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need some help from some of you more experienced camera and lens buyers.  I rcvd my 1dx today, and the actual 1dx box has several scratches and marks all over it, and a slightly crushed in corner.  (not the shipping box, the 1dx  box inside has the scratches/marks)

for $6700, i expected the box to look like it's hardly been touched, this box looks like it's been touched quite a bit....I'm anal this way, because I know I'll sell it in 3-4 years and I want the box to look new.

also...the 1dx box came inside a plastic bag.  This plastic bag was clearly opened and then taped shut.  I'm wondering if the 1dx normally ships with the plastic bag unopened so the customer knows that it indeed is brand new and unopened.  I would've felt much better about the box being a little dinged up if this internal plastic bag had been unopened...but with it open, it makes me think that the body has been in and out of the box a few times, or the real concern - it's been bought and returned from some previous buyer.   i do not want this body if someone else had it and returned it....not at this price.

the camera itself looks perfect (I haven't used it yet) but the other question I have is how can I tell if it's been used?  Is there an actuations counter in the camera?

again...i know i'm being a bit anal on this, but for $6700, i don't want to settle, and I want the full value for my money....and I don't want to have any lingering reservations.

I'd really appreciate your candid thoughts on this....am I making too big a deal about this?

neuro...especially appreciate your thoughts on this.

My box was pristine.  The camera itself was in a form-fitting white anti-static bag, which was in turn inside a bubble-wrap bag that was neatly folded-over (I don't recall any tape, but I might be wrong - I did save a long piece of orange-ish tape, but I don't recall that that was on the camera bag, it's 1" wide and 6" long).  The double-bagged body was inside a separate cardboard box inside the main box (bad iPhone pic attached).

There is an actuation counter, but it's in units of 1000, so it will just say <1000 unless it's over that mark. 

If the box was dinged up and everything was not wrapped neatly inside, I'd be concerned that I got a unit someone else bought and returned.  I've had something similar happen with an Amazon purchase (not camera gear) and I returned it.  I've never received an obvious returned item from B&H or Adorama.

EOS Bodies / Re: First 6D review up - does [KR] read [CR] ?
« on: November 15, 2012, 02:05:00 PM »
Frankly, I think shooting at 1.2 in sunlight without an ND filter is risky anyway. Even with an available shutter speed of 1/8000 you will be bumping up against it constantly, which means no latitude (for underexposure, etc.).

Indeed.  I went and checked my stats, very few shots at 1/8000 s despite shooting with fast primes in sunlight.  That's because when doing so, I always have a 3-stop ND on the lens.  If that's a little too much (cloud passing by, for example), the 'penalty' from going to ISO 400-800 is minimal on the 5DII and 1D X. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Blinking Red AF Point Information
« on: November 15, 2012, 02:02:41 PM »
I dont care, i just dont want it to be a step backwards from the 5D II, i would be happy with the same funcionality if more cant be done. But less is just not an option.

What you got was a transmissive LCD enabling the on-demand display of AF points.  In exchange for red AF points in AI Servo, would you like all 61 of those points visible as black squares all of the time?  You can turn that on in the menu options, try it and see what you think, if they get in the way of seeing your subject, and then imagine them being darker and more evident (which they would be, if etched in the focus screen). 

EOS Bodies / Re: A Brief 2013 Canon Roadmap [CR1]
« on: November 15, 2012, 12:55:01 PM »
the 18-200 is... well... lets just say if it broke I would not purchase another. It has the worst lens creep that I have ever seen in a lens

Ever used the 70-300 DO lens?  Tracked a bird that flew overhead, the barrel retracted so hard I swear the eyecup almost gave me a black eye... :o

Lenses / Re: 100 f/2.8L or 135mm f/2L
« on: November 15, 2012, 12:20:26 PM »
The 100L is almost $100 cheaper and you get macro and IS. IMO it's a better value portrait lens.

The 135L is teh portrait lens. Its a stop faster and has more compression. Plus, you can get used copies for around 750$.

Do you feel that the 135L is the best portrait lens for APS-C?  A typical headshot at 216mm FF-equivalent needs about 12 feet from the subject.

Lenses / Re: 100 f/2.8L or 135mm f/2L
« on: November 15, 2012, 10:04:28 AM »
Couple of shots taken at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Elm Bank gardens, within a few minutes of each other, both with the 100L Macro IS on a 7D.  A very versatile lens...


A TS-E lens is great for landscapes and for tall buildings and trees.  I found 17mm too wide ofr my tastes, got the 24mm instead.  Depending on budget, the combo of UWA zoom for versatility plus a TS-E is great.  When I go on city walks, I often bring the 16-35 II and the TS-E 24 II (and a tripod, of course).

Lenses / Re: 135mm L
« on: November 15, 2012, 09:38:38 AM »
Thanks guys, it's now at the top of my wish list.

Good choice, and good luck...   ;)

I bought a 135L after owning the 70-200/2.8L IS II for a while.  For general use, I grab the zoom.  When I know I'm going to be shooting portraits or low-light action, I grab the 135L. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Blinking Red AF Point Information
« on: November 15, 2012, 09:12:31 AM »
Alternatively, if red lights in AI Servo was absolutely critical for you, a 1DIV or 1DsIII would have been the right choice, not a 5DIII.

Lenses / Re: 100 f/2.8L or 135mm f/2L
« on: November 15, 2012, 08:48:36 AM »
Since you're shooting APS-C, I'd say get the 100L Macro.  For most indoor portraits, the 135L is too long on APS-C.

This is important to note. I will say that for portraits, I found even the 100L to be too long for my tastes on my 7D. It wasn't until I recently picked up a 5D Mark III that the 100L became one of my favorite lenses ever.

Very true, and I amost added that bit myself.  An 85mm lens makes for great portraits on APS-C (I started with the 85/1.8, moved to the 85/1.2L II).  Even 100mm is getting long for indoor use.  I have a 70-200/2.8, and when I bought it I had only the 7D, and to be honest the 70-200 range felt awkward on APS-C - too long indoors, to short for real reach outdoors.  It was a good backyard lens, outdoor events, that sort of thing.  After getting a 5DII, the 70-200mm lens saw a lot more use as on FF that's a great focal range indoors and out.

Lenses / Re: EF-S 15-85mm
« on: November 15, 2012, 08:44:58 AM »
So, what is this supposed build quality that "L" lenses all have that the 15-85 lacks and is it practical or theoretical?

I haven't used the 15-85mm except for trying it out in a shop, but I had the 17-55mm.  Compared to the 24-105mm (they are pretty much the same size and weight), the zoom mechanism feels much better on the L lens - when zooming out to the long end, the 24-105 stops with a damped shhhhuck whereas the 17-55mm stops with a hollow-feeling clunk.  Turning the rings on the 24-105mm gives a much more damped feel as well. 

Lenses / Re: 100 f/2.8L or 135mm f/2L
« on: November 15, 2012, 06:21:03 AM »
Since you're shooting APS-C, I'd say get the 100L Macro.  For most indoor portraits, the 135L is too long on APS-C. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DUST!!!!!!! WHAT TO DO!?!?!?
« on: November 14, 2012, 10:53:36 PM »
If it's 'inside' the VF and the specs look 'sharp', most likely the dust is on the focus screen.  If will not affect the images at all.  If if bothers you, take off the lens and use a rocket blower pointed up toward the pentaprism (with the mirror down, i.e. do not activate manual sensor cleaning).

Lenses / Re: Best Lens for photographing children
« on: November 14, 2012, 10:31:54 PM »
I took my almost 5 year-old daughter to her gymnastics class a couple of weeks ago.  My wife asked me to email her a pic during the class, so I held up my iPhone and caught a well-timed pic of her hanging from an uneven bar. The guy next to me looked over at the iPhone 'shutter click' and said, "If you want to get an actually decent pic, you need a real camera." He reached into his bag and pulled out his T2i with an EF-S 55-250mm mounted, and gave me a little grin.  I grinned back and replied, "You know, it's really more about composition and timing than about gear."  He took some shots, well-spaced since the popup flash was firing (despite the kids being out of its effective range) as I watched the kids.  When mine started a bounce down the trampoline track a few minutes later, I was unable to resist.  I looked over and said as I reached down, "Ever seen Crocodile Dundee? 'That's not a camera...that's a camera,'" as I pulled out my 1D X with the 70-200 II and fired off a 12 fps burst.

True story.  ;)

(1D X, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II @ 200mm, 1/500 s, f/2.8, ISO 10000)

Lenses / Re: Need filter suggestions - Ordered Canon 100mm f2.8 L macro
« on: November 14, 2012, 04:35:24 PM »

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