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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II to Finally Arrive? [CR1]
« on: December 10, 2013, 12:41:10 PM »
Yay, finally!  The 35L was my gateway drug into the world of fast primes.  Used it when we visited a live nativity recently.  I had brought a flash, but it was inappropriate to use, so it stayed off.  ISO 10000 at f/1.4 at around 1/15-1/30s for the dimmest condition, and the pictures came out pretty good.

I'd expect it to be better than the S35 (otherwise, it's DOA), but by how much? 

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" It doesn't seem too long ago I was changing rolls of film every 36 exposures or less. Now some are peeved at only getting 300 shots before changing a battery" ... how true ... the digital age has spoiled us. :-[

True, but we don't have to wait hours to "charge" rolls of film either.   ::)

It reminds me of my first digital camera, a Nikon coolpix 990.  It chewed through 4 AAs in about 30-50 shots.  Horrid.  And the NiMH batteries of the day did not keep their charge for long.  Getting a 20D, whose battery lasted hundreds of shots, was a revelation.

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Lenses / Re: Trade current lenses for 70-200L f4 IS or 70-300L
« on: December 09, 2013, 05:44:02 PM »
Depends on what your want to use it for.  If you're using the 135L for portraiture, I'd keep it.  There is big difference between f/4 and f/2.  If you need to get to 300mm, then the 70-300L is the way to go.  You'll lose a fractional stop to the 70-200 f/4 but gain better performance at 280/300mm.  It's shorter but fatter than the 70-200 f/4, but I find that it fits my camera bags better.

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Lenses / Re: What chopped off my (Bokeh) balls?
« on: December 09, 2013, 04:51:45 PM »
Normal.  I think the term used is optical vignetting.  For fast lenses used wide open, the lens barrel blocks the rays from the periphery.  Take your lens off and look through it head on.  You'll see a circular aperture.  Now tilt the front of the lens away from you and you'll see a "cat's eye" starting to take effect.  If you stop down, the aperture is smaller and is a smaller ratio compared to the lens diameter and the effect is reduced.  Stop down enough and all the balls will be circular.

The chopped off cats eyes are obstructions in front of the light sources that prevent them from being "circular."

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Is this BuyDig place a reputable dealer? Are these US lenses with US warranties?

BuyDig is a Canon-authorized dealer.

But...are they selling US warrantied lens to the US customers, or is there a chance of getting a grey market lens or other item from them?

C

From my experience with BuyDig/Beach Camera, I've always received US warrantied units.  They should disclose that the units are grey if that is what they are selling.  The links at the beginning of the post show pages that claim that the units are covered by US warranty.

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Canon General / Re: Why Wedding Photographers’ Prices are “Wack”?
« on: December 09, 2013, 02:22:16 PM »
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If a wedding is a truly precious day to be documented with the best quality images affordable, with drama, grace, and beauty shining from every shot that makes the final cut, then a fair price can be worked out.  Don't worry about the customers who want a $2 fish sandwich!

If cheap and quick is what a prospective client wants, don't get angry, don't preach, don't ask for pity because it costs a lot to run the business.  Direct them to somebody else and move on.

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Don't disagree with what you wrote, but photographers are not the first things on the list for prospective brides and grooms.  Typically, the venue, accomodations and food are.  Unfortunately, those are the largest ticket items and have already caused the clients to spend more than they want (i.e. What do you mean I can't afford a typical 25k wedding on a budget of 10k?).  At this point, a lot of them are trying to squeeze blood from rocks.

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Canon General / Re: Why Wedding Photographers’ Prices are “Wack”?
« on: December 09, 2013, 02:14:46 PM »
And that gets the the crux of the problem.  Out of 365 days in a year, according to the article most of the revenue is generated by 20 events over 4 months, most likely on weekends.  A full time employee is spreading 2000 hours over 250 days.  The consumer will see that it is costing him 6% of his salary or 3 weeks of work (assuming 50k/year not even acounting for taxes) or maybe 10% or 5 weeks of work including taxes for 1 day's worth of shooting for the photographer and a few days of processing.  The consumes see little to no value in the weblogging, mentoring, advertising and other aspects of what the linked photographer claims he does because it does not affect his finished product.

Trying to make a living off seasonal jobs is hard.  Some find other lines of work during the "off-season".  For full-time photographers, all that income needs to sustain them for the year, which is why they are vulnerable to those that do it on the side (i.e. weekend job) and can charge less.  Those that excel in quality that the customer recognizes can and do charge more, but it is much harder for those whose work do not stand out.

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Is this BuyDig place a reputable dealer? Are these US lenses with US warranties?

BuyDig is a Canon-authorized dealer.

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So, my question from the original post, again: Is the sensor in the Samsung NX300 or NX1000, the same sensor as found in the Sony RX100?  Really the NX1000 is more appealing to me, as it is sale-priced down to around $355, including a 20-50 zoom lens (the NX300 is about the same price as RX100).  Is this not also the same sensor as found in one of the Sony Nex models?

Perhaps you should try that question on a Sony/Samsung forum.  I don't think people here would without the answer if they knew it.

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EOS-M / Re: Canon USA eos-m
« on: December 08, 2013, 12:21:57 PM »
Nope.  I'd rather the US M2 be better than what is being offered in Asia.  If you want it, get it from Asia.

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Lenses / Re: Canon IS primes sale price?
« on: December 08, 2013, 11:26:01 AM »
No need to remember in the wetware, the net doesn't forget (now coming to a currency near you): http://www.heise.de/preisvergleich/?phist=734239&age=9999

Sometimes, these bots to captured the lowest special offers...

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Lenses / Re: Canon IS primes sale price?
« on: December 08, 2013, 11:23:09 AM »
Anyone remember the price for the IS primes (24, 28, 35) earlier this year when they were on sale? Thinking about buying the 35 (mostly for video) soon and wondering if there's a chance of it having a good price for the holidays.

Or you can just buy the amazing SIGMA 35mm 1.4 prime for about 1/2 of what you'd pay for the inferior Canon prime.

...just a thought...

 ;)

Sigma 35 f/1.4 for half of the 24 f/2.8 IS, 28 f/2.8 IS, 35 f/2 IS?  Where can I find the S35 for less than $400 new?


I figured you'd have inferred that I was referring to the similar Canon EF 35mm 1.4, which retails at about $1.5K

The point of my comment is that in THAT prime, Sigma is a better deal for a superior lens. 

...I didn't think I was being very cryptic...  I'd never compare a 35mm to a 24mm.

I figured that is what you meant, but this was a thread about the 24 IS, 28 IS and 35 IS after all...

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Lenses / Re: Canon IS primes sale price?
« on: December 07, 2013, 12:04:55 AM »
Anyone remember the price for the IS primes (24, 28, 35) earlier this year when they were on sale? Thinking about buying the 35 (mostly for video) soon and wondering if there's a chance of it having a good price for the holidays.

Or you can just buy the amazing SIGMA 35mm 1.4 prime for about 1/2 of what you'd pay for the inferior Canon prime.

...just a thought...

 ;)

Sigma 35 f/1.4 for half of the 24 f/2.8 IS, 28 f/2.8 IS, 35 f/2 IS?  Where can I find the S35 for less than $400 new?

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Not what you wanted to hear, but it's the EOS M for $300 for me.  Familiar Canon UI and APS-C performance at a good value.  Touchscreen is nice, lenses and camera that fit in jacket pockets, same RAW workflow.

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Lenses / Re: Canon IS primes sale price?
« on: December 06, 2013, 10:39:50 PM »
Picked up the 28 f/2.8 IS for 350 from Adorama a week before Thanksgiving.  That was the lowest price I saw for that lens so far.

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