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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 26, 2015, 07:06:13 PM »
As a quick issue... I really don't want yearly revisions to my bodies.  I'm not an early adopter.. but if I were and I pay X for it... I'm ok with it depreciating some... afterall, in this scenario I'm an early adopter... but to couple early adopting depriciation with being outdated gear... that's not a pill I'm willing to swallow. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Buying second hand, avoid low shutter count.
« on: January 26, 2015, 03:18:45 PM »
I like to think I take care of my stuff... I too keep the boxes... So maybe we are simply wanting to buy from those who share our presumptions...  is that projecting in psychology?  I took psychopathology in college... So I could diagnose cramming a lens where it doesn't belong... Butt, that is neither here nor there.

And pay extra to anyone offering it's original box - as that's where the camera has spent most of it's life.

I've retained every single box from every purchase I've made over the past 3 years. Cameras, lenses, tripods, monopods,  flashes, etc. etc. Not one of the items I've purchased has spent one second in the box since I opened it.

That being said, I have a storage cabinet for all my equipment. I have everything in bags/backpacks in the storage closet. My camera bodies all stay in body-bag cases, in a camera bag.

So while I disagree with your statement I will agree with its logic: if people care enough to retain the box it stands to be true that maybe they take better care of the equipment. I know it's true in my case . . . ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Buying second hand, avoid low shutter count.
« on: January 26, 2015, 02:09:43 PM »
Engineers, we are fussy nitpicking little critters aren't we? Looking back, I feel like most great things we accomplished were made to prove someone else wrong...

*EDIT: please take this post with a pinch of salt.

I was a science major in college.. for me it was not finding the truth, but getting close to what may be considered the truth...  I was also a philosophy minor, but that was mostly deleted over time.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 26, 2015, 12:40:23 PM »
The Other day I was looking through some old photos I took with my Canon xs... It wasn't anything special, but it was remarkable since I took the shots with a pretty bad lens...  the shot was taken at f9 so that can solve many woes of a bad lens, but it reminds me that we spend do much time talking about gear... sensors... lenses... upgrades... brands... And much of it is not prohibitive to taking great photos... or at least decent ones.  There will be better gear in ten years... But our photos today don't suffer because of a lack of technology, but rather a lack of imagination. 

But hey... if that bit of better dynamic range is holding you back, then that must be the issue. 

Sports / Re: Motion Blur (on purpose) in Sports Photos
« on: January 25, 2015, 11:43:23 PM »
I see what you did on the 2nd shot... I did that once with my daughter's toy cat... I like your results better.

Sports / Re: Motion Blur (on purpose) in Sports Photos
« on: January 24, 2015, 11:56:04 PM »
... and I am a total failure at producing anything I like.

I'm so in the same boat.  SS self loathing... maybe not loathing... but maybe a general distaste.  When something comes out really well, I love it for 6 months and then I think... why did I like that so much... damn law of diminishing returns.

Reviews / Re: 85mm 1.8 vs other 85mm Primes for portraits
« on: January 24, 2015, 11:51:25 PM »
I have the 100mm f/2 as well. The picture quality is excellent and it is light, fast and not too expensive.
On the metaboned Sony a6000 it behaves like a manual focus 150mm f/2.0 which is really nice and crisp.
Unlike the 85mm L it fits in my ThinkTank bag.

Seems that not many people use the 100mm macro L for portraits?

I complain about the 85L being too fat too... but it belongs on my body... so I can't be too mad at it.

When the 100L was the best lens in my bag... I used it for portaits... and sports... and macro... whatever really.

Sports / Re: Motion Blur (on purpose) in Sports Photos
« on: January 24, 2015, 10:38:36 PM »
Here's one I took... this was the first time I shot hockey... again... didn't go well... not awful, but nothing something I would be proud of.

This shot was with a wireless shutter release, a monopod with chicken feet that I balanced perfectly to remove movement (as much as one can with a freaking monopod), f/7.1, 1/4 second shutter, iso 100, and ignore the big copyright... I didn't feel like going into lightroom to remove it...

Photography Technique / Re: Monument Valley
« on: January 24, 2015, 07:34:01 PM »
I thought you might be referencing the android/ios game... which is a favorite in my household.  To answer your question, no clue.

Sports / Re: Motion Blur (on purpose) in Sports Photos
« on: January 24, 2015, 11:48:02 AM »
I try it... I normally fail miserably.

Lenses / Re: Used Gear stories....
« on: January 23, 2015, 10:58:50 PM »
All of my present lenses were purchased used on Amazon... And my flashes... And I've been more than happy with the items so far.

I sell stuff on Craigslist and Amazon and I try to be as detailed as possible with photos.

I'm considering a Lens from eBay, but only because I can't find a comparable price elsewhere. 

I've bought lenses from Craigslist, but mostly for resale, But always tested and in good condition.

EOS Bodies / Re: Buying second hand, avoid low shutter count.
« on: January 22, 2015, 07:46:15 PM »
Here to fore I've sold my two prior bodies after two or so years... But I think I'll keep the mkiii for a good long while.  I haven't even come close to wearing my shutter, but when I do, I'll get it fixed for less than the cost of a mediocre point and shoot.

I had a shutter literally explode during a shoot with my 5dC. It failed at 186,000 actuations.

The cost of replacing a canon shutter is cheap. Mine was replaced for around 200.00 by canon. That's peanuts relative to the added years of use I got out of it. For that reason, I no longer care about shutter counts. If it fails I'll have it repaired quickly and cheaply. No big deal.

Much ado about nothing.

EOS Bodies / Re: Buying second hand, avoid low shutter count.
« on: January 22, 2015, 04:04:37 PM »
I forgive the sample size, because it isn't his study... Though obviously more data points are welcome when drawing a conclusion. 

Once I tried to lock up the motor of my 60d and the next day I tried shooting and big surprise, the motor was locked up... So I thought I had something wrong with the camera.... until I remembered and all was well.

So it is possible someone,a newb, didn't actually have their shutter broken...  if this was a detailed report from Canon, I think the conclusion would be very interesting.

Because of the size, weight and IQ.

IQ was superb

I'm surprised the sigma doesn't trounce the 40.

Lenses / Re: photo test of canon 85mm f1.2
« on: January 22, 2015, 12:52:42 PM »
How about taking a picture of a white balance card using flash which is white light...

Then we can tell. 

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