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Lenses / Canon Refurb Store
« on: October 29, 2014, 07:54:51 AM »
I'm sure this has been discussed in great detail over the years but hoping for some feedback here.

Any reason NOT to buy refurb from canon?  I frequently buy second hand from private sellers, but I am assuming that Refurbs are damaged equipment that was fixed.  Is it just better to spend a little more for brand spanking new?  How about a benefit of refurb (other than price)?


EOS Bodies / Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:27:45 AM »
Time to see if folks put their money where there mouth is... or not.  Just for fun, no trolling please. :-)

EOS Bodies / 7D Mark II- September 15th at midnight? Whose midnight?
« on: September 14, 2014, 10:18:19 PM »
Photokina's? Japan's? Amarillo Texas'? Just curious if anyone knows...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Guessing Game- Canon or Nikon?
« on: September 01, 2014, 11:38:45 AM »
With all of this debate recently (always) about which camera sensor is better... canon or nikon (sony)... I thought it would be an interesting exercise to see if people can actually tell which camera brand produced the image.  I welcome you to post an image and see if others can tell whether it was canon or nikon.  Post some images for the DRones out there. 

Over the years I have shot with many cameras and currently use both Canon and Nikon... So, I'll start it off...

Canon did a really great job with this camera.  I am really impressed with IQ, AF, Ergonomics etc... except they really dropped the ball on the threaded camera mount location. 

It is so close to the card/battery hatch that none of the plates out there can mount on and allow access to the hatch.

Anyone know of one (ARCA SWISS STYLE)  that has the mounting hole offset to the extreme edge so that it does not need to be removed to get at the battery/card slots?

Lenses / Rokinon / Samyang 14mm From B&H
« on: June 08, 2014, 10:49:50 AM »
I thought these were the same exact lens but with a different brand.  The Rokinon is $45.00 cheaper then the Samyang... both from B&H.

Is there actually something different between the two?

Technical Support / Magic Lantern Issue/Question
« on: March 01, 2014, 08:19:10 AM »
I just bought a used 40D for a time lapse project and want to put ML on it to take advantage of bulb ramping.  Anyway, I just went to the ML site to download the software and it does not list the 40D as being supported in the new stable version.  On the home page it lists the 40D as being supported.

Is there an older version of ML that I need to use?  I can't seem to find it anywhere. 

I've never used ML before, so I am not familiar with the whole process. 

Thanks to anyone with a suggestion or answer to this.

I will be constructing a new building for my business and would like to document the process through time laps photography.  Anyone have any experience with this kind of thing?  I will be setting up 2-3 cameras from different vantage points.  One camera will be setup within another building but the other two will be inside enclosures to protect from the elements.  I will not have the ability to leave computers tethered so this would need to be something I can set the camera up to do.   I can then change batteries and swap cards periodically.  I was thinking that an image every 15-30 minutes would document the process nicely.

Because I won't be shooting tethered im trying to find cameras that can do this... also to see if anyone has any suggestions or comments on potential pitfalls.  Anything to think about for a project like this.

Thank you.

Lenses / Canon 24-105 vs canon 24-70 ii
« on: December 08, 2013, 01:52:43 PM »
Who here has upgraded from the 24-105 to the 24-70 ii?  What are your thoughts and was it worth the change?

I have extensive experience with my 24-105. It's my favorite landscape lens and have shot with it for years. Always been a touch soft in my opinion, but nothing I could not get past in post.

I don't care about IS. This is a pretty short lens and most of my shooting with it is tripod mount.

Software & Accessories / 5D III - SD card that will write fast?
« on: November 17, 2013, 08:43:13 PM »
Currently using SanDisk Extreme Pro cards in my camera.  The CF card is rated at 90 mb/sec and the SD card is rated at 95mb/sec.

When my cf cards fill up and i switch over to the sd card there is a huge noticeable difference in write speeds.  It seems I am able to burst about half the frames with the SD card before the buffer fills up and I have to wait a few sec to continue shooting.  Is there an SD card that someone would recommend that would resolve this problem or is this simply a limitation of the camera or tech. 

That said, is there another brand of card that would allow for more continuous shooting before the buffer fills up?  I have always shot with San Disk and had good luck, but willing to try something else if it improves write speed.

Thanks for commenting.

Lenses / Canon 300mm f2.8is II with 2.0x teleconverter III
« on: September 14, 2013, 08:15:51 PM »
I previously owned a 300 f2.8is version I and absolutely loved that lens.  Razor sharp, very versatile, small and light (relatively) and worked very well with a 1.4x TC.  The one down-side is that it was very SOFT with a 2.0x TC.

I ended up selling this lens to fund a 500 f4 is Version I.  I have been pretty happy with this lens for the most part, however it does not perform super well with TC's from both an IQ standpoint as well as an AF speed standpoint.  I find that I almost exclusively use this lens without TC's to produce images I am consistently happy with.

I really miss my 300 2.8, and have been considering the newer version II for quite some time.  I would need to sell my 500 to afford one so I thought I would ask for feedback from those who own the 300 Version II and have used it with a 2.0x converter Version III.  The lens comparison tool from TheDigitalPicture indicates that this lens does quite remarkably with a 2.0x TC.  So well to my eye that I am thinking it would be a nice replacement for my 500 f4 Version I, and give me the 300/420mm that I so often miss.  Has anyone used this 300+2.0 combo?  How do the images look?  How snappy is the AF?  Compared to the 500f4is?  Any feedback is appreciated.

Happy Shooting,

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