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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II to Finally Arrive? [CR1]
« on: December 10, 2013, 10:31:47 PM »
still CR1? ... this thing better make good coffee, deliver pizza, and give good B... I better not say that

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unthinkable: Swapped out 5D3 for 6D
« on: December 06, 2013, 06:30:14 PM »
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.

I agree the 5DIII shutter button feel could be better. I found it odd at first but  I guess I've gotten used to it. No question the 6D can take every bit as good a photo in many situations, especially portrait and landscape. But I use my camera as a general purpose everything machine, including some sports and video.

The 6D video performance is the fatal flaw for me. I hated the moire and aliasing on the 5DII. The 6D performs about the same as the 5DII in video, but on the 5DIII Moire is almost completely absent, and that is a big deal! There's also audio in and headphones out and audio levels while recording, soft shutter, silent mode for video, and quite a few other nice touches.

If I only wanted landscape and portraits I would get the 6D and save some money for sure. But the 5DIII is a pretty awesome general purpose tool, with no major shortcomings.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unthinkable: Swapped out 5D3 for 6D
« on: December 06, 2013, 06:19:34 PM »
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.

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Lenses / Re: Bargain of the day!!
« on: November 29, 2013, 09:32:46 AM »
Picked upa Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro lens for $300 aus immaculate, sold my non L 100mm macro for $400 aus!!

Ok ... so where and how?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 11:21:47 PM »
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.     ;D

Canon was able to do amazing high ISO performance in the C100, and C300, which are basically APS-C, so they could do it in the 7DII

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 11:19:41 PM »
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 $$.

+1

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Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 11, 2013, 11:09:35 PM »
I hope canon releases the rumored 50mm 1.8 IS USM before 2014. That's all.
Make it a 1.4, built like the 35 f/2

No, Make it a 1.4, built like the 35 f/2" L build with WS.

I could live with that

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Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 11, 2013, 06:03:30 PM »
I hope canon releases the rumored 50mm 1.8 IS USM before 2014. That's all.
Make it a 1.4, built like the 35 f/2

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Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 11, 2013, 12:02:14 PM »
Bllarrrggg!!

I'm just about to make the jump to full frame to the 6D from my T4i for a trip this Christmas and am going to drop some serious coin. (Christmas lights, fireworks, low-light videos... I need a 6D, Santa!  Really!   ;D) I'm looking to get the FF equivalents to replace my 10-22 and 17-55 EF-S lenses...

To save money I'm going body only and plan on getting the 16-35 f2.8 II to start which will handle my shooting needs short term.

Now there might be a better wide-angle coming soon??  (I need a head banging smiley...)

On the plus side I was looking at the 24-70 f2.8 to replace my 17-55 sometime next year so there might be a better lens for that... But if I knew there was a 10-22 f2.8 with IS coming I might hold off...)

The 16-35 is $1499 at B&H right now. If they update it will be well over $2000 likely. I have the 16-35 II and, in spite of it's faults, it is my most used lens. It delivers.

You could take this approach: get the 24 2.8 IS and the 35 f/2 IS ... these are very good lenses for the money right now. Both are at $550. Alternatively ... get the 24 1.4 ... some wide angle shooters use only this lens and nothing else.

It could be a long wait just to see that the lens you want is not in the update list. The 35 1.4 II has been rumored for many years. You could have bought it when the rumors started and have 5 or 6 years of shots by now.

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Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 10, 2013, 01:11:06 PM »
One of the appeals of primes over zooms for me is great IQ in a small light package, which is why I went for the Canon 35 f/2 IS over the Sigma 35 1.4, and I love it.

??  ???

you went for it because it is lighter i guess. sounds a bit as if the sigma is a zoom.  ;)

lol ... good catch, my sloppy writing  8) ... Y, i bought the Canon because it is smaller and lighter. The Sigma is about the same size and weight as my 16-35 2.8L II, so the Canon 35 f/2 IS gives me a small, light option, as well as brighter and sharper (at the expense of flexibility of course).

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Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 10, 2013, 01:01:25 PM »
One of the appeals of primes over zooms for me is great IQ in a small light package, which is why I went for the Canon 35 f/2 IS over the Sigma 35 1.4, and I love it.

Sure, I would love more ultra large aperture primes, but usually f/2 is shallow enough on FF, and they will never be able to make a good f/1.2 tele- or ultra-wide lens that is small and light. So I hope for moderate large aperture lenses that are exellent wide open and are small and light, with IS. Oh, and put an "L" on them too.

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Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 10, 2013, 12:46:46 PM »
My wish list:

16-35 2.8L III ... sharper, and smaller, maybe even with IS for video
20 2.8 IS
50 1.4 IS
85 1.8 IS
200 2.8 IS ... 135 f/2L IS, compatible with teleconverters
100-400 4-5.6L IS
24-70 2.8 IS

and please don't gouge too much at release time.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How can I choose between 1DX and 5D MARK III?
« on: November 09, 2013, 03:26:52 AM »
One question you fail to ask:

are the 5D3 and 1DX better than the current 5D2 I already own for landscapes at ISO100 and the answer is not at all and sometimes a little worse and sometimes a little better, respectively.

many a pure landscape shoot stuck with their 5D2 and are now eyeing the A7R+adapter. If you do video and general stuff and action and use AF a lot the 5D3 is a nice upgrade over the 5D2, nicer UI too (auto changing C1-C3, instant 100% review). If the non-landscape is almost all birds though, reach might be at a premium and some high reach, 8-10fps 7D2 might be a bigger upgrade than the 5D3, unless you tend to mostly shoot birds where you are really close in with the lenses you have (if all you have is a 70-200 that would be my guess never :D :D).
I upgraded to 5DIII from 5DII and I found a big improvement in IQ in every circumstance. Much bigger than the modest pixel count bump would suggest. Other's have noticed this too, pegging the improvement equivalent to a 15% improvement. It may be due to microlens improvements and/or processor improvements.
For a long time I thought it was my imagination, but then I read an explanation somewhere, can't remember where.
Anyway, the jump from 5DII to 5DIII is bigger than the specs would suggest.

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Lenses / Re: I'm done part II - here are all of the lenses I've sold
« on: November 08, 2013, 11:23:24 PM »
I'll play too:

Canon 28-105 3.5-4-5 USM -Sold because it lacked IS. Wasn't a bad lens for the price though. Really compact.
Canon 70-300 non-USM - old lens, kind of crappy
Canon 85 1.8 - Sometimes miss it now, may buy another one
Canon 17-55 2.8 IS USM - Really sharp lens, great IS, fast focus, but really cheap feel, manual focus and zoom not smooth. Bought it for $850, sold it for $950 when I moved to Full frame
Canon 55-250 IS ... Came in a kit with a 60D. Took a couple of shots in the living room before selling it. No use for it. Cost $60 with the kit, sold for $190 on eBay, maybe a little more, can't remember.
Canon 18-55 IS ... Came in a kit with 60D. no use for it, sold on eBay Don't think I took a shot with it.
Selling the two kit lenses reduced the price of the 60D over buying body alone.
Sigma super-zoom ... older one, can't remember the details, but was pretty crappy

Lenses I might sell:

Canon 28 2.8 IS ... very nice lens, rarely used,  I think I would get more use out of the 24 mm version
Canon 40 mm 2.8 pancake ... almost never use it
Canon 50 1.4 ... if an update with IS becomes available
2x teleconverter III ... don't use it much, think I'd get more use out of the 1.4x
Canon 16-35L 2.8 II - if a really good 14-24 comes out, but probably not, this is my most used lens
Canon 24-105 f/4L IS- If Canon comes out with a 24-70 f/2.8 IS. I really like IS for video
Canon 70-200 2.8L IS II - Only if I totally give up on Canon full frame (when I am too old to lift this lens? But will probably give it to my son if he stays with Canon)

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My comment is redundant but :

... Holy pile of buck$$$, batman!

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