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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Black Friday at LensRentals.com
« on: November 19, 2012, 11:02:23 AM »
saw the used listings earlier and wondered why the 40mm and 24mm (new lenses) are being retired already . . .

I've bought 3 or 4 used lenses from them and, honestly would consider them over grey market, since they test the living heck out of their stuff.

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For those who shop online, its Cyber Monday when the best deals happen.  Last year, some of the best deals on photography equipment happened the day after Cyber Monday.
You can also play chicken and see if prices will drop further.  They did last year, Canon really dropped prices as December wore on.
However, I have been watching prices of Dell Computers and finally broke down and ordered one today.  I always order the base model and buy my own memory, upgraded video, upgraded operating system, better DVD's, etc.  I can buy them cheaper than Dell charges for a upgrade.  I wanted to build my own pc this year, but I could not even come close to the Dell price for a base model XPS 8500 3rd generation I7 unit.($685). I already bought a new Samsung 830 256GB SSD on a one day sale, its sitting here waiting for a home along with a new 3TB hard drive also bought on sale.  I am going to wait on additional memory and upgraded video card for a sale.  I do not do gaming, so I will be upgrading, but still keeping to a mid level card, just one that handles HD video well.

The new I7s totally scream; I have 3 optiplex 990s at work with Win7 64-bit and they FINALLY do what I need them to.

I've been REALLY disappointed with what Dell has been putting in their lower-end boxes for some time now (starting with the motherboard and moving up).

This and next week are GREAT times for component buyers and now that Microsoft finally caught on to not cheating home builders, if I didn't have 2 or 3 unused Frankenstein creations in my basement, that'd be a good exercise for my 6-year-old and I, but I'm just sick to death of Windows support.  As soon as he's ready to field calls from my Sister with a broken PC, I'm retiring for good! :D

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ALMOST ready for signing the divorce papers
Not necessary! How about buying her an expensive present ?  ::)

With my wife, a divorce would be cheaper . . . we save on EVERYTHING but when it comes to wants, she goes right for the mainstream top (not necessarily better).  I shut her up about an LV bag though . . . I said "Okay, jewelry or an expensive bag" -- haven't heard a peep since :D

I'll be going to work this Friday anyhow (I'm a 99% online shopper as well) -- I've got a good job, just not with regard to days off. 

The last few years for presents, I went with straight cash to my grandmother (who can use it more than anything else) and useful stuff for other relatives, like brake replacements.  It's not as ooh-ahh as something shiny, but it's one less bill for them I figure.

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Hio all.

Now that we all are sure that Canon is descending into a death spiral with crappy products like the 5Dmk3 and pricing problems like all of their lenses . . . what's everyone expecting and doing for Black Friday?

Qualification: if you're out of the US, don't thread-crap that we're talking about US holidays . . . it's international at this point, since we get price depressions from now to Christmas in many places . . .

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I'll start :)

I'm monitoring for 5Dmk3 deals . . . and ALMOST ready for signing the divorce papers if B&H or another major vendor offers that bundled with the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II for a crazy-arsed-price ;)

Other than that, going to troll around for an IPS monitor . . . and stocking up on MagLite LEDs, since I live in the northeast and CL&P can't manage to keep the lights on for more than 11 months at a time.

How about you?  How are you spending your black friday?

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Black friday - Canon rebates?
« on: November 17, 2012, 11:25:52 AM »
If you're in the market for a new body, keep an eye on the holiday bundles.  I want to say it's B&H, but one of the big online authorized resellers puts up good high end bundles around this time.

I highly suspect we're going to see a 'best price yet' with one of these bundles and the new bodies/lenss . . . but who really knows.

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EOS Bodies / Re: February & March are Announcement Months for Canon [CR2]
« on: November 16, 2012, 09:01:27 AM »
Too long to wait.

I'm switching to Nikon  ;D

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
« on: November 15, 2012, 02:55:46 PM »
BTW, both the 85 and 100 needed zero MFA.  :)
I was quite amazed my 85mm was the same after running focal repeatedly.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 60D Microfocus Adjustment on FoCal
« on: November 07, 2012, 01:26:53 PM »
All my flashlights are LED too :D  I have a problem

Mine, too - but they're battery powered, right?  Direct current means no fluctuations, no flicker.  It's not the bulb that's the problem, per se, it's the alternating current in combination with a bulb that has a fast response time (since incandescent bulbs are basically just heated tungsten, there's no flicker because the hot metal doesn't cool down significantly at 50/60 Hz cycles).  'Halogen' bulbs are incandescent bulbs with hot tungsten, but there's a bit of a halogen gas (bromine, etc.) added into the inert gas in the sealed bulb.

I know, I know...TMI...  :P

I've officially forgotten more than I can remember.  I've got LED lanterns I use for aux lighting for product shots  :-[ Oh god, I'm getting old.  This all should have occurred to me.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 60D Microfocus Adjustment on FoCal
« on: November 07, 2012, 12:37:39 PM »
Flashlights.  LOTS of flashlights.   :P

Actually, a couple of those portable halogen work lights from Home Depot would do nicely, and at less than $20 each, they're cheaper than many LED 'bulbs'.



AHA, I got one of those!

All my flashlights are LED too :D  I have a problem

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 60D Microfocus Adjustment on FoCal
« on: November 07, 2012, 08:16:09 AM »
I've only done 2 lenses so far, my 85mm 1.8 (which comes up with a different number, near zero, each time) and my 50mm 1.4 that won't calibrate at all.

Lighting I think is an issue, but the mac beta says sorta weird things about iso, so who knows . . . not a lot of time on my hands :)
For lighting, I learned the hard way not to use CFL or Fluorescent Tubes :)
They drive FoCal nuts!

I misread that.  "Do NOT use fluorescent lighting or mains powered LED lighting as these can flicker and cause analysis issues"

Would you believe that 95% of the lighting in my house is LED, CFL or FL-T? If you don't count candella style, it's 99% ;D

Well FARK and FNORD both!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 60D Microfocus Adjustment on FoCal
« on: November 06, 2012, 07:30:24 PM »
I've only done 2 lenses so far, my 85mm 1.8 (which comes up with a different number, near zero, each time) and my 50mm 1.4 that won't calibrate at all.

Lighting I think is an issue, but the mac beta says sorta weird things about iso, so who knows . . . not a lot of time on my hands :)

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 F/4L IS - Why I will Buy/Not Buy this lens.
« on: November 06, 2012, 04:32:32 PM »
Can you add "what a useless lens" to your poll?

We've already got a useless poll for this lens, so why not eh? ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 60D Microfocus Adjustment on FoCal
« on: November 06, 2012, 02:29:26 PM »
Well, that has an attention-getting title, doesn't it?

Reikan is looking into the possibility that the 60D's lacking of MFA is only in the UI software.

I wanted to start this thread in case they DO get any traction and need test data or something else (I've been bugging them for a while). 

I'm not sure if they're held up on reverse-engineering the software or if they actually need bodies for testing. They're in the UK; Greg told me they're located in the south, near Poole/Bournemouth.

I'll post back if I hear anything else, OR if they are looking for any bodies etc. (and people are willing to loan them one).

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Canon General / Re: Amazon policies.
« on: November 06, 2012, 12:23:58 PM »
How many online retailers do you know that do this?

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Preorders
« on: November 06, 2012, 08:03:24 AM »
Wow, four pages of 'this is too expensive'.

IIRC people complained about the 15-85mm price, but it's really worth the money, so I'll wait and see.  From the description of the 35mm, I'm wondering why it doesn't get an "L" label, is it because they only carry one L at a time?

The 24-70 actually makes sense to me now; if they'd have given the 24-105 the same workover/upgrade, we'd be staring at $2200 to $2400.  Then we'd have complaining for four pages . . . oh wait.

In all seriousness, a lot of people here treat MSRP like it's built in stone. Anyone that can't get a 5DmkIII for around $2900 with a light amount of work/patience isn't trying very hard, so let's stop pretending like these aren't going to be bundled/adjusted.

The 40mm pancake can be had for $150 recently, so let's wait and see where the price drops come before we wail, lament, and move to Nikon.  With this announcement, no one's gear burst into flames, we need to stop acting like it.

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