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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600EX-RT now $499
« on: September 29, 2014, 11:09:58 PM »
Just saw the $50 price drop this afternoon on Amazon... thought I'd share the savings...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007FH1KX2/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Maybe Amazon is starting their Xmas pricing early. :)

Last year IIRC they all had it for $449, and best of all, Adorama had 2x 600s plus ST-E3-RT for $ 1020.

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Wow, looks nice and quite expensive (did a bit of research)
Are you sure you just want to give it away? I sure can't afford to buy it, but definitely can pay for shipping!
Btw, which size is this one?
If still available, will you message me you Paypal id?
If you don't use Paypal I can also create a shipping label if you give me the address and weight, dimensions etc. and email the PDF to you.
Thanks

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So i have this plume wafer softbox thing with a speedotron head mounting plate. it's in pretty good working order, i just don't need it. If interested PM me. I'm not selling it, i'm giving it away, so i hope it's okay to post this here. (couldn't really find a freebie area!) anyway, i only ask that you cover shipping.

I'm definitely interested in a softbox and of course will be more than happy to cover shipping. But is there anything unique about this I should know beforehand, or is it just like any softbox I can use my speedlites with?
Thanks for the nice gesture, by the way!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 25, 2014, 06:31:16 PM »
Back on topic: I don't see why people are venting because of the interview. The gentleman that was interviewed was allowed to give the interview because he has the one required skill - he can talk for hours and say nothing.

+infinity!
It is hilarious that pages after pages are being filled discussing some predictions that can be guessed by anyone with half a brain and some claims any big market leader is bound to make.
It is also quite disappointing to see some of the best contributors of this forum argue for argument's sake.

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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:59:57 AM »
just checked out their website. Sounds pretty straightforward and legit. Anyone who has direct experience with them?

I have not bought through street prices, but here are some things that they advertise and these are easily verified (and should be verified, IMO):
1. You will be dealing directly with the dealer.
2. It will be the same as buying from the dealer with warranty, returns, etc. as applicable.
3. Only authorized Canon dealers participate.
The reason for street prices to exist is the dealers cannot advertise the discounted prices openly, so CPW acts as a middleman bringing in potential buyers at the actual discounted price (or maybe a bit higher, taking commissions into consideration). So you are not buying from CPW.

There have been two recent threads discussing the street price with actual buyers reporting that they were happy with the deal.

Doesn't surprise me. As I said CPW is very transparent about their business and all the factors are easily verifiable, and you deal directly with the seller.
I haven't had the need to use their street prices, but I wouldn't hesitate to do so if needed.
I have benefited several times from their alerts (or lost money to G.A.S., depending on how you look at it, ;D)

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Ah, thanks Mt. Spokane!

I checked out prices for the 50 and 35 Art lenses...  The 50 is not available at all.  The 35 Art is available for $679, but.... it's only available in the Pentax mount!  LOL

So I guess we still haven't figured out where all those returned Canon mount Art lenses are going.

Perhaps the percentage of returned lenses is much less than what one would guess from reading online reviews and blogs?

I had bought a Sigma 35/1.4 from their outlet store.
As MtS said, these lenses sell out in minutes. Especially since popular Sigma lenses are rarely on sale.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 24, 2014, 11:24:31 PM »
Not that anyone asked, but what I would consider the ideal sensor resolution, would be 15360x11520 (177MP).

That's 16k resolution, with the AR brought back to 4:3.  Add on die 4:1 & 16:1 binning, and you've got 8k and 4k for video, or super clean 44MP or 11MP RAWs.

That would kick ass! Especially if it was paired with 20 stops of DR. I could use that all day long. :D

And probably spend all night transferring to your hard drives.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 24, 2014, 11:21:16 PM »
Take whatever he says with a lump of salt.
"We select the best sensor, whoever the manufacturer is. That’s our policy."- right. If that was true, using the Exmor in their dSLRs would have reduced R&D expenses and helped boost sales (with other long term trade-offs, of course).

"when it comes to dynamic range for example we consider image quality as a whole, from low to high ISO sensitivities and on balance we consider our sensors to be the best." Even if you consider the difference between Sony and Canon sensors very small, that is BS.

"We considered adding this feature to the EOS 7D II but the body material presented challenges. But we have a solution with the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A." Yeah, the challenge was losing a source of money. Plus, the external wireless transmitters are much better than the internal one in 6D I hear, so probably more appropriate for professionals.

"I will ask our engineers! But basically we reviewed the entire design and architecture of the camera, and we improved every part of the autofocus system. This all takes time."
Sure, the question has just occurred to him. This is exactly the kind of hollow but substantial sounding phrases that mean nothing. The first part (reviewing) results to no action being taken or mentioned. The second part (AF) is a work in process. It could be the reason for the delay, or so could be a million things, such as early adopter rush for the 70D.

Anyway, these interviews are rarely informative. When they want to say something, they make announcements. They don't wait for interviews to impart information. It doesn't require an interview to gather Canon will make efforts in high megapixel and mirrorless markets some time or the other, unless they completely want to cede the market. The rate limiting step must be R&D and/or making the product commercially viable.

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Lenses / Re: Inexpensive standard walk around lens question
« on: September 24, 2014, 10:30:41 PM »
I'm surprised someone hasn't mentioned the 17-40, not bad for the price.

Another angle is a 40D and a 17-50; the Tamron non-VC one is pretty good and you could get both for under $500.

Jim

Thanks for the suggestion, Jim- but I might be buying the 16-35/4 after a year or so (when it shows up for Canon refurb or the prices come down maybe and after I am certain there won't be a 11-24 or whatever).
40D plus 17-50 will also be a more expensive option and I really don't need 3 dSLRs given my usage. For those with high usage it does make sense to have an APS-C dSLR option.

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Lenses / Re: Inexpensive standard walk around lens question
« on: September 24, 2014, 10:28:12 PM »
Thanks all for the very sensible advice. This was probably a great example of an anti-G.A.S. thread where a simple and available solution was eluding me and everyone pitched in to open my eyes. Once again, I am very grateful to this great forum.

Now, I have to decide whether to cancel the 24-70 order or to resell it after test-driving the 7D...

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Lenses / Re: Inexpensive standard walk around lens question
« on: September 24, 2014, 10:23:00 PM »
I bought the eos M because I want to hand over a cheap camera to strangers when I need to be in the picture. It proved to be a great idea after a recent vacation. People have no problem using it and were surprised by how fast the camera shoots. Yup, people who are used to p&s and phone camera have no idea the M can shoot so fast.
I think you should keep your 5d mk 3 and your standard lens in your bag. Then shoot with your M. When you see something you really like and you know you're safe, you use your 5d. That's what I'd do if I was in your situation.
I don't think getting a cheaper lens would solve any problem other than relieving GAS. As long as you have something big around your neck, it draws attention. If you use M, which you shady have anyway, you can keep it in your jacket or your pocket if you have baggy pants.

Indeed I also bought the M because bystanders feel comfortable using a camera with LCD for composition.
Your observation makes a ton of sense. Keep the 5D in the bag and use M if I feel unsafe. And indeed, I do not use a neck strap with the M.
I think that is great advice. Thanks!

The answer is simple, use a 35mm lens. You already have the 35mm 1.4, I carry with my 5D3 the 35mm f2IS, it's the best in image quality, weight and IS.

Indeed, sometimes simple answers are difficult to see until someone points them out :) thanks a lot!

I would vote for insuring your gear and using some combination you already have.

I do have them insured, and once again, very sound advice.

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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm
« on: September 24, 2014, 10:16:09 PM »
just checked out their website. Sounds pretty straightforward and legit. Anyone who has direct experience with them?

I have not bought through street prices, but here are some things that they advertise and these are easily verified (and should be verified, IMO):
1. You will be dealing directly with the dealer.
2. It will be the same as buying from the dealer with warranty, returns, etc. as applicable.
3. Only authorized Canon dealers participate.
The reason for street prices to exist is the dealers cannot advertise the discounted prices openly, so CPW acts as a middleman bringing in potential buyers at the actual discounted price (or maybe a bit higher, taking commissions into consideration). So you are not buying from CPW.

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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:50:03 PM »
Canon price watch offers a street price of about $ 1900, no tax and full US warranty from an authorized dealer.
The lens is simply superb. Tough as nails, and exceptional even wide open (I hardly stop it down unless I am looking for higher DoF).

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Lenses / Re: Inexpensive standard walk around lens question
« on: September 24, 2014, 03:12:12 PM »
People that want to rob your camera are likely cannot tell if it is a 5Dc or 5DIII. All they know is a BIG ( read it as expensive) camera. May be you should stay away from the area that is not safe. Your EOS-M should serve you well. It is small and cheap.

+1  The EOS-M looks (and is priced like) an inexpensive P&S, so most thieves would probably not look at it twice.  The M and 22/2 lens make a terrific general purpose option with very good to excellent IQ.


That's it. A thief does not know if his target is the old 5D, or the venerable 5D Mark iii. When the thief get close, he will not say:
 :-["Sorry, I'm not going to steal because I saw that it is an old camera." :P

I understand that the tranquility is part of the pleasure of photographing, and be discreet about it helps a lot. Although the OP did not ask Suggested camera, I have to say what a great set would be:
Rebel SL1 + 24mm STM + 40mm STM.

+2. That's exactly why I got the M. Also inconspicuousness makes for better poses.

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Lenses / Re: Inexpensive standard walk around lens question
« on: September 24, 2014, 02:46:31 PM »
I'd vote for the 35 f/2 IS. It's the lens I covet most (excluding crazily expensive ones). Supposedly excellent image quality, and although you're losing a stop of aperture, you're gaining ~4 in IS, which in lots of situations will help. But that's just me :)

I agree with the logic. I decided to go with the 35/1.4 and I am not sure if that was the right decision yet. It is a very nice lens, but I haven't used it to its potential yet. OTOH I have no IS-enabled lens in the standard range.
However, I have noticed that speeds less than 1/30 is pretty useless for anyone who is moving. So I haven't really *missed* IS yet.

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