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Lenses / Re: The next three new lenses? 50, 100 macro, 70-300
« on: November 12, 2014, 01:08:27 PM »
The 70-300 IS USM is a cheap lens and suited to its price point - below that of Tamron's 70-300 Vi DC.

In which market? In the US, the Tammy is $ 450 and the Canon $ 650.

If you look closely at the 24-105 STM MTF graphs and compare them with the 24-105L graphs then it is possible the STM bests the L for pure IQ and is cheaper too! That sets the stage...

Yeah, but you are paying a price premium for the build quality, the L prestige, the quickness of USM and ergonomics. With a standard build quality, no L, micro USM and mediocre ergonomics (rotating front filter, no manual AF override), it will be impossible to justify keeping the 70-300 at its price point with a 70-300 STM that performs better. Having said that, I think it will be hard for Canon to build a 70-300 STM that performs any worse, and the price point of the lens isn't justified even now, to begin with.

One thing puzzles me... ::)
Why stocks mediocre 75-300mm never end? ??? :o
Does Canon will have to sell them for $ 50 to get rid of them. :P

I wondered about that, too.
Except people buy them quite a bit, paying about $ 200. I know three guys who did, and I was shocked that they didn't choose one of the 55-250s instead. The main reason is ignorance about other options, strong marketing by the sales people (I have heard it myself) and low price point.

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 12, 2014, 02:46:24 AM »
So. Same filter size, same F range, same focal length, except heavier, longer, wider and also 50% more expensive than the previous version.  Am I missing something?  Unless the AF performance or sharpness or something blows the prior version away (hard to imagine at the same F stop) we just waited 10 years and are paying 50% more for turn-style zoom? Please someone tell me I am missing something major here.

You must have missed all the clamoring for an "improved" 100-400 on this and other forums that has been going on for years, and all the people who were ready to pay $ 3K.
I think apart from a rotating zoom (to which people seem to have mixed feelings) the usability with the TCs as confirmed by the MTFs, a reliable and more powerful IS, along with the much improved IQ is a sufficiently good reason for the widespread welcome this lens is getting.

EOS Bodies / Re: Custom Dials - what do YOU do with it?
« on: November 11, 2014, 03:03:38 PM »
I never used custom functions until few days back someone advised me about it. It helped me immensely.
I was shooting jet aircrafts (ideally 1/2000) and prop planes (1/500-800) in the same event and needed to be able to switch back and forth quickly.
So my C1 was Tv, 1/2000, auto ISO, +1 stop EC, etc. C2 was Tv, 1/800, auto ISO, +1 stop EC. C3 was M, 1/500, ISO 200, for all the shots where I needed to adjust as required.
The bottom line is, if you know you will need certain very different settings you will use, and will need to switch between them quickly- custom functions will act as three memorized settings.

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 04:30:59 PM »
No mention of TC compatibility, but I'm guessing the Canon TCs will mount and work.

That was my initial worry when I thought this looked shorter. It isn't though, so I think all is well.
Looks like the lens will be released just in time for me to buy it refurbished with discount for $ 1500 for the 2016 spring birding season :)

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 04:28:43 PM »
now the 400F5.6....... please.....

You might not need it, if this is good enough ;)

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 04:28:06 PM »
Hello All,

Few points unclear in the CR description:

1. lens is equipped with a new inner focusing AF system ???

2. Customizable zoom performance??

3. What about the Zoom? There is no mention about whether there is barrel extension or not and if so what would be teh final length?

Can experts clarify....

Re: The barrel does extend on zoom, but can't tell you what the maximum extended length is.

At last! At this price, I'll be on the preorder list as soon as B&H lists it. I was on the fence about the v1 model, and there's no way the v2 won't be significantly better in terms of optical performance.

I actually like the fact that it's a bit heavier than the v1 ... speaks to the quality of the optics in the system.

Now, please ship before Christmas!

Thanks Jon...

ANy view on 'Customizable zoom performance??'

I think this is what it is: there is a tightening ring, so you can decide if you want quick but less precise zooming or slower and more precise zooming action.

Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 08, 2014, 01:57:05 AM »
I hope the compactness doesn't come at the expense of incompatibility with TCs.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Greentoe
« on: November 05, 2014, 06:50:22 PM »
AFAIK, Greentoe, CPW are essentially negotiators who will allow authorized retailers to sell at competitive prices, often below MAP.
You are still being invoiced directly by the authorized retailer, so their reputation and warranty all stand.
Often you will end up buying from Adorama or B&H through CPW or Greentoe. The difference is while CPW negotiated a fixed rate and advertises it, Greentoe adopts a 'name you price' mode like Priceline.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Anyone got their 7DII + 24-70 f4 IS shipped yet?
« on: November 04, 2014, 01:43:14 PM »
Well, I did order on 9/17, and so far no news on it being shipped.
I asked them this morning for an estimate, and they sent me the Same canned response when I had inquired last week, saying they are experiencing stock shortages due to the overwhelming demand of the 24-70 bundle and I should be patient and wait.
I suppose they don't have a minute to write a personalized email. Business must be really good!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Anyone got their 7DII + 24-70 f4 IS shipped yet?
« on: November 03, 2014, 11:32:44 PM »
Congrats, Runnerguy, Monchoon, and Breacher1! Please do post your impressions and pictures (I believe there is a running thread).
By the way, do you remember when you all placed the order? Thanks!

Pricewatch Deals / Anyone got their 7DII + 24-70 f4 IS shipped yet?
« on: November 03, 2014, 09:45:03 PM »
Hi all
So I ordered the 7DII + 24-70 f/4 IS bundle from Henry's on September 17, taking advantage of the bundle offer by Canon Canada. It seems that they are experiencing stock shortages, and my stuff are yet to be shipped, with no estimated date of shipping. Just to get an idea of the shortage situation, has anyone's order (bundles only) been shipped yet? If so, can you say where you ordered them from and when? I am wondering if I should have ordered from Camera Canada or elsewhere instead...
Thanks in advance.

Portrait / Re: Selfie.
« on: November 03, 2014, 08:28:09 PM »
Pretty cool gadget to hold the camera afar...

Lenses / Re: B+W filter advice
« on: November 03, 2014, 06:27:05 PM »
This is quite amusing.
The OP had posted this exact same question on FredMiranda and I replied to it, quoting (linked) Neuro's post from February with the picture of the two mounts.
Now I see the same question here, and of course, Neuro's response with that picture.
Well, I suppose the OP will get multiple validation of the same information :)

FredMiranda link:

Lenses / Re: Selling 200-400
« on: November 03, 2014, 03:32:18 PM »
Two things:
1. I never dispute the quality of the lens. God forbid! But I use it once a year and can't justify it.
2. The 1.4x is a pain to use. One has to wait for the lens to 'cool down' before engaging it or it over exposes. Many times shots are lost or over exposed because of this. I think the ease of having the entire zoom range available without engaging the extender (150-600) would be easier.

I am sure you will love the lens combo with the 7D.

I appreciate your comment much. Am concerned too at times. :)

I am very curious as to how that can be. As far as I understand, the metering is controlled by the camera, and switching from 1x to 1.4x provides an immediate, real-time input to the camera's sensor to allow it to meter for the next shot. Considering the fact that cameras can adjust metering within fractions of seconds, being unable to expose correctly due to a rapid change in magnification seems quite unlikely.

Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: November 03, 2014, 03:23:05 PM »
Colleagues: I have been a loud partisan of BR straps for a long time. I have though had two scary separations of lens from body (one caused damage; one was a near-miss), neither of which was due to BR strap problems. I am convinced the separations are due to unintended release of the lens lock from the camera; and I would urge Canon to make a secondary lock that prevents such unintended releases. However, I have rigged a bit of shock cord while carrying my 70-200 attached either to the 5D3 or 1Dx. It takes a bit of time to make such a cord (2 bowlines on a short cord); and it impedes rapid lens changes; but gravity is an implacable and unforgiving enemy of photo gear.

I think the link below offers an ergonomic modification over tying a cord between the L bracket and the carabiner. You use a $ 6 Optech connector to do the job. Makes removal a snap (pun not intended). Also, I would say the connection to the carabiner should be in the fixed rectangular portion rather than the teardrop shaped portion which will open up if the carabiner lock comes open. I also use a piece of gaffer's tape (as in the video) in lieu of lockstaR to keep the carabiner lock from coming open.
I have been using it since I saw the post and it has been working out very well.

Here's a video describing the process.

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