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Canon General / Re: How to arrange new SSD and regular HDD
« on: December 02, 2012, 02:37:30 PM »
Um, guess its been awhile since you built a PC. SSDs are the fastest consumer hard drive solution out there. Win7 boots in about 8 seconds or less. =)

Canon General / How to arrange new SSD and regular HDD
« on: December 02, 2012, 02:03:32 PM »

I have a new (to me) PC that was built by a friend that has 2x 128GB SSD drives in it. My old computer's drives were 500GB SATA II's, one for my OS/apps/photos and a second for purely photo backup. I'm running Win7.

My question is how should I setup my drives? My thoughts were to  install Win7 on the first SSD and all my other apps like Lightroom and such on the second. Then use the mechanical SATA drives to put all my photos and such to work off of.

I'm open to suggestions. Thanks!

Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: November 21, 2012, 12:57:33 AM »

Watchful Eye by sleepnever, on Flickr

5D3 + 50 1.8 II

Canon General / Re: Travel to Thailand/Laos should I bring my 5d mkiii?
« on: November 17, 2012, 07:54:07 PM »
I just went on a trip to Louisiana (New Orleans and Baton Rouge), but before I took my brand new 5D3 and my other gear, I called up my insurance agency and scheduled (their word) coverage of my gear to be included on my homeowner's policy. For $93/yr ($7.75/mo) added on, I have the following protected if I drop it/break it/someone steals it/etc:

-5D Mark III
-24-70L lens
-50 1.8 II lens
-B&W UV filter
-480EXII flash

They schedule it right then and there, making it effective immediately. If you have all of your receipts that you can scan over to them, that makes it even quicker. Talk about peace of mind when it goes through Xrays or you trip on a rock and drop it.

Also, just a tip for any of you who purchased any gear from say Adorama or whoever's eBay store: If you send in your eBay receipt, *even if* you purchased a new in box item, there's a good chance your insurance agency won't take it. At this point, they will only insure the camera up to the price you purchased it (like those of us that got the 5D3 at a great sale price of $2749) and not MSRP. However, Adorama Customer Support was nice enough to send me an official receipt when I asked. If the insurance company still won't go full MSRP on an item in this case, tell 'em its bullsh#t that you're getting shafted because you bought something on sale and they'll probably say OK.

Sorry for the long post, but I hope people find it useful.  (edit: I didn't see that AdamF made a comment to this idea too prior to posting)

Canon General / Re: Photography websites. Where are you posting?
« on: November 17, 2012, 07:33:33 PM »
All of my photos that I post are on Flickr. Only a few are on 500px, but that's only because I don't want to post in several different places. I post my extra favorites to 500px for more exposure, but even then its few and far between.

I recently read that there is quite a community on Google+ of all places.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 05, 2012, 09:44:45 AM »
Two more lenses that I don't need...where is the new 50mm and/or 14-24 Mr. Canon >:(

I'm with you. I'd rather see a new 50mm, in L and non-L flavors with updated features. I have a love/hate with my 50 1.8 II.


1995 - Dad's old Pentax film camera off and on with my Kodak consumer camera
1998 - Canon G3 (which got a LOT of use)
2010 - Canon Rebel T2i, first entry into DSLR for the ability to swap lenses and do more creatively. Bought a 50mm f/1.8 II to go with my kit lens. Shortly after I ditched my kit lens, bought a 24-70L and use it as my walk around
2012 - Canon 5D3 w/ the 50 and 24-70L where I am today.

Still very much learning, but wanted gear that would outpace me for a long time to come and that would allow me to do whatever I wanted to.

Canon General / Re: Canon's MAP Pricing Goes Into Full Effect Today
« on: November 01, 2012, 09:46:12 AM »
I have purchased equipment from retailers below the MAP several times. I call them and ask for best prices, package deals, etc. The MAP price is for advertising, not for the ultimate selling price.



Yes. MAP will force you to put things in your virtual shopping cart before you get to see the price, if it's below the MAP price (or get a rebate). Canon cannot restrict the finale sale price of the good (resale price maintenance) , that would be illegal.

This should be added to CR's article on the front page in some form. It makes me breathe a sigh of relief to what I just read.

In the WTF are you thinking Canon, department... Really, the 5DMkII is higher priced than the new 6D? Hahah. And also as others said, why not take this opportunity to lower your prices a little bit to compete, since you know, you just reported a ton of lost revenue? Just a thought.

I'm just going to say Rent/Borrow first if at all possible before you buy.

@!ex that first one of the cabin and the stars is awesome!

Canon General / Re: Weathersealed Camera Gear used in wet conditions
« on: October 12, 2012, 06:02:58 PM »
Don't forget you also need a weather sealed lens to get full benefit of any weatherproofing.

Ah yes, thanks. I should have included that in my post, but I do have a 24-70L mk1 w/ a UV filter to complete the sealing. My 50 1.8 II is not sealed though.

Thanks for the other comments. Good to hear what others are doing before I try it myself =)

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?


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.

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. =)

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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