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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 18, 2015, 08:33:41 PM »
I get just the tiniest bit upset when I read complaints about Adobe UI function, pricing scheme, features that are lacking, slooow functionality....and then I remember that you complainers are standing by your principles and not using these lousy ripoff products, and then I feel a lot better.   :'(

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 18, 2015, 04:41:05 PM »
Probably not going to see the public betas on Adobe products any longer - I don't see how that would really integrate with the cloud applications. That was really only a Lightroom thing, anyway, and uncommon with mature products.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:03:14 AM »
It is ridiculously cheap compared to hardware, unless that's  a self-made pinhole camera you're  using.
And you're  welcome, speaking for users like me who paid their share of support for the development  of new technologies like content aware fill.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 18, 2015, 09:24:57 AM »
It will take some time yet for these old think ideas regarding deliberate feature crippling to wear away.
Yes, Adobe have stated that Lightroom will remain available as a standalone app. But they are not concerned about losing Cloud sales to it, and are adding features to Lightroom as quickly as they can be engineered. They would add photo-specific features to Lightroom only if they could, saving double-engineering them for two completely different products.
Photoshop doesn't  need photographers, and Lightroom has crushed the competition. Cloud has eliminated the marketing balance act between the two as they are now bundled together for a ridiculously cheap price.

Lens in the carryon hood & tripod in checked bag.

Lenses / Re: Advice on Canon PRIMES
« on: February 10, 2015, 12:39:50 PM »
As others have noted, you've got zooms that rival primes for sharpness, or as near as matters anyway. You can only cary so much glass at a time, so primes in a range you've already got covered don't make sense unless you have a specific use for a particular lens.

You're just looking for trouble, and the 24mm TS-E will fit the bill perfectly.
Tack sharp, and the uses of this manual focus PC lens will keep you challenged for some time. Highly recommended for someone who is saying "what's next?".

Lenses / Re: 400 DO II continues to test out as superb
« on: February 03, 2015, 01:20:38 PM »
Best practical review I've seen. Your shots really point out all the features of this lens in use.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Backup body for extreme environment
« on: January 31, 2015, 01:28:34 PM »
Half the (then) new 5D2 bodies quit working on our first landing in 2009. Conditions were steady drizzle, temperature about 40F. Some of those came back after drying out, some were bricked.
Absolutely use a plastic bag for an hour or two when bringing equipment indoors.
7D2 and 5D3 are the best weather-resistant (NOT proof!) bodies short of a 1D4 or 1DX.

Not all lenses are weather sealed, many of those that are require a clear filter of some sort to complete the sealing.

Lenses / Re: EF 11-24 f/4L USM Specifications
« on: January 31, 2015, 02:26:30 AM »
Image comparison of lens size on Northlight Images site:

EOS Bodies / New 1DX firmware info by Fred Miranda site member
« on: January 28, 2015, 04:21:47 PM »
Alright you mugs, remember you read it here first!

First purchased refurb 5 or 6 years ago. Took a couple days to ship, and I was disappointed that they charged sales tax.

Many refurb purchases since then, has always taken a couple days to ship.
In your case, you purchased sometime on a Thursday, so at the pace they move at, I wouldn't have expected to get a shipping notice until Monday.
Monday was "Snowpocalypse 2015!OMG!"
Just hang in there.

For the record, last 3 refurb purchases were new items. Zero shutter counts on a 6D in Nov 2013, same on a 5D3 (that one was ordered Dec 23 2014, shipped Jan 5 2015) and a 400 f/5.6 was unmarked with unblemished contacts, I don't think it had ever been mounted. Oh ya, just received a 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro in same condition.

I got in on a 15% off refurb sale and paid $660 shipped for that 100 L macro.
Why buy used?

Lenses / 400 DO II continues to test out as superb
« on: January 27, 2015, 08:32:34 PM »
Equals/surpasses 300 f/2.8 II

Roger at Lens Rentals has additional testing:

Lenses / Re: Advice - what to take to Europe
« on: January 23, 2015, 12:13:28 PM »
Toss the 50 f/1.8 and get a 40mmSTM. On a 6D it's as close as you'll get to a compact snapper, and the 40 is hands down superior to the 50.
Absolutely take the 85 and shoot wide open as you state - one or two flattering shots of your wife with notable landmarks softly seen in the background, and she'll become a lot more tolerant of your picture taking ;)
That 70-300 is problematic. You probably won't use it as much with several lenses to choose from, and it's darn heavy in the kit. I've made several trips with too much gear, and frankly it's a mistake to take so much unless it's solely a photography expedition - you won't use it in museums, stores, theaters or on subways, and after 2 or 3 hours you will regret packing it.
And what bag will you take out each day, anyway? What about a small flash for the 6D? That 90EX works quite well for the 40STM and is cheap, but don't stint on batteries, those AAA's poop out pretty quickly.
That gorilla pod won't hold the 70-300, which is where you really need it.

Couple years ago I bought one and it just quit after about 6 months - battery change made no difference. I was willing to try again, but they have been unavailable from Canon for over a year I think.
Just tried a couple days ago, somehow I ended up with a $30 credit at the Canon store, and there's nothing else I'm interested in.
Maybe I'll grab a battery.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Wait for 5D4 or go for 5D3/6D right now ?
« on: January 10, 2015, 12:14:23 PM »
Today's camera will cost significantly less than tomorrow's camera - which will be in high demand at full price.
Used/refurb 5D3 at $2200-2400.
Used/refurb 6D at $1100-1300.

You can't shoot today with tomorrows camera.

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