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Software & Accessories / Re: Must have Android apps?
« on: November 17, 2014, 01:46:16 PM »
“Google Sky Map” is good if you enjoy photographing the Milky Way, star clusters or the planets and it is free.  Also free is “Canon Lenses.”  It shows all the Canon lenses complete with vital specifications, price and several reviews.  If you are a film shooter and developer, “Black and white film development DB Full” is free and has a built in timer for all agitation and development times using all the available films, developers and chemistry. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrade current body or wait?
« on: November 17, 2014, 01:31:59 PM »
Just a different view.  Upgrading would be a good idea in the next few months but don’t rule out the crop sensor camera’s like the 60D that can be had refurbished for around $500.  I bought mine refurbished for $431.  The 7D can be had new for $999 right now.  Landscapes do not always need a full frame body.  The 6D is a nice camera but with only the center focus point being cross type it can be limiting for some applications although it would be good for landscapes.  Have your cash handy.  Expect a “Black Friday” sale of some sort. Good glass may also become a sale item.

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Lenses / Re: The next three new lenses? 50, 100 macro, 70-300
« on: November 12, 2014, 09:49:36 AM »
I have been waiting for the 50mm F1.4 replacement. The 50mm F1.4 is still an excellent lens, just fragile with the front extending on focus. Replacing it with a new version with better build and “IS” like they did with the 24mm and the 35mm would be a seller.   I have both the 24mm F2.8 IS USM and the 35mm F2.0 IS USM and they are fantastic lenses.  I hope they make the 50mm replacement with “IS” available before Christmas and follow it with an 85mm "IS" replacement. 

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Once I turn it on, I leave it on, unless changing lenses or cards.  When I am finished shooting for the day, then I will turn it off.  I see no need to put wear on the switch when the "wake up" feature works very well.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 08, 2014, 06:04:13 PM »
If you are starting out in Digital photography I would not buy a Rebel series camera.  A Canon 60D refurbished body can be had very cheap at times and gives you a larger and more solid platform with larger controls.  I bought a Canon 60D from Canon for $431 a few months ago.  They were selling for $450 just a week ago. The alloy frame and moderate weather sealing will keep the dust out better than a Rebel series body.  My next advice is to avoid the kit lenses and jump into a prime lens.  Kit lenses are only good for one thing, to teach you to not buy a kit lens again.  If you want a zoom then save up for an “L” grade Canon Zoom.  The 50mm 1.4 or the 35mm 2.0 with IS are good first choices for a Canon prime.  If you buy good glass from the beginning you will have it forever.  Kit lenses are a dime a dozen on EBay from people who learned the hard way about lens speed and quality.  Remember, the quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.  Good equipment will keep your satisfaction high and a camera in your hand instead of in a closet.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 30, 2014, 06:13:24 PM »
The 7D Mark 2 is made for outdoors yet it will get hot in the sun.  To keep it cool and to keep snow and rain off of lenses you might want to invest in the Canon DSLR rain cover or the Vortex media SLR Storm jacket camera cover.  They can be handy in bad weather and keep the black camera and lenses cool in the hot sun.  I still wish for a 7D Mark 2 in Canon white. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/572341-REG/Vortex_Media_SJ_M_Y_SLR_Storm_Jacket_Camera.html
 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/763639-REG/Canon_4734B001_ERC_E4S_EOS_DSLR_Rain.html

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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 29, 2014, 03:21:24 AM »
I recommend getting the Canon battery grip and the Canon EOS E1 Hand strap that mounts on the battery grip and right strap mount on the camera.  Then get a quick release plate and a Black Rapid shoulder strap for hands free carry.  You will then have the best of both worlds for carry and shooting comfort and secure handling.  The Original Canon E1 hand strap can be found on EBay.  I think Canon has discontinued making it.  I use it on two of my bodies.

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Pricewatch Deals / 7D Mark 2 owners manual
« on: September 17, 2014, 09:23:50 AM »
I emailed Canon and asked why the owner’s manual was not available for download on the Canon site.  For your information here is their reply:   Thank you for contacting Canon product support regarding our new EOS 7D Mark II.  I'm afraid the finalized copy of the manual is not yet available. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. It will be posted shortly before the camera ships, so you should be able to browse the manual a little while before the cameras start appearing in stores. We certainly do understand the importance of having this resource available online, and we will post it as soon as we get a finalized version.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:25:48 PM »
It would be nice if Canon would make the manual for the 7D2 available for download so we can examine its functions.   

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EOS Bodies / Re: more images of the 7D mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 09:36:47 AM »
I imagine Wi-Fi will be available in a “Battery Grip” for those that want it.  It will be interesting to see any new controls that may be on the grip like a separate window for Wi-Fi information?

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Placing an order today (I think) - need advice
« on: August 27, 2014, 11:48:15 PM »
I too must agree, the B+W XS-Pro filters with Nano coating are worth the extra cost.  They are easy to keep clean and they are excellent at light transmission.  Other manufacturers may have an equal quality filter but I only have the B+W Brand.  They are very well made and first class in all respects.  The quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Placing an order today (I think) - need advice
« on: August 26, 2014, 02:46:58 AM »
1.    For lens cleaning I just use a lens cleaner solution and a micro fiber cloth.  Sometimes I use a pre moistened lens cleaner wipe followed with a micro fiber cloth.
2.     On lens protection filters I use B&W multicoated UV filters.  I bought the UV filters because I also shoot film with the lens.  If you are not a film shooter they also make a multicoated clear filter.  They are the way to go if you do not need UV filtering for film.  Other brands are good too.  Just be sure they are multicoated.
3.     I do not have the lens in question so someone else would have to answer your question about the use of a teleconverter on this lens. 
One way to save a few dollars is to buy your lens refurbished directly from Canon.  You avoid the Rebate hassle that way.  The lenses go “in” and “out of stock” often so you would need to sign up to be notified when they are in stock.  There is a site called “Canon Camera and Lens deals.”  Go there to sign up.  They currently show the 70-200 f2.8L II priced at $1699.32.  Compare that to the rebate offer and decide then how to proceed.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 22, 2014, 04:09:48 PM »
These specs look good to me for several reasons.  By omitting GPS, Wi-Fi and the touch screen, I may be able to afford to buy one.  I hope it is weather sealed with a rubber ring at the lens mounting plate and can be bought in “Canon White” to avoid over heating in the sun.  That would make it a great camera for those who do shooting at sports events and outdoors. 

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The 40% off price in no longer shown. 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Mail in Rebate Program
« on: August 01, 2014, 10:24:36 PM »
There are a few things I do not like about the Mail-in rebate system.  First I hate the hassle and the use of my money until I get the rebate.  Second, and few know this, the rebate must be declared as income on your taxes.  Canon also gets a tax cut as it is claiming the rebate as an operating expense.  The customer thinks he or she is getting all of their money back.  It simply isn’t true in the long run.  The same is true if you buy an automobile with a rebate.  It is a sales ploy where you think you are saving the entire amount but are not.  I prefer the instant price reduction as an incentive to make a purchase.  I did not buy any new equipment because of this rebate system.  It just isn’t what it appears to be.  A customer would be happier with the instant price reduction. 

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