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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Cyber Monday Roundup - Continually Updated
« on: December 01, 2013, 07:35:45 PM »


Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II via B&H Photo $1899</a> (Reg. $2499) after Mail-in Rebate


The rebate is for $300 which would make the lens $2199. Is there another rebate somewhere to get t down to $1899?

It's $2099 when you add to the cart, with MIR, it's $1899


Amazon has the EF 100mm f/2.8L for $875. Now subtract the $150 rebate that comes to $725!  (I'm assuming the rebate is applicable -- no experience there.)

Just bought it  ;D  I dealt with Canon rebates before, and I read the fineprint on this one. It's applicable. PLUS, you get 4% back from amazon. Good deal if there ever was one.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 16-35 II f/2.8L AND/OR Canon 14mm II f/2.8
« on: September 20, 2013, 10:06:27 AM »
I use both focal lengths, 14mm and 16-35mm. BUT I have the Samyang 14mm, and it does everything I need from that FL: Night sky, wacky landscapes, comical people.

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Suggestions, since you're new to this:

1) You are not going to be able to tell by looking at the LCD in pitch black if the exposure is right.  I recommend you ISO-bracket your every shot. Don't be afraid to go high.

2) You already know maxshutterspeed=600/FocalLength.  At 14mm, you still don't want to go above 30s, or some stars will trail (those that are far from polaris). This is what you should use the LCD for, checking for trails.

3) Head lamps rule. Esp. those with red night lights.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: September 12, 2013, 10:42:20 AM »
You can find it new @ $299 most of the time. But both accuracy and precision of the AF is rather unbearable.   I sold mine and switched to Canon 85 1.8 and Sigma 35 1.4 combo.

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EOS Bodies / Re: AF "Cases" for use with Dance Photography
« on: May 07, 2013, 01:35:43 PM »
I shoot dancers all the time.  For "decent" light like you mentioned, AIservo default setting will be just fine.  I'd use M mode, +1/3 exposure compensation, max aperture, shutter speeds < 1/80 depending on your lens and the movement speed, and auto ISO.

In low light, I use one shot instead of servo.  I had more keepers that way for some reason.

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This thread is depressing...  I was just thinking about buying one as well.
What to buy then?

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Canon General / Re: reputable insurance company for camera gear
« on: February 14, 2013, 09:04:10 PM »
I, too, am looking for similar photo equipment insurance in the U.S., which potentially covers international travel for theft/damage.
OP mentioned not homeowners...  I don't have home/renters insurance either.

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Lenses / Re: Advice..what lens
« on: January 25, 2013, 11:59:48 AM »
24-105mm kit lens.  It's really cheap when you buy in kit with the body (as cheap as $499).  And really really good!

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Lenses / Re: What nd filter density (combinations) do you use?
« on: January 24, 2013, 09:56:27 AM »
If I had to choose only 1, I would buy +10.  But 10/3 combo really covers everything as mentioned above. I use Lee Filter system, high quality & convenient to use.

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Software & Accessories / Re: RAW Processing and what the hell is a DNG
« on: January 23, 2013, 12:00:16 PM »
I've seen people converting to DNG rather than process the raw files but I don't know why?

The videos are explanatory.  The advantages of DNG are minuscule, the disadvantages are huge (to me).  I don't recommend it.  Reasons: 1) Backups.  Lightroom saves metadata in the DNG file.  So with any change in LR, you actually change the file.  There is no option to save xmp sidecars next to DNGs as you can do with raw files.  This creates a back up nightmare.  2) Data.  Adobe says it's a lossless conversion.  Do you believe it?  I'd rather always have the raw data and not risk any adobe conversion artefacts to save a few megabytes.

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Lighting / Re: Buying Yongnuo Flash
« on: January 23, 2013, 11:49:24 AM »
That S2 mode is unreliable.  On my YN-560 it doesn't work with preflashes from Canon60D (meaning the slave goes off anyway).  Turn off preflashes, and optical slave works just fine up to 1/160 shutter speed on my 5D3.  1/200 has sync issues, no big deal really. 

I like my YN-560s.  No need to buy II either, they are the same. For $50, no brainer.  I have Canon 580EX II for ETTTL, but I hardly ever use it.

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Lenses / Re: CPL + Wide Angle = Sadness
« on: January 22, 2013, 01:24:45 PM »
The solution I employ:  Don't use CPL at UWA for the purpose of saturating the sky.  Use it to reduce reflections from leaves, rocks, water, and to bring out details from distant objects.  For the sky, either use GND filter or take multiple exposures and blend in post.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ISO 50
« on: January 21, 2013, 02:27:57 PM »
Long thread, but clear and informative.  Thanks guys!

Take home message:  No need to use ISO50, ever ;)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ISO 50
« on: January 19, 2013, 02:29:54 PM »
Exactly.  There's no real benefit to ISO 50, except perhaps convenience if you're shooting in Av mode and want a stop slower shutter speed.  But if a highlight would be blown at ISO 100 with a given aperture/shutter combo, it'll be just as blown at ISO 50.

Let's say I have a "right exposed" image at ISO 100, and I go down to ISO 50 in AV mode.  Shutter speed doubles.  If the sensor was acting as if at ISO 100, it would saturate at the longer exposure and I would get blown out highlights at 50 (maybe more towards gray than white), but not at 100.  I'm not entirely convinced this is how it works.  I wish I knew where and how the expansion is executed in the camera. 

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