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Canon General / Weathersealed Camera Gear used in wet conditions
« on: October 12, 2012, 01:21:34 PM »
I recently upgraded to a 5DMK3 from a non-weather sealed T2i, which is especially nice here in the Seattle area as we just entered the rainy season (no, its not always raining here  :) ).

My questions to those of you who do have weather sealed gear and go out in the drizzle/rain/snow whatever are..

1) Do you protect your gear any further with covers, bags, etc?
2) When its wet, especially in places like the viewfinder area, how do you dry it out before next use?
3) Anything else I should know before getting over the jitters of using my expensive gear in the weather?

Thanks!

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2899
« on: October 09, 2012, 04:06:05 PM »
I find it peculiar that Beach Camera would sell it for less on Ebay where they have to pay a fee to Ebay, than there own website. Its doesn't make sense to me. When it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Others questioned the same thing when Adorama did it via eBay for $2749.00 USD. That's when I got mine and it came new in box, serial numbers matched, no light leak issue and I've been shooting with it for almost a month now and absolutely love it.

I don't know why dealers are doing it via eBay, but as long as its not Gray market and a reputable dealer, I say go for it for those that want to.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrading from 500D to 5D Mark 2 or 3
« on: October 01, 2012, 11:50:52 AM »
I recently went from a T2i (which I loved btw and kept as a backup) to a 5D Mk3. The differences are amazing, but not entirely in the way that "hey buy a $3500 camera and your photos will immediately get better". I upgraded to FF because of the better ISO performance, the 100% view finder, more AF points, weather sealing, etc. My T2i did not have these features and I got the Mk3 on that Adorama eBay deal 2 weeks ago. Anyway..

The color reproduction and clarity of the Mk3's sensor and 24MP compared to my T2i's crop and 18MP sensor are very noticeable to me and some other photo buddies. However, if you feel you're missing that extra punch, that could just mean more practice in composition and lighting and such. People do amazing things with, and I hate to say it, cell phone cameras. That punch comes from subject, composition, lighting, creativity. Sure having more resolution and better color reproduction and in some cases high ISO ability would come in handy.

Don't get me wrong, its a great camera, but I still take crappy shots with it. =)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Going to my first wedding the the new 5d3
« on: October 01, 2012, 11:20:12 AM »
Last year my sister-in-law got married and she had an official photographer. I was asked to take candid photos the photographer wasn't getting (I had a T2i, 28-135mm and no ext flash). We talked the prior evening at the rehearsal dinner about my intentions and I said I would not be in her way. I was just going to roam. She was totally OK with this and said she might need my help at some point as her assistant wasn't going to make it. Sweet!

During the ceremony and important parts, I stayed in the back and around the edges. She had the gear, the know how and it was her job to get those important shots. If I had some better lenses, I could have captured some angles she forgot but oh well.

My youngest sister-in-law is getting married next year and asked me to be THE photographer. I declined, but I'm happy to do what I did above, especially now that I have my new 5Dmk3 and 24-70L mkI. =)

Edit: The shot of your son is great. If you shot RAW, you can probably bring up the shadows of your daughter a little. One thing people forget about is being paid to take the shot or just taking the shot. Candid photos can come out just as good or better sometimes than the ones that were heavily thought through.

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403 forbidden for anyone else?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« on: September 24, 2012, 11:56:00 PM »
Got my Mk3 today. Waited impatiently while the battery charged. Checked the serial # and like others have found it is not part of a light-leak batch. Got the battery in, locked my 24-70L mkI on to it and started to play.

I'm in love. Upgrading from the T2i is huge. The ISO performance inside with 1 light + TV is amazing. I never went past 800 on the T2i. I can't wait to get out and play with this tomorrow =)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: September 23, 2012, 08:42:57 PM »
Enjoying the water at the park in Redmond, WA


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EOS Bodies / Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« on: September 21, 2012, 09:12:26 PM »
Mine has said "Departed Hodgkins, IL" for the past 3 days with no updates from UPS. Was hoping some miracle I'd get it today, but nope. Monday it is... when I have to work. Lame. =)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« on: September 19, 2012, 01:07:24 PM »

Has anyone else been watching their tracking number?


Definitely me  ::) .  I think I was in the 280's on Saturday early afternoon.  Since I'm on the West Coast, UPS tracking says Monday delivery... it will be a V E R Y long weekend for me

Same here. I've been spending my time reading the manual of all things. Coming from my T2i this is going to be a HUGE upgrade for me.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« on: September 15, 2012, 07:34:18 PM »
I've been packing away money for the 6D FF or whatever its going to be called. When I saw this deal today, I couldn't say no. Two and half years using, learning with and loving my T2i, I'm taking the FF plunge (for good reasons, not to just say I have the gear) and I'm excited and nervous. Can't wait to get it!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Specs Leaked?
« on: September 14, 2012, 10:44:44 AM »
Hmmm. I agree with what others have said that these specs look odd given what we know about Canon and their other cameras. I was excited to see the header of the story this morning, because as a Rebel owner wanting to move FF, that Nikon D600 has my attention as much as I don't want to switch camps and sell my gear at a loss, etc.

Still waiting...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Announcement Soon? [CR1]
« on: September 07, 2012, 07:08:59 PM »
I so hope this is true...  Been quite content with my 7D and 1D3 for a couple of years now.  Actually, complacent.  When I saw Nikon's D600 rumors, I got fired up.  ...even though I've always been a Canon guy, film days.  At $1500 price for a FF...  I would consider using both systems.   Then I saw the Nikkor lens prices, would hate to buy new glass, even one good lens would cost $1500+.  So, I'm praying that Canon has a answer to the D600.

The 5D2 is not a option with it's AF, and the 5D3 is just too expensive to justify.

Come on Canon, get my photographic juices flowing again!

John

That pretty much applies to me as well. I've had a T2i for about 2 years now and I'm looking for an upgrade. The only L glass I have is the 24-70 v1 and had considered switching to Nikon if their D600 is awesome... but the price of their glass would put me back at square one with kit lenses for a while.

Cmon Canon!

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Lenses / Re: 70-300L or 70-200 2.8 IS II?
« on: August 14, 2012, 05:09:59 PM »
I've used both in varying situations and lighting on my T2i. Both are really well built and give great images, even with moving targets. As others have said, the high ISO ability of the newer cameras really makes me think I will spend almost half the money on the 70-300L as I upgrade my camera body this year. Its also so much lighter than the 70-200L.

Two things that are a bummer on the 70-300L though...
1) is how fast it falls off from f/4 to f/5.6 on the long end. You don't get f/4 for very long.
2) it is not compatible with Canon teleconverters if you care

The 70-200L you lose some reach, but you're always at whatever f/stop you choose which is great. The 70-200 being a prime will also give you a slight edge on sharpness.

I say if you have not already, rent both via LensRentals or BorrowLenses or whomever locally and try them out. I've borrowed each of them twice now from a local shop for $35 a day. I constantly struggle with what I'm going to shell out for. =)

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Lenses / Re: Center Pinch Lens Caps
« on: August 03, 2012, 11:28:01 AM »
I haven't tried them, but I would love if Canon switched to this format. I hate having a long hood with big hands and having to try and pinch the sides to get the cap off.

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