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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: July 31, 2014, 11:27:12 AM »
Of gear that I intend to be part of my active kit....EF 40 mm f/2.8 pancake. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: July 31, 2014, 06:17:21 AM »
Maybe in the context of what he is shooting the difference is negligible. Maybe he is at bright lights, always less than ISO 400 and bokeh/noise do not matter.  Maybe his clients do not perceive or require a difference.

Those contexts exist, sure. But I use 1 camera for all the different contexts in which I shoot. The 5DIII. And I like the images I get from it better than my excellent 7D.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 05:57:41 PM »
I know all the speculation is for the 100-400L, but, if I am going to think BIG.... EF 800 mm f/5.6

Just sayin'


I doubt it since they made it sound somewhat more like a lens for everyone.

Good point....but maybe Canon is just hoping that everyone will shell out $14k for a lens  ;D ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 05:00:17 PM »
I know all the speculation is for the 100-400L, but, if I am going to think BIG.... EF 800 mm f/5.6

Just sayin'

I've been thinking about it, and my kit has been updated to the point where I think I'll only be interested in the 100-400 II if it works very well with the 1.4 tc or if the IQ/AF/IS are just outstanding.  But the 2x tc with the 70-200 ii has become my travel combination and the 70-200 II has become my short telephoto lens.  As a result, I only use the 100-400L for local birding trips (@ 400 mm).  A new lens would have to be good enough to expand that niche to justify the expected cost differential.

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Software & Accessories / Re: RRS or Markins?
« on: July 28, 2014, 05:03:37 PM »

Markins generally is thought of as not playing well with other gear. 

I have the Markins Q3 on Gitzo monopod and the Q10 on Gitzo tripod. 7D with RRS L-Plate and 2 lens with collars and RRS lens plates, 2 RRS rails and Wimberley Arca Sidekick Ball to Gimbal Head Adapter and never had an issue with compatibility.

Very similarly, I have a Markins Q3T mounted on a Gitzo tripod and connect with RRS L- and lens plates.  No compatibility issues.  If anything, the Markins plays better with others as it has an adjustment screw that lets me adjust the quick release to other manufacturer's plates.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Big Stpper with UV filters
« on: July 17, 2014, 05:42:47 PM »
I don't have the Lee Big Stopper, but I use grad ND filters a lot.  I have found that I sometimes get mechanical vignetting at wider angles if I leave the protective filter on.  Something to look for. 

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: July 12, 2014, 09:47:25 PM »
It's weird. I've wanted this lens badly for years but this, if true, is coming at a time when things have changed to the point I may not get it. The 70-200 II with 2x tc has replaced my currant 100-400L in my travel kit.   That leaves local birding, and I have to wonder if the Tamron 150-600 may be better suited. To my needs plus I am saving up for a big white. We'll see. I've wanted this lens for so long I'll definitely look at it. But it is no longer a no brainer. 

Oh, and I like the push-pull.

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Canon General / Re: Have G.A.S. and can't to get rid of it!!
« on: July 11, 2014, 03:57:40 PM »
Usually G.A.S affects people more severely during the winter months.  This must be a powerful summer variety.  I recommend picking a theme and going out to shoot a lot of pictures with your current gear as a potential cure.

If that doesn't work....1 and 1.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How disappointed will you be if . . .?
« on: July 07, 2014, 11:43:50 AM »
+1 for those only expecting a marginally better sensor.  Other significant improvements such as fps and AF are more expected.  I also hope they work on the AA filter to help with sharpness.

But specifically looking at the sensor, everyone likes to tout Nikon/Sony and how much better they are, but when you compare the 70D (which is a bit better than the 7D sensor on dxomark measurements), the tonal range and SNR are very similar with the Nikon D7100.  There is some gain to be had in DR at low ISO and color sensitivity.  But I doubt either will be mind blowing. 

In short, even if you drop the latest cropped sensor from Sony/Nikon into the 7D II, it wouldn't give you FF performance in a crop sensor body.  It would be marginally better.  But many marginal improvements (sensor, AF, fps, etc) would be a very solid upgrade.  Maybe even throw in 4K video (not that too many here will care, but others would).

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EOS Bodies / Re: What do you hope-for MOST from Canon in 2014
« on: July 01, 2014, 05:02:08 PM »
Well, I've already spent my 2014 budget and I now want the EF 16-35 f/4 (in addition to the 85 f/1.2, and 135 f/2)....so I almost hope that they don't announce anything I want...

Almost.....

Let's get real, if I don't find the money this year there is always 2015's budget.  What I want most is a sub $3k ~400 mm lens with 4 stop IS that can take a 1.4xTC and give high IQ 560 mm shots.  This could either be a new 100-400L or 400 f/5.6 L IS.  I may actually prefer the once rumored 300-600 f/5.6 for ~$3-4k.

From Sigma I want the 24 f/1.4 Art that has optics like the 50A.

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only 54MP? My PC is dying when PP A7R files

Dylan...I was wondering, is that why you moved off of the A7R and got the 1DX?  Sorry if I missed the discussion in another thread....

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Photography Technique / Re: Help, I've lost my mojo!
« on: June 23, 2014, 11:09:45 AM »
Most has already been said, but a few more thoughts.  Create a photo bucket list.  Not only things you want to shoot but also styles and techniques for shooting.  I've heard of people limiting themselves to a single prime lens, say a 50 mm, and walking about to see only through that perspective.  Also, I tend to get inspiration looking at others photos.  I use CR, TDP, and Flickr for that.  Enter some contests, not one where everyone gets a blue ribbon, but competitive ones.  I like to hear what others like/dislike about my photos.  Often we see different things.

But, all said, if you truly love it, set it down, and you will come back to it with renewed vigor.

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EOS-M / Re: Is there a group anywhere of eos m owners?
« on: June 23, 2014, 10:56:33 AM »
As mentioned, several of us here on CR have an EOS-M.....but, there is also always the group on flickr:

https://www.flickr.com/groups/eos-m/

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Rumor seems like natural conjecture based on the potential "revolutionary" sensor tech rumor of the 7D.  So, it may be one of those rumors based on a rumor. 

But, three years is reasonable, just a bit earlier than I was expecting.  It may depend on how "revolutionary" the new 7D tech is.  My guess, we are looking at late 2015 or early 2016 for the 5DIV and 1DXII.  The 5DIII is all I need, but a 8 fps, and another stop of ISO performance and I'll probably upgrade. 

As for other areas of possible improvement, there is a good list going, just to add....how about making all AF points cross type, more (all?) f/2.8 and AF with f/8.

If the 5D series is the "wedding camera" I can see the f/2.8.  The f/8 may be more for "wildlife" cameras like the 7D and 1D series.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Sensor Tech in EOS 7D Mark II [CR2]
« on: June 19, 2014, 05:30:04 PM »
Really exciting at this point anything is a bonus! I will be glad to see Canon innovating again!

I'm looking forward to 7d2 technology finding its way to ## and ### series cameras.

I'm personally looking forward to a full-frame (5D) version of the 7D replacement, assuming it's as-rumored.

+1.  7DII...Fall 2014, 5DIV/1DXII Fall of 2015/Spring 2016.  That would be 4 years...about right, especially if the technology is truly "revolutionary" I can't see them waiting more than a year (+/-) to get it into their flagship bodies.

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