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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: April 15, 2014, 03:38:51 PM »
Well, since I don't shop on mobile, prices are identical in most cases, and it seems different browsers are telling different stories for in stock status, it's pretty clear where I should place my orders go forward to avoid out-of-stock/backorder issues.

Thanks all for checking your browsers and confirming I wasn't losing my mind!

Lenses / Re: San Francisco camera store recommendation
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:33:40 PM »
You'll not find anything as large as Adorama/B&H in SF, but I can personally recommend Glass Key Photo in SF, and the Looking Glass, just outside of the city in Berkeley.  These are independently run, small businesses that have given me fantastic service, with staff that have been a real pleasure to work with.

You're in for a real treat as the weather has been unusually warm and sunny.  Enjoy your time in SF!  :)

Reviews / Re: 50/1.4 Sigma Art Review by The Digital Picture
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:24:09 PM »
With the Otus as exception, most other 50's have to stop down 1.5+ stops or so to keep up with the Sigma wide open.  Looks really promising.

Thanks for sharing the link!

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon E2 Handstrap opinions?
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:38:42 PM »
I use a camdapter on both my DSLRs.  I love that handstrap.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: April 14, 2014, 12:13:47 PM »
Since you're going to have to wait anyway…might I suggest that you consider the RRS L-bracket for the 1D X? 

It is more expensive, yes, but the design is excellent.  It is modular, so you can remove the upright portion of the L bracket for a smaller profile when you don't need to mount in portrait orientation (that also means you can buy the body plate, and add the upright portion for the L bracket later).  The hex key to convert stores right in the plate itself.  It's a common size (5/32", IIRC), and for me that little easily-accessible wrench has come in handy in a variety of situations.

Neuro, thanks for the suggestion, but I'm finding I rarely use a monopod let alone a tripod with this particular camera.  I just need something simple for video I've been shooting more of :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: April 14, 2014, 12:05:45 PM »
Odd; when I go to that link I see, in red:

Please note: Although this item is temporarily out of stock, you can order it now and it will ship as soon as it arrives. Your card will only be charged once item is shipped.

Yeah, it's weird, i don't know what's happening then, as I can't see anywhere on the page telling me it's either backordered or out of stock

Here's what I see on my end as of this morning:

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: April 14, 2014, 02:34:57 AM »
@ Helen,

At the risk of my sounding real stupid (if the simple answer is easily there to be seen) is there any way to tell from an items webpage on Adorama.com whether or not the item is in-stock?

+1.  This is quite irritating.

This doesn't happen often, but for the 2nd time in a month, I placed an order for an item and was notified several days later the item was out of stock.  As of today, the item is still reported in stock on Adorama's site:


With the passover holiday closure, B&H won't be processing orders until the 23rd.  :(

6D Sample Images / Re: Shooting in Namibia with the Canon EOS 6D
« on: April 13, 2014, 07:15:35 PM »
With all due respect I would expect better photos from you.

yikes.   :o

oh the irony in your post!

Here's a real newbie question...

After reading more than a few threads here I've seen that one of the same lenses keeps coming up in conversation - Either one of the EF 24-70mm's...

Is this the MUST HAVE lens for everyone?

No, not necessarily.  There are some folks out there who generally prefer prime lenses in that focal length range for DSLRs (myself included) for various reasons (DOF, low light, size/weight, cost, etc.).  Come to think of it, the only zoom lens I own is the 70-200 II... might have to fix that eventually ;)

Canon General / Re: 16 MEGA-byte CF card!
« on: April 12, 2014, 10:11:56 PM »
At least mine is made for Digital camera ;)


you've got me beat haha

i wonder what the smallest size CF card is that can be found?

Canon General / Re: 16 MEGA-byte CF card!
« on: April 12, 2014, 10:09:02 PM »
Hi BL.
Did you try a jpeg or medium jpeg?

Great nostalgic find.
I have a hard drive that was removed from a pc when the pc was upgraded to a 256mb drive the original was 128mb!

Cheers Graham.

Oh that's right, my camera was setup for .CR2s but I'm sure a JPG would have taken

I'm going to use this to store all my customized camera settings, so I don't lose them when I normally format cards

There were some old JPGs on it from a super old Canon compact that I don't have anymore dated from 1997 haha.  It's so old, I don't even recognize the people in the photos, and I'm not entirely sure I even took them...

Canon General / 16 MEGA-byte CF card!
« on: April 12, 2014, 12:26:41 PM »
Guess what I found in the nightstand next to my Van Halen mix tape?  :D

I tried unsuccessfully to take a picture with it, but even 1 file exceeds its capacity and refused to write haha

i think this is what you would call a "x1.0" speed CF card :D

It's mind boggling to think how quickly technology changes.

Lenses / Re: Damaged 70-200 2.8 II, suggestions
« on: April 11, 2014, 04:36:24 PM »
Before sending back to Canon, why not have it checked out by your local camera tech?  I dropped my 80-200L (ages ago) and the filter shattered, bending the ring along with the metal threads.

I took it to my camera tech to have a look at it, he takes it into the back, was gone for maybe 5min, and brought it back fixed without charging me a dime.

Reviews / Re: Lomography's Petzval Lens - RLPhoto's First Impressions
« on: April 11, 2014, 04:26:54 PM »
I think the only thing holding me back is the issue of weather seal, or lack thereof.

that, and something tells me before the month is out, I'd lose the ability to shoot f5.6, f11, and f16 lol

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