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Canon General / Re: "MAP" pricing....How long will it last????
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:55:20 PM »
It's also not just about getting the best price.  Many products available from online retailers simply aren't available in local stores.

Exactly. Which came first, the trend among brick and mortar camera stores to stock a narrower range of merchandise, or their dwindling numbers? It's probably one of those "chicken and egg" things, but the reality is that in most areas, your only resources for higher end or less mainstream gear are the online retailers.

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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 11, 2014, 04:05:08 PM »
All the pros & cons stated in these posts for using this and other lenses in various situations and circumstances serve to reinforce in my mind how much the entire value proposition for any piece of gear depends on intended use and a variety of personal preferences.

The latest L-level zooms are of such high quality that they must represent a significant impact on the sales potential for primes ... and yet the market demand is sufficient that manufacturers continue to develop new and improved prime designs.

I have only two prime lenses (50 & 100mm) in my kit, and I use them almost exclusively for studio work, where distance to subject, composition & framing are just a few of the factors which I can easily control. I am interested in buying one of these new 35/2 IS primes in the near future, primarily to "challenge myself" from time to time with street and environmental photography.

It's great to have choices / options.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Convertible tripod/monopod options
« on: April 11, 2014, 10:29:40 AM »
Although it exceeds your stated price cap, I'd recommend that you check out the Oben CT-3461:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/864561-REG/oben_ct_3461_be_117t_4_section_foldable_carbon.html

I bought a predecessor (Oben CT-3410) to this model 16 months ago, when it went on sale for $280 (regularly $399). I use it when hiking, and have been very pleased with its performance, light weight and small size when folded down. The ability to convert to a monopod was a big selling feature, even though I've only used it a couple of times -- it's great to have the flexibility when you need it.

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Lighting / Re: Reasons to get a ST-E3-RT?
« on: April 07, 2014, 11:20:31 PM »
Without AF assist ST-e3 is useless for me. Don't see any reason to buy it.

Same here. I have 4 600's, because I do fair amount of in-studio portraiture with two lights on the subject and one on the background. (The 4th 600 is the non-firing master.) That said, the camera / master flash are tripod-mounted, so weight and balance are non-issues.

I would only consider purchasing an ST-E3-RT if I could get it for a "steal."

Then why is your studio so dark AF doesn't work? There is absolutely no need for that what so ever...

Really? How can you know that? Do you say "always" and "never" much?

I could possibly AF with the ST-E3-RT in the studio in question. But I chose to spend the extra $$ for a 4th 600, instead, to have the AF assist when needed, as well as the additional versatility of a 4th flash.

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Lighting / Re: Reasons to get a ST-E3-RT?
« on: April 07, 2014, 03:17:53 PM »
Without AF assist ST-e3 is useless for me. Don't see any reason to buy it.

Same here. I have 4 600's, because I do fair amount of in-studio portraiture with two lights on the subject and one on the background. (The 4th 600 is the non-firing master.) That said, the camera / master flash are tripod-mounted, so weight and balance are non-issues.

I would only consider purchasing an ST-E3-RT if I could get it for a "steal."

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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 06, 2014, 07:08:08 PM »
Dustin Abbott rightly pointed out that the original pricing of the 35 IS by Canon was clearly off.

I've seen many comments in this review, these postings and others that Canon missed the mark with its premier pricing of this lens (and others), and quite frankly, I find it a little maddening.

I don't blame manufacturers for pricing any new product as high as they think they can get away with. As the old saying goes, "whatever the market will bear." They have their own price sensitivity models, and only they know how many they have to sell, at what price, and how quickly, to recover their R&D investments.

They can always drop the price later, as Canon has done with this product, once they've reaped the purchases of all the early adopters who are willing to pay the premium, whatever their rationale / justification.

This will probably be my next lens purchase. I wish I had picked one up during one of the recent sales; the ~ $50 discount would have paid for the lens hood.

Each new lens announcement (I'm looking forward to the 50/1.x-2.x IS and the 100-400 II) will take us on the high price ride all over again.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How to Annoy a Photography Snob
« on: April 04, 2014, 10:11:49 AM »
(I saw an "pro" once...shooting a wedding in jpeg...I just HAD to wonder how the detail looked in the bride's dress..my thought was..."why buy a 5dIII to shoot jpegs...wouldn't the Rebel have sufficed?..I guess it only mattered to me.. So I think that makes me a snob....oh well....8).).

Just curious ... how did you know he was shooting in JPEG mode?

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Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway
« on: March 24, 2014, 10:17:49 PM »
Copy-pasted from the other (new) giveaway thread (congrats, Jon Austin!):

Thanks, sagittariansrock. I would just like to note that the giveaway I entered was much like the current one: entering my e-mail address, with more chances from Twitter & Facebook entries, etc. I didn't take any photos of my gear for the contest I entered. Might there have been two contests at around the same time?

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Contests / Re: Gura Gear Uinta Bag System Giveaway
« on: March 24, 2014, 09:20:18 PM »
Of course, I'd still look to hear who were the winners from their last contest.
Entered, but the previous contest has left me speculating. The administrator never even responds to the people wondering who won the prize, so...

I won a Chobe 19-24L (with the photo gear insert) during the last CR Gura Gear giveaway. I don't recall the exact date (mid-December, maybe), but the package had to pass through UPS' Dallas (Mesquite), TX hub, which was shut down due to weather, and so lots of deliveries were delayed for more than a week.

Anyway, Braden Thompson of Gura Gear contacted me by e-mail when I won, confirmed my shipping address, and provided the UPS tracking number. All very professional and efficient.

As for the bag itself, it's a great little day / overnight kit, very flexible & configurable, well-made & stylish. My main wish is that the dual zippers that open the top would unzip all the way down the sides of the bag to its base / bottom, so that the top would open more fully. As it is, it's a little difficult to access gear in the photo insert and to remove the insert when not needed. Also, it would be nice if there was a "wrap-around" for the handles to keep them together. Note that the bag has to be in its expanded (24L) configuration, in order to accept the photo insert.

I've entered this contest as well, although I'm sure my odds of winning again are very small. But I won't hesitate to consider Gura Gear products, the next time I'm in the market.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: When can we drop 'D' for 'Digital'
« on: March 24, 2014, 09:38:12 AM »
Don't worry about it... mirrorless will arrive soon and we can really have a digital camera.... get rid of the moving shutter and flapping mirror...

 ??? But mirrorless has already arrived ...

I'm not a fan of mirrorless (particularly the EVFs), but I'm not hating on them, either. I personally hope that DSLRs survive as a product category for the foreseeable future.

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Lenses / Re: sorry i have to ask....
« on: March 22, 2014, 12:26:23 PM »
... the 35 IS is probably the next lens I'll buy.

Same here.

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Lenses / Re: sorry i have to ask....
« on: March 19, 2014, 12:34:09 PM »
For most mid-range enthusiasts, the 24-105 has been a great lens.  It is likely most folks 1st L lens with good reason.  Why doesn't Canon improve that lens after all this time?  Seems like it would sell well for them.
There are plenty of lenses in the Canon line-up whose designs are much older than the 24-105's. I'm sure that a lot more than design age figures into which models Canon updates or replaces (market size, margin opportunity, revenue & profit forecasts, etc.)

I'd like a 150-450mm f/4-5/6L IS. (Or at least 200-400.)

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This is a Vello Tripod Collar (Ring D) for Canon EF 100 mm f/2.8 L IS lens ... I bought this 2 years, for US$49, ago when it was first released  ... at that time the original Canon version was around US$185, even now the original version costs US$172.
The Vello version is identical to the original canon version ... it is made of quality material, very sturdy and works perfectly.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/822983-REG/Vello_TC_DB_Tripod_Collar_D_Black.html

The one I got was from iShoot. $15 with free shipping on ebay.

I bought my copy of the Vello collar for the 100L macro from B&H in December 2012 for $35; less than Rienzphotoz paid, but as he wrote, it had just been released when he bought. (Interested that it's back up to $50 now!) Fifteen bucks much better still, and no doubt the iShoot and Vello versions are identical, save for the logo printing on the base. Any of these prices are great bargains compared to Canon's version.

The balance is very good with the Vello tripod collar which I've tried on 7D, 60D, 5D MK III & 70D ... but if one is only going to do landscape oriented shots than I do not see any reason for this tripod collar on the any of the cameras I've mentioned here (it might better for smaller DSLRs) ... but it is absolutely invaluable to quickly change the orientation from landscape to portrait mode, especially during macro photography.

I've only used the Vello collar with a 5DI and 5DIII (both with grips), for portrait shoots (in portrait orientation, of course!), and have been completely satisfied with all aspects of its use. I rarely take it off the lens.

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By far - the most important accessory for photographers who use lighting is the most professional extension cords you can get. The thicker the better because you might have only ONE socket. Also, get a companion power strip.

At Home Depot there are power cords and strips that have LED's in the plugs that let you know they're running juice. If you're going out on a job, keep one of these in your cars or trucks, period. Don't leave home with out 'em.

+1

I do an extended portrait shoot (yearbook) every year in an old school building with few available outlets. I have a 12A extension cord paired with a triple tap that has a clear plastic head with an embedded LED. I can always tell quickly when I lose juice whether the cause is a the device's power adapter or the power source.

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I'd guess they eliminated 2/3 of their potential customers when they decided to go without IS on the new 24-70.

I don't have access to Canon's market research or sales figures, but I'm not sure that's true. I would imagine that a lot of buyers would have liked to have IS, had it been included, but wanted the highest quality zoom in this FL range, regardless.

I wonder if there are more bashers who rant that Canon should not have released the 24-70 II without IS, or more buyers who claim it doesn't need IS, in order to defend / rationalize their purchase decisions.

Either way, it is what it is. Buy it or don't. But it's always nice to see lower prices on top-quality gear!

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