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What comes to my mind first is what the contract says between the wedding party and the contracted photographer.  It could be the bride is in violation of that contract herself by asking the second photographer for a price on his photos.  Secondly i would guess the bride wants to do the go around to save money and this could be a violation of the original contract herself.  There are many ethical and legal questions that must be addressed here in this situation.  The obviously right thing to do is to abide by the contract between the wedding party and the contracted photographer. I would give the contracted photographer everything. It is the original photographer who has the contract with the bride.

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Canon General / Re: 19 types of photographers. Which are you?
« on: March 06, 2014, 07:39:25 PM »
What about the William Eggleston types of photographer?  I don't see a class for his type of photography that I admire so much.  I think he called it the "Democratic Camera?"

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Canon General / Re: In need of a "walk around" camera
« on: March 06, 2014, 07:27:25 PM »
  I use a variety of cameras for walk around use.  When I have no theft concerns and want to use my EF Canon lenses and need weather sealing I use my 7D without a grip.  If I want to be less obvious I use a Canon G16.  I would love to own a Fuji X100s but I find it could be limiting with a fixed focal length lens.  I have rangefinders and for some reason they seem to be dust magnets especially in the focus system. Maybe someday Canon will come out with a weather sealed rangefinder?  On occasion I shoot film with an old Canon rangefinder.  I also shoot film with a Canon Elan 7NE.  All Canon EF lenses work beautifully on the 7NE camera.  Because it is not a digital it is lighter than the 7D and is not such a theft target.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Coming for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 11, 2014, 05:21:43 PM »
I would be happy with a better focus point system, higher ISO performance, Pro weather sealed body and a larger better performing sensor.  I'm not really interested in Wi-Fi or GPS.  Photo quality is what I am seeking.

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Canon General / Re: Why Wedding Photographers’ Prices are “Wack”?
« on: December 24, 2013, 12:36:03 AM »
I think anyone who has shot a wedding will agree it is more difficult than most people imagine.  I shot free pictures at a wedding for a friend because they could never afford a pro.  That experience humbled me.  A good Professional wedding photographer has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the art or they would be out of business.  It takes time and considerable effort to produce great wedding photography even if you have the equipment and know how to use it.  My hat is tipped to those that have the art mastered.

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Mail in rebates can be problems.  They are not always what you think they are.  This is one more reason to avoid them.  Mail in rebates are not good for the customer.  They are good for the seller.  I stopped buying when mail in rebates were offered years ago.  I'm happy I did.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lens cleaning fluid vs eyeglass cleaner
« on: December 03, 2013, 11:45:40 AM »
On occasion I have had to remove oil stains from finger prints from the lenses.  I find most any lens cleaning fluid on a microfiber cloth works.  If the spot is particularly oily, I put a drop of fluid directly on the lens then use the microfiber cloth.  One other thing I use that works is I buy 100% cotton diaper flannel from a fabric shop.  I wash it and use a cup of white vinegar in the rinse water to keep it soft.  I find it works very well and is as good as a micro fiber cloth to clean a lens.  I learned it holds more cleaning fluid and does a great job of removing oil without damage to the lens.  I'm sure others have their own method.  This works for me.

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Lenses / Re: IS Versions of the 50mm, 85mm & 135mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: November 27, 2013, 03:44:23 PM »
Just my two cents, but for me, I'd find an update of the 200 mm f2.8 prime to include IS much more interesting than any of these. Unlikely, I suppose, because it might torpedo sales of the 70-200 zooms.
+1

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Lenses / Re: IS Versions of the 50mm, 85mm & 135mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: November 27, 2013, 02:55:23 PM »
I would buy these too.  I hope Canon found it in their, and our, best interest to put a rubber O-ring seal on the mount.  It would be a simple thing to do and would add to the popularity of the brand name.  Why Canon overlooks this simple modification on all lenses puzzles me.


If weathersealing was as simple as this, all the third party lens makers would be doing it.

The rubber gasket is a bit of a placebo for weathersealing.  It's important, but it's only a portion of the sealing a lens needs to be protected from dust, sand and water.  A good primer on that is here:  http://www.thephoblographer.com/2013/02/14/how-a-lens-becomes-weather-sealed/

A guy was selling a kit to gasket-ize any EF lens for something modest, like $25, on Kickstarter, but it seems to have died despite hitting its target:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/77243737/dust-donuttm-add-a-weather-seal-to-the-mount-of-an/

I'm off-topic, sorry, but I thought I'd pass that on.

- A

   When we pay for a weather sealed body it doesn't make sense to have the lens attachment unsealed.  There should be a rubber seal on the mount of all lenses or a rubber seal on the body mount or you really don't have a weather sealed body. The reason a third party has not made a retro fit sealed mount available is the patented EF mount is owned by Canon.  You won't see it happen if Canon doesn't do it.

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Lenses / Re: IS Versions of the 50mm, 85mm & 135mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: November 27, 2013, 11:42:23 AM »
I would buy these too.  I hope Canon found it in their, and our, best interest to put a rubber O-ring seal on the mount.  It would be a simple thing to do and would add to the popularity of the brand name.  Why Canon overlooks this simple modification on all lenses puzzles me.

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EOS Bodies / Re: This is the Way a White Camera Should be Done
« on: November 26, 2013, 11:17:48 AM »
  I'd love to get a Canon 7D Mark 2 in this color.  A black camera in the hot summer sun gets too hot fast.  I'm sure the reason the larger Canon lenses are off white is to prevent malfunctions and other problems in the sunlight.  Color adds spice to life.  Black camera's are not always practicable if at all.  I would settle for the off white camera matching the lens color too.

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Lenses / Re: Lens dilemma for night sky
« on: November 19, 2013, 07:22:18 PM »
 I have had good luck shooting the night sky with the Canon 28mm f1.8 lens.  I shoot with it stopped down to 2.0 and there about.  I do the same with the 50mm 1.4.  I have the Canon 17- 40mm F4.0 but it takes longer exposures than I like.  I like to shoot at 400 to 800 ISO. I have shot as high as 1600 ISO with acceptable results.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any reason to choose a 7D over a 70D?
« on: November 10, 2013, 09:32:17 AM »
The 7D has the more rugged magnesium alloy body along with dust and weather sealing.  The 7D also has 100% view finder while the 70D is 98%.  The 7D has a larger body and grip that I prefer over the smaller 70D.  Video is better on the 70D so if video is a factor it would be a good choice.  The 7D can be had refurbished at a savings right now from Canon and authorized dealers.  Your friend should try both out to see what she prefers for fit and use.  Some ladies like the 7D's larger grip.  Some don't.  Either model is a great buy but I believe the 7D is more professional oriented for photography.  I wouldn't trade my 7D for a 70D.

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Lenses / Re: Refurbished Lens From Canon
« on: November 09, 2013, 07:29:56 PM »
I recently purchased a canon 400mm F5.6L refurbished.  It came looking like a brand new lens.  I haven't had any problems.  I looked it over good under bright light and could not even find a scratch anywhere.  It was perfectly clean and flawless. I was surprised to pay sales tax.  When I order from B&H I don't have to pay the tax.  It was still cheaper from Canon.  You should consider the sales tax when computing the price.

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Lenses / Re: Help. 50mm 1.2 ?
« on: November 04, 2013, 04:18:31 AM »
As others have said, wait for the new 50 that should be out soon.  If you can't wait get the 50mm 1.4.  I have the 1.4 and it is really a very good lens, so good in fact I see no need to upgrade to the expensive 1.2.  The 50 1.4 is also really inexpensive. You can use the $1000 you didn't spend on something else.

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