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Canon General / Re: Canada Post Thefts Halt Lens Rentals Canada Service
« on: August 05, 2014, 09:31:27 AM »
Insurance on he packages won't help much as I was told directly by a Canada post employee that although you can add insurance to your package good luck getting the value back if there is an issue.  They recommended me to use one of the big guys if insurance was actually important. LOL. Loved the honestly.  Cost a bit more but I felt safer.  Over they last number of years in the hundred of parcels I have received I have only had issue with Canada post.  Be it missing items, delays in shipping while in Canada posts hands.  Then they have the gull to raise prices for continued poor service gotta love government union employees that you can't trust anymore and well you know are out of touch with reality in todays job world.
That's awful! I never had a problem with US Priority Mail insurance . . . seemed like a pride thing talking to our postmaster down here.

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God bless people that have something nice, test it . . . then take it apart to see how it works.

"If you can't take it apart, you don't own it"

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post Thefts Halt Lens Rentals Canada Service
« on: August 04, 2014, 09:37:49 AM »
Craig, totally bummed out to hear about your business loss. I hope the Police nail whoever is responsible for the thefts.

I guess they'd have run a...

(wait for it)

Sting operation?

Jim

Huh? I don't get it...

At least around here Police (capitalized) refers to the band of that name; their lead singer goes by Sting.

Jim
Technically, since we're getting picky on capitalization, wouldn't The have to be capitalized? 

If you're going to be so droll, don't stand so close to me.

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post Thefts Halt Lens Rentals Canada Service
« on: August 03, 2014, 09:18:51 AM »
LR USA is really good.  If I've bought a lens in the last to years, chances are Roger gave it a glowing review.

Hi dstppy.
I was really trying not to say that, though that was my first thought too!

Hi Orangutan.
I forgot about Lens Rentals, I have once or thrice recommended reading one of Rogers blog posts for information as I think they are great and easy to read. Perhaps that was where  the confusion arose!

Cheers Graham.

That is the NICEST way of saying **** ***, *** ****** ******* ****** *******.  Which is what I was going to say.  ;D

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50 f/1.2L Goes Missing at Canon Germany
« on: July 31, 2014, 09:23:41 AM »
So Canon lost an expensive lens in Germany? Pickpocket?

Why is this news, people frequently lose expensive equipment vacationing in Europe and abroad.

*ducks*

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Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 11:54:29 AM »

Hrm; I think I've been scared into buying high-end with everything.  I do swear by an arca-swiss plate to allow a handstrap instead of getting a grip for my camera . . . I think that's more of a weight thing.

I think you are on to something there.  I might cheap out on the intervalometer, the lighting kit or some other peripheral but not anything that puts the camera/lens at risk.

You see it on SlickDeals all the time, someone gets a $600 smartphone, then wants to save $10 on sync/charge cables.

Everytime an iPhone/Android goes up in flames, they blame the manufacturer.

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Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 10:36:48 AM »
intervalometer -- I learned a new word.

Cheap Out? Nothing.  To Cheap Out, you need to be buying something not only inexpensive, but inappropriately so.  Most people buy less expensive things that are perfectly serviceable. Like releases or intervalometers . . . at this point, any (even inexpensive) flash wouldn't be 'cheap' since it's not mission critical for me.

Now, how about what do other people think you Cheap Out on?

Hrm; I think I've been scared into buying high-end with everything.  I do swear by an arca-swiss plate to allow a handstrap instead of getting a grip for my camera . . . I think that's more of a weight thing.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 28, 2014, 09:45:10 AM »
Bah.  Amazon just wants a better rate with Canon like Hachette and Warner Brothers  ;D

Seriously though, Amazon's been behind other retailers lately (probably for the same reason I kid about above) in offering the latest products.  They'd incorrectly billed the iPod touch as 'current version', got to check the model #.

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Back to golf, if John Goodman was a terrible golfer and suddenly he was suddenly in the US Open after picking up a specific set of clubs, I may take interest and buy them.
Or Charles Barkley?  :o
I'm pretty sure he still hits better than I do.  ::)

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But why does that matter?  Do I need the same clubs that Tiger Woods has?
Sorry, you don't see the difference between overall market share and what the top people in a profession choose to use?
I see a couple of problems with this rationale; do we have a rating system to get to 'top people' in a profession? How many people that shot the Olympics were also at the World-Cup?

Again, no, I don't see ANY reason someone would care about body count over an arbitrary number of people except to argue semantics.  If I had a particular sport photographer that I respected/wanted to emulate, I may be curious and would be interested in his TECHNIQUE, but I'm not going drop my system to buy what he has.

Back to golf, if John Goodman was a terrible golfer and suddenly he was suddenly in the US Open after picking up a specific set of clubs, I may take interest and buy them.

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Whereas I'd not invest with anyone other than Canon/Nikon for availability, variety and support, I could really care less as a user who's got the most, sells the most etc.

I suppose publicity is publicity.

This reminds me of *EVERY* 'android' conversation I have with my Dad.  He firmly believes market share equals "ahead".  For a business savvy guy, I can't get him to accept the simple concept of units shipped * profit margin.

That's rather different though isn't it . . . this isn't about overall market share, it's about what some of the top sports photographers in the world use.  That's a whole different ball game . . .

But why does that matter?  Do I need the same clubs that Tiger Woods has?

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Lenses / Re: Ditching the Primes - Advice/Opinions Needed
« on: July 25, 2014, 10:43:22 AM »
Careful you don't end up posting in nine months time to complain you're sick of large, heavy gear.

If I only had two lenses ( on FF ) I can't think of two worse ones to have than the two you currently use. They are both excellent lenses in there own right, but not when have have to either use an 85 or a 24 in any and every circumstance.

You need to have a 50 or a 40 in there.

In fact anyone who uses full frame but doesn't have access to 40-50 range is nuts  ;)

I, too, can't stand heavy lenses. 

For whatever reason, 85mm on FF is my favorite for use on (one) kid; 50mm on crop.

I say get a zoom and keep the primes.  They can have my 200mm when they pry it from my cold, dead hands ;)

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I have three lenses I want to sell, and I am trying to figure out how I want to sell also.  I sold a lens on eBay last year and the fees were too high.

I have tried twice to sell on Craigslist, and I never had any interested buyers despite being in a highly-populated area.  I think I'll give CL another try. 

My local police department actually went on a PR blitz publicizing how people are welcome to do Craigslist transactions in their lobby, since there are security cameras and it is staffed 24 hours a day.  I figure if someone isn't willing to meet at the police station, they must be pretty shady.  I also bought those pens that are used to tell if currency is fake since I only want to take cash.
Nearly useless.  It only detects cheap paper . . . before the enhanced security went in, they resorted to 'bleaching' singles to print as higher denominations.

As I said further up, if you meet at a bank, their money counter has some level of counterfeit detection built in.  Also, if your bank takes it, it's NOT your problem :)

That is super slick about the police department.  I'm always happy to hear when local government takes proactive steps to make things easier on citizens. It's not always the case :/

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Whereas I'd not invest with anyone other than Canon/Nikon for availability, variety and support, I could really care less as a user who's got the most, sells the most etc.

I suppose publicity is publicity.

This reminds me of *EVERY* 'android' conversation I have with my Dad.  He firmly believes market share equals "ahead".  For a business savvy guy, I can't get him to accept the simple concept of units shipped * profit margin.


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CL - You can hit the lottery and find a real buyer and boom, cash in hand. otherwise, it's a terror. people just suck.

I have now, successfully sold most of my stuff on CL; the direct benefit is zero comeback if the sale goes through.  If you use PayPal and you have someone who knows how to game the system, 'buyer protection' becomes a nightmare.

Once you get used to it, it's pretty clear who's who among scammers. 
1) Local/Cash Only --- anyone who talks about something else, or you driving 50 miles or mailing it is 99% a scam
2) Make sure they know you're going to meet some place with security cameras -- if they take your stuff and run, don't chase 'em, call the cops (Chase Private Client has been superb about this in Fairfield County CT; they even gave us a desk to sit at once!) -- if it's over a few hundred, meet at a bank and let the bank 'count' the money for you; it does a counterfeit scan
3) Ask for a cell, google any info they give you to make sure it's a real person

Out of everyone I weeded out via e-mail/phone, I only met one guy who was an odd duck (tested a lens for 40 minutes) -- I'm super paranoid but I've been surprised the rest of the time how very nice people are.

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