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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: June 12, 2014, 08:15:52 PM »
Too Good Pond, Unionville, Markham, Ontario  40D/28-105mm USM II

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: should I buy a 7D now for Cad $690
« on: May 26, 2014, 09:23:05 PM »
Thank you all for your advice and opinion. I have played with the 7D for 2 days and have decided to keep my 40D and save up more money for a FF (6D) by the end of the year.

Except for the slightly better ISO, a more sophisticated AF system and some bells and whistles on the 7D, I don't see much benefit of switching. People are selling 40D on the CL dirt cheap , I don't think I will be able to sell my 40D for $200. If I have to sell it for $150 - $180, I prefer to keep my 40D as a spare when I have a FF.

Happy clicking.



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EOS Bodies - For Stills / should I buy a 7D now for Cad $690
« on: May 16, 2014, 11:02:22 AM »
A friend offered to sell me her 7D (3yrs old) with around 6K clicks on it. The camera looks like new with all the original accessories. The owner allows my to test it thoroughly before I make up my mind.
7D was once one of my dream cameras but now a lot of newer models seem to have better features.
I have saved up enough money to buy it to replace my very old but still very capable 40D but not sure if I should go for it. 
Is the price reasonable ? Is it a good replacement to my 40D ? ( I may be able to sell my 40D for $180 to $200 so the actual replacement cost will be $500)

Any input will be appreciate. 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Latest on Magic Lantern?
« on: September 16, 2013, 04:48:54 PM »
You may be able to find your answers on the ML forum and download pages.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Why CSI agents used only Nikon Cameras ?
« on: September 16, 2013, 02:19:40 PM »
Why ? Why ? Why ?

Of course, I refer to the TV episodes only.

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Technical Support / Re: Minolta MD to Canon EF adapter
« on: September 04, 2013, 05:21:03 PM »
Just get the correct filter size and you can start your macro project. BTW, don't forget to add a macro extender for more magnification.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: August 24, 2013, 10:44:59 PM »
2 from me.

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Lenses / Re: Scratched the rear element of a Canon 24-70 F2.8 I
« on: August 17, 2013, 11:11:55 PM »
I bought it finally.  $800.

Price not bad for a UW(2009) L lens. (compared to similar item online)

I tested it thoroughly from f2.8 to f22, 24mm to 70mm. Also shoot into bright light too. Doesn't seem to have any issue. I will use for a while before sending it for repair after I have saved up enough money.

After repairing, I may be able to sell it for $800 to 900. They cost of repair will be considered the rental for this L lens.

BTW, I do lend and borrow things but if I do any damage to them, I will be responsible. lol


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Quote from: vecihi on Today at 05:03:32 PM

    http://www.berger-bros.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD
    Do they have the kit or the web site is outdated?  :D



It shows 5D II kit in stock for $2,999.99  and they do ship for free worldwide.(click help and check international shipping)  Do your country charge custom duty and tax for import ? Will Canon in Turkey honor warranty ?

It looks like the kit in the stock but i'm not sure it is realy in stock.
Because i give an order New York Photo & Camera and new day they refund my money because of the kit out of stock. Also if you check http://www.canonrumors.com/cameras/canon-rumors-price-watch/ for 5D, it shows buyding.com has the kit and buyding web site gives no warning, but there is no order/price link in the page :D
I' ll ship it to my friend in NJ and she'll handcarry it for me. If they send it directly to Turkey, customs apply %18tax :D

If you have friend in the States, you may consider to ask her to buy a refurbished one for you when it becomes available.
http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/cameras/refurbished-eos-digital-slr-cameras/eos-5d-mark-ii-body-refurbished
Also ask your friend to take advantage of the Loyalty Program for an additional 15% off. That will save you some money. (Google Canon Loyalty program for details)
If white box lenses are as good as those come with retail boxes, they are sometimes 50% cheaper or less compare to the regular price.
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/canon-ef-24-105-4l-is-usm-lens/10075099.aspx?path=88ab0d6ee73f36461889686b4d8861d6en02&SearchPageIndex=1

You may consider to buy one of those.  Everything will add up to about $2300.

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http://www.berger-bros.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD
Do they have the kit or the web site is outdated?  :D

It shows 5D II kit in stock for $2,999.99  and they do ship for free worldwide.(click help and check international shipping)  Do your country charge custom duty and tax for import ? Will Canon in Turkey honor warranty ?

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Lenses / Re: Should I get a clear filter for my lens?
« on: August 15, 2013, 10:53:47 AM »
So why not just use a clear filter to be safe?
Cheap ones noticeably degrade image quality and often make a lens far more prone to flare... mid range ones do this too, but to a lesser (but still noticeable) degree - if you're using them with cheap lenses, fine (although I would rather just risk having to buy a new lens), and if you're using them with expensive lenses, you are loosing a lot of the quality you've paid extra for. The more expensive filters, such as those by B+W, are fairly good and don't tend to introduce any noticeable change in image quality, but then you're spending £70 on a filter to protect against a very unlikely scenario you're most likely insured for already.

The main reasons I use filters are two-fold.  First, they are required for weather sealing of some lenses, and beneficial for weather sealing in other lenses.  Second, they are easier to clean than most front elements (except the newest Canon lenses with the fluorine coating), and if I need to clean the filter in a hurry (usually following a water splash) and there's a bit of grit, the easily replaceable filter gets scratched, not the front element.

Regarding insurance, that can be a sticky issue.  Yes, all my gear is insured.  But at least in the US (not sure if it's the case elsewhere), it's a common and very cost-effective for non-professional shooters to get insurance from their homeowner's/renter's insurer, as a separate policy or a rider.  The problem there is that any claims against the policy are reported to the CLUE database, which is used to determine rates and eligibility for the primary policy.  So, despite having no deductible, if you make a few claims for damaged lenses you may find yourself paying more for your home coverage, or being denied coverage entirely.  So, personally I view insurance as coverage for major loss - if I damage a lens that Canon will charge me $400 to replace, or my EOS M drops to the ground and shatters, I'll cover the repair/replacement myself.  If someone steals my 1D X and 600/4L IS II from the back of my car, I'll file a claim.

+1

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Lenses / Re: Should I get a clear filter for my lens?
« on: August 15, 2013, 10:52:33 AM »
It's advisable to put UV/clear filters on "L" and expensive lenses for protection.

But then there are other people who will ask why you would spend so much on an L lens and then risk degrading the image even a little bit by putting a filter on it. 

In general, I don't have clear/uv filters on my lenses.  The only one that has one right now is my 70-200/2.8.  That filter was over $100.

The recommendation others have made to not go cheap is a good one.  If you can't afford a good quality filter, I think you are much better off not using one and being careful.

So, spending $50 to $200 on a filter for a $1K to $2K L lens (about 5 - 10% of the cost of a L lens) seems to make sense. I think for lens filters of that price range, the quality would be pretty decent.

Recently, due to carelessness, I scratched the coating of the (rear) element of a 24 70 f2.8 L, the cost to repair is over $300 ($258 plus 2 ways postage plus tax etc). If it happens to the front element, which is more likely to expose  to risk of scratching/damage, the cost of repair would be more.  So, I reiterate that a good UV/clear filter is necessary for a L or expensive lens.

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Lenses / Re: Should I get a clear filter for my lens?
« on: August 15, 2013, 10:04:51 AM »
Should I get a clear filter to protect my lens?
I've seen one other photographer who uses all the time?
Do I need one?
Should I just get a brush and a blow thing (I forget what its called) to keep my lens clean?

Will a clear filter somehow make my images be less in quality?

Thanks


Omar

It's advisable to put UV/clear filters on "L" and expensive lenses for protection. For kit lens, don't worry about it.
For lenses without filters, lens hood and front cap will protect the front element to a certain extent.

For buying a decent UV filter, people invest 5 to 10%(or even more) of the cost of an expensive lens for peace of mind.

But, it's entirely up to you and depend on what you have.

Good lens cloth, rocket blower and lenspen(with brush) are useful  to keep your gears clean.

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Lenses / Re: Scratched the rear element of a Canon 24-70 F2.8 I
« on: August 13, 2013, 03:04:15 PM »
Update : 1.  Canon Canada charges $259(plus tax and delivery) for basic repair. Will report later for their full quote when it become available.


               2.Get a quote from Midwest Camera repair "Replace the rear element is $258.00 + return shipping, includes clean, lube and adjust" which I think is more than reasonable.  :) :) :)

Mt Spokane Photography. Thank you very much.

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Lenses / Re: Scratched the rear element of a Canon 24-70 F2.8 I
« on: August 12, 2013, 11:09:51 PM »
Sounds interesting but I don't think I can handle it. Thanks.

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