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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. 

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.

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.

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).

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) I almost hope that they don't announce anything I want...


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.

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....

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.

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:

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 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.

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.

EOS-M / Re: Canon EF-M 55-200 f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Gets Official
« on: June 17, 2014, 10:02:06 AM »
I never bothered with the EF-M 18-55
It's actually better than you might think - nice metal build quality, the IS works well, and it's sharper than the DxO charts would indicate.  My preferred carry method for this camera is actually to have the body capped, um, body in one pocket and the 18-55 in the other.  When I'm ready to shoot, I just assemble them...

I'm considering the 11-22, but this little telephoto seems like it would be nice for travel as well.  If only it had a viewfinder, it would be the perfect travel camera.  Maybe the M3...

I have both the 18-55 and 22 f/2.  I prefer the 18-55.  It is a very nice lens.  Images are comparable to what I used to get with the EFS 15-85 on my 7D.   

Regarding the f/6.3, isn't the f stop somewhat moot with contrast detect AF?  Of course more light is likely better, but I thought that was more of an issue with phase detect.  Canon has had P&S cameras for years with >f/5.6 and contrast detect AF.  How is this any different?

Software & Accessories / Re: RRS or Markins?
« on: June 13, 2014, 11:54:46 AM »
I went through this about 2 years ago and chose the Markins Q3T ballhead for my Gitzo traveler tripod.  It has been great.  I'd easily recommend it.

Site Information / Re: How often you visit Canon Rumors?
« on: June 12, 2014, 05:18:10 PM »
I have a couple sites I visit at work when I am bored, angry, or stressed.  CR is in the rotation.  So, the frequency of my visits goes up with each of those, typically 2-3 times per day.  Conversely, days when I am happily busy, I don't visit at all.  Weekends I maybe visit once per day.

Unfortunately, I've been visiting a lot lately.... :'(

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma USB Dock does not work
« on: May 31, 2014, 12:42:44 PM »
I suspect I just need to return the sigma dock, but I just received it and the 50A.  I already owned the 35A.  But neither lens will twist onto the dock far enough so that the pins on the dock connect to the pins on the lens.  The net result is that the software never "sees" the lens. 

Anyone else have this problem?  Am I missing something obvious?

Lenses / Re: Canon Working on Faster f/2.8 Ultra Wide Zoom [CR2]
« on: May 15, 2014, 09:52:31 AM »
Love the idea of the updates.  But I wonder if Canon's plan is to keep size and weight down with f/2.8 zooms (rumored 12/14-24 L and the 24-70 II) so they will not have IS and f/4 (16-35 f/4 IS; 24-70/105 f/4), requiring less glass, will have IS. 

If that is the case, my decision is simple, the 16-35 f/4 IS.  Four stops of IS will be much more useful to me for landscapes than 1 stop of aperture. 

Glad I've held off on buying my UWA zoom lens.

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