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$2100 is low enough to pressure Canon to release the 6D more quickly, but not enough to drop the price on the 5D2.  I'm on the fence right now without a camera, looking for the best FF I can get for under $1500.  The pipe dream of a $1500 D600 is gone, so I'm hoping (but not expecting) that a discontinued/refurbished 5D2 or D700 will pop up around that price by Black Friday/Christmastime.  However, the D700 sold out so quickly at $2000 that I think it'll be a long wait.  I may just have to return to the old 5D.
If you're willing to get a kit and sell the 24-105 for around $800 then you can have something pretty close to that. I got a 5D mark ii for $2400 with the 24-105. I said was going to sell the lens to my wife and then I just ended up keeping it :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Direct Instock Alert Tool
« on: September 11, 2012, 10:13:56 AM »
Just thought I'd give another update. The Canon 70-200 IS L II Refurbished came back in stock last night. Once again my script sent me the email 1 minute earlier. What's even more interesting is I had the product setup for an alert on my other email account as well for Canon. The first one came at 2:45 but the other account didn't get the email until 3:01. Yikes! Canon's server sure must be slow for it to take that long. Either that or they must have a huge number of people using the notify tool.

Technical Support / Re: Removing Vignetting On 3rd Party Lenses
« on: September 11, 2012, 10:04:12 AM »
There are sliders for all of those, and for white balance there is an eyedropper tool which you can use to select a white or grey reference and it'll figure out the WB and temp for you.  Also there are auto white balance and auto tone tools, but I haven't played with those.  I regard LR as essential.


Yes, my main issue with LR has been the white balance and look of the pictures is never as nice looking for me as DPP. I downloaded a trial of LR after DPP crashed on me that time though and noticed if I changed some tab from 2010 to 2012 or something like that the colors and white balance were much closer to what I get in DPP so I guess I'll have to decide if it's worth switching over or not. I think I've gotten a little too accustomed to DPP but if it ends up crashing on me again then I might make the switch.

Lenses / Re: 40 2.8 with extension tubes
« on: September 11, 2012, 09:15:53 AM »
@Brian, I see that you have a 50 f1.8. I also have one and have used it with the Kenko extension tubes with good results. If have the $ I would say just buy the set of tubes from Kenko (about $200). If you are going to rent I would recommend going with a 12mm tube if you are shooting wedding ring macros. Hope this helps. Good luck.

Thanks everyone. I'm renting 40 2.8 again and the Kenko extension tubes. We'll see how we go. @Mt Spokane, I have contemplated using a 1.4 TC or close up lens with the 70-200 IS II but decided to go this way based on some back and forth with Roger over at Lensrentals.

Technical Support / Re: Removing Vignetting On 3rd Party Lenses
« on: September 11, 2012, 09:07:31 AM »
You can do this in light room in bulk, look for some tutorials to show you

I agree on LR4; It can get a bit slow when you have a lot of brushstrokes but for vignetting it is absolute dynamite.  I'll run one through if you want to put up a CR2.

Crap. I was wondering if that was going to be the answer. Currently I don't have the money for LR. I was pretty upset with DPP a few weeks ago when it crashed on me after an hours worth of work. I'm assuming this means I would just use lightroom for everything, white balance, exposure and color correction as well? Is it in any way automated or a slider or what?

Lighting / Re: Direct Flash - How to make it useful?
« on: September 10, 2012, 05:27:37 PM »
I can never get good direct flash, how do you get decent images like the one below.

I like off-camera and very competent in that, but direct flash I never could quite grasp it.

Without seeing the EXIF data and what sort of like it was taken in you don't know. My guess just looking at it is that's not a full on flash for the light source but more for the dot in the eye and removing some shadows. That's just my guess though.

Technical Support / Removing Vignetting On 3rd Party Lenses
« on: September 10, 2012, 04:10:38 PM »
So I use Digital Photo Professional for editing my pictures. I normally don't have to mess with vignetting at all due to most of my lenses either being Canon or they have low enough vignetting that I don't notice it. I just did a wedding with the Sigma 85 1.4 though and when wide open it has a fairly noticeable amount of vignetting that I'd like to try and remove. Is there anyway to do this inside of DPP? If not, what's the best way to go about trying to fix this in something like Photoshop or something else in bulk? Thanks.

Lenses / Re: 40 2.8 with extension tubes
« on: September 10, 2012, 01:28:42 PM »
Yeah I rented one this past weekend and it did seem to focus fairly close. Although the 35 2.0 I have is capable of focusing even closer. I'm looking for higher magnification than can be offered by the lens itself. I don't currently have any extension tubes or else I would of done some experimenting with that while I had the lens so sounds like I'm going to try out the 40 again and this time rent some extension tubes as well. Pretty much as expensive as renting a macro this time around but long term if I decide to buy it'll be cheaper and work on all my lenses.

Lenses / Re: 40 2.8 with extension tubes
« on: September 10, 2012, 11:51:32 AM »
The 40/2.8 will give a higher max mag due to the higher native mag and shorter focal length.

Sorry, no idea on optical difference though, but I expect the 40/2.8 would give better results.
Thanks, well if I'm renting the 40 and I have the 50, if I have the time I might try taking a couple of shots on both and see which is better. Thanks Neuro.

Lenses / Re: 40 2.8 with extension tubes
« on: September 10, 2012, 11:20:57 AM »
The 40/2.8 does great with a 25mm tube, mag is ~0.8x.  IIRC, working distance is ~6-10", can't check exactly as I've loaned out my 25mm tube.
Thanks Neuro I'm assuming the 40 would work much better than the 50 1.8 that I also have stopped down?

Lenses / Re: Any Wedding Lens Advice?
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:50:35 AM »
The 70-200 2.8IS ii is a great option. Expensive and heavy but a really awesome lens. One other option that I haven't seen listed in the postings so far is the Sigma 85 1.4. I just rented this for a wedding this weekend and was really happy with it.

Lenses / 40 2.8 with extension tubes
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:14:00 AM »
I was just wondering if anybody has tried out the 40 2.8 with extension tubes. Given its very small design, I would think this would give a greater minimum working distance since even with the extension tubes it wouldn't stick out as far as some other lenses.

I'm shooting a wedding in a couple weeks and am not planning to rent a macro for it. I just shot a wedding on Saturday and only used the 100 IS L for a few shots of the ring so I can't really justify renting a macro just for that little. I have the 24 105 and am renting the tamron 24 70 as well in case anybody has any input on if those would work better with extension tubes (I would think not). I also have been wanting to try out the canon 35 1.4 and own the canon 35 2.0 if anybody has tried it on those as well. Thanks.

Software & Accessories / Re: Yongnuo RF-603 Limitations
« on: September 09, 2012, 06:14:40 PM »
"There's a separate plug for the remote shutter operation as well.  Here's the rub on that one though, you have to have it mounted on a hotshoe for it to work, it's a little annoying.  But, no biggie.  I only use them for manual flash work."

What do you mean it has to be on the hotshoe? I just did a wedding last night with only the shutter release cable plugged in and the transceiver hanging from the cord. The other one was in my hand. Worked fine.

Software & Accessories / Re: DPP for MAC too slow?
« on: September 07, 2012, 06:07:37 PM »
After doing a lot of tests using both the Mac and PC versions, I think I have managed to identify the cause of the issue. On the MAC version DPP has a problem handling folders with over around 400 images in them. It seems that there is a memory management issue. On the PC version, it does not appear to be a problem.
Very interesting. I run on a Mac as well and I tend to run into a lot out of memory issues when I have a big folder of pictures. Is it exactly 400 or there abouts? I might have to start splitting up things into more folders but if it helps with these issues then that's not a bad trade off.

Software & Accessories / Re: Yongnuo RF-603 Limitations
« on: September 05, 2012, 08:04:23 PM »
Actually I think it's not pass through but more the trigger acting as an ste2 and the flash while attached is receiving signals like it would if it was wireless. I've definitely looked into those and after seeing the limits of this device will look into more. The main thing is its a brand new product and doesn't have a USB upgrade port so I'm tempted to wait some. I discovered a way to make the required change without soldering but I may end up soldering at least one spot.

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