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EOS-M / The Mirrorless Party
« on: November 30, 2012, 09:35:30 AM »
This video is really funny.


Pricewatch Deals / Canon USA refurbished stock reduced?
« on: November 28, 2012, 08:22:34 PM »
Anyone else notice that Canon has completely removed the listings for all the high-end gear on their refurb store?

Usually it just says, "out of stock".

Now all the top cameras, flashes and lenses are gone.


Pricewatch Deals / Best Buy in NYC has "pro" cameras in stock?
« on: August 01, 2012, 02:17:12 PM »
I was in the Best Buy near my office today (6th Ave bet. 23rd & 22nd St.), and noticed they had the 5DIII, 5DII & D800 in stock?! They weren't on display, but I noticed them up on the shelf locked away.

Just noticed that the Rokinon 35mm 1/4 is listed in the Amazon Gold Box/ lightning deal section today! I believe it starts at 12pm EST (I'm in NYC).

A few months back they had this deal and I believe the price was around 375.00USD! Pretty nice deal.

Lenses / Calumet tax free!
« on: May 24, 2012, 11:13:13 AM »
Just got an email that Calumet is offering tax free discounts on all Canon lenses & Speedlights in addition to the current instant rebates. Oh, and free shipping.

Pretty good offer till June 2nd. Just thought I'd pass it on to anyone who might have missed it.

I'm in the US, not sure what the deal is worldwide as it was a Memorial Day email.

PowerShot / Canon PowerShot D20 hands on + photos
« on: May 21, 2012, 01:30:55 AM »
So I wrote this whole long hands-on recap/ review of using this camera over the last week while I was on vacation in Turks & Caicos with my family. But then I went to post it and got an "Access denied error"... So there went that.

To sum up:

I got this camera because it looked cool, then learned that the odd design shape is brilliant & actually allows you to hold it in a more natural way (groove is for left thumb- think like how you hold a lens in your left hand)

There are also some BAD design choices- like the top 3 buttons (power/ shutter/ playback) all being basically the same size, shape & height. I turned the camera off a few times while about to capture the greatest photos of my life. Why.

There were other things I wrote too, like how it's basically a fully auto camera with very few creative controls & there is noise all over the place, blah, blah, blah, but it's late now & I don't want to re-type it all. Thanks CR.

I still fell in love with this stupid camera because it actually is really smart, and nails exposure, white balance, focus, etc on every shot!? And the dynamic range rivals the Nikon D800. Probably not. But I'm happy when I can take a photo in the middle of the day on the beach, or in a pool/ large body of water- and there is sky and people exposed properly :)

With all that said (and not said), here are a few pics.

Pool View by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Violet in paradise by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Beach Girls by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Blue by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Beach Entrance by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

EOS Bodies / 5Dii refurbished- instock at Canon store for 1500!!!
« on: April 17, 2012, 10:05:11 AM »
I just picked up this now "classic" for 1500 AFTER tax and shipping!!!


Promo code for 20% off:

There are awesome deals on the 7D, 60D, etc too!

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Canon EF 24mm f/2.8
« on: February 17, 2012, 01:08:46 AM »
I don't see a thread for this soon-to-be outdated guy. I actually just recently picked up this little lens mint refurbed for 300.00 USD! I think it's still a pretty rad piece of retro glass.

The mid-tone contrast was pushed a bit in this shot to add a little grit to the image, but I think it shows this lens can be pretty sharp.

Office View by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Lenses / Samyang (Rokinon) 35mm 1.4 deal!
« on: January 20, 2012, 12:22:52 PM »
This lens is on Amazon's Lightning deal. I just picked it up for 375! Couldn't resist.

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