patiently waiting for?
« on: March 29, 2012, 10:48:00 PM »
The 500 f/4L II. It will be so much easier to carry around than my present one.

Lenses / Re: If you could only have one
« on: March 26, 2012, 08:36:41 PM »
100-400 on a crop body.
It was my first DSLR lens (on a 50D) and works well with our friendly Florida birds. I did spend $200 on the 28-135 kit lens too. If you let me I would add a full frame body to get a bit wider when I needed it.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Kitty
« on: March 23, 2012, 08:08:28 AM »
And here's Walter with Lulu the dog.  Kinda grainy, at ISO 3200.

Takes me back to my childhood when our large black & white cat would try to wash our English Setter, a never ending task for him.

Site Information / Karma Gone?
« on: March 17, 2012, 08:40:46 AM »
Well, as of this morning Karma may be gone. I got my first smites when answering a "What lenses to take to Africa" post. I mentioned a friend had recently returned and I would see if I could find his post about it. Then I made the fatal error of saying he used Brand N equipment and the post was most likely on the brand N Cafe site. When I returned to edit my post with the link to his post  there they were.

Site Information / Re: Karma is gone?
« on: March 17, 2012, 08:29:41 AM »
I flipped back to the home page for a more careful look and no notice there about it. But I don't see how it could go away without CR changing something. Then saw this thread.

EOS Bodies / Re: Anyone else wish Canon would ditch the 3x2 format?
« on: March 13, 2012, 02:37:27 PM »
Well, the 3:2 dates back to pre-WWII when the 35mm film still cameras were developed. IIRC it was based on 35mm movie film (about 5:4 horizontally on a vertically moving film stock) that was turned "sideways" (horizontal) in the still cameras and used two of the movie frames and the space between the pair of frames to yield a larger negative than the cine film did.

If you enlarge the sensor you are going to need new lenses that will cover the enlarged sensor. Three lens series? EF, EF-S and EF-? where some "EF" lenses will cover the enlarged sensor and others will not?

I don't think Canon would introduce a third series of EF type lenses for DSLRs. Perhaps for MF or mirrorless.

Canon General / Re: Should I move up to FF or get more lens
« on: March 13, 2012, 09:14:06 AM »
^ +1

Lenses / Re: 16-35 2.8ii vs 17-40 for filters and corner sharpness?
« on: March 13, 2012, 09:04:59 AM »
Cokin makes a "wide" holder for the 85 filters that only holds a single filter not the normal 3 of their other holder. Costs around $25 at 2filter & B&H. This may help you get down below 24mm on a full frame. Otherwise it looks like the 4" wide filters are the only way out.

I'd work on the filters rather than quiting at 24mm for landscapes.

Lenses / Re: "Walkaround" prime for FF?
« on: March 10, 2012, 04:27:47 PM »
Ask some old person (like me) what lens did they want/buy when they got a new 35mm film body (that's Full Frame)?

Probably 49 out of 50 will say the 50mm f/1.4. It was considered to be the "Normal" lens focal length and everyone wanted the 1.4 rather than the 1.8/1.9/2.0 that was offered at a lower price.

It's still the best "walk around" "prime."

Canon General / Re: Gear upgrade. Is 7D still worth buying?
« on: March 10, 2012, 04:17:29 PM »
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.

Edit: Canon 7D is $1087

Canon General / Re: Restraint of trade?
« on: March 10, 2012, 04:09:07 PM »
I wonder if this'll affect the spread between U.S. and grey-market prices.

Looking on B&H there does not seem to be much of a difference in price between their grey market and USA items. Twenty years ago there seemed to be a larger gap.

Canon General / Re: Gear upgrade. Is 7D still worth buying?
« on: March 10, 2012, 03:58:58 PM »
Go for the 7D. I liked my 7D so much that when I found out about the CLP I bought a second one. About $1087 + tax. I kept the small gold sticker on the refurb so I could tell it from the older one I bought new, otherwise could not tell them apart.

I have the 15-85 that spends a lot of time on my old 50D for "snapshot" work and a 7D for casual landscapes. It starts at a nice wide point (24mm FOV) and goes to a 136mm tele FOV. Delivers nice IQ at a less than four figure price. Lenses are not on the CLP so Canon's refurb shop is the only place to get one at a lower price and when you add the sales tax and shipping charges you may find that a new lens with the one year guarentee is worth the slight price increase.

Lenses / Re: Rumored 10 new lenses, 5 of which (CR) mentioned...
« on: March 10, 2012, 03:34:21 PM »
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.

This might be the final thing to push me into starting a FF landscape kit  :-\

EOS Bodies / Re: Who's in for a trip to the US ?
« on: March 07, 2012, 11:16:54 AM »
In NYC, the total sales tax on most items, including electronics, is 8.875%.  See "Items 2-8" under "Tax Rates."
It just keeps going up! Makes me glad we moved to Florida five years ago.  ;D

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