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What specs would make you happy for an upgrade and how much do you think the camera would cost (not a flame, just curious, since I am not familiar with your current camera, and I am interested in a similar spec'd rig).  Thanks.


I'm with privatebydesign  ;)

I have had the 1Ds Mark III since it was introduced five years ago and i've been desperately waiting for its replacement.

The 1Dx was not a replacement to the 1Ds3 - it was a full frame sports camera with 18mp. Why would i downgrade mp when i need more ?! Even the 22mp 5D III was not significantly enough of an upgrade to tempt me ...

I'd like a high megapixel full frame camera with higher DR and a sensor crop mode for tele-sports images. I can't see why Canon didn't introduce this as the technology has been there for some time now.

I do hope that Canon will introduce a high 40+ mp Eos 1 series body that will make replacing my old 1Ds3 worthwhile. I feel we've waited and waited and waited and waited for this upgrade and Canon has just kept us pros dangling and waiting .... Six years ago Canon were market leaders - that was why i switched from Nikon ... and i'm so tired of waiting !  :(

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 300-600 f/5.6 w/1.4x TC
« on: December 07, 2013, 01:02:10 AM »
Like Dylan, I just ordered my first big white (300 2.8 LL) and the $6700 was a quantum threshold for me to cross.  I don't know, perhaps after this getting past a 10K barrier will be easier, but somehow, I don't think so.  I am wondering how other people do it?  Are that many professionals (i.e., people making a decent living from photography using these lenses) to justify the price, and drive Canon profits, or are the lenses selling to people like me who are avid/rabid enthusiasts?  Just a question.


The >$20,000 estimates seem really high to me.  My understanding is that the front element is a significant cost driver for these lenses.  Dropping from f/4 to f/5.6 is a big deal.  Assessing the size of the front element using the focal length/max aperture, the 400/4 = 100 mm and 600/5.6 = 107 mm.  And the patent is actually for 585 mm/5.6 = 104 mm.    If this holds true, then I'd expect these 300-600 to be priced similarly to the 200-400.  Say ~$12,500?

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 300-600 f/5.6 w/1.4x TC
« on: December 07, 2013, 12:49:51 AM »

On your first day of orientation for that second job they will teach you to say the following, "Would you like to biggie size that?"

It just getting better and better with Canon lenses.


I need to start 2nd job ;D

Lenses / Re: Canon IS primes sale price?
« on: December 07, 2013, 12:39:26 AM »
Just checked Amazon - $900 USD for the Sigma.

Anyone remember the price for the IS primes (24, 28, 35) earlier this year when they were on sale? Thinking about buying the 35 (mostly for video) soon and wondering if there's a chance of it having a good price for the holidays.

Or you can just buy the amazing SIGMA 35mm 1.4 prime for about 1/2 of what you'd pay for the inferior Canon prime.

...just a thought...


Sigma 35 f/1.4 for half of the 24 f/2.8 IS, 28 f/2.8 IS, 35 f/2 IS?  Where can I find the S35 for less than $400 new?

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 300-600 f/5.6 w/1.4x TC
« on: December 06, 2013, 11:35:40 AM »
As I am home bound in Texas due to the winter snow conditions, and bored. My mind is playing evil tricks.  I'm well aware that one can live happily with only one kidney as suggested.  Nah.... Anybody know how much a kidney goes for by the way?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unthinkable: Swapped out 5D3 for 6D
« on: December 04, 2013, 07:28:11 AM »

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIV, 7DII and future of upgrades
« on: December 02, 2013, 10:23:36 PM »
Those are all great concepts.  Think of it.  I send my 5DIII off and for say $300-$500USD get a 5DIV, get tuned and cleaned.  Don't have to put out 4K.  I keep my camera in good shape.  Not too bad.  I'm sure Canon will get my money some other way.

Sounds like a great concept to me.


I think we should enjoy photography today and keep the rumormongering to the professionals like CR guy. ;)

Kidding aside I am looking forward to future bodies as well.

I need a new toy!  ;D

Lenses / Re: Best lens for night time lapse
« on: December 02, 2013, 07:46:24 PM »
I would second this.  It is on sale now for less than $300 and is almost a throw away lens, compared to some of the expensive Canon offerings.  I posted a few from my slot canyon trip to show what it can do under some difficult contrasty lighting conditions, with minimal pp.

Don't be put off by manual aperture an focusing, the lens will perform.  You do need to put time with it to learn how to use it, and DON'T even think of using the distance scale on the focusing ring- it is on there only for decoration as far as I can tell.

Best to you with you new goodies.


If you want to do night timelapse when the moon isn't out, such as timelaapsing the milky way, then you need to shoot at ISO 3200 @ f/2.8 for 30 seconds.  This makes most f/4 lenses unsuited to the job. 

For astro timelapse, I use the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 which is only $350.  This is a full manual lens, meaning you have to manually set the aperture and focus.  For timelapse and landscape photography, this is a good thing.  It's good good sharpness, color, and contrast.  Flare can be a problem if there is a bright light source off to the side.  All in all, it is a phenomenal value.  All the milky way shots in my timelapse reel were shot with it

I also have the Rokinon (or Bower or Samyang, they're all the same lens) 24mm f/1.4.  Again, fully manual, but it bests the Canon 24mm f/1.4 L when it comes to coma distortion of stars. 

For night timelapses with moonlight, I use the Canon 17-40mm f/4L.  This lens is cheaper, smaller, lighter, and sharper than the 16-35.

Landscape / Re: Slot Canyons- Canyon X and Upper Antelope, Grand Canyon
« on: December 02, 2013, 12:01:27 PM »

Thank you JR

Lovely photos Scott. I enjoyed seeing them.

PS: A select few posters on CR might just tell you that your images lack DR and/or that your photos are "junk" ... don't believe them  ;)

Landscape / Re: Slot Canyons- Canyon X and Upper Antelope, Grand Canyon
« on: December 02, 2013, 12:00:54 PM »
Thank you for the heads up.  I would agree with the DR comment.  This is my first real attempt at landscape photography, and as such, I now appreciate why people beat that drum.  With regard to the "junk" comment, I didn't make the landscape, just took the shot.  I have a tough skin, and as long as they give reasons why it is junk, I am always happy to learn from the feedback.  Otherwise, I wouldn't chance posting the pics.

I appreciate that you took the time to write.


Lovely photos Scott. I enjoyed seeing them.

PS: A select few posters on CR might just tell you that your images lack DR and/or that your photos are "junk" ... don't believe them  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: December 01, 2013, 09:54:42 PM »
Is there perhaps a Sony Rumors Site that is a happy place for you?

We, the declining stills orientated market, are fortunate that the ideas they are moving towards are somewhat complimentary to our own "needs" for still based equipment, so far.

The customer only comes first if the company can sell the stuff they make and give their shareholders a reasonable return. If they can't they will try to find other customers, not different shareholders.

hehehe! Quite funny. Next suggestion will probably be to kneel down and beg to Canon "please, please give me a new stills-oriented camera."  ::)

no way!

In reality it is way easier for (almost all of) Canon's customers to turn around and find another supplier of excellent image capturing gear than it is for Canon to find "new customers" willing to pay inflated prices for fairly un-innovative products.

Software & Accessories / Re: Rolling Case to fit all my camera gear
« on: December 01, 2013, 09:40:54 PM »
All great suggestions.

You will likely get many bags over time.  Currently the ThinkTank Airport Security II alone will get you a $50.00 rebate.  I ordered one, and it is now shipping.  I also have the ThinkTank Airport TakeOff.  I can't say enough great stuff about this bag.  I love the material and construction.  I find with the big lenses and a couple of bodies, batteries, etc, it gets heavy, and I love rolling it.  The straps tuck away easily, and it fits overhead, even in small puddle jumpers.  This could hold the 300 2.8 II plus a couple of other lenses.

I am replacing my Lowpro pro runner x 450 aw  It is too wide for easy overhead, and the tripod which sits on the back of the bag has to be removed.  I don't like the material, and it has so many pockets, I always seem to lose things.  On the other hand, it has a spring loaded handle that makes it pop up, which my ThinkTank Airport TakeOff lacks, and that is too bad.

From what I have read, the Security II should be great for you, and a second bag, not a bad idea either.

***Look at my Gura Giveaway- my ThinkTank is on the left.  The Lowepro on the right is slightly larger than the Security II, but not significantly in terms of packing, only in terms of getting it on the plane.



Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway
« on: December 01, 2013, 09:24:16 PM »
My gear and I would be greatly appreciative of et cetera cases or perhaps a large T for me and a medium for my sweetie, who is kind enough to go on shoots with me, and snap a few herself.

Hmmm.  I don't have an X wife anymore, and I just figured out where all of my money goes.  Have fun with it Canon!

Thank you so much.


Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod for someone who's never used one?
« on: December 01, 2013, 08:59:39 PM »
The plate goes with the head.


Much appreciated, all! Tripods are apparently way more complicated than I thought :) Thankfully all the lenses I use now are light weight (50mm f1.4, 24-105mm f4, sigma 12-24mm), and my next purchases (I think) will be the 70-200mm and the 16-35mm, so I won't be shooting with heavy gear any time soon.

Quick question: as far as plates are concerned, is it just Gitzo and Manfrotto that are proprietary? And does that mean if I get an Arca swiss plate I couldn't use it on a Gitzo or Manfrotto head? But I could get an Arca swiss plate and Arca swiss head and attach that do a Gitzo or Manfrotto set of legs?

Sorry for all the basic questions. Your help is appreciated.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod for someone who's never used one?
« on: December 01, 2013, 01:03:53 PM »
I agree with all of the above.  Don't waste time with cheap stuff.  A tripod needs to hold up over time, be transportable, and most important, keep the camera stable during the shoot.

There are different ways to extend the legs (latches, rings and the like).  Next you have 3 or 4 segments, with more segments usually less stable, but smaller when collapsed.  You need to consider how tall you are and how tall you need the tripod to be.  Really Right Stuff web site has a nice chart on its front page you can look at for this.  No center column greatly enhances stability, and decreases the weight of this element.

Some tripods have a hook to hang additional weight to stabilize the unit- helpful during windy conditions.  Some either come with, or have optional "accessories" that you may later purchase.  These may not be important now, but keep an eye toward the future- like the leveling plate as mentioned by Neuro-  it may not make sense to you now, but as you expand, the ability to use these items may become essential.

I totally agree that your head should be a separate purchase.  This is a personal decision as the tripod legs.  A lot of things go into this decision.  One very important thing is the plate- Arca Swiss is my vote.  Another thing is the layout of the tightening knobs.  Be sure that they work for you, and be sure the head will carry the camera/lens load.  Play around with it for a while to be sure you like it.  I have a collection that look pretty but I hate.

I have a Manfrotto 190CXPro3 and it is a great tripod.  I am going to get a RRS TVC-33 when I get my big white lens

So, be sure that the combo is easy to carry, easy to set up, and stable.



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