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Dear Teachers and Friends.
Another stupid question from me again which I never see in any post in CR. ( Or I miss this one).
After I see the Post "EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly" and Almost $ 3,000 US Dollars, The More I Think about my Dumb Quistion.
Long time ago, I use to do the video/ film  record movie  as hobby, Start from 8mm., super 8 Sound, VHS, MINI-DV, and hard drive system.
Yes, When I want longer range / tele. picture, I just put my add on tele.(1.5 X ) Lens on top of my Video camera lens. And If I want to shoot more wide angle, I just pop my Wide angle ( 0.65X) Lens on the top of camera Lens= Similar to filter.
Yes, Now , Some of Canon Lenses for DSLR , we can use 1.4X and 2X to get the Longer Range picture with out spend money arms and Legs.  BUT FOR ADD ON LENS(AT THE BACK OF THE NORMAL LENS) for Super Wide angle effect= Why no one do this add-on wide angle lens ?
NO, I do not want to spend $ 3,000 US Dollars for EF 11-24 just F=4.0, Because I already have Tamron 11-18 mm.F/4.5-5.6 , Canon EF 17-40 MM L. Plus TS-E 24 MM L MK II and  Rokinon 14 mm, F/2.8.
Yes, Sir/ Madame, That is my Stupid question.
Thousand thanks to answer.
Have a great work Week.

There are Cheap ones, and a few higher quality ones(Raynox).  http://raynox.co.jp/english/egindex.htm

Lenses / Re: The Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L
« on: January 19, 2015, 05:10:24 PM »
There was a person locally who had one for sale, supposedly used once and stored in the original box.  He wanted $5,000 which was over priced.

Try Northlight images, the popular photography web site of CR member Keith Cooper.  He is in the UK, so if you can't find a TS lens there, ask him.

Technical Support / Re: EF 70 300 L infinity focus issue
« on: January 18, 2015, 09:41:44 PM »
I've had a similar thing happen to a different lens.  Canon replaced the autofocus mechanism and then it was fine. 

Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400II: actual mm's
« on: January 17, 2015, 01:12:59 PM »
The numbers look pretty typical, so they are likely correct or close enough.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony closing down?
« on: January 15, 2015, 06:11:39 PM »
Sony is generally doing the right thing.  They are focusing on making products and letting those who are retail experts sell them.  They are not in danger of going out of business, but the lower yen value hurts a company that must import a lot of raw materials and parts.
Their Mobile Communications business is a dog, and they need to dump it, its dragging everything else down. 
Their motion picture business is losing, but not so much.
Their laptops were big money losers simply because of the price. 
While I do not like Sony products myself, I see that they are making necessary cuts in weak areas and concentrating on the parts that make money.  They still need to bite the bullet and dump the mobile phones.

I'm waiting for a refurb, then I'll decide.   So many are reporting returns for real or perceived focus issues, there will be a lot of refurbs come fall.

Canon General / Re: Canon Date codes gone? Why?
« on: January 13, 2015, 09:53:14 PM »

Does anyone (serious) buy a used lens without seeing an original reciept from the seller?

Are you serious or did you forget the sarcasm tag?

I am dead serious. A market between private people for valueable and easily exchanged electronic goods is excellent for everyone. But if buyers do not insist on seeing receipts they can easily end up helping churn stolen goods.

I personally would never - ever - buy something like a lens without seeing a reciept. This is how our stolen camera gear gets shifted around. I think every buyer should carefully consider the risks involved when buying expensive things from private sellers that are not able to document their purchase. Were I live its a stong norm to ask for reciepts or else many potential buyers will shun the goods like the plague. It is almost always the question I get first if i forgot to say in my add that I have a receipt.

The good thing is that with all the on-line buying and Canon CPS etc. its become much easier to document your stuff.

I've sold literally a hundred or more lenses, and only 2 or 3 asked if I had a receipt.  I have receipts for lenses I've bought at retail, but generally not for used lenses.  I have no concerns about buying a used lens, its pretty easy to tell if a seller is a photographer or not, if they are selling a expensive lens and have no clue, I just pass it up.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon eStore PowerShot Sale
« on: January 13, 2015, 09:29:36 PM »
Is this a clearance sale as the G17 is expected to be announced next month at CP+.  Is a successor planned for the S120?  Looks like the G7X is not yet discounted.

<p>Canon has reduced select PowerShot cameras by as much as $130 via their eStore including the PowerShot G16, PowerShot S120 and PowerShot G7 X.</p>
<p><strong><a href="http://bit.ly/14xc41L" target="_blank">Visit the Canon eStore</a></strong></p>
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The G7X kit (includes Canon case) is Reduced by $100 to $699.99.  However, you can buy just the camera for $567.37 using the CPW deal.

The sad fact is that Kodak had huge numbers of very valuable and innovative patents.  They just did not have the will to cash in on them by producing products that brought in enough money to keep them in business.

Lenses / Re: Usefulness of IS on Big Whites?
« on: January 13, 2015, 11:31:40 AM »
Canon recommends leaving IS on a long focal length lens, even when on a tripod.  There is almost always enough vibration to make it useful for all but high shutter speed shots.

Software & Accessories / Re: New version of DPP
« on: January 12, 2015, 07:02:21 PM »
DPP Version 4 has been out since last June, and will eventually support all models. 
DPP 4.1.5 arrived Mid December and added some newer crop bodies, and for some new lenses as well.
A big improvement for me is that it finally is a fully 64 bit piece of software, and will now interface properly with Adobe Photoshop CC.

The 6D has only one SD slot, no CF slot.  I believe I have only done one firmware update on my four bodies. Three are older than the 6D. I don't remember any instructions saying to remove the battery after the update.  I will read the procedure very carefully in the future. Hope Canon can revive your camera, but I don't see how a corrupt flash would cause enough current drain to make the battery hot.

I had a bad flash card blow fuses on two cameras due to a internal short, it was found the 2nd time after the camera died when changing the card to the same one that was in the first one when it died. 
However, its much more likely something in the power supply card internally in the camera that was pulling a lot of power.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Factory Refurbished 6D Distortion?
« on: January 12, 2015, 12:38:54 AM »
Thanks neuroanatomist and privatebydesign, it also turns out that in the more recent version of Lightroom (5), there's a correction for verticals, which I had been skipping because it hadn't been an issue for me as much in the past.
There are definitely a few things different that a FF reveals from your lenses.  The 24-105mmL needs a lot of correction at 24mm, but for the low prices available, its a bargain.
I used the Lightroom corrections after they added the feature with my 24-105.

Lenses / Re: Purple fringing of 85 1.2ii
« on: January 12, 2015, 12:30:49 AM »
Pretty much all wide aperture lenses have purple fringing at wide apertures.  Lightroom can remove it for you, I believe DXO removes it as well, so its hardly a big deal.
The 85mm f/1.8 has a lot of it. (LOCA)
Here is a example of what Lightroom can do, the first two photos show the original photo and a 1:1 Crop.  The third shows it after Lightroom cleans it up.



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