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Canon General / Re: "MAP" pricing....How long will it last????
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:13:22 PM »
Actually, I wasn't referring to sales taxes, but to the whole investment in the community that brick and mortar stores have.

Even national retailers like Best Buy or Barnes and Noble contribute far more to local economies than Amazon. Through their network of local stores, they hire local workers, pay salaries, payroll taxes, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, etc., Their stores pay local property taxes, which support local schools.

The local payroll circulates through the local economy, helping other local businesses, including photographers, stay in business.

Sales taxes are paid by the consumer and are only collected by the stores. The individual still owes the taxes, regardless of whether or not the retailer collected the, so those taxes aren't really relevant.

As I said, I'm conflicted because, like most consumers, I'm short-sighted enough to go for the best price whenever possible. But, that doesn't make me blind to the downsides of an internet-based economy.

Makes sense. I suppose there's some state revenue gained from Amazon's distribution centers, but nothing like a retail presence.  Beyond just revenues, Best Buy recycles old CRT displays to keep them out of landfills (although they get a tax break for doing so), etc. 

It's also not just about getting the best price.  Many products available from online retailers simply aren't available in local stores. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: April 16, 2014, 10:53:22 PM »
On topic:

How dare you?!?   :o

 :)

Seriously, though, I agree with both off- and on-topic parts of your post.

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So now there's black and white.  Two more colors to go to tie the T3 color palette in number of options.


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Mostly because most of the same folks who are bashing its AF, spent 5 years thinking their 5D2 was a superb camera at a superb price, and rarely complained, if EVER, about its AF performance.   

That's some serious revisionist history.  Complaints and bashing on the 5DII's AF are legion.  The original 5D's AF system was often likened to the 20D, and there was major flak from the beginning when the 5DII came out with the same AF.

For example, this from just after its release: http://blog.kareldonk.com/canon-eos-5d-mark-ii-not-all-it-could-have-been/

I think the 6D suffers even more from the backlash of having an AF system not significantly better than that of the original 5D, and that backlash is made even worse by the stellar AF put into the 5DIII.

Yes, the 5DII's AF had a few defenders, as does the 6D's.  Some of those defenders have even achieved superhero status:



But most of the defenses come off as apologies - 'the 5DII's AF isn't bad considering the image sensor is the same as the flagship 1DsIII' and 'the 6D is great for the price'.  Both statements are true, but the fact remains that the old 40D had a better AF sensor than the 5D/5DII/6D, and the 40D's AF sensor has now trickled down into the Rebel/xxxD line, while the 7D and 70D have an AF sensor that's far better than those in the lower end FF bodies.

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This is news?  The 100D in white was released in Japan late last year (with a matching white 40/2.8, IIRC).

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Lenses / Re: Canon 50L - Love or Hate?
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:45:15 PM »
The 300 f2.8 absolutely blows both the 1.2 50 and 85 L's away when it comes to bokeh orientated portrait imagery.

But, the distance required for 300mm kills a large amount of portrait situations.

True, nothing comes without effort.

But however difficult manipulating the situation is, if you want the results that 50 and 85 lenses are incapable of delivering, whatever their speed, then do what it takes. If super bokeh and shallow dof are the primary characteristics wanted of a session then you have to go where you can use a vastly superior lens.

"...super bokeh and shallow DoF..."

Let's consider the latter.  If you frame the subject the same, e.g. a full-body portrait at 2 m with the 50/1.2 or 12 m with the 300/2.8, the subject magnification is the same.  So, the f/1.2 aperture of the 50L will give a thinner DoF.  If the subject-to-background distance is less than ~9 m, the 50L will deliver a stronger background blur.

Obviously, that's OOF blur amount, which is distinct from bokeh.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: April 16, 2014, 08:10:00 PM »
That's all fine and dandy... but neither will approach the airspeed is of a swallow carrying a coconut

African or European swallow?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: April 16, 2014, 07:52:25 PM »
And now I feel all proud and geeky and self satisfied that I have go through the time and effort to attempt to make an absolutely meaningless point about something completely unrelated to the original topic.

In other words, a job truly well done!!   ;D

+1  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: April 16, 2014, 06:37:01 PM »
Do the experts here think the overall land speed of the unicorn will match or at least come close to that of the dodo? 

 ;)

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Lenses / Re: Canon 50L - Love or Hate?
« on: April 16, 2014, 06:13:20 PM »
I think the problem is that I read this article...

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/01/the-great-50mm-shootout

And the 50 usm beat or matched the 50 L in sharpness.

I think the problem isn't reading those test results, it's reading too much into them.  MTF50 in the center and averaged across the frame. Two numbers.

Here are three numbers:  103, 105, 68.  Do they do a good job of meaningfully representing the qualities of this image

You can't meaningfully summarize lens performance with a few numbers, any more than the average R/G/B values of a picture meaningfully summarize that image.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: April 16, 2014, 04:31:25 PM »
Liquidation of US stores has begun! Check your e-mails for the info.

Rockville, MD
Vienna, VA
NYC
Cambridge, MA
Chicago
Ft. Lauderdale
Santa Ana/Los Angeles/Escondido, CA

What kind of info was given? What hours are the stores open? I would swing by the Rockville one but I'm not on their email list.

Try calling them. They took down the phones when the stores closed, but they were answering them at the Cambridge store today.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 16, 2014, 04:28:09 PM »
The EF 50 f/1.2L and EF 85 f/1.2 excel at portraiture, where bokeh is king, and excessive sharpness just gets smoothed away in post production. People don't want portraits of their pores, they want portraits of their faces.

I do photo editing professionally, and work with many professional photographer's images. It is incredibly easy to make the Sigma 50mm ART look like the Canon 50mm L. Just turn sharpening to zero, and add some blur and chromatic aberration to the Sigma. You can always reduce the amount of detail in an image and make it softer. It is easy to destroy information, but you cannot create detail out of thin air.

So, you can faithfully replicate the 50L's rendering of OOF areas in terms of aesthetic quality?  Given that the number of aperture blades is an important factor in determining bokeh, what post-processing step/algorightm do you use to subtract one of the Sigma lens' 9 aperture blades so it has only the 8 blades of the Canon 50L?   ::)

Bokeh ≠ 'adding some blur'.

That comment was in regard to someone saying that the 50 Art may render the in-focus areas too sharply and show too many pores. It is very easy to make pores less apparent and in focus areas softer. The most inexperienced novice should have no trouble making the in-focus areas of the 50A appear like the 50L. It took me 2 minutes to create a preset that does that.

Bokeh is a whole other animal...

Please read again the comment to which you were replying, paying particular attention to the part I highlighted in red above.  NancyP mentioned bokeh before mentioning sharpness and pores.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 16, 2014, 04:22:58 PM »
...risk losing the 50mm segment to someone else.

The upper end of it, at any rate.  I suspect that Canon will make more revenue annually from sales of the 50/1.8 and 50/1.4 than Sigma and Zeiss will make from their new offerings combined.  The design and tooling costs for those two lenses are long since paid for, which also means they have a high profit margin.  I really don't think it would be too hard for Canon to sell eight of the 50/1.8 lenses for every Sigma 50/1.4 art that is sold...  Heck, I spent 25 minutes at the Calumet going out of business sale, and they sold three of the 50/1.8's during that time (and probably would have sold more, but they only had three left when I got there).

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Calumet Store Closing Sale
« on: April 16, 2014, 04:00:43 PM »
I can confirm that the Calumet store in Cambridge, MA is officially open for (going out of) business.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 16, 2014, 02:30:16 PM »
The EF 50 f/1.2L and EF 85 f/1.2 excel at portraiture, where bokeh is king, and excessive sharpness just gets smoothed away in post production. People don't want portraits of their pores, they want portraits of their faces.

I do photo editing professionally, and work with many professional photographer's images. It is incredibly easy to make the Sigma 50mm ART look like the Canon 50mm L. Just turn sharpening to zero, and add some blur and chromatic aberration to the Sigma. You can always reduce the amount of detail in an image and make it softer. It is easy to destroy information, but you cannot create detail out of thin air.

So, you can faithfully replicate the 50L's rendering of OOF areas in terms of aesthetic quality?  Given that the number of aperture blades is an important factor in determining bokeh, what post-processing step/algorightm do you use to subtract one of the Sigma lens' 9 aperture blades so it has only the 8 blades of the Canon 50L?   ::)

Bokeh ≠ 'adding some blur'. 

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