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Lenses / Re: 3D EF lens
« on: September 14, 2011, 09:41:59 AM »
Well, there are already 3D cameras out there. (P&S mostly I think) Sure, Canon might jump onto that train as well, but I highly doubt that will be with the EF system. It just would never be feasible to do it. One single lens can't do it, and the lens designs I have seen that could pull it off loose an insane amount of detail. So the only logical thing to do would be two lenses, but with the EF system things would simply get far too large and complicated...

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE 2* Art Wolfe Confirms the 1Ds Mark IV?
« on: September 14, 2011, 08:50:56 AM »
Well, the original entry did talk about it being a workshop, so at least that part would be true. I am sure somebody can dig around the internet and find the workshop information about what it actually was...

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE 2* Art Wolfe Confirms the 1Ds Mark IV?
« on: September 14, 2011, 06:56:16 AM »
I've given you the truth at this point. There were 27 students there all borrowing what they could get their hands on, if you think this is the kind of event that Canon is going to 'test out' secret new camera backs then there is really nothing I can say to convince you otherwise. 

Honestly I think this tells it all. Do you really think Canon would agree to that? 27 students and one experimental camera body that would be worth a lot of money in the wrong hands? Not to mention that even if by some magic they would have gotten strict NDAs out of those guys you couldn't enforce them. Too many people at the same event, too easy to let some information out anonymously.

I agree that it was one hell of a bad typo, but I find the typo explanation much more believable than anything else.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 24-70 2.8 hsm vs Canon L
« on: September 12, 2011, 03:39:47 AM »
Normally I am a Sigma fan, but the 24-70 was disappointing. First one I tried had a misaligned focus. It wasn't that bad, but it sure wasn't great either. Microadjusting was not an option since it was too far in front at 24 and too far back at 70. I had it for roughly a week and did some real life shooting and I felt there were too many misses for my taste. Second one I tried was broken, had a serious AF issue. (Kept stuttering, the guy in the store said he had never seen anything like it)
Since the store I bought the lens at had given me the option to upgrade to Canon's 24-70 for two weeks after getting the Sigma lens I bit the bullet, paid the price difference and now own my first L lens. I did a few test shots that turned out nice (focus appears to be right on target) but sadly couldn't do a real life test shoot yet. But from what I have seen so far the Canon does outperform the Sigma. Not to mention that Canon's version has much better macro capability and also fits a 77mm filter. (Which is important for the ring flash that I use)

Lenses / Re: Good yet affordable telephoto lens?
« on: September 11, 2011, 08:06:11 AM »
So many options, still not sure which one to get. But well, still have a while to decide. Probably wont buy the lens for another half a year anyways. (Still paying off my current equipment...)

Thanks so much to everybody for the help! Certainly got some great ideas here

Lenses / Re: Good yet affordable telephoto lens?
« on: September 09, 2011, 11:17:46 AM »
I just picked up the 70-300mm f4-5.6L IS yesterday, this copy is sharper than the 70-200mm f4L IS I returned. So I know it's sharp and lighter than the 100-400 which is a beast extended. It is also relatively affordable, a newer lens design as some of the other guys have posted.

It has nice reviews and maybe that might be up your alley.

I wouldn't mind the weight of the lens, but how do you think does the 70-300 compare image wise against the 100-400?

Lenses / Re: Good yet affordable telephoto lens?
« on: September 09, 2011, 01:07:21 AM »
I'd say 2 L macros... sell the Sigmas :-)  Keep the 50mm 1.8 so 3 primes and whole lotta sharpness..

Why would I do that? The quality of both those lenses is absolutely stellar, not to mention that the 85mm is a pretty fast lens with it's 1.4 aperture. The 100 2.8 doesn't even come close to that and the 180mm 3.5 might be a great lens but is somewhat short for what I am looking for.

Lenses / Re: Good yet affordable telephoto lens?
« on: September 08, 2011, 12:46:48 PM »
Wow, thank you for the fast and plentiful replies!

The 100-400... that ones does seem like a nice compromise. I really like using primes, but at this range it does become a bit inconvenient. Plus having IS and such a long range could certainly come in handy for some other shoots as well. (And it's not that much more expensive than the 400 prime)

I guess I should really look into that one more closely ones I've paid off my current equipment. (Why did I have to choose such an expensive hobby?)

Thanks for the tip with the refurbished store as well, but it doesn't seem like there is something similar here in Germany :(

Lenses / Re: Good yet affordable telephoto lens?
« on: September 08, 2011, 07:43:52 AM »
Any change of some sample pictures? (And on what camera are you using it?)

Lenses / Good yet affordable telephoto lens?
« on: September 08, 2011, 05:26:33 AM »
Hi folks,

hope somebody here can give me some pointers. I was recently forced to renew my equipment (mental note to self: do not leave your camera backpack in your car in Vancouver. Even if it's locked and nobody can see it) I replaced most of the things I had and changed some of the things around. Currently I have the 7D with Canon's 24-70 2.8, and the 50mm 1.8 plus Sigma's 85mm 1.4 and 150mm macro 2.8 OS.
I used to have Sigma's 70-200 2.8 + the 2x converter, but decided to not get this one for now. (Well, my bank account sort of decided against it) But sooner or later I will want to replace the loss of long zoom range as well. Question is though, with what? The 70-200 from Sigma had an okay quality, but that was pretty much it. It was okay. From what I read on the internet Canon's version might be better built and reliable, but image quality wise it's not going to be much better. (And their IS version is on the outer edge of my budget) In terms of range the 150-500 from Sigma sounds nice, but I haven't hard much good and a lot of bad about that one. The only other affordable lenses I could think of would be the 300/4 or 400/5.6 from Canon. (Plus maybe the 1.4 converter)

So, any recommendations, experiences or great ideas on how I can get long range at an affordable price? (With affordable meaning less than Canon's 70-200 2.8 IS)

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