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EOS Bodies / Re: Best Buy has 5DII on sale for $2123?!
« on: May 15, 2011, 08:00:23 PM »
Has to be a mistake, BestBuy NEVER sells big ticket items for less than MSRP.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D focusing question??
« on: May 15, 2011, 02:11:43 AM »
I understand where your coming from, however hindsight is always 20/20 in regards to photography and camera gear.  With the 7D it magnifies so much more due to all the extra MP that any and every little flaw in focus and or lens will be that much more magnified.  I had the pleasure a few months ago to run into a CF card with pictures I didn't delete yet which were from my old 30D and sigma tele lens... During the time when I had that camera, it seemed to constantly pop out amazing photos one after another, however looking back at that card and photos, now with my increased expectations, I would be ashamed to show any of those photos on my portfolio due to stuff I may not have noticed during my time using that camera.  It doesn't mean the camera was bad, but my increased expectations of me, of my current gear, of my skill set has changed.  Comparing different, especially older generations of cameras is apples to oranges due to that same reason.  7D is a beast of a camera, but on the same note, any slight issue will be that much more magnified.

Nail, head, hit.

Landscape / Re: landscape
« on: May 12, 2011, 12:40:14 AM »

The color and saturation are amazing.  Is that straight from the camera? Or worked on a bit?

Software & Accessories / Re: Radio in New Canon Flashes? [CR2]
« on: May 11, 2011, 11:12:33 AM »
If it does use ZigBee, or any other open RF communications standard, it will be a hackers playground; which means the potential for all kinds of cool 3rd party and homebrew toys.

The only problem I see with ZigBee is there are three different frequency bands specified. 2.4 GHz worldwide, 915 MHz Americas and 868 MHz Europe.  It would probably make sense to break spec and just use 2.4GHz in all regulatory domains, despite the advantages of the lower frequencies available in US/EU.

Lenses / Re: Selling used EF-s lenses worth only dimes?
« on: May 10, 2011, 11:01:49 AM »
They'll generally pay you half of the minimum they think they can sell it for, and if it needs any repairs/cleaning, etc., that comes out of your half.

I'm not an expert in used lens prices, but I can't see them getting much more than $300-400 out of those lenses.  So $130 is low, but not absurdly so.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D focusing question??
« on: May 07, 2011, 03:55:26 AM »
Looks like it front focused. I see her few hairs are focused, nothing else in that 2nd photo.

I use single point AF with that rectangle and move around to focus particular object.

It definitely looks like it front focused.  Maybe 1.5-2", I bet her left shoulder is in focus.

Lenses / Re: Lens cap solution?
« on: May 05, 2011, 02:04:00 PM »
To everyone else...

Redreflex is getting defensive because his simple question is getting met with snarky comments.  So please try to keep things courteous, constructive, and on-topic.

Lenses / Re: Lens cap solution?
« on: May 05, 2011, 01:56:13 PM »
I really don't understand the rationale behind not having an in-built solution.

Simplicity.  Why turn a $3 lens cap into a $50 over-engineered lens cap management solution.

So a $100 point and shoot can have an inbuilt lens cap, but an L lens that costs at least 10 times that amount can't?


As soon as they make an L lens that can fully retract into a DSLR body, it will probably have an integrated cap.  Until then, absolutely not.  And I tend to use absolute terms sparingly, so there is no doubt in my mind whatsoever.

Lenses / Re: Lens cap solution?
« on: May 05, 2011, 10:41:17 AM »
I really don't understand the rationale behind not having an in-built solution.

Simplicity.  Why turn a $3 lens cap into a $50 over-engineered lens cap management solution.

Leashes may be fine for some, but I find them annoying to me and distracting to subjects (although possibly a bonus if you shoot lots of cats and dogs).  Plus the leash costs more than a new cap.

Endigo has the same solution as I, always put it in the same place.  I've never lost one.

Software & Accessories / Re: Must-Have Phone Apps?
« on: May 04, 2011, 12:59:00 PM »
No suggestions for iPhone, but for Android I use the following:

DOF Calculator
A nice clean depth of field calculator, written by a CR forum member.

Photo Tools
A bunch of handy little tools all in one app.  DOF & Hyperfocal Distance, Field Of View Calculator, Exposure Reciprocation, Flash Exposure Calculator, Multiple Exposure Compensation, Sunny 16, Sunrise/sunset, Graycard, Color wheel & temp chart, Moon Phase, Sharpening & Enlargement, Photo Guide, Gallery For Inspiration, and several more.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-105 f/4L IS II [CR1]
« on: May 02, 2011, 09:10:29 PM »
yeah 24-105mmL  f4 II, like the difference between nikon 18-200mm and nikon 18-200mm II, they change the switch on the lens.

I expect little changes.  It is a very good lens already.

I would expect optical changes to be minimal, and a change to a more modern 4-stop IS system.

The 135/2L is, for the money, probably the best portrait lens made.  What exactly do you find lacking in it?

508 is a link farm.  Is what you meant?

Tried to find a picture of the holes on a 17-55 and found this:

Wow, I had no idea. I haven't seen that lens in person -- do any of the other lenses have that?

Not sure.  The 50/1.4 has two small holes, but they are blind holes (don't go all the way through) for a spanner.  The 28-135 has a single hole that looks similar to the holes on the 17-55, but I think the back of it is blocked by a snap ring.

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