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I got a 180L Macro for $910 a few weeks ago.  Was in great shape and am VERY happy with that one.

Same:

Exc cond used 180mmL $899
70-200f2.8mk.II $1974 New
24-105f4L $899  New (kit version though)  Got it 3-4 months back before the current great sale prices

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EOS Bodies / Re: Whortwhile to go for 5D Mark II?
« on: December 19, 2011, 03:19:30 PM »
If you centre spot the AF on the 5DII then you  will get accurate AF. It is the focus points outside the center which are not good in low light and also the area the the A points cover is less than the 7D

In hindsight buying the 7D was a mistake as the IQ of the image is nowhere as good as the 7D, plus the bokeh is very poor. The 7D will get more in forcus pictures but none of them will be as good as the in focus 5DII picture

Thanks... and the fact that I almost always use Center point AF is why I never found the AF to be bad... by the way; is the 5d2 Af better than the 5Dc or are they the same (especially for Center).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Whortwhile to go for 5D Mark II?
« on: December 19, 2011, 01:43:00 PM »
I got the 5d2 because I was sick and tired of waiting for the 5d3...  going from a 7d to the 5d2 has been very humbling with the autofocus... Quality of file, when in focus, is great, but my lord, the AF in the 5d2 is like putting an Hyundai engine inside a Ferrari... It's truely a shame and I will be liquidating mine once the 5d3 comes out assuming it has better AF...

I am relatively new to the game and photography is a hobby for me... so new that I usually center spot AF my shots (unless I macro, then I MF) . When I hear many people not liking the AF of the 5D2, I cannot understand why (not because I offer a competing perspective, but simply because I do not know better): I am learning yes... but ; can anyone dumb this down for me... how exactly is the AF on the 5D2 not up to what you guys want? Is it just plain accuracy, or slow AF, or the processor's inability to set a multi point focus by increasing DoF or what?

The answer to this might help me make a decision on the 5d2 or 5d3 or even 7d just like the OP.



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EOS Bodies / Re: Earthshatteringly Disappointed With 7D
« on: December 09, 2011, 03:00:08 PM »
Just want to stress those photos are not mine, just examples of what the 7D can do with the requisite skill.

All the glory you could have basked in... hats off to your honesty Sir !

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EOS Bodies / Re: Earthshatteringly Disappointed With 7D
« on: December 09, 2011, 12:24:53 PM »
Ok a little more info.  I thought maybe LR3 couldn't handle the 7D very well so I loaded up DPP... and got the same (if not worse) results...

LR NR is pretty good. It is not magic but pretty good.

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EOS Bodies / Re: From NR: D800 commercial was filmed in Chicago
« on: December 09, 2011, 10:39:46 AM »
I belive it when I see it. Read to many rumors the last six months.  ???

+1.

Last time, the D800 commercial was being shot in LA.  Except that turned out to be a Coolpix S70 commercial.

It was going to be announced in August...then in October.

Allow me to revise the NR tagline:  :P

 ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: HELP PLEASE: CANON 5D II - ISO in "M" mode
« on: December 08, 2011, 04:43:37 PM »
550D lets you choose max-ISO for auto mode, my mum's 6-year-old Pentax *ist lets you choose max-ISO in auto mode, I played with a nikon d3100 for 5 minutes and even that lets you choose min and max in auto-iso mode. 7D probably costs as much as all of those put together, and it can't. Sigh.

Of course, Canon could easily implement a user-selectable max ISO in Auto for the 7D via a firmware update.  But they haven't.  Something simple, and nearly free, and they haven't done it.  IMO, they keep things like this to aggregate as reasons for 7D users to eventually want a 7DII.  But people persist in thinking the 5DIII will get a great AF system.   ::)

If Canon can give me 5 frames of AEB for HDR and Auto ISO ranges, I will forgive them the AF crippling.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkii at $2,219 on Amazon today (12-7)
« on: December 08, 2011, 04:19:45 PM »
Oh, no offense at all... I was thinking that maybe I'd offended you. I don't have a dog in that fight- no affiliation to Henrys other than I occasionally buy stuff there.

Glad we're all good!  :)   

I'm still having a hard time not clicking "buy" on that damn BH page.  Don't know if it's inventory, or impending 5Dmkiii launch.  grrrr.   :(

Good things come to those who are patient  :)

(Whether it is a 5d3 or cheaper 5d2.... it's all good.) .... Now please help me not buy the 5d2   ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: HELP PLEASE: CANON 5D II - ISO in "M" mode
« on: December 08, 2011, 03:06:33 PM »
ISO min / max limits would be nice as well.
550D lets you choose max-ISO for auto mode, my mum's 6-year-old Pentax *ist lets you choose max-ISO in auto mode, I played with a nikon d3100 for 5 minutes and even that lets you choose min and max in auto-iso mode. 7D probably costs as much as all of those put together, and it can't. Sigh.

Even nicer would be to be able to set +/- EV Comp for when in auto-iso mode, but that's probably 10 lines of code too much to ask...

Agree with your analysis... deserves an applaud.

and now you are balanced at +44/-44   ;D
 

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... Still, a relevant analogy is the use of HDR to increase the dynamic range of current sensors.

Not picking on you John, but Isn't HDR a misnomer? I mean what we are really doing is "reducing" the dynamic range to display on our monitors... in reality it is Dynamic range compression, is it not?

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Canon General / Re: 15% Off at Canon Refurbished Store
« on: December 08, 2011, 11:28:56 AM »
K-amps, don't misunderstand. I wasn't trying to be critical or offend you.

I just wanted to make it clear that Canon charges sales tax because they have to, not because they want to. It's a state and not a federal issue and most states define Nexus very broadly. For example, if Canon has a copier service center in Indiana, or even has an authorized dealer for Canon office products, they have a nexus in the state.

I won't waste space or time with details on this forum, but suffice it to say this has become a major issue between the states and internet retailers.

and I was not trying to "blame" Canon, I just alluded to the choices we have. I am however mad at Canon for not honoring the holiday/ individual discount 9 days after they shipped me the 70-200... they said they could not do it once they shipped the product out.

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Macro / Re: Spider web.
« on: December 08, 2011, 11:15:35 AM »
Applaud...  :)

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Macro / Re: Canon MP-E 65 1x-5x 2.8 Macro Lens example photos
« on: December 08, 2011, 09:59:36 AM »
Amazing pics.... now you guys are making me desire the MP-E65.... sad thing is they dont have it for rental locally... 

Tice the jumping spider shot is amazing... the only way I could do it is set camera at burst mode and hope for the best  :P

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T4i [CR2]
« on: December 07, 2011, 09:41:47 PM »
i am very happy with my kenko one on all my lenses and testing the 1.4 I found stopping down one more stop from the new wide apperture yields equivelant IQ to the native lens widest apperture ie 70-200 f2.8 put the Tc on at 280mm f5.6 IQ is the same as at 200 f2.8

and it works on all lenses great on the 50 f1.4 to give it a little more reach too

Thanks for your input.

Are they fully automated (AF.metering etc)?  care to post a few pics?

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Canon General / Re: 15% Off at Canon Refurbished Store
« on: December 07, 2011, 09:32:48 PM »
I think another person on this site once pointed out that they like refurbished lenses because they know they've been checked out and brought up to specs individually, while a new lens may get only a cursory once-over on the production line. I don't know if that is true or not, but it makes sense to me.
On another topic:

15% would be an even better bargain if Canon would not slap sales tax on the final invoice value... BH/ Adormama etc are cheaper cause they don't put sales tax on top when shipping to Indiana.

Canon has no choice but to charge sales taxes on their products. Don't blame them. It's the law. Amazon and other sellers can avoid charging sales taxes because they have no physical presence in your state. But, just so you are aware, you probably owe the taxes anyway and while most states don't do a good job of auditing these purchases, that is changing.

I said that; since it made sense to me. I asked Canon about it and they agreed.

On the Tax issue:

I do not think Canon has a tax nexus in Indiana, they have one in IL and WI. I will buy from where ever it seems cheaper to me, if you think I owe taxes, then show me the relevant tax code regarding internet purchases. Does the federal Tax authority think it is ok how Amazon operates, yet holds the individual liable? Shouldnt both be liable or none be?

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