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Canon General / Re: Canon Refurbished Sales
« on: March 17, 2014, 01:07:19 PM »
Really it comes down to the price/value, just like everything else.  The amount of wear that a lens has is based on how popular it is.  The nice thing about LensAuthority is that they check out the lens before selling them for decenteredness, resolution etc.  It saves a bit of time checking it out.

I purchased a 100-400L from them during a Black Friday sale for 950.  It was rated 8-8.5.  The lens body was in excellent shape and the front/rear elements were clean.  The lenshood is a bit looser than a new lens' because of the wear, and the bottom of the lens foot was scuffed up (all of it was disclosed in the lens description), so I got what I thought I was going to get.

All things being equal, I'd rather get Canon refurbed units for the same price (better warranty, etc.), but not all lenses are available there.  I almost got my MP-E 65 from LensAuthority (they sold out during a sale), and I got the 100-400L and I'm happy with what I got for the price I got it.

Small scratches in the coating don't affect image quality significantly but it does affect resale value.  It might be worth waiting for a 8.5 or another unit that has cleaner glass for that reason alone.

Thanks for sharing. I'm not so worried about resale value. Not on a workhorse lens like the 70-200. Although I just dashed my thought of getting one in the next couple of months when I didn't set myself a hard limit on the amount of money I would spend doing my wine tasting in Santa Maria this weekend...let's just say 2 1/2 cases. I hit 11 tasting rooms though! Great times, lots of interesting wine.

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i think 512GB cards will be here by the end of the year, but i don't know if they will stay with CF interface as it seems that they are coming to the end of what the format will cope with, i know they are talking about the XQD format but my money is on the future of SD.

Fats

Perhaps they will be here, but they didn't go ahead and create XQD or CFast (CF replacement from same standards group) on a whim. SD cards just won't cut it, especially for top end photography that needs high write speeds to keep up with the high burst rates. Think sports & action photographers and the like. They need cards that can quickly clear the buffers of their 10+fps cameras. I highly doubt SD cards will ever become the standard format on the top tier (I'm including 5d3 level in here as well, possibly 7D replacement as well) cameras.

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Well, those 2 lenses are targeted at different markets.

The 24-70 f/4 is targeted at the lower end of the market where IS (shooting at slow shutter speeds or have shaky hands) and wants closeup/short 'macro' operation with fairly good image quality, but not top end.

The 24-70 f/2.8 v2 is targeted at the high end professional that needs to be able to gather as much light as possible to keep shutter speeds up, build extremely tough, and top end image quality (especially sharpness, this lens is super sharp wide open across pretty much the whole zoom range). And it has a price commensurate with it's qualities.

Thank you for that really good break-down. Do you have either of them or what's your preference?

I've already got the 24-105 f/4L so I don't see a need for the 24-70 f/4L IS for me, although from what I understand it's a bit sharper and does have that close-up mode, although I'd lose 35mm worth of reach.

I'd really love to get the 24-70 f/2.8L v2, and eventually I will, but it's rather expensive for me and I see more of a need for the 70-200 f/2.8L IS v2 first for me. And perhaps the new Tamron 150-600mm...so many lenses, so little money...

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This is likely using smaller sized NAND, possibly even TLC NAND and those are all fairly new. Might drop a bit over the next year, but probably not significantly. We probably won't see a 512MB card for 1 1/2 to 2 years is my guess, and by that time we'll all want them in CFast cards since the new top end cameras are going to start to have that interface. That's all speculation on my side, but at that top end of capacity, you need to go through another whole generation of NAND shrinkage before they really can boost that capacity any further, and it's starting to slow down a bit as they get down to smaller and smaller processes. They're actually basically at the leading edge of node size, and as they get smaller and smaller there are more and more concerns with longevity and read accuracy.

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Well, those 2 lenses are targeted at different markets.

The 24-70 f/4 is targeted at the lower end of the market where IS (shooting at slow shutter speeds or have shaky hands) and wants closeup/short 'macro' operation with fairly good image quality, but not top end.

The 24-70 f/2.8 v2 is targeted at the high end professional that needs to be able to gather as much light as possible to keep shutter speeds up, build extremely tough, and top end image quality (especially sharpness, this lens is super sharp wide open across pretty much the whole zoom range). And it has a price commensurate with it's qualities.

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Canon General / Re: Canon Refurbished Sales
« on: March 14, 2014, 07:23:42 PM »
Hmmm...not to derail the thread too much, but anyone bought from LensAuthory.com? Specifically a 70-200 f/2.8 IS v2 with their 7.5-8 rating? While I trust them (since they're really LensRentals sales arm), is any tiny bits of front-element scratches really as minor as they imply?

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Technical Support / Re: Newbie needs help: Tamron 150-600mm
« on: March 14, 2014, 02:13:43 PM »
What aperture? The Tamron is quite good for the price, however to get best sharpness you typically have to stop down to f/8-f/11 depending on the focal length.

Plus, while 1/640s is reasonably fast, if you are hand holding you need to use excellent technique to avoid a tiny bit of camera shake. Really, while a monopod can help with the right technique, a tripod is often best as it provides the stability needed for super-telephoto lenses.

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Ok, $150 for a 4"x6" is ridiculous. Want to bet he prints them out at Walgreens?

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: RIP Calumet Photo
« on: March 13, 2014, 05:48:59 PM »

Not good news, but not a surprise either:

http://petapixel.com/2014/03/13/calumetphoto-us-declared-bankruptcy-gave-employees-zero-notice/

- A

Good link. Looks like the FB page has disappeared now. I checked it a few hours ago to see if there was any announcement there would be any fire sales.

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When we start seeing a good selection of lenses in this mount I think we can agree Sony will finally have a mount to stick with.

Hopefully this new camera will have improved RAW file format & shutter issues fixed.

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Calumet U.S. Bites the Dust
« on: March 13, 2014, 01:54:54 PM »
I'm shocked I tell you, shocked.

Yea, personally the Hollywood location was OK. I much preferred Samy's which had much more stuff and more locations and much more a feel of a local (well, local region) camera shop.

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Calumet U.S. Bites the Dust
« on: March 13, 2014, 01:29:57 PM »
Wow. And the website is completely down. They even took the servers offline!

Hmmm...not to sound too opportunistic, but I wonder if that means my local store will be having a liquidation/fire sale. Could be good to get a new lens, or maybe some stands/backdrops for cheap.

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Lighting / Re: How to get studio light on the fly ...
« on: March 12, 2014, 08:17:49 PM »
That's nice and all...but he still has a ways to go

Eric Schwabel is... the Human Light Suit


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A7R Lust
« on: March 11, 2014, 07:25:56 PM »
Of course, there's a big light leak issue (see Roger's take).

</sarcasm>

EDIT: Realized I screwed up the url BBCode, fixed now

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While I rarely shoot setups, I took a portraiture class and the instructor used a randomly cut up square of plastic held a distance in front of a continuous light to cast shadows on the background. Add gel(s), and you can change the background color/texture of a gray/white backdrop pretty cheaply, without having any specific wrinkles/etc.

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