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EOS-M / Re: New Lens, New Firmware for EOS-M
« on: June 09, 2013, 08:33:06 AM »
Hopefully the Firmware download adds a viewfinder.

LOL!...eml58, I had the same thought but figured that I would keep my sarcasm to myself until I saw your post. LOL! From reading other threads I know that you own an M as a small backup body for your full system. At least that was the intention upon purchase. I am slightly tempted to buy one at the low price they are now selling for (I would be buying one for the same reason that you did), more  tempting now with the AF software fix coming....but your comment helps me to realize that if the camera sold for $5 and had blazing AF I probably would not ever really actually use it. I am a serious shooter...and for me anything without a viewfinder just is kind of a novelty toy...ya really can't "shoot" with one.  (In my world).
I will just hold on and keep using my MFT system to complement my FF gear until something really changes. If Canon does ever deliver an M with a VF and good AF...after the price drop I might purchase one (keeping both of my kits) to have as a second body...but that will be quite a ways off in the future, because when that new M is introduced, you know the price is going to be a little ridiculous.

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Based on the quality of the Canon 50mm lenses (especially the f/1.8 & f/1.4) it tells me that Canon is not too interested or concerned about a great quality, fine-tuned normal lens for their full-frame cameras.  I think perhaps your hope is displaced here as it appears that Sigma and Zeiss are on the brink of satisfying our needs long before Canon will,(but, you never know!).  Although...I cannot understand why we do not have a stunning, well-priced normal lens for our camera bodies....this continually perplexes me and obviously it perplexes others as well and has for quite some time.

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Hmmm....you have the 24-105mm which definitely covers your stated needs. I think if you add the 70-200mm you would have a much fuller and versatile kit and could get some nice candids and feature-compressed portraits...that being said..the 85mm delivers some beautifully artful low DOF portraits which can be stunning...but it is slow to focus, so is not very practical with moving children. The 135mm f/2 could fit into you considerations as well because it is a great portrait lens, fast focuser and nice bokeh as well.

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Lenses / Re: 200-400 f4 and the "new" 100-400 zoom
« on: June 07, 2013, 08:34:42 AM »
First 200-400.... probably about $50,000,000 to build...
second 200-400, probably about $5000 to build...and canon probably makes around $2500 profit per lens
To make their money back they have to sell 20,000 lenses.... a tough target to hit.

First 100-400.... probably about $20,000,000 to build...
second 100-400, probably about $200 to build and canon probably makes $500 profit per lens.
To make their money back they have to sell 100,000 lenses.... an easy target to hit.

Do you mean $50,000,000 to research, develop and design????

Do you mean $50,000,000 to research, develop and design????  :)

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EOS-M / Re: FF EOS-M?
« on: June 07, 2013, 06:45:34 AM »
How about any M with a viewfinder that can perform competitively in 2013....that would be a step forward.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I'm returning my Sigma 35 1.4
« on: June 07, 2013, 06:40:15 AM »
Well....it does not make a lot of sense to pay $500 extra for that much green slime....now, does it? :o

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I'm returning my Sigma 35 1.4
« on: June 05, 2013, 08:17:57 PM »
OMG...I own all L glass except my Zeiss 21mm, My Sigma 50mm f/1.4  ("for me" kicks butt on Canon f/1.8 & f/1.4...and blows the 50mm L away on price ($399 right now), size and "for me" similar image quality) and my Sigma 35mm f/1.4.  The price was just right and the focusing and image quality all the way around is as good or better than the Canon 35mm L "for me".
No-Brainer fantastic lens for an active photographer. I don't "over analyze", no lens stands up to that. I agree with all of the reviews I have read...The Sigma...Price, Build & Performance make it an absolute winner "for me".  ...can't wait to see the next offering in the Art Series line...Hope it is a winner, too!

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Reviews / Re: Horrible experience with Adorama camera
« on: June 05, 2013, 06:53:40 AM »

Bob Dylan wrote about the morals of NJ in Tweeter and the Monkeyman

Jan had told him many times "it was you to me who taught:
in Jersey anything's legal as long as you don't get caught"

Alan...thanks for the humor! (BTW...Good song!)

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Reviews / Re: Horrible experience with Adorama camera
« on: June 05, 2013, 05:54:41 AM »
They are not my favorite either...I had incredibly rude treatment in their store 20 years ago...it was so rude I never went back.......................

I can appreciate why you may feel this way, but in all fairness, the Adorama management team today is not the  same as it was 20  years ago

I mentioned that my experience was in the past and that the majority of your customers have positive experiences today, in my complete statement. I believe that you may have quoted me out of context?


...I live in NJ and they charge NJ sales tax on all orders, so I also have a financial reason not to buy from them online these days..............

Actually, Adorama doesn't charge  sales tax; the state of NJ charges it and for NJ residents we are legally obliged to collect it.
There is a provision on the NJ income tax forms for you to declare out of state purchases that are subject to NJ state sales tax; many  NY / NJ  residents actively choose to  purchase from  retailers who collect on their behalf,  as  it saves them  the  bother - in any case, you really do need to pay that tax when filing your state income tax return.

As an example, if the state rate is 5.5% and you purchase $5,000 worth of equipment from an online out of state retailer that doesn't collect sales tax on orders shipped to you, it is your responsibility to send in 5.5% of that $5,000 ($275) to your state Department of Revenue. 

Fines for tax evasion can be very high, and it adds up quickly with fees, interest etc added onto the tax owed. If you're ever audited you'd be very happy that you have been taking care of this year by year. The best thing to do is to ask your local tax agency as well as a good local CPA.

[It is probably not a good idea for anyone to even suggest on an internet forum that they don't pay sales tax on out of state purchases.
With the financial crisis that NJ and many other states are in, it is only a matter of time until they start cracking down on this].

Helen, while your statement is politically correct it is certainly not connected with the reality of the way that average consumers actually shop in the NY/NJ region. It's a red herring, so I made the type red, too. :-)
At any rate, you appear to be proactive in helping the consumer have a positive purchasing experience at the establishment that employs you. Please, keep up the good work!

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Reviews / Re: Horrible experience with Adorama camera
« on: June 04, 2013, 09:51:39 PM »
...I live in NJ and they charge NJ sales tax on all orders, so I also have a financial reason not to buy from them online these days.


You are not going to buy from them because they support your local economy???  Funny how nobody wants to pay tax and yet everyone wants to have their streets paved or to have the police come when they call 911.


Governor Christie would just buy some more cheese burgers with my stipend!  :-)
(BTW...I pay PLENTY of taxes...i live in NJ ..we are taxed to death here..toll roads, bridges, tunnels, pay beaches, etc..etc..etc...I do not need to be chastised for making a perfectly legal choice to keep more of my hard-earned cash in my pocket..just like Apple or Mitt Romney..It's the USA..I look for loopholes...I take my power back wherever possible!)


In this case it's not a loophole - you are legally required to pay taxes on those purchases, whether the business collects it at the time of sale or not. Very few people do, though, so the Marketplace Fairness Act has been created so that out of state businesses will have to collect it up front.

Here's the specific (current) law in NJ: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/su_5.shtml


Ok..I misspoke (knowingly), it is not a loophole...But it is a law that is NOT enforced. i am just speaking frankly. Since you have gone out of your way to specifically point this out to me...do you pay your state sales tax on ALL of your Internet purchases??? (If you say yes...I will not believe you),  I do not know one person who does, nor has anyone paid state sales tax on OOS catalogue sales for many, many years. As I said ...I live in a state where we are oppressed by taxes. It's truly obscene.
The Marketplace Fairness Act has not been enacted yet..so I will continue to enjoy purchasing online tax free with a clear conscience for as long as I can...like everyone else. I am just being honest.

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Reviews / Re: Horrible experience with Adorama camera
« on: June 04, 2013, 06:57:08 PM »
...I live in NJ and they charge NJ sales tax on all orders, so I also have a financial reason not to buy from them online these days.

You are not going to buy from them because they support your local economy???  Funny how nobody wants to pay tax and yet everyone wants to have their streets paved or to have the police come when they call 911.

Governor Christie would just buy some more cheese burgers with my stipend!  :-)
(BTW...I pay PLENTY of taxes...i live in NJ ..we are taxed to death here..toll roads, bridges, tunnels, pay beaches, etc..etc..etc...I do not need to be chastised for making a perfectly legal choice to keep more of my hard-earned cash in my pocket..just like Apple or Mitt Romney..It's the USA..I look for loopholes...I take my power back wherever possible!)

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Reviews / Re: Horrible experience with Adorama camera
« on: June 04, 2013, 06:54:14 PM »
I have to say that I have used both Adorama and B&H and have been completely satisfied with both and would have no hesitation to recommend them. They are much better than my local camera shop who tend to treat me like any idiot, which of course I may be, but I object to being treated like it.


That's funny!!!!!! LOL!

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Reviews / Re: Horrible experience with Adorama camera
« on: June 04, 2013, 04:11:07 PM »
They are not my favorite either...I had incredibly rude treatment in their store 20 years ago...it was so rude I never went back.
I did nothing to be treated the way I was but walk in the door. Truly.  I just asked if they had a couple of items in stock that I wanted to buy...which I think I did, as I was in NY, doing I job and I needed the items.  I kept thinking...Are they really talking to me like this??? Just terse, nasty and rude. Extremely. I hated to give them my money it was so bad. I was bewildered. I left the store upset that people could act like that to a customer and just chalked it up to another NYC experience. This was long before the days of the internet....but every time I saw their name after that, that bad experience just stuck with me.
Now that was a long time ago and it was just those people that were at the counter that day...we move on...I know that most people have good buying experiences there, today.
...I live in NJ and they charge NJ sales tax on all orders, so I also have a financial reason not to buy from them online these days.

You had a bad experience..... use your consumer power and take your business elsewhere.  Simple.   Let me tell you ...over the last 20 years I have spent many tens of thousands of dollars on photo equipment...THANK YOU for reminding me that Adorama got none of it!   Their loss.      :-)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Press event on may 31st
« on: June 01, 2013, 09:55:04 AM »
I think it will be Canon announcing it's first 3D printer.... and it probably comes with the file to print a 70D body and a 1200F5.6 lens....

3D Printer?  Will it come with the gun-making software?

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Lenses / Re: Very Stuck Filter
« on: May 31, 2013, 09:36:12 AM »
Bornshooter... That was really a helpful reply for Hector? Thanks!!!

"This is why i dont use uv filters if the glass would have broke your lens would have been damaged anyway"

Hector...if you are not super handy and confident with tools...I think your best bet is to send the lens to Canon as some here have suggested.  Unfortunate situation...be then you can rest easy and they can check out the lens too just to make sure that it is operating properly.


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