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Software & Accessories / Re: Inconspicuous Messenger Bag
« on: June 21, 2014, 01:25:07 PM »
I was looking for a shooting bag, to carry one or two lenses, and the body.  I also was traveling to Europe, and wanted something that did not have a logo that attracted any attention.  I found nothing that fit my specs in this aspect.  So, I decided to make my own.  I checked a military surplus store in the French Quarter, in New Orleans.  I found a military messenger bag, with large pockets, and a large flap that covered the top and all the way down the side of the bag, hiding the pockets.  I bought a sheet of foam and cut it match the body, and mounted Canon EF 70-200 f4L IS USM lens, but made the cut off center.  I then cut a second two inches from the first, to accommodate
my Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 VC USD lens.  I sprayed the internal 3 sides of the bag with contact cement, and installed the foam, leaving one side of the bag not glued to the foam.  This allowed a body with grip, and larger diameter lenses.  I also ran a 2 inch wide strip of Velcro, on the flap, and matched it on the pockets.  I stitched a length of aircraft control cable in the cloth strap, and crimped it to the mounting hardware on the bag.  This made the shoulder strap not cut able with a razor knife.  I have made several trips to Europe, South America, and other cities in the U.S. with this bag.  It is very inconspicuous, and can be found in many form of camo, desert, jungle, mountain, and snow.  The fabric is treated for moisture, mildew and very hard to penetrate with
a knife, and even ice pick.  The only draw back is the carry strap is not adjustable even before the modification.  You could remove the strap by cutting it off the D-rings, and installing a adjustable bag strap.  Getting the camera and lens out of the bag is easy if you wear the flap away from your body, just lift it up and draw out the camera, and attached lens.  This bag system does not advertise a camera is present, it just looks like a cloth brief case.   

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Sensor Technology Talk [CR1]
« on: May 02, 2014, 01:14:44 PM »
The very last real input for the new version of the 7D II was that Canon was having problems with manufacturing the new sensor for the 7D II.  From then, nothing.  There is no need to further discuss this new cameras engineering.  The discussion should focus on production problems. 

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Canon General / Re: Insurance for Camera gear
« on: April 17, 2014, 08:13:00 PM »
I would look at Worth Ave Group, for insuring electronic, and camera gear.  You don't buy the insurance by the gear, but by a value.  I took out a policy for $20,000 worth of gear, and equipment.  It not also includes all my cameras, lenses but also laptops, smart TV, cell phones.  To make a claim you must prove ownership by receipt from where you purchased the equipment.  The policy includes all types of losses, from dropping, water, thieft, (police report required)  Keep in mind any insurance connected to your homeowners policy will count as a claim against your homeowners, and could raise your over all rate. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: sotchi - canon prototypes
« on: February 18, 2014, 12:34:39 AM »
Tonight during the skating even where the Americans won Gold, I noticed a white lens, on a un-named body.  I record the events, so I took a closer look, and the "Canon" logo was completely blocked out.  It may have been a 7DII, since the skating even is fast, and a fast frame per second would be used. 

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Lenses / Re: Lens filters or not?
« on: February 17, 2014, 12:03:19 AM »
I was on Cocoa Beach two years ago with a shooting buddy, (shoots Nikon)  We were taking some shots of seagulls taking to flight.  I was using my 7D paired to my 70-200 lens.  The friend was using his new $2100 Nikcor lens.  We were set to shoot the flock, as the took to air, they lightened their load and crapped on us.  My Canon lens got hit, but the friends lens was covered on the outer element.  I removed my filter and cleaned it and went back to shooting.  The friend had a real problem, seems the high acid in the gull crap ate away the outer coating on the lens.  But, only in spots.  After got it back to the motel, and took some photos it was plain to see the effect of the coating on the outer element.  Buy either a UV filter, or clear glass in filter ring, and cover your outer element.  You can remove it when shooting with a CP filter to prevent possible vignetting.  I did get tree sap on my EF 100mm f2.8L IS USM Macro it was on the outer element, but came off quickly, and cleanly.  I was shooting a bug in a orange tree in the backyard.  Thank goodness for Zeiss wipes.

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Lenses / Re: Get a 300mm or 600mm? Oh the agony...
« on: February 16, 2014, 11:47:15 PM »
You have been following the Canon path to bankruptcy.  There is another path, take a look at the Tamron SP 150-600 VC USM lens.  I have seen many shots taken with this lens, some by myself, and others, they are stellar.  Canon made a deal with Tamron to release the specs. for the Canon lenses, in turn Tamron had to release the first batch of lenses only with Canon mounts.  Check it out you will definitely be surprised, with build quality, and glass. 

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Lenses / Re: Which wide-angle lens to hire?
« on: February 16, 2014, 11:38:39 PM »
At night you will not need any filters.  A CP would cost you about 2 stops, in the late evening that could be a deal breaker.  Just use your lens bare.  If the sky washes out just fix it Post. 

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Lenses / Re: Who can clean and repair an old 28-70 2.8?
« on: February 16, 2014, 11:33:30 PM »
Since my last post, I found a guy on another forum who specializes in only lens repair.  Since my lens is actually not of "L" quality, but just a EF lens, he suggested when the lens does fail, just toss it.  Why, the parts are not available from Canon, and he would have to research where to get the parts, the parts would be from a used lens. The cost of all this would more than pay for a new lens.  So, I bought a new Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 VC USM lens.  Great lens, fast focus, and about twice or more the weight and much faster.  It keeps up with the focus speed of the 7D. 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« on: February 16, 2014, 11:17:33 PM »
I've been shooting this lens for the last 21 days since I got the lens.  I'm very satisfied with the lens itself, but I had a terrible finding a case for it.  I finally found the Lowe pro case that fit.  I also own the Tamron Sp 200-500mm, it came with a padded case.  I was a little disappointed Think Tank does not have a case large enough for this lens.  I did do a test shoot, with Tamron using a 1.4 Converter by Kenko, and a 2X by Tamron.  On the 2X I lost AF, but had slow focus on the 1.4 extender.  Actually, it what I expected  on my 7D.   

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Third Party Manufacturers / New Tamron 150-500, Tamron 150-600
« on: November 07, 2013, 12:57:53 PM »
I have been keeping up with this new lens, and see the new model will have V.C. (IS) and a faster, quieter focus motor.  These are the things we have been looking for in the new zooms.  Has anyone have a handle on what the pricing will be like?  I'm thinking it will be more than the old SP 200-500, (under $1000)  but less than $1800.00 hopefully. 

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Lenses / Re: 17-40 f4 L discontinued???????
« on: May 12, 2013, 07:36:33 PM »
Hi All,  If you look at all the other Canon "L" products you will notice all the prices are above $1000.00 or more.  The Canon EF 17-40mm f4L is priced at $839.00
Canon may want to make few more American dollars, add IS, and raise the price to $14-1500.00.  My two cents.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 2.8 ll or 20-60 2.8 mark 1 ?
« on: May 12, 2013, 07:28:15 PM »
Canon has been in this water before.  Canon introduced a Canon EF 28-70mm f3.5-4.5 usm.  The introduction date was back in the mid 80s.  I own one of these lenses, it works fine after all these
years.  Although the images are a little soft at 70mm.  Now they filled the gap with another "L" f4 lens, priced at $1400.00.  I'm wondering what plans they have for the EF 24-105 f4L USM.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70d out in time?
« on: May 06, 2013, 12:19:50 AM »
IThe amount that I want to spend is tentatively $2000, but I could see myself selling the Tamron, and forking up a little bit more to get a 6D w/ 24-105mm f/4 IS, but then again, I don't know if I could justify the price for essentially a "first-time" DSLR. The GPS feature will be great for traveling being that I will be in 7 different countries while I am in Europe.

this is the best option in my opinion

the tamron 18-270 is possibly one of the very worst lenses ever made by anyone

even though you have the 50 1.8 I would still recomend the 40mm pancake on the 6D just because that lens on a high iso FF camera is such a nice light walk around combo that would be prefectly suited for travel and 50mm can be a little tight also you need to stop the 50mm 1.8 down to around 2.2 anyway

The OP said he is going to buy a 6D, this is a full frame camera.  The Tamron 18-270 will not work on the FF body.  For Full Frame bodies like the 6D he should be looking at the Tamron 28-300mm XR  Di VG, This combo would make a excellent walk-around lens for European travel.  I would also take a ultra wide angle too.  I think a Canon EF 16-35mm 2.8L II would be great.  The building are so close together, and close across from each other a ultra wide is needed to get good shots.  Like the plaza in Rome with Trevli Fountain is very tight with close in buildings all around. 

I did see an ad for the 6D at a ebay store for about $1500, body only.  They also have a new 7D for $859, but this is a crop sensor, and the Tamron 18-270mm will work fine with this camera.  I own a 18-270 and it is a great walk-around lens, for Europe, I would get a Canon EF-S 10-22mm for those close in shots. 

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SO, hey hey gearheads, I can't think of a better place to ask this question.  As most of you know, I shoot mostly weddings and portraits.  One of the little things I'd like to improve on are ring shots.  It's not that I don't like the shots that I am getting, but, I'd love to get in a little closer and the only lens I have that allows for really close focusing is the 16-35, which while it can get close, even at 35mm it's not as tight and DOF with that is not to my liking.  I enjoy using the 50, 85 and 70-200 for that, but with the minimum focusing distance it requires a big crop to get the desired shot.

SO that leads to options.  And I am not sure which way to go, and given the very limited use I'm seeking to fill, not sure I want to spend a ton of $$$. 

Lenses:

100 2.8
100L 2.8
180L 3.5

or, I could go with an extension tube ---what are your thoughts on extension tubes?  They are a fairly cheap fix which would get me in a bit closer, and I'd be able to use those on all my longer lenses. 

Another option is the http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/87494-REG/Canon_2822A001_58mm_500D_Close_up_Lens.html

That one in particular is would fit my 85 1.8 --- its the cheapest option by far, but, again I have to wonder if that's enough.  Do I need the versatility of the extension tube?  Or, should I bag all of those ideas and snag one of the above mentioned lenses (I see the 180 macro used all the time on B&H...and I have heard that the 100L is also good for portraits...but, with a 85 1.8 and the 70-200, would I really use a 100 macro for portraits???????)

Again, it's not like I plan on diving into the insect world (yeah, of course once I can I probably will, but thats not the main idea here).  Pretty much just wanting a way to get tighter shots of wedding rings, and looking to do so without  spending an arm and a leg (I'd much rather snag a 135L than a macro lens..)

On the other end of things...I am considering a 2x teleconverter too.  I have heard much more about those though...

I would ask the same question on the macro section of the forum "Ugly Hedgehog.com"  There are different setups people use on the forum.  The macro forum is moderated by a real pro macro photographer.  You can get lens help, lighting help, equipment help, all by qualified macro users.

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Lenses / Re: Who can clean and repair an old 28-70 2.8?
« on: April 27, 2013, 04:17:54 PM »
I have a 28-70 2.8 that is likely close to 15 years old. Looking through it now is almost like looking through fog.
It's still usable, and AF operates normally, but besides the fog issues I don't feel the images produced are tack sharp.
I would like to get it cleaned, checked, and calibrated and if possible be put back in serviceable condition.
Canon no longer offers support for this older model lens.
Anyone here know of a shop that can get this lens back to decent shape?

I own a EF 28-70mm f3.5-4.5 usm.  Canon told me the lens was about 20 years old.  Everything on the lens works. The only problem is the AF it seems to be "soft".  I spoke to two repair companies, and Canon, all say they cannot get the parts.  Even using manual focus it still looks "soft" they suggest I dispose of the lens, not worth trying to fix it.

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