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Lenses / Re: And so I DID - My 1st BIG WHITE LENS
« on: November 21, 2013, 09:42:08 PM »
One of the beauty's of a white lens is the freedom it buys you.

The first white lens must always be revealed because it so clearly stands out from the rest. But, once you have one, then they all look alike to most spouses. So, as long as you take care never to let them see two of them together, you can safely purchase as many as your credit limit will allow.

Try that with a 600 II...    :-X

Do they make 600mm lens canteens?   ::)

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EF-S 10-22 $529 at B&H Photo
« on: November 21, 2013, 08:56:15 PM »
Interesting, when I try to click through the price remains at 649.00. I had the same issue when the 70-200 Mk.II was on blow out last week. Anyone else having that issue? I don't need this as I shoot FF but I was considering the 70-200 deal last week and could not get the 'good pricing'.

How far did you go?  Adding it to the cart is not enough.  You have to start the checkout process to see the price reduction, which is how I got the 28mm f/2.8 IS for 350.  ;D
That worked - I needed to login and push through the checkout process. Thanks for your help!
No problem, glad to help!

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Lenses / Re: And so I DID - My 1st BIG WHITE LENS
« on: November 21, 2013, 04:42:56 PM »
After this purchase, I have about $12 left in my photography

Time to shoot some random teams on the fields and sell the photos to the coaches!  Congratulations on the purchase.  So jealous!

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I can't say because I've never tried, but the following article gives some warning about you may not want to rely on adapters.

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2013/09/there-is-no-free-lunch-episode-763-lens-adapters

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Lenses / Re: Ken Rockwell reviews canon 50mm f/1.0
« on: November 21, 2013, 02:53:23 PM »
Dear Teachers and Friends.
Sir/ Madam, I am a crazy Canon fan, and buy any Canon Lenses and  Canon Cameras  that I like with out Thinking, Until I am the member of CR. for 4 months---Yes, I Must ask my Teachers and my friends in This Great CR. before I  buy some thing.
The Question :
I already have one of the good Sigma 50 mm. F/ 1.4, And I just use 2-3 times after I buy 8-10 moth ago,  Do I need This Awesome Used Canon  EF 50 mm. F/ 1.0 L ( $ 3,750 to 4,100 US Dollars-Fron E-Bay)---For show-off to my friends as the fastest Lens( Ha, Ha, Ha), Or But the new Canon EF  50 mm. F/ 1.2 L USM ($ 1,620)--for use and beat Sigma 50 mm F/ 1.4 in Shallow DOF and better Bokeh.
Thanks you so much for answer my stupid question.
Surapon

I must admit that I too was interested playing with a f/1 lens in near darkness after reading that.  The following link gives a good comparison between the various 50mm options.  I had borrowed a Canon 50 f/1.4 before getting the 50L f/1.2, and the f/1.4 had inconsistent focus from f/1.4 to f/2.  The colors were also less pleasing.  The Sigma is said to fall between the two Canon offerings, but the link below shows that the resolution among the three lenses are similar and are clearly better than the f/1.0.  If you're happy with the AF of the Sigma, then I don't see a reason to switch.  If you're not, then the 50L f/1.2 is a good choice.  You'll get better bokeh, a 1/3-1/2 stop in speed, but the price for that upgrade is pretty steep.

The 50L f/1.2 is not about resolution (not as sharp at 100% as other fast primes) and the 50 f/1.0 is even less about resolution.  But the effects of the f/1 shot wide open are special.  Definitely a lens that I would like to try, but not buy...

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/01/the-great-50mm-shootout

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite guide number question
« on: November 21, 2013, 02:33:16 PM »
I would like to add one thing.  Larger guide number is not the only attribute for a flash.  A "pro level" flash does not always mean a higher guide number just like a "pro level" camera does not always mean a higher MP.

+1

The built-in catchlight panel and the additional freedom of head movement (180° in either direction, and downward tilt) of the 580/600 flashes vs. the 430 are often more useful than the additional power.

LOL, yes, but it's hard to go the other way.  After using a 430/600, I got used to how much light they could put out.  I got the 270 for the M, and it is barely adequate for boucing off 8-ft ceilings.  I'm glad that I didn't get the 90.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EF-S 10-22 $529 at B&H Photo
« on: November 21, 2013, 02:16:50 PM »
Interesting, when I try to click through the price remains at 649.00. I had the same issue when the 70-200 Mk.II was on blow out last week. Anyone else having that issue? I don't need this as I shoot FF but I was considering the 70-200 deal last week and could not get the 'good pricing'.

How far did you go?  Adding it to the cart is not enough.  You have to start the checkout process to see the price reduction, which is how I got the 28mm f/2.8 IS for 350.  ;D

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Lenses / Re: Just got my 24-70 2.8 L ii. Got some questions.
« on: November 21, 2013, 02:12:00 PM »
I've bought numerous times from buydig.com.  I trust them. But this time the box is a bit atypical that I wonder if it's an imported item. It was not advertised as such. It does have usa warranty so I guess I'm still ok. I'm just curious if the packaging changed or I've sold an imported item.

Whenever I've dealt with Canon for service or warranty issues, having a copy of the receipt was always sufficient.  However, it might not hurt to walk into a high volume local camera store and ask about the difference in packaging.

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Nice!  I would not have thought about using HDR in that situation.  I'm assuming this is hand-held, and that it took the camera about 0.5 sec to take the 3 pics.  How much shake/variation can be in images before the HDR finished image starts showing artifacts?

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Lenses / Re: Ken Rockwell reviews canon 50mm f/1.0
« on: November 21, 2013, 12:47:11 PM »
Thanks for posting this. As is the norm with KR reviews,  there is a WTF part

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At f/1.0, depth-of-field isn't paper-thin, it's vapor-thin. Don't expect every shot to have bang-on-perfect focus unless you're using the latest camera and have a lot of practice with it.

When photographing people, always focus on the nearer eye.

I'm impressed that I get results as good with any of my 5D Mk III's AF points, not just those marketed as "high precision." Likewise, I'm impressed that I can recompose after focusing and get swell results.

I'm guessing he's talking about different subject/camera distances in those two instances.  Either that or he's evolved into a higher level photograhper that either automatically leans to compensate for focus/recompose or he chalks it up those OOF shots to "practicing."   ::)

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: 5D mklll (USA) for $2575 via Big Value
« on: November 21, 2013, 12:20:11 PM »
I bought a MK3 from BVI. Took two weeks to arrive but was perfect. I would do it again.  8)

+1.  I had the same experience.

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Once I was on a trip and friend of mine was very interested in my camera ... well until the moment she discovered that with that lens she cannot zoom at all. "What is it good for when you cannot zoom?" I tried to explain and then shook her head because she couldn't understand the cost and size of this lens when it can't do what she wants.

Even more they shook their heads when I tell them, that every photo needs to be postprocessed (let's say only exported to jpg), they are used to do things conveniently. (And I'm not even mentioning panorama stitching or portrait retouching and time spent on this)

If it makes you feel any better, I find a lot of people expect all dedicated cameras to have zoom capability.  I picked up a EOS-M during a fire-sale with the 22 f/2.  I handed it to my wife and to a friend to try out on separate occasions.  They both asked me how to make it zoom.  Suffice it to say, I ended up picking up a white box EOS-M 18-55 for the wife to use.  I use the 22 f/2.

When some of my friends first saw the 70-200 II, they thought it had a much longer FL than it did because it was so large/heavy.  I use the 70-200 II a lot when my girls are playing soccer, and I've had the usual comments from random strangers like "Wow, that is some lens!"  And my default reply, "Yes, it is!"  It surprises me that there aren't more parents with better cameras.  After all, I see higher quality lenses/camera combinations at berry farms/apple orchards than I see at the kids' games.

I've actually found it to be more awkward interacting with parents when we're watching our kids' team play together.  You can hear their frustration trying to capture their kids on phones/cameras wanting to get a good pic but are unable to due to equipment limitations, technique or position issues.  And you know that they are wondering if you are getting any good shots with your camera, but they are too shy to ask.  I used to take pics exclusively of my kids, but I've come around to taking more shots during the scrimmages of their teammates too.  I then send the parents links to the SmugMug galleries and the most common response I get to those pictures is one of gratefulness.  That, and the awkwardness is now gone.  It's much easier talking to other parents and I have the freedom to take pictures however I want.

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Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 21, 2013, 10:19:28 AM »
I for one will be very bored by a Canon 100-400 replacement that costs $2700 like the Nikon 80-400.  Especially given that the upcoming Tamron 150-600 just might cost less, and just might be as good...and will go to 600mm, rather than 400mm.

I won't be surprised if it came out at 2500-3000.  I wouldn't be surprised that the Tamron will cost less, but it won't be as good.  I'm hoping the new 100-400 will trounce the existing offering, but I'll wait for the reviews before considering getting one and wait for the lower prices at the end of the year.  The 24-70 II came out at 2300 but is now being sold for 1700 (net rebates), and it's only been about a year.  Early adopters pay a premium.

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Lenses / Re: Just got my 24-70 2.8 L ii. Got some questions.
« on: November 21, 2013, 09:45:18 AM »
1.  BuyDig is a Canon-authorized dealer, so they should be selling legit stuff.  I got mine about a year ago and it came in a white/black/red box but they may have changed the packaging.  I'm sure others in the forum will be able to answer this more definitively, but you can also head down to a camera store and ask.

2.  I like using the lock when walking about or storing it in the camera bag.  It keeps the lens more compact and prevents it from creeping when it rubs against the body while moving.  It also makes it easier to take out when it is a snug fit in the camera bag.

3.  Yes, the ring felt stiff to me as well initially.  It's loosened up a bit, but it's still stiffer than most of my lenses, but in practice, I don't notice it anymore.

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Lenses / Re: Ken Rockwell reviews canon 50mm f/1.0
« on: November 21, 2013, 09:29:44 AM »
Ken doesn't like my 50 1.2L as its "plasticy" :( :(

Yes, but he still likes the 50L f/1.2 better than the other CaNikon 50mm AF offerings.   ;D

Ken is a max aperture nut.  f/1.0 is better than f/1.2 is better than f/1.4 is better than f/1.8 is better than f/2.8.  For value (performance/price), he'll recommend the f/1.4s, but at this price range, uniqueness is worth a lot and f/1 is pretty rare.

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