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EOS Bodies / Re: What will become of the 5D Mark III?
« on: February 05, 2015, 07:10:49 PM »
Also, I find that I really don't like this game of upgrade...  It ids a losing proposition.  Buy at x, sell at x-y to buy z which is also experiencing depreciation... It is a losing game... losses everywhere... It is rough.

I think my problem that I buy used like new gear all the time... So I don't lose money on my lenses... But on my bodies... It is nerve racking.

Camera bodies always depreciate, though, and the longer you wait the more they depreciate.  But how much do you lose?  I recently sold my 5DIII for c. $300 less than I paid for it, which means that for the 18 months I owned it I paid $16.66 per month.  Seems like a pretty good deal to me even though I do photography for fun and didn't get paid anything at all to use it.

I do that math all the time... but generally what happens is I will buy a used like new lens for $800, use it for a year, then sell it for $900... so my cost of ownership is -8 bucks a moth. 

I broke even on my xs.  Over two years of ownership I lost $320 on my 60D... and that still breaks my heart (13.33 per month).  And now with my mkiii, I paid $2500 (us warranty), and if I sold it today, I'm looking at maybe $2100 back... so $400 over 24 months give or take... so 16-17 bucks per month... and that's fine... but that's today.

In 6 months the mkiv comes out... let's say @ 4000, so if I sold the mkiv today, I would still be looking at 1900 for the ugprade... if I waited a year, I would be looking at $1000 upgrade and about 2 years without a full frame body. 

It really is something I have mulled over... but there is no way that I'm going to use my daughter's t4i for 2 years or even 8 months...

So I'm getting out of the upgrade game... I'm going to use my mkiii for about 4 years... 5 if the mkv is delayed, and I'll probably be looking at $4500 ($3500 for grey market 1 year after launch) and maybe $1300 in resale value for the mkiii (If I'm lucky), so still $2000 for an upgrade. 

So after 6 years of total ownership... I'm still looking at $16-17 dollar per month in depreciation... so it is just exhausting.

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I would think that is what the 7d line would be for.

I don't think it will merge. The Specs are impressive for a rebel but rebel's cramp my hand after shooting awhile. A 50D never hurt my hand with its bigger frame.

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I would just like to go on record... I hope Canon isn't using Sony sensors... that is all...

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I wouldn't hold your breathe on that.  I don't think Canon's updates are usually consequence...

I'm hoping for a firmware update for my 70D sometime soon. There are definitely things that could be added - some 7DII features like expanded zone AF, 60P video and/or uncompressed output, better volume level control, intervalometer and so on.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Monopod - advice what to purchase
« on: February 05, 2015, 12:54:27 PM »
I hate my phone keyboard. There are more incorrect words than there are correct..

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Monopod - advice what to purchase
« on: February 05, 2015, 12:48:59 PM »
I'm cheap... So I usually don't spend a great deal of money on my tripods or monopods, but I softened a while back and picked up a manfrotto with the chicken feet at the bottom.  I think it is aluminum, and heavy over long walks. 

I considered a tripod/ monopod system where the mono is built in and screws of as needed... But none came with the chicken feet.  I still think I would like that better... if it came with the feet.

All the same... I tightened the connection at the bottom and I can use it as a makeshift tripod when called upon. 

I would agree with paying the extra for carbon fiber... I don't use a ball head... though when I was in nyc, I found myself compacting the monopod and holding the of it to the side while I took my portrait orientation image... fortunately it wasn't bust at that time of night.

Outside of the feet and the fluid twisty thing at the bottom... I kinda hold one monopod to be the same as another.  That's probably not a popular sentiment, but they kinda do the same thing. I used a cheap dolica as a walking stick while hiking a few years back... And it did a fine job of not collapsing under my weight... so if a $20 one does the same as a $200 one... doesn't quite seem worth it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What will become of the 5D Mark III?
« on: February 04, 2015, 04:48:12 PM »
Also, I find that I really don't like this game of upgrade...  It ids a losing proposition.  Buy at x, sell at x-y to buy z which is also experiencing depreciation... It is a losing game... losses everywhere... It is rough.

I think my problem that I buy used like new gear all the time... So I don't lose money on my lenses... But on my bodies... It is nerve racking.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What will become of the 5D Mark III?
« on: February 04, 2015, 04:44:58 PM »
I think I paid 2600 for my mkiii two years ago... And that feels like a crap ton.  Assuming the mkiv is $4000 New, $3500 grey market, and after a year, $3000 grey market... I can't see it being so much better that I'm willing to upgrade even after a year.  I wouldn't buy a 1Dx for $3000 right now... So my mkiii will continue to be used... It will continue depreciate... So it may be my last camera ever until it does... And at the mileage I put on it... It will be quite a while.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What will become of the 5D Mark III?
« on: February 04, 2015, 12:40:27 PM »
How many here actually have or have used a 5d3? . . .

I would dare say, a bunch of us.  I do and I have mulled over a 1dx.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What will become of the 5D Mark III?
« on: February 02, 2015, 11:51:42 PM »
I'm going to skip the mkiv... it might be cleaner at a high stop of iso, it might have 4k, it might have gps, but I'm really quite happy with the mkiii.  It might be like my wife... sure I can upgrade at a cost... but I'm happy enough with the status quo.

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Also at the end, another photographer held up a camera on a monopod -- a way to get it up even higher.  I'm pretty sure it had a remote trigger and an 8-15 fisheye zoom on it.

I've often wondered why this method isn't used more often. I even thought about using it to get a wide angle shot from the top of the Empire State Building. In the end, it was too cold that night so I bailed on the idea.

I did a monopod over a team photo... but 24mm was problematic.  I couldn't quite angle it to get the girls closest to me.

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That was a fun game watch... I was yelling that Brady was cursed... beat in three super bowls by three miracle catches...

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon USA Rebate Program for February
« on: February 02, 2015, 02:43:44 PM »
The last time I sent in the rebate, $350, the post office lost my letter... and then they eventually found it and it was received, but it was pretty tense there.  Take a photo of your submission... and if it does get lost ( with a tracking number), they will let you email the submission.

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EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: aa, or not to aa (5ds vs. 5dsr) ?
« on: February 02, 2015, 11:23:05 AM »
You know what's funny... Is this entire time I didn't give a Damn that there was an as filter over my mkiii's sensor.  I'm guessing I wouldn't notice... in the grand scheme of things... if I'm happy with the performance the mkiii, I'd be happy with either of the refreshers.

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Lenses / Re: buying advice: get a 135mm f2, or use existing 70-200mm f2.8?
« on: February 02, 2015, 09:54:25 AM »
I got mine week and far I'm pretty impressed.  I shot some ice hockey and it was really good, but I missed the zoom.

I shot some product photography, and it was as good as my old 100L. 

I'm still going to use the 85 L for portraits, but I'm happy with the lens in arsenal.


The 135 f2 L is now in my Bag ;-)

Test´s will follow, bad Weather/Light´s today  >:( .

Greetings

Bernd

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