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EOS Bodies / Re: 5d3 is the 2012 camera of the year!
« on: December 22, 2012, 04:10:55 PM »
Really? And not the 1DX? Why? I guess I need to read the article...

I asked same question in the original thread.

Answer is the 1Dx was announced in 2011. So, in spite of no ordinary person having one until deep into 2012, Canon has reordered time by now having the 1Dx in its second year.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d2 officially discontinued.
« on: December 22, 2012, 10:48:32 AM »

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Most interesting thing to me is that the EOS 1V is still alive.

$1699 new at B&H, film not included.

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Street & City / Re: Shots from Detroit
« on: December 21, 2012, 10:13:25 PM »

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Thanks!!

I like the pictures, and I love Detroit. You could shoot all day in any part of Detroit and never get a boring image.

I'd love to see more pictures.

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Canon General / Re: necessity of photography school
« on: December 19, 2012, 05:11:06 PM »

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These are the kinds of things I kept thinking as I read this thread. In addition to basic critical thinking, the greatest power of formal education is to enlighten you about everything you DO NOT know. A good school cannot teach anyone all they need to know, but you sure better come out of a school knowing everything you need to be working on. You should have an overview of your field that enables you to know where to put your everyday learning energies. This is especially true of photography as your learning will take place throughout your lifetime.



It's funny how hindsight works... before school, I thought I was pretty decent... maybe a 6-7... I developed my own film, dark room, etc... but after school, I realized i was no where near where I thought I was when first started and was closer to a 2-3...  And now, being out of school for so long, I have grown since the digital revolution and all the advances in technology...  Every time I think I'm a 9-10, something new comes out, a new facet in technology occurs, a new AF system, a new learning curve occurs...  The more I learn, the more I know I need to keep learning... 

What you've observed about your own photographic progression is a very real thing, and has been studied and written about numerous times. The less someone knows about a subject the less accurately they can judge their own skill/knowledge in that subject.  It's the old "you don't know what you don't know".

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EOS Bodies / Re: It's Christmas Eve !!
« on: December 19, 2012, 04:36:27 PM »
This is my Christmas gift - but taken with a 5D3 and 24-70 II

http://asmundma.smugmug.com/Other/The-Car/27170387_qdb57r#!i=2281624460&k=n829Hvj

That's just a car! If it can't make a picture....!

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Lenses / Re: Lens dilemma
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:14:56 AM »

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As much as I love my 135, I got my 70-200 first.

I'd do it the same way if I had to do it again.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Price War! Canon EOS 5D Mark II at Amazon for $1529
« on: December 18, 2012, 01:47:12 PM »

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Yep. B&H seems to be matching Amazon, at least on bodies. The 5D3 kit price has dropped twice, $50 each time since Friday.

How low can they go? Or how many special treats can they throw in to make it work?

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EOS Bodies / Re: It's Christmas Eve !!
« on: December 18, 2012, 11:14:57 AM »
Just curious, why did you buy from B&H when there are all these people selling it for $400-$600 cheaper than them?

I don't want to say thing I shouldn't in public. But for my circumstances, B&H is the most economical AND most dependable of any vendor I could use. I also have a long relationship with them, and I've got sort of a loyalty thing I guess.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Stop Using Instagram
« on: December 18, 2012, 09:27:30 AM »
I know I am in the minority....but I would NEVER have a Facebook page.  The reasons are just too many to list....WAY too many. It's just not a safe or very intelligent thing to do. Truly.

Safe? Intelligent? Aren't you the guy who took a photo walk on the Jersey shore during the worst hurricane NJ ever had????

Just kidding, Bob!! I know you're smart about everything you do, and those hurricane pictures are still the best I've seen anyone take regarding that disaster.

This Instagram thing has me puzzled. They certainly have a right to change their policy (and I and everyone else have the right not to participate), but they must think two things:

1. Most Instagram users won't care and will even be flattered that some corporate entity is using their images. "Wow, dude, Frito-Lay is using one of my snaps in their TV commercial -- awesome!"

2. The quality of photography has fallen to a level that any kind of junk is now acceptable.

This is really huge news. I'll be watching to see what happens. If there is no mass rebellion, it spells real trouble in the world of image ownership.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body $1599 at B&H Photo
« on: December 17, 2012, 11:27:08 PM »

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It was around that price this time last year -- but it didn't have all the extras thrown in. I came within a click of buying it then.

This is a great deal!! A lot of folks might be hard pressed not to buy it as a second body.

Not quite. It was 1999 last year with a CF Card and a little Lowepro bag, from B&H. I got one. I kept a pretty close eye on sales last December, and I didn't see anything lower than that.

You may be right. I don't remember well enough to say for sure. But I seem to remember it was the week between Christmas and New Year, and it was lower than $1999.

Either way, doesn't make any difference. My 5D3 arrives tomorrow. I've been suffering the AF of a T2i for almost three years now. What a relief!

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EOS Bodies / It's Christmas Eve !!
« on: December 17, 2012, 07:51:43 PM »

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I just checked the tracking number and found out my 5D3 will be delivered TOMORROW !!

Hadn't expected it until end of week. Isn't B&H just the best!

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body $1599 at B&H Photo
« on: December 17, 2012, 06:19:05 PM »

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It was around that price this time last year -- but it didn't have all the extras thrown in. I came within a click of buying it then.

This is a great deal!! A lot of folks might be hard pressed not to buy it as a second body.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Book/Reference guide for 5D mark III
« on: December 15, 2012, 09:14:22 AM »

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As P80 said, this seems to be the best currently available:

http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Mark-III-Experience-ebook/dp/B007RGWZVM/ref=cm_cr_dp_asin_lnk

I'll be reading it too.


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D: 'I need a Must Have's List'
« on: December 14, 2012, 03:29:52 PM »
So here I am thinking to myself, there is a 6D out there, a 5D Mark III, etc etc. and now I have the 7D, what should I do.  But I make piece with that and start hunting for a list of must have gear if you own a 7D and surprisingly, there just aren't things like that out there.

I have a family, I take pics of them.  We go places, I take pictures when I go places.  So from a stills perspective, The only thing I have right now is a 60D kit lens and a 7D body and a battery.  Looking for a little 'christmas wish list' advice from some 7D owners.

I suspect there are not lists like you're looking for because people do different things with cameras. Anyway, given what you've said, here are a few thoughts:

1. Mount Smokey gave you the best advice with the EF-S 17-55 lens. It' got a good range. It's fast. It's got IS. And you'll get extremely hig IQ pictures.

2. As with any good camera, you'll need a second battery. Keep a spare charged so you'll never run out of juice when you want to be taking pictures.

3. Make sure you have good fast storage cards. Lots of excellent sales happening now. The 7D can flip along at a good FPS pace -- good for getting pics of moving kids.

4. The 7D has a flash so unless you're doing more than fill or serious lighting a flash wouldn't be high on my list.

5. If you're traveling around and doing some scenery you may want a good CP filter, once you've decided on what lens you'll be using for such things.

I think that's the basics. Next tier, I'd go first for one of the 70-200mm L lenses.

Have fun.

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