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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II is a Peerless Performer
« on: January 28, 2013, 02:44:36 PM »
Just move to Oregon. I never have to pay any sort of tax on my gear. :)

Lenses / Re: Which 50mm (with AF) is best from f/1.4 - f/2.0?
« on: January 27, 2013, 03:07:18 PM »
50mm primes are notorious for being softer than other focal lengths. Plus at wide open, one should never expect a lens to be at its sharpest. For me, it is an easy decision. I want the extra half stop of the 1.2L, the amazing bokeh and most importantly for me, I want the weather sealing. I have more days with rain and fog here than clear days so it is not a question for me..luckily. I feel too many people care about sharpness while a whole bunch of other factors matter.

I would watch out getting the 35mm L right now. That is a very important focal length for Canon's new cinema cameras and they still have not released a cinema lens at that focal length. This means 2 things. Either they are working on and will release sometime soon a new 35mm L and have it modified to do cinema or they will release a cinema only 35mm, in which case a new 35mm L for photography won't be any time soon.

Canon General / Re: Why buy from a bricks and mortar store?
« on: January 16, 2013, 03:53:27 PM »
There isn't much of a price difference between online and local here. Locally, I mostly only have the shutterbug to shop at which is a pretty large chain of camera stores. I just don't like how they push me to buy everything and only have entry level filters and stuff that they claim are pro level.. like promaster lol. Anyways, their prices are reasonable and since it's Oregon I pay no sales tax anyways. I do all my shopping on amazon because they tend to have what I want, a 5 or so percent discount and they have amazing customer service. I was unsatisfied with my first 5DIII and they sent me a new one (overnight delivery) before I had even returned the first one. I feel a local store would have given me a problem but since amazon is so big, what is one more camera return to them. Plus if you spend a lot they start sending 10% off coupons which is amazing when used on a lens. Lastly, local stores often don't have the lens I want in stock.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 MkII price?
« on: January 06, 2013, 06:10:57 PM »
For the 16-35 I would wait and see how much and how good the 14-24mm that is coming out is. I own the 16-35mm and I find myself feeling I overpaid for it at 1550.

Lenses / Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
« on: January 05, 2013, 11:34:43 PM »
I have no used the non-IS version but I do own the IS L version. I looked at the other but decided to go with the L series mainly because I want to walk around and shoot macro pictures without the need for a tripod. The IS works very well and I have gotten some amazing flower pictures without a tripod. If you want really small subjects such as insects, you will still need a tripod. The L series weather sealing is nice too. I have to admit that the 100mm 2.8L is my favorite lens. It is amazingly sharp. I am using a 5DIII too. I say, if you can afford either, get the L.

This is handheld in a park with the 100 IS L with hybrid IS on. That was the first shot so don't worry about having to take a ton and hope one comes out not blurry. This IS rocks.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Anyone still using a 20D?
« on: January 05, 2013, 12:47:52 AM »
I was using the 20D until about 6 months ago. I have moved on to newer and better things. :)

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 MkII price?
« on: January 03, 2013, 11:52:03 PM »
No way will it go to 2499. I'm guessing it will be 2199. Even before the holidays it was at about 2199. I got lucky and picked mine up for 1850 on amazon a couple weeks ago. I say... pull the trigger and enjoy. It's a great lens and you get 2% back in an amazon gift card.

Also, if 2013 is anything like 2012, there are usually rebates so don't worry if you miss them.

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70mm F4 IS - anybody bought one yet ?
« on: January 03, 2013, 03:09:52 PM »
I am not going to put much faith on that test. First, both lenses need to be taken at the same focal length. Second, they should use a full frame so corner sharpness can be determined. Who legitimately tests an L series lens on a cropped sensor anyways...?

For what it's worth. I love my 100mm with hybrid IS. I feel that it works amazingly well.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS Available January 7, 2013
« on: January 03, 2013, 02:29:55 PM »
I feel that I have too many uses for a 24-70mm to limit myself to f/4.

Lenses / Re: 4 weeks Trip around California
« on: January 03, 2013, 12:14:08 PM »
I live about an hour from Yosemite and about 2 from the California coast and I would definitely recommend a wider lens, preferably the 16-35. Since you are on a budget and want less weight, the 17-40 would also work out great for you. The wider lens will allow you to take pictures of the beautiful coast and also the mountains at Yosemite. Also, room can be scarce sometimes when taking pictures of giant sequoia trees so unless you want only half the tree in your shot, you need that wider lens. If you venture about an hour south of Yosemite, you can visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. They are not as impressive as Yosemite but they are home to the 4 largest trees by volume in the world. Lastly, if you plan to visit 4 or more National Parks or federal recreation lands you should invest in the $80 park pass which is good for a year and can be bought at any National Park entrance. Normal entrance fees are $20 per park and the park pass will also discount some park services. Enjoy!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon has Refurbished 5DIII for $2240
« on: December 31, 2012, 06:09:56 PM »
That's probably the one I returned with hot pixels everywhere ;)

Lenses / Re: Please help, did I receive a defective lens? 40mm f/2.8
« on: December 31, 2012, 05:10:27 AM »
I just got mine out and tested it. Here is what happens. Under autofocus it makes noise when the camera does it. It makes no noise when I move it myself. Under manual focus, it makes the same noise as if it was under autofocus and the camera was moving it. So, YES it does make noise in manual mode and it is quite loud. I am using it on a 5dIII with the updated firmware.

Lenses / Re: Buying used lens
« on: December 27, 2012, 09:35:35 PM »
If I were you I would just buy new if I could not see it in person. It is only 150 dollars under new price. I literally just bought the same lens for the same price new sold and shipped by amazon so look around and use coupons and get it new for almost that price. Also, I am not sure if the warranty will transfer to you. That alone might be worth the price difference.

I looked into the post a little and just to let you know something seems a bit off.
Look familiar? That was posted 9 months ago in Asti, Italy. It doesn't even list the mark II.

He might be legit but I highly doubt it. I would avoid unless I could get it in my hand and thoroughly test it. Seems like a scam to me.

Canon General / Re: Recommended photography books
« on: December 26, 2012, 03:59:20 PM »
I found Tony Northrup's How to shoot stunning digital pictures to be a great starter book. It puts into words and examples a lot of useful information that you may already know but arn't exactly sure about. For the kindle price of 10 bucks I consider it money well spent. If you are already an experience photographer then it might be useful for a quick look up of something you have forgotten. In any case, search inside of it on amazon and see what you think.

I heard Santa got a 10% off coupon for amazon and went crazy and bought me a 70-200mm 2.8L II, B+W filter and a rc-6 remote.

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