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I am not liking how supposedly people who have connections to authorized dealers are able to put their preorder in before the camera has even been officially announced.  I know that this is the way of the world and there are always perks to who you know but it's unfair in my book.  How many preorders do you think bhphotovideo is going to get? Does anyone think that it will be worthwhile to place a preorder with one of the major online dealers? Or just wait until stores have it in stock?

Eh, grain of salt.  I don't believe them for one second.  They didn't preorder.

My guess is that it shoots out bees.

EOS Bodies / Re: More Images From Shanghai
« on: March 01, 2012, 06:16:01 AM »
What do they have circled in the stage shot?

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkII Kit Price Hike
« on: February 19, 2012, 10:51:12 PM »
This has always bugged me a bit.  At Christmas time the price drops down to $2,000 was two companies in the US trying to get business.  They did not go on sale at most places.  I checked a lot of retailers, online places, brick & mortar places and they all set around $2,400 with no reductions.  I do understand they dropped in Canada, too, but for the most part, it was two places battling with each other.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5d Mark iii price?
« on: February 19, 2012, 10:44:00 PM »
The 5D released at $3,299.  The 5D mk II was $2,699.  If I had to guess, I'd think middle of that- $2,999.  That's the magic limit for me.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 500 & 600 f/4L IS II in May
« on: February 18, 2012, 09:11:11 PM »
I don't understand- they officially announced this on a Saturday night/early Sunday morning?

Really depends what you are shooting and who you are shooting for. If I shoot the NFL, it has to be for a written press. They won't let you shoot for just a website. If I shoot an arena concert, I can shoot for a magazine, newspaper, website or even the arena itself. The
 key is press passes are free.  But, you have to offer them something, too. You taking pictures generates publicitly locally and nationally and that is why they let you do it. I started shooting small concerts, high school sports and other small events. That allowed me to build a portfolio and apply to the newspaper. That opened a ton of doors for me to get to shoot sports and concerts.

Many events and shows you are obligated to use their photos in certain ways. For example, wrestling will only allow you to shoot if you give them full copyrights. Some sports won't even let you post their pictures to your own website. Regardless, I spend a lot of time reading to see where my copyright will end up. It's pretty rare for me to give those away exclusively. Many musicians do not allow you to do anything with your pictures other than the paper/website/mag you are shooting for. It can be pretty bad a lot of times. You have to be careful with what they ask. For every rocker that wants to own every picture you take, there is a hip hop band that gives you 100% ownership and selling rights. Sadly, the latter is getting tougher to find.

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* New High-End DSLR Later in February [CR3]
« on: January 30, 2012, 02:58:38 PM »
I just called Canon USA and they know nothing about UK's "priority purchase for CPS Platinum members". So as of this minute it isn't being offered here. But that could change.  :)

Did you call the CPS hotline or just Canon USA support? 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DII joystick/multicontroller
« on: January 30, 2012, 11:19:17 AM »
Focus point selection.  And I am left handed, which makes using the traditional joystick a huge pain with where it is located.  I shoot in portrait a lot and have always wanted one on the grip.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why canon?
« on: January 30, 2012, 09:19:34 AM »
Years ago the XTi was on sale.  $15,000 worth of equipment later, here I am.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The best ways to (not) get your gear stolen
« on: January 30, 2012, 09:09:39 AM »
If you use your equipment in a business capacity, you can look at an inland marine insurance.

I am a photographer for an arena management group.  I get asked this a lot.  Usually, the venue rules are lenses less than 6 inches.  However, the artist or sports event may set their own rules.  Tie that with security who may be applying rules and it gets odd.  So where your friend was able get their camera in with a 70-200 lens, you may be stopped with a small compact.  I’ve seen folks whip out an SLR during concerts and get much better pictures than I did in my three songs.  I’ve shot a lot of other places, stadiums and places and the rules are up and down.  I would suggest you reach out to where you are going and ask.  Stinks that you had those great seats and were able to take pics.  Sadly, I am willing to bet that if you went there three more times, you’d get three different suggestions.  Now it looks like you have a great reason to buy a G12!!! 

EOS Bodies / Re: tips on getting started shooting in raw?
« on: January 03, 2012, 12:34:42 PM »
When I stepped into digital photography, I shot jpeg.  Even though RAW was there, I shot jpeg.  I mentally listed all the reasons I wouldn’t- too slow, would need more space, more cards and so on.  So I blocked it without even trying it.  I see you’ve done this as well.  For me the big change came when I decided I had enough of keeping every single picture.  I shoot a lot of sports, concerts and events and I was in the habit of keeping every out of focus ball, over cropped lead singer and tack sharp microphone.  I jumped in and haven’t looked back.  Not only do you have a huge amount of room to work, but you have a photo that as products like RAW conversion software improves, you’ll be able to go back and play with.  I also look more at my photos and ask myself- do I need this shot?  All the things you’ve laid out are true- it is slow, bigger and more work, but the result is at the end of the day you have a negative to work with versus a printed photo. 

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Wildlife - Post Here.
« on: October 19, 2011, 06:51:30 AM »
I am not a meal, lion.

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