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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Basic Specs [CR2]
« on: August 08, 2013, 08:46:13 PM »
Jrista, I gave up waiting for the 7D II at the new year and have had 7 great months with the 5D III. As I wrote, I'll buy a 7D II if it is good but it is not worth hanging around for years or many months in expectation.

Exactly what I did.  I took advantage of the combo discount with the 24-105 that ended Feb 2.  My only complaints:
  • The weight
  • I miss the range of the 7D with the 15-85
  • I am sometimes less comfortable walking around with $3,500 around my shoulders
  • Surprisingly infrequently, but sometimes I do miss the fps and reach


Other than that, it's been great to be shooting with the 5DIII.   

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Basic Specs [CR2]
« on: August 08, 2013, 02:36:02 PM »
Ha....I am not the only one.   :D 

I upgraded to the 5DIII in late January from the 7D and didn't even realize until I shot with the 5DIII that I had the habit of shooting multiple shots of a scene to get the one good one.  Processing the files from the 5DIII I would toggle between the shots not able to tell one from the other...they were all good.  With the 7D, it was pretty obvious which ones to keep and which to purge.  I am very slowly training myself out of the habit with the 5DIII, but only taking 1 or 2 shots for a scene just doesn't feel right.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS Update [CR2]
« on: August 06, 2013, 12:44:40 PM »
No real substance to this post....just sayin' this is the lens I am waiting for.  If it is in the ball park of the recently released telephoto lenses, I will be buying one.  Wish list is improved IQ, faster AF, 4 stop IS, and better weather sealing.  The current version is one of my most used lenses.  I love it but the areas for improvement are obvious.

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Lenses / Re: On a crop sensor...EF17-40L or EFS15-85?
« on: August 05, 2013, 10:47:24 PM »
Another vote for the 15-85. It was a great combo with the 7D.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR2]
« on: August 04, 2013, 02:04:42 PM »
Well, it makes me pleased that I decided in January to buy a 5D III instead of waiting for the 7D II.

+1. Exactly what this rumor has me thinking.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR2]
« on: August 04, 2013, 12:00:56 PM »
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This is beginning to make me wonder if there will ever be a 7D2.

What is odd to me is that it isn't just Canon. Nikon has yet to introduce the long rumored D400.

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Canon General / Re: Canon Camera Sales Down in Q2, Imaging Revenue Up
« on: July 27, 2013, 09:59:07 AM »
Not necessarily higher prices on the same unit...but higher priced units had their sales grow.  The 5DIII and 6D grew.  You can make up the loss of a lot of $150 P&S cameras by selling a $2,000 6D or a $3,100 5DIII.  Total revenue from cameras only rose 0.8%.  Revenue from inkjet printers rose 17%. 

Article says they are blaming economic slow downs in Europe and China. 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: LensRentals.com Announces LensAuthority.com
« on: July 24, 2013, 05:10:28 PM »
10 24-105 f/4's for sale, 19 24-70 f/2.8 v1's. Seems significant. Makes sense they are selling off the  24-70's. You think they are just cycling in new 24-105's or they just aren't as popular to rent anymore? They are all rated at or above 7.5 and I don't know their quality control standard.

Noticed the same thing.  Could also mean that they are very popular and they have a very large inventory.  My best guess is that all the "deals" we've seen for new 24-105's have really depressed the used market.  Which is unfortunate as I may be selling my 24-105 soon to help fund a 24-70 Mk II.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ND filters /waterfalls on 5D3
« on: July 19, 2013, 07:02:05 AM »
As for AE/AF.  I can AE/AF through my 6 stop filter through my view finder on my 5DIII (and 7D for that matter).  I can AE/AF through my 10 stop filter on the 5DIII through Liveview.

As for "how many stops do you need for a waterfall?"  It all depends on the light on the waterfall and what you are trying to accomplish.  Typically, I use 3-6 stop to blur the falling water of a waterfall and 6-10 stops to blur the water at the base/in the pool of the waterfall.  But if the waterfall is in direct light, you may need a 10 stop filter to blur even the falling water.

So, I regularly use all the way from my 1.7 stop CPL to a 10 stop filter.

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The white balance is different between the two pictures.  The Oly is warmer and more pleasing to the eye, IMO.  You may need to do auto focus micro-adjustment (AFMA) with the 6D and the 24-105.  If you want to be apples to apples in your comparison shots, you will need to line up things like WB, etc.

But, also look at the detail in the background.  The blur is much better with the 6D.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Autofocus speed (6D vs 5DIII)
« on: May 17, 2013, 09:46:03 AM »
Popular Photography tested the AF speed of both bodies from EV -2 to EV 12.  I don't have the results in front of me but I remember comparing them and they were close or the 5DIII was faster at each stop.

http://www.popphoto.com/gear/2012/07/camera-test-canon-eos-5d-mark-iii-dslr

I believe they conduct their tests with the 50 mm f/1.4.  Which would have enabled the f/2.8 AF points in both lenses.  The 100-400L would only enable the f/5.6 AF points.  So your test was different.

That said, I own both the 5DIII and 100-400L and haven't had any concerns regarding AF speed.  But, I agree with the other response.

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EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II in 2013? [CR2]
« on: May 06, 2013, 10:35:32 AM »

<p>2014 will be the year for high-end DSLR cameras from Canon, consider this a down year for bodies.</p>


How do you figure the last line?  What bodies are due to be updated in 2014?  I can see a new rebel and a new 7D.  Maybe we get the "High MP" body.  But it seems last year was the year of the high end DSLRs with the release of the 1DX (announced the proceeding fall), 5DIII, and 6D.  I wouldn't expect those to be replaced until 2015-2017.

Anyway, this rumor just makes me happy that I went ahead and bought a 5DIII.

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Lenses / Re: Do you still love 24-105L?
« on: April 26, 2013, 09:20:21 AM »
I am still getting used to the 24-105.  Thus far I like it.  I can't say I love it but it is growing on me some.  I am already plotting to either add primes or upgrade to the 24-70 II. 

I just upgraded from the 7D and EFS 15-85 to the 5DIII 24-105.  While I am not going back, I have to say, I did absolutely love the EFS 15-85.  My images are better with FF, I love the AF and the high ISO performance, so I am not going back, but I loved the sharpness across that huge focal length range of the EFS 15-85.  The 24-105 feels stunted in comparison and then the lower IS performance is noticable.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5 Beta new features
« on: April 25, 2013, 01:34:06 PM »
Huh, I wonder if the 2500 pixel "off-line" mode is in direct response to the D800...

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Lenses / Re: 400mm L f/5.6 vs 100-400mm L IS f/5.6
« on: April 20, 2013, 07:56:52 PM »
For good measure, here is TDP's comparison at f/5.6:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=278&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=113&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=7&APIComp=0

The prime beats the zoome at the corners pretty consistently, but in the center, it is darn near dead even.  Plus, the zoom has IS and 100-399 mm.  I find even the 2 stops of IS on the current version to be very helpful and while I probably use my 100-400 @ 400 mm 80-90% of the time, but when I want that other range, it sure is nice to have. 

As with many others, I would love to see a replacement for the 100-400L.  If they give it 4 stop IS, complete weather sealing, and get is sharpness to rival the 70-300L or the 70-200 mm f/4 IS....I am absolutely willing to pay a premium.

Until then, I am happily taking pictures with my 100-400L.

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