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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 26, 2014, 08:51:37 AM »
Thanks for the info!

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It was just a posting for a sale price that some may be interested in.   Wasn't intending for an in depth analysis on Canon's logic for such a discount, or why you would choose full frame because the 7D battery grip is still MSRP. 

Thank goodness you were around play police for such topics.

Jeez.
 :o

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Ebay is good. I've bought and Sold lots of equipment through them. I'm selling alot of my kit right now at the moment and I know someone somewhere will buy it.

What are you selling?

http://www.ebay.com/usr/elzaz444

Thanks! - Checked it out, but nothing I was looking for.  I'll be in San Antonio next weekend which would have been convenient.

Regards,
-w

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Ebay is good. I've bought and Sold lots of equipment through them. I'm selling alot of my kit right now at the moment and I know someone somewhere will buy it.

What are you selling?

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel EOS on the Way as Mentioned by Canon
« on: July 24, 2014, 11:45:02 AM »

Does this mean that only 4-5% of buyers purchase a second lens?

Yay, I'm in the 4-5% :)   Not sure if this counts as a "lens," but I have a 1.4 teleconverter coming in today from Canon.   

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Yard Bird
« on: July 23, 2014, 03:55:08 PM »
I guess I'm pretty lucky.....I did a count of the species that I have photographed in and around the yard and came up with 88 different species. These are shots from this year of the ones that I can count on being around most of the time....

What camera/lens combo were you using for these?  These are awesome shots!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Yard Bird
« on: July 23, 2014, 03:52:34 PM »
In our back yard.

Great picture Menace!  I like how the bird flying on the right appears to be pushing the other one out of the way.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Yard Bird
« on: July 23, 2014, 03:50:59 PM »
Yard Bird...

The true definition of yard bird :)

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Yes, this isn't my thread, but I've also got some gear I want to shed to invest in better gear.  The info here has been valuable for me.  Thanks to the OP for asking and to all who have replied.   

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Lenses / Re: Buying a used lens from Adorama
« on: July 23, 2014, 02:07:56 PM »
+1 on purchasing refurbished.  I've bought a 70-200 MkII , 1.4 teleconverter, 10-22, and 60D and haven't had any issues with them.  Watch the sales and you can get some great bargains that come with a warranty.

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Animal Kingdom / Yard Bird
« on: July 22, 2014, 11:16:15 PM »
I recently picked up a refurb 60D and have been terrorizing all of the animals in my front yard with it.  Here are few of my guests who join me and my family every night for dinner.   What birds do you see in your yards?

Taken with a 70-200 2.8 MkII.


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You'd think they'd put AFMA in it.  It counts as a good user feature but really it also helps Canon increase user satisfaction by letting owners fix any minor manufacturing boo boos themselves. 

Why wouldn't they do that?  Otherwise most people with slightly out of whack lenses or bodies just suffer with it and tell people their Canon just wasn't very sharp.  Maybe they buy a Pentax next time. 

Then others have to deal with the hassle of sending their body and one favorite lens off for adjustment at Canon which is no fun for either the owner or for Canon, and it is all avoidable if they'd just include AFMA.

If the ketchup companies are smart enough to add "shake well before serving" to their labels, so that the user is more likely to have a positive experience with their condiments, why would a camera maker leave out AFMA?

If I were canon, the thought of allowing afma to the mass population of ma and pa photographers would be terrifying to me and my call centers.  Afma is a great tool for those who know how to use it, but any increase in my call center activity would reduce my profit margin on the rebel line.  Enthusiasts, sure offer this option to allow them to grow with their camera.  Most who can afford a single digit model probably have an idea of what they are doing.  Mainstream usually has no clue what they are doing, but they don't know it.  All they know is that if they screw it up, it would be canon's fault for making such crappy gear and social media would spread that word.

Just bury it deep in the custom functions menu so the newbies won't discover it accidentally.  Better yet, make it mindless.  Have the camera remember each lens it sees, and when it detects a new one, ask the user to set the lens to each end of its zoom range and point it at something close and far away.  Then have the camera calculate the AFMA values by computing the difference between the AF-sensor-computed OOF amount and the DPAF-computed OOF amount several times in rapid succession.

Sounds like you should talk to Canon.   I believe that would be an awesome use of automation.

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You'd think they'd put AFMA in it.  It counts as a good user feature but really it also helps Canon increase user satisfaction by letting owners fix any minor manufacturing boo boos themselves. 

Why wouldn't they do that?  Otherwise most people with slightly out of whack lenses or bodies just suffer with it and tell people their Canon just wasn't very sharp.  Maybe they buy a Pentax next time. 

Then others have to deal with the hassle of sending their body and one favorite lens off for adjustment at Canon which is no fun for either the owner or for Canon, and it is all avoidable if they'd just include AFMA.

If the ketchup companies are smart enough to add "shake well before serving" to their labels, so that the user is more likely to have a positive experience with their condiments, why would a camera maker leave out AFMA?

If I were canon, the thought of allowing afma to the mass population of ma and pa photographers would be terrifying to me and my call centers.  Afma is a great tool for those who know how to use it, but any increase in my call center activity would reduce my profit margin on the rebel line.  Enthusiasts, sure offer this option to allow them to grow with their camera.  Most who can afford a single digit model probably have an idea of what they are doing.  Mainstream usually has no clue what they are doing, but they don't know it.  All they know is that if they screw it up, it would be canon's fault for making such crappy gear and social media would spread that word.

Utter nonsense.

If anything, it might reduce calls, since it is VERY common that lens and body are not matched and at least this might allow a few to get things matched. And it's just NOT rocket science, it's ridiculous how fearful everyone has become of any with a hint of tech over the last couple decades, everything has been dumbed down and then dumbed down some more.

And if someone is not capable of resetting to zero, if they mess it up, then they are not capable of using a DSLR in the first place. I mean how hard is it to simply hit reset or place MFA back to 0? If you can turn the knob to +3 or -3 you can also turn it back to 0.

I utter nonsense your utter nonsense.   You would be surprised that what you and I would take for granted would cause chaos for others.   I understand that you are proficient with your equipment, and that's fine.  I also agree with you that more and more equipment, no matter what it is, appears to have training wheels attached to it.   There is a reason for this which was explained in my previous post.

Let me approach it from a different perspective to explain my point.   If my parents wanted a new PC, there is no way I would ever let them have a machine with Linux on it.  EVER!  If they are somewhat proficient, then Windows is fine.  If they had no clue what they were doing, then I would buy them a Mac.    Btw, I'm not ragging on macs - they just happen to be the easiest computers to work on.



 

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Canon General / canon loyalty program only for camera bodies?
« on: July 21, 2014, 11:14:22 PM »
Are camera bodies the only thing eligible for the canon loyalty program?  I was curious if lenses were on the list as well.

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