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Lenses / Re: Should I buy the 35L now or wait for the price drop?
« on: March 25, 2014, 12:56:11 PM »
If you defer your lens purchases based on rumors that a lens may be replaced, you could be waiting a long time to buy a lens. See the 100-400 zoom for example.

If you want an investment, buy stock or real estate. If you want to take pictures, buy cameras and lenses.

Yeah, Canon Price Watch did a blog post a few years back showing that Canon lenses outperformed the stock market, but I wouldn't be sinking my retirement money into lenses.

Maybe it's just me, but I don't think I'd enjoy anything I bought nearly as much if I worried about what the resale value might be.

Think about all those poor Beanie Babies that never got played with because their young owners were hoping to pay for college with them. They are all sitting in plastic bins in attics or selling on eBay for pennies on the dollar.

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Well that didn't last long. Hope some folks got in on the deal.

Another reason to use Canon Price Watch's e-notification system.

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Pricewatch Deals / Act Fast 600RT now in stock at Canon Refurbished
« on: March 24, 2014, 04:29:12 PM »
The 600 RT just came back into stock at the Canon Refurbished Store. 20% off! Canon Price Watch lists about 30 in stock. Better act fast.

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See. Canon is offering a new mirrorless camera body. :)

Seriously, I'm impressed with Canon's all out effort to open up new markets in the face of the collapse of the point and shoot market. This is the kind of aggressive approach that has led them to dominance in the marketplace.

It's interesting also because it serves as a reminder of how little we all know. While people on the forum endlessly debate dead or dying markets (medium format, anyone?) Canon forges ahead.

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...Over $500 for a manual focus lens that is only 1/2 stop faster than a similar priced zoom that is already well regarded...

The Tokina f2.8 zoom is just as fast, about the same price, has autofocus, also fits a full frame and is equally well-regarded as well. So, I agree with you:

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Meh...

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Third Party Manufacturers / Samsung NX mini – I'm speechless
« on: March 20, 2014, 04:38:55 PM »
Maybe I'm just feeling like a Luddite today, but I am having a very bad reaction to Samsung's latest camera – or more accurately to the way it is being promoted.

I lost count of how many times they used the word "selphie" in the announcement release. You start the self-timer by giving the camera a wink. It doubles as a baby monitor?

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The camera features a solid premium metal body with a luxurious leatherette finish, making the camera the natural choice for style-conscious shooters looking to make a statement.


Is this really where photography is headed?

http://photorumors.com/2014/03/18/samsung-nx-mini-smart-camera-announced/#more-56044

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Medium Format
« on: March 20, 2014, 10:22:03 AM »
There would be absolutely zero point to a 36x36 sensor, you get a 50% increase but have to have new lenses and bodies to do it. EF lenses will not cover a 36mm square sensor, EF lenses don't have the flange distance to cover a 36mm sensor on the vertical side if you use a reflex design.

The idea is a non starter.
I must admit I don´t understand that. Can you please explain why vertical is more of a problem than horizontal, considering that the optical opening of a lens is perfectly round?

I pretty much flunked geometry, but take a circle and draw a perfect square inside of it and then take that same circle and draw a rectangle inside  of it. A rectangle will actually be able to be wider at the long end than the square before it touches the edges of the circle. A lens circle that accommodates a 36mm rectangle cannot at the same time, accommodate a 36mm square.

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Lenses / Re: How much will the new EF 800 f/5.6L IS II cost?
« on: March 18, 2014, 12:07:22 PM »
The poll needs to be amended to include an arm and a leg.

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Lenses / Re: Thinking about this but wanting your thoughts....
« on: March 18, 2014, 10:37:11 AM »
As others said, it all depends on your needs and wants.

If you really want a 100-400 "L" go ahead get it. There is no telling how long it will be before a replacement arrives and there is nothing wrong with this lens as it is. The next one will likely cost about twice as much, assuring that a market will remain for the current model, so you won't be risking that much.

Just realize that this is not a small lens. It's not a lens I want to carry around with me all day when traveling. But, if you want to shoot birds or wildlife from a distance, you need this lens.

For all-around travel, I don't believe anything can beat the 70-300 "L." It's the perfect second lens in a two-lens travel/walk around kit (coupled with a 15-85 EF-S for crop or a 24-105 "L" for full frame). It's relatively light and not huge. Generally, I want the extra 100mm of reach that it provides, and I tend to shoot outdoors, so I have taken a pass on the 70-200 zooms.

One additional thing I will say for the 70-300 "L" is that the IS is phenomenal. In a pinch, I've shot it (braced against something) as slow as 1/15 sec with acceptable results.

If I were an event or wedding photographer, or shot in mostly low light, I'd go with the 70-200 mm f2.8, but for me it just doesn't have enough reach. I do have the 200mm f2.8 "L" prime, which is small, relatively light and can give me the extra stops when I need them (if only it had IS).

Like the 100-400 "L," the 70-200 f2.8 is a substantial lens, which can be a consideration if you are carrying it around all day. And, if you are going to routinely couple it with a 2x converter, you're really not gaining anything over the 100-400 "L."

You owned the 55-250, which is in my view one of Canon's greatest bargain lenses. Probably even a better bargain than the 50mm f1.8 and close to the 85mm f1.8 in value for the dollar. It's not the most robust lens, but it is sharp, which is what counts in my book.

If you want something between the 55-250 EF-S and the 70-300 "L," then consider the Tamron 70-300. It's better than the Canon non-Ls. Not quite as good at the 70-300 "L" but certainly not bad and for the money it's very good. The Tamron is about equal to the 55-250 EF-S in sharpness, which is to say it is very good.

I realized as I writing this that I own or have owned too many lenses. :)


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This poor thread doesn't seem to be getting the love it deserves.

Not a camera accessory, but one of the best bargains I've found is a big bag of plastic spring clamps from Lowes (building supply store) that goes for something under $15 for maybe a couple dozen in different sizes. Or, you can order the exact same clamp individually for about $4 each from a photo store. Great for holding backdrops, etc.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Medium Format
« on: March 17, 2014, 09:56:01 AM »
Shot with a Hasselblad H4D-40.  That is the shot before editing.  The final shot was given some mood, and the bits of orange tape were cloned out:
http://collider.com/wp-content/uploads/the-walking-dead-cast-season-two1.jpg
If your response is that the scene could have just as easily been shot with a Canon 5D3, while true, that misses the point.

What is the point? I don't really see anything in that shot which couldn't have been captured with a full frame or even APS-C sensor? Is the "look" the point?


Yea I'm a little confused by this comment too. There's clearly a fair bit of perspective distortion going on: look at the relative sizes of the sheriff in front on the two women (one with teddy) at the back. Normally the larger the format the less exaggeration there is, so this was quite a wide lens for MF, looking up. I don't see why you couldn't have produced the identical image using the afore mentioned 5D and a wide shift lens such as the 24 or 17 mil.


The "point" might be that in a city where 10,000 photographers could have shot exactly the same scene, it makes it easier for the ad agency's art director to simply weed out everyone who doesn't use a Hasselblad.

"Oooh, this guy uses a really big camera, so he must be good." Never mind that most views of the image will be on the IMDB app on iPhones at a maximum size of maybe three inches.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 14, 2014, 11:08:36 PM »
Look at the form http://www.photobusinessforum.com/images/calumetphoto_case_14-08908.pdf. The box they checked says $0 to $50,000.


I think this pdf filing is only for the online business calumetphoto.com, the parent or the stores business was probably a different entity.  Here is an article from the Chicago Tribune that seems to make more sense.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-03-13/business/chi-calumet-photographic-closes-20140313_1_chapter-7-bankruptcy-protection-facebook-page-facebook-and-twitter


Yeah, you're certainly correct. That helps explain things, as I couldn't imagine how they could only have $50,000 in assets. Thanks.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 14, 2014, 05:18:41 PM »
Whoa! I should have looked at the court filing first. They are listing less than $50,000 in assets. I'm guessing there are individuals on this forum (not me) that have more than that in Canon equipment.

I don't know how this works in the camera retail business. Is it customary for a supplier to retain ownership of the stock until it is sold?

Maybe it will be the Canon refurbished store that gets all this stock back?


That 50,000 is in 1000s, so really means $50 million in assets.


Look at the form http://www.photobusinessforum.com/images/calumetphoto_case_14-08908.pdf. The box they checked says $0 to $50,000.

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I think the Canon 600EX RT great, but too big and heavy (and expensive).


I tend to agree with "expensive", though often there are Canon rebate programs and even without them the 600rt is as expensive as Nikon's flagship with added 3rd party radio triggers.

However, after some time I have come to value the 600rt system - if you use light modifiers and/or shoot in bright outdoors with hss, big and heavy is the least concern if the flash "just works". Remember it might be big, but it doesn't need the clutter of an added receiver - and the 200mm zoom lets you concentrate the light more effectively where you want it also w/o an added modifier.

I'm going to sell my 430ex2, it's really nice to carry less weight esp. on a bracket, but except for bounce in small rooms it's just too weak.


Nikon SB 910 street price today $546.95 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/832699-USA/Nikon_4809_SB_910_AF_Speedlight_i_TTL.html

Canon 600-EX-RT street price today $449.00 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productDetail&A=cart&Q=add

Nikon no radio, Canon radio included. THE 600-EX-RT IS NOT OVERPRICED; when compared to the competition it is cheap!


That's U.S. pricing. I imagine Marsu would like to be able to pay U.S. prices rather than Euros.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 14, 2014, 04:16:58 PM »
Whoa! I should have looked at the court filing first. They are listing less than $50,000 in assets. I'm guessing there are individuals on this forum (not me) that have more than that in Canon equipment.

I don't know how this works in the camera retail business. Is it customary for a supplier to retain ownership of the stock until it is sold?

Maybe it will be the Canon refurbished store that gets all this stock back?

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