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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« Last post by dash2k8 on Today at 06:40:09 PM »
All this skepticism on Canon only having only big MP and fast AF while Sony has better DR and low light. I agree that Canon deserves to be doubted after several hohum releases. But I'm ever the optimist and will hope that this 50MP sensor will not just be more pixels, but better DR and low light as well. As many have pointed out, Canon took a long time on this. If it were just a MP bump, this would have been available a year ago, so either Canon's R&D has gone down a bad path or this is really something worth looking forward to.

I stand by my assertion that other brands will have no choice but to follow if Canon markets a 50MP body first. Bragging rights aside, landscape/studio photogs with the best lenses will of course want a body that can deliver resolution. Just as Canon is now forced to catch up to Nikon in terms of DR, other brands will have to offer big MP bodies. Look at what the 5D2 did for video and everybody else followed suit despite all the "this is a gdamn photo camera I don't need it to take video" criticism. It's a constant leapfrogging in our industry that benefits us all.
Lenses / Re: DANGIT! I rented the 85 1.2ii
« Last post by DRR on Today at 06:38:41 PM »
I went through the same thing. Borrowed it for a weekend, and then obsessed for months about how I could obtain one. Ended up selling an L zoom and 2 primes to fund its purchase.

After that, my lens collection became much less versatile with the subtraction of the standard zoom, but I got a lot more "wow" images. Still growing into it.

I started this topic and have since bought an Induro Quick Release Plate PL70 for my new 100-400 ii.  It is Arca-Swiss mount and matches the length of the lens tripod foot bottom surface and has anti-twist flange.  No overhang. When attached with the flange to the front, everything seems to be mounted securely without any twist.  Price was $35, including Allen wrench.

Seems like a good long-term solution, unless RRS, Kirk, etc may come up with custom-made version.  Hard to imagine it would be better than the Induro PL70.
Canon General / Re: Advice on which DSLR to get
« Last post by nc0b on Today at 06:31:33 PM »
I come from another direction.  Unless I was shooting sports, and needed the frame rate of the new 7D Mk II, I would go full frame (FF).  Not because the pictures are that much better, but because your zoom range is so much more useful for general photography.  A 5D Classic (5D Mk I) and a 24-105mm F/4 is a great all-purpose combination, as is a 6D with the same lens. If a 6D is too expensive, you can get a 5Dc (classic) for $500, and all sorts of white box kit 24-105mm lenses are on the market for around $500 to $600.  If you are shooting indoors for events of children or grandchildren, a 6D and a 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II is a great combo if the day comes the 24-105mm isn't enough. Of course the cost of the longer zoom is significant. I have two FF and two crop bodies, and I grab a FF body about 85% of the time. The 70-200mm f/4 IS is much cheaper than the f/2.8, and is fast enough most of the time. Last month I took a 6D with 24-105mm and a 60D with 70-200 f/4 IS to Easter Island and Machu Picchu.  80% of the shots were with the 6D/24-105mm combo.  While I am glad I had the second camera and lens with me almost all the time, I could have lived with the FF body and the 24-105.     
EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Vertical curtain velocity
« Last post by neuroanatomist on Today at 06:29:36 PM »
I still have the original 1D, the APS-H CCD sensor with global electronic shutter which tops at 1/16000s and flash syncs at 1/2000.

Now a decade later we still can't have this luxury, sigh...

Yeah.  I really don't understand why camera tech took such a huge step backwards, going from electronic shutters to leaf shutters.  Global electronic shutters are clearly far better than anything you can do mechanically. 

The switch from CCD to CMOS, which need(ed) to be read out in the dark, necessitated a mechanical shutter.  dSLRs use a focal plane shutter, I don't know that Canon has ever used leaf shutters.
I commented that both the rear and front of the Canon lens foot curve up so there is no right angle to set against any flange. 

One of the white zooms that I no longer own, I'm pretty sure it was the 28-300, had a tripod foot which did not have a right angle at the back.  Lens plates from both Wimberley and RRS anti-twist nubs worked fine.
Here are a couple of photos from yesterday with the 100-400 Mk2, 7D mk2 and the 1.4 extender mk3, happy with the results, have been cropped in a fair bit.
Lenses / Re: EF 100-400mm II - first impressions
« Last post by docsmith on Today at 06:04:14 PM »
Hi Alan

Thanks for the test shots. Any impressions of the AF speed and accuracy with the 1.4x TC?

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Last post by seanature on Today at 06:01:33 PM »
   Can lock at any focal length... good... this is one feature that I want to confirm before consider this lens.

Mine does not lock per se.  You can use the friction ring to tighten the zoom ring, but even when it's at its tightest setting, I can still turn it.

That said, the lens appears to lock automatically 400. Even at the loosest friction setting, mine doesn't budge at 400, even when I'm pointing it straight up. It seems much more loose between 100 and about 250mm, though if you tighten the friction ring, it will stay in place. It just isn't a true lock.
Have you tried any of the older AF speed demons, such as the 85 f/1.8, or the 135 f/2?  Newer lenses such as the 24-70mm f/2.8 II?

Slower AF, such as the 85 f/1.2?

The newest, the 100-400mm 4.5-5.6 II?

Standbys such as the 24-105 f/4?

Details, please.

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