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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Sony A7R With Canon Glass
« on: January 28, 2014, 09:56:01 PM »
It seems to me that putting big lenses on a compact body kinda negates the advantage of compactness.  That leaves the great sensor as an advantage, but still, the practical advantages over say a 5D3 or D800 are not that great.

Your mileage will certainly vary!  :)

I keep hearing this argument but let's be honest, who doesn't appreciate a few less grams? It's when the body is so small comparative to the lens that it creates such an imbalance that it is even less comfortable than the same lens + larger body that it really negates the value. Adding a grip onto the a7/R might be more comfortable say with a 24-70L attached than with a 6D and the same lens - weight is weight, or lack thereof, in my opinion.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D4 for $3500 w/o Box & Warranty
« on: January 04, 2014, 11:04:23 PM »
Who carries their box, warranty cards and manuals with them in a camera bag, that then gets stolen?

One thing I hate more than a thief, a dumb thief.

No no, he was saying the reason the charger and USB cable weren't included is because they were in the stolen bag ??? He didn't say why the box, etc. weren't included other than that he got such a good deal he didn't ask.

Ask for the serial numbers so you can do a search on the cameras history.

There are several programs that will search for pictures on the web with the serial number in the exif data.

I think if you ask a few questions this guy will disappear.
As long as he reports the correct serial number. Of course it can be checked during purchase but still a waste of time if he lies ... or ... "mistaken"...

I'm not too familiar with Nikons, but I believe they put the serials  on the bottom of their cameras? If so, that should be pretty easy to check. I'm also going through the city's Police Department to see if there has been any reports filed recently.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D4 for $3500 w/o Box & Warranty
« on: January 04, 2014, 09:43:30 PM »
Ouch.  That camera is so hot that just responding to this post is burning my fingers.

Undoubtably.

After all, it's the only Nikon worth stealing  ;)

Still, I'd much rather have a stolen 1DX than a D4 ;D

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D4 for $3500 w/o Box & Warranty
« on: January 04, 2014, 05:42:04 PM »
Ouch.  That camera is so hot that just responding to this post is burning my fingers.

Hah that's what I'm thinking :-\ I wonder if there is a way to find out if it has been stolen using the serial number...I'll ask him to send me some more pics

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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 else...no 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.

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Canon General / Re: Move away from Canon to Nikon for sports?
« on: January 04, 2014, 05:13:50 PM »
As far as my preference goes, all I can say is "Canon 200mm F/1.8 USM".

For quick action on a field, rock climbers trying a difficult rock face or free ride mountain bikers, I only have to reach for this lens to capture the action.

Where can I find one of those so I can be sufficiently sticker shocked?
Try ebay.  they are discontinued and one of those lenses that have a big following.

I went to Ebay and saw one for $3000... that wasn't outrageous...

That's only because it was succeeded by the phenomenal 200 f/2 IS, which is only slightly slower (faster AF, though) but has IS and is also lighter for $5700. $3-4K is actually pretty cheap

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You can consider also the Asus PB278Q, Although its performance is slightly inferior to the HP just out of the box, The Asus allows a large range of calibration and, if calibrated by an external device as, for instance, a ColorMunky, the result is outstanding...
I'm pretty sure you can calibrate this HP monitor....I know I can my Dell U2711...

I need to buy one of those tools now that you mention it...

C


Very tempted to jump on this as it is >$75 cheaper than B&H's current price after tax & shipping, although they are offering it NIB :-\

What's the best option for running this display via a MacBook Pro Retina, considering my MBP has either Thunderbolt or HDMI and the HP only offers DisplayPort or DVI? How is the color accuracy of your Dell for photo editing?

It should be cheaper, its a refurb.

I've scoured pretty much every review on the internet and it appears that this particular model is the subject of numerous QC issues. Apparently the longevity is also unreliable, hence why they are probably selling so many of these refurb. Moreover, you can only calibrate it via your graphics engine or third party software like iDisplay as it has no menu options for changing its other settings besides brightness :o Guess I'll just have to continue saving for an Apple Cinema display or, better yet, an iMac :(

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Buy a 5D Mark III or Wait for ??? in 2014
« on: January 03, 2014, 02:38:15 PM »
..... one could use the CamRanger, which is significantly cheaper than the WFT transmitter.

I got a secondhand WFT for $160, wouldn't be without one now.

Wow, how'd you find such a deal? I've been looking around and the cheapest I've been able to find it is ~$500 on eBay. $160 is a steal!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Buy a 5D Mark III or Wait for ??? in 2014
« on: January 03, 2014, 01:12:58 AM »
How are people getting Live View via an Eye-Fi card?

I very occasionally use an Eye-Fi but I also have a WFT, the Eye-Fi is a toy, the WFT a tool with dramatically better functionality. You can use the WFT for Live View, and full control over remote shooting, among other things.
You may not can. I only see the preview of already taken images. WFT might be the only way to go at a cost. I just went to the Eye-Fi site. Not to clear about what it can and can't do. Most likely a contact with them up and coming.

The Eye-Fi cards only allow for transferring images, there is no live view streaming. For that one could use the CamRanger, which is significantly cheaper than the WFT transmitter. I only got an Eye-Fi card for one reason, and that was to transfer jpegs ad-hoc to my iPad and it did that well, albeit somewhat slow. I imagine Canon's transmitter is probably faster, and it should be for the price. The CamRanger has excellent reviews, although the demos and reviews do mention that there is a minimal, but noticeable lag in live view streaming.

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Thunderbolt plugs directly into Mini DisplayPort.

Oh, I had no idea they were interchangeable. Thanks, PBD!

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At first glance, I think this is basically the HP version of the Dell U2711 monitor I have...when I got mine about a year or so ago..was nearly $900. If this is the same basic thing, it is a steal for about $349.

http://tech.woot.com/offers/hp-27-wqhd-led-ips-monitor-7?utm_source=Daily+Digest&utm_campaign=3fcfa3fa50-Daily+Digest+-+20140102+-+Shirt.Woot&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c5ca76da11-3fcfa3fa50-281941558

Hope this helps someone....I love the size and above HD resolution when editing photos or video. If my macbook pro (late 2011) would handle doing 2x of these I'd grab an extra one..but alas...it will only work with dual monitors if they are both thunderbolt monitors...and won't do dual if doing thunderbolt to displayport like I'm doing currently.

But give this a look....

cayenne

Very tempted to jump on this as it is >$75 cheaper than B&H's current price after tax & shipping, although they are offering it NIB :-\

What's the best option for running this display via a MacBook Pro Retina, considering my MBP has either Thunderbolt or HDMI and the HP only offers DisplayPort or DVI? How is the color accuracy of your Dell for photo editing?

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Canon General / Re: Recommendations for Digital Film Development
« on: January 01, 2014, 09:51:34 PM »
Some Costco's still offer this service, mine just stopped but your mileage may vary. I'd check.

Closest Costco is thirty minutes away >:( Oh well, the search continues... Thanks for the suggestions, slclick!

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Canon General / Re: Recommendations for Digital Film Development
« on: January 01, 2014, 05:34:21 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 http://www.northcoastphoto.com, but you can imagine my hesitance considering...well, it's Ken Rockwell ::)

Do you not have a quality photo lab nearby? A Drum Scan will produce great files and you can arrange for files on a disk/thumbdrive or electronic transfer.

here's whom I use

http://www.nicholsphotolab.com

Unfortunately not. Walmart actually outsources its film services to a third party, and my local Walgreens only prints film rather than digitize it. Thanks for the recommendation, I'll have to check them out.

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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 http://www.northcoastphoto.com, but you can imagine my hesitance considering...well, it's Ken Rockwell ::)

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Canon General / Re: B&H Photo Still Has Some Deals Going On
« on: December 29, 2013, 01:55:28 PM »
If I purchase from B&H and ship to Canada, do I qualify for the mail-in-rebate?

Thanks for any help.

Unfortunately not: "Offer good in the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, on products purchased by an end-user customer from Canon Authorized Dealer only. American Express® Reward Card will only be mailed to a street address (except where prohibited by law) in the 50 United States, the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico."

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