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Canon General / Re: Canon Testing a 75+ Megapixel EOS-1 Body? [CR1]
« on: July 27, 2013, 06:06:35 PM »
Just got my 5D3 and tried it today; had a 40D since 2008. Its a nice improvement, but it doesn't blow me away. With that, I feel that the 5D3 is a great, all rounded camera. I would love to add a medium format Canon camera to the list. Since I don't do sports, the 1Dx isn't worth it for me. If Canon released a medium format camera then that would be awesome, but they would have to release at the same time some nice prime lens for landscape and portrait photographers.

Anyway, I'm off to go use my 5D3 some more.

Canon General / Re: Canon Camera Sales Down in Q2, Imaging Revenue Up
« on: July 27, 2013, 05:49:57 PM »
Well, I just bought myself a 5D3 which now makes my 2nd DSLR; first was the 40D. My 40D is now my backup camera. Got it on that last eBay deal for ~$2500.

I don't know about their lens, but I bought two 580 EX IIs refurbished from Canon. Both worked quite well and looked like brand new equipment.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Ended: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2545
« on: July 18, 2013, 10:00:18 PM »
Well... I jumped. I have a 40D (1st camera), skipped the 5D2 and waited for the 5D3. When the 5D3 was released for $3500 I was crushed. I was expecting $2800 max. I missed several of these types of sales, and hesitated when I could have bought it for $2850 some months ago. I was going to just wait for the 5D4, 2015/16, but then those plans went out the door when I saw the 5D3 at this price. With that, unless the 5D4 is a work of art in comparison to the 5D3 (doubt it), I'll be skipping the 5D4. 

I like my 40D a lot, but became annoyed with the ISO and focusing limitations. However, those limitations helped me to improve in other areas, especially lighting. I'm excited and nervous at the same time, especially since I've only ever used the 5D3 once in a camera store. Guess I'll have to get an 85mm to replace the 50mm field of view on the 40D to round out my collection of lens.

Portrait / Re: My photos look so dull
« on: May 20, 2013, 10:54:44 PM »
A chance to try some post processing. Here's my attempt. I enjoyed seeing what others have done. I'm always trying to improve my skills in post processing. It feels like a battle I can never win. I've come to realize that its not easy at all. I should probably do some workshops to get some tips from some pros.

Lenses / Re: Why The EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Delay?
« on: November 13, 2012, 07:55:54 PM »
I was thinking that it would be nice to have the 200-400 f4 an an every now and then use lens, but that's not going to happen if its going to cost $10K. I thought it would be closer to the price of the 70-200 II or 24-70 II.

Speaking of that. I see that these lens types of lens are commonly used for sports, but who pays for these pictures to justify the price of these lens? Especially when it comes to wildlife.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Preorders
« on: November 06, 2012, 01:43:08 PM »
You know what, I may just abandon my 24-105 for this lens. Of course, I'll have to try it before I buy it, and I won't be buying it right away. I'll wait for now. The high price means that there's no rush.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 05, 2012, 09:25:29 AM »
Since I already have the 24-105, I'll wait and see how this new lens compares to it. If its noticeably sharper, has better IS, not crazily expensive and doesn't suffer from lens creep (my 24-105 does), then I may switch to it. I also have the 70-200 f4 IS, so I don't mind switching lens as needed.

I'm going to stick to my original plan when it comes to lens, which is to buy the cheaper F4 zooms and supplement with fast primes (1.4 and faster).

Canon General / Re: Canon's MAP Pricing Goes Into Full Effect Today
« on: November 01, 2012, 08:32:18 PM »
Here I thought that Canon would drop the price to be more competitive, and hence push me over the edge to get one. I was so close. I'll know better next time. I'll get the 5D Mark IV or 1DX Mark II on day one. What's the point of waiting a year if I still have to pay full price (or close to full price) when a new model will be released in the next 3-4 years? I'll start saving from now.

Canon General / Re: Canon's MAP Pricing Goes Into Full Effect Today
« on: November 01, 2012, 05:16:05 PM »
I think that this is a sign. At one point I was thinking about waiting until the 5D4 is released or some other great camera. However, the lower price tags was starting to tempt me. I'm already spent enough money on other things for this Christmas, but I was looking forward to picking one up around Feb. next year. Now that the price has gone back up, I'm just going to sit this one out and keep using my 40D. Or maybe I can get a used 5DII.

Canon General / Re: Canon's MAP Pricing Goes Into Full Effect Today
« on: November 01, 2012, 07:31:16 AM »
This does not make me happy. Looks like I won't be buying a new camera this year afterall.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS Coming [CR3]
« on: October 30, 2012, 04:09:31 PM »
My current lens strategy is to go with the cheaper f4 lens. They aren't very fast, but they are still very good. If I need faster I usually need really fast or really shallow DOF. For this I resort to a prime lens that gets me 1.4 or faster. However, these days I've been thinking of dropping going even faster as a base, from f4 to 2.8, I like my 100mm L.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS Coming [CR3]
« on: October 30, 2012, 03:57:59 PM »
An f4 version huh! I'm curious as to how it will compare to my 24-105L. If its noticeably better then I'll switch, if not, what's the point. Ideally I'd want the 24-70L with IS.

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