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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Alternative (to weddings) revenue stream
« on: November 30, 2012, 09:42:07 AM »
Yes the roads are public, in most places, however the event is private and you likely violate their copyright and economic interest if you try to make money off of it. IMHO not a good way to go about this. Plus as others have said, having run a marathon or two myself, I don't pay attention to the people on the side of the road, concentrating instead on my breathing and stride. Your better off getting a gig as the official race photog and then do a better job than most. Honestly most of these folks do a decent job for what it is. It's impossible to capture 20k unique moments for every individual when you can't be everywhere.

EOS Bodies / Re: How do you list your CAMERA gear under your insurance?
« on: November 29, 2012, 10:20:22 PM »
If you own a home first stop is your homeowners insurance agent. They may or may not cover professional work so ask. If not you should be able to call a local agent and get coverage. Ideally one of the specialty carriers who deal with working pros (google is your friend). Lastly ask around town. With that much value you need some protection.

Mental note to self, don't drop $2000 lens

Reviews / Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« on: November 29, 2012, 04:42:07 PM »
Nice review, my tamron 24-70 is in the mail and gets here Monday. Looking forward to it. There simply is no reason in my mind to spend another $1000 for the canon unless you demand pixel level sharpness everywhere, and if that's the case you probably spend too much time behind the computer staring at 100% crops to be much good at anything else.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Birds in flight, advice wanted
« on: November 29, 2012, 11:03:17 AM »
it looks like the sun is rising to the right and slightly rear of the frame?  So you're basically in a back lit situation?  I know you don't control the birds, but you will find they all typically follow a similar flight path (especially in groups).  So set yourself up for those and position yourself for more front lit scenes which should help out the exposure and detail.  Just my $0.02. 

Canon General / Re: Is canon going to come back?
« on: November 29, 2012, 09:55:51 AM »
...don't let the door hit you on the way out...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« on: November 28, 2012, 07:37:18 PM »
I'm loving these third party lenses.

On my wish list:
Sigma 35 1.4
Tamron 70-200 2.8
Also need a 17 - 55 (approx) but the Canon f2.8 one is too expensive. Anyone know if the Sigma 17-50 2.8 is good?

the tamron 17-50 2.8 without VC is supposed to be pretty good, apparently the VC version is a bit softer.  That being said I used to own a canon 17-55 2.8 it was awesome and I still miss that range on FF.  the 24-70 gets close, but I loved the fact that at 55mm on apc c the canon was a good portrait lens too.  70 on ff is just a little short of ideal. 

Lenses / Re: Don't want to make a rookie mistake
« on: November 28, 2012, 01:04:54 PM »
Since you seem to be primarily interested in the long end and you want to do some low light before you run out and buy the 70-200 2.8 take a hard look at the 2.8 is ii version. Rent them both for a weekend and see which you like better. Yes the latter is more expensive, but it's fantastic, check the used prices and see if it fits the budget. They are both beasts so you may not like the weight if so both f4 versions of that lens are very, very good. In fact of the 4 models the non IS 2.8 would probably be a distant 4th in my mind. Seems silly to have all that weight/price and still not get IS.

Lenses / Re: With my 5D MK III is an f/2.8 lens really needed???
« on: November 27, 2012, 07:56:29 PM »
It certainly begs the question as to whether or not f2.8 zooms need to be in your bag if you are ok with a little noise. In fact a lot of times the trade off between the speed of 2.8 vs 4 comes at the expense of dof when in reality you want both the speed and dof. I am part of the f2.8 isn't really enough to stop most action crowd so I've been very happy with my f4 IS.  When I need the speed I take a 135L...or some speed lights.

Landscape / Re: Help Me Get Better - Crashing Waves - Round 2
« on: November 27, 2012, 07:13:59 PM »
Much better than your last set. The third one has a lot of potential. Definitely work on adding some foreground interest otherwise you are shooting wide for the sake of being wide. A level horizon and being mindful of the rule of thirds when placing your horizon will go a long way to adding some interest. Don't be afraid to also "set the stage".  there is nothing that says you cant bring props or move stuff around. I've got a bunch of household brickabrac i sometimes take down to the beach when there looks to be a good sunset. I can place an interesting item anywhere I want along the sand to add some interest then focus on it close and set a small aperture.

it seems recently the forum has degraded into countless threads about warrantee this and warrantee that.  i guess it's at least different than the usual "should I move to Nikon", "screw you canon I'm not buying a (insert newly announced product) unless it's 40% I'm moving to Nikon", and "Canon is dead because DxO says their sensor doesn't produce a million bits of dr...and I'm moving to Nikon"

So with that in mind, screw you canon for your authorized dealer warrantee stance...I'm moving to Nikon  :P

Software & Accessories / Re: would you guys buy it?
« on: November 24, 2012, 09:52:16 AM »
Get a blackrapid

Landscape / Re: Visiting Napa Valley. Need tips
« on: November 24, 2012, 09:51:02 AM »
Ahh my backyard. Honestly you can't go wrong anywhere in the valley. Hopefully the weather holds up today as well as it did yesterday, I haven't been in a few weeks, but if the grape leaves have all not fallen  off you're in for a treat. There is probably a better chance for that on the north end of the valley (st Helena and further up) than on the south.  As neuro stated domaine carneros is pretty, but if the weather is really clear (no marine layer) then skip that and try artesa instead (maybe 3 mins from domaine carneros)  the wine is S___, but from their balcony on a clear day you can see all the way to the golden gate. Then I'd hop over to Nicholson ranch, their wine is better than the two above plus Charles the tasting room manager is a riot. If they'll let you walk around the grounds there is a quaint little chapel up on the hill built by the owners father a long time ago and a huge lion statue used in the sf opera. From there it will probably be getting close to lunchtime. Then there are a couple of choices, if your going to Sonoma, Sonoma town square is very picturesque and most of the restaurants on the square are good and reasonably priced. If your headed up the napa valley then for cheap lunch I'd recommend stopping at oxbow market, lots of choices there including gotts (formerly taylors refresher) or head up to oakville grocery for good sandwiches. For the higher end of lunch head to yountville.  Personally I love buchon, Bottega, or ad hoc (they only offer lunch take out).  From there the world is your oyster...I'd recommend the following for wine tasting, caymus, hall, Robert Craig, patz and hall, schramsberg, Joseph phelps, honig, duckhorn, pine ridge, chimney rock, page. For sight seeing more so than wine drinking, Coppola, mondavi, beringer, sterling.  I am sure I can come up with a lot more.  Let me know what kind of vino you're in to and I could provide some more specific recommendations.

Canon General / Re: Authorized and unauthorized dealers
« on: November 23, 2012, 06:03:09 PM »
No USA warranty service if purchased grey market or through an un-authorized dealer. If something breaks because of bad manufacturing, It will not be repaired for free. You have to pay.

I buy off Evil bay because my Insurance covers this anyway and I have no issues with that.

Good stuff.  8)

Insurance is not a warrantee.  I sell insurance for a living and I have yet to see a carrier who will cover a manufacturing defect.  Unless you have something uber-special (and likely really expensive) I highly doubt you have the coverage you think you have.  I'd suggest you read your policy again, specifically under covered perils (or covered causes of loss), my guess is you have coverage for theft, loss, maybe some coverage for property in transit, but not much else.   

That being said if you can confirm it does let me know who is placing it for you as I'd love to get in with this outfit. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to price my gear?
« on: November 23, 2012, 05:57:21 PM »
as others have mentioned good current photos of the gear helps (make sure everything has been cleaned), take the caps off of the lenses and give the buyer a good idea what sort of shape the glass is in.  An honest description of the condition of the gear goes a long way.  see what the going rate is on ebay and amazon for the used parts and then decide where you want to post it.  If you want it to sell fast just take the average price and discount it 5-10%.  Also check who else is selling the same stuff where ever you post it and consider undercutting their price by a few points.  Craigslist is good, I always leave my phone number for folks to call me and tell them text messages and emails will be ignored.  Your more likely to get a serious buyer if they contact you via phone.  Of course the usual CL cautions, no shipping, cash only, meet at a public location (local starbucks etc).  Other places are (there is a one time buy and sell fee), photography on the net (no fee, but must be a 30 day member and have a certain number of posts), and of course ebay. 

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