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Lenses / Re: Is this the normal bokeh for an L series lens
« on: December 01, 2012, 01:56:28 PM »

Coincidentally, I noticed exactly this phenom using the ef24mm f/1.4L ii last weekend. The room was decorated for Christmas with those icicle lights hanging from the ceiling.

After reading this thread, I wonder if it is not the lens at all, but a different issue of light. When you look directly at any light bulb, it has some light source element inside and an outer casing (glass or plastic). Light passing directly from the source to your eye (or lens) passes through a minimal amount of the casing. Light at the sides or border is passing through substantially more casing material and is greatly diffused.

Anyway, just a thought; could be completely looney. But if there is some "fault" in optics, I want to lean toward the maker of the cheap light bulb rather than a team of optics engineers who designed and built a very expensive camera lens.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: December 01, 2012, 10:49:27 AM »
If canon puts a 21-22 MP APS-H sensor with 8-10 fps on the new 7D2 .. i will buy one regardless of the price...

You might want to be careful with that "regardless of the price" talk.

I'd bet Canon will do you a one-off for $50 million or so. Maybe less.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: November 30, 2012, 05:41:15 PM »
The tidal wave of used 7D bodies hitting the market will obliterate Rebel and 60D sales. I can get a well worn 7D for a hair under $1000 and a barely used one for a little bit more. Hate to think what would happen when that price drops down to compete with new T4i bodies

I'm curious about this "tidal wave of used 7D bodies hitting the market." Where are they coming from? As of a few minutes ago, there were about 140 7Ds listed on eBay in categories other than new (used, refurbished, etc.)

That's a decent quantity, but it doesn't comes anywhere close to the new sales every day of the 60D, T4i, T3i, etc. Certainly not enough to skew the new market in any significant way. Most customers don't buy used and don't want to buy used, which is the reason you can buy a "well worn 7D for a hair under $1000." Plus, one shouldn't assume that the introduction of a 7DII will suddenly prompt all current 7D owners to sell their current bodies. I, for one, will be keeping mine.

What can these people be thinking?

Did the introduction of the 5D3 send a tidal wave of 5D2 bodies to the used market? I don't watch it that closely, but I didn't feel the marketing earth move. What I saw were a lot of people who were rather stunned at the price of the 5D3 so they decided to keep using their serviceable and capable 5D2 equipment. Same thing is going to happen with the 7D2.

As I've been saying for a year or so the price of the 7D2 will be at or near $3K. That's going to stun most people into keeping their 7D.

And speaking of current prices relative to hair. A virtually new 7D body is now at the Canon refurb store for $1023. You can have a 60D body for $640. I can't imagine why someone would go into the jungle of the used 7D market with all its pitfalls when you can have a Canon-assured refurb for the same price -- or at least within a monkey hair of it!

It's about size, weight and stealth if you are into street photography.

Your opinion about the "right tool" for street photography is your opinion about what works for you and you alone.

There are as many "right tools" and different ways of doing street photography as there are people with visual recording devices.

Your way of doing street photography is not my way of doing street photography. Please do not make such statements.

Sony must done something right to already have people comparing it directly to the 5d3 ::)

So, if I compare it to my disposable 35mm Kodak, what does that tell you about Sony?
Anyone can compare any product to any other.

I gave my five-year-old niece one of those Kodak "disposable" cameras at Thanksgiving to take pictures of the day. She did a pretty good job, and the prints are surprisingly good.

Portrait / Re: My 5D Mark III portraits
« on: November 28, 2012, 04:52:38 PM »

Fine work in every respect.

Thanks for showing them.

Lenses / Re: 24L or 35L
« on: November 28, 2012, 10:43:32 AM »
Sorry to necropost!

I love it. First time I've seen that term!

EOS Bodies / Re: First Round of EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: November 26, 2012, 07:19:16 PM »

As did I.

Anything would be better than the current 7d's sensor. iso 100 noise? check. mushy compared to rebels? check. Sold?


heck if they changed nothing, and gave it only a new sensor i would buy it again.

You had a faulty 7D. We know already.

EOS Bodies / Re: First Round of EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: November 26, 2012, 05:18:16 PM »

It all sounds like a big, wild guess to me.


The S100 is $249 at Amazon -- no kit stuff, just the camera.

Lenses / Re: Red Ring Broke Off on 24-105 lens
« on: November 25, 2012, 02:15:04 PM »

Canon sells them, some for less than $1000.

Landscape / Re: Visiting Napa Valley. Need tips
« on: November 24, 2012, 10:34:56 AM »

Don't drink & drive.

This is always a maximum enforcement weekend!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: At least we have Canon quality control
« on: November 23, 2012, 04:45:00 PM »

I don't pay much attention to the my-father-can-beat-up-your-father chatter that goes back and forth. What I do often think about is how reliable my Canon equipment is. I use it every day and it's rock solid and does exactly what I've learned it can do. That simple factor means I don't have to care what the other guy's father can do.

Rarely do I go into a camera store, but I visited a couple of weeks ago to give them an opportunity to sell me a 5D3. They said they sell very few 5D3 cameras, and they cost them $2900 so they can't get near the $2750 that an authorized dealer was selling them for on the Web a month or so ago. They also said they sold some D800 cameras when it came out as a lot of people switched brands. That was interesting to me as I tend to think a lot more people talk about switching than actually do it.

Lenses / Re: Lenses for Ice Cream Photography
« on: November 22, 2012, 10:15:40 PM »

I agree 100%.

Food photography isn't as easy as it looks, and equipment is only one side of the equation -- especially with a temperature sensitive product.

i use the same lens i use for potato photography....

if you really want great shoots of good looking food... hire a food stylist and a pro photographer.
or a pro photographer who knows food styling... otherwise you will end up with a photo like in this thread (sorry dave).

there is a reason why people make money with food photography.

Street & City / Re: New York - New York
« on: November 22, 2012, 07:08:51 PM »

If anyone is getting pictures of the new Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, please post. I'd love to see pictures of the Louis Kahn designed monuments, landscape, etc.

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