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Canon General / Re: How do you sell your gear?
« on: October 04, 2012, 10:42:58 AM »
I just sold a 24-105, 430EXII, Sigma 50mm 1.4, and a new Xbox 360 (bought with credit card points that were going to expire) in less than a week on Kijiji, CL, and a local forum.  All cash deals where I met the buyer at a neutral location.  Check market value and make sure you're not expecting too much for what you're selling.  Also, indicate in your ad that you will not be responding to lowball offers. 

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Canon General / Re: How do you sell your gear?
« on: September 20, 2012, 02:23:21 PM »
I sold a 7D, Sigma 30mm 1.4, and Tamron 17-50mm VC, in less than a week on CL when I upgraded to my now dead :'( 5D Mark II.  I was amazed how easy it was to sell camera equipment and how many legit offers I received.

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Technical Support / Re: 5D Mark II Won't Turn On
« on: September 08, 2012, 09:46:59 AM »
Thanks Mt Spokane Photography but it doesn't seem to be that.  I guess I'll just have to send it in and hope it's nothing major.  Not too pleased about the 5D quality thus far.

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Technical Support / 5D Mark II Won't Turn On
« on: September 05, 2012, 07:47:28 PM »
EDIT: Won't be able to take it in for a couple of days so I've added a pic of what the LCD looks like.  Maybe someone else has seen this.  The last pic taken before it tanked came out as a mess of purple and pink horizontal lines.  My wife said the shutter made a strange sound and that was it.  I was able to copy everything off the CF card through USB on the camera, so that seems to be working.

My wife contacted Canon Japan and they said they've never heard of these symptoms....argh!   I baby my equipment never exposing it to heavy dust, temps, rain, or the mischievous hands of a 2 year old.  What the hell man?!?   


To anyone who can help me before I take this thing in for service...

I have a 5D Mark II I purchased in Japan back in mid-March and it decided to die on me on Labour Day.  I used it for my daughter's birthday over the weekend taking about 500 shots and had 0 issues.  I pulled it out on Monday, put the 430 EXII on, gave it to my wife to take some pics of the kids outside, and it died after one shot. 

Since then I've:

- pulled the battery and fully charged it
- did the pull everything method (clock battery, main battery, lens, CF card) for over 2 hours
- bought a new clock battery
- checked and cleaned the various power connecters

Nothing has worked.

It's very strange because the rear LCD backlight is powering up but only showing extremely faint horizonantal lines on a black screen.  The autofocus system and top LCD are completely dead.  The rear red light is flashing when the CF card is put in.

What could this be?  Has something come loose inside the camera?  Any suggestions are appreciated.  Thanks! 

 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D & 3D Prediction from Japan
« on: June 04, 2012, 12:00:21 PM »
It's talking about how it will keep the compact body/build style of the 7D but will add the flip out screen with live view as a major selling point. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D mk II still a viable option?
« on: May 29, 2012, 09:34:40 AM »
I had a 7D for a year and ended up selling it for the 5D MkII...couldn't be happier with my purchase.  As many have said, the image quality really is night and day.  And in regards to the 5D MkII shortcomings, the AF is simple but I can still get great looking action shots of my 20 month old.

As for the 24-105 question, I think it's a great buy with the 5D kit and I love the lens for outdoor pics and parties using a flash.  Combine it with a Canon 50mm 1.4/1.8 or Sigma 50mm 1.4 (amazing lens for the money) and you've got a nice little setup.   

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Lenses / Re: Lens of toddler stills and video
« on: May 22, 2012, 10:30:53 AM »
I use a Sigma 50mm 1.4 and the 24-105L on my 5D Mk2 for my 20 month old daughter.  Indoors the Sigma is awesome, although needs some pretty spot on focusing if you have it in the 1.4-2.0 range.  I almost always use a bounced 430EXII to help light her face due to the fact my house has a lot of darker areas.  Personally I find that if a flash is used properly it looks natural and gives you more flexibility when chasing a little one around.  The 24-105L has a nice range for outdoor shots and keeps up with the kids, plus it's pretty light.  It can also be used for the indoor stuff where you want a wider angle, but a flash makes it much more useful in this environment.   

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I'm a 5D Mark II shooter and love the IQ of Canon full-frame.  I've looked through countless real world shots of the 5D Mark III and D800 and for me the Canon provides a more pleasing image almost everytime.  Of course this is completely subjective, but I haven't been impressed with the "Nikon look" since my beloved D50.  I really wanted to like the D800 and considered switching based on specs and the fact that I'm not that invested in the Canon system; however, just can't get past Nikon colour and the different ergonomics.


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One more for Lightroom 4.  I find it much superior to anything else I've tried and the new Adobe Camera profile is awesome with my 5D Mark II.

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Software & Accessories / Re: PC or MAC
« on: December 21, 2011, 10:58:16 AM »
I've been a PC user for 20 years and have seen the ups and downs of all the various versions of Windows.  I build my own systems because I like the potential power available for the money and it's a lot of fun too.  I'm also a big fan of Windows 7.  Saying all this, I just bought an 11" Macbook Air and it is by far the best computer I've ever used.  The solid state drive combined with OSX Lion creates an incredibly smooth experience even though it's only running a low voltage i5.  I'm using Lightroom 3 processing 5D Mark II RAW files.  I used to hate OSX and what I saw as its limits, but the newer version seems to have answered all my complaints.  I'm getting a refurbed 27" Apple Cinema in a couple of days so will see how well the Macbook runs at 2560x1440. 

So, my advice to you is to get a Mac if you need a laptop.  Check the Apple Store for refurb deals.  Their refurbs are basically new machines with full warranty.

Oh...and another benefit of Mac is the resale value is far beyond anything I've seen in the PC world. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkII - 7D
« on: December 05, 2011, 10:42:43 PM »
I had a 7D for about 10 months and was never overly impressed with its performance.  I found the ISO performance to be somewhat subpar...usually pictures of my baby daughter around the house...and the colour was never quite right even after post processing.  Of course I did get some amazing pictures out of it (always shooting in RAW), but there were a whole pile of duds and I was never completely satisfied.  I recently sold the 7D and upgraded to the 5D Mark II and it's a night and day difference IMO.  Pictures have that "real" 35mm look and don't look like standard APS-C shots.  Don't know if it's psychosomatic but it makes me happier.  I'm completely sold on full-frame.

 

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Japan / Re: Buying new/second hand canon gear in Tokyo
« on: November 01, 2011, 09:13:58 AM »
Just as the OP stated, it's always good to check online prices.  Japanese online shopping is amazing, at least compared to the crap we have here Canada.  When I lived in Tokyo I used kakaku.com for almost everything.  You can even find some of the best prices from brick and mortar store if you feel more comfortable buying in person.  A lot of them are usually in Akiba anyways.  Yahoo Japan Shopping and Amazon Japan can be pretty good too.  Amazon Japan English is the easiest if you don't have Japanese skills and they'll take foreign credit cards online.

 


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