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You do not necessarily need to be famous to have assistants. You just need to hire...
So true, and if you can afford it - why not!

Video & Movie / Re: Solo Twenty-Four
« on: March 17, 2014, 10:13:42 AM »
What a terrific video. Really, well done and I hope you are proud as that is excellent work.

Thx. But a member already beat you to this and that thread going strong. :)

This happens a lot - as I am sure you have noticed too. Never understood why.

EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 17, 2014, 09:14:31 AM »
I once ordered a 70-200 F4 L IS lens from these guys. Shortly after ordering, I found a practically brand new one locally off Craigslist for way cheaper.  So I asked for and was granted a return by Calumet. I shipped my completely unopened packaged right back to them (I didn't even open the Calumet packaging, let alone the Canon packaging). Later on I checked my credit card online statement to see if I got refunded.

They did refund me.......and also charged me a $60 restocking fee for a package that I didn't even open.

If that's how they ran their business, I say Good Riddance!

So wait, you found a used (yeah, unopened and brand new) lens for cheaper.  So you sent back your order.  Doesn't matter if you opened it or not.  You bought it, you committed too it!!!!  Restocking fee's are there for a reason --- why --- because people do that!!!  Thrifty folks who say, wow, I could rent that lens for $XX per day - or - I could buy it and send it back within a month for less. 

Either way ---- we can't both complain that there are no longer brick and mortar stores, then screw those brick and mortar stores when we see something cheaper elsewhere.  Talk about reframing the arguement ---maybe it wasn't due to bad management --- maybe it was too many customers like you who screwed them...sorry if that's harsh...but...to put it on a personal level...

Lets say you shoot portraits.  You book the client, they commit to a minimum price, you do the shoot, you make the edits, they pick their prints, you order their prints...   you deliver them even.  And 2 days later they call you and ask for a refund because they found someone down the street that was able to do it for cheaper?   How long are you going to stay in business with customers like that????

e-Honda was perfectly within his right to do what he did, and Calumet were in their right to charge. Neither can complain.

I was looking at extra batteries for the 1D X earlier on B&H, one of the customer review reads: "I ordered two LP-E4N Battery Packs From B&H. I chose B&H because they offered 2-day shipping and there competitor did not. The batteries arrived on time despite having the biggest snow storm of the year. We ended up going with a different camera for the shoot and no longer need the batteries so I had to return them. B&H made it so simple to return the items. I just applied for a refund and they got back to me very quickly then I dropped them off at the UPS store and my money was refunded the very same day. I look forward to doing business with them again soon."

Same thing really.

I can't watch the video as it is "not available in my area. Pity as Skye does look like a great place to visit, and I will be googling it more later as I may be in Scotland (first time) later this year.

However I never see sports photographers with assistants. I can't see where/how they would? Carrying their gear to the playing field?

I never see any of the photographers at the events I work at with assistants as such, some do have assistants or colleagues in the press room who edit the pics and upload etc others may be writing etc., but not assistants in the true sense of the word. They would be useful at all day events though, especially when you are in need of a meat pie or such like!

Lenses / Re: How much will the new EF 800 f/5.6L IS II cost?
« on: March 16, 2014, 09:22:20 PM »
How much for the Nikon 800?  Probably that much +10% Canon premium

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens is $17,896.95 at B&H. And the most recent customer review of the lens reads: "I use it for landscape and wildlife. Nikon case and overall quality is excellent. The soft lens cap is the worst I have ever seen in 50 years of experience. It is hard to work with and does not seal well. I have replaced mine with a shower cap that is far superior in terms of cost, ease of use and effectiveness."

So don't throw away those unused shower caps, you just never know when they may come in handy!!

Wonder who voted over US$ 21,000!! And I wonder how much over he or she thinks it is going to cost!  :o

Lenses / How much will the new EF 800 f/5.6L IS II cost?
« on: March 16, 2014, 01:04:20 AM »
Today, the Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS costs US$ 13,289 if you buy it from B&H. If a new version did come out, as a CR1 is reporting here: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=20042.0 how much do you think it would cost?

Lenses / Re: Color of the 2x III
« on: March 16, 2014, 12:58:45 AM »
Mine are not exactly the same colour either. The extender is a little greyer. I think they have both always been like that though.

Woah, 512 GB cards! Do we even need that much? At a busy sporting event I can easily take 2-3,000 pics a day - even more sometimes - but they all get downloaded and deleted from the CF card pretty promptly. Nothing gets stored on the CF card at all and each day starts fresh.

Do we need such high capacity? And if a 256GB 1066X card costs US$ 999 how much is a 512 GB card going to cost?

Wow! I found one of my old 48MB CF cards the other day, and am pretty sure that was quite high capacity at one stage!!  :o

EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 15, 2014, 08:51:19 AM »
My condolences go out to the Calumet staff.

It is funny times we live in when it comes to retail.

All my books are now electronic (and purchased via amazon.co.uk), and I buy them via my laptop which I bought online (also in the UK), I buy my CF cards (which are made in China) online in the US and get them sent all the way back to Asia, and I still save a lot on the prices here. That last bit still does my head in today. I mean I am buying something that was made a few hundred kilometres away, and yet to buy it cheaply it has to be shipped to the US and then bought online through a US-based store and sent back again! How nuts is that?!!

I go into brick and mortar shops like Sony Stores and see what they have, play with them, go home and compare prices all over the internet and all over the world.

The only brick and mortars that now get my business are those that offer things like 12 or 24-month interest free payment plans. Most online retailers have not yet worked out how to do that, but when you are buying a 2nd 1D X, or a 300 or 400 f/2.8 is ii etc, incentives like that can be very attractive.

Strange times, indeed.

Lenses / Re: Visit Guilin, Mountain Range, in China - Lens selection
« on: March 15, 2014, 06:32:12 AM »
I personally would only take one body along with your 70-200 and 16-35.

Have a great trip!

As I have just bought myself a new CF card, I was surprised to see they now have 256GB 1066X cards! Just for a bit of fun, how much do you think the price will drop over the period of a year?

The Lexar 64GB Professional 1066x Compact Flash Memory Card (UDMA 7) is US$263.66 at the moment, but normally newer tech such as the 256GB carries a premium when it launches.

What do you think?

RE: "Big Game" photo.  It's always funny to see a 70-200 f/2.8 look so small and the 70-200 f/4s look tiny :D

Yes it does, and it is!

Are those CPS caps/hats that some of them are wearing? I haven't seen them before.

Got to hand it to Canon, they really know how to market themselves!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony A7/A7r Light Leak Issue
« on: March 14, 2014, 01:51:46 AM »
Was actually thinking of a rain drop(s) running down the surface. If light can get in so can water, and the lens release button looks like the sort of place water could run into and divert into the camera.

Hi Expatinasia, have a look at this video, at around the 3.45 mark.


I haven'y tried that with my own a7r, but I did have mine on a Jet Ski in Australia in December videoing my son on those Water Plume thingys, covered the a7r in a reasonable amount of salt water, washed it off later with a soaked towel of fresh water, still working, impressed me at least.

I've tried the light leak thing on mine, friend of mine also has the a7r we bought them same time same shop in Singapore, unable to get the light leak issue, but I can on my 5DMK III's, hasn't seemed to have caused much of an issue to date though.

Thanks, I do like DigitalRev's videos. Always entertaining and educational.

And your jet ski test seems to have cleared up any issue of water leaking in through the holes that the light finds.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony A7/A7r Light Leak Issue
« on: March 13, 2014, 12:25:52 AM »
My point/question was that if this happens:

The light leak occurs with the body cap in place, but is more severe with a 35 f/2.8 Sony lens mounted instead of the body cap. The leak is worst when the light is shined onto the lens-release button area. It is also bad when the light shines onto the lower left quadrant of the lens mount, and directly above the lens mount. Other areas either didn’t leak or showed only a thin line that was far less pronounced than these areas.

Then surely that means that rain/water/sweat etc could also get in through those spaces?

That would worry me more than the light issue, but I do not know, which is why I am asking.
As I mentioned before, light rain will not get inside the camera even with the FE 35 f/2.8 lens mounted on it.
"Water" getting inside: if you are referring to small water splashes I don't think there is anything to worry about. 
"Sweat" getting inside: maybe if Kingkong is sweating ;D

Was actually thinking of a rain drop(s) running down the surface. If light can get in so can water, and the lens release button looks like the sort of place water could run into and divert into the camera.

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