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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon has Refurbished 5DIII for $2240
« on: January 01, 2013, 04:44:42 PM »
Sorry, but when you're buying the equipment that most 5D Mark III's owners are, and like myself, who paid $3499, the differential is meaningless.  $2599 vs $3499?  Who cares?

Meaningless? Who cares?

I care. And I can't imagine I'm alone on that score.

As I've said here before, there seem to be quite a few people here who value money differently than I do. When the 5D3 first appeared I said I wouldn't pay what they were asking. I suspect quite a few people said the same thing. When the price got to a point where I would pay it, I did.

I can understand you may feel bad about having paid a lot more just a few months ago, but please don't presume that the "differential" is meaningless.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Body Rumors for 2013
« on: January 01, 2013, 11:48:19 AM »
This post should get the juices going and the spittoon overflowing!!

I believe in the 7D2, not so much the other.

Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: December 31, 2012, 08:51:33 PM »

I wondered if the gimp would show up!! Great picture, Bob!!


Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: December 31, 2012, 04:09:33 PM »

Not the best of the year, but one of the most unique:

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon has Refurbished 5DIII for $2240
« on: December 31, 2012, 04:04:55 PM »

That wasn't there late last night.

Best deal yet for a 5D3.

As for the question on warranty, it's stated right in the product description.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: A1200 for $35
« on: December 29, 2012, 12:41:55 PM »


Sale ends tomorrow, midnight. (December 31, 2012)

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Need you to critique this annual calendar
« on: December 29, 2012, 12:40:05 PM »

Personally, I don't like the green color, at least on screen. Maybe in print it looks okay -- again, just a personal preference.

Anyway, that got me thinking maybe the months could be different colors. January/February maybe a cold bluish shade and green through summer and fall colors for Sept/Oct/Nov -- and maybe holiday colors for Dec. Something like that, or something more appropriate if you're in another hemisphere.

I also thought about playing with the layout, but I don't see any way to really improve it.

Thanks for asking.

Lenses / Re: A few words on Adorama's customer service
« on: December 29, 2012, 12:29:52 PM »

Thanks, Rigo.

Nice to see good companies acknowledged by appreciative customers. My experience with Adorama and B&H is nothing but the best.

PowerShot Cameras / A1200 for $35
« on: December 29, 2012, 10:26:26 AM »

Just ordered a little Powershot A1200 from the refurb store. At $35, how can you go wrong? Sale ends today.

The OVF is what got me. That, and the simplicity, I guess. Throw in a couple of AA batteries, paste it to your face and go shooting.

No RAW, no IS of any kind. But an f/2.8 28mm zooms to f/5.9 at 112mm.

And if it gets run over by a bus, no big deal (just get it off your face before the bus comes!).

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon France Teases New Products
« on: December 28, 2012, 08:14:49 PM »

The more I look at it, the more I think it's pathetic.

That's advertising and marketing geniuses for you!

Heed the wisdom of Bill Hicks.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: World's First EOS-1D C Motion Image Shoot
« on: December 27, 2012, 04:06:55 PM »

Exactly right. This is the future, and it's not that far away. This is why I've said before the 1Dx is the last conventional stills DSLR Canon will ever make. The 1Dx is good enough that it will bridge into this form of photography/videography that will become common in that high end professional market.

Reading this and watching the video makes me feel extremely primitive in how I make pictures. What I strive for in head-hunting street photography is that real moment, that "micro-expression" that is so recognizably REAL! For me, that's what makes a good picture. Even shooting honest 10 FPS stills it can be missed -- if you were fast enough to achieve AF to begin with.

I'm going to predict the next summer Olympic games will see many image producers using these kinds of tools. A company like Reuters will jump at the chance to have video to go along with the stills they can provide clients -- and all of it coming from one camera.

Maybe 10 years from now people will look back at the tools we covet today and think it was the stone age.

What is not important here is what this camera can or cannot do.  What is important is the shift in direction and marketing that this camera brings.  It is true that a camera that can take continuous footage at a decent resolution will change a lot of the photo industry.  Canon sees this, and that is where they are heading.  If I were younger and had a desire to move into a cutting edge industry, I would probably mortgage the house and buy two of these things with a heck of a lot of memory cards.  I would start marketing myself in a way that differentiated myself from my competition, and as technology catches up, I would employ that too.  With an existing client base and experience at this craft, you would be at the forefront ready to handle raw video 5K, or whatever is next.  Who knows, the future hardware could shoot 5K at 24FPS and then when you press the stills button you get a temporary bump to 60 FPS with multi-exposure blur to still have smooth video and still be able to use a high shutter speed for great stills.  Its possible.  Some company will figure this out, and things will change.

Exciting stuff.  Too bad I am old, tired, and in a different industry.

Lenses / Re: attaching lens hoods
« on: December 26, 2012, 09:34:14 PM »
The alternate orientations that you can put the hood on when you do not align the spots also generate the same final symetry of the hood on the lens (even when using asymetric hoods like this petal one for the UWA zoom). This is the way I found my lens on the body when I read this post. So apprently I wasn't paying attention to Canon's instructions.  ::)

So just put the hood on anywhich way that it will go smoothly onto the threads.  I personally never cared if the writing was on top or bottom.  :P

You  must be one of those anarchists I hear about!!


There are some retailers I'd be cautious about.

EOS Bodies / Re: "Do you want to borrow a 1DX" ?
« on: December 26, 2012, 10:33:14 AM »

Avoir l'esprit de l'escalier, I know, but you should have told him, Piss on borrowing one, I'll just buy it.

You're going to end up buying one anyway. Get on with it!

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