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Third Party Manufacturers / Nikon D4 for $3500 w/o Box & Warranty
« on: January 04, 2014, 05:24:41 PM »
So I've just found an AMAZING deal for a Nikon D4 on Craigslist and I need some advice. This guy is selling his for only $3500 like new with strap, nothing box, no warranty card, manuals, etc. He said that he purchased it from a friend of a friend who had had his camera bag stolen while he was using the D4, thus why the accessories are MIA. He said he got it for a great deal and he's just looking to get back what he paid for it so he can buy studio equipment, which I have and he's willing to barter for.

What do you think? How truthful does that sound...could it possibly be stolen and, if so, are there any detriments to buying a stolen camera? Can it still be registered for warranty if the serial is on the bottom like many of Nikon's cameras? I spoke with him on the phone and he sounded completely legit, but I'm still hesitant for the obvious reasons.

Canon General / Recommendations for Digital Film Development
« on: January 01, 2014, 03:06:31 PM »
Does anyone know of any services that offer reasonably priced 35mm film development to high-quality digital files? I tried a local Walmart but the files were underwhelming and relatively expensive for their quality.

Ken Rockwell recommends, but you can imagine my hesitance considering...well, it's Ken Rockwell ::)

Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body - $2699 at Amazon
« on: October 21, 2013, 08:49:28 PM »
Just a friendly heads up, Amazon has a discount going for the 5D Mark III (Body) - $2699 before checkout!

Also, you can get the following accessories free if you add them to cart with the body (price adjusts appropriately during checkout):

  • AmazonBasics Large Gadget Bag (Gray interior)
  • SanDisk Extreme 32 GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card 45MB/s SDSDX-032G-AFFP
  • Canon LP-E6 Battery Pack for Select Canon Digital SLR Cameras - Retail Packaging

Not sure how long this will last, so if you've been waiting for a good deal, you better act now ;)

Pricewatch Deals / Buy the 5D3 now or wait?
« on: October 19, 2013, 02:50:03 PM »
So I've just put up my two-month-old 70D w/ 18-135 STM kit on ebay in favor of upgrading to a second/main FF body to go with my 6D.

There is a pretty decent promo going on, $300 off of the 5D3, and I'm wondering if now is the best time to purchase a new body or would it be wise to wait for holiday pricing? Do you think it will be that much cheaper?

Thanks in advance.

Lenses / Transitioning to Primes
« on: September 13, 2013, 08:18:32 PM »
So I've had the 24-70 II and 70-200 II for some time now and they are wonderful pieces of kit, but I simply can't get over this incessant longing to replace them with primes; they just feel more natural to me, and the weight/size/faster aperture are major factors in my decision.

Therefore, I've decided to replace these two zooms with the following lenses and I am hoping those of you with some experience can give me your honest feedback:

Option 1
Canon 24 f/1.4L II
Canon 40 f/2.8 STM
Canon 85 f/1.2L II
Canon 135 f/2L or Canon 200 f/2.8L II


Option 2
Canon 10-22 or Tokina 11-16 II
Sigma 18-35 f/1.8
Canon 40 f/2.8 STM
Canon 85 f/1.2L II
Canon 135 f/2L or Canon 200 f/2.8L II


Option 3
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Eventually I'll upgrade the 135 or 200 f/2.8 to the 200 f/2 when funds warrant such a purchase, but for now I'll have to make do combined with the 1.4x III and 2x III teleconverters. I'll be using all of these lenses both on my two FF cameras and also on my 70D (with exception to the UWAs in Option 2, and the Sigma 18-35 would only be acceptable between 24-35).

Side note: I mostly do portraits and street photography, but I'll occasionally do an amateur sporting event as well. All casually.

Thanks in advance.

Lenses / If you could only have three lenses...
« on: June 02, 2013, 04:50:21 PM »
If you could only have three lenses to shoot video AND general photography on FF cameras, (including sports, portraiture with or without flash, macro, etc.), which would you choose?

Base on my limited experience, I would probably go with the Tamron 24-70 VC, Canon 70-200 IS II and Canon 50 f/1.2. Why the Tamron instead of the Canon 24-70 II? I've used both briefly and although the Canon produces sharper images, the Tamron comes pretty close, especially in the center, and also has VC; throw on some extension tubing and you've got yourself a decent macro lens. The Canon 70-200 is an obvious choice for most of the above purposes, and is the sharpest zoom in the range; combined with a TC, you've got yourself a highly versatile, but heavy piece of glass. Lastly, the 50 f/1.2 is the fastest in the current L lineup and is an alright general walk-around lens, but is really meant to be shot wide open; I would use this mostly for low light photography when I just don't want to carry around a big, heavy zoom and/or flash.

What about you?

Lighting / 600EX-RTs Now or Later?
« on: May 30, 2013, 09:49:01 PM »
I'm looking to pick up three 600EX-RTs (and an ST-E3 Transmitter), but they are currently selling for ~$500 new and Canon's refurb store never seems to have them in stock. Do these guys ever go on sale or should I just take the plunge?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Picture Styles: 5D Mark III
« on: November 27, 2012, 12:17:59 AM »
So I've been searching for preferred 5D III picture styles for stills, but all I can find are ones common for videography. Does anyone have any recommendations?

I only ask because I think that I may have subpar copies of the 24-70 II and 70-200 IS II; unless I add sharpening to my user-defined styles, or use one of the default presets with added sharpening, they look noticeably soft. I have been shooting in faithful/neutral without added sharpening, and the results are quite discouraging.

On the other hand, right off the bat without AFMA, my 100 macro IS is tack sharp even without added sharpening. Therefore, I don't think that my body's the issue. Either they are bad copies or they require significant calibration, perahps?

Lenses / Missing Lens?
« on: November 18, 2012, 05:00:32 PM »
I am planning a trip to Asia in January, and I'm wondering what lens(es) I may be missing. I am looking for the most versatile combo while also taking a minimalist approach with only one camera bag. I plan to take landscapes, portraits, wildlife, and fast-action shots.

Here's what I have right now:
  • 5D III
  • 24-70 f/2.8 II
  • 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
  • 100 f/2.8 IS
  • ST-E3-RT
  • 2x 600EX-RT

I am considering adding the 1.4x and 2x extenders, but I feel like 24mm won't be wide enough for my preferences. I just returned my second copy of the 16-35 II (due to lackluster sharpness), so that lens is out of the question.

What would be the best UWA for versatility and sharpness: the 14 f/2.8 II or 17 f/4 TS-E?
I understand there is a learning curve for tilt-shifts, but I also hear they are unrivaled in sharpness. As much as I'd love to keep the 16-35 for filtering with an ND, I think I'd be much happier overall with one of the other two. Any thoughts? Any suggestions for other equipment? This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, so I want to make the most of it.

Thanks in advance!

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