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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D II - what's inside?
« on: Today at 04:07:56 PM »
What people want in a 6D Mark II is a 4 year old 5D Mark III

With a sensor that is closer to mk4 than mk3 maybe

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5Ds or possible alternatives?
« on: Today at 03:14:12 PM »
I was watching a YouTube tutorial the other day on the topic of extending dynamic range. He did some demo of how to combine multiple shots into one image. You'd think he must be using a low DR camera like us. Well no. He uses nikon d810! So it doesn't matter even if mk4 could match d810. It's not going to produce what your eyes saw.

Having said that i had some experience with A7mk1, which doesn't have as high resolution as a7r but same dynamic range. It's true that a bit more detail can be pulled out of shadow but i wouldn't call the difference dramatic. I happen to like the color i get out of Canon's camera although i can't describe the difference in words.

I don't expect the mk4 to have drastic improvements in terms of dynamic range. I hope I'm wrong.

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So perhaps someone here can shed some light on this for me. Sorry this is kind of off topic but i'm still a bit worried.

Friday this seller had an additional $50 off the 5Diii if you use a coupon code. I exchanged emails with them and they cancelled my order so that I could reorder with the coupon code and receive the additional $50 off (kudos to them for that).
Nowhere does the order actually *say* cancelled tho.
PayPal says it took the money but I have yet to have the money taken out of my bank account. A client had just deposited $80 into my paypal an hour or so before which is now gone.
So again this was Friday and I haven't been charged from my bank. I pleaded with them for some sort of notice that it was cancelled as I don't have enough money in the bank account to be charged twice but got nothing back. The seller closes at 3:00pm EST and it was about 2:40pm.

Does anyone with more ebay/paypal experience than I know what is going on?
Again I apologize for this being so off topic even  tho it is *somewhat* on topic.
I'm pretty sure the first time I ordered it, I was charged immediately thru my bank.
halp

If you have a credit card on file as a secondary payment method with paypal, they should charge your credit card if there's not enough money in the bank account.

One time I got too excited and selected a wrong button and got charged my bank account instead of my credit card. I was overdrawn. However as soon as I found out, I deposited cash at the ATM immediately. It all happened within one business day of my purchase. I was not charged overdrawn fee. Interestingly, the item was already shipped as all this unfolded. But then again, I'm sure Paypal would have charged my secondary method of payment as soon as they found out there's not enough money in my bank account.

Next time you should use your credit card as your primary method of payment. It offers much better protection.

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Lenses / What's keeping IS from going beyond 4 stops compensation?
« on: February 28, 2015, 02:46:44 PM »
I'm not an engineer and I know little about how IS works. Just curious why the best IS can offer about 4 stops compensation and not more. 4 stops is nice but why can't it improve further?

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6D near $1000 was too much for me. I ordered one. 5D's price is also attractive, but I think I will save the money for the macro 100L.

I decided some years ago to lag behind the latest technology or latest model: car, laptops, TV, cameras, phones... Right now, owning an used 5D, and previously a 10d. I took really nice and sharp pictures in combination with a good copy (I think) of the 24-70L, but I know the limitations of these cameras. Hopefully, 6D will be a nice change for the next 5 years, hehehe. If I was able to survive with the annoying auto focus of the 10d and 5d, I think I will survive with the 6D's auto focus (no sports, no professional...)

I'm trying to do the same. Try to be a late adopter. Makes little sense to pay premium for the latest.

6d AF is not as terrible as people say. Even the outer points are very useable. You'll be glad you picked up the 6D at a good price.

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Maybe the wording of gray market somehow suggests that there's something shady about the business? Maybe the word "unauthorized" makes people think there's something illegitimate? Would non-authorized sound a little better? As for gray market...maybe call it green for saving some green? Or maybe pick another cheerful color like orange, then people would have different association.

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Canon General / Re: Do More Mega Pixels translate in a richer photo?
« on: February 27, 2015, 04:00:30 PM »
I'd tell you that better post processing skill would give you very noticeable improvements. Much more so than a higher megapixel camera

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Still Live: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $1999
« on: February 27, 2015, 02:55:28 PM »

Look, each importer has their own policies. Nikon and a few others will not work on grey market cameras, even for money, at one stage Mamiya would not work on any camera they did not import...

Canon could change their policy at any point. They cracked down on minimum advertised price. If they wanted to they could make gray market sales less appealing. Nikon and others shows that there is precedent for that kind of policy.

I heard that these cameras, gray market or not, are indistinguishable. There's nothing on the camera that would indicate its origin of sale. You can tell canon that you got the camera as a gift and it's hard to imagine they won't service it just because they don't feel like doing it.

And buying from gray market is a much better option than getting a used one.

Er, they are apart from the serial numbers. Canon USA know which serial numbers are their cameras.

I doubt that. Even if true I'm willing to take my chance.

All my lenses are from authorized dealers just for the record. Bodies i dont care as much. Something's wrong? Just sell it.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Still Live: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $1999
« on: February 27, 2015, 02:22:42 PM »

Look, each importer has their own policies. Nikon and a few others will not work on grey market cameras, even for money, at one stage Mamiya would not work on any camera they did not import...

Canon could change their policy at any point. They cracked down on minimum advertised price. If they wanted to they could make gray market sales less appealing. Nikon and others shows that there is precedent for that kind of policy.

I heard that these cameras, gray market or not, are indistinguishable. There's nothing on the camera that would indicate its origin of sale. You can tell canon that you got the camera as a gift and it's hard to imagine they won't service it just because they don't feel like doing it.

And buying from gray market is a much better option than getting a used one.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Any way 5d3 goes UP when 5d4 announced?
« on: February 27, 2015, 08:20:05 AM »
I think the mk3 will continue to get cheaper up to a point. I think it's going to bottom out at around 18xx range. Mk4 will be great I'm sure. But it's also going to cost upward of 3400. I just don't believe the mk4 can be twice as good as the mk3. That's why i pulled the trigger last night. If the mk4 turns out to be a solid upgrade I'll again wait for the price to come down to at least 2500 before i'd even consider. 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $1999
« on: February 23, 2015, 03:46:17 PM »
I bought from them twice, once for the 24-105L and once for a Sony A7. After purchasing the a7 the price came down a lot, and they were kind enough to offer price adjustment. I'm happy with them and would buy from them again.

I'm considering the mk3 as well. But I'm afraid that when the mk4 comes out this year I might kick myself for the features I miss.

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EOS-M / Re: How usable is an EVF?
« on: February 11, 2015, 10:18:19 AM »
I have some experience with evf on a sony a7. It's a nice thing to have when the sun is bright. Also you can review pictures in the evf. Again, quite handy when ambient light is too bright to look at LCD.

In low light conditions evf is grainy and slow and to me useless. So evf has some pros and cons.

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Photography Technique / Re: The Southwest
« on: February 11, 2015, 09:07:33 AM »
I was in the Lower Antelope Canyon last year. Half way through the trip came a sand storm. The wind was blowing so hard that my face hurt. I was glad that I listened to some advice and bought a rain cover, which kept out the sand quite completely. Even if you don't run into a sand storm I'd still recommend using rain cover or at least a plastic bag. Better be safe than sorry.

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EOS-M / Re: Would you sacrifice smaller LCD screen for built in viewfinder?
« on: February 09, 2015, 01:48:18 PM »
To me the selling point of eos M is its compactness and compatibility with EF lenses. I don't want to see any significant changes to its size.

The original M has a fixed screen and is hard to see in bright sunlight but I suppose the newly designed tiltable screen may help a great deal.

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Lenses / Re: should i buy the 24-70 2.8 ii?
« on: February 09, 2015, 07:01:02 AM »
someone is selling the 24-70 f2.8 ii for 1450. Should i grab it or get the tamron version.

This is unusually low price. Be very careful that there may be a catch.

I think I've seen tamron going for $1100 brand new not too long ago.

Resale value of canon is generally higher. If you get the canon version for less than 1600, you should expect to sell at similar price or better in some cases. All you lose will be commission and shipping cost. And I see those as rental costs. This is how I see it.

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