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Canon General / Re: Best Lightroom 4 Book ?
« on: January 23, 2013, 01:20:46 PM »
Depends on your mode of learning but I've had more success with a couple of months of Lynda.com than any book I ever bought.  There are cheaper yearly alternatives but you can get a monthly premium subscription for $40.  you will learn more with 2 4 hour courses that any book out there.  They are really strong with Lightroom 7 Photoshop.  Can't recommend this highly enough.  After teh 2 days it will take you to master lightroom there are tons of general and specific photography courses.

Canon General / Re: Canon Experience Stores Coming Soon [CR3]
« on: January 11, 2013, 07:52:34 AM »
Those of you that were early adopters of the 5D3 now know where their $1,000 markup went

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D Mark iii + 50 1.4 ii?
« on: January 03, 2013, 06:52:51 AM »
Right now the 1.4ii would be a great lens.  Fast & sharp.  No IS?  Big deal.  a 5DIII and a 1.4 can see more than night vision goggles.  Bokeh, fast, all the depth of filed you could every want, full advantage of the most sophisticated auto-focus system in the word? But it and make sure you get out there at night!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III Frustrated Focusing problem
« on: December 10, 2012, 12:52:31 PM »
Right out of the box in the "Auto-Everything mode"  Scene-Intelligent-auto (the green setting on the mode dial) the camera will focus on the nearest thing.  Switch the mode to "P", press the button 1/2 way down and the camera will focus on what ever the little square in the center is pointed at.  I'm not trying to talk down to you but if you are new to this camera that's the first thing that comes to mind.  BTW, you are going to have to read the manual on this camera.
good luck

Lenses / Re: 24-105 f/4L kit lens on 6D
« on: December 08, 2012, 07:22:54 AM »
I have a 24-105L which was my go to lens on my crop camera.  I switched to FF, kept the 24-105L and it really shines on a FF.  24mm is surprisingly wide on FF.   I know I should not have been surprised by this but this really is the prefect walk around lens for a FF camera.  It's on about 90% of the time.  You pick up a tone of depth of field switching to FF and F4 is plenty fast for a 6D.  I have a 5DIII that can practically see in the dark and I hear the 6 is better.  It would be hard to buy a 24-70L 2.8 I since the mark II is supposed to be so much better.  BTW, if you are concerned with the weight the single best thing you can do is loose the stock strap and spend $50 bucks on a Black Rapid.  Takes all the weight off your neck and allows you to walk around for hours.  makes you look like a pro too!  ;)

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 07, 2012, 08:21:28 AM »
Well as my backpack just ripped I, for one, would love to win

use the single center point.  Take your focus, keep the shutter pressed 1/2 way down and recompose your shot.  It will keep the original focus

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D pricing... so much difference worldwide
« on: November 28, 2012, 08:40:01 AM »
I tried to get a 6D, seems there are non.  got a 5D3 instead for $2800.  Bird in the hand I suppose.  5D3 came down 20% in less than a year.  If the 6D goes the same way, and the early adopter fee is 20%, you would be looking at a $1,700 6D this time next year

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5DmIII price drop in France 2700 EUR
« on: October 22, 2012, 01:04:50 PM »
CanonPriceWatch has the price dropping all over.  Even B&H is showing $3,199 so it looks like the suggested price from Canon has now changed.  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?sub=cpw&is=REG&Q=&A=details&O=productlist&sku=847545

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Camera Modes
« on: October 14, 2012, 07:44:04 PM »
Anybody remember when  the difference between Nikon and Canon was Nikon cameras were AV and Canon's were TV?  Loved and still have my A1.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2899
« on: October 10, 2012, 01:38:15 PM »
Wow, just got shipping notification from Beach.  Got the price, free shipping no tax and it's on the way.  Upgrading from a 50D to a 5DIII  !!!!      The very slight downside?  my Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX will likely not work on this body and I only have 2 L lens, an old 70-200 f4 non IS and a 24-105L.  Oh, and my funds are now tapped

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2899
« on: October 09, 2012, 03:15:17 PM »
Ordered mine!  $2899 , free shipping no tax.  I'll beleive it when it ships but I am excited :) :) :) :) :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Looks like the 6D may not be so bad after all
« on: October 03, 2012, 07:43:20 PM »
I agree the photographer and lens are more important than the body but I don't know how anyone could consider or preorder before having some idea of how good/bad the sensor is.  I'm sure hoping that the reputable review sites get to put the 6D (without a sealed up card slot) through it's paces before actual sales begin.  Specs are all well and good but buying this without seeing a review would be like seeing a movie that was not available to the film critics to review.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Big Canon EOS 5D Mark II Price Drop Coming
« on: September 29, 2012, 01:16:43 PM »
Call me when the 5D3 drops.  Love the camera, just don't have $3,400 for it.  How about $3,000.

I see there are some at Ebay and it says No grey market, 1 Year USA Warranty...

I've never bought from them, but it seems fine. Not sure if there's something hidden in the offer.
  It looks good.  The only down side for me is that they are in NY.  I am in NY so that means over 8% tax.  I need to find and out of state retailer.  Amazon charges tax in NY too.  I believe if I caught that Beach Camera deal they would have been tax free.

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