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Am I the only person here that finds it incredible that a LENS has a firmware update!?  I thought they were just a bunch of glass in a tube, but I guess there is more to it than "meets the eye"... 

Bad pun, sorry.

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
« on: July 12, 2012, 01:12:31 PM »
I hate to reply to my own post, but I now think it's the Haze Filter I have on the lens.  I took some shots with it off, and they look a bit more clear.  I can't really fault the filter, it's over 20 years old and I only gave it a rudimentary cleaning before placing it on the lens.

I really hate to "stir the pot" on this issue, but...

I found this WHOLESALE web site, and at least for the US market, it looks like a 5X to 7X markup spread between the "middle men" and the government.

<scam site link removed by mod>

Read it and Weep!

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
« on: July 08, 2012, 08:18:02 PM »
What am I doing wrong?

I keep getting inconsistent results.  I would have thought the Gold Finch would be easy to ficus on as it has so much contrast.  These are all hand hold, with IS in hte lens, and shot at fast shutter speeds.

At a Loss,
Mark Lopiccola

Lenses / Re: Battle of the 50mm's - 1.8, 1.4 and 1.2L
« on: July 03, 2012, 01:26:19 PM »
I am happy with my 50mm f/1.8 as well.  I use it more for indoor shooting to compensate for the Rebel XS's low ISO range, and it serves me well.

I have a bunch of shots I took at a WWII re-inactor event with it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Mirrorless Information [CR1]
« on: July 03, 2012, 01:53:02 AM »
Why does it HAVE to be smaller?  Just remove the mirror mechanism.  You don't have to reinvent the wheel, just sack the mirror.

Lighting / Re: Fauxtographer Ruins Olympic photos.
« on: July 03, 2012, 12:11:08 AM »
I have a feeling the photographer did not have unlimited access to these folks.  Probably less than a minute each, because there were 100s of other photographers, all waiting their turn.  You get what you can and hope for the best.

One thing for sure, I don't think any of these shots will make to a box of Wheaties!  LOL

Lenses / Re: Good, inexpensive zoom lens? Beginner here.
« on: July 03, 2012, 12:02:44 AM »
For my 2 cents, I can recommend the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 with vibration control, and the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS.  I paid $450 for the Tamron (Simply Electronics) and $190 for the Canon lens (Amazon).

Both of these lenses are good for stills, and I don't know about video as my Rebel XS can't perform the feat.

Take some classes as suggested, and go out and shoot everything and anything.  I have started schlepping my camera everywhere, and looking for an excuse to photograph stuff.  Go to events, feed birds, visit the zoo, line up your family members for mug shots.  LOL   Take pictures of the moon... 

Take pictures of flowers, bugs, anything... and be prepared to throw out a lot of shots.  I took 270 frames at the local nature center last weekend, and only kept 31 of them.  Last month I took photos at a military rein-actor event and only use my 50mm prime.  I took pictures of an indoor tennis match, and the lighting sucked, as did my 18-55mm kit lens (f/3.5-5.6), so I shot it all at 800 and 1600 ISO.

Most important is to have fun and enjoy your new camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Mirrorless Information [CR1]
« on: July 02, 2012, 11:38:08 PM »
OK, as much as I was looking forward to this camera, I have to pass because  of the "lens thing". 

WHY, WHY, WHY are they changing the mount?  It doesn't matter, they are doing it, and I am NOT biting!

What a crying shame...  60D here I come!

EOS Bodies / Re: The 7D for half price
« on: June 30, 2012, 03:08:40 PM »
I have heard there was a firmware HACK that activated Spot Metering on a600D/T3i.  If these two cameras (7D and 600D) are so close in hardware specs, it would be nice if the 7D firmware could be applied to a 600D to activate the hidden features.  I don't think this is possible.... but I could be wrong. :o

Lenses / Re: Looking for reviews of the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8
« on: June 30, 2012, 02:11:30 AM »
I want to thank all those that kicked in their 2 cents.  Looks like it's a mixed bag.  I want to replace my kit lens from a Rebel XS.  I am not making money on any of my photos, and have no delusions about that, so spending 2.5 times the coin on a Canon lens of comparable status, is out of the question.

I just took delivery of this lens, and I have to say, the build/construction of the lens is not what I expected. 

      1. It's heavier than any of the Canon lenses I own.  This is not a bad thing, but it did surprise me.

      2. When I unboxed it, I found out why...  The lens is a whopping 72mm in diameter!  I wasn't sure how it would fit on my Rebel XS... but of course it was fine.

I have taken some indoor shot of my lazy cat, and have plans to take it out "in the wild" this weekend, but so far I am happy with the lens.

As stated in the manual - which is a boring read, but necessary - the VC kicks in a split second after the shutter button is half depressed, and last for a split second after you release the button.  I find it far more smooth than the Canon 55-250mm IS lens once it gets started.  The stabilization on that lens hops all over the place when racked out to 250.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is SLR dead?
« on: June 28, 2012, 12:00:15 PM »
I am reminded now of people using their iPhones and iPads to take photos.  They are seeing what they shoot, and in some cases, as large a laptop screen.  If that detail can be shrunk and/or projected into a usable viewfinder, the problem is solved. 

Talk about a dead camera type...  point and shoots are slugging it out with phone cameras on an minute-by-minute basis.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII Price Drop
« on: June 28, 2012, 11:50:26 AM »
Upon further "shopping", I see that 60D prices are also falling, and that there are two "versions".  US Retail, and NOT...  Of course, the NOT pricing is lower.

SCORE!  We Win!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII Price Drop
« on: June 28, 2012, 11:43:22 AM »
Best Price Photo also has them for less.

Interesting... but still out of my reach - unfortunately.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is SLR dead?
« on: June 28, 2012, 11:38:45 AM »
We must be at some sort of tipping point for the cost of a small {O}LED viewfinder to a glass and mirror version.  With Google gearing up for a pair of wearable glasses, and the Television market embracing {O}LED screens at more affordable prices, it will be inevitable.

I think the design of a mirror-less camera can be identical that of current models, so why people are so resistant is puzzling.  Less moving parts is always a good thing for longevity of a product as well.

I am surprised it has lasted this long.  With everything moving to Solid State, the DSLR is one of the last hold outs.  I expect it "won't go easily" either.   I have been investing in better glass these days, so as long as the new models accept these lenses, I am ready for the change, ...whenever it comes.

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