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The link to the rebate form is incorrect. The correct rebate form is the one located two posts below, in the deal for the printer and paper alone: here.

I'm interested to hear your opinions on the IPS monitors from Monoprice for editing purposes. I have been pleased with the 27" version for (non-photo) work purposes, and it's hard to beat the price on a high-resolution monitor with good customer support. Supposedly they use LG panels (similar to the Apple displays) and are a US distributor with a good returns policy vs taking a risk on the Korean ebay sellers. 

See http://www.monoprice.com/Search?keyword=ips

Lenses / Re: What lens and hood combination is this?
« on: September 26, 2013, 02:40:06 PM »
Just guessing: he's not interested in the hood for shading purposes particularly, but is using it for impact protection (when retracted), and because of the specific test being done (testing circular polarizers) he wanted to have maximum easy access to the polarizer without the lens hood interfering, and the normal lens hood would have made it more difficult to reach the filter.

Pricewatch Deals / Monoprice deals on 27" and 30" IPS Monitors
« on: August 19, 2013, 05:34:56 PM »
Monoprice is currently having a 20%-off sale on all its 27" and 30" IPS monitors, using coupon BTSPER6 until 8/21/2013.

Using the coupon, you can get a 27" 2560x1440 (DVI-only) monitor for about $325 delivered, and a 30" 2560x1600 (DVI-only) monitor for about $575 delivered. They also have slightly more-expensive options with more connectivity.

See http://www.monoprice.com/products/search.asp?keyword=ips.

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, so if not, I apologize. Cheers.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M 22 pancake lens cap
« on: July 19, 2013, 03:24:48 AM »
I knew that the hood is included only in L lenses, but I did'nt imagine that there was no cap for the EF-M kit lenses.  :(
Thanks for sharing.   :)

I think you misunderstood - it comes with a lens cap, but the OP didn't like the thickness of the included lens cap for the small camera.

Third Party Manufacturers / Monoprice camera accessories
« on: July 02, 2013, 05:34:32 PM »
I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts (or better, experiences) about Monoprice's new (and apparently expanding) line of camera accessories. http://www.monoprice.com/products/department.asp?c_id=117

I have a very good impression of Monoprice generally and their customer service in particular. I don't think I'm going to be tempted by a $7 CPL, but their reflectors look nice, the center-pinch lens caps look as good as anyone else's, and I am thinking about being in the market for a tripod with a ball head.

I'm not currently in the market for a USB 3.0 card reader, but that's right up Monoprice's traditional alley, so I imagine it's hard to go too wrong on those for $11.

Anyway, I just thought I'd get some thoughts from those in the know.

Thanks in advance.

Lenses / Re: 17-40mm advice please!
« on: March 14, 2013, 04:17:36 PM »
Although the 17-55mm F2.8 IS is the full frame equivalent of 27-88mm F4 IS

The 17-40mm is 27-64mm F4 on crop

Just to avoid some confusion:
The 17-55mm f/2.8 IS is the full frame equivalent of 27-88mm f/4.5 IS.
The 17-40mm f/4 is equivalent to 27-64mm f/6.4 on crop.  ;)

You don't lose a stop and a half by cropping. You must mean 'as it pertains to DOF'. Just to avoid confusion.

Furthermore, I think this example can't be quite right for even DOF. Note that the o.p. says:
The 17-55 is the full frame equivalent of 27-88 f/4.5 IS; AND
the 17-40 f/4 is equivalent to 27-64mm f/6.4 on crop

but how can the equivalent f/stop for DOF purposes increase both when you move to full frame and when you move to crop? Or am I missing something?

What ones? the EX seem to promise fast Cycle times  while enloop say charged for a year. Other things to consider? please educate me as im going from throw always to 100% rechargeable.  about 64 batteries for PW's and 9 strobe


seems like a good price but what do I know.

At first blush, seems like a decent price, but after you add in $43 for shipping, not so much - you're looking at $3.73 a battery. One place I really like shopping for rechargeable batteries (and chargers), after Amazon, is Thomas Distributing. There, you can get a four-pack of the newest version (not XX) of Eneloops for about $10, or you can get Imedions (I have had a batch of these for a couple of years with no complaint, seem about equivalent to the Eneloops for low discharge), or several other brands. You can also pick up one of several fairly inexpensive chargers (I strongly recommend that you get one that charges individual cells individually instead of in pairs). Finally, it's one of a few sites that has real NiMh C and D cells instead of just using an adapter with a AA cell.

It's possible to qualify for free shipping there (I'm not sure of all the requirements, but for an overall lower price than your link, go for ANY low-dischcarge battery. There's nothing like being on a trip with regular old NiMh batteries only to discover they don't have charge left because you forgot to charge them within the past month.

Even if you end up finding a better price elsewhere, I find the organization of the Thomas Distributing site to be very good: for example, grouping all low-discharge AA cells together.

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