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If your looking to shoot landscapes your looking at the completely wrong system.. I own Pro and Semi Pro DSLR from both Canon and Nikon.

my recommendations for a camera in your price range would be a refurbished D7100. the reason for this is simple, it has more pixels and it has a much larger dynamic range then any thing canon offers. It also lacks a AA filter which allows for more detail. the dynamic range is worlds better on Nikon cameras. I own a D7100 as a back up body. I bought it nikon refurbished for $850 at the end of last year. Its massively better than the 7D i used to own. that thing was horrible for landscapes as the dynamic range was very limited and you couldn't push the shadows at all with out seeing noise and vertical lines...

if you cant afford the D7100 the D7000 is also a nice camera which offers a huge improvement in dynamic range over the 7D at the cost of only 2mp 16vs 18 of the 7D. not a huge factor in my book..  the run around the $600 mark these days used. also both the d7100 and d7000 are superior in low light to the APSC canon bodies by about a full stop.

You probably missed the part where the OP mentions having access to Canon lenses which he can use... ;)

I am surprised that someone who has used both systems has such strong feelings against one system.
Would you mind sharing some of your 7D landscape images where the 'horrible' limitation in DR was exposed, just for everyone's edification? Thanks.

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I have seen used 5D Mark II's on Craigslist for around US$1,000.  Honestly, that sounds like the best body for you.  Full frame for portraits, has MFA, video and you already have two EF mount lenses that you can use.  Spend the little extra cash and get that still amazing camera.  I have both the 5DII and a 7D and I hardly use the 7D anymore.

Really? I don't see anything below ~ $ 1300 either on CL or on FM.com. I wonder how this body still commands such prices with the 6D often available for similar prices.

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Those 3 cameras you mentioned just have the same IQ as the T3i.  I'd rather buy a 5D and a 24-105L lens.  But since you want video, then starting with the 50D sounds a little bit better if you are really not into sports. You can invest the 300bucks into a good landscape/video lens such as the new 10-18mm IS. If you are buying APS-C, don't forget to buy also the kit lens 18-55 IS (STM if possible) as they are light and a good value for money.  It also has a very good IQ. Good luck with whatever your decision will be.
You forgot that 50D does not have video recording? :o :-X :P

I thought the same thing (I owned a 50D) but it seems you can now record (RAW) video on a 50D with Magic Lantern.
That sounds pretty magical to me!

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EOS-M / Re: Another great toy for EOS-M
« on: June 02, 2014, 08:31:04 PM »
I wonder why they don't have a 3.2" version of this one (except the $ 90 Z-finder).
Sticking a 3" magnetic strip on a 3.2" 5DIII LCD will look terrible.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Answer to Everyone's Complaints
« on: June 02, 2014, 07:14:41 PM »
I think I'll start a similar fund for anyone complaining about unfocused's offer.

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Hi Folks.
Is there anyone that doesn't want AFMA? I know a few of you say that you need no AFMA on your lenses, but when you do get a lens which is not perfectly matched to your camera you will find it invaluable.

Cheers Graham.


But unless he really needs AFMA (and maybe he does - I have no idea),


Not having AFMA is a major constraint. I had to sell an otherwise nice 50mm/1.4 for this reason.
However, since I wanted an FF backup and cannot justify a 5DII or 6D at this moment I can live with the inconvenience.
What did people do before AFMA?

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The OP specifically indicate that he/she wants a body other than Rebel. Whilst T2i/T3i are capable cameras, they don't match his criteria of choice.


True, but the reasons ezpop gave for wanting a more advanced APS-C than Rebel are that they look better and are "more sturdy", and maybe he also wants AFMA.  But unless he really needs AFMA (and maybe he does - I have no idea), really cares what it looks like, and would really benefit from the difference in sturdiness; and since he plans to take landscapes and portraits - it's far from obvious that a Rebel won't meet his actual criteria.  A recent Rebel, including the SL1, will likely have better image quality than a 7D or the others he mentions, especially at higher ISOs.

+1. The T4i can use the latest features with the RT speedlites, has touchscreen, STM, etc.
Plus, the 60D doesn't have AFMA.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Serial Numbers Sensitive?
« on: June 02, 2014, 04:11:09 PM »
Thankfully, FoCal added this feature before my last auction and I simply posted a screen shot of the shutter count ;D, but alas, I still received half a dozen of these messages.

I am so dumb.  I should have checked FoCal . . . I'd used it all weekend on my mk3.

I went independent when someone asked, though, and found out that there's an apple App.  So I paid $3.

Yeah, me too.
Is this only on FoCal pro, or also with FoCal Plus?

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I am going to suggest a slightly different camera body. Grab a 40D. You can find very lightly used bodies for $200-300 and the fps is fast and the image quality is fantastic. You cannot really tell the images apart from the 40D and 50D and viewing them normally, they are hard to tell apart from the 7D.

I know several people who still use the 40D (myself included) and I know you won't be disappointed. Invest instead in better glass so that once you have figured out where you want to go with photography you have the glass you need without wasting a bunch of money on a body.

I have owned 2 40D's and they are great cameras.

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That' a new idea. I heard quite some people mentioning positively about this body. Great built, not bad iQ, low, low cost. I can still use my bro's t3i for video if I need to. Search on the local ads, find some 10k to 20k SC no scratch etc etc for $250 or less. May start to search and buy one and shoot for a few months till big sales on in a few months and then decide which one to buy and replace.
Finally...... thanks guys for all your suggestions. Really appreciate.


If you are thinking 40D then you should definitely think 5Dc. The difference in FF vs APS-C is quite significant for your usages.
Here's an inexpensive, guaranteed option::
http://www.keh.com/camera/Canon-Digital-Camera-Bodies/1/sku-DC029990897980?r=FE
They have 40D as well:
http://www.keh.com/camera/Canon-Digital-Camera-Bodies/1/sku-DC029991024110?r=FE

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All,

I'm at the point where I can't get all my gear into my biggest bag any longer, I'm always playing the 'bag game' before each shoot.  This entails shuffling my gear amongst my various bags until I have what I need in one bag and then I'm off.  Further, everything is tucked away super efficiently, but that's a pain to move from one bag to the next.

So rather than buying a bigger bag, I thought I'd get a large storage solution for my home.

I am looking for a home storage solution that:
  • Will sit in a dedicated place in my office as if it were a piece of furniture or office storage.
  • Requires no major unstacking, lifting out of dividers, deconstruction, etc. to get gear out.  My office is fairly crowded and I don't want to unstack a few tubs or cases to get at a particular piece of gear.
  • Note:  this storage solution will never been in sunny, rainy, dusty or humid environments -- it will 100% of the time be indoors.

I'm basically looking for a large tool box for camera gear.  I have in my mind something not unlike a Craftsman tool chest that has numerous drawers to slide out and access various lenses, accessories, etc.

Pelican immediately came to mind, but I'm generally seeing 'tackle boxes'/foot-locker designs and not a quick-access set of drawers like in an office filing cabinet.

Have any recommendations that might fit the bill?

Thanks,
A



You want something more fancy than the department store plastic chest of drawers with casters?
If not, they work pretty nicely.
http://www.b2bget.com/Rubbermaid-3-Drawer-Tower.htm

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If you actually go through the points you will realize most of them are either theoretical (IQ, DR, color depth, noise), or marginal (viewfinder, shutter lag, fps) or can be easily remedied (battery life- get extra batteries, max speed- get ND filters). The weather sealing of the 60D is not sufficient, so I don't see how shooting in the rain with a 50% weather sealed camera is any better than a 20% weather sealed one.
T2i is actually a pretty good suggestion. Touch screen and video AF (STM) are great tools since the OP is interested in video. The weight and higher max ISO can also be helpful.

OP, I have just recently bought an 8-year old 5D. It works great (knock on wood). If you buy used from reputable sellers on FredMiranda, or even better, guaranteed used ones from KEH (they offer a 6-month warranty) then you don't have to worry about spending $$$ for repairs.

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How much will this AF information apply to the 5DIII?

Lots of useful links, Mr. Surapon. Thank you very much.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Rant about 5DIII
« on: June 01, 2014, 04:36:48 AM »
Ok, totally my noob mistake.
I should have caught it, no idea why I didn't- excitement and adrenaline, etc. maybe.
I was on low speed continuous- here's why:
Turning my main wheel didn't bring up the high speed continuous. It didn't even now, skipping straight from single shot to the low speed cont., until I went into the Q menu and brought it up. Weird.
At the event I didn't notice the H icon wasn't there, just was puzzled about the slow speed.

Oops :P

Anytime you are coming up on the "once in a lifetime" shot, check your settings, fire a test shot or burst, look at the result..   It's a tough lesson to learn, but our cameras have sooooo many settings, most of which you can't even see.   How many of us have shot in broad daylight at ISO 12000+ because that is the way set up last night?

Very true.
Fortunately in this case, I made the new doctorate toss his mortarboard over and over until I got the shot :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Rant about 5DIII
« on: June 01, 2014, 12:40:03 AM »
Ok, totally my noob mistake.
I should have caught it, no idea why I didn't- excitement and adrenaline, etc. maybe.
I was on low speed continuous- here's why:
Turning my main wheel didn't bring up the high speed continuous. It didn't even now, skipping straight from single shot to the low speed cont., until I went into the Q menu and brought it up. Weird.
At the event I didn't notice the H icon wasn't there, just was puzzled about the slow speed.

Oops :P

My favorite mistake to constantly repeat is when I have it set for 2 or 10 second delay... and it takes me 3 or 4 shots before I figure out what the hell I did wrong... every time.

I have done that too, until I got the Phottix remote trigger.

DrMike, it was mostly my own error as I have found out (and edited the post). Still hate those non-blinky AF points though.
Funny thing is, I watched a video from 2012 where Chuck Westfall volunteers to Mitch of Planet5D that Canon is aware the customers want the AF illumination and trying to resolve that issue. He brings up the topic himself!
And yet nothing. Very odd. Must have been impossible to implement in the next firmware update, definitely doesn't look like an oversight.

Around 8 minutes (this was posted in CR as a thread):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EIdV4mAcpo

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Rant about 5DIII
« on: June 01, 2014, 12:03:41 AM »
Ok, totally my noob mistake.
I should have caught it, no idea why I didn't- excitement and adrenaline, etc. maybe.
I was on low speed continuous- here's why:
Turning my main wheel didn't bring up the high speed continuous. It didn't even now, skipping straight from single shot to the low speed cont., until I went into the Q menu and brought it up. Weird.
At the event I didn't notice the H icon wasn't there, just was puzzled about the slow speed.

Oops :P

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