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EOS Bodies / Re: A Big Megapixel Discussion
« on: June 12, 2013, 03:05:30 PM »
If they had made a duplicate version with no video, I would have bought that instead even if it was the same price.


Why??? How does having it hurt you? At the very least you'd be a fool since you'd pay the same for something that would have less retail value and yet behave EXACTLY the same in hand for you.

Why do so many still photographers have such hatred for video? I thought photographers were supposed to be creative, open-minded types always wanting to explore new things? Even if you don't want to, all the talk about paying as much or even more just to get a body with video disabled sounds utterly nuts to me.

It's even more nuts when you realize that DSLRs are really video cameras anyway. You can't "take out" video unless you just want to use the camera as a doorstop. And, as has been discussed many times on this forum, the video recording features reduce the per unit cost of the camera. People who say they would "pay more" for a camera that can't do video recording have no idea just how much more they would have to pay.



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My interpretation...

Wire transfer goes into Adorama account holding area. Later, a human being looks at it and for whatever reason (suspicious due to no address...or maybe they just hate money or don't like customers from your state) decides to not accept to deposit it, maybe even after input from a supervisor (ie refuses it). Then, that human being or even another person, starts the process to wire it back to your bank. This maybe takes a day or 2 or 3. When you call (angry worried upset etc), you talk to someone who doesn't have all the correct facts or doesn't explain it well to you.

Perhaps not the greatest customer service to you since they certainly didn't have answers that made you comfortable or happy. Sometimes stating something that is not correct is not lying (I see this all the time and it is usually due to ignorance).

Being one state away, I might have gotten a cashiers check and taken a one day trip to NYC.

I think this is a pretty good explanation.

Let's face it. As long as human beings are involved, there will be mistakes. And, mistakes tend to multiply along the way. It's unfortunate that this happened. But it did. Based on the many comments on this thread and the experiences of many, many others, it is clear this was the exception and not the rule.

It's no fun being that exception. And, if it happened to me, I'd probably take my business elsewhere as well. But, honestly, there doesn't appear to be any great lesson that others can take away from this. Stuff happens. Life isn't fair. (If it were, I'd have $27,000 to spend on camera equipment too.)

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Big Megapixel Discussion
« on: June 11, 2013, 03:04:12 PM »
It's a flagship

Not necessarily....

I'm not sure what you are basing that on...

Might be basing it on Nikon. Their flagship has 16 megapixels.

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Your very basic take-away from this should be nothing other than "Don't use wire transfers."

...and get a new bank.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud - Adobe Owns you!
« on: June 07, 2013, 02:00:51 PM »
You are correct. I was thinking of being able to edit the PSD files.

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Reviews / Re: Horrible experience with Adorama camera
« on: June 07, 2013, 01:54:07 PM »
Pardon me, but what is this "wire transfer" you speak of?

That sounds like something from the 20th century. Don't most people nowadays just use PayPal? I know it can take two-three days for the transaction to be completed, but it seems to work pretty well. It even works across countries.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud - Adobe Owns you!
« on: June 07, 2013, 01:45:52 PM »
My 2cents...

I hated this idea at first for many of the reasons brought up here.  But, I am kind of coming around in thinking about it.  I may have to go and thoroughly read the terms of service.  But - I am currently on CS5, I have not felt the push to upgrade to CS6 because the bulk of what I do is in Lightroom (I use PS for the fine tuning side of things that lightroom just can't do).  So for a user like me, PS is just a fine editing plugin for lightroom - and yeah that's definitely not worth forking over the dough to upgrade unless there is some substantial new tool I feel I need to have.

So, for someone like me, this new CC may actually not be a bad thing.  Unless there's something I am missing, I can now have the latest capabilites without having such a large up front price.  As a wedding/portrait shooter in an area that has very defined seasons - meaning my need for PS would be from May-November - at $20 a month that would mean I'd be paying about $140  (maybe more if I need it in the winter).  I have to check the fine print to see if there are penalties for letting your subscription lapse, or, some kind of silly startup fee.  This may be a loophole that they find a way to fill by implementing penalties, but, it may be awesome for the occasional user because they can now have access to $600 software for $20 (as long as they don't mind just using it for a month. 

I do hope they don't go cloud with lightroom.  We shall see what happens I guess.  If enough people boycott CC, then it won't take adobe too long to change their tune...

It looks like the month-to-month plan is $30 per application, so more like $210 for May to November. You could buy the annual plan and cancel, but there are cancellation charges after the first 30 days.

Also, if you don't have an older version of Photoshop already on your computer, you won't be able to access or edit your files during those down months.

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Lighting / Re: Can a (DSLR) flash cause permanent eye damage?
« on: June 07, 2013, 11:16:38 AM »
If there were any risk of permanent eye damage the American trial lawyers would be all over this like white on rice.

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PowerShot / Re: Camera for Granny
« on: June 06, 2013, 01:24:13 PM »
Does your grandmother use a camera now? Has she ever taken pictures as a hobby? Is she a technology savvy senior who surfs the internet and posts on Facebook, or does she need your help in working the DVD player on her television?

If she hasn't used a camera since her Instamatic broke, then you might want to consider something else.

If she wants one or you think she would use one, I'd go for something with a large screen on back, modest zoom range and simple controls. Get an extra SD card, because you'll probably be the one sending the pictures to the corner drug store and you will want to be able to switch out cards when you go over to visit. That assumes, of course, that she's a typical 80 year old. Now, if she used to work for the Daily Mail and still has her F1 and FD lens collection, it might be another story.

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Lenses / Re: Why Does the 100-400L Sell So Well Still ?
« on: June 05, 2013, 07:30:03 PM »
I also own both lenses and agree they are two very different lenses. The 70-300 L is half of my two-lens go anywhere, shoot anything kit. The other half being my 15-85.

If I'm traveling, or just out for a day shooting, these two lenses are always in my bag. I wouldn't want to be carrying the 100-400 around all day. But, if I'm trying to shoot birds or wildlife, it's the 100-400 all the way.

One reason the 70-300 L doesn't sell as well is because it's in a very crowded field and it is much more expensive than other offerings either from Canon or third-party manufacturers. (Except of course for the 70-300 DO lens, which I totally do not get).

Both are great lenses. They are about the same price. Pick one now and then buy the other one later.

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Reviews / Re: Horrible experience with Adorama camera
« on: June 05, 2013, 09:28:09 AM »

Actually, Adorama doesn't charge  sales tax; the state of NJ charges it and for NJ residents we are legally obliged to collect it.

There is a provision on the NJ income tax forms for you to declare out of state purchases that are subject to NJ state sales tax; many  NY / NJ  residents actively choose to  purchase from  retailers who collect on their behalf,  as  it saves them  the  bother - in any case, you really do need to pay that tax when filing your state income tax return... 

As I've said before, I'm a long time customer of Adorama (since the 1970s) and they are my preferred retailer for photographic supplies. I also appreciate that they pay Helen to monitor and respond on this forum.

But, I have to say, on the tax issue, the comments are a bit disingenuous. Adorama (As well as B&H, Amazon, eBay and many others) choose not to collect the sales tax on orders in states where they are not legally required to collect the tax. They could do so voluntarily, but they don't. So, to suggest that collecting the tax on behalf of New York or New Jersey is a great service they provide to their customers in those states, raises the question – why aren't customers in all the others states they serve worthy of the same service?

Hopefully, in a few months Congress will take action to assure that all online retailers with more than $1 million in annual sales must collect sales taxes on behalf of their customers.

Judging by Helen's remarks, I must assume that Adorama is in favor of the proposed federal law. I would be interested in knowing if that is the case.


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Canon General / Re: The library
« on: June 04, 2013, 10:43:36 PM »
If you are interested in critical thinking about photography there are a handful of excellent books that you can read very quickly, but which that you can come back to time after time and always learn something new.

My short list is: John Szarkowski's "The Photographer's Eye" (not to be confused with the Michael Freeman book of the same title); “The Nature of Photographs” by Stephen Shore; “Beauty in Photography” by Robert Adams; Roland Barthes’ “Camera Lucida” and Susan Sontag’s “On Photography.”

A person could spend almost an entire life just absorbing and learning from what these authors have to say.
 
Of course there are tons of nice monographs covering great photographers and it really just depends on whom you happen to be interested in. But, no serious photographer should be without Robert Frank’s “The Americans” – which is unquestionably the most influential photographic essay of the 20th century.
 
It used to be that if you wanted to read a history of photography, Beaumont Newhall was about the only choice available. Now there are a whole host of good histories. Newhall remains a classic, but his vision is a bit dated and rigid. Keep in mind that Newhall originally wrote his history to accompany a show at the Museum of Modern Art and his clear intent was to cement MOMA’s place as the center of photographic art. As such, his history focused on images that were in the collection of the museum and excluded images and artists that were not represented in the museum collection. He was an ally of Ansel Adams and together they worked to advance “straight” photography and exclude from photography’s history those artists that they disapproved of (William Mortensen, for example).

I think Naomi Rosenblum’s “A World History of Photography” is probably a better, more current and more inclusive history.

I recently finished Geoff Dyer’s “The Ongoing Moment” which is a delightful and thoughtful book. It won the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award for writing on Photography.

As far as “how to” books, I think the best approach is to pick them up as you feel the need to improve upon specific skills. There are a lot of good ones out there. All of them can teach you techniques. None of them can teach you vision.

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Reviews / Re: Horrible experience with Adorama camera
« on: June 04, 2013, 06:29:22 PM »
I guess this can happen to anyone, but I have to say, I have been an Adorama customer since the 1970s (Back in the day when you had to go to the bank, get a certified check and mail it in) and have always had good experiences.

I've also used B&H, with no complaints there. This does sound like the transaction was a little complicated and keep it mind that the sabbath begins Friday evening, making a transaction on Friday afternoon even more difficult. Sorry you had a bad experience.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Act Fast! 600 RT Refurb in Stock
« on: June 04, 2013, 01:54:48 PM »
Discount is only on refurbished items. So battery pack wouldn't count.

The first time through (at the beginning of May) I bought two 600s and got the $125 discount. Unfortunately, when I went to buy another two, they were sold out. At the time I did some quick math and figured out the difference between the $125 off for two and 15% off was something like six bucks each.

Of course, if you can find something right at that $500 sweet spot, you can score a great deal.

I find the Canon Refurb store fascinating. Usually, a day or so after the sales end, many of the items that were out of stock magically go back in stock. Then, another sale begins and suddenly things go out of stock again right away. During the sale, some items may come back in stock for an hour or so, but it is pretty random.

I'm set with 600 RTs for the time being. One of these days, I hope to score a 200 2.8 prime, but I've found that one a real challenge.

I'm not complaining, in fact I kind of enjoy the game. But, I'm pretty much know that Canon USA is manipulating the stock. I wonder if they have an office  pool going – "Let's put ten 70-200 2.8 zooms on the site and everyone in the pool guesses how many minutes it will take to sell them out."

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Act Fast! 600 RT Refurb in Stock
« on: June 04, 2013, 11:45:03 AM »
Sold out now.

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