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Canon General / Re: When a Woman is Fed Up...
« on: July 28, 2014, 12:09:23 AM »
As much as this is a golden opportunity for some ghoulish more or less-humour, I'll simply opine that a divorce seems imminent.


...and after the divorce he lived happily ever after with his shiny new 1Dx and an assortment of Ls.

The end.

Think again. After alimony and child support... This guy will be spending nights gluing these pieces back together...

Canon General / Re: When a Woman is Fed Up...
« on: July 27, 2014, 11:05:46 PM »
Wow.... she must be a brute. 

I don't think the OP is lying. Also the sellers do sell iPad cases and so I don't think someone switched - simply, the wrong order was sent and the OP screwed up because of the delays and the seller behaved badly. Maybe someone somewhere ordered iPad cases and got a 6D + 24-105 and decided to keep it. But, not a scam.

The op states that the box he received was full of "empty" iPad cases. This implies that the seller shipped him a bunch of trash meant for the recycle bin. I simply don't believe the buyer is being fully truthful here. I'm even wondering if the buyer is trying to pull off his own scam.  None of it adds up.

How sure are you that it wasn't swapped during the reshipping?
That's pretty uncommon while the box of crap is a very common eBay scam.

I'm not convinced the OP is being honest about this (or that his "friend" who re-shipped didn't steal it.  While there are 338 negative ratings for this seller over the last 12 months there are over 24,000 positive ratings. 

I sell a ton on eBay and eBay has a system that is in favor of the buyer over the seller.  Had this been a legitimate case it would not have been decided in favor of the seller so quickly.  eBay would have asked for more information if the buyer hadn't provided all the necessary details. 

Also, the buyer did not report the case to ebay for 45 days after purchase.  Why so much time?  International shipping to anywhere in the world is 6-10 days.  Even if it goes to a friend first and than to the end buyer it should have been discovered and reported much sooner. 

Sorry... not buying into the sob story.

Hunts photo in mass is very good. Gary farber has been very helpful to me in the past. I've purchased a lot of gear there.

Lenses / Re: Buying a used lens from Adorama
« on: July 23, 2014, 05:20:32 PM »
I trust adorama and they stand behind their product. I wouldn't hesitate to work with them.

On this lens however id buy used from eBay or any photo forum without reservation.  You should be aware that this is one of the worst canon lenses for holding its value. No matter where you buy it or what you spend it will only be worth $550-650 range.  I'd cut to the chase and save some money on used. The market is flooded with mint condition copies if this lens at bargain bin prices.

Software & Accessories / Re: Rain protection for 5D3 and lens
« on: July 14, 2014, 06:43:07 PM »
OpTech is ok and nice to have as a backup.  Best I have ever used is Lenscoat.  Works great, durable, waterproof, access to the controls....

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 1.4x II vs EF 1.4x III
« on: July 13, 2014, 10:43:43 AM »
I plan to use the teleconverter on a 400mm f2.8L IS II and 1DX, 5DIII, etc.

I shoot a lot of sports, so fast and accurate focus is important. You don't often get a second chance. The speed and accuracy is supposed to favor the 1.4x III. I've seen the claims that it's faster, but no numbers to back them up and the 1.4x II works quite well.

For this particular application I am not too concerned about the corners. Sharper corners is better, but not a priority.

To my eyes, looking at the center and mid-frame, this comparison on tdp favors the 1.4x II, but they are close. Unfortunately, they don't have a comparison, using the 400mm. I guess it could be my eyes, or maybe tdp the setup needed a bit of AFMA. That's why I am hoping to find more examples.

$200 is not a lot of money in a relative sense and I'll probably bite on the 1.4x III, but am just trying to make an informed decision, before I commit.

Since you are using it with a II lens.... don't hesitate.  I don't have a number to back up my claim, but the VIII Tele is a world of difference with regard to AF speed and responsiveness over the VII TC. 

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 1.4x II vs EF 1.4x III
« on: July 12, 2014, 10:46:29 PM »
This isnt exactly a field comparison, but I ran a FOCAL test comparing these two TC's with a 500mm IS version I lens.  Graphs are below.  My tests (repeatable) showed that the version III was about 2-3% sharper then the version II.  Hardly worth the cost with this older lens. 

If you are pairing with a Version II supertele then the cost to upgrade is well worth it, not for the IQ, but rather the AF performance is far far superior with the III.

From strictly an IQ standpoint I don't personally believe it is worth it. 

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: July 12, 2014, 04:09:59 PM »
Rotating zoom ring

Bummer.  :(

You'd prefer one that wouldn't rotate?   :P

Despite the controversy, I rather like my push pull 100-400.  Never had a dust problem...  I would welcome faster AF.  That's the only downside I have experienced with mine.  I would be (pleasantly) surprised if the price is $2400.

11 is not linked to my home-owners policy, so if I ever have a claim it won't jack my rates elsewhere.  It's a no questions asked policy that covers theft, damage, loss, etc...

I wouldn't be too sure about that.  While it's true that the State Farm personal articles policy is 'standalone' (not a rider or endorsement), claims against it are still reported to CLUE, and insurers use that database (and your credit score, etc.) to determine your rates and eligibility.

I should clarify.  It wouldn't cause my other CURRENT policies (including the personal articles policy) with State Farm to suffer increased premiums if I make a claim.  (I have this in writing).  I don't know if/how it would impact future policies with either State Farm or elsewhere should I have a claim.  I am not the type of person to shop insurance every year to save a buck so for a customer like me... CLUE reporting is irrelevant (Most companies only have a three year look-back anyway).

First, I agree, you should only insure what you absolutely have to.

I insure everything.  If someone grabs my camera bag there are thousands of dollars worth of gadgets and "cheap" lenses.  I've got almost $1,000 in just memory cards and spare batteries! It all adds up, and the insurance costs to cover everything is well worth the peace of mind. 

Many years ago, I was given the advice that you insure yourself only against events that happen very rarely and are too expensive for you to cover. If you can afford to replace your gear, then don't insure it...

The OP mentions having $45,000 worth of gear – that's about what I have, and I'd find it difficult (if not impossible) to replace that amount in the short term.

But a good reminder is that you should consider carefully before filing a claim, at least for US policies covering personal (not business) use.  Those are generally linked to homeowners'/renters' policies, claims against them go into the same database (CLUE), and can affect rates and even eligibility for home/rental coverage. 

I view my policy as 'catastrophic' coverage.  If I drop my 135/2L to the pavement and it shatters, I'll buy a new one.  If my 1D X + 600/4L IS II fall off a cliff, or if my house is robbed and all my gear taken, I'll file a claim.

I insure all of my gear under a Personal Articles policy with State Farm.  Cost is $1.25/$100 of coverage.  No deductible, and it is not linked to my home-owners policy, so if I ever have a claim it won't jack my rates elsewhere.  It's a no questions asked policy that covers theft, damage, loss, etc...

EOS-M / Re: Cheap 400mm advice
« on: July 06, 2014, 04:21:43 AM »
Thanks for all the info at least now I have a better understanding of what's required. Think I'll leave this endeavor for now, don't have any money to spare for gear for at least another 6 month. Damn residence tax came in this month, gonna be poor for a while.


How do you intend to share your images, or view them?  Online? If so... there is nothing wrong with cropping.  Don't worry about it and enjoy a nice clear night when you get one.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod centre column - yes or no
« on: July 05, 2014, 09:35:22 PM »
by the time you get the legs finally set perfectly the scene is gone and some slightly undamped whatever is infinitely more damped than a scene totally missed too

No center column. Instead of a tripod with a center column get a tripod without one and put a leveling base on it. Then you just get the legs close and use the base to quickly set level. Then if you move a few feet you can adjust level without changing leg extension.

Very fast, very stable.

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