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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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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 08, 2014, 12:20:04 AM »
In addition to what others have desired, I would get excited if it has a price I can afford in a full size weather sealed body like the 7D or 5DIII with Eye control, 24 megapixel sensor or better and in Canon White.  My 7D gets very hot when shooting in the sun, hot enough that I am considering painting it white. 

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Canon General / Re: Buying refurbished from Canon
« on: May 30, 2014, 11:59:02 PM »
I purchased the Canon EF 400mm F5.6L lens refurbished direct from Canon with no problems.  The lens appeared to be new with not a mark or fingerprint on it.  It is professionaly sharp.  I also purchased the refurbished Canon EF 70-200 f4L IS USM lens.  It too was like new and very sharp for a zoom lens.  Both lenses came with hoods and caps.  I have no complaints except i noticed Canon does not put the lens serial number on the invoice.  I wish they would as my insurance company won't insure the lens unless the serial number is on the invoice.

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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: 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.

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   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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