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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Refurb 70D + 18-135mm IS STM for $815
« on: Today at 12:57:36 PM »
My $811.48 70D +18-135 STM shipped yesterday and will be here Monday. Already have my current 70D body (with 2 months of warranty left) on Craigslist. Would be nice to sell it over the weekend and hopefully get around $800 for it. That'll net me 10 more months of warranty (actually 22 since my credit card doubles it) and the lens for free. Not bad!

Lenses / Re: DO you correct lens vignetting when sot wide open??
« on: October 30, 2014, 09:08:27 AM »
Usually not. I feel like vignetting adds to most portraits rather than detracts from them. In fact, I often add additional vignetting on top of the natural vignette.
However, occasionally I will correct for it, especially if I crop and that crop makes the vignetting asymmetrical and obvious.
For me, it's a "usually not but I'm not opposed to it if the image calls for it" situation.

Software & Accessories / Re: Free DxO Optics Pro 8
« on: October 26, 2014, 09:40:42 PM »
Just curious to know if anyone has compared the results obtained from this software to Canon's DPP with the DLO module?

EOS Bodies / Re: 4K Products Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 23, 2014, 06:00:18 PM »
Well, the frequency with which Canon customers or potential customers complain about Canon "crippling" or otherwise shortchanging their products is a clear indication that they want more for every dollar. Canon hasn't thus far been willing to respond to all those demands for more/dollar...until they do, your going to keep hearing people complain.

It's become a simple fact that you can often get a LOT more value with other brands than with Canon. That's not to say that Canon doesn't make a good product...but their products are increasingly not providing what their customers demand. Some simply jump to another brand or add another brand to their kit. Others complain. Hopefully Canon will change in 2015 and actually start delivering.

Those are the ones Canon will actually listen to.  Canon listens to dollars, no vents :-)

EOS Bodies / Re: 4K Products Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 23, 2014, 05:19:19 PM »
This is SO exciting!! Not because I give a s*** about 4k but because I hate listening to people whine about features they want not being included. Also... I hate the word "crippling" when it comes to camera features. So whatever achieves less of both of those scenarios... I'm all for!

Galaxy S4. I rarely use the camera for anything that matters. I often use it to send images to my wife rather than texting details. For instance if I'm at the grocery store and want to see if she wants to try the newest gluten free dairy free whatever (she can't eat either unfortunately), I'll take a picture and send it to her.
If I know I'm going to take a picture that matters and want to be able to send it via phone, I use my 70D and transfer the image to my phone via wifi.
Where the camera is handy is for video and specifically, uploading video to YouTube to share right away. The 70D can't transfer movies via wifi so the phone is the only choice.
In general, I'm happy with the performance of the camera phone because I rarely use it and I also understand... It's a camera phone.

Post Processing / Re: Fast editing of RAWs to "camera like" Jpegs
« on: October 04, 2014, 07:11:30 AM »
Try DPP.  It loads the RAW files with all of the in-camera settings so if you decide not to edit an image in any way, all you have to do is convert it to JPG.  If you have many that you want to convert, highlight all of the ones you want and then click "batch process".  You can either save them in the same folder or designate a different folder.

EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2014, 10:38:13 AM »
If there's any shred of truth to this rumor, I have to assume it's M related. There might be a nugget of truth in there. Kind of like how the "high MP APSC" rumors turned out to be DPAF.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 70D Bundle at Adorama $799
« on: October 01, 2014, 07:11:30 PM »
You'd be lucky to sell the printer for much of anything. I've seen people trying for WEEKS to sell them for $150 with no luck. Check eBay, the sales price is more like $40-50 last I checked. At that price, you'd be better off saving the ink and print head and trashing the printer.

You could always follow through with your idea but my guess is you're calibrating in one light source and shooting in another. Light temperature makes a difference in the focusing, unfortunately. I've worked around this by taking a few test shots whenever I arrive somewhere and calibrating on the fly.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 06:21:20 AM »
Value. I've managed to be patient and buy almost all of my gear at excellent prices. The only stuff I paid near retail for are lenses I bought back in '08 when I didn't know any better. I could likely sell everything I own at no loss (in total) to be honest.
Familiarity. I like the ergonomics, UI, and functionality of the entire system. It all makes sense. I can pick up any EOS camera and know immediately how to do 95% of what I want to do without ever having seen it before. This comes from owning 5 EOS cameras over the years.
Quality. All of the gear I have is of a very high quality for the price I paid (or even the MSRP).
Service. My few experiences with Canon's service have been stellar.
Parity. Switching systems wouldn't gain me more than the trouble and cost of switching.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 20, 2014, 02:49:44 AM »
I didn't really like the 50/1.4 though (bought and sold it 3 times), so I am thinking on the FD 50mm lines.

Just out of curiosity, what didn't you like about the 50/1.4?  Is it anything that the on-sensor AF of the M would solve?

EOS Bodies / Re: Time wasted... re: 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:38:45 AM »
No time wasted, the rough specs have been out for 6 months, only those hoping for something that defies the laws of physics will be disappointed.

I think that's a bit of exaggeration.  I just looked back through the 7D Mark II rumors and that's not the case.  KNOWN specs have NOT been out for 6 months.  In fact, just 2 months ago specs were still all over the place.  Is it 20mp?  24?  30?  "High MP"?  Wifi?  GPS?  Touch screen?  New sensor tech that's going to be included on all DSLR's going forward?  etc...

Spaghetti on the wall...

EOS Bodies / Time wasted... re: 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:07:37 AM »
Now that the 7D Mark II has been announced and we know all the specs and pricing, do any of you look back on the countless threads and posts that you read and/or wrote as time wasted?

What could YOU have done with the cumulative minutes, hours, days, or even WEEKS you spent over the last few years reading/writing about what the 7D Mark II was supposed to be, what you thought it should or shouldn't be, what a "serious photographer" (absolute DUMBEST term ever) would require of it, what would cause Canon, Inc to implode immediately if it were, what would cause you to sell all of your gear, swear off photography, and move to Namibia if it were?

Yes, I am fully aware of the irony of this post - no need to point it out.  The purpose of this post is to help us all to remember that whatever we say, whatever we think, whatever we want, shout about, get enraged over, etc., doesn't actually matter.  Companies are going to do what they're going to do without our input and ESPECIALLY without our knowledge.  Let's be honest, if our input mattered, we wouldn't be on this forum - we'd be hanging out with Canon R&D.  So, don't take things so seriously.  Just lighten up and enjoy PHOTOGRAPHY and leave the speculation and bickering to those with nothing better to do.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 14, 2014, 01:40:13 PM »
I bought and sold an EOS M + 22 + 18-55 + adapter.  Then when the second fire sale (at $250) came around, I snagged the M + 22 again and added the adapter as well.  When I had it previously, about the only lens I mounted on it was the 40mm.  However, this time around I have additional lenses and find 2 that work really well with it.  I use the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM and the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM both work wonderfully on it.  The EF 85mm f/1.8 also works well but due to the longer focal length I find it slightly more difficult to compose images and locate my subjects - it's not terrible, but it's not great either.

For me, the 22 + 35 IS + 50 is a GREAT, LIGHTWEIGHT, small(ish) walkaround combo.  Personally, I find zoom lenses on the M to be cumbersome and I don't really like them.  Both the native 18-55 and adapted zooms.  Adapted zooms are worse.  Probably a personal preference.  And note I haven't tried the 11-22 or the 55-200.

Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 11, 2014, 09:07:52 AM »
First thought... "meh"
If it were 1.8 or 2, maybe. But 2.8? The kit lens is 3.5 at 23mm and has IS.
Again... "meh"
I'll stick with my M + 22/2

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