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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Super Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2545
« on: July 18, 2013, 03:03:50 PM »
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  Re: Super Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2545
« Reply #20 on: Today at 02:21:09 PM »They had the same deal last week.  As I mentioned in a different thread, I called and was told there was no US warranty card, but I ordered one anyway last Wednesday evening, after they had closed for the day, and received it (free shipping) on Friday.  What I received was a kit minus the lens, which is fine with me.  It looks new (the shutter count was zero), it seems to work flawlessly (haven't tried video yet and may never do so), and unlike most of the digital cameras I've bought (including Pentax K-5, Canon 5DII and Olympus OM-D, my first copies of all of which I returned) the sensor is spotless.  So far, so good, then.  In the event I have a problem which Canon won't cover I'll report back....

May I ask how you know it was a Kits bundle?  Did it come w/the Kit's box?
I have read somewhere here, don't recall exactly, that Canon may or still honor the one year warranty even if it's purchased w/o the warranty card? 

I'm in the market for a 5D Mark III many of you, if same w/me, would jump in on this deal?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Mico Focus on the 5D Mark II...
« on: July 12, 2013, 02:39:43 PM »
Thanks Neuro.  Now a follow up question...which do you use or recommend:

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Mico Focus on the 5D Mark II...
« on: July 12, 2013, 12:03:15 PM »
Hi Everyone,

So, I purchased the Sigma 35mm 1.4 a little over a month ago and shot w/it a couple of times, including assisting at a wedding a couple of weeks ago.  I noticed there were some off focus/inconsistent focusing issues.  So I sent it in to Sigma out on Long Island to have a look.  I am told byt the service technician he doesn't find anything wrong w/the lens and asked me to provide some photos of my concerned issues.  I did.  After which, he said: "From these photos it looks like the camera is slightly back focusing the lens, the micro focus feature of the camera should correct this." 

Has anyone ever had to mico focus their camera w/this lens?  Or any other lenses?  I believe the 5D Mark II settings can remember up to like 99 different lenses/mico focused settings right?  I have never had to Micro Focus on my camera so not sure how simple or different it is.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Questions on 5D Mark iii
« on: July 11, 2013, 12:22:04 AM »
Hi All,

I'm looking to save up to get the 5D Mark iii, but have a few questions.

1) how do I determine which camera is of which 'batch' of production since there has been various issues...e.g light leaks?

2) will the 'newest batch of production bodies' already have the most recent firmware updates (as of production)?

3) what other mechanical or firmware flaws should I pay attention to?


This is looking like a very nice deal... although I'm reading the fine print on the rebate form and saw this:

"Offer does not apply to purchases of refurbished or used products nor for eligible products packaged together and sold for one price."

Unless I'm reading it wrong, it seems like it wont apply to either the 6D or 5DMKIII deals since they are all packaged together and sold as one price.

I think the "products packaged together and sold for one price" might refer to kits 5D Mark III w/24-105mm lens.

Software & Accessories / Questions on Canon Pixma Pro-100 Printer
« on: July 05, 2013, 05:12:07 PM »
Hi All,

Since this is a printer that's currently linked to a bundle deal, I'd like to know for those of you that use/or have used this model.  What's your input on this printer (I'm not using for album or professional prints)?  Also, have you ever used it as a 'regular printer' over photo's?  If so, does this damage or lessen the quality when I switch it back to using it for photo's?  Thanks and as always, your input/feed backs are much appreciated!!

Wow, this looks to be a very interesting deal...w/the 5D Mark III.  This is a camera I'd interested in getting to use as my primary and my current 5D Mark II as the secondary.  As I've never purchased camera gears w/rebates, does anyone know what kind/type of rebate is this in the form of (Amex gift card?).  Also, anyone currently using the Pro-100?  What are your thoughts on this printer?  Also do you use the printer for other jobs aside from photos?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / For all you wedding photogs out there...
« on: June 30, 2013, 05:21:08 PM »
Ok, here we go again for your sound advice.  I have started out as an assistant wedding photographer not too long ago, and my goal is to become a primary wedding Photog (disclaimer: this is still a side gig & I have a full time job, but goal is to be full time wedding photog).  Currently my gears are:

1) 5D Mark II
2) Sigma 35 mm f/1.4
3) Canon 50 mm f/1.8 II
4) Canon 24-105 mm f/4
5) Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 II

I am saving up to purchase my next gear...should I aim to buy:

1) 5D Mark III
2) Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II (if I choose this option, I would sell my 24-105)

I know the price difference between these options could be a swing of $2k, but that's not the main issue.  Priority here is practicality and usefulness.

Initially I thought of purchasing lenses first, but the thought of a 2nd body is very intriguing because I have found swapping lenses is a bit of a hassle and could miss some important opportunities.

Thanks again!

Hi All,

I have recently purchased the Sigma 35 1/4 and really like the lens.  However I do notice some shots' focus is off (w/the 5D Mark II I use).  I called Sigma's Service center and they said I could send it in w/my camera to have it looked at.  I have never sent my lens/camera anywhere before and was wondering how many of you have done so and how safe it is to do so.

Any feed backs would be appreciated!  Thanks!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Insurance for your camera gears...
« on: June 10, 2013, 04:40:40 PM »
Hi everyone,

I'd like to know how many of you buy insurance for your camear gears?  If so,

1) From whom (company)? 
2) How much you pay?
3) Have you ever filed a claim (was the process painful or smooth)?
4) How much you get back on a filed claim (%)?

I started assisting w/wedding shoots and have found through the hectics and hustles of the wedding day, gears could be easily dropped.  So I figured insuring them is a good item and worth the investment.

I live in he U.S (NYC) currently use:
1) 5D Mark II
2) 70-200 f/2.8 II
3) 24-105 f/4
4) 50 f/1.8 II
5) Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG

Thanks for your inputs!!!

Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.2L vs 35mm 1.4L for events photography...
« on: April 30, 2013, 10:25:29 AM »
Thanks for all you inputs everyone!!

I have spent the last week doing some research on the Sigma 35mm 1.4 and from reviews that I've read and Youtubes I've seen, this seems like a stellar lens!  Very difficult not to consider.  Given that the 50mm 1.2 is currently north of $1400 w/rebate & the 35mm 1.4 (& many years old) is north of $1300 w/rebate, the Sigma at $900 is very very attractive.  I am leaning heavily towards the Sigma and hope to make the purchase soon!  Thanks again All!

Lenses / 50mm 1.2L vs 35mm 1.4L for events photography...
« on: April 23, 2013, 04:06:21 PM »
Hi All, it's been some time since I've posted on this forum and once again I need all your feedbacks, mates!
I'm debating between the 50mm 1.2L vs. the 35mm 1.4L.  They are priced pretty similar, so price is not an issue.
I will be using this mainly for weddings.

Currently I'm using 5D M2 w/ 70-280mm 2.8 v2; 24-70 f4L & 50mm 1.8.
I find the 50mm 1.8 not meeting my needs in low lighting.

So, bottom line, which lens would you go for and why?

Thanks again!!

Software & Accessories / Lens Filter For Landscape???
« on: January 16, 2013, 06:42:06 PM »
Hi Fellow Photogs,

I'm going on a trip to Malaysia and Thailand soon and would like your advice on getting a lens filter for landscape shots.  I'm looking for something that would make the clouds and sky "POP".

I currently use a 'B+W 77mm (XS-PRO/NANO-MC) UVa #010M FILTER' on both my 24-105L & 70-200 f/2.8 II lenses for general protection. 

Please provide me your suggestion & if you can also post some pics taken w/your suggested filter would be great!

Thanks again!!

Software & Accessories / Compactflash Card: SanDisk vs. Lexar...
« on: December 28, 2012, 01:38:42 PM »
Hi All,

I've always owned Sandisk memory cards before, be it SD or Compactflash.  I currently use two 16GB Sandisk for my 5D Mark II.  I have had no issues with them.

So what prompts this question if Sandisk's been issues-free?  Well, per CR, Amazon's currently having a deal on Lexar compactflash on the 64GB/400x & 128GB/400x for $85 & $170 respectively.  My questions are 2-fold:

1) Has anyone had any issues with Lexar compactflashes?  If so, what are they?

2) Would you have any issues it them being only 400x vs. 800x or 1000x?

Thanks for you input!

Lighting / Re: Help with lighting for portraits...
« on: December 06, 2012, 11:08:14 AM »
I would say 80-90% of times, battery pack is needed. 

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