I own the pancake and hardly ever use it. I always end up with the 35 f/2 IS or or 28 f/2.8 IS instead. If you don't have anything else in this range, then it's a great option for cheap.
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Years ago I used to use them. But one night I was doing city night photography and noticed the lights were being doubled (i.e. reflected) due to bouncing off the inside of the filter. This was with the old 80-200L and a cheap UV filter. Has anyone else experienced this? Anyway, I personally have never used them since (well over ten years) and have had no problems. But I am pretty careful with my stuff and do not often shoot in extreme conditions.
The article says don't buy from Amazon yet, but the link goes to Amazon. How do you ensure you get the new batteries?
If you click the link, you'll see that the only vendor selling (fulfilling) this battery on Amazon (as of 12/12/2013 at 9:00am CST) is YoKool. And, as Jon says in his review on the same page, "for right now (Dec 2013) you should order directly from YoKool via Amazon to get the updated batteries."
I'd look at one, though the 35 f2 IS has me intrigued and at this point I, personally, like the idea of IS in an f2 wide angle more than twice the weight and size and cost, probably four times the cost, in an f1.4 wide angle.
If the 35 f2 IS was a 2.8, like the 28 and 24 then it would be less appealing, two stops is too much loss of dof control, but at only one stop slower the f2 IS is very interesting, and a deal at $550ish at the moment, (shame about the $50 hood! )
still CR1? ... this thing better make good coffee, deliver pizza, and give good B... I better not say that
I have the 5DIII and have used the 6D.
The only thing I prefer about the 6D is the weight and size. The 5DIII has better ergonomics, better button implementation, better menu structure, better HDR implementation (RAWs + HDR saved), better AF, far superior video performance, ... basically better everything.
Not better everything, but I'll concede most of what you mention. I prefer the ergonomics of the 6D, myself. It could use a few more buttons, but definitely the shutter button has a better feel on the 6D, than the 5D3 to me...it's mushy and vague.
However, again...the 6D is now half the cost of a 5D3. The sheer fact that they're mentioned in the same sentence, says a lot about what you get for the money spent on a 6D.
Picked upa Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro lens for $300 aus immaculate, sold my non L 100mm macro for $400 aus!!
This is not a camera for the full frame pixel peeping connoisseur. If your worried about razor thin depth of focus, noise at 6400 iso or any of that sort of thing, this is not your camera. It simply can't be. This will be amazing for the wild life or birder who wants that extra reach with a multitude of tools to get you there. It will produce amazing pics at ISOs up to 800 (which if you come from film is amazing). It will do fine over that for small prints or such that you want to post on facebook and just like every crop frame. All that said I love birding and it's mine, all mine.
I'm still loving my 5D3 and just keep my 7D around for backup. The difference in sensor noise is so apparent in post processing, that I really don't care to use the 7D unless I'm forced to. It's a nice handling camera, so I feel kinda bad about that.
When the 7D2 comes out, I will withhold judgement until there are many reviews addressing image quality/noise/higher ISO performance. There will have to be a big improvement to attract my $$.