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You got something against DEET or just sprays? I carry several of the little individually wrapped and sealed "Off" brand towelettes in my camera bag just in case I need one.

From my experience gnats can be more annoying and harder to discourage than mosquitoes. DEET-based products seem to do a decent job of discouraging mosquitoes, but some gnats are like honey badgers -- they just don't care.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Where do you buy 5D Mark iii?
« on: July 21, 2014, 11:39:04 PM »
$2,600 from unauthorized dealer on eBay or $2700 from canon pricewatch street price program after rebate with USA warranty from authorized dealer. Those are the best prices right now and they are not bad. You can check price history at canon pricewatch as well.
Be sure to read their blog notes on unauthorized dealers and grey market and decide for yourself if it is worth saving $100 dollars going the unauthorized route.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 20, 2014, 11:53:17 AM »
Why worry what anybody else is doing?

Besides, many pros use P mode, Joe Buissink is a $10,000+ wedding shooter and he only ever uses P mode.

Agreed. The whole debate over "P," "M" etc., is the stupidest thing ever. They all get you to the same point (or at least they should if you know what you are doing). It's just a question of where you want to start out. All a matter of personal preference and one's choice for a starting point doesn't make you a worse or better photographer.

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Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 17, 2014, 02:39:04 PM »
Wouldn't it be something if this new flash was being rolled out as one that could be controlled by a built-in radio wireless system in the new 7D? Yes, I know I'm reaching and just kidding.  At least, I hope that's not what it'll be cause I'd be too jealous.   
I think the regulatory environment makes a built-in radio transmitter for the 7d unlikely. They would need different models for countries that don't allow radio transmitters.

They already do for the 6D so why not?

Good point. Maybe there is hope for a 7D RT then.

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I'd prefer a tracking chip that indicates where the camera or lens is.

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Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2014, 10:36:53 PM »
Wouldn't it be something if this new flash was being rolled out as one that could be controlled by a built-in radio wireless system in the new 7D? Yes, I know I'm reaching and just kidding.  At least, I hope that's not what it'll be cause I'd be too jealous.   
I think the regulatory environment makes a built-in radio transmitter for the 7d unlikely. They would need different models for countries that don't allow radio transmitters.

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Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2014, 02:53:04 PM »
Since it almost certainly won't take a battery pack, I won't be buying. On the other hand, I welcome it because it gives me a little more (possibly imagined) assurance that Canon is unlikely to be making any major changes to the 600 RT anytime soon.

For those in the U.S., I don't see buying a new 4xx RT when, with a little patience, you can get refurbished 600 RTs for under $400 when Canon offers them on sale.

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Lenses / Re: Year of the lens....a joke....?
« on: July 16, 2014, 02:43:38 PM »
Amazing to me that people take speculation on a rumors site as fact and then express anger toward Canon because the rumor was wrong.

The so-called "year of the lens" was always completely speculative. People shouldn't believe everything they read on the internet.

Welcome to the club of people who realize this. That brings the membership up to about 4 people. LOL
You forget that rumors=truth, right?

Hah! I've been in this club a long time. In fact, I think hitting myself over the head with a real club would be a more efficient method of self-torture and maybe even more satisfying and less painful.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 16, 2014, 10:23:48 AM »
I dunno. I've read the subsequent DPAF patents, and there isn't anything remotely revolutionary in there. Mostly just using different sized photodiodes for the AF part, and a means of increasing sensitivity for AF without reducing IQ. If that's all Canon's got for the 7D II, they are going to take a HUGE reputation hit...and they HAVE to know that... (If they don't, then they've totally lost touch with their customer base, and I am seriously hoping that's not the case.)

Are you suggesting that the people here are representative of Canon's customer base?  I see lots of clamoring for better IQ on forums but until the 70D, the 7D remained a strong seller.  I'd bet a 7DII with 41ish AF points and 10 fps, and a 24 MP DPAF sensor similar in IQ to the 70D, would sell quite well.
Personally, if the 7D2 came with:
7DII with 41ish AF points
10 fps
24 MP DPAF sensor similar in IQ to the 70D, or slightly less pixels and slightly more IQ....
and WiFi/touchscreen

I'd buy one.

Right about now, the biggest thing they can do to improve IQ is to move the A/D onto the sensor, and if they do that plus the above, I'd pre-order it.

Better add f8 autofocus. A 24mp 7D coupled with a new 100-400 f5.6 zoom and a 1.4III converter would be very tempting.

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Lenses / Re: Year of the lens....a joke....?
« on: July 16, 2014, 10:16:50 AM »
Amazing to me that people take speculation on a rumors site as fact and then express anger toward Canon because the rumor was wrong.

The so-called "year of the lens" was always completely speculative. People shouldn't believe everything they read on the internet.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D - Weird black pictures problem
« on: July 15, 2014, 02:47:25 PM »
Maybe the film didn't latch onto the take up spool?

(Just kidding, of course. But, that was what used to cause blank frames)

Seriously, this sounds like a camera – rather than user – issue. I'd try shooting a bunch of shots around the house with a variety of settings and conditions to see if you can get it to malfunction again.

The problem, I think, is going to be that if you can't reproduce the effect, it might be hard for Canon service to diagnose the problem. Regardless though, it definitely sounds like a service call to me. But, I will defer to others who might have more knowledge.

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EOS Bodies / Re: DSLR ? - thinking out loud ....
« on: July 13, 2014, 06:54:01 PM »
According to the Wall Street Journal DSLR sales fell in fiscal 2013 by 10%.  Pocket size point and shoot cameras by even more and DSLM (mirror-less) cameras by only about 3%.

All of this is in part due to smart phone cameras of course.

....there are multiple factors involved in the lack of sustainability in the DSLR market.  Saturation is possibly the main culprit.

Yes!

The OP plays the classic game of having a pre-conceived notion and then trying to make (partial and misleading) statistics "prove" the conclusion.

I would agree that saturation plays a much larger role in any decline in DSLR sales than either cell-phone or mirrorless cameras (including both fixed-lens and interchangeable lenses.)

Over the last decade, digital technology followed a classic pattern. It was a disruptive technology that made everything that went before it (film) obsolete. The worldwide conversion to digital drove DSLR sales more than anything else. And, because it was an immature technology, the pace of development and resultant obsolescence (either perceived or real) meant that buyers were replacing their cameras at a much more frequent pace than historical market trends. (A film SLR was good for a minimum of 10 years, often much longer).

Now, the initial pent-up demand for digital technology has been satisfied and the pace of development is slowing. It's a natural cycle and, while early adopters and gearheads will be disappointed, most consumers are likely to settle back into the pattern of replacing their DSLRs much less frequently – just as they did with SLRs.

I doubt if any of this comes as a surprise to Canon and Nikon – both long time leaders in the marketplace and no doubt well-positioned for the long haul. This is one reason why I personally would never consider any of their competitors for a primary system investment. (I would consider Fuji for a secondary system, but would not be buying into the system to the extent I have Canon or would do with Nikon).

Being more familiar with Canon than Nikon, I think I see the company developing and experimenting with strategies to retain its profitability despite a shrinking marketplace.

They have developed a mirrorless interchangeable lens system in the most established DSLR format -- APS-C;
They are offering a traditional DSLR in a size that is competitive with mirrorless;
They produce two top-selling full frame cameras racking up sales that far exceed their competitors;
They set an industry standard for high-end APS-C with their 7D and are likely to unveil the next generation soon, giving us a very good idea of where they see that market headed;
The are rapidly re-purposing their point-and-shoot models to focus on smaller, but more stable, niche markets;
They are using their market position and expertise to capture a growing segment of the video market up and down the line from entrance level to multimillion dollar Hollywood productions;
They are making major plays for other rapidly growing markets, such as security;
And, the list goes on and on.

The jury is still out on the future of mirrorless. Right now, it has been a bust in Europe and the Americas (not just Canon but all manufacturers). Some people believe that the relative success of mirrorless in Asia is a sign of the future. But, it's entirely possible that the opposite is true. Is the Asian market on the cutting edge and showing the way of the future? Or, will the initial fascination in Asia fade and consumers there fall into the same pattern as European and American enthusiasts -- ultimately deciding that the compromises required of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras are too great and turn instead to DSLRs?

Interesting that on this forum, there is such an intense debate over what is really an insignificant point -- whether the future lies in optical or electronic viewfinders. Really, who cares? If electronic viewfinders reach a point where they offer more than optical viewfinders, the technology will transition. If they don't, then optical viewfinders are likely to remain the industry standard. Other than a fascination for technology that borders on being a fetish, there is no logical reason to care.

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Macro / Re: first attempt at stacking macro shots :: )
« on: July 10, 2014, 11:08:10 PM »
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I know one photographer who puts his insects in the fridge just long enough for their metabolism to slow down to a point where they are almost asleep - and then shoots them.

Then you should kick them squarely in the nuts and give their macro lens to a charity shop. It is extremely poor practice to harm your subject in this way. it amounts to nothing more than animal cruelty.

Hard to believe one's respect for life is genuine when it stops short of humans.   ???

Am I missing something here? Does putting an insect in the refrigerator to slow its metabolism slightly do some harm to the insect or are we just anthropomorphizing here? Because I've frequently heard about this technique and understood it to be quite common.

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Lenses / Re: another...would you?
« on: July 10, 2014, 06:28:54 PM »
...I am borderline a lens horder LOL - well, not really...but I have to keep my imposed limit of 20.

You have 20 lenses? Nothing longer than 200mm? There is nothing "borderline" about your lens hoarding.

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Lenses / Re: another...would you?
« on: July 10, 2014, 02:19:36 PM »
I like the sigma option more, as it's available right now, great price, and I would say better build quality compared with Tamron...

Slightly off-topic, but I'm not sure where this comes from. Every review I've read indicates that the 150-500 Sigma is a fairly weak performer -- not as good as, say the 50-500 "bigma" and definitely not as sharp as the new Tamron. Perhaps I'm wrong, I'm just relying on reviews, but I'd certainly pick the Tamron over the Sigma.

As far as your original question goes, I'm not the one to answer that, as I have zero interest in either of the lenses you own. Nothing wrong with them, but just not my style of photography. So, I'd have no problem selling them both -- but that's just me.

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