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EOS-M / Re: Continuous shooting on EOS-M + EFS lens?
« on: November 27, 2013, 07:33:08 PM »
If so, this is very frustrating! Am I missing something??

You're understanding it correctly, and yes it's a significant limitation.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: The opposite of a good deal
« on: November 26, 2013, 09:03:24 PM »
Did Canon's online store ever offer price matching? In most cases, Manufacturer's own stores can't offer price matching, as it would impact their retailers unfavorably. Why would one sign on as a retailer if the manufacturer could undercut you at any corner?

The best deals I've seen (so far...) were 20% off the refurb price, which is already 20% off the full retail price. You net a 36% discount off retail.

THIS. ^^^

I grabbed one of the 6d's that was 20% off. total was 1350 after tax (1230 before- wowza) . I didnt want one, but for its FF performance and that price- i couldnt say no. I debated sending it back and buying a 70d, but im glad i didnt.

All isnt roses though- canon sold me a 6D with super-busted Af. Its now in the shop. gyaddamnit.

Buyer beware- canon does a LOUSY job of proofing their equipment with their testing. The first 50 1.4 i got from them was so atrocious that i felt like i was scammed.

I'm surprised to hear that you had functional issues with two items - I've ordered at least 20 different refurb items from them, and the only problem I had was a 430EX II pouch that had a really nasty smell. They sent me another one after I called. Never a scratch or any other issues aside from that.

Of course I've had that same issue with new gear - 2 BG-E11's I got from Amazon had a terrible chemical smell that eventually went away (after months) on the one I kept.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: The opposite of a good deal
« on: November 26, 2013, 04:36:06 PM »
You must not be watching closely enough  ;D

Not all of the lenses are a good deal (like some of the low end lenses, kit lenses, etc), but there are some incredible deals on L glass if you can catch them in stock during a 15-20% off sale.

I did catch a good price on a 600 ex-rt.

The only lens on my list is a 24 ts-e ii.

It shows as in stock for me, but won't add to cart. You might be able to call them and get it if this looks like a good price to you. http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/lenses-flashes/refurbished-lenses/ts-e-24mm-f35l-ii-refurbished

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: The opposite of a good deal
« on: November 26, 2013, 03:05:34 PM »
Good to know!  But what about 1 series bodies?  Are they ever refurbed and then a sale on that?
Yes, but they're often excluded from the sale or the % off is reduced - same for the 5D3.

I don't know if I ever caught the 1DX refurb at 15% or 20% off, but it seems to sell out quickly even at the normal refurb price of $5439.

Interesting.  And with a 1DX refurb, is the shutter replaced?  What else do you think gets done to refurbish it?

I don't know what all they do to them, but the shutter counts are typically low. Under 20 on one body I purchased and under 250 on another. Counts over 1-2K seem to be rare, but if you get one they'll usually swap it out for one with a lower count, although IMO it would be ridiculous to swap a refurb 1D body because of 2K clicks on it.

Here's Canon's blurb about the refurbs: http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/CusaMiscPageView?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10051&file=refurbished/refurb.html

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: The opposite of a good deal
« on: November 26, 2013, 02:53:01 PM »
Good to know!  But what about 1 series bodies?  Are they ever refurbed and then a sale on that?
Yes, but they're often excluded from the sale or the % off is reduced - same for the 5D3.

I don't know if I ever caught the 1DX refurb at 15% or 20% off, but it seems to sell out quickly even at the normal refurb price of $5439.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: The opposite of a good deal
« on: November 26, 2013, 02:45:10 PM »
It seems to me that if there are such huge deals on refurbs, then it might make sense to purchase the priciest Canon items this way, such as the superteles, or the 1 series bodies.  Of course it's possible there isn't as much of a "deal" on these...

Aside from the 300mm 2.8 II, and the 400mm DO, they don't typically stock the super tele refurbs - they only started carrying the 300 around the middle of this year. Hopefully they'll be adding some of the others down the road.

The deal on those lenses is pretty good - the price on the 300mm, during this recent sale, was $4963 and you still get the 1 year warranty. They only had one in stock, though, and it sold out within the first minute of the sale starting. I believe it's the first time that lens was in stock during one of the % off sales.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: The opposite of a good deal
« on: November 26, 2013, 12:42:32 PM »
I purchased a refurb lens from Canon on 11/12 with the 125 back.  That lens just went on 15% sale...The long and short of it is that I would have saved about $150 if I had waited for this sale to purchase it.  I called to try and get them to give me the price difference and they were not interested.  I could return it but would have to pay the postage and insurance (likely $50) and then hope to buy another one (not likely). 

They no longer do any price matching ever.--just be warned

I would say that you are far better off purchasing from someone else using greentoe than purchasing directly from Canon.  If I had done that I would have gotten a new lens (of course it might have had a higher risk of a clicking sound) for the same price...probably from adorama or B&H who likely have far better service than Canon. 

Obviously I'm frustrated but I can't help but wonder if Canon had some better competition that they might do a better job

Some credit cards still have price protection - maybe you could go that route? Which lens did you buy?

https://www.discover.com/credit-cards/help-center/faqs/price-protection.html

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: The opposite of a good deal
« on: November 26, 2013, 12:40:24 PM »
Are you complaining because you got a good deal instead of a great deal?

No sympathy here. The refurbished store follows a consistent pattern that is well-known to buyers.

During non-sale times they let the stock build up, then they'll do a $x off if you buy $XXX sale. Then they'll follow up with a percentage off sale. Then they'll end the sale and let the stock build back up before repeating the cycle. They've been doing it like this for years. Consistent and predictable.

For those who don't "get it" this is a sport as much as anything for some of us. Watch the refurbished site for something desirable to show up. Wait for a sale and try to snag a bargain. I strongly suspect the Canon folks manipulate the stock (on the eve of a big sale some good items often suddenly go out of stock...they restock items at random times like 3 in the morning or 2 in the afternoon) So it's kind of fun trying to beat the odds and score.

I suspect the refurbished store people enjoy the game too. I imagine them sitting around saying: "Let's put three 70-200 IIs up at 20% off at 4 a.m. Everybody put a dollar in the pool and pick a time between 4-4:30. Whoever predicts the exact minute and second they all sell gets the pot."

As with anything, you need to remember the "buyer beware" warning. They offer great prices on some items, but not on everything. You can almost always get a white box 24-105 new for less than the refurbished price. Same with many kit lenses and things like the "shorty forty." On the other hand, I've gotten refurbished Speedlites and lenses there for less than the lowest used prices you can get from B&H, Adorama or EBay.

Everything I've bought refurbished is cosmetically and functionally indistinguishable from new, except for either a small red dot or a punch mark on the serial number tag. CPS accepts the serial numbers when you register the products and they now all come with a year's warranty.

All great points - I'll also add that if you put in the effort to get one of these items during a sale (at least, the ones that are a good deal) you can nearly always sell down the road for more than or equal to what you paid.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: The opposite of a good deal
« on: November 26, 2013, 12:35:24 PM »
I watch the Canon refurb lens "sales", and maybe I'm missing something, but the "deal" aspect in general seems to be missing.

You must not be watching closely enough  ;D

Not all of the lenses are a good deal (like some of the low end lenses, kit lenses, etc), but there are some incredible deals on L glass if you can catch them in stock during a 15-20% off sale.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Lee 4x4 Big Stopper filter in stock
« on: November 08, 2013, 09:33:55 AM »
I ordered on 7/18, just got mine as part of this shipment.

It was in a large padded envelope, which was smashed inside my mailbox. I was sure it would be broken when I opened it, but it was fine thanks to the case that Lee includes now.

Now to order the holder/rings/etc.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: This momma is looking to buy a camera ?
« on: October 28, 2013, 11:47:51 AM »
What camera do you currently use? What shortcomings are you trying to improve by upgrading? Are you interested in carrying around multiple lenses and taking the time to swap them when needed?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4 Problem
« on: October 25, 2013, 01:08:23 AM »

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM for $1699
« on: October 16, 2013, 01:18:38 AM »
Not at all, I missed out on this the first time it happened a couple of days ago - just ordered it when the price dropped again tonight. Great deal.

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Lenses / Re: Which lenses should I sell?
« on: October 02, 2013, 09:57:18 PM »
I've previously used the Library filters in LR to look at metadata for situations like this, but would like to find a better way. Any suggestions for a product like Aperture Inspector for Lightroom? I see that he was working on Lightroom Inspector, but the site for that seems to be down.

I came across this one, but I'm not a fan of it needing to dump the data on their site for analysis: http://lightroomanalytics.com/

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Software & Accessories / Re: rain protection
« on: September 17, 2013, 02:50:54 PM »
I keep these http://amzn.com/B000PTFDYO and these http://amzn.com/B002TI71HQ in my bag.

They're cheap and have kept the gear dry over several hours of use. Only minor issue is that the end with the string tends to move around on the lens hood, but I just keep an eye on it and adjust as needed - could be solved with tape or velcro.

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