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My interpretation...

Wire transfer goes into Adorama account holding area. Later, a human being looks at it and for whatever reason (suspicious due to no address...or maybe they just hate money or don't like customers from your state) decides to not accept to deposit it, maybe even after input from a supervisor (ie refuses it). Then, that human being or even another person, starts the process to wire it back to your bank. This maybe takes a day or 2 or 3. When you call (angry worried upset etc), you talk to someone who doesn't have all the correct facts or doesn't explain it well to you.

Perhaps not the greatest customer service to you since they certainly didn't have answers that made you comfortable or happy. Sometimes stating something that is not correct is not lying (I see this all the time and it is usually due to ignorance).

Being one state away, I might have gotten a cashiers check and taken a one day trip to NYC.

+1

I wouldn't personally trust any bank to wire 20k+. I'd much rather go withdraw the money in non-sequential un-marked $20 bills, and go shop personally at Adorama. Think how many people would post your picture at various places as you open the brief case at the cashier and hand over sh**load of money. Your 15 minutes of fame.

LOL...I tried that once with a briefcase full of Monopoly money. My fame only lasted 15 seconds till they caught on ;D

edit-$27,000 in $20 would be 1,350 bills; hence the cashier's check for safety and convenience

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My interpretation...

Wire transfer goes into Adorama account holding area. Later, a human being looks at it and for whatever reason (suspicious due to no address...or maybe they just hate money or don't like customers from your state) decides to not accept to deposit it, maybe even after input from a supervisor (ie refuses it). Then, that human being or even another person, starts the process to wire it back to your bank. This maybe takes a day or 2 or 3. When you call (angry worried upset etc), you talk to someone who doesn't have all the correct facts or doesn't explain it well to you.

Perhaps not the greatest customer service to you since they certainly didn't have answers that made you comfortable or happy. Sometimes stating something that is not correct is not lying (I see this all the time and it is usually due to ignorance).

Being one state away, I might have gotten a cashiers check and taken a one day trip to NYC.

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I just don't like the way you bash Adorama, as it's clearly not their fault. You would do much better to grime about the US banking system which lags 10+ years behind compared to rest of the world.

Repeated calling Adorama is not going to get you the money back. Calling your bank will help much more.
The bank just received the transfer. Like I said many times, I have called my bank many times checking for the return. It finally came back. I just hope that no one else has to go through this whether Adorama addresses the issues with responding to customers about high value wire transactions or through people shopping elsewhere. It was the sales associates advice that led me to do the transfer and if they are recommending this as a way of doing business they should have some ways of dealing with this issue effectively. Not responding to people who are legitimately worried about large sums of money is not a good business practice.

I'm glad you finally got your money back. I'd still like to know the name of that bank so I don't open an account there. Sounds like a very unpleasant experience you had, but I think the delay was due to your bank's practices. It was unfortunate that miscommunication/screwups messed up your transaction. Many scams are run using bank transfers since if you accept a scam transfer, the bank loses nothing and your lose it all!


Quote from: Helen Oster on June 09, 2013, 05:32:52 AM
According to the OP's bank, the money will appear back in his account tomorrow. A check for $25 is on the way to him, from Adorama,  to cover his wire costs.

So Helen said on June 9 (a Sunday) that your bank told her you would get your money in your account on June 10. So it was one day later (today) on June 11.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Ultra long daytime exposures - 5D mkiii
« on: June 11, 2013, 03:10:46 PM »
My high noon  long exposure shots using a screw-in IR filter

Great pictures Shutter :)

+1

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Natureshots,

Please tell us the name of this bank. Good luck with solving your problem. I think you are teaching a lot of lessons here.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 10, 2013, 11:34:02 PM »
Practiced BIF again this afternoon. From advice I've received here, my capture/keeper rate is getter better. 7D, 70-200L f/2.8ii @ 125mm, 1/1250sec, f/5.6, handheld.
Wow!  Like night and day from just a few weeks back!  Great job Serendipity!  These images stand out!  Now to find this bird a nice lake background!  Keep up the great work and congratulations! :)

Bump your shutter speed to 1/2000 or 1/2500 and you should get even more keepers.

Thanks. I'll give it a try when the light is good. I don't like going over ISO 800 on my 7D.

I have used 1600 and even 3200 on mine.  Very usable shots.  Just make sure you ETTR.

OK...will give it a try.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 10, 2013, 11:33:11 PM »
Black Vulture

Black Crowned Night Heron (Canon 1Dx, 300mm 2.8 II)

I love your bird pictures MRLinVA. Nice and sharp. Looking forward to see more of them. :)

+1, very nice. Is it me or does that BCN Heron only have one leg? :o
Perhaps a pirate..aarrrgghh :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 10, 2013, 11:29:16 PM »
Thank you AmbientLight for your kind advice. I think you are right about FF since I was having a lot of trouble with the 7D obtaining focus and also keeping the whole bird in the frame. One day I hope to upgrade to the 5D3 or something similar in the future. :)

What lens are you using?  I use a 70-300L with a 7D for birds in flight and would just use less zoom than buy a new full frame body.  The auto focus of the 7D is more than adequate for sharp birds in flight when used with a fast enough shutter speed.  If birds are flying laterally, it's hard to get a high percentage of keepers, but with the 7D's frames/second, you should get some.  Do you use back button focus in servo?  That change helped my "keep" rate a lot.

Hi CT John,

I started out using my 100-400L but I was usually shooting in the late afternoon and often it is overcast and cloudy then. The light was not bright and so I had low shutter speed and large apertures to keep ISO <800. The focus and IS on the 100-400 was not great. So I started using my recently purchased 70-200L f/2.8 ii for the f/2.8 focusing speed. I also was often too high on the focal range on the 400mm and the 200mm made me not zoom in so much which helped like you suggested. I have never tried back button focus (I'm an old guy who is very timid or slow to try new things) but I know I should learn that technique. Also, I need to practice panning skills. The heron was flying both laterally and towards me at the same time. I was using AI servo, expanded or manual select center zone AF, high speed continuous shutter, and AI Servo tracking sensitivity on "slow". Are those the correct settings to use? Thanks everyone for any advice. :)

Those settings look fine - I use auto select for auto focus most of the time, and my Servo tracking sensitivity on normal....not sure it that makes a lot of difference.  I would recommend trying back button focusing because I think it's easier to keep that depressed while panning rather than half depressing the shutter release button.
AI Servo tracking on slow or "1" does make a difference.  It enables the AF system to track the bird more efficiently and to ignore things that may pop into view or slight alterations in course.   Auto select for BIF usually results in less keepers with my findings after 3 years with my 7D.  Back button focus is excellent as I've suggested previously.

Also, I've found that once I MFA'd my 100-400mm the sharpness and accuracy went through the roof!  Have you MFA'd you're lenses yet Serendipity?  It made mine like getting a brand new lens for about an hours worth of work...

Thanks again Ken for all your excellent advice. I haven't AFMA any lens yet (I don't know how, but I will buy that Focal software I read about on CR and try it). I did send my 7D and 100-400L from HI to CA Canon Service center about a year ago for them to calibrate. When I got it back, it did seem a little sharper. Also, I need to set up my camera and try back button focus. I have been using my recently purchased 70-200L f/2.8ii for BIF since it can capture focus using the f/2.8 and also not so tele since the herons are close (fly between my house and the neighbors house).

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: June 10, 2013, 06:44:33 PM »
In Denali National Park & Preserve Alaska with 7D 70-200mm f4 IS

Really nice shot! Hope you were down wind ;D
GO MIZZOU :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 10, 2013, 06:41:35 PM »
Practiced BIF again this afternoon. From advice I've received here, my capture/keeper rate is getter better. 7D, 70-200L f/2.8ii @ 125mm, 1/1250sec, f/5.6, handheld.
Wow!  Like night and day from just a few weeks back!  Great job Serendipity!  These images stand out!  Now to find this bird a nice lake background!  Keep up the great work and congratulations! :)

Bump your shutter speed to 1/2000 or 1/2500 and you should get even more keepers.

Thanks. I'll give it a try when the light is good. I don't like going over ISO 800 on my 7D.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 10, 2013, 06:39:32 PM »
Practiced BIF again this afternoon. From advice I've received here, my capture/keeper rate is getter better. 7D, 70-200L f/2.8ii @ 125mm, 1/1250sec, f/5.6, handheld.
Wow!  Like night and day from just a few weeks back!  Great job Serendipity!  These images stand out!  Now to find this bird a nice lake background!  Keep up the great work and congratulations! :)

Thanks Ken. Yup, the background sucks :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: June 10, 2013, 12:39:40 AM »
MUST.... CRAM.... MORE..... SEEDS......INTO...... CHEEKS!!!!!!!


Ha ha ha Very funny. ;D  Nice shot Don.  :)

Love it :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 10, 2013, 12:36:41 AM »
Eastern Spine bill....again. Sorry :)
But once the Correas finish flowering, he's off. This afternoon, both he and I managed to position ourselves better. No annoying twigs to get in the way. At the time of the pic, he was happily banging out a song, hence the open beak.
5D3 with 300mm f4 + 1.4x TC III. This time, with the help of a winter sun, I could stop down half a stop, which helped with the DOF. I find the 1.4x TC can take the edge off the sharpness (or affect the focus) just slightly. Stopping down even half a stop makes a difference.



Another great shot...I like both of them :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 09, 2013, 04:52:34 PM »
Mr Bean and wopbv4,

Beautiful shots of two lovely birds. Well done. :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 09, 2013, 04:49:06 PM »
Nice Captures Serendipidy, The Eye on this Bird is just Tack Sharp, as well as a little scary, well done.
"Scary"?    Downright spooky if you ask me.
If he does leave you sometime, do you think his parting words will be

" so long, and thanks for all the fish!"  8)

Cheers Brian

Hi Brian,
LOL...he will be hitchhiking his way across the galaxy ;D
I suspect he will also say "I'll be back!"
;)
That would explain his scary red eyes ;D

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