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Lenses / The 50L: double dip on BH and Amazon, ~$1,200
« on: October 21, 2013, 10:43:52 PM »
BH and Amazon have been offering "double dip" deals recently  - an instant discount equal to the Canon mail-in rebate. Right now, the 50L is offered for $1,439,; there is a mail-in rebate of $180, and you get 4% reward points (BH only). This brings the BH price to around $1,200, assuming that the rebate will arrive. This is below the lowest price in the last 5 years, according to canonpricewatch.

EDIT: I could not resist.

Oops, wrong forum.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Nikon 58/1.4 - $1,700!!!
« on: October 17, 2013, 12:34:25 AM »
Nikon just announced its new 58/1.4. Price tag: $1,700! Wow! They are afraid that Canon is becoming more overpriced than them, and taking the lead.

I wonder how much the new Canon 50mm lens will be.

Yes, I know that this is a Canon forum.

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Lenses / How bad is the 24-105?
« on: October 12, 2013, 10:21:09 PM »
A few shots, all in good light, all well stopped (f/11), same SS. One is taken with the 24-105, the other with either the 35L, or the 100L. Same parameters in LR, including WB, except for some exposure compensation to equate the brightness. Can you tell which is which? Of course, not a sharpness test, the size is limited to width=1024. One of the "A" images was slightly cropped, and one of the "B" images was slightly cropped as well, for the same AOV. Shot off hand. Camera: 5D2.

Click for "full" size.


A1 


A2 
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B1


B2 
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C1 


C2 

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Site Information / Banning ankorwatt
« on: September 03, 2013, 11:26:10 PM »
I was quite puzzled to read that ankorwatt was banned for life for "bringing out the worst in everyone here". He was not banned because he was "bad", he was banned because he made everyone else behave badly. Why wasn't everyone else banned then?

He is/was one of the least emotional people here. He was called an old fool, somebody asked for a psychiatrist, and then he was punished for that. He did make the "I will strip you naked" comment, which, of course, was not a physical threat (even though some pretended not to understand it) but he was not banned for that. He was banned because a few other treated him badly, so he must have done something to deserve it. Like insisting on ... whatever, technical.

I find this disturbing. You can see a lot of childish behavior here, some rudeness, too. I have not even seen a warning - but ankorwatt - he must go.


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Lighting / Compact Manual Flash?
« on: March 28, 2013, 08:35:36 PM »
I am looking for two compact manual flashes for a poor-man macro DIY setup. I ordered two 270 EX II's just to find out that they can only be manually controlled from the camera (it is quite obvious by just looking at their pictures, I do not know what I was thinking). Any suggestions? Cheap would be good. Light and small is essential.

On the other hand, any idea how to control manually two 270 EX II, if I keep them? I also ordered an YN-560 II flash which can be used as an IR trigger (not sure how well this will work in a macro setup), and four YN-603C. Camera: 5D2. I want to avoid the use of YN-622C triggers - I need to buy three of them, and they are too big for my needs.

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