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« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2012, 11:14:56 PM »
<mumble!> My mother's Leica Rangefinder
<mumble> Bought my first SLR - just-released Minolta AF 7000 (aka Maxxum), 24mm f2.8, 35-70mm f4, 70-210mm f4 "beercan."  After a few too many snap-happy weekends (20+ 36-exp films) it was mothballed, to save my aching hip-pocket nerve!  The 'keeper' rate on this camera was astonishing.

1999 (Sony DCR-TRV900E - video)

2003 Canon IXUS 400 - great little camera; still have it, still use it occasionally (keep it in the car)

2008 Canon 30d / 17-85 IS USM because I needed a half-decent camera now and the 5D2 was too late; compromise camera ought 2nd-hand with the intent of replacing it with a 5d2 - which quickly turned out to be a white elephant due to AF issues and the price.

2011/2 (Sony HDR CX130E - video) To simplify my workflow - mini-DV is a hassle, SD cards mount right up :)  With no '5d mark 3' available at the time - again - Canon left me high and dry.  Again.

2012 Would have a 5d3, 24-70 II and 70-200 IS II if Canon Australia weren't gouging the Aussie market.   Every dollar they jack up the local price actually costs $1.16 to the Oz customer.  We do not get the "rebates" that Canon offer to their US customers either.

I've also looked into buying a Sony A33/35/37/57 body to mount the old Minolta glass on.  It seems a terrible waste to have that Leica-designed glass gathering dust - but the AF is soooo slooooooow, I suspect it'll be wasted money.  The negatives (and 8x10 prints) from the Minolta are amazingly sharp, with wonderful bokeh (especially from the beercan).  The beercan is a bit 'slow' for the dog sports though, at f4 in fading light. Even if it was great for Formula1 in very bright sunlight :)

I am one of those sitting right on the fence right now - the 5d3 kit is well over my budget, and I'm not about to invest in more glass for the 30d until I know what 'system' I'll end up with.  So Canon get 100% of nothing, instead of 80% of a lot!

(I know I'm not alone in that sentiment, either!)

So I might end up with just an EF 70-300 (non-L) or a 70-200 F4 USM and wait a few more years with my 30d :(
A friend has trouble getting enough light with a 7D/70-300L doing the same things I plan to do.
Why invest a boatload of cash in a compromise?  I vote with my wallet.

Yes, I've considered a 5d2 *and* a 7d as well... but it ends up costing the same or more than a 5d3 (no rebates here!)
Nikon prices here for the equivalent are comparable, so it's a wash vs 5d3 - so I'd choose Canon on that basis for the glass.

In about a month or less, I'll give up trying entirely and wait another year or two.
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« Reply #16 on: October 30, 2012, 11:24:51 PM »
A post like this was started before... might've been on another forum... but thankfully I had a copy of the text.   :D  So here goes:

1979 - 1995 Yashica film camera - when my parents let me use theirs  :-)
1995 - 1999 Olympus film camera - (I gave it away in about 2004 after not using it since 1999)
1999 - 2000 Kodak digital P&S (an early digital camera - used at work, occasionally took home)
2000 - 2001 Fuji F40i P&S (I gave it to friends who wanted a compact digital P&S, I wanted something with optical zoom)
2001 - 2003 Fuji 6800 P&S (zoom mechanism failed - but many photos in the meantime)
2003 - 2005 Fuji F60z P&S (a child broke it - but many photos in the meantime)
2005 - present Canon 350D (works faithfully. Taken about 100k photos. Weaknesses: AF, low light, poor handling, viewfinder)
2009 - present Canon 7D (a great body, awesome handling camera. Produces good quality images).
The future... maybe a 7Dmk___   in the meantime I enjoy photography a lot :)

I have several lenses from ultra-wide angle to telephoto zoom, macro, walk-around, etc.

Cheers....  8)

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« Reply #17 on: October 31, 2012, 12:08:49 AM »
 January 2012- Stumble into photography with:

Canon Rebel T3/1100d w/ 18-55

August 26, 2012-

Purchase a 5D Mark II w/ 24-105
(gave Rebel to my dad)
Canon 5D Mark II, 24-105mm L IS

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« Reply #18 on: October 31, 2012, 12:51:40 AM »
Before 2008, I would NEVER spend over $200 on camera.

Sep 2008==>  40D + 17-55 f2.8 IS (borrowed from a friend. My wife and I welcomed our 1st child. All pictures were shot in "GREEN MODE or P=professional mode"  ;D

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SPENDING STARTED FROM HERE:

Late 2008==> 40D + 17-55 f2.8 IS (bought this set for $1000)

2009==>  Bought 580EX II + 50mm f1.4

2010 ==> sold 40D
        ==> bought 60D
        ==> bought 70-200 f2.8 IS mrk I (USED)
        ==> bought 28mm prime

2011 ==> sold 60D
        ==> sold 28mm prime
        ==> sold 580EX II
        ==> sold 70-200 f2.8 IS mrk I
        ==> bought 5D II + 24-105
        ==> bought 70-200 f2.8 IS II(x-mas special from BH, $400 off)
        ==> bought 3 different copies of 24-70 f2.8 mrk I - ALL SOFT, returned all 3.

2012 ==> sold 5D II
        ==> sold 24-105
        ==> sold 50mm f1.4
        ==> bought 5D III (YES...it was $3500 from 1st patch, light- leak is included :P)
        ==> bought 16-35 f2.8 II
        ==> bought 24-70 II
        ==> THINKING ABOUT 50L THIS X-MAS

FUTURE: Waiting for the new 100-400
 
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Body: 1DX -- 5D III
Zoom: 24-70L II -- 70-200L f2.8 IS II
Prime: 40mm -- 85L II -- 135L -- 200L f2 IS -- 400L f2.8 IS II

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« Reply #19 on: October 31, 2012, 01:21:37 AM »
Started with an old Argus Rangefinder.......

Then, 2 different Eos film bodies
A Nikon Advantax film body
Finally, a Rebel XTI then a 50d and....
Now a 5d mkiii
5d Mkiii; Eos-M; too many lenses; 430 EXii and a whole lot of stuff

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« Reply #20 on: October 31, 2012, 04:09:50 AM »
In short:
1998 - 2008 -> Canon Rebel G
2008 - 2009 -> Panasonic Lumix - PS(do not remember the model)
2009 - 2010 -> Xsi, kits + tamron 90mm
2011 - now -> 7D + 100 2.8L IS
2011 - now -> 230HS as secondary camera for family outings.

In detail:
1998 - 2008 -> Canon Rebel G. Still have it. Really liked it and made loads of images.
While visiting Canada in 2008, my wife bought Panasonic Lumix(it was a PS, do not remember the model). I used Rebel G and Lumix for a month and fell in love with Lumix. I liked the flexibility of digital camera. So I stopped using my Rebel and used Lumix till 2009. I started feeling that the flexibility of the Lumix was limited only to digital vs Roll. I couldnt control lot of parameters that I was able to in Rebel G. Arrival of my kid was the "reason :)" to upgrade to digital SLR and I moved to Canon XSi. Bought kit lenses too. That was a good jump for me. Bought Tamron 90mm and rarely used kit lenses after that. In 2010 my XSi and Tamron 90mm broke almost at the same time. So one more round of upgrade :). Bought 7D and Canon 100mm 2.8L IS. 7D and 100mm was very bulky for family tours, So bought Canon 230 HS IS as secondary camera. My current thinking is no plans to upgrade to a new body till 7D works, but you never know.
Naveena
8FPS, Macro F2.8 L, couple of more lenses, small flash MKI and a customised flash bracket.

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« Reply #21 on: October 31, 2012, 08:19:38 AM »
Well...

2005 - Old 2mp compact camera with broken display - I liked the photography.
2006 - Canon A430 - wow display, autofocus and zoom :)
2007 - Canon SX100 - I needed manual options.
2008 - Canon SX110
2010 - Canon 500D - you can even use your viewfinger :)
2011 - Canon 60D - one level up, good improvement. 

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« Reply #22 on: October 31, 2012, 09:29:54 AM »

SLRs
1981 - Olympus OM10 w/ 50 1.8 (those of you old enough and in the US should recall those Cheryl Tieggs comercials)
1983 - Olympus OM2n w/50 1.4 (love photography, learning a lot--must have a manual camera, sold the OM10)
1985 - Olympus OM4 (very cool, built in spot meter--must have camera.)
1990s - mostly absent from photography, married, kids, work--life is hectic. 
2000s - life is more hectic, teenage girls, need an escape must get back into photography.  Sold all film gear.
2010 - 7D (was actually waiting for the 60D to be announced [which is how I found this site], disappointed in 60D specs, ordered 7D.)
2010 - Canon AE-1 Film camera for my daughter's photography class
2012 - 5D Mk III (about 36 hrs ago)


Point N Shoot
Olympus Stylus Zoom
Minolta something - hated it
Canon APS - needed a tiny camera for mountain biking
2000 - Canon A20 (first digital)
2005 - S80
2012 - S100

First ever camera, great grandfather gave me a Kodak Brownie, never found any film for it.  Graduated to a Vivitar 110 with "flip flash"

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« Reply #23 on: October 31, 2012, 09:51:03 AM »
EOS 450D 2009
EOS 5D Mark II 2009
EOS 1D Mark IV 2010

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« Reply #24 on: October 31, 2012, 10:46:46 AM »
Before my little niece was born, all I had were small point and shoots and didn't think too much of photography. But All that changed.

2009 Canon XSi (still use as backup)
2010 Canon G11 (currently on permanent loan to brother)
2010 Canon 7D (still in use)
2010 Canon T2i (gave to my brother)
2011 Canon 300 HS (broke after one day, infamous lens error, returned)
2011 Canon S95 (got it after going cheap with 300 HS)
2011 Canon 5DMK2 (sold it this year)
2012 Canon 5DMK3

5DMK3 is probably the camera which has impressed me the most. I love the speed of the 7D but the image quality bothers me at the higher ISOs in low light. I liked the 5DMK2 but I still had to bring the 7D if I wanted to shoot fast action. Now I have the 5DMK3 and it does everything I want it to do. My sentimental favorite is the Canon XSi. I just like the colors that come out of it. I used it as a backup to a backup on a wedding shoot two weeks ago. I mounted a 100mm f/2 on it and shot at 5:30 pm (light was perfect). Nobody could tell the difference between the XSi/100mm f/2 and the 5DMK3/135mm f/2 pics.






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« Reply #25 on: October 31, 2012, 11:01:40 AM »
From the 80's I still have an A-1 and a T70 plus some lenses, for the rest I can even supply dates:

2007 40D and 24-105mm
2008 50D and 17-40mm
2009 7D and 70-200mm f2.8 IS plus 2x Mark II teleconverter
2011 50mm f1.2 and 14mm f2.8 Mark II
2012 5D Mark III and 1D-X, 100mm f2.8 IS macro and 180mm macro, 85mm f1.2 Mark II, 17mm TS-E and 24mm f1.4 Mark II
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« Reply #26 on: October 31, 2012, 10:52:49 PM »
My most memorable bodies (all dates approximate):

1970: Kodak Instamatic
1974: Used school's Yashica Mat-124G for a year
1974: Argus C3 (very used)
1975: Canon FTb-n black body (my sentimental favorite)
1975: Rollie 35 (the "Elph" of the 35mm before Minox got into the game)
1979: Mamiya 645 1000s
1980: Canon AE-1 (got 3 of these as refurbished cameras)
1982: Polaroid SX-70
1985: Canon FTb-n (used silver body)
1990: Canonet  G-III QL17 (got 2 of these silent shutter wonders)
1995: Canon Rebel G
2000: Kodak 2mp (first digital)
2003: Canon G3
2006: Canon Rebel XT
2011: Canon 60D
2012: Canon 7D

Plus, there have been a handful of point-n-shoot 35mm rangefinders and digitals throughout the years.
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« Reply #27 on: November 01, 2012, 12:42:11 AM »
Cameras without a line through them I still own & use
Camera phones not included

1994 - my first camera (as a gift) plastic Kodak fixed-lens film camera
1997 - Olympus P&S film camera - I don't remember the model #, but I just remember shutter lag being tremendously long
2000 - Canon G1 (first digital camera)
2005 - Canon SD550

2008 - Canon SD950IS
2010 - Canon Rebel T2i
2011 - Canon 60D
2012 - Canon 5D Mark III

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« Reply #28 on: November 01, 2012, 08:06:37 AM »
1982 - Pentax P30 (28-80 and 80-200 zooms)
1983 - Pentax ME Super

1985 - Canon T-90 (24/28/50/85/135 28-80 and 70-210 lenses)
1985 - Canon AE1 Program (backup body)

1986 - Bronica ETRS with 75mm lens

1989 - Canon EOS 1 (28/50/85/135 and 70-210 lenses)
1992 - Canon EOS 10QD (backup body)

Various digital P&S

2007 - Fuji S100fs (hybrid/bridge camera with 28-400 equalling lens on a small sensor)

2012 - Canon EOS 60D and 15-85mm lens
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« Reply #29 on: November 01, 2012, 09:44:16 AM »
2002 - Fuji S5000
2009 - Coolpix s8000
2011 - Borrowed a 5D MKII off my girlfriend
2011 - Canon 7D
2011 - Canon 5D MKII ( 2 months later )
2012 - Canon 1DX

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