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Pricewatch Deals / Canon Refurb Sale Starting 8-25
« on: August 24, 2013, 10:34:41 AM »
I received the following info.
If lenses are discounted, it might be worth staying up until the sale goes live.  Sales usually run from 15-20% off.
A sale on refurbished items at the Canon Store will begin early morning Sunday, August 25th. It runs until the evening of Wednesday, August 28th. At this time we know bodies will be discounted but are unsure about lenses. 

This is the tallest 190 series tripod, its aluminum, and while most are looking for carbon fiber, it might be a good choice for someone trying to save money.

Site Information / Manuals for old Photo Equipment
« on: August 19, 2013, 01:28:37 PM »
I occasionally find the site below invaluable for downloading free copies of old cameras flashes, and light meters.
Be sure to donate a few dollars to help keep it going.

Animal Kingdom / Northwest Trek
« on: August 03, 2013, 08:22:24 PM »
Has any one been to Northwest Trek?  I did not see any images when I searched. 
The wife and I have reservations for the photo tour next weekend, and I've been debating about which cameras and lenses to bring.  They take out windows and doors on the tram, and stop frequently to allow for shots.  There is also a walking tour which is more like a conventional zoo.  The park is part of the City of Tacoma parks department.  I've been wanting to go for a few years, but its necessary to signup for the photo tour well in advance, so I finally remembered to signup early this year.
My wife will likely take her 1G X, and I'll take my 5D MK III.  I'll take my 100-400mmL, my 70-200mm 2.8 MK II,  my 24-70L, and my 16-35mmL.  Maybe my 100L too?
I hate to pack so much stuff, and I'm even thinking of taking my 580 EX II and better beamer, since I hear that the animals are sometimes hiding in the shade.   That's going to make a big load to carry, maybe I need to bring my big roll around case :)

I will also put my 40D in as a second camera.
I'll bring my monopod, and Pol filters, but I don't like to use filters unless I really have to.
I'll start packing up to see what I can actually carry in my favorite bag.
Meanwhile, any advice from someone who's been there is welcome.

Pricewatch Deals / Refurbished 6D now at Canon Direct, $1599
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:28:58 PM »
I don't know if they will give a 15% discount thru the Canon Loyalty Program, but it might be worth asking.  $1599 is not a deal.

I don't know if its appeared before, but it is there this morning.  The price is no big bargain, but it will likely be sold out before the next sale.  Now with a 1 year Warranty, I'd buy one if I didn't already have mine.

Canon has recently increased the warranties on their refurbished DSLR cameras and lenses.  The warranty on refurb powershots is still 90 days.
I thought I'd post this, because I still see posts from those who are not aware of the longer warranty period.
That might help some buyers relieve their anxiety over buying refurbished, and American Express doubles that warranty when you buy with your AMEX card.  I'd check with Amex, they do not specifically exclude Refurbished when bought from the original manufacturer, but there are always weasel words that might exclude a refurbished, words like "Original Warranty" ;)

Software & Accessories / Bogen 3040 Tripod
« on: July 01, 2013, 04:26:18 PM »
I saw the tripod at a garage sale, along with a old 3047 pan / 2 way tilt head.  I paid $5 for it, and finally got around to cleaning it up today.  There was nothing wrong or broken, but it was dusty from being stored for many years.  I took the handles off the head and used my buffer to give them a good polish, the shafts were starting to oxidize.  Aside from that, it looks pretty nice.
Its a huge and heavy beast, the kind that was commonly used for video in the days of the large VHS Camcorders, and medium format cameras.  It could easily carry a big load.
I already have too many tripods, so I'm not certain what I'll do with it, but for the price, I decided to grow my collection.  I have a nice Manfrotto fluid head, so I might put that on it.  I've given up on large lenses, and have two tripods big enough to handle super telephoto lenses with ease in any event.

5D MK III Sample Images / Graduation 2013
« on: June 08, 2013, 07:53:46 PM »
Attended the graduation Ceremony for our local Home School last night.  They had 50 graduates, which is actually up from 30 a couple of years back.
Unlike the huge schools, Graduations are less stuffy and more informal.  Students do get a Diploma from the local school, classes are taught by certified teachers in a school run by the district as well as at home by the parents.  The level of scholarship is very high with many students receiving scholar ships.  A high percentage graduate from community college at the same time.
You can wear a feather in your hair, or even bring your teddy bear.  Diplomas are given by the parents, who also give a short speech.
I used my 5D MK III and 70-200mm f/2.8 L MK II almost exclusively.  I used my 24-70mmL MK II for the group photo along with a flash.  I prefer it without flash, but I wanted to freeze the hats in the air. I don't like the color (mixed light).
Next up is my grandsons graduation at Safeco Field in Seattle.  Nothing cozy about it. I'm not even going to try and bring my camera in that Zoo.



Pricewatch Deals / Refurb 1D X in stock for $5439.20
« on: May 29, 2013, 06:21:43 PM »
Now that the refurb sale is over, Canon has restocked their refurb store.
Save $$$$ while they last.

There is a comparison of the two cameras,
[Japan: EOS Kiss X7i, Americas: EOS Rebel T5i, Europe/Asia/Oceania: EOS 700D]
                    [Japan: EOS Kiss X7, Americas: EOS Rebel SL1, Europe/Asia/Oceania: EOS 100D]

Animal Kingdom / Hawk
« on: May 21, 2013, 02:36:06 PM »
Young Hawk. 
5D MK III + 70-200mm f/2.8L MK II @ 200mm ISO 5000 f/3.2 (cropped)
Here is a cropped close up.


Reviews / The Digital Picture Reviews the Tamron 24-70
« on: May 13, 2013, 05:19:43 PM »
After difficulty in getting a lens that did not have problems, they finally got one from Tamron (Not Retail) that was good.
This is worrisome, if the only way they could get one that met specs was to get it from Tamron.  My dealer told me to avoid it, apparently his customers had similar issues.
At any rate, here is the review.

Apparently Canon has decided to make the complete Software disk 28.1A  containing DPP, EOS Utility, and Picture Style Editor is available for download.  The rest of the Canon software will have to be downloaded individually..
A Serial number is required, my 5D MK III serial number worked fine.
Great news for those with lost disks or installation issues.  Many laptops do not have CD Rom drives, so this is a solution.
I wonder why it took them so long to realize this?  At least, they finally did.

Animal Kingdom / Honey Bees
« on: May 06, 2013, 02:51:22 PM »
Saturday evening we became the guest of 32 hives of Honey Bees.  They are out behind our house, (we have a lot of space behind us) and the air is thick with them.  They quickly found our flowers and Crab Apple tree.  They are peaceful, and just work like ... Bees ;)
I used my 5D MK III and 70-200 f/2.8L to capture a image.  Its at f/6.3 and 1/500 sec to try and stop the action a little.  We will get a small amount of the honey for the use of our land, and we will get everything well pollinated.

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