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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.

EOS Bodies / Re: Who is waiting for Canon Mirrorless?
« on: May 26, 2012, 09:02:17 AM »
I would be interested in playing around with a mirrorless body only if it were EF compatible. I don't want to add a whole new system of lenses.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 4D full frame
« on: May 25, 2012, 11:57:57 AM »
From what I read at the bottom of your posts, you guys own a lot of gear, but considering the uselessness and waste of time of the discussion you're having, not that many clients to use it for!!!


Wouldn't your post be considered even more of a waste of time then? And you know time is money...

EOS Bodies / Re: Who said 5D mkiii is NOT sharp...
« on: May 25, 2012, 10:30:53 AM »
The 5D mkiii has lots of nice, new, sleek, ergonomic curves- it's not sharp any place I can see :)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 4D full frame
« on: May 25, 2012, 10:24:27 AM »
I believe the number "4" is bad and usually skipped in Japanese culture. Not sure of the validity of that statement, I just think I read that in a few places.

Makes sense, Lumix went from the LX3 to the LX5, and the gf3 to the gf5.

So we should probably take the 4 off the table.

Also, like others have said, a lower number indicates higher end model.

I still see a 10-1 difference in Canon to Nikon with people carrying DSLRs around NYC.

Nikon is being aggressive because they NEED to win back some of the market Canon dominates.

Canon is continuing to evolve their brand as the world evolves to a more multi-media driven place. The EOS brand now includes cinema cameras. I think it's fair to say, Canon & Nikon are evolving in different ways. Neither is right or wrong.

Choose to tools that best suits your needs. It's doesn't have to always be a fanboy battle.

I have no problem with people moving to Nikon. However I do think that the constant putting down of Canon to justify moving to Nikon with so called 'facts' to justify their move is not appropriate on a Canon Rumours forum. I dont logon to this forum to join in with speculation/rumours about Nikon kit.

You dont hear me critisicing Canon, Nikon or any of the other manufacturers. I have a lot of old kit which one might say is ready for replacement (from a technology point of view).

I dont say that the 5DIII is overpriced - that is a purely subjective point of view.

I dont say that the D800 is a great camera and the 5DIII is rubbish because again that is a purely subjective point of view

I cannot even say that I will upgrade 'to get the best' because I am nowhere near achieving the potential from my existing kit (even though I could fancy the latest and greatist and upgrade)

Older technologies still deliver, and deliver cheaply. My 1Ds3 is now worth about the same as a new 5DII. I would consider the 1DS3 an upgrade from a 5DII -  for my photographic needs. In fact I did upgrade my 5DII to the 1DS3 when I heard the 5DIII specification - because it met my needs better. When making the decision it was made entirely on the basis of the offering from Canon. I am not angry or disappointed with Canon because the 5DIII did not meet my needs. If none of the offerings met my needs I would have had 3 options:

1. Not upgrading - the 5DII gave high IQ images, so from that point of view I didn't need to upgrade. I did loads of weddings and christenings with it without a problem

2. Wait to see if anything else was coming along - the existing kit still gave the same good IQ

3. See if any other manufacturers offerings met my needs. Unlike most, I have bought most of my kit used so I would not 'lose' a lot of money on the existing kit. Obviously moving manufacturer is a lot more than buying a new camera.

It would have been sad to move away from Canon because I have nearly 20 year experience with them - but to feel angy or disappointed with them - definitely not. And I wouldn't vent my anger against them on a Canon Forum either as they have given me a good ride for 20 years. Switching camps is one thing, abusing the other camp is another.

I have 3 cameras and a bunch of lens that are outdated but they are upto anything I would like to do.

I wonder whether sometimes people upgrade because they believe that it is the kit which is as fault rather than their ability. I bought the best kit I could afford and then started working on getting the best images and I know I haven't got there yet - I wish sometimes other people in my position would focus on improving their photographic skills rather than moan about their kit and say how the latest will improve their photos - when in fact after upgrading they just churn out the same old photos they did on their old kit - and then vent their anger at the manufacturers about the poor kit.

The 7D 'soft focus' issue was 90% user error IMHO. I have 'fixed' so many 7D's which were 'rubbish' - the 7D I have at the moment I got cheap because it 'had the problem'. It is a cracking little camera, spot on AF and decent IQ. Yet Canon got so much stick because of this. This is another case of mass hysteria - one or two people got a faulty AF unit - and vented their anger long and loud on the forums so that suddenly all the useless owners thought they had the same problem and they vented their anger on the forums until it sprialled nearly out of control. Shades of the 5DIII 'light leak' methinks.

Bottom line is:

If you dont like the offering dont buy it
If you dont like the offering it isn't the manufacturers fault
If enough people dont like the offerings then the manufacturers will offer something else or go bust


I think a lot of the complainers are more into the toys, tech, comparing specs & reading charts. They need the higher ISO IQ and improved dynamic range to photograph the back of their lens cap and brick walls.

It's a shame how this forum has degraded so quickly, it used to be a place to share in a positive way.

Bodies come and go. Canon glass is great.

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