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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: CES 2012 Cool Stuff - BETA Shell Cases
« on: January 13, 2012, 10:10:59 AM »
I'm not sure there's much of a market for lens cases.  I have a couple of brand new, still on the card Lowepro lens cases that I can't sell or even give away.

Personally, I really like lens cases.  Using the Lowepro SlipLock system (Toploader Pro cases, Deluxe Technical Belt) I have a flexible and modular system that can carry one or two lenses, or three or four if necessary. 

These Beta cases do look interesting, but not to me personally, as I would generally want everything protected, including camera(s), flashes, etc., and thus I use Pelican Storm cases.  But then, a small Peli case (like the 1120) with foam would hold a camera, and with the Beta cases for lenses it would make a modular storage system that would be good for kayaking/canoeing, etc.

Hey Neuro, what do you use for Pelicans and what is your set up? 

I picked up a 1650 for my Photogenic PL2500DR strobes, and can fit 2 of those, a PL1250DR, 3 7" reflectors and still have room to put together a segment for the cords, et al.

Trying to figure out which Pelican would work for my 5D MK II, T2i, then my Pocket Wizards, Sekonic LM and a bunch of lenses.

But back on topic... The "shock" part is what scares me on these.  I think they do fine for protecting the integrity of the lens case, et al, but also think that once people think their items are "bulletproof" they are less cautious, and that dropping these may cause a lot more internal damage then expected. 

Maybe I missed it on their site as well, but I would find it helpful if they took the time to match the case to the lens, or in the case a lens fit in multiple, they had a little app where you listed your lenses and they would recommend cases.

Just an update.  Got the beast in yesterday.

Talk about solid construction... This is a lens you probably could soundly beat a mugger about in the head with, pound in some nails in a 2x4 and still take great pictures.

Weight: not really a factor to me.  Does dwarf the 70-200 F/4L Non-IS girth wise, but have heard that can be a great thing...  ::)

Speed... Seems fast, then again I am waiting for some of these to be sick hyper fast.

Sharp and IQ... I notice it in the view finder even.  I was shooting fashion yesterday, and swapping between my 24-105 F/4L and the 70-200 F/2.8L IS II, and just "felt" the difference looking through... meaning I spent more and more time trying to work this lens in when I could, even though shooting in a tighter space.  Lens is sharp.  Annoyingly sharp.  The model likes to wear color contacts and bugs me because the eyes are so clear, I can tell that their are color contacts because I can start making out the iris patterns

Something tells me my 5D MKII loves it too.  When I put on another lens, I could swear I hear the body let out a little sigh or cry.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is there an advantage to still having a mirror on a dslr
« on: January 12, 2012, 07:34:20 AM »
as long as sensor based phase AF is not as perfect as todays phase AF in the optical chain you will have worse continuous AF on these mirrorless systems.

the optical viewfinder is still ahead of electronic viewfinders.

I rarely use the screen.  I prefer the view finder because my eye sees more sharply, and use the screen when doing some distance where I can use live view zoom, in and then switch over. 

The moveable screen is a nice advantage especially when shooting in crowds where you can hold your camera up to help compose an image.

EOS Bodies / Re: DSLRs are a dying breed, EVIL is the future!
« on: January 12, 2012, 07:17:39 AM »
There will always be good-enoughs... Those are the populous and masses.

For small compact camera, I could careless whether it has a mirror or not.  I am just looking for something I can fit in a pocket, slip into a concert, etc.

I think there are some inherent limits, AF being the most apparent... When you start seeing fashion magazine covers being shot with these, then start to worry. 

Will be interesting to see the short term affect as to what this does to the entry DSLR, whether they get stronger, more features and prices creep down in the entry to mid-market.

I think the entry DSLRs will still remain, because some people want to get into photography, want to work their way up to better bodies, and the lifecycle of upgrading body and lenses will not be replaced.   Now if they start having a mirrorless body that can take a EF 70-200 F/2.8L IS II or an EF 400 lens and actually be competent at focusing and shutter bursts, then I may worry. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Camera insurance recommendations?
« on: January 11, 2012, 12:00:45 PM »
I got a quote and it was like $500+ or so.

Part of the issue is PPA and TCP provide liability coverage too, i.e. if someone trips over a strobe stand, you are defamed.  It is more than just equipment

EOS Bodies / Re: Camera insurance recommendations?
« on: January 11, 2012, 11:15:10 AM »
Any feedback on the insurance options through PPA.com or Photo.Net?

I am in the same boat... though unfortunately used to have State Farm, but have been with Progressive the last couple of years.  I don't think Progressive offers such a policy

Lenses / Re: Canon's incredibly short warranty
« on: January 11, 2012, 05:56:03 AM »
Good point on the international. 

HP is a company like that who drives me nuts.  If you have ever made a purchase and financed from their HOME side of the company, you can not use that account to buy from the Small Office side and vice versa...

To me this seems ridiculous, since it is all the same company... So buy a cheap laptop one year, next year, you lust after a top monitor... sorry... we can sell you this crap 25" TN LCD Panel, but won't sell you the 30" H-IPS Panel unless you want to reapply for financing.... Yes, we see you have $5000 open credit... but that is on the home side.... This is the business side.

UPS did the same sort of things... because their shipping and billing systems were separate.

Lenses / Re: Canon's incredibly short warranty
« on: January 10, 2012, 05:10:36 PM »

90 days is short, which is fine for Refurb... a year seems fine for me.

In general, if you are going to run into manufacturer issues, they are evident fairly quickly.  Other issues tend to be wear and tear related.

For one of the companys that offers "longer"... Longer only matters if they "honor" it.  Since I am new to DSLRs in the last two years, I did a LOT of research before picking the Canon camp.  It would have been easier for me to go for one of the other brands since my father owned a few of their cameras.  One thing I came across was a lot of service nightmares of either:

1)  The company declaring it wear and tear and charging... i.e sorry, this was misuse, we can fix it, but it will be $XXXX

2)  No ticky, no service - I also heard a lot of complaints of service REFUSING to service any pieces that did not have proof of purchase though an authorized dealer.  This is regardless of age, but pretty much you bought used gear, you are SOL... They would not even SERVICE IT.

As an interesting comparison.... Take a look at the complaint board here for canon:


and here for Nikon


Canon is ranked 12th, with over all POSITIVE

Nikon is 200 something... basically in the middle.

Length of Warranty is one thing.  Quality of service, price of service, etc can be something quite different.

I found dozens of complaints like this one before going down the Canon road:


Your mileage may vary, and I am sure there are similar stories on the Canon end too... But the more I searched, the easier I found it to find more for other manufacturers than Canon, and Canon, while shorter warranty seemed to be faster and more responsive with repairs, warranties, etc. 

Canon General / Re: New lens: need filter advice
« on: January 10, 2012, 08:10:09 AM »
Only issues with "Stacking" filters is it can cause vignetting. 

I also heard the the B+W CPL MRC can introduce a bit of this as well and have been debating going to the slim for my CPL instead to negate this

Lighting / Re: Trouble shooting on the 430 EXII (HELP!)
« on: January 10, 2012, 05:43:53 AM »
Check the batteries.  Most of the time when I have run into trouble with my 430 EX II, not so much my 580 EX II has been the batteries were low or lowish

I think it is a little more complicated than that.  Some issues like vignetting that are inherent to a certain lens will respond differently on a crop body than a FF, and in some cases like that, a crop body can improve the performance.

Then again, wide angle lenses on a FF are not that wide on a crop for the same reason. 

For me, i find it easier to get bokeh on a FF because of my focal length choices and distance to subject.

Software & Accessories / Re: Automatic Microfocus adjustment software
« on: January 08, 2012, 12:44:07 PM »
Very interested in hearing more.  Sounds like most people are going with the Pro.  Is it worth i versus the Plus?  From what I can see, Pro mainly shows reports of what is going on, or am I missing something.

I have done no micro adjusting, so if this will help run through the process in a more automatic manner and help my images be overall sharper, well worth the investment.

EOS Bodies / Re: New 5D MK2 Owner
« on: January 07, 2012, 03:42:21 PM »
Shoot... Shoot... Then shoot some more...

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon price match the 1DX to the D4?
« on: January 07, 2012, 09:12:40 AM »
And again.. Until we see these Head to Head, one can not really judge.  Specs do not necessarily mean performance, otherwise everyone would be using Sigma 70-200s.

Both cameras seem to have their niches.  Canon delivers it appears bigger pictures. faster burst, and likely better ISO. 

AF looks to be a wait and see.  Canon seems to be 61 versus 51, but we will have to see how the AF points work, especially if Nikon is did this as a last minute Rube Goldberg to make the spec, it may not function as well as people think. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon price match the 1DX to the D4?
« on: January 07, 2012, 09:03:58 AM »

Small | Large

There are just as many specs where the 1Dx is BETTER than the D4.

Higher Resolution
Faster FPS
Native ISO I will lean towards Canon based upon past
More AF points.... It is yet to be seen whether the AF8 points in the Nikon make a difference as well as if that advantage is just limited

Nikon looks like it maybe slightly better on Video.

Hey Kia just came out with a new Optima... Maybe BMW will price match

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