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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

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.

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