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Lenses / Re: A Big Lens Announcement in September? [CR1]
« on: August 29, 2013, 06:36:51 PM »
You guys. It has to be a new 35/1.4, as I just bought one. You're welcome.

Lenses / Re: Lens selection for trip to Ireland
« on: August 11, 2013, 08:55:25 AM »
I finally was able to afford the 35/1.4L last week and now I am wondering how I lived so long without it.

Canon General / Re: Copenhangen Trip Advice
« on: August 07, 2013, 08:42:59 AM »
I highly recommend a short trip up the coast to the Louisiana art museum:
Fantastic architecture, scenery, their exhibits are excellent...
I shot for hours around there.

Third Party Manufacturers / New Lomography Petzval Lens
« on: July 26, 2013, 05:43:11 PM »
I'm sure either Canon or Nikon would love to have this much buzz about a new lens.
Incredible enthusiasm - all it takes is an interesting product!
Looks like a fun, if limited lens at a good price, with lots of perks for early adopters (including a LOWER presale price).

I ordered one, and will post images once I have it in hand (months from now).

If there's a thread that specifically discusses this, please direct me there and I will dutifully hang my head in shame... but I couldn't find it.

Just installed Lightroom 4.3 and want to convert my iPhoto library of 8000+ images, ideally to an external drive.

What's the best and safest way to accomplish this?

Thanks in advance!

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50 1.4 or Canon 85 1.8 OR 100 2.0 for 5d mark ii
« on: February 19, 2013, 10:46:32 AM »
Shorty Forty running at $149 on most sites right now due to rebates. As others said, it's not super in low light but fun for street shooting. With the 85 1.8, right around 5 bills for a fun combo.
All in all, though, I'd go with a 50 for your first lens. I personally use the Canon 1.4 happily.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Autofocus Performance Won't Improve via Firmware [CR2]
« on: February 18, 2013, 02:04:31 PM »
+1 - the negative reports on focusing system have kept me away, and I WOULD be happy with a 22mm f/2 kit. Still hoping to find a great "small shooter" to supplement my 5Dii.

Canon General / Re: Why buy from a bricks and mortar store?
« on: January 16, 2013, 11:25:19 AM »
I bought my 5Dii online at an insanely good price (that I was unable to match), but almost always buy lenses locally. The sales tax, at least on <$1k lenses, is a small price to pay for getting to try out a range of lenses in-store before buying; plus you build a relationship and get calls when good new/used stuff comes in...
Also, it's one thing to go check out a TV at a big-box and then order online, but wasting a local shop salesperson's time and effort with no intent to buy is, at best, rude in my opinion.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: whats up with 5d2 used pricing?
« on: January 12, 2013, 11:39:01 AM »

The 5Dll body will likely fall significantly after the next round of sensors is released, but the 24-105 will hold its own, even with the onslaught of the 24-70 f/4 IS..."


Absolutely right. The 24-105 is one of the truly great walkaround lenses, particularly for travel, and highly flexible for event shooting. Best to abandon shopping for a cheap kit and buy body & lens separately... then start saving for a couple of fast primes!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Pocket Camera
« on: January 09, 2013, 10:10:54 AM »
I bought the Leica D-Lux 3 when it first came out. Many thousands of images later, it still serves me well. Great, consistent little camera. They're up to the D-Lux 6 now, but I'm still happy.
Yes, I know I paid extra for the red dot, but this little gem is like a tank and I have NO regrets.
Today, I'd try the RX-100.

Lenses / Re: which one
« on: January 08, 2013, 02:20:01 PM »
Unless you really need the zoom, can I suggest the 28 f/1.8 ? Great lens, versatile due to the extra stops, and you can always back up a few steps. To me, the more light the better. Don't worry about the lack of a red ring!
If you're dead set on ultrawide, go 16-35. I've rented and loved it. Worth the added cost IMO.

Lenses / Re: 50 1.4 on 5d3 anyone?
« on: December 19, 2012, 09:58:12 AM »
I do love my 24-105L for travel, but lately I'm alternating between the 50 1.4 and the 28 1.8 for "walkaround" on my 5Dii. Light, relatively inobtrusive for street shooting.

EOS-M / Re: To buy M or not to buy M?
« on: December 16, 2012, 02:01:55 AM »
Agree with the notion of waiting for Gen 2. I love the idea of it, with the 22 lens, as a walkaround.
As to Fujifilm, after my experience with the X100 it would take a miracle to persuade me to try another.

Canon General / Re: EOS-M kicking butt in Japan
« on: November 06, 2012, 12:56:23 PM »
My dad gave me the single best piece of car-shopping advice in my teens: "Never buy the first model of anything".
My life experience has borne this out repeatedly. Those few times I went against it were all mistakes, e.g. the fact that I am a former X100 owner (thankfully I sold it before the resale value went to crap).

So, perhaps EOS-M ii but not now. Intriguing format... sometimes a small, stealthy tool does the trick. No sense missing a great shot just because you're not lugging your FF at the moment!

Canon General / Re: Amazon policies.
« on: November 06, 2012, 12:40:11 PM »

I'd have to agree, you are asking for something that the retailer doesn't do.  Amazon is an automated machine built on a process of getting you your products as quickly as possible.  If you want someone to hold an item and ship it later, call your local camera shop, or if you don't have one, call a reputable dealer somewhere and get it shipped from them.  I'm sure they will hold a product to ship it later.  You are asking for brick and mortar service from an online retailer, and that isn't going to happen.


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