When they started comparing it to a 4000 lens in regards to performance... my presumed price point went from 900 to 1200. 1300 isn't that far off and I would still wait a little bit to save 20%... but I hope it does blow away Canon's offerings.
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I had tendonitis in my shoulder where the tension attaches to the humorous... and that was some of the worst pain I ever felt. You hear about tennis elbow and you make fun of it, and I'm a pretty tough guy... and it just knocked me on my ass.
I believe that you had tensionitis, not tendonitis. If the pain had been where the tendon attaches to the serious(humerus), rather than where the tension attaches to the humorous, it might have been tendonitis.
Never having made a single mistake of any kind during my 73 years, I feel qualified to help you with your spelling.
I'm 6' 2, and use a redged RMC-527 which stands a little over 61 inches tall. Adding in the monopod head and the camera, its about 3-3 inches of extra height. That's enough for most of my usage. I only use it when I have a heavy lens that I am using for hours on end.
I came down with some nasty tendonitis just before having two 4 hour sessions of continuous shooting with both my 200-400L and 24-70. I was sitting rather than standing and walking around like I usually do. The monopod took the weight off my wrists and arms so I wasn't in pain during or after both sessions. I probably got sharper images as well. I have avoided doing much editing of those 2500 images because it really hurts after just a few minutes.
It's a really nice lens but the auto focus is going to be much slower that the 135. I'd recommend switching to back button AF and keeping your other hand busy on the focus ring to "help" and speed up the focus. It'll lock much faster that way.
A few things I've learned from shooting Cross Country that might help you:
Any word on pricing?
Pawn your wife's engagement ring, then go for the 5DIII.
Tell your wife you took the ring to the jewelers to be cleaned.
Thank you all for all your suggestions. The primary reason for going to 7D was weather sealing and burst mode. When I had XSi, every time I was back from tropical weather, it used to malfunction. Exposing to little bit of rain was causing rusting of internal parts. 7D never had any issues in that regard. While hand holding, burst mode is a big plus. 7D fits nicely in my hands and going back to xxD or xxxD means loosing that "feel good" factor. Least used feature of 7D is AF systemFor 1200 used... I'd think a full frame might be a better option. Different feel, but I presume that would be in a good way. 10 mp still does a long way... and I'm guessing you aren't cropping out a ton.
I am still undecided at the moment.
Thanks once again for all your help.
Ah, so there is the issue. The 7D doesn't really have weather seals. It has a few, but there are bodies that are much better for use in wet conditions.
Get the 7D fixed, sell it, and get a 1d mk3 - it's actually designed to be wet.
Get signed up and see if you get a bit of a discount. It's worth fixing, even if you were to sell it and buy a new one.
Fox it for 500, sell it for 700. If the eagle value was less than the repair... then no... but it is still valuable acc should either be used it sold.