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Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 28, 2014, 11:28:27 PM »
Somebody make some popcorn...batteries. I have 4 genuine Canon LP-E6s and 4 or 5 generics. With the exception of one clone prematurely wearing out, I am unable to see a difference in performance that would in any way justify the price difference.

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Software & Accessories / Re: RRS or Markins?
« on: July 28, 2014, 04:55:18 PM »

Markins generally is thought of as not playing well with other gear. 

I have the Markins Q3 on Gitzo monopod and the Q10 on Gitzo tripod. 7D with RRS L-Plate and 2 lens with collars and RRS lens plates and never had an issue with compatibility.

That quote is completely unfounded and undoubtedly came from someone who has never used a Markins...

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 26, 2014, 07:10:28 PM »
I wonder if this means they're still on track for a September release.  Although sooner would be cool, I don't think it being out of stock at Amazon means that it will be released any sooner.  It might be construed as further evidence that the September release rumours are accurate though.  :)

7D replacement will likely be announced at Photokina in September. Availability is another matter.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Where do you buy 5D Mark iii?
« on: July 21, 2014, 11:01:56 PM »
Refurbished 5D mark iii is out of stock the most of the time. At least I couldn't catch one in stock.

Looking at canonpricewatch.com how do I know if camera has full USA warranty?

Because canonpricewatch says it is. They have a sort of pool of authorized dealers who are willing to discount, but they can't advertise the price for fear of the wrath of canon. Just fill out the form and you'll get an offer from an authorized seller for the low price with full USA warranty.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Where do you buy 5D Mark iii?
« on: July 21, 2014, 07:51:19 PM »
Currently the mk lll can be had for $2600 from a reliable but unauthorized reseller (likely an import model) or $2700 for full USA warranty.

http://www.canonpricewatch.com/product/03868/Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-III-price.html?streetprice

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Software & Accessories / Re: Benro heads
« on: July 18, 2014, 08:58:44 PM »
Which tripod are you referring to?  I've seen lots of feedback from Amazon users complaining that heads will not fit on their tripod which has a 1/4 inch screw and was not intended to have a head attached to it.

You will need tripod legs, not a complete tripod that a camera mounts on if you want to install your own head.

I apologize if you already know this, but if not, you might be disappointed.

BTW, having a head that causes a expensive 70-200mm lens to flop over because it doesn't lock or hold its position might become a very expensive one if your lens flops down and takes camera with it onto the pavement.

The two that I have need to be tightened with a wrench to keep them locked in place.

You're quite thrifty. I would throw such heads away :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Benro heads
« on: July 18, 2014, 05:53:25 PM »
;D ;D ;D

thanks i know it's not that good but that what i have , so these heads will work on this tripod will they fit right

They will fit fine. They both have a standard 3/8 inch mounting bolt/receiver. Do check out ebay for better prices on new Benro gear though.

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Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 17, 2014, 06:23:03 PM »
"A brief mention that we could see a new Speedlite announced with the EOS 7D replacement in September"

This is a CR2?  It's probably a white 430 for the fashion concious :P

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Technical Support / Re: Landscare photography and bicycling
« on: July 14, 2014, 12:27:40 AM »
Have a look at the Tamrac Velocity series bags. They carry like a sling and have a stowable waist strap for more aggressive riding. They are very stout and give a decent amount of protection without being too clunky. I have the Velocity 8 which will handle 5D + 70-200 2.8. If your not going telephoto, you can get away with a 6 or 7.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/962822-REG/tamrac_577873_velocity_8z_photo_sling.html

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: July 12, 2014, 04:39:18 PM »
Rotating zoom ring

Bummer.  :(

You'd prefer one that wouldn't rotate?   :P

Despite the controversy, I rather like my push pull 100-400.  Never had a dust problem...  I would welcome faster AF.  That's the only downside I have experienced with mine.  I would be (pleasantly) surprised if the price is $2400.

I'm pretty happy with the AF speed and sharpness of mine, though there's always room for improvement. As it's not a particularly fast lens, I will enjoy the updated IS. I have no problem with the push/pull design, so the jury is out on whether a rotational zoom will be better or worse.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: EOS M + 18-55mm for $250!
« on: July 12, 2014, 04:18:05 PM »
For anyone who missed the last fire sale on this nifty little gem, you get a second chance. 6th Ave on ebay are also selling the EF-M 22 f/2 STM for $108. $360 for this (almost) pocketable kit is an outstanding offer.

M + EF-M 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/191236048048?item=191236048048&lgeo=1&vectorid=229466

EF-M 22 f/2 STM:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Canon-EF-M-22mm-f-2-STM-Lens-New/201021224962?rt=nc


Does anyone have any experience in dealing with this firm?

I'm thinking of getting this deal and would appreciate any feedback you may have.


I know I have purchased from them in the past, though I don't remember what it was. Regardless, they have over a 99% positive feedback on over 23,000 sales. It it is safe to assume that the items will be gray market/white box and not covered by Canon USA warranty (though they may be), but the seller offers a one year warranty anyway. If you want an M, this is as good an offer as you are likely to find. I highly recommend the 22 with this camera. It is truly a great little lens and very useful in dimmer situations.

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Pricewatch Deals / EOS M + 18-55mm for $250!
« on: July 11, 2014, 10:01:41 PM »
For anyone who missed the last fire sale on this nifty little gem, you get a second chance. 6th Ave on ebay are also selling the EF-M 22 f/2 STM for $108. $360 for this (almost) pocketable kit is an outstanding offer.

M + EF-M 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/191236048048?item=191236048048&lgeo=1&vectorid=229466

EF-M 22 f/2 STM:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Canon-EF-M-22mm-f-2-STM-Lens-New/201021224962?rt=nc

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Lenses / Re: Need help deciding on my next lens
« on: July 09, 2014, 06:54:25 PM »
Thanks, y'all! The 15-85 wasn't even on my list, but it looks promising and is well within my budget.

I think I'll end up renting the 15-85, 10-22 and the 24-105 for a weekend so I can play with all three and see what I end up liking best. I'm leaning more toward the 15-85 and the 10-22 now since they're made specifically for a crop sensor and are much less expensive.


The 15-85 and the 10-22 are excellent choices. Combined with the lenses you already own (sell the Sigma ;)), you will have wide to moderate telephoto very well covered. If you're not in a hurry, wait for canon to have a sale on their refurbished lenses. Very recently the 10-22 was going for $400 which is a silly good price. The 15-85 can be had for around $550. A great site to keep track of all prices Canon is http://www.canonpricewatch.com/.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS
« on: July 01, 2014, 11:05:18 PM »
The IS will be nice for anyone using this lens without a tripod and the video crowd will dig it, and it's the only Canon UWA zoom that's ready for a higher resolution camera. It's reasonably priced. What's not to love?

What's not to love?

The price of course! It should be cheaper by $200 - $300 :)

Will the street price drop over time? Hard to say but for a lens that is reviewing so well, why would anyone feel the need to drop the price? People want it already at the current price!

I would be surprised if this lens was discounted much for the foreseeable future (a year or two). Until Canon comes out with a new f/2.8, this is the only UWA that can hang with the 24-70ll and the 70-200ll. It also has a much more reasonable launch price than those two, and particularly the 24-70IS. That's why I jumped on the Canon introductory discount and pre-ordered it. That, and the million lens T-shirt.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 F/4L IS -- Reviews are trickling in...
« on: July 01, 2014, 10:51:56 PM »

Yet another one.  This is a side by side video review of stills taken with the new 16-35 compared against the Tokina 16-28 F/2.8:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT4vQZckk7Q

- A

Yup. I have the Tokina and it was, until now, sharper than Canon's offerings. But it's bigger, heavier, has that bulbous and difficult-to-filter front element, and doesn't handle flare nearly as well (unless you like that sort of thing). I also suspect the Canon is more effectively weather sealed, though this is pretty much a guess.

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