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Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 10:50:52 PM »
Hi,

You're right - I meant Prime Tele. And I suppose I'm getting at a need for faster action at low light. Does that make sense?
I appreciate all the comments - and am leaning towards a new 70D at this point. I do understand that bodies are a personal choice, but knowing the wife as I do, she'll never buy one unless I force the issue. I'd rather do a return for something else than a gift cert. The real question then, at this point, is will a 70D be enough, or should I do the 70D and a lens.

Thanks
Sean

As far as picture quality, there will be no discernible difference with the 70D.  What you do get is the fast AF with liveview or when taking video, the ability to fine tune autofocus to a lens (great for wide aperture lenses), the touch screen, and Wi-Fi.  If those things are of value to her, you will be able to get a deal this Christmas.
 
I'd signup with CPW for a target price of $800.  Actually, I'd buy a refurb using the Canon Loyalty Program to get a additional percentage off the refurb price.  You might also be able to add a lens for a big discount.

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Does anyone remember any time in the past there was a discount on a lens even before it started shipping?

Yes, they removed it as soon as someone discovered the error.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is there any reason to shoot sRGB????
« on: November 25, 2014, 07:29:38 PM »
I am new to using my 5DM3 and realized that I had it set to sRGB after taking lots of photos.

1. Does it come set by default to sRGB and if so why?
2. I understand that it does not have as large a color gamut as Adobe RGB, though for head shots and non botanical photos, can you really tell the difference?

Thanks.

If you want prints to match what you see on your monitor, and others to see the same thing, use sRGB.  Its the default color space for cameras, monitors, printers, and the internet.
 
Adobe RGB is best for those who have wide gamut equipment and have critical color matching requirements.
 
Keith Cooper at Northlight has some very good articles on color management.  He occasionally graces us with a post or two.
 
Check it out.  You don't want to use Adobe RGB without a lot more knowledge, and probably not then either.  It sounds like a good thing, having more colors to chose from, but it brings on trouble for those who don't understand and need it.
 
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/article_pages/what_is_colour.html

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Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 07:17:40 PM »
Hi,

I want to buy my wife a new lens - if you all think she needs it. Her gear is:
Canon Eos Rebel Crop (fairly old - about 6 years)

Lenses:
Canon 70-300 4-5.6
Tokina 11-16 2.8
Tamron 28-75 2.8
Sigma 18-35 1.8

She is wanting a mid-zoom faster lens. I'm thinking about the 135 2.0 or the 85 1.8
She shoots landscapes, portraits, animals, etc. General stuff.

I'd appreciate your collective advice.

Thank you!
Sean

The two lenses you mention are not zoom lenses, so if you are looking for Mid Zoom, they are not.  Perhaps she is looking for a prime lens with a fixed focal length.  35mm, 50mm, 85mm, or maybe 100mm?  I've learned not to assume.
 
On a crop Camera, around 30-35mm is a normal range, so a mid zoom might run 28-75mm, and she has that.  You need to get a better understanding of what she wants.
 
If there is a weakness in the lenses you listed, it is the 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS.  A 70-300mm L would be a huge improvement, but its a longish zoom on a Rebel.

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Germany / Re: Amazon Cyber Monday Week
« on: November 25, 2014, 07:08:03 PM »
Cyber Monday is December 1.  Black Friday is November 28.

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There is no  $100 off, and most places offer free shipping.  You will, however, pay about $200 sales tax if you are in a State like Washington.
 
You can buy from PMI and get free 2 day shipping plus $43 ebay bucks.
 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pre-Order-Canon-EF-100-400mm-F4-5-5-6L-IS-II-USM-Zoom-Lens-9524B002-New-/161481385106?pt=Camera_Lenses&hash=item25990a6492

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Why the need or want for a second body? Personally I've survived 15 years of not having a second body and none either film 35 or MF or digi FF have let me down. - I have and several lenses let me down tho, in which case id just adapt and use another one.


Here is my take on the question.
 
When contracting for a wedding shoot, and if his camera fails, drops, or breaks, or more likely is damaged by a drunken wedding party member,  and he does not have a backup camera, word will spread like wildfire, and he can kiss his fledgling business goodbye and hope that he can avoid a lawsuit for not having a backup to cover the obviously foreseeable event of a camera failure.  Same with lenses, but he already has multiple lenses. 
 
Its cheap insurance and a write off from taxes.  Brides that do not get their wedding photographs can be very vindictive, even if the contract covers illness, broken equipment or automobile failures, acts of god, etc.  I have no desire to photograph weddings, the level of stress is too high for me.  I do it for friends on a informal basis, but never as a contracted shooter.
 
He should also consider a second shooter using that second camera.  Cars break down, people get ill, its a foreseeable event and should be covered.  There are lots of students or less experienced photographers who can help out, and cover you in a emergency. 

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Nice!  I admire fine tools.  My surf days are long over as well, I hope it finds a good home.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gitzo GT5532LS is on sale on B&H
« on: November 24, 2014, 11:16:07 PM »
The issue I have with it is that it is only 4' 9" tall, so even with another 9 inches for head and camera, it will not come to my eye level on level ground, and on uneven ground, even lower.
 
For that kind of $$$, it really ought to be 6 + ft tall.

Well, I'm 5'10" and it should be almost perfect for me. A very popular RRS TVC-33 is also around 4'9" and it seems it works just fine for many people. On the other hand, for a tripod that can hold 88lbs $869 doesn't seem to be that much. But that's again very personal, some people may agree and some may not  ;)

It should barely make it for you while on flat ground.  I have a 59 inch monopod that reaches eye level with a inch or two to spare when upright.  I'm 6'3" and that additional 5 inches makes it too short.  Gitzo does make taller tripods, but not a whole lot of them.  The GT2540LLVL would work for me, at $860 and also gets the $150 Visa card.  I prefer 3 sections, but all the tall ones seem to be 4 sections.  My Benro is just over 6 ft with column down. The rebate is not Specific to B&H, its a Gitzo rebate for all buyers of their tripods selling for $450 or more, so it can apply to most models. 
 
http://www.gitzo.us/series-2-carbon-6x-leveling-tripod-long-4-section-w-g-lock

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Lighting / Re: R.I.P Metz Speedlites.
« on: November 24, 2014, 10:58:12 PM »
Very sad day for a strobist. One of the best makers of alternative speedlites is going under.

All demise reports on German online news only referred to them as a manufacturer of tv sets. Since Metz obviously didn't even manage to promote what they're manufacturing at all, the bankruptcy is no surprise :-\

For those who aren't intimate with German law: The current state of affairs doesn't mean the end of Metz, but simply states that they cannot pay their bills. Now an appointed expert will have a look what can be salvaged - so the flashes might very well be continued if they are expected to be profitable sooner or later (again).

Yes, its a lot like US Chapter 11, the company will re-organize and emerge again to have another try at it.  This is just another example of the pains that photo equipment companies are having.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Body In Stock at B&H Photo
« on: November 24, 2014, 10:05:43 PM »
Just last week Adorama was selling the body for $200.oo less, I believe it was for one day but if you called,mentioned the offer and they had some left. You was able to order it over the phone with two day delivery.

PMI (A authorized dealer) will also discount the 7D MK II by $100 and throw in a free battery and free shipping.  Times are tough right now, so even a new camera model is a hard sell.
 
I hope that Canon does not delay new FF bodies due to the soft market.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gitzo GT5532LS is on sale on B&H
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:49:06 PM »
The issue I have with it is that it is only 4' 9" tall, so even with another 9 inches for head and camera, it will not come to my eye level on level ground, and on uneven ground, even lower.
 
For that kind of $$$, it really ought to be 6 + ft tall.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D MK II with EF 180 mm F/ 3.5 L MACRO
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:42:17 PM »
One of the strong points of my two original 7D's were their use with Macro lenses.  I'm not surprised that the Mark II is also very good with them.  I liked the ability to handhold the camera and 100mm L for close shots.
 
 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Body In Stock at B&H Photo
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:18:53 PM »
Wow, some posters think that B&H held back on selling cameras?  What kind of business would not want to sell $4 million worth of cameras a week?  And, since they are selling for full price, that means about 7% profit or $280,000 plus any incentives they may get.
 
B&H is dependent on Canon to supply cameras, they do not manufacture them, and can't pull them out of a hat.  They are a popular store, and sell a ton of cameras. 
 
B&H has been unable to get as many cameras as they wanted  in the past.  That was due to a spat between them and Canon.  Its just possible that Canon is still cutting their quotas, since some stores have offered $200 off to move them.

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Lenses / Re: Is a 16-35 update coming soon?
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:11:02 PM »
I doubt it, as lenses go, its a new model.
 
Its believed that there will be a new UW zoom announced before long.
 
http://www.canonrumors.com/2014/11/did-canon-leak-the-ef-11-24mm-f4l/

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