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Animal Kingdom / Open up and Say Ahhh...
« on: February 03, 2013, 10:25:15 AM »
Some shots of Mekong catfish taken in northern Thailand...

Most photographers, whether professional or hobbyist, are price conscious and want to get the best deal for their money. The best value for some means buying the most inexpensive item. For others it means the best quality no matter the price. I think that most of us fall somewhere in the middle, wanting to balance price with quality.

When it comes to OEM Canon accessories compared to third party options, I'm sure that some have found Canon accessories to be superior in quality, while others have found 3rd party equipment to be sufficient, if not equal in quality for much lower cost. There are also many horror stories of knock off equipment and bad service from third party manufacturers.

If anyone has a recommendation on a third party accessory (battery, grip, flash, caps, hoods, etc.) that you have found to be a good value and good quality, I'd like to hear it. If there are any ones that are better off avoided, I'd like to hear that too.

Animal Kingdom / O give me a home, where the buffalo roam
« on: January 05, 2013, 10:59:48 AM »
Don't know that this one deserves its own topic, but I couldn't find a better place to put it. This is not the American Bison, but rather a water buffalo. Interestingly in Thailand, where I shot this pic, the word buffalo is the worse curse word that you can possibly say. I don't think this buffalo really cares.

Shot with a 7D.

Landscape / Post Your National Park Photos
« on: January 05, 2013, 10:40:13 AM »
I'd love to see your national park landscape photos. Post them here! I'll post a few more later, but I want to see yours!

This is Yellowstone Canyon taken from Uncle Tom's trail on my 7D.

Lenses / Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 or Canon 24-105 f/4
« on: December 21, 2012, 02:33:27 PM »
I just bought a 5D3 - upgrading from a 7D. I need a good walk around lens to put on it. I take lots of low light pictures. Image stabilization is nice, but not that important to me. The extra stop in very important. Money is also a big factor in the purchase. I can't bring myself to pay the ridiculous price for the Canon 24-70 II. Whatever you may say about the quality - it's just too expensive. That brings me down to a choice of two lenses - the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 or Canon 24-105 f/4.

Yes - I have tried out both lenses, shooting a few shots in a store, but never handling one on a long term basis. The 24-105 is a great lens, but I hesitate because I would really use the wider aperture in a 2.8 lens. The Tamron - I've tried two copies. One was awesome, one was terrible. The AF was fast in one, almost broken in the other. It was slow and shook right before it locked on. The picture was sharp in one and soft in the other. This scared me, but if the one was just a bad copy, and I ended up with a good copy, well maybe it would be better than the Canon lens.

This question was asked on this forum a couple times already and most responses were comments such as "Canon lenses are better because they have 'Canon' written on them," or "get this other lens that you didn't ask about." 

Seriously... between these two lenses - from people who have shot with both of them, what would you recommend, considering the build quality, sharpness, resale value, long term reliability, etc. ? And of course there's the aperture thing.

Thanks in advance...

Lenses / Zoom Lens Speed Limit
« on: February 21, 2011, 11:09:45 PM »
Do you think that Canon will ever break the zoom lens speed limit and come out with a faster than f/2.8 zoom lens, even if it was a short zoom?

I'm convinced the technology is there to develop lots of innovative lens types, but marketing keeps them from it. (If you make a blue ring "one-lens-does-it-all" (ultra compact 8-800mm f/1.2L DO IS III USM) lens, who's gonna buy all your other lenses? right?

That's an exaggeration, of course, but there's got to be some innovations that Canon's got up their sleeve, but won't release until every penny is squeezed out of the current market lineup.

Lenses / Refurbished Lenses: Your thoughts.
« on: February 20, 2011, 11:16:34 PM »
I've always bought nothing but new equipment, whether it be camera bodies, lenses, lighting or studio equipment... steering clear of unknown eBay "specials" or used equipment. However, I'm thinking more and more about the saving on lenses which seem to be less prone to failure than other things such as all the parts in a camera body.

With some camera shops offering a full one year store warranty on top of the 90 day factory warranty, and sometimes giving substantial savings, refurbished lenses look very tempting. I've talked myself out of a $50 savings before to buy new ($50 didn't seem worth the risk), but sometimes you can save a lot more than that.

My question is: how many of you have experience with a refurbished lens? Would you recommend them or would you say to keep away and only buy new?

It is my understanding that many of the refurbs are showroom or store models that are sent back to the factory and inspected before sale, but there is no way to know if you're getting a floor model or a faulty lens that has been repaired.

Has anyone had any issues with a refurb? (i.e. dust, mechanics, AF, IS, etc.) Anyone seen a refurb sold with scratches or other cosmetic impairments?

Your thoughts and advice are appreciated.

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