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Canon General / Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Last post by wsmith96 on Today at 09:02:06 AM »
Not quite camera related, but I recently splurged on a John Deere Z925M EFI commercial zero turn mower.  I have 5 acres of land to maintain and I don't want to take all day to tend to it.   I can cover the entire property in around 4 hours.  10 mph may not be fast, but on a mower that's like driving a race car.

All in all though, I'm somewhat conservative on my larger purchases.  I guess the best part is that I'm also a patient buyer.   I look for quality items at a good price and I don't go overboard on the quantity of items I purchase.   I can afford a 5D MkIII, but I know my skillset isn't there yet, so a $460 60D is perfect for me, and I enjoy it and don't get caught up in the "which camera is better" debates.  Don't get me wrong, I do have an "I want" list, but my "do I need" list is just as strong.   

That said, I am holding on to some funds should this new camera announcement in August/September be of interest.

Not sure if this counts as splurging, but my perfect kit for me is the one I have:

60D, 10-22, 17-55, 60 Macro, 85 1.8, 70-200L 2.8 Mk II, 1.4 Mk III converter

The above has produced perfect results for me and what I do.

I'd like to add a 400mm lens as well and was ready to pull the trigger on the 400L 5.6, but the rumors for an updated 100-400L have me waiting to see.   Other lenses I would love to have is the 200 F2 L and 35 IS F2.

sorry, I know this was a splurge list which ended up being my wish list.


EOS Bodies / Re: One other hoped-for feature on the 7D2
« Last post by Ale on Today at 08:57:45 AM »
Auto-ISO + EC in M mode is something I've wanted Canon to include in their DSLRs for a long time. I like to shoot birds and many times there are situations where I would want to keep shutter and aperture locked while allowing the camera choose ISO, BUT still be able to adjust EC myself. This would be handy in situations like shooting against bright sky for example.

My current "solution" or workaround with 60D and 400mm f5.6L is to use Tv mode with auto-ISO and adjust EC if needed. This works mainly because for the most of the time I'm aperture limited and the aperture stays wide open. If there is a lot of light so that auto-ISO is already at minimum and the camera starts to adjust aperture, I then select faster shutter speed the keep the aperture at desired value (by default I use 1/1600s and adjust it if needed). However, I'm not quite sure about the "logic" that the camera uses between adjusting ISO or aperture as sometimes apeture starts to go smaller even if ISO is around 400 and there would still be some headroom to lower it down.
Canon General / Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Last post by pwp on Today at 08:55:14 AM »
grip.  I like being able to mount my cameras in unusual ways, i do a lot of video, so I've full size track and dolly, table dolly, fig rig, cowboy slinger, slider, gimbal stabiliser, timelpase motion tripod, mini-jib, video monopod, video tripods, superclamp and snake, magic arms, c clamps, 'the pod', suction cups..  not exciting, but practical.

I do rather find these threads a kind of shower-room exercise of who has the biggest... wallet.  Ok, it's a gear forum, but I'd rather talk about what folk do with their kit...
I was about to ask you what do you do with all that?
I do video too (not professional yet), but tripod, monopod, 2.5 feet slider, table dolly and a viewfinder are enough. It must be heavy your bag.
Pro level video production can involve equipment commitments that would make your teeth curl. Depending on your viewpoint, Pablo's kit could be regarded as relatively modest. While it's often preferable to turn up to a job with grip hardware that will fit in your car or van, you don't have to look too far to see that productions that could also be scaled as modest that will require 2-3 large truck-loads of grip, and very frequently more.

Between projects, splurge on quality coffee and Belgian chocolate.

Dont have a 6D but both my 5d2s and my 5d3 have been through storms and rain frequently and been throughly soaked and never failed , i have had sand in a 24-105 other than that no issues with lenses either. The only part of the cameras i have seen a problem with has been a light misting on the inside of the top lcd display during massive temparature changes.
Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« Last post by candyman on Today at 08:45:08 AM »
Northern gannet, Bempton, E Yorkshire in England.

(Click for bigger).
Canon 7D, Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 OS, handheld.

O, what a wonderful shot, Keith !
Amazing sharp while flying towards you. And what an expression on the birds face.
Lenses / Re: Selling my two Zeiss lenses. Your advice?
« Last post by sanj on Today at 08:29:37 AM »
Changed my mind. Not selling any of them. At least for now.

EOS-M / Re: Next official EF-M Lens
« Last post by Jamesy on Today at 08:28:28 AM »
A 50/1.2 would be roughly equivalent to 85mm, f1.8/2.0 on FF - couple that with the compact size of the an M-mount and that would be a sweet/compact combo in low light or for portraits.

Reviews / Re: NIKON Releasing a Medium format DSLR 50MP
« Last post by Lightmaster on Today at 08:28:09 AM »
pure rumor.. and nikon is struggling.

would suprise me when they have the resources to make such an experiment.
but we will see.  the rumor is not new, it was reported for some time.

canon on the other side has enough resources to develop a cinema system and cinema lenses as we know.

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« Last post by sanj on Today at 08:27:30 AM »
200-400. Only when I go on wildlife trips. Once a year max on average.
I'll be happy to "watch" it for you the rest of the year :)
2nd on the list, if Mac changes his mind.

Landscape / Re: Moonlit Landscapes
« Last post by christinaroberts on Today at 08:27:20 AM »
Amazing shots! I like the way you clicked them. Good job.
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