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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Any deals coming for 70-200 IS II?
« on: October 29, 2013, 05:26:12 PM »
Does the $300 mail in rebate coupon apply to the refurbished lens?  Is there any reason not to buy a refurbished lens?

Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 28, 2013, 11:16:46 AM »
I've read most of this thread, but not all, so sorry if this point had been made....but dSLRs is probably pretty close to a mature market by now.  Not a growth market.  And it is a market that is flooded with used bodies.  A quick look at flickr and I am very impressed with how many old bodies are still in use.  Top Canon body--5DII with an average of 3,711 with 3,298 members.  You don't get to a "current generation" body until the 5DIII at #6 with 2,144 members (granted the 60D, @#5, is barely no longer "current generation).

So while people on this forum love to talk about the latest gear and the next gear and what we'll be shooting with in 5 years.  Most people taking actual pictures are using older gear not even current gear.

BTW...the iPhone holds the top 3 spots overall:

I don't view that as a sign of the apocalypse, it is just reality.  Camera phones have taken over the P&S market. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: High Megapixel DLSR a niche market?
« on: October 26, 2013, 06:13:06 AM »
What did you expect him to say?  "Yeah, we are really missing the boat on the high MP cameras...Nikon/Sony is really killing us on that and we can't do anything about it" got predictable stock answers.  That is all. 

I am sure Canon will call a high MP cameras a "niche" right up until the second they release a high MP camera.....then it will be the "best thing ever"....."game changing resolution"......and Canon will be "leaders of the technology...."

Lenses / Re: Results with the 100-400 with a 1.4x TC?
« on: October 25, 2013, 11:51:32 AM »
I played with the 1.4x TC on my 100-400L on the 5DIII in February before the 5DIII could AF.  My conclusion was that photos cropped in post had as much or more detail.  I was not impressed with this combination and sent the 1.4 TC back.  I've been using the 5DIII and the 100-400L together however, and they are a great pair.

BTW....I am another one looking at the 300 f/2.8....almost pulled the trigger last night...

Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: October 24, 2013, 10:54:20 AM »
........, you should be fine............

Nothing inspires confidence like the phrase "you should be fine"..........sheesh.....

BTW, mine was from Adorama, so this isn't just a B&H issue.  The first three digits of my serial were 032, which is supposed to be March 2013 batch/lot 2. 

I hope to get my replacement next week.  Glad to hear others are getting working replacements....

Lenses / Re: Image of the New 100-400?
« on: October 24, 2013, 10:48:32 AM »
No red ring....this is nothing.....

Plus...seems too small for the 100-400L....

Lenses / Re: 24-70mm f/2.8 L mkII & 50mm f/1.4???
« on: October 22, 2013, 02:56:32 PM »
I just bought the 24-70 II.  But I am planning on keeping my 50 f/1.4.  It is a great lens.  It is pretty darn sharp by f/2.0.  And f/1.4 is available if you need it.  That alone makes it worth the price.  But the other benefit....peace of least I don't always like walking around with a $2,300 lens on my camera.  Sometimes it is nice to have a simpler kit.

EOS-M / Re: 18-55mm EF-m IS STM experiences
« on: October 21, 2013, 09:34:13 AM »
I really like both lenses on the EOS-M...

Here is a shot with the EFM 18-55

small-2860 by kayaker72, on Flickr

And a shot with the EFM 22 mm

small-3332 by kayaker72, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: October 21, 2013, 06:50:20 AM »
Very helpful thread.  I am one of the people that jumped on the sale last week.  Mine came in on Friday.  I've been testing it over the weekend.  Everything checks out except...a very audible clicking sound when adjusting the focal length.

It has a pinch cap. March 2013 construction based on TDP guidelines...

Lenses / Re: 24-70mm lens. Which one?
« on: October 20, 2013, 10:50:18 AM »
You don't mention why the 17-55 was your favorite lens and what you tend to shoot.  I went from the EFS 15-85 on a 7D to a 24-105 on a 5DIII.  I agree with Neuro, but the way I would phrase it is that I do not think the 24-105 gets enough respect.  It is an excellent lens.  I enjoyed my 15-85 on my 7D more than the 24-105 on my 5DIII, but that was more due to the incredible range you have with the 15-85 (24-136 equivalent).  The FF images are better.

If you want a general purpose lens on FF, the 24-105 is great.  Perhaps add a few primes like the 50 f/1.4 for low light/DOF.  If you need every bit of light because you are shooting indoors, I would look at the used 24-70 Mk I (MK II if you can afford it). 

TDP recommendation page is also helpful in comparing lenses.  Here is the link to the general purpose lens.

Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II
« on: October 19, 2013, 01:59:00 PM »
Sorry, I can't even start to talk you out of it. It is a simply awesome lens at 300mm and f2.8. With the 1.4xTC III it is the second best 400mm available (well, 420mm f/4), very fast focussing and very, very sharp. With the 2xTC III, its IQ is still excellent and it is has snappy focussing on the 5DIII, but slower on the 7D. It is a superb lightweight 600mm. I don't have any bad photos from it attributable to the lens, only me. 

Go forth and buy it! And you too Neuro.

You just described what I may be settling in on for my telephoto set up.  Very glad to hear it works so well.  I had been thinking of the 500 f/4 or the 600 f/4.  Actually, I had just assumed that is what I would eventually want.  But the more I thought about it, the more I started thinking the 300 f/2.8 with TCs would suit my needs better.  I do a lot of travel and shoot from a kayak.  A smaller lens would be better at both. 

Regarding the OP, I've been looking at this for a couple of months and I have yet to find an issue.  It seems like a great lens. 

Lenses / Re: EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 Vs EF 24-105mm f/4 L
« on: October 11, 2013, 06:46:22 AM »
I shot for years with the EFS 15-85 on the Canon 7D and have since switched to the 24-105 on the 5DIII.  I've played a little with the 24-105 on the 7D.  The only way I can see it being better than the EFS15-85 on a cropped body is if you never shoot wide and always tend to favor the mid-tele range.  Otherwise, the EFS 15-85 is a much better general purpose lens on a cropped body.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why CSI agents used only Nikon Cameras ?
« on: September 16, 2013, 02:55:43 PM »
I was watching "Major Crimes" earlier this summer and burst out laughing when a couple of different characters said a brand product by name a couple of times in a row.  My wife asked why I was laughing and I told her I hadn't seen that blatant of product placement yet and wondered how much it cost them.

And, of course, I can't remember what brand it was that they, goes to show, product placement doesn't always work.

EOS-M / Re: 4 weeks in South East Asia with the EOS M as 2nd Body
« on: September 11, 2013, 06:51:32 AM »
I am up to ~1500 shots with my EOS-M but haven't run into the issues you describe.  I think the primary reason is that I turn the M off when I am not using it.  It actually turns on and off pretty quickly.  Given the procedures you are describing of having to check settings routinely, I think it may be similar amounts of time to turn off/on rather than worrying about your settings.

Fairly obvious answer, you probably already have a reason you aren't doing that.

BTW, I own both the 18-55 and the 22 mm lenses.  The 22 mm is definitely smaller but the 18-55 is small enough.  I've walked around with it around my neck or simply traveled with it in a small case.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Leads in Sensor Tech
« on: September 04, 2013, 07:24:03 AM »
There are so many different directions to go with this thread....First, I think the dual pixel was a great advancement for the consumer/prosumer level 70D.  But, I am not sure the 70D was the target for developing the dual pixel system, but rather the EOS-M series cameras.  Canon will likely drop the dual pixel system into the next generation of M to improve AF and have a potentially very nice second offering into the mirrorless market.

I don't see video as the growth market that others seem to think.  Consumer and professional level video camcorders have been around for decades.  Affordable video cameras at least 20 years.  That was a defined, mature market.  The "growth" that Canon experienced was stealing away users from that market, both professional and consumer, so that they could have stills and HD video from one unit....and also use Canon's lens system.   

As for stills...this isn't scientific, but everyone I know that is into image capture (video or stills) is primarily into stills.  This goes from age 10 to age 70.  Not only are they into stills, but almost no one cares for video.  I am not really sure why, but it just seems people (that I know) prefer stills.  For someone like Canon to ignore stills would be like (to stick to the car analogy from earlier) an automobile maker ignoring the family sedan.  Sure, it may not be the "growth" but it is still a very significant market.

Finally, regarding Canon moving onto new sensor tech because their current sensor tech is 10 years old....I hope they do.  I would love more DR (as long as they still have good contrast).  I would love the best sensor tech possible.  But often, companies stay with what works until they find themselves in a competitive disadvantage or a new technology comes along.  I hope Nikon/Sony has put Canon at enough of a competitive disadvantage so that Canon improves their tech, but given the sales numbers, I am not sure that is the case.  Going back to the automotive industry comparisons....anyone ever look under the hood of their car?  At the core engine?  Sure there are add-ons and turbochargers/etc..but most car makers core engine has been the same for decades...that is...until something new came hybrids.

So, I am not holding my breath for new sensor tech from Canon.  They do have to figure out how to get people to upgrade from the 5DIII to 5DIV and 1DX to 1DXII.  But that is 2-3 years down the road.  Sure the 7DII may (or may not) come out sometime in the next year...but Canon could easily drop a slightly improved sensor into it, give it the 1DX/5DIII AF and 10-12 fps and call it good.  Granted, I am hoping for new sensor tech  ;)

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