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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: October 02, 2014, 02:40:02 AM »
In 1976 or so, my local camera store showed me and I bought a Canon AE-1 and my Minolta view-finder camera was history.  I'm now on my 8th and 9th Canons, a 5Diii and G15.  I couldn't be happier.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: The opposite of a good deal
« on: November 26, 2013, 03:00:16 AM »
I wouldn't consider that as Canon being a bad 'seller'.  You made a purchase at a set price and that was that.  The fact that a lower price occurred later on and you are bitter about it is more the result of impatience than Canon 'out to screw somebody'.  For what it's worth, most retail store advertisements I've ever seen is they will beat any competitors prices -at that time-, not a week, 2 weeks, 2 months after the fact.  So if you want to return your lens and then get the sale-price version, that's your choice.

Just as an aside...I worked at a large corporation where two of my co-workers put in all their paperwork in November to retire on January 31 the following year.  They both had more than 25 years with the company.  On Jan 2, the company announced a 'buyout' deal for retirement-eligible employees.  My co-workers inquired if they could get that deal and the company response was that they signed up to get the 'regular' retirement, and the company was obligated to honor that agreement. 

Pricewatch Deals / Re: 5D mklll (USA) for $2575 via Big Value
« on: November 26, 2013, 02:47:36 AM »
Once the item is shipped and they provided the UPS tracking ID  1Z_______, it's a simple matter to go to and change the delivery to your workplace (extra charge), or have them hold it at the UPS terminal for pickup (not UPS Store, unfortunately).  I've also done this after getting a door-sticker notice of attempted delivery/signature required as well.  But in that case, you have to be online to UPS by 6pm or so to make the change as (apparently) the early-morning delivery truck loaders won't take the package off the truck.

I, too have a similar dilemma between Lightroom and PS Elements.  For almost all my editing of RAWs, I first delete the 'obvious losers' before bringing them into LR.  That cuts down my LR time.  I then do all the editing I can in LR and output as JPGs.  But for me, the cloning abilities in PSE are better than LR, so if I have to do some cloning, I'll copy the entire JPG output folder to a 'finished' folder and do whatever adjustments I need in PSE...usually quite limited.  Then I simply replace the picture in the 'finished' folder that went into PSE.

One significant departure is how I store my photos.  I start with a 'high level' identifier like 'family shots 11-20-13' and put that into a folder titled 'family'...which has perhaps 30-40 other 'shoot dates' in there as well.  Then, in the 11-20-13 folder is subfolders: RAW, JPG from LR, JPG Final, and if I want to print some, I'll use the predefined crop sizes in LSE and save those to yet another folder with the suffix 4x6, 5x7, etc.  Although Lightroom has a great filing/indexing system, for this amateur, it's overkill.  I simply use folder names to get to where I want to view.  Trying to remember 'was that August 2 years ago or 3.....' is too hard for this old geezer.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Never let it be said...
« on: October 11, 2013, 07:37:15 AM »
One of the lesser reasons I upgraded from a 60D to 5D3 was to get the MFA capability.  Although I thought 4 of the 5 L lenses I had were 'right on' mounted on the 60D and 5D3, 3 of them were +3 or so.  The real surprise was the used 80-200 f2.8L 'magic drainpipe'  I found in ebay with a 1993 build date was right on!!  As for the 'other' L, my do-everything 24-105, it was noticebly soft on the 60D, and barely soft on the 5D3, but it took +3 (24) and +5 (105) to really make it knock-out sharp!

When I moved from roughly 30 years of shooting primarily slides to the digital age with a G-3, I naturally framed things as best I could and learned to use the freebie version of Photoshop Lite that came with it for editing.   Other than straightening things a bit, or sometimes wanting to be 'selective' about the subject, I didn't do much cropping at all.

But since moving from point and shoots to a 30D, then 60D and now 5D3, cropping became a necessity due to wearing glasses when I shoot.  I'm seeing perhaps 80% of the image in the viewfinder.  So, for me, cropping is a necessity.  Having the megapixels of a 5D3 that the 30D didn't have allows some fairly heavy-duty cropping with little, if any, noticable IQ loss.  I've even turned landscape format to portrait format pix when I discovered too much 'distraction' on the side(s) of the subject. 

Lenses / Re: EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 Vs EF 24-105mm f/4 L
« on: October 11, 2013, 06:58:26 AM »
When I had a 60D and upgraded from an EF-S 18-135 to 24-105, I soon realized that the 24 (FOV same as 38mm) was definitely not 'wide enough' for most indoor photography.  So I complemented it with a 16-35 f2.8L for when I needed 'wider'.  That solved the problem.

So, as the OP already has sufficiently 'wide enough' with the 15-85, it's probably worth keeping as is, unless the f3.5-5.6 becomes a hinderance (definitely too slow for indoor, low light, no flash photography) or, like me, plan to upgrade to full frame in the future...which I did.

Lenses / Re: Gateway lens
« on: October 10, 2013, 02:21:46 AM »
My real addiction started in 1975...when, in less than a year, I went from a Canon AE-1 and 50mm Macro lens to a pair of EF bodies and 7 lenses!  But I managed to break that 'habit' when I got married in '88.

Then I tried my 'first fix' (hey, it won't hurt to just try ONE...) with a Canon G3 in 2002 or so.  By 2010, I thought I could 'handle' a 30D and 18-135. 

But then the insatiable desire for low light, indoors, no flash church event photography struck!  Exit the 30D, in with 60D.  Exit the 18-135 and 55-250 and in with 24-105, 16-35, 85, 135, 80-200 and 200! 

STILL NOT SATISFIED!  Out with the 60D and in with the 5D3!

SATISFIED!   But for how long?...   (probably until my credit cards have 'healed')  

Lenses / Re: Ok, so I took my T3i/24-105 combo to Mexico
« on: October 10, 2013, 02:14:59 AM »
If you want an all-in-one vacation zoom IMO 24-105 won't cut it on crop as it simply is not wide enough...
The 24-105 is a nice range if you have full frame, though.
I couldn't have summed it up better.  When I had my 60D, I started with an EF-S 18-135 and loved it as an 'all around' great lens!  But indoors, f3.5-5.6 didn't do well at all without a flash.  So I replaced it with a 24-105, knowing I'd go FF one day.  But I often needed 'wider' than the 24 (38mm equivalent FOV) could provide, so I ended up getting a 16-35 f2.8L for my 'wider' needs.  When travelling, I'd take those two, one mounted and the other in a Lowepro case strapped to my waist. 

But since upgrading to a 5D3, the 16-35 sees little use.  The 24-105 does just about everything.  Although just a couple of weeks ago, I took the 24-105 and 135 f2L to Chicago.  I shot with the 135 for about an hour or so.  I should have used it more.  The 135 ROCKS!!!


EOS Bodies / Re: Help with 5DIII raw files
« on: October 08, 2013, 02:47:15 AM »
Why do raw files change with every new camera model?  Because there are more fields to be recorded, larger data fields (think Y2K yymmdd to yyyymmdd dates) and simply more data to be recorded.  Why did DOS and Windows have to be continually upgraded?  To support larger RAM sizes, large drive sizes, etc. 

Why does Adobe LR3 not support the 5D3?  Bring in the money!  Why does Adobe LR3 not run in Windows 7?  Bring in the money!  Why does Microsoft Word 2010 not support Microsoft Works document format?  Bring in the money!  Why can't a 427 Dodge hemi not 'bolt into' a '57 Chevy?  Bring in the money!

It would be nice to decide our computers will last forever, and every new whiz-bang feature and software product will run on our rapidly becoming outdated computer.  But unlike the 'dreamers' out there, software, hardware, and even camera companies are OUT TO MAKE MONEY!  That's their job!  That's their business!  Same reason you can't bolt newer model year car parts to your 15 year old car!  They have to make money, too! 

Lenses / Re: Which lenses should I sell?
« on: October 03, 2013, 01:38:04 AM »
I recently did a mental check of what lenses I used and which ones mostly sat in my bag, being toted around as 'excess baggage' for the most part.  I sold the 3 I barely used.

I recommend the same for you.  Look at what you use the most and sell the rest.  I'd start by selling off the T1i and the EF-S lenses to go with it...unless you like toting that one around as a light weight, single camera shooting.  I'm toying with getting a mirrorless or a G15 for 'banging around in my car'.  But unless that's your intent for the T1i, dump it. 

Stay with the 6D and the Ls + 40mm.  FWIW, I kept 4 Ls to go with my 5D3.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D - Worth Buying ???
« on: February 16, 2013, 06:56:17 AM »
As a former 35mm slide shooter eons ago, I knew I'd eventually move to full frame from my 'starter' 30D.  I upgraded to a 60D for more megapixels as I sometimes do rather tight, changed my mind from when I took the shot.  Low light with the 60D at church functions (usually without flash) was a challenge, even with my 16-35 f2.8L ii and the 24-105.  I tried a 24-70 L a year ago, but just too darned heavy for these old hands and no IS, so it was sold.  While I found wide-open with the 135 L gave me enough light for reasonably fast exposures, but with the 24-105 I use mostly, it was either slow exposures or moving to the "uncomfortable ISO" speeds over 1600.  I opted for slow exposures and dumped a lot of pix with subject movement as a result.  As far as 24-105 distortion, Lightroom corrects it with a single click.

So, "feeding the need" for better ISO, I went to the 5D3 just before Christmas.  What a difference!  ISO 5000 and up is no problem!  For me, the 5D3 is the ultimate solution to low light!  Handheld shutter speeds 1/125 and faster are a joy.  And even at f8 or smaller for DOF, the results are still outstanding!  But when I want the ultimate low light, thin DOF, the 135 L wide open wins hands down!   

So, based on my 60D experience with the same sensor as the 7D (and perhaps better firmware?), if the OP has the money, go for the 5D3.  The 6D ain't no slouch, either!

Lighting / Re: The Flash Bracket? Do they really matter anymore?
« on: January 31, 2013, 04:35:47 AM »
As a NOOB to flash photography, I first tried an ALZO flash bracket with my gripped 60D and 580 EX II.  First (and only time) I used it, I thought it was a bit 'clutzy' to switch from landscape to portrait, but it worked satisfactorily.  It was also heavier than I liked, and mounting it with the 'post' to my right when shooting, it required the optional shutter release button.  My problem was when I wanted to shoot without the bracket.  Difficult to remove mounting clamp from camera as well as to re-install it and mount to the bracket for additional shooting.

So, I found an older, used RRS 'wedding bracket' on ebay.  The ALZO hasn't been touched since.  The RRS is one-button, 1 second, to switch from landscape to portrait or back.  And although I haven't found a use for it, it can also raise the flash perhaps 8" higher than the 'normal' above the lens position. 

Canon General / Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« on: January 29, 2013, 04:29:30 AM »
Having moved to a 35mm Minolta viewfinder camera while I was in the US Air Force in 1970, by 1976, I desparately needed to stop taking pictures with the lens cap on!  So, I went to the local camera store in Milwaukee that I had moved to 1 year earlier and asked what to do.  He showed me a just on the market Canon AE-1, with a 50mm flat-fiield macro lens on it.  He didn't have to 'sell' me much at all.  It was mine a few minutes later!

I went out and ran 2-3 rolls of slides through it, and when I got them back, randomly, some frames were not exposed!  And I did all my shooting in about 2 hrs and never put the lens cap on during that period!  So, he sent the camera to Canon and they fixed it.  Off to my favorite rail yard to take more pictures...same results!  Back to the store again!  He offered me a full-value store credit on a then 'older model' Canon EF, which I instantly bought.  It was the predecessor of the AE-1 and had much the same electronics in a metal body with metal shutter, rather than cloth like the AE-1.  The pictures came out great!  Within a year, I got 'bit good' by the photography bug and ended up with a 2nd EF and 4-5 more lenses.  I think I ran at least 1000 rolls of film through each of those cameras.  Then I got married, and that was the end of my photography in 1988. 

12 years and an ex-wife later, I wanted to sell some stuff on ebay, so I bought a Canon (what else?) point and shoot G-3.  In addition to ebay stuff, I started taking pictures at church as well, and moved up to a G-5 a couple years later.  When I wore that one out (oddball exposures, etc), I figured it was time to move to the SLR mode I bought a used 30D and a couple of kit lenses, Canon 18-135 and 55-250.  6 months later, I wanted sharper pictures and the ability to do more no-flash indoor work.  So it was time for a 60D and some L glass.  This past Thanksgiving, the 60D was replaced with a 5D3 for the drop dead focusing and incredible ISO capabilities.  My no flash work is a breeze with an 80-90% keeper rate these days! 

Needless to say, I'm very brand-loyal when I find good products.  I know I'll be a Canon shooter 'til I die.  Ditto for Chrysler products...I've bought nothing but Chrysler products since 1972.  Goodyear tires, the same. 

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