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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

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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.

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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.

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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  :-\

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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."
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dof/html/business/business_tax_nys_sales.shtml

It just keeps going up! Makes me glad we moved to Florida five years ago.  ;D

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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.

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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?

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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  :(

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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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EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII pre-order thread
« on: March 02, 2012, 10:26:56 PM »
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?

A lot of times it seems to be a crap shoot. May depend on how many the dealer orders of each and how many of each they get delivered.

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EOS Bodies / Re: So who thinks there will be a 7D Mk. II now?
« on: March 01, 2012, 10:23:00 PM »
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.

Well, that sounded good until you got down to the 6fps.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Full Spec List?
« on: March 01, 2012, 03:39:52 PM »
Thank you for not changing the battery type and keep the LP-E6 for this beauty.  ;)

+1

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Full Spec List?
« on: March 01, 2012, 02:43:46 PM »
I haven't read through the whole thread so forgive me if I'm asking something that has already been addressed.  But is anyone else curious as to the purpose of the CR1616 battery listed in the box contents?  That's a nickle-sized, flat disc type battery.

For date/time functions to keep running when you are charging your batteries

It came factory installed on my new 50D and 7D and my CLP 7D. When you read the "Getting Started" section of the manual there is no mention of installing the CRxxxx battery. It's back in the "Replacing the Date/Time Battery" section. I imagine the 40D and 5D2 are the same.

Boy, don't I feel stupid  :-\  I've been shooting with a 5DMKII that I bought new a year ago and I swear I don't remember seeing or installing this battery.  But I just looked in the manual and sure enough, there it is on page 217.  Did this come factory installed on the Mark II?

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EOS Bodies / Re: canonrumors phototips live cast 1 March 2012
« on: February 29, 2012, 06:40:25 PM »
So that's what about 4 in the morning gmt?  8)
 
Sounds like a party, cupcakes and beer for all!!  ;D

Yes, 0400 GMT. We are still on standard time on this side of the pond. Should go to Daylight Savings (Summertime) the second weekend in March.

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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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