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Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Preorders
« on: November 05, 2012, 11:06:22 PM »
I think $1499 is a bit too much.  I'd rather the f/2.8.  I'm expecting some discounting of the f/2.8 before long.

Lenses / Re: Lens recommendation -newborn shoot
« on: November 05, 2012, 10:47:34 PM »
I do not like to use flash with a baby, a 50 for crop body or 85 for ff would work well. 

Lenses / Re: 40 2.8 with extension tubes
« on: November 05, 2012, 10:45:24 PM »
I would like to know how the 40 w extension tubes went. I have the 25 and 12mm canon tubes and i am considering the shorty 40 with tube for ring macros at weddings. Anyone else play around with this? I would like some non-cropped images posted if possible. I really want to see whats possible. It was tricky using the 25mm on the 85L this weekend, forget the 12mm, you can't get close enough. I used to use the 12 with my 50L for great ring shots but i sold the 50L.
Please oh please someone bring somethin to the table.
With it on sale for $150, its a bargain.  Now that we have the 24-70 f/4L coming which is virtually a macro with hybrid IS, and,  If you are using flash setups for weddings, it might be a usable wedding lens as well.

Lenses / Re: Opinion: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 05, 2012, 10:35:01 PM »
Worth noting - the 24-70/4 IS is almost a true macro lens.

If those specs are true, a 0.7x max mag of the 24-70/4 is pretty darn close to a true 1:1 macro, and much higher than any other non-macro lens in the lineup (the 24-105 is 0.3x, 24-70 is 0.29x, 24-70 II is 0.21x).  It's even higher than the 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro.  The use of H-IS would be consistent with that high max mag (the only other lens that has it is the 100L Macro, but PowerShots also have H-IS since they have very close MFDs).

So, this lens is a combination general purpose zoom and near-macro lens, something nonexistent in the current lineup. For people who like to shoot close ups (flowers, jewelry, etc.) this is like getting two lenses in one.
I use my 24-105mmL for product photography, and its mfd is not as close as I'd like.  Since the camera is bolted to a heavy table, the IS doesn't come into play, but mfd does.
I have the 100L, and I like the longer working distance, so its not likkely to go away.
I can see a 2 lens travel combination of 24-70 f/4 and 70-300L being pretty handy.

Oh, nice -- so I don't need a CF reader?  I can just swap the files from CF to SD on camera? 

Great.  Problem solved -- I'll just use the CF card for ME shots, and keep it cleaned out.

Use it for everything, then remove the images you do not like and transfer the keepers. 

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 05, 2012, 08:55:56 PM »
. And The hybrid IS will shine on the standard zoom since it's wasted on real macro lenses like the 100L - the IS is nearly useless at very close distances..
Why is it wasted?  Because you do not use it?
I was very skeptical of the hybrid IS on the 100L, but when I found I could handhold very close images with the lens, it is certainly a worthwhile feature.
1/40th second exposure @ f/8

Your camera has to access all 64GB of images on a slow card, because it does not know which you want to use as a starting image.
Try writing to a CF Card to do ME while keeping your 64GB library of images on the SD card.  You can occasionally copy images from the CF card to the SD Card.  You can use a smaller 16GB CF card.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon Sales Rising
« on: November 05, 2012, 07:25:29 PM »
Apparently, Nikon sales is rising.

Do we have any figures on Canon's sales?  I know Nikon market share is still below that of Canon but I hope Canon do something with it not only on the marketing side but also on the technology side.
Nikon did increase sales, but only by slashing prices.  Sales increased 2.2% over the last 6 months, but profits dropped 36.9%.
Its difficult to compare Canon and Nikon figures, because they report the information differently.
However, looking at the same two periods, I have Canon sales off 3.1% and profits off 18.6%.  So profit wise, they are not having to slash prices as much as Nikon, or they just have a bigger profit margin.
The next quarter is one that will be interesting, Spring and Christmas are the big sales quarters.  If sales are slow, we will see even bigger sales.
Both Nikon and Canon know that its better to keep their skilled labor employed by cutting prices.  It costs a lot to cut production by a drastic amount.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: $749 24-105mm f/4L IS USM on eBay (BigValueInc)
« on: November 05, 2012, 06:49:08 PM »
Lots of sellers separate them from the kits, thats why they are cheap.  However, the kits have two warranty cards, one for the lens and one for the camera.  They just did not bother to put the card with the lens.
If you need warranty service, the card is worthless.  Canon wants to see the sales receipt from a authorized reseller.  In the US, they have not been hard nosed about this, but with profits in free fall, they just might refuse warranty repairs.

Technical Support / Re: Used gear in CPS?
« on: November 05, 2012, 03:05:16 PM »
I've just applied for the cps membership with two bodies and three lenses that I bought new.
So that qualifies me as a cps silver member.. in order do become a gold member i need to add
more canon equipment, that i have. i just boutht it used. would that be a problem?
What if the preowner already added it to his/her cps account, does it transfer to me then?

Thank you in advance.
Add all of your equipment, it does not matter how you bought it, new or used.  If it came from another Pro who had it on his account, it might give a error message.

Lenses / Re: Waiting for 100~400mm f/4~5.6 IS II.
« on: November 05, 2012, 03:01:52 PM »
Until someone comes up with a better lens, Canon has no real incentive to improve a already good lens.

The 100-400L is a so-so lens.  It's capable of great shots, but it has problems.  Wide open, its sharpness varies with IS element position much more than it should.  IS performance is terrible (I mean, really, really terrible).  Handling is lousy because the natural place to put your hand is on the lock ring or AF ring.  The AF ring should be farther out and not turned by turning the lock ring so you aren't accidentally manually focusing when you don't intend to be.

We're getting f/8 AF back, and we're getting higher pixel counts.  We need a 100-400 that's designed with the 1.4x TC III in mind, that has vastly better IS and better handling, and that stays sharp wide open regardless of where the IS elements happen to be.

My 70-200/2.8L IS II with 2x TC III performs as well at f/5.6 and 400mm as does my 100-400L when the IS on the 100-400 is turned off.  With the IS on, the 70-200 is more consistently sharp and has vastly better IS and handling.
I wonder if your lens has problems?
I've handheld my lens at 1/15 sec 400mm, and the IS came thru.  Hardly what I'd call horrible.  As far as handling, thats more a matter of what a person is used to, some like push-pull, some do not.
Most who own a 100-400mmL will tell you it is sharper at 400mm than their 70-200mk II plus TC, but not by a lot.  The main issue is speed of AF, which also depends on the body being used.

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 Mk II variation (by
« on: November 05, 2012, 12:16:17 PM »
Does AFMA can help change this?

What is Canon after-sales policy toward this random quality "issue"?
No, AFMA is not a factor.
If a lens is out of Spec, Canon will fix it. 
All but three of the 70 were fine.  Variation is normal and to be expected.  Canon is not going to guarantee that you get the best of the best.  Even the lowest performing lenses were better than the best performing MK I lenses.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 05, 2012, 12:06:30 PM »
Am I the only one who is actually excited about this lens? The macro bit is what sold me. Provided this new lens has nice IQ and reasonable price (which by all means it should), It can effectively provide a small and light replacement for my 100L macro and 15-85. Paired with a 10-22 or 17-40, it seems like an excellent and versatile lens for travel photography and macro work.
Yes, a Zoom Macro, with a 0.7 magnification.  Thats why it has Hybrid IS. 
Looking at their prices, I'd say they equate to
24-70 f/4L   -   $1300
35mm f/2 IS -  $900
Thats about what I'd expect, +/- $100.
The price is on the website refered to in the CR posting.
I estimated the US price by looking at the US price of a few Canon lenses that sell for about the same prices (in Yen) in Japan.  145,000 and 74,000 yen.
The 135mmL sells for a little more, (151,200 yen), for example, while the 28mm IS sells for about 59800 Yen and the current Canon 35mm f/2 sells for about 31800.  That gives a realistic estimate of what it will sell for in US dollars.

Lenses / Re: Two Lenses to be Announced Shortly.....
« on: November 04, 2012, 07:14:28 PM »
Doesn't really matter. It will be months before you ever see one. What happened to the 200-400 that was all over the place at the Olympics? Pictures of it in the wild emerged a long, long time ago and nothing to be said.
It hasn't been officially announced yet, big difference, in case that escaped you

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Free and Inexpensive Video Editors
« on: November 04, 2012, 07:11:46 PM »
I'd consider Adobe Premier Elements.  It can handle the HD video, and its cheap.
Version 11 was just released, there will be lower prices on version 10, but why not spend an extra $10 and get the latest.

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