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Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 06, 2014, 02:46:35 PM »
I'm sure everyone has left the self timer on there camera and forgot about it until they next used the camera. Generally resulting in a frustrating few moments of waiting for it to fire while you scream in your head that the must capture moment is about to disappear.  :-[

Haha I've definitely done this one... multiple times. Starting to get better about putting it back on burst before putting it back in my bag.

Sports / Re: track and field photography
« on: February 04, 2014, 01:33:17 PM »
Aperture really was my first thought too. At an indoor venue, I'd never want anything narrower than 2.8. Granted, I read this thread on my phone while walking, so may have missed previous discussion of this, but I usually prefer my 85 1.8 @f/2 to my 70-200 @2.8 if I'm indoors. Opening up more will give you better background blur and a faster, action-stopping shutter speed. I know everyone always says "a stop isn't that much", but in terms of stopping action, 1/1000 is much better than 1/500. So I'd go as wide as reasonably possible, and definitely recommend at least 2.8 if not faster.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d mk III, the honeymoon is over
« on: December 23, 2013, 06:05:59 PM »
I agree with everyone.  I would add that upS right now is not up to snuff unless they straightend thing out over the weekend.

No kidding- send it Fedex.

Lenses / Re: More Mentions of 2014 Being the Year of the Lens [CR1]
« on: November 19, 2013, 08:49:42 AM »
What, no rumours about a 1500mm f5.6 with built in 1.4x converter?  :(
Probably a global market of less than 10, but I can day dream can't I?  ;D

Funny you should say that, but I heard a mention of a 1400mm f5.6 IS floating around last year.  No built in 1.4x or 2x though. Of course if you can afford it, you can afford the staff to carry it for you and to bring the things closer to you ;)
I can see it now... "Smithers, fetch me that grizzly bear. Oh, he cannot be too far from the river. Bring the river closer as well."

Lenses / Re: Big whites
« on: November 16, 2013, 07:59:36 AM »
Over the past couple months, the Canon Direct US store has had the 300 2.8II iS and the 400 4.0DO in its refurbished store at some great prices.  They come with a 1 year warranty so that is at least an option on the shorter focal lengths.  But I agree with others that the market for these lenses isn't swayed by $500 discounts.

I just hope those are there for the Black Friday 20% off or whatever they do this year....

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: October 29, 2013, 08:43:43 AM »
I remember someone saying change the card slot to SD....the worse idea I've head this thread, cf all the way I want my buffer clear asap....

also usb3 or better yet gig Ethernet jack to get my files off.

I can't see GigE connectivity on a camera.... consumers like wireless... the throughput of wireless is laughable compared to GigE, but wireless is more convenient... so the poorer solution wins... USB3 has to come soon, at some point people will stop making chipsets that only go up to USB2... USB will win out over Ethernet because all you have to do is plug it in.... no configuration required, and a lot of people use laptops and tablets with no wired Ethernet connection... USB is a more universal solution than wired Ethernet.

I can't speak from experience, as I haven't made the leap yet, but I understand 802.11ac is actually starting to approach the real-world throughput of gigE. While I doubt they'd put an ac antenna array in the 7d2 for space and power reasons, they COULD get the throughput if they wanted.

Also, given that Apple's target market for laptops correlates pretty strongly with pro and prosumer camera buyers, I think a thunderbolt / USB3 combo would be awesome- USB3 for PC users, TB for mac...

Portrait / Re: 'Straight' Portrait of a Young Woman
« on: October 22, 2013, 08:45:04 AM »
I'm always curious about people's monitors- to me, it looks very dramatic and contrasty, but with just enough skin texture remaining that I wouldn't call it 'blown'. I could see how a slightly differently calibrated monitor in this situation would make it look blown or texture-less, but it looks great to me!

Canon General / Re: I hate photographing my family for posed photos...
« on: September 13, 2013, 01:09:44 PM »
I've decided...  I'm going to set them all together....  take a photo and then use a zombie app.   I'll print the photos and when they ask whytheyare all zombies,  I'll say that is how they look and i don't see what they are talking about.

I see no possible repercussions of doing this. ;-) Sounds like a good plan to me!

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Basic Specs [CR2]
« on: August 07, 2013, 03:52:01 PM »
Well, I'm disappointed with all the rumors coming out that this is just a derivative of the 70D sensor... was really hoping for a new, smaller fab process with next-gen IQ, starting with this camera. I really have no interest in the dual pixel AF, to be honest, and I can't imagine the sports/wildlife portion of the 7D's target market really does. Maybe I'm wrong, it's probably been discussed elsewhere... oh well.

10FPS sounds good, 12FPS sounds like it'd be shut down by the marketing team... New Phase AF sounds good, too, as long as it's a step up from the 7D and not a step backwards. Although by the time this camera is actually available I'll probably have the money for a 1Dx and it'll be irrelevant anyway.  ;)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: First pic of Sigma 24-70 F/2 posted
« on: August 01, 2013, 12:30:00 PM »
Agreed this kind of just looks like a composited 18-35 1.8 + 120-300 2.8

Also agreed it's fun to randomly speculate and daydream about this lens...

Lenses / Re: Canon please show APS-C's some LOVE!!!
« on: August 01, 2013, 07:18:48 AM »
well, the first couple quarters of 2013 have come and gone, so that rumor is already at least partly wrong. Personally, I wouldn't hold my breath for anything- they announced all their new APS-C bodies for the year, without any of these new lenses. I'd have thought any new EF-S lenses would have gone nicely with the 70D announcement...

Lenses / Re: Lens flare.... I want it! :)
« on: July 31, 2013, 08:02:25 PM »
My friend loves flares and this is what i learned from him:
The 50 1.4 has awesome flairs if you put a small light source in a exact spot near the corners.
Sigma 20 1.8 has a circular halo if you put the light at the centre of the frame.

And my favourite is the 16-35 II with a b+w uv filter (not MRC):

If you want,check out his work:

This is fantastic! Great use of flare to make the shot.

I got a good flare the other day with my 28 1.8 + B+W UV MRC. The shot is worthless, except for how cool the flare was. I actually just noticed it in the viewfinder while lifting my camera to take a picture of something else...

(this is at f/2, defying the usual wisdom of using a narrower aperture)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon Refurbished Cameras & Lenses
« on: July 26, 2013, 12:50:04 PM »
Agreed with all of this- to date, I've bought a 7d, 50 1.4, and 2 430ex IIs. Most of them during sales, and they've been indistinguishable from new every time. Once I save up some money, my "go full-frame" plan is to buy a refurb 5d3 with canon loyalty program discount (have an old P&S to use for this), and 24-70 if I can get a discount on that too.

(Canon Loyalty Program makes every day your birthday- trade in an old body (doesn't have to be functional, or remotely new. Could be P&S or film SLR), get a discount on a refurb body, sometimes lenses from what I hear.)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Announces
« on: July 24, 2013, 10:20:21 PM »
Have any of you bought their used lenses? How did you feel about the price you paid? How was the lens you got with respect to the description of the shape it was in, etc?

Have you had to return one and was that a hassle? Did you get a refund or exchange?

Overall, what's the consensus of buying from them...good, bad, excellent?



Bought my 17-55 from them. Came with a hood (not included new, but included from them). Price was on par with most used copies I've seen- $800 even. Was listed as a 9.0, I think the only flaw listed was some internal dust. Pretty sure my 70-200 I bought new from Canon had just as much dust- for all intents and purposes, the 17-55 was perfect.

If I had the cash to go FF right now, I'd buy a refurb 5d3 from Canon, and a 24-70 from LR in a heartbeat, no hesitation.

Canon General / Re: reassuring stories
« on: July 13, 2013, 11:05:38 PM »
So, as you say....

Score one for the fish.

Question: Do you eat fish? ;)
Score a couple for the fish:
my pride
my camera
my brand new (to me) lens

I would eat more fish if I could outsmart them. Maybe I"ll just go buy a big piece of swordfish and grill it up, to get even. ;-)
I would send it to Canon, they can disassemble it and make certain its dry and  OK.  That would cost less than turning it on and frying a motherboard.  The lens needs service as well.
Of course, if its insured against things like that, just dry it out and try it.

I took both into the lab, put them in a ziplock bag full of drierite dessicant, figured that would do better than rice. But yeah, you're probably right, I'll probably end up sending both to Canon next week... of course this happened on a Saturday.

I saw that... makes me feel good about impact resistance. But water's so much sneakier about the way it gets in places and never comes out....

Thanks all for your comments- I do feel a bit better than I did this morning!

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