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Lenses / Re: My "Minimalist" Lens Arsenal on Crop?
« on: February 17, 2015, 03:41:01 PM »
If I were to do it over, I would take a very long look at the Tamron 60mm f/2 lens. I've never used it, but have heard really good things about it. I like the fact that it goes to f/2 which could be useful for better subject isolation if one really wanted to use the lens as double duty, macro and portrait.

I had the Tamron 60mm f/2 Macro.  I'm not much of a Macro shooter, so I didn't use it much and the pictures might be great, but the focus is unbearably slow and awful.  Sold that lens.  Biggest loss I've ever taken on a lens, so you can probably get it cheap used.

When I went to FF, the only crop lens I kept was the 15-85mm in case I ever got another crop camera (which I did with the 7D II).

7D MK II Sample Images / Re: Anything Shot with a 7D MII
« on: February 03, 2015, 01:31:16 AM »

Los Angeles River
7D II w/ 300mm f/2.8L IS II + 1.4x III @ ƒ/4.0, 1/2000, ISO 2000

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 22, 2015, 11:10:57 AM »

5D III w/ Tamron 150-600mm @ ƒ/11.0, 400mm, 1/400, ISO 500

Lenses / Re: Canon 28-300L 'super-zoom'
« on: January 08, 2015, 02:15:08 AM »
Covering this range, there's also the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD (the new one for $850, not the original, which I had and it was awful).  The new one seems decent around f/8 up to 200mm.  At 300mm it looks a bit soft regardless.  No idea how it compares to the L.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Anyone got their 7DII + 24-70 f4 IS shipped yet?
« on: November 04, 2014, 02:00:39 AM »
Ordered on 9/18 from Camera Canada. Shipped on 10/31. Supposed to arrive on Thursday in Los Angeles.

Site Information / Re: NEW ___ Sell Your Gear - Beta Test
« on: August 19, 2014, 09:55:14 PM »
I had to go through the forum list twice to find the "For Sale" forum.  Since the actual forum name is just "Cameras and Lenses" and the header is grey text against black (so it doesn't jump out at you).  That, and it's named "Photography Equipment Sales", so it's the third word in before you see "Sales".  Consider renaming the forum name to "For Sale: Cameras and Lenses" to make it easier to find.

As a buyer, I'd be looking to pay a little less than eBay prices, figuring the seller is saving 6-10% on eBay fees (plus 2.9% for PayPal, but that would probably still be paid), and I know eBay has my back if a transaction goes bad.  In general, I want to save at LEAST 20% buying used, preferably 25-30% or more.  If the sellers are only asking 10-15% less than new (as a couple of these listing are), I'll either buy new, refurb'd, or find somewhere else to buy used (especially if the eBay prices will save me another 10% or more).  It's the same reason I don't buy a lot of photography equipment on Craigslist; Sellers are asking too much.

Now some sellers might list high intentionally with the expectation to negotiate, but if you list too high, buyers might be put off and thus there would be very little contact/activity.  Or, sellers might just be waiting for that one buyer willing to pay (which, quite frankly, is what I do on Craigslist sometimes, but I fully expect it might take weeks, if not months to sell an item that way).

Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 23, 2014, 02:11:26 PM »
Picking from what I've purchased (mostly refurbs or used):

5DIII - 2600
Sigma 12-24mm II - 609
Tamron 24-70mm VC - 921
Canon 70-200mm 2.8L IS II - 1740 (my favorite lens)
Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art - 899
Sigma 85mm 1.4 - 716
Canon 430EX II - 225
Canon 1.4x III - 305
Canon 2x III - 375
Kenko AF Extension Tubes - 115

That's 8505, leaving room for bags, tripod, cards, etc, or adding the Tamron 150-600, or swapping the Sigma 85mm for the Canon 85mm 1.2L II (used).

Lenses / Re: what lenses have you sold in the past and why?
« on: February 25, 2014, 06:55:08 PM »
Canon 50mm 1.8 (v1): Sold for 1.4 (small profit)

Canon 50mm 1.4: Sold for Sigma 1.4.

Canon 18-135mm: Came with 60D, but never used it.

Rebel XTi & Sigma 24-70mm 2.8 (v1): Got cheap to resell for a profit.

Canon 24-70mm 2.8L (v1): Got a Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC.  Had trouble getting a price I wanted so I traded it for a Sigma 35mm 1.4 + cash.

Tamron 28-300mm: Got it really, really cheap.  Didn't like it.  Sold for a profit.

Canon 17-55mm 2.8: Upgraded to FF (see previous 24-70 entry).

Sigma 30mm 1.4: Upgraded to FF (and got the Sigma 35mm 1.4 in another trade).

Tokina 11-16mm 2.8: Upgraded to FF.

Sigma 8-16mm: Upgraded to FF.  Got the Sigma 12-24mm II.

Kenko PRO 300 DGX 2x (v2): Seemed much softer than the 1.4x and I had a Canon 2x III.  Sold for small profit.

Sigma 50-150mm 2.8 II: Upgraded to FF.  Never really used it anyway as I was able to get a refurb Canon 70-200mm 2.8L IS II at a good price.

Tamron 60mm II Macro: Really slow to focus.  Upgraded to FF.  Got a Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro.  Still have to sell this (sold it once, but it broke in shipping?  Had it repaired under warranty).  Will be the worst loss so far as it's one of only two lenses I bought new (and I forgot to send in the rebate on it).

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Can this 7D package be worth over $9500?
« on: September 10, 2013, 12:36:37 AM »
I  do that with Amazon.   let's say I'm going on vacation and I don't want to  suspend and relist I  will up the price by a factor of ten and change it when I get back.

You know there's a vacation setting for Amazon that will automatically suspend all your listings? Then you just uncheck it when you get back and all your listings are active again.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Can this 7D package be worth over $9500?
« on: September 09, 2013, 09:59:47 AM »
No.  The seller is probably temporarily out of stock, so for whatever reason, they opted to jack the price up to something unrealistic so no one would buy, rather than end the listing.  I see this happen from time to time.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Big Sigma Primes [CR2]
« on: August 26, 2013, 02:34:50 AM »
I agree with another poster that a zoom of say 200 or 300 to about 500 or so with a f 2.8 (fixed aperture) would be awesome.

You might be surprised to learn that Sigma already makes a 200-500 f/2.8 zoom (and has for a while).  Of course it costs 26k and weighs over 30 lbs...

Lenses / Re: We want more EF-S lens
« on: August 24, 2013, 01:42:57 PM »
Almost all these lenses have pretty close equivalents (oddly all made by Sigma), so is this post really "we want CANON to make these lenses?"   :)

> EF-S 8-16mm F4-5.6 $ 800 (non-fisheye)

Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM, $650 (except not f/4 to start)

> EF-S 16-55mm F2.8 IS $ 900 (I have a dream ...)

No one makes this down to 16mm, but 17-55mm or 17-50mm.  How important is 16mm?

> EF-S 17-70mm F4 IS $ 500 (not impossible)

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM, $500.  Even faster than f/4 and recently re-designed.

> EF-S 55-150mm F2.8 IS $ 1100 (so sexy)

Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM APO, $950.  Except apparently it's about the same size and weight as a FF 70-200mm 2.8.  The non-stabilized previous version was significantly smaller.

> EF-S 135-500mm F4-5.6 IS $ 1200 (not too heavy)

I got nothing for this.  Although given the size of the 50-150, maybe it just makes more sense to buy a FF lens.
Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO, $970.

> EF-S 30mm f/1.4 USM

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM, $500.  A recently re-designed Art lens.

Lenses / Re: Lens recommendations for upcoming road trip and beyond?
« on: August 18, 2013, 06:48:37 PM »
Because you generate income from it, I vote for the 70-200 II.

Ditto.  70-200 II is my favorite lens.  It is a tad big and heavy, but I hike with it all the time (along with the 2x teleconverter).  Just be sure to have a good, supportive strap if you're going to carry it on your shoulder for an extended time.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D vs 5D3 vs 5D2 for indoor rental
« on: August 12, 2013, 01:41:06 AM »
Really I wouldn't plan on using the camera during the ceremony (amazing how loud a DSLR shutter is in an enclosed space)

One of the great features of the 6D/5D III is the silent shutter mode.  It really is very quiet, and probably wouldn't be noticed past the few guests seated around you in each direction (if that).  The first time I used it, I could barely tell when I was taking a picture!  :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D vs 5D3 vs 5D2 for indoor rental
« on: August 10, 2013, 05:48:24 PM »
I went from a 60D to a 5D III and while the 5D III autofocus is much better, it's really confusing at first (and I'm still figuring it out).  So, on that alone, you might be more comfortable with a 6D as its autofocus will be familiar to you.  And, isn't the center point of the 6D able to focus in slightly lower light than the 5D III?  Probably won't matter at the venue itself, but maybe at the reception.

At the weddings I've been to (just as a guest), I've shot almost entirely on my 70-200mm 2.8 IS II.  Perhaps I just prefer tighter shots than wides.  Just this week though, I shot my sister's wedding on my Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC because it was a tight outdoor space and I was in the front row, but looking back I still took almost all my photos at 70mm, and wished I had a bit more reach, with some around 50mm and a few around 24mm.  24-105 or 28-135 might have served me well, but I don't have those lenses.

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