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Video & Movie / Re: Storm Time-lapse 6D
« on: October 06, 2013, 02:31:42 AM »
Great work

Macro / Re: who am i?
« on: October 05, 2013, 09:46:23 PM »
John Val John from les Miz.

Software & Accessories / Re: Need a new Monitor
« on: October 05, 2013, 05:41:28 PM »
I found a low end 24" spectraview for under $1000 several years ago (without the spectra view unit).  Works great as a second monitor.

Software & Accessories / Looking for information on a "beam tripper"
« on: October 05, 2013, 05:37:28 PM »
At least that is what I have heard it called.

Either fires the camera based upon sound or when the beam of light is blocked, hopefully has an adjustable delay.  I imagine capturing a drop hitting the surface of water, balloon exploding, egg exploding, ... 

Canon General / Re: CPS Canada Shipping
« on: October 05, 2013, 05:31:55 PM »
In the US, CPS offers similar service.  I am okay shipping my equipment back and forth (though I often insure a $1,000 or 1,500 when shipping bodies to be cleaned) - since I believe my all risk rider would cover this.  I guess I should call my agent to be sure.

Of greater concern is when I borrow equipment, then (the few times I have done this) I insure the lens or body for replacement cost.  WHich according to CPS is much above the street price.

Canon General / Re: CPS Canada Shipping
« on: October 05, 2013, 05:12:38 PM »
Seriously, in Canada it costs about $1.30 per thousand dollars per month to insure your gear against replacement and all risks.

Me also would like to know which company charges $1.30 per thousand dollars per month to insure your gear fully ?

per month?  That is $1.50 per 100 which is the home owner rate south of the border

Canon General / Re: Development Announcement Coming? [CR1]
« on: October 05, 2013, 05:10:28 PM »
I think a high MP fullframe product in development annoucement. A release in Q2 2014  ::)

We can only hope

Software & Accessories / Re: good shoulder bag?
« on: October 03, 2013, 09:42:49 AM »
For a shoulder bag I've used the ThinkTank Speed Racer V2 (smaller versions are Speed Demon/Speed Freak). It's padded (but bigger and squarer than a messenger bag) but what I really like about these bags is that they come with a padded waist strap so if you want to lug a lot of gear then you can fold out the waist strap (normally tucked into pockets) and put it on to take most of the load off of your shoulder strap (so it doesn't dig in). The waist strap also stabilizes the bag when walking, climibing, etc. so you don't have to worry about it sliding off of your shoulder and falling to the ground. They also come with a rain cover tucked in as well.

For a seven day trip in Southern California (including walking around theme parks for days with the kids)  I carried a 5D3 with 24-70 F/2.8L mounted (sometimes in the bag while getting around outside the park), 16-35 F/2.8 II, 24 mm F/1.4 II, 70-200 F/2.8 OS, 1.4x converter and a 7D body inside the bag. On the pouches outside I had a 600EX-RT plus spare cards, batteries and lens hoods.  Loaded up it was a bit over 20 pounds but I survived the trip.

At over 20 lbs-ouch!!  After a few hours I would be hurting.   For that weight gear I generally use a backpack, but that is not very convenient.   Perhaps a shoulder bag with a waist band to putthe weight on my hips?   Suggestions??

EOS Bodies / Re: German Canon Event
« on: October 01, 2013, 09:57:39 AM »
Looks to be a general Canon promotional event not a product announcement. Probably similar to the "Live Learning" events that Canon puts on in the U.S.

+1, doesn't look like an announcement, just Canon waving their flag.

Professional forum says it all.    Not a an announcement

EOS Bodies / Re: Buy 1DX now or wait for an upgrade?
« on: October 01, 2013, 09:55:39 AM »
The biggest reason for me waiting is for the dual pixel sensor.

The biggest benefits of dual pixel sensors is for live-view focusing and video. Neither of these are priorities of the 1D-X target market. Canon will be in no hurry to put this technology in the 1D-X series and if it requires any tradeoffs it may never make it into the series.

Probably will see dual pixels in 5D M4 - just like the 5D M3 has an HDR mode and the 1Dx does not

Software & Accessories / Re: Is Facebook worth it?
« on: September 30, 2013, 08:25:15 PM »
FB is a great tool but their policies are very harsch.  ASMP had piece on how they can use any image posted on their site, however they want without giving credit or royalties.    Not for me.

Yes use them to network and make contacts but don't put your good stuff there - provide a link

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon USA Mail-in Rebates
« on: September 30, 2013, 08:21:06 PM »
It isn't really a rebate, you get a American Express Gift card that has a monthly charge for unused balance (After a initial period).  I consider a rebate to mean that I actually get a check in the mail.
However, Its still better than store credit because many places I shop will accept AMEX.

I use the gift cards to buy credit at Star Bucks, amazon gift cards which I use for myself and B&H gift cards  That way, the $ are in a stable and are not used up by monthly service charge.  Besides the balance on the gift cards which I keep for myself, are automatically applied when I buy an item.

wonder if they will really work, or only sort of work

Lenses / Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« on: September 30, 2013, 08:14:10 PM »
I shot wildlife and in addition to having the eyes sharp, i like to get the body sharp.  thus I try to shoot at F8, for that extra DOF.  However when the light is poor, then I will open up

Lenses / Re: Will the 28-300L be upgraded??
« on: September 29, 2013, 10:29:16 AM »
I have trimmed my kit so I have minimal duplications.

I don't mind duplication.  For example, I've got the 70-200/2.8L IS II, 70-300L, and 100-400L.  It's fine, as long as they have a use...and I actually use them.  After getting the 24-70 II, I stopped using the 24-105, and couldn't see using it further.  I had been using the 28-300L for travel, but since getting the 70-300L, I've taken the 24-70 + 70-300 instead - broader range, better IQ, takes up the same bag space, and I don't mind the lens changes.

The only advantage (IMO) of the 28-300L is convenience.   When action is fast that you can not change lens or even grab another body

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