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If these new lenses actually happen and are all as good as the 35, wonder what Sigma's roadmap is for their bodies?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Digital Film (for use in old camera's)
« on: April 21, 2013, 06:59:07 AM »
How about this one?


Nice design idea, pity about the April 1st disclaimer though  :'(

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Where are European rebates
« on: April 20, 2013, 03:24:36 PM »

What I am really envious of though is Canon Refurbished
In the UK, Canon sells Refurbished items thru a third party.  They are sold on ebay for excellent prices, sometimes lower than US refurbs.

So it does! I had no idea wow, just did a search thanks MtSP  ;D

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« on: April 20, 2013, 11:38:20 AM »
Absolutely loving all the photos being posted showcasing this lens, only thing is guy’s I think your all pushing the price of it up especially you Dustin and I’m still saving, now stop it and post some duffers   ;)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Where are European rebates
« on: April 20, 2013, 11:32:29 AM »
USA rebates, USA rebates... Discounts in US shops days after days. Almost nothing in Europe.
Prices in euro equal Prices in dollars despite Euro values more than dollar... and son on.
I feel like Canon is doing commercial discrimination towards european customers.
Do you ?

Of course everyone wants cheaper prices but to answer your question (for the UK) I don’t think there is discrimination by Canon after you have taken tax into consideration actually I think the prices have never been closer. I do think that high street shops are trying to compete against the internet but sadly just not succeeding, could Canon help them with that? I don't know, others will value what shops give higher though as for me this is a hobby not a profession. Rebates exist and are a simple sales gimmick, the base price goes up prior to the rebate, that happens everywhere.

What I am really envious of though is Canon Refurbished 

and bring on a 24-70 2.8 IS art line for FF I hope it's more 'when' than 'if'

Lenses / Re: There is euphoria in these halls...
« on: April 09, 2013, 08:16:33 AM »
Yah! Happy Birthday  ;D

I'm saving up for that one myself, enjoy

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 6D Body $1629 via eBay
« on: April 08, 2013, 04:55:29 PM »
don't you have to add $210 if you want warrenty? so that would be $1910

Site Information / Re: Love or Hate Canon Rumors Forum
« on: April 04, 2013, 06:30:16 PM »
Overall I’m amazed at the openness of many of the pro photogs on this forum willing to give up their knowledge, particularly technique to help others it is there lively hood after all. The few times I’ve asked for advice I’ve been given solid help and it’s been most appreciated.

The other thing that keeps me coming back is the photographs posted. There are particular photographers that I have found consistently inspiring, and am downright envious of their talent so I’m not going to mention them  ;)

As for the bickering that erupts occasionally, well it’s a bit like the Jeremy Kyle show no one admits to watching it but if I’m honest it is kinda entertaining  :P

Bottom line: I’m hooked!

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Autofocus not impressive
« on: April 02, 2013, 03:09:52 PM »
The 5d2's ability in low light is much lesser than the 6d.  If you are never in ISO 6400 and up situations there is no reason to choose a 6d over a 5d2, but if you shoot in low light the 6d is vastly improved over the 5d2.

I agree and surely these other improvements must carry some weight?

quiet mode
full support for rt flashes
faster FPS
7x bracketing
dual afma for zooms
flexible min/max auto-iso
min shutter speed setting

As has been said on this forum (correctly) a camera is so much more that a sensor. I really believe that if Canon had just put 11 good cross AF points in the 6D there wouldn’t be any arguments about 6D over 5D2 and that wouldn’t have taken anything away from the 5D3.

Lenses / Re: Is my 24-105mm f/4 L unreasonably soft?
« on: March 30, 2013, 04:15:03 PM »
That green curve does look strange to me, resolving better at f4 than f8 (I'm assuming the sweet spot would be around f8) and again better at f20, maybe I'm miss reading?

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 30, 2013, 03:48:04 PM »
The AF system is totally new and amazing compared to the 6D AF system.

No S___ Sherlock  ;D ;D ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: What's the normal battery drain for a 5D3 that's off?
« on: March 30, 2013, 03:35:52 PM »
I don't use very often my 5dmk3 because i don't need it, only in special situations when i need the high iso. My main camera is 550d.

 :o :o :o seriously?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Digital cameras of the future
« on: March 23, 2013, 05:33:32 PM »
There will be no personal photography it will be illegal, everything will be copy write
…. and on that depressing note good night!  :'(

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4... DOH!!!
« on: March 22, 2013, 04:04:39 PM »
Keep your current WinXP PC the way it is and get another PC for your photography with Win7 Pro x64 and run Lightroom 4 on that.  Get a good higher end IPS display for the photo pc.  The Photo PC is just another tool.
Excellent idea.  I've been tolerating Win 7 just to run LR 4.  There has not been one positive thing I've gained with Win 7 but instead lots of things that annoy me.  I'm seriously considering building a dedicated Win 7 photo PC while my main PC is XP.
Full Disclosure - I am in IT, I see and support many types of systems and OS versions.  I used XP x64 as my main workstation up until a couple months ago.  I still use it for some things (through an RDP session from my new Win7x64 workstation).  I sympathize with folks that don't want to change.  For those that the PC is just a tool, upgrading/changing the OS is a hassle.  Still, please be aware that the time is nearing when all updates, support, etc are going to end for XP.

XP will become a dead OS in April 2014

What this means is you will no longer receive updates for security, drivers, etc.  The OS will still function but it will cease to exist as far as Microsoft is concerned.

Windows 7 is actually a great OS and it isn't that hard to become comfortable with.  It performs better and much more reliable and secure.  You would like it even more on a laptop.  Lightroom or any other similar software is going to benefit from a 64 bit OS and at least 8GB of RAM, preferably 16GB.  Just do it and don't look back.  It's not that big of a deal.  Then after you are comfortable with Win7 on the Photo PC, start deciding about your main workstation.  My suggestion on that is to go to or and purchase a refurbished HP or DELL Core2Duo workstation PC with Win7 Pro for about $250.  I would suggest to stick with Intel Core2 or i Series CPU + Chipset and away from AMD or Pentium 4.  Here's a good example...

Excellent post Rusty, you won't get much return from the geeky types here but your advice is spot on

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