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Lenses / Re: 24-105mm f/4 L IS on a crop camera
« on: April 22, 2012, 01:55:15 PM »
I think the 24-105 in conjunction with your 11-16 (or a 10-22) is a very good combination for a crop body.   I'm assuming your wife will have the 17-50 on the 450D leaving you with the 60D.  Adding a 24-105 seems like your best option base on your comments--and that is probably exactly what I would do.

Although it is not my most used lens, I do have a 24-105 for my 7D.  Never shot with a 17-50 (or 17-55), but I did have a 15-85.  My walk around combination is 16-35 and 24-105. 

The 24-105 has excellent IQ, nice balance and handling, and seems to be one of the best value L lens.  Maybe rent one for a day and if you and your wife end up fighting over the 17-50, pick up a 17-55 or 15-85.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Gear Choice - suggestions appreciated
« on: April 20, 2012, 08:36:12 AM »
... I've been looking at the 7D (or it's replacement if it comes out before I buy - round about September/October time). I was seriously considering getting just the body, then buying a couple of lenses
- 70-200mm f/4L
- 50mm f/1.4

Would this be a good combination for what I need? I would class myself as an advanced hobbyist, although I have made a little money from doing this....

7D - yes, excellent choice--a lot to expand into.   Many will say get a rebel (xxxD I guess in your case) or the 60D.  The AFMA, AF system, and ergonomics are worth the additional cost IMO.  I love my 7D.

70-200 f/4 - A fabulous lens.   Get the IS version if funds allow.   I have this lens and love its small size.  IQ is amazing.

50 f/1.4 - I would drag my feet on this one for a little while.  Just maybe this is the year Canon announced upgrades for their 50s.  If funds allow buy one of the following first:

17-55 or 15-85 - this will accommodate your landscapes and portraits.  I use to have the 15-85 but if I were to do it again I'd go with the 17-55 for its IQ and constant 2.8. 

I think 50mm is an excellent focal length for portraits on a crop and a great choice.  I would add this one later, I think you get more out of the zooms for starters. The 35 is also nice for portraits on a crop. 

Once you settle into these, you might add the 10-22 for landscapes. 

Good luck and let us know what you go with. 

Lenses / Re: Wide Angle
« on: April 19, 2012, 08:44:58 AM »
16-35 - If you are planning to shoot landscapes with both your crop body and future FF

10-22 - best wide angle option now for crop only

One of the 24s (24L or the new not yet released 24IS) for FF wide angle (assuming 24 is wide enough for you)

Of course a TS-E  for architecture (have no experience with TS-E lens...yet).  You can also use software (i.e. LR) to correct for perspective and distortion on your architecture shots. 

Technical Support / Re: Canon 7D Unusual Problem?
« on: April 16, 2012, 03:04:19 PM »
Abnormal behavior, mine has never exhibited this.  Although you might get lucky and have no further issues, problems just don't go away, often they will worsen and spread to something else.  I wouldnt take any chances, return it. 

Lenses / Re: First dSLR, lens recommendations
« on: April 15, 2012, 10:05:22 AM »
First of all congrats on the the DSLR purchase!  (I remember the excitement of my first SLR)  If you haven't already, you will eventually get the "lens" bug and want to add all kinds of glass. 

My number one advice is to not buy too much too soon!  Take your time, learn what you have and figure out what your needs are/become based on time and experience.

Here are some options I would seriously consider:

- 10-22
- 24-105
(I didn't do the math but this should be close to your budget)

Rent (for your Malaysia trip)
70-300 or 70-200

The 10-22 plus the 24-105 gives you the perfect walk-around range plus some telephoto.  This covers landscapes to moderate telephoto on a crop body.  Don't under under estimate the need for a wide lens on a crop body such as the 60D.  The only down fall  to this combination is swapping lens--but isn't that one one of the benefits of an SLR? 
Haven't been to Malaysia or shooting in a rain forest but I would expect the RF is heavily compressed vegetation.  I'm betting the 24-105 (38-168mm FF) is more that sufficient reach for a crop body in the RF.  Plus the 24-105 is weather sealed.  The 10-22 is not sealed so be carefull.

Now for a telephoto zoom, I would rent and not buy one at this time.  I'm assuming this will be used outside the rain forests in more open areas (otherwise I'm betting the 24-105 will do the job).  I'm a huge fan of the 70-200 IS lens like many others.  For this trip you might want something longer than 200 but when you get back home you might find that a lighter faster 70-200 is the best choice.  So rent what you need for your trip and based on your experiences, you can buy a telephoto zoom later.

If you are set on buying a tele zoom now, go for a 70-200L IS--absolutely wonderful lens, IQ, build, etc.  I have the F4 version.  Between the 2.8 and F4 versions, it comes down to speed or weight, and of course cost.

And if you are set on the 15-85 or 17-55, those are both great lens.  Neither are sealed and expect excessive distortion at 15 on the 15-85 and some zoom creep--I use to own the 15-85 but not the 17-55.  Personally I'd get the 10-22 and 24-105 and rent a tele zoom

Don't forget HQ filters on your lens for moisture and physical protection.  I use B&W UV filters

Lenses / Re: Which Canon lenses DON'T need an update?
« on: April 12, 2012, 08:47:34 AM »
100mm f/2.8 L macro

70-200 f/4L USM IS

+ 1 on these.   I'm fine with the high tech plastic on the 100. 

I'm seriously considering selling my 2 580EX II and my 430EX II so it'll be a little easier to afford 3 600EX-RT and a ST-E3-RT.

Ya, its got my wheels spinning too.  Should I sell my 580 EXII and my  two 430 EXIIs?  Maybe I'm just being greedy.   Initially when the 600 EX-RT was announced I told myself I'm sticking with what I have . . . at least for a while.  Now I'm reconsidering.   :-\

Hope this is not too much of a departure from photog topics

The short question is I’m looking for some advice on monitor calibration tools and graphics cards.  I do not want to skimp on these items and of course I don’t want to buy something I don’t need or is an overkill.

Monitor Calibration tools:
Trying to decide between X-Rite and Spyder tools.  I was leaning towards the X-Rite devices but I’m reading about too many software weaknesses.  Now I’m leaning towards Spyder.  Looking for suggestions from those who have experience with these or any other tools. 

Options I’m currently considering:
1.   Datacolor Spyder4Pro S4P100 - $169 (can upgrade software to Elite version below if I need to for $99)
2.   Datacolor Spyder4Elite S4EL100 - $249
3.   X-Rite i1Display 2 - $145
4.   Xrite EODIS3 i1Display Pro - $249

Graphics Card:
Just finished  building a new PC (do this every few years).  Moved from XP 32 bit to Windows 7 64bit.  I have done a fair amount of searching over time for what would be an optimal video card for photo editing and viewing.  There is a lot of video card information out there for gamers but not so much for photo editing.   I’m not a gamer and never will be one (God bless them however since they do push the hardware market).  So what is a good card and what should I be looking for?  Bus, memory, speed, etc.?

Currently I have a GeForce 430 with 1 gig of memory.  (maybe this card is just fine)

My current system is:
- Intel i processor
- Northbridge Z68 Chipset
- 16 gig memory
- Ample SATA storage
- PCIe  x 16 slot for video
- PCI Express power connector available
- Dell Ultrasharp display
- Editors:  Lightroom 4 & DPP

I also run a second display for general computer use so I need dual monitor support, but nothing special on the second port.  One thing that torqued me when I went to Win 7 is I lost the ability to use the nView software which is part of the XP NVIDA driver.  (For those not familiar with nView, this software provided all kinds of functionality and configuration for your graphics card such as hot keys to switch between monitors and to change orientations.)  Evidentially this is not available for the GeForce series with Win7.  I understand it is part of the NVIDA’s Quadro cards so I’m certainly open to that series.

Thanks much in advance!!

Lenses / Re: Advise please.. lens or body..
« on: April 06, 2012, 08:23:28 PM »
...either a 5d mk iii or two lens 24-70 L and a 35 L..  Right now i have a 70-200 2.8 l ii and 85 1.2 ii and a 50 1.2... And my 7d... I ve been meaning to buy some lower(closer) lens because i dont have anything really in that range...

When you say "lower (closer)" do you mean wider?  If so, how wide do you need?  If you chose the 24-70 option with your 7D, 24 is really not wide (38mm FF), just wider.

How about the 5D3 plus the 24-70 then sell your 7D if needed to help fund it.    That leaves you with an extremely nice setup that many (including myself) would lust over:

-  24-70
-  50L
-  85L
-  70-200 2.8

Of course this is assuming that the 5D suits your shooting style/needs better than the 7D.   

Lenses / Re: Your Most Used Lens!
« on: April 06, 2012, 12:44:23 AM »
Currently own only a crop body and my most used is my 16-35 II.   Wide to normal FOV, very sharp and no soft corners.   I'm wondering if this will change when I get a 35 f/1.4L (preferably mk II). 

Lenses / Re: 16-35mm II "Loose" - Repair costs?
« on: April 02, 2012, 09:18:53 AM »
For what it is worth, my experience with Canon Repair is, I did get a quote in advanced, it was about 10 days from the time I dropped off at UPS to when it was returned.  I paid for shipping both ways because it was not covered by warranty (battery leak damage on 580EX).  Two other times shipping was covered by Canon (still under warranty).    I live in the Phoenix area so I ship to the So. CA facility. 

I'd take Nero's advice and return and find another.  I'm always skeptical of used equipment especially if there are known issues.   What else may you discover is wrong?

Edit:   Kudos to Canon Service, between email, phone calls, turn around time, and repair costs, I have been very pleased!  I've had 3 different service experiences.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Just got my 5DIII, should i keep 60D?
« on: March 31, 2012, 08:32:52 PM »
Keep your 60D.

Same strategy here but delayed.  I've got a 7D and I'm planning to add a 5D3 hopefully in about a year .  I'll have my sports-wildlife setup plus landscape-portrait-low light setup; best of both world.

I always had 2 bodies in the film days for multiple ISO and I want two bodies today for the reasons listed above.

EOS Bodies / Re: Get some perspective... [Humour!]
« on: March 31, 2012, 01:14:54 PM »
 ;D  ;D  ;D

Lenses / Re: Looking for ideas/feedback/opinion...
« on: March 31, 2012, 12:55:07 PM »
+1 on the sell assuming your 5D is your wide/landscape body.  I would buy the 16-35 over the 17-40.   I would consider the 100 macro L over the 85, that gives you a great portrait lens plus macro. 

EOS Bodies / Re: The 7DmkII will it be a revolution or an evolution
« on: March 30, 2012, 10:47:29 PM »
Evolution.  New sensor, new processors, new screen, CF plus SD, locking mode dial, and a few other teaks.  My guess, and it is just that, minor things plus a new sensor will be the next 7D.   As long as the sensor has significant improvements (ISO, DR, and noise) that will be more than sufficient. 

Oh and yes, a new price. 

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