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Lenses / Canon 85 1.2L USM II for only $10!?
« on: February 11, 2015, 10:43:27 PM »
I've seen a bunch of these weird postings show up all over Amazon lately.  In fact, tonight I saw this lens in "Very Good" condition listed for $800, so I bought it immediately.  Soon afterwards, I got a notice via Amazon that my order had been cancelled due to "Technical Difficulties."

Now, the same seller has the lens listed at $10! 

I'm not sure how long it will stay up because I'm calling shenanigans on the whole thing, and I'm sure Amazon will catch up if it's truly fishy.  I've always had good experiences with Amazon when their sellers have been dodgy because they manage all the money flow and immediately have refunded my payments from shifty sellers.

Has anyone had experiences with these sorts of things?

Thanks in advance!

Lenses / DANGIT! I rented the 85 1.2ii
« on: December 16, 2014, 03:56:36 PM »
...and now I literally DREAM about owning it!  I'm hoping that Sigma comes out with their new 85 ART, but I'm realizing it's probably not happening soon.

I was happy with my current lens kit of:

35 1.4 Art
50 1.4 Art
70-200 2.8 USM IS II
135 2
24-70 2.8 II

and now, I'm literally losing my mind wanting the 85.

Anyone else considering pulling the trigger?  Those who did, please share your photos with this lens to further torment me (and probably push me over the edge into 85 1.2 bliss).


Lenses / Where's the Sigma 85 Art?!
« on: December 12, 2014, 03:22:59 PM »
I've been holding out for this lens.  It's taking too long!  =)

So, I'm planning on just buying the Canon 1.2 II, which is truly amazing.  Anyone know anything which might talk me off of the ledge?

Lenses / Deal on Sigma 50 1.4 Art gone already?
« on: November 21, 2014, 10:31:50 AM »
It seems that I just wasn't quick enough to jump on that Adorama deal yesterday for the amazing Siggy 50.  Can anyone tell me if it's gone for good?

If not, does anyone have any leads/tips/rumors about upcoming deals on this lens?

Thanks in advance!

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Uneven Battery Usage in 580EXII
« on: November 17, 2014, 09:09:43 AM »
Wondering how many of you have seen this:  Using rechargables in my 580EXII.  Also use a few Yongnuo's (YN560III).  The Canon, however, drains 1 of the 4 batteries MUCH faster, however, and I've started to see poor performance from that battery over time.  The Yongnuo's don't ever do this.

I noticed the problem when I started putting the four batteries into my hi-dollar charger/discharger and the amount of remaining charge was always extremely lopsided when compared with the other batteries from the same flash.  Seems like a very uneven draw.  Hmmm...

Like I said, Canon only.  Yougnuo's don't show this.  Ever.

Thoughts?  This actually worries me and I'm less likely to buy another Canon flash if this is common.


Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Need Best Monitor for Photo Edits
« on: November 07, 2014, 02:49:15 PM »
I'm building a new desktop just to handle my photo editing.  I'm putting all the good stuff into it (SSD's, i7, etc. etc.).  However, there are so many good monitors out there.

What's best?  What do you all use and love?  Whatever I use will be calibrated - I just want suggestions for specific models.  I'm guessing ISP, right?

Can you all help?

Thanks in advance.

Lenses / Where are the Siggies?
« on: October 20, 2014, 10:55:45 AM »
I'm excited for Sigma's Art line (they're amazing - at least my copies have been), but I've not seen any news for a long time on the long-rumored 135 or, ideally, 85. 

Has anyone heard anything?  Nothing has been posted here on CR for awhile.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 13, 2014, 06:28:58 PM »
Hi everyone!  With my crazy schedule, I typically purchase a very high-end laptop and edit using it (since I've gotta be mobile).  My current model is a powerful ASUS which is in their Republic of Gamers lineup.  I've forgotten the actual #, but it's only 1 year old as of now.  I have had no problems with the ability to handle my editing needs, and the monitor (sometimes bashed as the weak point of Asus and their laptop lineup) has been good for me once I purchased/used the Spyder Pro 4.

Here's my question:  I'm getting a new laptop soon, but the specs I'm looking at are the high-end gaming ones.  I guess my question is this:  Is it overkill?  Should I be looking at a particular linup of laptops which someone here's had good success with?  I like having the newest stuff, but I don't wanna buy a gaming system which I'll never game on. 

Oh, and Photography only.  No video, or plans to go that direction.

Any thoughts?  Thanks in advance.

Lenses / Brenizer Method Photos/Tips
« on: July 26, 2014, 02:23:15 PM »
Hi everyone, I've only recently begun shooting with this method, and I'm totally LOVING the results I'm getting!

I'm wondering, however:  I shoot using my 135L on a 5DM3.  Does anyone here use the 85mm?  I've noticed that with the 135, I'm shooting probably more photos than I need to, but that's because I'm scared I'm going to miss an area (those of you who shoot these photos know what I'm referring to). 

Should I get an 85L just for this type of shot?  I actually don't have one, but I'd love to have one.  Maybe this is the catalyst to push me into that camp.

I've also tried it with my 70-200mm 2.8L m2 at approximately 85mm, but I'm more nervous because of the zoom ring.

Thoughts?  Also, if you have good Brenizer Method photos, please share!

EOS Bodies / Any New Bodies in Sochi?
« on: February 16, 2014, 07:51:43 AM »
I've been watching the Olympics and in years past, I've occasionally noticed photographers carrying interesting (and new) gear which ends up on store shelves shortly thereafter. 

I was wondering if anyone had noticed a possible 7DM2 or other bodies they didn't recognize during any of the coverage viewed.  Anyone see anything?

Lenses / Which Lens for Ring Photos?
« on: December 31, 2013, 01:11:28 PM »
I'm a Wedding Photographer who's used other lenses to photograph rings and then cropped them with good results.  However,  I think it's time to grab the 100mm f2.8 for this job.  What would you all suggest?  The 2.8L or is the non-L good enough?  Does the L version justify the doubled price?  Any other macro lens recommendations?  I don't do any other macro photography other than my ring photos, so I'd love ideas.

Thank You in advance!

My current lineup:

50mm 1.4
24-105mm f4 (great lens, but not sure why I still have it)
24-70mm mk2
70-200mm f2.8 mk2
135mm f2L

EOS Bodies / "Two New FF Bodies in 2014" - if 5DM4, would you jump in?
« on: November 29, 2013, 03:09:35 PM »
I know that if they actually rolled out the 5DM4, I'd be very interested in it.  However, if you own a 5DM3 and have realized how amazing this camera truly is, what would it take to make you grab one immediately?

I'm so happy with my 5DM3 that I truly can't wrap my brain around what they'd have to put into a mark IV to make a guy like me jump in.


Lenses / Looking for a EF 135mm f2L USM...
« on: November 02, 2013, 03:02:45 PM »
I've been scouring the internet today looking for a decent deal on this great lens.  Do any of you have any leads which you'd be willing to share?  Nothing at Canon (refurbished).

I'd like to get a lightly used one.  Have about $830 to spend.

I need one for this weekend (two weddings).  I've been looking for a rental, but I'm surprised that I can't find a lens around!  Online rental services are going to run, with shipping, around 80 dollars.  Maybe I should just buy one!?

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / PocketWizard, Yongnuo, or Phottix?
« on: October 22, 2013, 12:19:20 AM »
My cheap-o transmitter (which I paid about 20 bucks for) failed at a really important portion of a bridal shoot last night.  Time To Upgrade!

What do you guys use/suggest/endorse?  Why?

Thanks in advance!  I value everyone's opinions here at CR forums pretty highly (...maybe a mistake..?)


EOS Bodies / 70D AutoFocus. Any experience?
« on: October 15, 2013, 01:39:12 PM »
I found this video showing the live AF on the 70D.  It looks remarkably good, considering the nature of the video and need for good, accurate, quick focus!  I was wondering how many others have had positive experiences with this camera.

...I don't own one (I have a 5DM3), but I watch it with great interest just because of the new sensor and focus system.  I'm anxious to see what it might do in the FF format.

Here's the link:
Chase and Dave WOD - Canon 70D AF Test on Vimeo

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