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I have been in a dire need of an upgrade to my OLD 17" MacBook Pro Intel core 2 duo. The last model before the shiny black screen unibody version. I know, that was over 5 YEARS AGO! But it is still working flawlessly.

It was nice to be able to change the battery on my own on that version....

Any way, after the announcement I ran out and just picked up the latest/ last 17" model. I live in NYC, and I don't have the space for a "desktop". To me, the 17" is a perfect portable desktop.

Macro / Re: Macro shots.
« on: June 12, 2012, 11:28:04 AM »
A trick to curves adjustments (if using PS) without affecting the colors is to set the curves layer blend mode to "luminosity".

If using LR or another editing program, you may have to adjust vibrance or saturation to compensate.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 50mm f1.8 mkI
« on: June 11, 2012, 01:49:15 PM »
Love this lens on my 5Dii:

Ben Swing by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake
« on: June 08, 2012, 10:54:50 AM »
The fact that it is EF and not EF-s means that more things are coming.

Perhaps the FF mirrorless that everyone fantasizes over?

For the life of me, I still don't understand why the EOS-1c has a mirror when it is part of the "Cinema" series. What good is that mirror and prism?

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark II Refurbished
« on: June 08, 2012, 10:32:01 AM »
I got my refurb 5Dii for 1400 USD from Canon during one of their 20% off refurb sales!

The camera looks, feels and smells new.

You just have to be patient for those deals, then constantly update the refurb page for when it is updated in stock- then strike fast!

The first thing I did with that camera was pop in an EG-s focusing screen and use it with my manual focus Samyang 35 f/1.4.

Sweet setup for under 2k!

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake
« on: June 07, 2012, 05:26:06 PM »
We already know it is cheap, compact, has a metal mount, updated focusing motor.... and if it happens to have great optics & nice and sharp at f/2.8... what is the problem?

I'm always looking for an excuse to buy a new lens to play around with, and at this price, it's play.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D & 3D Prediction from Japan
« on: June 04, 2012, 07:49:26 AM »
The 3D sounds wrong. Why a 1D class body when the Nikon D800 costs $3000 and appears to be selling quite well? And what's with the built-in flash? Firthermore, if this is intended as a studio-oriented camera, then even the speedlite transmitter doesn't make sense unless, of course, Canon is going to start selling studio flashes.

Sounds like they are just predicting this based on how the EOS-3 was positioned compared the the EOS-1 series. That camera has a 1 series body design (no dials), but lower build quality. It is also a high FPS camera.

So has been done.

Lenses / Re: Used Lenses
« on: June 03, 2012, 10:14:36 PM »
Yes. Lenses hold their value very well too. Sometimes, you can even MAKE money on a lens if you play your cards right. I'd feel comfortable, especially reputable businesses like B&H, Adorama & KEH.

Lenses / Re: Best (Recommended) ways to clean your lenses?
« on: June 02, 2012, 10:54:28 PM »
Even though I take great care of my gear (mostly for resale/ trade value), the reality is that even scratches all over the front of your lens and dust inside will rarely affect the image quality.

I bought an old used Nikon 24mm f/2 AI-s Lens at a really cheap price because it was beaten to hell & covered in scratches.... I popped an EOS adapter on it and mounted it to my 7D & 5Dii- and the photos are amazing! I was shocked that the image quality was absolutely perfect even with the front element completely covered in scratches and worn out.

Photography equipment is built to be used. Especially all those L's that the rich people on this forum own and baby.

Lenses / Re: Can a UV filter affect IQ (sharpness) on a lens?
« on: June 02, 2012, 10:44:36 PM »
So then why not just keep the "filter" off? All it really offers is protection- so instead, you can always just add a lens hood for protection... Unless you are in an extreme environment, or running through the woods where a branch can jump out and attack your lens, you should be fine.

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.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Considering an EOS 35mm (film) body
« on: May 31, 2012, 12:40:00 AM »
Here's a good resource to compare canon models (film and digital):

Responding to an earlier comment of the EOS-3 being a plasticky/ toy... I believe it has a metal frame under the plastic.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1D Mark IV Price/Availability in US and UK
« on: May 28, 2012, 08:38:45 AM »
The Canon Direct Store in the US has added them to the refurb list. The are constantly "out of stock", but tht could change at a moments notice. If you get lucky and refresh the site as soon as they update it, especially during a 20% off sale- a deal could be had.

Lenses / Re: Most requested lenses for replacement?
« on: May 27, 2012, 05:57:20 PM »
50mm f/1.8 mkIII. Metal mount, real focus ring (basically the mkI), they can even leave the USM out to keep it real cheap!

Lenses / Re: No Optimal Option for 7D Standard Zoom
« on: May 26, 2012, 09:49:07 PM »
I'd go Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM and add a 50m f/1.8 for very little cost and space- foe those low light needs.

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