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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: March 12, 2014, 12:20:09 PM »

No, we don't offer Purolator - the Adorama low cost shipping option to Canada is from http://www.bilsi.com/


Thank you Helen, i appreciate this. However, when i try to do my checkout, i do not see this low cost shipping option. Maybe I am missing something. Not long ago I was shopping for a smaller softbox for a speedlight and was looking at  Glow HexaPop 24" priced at $140. The lowest shipment (UPS Worldwide Express) would've cost me almost $50. I checked my cart now and I still do not see any less expensive options for shipment. Also, with UPS option I still do not see if the tax is already included in it (I think I went all the way through checkout but did not finalize it). When i shopped for a similar item (a bit more pricey) at B&H, their Purolator option costs me close to $30 which includes delivery, tax, customs, etc, etc.

Like I said, maybe i am missing extra shipment options, so any advice will be appreciated.
Thank you.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: March 12, 2014, 11:38:53 AM »
I'm in Canada, so for me its 90% B&H and 10% Adorama just because of the shipment options. Adorama's shipment to Canada is more expensive, last time I checked. Buying smaller (less expensive) items there does not make any $$ sense. B&H has Purolator which is very economical, so the bulk of my orders (and some other photogs I know) goes to B&H.

I never had any problems with service at both vendors. I do like B&H website layout a bit more.

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Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 25, 2014, 11:22:49 AM »
I would take 35 and 100 along and forget the "all purpose" zooms all together.

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Lenses / Re: what lens's to bring to Hawaii?
« on: February 25, 2014, 11:19:04 AM »
I donno about you, but I would not dare to bring such a monster kit for a family vacation. I would be thinking about them lenses and changing them all the time instead of enjoying the trip with family members. I would bring 17-40 for walk around - landscapes and environmental portraits, plus the 85 for nicer portraits and shots in the evenings. Have a great trip!

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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 11, 2014, 11:39:45 AM »
for me, the eos-m destroys this camera. especially for the price. I don't see how this can be priced at the 750ish price point when the M is 300 bucks with the 22mm f2 lens. maybe that's just me.
it seems to me like if you really want an all in one, non ILC then the Sony RX100 II is way better than this... if someone disagrees please explain why.

Same questions popped in my head when i saw the specs and the price point...

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Lenses / Re: Short tele for street portraits in Southeast Asia
« on: January 23, 2014, 08:12:18 PM »
I would take 85 and 135. This gives a nice variation in fl. IMO, 100 would be too close to both to justify bringing it for this trip. Since 135 is so awesome, adding an 85 (maybe also consider Sigma) would be my choice.

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I have the 9000 and a smaller one MP630 (?) Yes, printing at home is bloody expensive. But I can't take every shot I want/need to print to the lab. There are some on the artsy/wild side which clients prefer to be done "in-house". And every time i bring them 13x19 metallic or art rag paper print after their glam session - they do go WOW. These prints cost them, but they already know that. So it is a win-win. I don't need the printer for regular clients.  ;D

Also, all the labs i use are in the US (I'm in Canada). So there is always that delivery $$ issue. If I don't have a lot to order (say just a print or two for framing) then paying $50 and waiting does not make a lot of sense. But yes, I still use the labs for bulk orders.

Printer is just a tool - so you either need it or not. Just like anything else.


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Canon General / Re: Got paid $350 for doing what I LOVE - photography
« on: November 18, 2013, 12:24:24 PM »
Congrats! This is indeed the best of both worlds! It is also nice to see that people still appreciate quality photography even on a somewhat casual level. Hopefully the team will contact you next time they need the pics, instead of hiring a soccer mom with a Rebel kit.

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Many thanks for sharing, this is much appreciated!

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Considering the source, I was speechless for a few seconds  ;D

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Lenses / Re: Beach kit
« on: October 29, 2013, 03:12:36 PM »
My beach kit is 7D plus Canon 10-22 with a CPL. I might take along a 28/1.8 (also with a CPL). I also have a waterproof Panny in the bag with my snorkeling gear.  Works like a charm  ;D

Seriously - you need something ultra wide for a location like this.

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Video & Movie / Re: As the Photographers--What will we do?
« on: October 29, 2013, 12:01:19 PM »
If I can do something - I'll just do it. The reason I can never be a photog in a war zone. I will not care if i'm on assignment or paid, etc. Saving a life would always be a priority. I don't need a picture where I was standing and taking care of my framing and ISO while someone needed help. Not worth it for me.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Have you ever purchase camera gear from BuyDig.com
« on: October 28, 2013, 02:53:15 PM »
I got my 5DMKIII kit from them a year ago. No issues.

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Lenses / Re: First fast prime for weddings & portraits
« on: October 25, 2013, 12:20:51 PM »
For me, the combination of 35mm and 85mm on two FF-bodies worked absolutely stellar.
I use this setup for some of the ceremonies where i do not use flash. Works fine if I have freedom to move around (larger church, etc), but not so much in smaller venues. It still works, but I always try to get at least a few wide shots of the venue, so 24 or 10-22 (on crop)comes quite handy.

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Lenses / Re: First fast prime for weddings & portraits
« on: October 25, 2013, 12:17:12 PM »
You already have 24-70 f2.8  so that FL is more or less covered with a fast zoom. For indoor weddings you might benefit from 85mm (decide which one - two Canons and one Sigma) or one of 100mm Canon primes (the macro will add some real benefit for weddings details - rings, etc). For outdoor you will really love the 135L - a bargain price-wise for what you get in terms of IQ. For weddings my 85mm 1.8 gets more use than 135L simply because FL is a bit too much for indoors usually.

However, for weddings, I'd suggest adding 70-200 2.8ISII to your 24-70 f2.8. You can add primes down the road. Add  this fast zoom and replace Rebel for 6D - you will be all set.

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