So, I’ve been reading Canon Rumours nearly every day for the last six months, and this past little while I’ve seen some interesting stuff.
First off, the new 24-70mm f2.8 L II does not have image stabilization, and so I feel satisfied in my choice to go for the 24-105mm f4.0 IS L lens that I purchased a while back. I was worried I had made a mistake because the rumours stated the opposite of what came to pass. It also doesn’t hurt that the lens is almost twice the price of what I paid for my 24-105mm lens.
Secondly, we are now pretty sure that we know what the next Canon 5D will be like. The Canon 5D Mark III (or maybe Canon 5D X) will probably have the following stats:
- 61pt AF
- 100% VF
- 3.2″ LCD
- Dual CF/SD Card Slots
Unfortunately, the rumour is that it will have a very steep price of around $3500 USD, more than a thousand more than its predecessor. I am looking forward to seeing how it reviews. I am still more interested in the successor to the 7D or the 60D, but it sounds like I might be waiting a while for those, unlike the successor to my current camera, the T2i.
Rumours are that the T4i will be announced soon. I’m used to being a generation or two behind in my computer set-up, and so I’ll just have to get used to being that way in photography as well.
With the increase in costs of the new L-series lenses that have both come out and been announced, as well as the increase in price for the higher level bodies, I think my foray into professional level photography is going to have to continue with less than professional gear. I just can’t see myself justifying over six thousand dollars for one camera body and one lens.
There is discussion of a mirrorless Canon coming down the pipe at some point, but I won’t hold my breath on that rumour, despite being interested in micro-four thirds.
Hanging out with my cousin this weekend, I definitely got thinking more about my camera gear and the direction I want to go with acquiring new pieces. I would still like to get an L-series 70-200 though I’m still not sure which one as the price to performance gaps are pretty large. Beyond that, I don’t really know as I’ve been doing various types of photography and unlike my cousin, I’ve yet to find a niche that I’m really good at.
I still enjoy the hobby though, and am so glad I finally spent the cash on getting an amazing kit for photography.