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Lenses / Re: Choosing a kit thinking long term
« on: November 02, 2012, 04:14:48 PM »
First, for extremely low light, get a FF body that can handle it.  A 5D MK II will give your low light work a big boost for very little additional money.  You can pickup the low cost 85mm f/1.8, 50mm f/1.8, and see if your 70-200mm zoom will do the job in low light with the ff body. 

Canon General / Re: EOS-M kicking butt in Japan
« on: November 02, 2012, 03:55:20 PM »
The camera is aimed at women, and lots of women in Japan are enthusiastic photographers, so I'd expect it to be doing well in Japan.  Its about time that a high end camera was created that takes into account features that women want.

Canon General / Re: Black Friday Deals
« on: November 02, 2012, 03:52:36 PM »
The 1D X is currently $6445 from a authorized dealer on ebay.  Get another $100 in ebay bucks to applly towards a 2nd battery.
There will continue to be deals like this with small discounts.

Canon General / Re: Black Friday Deals
« on: November 02, 2012, 12:02:44 PM »
You might get a very few dollars off, there was a $25 off on the 1DX the other day.  I don't know the MAP for it, sometimes its a little less than MSRP, sometimes not.

Is Canon allowed to do this.

Isn't this borderline price fixing.
Yes, Sony has been doing it for many years, Apple for years, Nikon started last year, and now Canon.

Lenses / Re: 24-105L Lens Creep
« on: November 01, 2012, 08:07:27 PM »
I tried everything, mine does not move on its own, even pointing it down and shaking it.  I'd be very unhappy to have a "L" lens do that.
If it suddenly started doing this, there may be a internal issue and I'd have Canon look at it.  If its always been that way, I'd still send it in.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D for a 1DS mk2 ??
« on: November 01, 2012, 08:03:24 PM »
The 5D Classic is worth maybe $600, the 1DS MK II goes for $1600 or more.  If you did not like it, you could sell and buy a new 5D MK II.

Canon General / Re: Canon's MAP Pricing Goes Into Full Effect Today
« on: November 01, 2012, 01:40:15 PM »
I would not worry too much, there is still a wide range of prices at various dealers, even authorized resellers.

PowerShot / Re: Down to the RX100 or G15...
« on: November 01, 2012, 01:34:03 PM »
Adorama shipped my G1X today, it was delayed by a couple of days due to the storm.  I bought it on the one day combo special which came with a 9500 MK II printer and Adobe software.  After the rebate, the entire price for the lot was $399.
After I sell the printer and software, it will net about $150 or less.
Then, when I sell my G11, I will have upgraded and netted about $150 - 200 to the good.
Being paid $150 to upgrade my 3 yo G11 to a new G1X was too good a deal to pass on.

Lenses / Re: "Affordable" telephoto lens for wildlife
« on: November 01, 2012, 01:26:37 PM »
Depends on what you shoot - and when.  In good light, or with fast subjects, not having IS isn't an issue. I often don't have enough light for 400mm f/5.6, 1/640 s at ISO 3200 on a 7D - being able to use 1/250 s handheld is a big deal...for me. 

As for reach, OP mentions raptors in fall/winter. You can never have enough reach. I'm now at 1200mm f/8 and still cropping sometimes.
You can't have a lens that is too long for birds and wildlife unless you are shooting in a zoo.  Light is the big issue.  I use my 580 EX II plus a Better beamer.  It makes a huge difference when in shadows or low light.
Here is a image with the better beamer in good light, it elimated the shadow which otherwise covered the birds head.
1. Fill light with Better Beamer in relatively good light, 100-400mmL at 400mm


Sony has forced dealers to advertise full price for years, Nikon started last year, and Canon this year.  In addition to that, the Supreme Court may rule that you cannot import a copyrighted item into the USA and resell it. 
However, there are many sellers in the mean time that are not Canon Authorized resellers who will undercut prices, and combo deals may still abound.
Canon also has ongoing rebate deals, so prices will not immediately jump.  If sales continue to drop, we will continue to see lower and lower prices, you can bank on that.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shutter Issue with 5D Mk3
« on: October 31, 2012, 11:48:04 PM »
Several good suggestions above.
When you shoot high fps, the camera has internal memory that holds or buffers images while they are being written to a memory card.  Even a fast memory card is slow by comparison to the speed of the buffer.  Once the buffer is full, the camera pauses until there is room in the buffer to begin taking images again.
If you write to both a compact flash card and a SD card, the SD card is typically much slower than a Compact Flash Card, and the camera will be limited to the slowest card.
For the best possible performance, get a very fast 1000X Compact Flash Card (Lexar), and do not enable writing to a SD Card.  If you only use a SD card, performance will suffer. The 5D Mark III cannot make use of UHS-1 SD card capabilities, so what you may think is a fast SD card is actually much slower than advertised.

Its true, the Canon MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) program starts Nov 1, so this is just repeating well known information dressed up to make it seem that they have inside information.
Don't expect any ebay prices to change though.  Many of the big discounts are from sellers that are not Canon Authorized resellers, so it means nothing to them.

EOS Bodies / Re: just got a US 1DX for $6422, delivered --
« on: October 31, 2012, 04:10:22 PM »
Yes, discounts are coming big time as high end camera sales slumps.

Lenses / Re: EF-M 55mm f/1.3 Coming in 2013? [CR1]
« on: October 31, 2012, 04:08:27 PM »
I tend to believe something is probably going to happen in March of 2013

But what?  :o
Well, last March, Japan had a magnitude 9.0 earthquake.  What could top that?

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