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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I'm getting impatient for the new 5D 4.
« on: December 17, 2014, 02:51:41 PM »
5DIII has way better focusing system than the 5DII. You will get better pictures with the III right away.

Not necessarily.  Yes, the focusing system is more advanced on the 5D MK III, but like Tony Northrup showed, if you don't know how to really use the AF system, you can get poor results.

There is also a $2K or close to it difference between a 5D MK II and a 5D MK III

The OP has not told us what they are shooting, but if they do not need advanced tracking, then the AF on the 5D MK II may be fine as well as for the price of a 5D MK III the OP could get a 5D MK II and a 70-200 F/2.8 IS II, or pretty close to it. 

And again, if their heart is for the 5D MK IV you will save far more money on the depreciation of a 5D MK II in the next 6 months than you will on 5D MK III.

Heck, if they do the right amount of hunting and show some patience they could possibly even MAKE money on the resale of a 5D MK II after they have 5 months of use which is a lot harder to do with a 5D MK III with the potential announcement of a 5D MK IV

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I'm getting impatient for the new 5D 4.
« on: December 17, 2014, 10:58:21 AM »
What are you even shooting?

Pick up a 5D MK II, you can probably get a decent shape one for $1200, it still takes great pictures, is full frame if/and the 5D MK IV gets announced in the next quarter or so, you sell of the 5D MK II, maybe take a $100 - $150 hit or so, you will be more familiar with the 5D and easier to step in.

As well, what if the 5D MK IV is a $3500 - $4000 camera?  are you prepared for possibly those prices. 

Cameras are an expense, not an investment.  You buy wisely, you have a lower expense.  I would rather be shooting for 3 - 5 months for $20 - $30 a month on a full frame than just waitinfg

EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 17, 2014, 10:44:50 AM »
I bet on it being a Canon sensor.  My guess is it will have the 5DIII AF System, and probably less than 4 fps.

Huh?  Not 14 fps?  All the pundits will say what a crap camera is.... then again, must don't take time to realize that 4 fps on a 50 MP camera is probably around 250 MP/second depending on actual exposure data captured or around 8 - 10 fps for a camera like the 5d MK III.

A 50 that does 4 FPS is fine by me

I think the two are mutually exclusive.

1)  I think camera phones are popular, a lot of people will choose a phone with a better camera and indeed, a lot of people probably take a lot more pictures because of ease over anything.  The Selfie existed long before Kim Kardashian, though the cameraphone can be credited with this annoyance.

2)  Many people will use camera phones in lieu of other cameras because of convenience and sometimes performance, especially when it comes to concerts etc., though the lighter was by far cooler and more intimate than a bunch of display screens.

3)  The majority of the people who use camera phones may have been a large segment of the compact camera market, but I don't see these as the people who would have invested in a DSLR. 

I might use my smartphone camera a dozen to two dozen times a year, and as example, the two most recent cases were photographing license plates of cars insurance cards and vehicle damage after an accident and then using it to take a picture of a vitamin supplement bottle to enlarge the dose/direction.

Canon General / Re: What's the point of CPS - Silver level?
« on: December 16, 2014, 09:16:55 AM »
One - it is free

Two - It starts you in the door and I don't believe you get the exclusive 24/7 support otherwise

Three - Be aware that the program has changed in the last couple of years - you used to get I think a couple of cleanings, maybe 4 a year, some discount on repair, etc, and other similar but it cost you $75 and Gold was $150 dollars.  So the biggest shift is Canon made Silver free, cut some of the benefits, and then for Gold, while the cost was cut by 30% and I think they added one more product cleaning, that has stayed close to the same.

Other things that has changed, or perhaps I haven't noticed, I thought the point totals required used to be higher,

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Buy another 1DX?
« on: December 16, 2014, 05:12:29 AM »
Please buy a 1Dx so the 1Dx MK II will be announced sooner

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 08, 2014, 04:18:36 PM »

Doesn't the fact that this woman spoke to dilbert at all tell us something about her taste ?


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 08, 2014, 03:00:50 PM »

What is more troubling is a response to such a post. It reminds me of a bunch of kids on a high school bus. One kid says something he believes has some value or is interesting to him. Then a bully berates him and all the bully's worshipers chime in to pile on and win points with the bully. It's become an unattractive aspect of this forum, sadly.

So what's your point?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 08, 2014, 02:58:57 PM »
My wife has never bought me anything photo related.  I bought things for minefield that we turned into gifts for me... but it would be nice if she simply didn't hide my stuff when she cleans.

Funny... She bought me camera gear all the time  :P

Maybe one day Nikon will get serious about making cameras and the D5 and D820 will come only with EF mounts

After all, Nikon is already shifting to Sony sensors, so why not Canon lenses

Here is the FRO Knows Review

This is the bag I generally use when I shoot events and am primarily on my motorcycle.

Or Matt Granger:

I am on two years with no issues so far. 

Lenses / Re: Canon USA's 15% off refurbished sale
« on: December 08, 2014, 12:57:18 PM »
Thank you, all.  I had no idea of the pent-up demand!  Especially after several persons casually recommended that I get a 300/2.8 for BIF.  At that point, it seemed that most forumers (??) just went ahead and bought whatever they wanted.

And all I really want is a 1.4X T/C and another 430 II...  Well, that's a lie - I do want a 300/2.8.

I have rented, but do not own the 300/2.8  It is an AWESOME lens.  love it deeply.  at $4500 the refurb 300/F2.8 IS II is a great deal and even the 300 F/4 IS, though aging an a little long in the tooth, for a cleaned, checked and warranty glass at under $1K, that is a great bang for buck with just a little less light and Bokeh

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 08, 2014, 12:52:18 PM »
This one is too easy....

@DCM - I find nothing odd about "Dump" and "Nikon" paired together  :D

I also think if they would have been hell bent on going Nikon, they would have been better off spending $1.5K on a 610 and $3.5K on glass, than $3K on 810 and $2K on glass...

But hey... A lot of people likely have a bunch of F/3.5 - 6.3 lenses they primarily use on their $3K body

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 08, 2014, 11:35:24 AM »
I bought a used Nikon 200-400mm lens along with a 80-200mm f/2.8 and a Nikkor 500mm Mirror lens from a local real estate salesman.  She was selling them for her brother, and for a friend.
Her friend told her to buy a D800.  Sure enough, she was selling it 3 months later.  That's a story I've heard over and over, why can't my camera take sharp photos?  I've bought a number of those perfectly good cameras from sellers who were not photographers.  They preferred their P&S where everything was in focus.  Nothing wrong with that, its just that some do not understand just what is meant by best IQ.  It does not promise that the entire frame will be in sharp focus as many coming from P&S cameras seem to expect.

Amen on that brother - especially when you start getting into different exposure and AF modes.

Just another person who spends $5K+ to use P mode.

Lenses / Re: Canon USA's 15% off refurbished sale
« on: December 08, 2014, 10:39:27 AM »
Actually that tells you a couple of things

1)  Canon does a good job on their refurbishing, i.e. people will buy them.

2)  Canon generally does a good job on their quality, a lot of times an item will stay out of stock for a LOOOOONG time in terms of refurbs.

as an example, there were 600EX-RT refurb flashes, and almost 2 dozen of them, but they were gone extremely quickly.

Canon Refurb WITH the 15% off sale is one of the best bargains around.   You get a great price which is generally a little below the used market, and your item comes with Warranty, has been cleaned, serviced and checked.  I know a few photogs that prefer to get their bodies as refurbs because they feel that the refurbs go through better QC

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