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Lighting / Re: Rogue Flashbender Diffusion Kit vs actual softbox
« on: June 11, 2014, 07:25:35 PM »
I can't offer any comparisons since I don't have any softboxes, but I do have a few of their reflectors with panels and find them very convenient and effective. I just wanted to mention that somewhere on their site they sell "factory seconds" for a good discount. I bought all of mine that way and they are functionally perfect.

Photography Technique / Re: Help, I've lost my mojo!
« on: June 08, 2014, 02:08:28 PM »
Shoot nudes and boudoir

Hit or miss. Entirely dependent on the clientele ;)

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for bicycling?
« on: June 06, 2014, 07:05:31 PM »
Hi Viggo,

I use the Tamrac Velocity 8x
It can hold your 1Dx with even a size lens 70-300 or 70-200 f/2.8
In the front pocket you can put extra battery, CF cards and your wallet
While sitting on your bike you can easliy swap it from your back to the front, open the zipper and take out the camera. Put back and swing the bag on your back again.
I use it for the 5DMKIII with grip and the lenses I just mentioned.

+1 on the Velocity 8. It is exactly what you're looking for. Smallish size, good protection and quick access, particularly if you leave the lid unzipped.

Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 05, 2014, 04:58:20 PM »
1st: 24-105...............Still use for travel
2nd: 17-40................Still use until 16-35 f/4L IS arrives
3rd: 70-200 f/4 IS......Will have to pry from my cold dead fingers (and I have the 2.8 v2)

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Real World Sample Images
« on: June 04, 2014, 04:49:38 PM »
Mine's supposed to ship from Canon via Fed Ex on the 27th, so I should have it by the fourth of July. Yippee! I even bought a new B+W clear XS-Pro filter for it when I could just have used the "old" (still like new) F Pro filter that's currently on my 17-40. I guess I'll sell the lens with the filter. This GAS stuff is contagious. I hope the lens performs as well as I expect so I can also sell my Tokina AT-X 16-28 f/2.8 FX. I don't think I'll need 2.8 often enough to justify both lenses, and lord knows I already have enough overlaps in my assortment of lenses.

I appreciate you guys inputing valuable opinion.

I did not incude 5D here not just because it has no video feature, it's a bit too old for the money. Spending only $500 to $600 on a FF sensor seems fine but I have to worry about the money I possibly have to spend on repairing a may be 7 to 8 years old electronic equipment. Repairing cost easily reaches $300.

I also agree to some of you recommending 7D. It's best all round amongst the cropped sensor Canon Dslr within the price range. However, if I have to find a newer one, it will cost over $850. I have just received an offer for a 3 1/2 years old 7D with 30k actuation for $700. May consider but want to wait for one better than it.

$530 may seem a bit on the high side for a 60D ( really? ) but it's only a few months old with low shutter count. I have checked with CL and EBay and I found the price offered to be quite reasonable. I think if I take this one, shoot with it for about 2 years, I may still be able to resell it for $350 to 400. Then, my spending on this comparatively newer body will be very low - $10 or less per month. Moreover, it  has a 2 years warranty on it and the cost of repair is 0 for the period.  The general comment in reviews about this model is that is a downgrade to 50D that make it less popular.

Still struggling. 7D or 60D. Or may be I could buy the 70D with my credit card and pay the balance by instalments. (stop thinking about it, hate to have collection agencies calling again)

Btw, have you guys ever bought a 3 years old camera?  Kind of scary having to consider buying a camera that old.:-!:-!:-!

I will have a 50 1.8 and 28-105 USM II to start with. Given to me by family. I can borrow a 70 300, UW or a few L lens if I need to use them so I'm fine with lenses for the time being. Also, I can used over 10 vintage mf lenses with adaptors - people seem to have abandoned them completely.


I hate to argue with the OP right off the bat, but I think you would be better served by getting a refurbished Rebel T4i and with the money saved, pick up one or two of Canon's STM lenses. The T4i will meet or beat those other cameras in all aspects relating to IQ. The rebels are built plenty tough, and don't discount the functionality of an excellent articulating touch screen. The new STM lenses are all very good for stills and video. The EF-S 18-135mm IS STM is reputed to be an excellent "single lens solution" and can be had for $320 (USA model) from a reputable dealer on ebay....and now back to help-full suggestions...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 27, 2014, 04:54:44 PM »
So now you're telling me that the EF-M35 and the EF-M55 pancakes that I've been waiting for aren't right around the corner? Well that just sucks...
Hopefully Canon USA is just waiting for Canon Global to release some more lenses and a more versatile body before "relaunching". Two similar basic bodies & three lenses do not a system make.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSRL Camera for travel
« on: May 22, 2014, 08:45:53 PM »
Hi all,

I am planning to have holidays but I don't want to travel heavy with my 5D3 and the FF lenses. I want to buy a light body and I am between the SL1 and the T5i that could be also light for my kids to use. Obviusly I will have to buy one or two lenses compatible with the APS-C sensor but, I am also thinking about a do-it-all ultrazoom and carry my 35mmf2IS for low light situations.
Any experience or suggestion on those bodies and ultrazoom lens?

I have a T4i coupled with an EF-S 15-85mm for inconspicuous travel (when my M+22 just won't do), and find it to be a very capable combination. It's not quite a "super zoom", but it has fantastic optics, very effective IS, and would go very nicely with your EF 35 IS.

It will certainly have a new generation sensor with DPAF. Canon wouldn't dare release their newest "semi-pro" body with a rehashed version of the driven-into-the-ground 18MP hanger on. The question, of coarse, is what improvements will the new design bring to the table. Killer frame rate and AF system is a given...

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: May 19, 2014, 04:21:58 PM »
When will there be reviews to read? First or second week of June?

I pre-ordered one from Canon Direct (for a discounted promotional price of $1074 that I hope they'll honor) and the estimated shipping date is 6-27-14. So I would imagine there won't be any retail purchased lens reviews until the first week of July.

Apparently Canon fixed the "pricing error" promotion. All is back to normal. My order is still listed as "pending shipment". CanonPriceWatch thinks they'll honor the promotion and I believe they will. Time will tell...

This is most likely a mistake. Somewhere in their fine print I'm sure Canon reserves the right to not honor pricing errors, as do almost all online vendors.  They've got plenty of time to correct this one, and quite possibly orders placed will simply be canceled, losing place in the pre-order queue.

Possibly. Possibly not 8)

Refurbished EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 for $395 @ Canon Direct. Or you can do what I did and pick up a brand spanking new EF16-35mm f/4L IS FROM CANON for the promo price of $1074 w/free shipping. It sucks that I have to pay sales tax, but my cost is still $1138 delivered. I assume Canon will allocate themselves enough to not make me wait longer than B&H, etc.

Edit: You have to add the lens to your cart to see the promotion. Estimated shipping date is 6-27-14.

Edit #2: Canon also included a "100 Million EF Lens Gift Set" (T-shirt) for free.

Software & Accessories / Re: Next on the shopping list: filters
« on: May 05, 2014, 07:55:22 PM »
The MRC coating also reduces reflections, thereby increasing light transmission.

Software & Accessories / Re: Safety Line for my camera
« on: May 05, 2014, 07:32:23 PM »
I also use the BR system and have never had an issue with anything ever coming loose. Having said that, it does apparently happen on occasion to some folks. Therefore, I again shared some of my wealth with Black Rapid by purchasing a couple of Lockstars. It's a plastic collar that encapsulates the Connect-R at the gate of the carabiner, securing it until unsnapped and swung out of the locked position. I don't really feel they are necessary, but for $6 a pop it's cheap insurance.

and why is my reply sidelined?

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