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Reviews / Re: Sold all my canon gear . . . Then bought a 70d
« on: June 21, 2014, 03:14:44 AM »
Welcome back..... ;)

I might be the odd one here, but I do wish next 5D will have swivel screen and faster AF in liveview.


Dylan, you are not the only one. I was thinking I was the only too lol. I am using the 5DIII, and also use the 60D (which has the swivel screen) occasionally. There are times during landscape photography when the 5D mounted on a nearly 6 feet tall tripod at an awkward angle to take the shot it becomes difficult or rather impossible to see (and I am 5ft 10) what the camera is looking at. With the swivel screen added, at that height and angle it would have made life a lot easier to adjust camera's angle and orientation relative to the composition in mind. Plus, under bright daylight swivel comes in really handy. I miss the 60D in these situations.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon Refurbished Cameras & Lenses
« on: July 26, 2013, 03:26:07 AM »
Bought a refurb 70-200 IS II few weeks back. Was my first refurb purchase from Canon store. The lens is practically new, functions flawlessly. Happy with my purchase so far!

Canon General / Re: Compact camera for travel/everyday use
« on: July 23, 2013, 11:23:46 PM »
The EOS-M is a tremendous value and meets most of your criteria except for an optical viewfinder.  I picked up an M kit with 22/2 lens in the recent B&H $299 sale and am very happy with it.  The IQ is even better than I expected and its low light/high ISO performance is very good.  I took some ISO3200 shots at a outdoor party over the weekend when it was really dark - I didn't really expect them to be worth using, but with some noise reduction in LR4, they turned out pretty nice.

The RX1, Sony NEX system and Fuji X100s are all terrific options as well, with advantages over the EOS-M, but all cost 3-9 times as much and won't use your Canon EF lenses!

Regarding optical viewfinders, I think the low-end OVF's on the G-series cameras are too small and dim for practical use.  Once you are conditioned to a large, bright view finder of a decent DSLR, its hard to settle for an inferior one.

So in terms of high ISO performance between the RX1, Sony's NEX system, Fuji's x100s and Canon's EOS-M which one is known to perform better? Are there other systems worth looking into? My wife is going to be using this a lot more than me probably. But I can see myself using this in a lot of cases. The EOS-M's ability to take EF lenses is very tempting and missed out on that $300 deal.

Canon General / Re: Compact camera for travel/everyday use
« on: July 23, 2013, 08:09:57 PM »
Sony RX 100

I had my eyes on this for quite sometime now. I am looking for something along this line. I like the EOS-M too.

Canon General / Re: Compact camera for travel/everyday use
« on: July 23, 2013, 05:56:33 PM »
Anyone? :/

Canon General / Compact camera for travel/everyday use
« on: July 22, 2013, 10:13:34 PM »
Looking for a compact body for travel. Would prefer an optical viewfinder over an electronic one if possible, and one that has great ISO performance in this segment. Don't know if I am asking too much but would be great if I can get clean images upto 1600 in low light conditions and usable upto 3200/6400.  I don't know if such compact bodies come with fast primes, or fast zooms but a fixed aperture lens would be nice. Basically looking to replace my 5D3 when I want to travel light or just out and about. Any recommendations?

Abstract / Bring Me Home
« on: July 05, 2013, 10:42:48 AM »
Not sure if this should be in this forum, but here goes. One of the first shot from the 70-200 MK II. Absolutely love this lens!

Bring me home by Dhanad Islam, on Flickr

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: July 05, 2013, 10:28:36 AM »
Love this lens!

Bring me home by Dhanad Islam, on Flickr

During the actual shoot, I often forget to cover the VF. I did not notice any significant change in the outcome of a shot with or without the cover on the VF. Maybe I was lucky to get away with it as I remember I never had any significant light source coming from behind the camera. Maybe I have not yet faced a scenario  where you will need to cover the VF to get proper reading.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:44:52 AM »
Exciting news! Really hope the sensor delivers, as it seems Canon have mostly done right in other aspects of the design (especially the AF system). What amazed me is that they kept the price to $1200. Given their recent price trend one would have imagined they'd price it $1300 or so.

Anybody know if the body is plastic or a metal consturction?

Lenses / Re: Help complete my bundle...
« on: June 28, 2013, 08:57:38 AM »
Thanks everyone!!  The camera, flash and lens arrive on Monday.  How am I going to make it through the weekend?!  Alcohol?? ;)

Haha, congrats on the purchase. Awesome moment after a long wait is when you see a UPS/Fedex truck pulling up in front of your house, and the delivery person is taking out your box. You get all giddy! Even better when you have it in your hands and start playing with it!  ;D ;D ;D

Canon General / Re: Question about Refurbished Lens from Canon Direct
« on: June 27, 2013, 11:45:25 PM »
Okay, so the good news is I gave another thorough look at the front element after a cleanup, and it seems perfectly fine. It must have been some small fiber strand of some sort that was on the glass, but after careful cleaning it looks flawless now. So I guess I was wrong about the mark. Phew! Thanks for all the great advice though folks.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D Next to Be Announced
« on: June 27, 2013, 12:00:43 PM »

Canon General / Re: Question about Refurbished Lens from Canon Direct
« on: June 27, 2013, 03:52:26 AM »
Every lens I've purchased from them has been perfect, so I would ask them to replace it. The 70-200 is unique (among the ones I've ordered) in that it comes in a large brown box (vs the usual white one), sandwiched between a couple of large pieces of foam. The lens, hood, and tripod ring were together inside the lens case.

That's exactly how I received mine just this week. It also has "Canon" imprinted on the sides and a sticker that designates the lens model. To the OP, was the pilfer proof tape fully intact or did it look like the seal was broken? If that latter is the case, then it may have been damaged en route.

Just give them a call and set up a replacement. I'd say mine arrived in about 9.8/10 condition, but it is a superb copy and isn't worth replacing for that extra .2. However, the lens hood that came with it didn't lock quite as well as it should and there was a fairly noticeable scratch on the inside (not as big of an issue). So I called them up, told them about the defect, and within 10 minutes they were processing a replacement for the hood (that is, when it becomes available). In fact, I'd give them a call first thing tomorrow because the 70-200 is currently in stock and they should be able to send out a replacement right away. Their stock goes quickly!

Interesting, so I guess Canon is rolling out refurbished products (lens) in these brown boxes (with Canon imprints on the sides, etc). This is exactly how I got mine, the secure tape was intact. The lens is in immaculate condition, even the hood except for that small paint chip near the tripod collar and the minor blemish (which I cannot locate right now) on the front element. I will take another look at it in the morning and give Canon a call.

Thanks for all the advice and insights everyone.

Canon General / Question about Refurbished Lens from Canon Direct
« on: June 26, 2013, 10:46:40 PM »
I just got my refurbished 70-200 IS II today which I ordered from Canon Direct. Upon close inspection I noticed there is a small scratch/blemish on the front element. A very minor paint chip near the tripod collar. Everything else seems fine. No noticeable dust inside, and works fine. Also I was under the impression that Canon ships their refurbished lenses in a 'refurbished' box. In my case they shipped my lens inside the soft case that came with the 70-200 IS II. Anyone else experienced similar case?

Also, I was wondering if I should return the lens. The minor scratch on the front element is bugging me, even though that mark shouldn't affect the images.

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