« on: September 25, 2012, 12:47:59 PM »
Amazing that this thread got to be so long! (AND I am adding to it, too)
I propose a short Q/A round:
Q: Is 46.1MP enough?
A: Yes, it is
Q: Is 46.1 enough?
A: No, you want 46.2 at least
Q: Will you be dissapointed with AF/FPS/DR/ISO/VF/LCD/Rate Button/camera format/sealing etc?
A. Yes you will
Q: Will it be a good camera anynway?
A: Yes it will be a great camera
Q: Will Sony/Nikon sensors be still better?
A: Yes they will be better
Q: Despite worse sensor will people be satisfied anyway?
A: Yes, those who will buy, will be very satisfied
Q: Will you complain about the price?
A: Yes, all the time. This is much too expensive.
Q: Will Canon delay it's delivery?
A: Most probably yes (80/20)
Q: Will be there a lot of preorders anyway?
A: Yes, a lot of them
Q: Will it have light leaks/paint scratches/firmware issues et.c?
A: Yes it will have
Q: WIll you buy it?
A: Yes, after 6-24 months when price drops. Or 5D3. Or 1Dx. Or D800...
Q: Will DxO value it high?
A: No, it will not
Q: Will Ken like it?
A: Yes, Ken will like it.
Q: How many people will tell, that this is finally the time they will switch to Nikon?
A: As usual the same guys
Q: Will it be better than 5D3 or 1Dx?
A: I will not answer that - I have to leave some place for you on this forum
Q: Have you bought iPhone 5 already?
If you are in the U.S.: ACT RIGHT NOW. The Canon Refurbished Store is having their 20% off sale and the 70-300 L is just over $1,000. http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_10051_10051_327247_-1?WT.mc_id=C126149
You might even get free shipping with Coupon Code; SHIP712 (see CanonPriceWatch.com). This is a fantastic lens and if you can swing it, buy it.
Now, if you absolutely cannot afford the "L" lens, I would honestly recommend going a cheap route and picking up the new Tamron 70-300 stabilized lens. It is less expensive than the Canon IS lens, but from all accounts it is sharper. I had that lens before I gave in to the desire for the "L." Don't get me wrong, the "L" lens is much better (sharper, weathersealed, built like a tank, etc.) but I really had few complaints about the Tamron. It was as sharp or sharper than the 55-250 mm lens, which is actually quite sharp (although not USM and lacks build quality). I don't have any experience with the 70-300 non "L" IS lens, but from reviews, etc. it doesn't seem to be a stellar performer and is more expensive than the Tamron.
Only problem I ever had with the Tamron was an occasional hangup when it would hunt for a focus point. Although I honestly don't know if that was a problem with the lens or with the 7D center focus point not being able to focus on a subject due to contrast issues.
Anyway, that's my two-cents.
I cannot comment on the 70-300L.
But I tested both the 70-300 non-L and Tamron 70-300 VC before my purchase. I personally thought the Tamron to be a better lens and so purchased that (and returned the non-L 70-300). I fully realized that what I was buying was not going to be able to compete with 70-300L, but the L was out of reach. With fulltime manual focus (more so with back button focusing), non-rotating front element, and a fantastic VC this Tamron 70-300 has made me pretty happy.
. if 7D2 came out APS-C... than the APS-H sensor will be officially killed by Canon. I understand the cost / production factor; but they will kill the biggest advantage ( marketing effect ) they ever had over the competition considering the last announcements in DSLR world by Nikon and Sony.
Should hit shelves about 2015. The one thing I hate about Canon is that they make an announcement and then it is months before the product is available. Getting tired of that. Why don't you wait until you are only a week or two away from release before making the announcement?
new sensor line will appear in 2013 that will be seen across the entire APS-C lineup. Expect to see the first announcements in the first half of 2013.