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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Still Live: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $1999
« on: February 24, 2015, 06:41:33 PM »
Just picked up a lens from them at about 50% market value. Shipped immediately. Confirmation, shipping, and follow-up e-mail (just making sure it arrived and I was satisfied) all with a contact number. Lens was white box but with a USA warranty, which I was not expecting. If you've been "bit" buying gray market, you didn't do your basic homework to distinguish between reputable gray market dealers and fly-by-night. All the ones linked to on Canon Rumors have been around for as long as I can remember. I wouldn't think twice buying from them.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Still Live: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $1999
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:11:20 PM »
Yeah, let's put some issues to rest here. Canon USA will absolutely service gray market items as long as they have the parts (meaning Canon USA carries the item; sorry new EF-M lens buyers). Canon USA will not recognize a gray market warranty. If the camera is from Canon Japan, they WILL cover your warranty. For $400 in savings, you can easily afford the hassle of sending off to Japan for an expensive warranty repair. Also, a reminder to use a credit card. All of my credit cards either double or triple my warranty coverage. After year one, MasterCard doesn't care who services their warranty, so Canon USA repairs will be reimbursed by MasterCard. There is no risk to buying gray market from a reputable dealer, particularly when backed by Ebay protections.

EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 5DS R
« on: February 05, 2015, 01:50:46 PM »
Really, Canon? You build a "landscape" camera and don't include a built-in viewfinder cover?

EOS Bodies / Re: Images for EOS Rebel 750D & EOS 760D Appear
« on: February 04, 2015, 04:22:18 PM »
Looks like my 5d Mark II AND 40d might be getting upgraded this year. The 760d could be a huge winner. Hopefully the obvious external enhancements are correlated with internal enhancements. And hopefully this is being done because the EOS M3 is going to surpass the T5i where it counts, requiring Canon to enhance the Rebel line.

Lighting / Yongnuo 600EX problem
« on: February 02, 2015, 06:35:49 PM »
Hi folks,

I picked up a Yongnuo 600EX-RT a few weeks ago. Great flash unit. The only issue I'm having is the settings not being retained when I turn the flash unit off and back on, even leaving the batteries in. All custom functions reset to factory default. I'm guessing it's a physical problem with some sort of built-in date battery, but I thought I'd post here just to be sure. Anyone have any guesses?

This sounds like a real cracker jack conference call where no one from Canon was actually involved. Introduce more cameras than last year? Let's see, they introduced two cameras last year and two SLRs are about to be announced, so it's a little late for that discussion. Obviously a Rebel is going to arrive. Addressing factors that contributed to lower sales, apart from the market? Umm... there were no factors. Canon maintained its hegemony in dSLRs even as sales across the board constricted.

EOS Bodies / Re: More About the EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R
« on: January 30, 2015, 09:25:06 AM »
I suspect this camera is going to under-spec but outperform the D810, and performance at ISO 100 is what matters to me. More than a few times I took a hard look at the D800. Canon glass kept me in place, not because of investment but because of the EF mount and Canon's consistent forward progress with lenses. When I started shooting full frame, Nikon didn't even have a line of pro-grade fixed f/4 lenses. Nikon caught up option-wise, but I see the EF mount as more capable of handling the advanced lens designs necessary for digital 35mm to bridge the gap to medium format.

EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: January 30, 2015, 08:46:29 AM »
Yeah, these stats are a HUGE letdown. No EF lens compatibility? No aperture priority mode?! I'M OUT! Oh, wait. These aren't the full stats? I guess I'll wait for the full specifications before criticizing it for lacking features it will obviously have.

I'm confident most people won't agree with me, but I think my biggest mistake was starting out with L-glass for my 20d when I upgraded from an FD body in 2005. I expanded the L collection over time and went full frame with the 5d Mark II in early 2009 to get the most out of my lenses. Started shooting weddings to justify the cost, which was a horrible experience. If my whole kit got jacked tomorrow, I'd buy a used 40d, a 10-18mm, an 18-135mm, and a pair of pancakes. Along those lines, I bought a used but pristine 40d last night with 11,000 shutter actuations. I'm giving serious thought to just storing my main landscape kit and focusing on the 40d with a couple primes for the next year. I enjoyed photography the most in the years I shot with an A1 and a bag of primes.

Lenses / Re: Upgrading lenses for college student
« on: January 24, 2015, 10:14:41 AM »
I would avoid the 28-105 or 28-135 because neither is wide angle on your Rebel. If you shoot landscapes, you'll miss the 18mm focal length your current lens offers. I agree with the suggestion for the EF-S 10-18mm. STM is compatible with your XT. I've shot with the 10-18 on a 20D, which is slightly older than your camera. But since you're talking about selling your kit lens to do this upgrade, you could instead upgrade to the newer 18-55 STM lens ($100). The optical formula and build quality is far better than the kit lens on the XT. One step above that would be the 18-135. There's a newer STM version that is even better image quality ($300), but the original ($120) is very good, much better than the 17-85.

Personally, if I were building an inexpensive kit, I'd start with the 18-135 STM, then add the 40mm pancake instead of the 50mm 1.8 (40mm is slower but more flexible as a walk-around prime on a crop sensor than the 50 and has a more robust feel for roughly the same price). Then I'd add the EF-S 10-18mm for ultra wide angle, then the 24mm pancake for a wider angle prime. This means only two filter sizes: 52mm and 67mm. This whole lens setup runs $800 with good deals; less if you buy used.

So there is zero zoom creep on the 70-300. It is absolutely rock solid. They put a lock on it to hold it at 70mm - not necessary. I've had it pointed straight down on an extension tube with a UV filter, step up ring, 77mm Lee adaptor, Lee holder, 3.0 ND filter, and 105mm polarizer all mounted with no zoom creep. It's not going anywhere. As for the tripod collar, I had one on my 70-200 and have one now on my 70-300. I think it's necessary for both. You can get away without it on the 70-200 on most of your shots in windless weather; you'll need it every time at 300mm.

I think it really comes down to whether you'll use 300mm. Before I had the 70-300, I really only shot up to 200mm, throwing the extender on a handful of times. I went to the 70-300 after reading some articles online about using 300mm in landscape work. I wouldn't go back. Some of my best shots from the last six months were at 300mm on the 70-300.

I started with the 70-200 f/4L and a 1.4x II extender to get close to 300mm for landscape. I loved the weight of it and image quality was top notch. Ultimately, I wanted IS and made the short hop up to the 70-200mm f/4L IS. Only slightly heavier, but otherwise completely comparable to the non-IS version. This summer I made the jump to the 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS. I decided to jump because I wasn't liking my shots with the extender and attaching it was cumbersome. I wanted to just have the reach there. I spent a little time on the Digital Picture website comparing image quality at the different f-stops between the 70-200 and the 70-300. Ultimately, it looked to me like the 70-300 was a little softer wider open and little sharper stopped down, certainly so at 300mm compared to 70-200 with the 1.4x II or III. LenScore numbers support this as well, for whatever that's worth. I decided image quality between the two was a wash and that the extra weight of the 70-300 compared to the 70-200 with extender was worth the convenience. I haven't shot with the 70-200 f/4L IS since I made the switch, though I can't quite bring myself to unload it. One thing to consider: 70-300 needs a UV filter on the front to complete the weather seal. I'm pretty sure this is not the case with the 70-200s. Factor that into price. With a high quality UV filter, image quality remains a wash, in my opinion. Also, neither lens comes with a tripod collar. Somewhat optional with a 70-200; absolutely necessary with an extender or the 70-300. Factor that in as well. If you need the reach of 300mm for landscapes (and it's a great focal length for landscapes), I think the 70-300 is worth the ounces over the 70-200 and extender.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Confirms Development of High Megapixel Camera
« on: December 24, 2014, 04:15:40 PM »
I could also see Canon rolling out an upper line of prime L's, 82mm filters and increasing from there, maybe up to 105mm. These would have the resolving power and frame coverage to handle a sensor resolution and sensor size push into medium format, 30x45 or something. Canon would essentially be redefining "pro" glass in their non-tele line-up and be able to charge $5-10K for it. Pro sports photographers are already throwing that kind of money down. High-end wedding photographers would certainly be able to afford glass like that. And I could be wrong about the science of the mount, but my understanding is that Canon shifted from FD to EF precisely for future capability enhancements. This would potentially put Nikon in a place where to compete on the lens front, they'd have to develop a new mount system that would not be backwards compatible. Anyone know more about the FD to EF switch?

Software & Accessories / 70-300L in Lowepro Trekker
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:23:09 AM »
Anyone have a 70-300L and a Lowepro Pro Trekker 300? Will the lens fit vertically (front or rear of lens facing opening) into the bag with at least a rear cap and low-profile filter on?

Anyone know of a rear lens cap that is lower profile than the Canon cap? I've heard Sigmas are a little shorter. Thanks in advance for dropping some knowledge.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 18, 2014, 11:45:16 AM »
Nikon stock is rapidly approaching junk levels, they don't have as many other divisions that can prop them up.

Sorry, what do you consider "junk levels?" There is no such thing as "junk stock" and if there were such a thing, a stock with a 590.7 billion dollar market cap and a 12.5 P/E ratio would certainly not be one of them. Nikon is nowhere near its lowest stock price. Just because its stock has been on a slow steady marginal decline for a few month does not mean that Nikon is in any kind of long-term trouble.

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