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If you have never owned a 1 series body, go to a shop, hold the 1DX and play with it a bit...

Yes, 1DX is a outstanding camera, but it is also large, obvious, and hefty. Unless photographic needs actually exist, it really would be an overkill for most nonprofessionals. For you 5D3 probably will do 90% of what 1DX will do and you could spend the extra cash on some nice L glass.


Lenses / Re: Are recently made lenses better?
« on: March 09, 2013, 08:26:17 PM »
Newer is always going to be better when it comes to lenses.
Generally you will benefit from improved weight, weather coating, durability, performance etc.

This is not always true. Perhaps the newer L lenses in general and Version II  L's in particular offer better optics, sharpness, and weather sealing...even this is not universally true as 85L II is not weather sealed and is a "relatively" new lens and is a version II.

Some of the older consumer-level lenses I would argue are just as good if not better in manufacture, overall quality, metal parts and heft than the new pasticky ones.

Older lenses that are still kicking and are still highly regarded include the 85 f/1.8, 35L,  and 135L just to name a few. So much so Canon is still dragging its feet in renewing them in spite of active competition.

If image quality and build truly goes up with newer versions, so will their price.

Canon General / Re: crap portraits of me
« on: March 09, 2013, 08:09:22 PM »
1) First set the AF to one of the "zone" modes and ask them to keep the "orange squares" on your face. Certainly do not use spot or single point. If they are really inept, perhaps even the 61-point automatic slection mode (large "tampon" shaped indicator) ;) In the latter case the camera typically chooses the closest subject so hopefully you are that object. I personally prefer zone AF I mentioned first in these cases. 

2) I think Tv mode might work bettert than even P mode, crank up the shutter speed to a reasonably high level as lighting will allow... with higher shutter speed works with wide open apertures giving you good bokeh and also minimizes the shake issue (get a sense of how fast the shutter speed should be using AV metering first wide open).... Increase ISO as needed to set shutter speed to minimize shake.

3) If lighting is particularly challanging, consider using a flash, if only as a fill. One assumes these are snaps and not studio level portraits in which case you hopefully won't be asking people who can't focus to take the picture.

4) Ask Gomer to take several shots so you get a few good ones ;)


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: March 09, 2013, 09:01:10 AM »
Specification list

Bwahahahahahaha! 32 MP ....thanks for starting my saturday right with a laugh   :P

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: First flash unit advice?
« on: March 08, 2013, 08:21:03 PM »
430ex II...control from menu in recent bodies...more than enough power for standard indoor use...can still fit in a multi-flash setup should you go that way down the road....and...priced well. Not sure 5D mark II offers menu control though. 430 original in that case would do just a well.

Lenses / Re: Best lens for baby portraits?
« on: March 08, 2013, 06:59:47 PM »
135L is good with kids on a full frame. I don't use 85L usually given the minimum focus distance and the hit-or-miss nature with children....keepers with 85L are usually stunning though. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: March 08, 2013, 05:03:27 PM »
I'll be rushing out immediately to pick up a new 7D MK II.  What all the hub-bub is about regarding the original 7D is that the complete lack of any high ISO usage, renders images useless and totally unusable for any purpose, as this sample taken at ISO 3200 on my original 7D, clearly shows...  7D MK II please get here soon!  :-X

EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6mm L IS USM
1/1000 sec
ISO 3200

Not to mention the fact that you are using that completely useless, worthless, good for nothing, sub-standard, totally blah, chuck-it-in-the-dustbin-already old clunker of a 100-400L zoom...barf, barf!!! No picture of any use whatsoever could be taken untill that day the new 7D2 and 100-400 version II arive. Then, and only then, will all be well and good in the world. :-X

Lenses / Re: Review of my bag - help me to reduce weight and overlap
« on: March 08, 2013, 09:07:09 AM »
Looks like a nice sensible collection, just leave at home what you dont need...for a single flash setup 580 is ok I think...not glamerous, but does the job.

Ugh...after reading your list I feel like a complete undiciplined hoarder...I should cull at least my zoom overlaps in the 70-400 range.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: March 08, 2013, 08:34:51 AM »
Neither can I see the APC sensor matching the current FF in noise quality.

Oh no, you didn' just got jrista's dander up...he's gonna beat you up  ;D ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: March 07, 2013, 05:08:45 PM »
At this stage I don't necessarily need a replacement / upgrade to my 7D....


That's what they all say at first... keeps the wife from poisoning them till it is too late  ;D ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: March 07, 2013, 04:51:12 PM »
It is amazing how continued feeding and responding to aspects of a thread that have gone off on a tangent only results in comebacks that never end. Just saying...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: March 07, 2013, 03:56:26 PM »
Nikon would Just love the 7D mk 2 to be 3k, would make the d400 pretty easy to sell ;D (and yes I am a Canon user, but also a realist!!!!!!!)

Canon knows which side of their bread is buttered... for reasons I discussed few posts earlier, it is likely 7D2 will come in under 3K...well under probably.

If Canon priced their cameras based on clueless fanboys drooling over gear while living in their parents' basement playing dungeons and dragons and wondering about Taylor Swift's bra size... we would be living in an alternate universe with Minolta as king of the market ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: March 07, 2013, 02:48:41 PM »
I think Canon will put forward an affordable camera in 7D2...~$2500 at introduction perhaps even a tad lower...a price that tracks down with time to ~$2000 or even ~1900 (gasp! WHAT!? NO?....yes!) ;)

This is based on the assumption we are talking about 7D2 and its intended mass market and not the 4D or 3D etc.

Given that the original 7D cycle has stretched a few years now, and the pent up interest to buy is there for original users, I think they have the potential to sell a lot of units...*IF* it is priced right.

IF they miss the price mark...and offer some super-duper camera which is out of reach of many current 7D users, they have a problem... accolades and admiration by few who buy and can afford it and envy and apathy by many who can't... never paid no bills at Canon ;)

In such a case they will have to make embarrassing "Adorama ebay sale" kind of backdoor price reduction (5D3 anyone?) moves to bring the price in line with market forces to move enough units. Bring it down a bit, and they sell more units to easily off-set even the price reduction.

One should expect the 7D "preorder" price to be high (duh! It is targeted toward a certain kind of meant user). Look at the price trajectory of 6D in just the past few months... and it has not settled into its "real" target price yet...give it few more months.

So the intended target price for 7D may well end up being $2000 just few months after release in which case they cannot really pack it with high-end 1DX features in earnest.

Again, we are talking about 7D successor here, not a would-be 4D candidate. Canon is a conservative company. No risky market experimentation or bold moves usually...

So 7D2 will be a sensible camera at a sensible price.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: March 07, 2013, 01:42:36 PM »
When you guys say $3500, it equates to R40 000 (South African rands). Can you guys imagine paying $40k for a camera?

As Neuro said, everything is relative.

Even here, to put it in perspective, if someone happens to be a "minimum wage" earner and that is a good many invisible souls here in the US... after ancillary deductions, $3500 would be ~4 or 5 months’ worth of their earnings if they don't eat or pay rent...

In fact, $3500 in the US is still a significant amount of money and is beyond justifiable reach for a large spectrum of middle class earners with common obligations...those with families, bills, kids, college funds, is also beyond justification for many small businesses who struggle to pay commercial rent, taxes, utility and insurance bills, and salaries.

For many new graduates it would be at least 3 or 4 months’ rent.

Don't assume it is easy anywhere....most of us nutty addicts on CR may give the impression that "wonder gear" at any cost is justifiable...

Justifiable, may be... practicable or achievable...not always. And thankfully it makes us cherish what we do have.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: March 07, 2013, 01:14:55 PM »
Anyways, as rumors go, this is rated only as a CR1....

We are still waiting for that CR2 rated 35L II and 100-400 II that made appearances several times over the years. :D

Relax... enjoy the winter.

Sure, but we 7D fans need all the juicy tidbits we can get while we wait!  ;D

You poor saps...when are you ever gonna cotton on  ;D ;D

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