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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Refurbished 5D MK3s?
« on: November 07, 2012, 06:05:07 PM »
Canon has not been selling refurb 5D MK III's.  They usually let them pile up for a year or so.  The Used cameras that B&H sells are not Canon refurbished.  We may see Canon refurbished 5D MK III bodies at B&H, and Adorama before they appear on Canons site.

Exactly. The 70-300 L was released two years ago, yet it only showed up on Canon's refurbished site a few months ago. Some products, mysteriously, never show up on the refurbished site. For example, the 200 2.8 L prime (which is more than 16 years old) is never listed, even though there must be thousands of them out there that would be good candidates for refurbishing.

Although the 5DII was listed on the site for a couple of years, it has really only been consistently available within the last year.

Point being, there is no consistent or predictable pattern for what gets listed and when it gets listed.
I asked them about when and why a product is added to the site.  Basically, what they told me was that they need to have a very large number of refurbished items in stock to list it.

So, a very slow selling lens like the 200mm f/2.8 will likely never appear.  The refurb lenses are usually display models or new returns, and thats a lens you seldom see on display.  Any refurbs will likely go to stores like B&H.

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Lenses / Re: 35mm lenses vs 24-70
« on: November 07, 2012, 05:52:05 PM »
The 35mmL is fantastic. but, as with any wide aperture lens, the depth of field at f/1.4 is shallow, and a slight error in focusing can make for a fuzzy image. 
If your camera does not have AFMA to fine tune the autofocus, you might actually be happier with the new 35mm f/2.  The price is a little less than I expected.
However, I do not expect to sell my 35mmL, its fantastic, and very good even at f/1.4

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: AA Battery Charger and Batteries
« on: November 07, 2012, 05:44:26 PM »
Check Thomas Distributing in the USA for batteries and chargers.  The charger is very important, the el cheapo ones can ruin expensive batteries in just a few recharges.  Battery makers love them.

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I've seen them discounted already.  They are in stock in most stores too.  They will likely become scarce before Christmas, since many will buy them come black Friday.
Call a dealer (Don't e-mail) and ask for a discount.  You might be suprised.
http://www.canonpricewatch.com/product/03850/Canon-EF-24-70mm-f2.8L-II-USM-price.html

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 60D Microfocus Adjustment on FoCal
« on: November 07, 2012, 05:33:40 PM »
I've only done 2 lenses so far, my 85mm 1.8 (which comes up with a different number, near zero, each time) and my 50mm 1.4 that won't calibrate at all.

Lighting I think is an issue, but the mac beta says sorta weird things about iso, so who knows . . . not a lot of time on my hands :)
For lighting, I learned the hard way not to use CFL or Fluorescent Tubes :)
They drive FoCal nuts!
I use 98 CRI T8 tubes with a electronic ballast.  Works perfectly.  Just don't use the old non electronic ballasts.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Refurbished 5D MK3s?
« on: November 07, 2012, 05:31:39 PM »
Canon has not been selling refurb 5D MK III's.  They usually let them pile up for a year or so.  The Used cameras that B&H sells are not Canon refurbished.  We may see Canon refurbished 5D MK III bodies at B&H, and Adorama before they appear on Canons site.

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Lenses / Re: do image stabilisers decrease image quality?
« on: November 07, 2012, 05:24:33 PM »
it seems all of canons sharpest lenses have no IS.
is this co-incidence or is it because the addition of an IS system somehow negatively affects image quality? ??? ?
I do not believe that is accurate.  The newest lenses are the sharpest, and most have IS.  They have a more complex optical formula, and cost more as well. So what is true, is that newer lenses are sharpest, and prime lenses of the same generation and price range are usually sharper than a zoom. 
 
 

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Lenses / Re: 6d Kid Lens
« on: November 06, 2012, 09:18:51 PM »
It might end up being a kit lens, they knock off 200 or 300 if bought with a body.  The 24-105mm L is a better kit lens imho.

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Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New Lens Caps!
« on: November 06, 2012, 09:15:25 PM »
Now how about some nice redesigned lens caps for the super-teles!!!
I'm sure that everyone would go out and buy them up at $250 each.

Your estimate makes the actual price of $120 seem like a bargain.  ;)
And... to think that I was exagerating so much that I thought I had listed 5 or 10X the price.  However, I know what the hoods cost.  I had a extra hood for my 600mm f/4 that I sold after the lens was gone.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 60D Microfocus Adjustment on FoCal
« on: November 06, 2012, 09:07:57 PM »
Mt Spokane,  where can you get the shutter count on FoCal.
I use FoCal Pro, the feature might not be on other versions.
Here it is for my 5D MK III when I first received it.  It had only 23 actuations, most of them FoCal when this was captured.
 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 60D Microfocus Adjustment on FoCal
« on: November 06, 2012, 05:58:24 PM »
They do play with the Canon SDK quite a bit, there are a huge number of undocumented features.  Thats how they are able to display the number of shutter actuations.  It wouldn't suprise me if they could do it.

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Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New Lens Caps!
« on: November 06, 2012, 05:51:36 PM »
Now how about some nice redesigned lens caps for the super-teles!!!
I'm sure that everyone would go out and buy them up at $250 each.

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Site Information / Re: How do I change my profile?
« on: November 06, 2012, 05:46:07 PM »
A good start is to read some of the sticky posts on the site information tab.  Due to spammers, the profiles is not enabled until new members have some posting established.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: SterlingTek LP-E6 Batteries for $15
« on: November 06, 2012, 02:03:40 PM »

SterlingTek are known for their aftermarket batteries. I've owned a couple of them and all work fine with no problems. This is an option for those who don't want to shell out $50 for OEM batteries.


Yes, they are well known and have lots of complaints about poor batteries, even though they have tended to be better than the really cheap ones sold on ebay. 

The US post office no longer allows you to send any li-on batteries or electronic devices that contain a li-on battery thru international mail.   Since they are in a cargo hold, there is no chance for the crew to put out a fire, and the halon extinguishers in the cargo compartment will not necessarily extinguish a li-on battery fire.  You really do not want to be on a plane with li-on batteries in someone's luggage.
All those devices with large li-on batteries are going to cause another air disaster, its just a matter of when,, and how bad.

As I noted, even the best batteries fail, but why increase the odds of failure to save a few dollars?   

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