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Lenses / Re: Lens deals suddenly dry up
« on: April 02, 2014, 08:19:02 AM »
Overnight the refurbished 70-200 2.8 ll from Canon increased in price $400.
I can't but wonder the cost vs profit range for lenses. When the price was reduced I presume Canon still made a profit.

Lenses / Re: Lens deals suddenly dry up
« on: March 31, 2014, 04:44:56 PM »
I don't believe lenses perform better (optics)on a full-frame sensor.
I was happy with my 16-35mm on my 1D mk lln but after using it on my 5D mklll it was clear to me why it was upgraded.
If gear wasn't marked up so high how can companies offer the occasional sales they do without losing money ?

When I purchased an EF 400 2.8 years ago it was $7500, it's now almost $12,000. Yikes !

Lenses / Re: Lens deals suddenly dry up
« on: March 31, 2014, 04:27:44 AM »
I'm troubled by the high prices for upgraded lenses.  Canon improves their 24-70 f.8 and the prices jumps about $1000. The 16-35 ll and 70-200 2.8 ll zooms had similar huge price increases. As sensors improve and more people use bodies with full-frame sensor the optical shortcomings of lenses is revealed. Why should the consumer pay so much more for those shortcomings to be corrected ? I used to think my 16-35 2.8 lens was fine until I put it on a full frame body. I'm unimpressed now as I realize the lens really isn't that good. An improved lens replaces it and the price increase is huge. Same with other lenses. Now when there is a sale or a rebate the common reaction is "oh what a good deal !" I suggest those discounted prices are much closer to what the lens should be selling at in the first place. $7300.00 for a 300 f2.8 ! Are you kidding me ? $11,500 for a 400 f2.8 ?  $2,500.00 for a 70-200 f2.8 ll ?

I think sales, rebates and refurbished pricing set equipment prices at little closer to the appropriate amount and reveal just how much the stuff is marked up.

soft lens $1,200,    improved sharp lens $2,250  .....it's crazy

I'll wait for the price reduction

Lenses / Lens deals suddenly dry up
« on: March 29, 2014, 01:34:47 AM »
As someone looking to save on a 70-200 f2.8 ll, the recent 20% midnight sale was a cruel tease. Suddenly it seems like all lens deals are gone, prices are up. We're told discount pricing will be stopped by Canon.
What's going on ?

I'll wait. A week, a month, six months ?  I'm just going to wait. List prices are pretty damn high if you ask me.


I think the hood is fine. The release button can be bumped and I've had my hood come off once or twice.
I now use a small square piece of black gaffer tape as I do on most of my hoods to secure it to the lens. A little added insurance. No big deal.

Sure love the lens and I'm glad I upgraded from the MK l.

Lenses / Canon March 23 midnight 20% sale
« on: March 23, 2014, 12:39:03 AM »
I learned from Canon Price Watch.com about a 20% March 23 midnight sale for refurbished lenses.
I tied to order a zoom at midnight but the lens went out of stock immediately.

Any idea if the sale pricing will be honored when in-stock notifications are sent out ?


EOS Bodies / Re: Improving 5D MK lll skin tone
« on: October 05, 2013, 10:14:37 PM »
Thanks PBD, I was hoping you'd add your two cents worth. Just when I think I understand color management you raise the bar to the next level.
I'm going to read your note a few times and let it sink in.

When I look at a couple Passport training videos I'm puzzled by the suggestion to set a white balance (with the color checker), then create the profile and then to assign the profile to the image or batch. It strikes me as redundant.

Then I see the "As Shot" option in PS and think, wait, I want the custom profile, not "As Shot."

I'm trying to let this stuff sink in and not make it harder than it has to be.

I'm excited about the control and consistency the Passport can provide once I understand the little details you are nice enough to explain.

I have the DNG converter and want to check out the DNG editor you mentioned.

Thanks a lot !


EOS Bodies / Re: Improving 5D MK lll skin tone
« on: October 05, 2013, 05:42:03 PM »
I've followed the generous advice here and purchased the Xrite Color Checker Passport. I'm using it with PS CS6, not Lightroom, so I converted to DNG, created a profile, loaded and activated the profile. I see the helpful change in color with the custom profile, but what doesn't make sense to me is that when I click the white balance eye dropper on the middle gray patch the color changes. Wouldn't it stay the same ? How can I have two different looks that are accurate ?

Thanks again


EOS Bodies / Re: Improving 5D MK lll skin tone
« on: September 28, 2013, 02:31:33 AM »
I consider the 5D MK lll a very high-end camera, capable of impressive files in the right hands.
I'm here to learn and find the best resources.

Thanks a lot for sharing.



EOS Bodies / Re: Improving 5D MK lll skin tone
« on: September 27, 2013, 01:39:59 AM »
Really nice of you to share that color control option. Thanks a lot !

For years while working as a newspaper photographer I would do a quick color correction of jpeg files, crop, size and send.
Never had any PS training. Now that I'm freelancing and doing more critical work I need to up my quality control.

I'm working to master or at least improve control of skin tone.

Thanks a lot for your help.


EOS Bodies / Re: Improving 5D MK lll skin tone
« on: September 26, 2013, 11:15:57 PM »
I appreciate the help from my friends here, thanks a lot.
I purchased the Passport and look forward to seeing how it can help skin color quality and accuracy. Creating a new camera profile is something that will be great to learn about.

I'm still surprised by the color cast, heavy in reds and magenta, and some excess yellow I get using the 5D with a carefully created custom white balance in jpegs.

Are the RAW shooters here getting great skin color just using the PS yellow-blue and magenta-green sliders, and white point, or are there other controls I should be using ? I struggle with the two sliders in the RAW converter.

This is a great message board, thanks for helping out.


EOS Bodies / Improving 5D MK lll skin tone
« on: September 25, 2013, 10:53:13 PM »
I love my 5D MK lll bodies but I often struggle with getting high quality skin tone even though I use a custom white balance. Too often I am challenged to reduce excess magenta, red and pinkish tones from skin color and also deal with too much yellow.

I'd be much happier with more brown tones in caucasian skin. I see those wonderful tones from large format digital cameras. I have a hunch the 5D can pull it off, I just need to learn how, either with camera set up or post production Photoshop techniques.

Tell me it's possible



Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: July 10, 2013, 12:00:59 AM »
I see that the price of the Canon 24-70 2.8L ll has recently gone up so I want to take the opportunity again to thank BuyDig.com and Canon Rumors for their recent promotion that saved me several hundred dollars on my purchase, and included a quality 82mm UV filter and fast, next-day shipping.

Thanks !

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 2.8 ll, Thanks BuyDig.com and Canon Rumors
« on: June 25, 2013, 12:59:42 PM »
I did contact customer service about a problem and got immediate help. I used a discount code I found online for $5 savings and it turned out that prevented their 5 percent discount from showing up when I completed my order. When I called customer service they explained what happened and quickly corrected the order to include both the large and the small discounts. They were friendly, helpful and fast.

Lenses / Canon 24-70 2.8 ll, Thanks BuyDig.com and Canon Rumors
« on: June 23, 2013, 02:28:01 AM »
Thanks to BuyDig.com and Canon Rumors for the 5% discount on select Canon bodies and lenses.
I decided I wasn't going to purchased the over-priced 24-70 2.8 ll until I found a deal from a reliable seller.
Canon Rumors and BuyDig worked together to offer special pricing. The 5% turned into a $100 savings on a lens that's hard to find on sale. BuyDig.com also offered a Hoya uv filter,  a modest lens cleaning kit, and rush shipping.

I had purchased from BuyDig.com many years ago but was reminded what a class act they are. The service could not have been better. They offered free, 2-day shipping, but sent my US warranty lens next day air.
The included 82mm Hoya filter was excellent quality and saved me nearly $70. My local camera repair man put a scope on it and told me it is as sharp as I could get at any price.

BuyDig.com is a quality online dealer, I hope Canon Rumors will continue to team up with them to offer discounted pricing.

The mid-range zoom is my most used lens for professional work.  When Canon introduced the 28-70 2.8 L many years I immediately added to my kit, and then up-graded to the 24-70.

After a lot of thought I'm glad I got the 24-70 2.8 ll. It's sharper, has better contrast, focuses fast, and
is most impressive when shooting back-lit subjects.

The popular new lens is not perfect in my opinion. Though it costs an extra $1000, the focal length is not the same. It's wider, and I'm not happy to give up focal length at the long end. If version 1 is 70mm, the new one falls short of that. I wrote about it in a previous post and some photographers didn't like it. Some said it wasn't true, others said they don't care, and a couple people wrote about "focus breathing."  The new lens is wider ! I have both and I can see it's not even close. The MK ll doesn't focus nearly as close either, and that doesn't help me at all.
The new lens has a zoom lock and I'm not sure why since the zoom ring is so stiff.

I appreciate the deal from BuyDig.com and Canon Rumors, and I'm glad I purchased the lens. For the extra $1000, I sure wish the focal length and minimum focus distance matched the older, less expensive zoom.

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