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Lenses / Re: Where do you sell used lenses
« on: February 13, 2014, 01:26:48 PM »
Which lens were you selling?

And my work building also has security, cameras... but no bank... just an atm... We used to have a bank... but we moved.

EF-S 10-22mm

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Lenses / Re: Where do you sell used lenses
« on: February 13, 2014, 08:18:33 AM »
And local online classifieds are very low risk if you are careful in your communication and always meet face to face.

Did this for the first time this week; I was seriously nervous . . . now I only have to do that 6-10 more times and I'll have reduced the clutter  ;D

I just meet someplace public.  Meet in a bank... they have cameras and security... and you can immediately deposit the money and the bank will swipe the marker over the bills to make sure they are legit.

I'm lucky, my work building has a lobby with a camera and a Chase in it as well.  I took the bills straight down there afterwards (when I saw hundreds I was nervous) and they ran it through a machine that vetted them.

The guy was just a little squirrely; worried about sharpness, focus adjustment, how many owners it had beforehand.  I finally got him to stop the damn thing down; he kept taking shots wide open then wondering why it wasn't all in focus  ;D


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D4S Specs confirmed.
« on: February 13, 2014, 08:13:19 AM »
EXCELLENT NEWS!

I've been going through post-after-post here to find out information about Nikon .  . . whew. Finally, now I can get some work done.   ;D

Whoops, gotta start a "How will Canon respond to the D4S" thread first . . .  :o

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Lenses / Re: Where do you sell used lenses
« on: February 12, 2014, 03:28:36 PM »
And local online classifieds are very low risk if you are careful in your communication and always meet face to face.

Did this for the first time this week; I was seriously nervous . . . now I only have to do that 6-10 more times and I'll have reduced the clutter  ;D

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PowerShot / Re: More Product Confirmations for CP+
« on: February 11, 2014, 04:00:28 PM »
Which lens was it and how much did you get?

Well 1K euros is not bad but it is less than half the price of 5D3. No complaints though, this is what I want  :)

$400 for the EF-S 10-22mm  Yeah, I'm paring down the list of stuff I have before adding to it again with a 5Dmk3.  I still have the 70-300, 60mm and the 15-85.  Then the 60D, 7D and 5DmkII.  I have way too much stuff :D
10-22 is a very good lens! Don't you need to cover this range? Or you have (or plan) a 16-35 with FF?

Will you sell all APS-C related before going full ... FF  ? (pun intended  :) )

Yeah, getting rid of the APS-C stuff.  I'm not convinced that the 7DmkII won't be a must-get as well.

Once I had it, I couldn't figure out why I needed an ultra-wide.  If I need something, I'd probably go to a prime.  Selling the lenses and bodies is more of an exercise in self-control than anything. I'll probably get a 300mm or 400mm prime but I want to stop adding to the pile of things I have (and re-invest the cash).

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PowerShot / Re: More Product Confirmations for CP+
« on: February 11, 2014, 01:37:08 PM »
Which lens was it and how much did you get?

Well 1K euros is not bad but it is less than half the price of 5D3. No complaints though, this is what I want  :)

$400 for the EF-S 10-22mm  Yeah, I'm paring down the list of stuff I have before adding to it again with a 5Dmk3.  I still have the 70-300, 60mm and the 15-85.  Then the 60D, 7D and 5DmkII.  I have way too much stuff :D

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PowerShot / Re: More Product Confirmations for CP+
« on: February 11, 2014, 09:13:12 AM »
I understand. I recently got the 24-70 2.8 II and since I sold my 5D2 yesterday a second 5D3 is imminent. More than enough for now...

How much did you get for the 5Dmk2?
I asked 1100 euro and dropped it to 1000. It had 19200 clicks and it was in an excellent condition. So maybe it was on the cheap side (the buyer admitted that he would have to buy it even if I didn't drop the price but we had agreed and a deal is a deal, plus he was a student). But it was sold quickly and I am free to order a 5D3...  :)

Thanks for the info; ~1350USD isn't bad.  I *FINALLY* sold a lens yesterday.   ::) Took a bath on it though.  It was sort of painful; the guy was talking about sharpness and out of focus . . . took me three times suggesting it for him to not shoot wide open  ;D

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PowerShot / Re: More Product Confirmations for CP+
« on: February 10, 2014, 12:43:52 PM »
I understand. I recently got the 24-70 2.8 II and since I sold my 5D2 yesterday a second 5D3 is imminent. More than enough for now...

How much did you get for the 5Dmk2?

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3) Tamron SP 24-70 2.8 VC. I really like these lenses, they are my walkaround lenses and I thought that they are quite sharp. Test results were the following: 24 mm (AFMA +1), 35 mm (AFMA +9), 50 mm (AFMA +13), 70 mm (AFMA +6). In camera AFMA +6 was written. Despite the fact that difference between both FL is only 5 I was unpleasantly surprised that in between of min and max FL sharpness is reduced quite dramatically :( However, I now know what defficiency such lenses have and AFMA +6 at least will help me to have sharper images comparing to previous shots before calibration.

I wanted this lens so badly . . . when I got it, the weight surprised me (why? It's posted clearly) and then I software tested it to +5/-5 so now everything seems slightly OOF to me . . . is it? No clue, I think it's observational bias, but I'm convinced I need to sell my 3 bodies and get a 5Dmk3.

My primes were all spot-on with the 5DmkII.  So, I clutch my 200mm 2.8 II with a gollum-esque lust and insist that people are too close to take a good picture half of the time.   ;D

Software calibration is a tool, so long as it doesn't run you.

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OK, so there is a debate about whether raw is truly raw or not. But regardless of what the reality of that is, raw is the closest manufacturers will come to recording the light captured by the sensor. They're not going to sneak in a new version of jpeg with less processing than their raw files on that same camera.

Jpegs are by their very nature an end product - much like getting a handful of 6x4's from your roll of film, and not getting the negatives back. It has NR and sharpening baked in, plus a whole host of other post processing tricks.

While it could provide quality improvements and be very welcome for users who already shoot in jpeg, those who output to jpeg from raw converters, and sharing images online etc, it won't replace raw. It'll also need a lot of buy in to be able to become the supported on all output devices (phones, tablets, computers, tv's etc) before any camera manufacturer dares to use it as the default format. For instance, many corporations still use Windows XP, and so do some end users. What would happen if you got an iPhone 6 and the images can't be viewed on anything even slightly old without codecs being installed all over the place?

These new standards take time to gain traction, and sometimes never make it, such as JPEG 2000.

+1

Please come down to the service desk and accept your voucher for a free, small ice cream cone.

We also would have accepted the answer "no"

 ;D

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The picture looks like you asked them to "smile" or something. It doesn't feel like they actually generated a smile. You need to work on your posing and expressions, which is (i think) more important then lightning etc. But to improve on the lightning add a hair light. I wouldn't worry about the seamless not being seamless, you can fix that on photoshop with a simple layer of texture.

+1

You have to be able to get people to loosen up to get good pictures.  My son's at that age where he puts a way-too-big phony smile, squints, and throws up a peace sign.   ::)

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Canon General / Re: Renaming and storing photos
« on: December 27, 2013, 09:54:16 AM »
@dstppy - I'm first renaming everything I have (just bought Better Rename 9, wow, terrific program), and then I will start to organize. I have decided to store the originals in two external HDs (mirrored) and use LR to catalog, and to not copy the files into the iMac. On the external HDs, I will sort files by year and month, and use tagging on LR more religiously. Then, I will back up folders a second time to DVDs, also in this year/month scheme. Thanks!
Beware the loading speed of the USB bus, it's a killer.

I'm using FW800 now with a hybrid drive and it's tolerable.  USB 2.0 is just not effective for actual active use of the drive; it's fine for transferring back and forth.

If it's a newer USB 3.0 mac and they're 3.0 drives, that should be sufficient.

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Leaving
« on: December 26, 2013, 10:35:00 AM »
I'm confused. What does CR have to do with the conflict in Syria? I read the news report and cant find any sort of a connection between the two. ???

No idea here either.
Longest useless thread ever.
Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa. Back up the long/useless thread train.  We haven't even gotten to Monty Python yet, no one has mentioned DR, and nobody has threatened to move to Nikon yet.

Please don't generalize.  ;D

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Canon General / Re: Renaming and storing photos
« on: December 23, 2013, 10:57:50 AM »
I've sort of got my problem under control now; I used to rename and it was painful when I had to back up a drive or migrate to separate things.

One thing on OS X/Linux you can do is use exiftool and learn to script perl (don't roll your eyes at me, it's not THAT hard).

I still have to sort out stuff from my powershot days, but now I stick to pictures\5D_CR2\<images in original name>  then worry about tagging them in Lightroom.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A 2014 Roadmap Part 1: The 7D Mark II is Coming [CR2]
« on: December 23, 2013, 10:54:11 AM »
Wait, aside from people ranting about DR, what exactly is wrong with the 5Dmk3 that has everyone clamoring for a successor?

I'm clamoring for a successor to the 5D3 to be announced, so that the price of the 5D3 will drop. I'd like to pick up a 2nd 5D3 for around $2K, and retire my 5DC.
Fair enough.  I second the request for a mark 4 on those grounds alone!  ;D
If 5D3 new costs as low as 2700$ isn't a used 5D3 close to that value? Of course it comes down to availability of used 5D3 cameras. But still a new 2700$ value 5D3 seems more attractive than a used 2000$ 5D3 one. Just my opinion...

We're talking new . . . that and we're being silly.  Unless they want to drop the price, then we're serious  ::)

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