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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: 400 f/4, 300 f/4, 200 f/5.6
« on: February 03, 2012, 03:54:25 PM »
Am I the only one that sees the 200 as either an attempt to go much cheaper or lighter/smaller?

United States / Re: Lens suggestion for a 1600 budget
« on: February 03, 2012, 02:38:17 PM »
If you want to not be noticed and get great pictures, I would avoid the white L lenses. For v good reach on a crop body, value and very good IQ, I would recommend the 70-300 4-5.6 IS. The IS works great and allows use for fast moving subjects and to  hand hold it when slower speeds are essential.

For indoors and limited light conditions, the 50mm 1.4 is a great value and you won't believe the wonderful images it will produce for you. You might want to invest in flash such as the 430 EX. with the extra cash. Check out eBay for that.

After that, it is all up to you....and you still save a little cash. If you sell the existing lenses, give a consideration to the excellent 17-40mm L.

Honestly, I have no idea what you're talking about with the  70-300 4-5.6 IS. The IQ is so much lower than pretty much every other lens I own (most expensive being a 24-105, so we're not talking super high end stuff).

I very much regret buying that lens instead of putting the money towards a 200mm L (The black one).

United States / Re: Lens suggestion for a 1600 budget
« on: February 03, 2012, 08:51:10 AM »
Replace the 75-300 with a 70-300L - will be better for journalism

Brian, what is your take on 70-300 L vs 100-400 L?

37.1 oz vs 48.7 oz is really the big camera-tipper


To the o.p., sooner or later, a good tripod is needed, and usually you don't know it until someone strong-arms you into doing it right ;)  Maybe not for some journalism, but events, definitely makes a difference.

What I ended up with:
Manfrotto 055CXPRO4, Manfrotto 468MG and converted the ball-head to an arca-swiss type . . . at the time I got the pair for $454 and there was a rebate on it.

I really don't hesitate to take it along if I even *think* I'm going to need it, since it's so light and hassle free to set up/take down.

As for lenses, if I had to own one lens on a crop body, it'd be the 15-85mm, which pretty much stays on my 60D now that I have a 5DmkII.  As long as my head is on straight, I can't take a bad picture with it.  The 24-105 you mentioned is also a good choice, but the extra-wideness of the '15' in tight spaces sometimes makes a difference.

Canon General / Re: Should photographers hibernate?
« on: February 02, 2012, 04:49:56 PM »
I was thinking I'd rather be in the South right now!  :D
Straight up.  Shooting in the winter with raynaud's is just freaking annoying. 

If it's warm enough for no gloves, then there is beauty everywhere :D

+1 on the kids thing

Not only that, but you get all sorts of bonuses once they're 3-5 like no one looks twice at you when you're photographing things when you have a kid with you.

I think I'm going to turn my SX10 IS over to my son (nearly 6 now) for the Chinese New Year celebration and see how he does.

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Handstrap
« on: February 02, 2012, 03:58:12 PM »
Hi all I just received an E1 strap from a ebay seller, as soon a I opened it I could feel that it is a counterfeit  >:(  It is clearly inferior quality than the usual Canon accessories, the pad on the underside feels like tissue paper. I will be sending it back for a refund and trying to get hold of a genuine item, anybody know a trustworthy shop that might stock them?
I think used will be your best bet.  The B&H used one I got was just right.  You can tell by the photos; the knockoffs aren't as wide and has a more curved shape.

I'm glad I got another one.

Software & Accessories / Re: EOS Utility 2.10.4 for Mac OS X Lion
« on: February 01, 2012, 10:17:24 AM »
Isn't "white lion" already on the way?  I honestly thought an iPad app would come out before this. 

Surprises every day :)

Lenses / Re: If you could buy one ...
« on: February 01, 2012, 07:40:57 AM »
I want to phone a friend! No, wait, 24-70mm f/2.8L, final answer. :D

Seriously though, unless you shoot a lot at 35 or 50, a zoom at f2.8 has much more utility than a prime. 

One note from our good friends at lens rentals on the 50mm:
"Well, we could talk about this for hours, this is one of the most controversial, irritating, and spectacular lenses in the lineup." -- it has a learning curve

That said, my only real complaint (and it's probably because I've heard other people say it so much that I noticed it) that the much more affordable 50mm f1.4 is a bit slow on the autofocus (not kit lens slow, but you get the picture).

Re: Is it dumb to buy a new version when a new one is coming out?
1) A new one will either be released tomorrow . . . or a new one won't be released for 3 more years
2) SOMETHING may be coming with a new DSLR . . .
3) A new DSLR will either be released this month . . . or A new DSLR will be released in the next 18 months

All of the above is as true as anyone randomly posting on twitter, so you can take the advice everyone doles out daily here:
Buy it if you need it, wait if you want it . . . or anything in between.

I'm considering picking one up and seeing how there's a direct correlation of the peace in my household to lenses purchased (directly inverse that is) I figure I'll wait another month and see if anything turns up.

Good luck.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Deciding on an upgrade
« on: January 31, 2012, 12:31:11 PM »
I would just WAIT...you will get really nice pics of the kids with a new 5D III

In my experience, unannounced/unavailable cameras don't take 'really nice pics'!

We also don't know what they're going to do with the price point.  I pulled the trigger on the mkII when it was at $2k and it was worth the price.  They may pull a re-positioning on us on both new models that puts the 7D's replacement over $2k and the 5D's replacement over $3k . . . which makes it a deal breaker for a lot of people that hadn't budgeted for it.

We could also get another video camera next month  :o

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Deciding on an upgrade
« on: January 31, 2012, 12:20:49 PM »
If you can get them to sit still, the 5DmkII is the way to go - like for portraits.

If you're talking about fun action shots with kids, I think the 7D would service you better if you're chasing those caffeinated squirrels around :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Handstrap
« on: January 31, 2012, 10:56:11 AM »
Interesting.  B&H indicates that the E-1 Hand Strap has been discontinued by the manufacturer and is no longer available. 

I surmise that the E1 has been replaced by the E2 (the former only works with gripped/pro bodies, the latter with any body).  Although B&H and Adorama list the E2 as out of stock, it's available directly from Canon USA.  The tripod mount is removeable, meaning you can attach it to the top/bottom lugs on a gripped/pro body just like the E1.  FWIW, Nikon's handstrap comes with a removeable body plate like the newer Canon E2. 

The E1 looks like a nicer strap - I'm glad I already have two of them...

I just got a used one from B&H, let's see how this turns out; it arrives today.

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Handstrap
« on: January 30, 2012, 02:27:20 PM »
Yes it is, but it does not inspire a lot of confidence, maybe it is my first time with such a strap.

You may consider trading out for one of the aluminum plates, I'd feel confident of those I'm using on the cameras now as much as the default socket.

One last update, checking basically ALL markets, it looks like these knock-offs are totally flooding 3rd party vendors at this point.  Sort of stinks since I successfully was using both bodies for 2-different things at an event last weekend and was so glad I brought my 60D on top of shooting with the 5DmkII (one on the tripod the other on a sling) -- can't wait to secure another genuine hand strap.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Flip out displays -- why the resentment?
« on: January 30, 2012, 12:21:03 PM »
I'll throw in my greatly-overpriced two cents:
I prefer the articulating screen at this point because there are no greasy nose-prints on my screen from shooting  ;)  I'm a guy, I'm not supposed to have to exfoliate . . . apply soap, scrub, rinse I'm done. 

I'm going with +1 on pretension for a lot of it.  I consider it a boon to be able to protect the screen and leave on auto-preview without having to use it . . . to that ends, I miss the non-automatic pop-up flash of my SX10 IS.  Mechanical way of togging a feature on/off.

While you're bringing that up, you might as well talk about how 'flimsy' the 60D is too  ;D  Yeah, that plastic body was really bugging me . . . now that I've got a 5DmkII, I don't have to worry about being attacked and not being able to club someone  ???

Software & Accessories / Re: What's in your camera bag/case? (Photos)
« on: January 27, 2012, 08:05:33 AM »
I remember that there is a thread like this. I also remember a reply of Neuro saying that if you want to see his gear, check it in his profile at TDP[/color]

My photo gear (the last two pics in the set are somewhat outdated).

Some are up to date though ;) How's the S100 treating you?

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Handstrap
« on: January 26, 2012, 03:05:56 PM »
I have the E1 on my 7d... I dont have a grip on my 7d... I bought one of those cheapie ebay ones that comes with the mounting plate on the bottom of the camera and removed the ebay strap, added the E1... took some finesse because the plates want the nylon straps to bend in almost a 90 degree angle and when new... good luck.  Anyways I got it to work and has served me well... I dont like the rubber inside feel of the ebay grips... and even the E2 that neuro posted, while nice, appears to be more narrow than the E1, and isn't quite the same...

Got my ebay grip.... works as advertized, however  I wish I could feel more secure, it seems like something will give and my 5d will crash to the ground with the 70-200ii attached  :'(

Is it secured with a plastic piece?  I love the arca-swiss plates that I have on both, they even have threading for a strap/other tripod mount but are secured so tight it feels like part of the camera.

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Handstrap
« on: January 25, 2012, 03:43:41 PM »
Some follow-up; vendor always seems willing to help, but after $4.75 to ship it back priority, they said they never got it. 

After sending them the tracking, I was told I would get a refund (surprise surprise) only the purchase price, not original shipping came back.

I'm done with Cowboy Studio; I filed an A-to-Z guarantee, but it serves me right for dealing with a 3rd party vendor. 

Looks like all of the big boys are still OOS for the E1 :(  I'm sort of hung up on that grip since it's the one I'm used to. 

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