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Old 01-03-2009, 02:55 PM   #106
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Now I'm pondering the 21 MP 5D Mark II vs. a used 10 MP 1D Mark III . No video in the 1D, but it produces better photos IMO. Both would be about the same price - might wait a few months for prices to come down, especially after a 1D Mark IV is announced.
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Old 01-03-2009, 04:33 PM   #107
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Actually I've read reviews that in terms of quality the 5DII is pretty much the same than the Marks, the real difference is that the Marks have weather sealing, hopefully I'll be buying the 5DII by the end of Feb
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Old 01-03-2009, 06:09 PM   #108
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The 5D2 autofocus doesn't seem as impressive (on paper). I want a great all-around camera - sports, landscapes, portraits, birds in flight. Some 5D2 samples posted on photo sites like dpreview forums are great, but many others weren't as impressive (even a bit soft at large resolution). I'll wait for more reviews to come out I guess.
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Old 01-03-2009, 06:20 PM   #109
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Do you know of a good website that has information about when new models are going to be released?

My parents bought a Nikon D60 and then gave it to me to play around with until I upgrade to my next one. I really like it, it serves its purpose for now and one of my uncles has an array of Nikkor lenses which is very handy.

Anyway, while I always used Canons, I have to say I actually am starting to prefer Nikon, it's a bit more user friendly I feel. So I was thinking of the D90 but then the D300 just looks more attractive to me and the price difference isn't huge (ie. I could get it for maybe $500-600 more). The only thing is the D300 was released about a year and a half ago so I imagine they'd have a D400 (or whatever) coming out soon, maybe this summer/fall? I think I'd rather wait and see for that one than go to the D90.
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Old 01-03-2009, 06:51 PM   #110
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^For Nikon, nikonrumors.com, and for Canon canonrumors.com. Most of the official info is kept secret. The dpreview forums also might have info. A used Nikon D3 is looking a bit attractive for me as well
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Old 03-22-2009, 11:58 AM   #111
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Well I decided to get a Canon 5D Mark II (will be ordering in the next week or two). The 1D Mark III just isn't practical for travel due to the large size and weight.

I also want a new L lens to go along with it, so need advice from any owners.
I have it narrowed down to: 16-35, 17-40, and 24-70.

Is 24mm sufficient for landscapes on a full frame? The 17-40 would be nice, but may not do too well for indoor use because it is f/4. I want a good general lens (already own a 85 1.8 and 28-135).
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Old 03-22-2009, 12:09 PM   #112
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Well I decided to get a Canon 5D Mark II (will be ordering in the next week or two). The 1D Mark III just isn't practical for travel due to the large size and weight.

I also want a new L lens to go along with it, so need advice from any owners.
I have it narrowed down to: 16-35, 17-40, and 24-70.

Is 24mm sufficient for landscapes on a full frame? The 17-40 would be nice, but may not do too well for indoor use because it is f/4. I want a good general lens (already own a 85 1.8 and 28-135).
I'm still on waiting list at bh photo, at what store are you buying????

As for the lens between these I have the 16-35 and 24-70, I'd go for the 24-70 at full frame it's good enogh for landscape, and it's way more practical for a lot of situations than the 16-35
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Old 03-22-2009, 12:32 PM   #113
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I'm still on waiting list at bh photo, at what store are you buying????

As for the lens between these I have the 16-35 and 24-70, I'd go for the 24-70 at full frame it's good enogh for landscape, and it's way more practical for a lot of situations than the 16-35
Thanks - I see some of those cool-looking shots at 17mm, which would be nice to do. i.e. The ones with large boulders in front and ocean in back.
But I think the 24-70 will be a better all-purpose lens, as you say.

Someone on dpreview posted a thread about some smaller stores. He said he used the MS Live Search 10% cashback ebay coupon for some store in Oklahoma, an authorized dealer. Go to live.com and type in the camera name, then click on the ad for ebay. A gold $ sign shows up for sellers who offer the cash back, with buy it now. I will probably go this route, based on the seller's feedback. I still need to set up my MS cashback account.

eta - the seller has like a 6000+ rating (99.8 positive). $200 cash back is offered off the msrp, free shipping.
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:07 PM   #114
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OK - I just placed my orders for the 5DMII and 24-70 lens on ebay (through live.com) and ended saving 15% off MSRP on the camera and 12% on the lens (compared to BH), if the rebate is included.

Now I have to keep my fingers crossed that it will go smoothly. But some other buyers of the same products left good feedback.

This cashback thing is cool.
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Old 04-01-2009, 10:25 PM   #115
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Got the 5D Mark II and lens:



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Old 04-01-2009, 11:52 PM   #116
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Oh daaaaamn, that's a sexy camera.

I'm using an old 300D myself, just starting to get used to it after a couple of photo-taking excursions.
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congratulations!! you won't regret buying the 24-70mm, post some pics when you can!!
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Old 04-02-2009, 12:19 AM   #118
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Just playing around with it inside. Haven't used it outside yet.
Real quick photo of a Chinese vase and carving (with my 85 1.8):

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iso settings, aperture?
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:19 AM   #120
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iso settings, aperture?
I think ISO 100, 2.8 (on a tripod). I didn't play around with ISO too much yet, but I did a few ISO 3200 shots, and some noise in shadow areas did show up but it was usable - a lot better than the 350D I have. Some of the low noise claims I've seen are probably just hype though.

Any word on yours from BH? I think bestbuy.com has them in stock, but I guess I rolled the dice a bit with ebay to get a good price. Do you have a gallery online?
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