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Canon General / Re: What do you Splurge on?
« on: August 01, 2014, 09:02:06 AM »
Not quite camera related, but I recently splurged on a John Deere Z925M EFI commercial zero turn mower.  I have 5 acres of land to maintain and I don't want to take all day to tend to it.   I can cover the entire property in around 4 hours.  10 mph may not be fast, but on a mower that's like driving a race car.

All in all though, I'm somewhat conservative on my larger purchases.  I guess the best part is that I'm also a patient buyer.   I look for quality items at a good price and I don't go overboard on the quantity of items I purchase.   I can afford a 5D MkIII, but I know my skillset isn't there yet, so a $460 60D is perfect for me, and I enjoy it and don't get caught up in the "which camera is better" debates.  Don't get me wrong, I do have an "I want" list, but my "do I need" list is just as strong.   

That said, I am holding on to some funds should this new camera announcement in August/September be of interest.

Not sure if this counts as splurging, but my perfect kit for me is the one I have:

60D, 10-22, 17-55, 60 Macro, 85 1.8, 70-200L 2.8 Mk II, 1.4 Mk III converter

The above has produced perfect results for me and what I do.

I'd like to add a 400mm lens as well and was ready to pull the trigger on the 400L 5.6, but the rumors for an updated 100-400L have me waiting to see.   Other lenses I would love to have is the 200 F2 L and 35 IS F2.

sorry, I know this was a splurge list which ended up being my wish list.


Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: July 31, 2014, 06:23:21 PM »
My least used are my 430EXII flashes.

I guess other than wireless networking and more video features, I'm not sure what else they can put into this line of cameras.  Maybe more local help files/videos.... who knows.   Maybe a pop up flash that doubles as a bottle opener.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 DO Macro
« on: July 29, 2014, 01:07:14 PM »
PBD - that looks like a scene that should be in the movie Dazed and Confused :D

I see what you mean about the onion skin look.   It's very evident in that picture.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 DO Macro
« on: July 29, 2014, 11:31:23 AM »
Oh, I see what you are talking about.  Found a picture of it here:

not very appealing to me.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 DO Macro
« on: July 29, 2014, 11:23:45 AM »
I don't know much about DO, but the optics leave a funny looking bokeh?  Does anyone have a picture showing the onion ring effect?

Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 11:16:40 AM »
I've purchased a Vello battery grip and lens hood for my rebel - works fine.  I also purchase refurb lenses on sale when I have a chance.   I used some rewards points through work that landed me a second 430EXII and a ST-E2.  Not sure if that's cheaping out, but they didn't cost me anything.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Yard Bird
« on: July 29, 2014, 07:48:09 AM »
A few from my yard.

Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus) by EricJ777, on Flickr

Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) by EricJ777, on Flickr

Commom Waxbill in Octopus Tree by EricJ777, on Flickr

Juvenile BCN Heron by EricJ777, on Flickr

Red-crested Cardinals by EricJ777, on Flickr

Pacific Golden Plover by EricJ777, on Flickr

My Heron Fishing Pal by EricJ777, on Flickr

Great shots Serendipity! I've never seen a red crested cardinal before.  What region are these birds from?

Lenses / Re: Ditching the Primes - Advice/Opinions Needed
« on: July 27, 2014, 07:44:58 PM »
I don't think you can go wrong with those two zoom lenses on what you have. I say go for it!

Lenses / Re: Going native at 400mm
« on: July 27, 2014, 07:42:27 PM »
You are right, the 400 5.6L is an old lens, but from what I've seen, it still produces fantastic results.  It's just about a month away from Photokina.  Perhaps you should use the teleconverter until then to see if a new 100-400 will be announced.

Lenses / Re: Going native at 400mm
« on: July 27, 2014, 07:33:37 PM »
Nice capture Skulker.   I understand the effects of auto focus speed using teleconverters.   I just purchased a 1.4 Mk III and I own at 70-200 Mk II 2.8.   I've been photographing wildlife in my neighborhood lately and the 70-200 just is a little too short.   I do have a non-L 70-300, but my copy is pretty fuzzy past 200mm.   I'm not opposed to purchasing a 400mm lens, but if using a teleconverter will produce acceptable pictures I'd like to go that route for now.  I have a lot of other home related projects at the moment so funds for "toys" are becoming scarce. 

I guess I need to rent one and see how I like the results.

Thanks again for your advice.

up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-menu-play.  :)



Lenses / Re: Going native at 400mm
« on: July 27, 2014, 04:29:41 PM »
Thanks for the insight Omni.  I'll hold off on the teleconverter.

Lenses / Re: Going native at 400mm
« on: July 26, 2014, 07:47:48 PM »
Looks like the 70-200 2.8 mkII with 2.0 Mk III converter hasn't been recommended here.  Can anyone comment on the image quality here between the above combo compared to the 400 5.6L?  This was a lens I was also considering so this thread caught my attention.  This would be for a crop camera.   

Canon General / Re: canon loyalty program only for camera bodies?
« on: July 26, 2014, 07:39:51 PM »
To close the loop, I called Canon and got a very helpful gentleman who informed me that the loyalty program only applies to camera bodies and printers.  There are no programs for lenses or speedlites.

I acquired some old lenses and was hoping that there might be a program for those.  I'll be heading to craigslist to get rid of them.



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