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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 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

EOS Bodies / Re: Whortwhile to go for 5D Mark II?
« on: January 06, 2012, 09:05:49 PM »
With the launch of the Nikon D4, such improvement like high ISO capabilities and advance video technology. Does the current 5Dmk2 still sufficient in today market? I'm seriously looking into getting one 5dmk2.

When the Lamborghini Reventon was announced, did it make the BMW 7 series irrelevant?

How much does the Nikon D4 cost?  $6000?  You could also look at the 1Dx which in many ways seems to offer more than the D4, but that is $6800?

The 5D MK II is pretty much 1/3rd the cost of either of those. 

Also unlike the D4 or the 1Dx, you can actually SHOOT the 5D MK II today... D4 and 1Dx... not so much.

Is the 5D MKII a little dated?  Perhaps.  Still takes excellent shots, you may have to work a little harder for them, but for the price of a D4, you can get a 5D MKII and a heck of a lot of nice L-Glass too

I should also say that I have spent a lot of time looking at the Sigmas, especially the 50-500 as well, and the 120-300.  The 120 to 300 seems like a fine lens, but also a 3K lens.  I think a lot of people would like an off-brand cheaper brand, but the more I look at reviews, sample images, it reminds me a lot of L glass versus plain EF glass.  Granted, I think a lot of the Sigma lenses are more comparable to the better Canon lenses when you are looking at their better lenses, but if it is sharpness you want, Canon seems to have the edge... Though were I to look at the 120-300 from Sigma versus the 100-400 from Canon, especially since it is a 2.8, but reviews I read indicate AF on the Sigma might struggle. 

I have never held and shot the Sigma, have the F4 Non-IS and just bought the 2.8 IS II.

When I was researching, I saw a lot of side by sides, not only of the F4 to 2.8 to 2.8 IS II, saw some Sigma 2.8 vs Canon 2.8 thrown in as well. 

Summary as I saw it:

-- Sigma is build cheap. Feel is not as good, but how much does that matter.
-- Sigma is soft, especially when looking at crops.

EDIT - I was thinking the Version II was a newer version, but the OS is newer I believe. You also could track down a Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS Version 1 for close to the same amount of money on the used market.  I have been seeing a range of $1200 if you are patient to around $1400 or so on average)

When it comes down to it, even though I have had my 5D MK II for a month, have not shot one second of video.

Now my T2i is quite different.  I have had that for about 14 months and have maybe 25 minutes total video...

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