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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D Firmware v2.0.0 - Info from New Zealand
« on: August 29, 2012, 02:58:10 PM »
Sounds like it is related to the autopower off function.  Disabling it is the work around.  I always use the power switch, but if I have a problem, I'll disable APO.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Received my Refurb EOS 5D2 from Canon CLP
« on: August 29, 2012, 02:53:28 PM »
I lucked out and got mine for $1407 before they cut the discount.  It had about 350 shutter actuations, and is a very good camera, possibly better than the one I bought new in 2008.  (The sensor has less hot spots).
I sold my original one after 3.5 years and bought a 5D MK III, but did not like the visibility of the AF points in low light, so I returned it.
For the price, its a unbeatable deal.

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Portrait / Re: Need help with group picture!!
« on: August 29, 2012, 02:49:24 PM »
Your image is fine.  Sharpness, vibrance, contrast, and highlights are just a matter of personal taste.
If you plan to print it, it will be fine as well.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Time from Announcement to Release
« on: August 29, 2012, 11:23:03 AM »
There is typically a longer delay for high end products than for consumer ones.  As to why ???

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For low volume production of essentially handmade lenses, the price is less than I expected.  Not that I'd be buying them.

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From what I've seen in the past, prices of a existing model drop severely before a new model is announced, and then rebound afterwards.
However, the 5D MK II has held its value very well over the years and may very well go down a few more dollars if a new $2,000 model comes out.  However, Canon has not been shy about pricing of new models, so I'd expect more like $2700.

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I'd be a bit concerned about the lack of support from Canon.  As you note, Canon no longer sells parts or services the lens, so you will need to go to a third party and hope they have parts if you need one.
I'd tend to look really hard at the Sigma zoom, maybe even rent one to try.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon USA Refurbished 5D MKII Body....
« on: August 28, 2012, 08:52:38 PM »
i called this morning, only 10% off. i was hoping for 20% :(
Bummer.  I guess I got mine just in time.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Sreen protector???
« on: August 28, 2012, 08:47:17 PM »
... Canon will sell one to you if it gets scratched, and you can install it yourself.

As far as I know 7D screen protector isn't user-replaceable. Do you have any information regarding replacement possibility of 5D Mark III screen protector?
Its just a piece of glass held in place with adhesive double back tape.  Canon may or may not stock them for the 5D MK III yet, but readily available for the other models.
http://youtu.be/OYBXkqvayqchttp://youtu.be/OYBXkqvayqc

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Technical Support / Re: abnormally slow autofocus on a new kit lens?
« on: August 28, 2012, 08:43:01 PM »
Bad lens, send it back to wherever it came from.

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EOS Bodies / Re: AF Focus Point on 5D Mark II...
« on: August 28, 2012, 04:34:03 PM »
Get back away from the subject to get more depth of field.  You might have to crop, but your subjects will be in focus.  A longer focal length lens can also help you get back and have more depth of field, but prices go up with wide apertures at long focal lengths.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon USA Refurbished 5D MKII Body....
« on: August 28, 2012, 04:30:07 PM »
Hey guys,

Canon USA: http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/subCategory_10051_10051_-1_29252 had the 5D MK2 body for sale (intermittently). There were some nice coupons out, but this morning, it seems they've completely taken the listing off the website. I wanted to grab one ... any one have an idea what happened or if it'll be back before the end of the month?

Can you share where to have the coupon? Have anyone used the CLP? It is $1580 with the CLP? It is about 10% saving over the lising $1759. How much will it save with a nice coupon?

Thanks,
I bought mine using CLP for $1407 about a month ago.  Add any local sales tax to that.  I look for old film SLR's at garage sales or broken powershots on craigslist to have just in case I want another refurb.
You can signup for Canon e-mail notifications and the send you a notice and coupoon code when they have a sale, its usually only good for your account.

20% off right?  Was that a very limited time offer for the 20 instead of the 10?  Or were they making it up to you for killing your favorite pet?

I have heard some people say that Canon dropped the size of discount on the 5D MK II from 20% to 10%, but I've also heard others who say they still get the 20%.
Some add the sales tax into the price and call it 10%, but if your state charges sales tax, you should be paying it in any event.

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If you mean the Tokina 16-28mm lens, its good for what you pay, assuming you are lucky enough to get one that is put togather properly, and that seems to be a big if.
There is a carefully done review of each at photozone.com on both FF and on crop bodies.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon USA Refurbished 5D MKII Body....
« on: August 28, 2012, 02:20:40 PM »
Hey guys,

Canon USA: http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/subCategory_10051_10051_-1_29252 had the 5D MK2 body for sale (intermittently). There were some nice coupons out, but this morning, it seems they've completely taken the listing off the website. I wanted to grab one ... any one have an idea what happened or if it'll be back before the end of the month?

Can you share where to have the coupon? Have anyone used the CLP? It is $1580 with the CLP? It is about 10% saving over the lising $1759. How much will it save with a nice coupon?

Thanks,
I bought mine using CLP for $1407 about a month ago.  Add any local sales tax to that.  I look for old film SLR's at garage sales or broken powershots on craigslist to have just in case I want another refurb.
You can signup for Canon e-mail notifications and the send you a notice and coupoon code when they have a sale, its usually only good for your account.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSLR and zoom lens for ~$1,000.00 USD?
« on: August 28, 2012, 02:14:58 PM »
With a limited budget, I'd definitely consider a refurb camera body from Canon.  You can trade in a broken film SLR or Powershot using the Canon CLP program and get an additional 20% off. 
If you must have new, Get a low cost camera and put your money where it counts most, in a good lens. 
Money spent on a good lens is going to be the best bang for the buck.

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