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Lenses / Re: Do you go through stages of loving primes or zooms?
« on: January 16, 2012, 08:03:34 AM »
I can't say that i'm through any phases cause I just started picking up lens but my lens buyign pattern was this

18-55 Kit
18-200 wanted zoom and knew nothing about quality
10-22 wanted wide
50mm 1.8 Didn't buy but borrow a friend's for about 3 months... at first i hated it, but after i learned how to use the lens i thought it was awesome, albeit a little long on my kiss x4
35L the prime I want *yeah for B&H shipping to japan... and it only took 3 days!
50m 1.4 for those parties when you are just too far

going forward my next lens will probably be one of the L zoom lens to replace my 18-55 or 18-200

but i'm definitely in a loving prime mood now... Probably i'll get frustrated with primes as i'll keep switching lens.

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but what if it used a pre-existing wireless connectivity like bluetooth or normal wireless G.  Then it wouldn't really be an issue would it?

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28 f/2.8 Disappears From Price List
« on: January 14, 2012, 09:18:15 AM »
This lens has always been dead to me, given I own a 24-70mm f/2.8L. So it can go away quietly for all I care.
That's the point. Lenses like this are dead to us, but they are also dead to the masses. I really do think that almost all of the consumer grade primes, except for the gateway nifty-fifty—will disappear. There are too many options for consumer grade cameras and a DSL + cheap prime is a loser in the marketplace. People who know about primes know about the good stuff and are more likely to be willing to spend to get quality glass. People who don't know primes think they are some kind of weird, hobbled lens from the 1950s with no possible use. To an extent they are right. The 28-135 is f3.5 at its widest. That's only about half a stop, you get USM & IS, you don't pay a ton more and you have way more versatility.

Nice honeysuckle, though.

Personally the sub $500 primes I think are great for people with rebels and who are JUST getting into photography and want to get a decent lens but don't want to spurge.  I'm in this category.  I figured out i wanted a 35mm prime lens but the f/2 is just horrible build quality ... and well f/2... If there was an f1.8 35mm for around $500 i'd have gotten that (i.e. to compete with the sigma 1.4 30mm).  But instead i just got the 35mm L.  Def. more lens than i need though.

The super low quality 1.8 50mm and this f2 28mm are really at the low end of teh spectrum, but you also forget that there are alot of kids that try out photography in HS and college and at that point those lens are great price points for them. They just need to be updated is all.

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Site Information / Re: Should karma remain on the forum?
« on: January 13, 2012, 01:01:08 AM »
i too am for a positive only karma system.


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Landscape / Re: Snowy pictures
« on: January 12, 2012, 06:56:47 PM »
Wow i just love the overall lighting in your picture!

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Landscape / Re: Winter Milky Way Time Lapse - (Canon 5D MK II)
« on: January 12, 2012, 06:54:12 PM »
Being a shutter-count paranoid that I am, I would have difficulty putting that much mileage on the body for 1 project. Nonetheless, truly nice work!

If you use magic lantern there is a way to take time-lapse with the mirror up the whole time so it doesn't hurt the shutter.  Plus you can just replace the shutter box pretty easily.  Just had mine die on me a few months ago and had my camera back after a week.  Was covered under teh warranty too.

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I don't really want to go APS-C and then change again.....

Well the EF-S and EF mounts are probably here for awhile... well at least until those wireless lens come out that canon just patented.

The whole EF-S line is brand new and is probably here to stay.  If you are worried about going FF later on just make sure you buy EF lens as they work in both.  Makes it easy to get back into photography on the cheap and splurge alter for the better body

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EOS Bodies / Is there an advantage to still having a mirror on a dslr
« on: January 12, 2012, 05:56:06 AM »
I keep reading everywhere that mirrorless cameras are awesome. That coupled with P&S released at CES with the same size sensor as my kiss x4, is there anything you lose from going to a mirrorless system?  To reiterate, would a mirrorless Kiss x4 just be better than a mirrored kiss x4?

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Well canon japan will service grey market lens... just have to pay for it.

I only mention this cause some people had mentioned not being able to get a grey market lens fixed in a coutnry different from its origin

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Lenses / Re: Help choosing lenses for new 5D Mark II
« on: January 12, 2012, 12:49:27 AM »
My only comment is that you like taking landscapes and cityscapes, yet your widest lens is a 50mm.  My be good to look at the 16-35L or the 35L for those.  There is also alot of talk about how the 35L is a great walk around lens on a FF.

the 70-200 2.8L is an amazing lens for indoor photography.  Was playing around with it at a party and it was great on a crop from across the room for head shots.  Though a bunch of my shots didn't come out cause it was the non IS version.

I'd 2nd Leonard on the 50mm 1.4 being a very good lens for the price.  And if you can get over the build quality and the f2 of the 35mm, it has very close to on par IQ as the L.

So my overall suggestion would be to pick up the 35L (currently on sale!) and the 70-200mm 2.8L IS and the 50mm 1.4.

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Japan / Re: Getting USA warranty Lens serviced in Japan
« on: January 11, 2012, 12:16:25 AM »
So wow, i'm just amazed at canon service.

Dropped it off on the 5th and 3 business days later i get a call saying that my lens is all fixed and ready for pick up.

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Lenses / Re: I guess there won't be any new lenses at CES?
« on: January 10, 2012, 10:45:02 PM »
I'm wondering if they were planning on announcing something at CES hence why the rebates ended on Jan 7. but then changed it to the CP+ show and then extended the rebates for that reason.

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Lenses / Re: Canon's incredibly short warranty
« on: January 10, 2012, 08:59:19 PM »
though having a short warranty makes it an easier decision when buying grey market stuff...

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Lenses / Re: I guess there won't be any new lenses at CES?
« on: January 10, 2012, 08:47:01 PM »
Even so I still have hope the canon might bring out new lens on the later days of the show to steal the thunder...  Though I know that is just wishful thinking.

And why show lens at CES? It woudl still get more media attention then just doing their own announcement.

I'm still hoping for some kind of lens announcement because it is an olympic year.

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Not sure if it is a factor, but camera gear is more expensive in Japan than the U.S.  I buy all my stuff in the U.S. and have it shipped over for that reason. 

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