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Well I see several answers that'll solve the question in the thread here, but just have to say: "F/8 and be there"  ;)

Similar case but very different, I was doing the dirty "lens barely not locked in" trick on my 5DII once to prevent the camera from auto adjusting the Aperture in video mode. I had neglicted the fact that the lens was not locked in and at one point I needed to shift focus and whack, I didn't have a proper grip and dropped my 35mm lens... luckily it just dented the mount and the optics/AF are totally fine. But to say, at least in your case it wasn't the lens that dropped.

Also I do think the lens release button was accidentally pressed in your case

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Firmware 1.2.3 Available
« on: October 30, 2013, 07:31:22 AM »
I've always been too tired and not up to making breakfast for myself, well it's just in time with tomorrow's early morning Halloween event shoot!

Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 28, 2013, 08:30:04 AM »
One main reason many people buy consumer DSLRs?  To take photos of their children playing sports.
One key area where mirrorless cameras are lacking?  Autofocus tracking
Conclusion?  Consumer DLSRs are here for a while longer.

i read that all the time.

yet i have to know ONE family that bought a DSLR because of a child.

my sister has a 3 year old girl.... father takes pictures with an iphone.
they did buy a fujifilm P&S when when the child was born.. but they rarely use it.

my cousin has a 4 year old boy and a 5 month old girl.
parents take images with their smartphones.

of course i can only speak from my own experience.
and i guess in america it´s something different with the "soccer moms".

I bought a T1i/500D when my first daughter started moving around and the AF and shutter lag on the Superzoom P&S couldn't keep up with her. 

Sounds like you don't have kids, although your relatives do.  That may mean you don't routinely attend events for school aged kids and their parents.  As the parent of a child in kindergarten, I attend lots of school events, parties, field trips, etc.  I'd say about 15% of the parents at the school have a dSLR, mostly entry-level but at least one other FF.  At a community gymnastics exhibition in which my daughter participated last year, there were lots of dSLRs in use, not just Rebels with kit lenses, but 7D and 5DIII bodies, some with white L zooms (and in a dimly lit gym with flash prohibited, I wonder if anyone without a dSLR got a usable shot of their kid performing).

As you point out, the 'soccer mom with dSLR' is a cliché.  As you point out, it's a different geography.  I have noticed that Canon seems to advertise frequently in parenting magazines and during family TV shows.  North America is a large market, with a lot of parents!

But of course, 7Ds and 5Ds aren't "consumer level DSLRs" they are pro cameras and if they have L lenses then even more so with the whole system. The parents with the el cheapo cameras, trying to cover their child's event, especially indoors or at night, or far in the distance, will be frustrated and either get those better cameras that can handle the job or stick with their phone for after-event shots and hope a friend/relative managed to get a shot of the kid during the event.
Also, how many of the cheap DSLR using people have the latest one? I tend to still see a lot of T2i and D90s if they're DSLRs and I can understand, they bought them back when they were Hot and don't see the need for an upgrade, especially when the same level of cameras like Rebels haven't improved an inch since that camera, or they recently got a good deal/bought them used and are fine with that. Otherwise all the cool new cameras I see around this part of town are Mirrorless, Panny and Oly are all over and even the mirrorbox DSLRs are often Olympus ones too.

I say it's fine the low end DSLRs die out, most people using them shouldn't be. They're used by those either aiming to become good in photography, which means they might as well get the level or two up from the start instead of wasting money with the "upgrade path" by buying everything in between they end up rarely using. Or, they like posing as pros all cool with a real nice camera and such, those types will get better photos out of their phones anyways (and even with the big 'ol DSLR around their neck they still use the phone more often with the instant connectivity and all).

EOS Bodies / Re: The ultimate video recorder | 2500 USD Price range
« on: October 24, 2013, 12:29:27 PM »
You say you want the best raw footage, but I doubt you actually want to shoot with RAW do you?
With the budget you've got, RAW isn't the path, unless you do have a scorching fast computer with tons of HDD space, and the extra budget for cards or even off-camera recorders  + extra SDDs.
Now, the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera looks very promising, as it can shoot RAW, but also ProRes in near full quality with a lot of the dynamic range and color data preserved. Shooting in prores will save you space, editing time and for most situations just as useful as RAW, but all without the hassle of working with it.

The BMPC is only a $1000 camera and there's all sorts of lenses out there, and I'm basing a lot of this on what Andrew has said on EOSHD, but the new Sigma 18-35mm + speed booster for mFT is just about the best set there is, and all of that together with some fast cards and batteries is just about your budget.
The camera itself is small, very easy to rig up, and it has pretty good low light performance, although a draw back could be it's small sensor, the lens choice I just suggested should cover most everything, just need to grab a decent telephoto for sports work.

Personally I've got a Panny GH3, Olympus 12mm F2 and Panny 25mm F1.4 for video stuff, with extra battery and new 64GB card it was all just about 2000 USD. The quality of image, 1080P up to 60FPS, usability of manual controls, tilt screen for tight angles, overall small size and low weight along with the high bit rate and nicely editable MOV files makes it a versatile video camera. I did choose this mostly because I needed a second stills camera as well, so it fit the bill, and have been impressed with how well it does.
Really, I would like to try out the Pocket Cinema camera, but if i can afford it I would get a 5DIII and install the ML hack for RAW video on that for the absolute in image quality and low light performance... but again, with all the high speed cards I can't get close to that set up

Canon General / Re: Is this rude or just customer apathy?
« on: October 19, 2013, 04:09:49 AM »
Yeah it's rude and very unprofessional on their part, but at least you didn't instead get the message "we decided to hire someone that's cheaper, and would do a lot more for us than you"...
At least I was notified though, and not have to find out on my own what really happened

I've been using a 50mm 1.4 with extension tubes for macro and it gets the job done. Though is a pain to setup each time with the manual setting of the aperture with stop down button, the loss of light and lack of AF can be dealt with but it's extra time taken. I borrowed a macro lens for another wedding, and found that I used it more for portraits than actual macro, so personally I don't see myself getting much out of investing in a macro, an extension tube setup, or just using a lens that focuses close enough, and then cropping the image can be fine as well. Would be wise to rent/borrow a macro lens to try out once, and also, shoes don't really need macro unless you want to get the very fine detail

Lighting / Re: Lighting large groups, help needed!
« on: September 17, 2013, 12:41:17 AM »
Turns out to be an informative thread, nice advice guys!
And Zv, might I ask where in Japan you're at? I'm in the country as well and do the rare part time shoot for a wedding and portrait. Just curious, and I'm around Kobe/Osaka

Cool! I'm around the Nagoya area. I've been to Osaka a few times it's a great place to shoot, loved it!

We're taking a beating from this tropical storm / typhoon this morning!


Ah, not too far from here, though I've only been through Nagoya on the way to Tokyo and back....
Yeah the typhoon was strong, it degraded into a tropical storm right before landing I think, and this area got around 500mm of rain but not as hard hit as up your way

Lighting / Re: Lighting large groups, help needed!
« on: September 15, 2013, 08:14:34 AM »
Turns out to be an informative thread, nice advice guys!
And Zv, might I ask where in Japan you're at? I'm in the country as well and do the rare part time shoot for a wedding and portrait. Just curious, and I'm around Kobe/Osaka

Lenses / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: September 12, 2013, 10:27:57 AM »
No mention of the purple fringing??
That lens is a pain when there's white, and the bokeh can be pretty rough, wide open can even show double lining in the bokeh... but, it is sharp, and image quality from F/2.8 onward is fantastic.
Good review though, the kids shots are great and I feel like using my 50 again~

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Can this 7D package be worth over $9500?
« on: September 09, 2013, 11:06:43 PM »
is this zimbabwean dollars? :P

It's in Pesos.

That price seems like it's intended for the uneducated in photography.

Ah yes, the uneducated and RICH, and that would be the pensioners of this country. Old men with time and money, they want to get into photography like everyone else, and maybe win a competition or two and become famous while casually taking snaps of flowers. And to do that they need the best camera and gear, yet have no idea what's legit. So here we go, the ultimate kit with a price tag that tells you it's the best!
And as for comparable value in goods, instead of a 7D and 3 cheapo lenses, a 1DX and 3 Ls could work into that budget

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumored Sigma Lenses Coming in the Next Year
« on: September 09, 2013, 12:58:37 PM »
A 24-70 2.0 would be big and heavy. Maybe they will make a 24-50 2.0 to keep price and weight down.

That's kind of what people were saying about the 18-35mm F/1.8, and it's neither too big or too heavy. But the limited range in zoom honestly doesn't makes it very useful. But keeping the range down definitely kept the weight and size down, so will Sigma make it a similar class lens, but shorter range, or actually 2.8, which is much needed in their own lineup with the disappointing 24-70 2.8 they offer. Just by having OS it'd stand along with Tamron. But so far Sigma doesn't offer weather sealing, and if they want to expand and get pros and enthusiasts to take more interest that's where they need to head

Lenses / Re: Can 24-70/2.8 II replace 35/1.4?
« on: September 04, 2013, 01:06:17 AM »
What I have come to see is that prime users are envious towards the 24-70 users with all their versatility and weight saving. While I see zoom users that envy the prime users for the better image, and of course bokehliciousness of 1.4 and faster. Some girl that spent all she got on a 5D2 and the 24-70L II later wanted to get primes instead LOL, wish I could afford that lens though...

EOS Bodies / Re: Is it possible?
« on: August 29, 2013, 05:31:08 AM »
How much for the sensor/lot? Coupled with the going price for a used 7D today... yep, it's very possible, sell the 7D and save from not buying the sensor and get a used 5DII  8)

Or get a 5Dc, or forget Canon and get a used D700, so many FF options for the cheap theses days~

BUT, I am curious, if it is at all possible to stick an FF sensor into your camera, I am very sure beyond the multitude of hardware limitations, the firmware would need a major tweak though

EOS Bodies / Re: 70D and Dxomark....
« on: August 29, 2013, 05:26:17 AM »
Looking at it from a canon users perspective (now) , I am just happy that Nikon is totally destroying canon in the sensor department , It means canon will sooner or later have to follow with better sensors.

Yeah well, sooner or later has been going on for like, how many years now? At least 4, and looking at the 70D it's hard to tell if the 7DII will be slightly above that, or leaps and bounds beyond. Since sensor technology in the global market has been improving in so many ways with a number of other manufacturers the past few years it's easy to question how much effort Canon has given. Or Canon genuinely doesn't care, as their focus is with the casual consumers whom the majority repeat what the sales rep said about their toy and are into whatever that's cool and new, like the super-amzing-hi-tech AF in the 70D, oh and that it has more megapixels, everyone loves megapixels... but if that were the winning factor then Canon still loses anyways...

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