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Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 09:26:30 AM »
Some good options listed above.

I'll +1 the suggestion to not buy anything and simply wrap up a picture of a camera+lens and tell her to consider it a voucher for anything up to $xxxx.  This is what my wife did when she bought me a new TV.

Another option MIGHT be the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro.  It's not quite as long as what you're talking about but it's great for tight portraits in tight spaces (school) and it's fun for macro.

As for buying her another camera...  I agree that an upgrade from a 6 year old Rebel to a newer camera would be substantial (2 stop improvement in image quality) but ergonomics are SO important, especially to someone who's been using a DSLR for a LONG time and is comfortable with it.  She may consider the 70D to be a massive, unwieldy beast and absolutely hate it!  So again, I'd go back to the "voucher" idea.

Also consider an external flash if she doesn't have one.  For any size DSLR except maybe the SL1 or T5, the 430 EX II is a FANTASTIC solution.

Nearing the end here... shop around for the best prices.  Uses to determine where the best prices are and if available, use the "street price" option to get an even lower price.  And don't be afraid of refurbished gear directly from Canon.  I've purchased 4 lenses and a camera body from them and everything looks and functions like it's brand new and the warranty is exactly the same as a brand new product.  Canon often runs sales on their refurb gear that can save you an additional 10-20% off.

Finally, Adorama has the 70D + Pixma Pro 100 + photo paper + camera bag + memory card for $800.  Even if you don't want the extras, that's the cheapest price around on the camera body...

Lenses / Re: Deal on Sigma 50 1.4 Art gone already?
« on: November 21, 2014, 11:27:43 AM »
Missed it apparently. What was the deal?

Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2014, 03:22:02 PM »
Everyone get your credit cards ready for a $2,000 hit! Regardless of how good this lens is, it's about to make the Sigma look like a steal!

Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 06, 2014, 09:53:53 AM »
I'm actually looking forward to the used market of other telephoto zoom lenses.  I'd like to snag a 70-200 f/4 IS used and I could see that lens being one of many that end up being offered for sale more often than they are now due to the 100-400 L IS 2 coming out.

Most reviewers are declaring the 7DII the best APS-C camera made and noting that no one else has a camera that can compete against it.

Yeah, but that's only because the DxOMark Scores haven't come out yet.  Once that happens, all those 7DII reviewers will realize how foolish they look for touting a camera that scores no better than the 70D, and nearly the same as the original (now so dated as to be decrepit) 7D.  Heck, the D7100 gets a better Sports Score than the 7D(inosaur), I'm sure it'll beat the 7DII (no need to consider AF, fps or buffer for Sports, after all).

Reviewers will have egg on their face, and no one will buy the 7DII. 

 ::) ::) ::)

Neuro's tongue-in-cheek notwithstanding, I am curious to see the brouhaha that comes of DXO stating that Canon has (hypothetically) only improved one point over the 7D in their absurd rating system after 5 years of development.

There's already a thunderous din about how the 7D2 preliminarily appears to offer the same high ISO performance as the 70D, and only offers a stop better performance than the 7D (again: after five years).  I'm still waiting for the Carnathans of the world to demonstrate this more thoroughly, but if substantiated, I can only imagine the ruckus that will ensue across the world's photo forums.   :P

There's so much more to a camera than a sensor, but it is our favorite thing to obsess about, isn't it?

- A

I'm sure DxO is looking forward to it as well.  MORE TRAFFIC!!!!  (to their already abysmally slow website)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Continue Using Canon Sensors in DSLRs
« on: November 03, 2014, 12:55:29 PM »
While DR limitations don't really bother me, low ISO noise does (and obviously the two are related).  When I read the headline I thought to myself... "Canon gonna Canon".  For those who don't know, that's a take off on "haters gonna hate" which is a way for people to say "it doesn't really matter what others [haters] say that's negative, because all they do is spew negativity". 

It doesn't really matter what everyone says about Canon and their low ISO noise, Canon is going to keep doing what they're doing...

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Refurb 70D + 18-135mm IS STM for $815
« on: October 31, 2014, 04:09:19 PM »
My $811.48 70D +18-135 STM shipped yesterday and will be here Monday. Already have my current 70D body (with 2 months of warranty left) on Craigslist. Would be nice to sell it over the weekend and hopefully get around $800 for it. That'll net me 10 more months of warranty (actually 22 since my credit card doubles it) and the lens for free. Not bad!

When did you submit the order?

I placed mine Wednesday evening and haven't heard a peep. Not that that is super long or anything.

BTW, I envy your tax rate. Better than out here in Commifornia.

I noticed in your post following the one I quoted that you received your shipping confirmation but I thought I'd toss the info out there anyway.  I received my order confirmation email on Wednesday the 29th at 9:39 PM EST.  I received the shipping confirmation less than 24 hours later at 6:17 PM.

I consider myself EXTREMELY lucky right now.  This is the second AWESOME deal I've managed to snag through the refurb store.  The first was the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM for $232.83.  Canon made an error on their site listing that lens but putting up the price of the EF 35mm f/2 (non-IS, non-USM).  When I received the older version of the lens, I called and they told me to ship it back and that they'd honor the order when the 35mm f/2 IS USM refurbished came in stock.  I had to wait several months but I eventually got it at that price :-)

So I've managed to get the 70D, 18-135 IS STM, and 35 f/2 IS USM for $1044.  That's pretty insane :-)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Refurb 70D + 18-135mm IS STM for $815
« on: October 31, 2014, 12:57:36 PM »
My $811.48 70D +18-135 STM shipped yesterday and will be here Monday. Already have my current 70D body (with 2 months of warranty left) on Craigslist. Would be nice to sell it over the weekend and hopefully get around $800 for it. That'll net me 10 more months of warranty (actually 22 since my credit card doubles it) and the lens for free. Not bad!

Lenses / Re: DO you correct lens vignetting when sot wide open??
« on: October 30, 2014, 09:08:27 AM »
Usually not. I feel like vignetting adds to most portraits rather than detracts from them. In fact, I often add additional vignetting on top of the natural vignette.
However, occasionally I will correct for it, especially if I crop and that crop makes the vignetting asymmetrical and obvious.
For me, it's a "usually not but I'm not opposed to it if the image calls for it" situation.

Software & Accessories / Re: Free DxO Optics Pro 8
« on: October 26, 2014, 09:40:42 PM »
Just curious to know if anyone has compared the results obtained from this software to Canon's DPP with the DLO module?

EOS Bodies / Re: 4K Products Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 23, 2014, 06:00:18 PM »
Well, the frequency with which Canon customers or potential customers complain about Canon "crippling" or otherwise shortchanging their products is a clear indication that they want more for every dollar. Canon hasn't thus far been willing to respond to all those demands for more/dollar...until they do, your going to keep hearing people complain.

It's become a simple fact that you can often get a LOT more value with other brands than with Canon. That's not to say that Canon doesn't make a good product...but their products are increasingly not providing what their customers demand. Some simply jump to another brand or add another brand to their kit. Others complain. Hopefully Canon will change in 2015 and actually start delivering.

Those are the ones Canon will actually listen to.  Canon listens to dollars, no vents :-)

EOS Bodies / Re: 4K Products Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 23, 2014, 05:19:19 PM »
This is SO exciting!! Not because I give a s*** about 4k but because I hate listening to people whine about features they want not being included. Also... I hate the word "crippling" when it comes to camera features. So whatever achieves less of both of those scenarios... I'm all for!

Galaxy S4. I rarely use the camera for anything that matters. I often use it to send images to my wife rather than texting details. For instance if I'm at the grocery store and want to see if she wants to try the newest gluten free dairy free whatever (she can't eat either unfortunately), I'll take a picture and send it to her.
If I know I'm going to take a picture that matters and want to be able to send it via phone, I use my 70D and transfer the image to my phone via wifi.
Where the camera is handy is for video and specifically, uploading video to YouTube to share right away. The 70D can't transfer movies via wifi so the phone is the only choice.
In general, I'm happy with the performance of the camera phone because I rarely use it and I also understand... It's a camera phone.

Post Processing / Re: Fast editing of RAWs to "camera like" Jpegs
« on: October 04, 2014, 07:11:30 AM »
Try DPP.  It loads the RAW files with all of the in-camera settings so if you decide not to edit an image in any way, all you have to do is convert it to JPG.  If you have many that you want to convert, highlight all of the ones you want and then click "batch process".  You can either save them in the same folder or designate a different folder.

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