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EOS Bodies / Re: Amazon - Bezo's lame response...
« on: March 24, 2012, 08:45:36 PM »
Disclaimer: I'm an Amazon zealot (like some Apple Fanbois).

One thing I can tell you is that they have front-line access to many vendors, but you really need to figure out which products they don't have premium pricing/availability to (Lego comes to mind immediately) . . . and just accept it.

That said, I think Steve Jobs was the only major tech lord to answer an e-mail himself.  I actually would do nothing short of sending a snail-mail letter to them if you're so inclined.

Seriously, if I could buy gas/fuel oil and Gin from Amazon, I'd be at 99% purchase from them, but you have to profile a vendor before you call them out over something like stocking.

-EWPIV

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4 Problems
« on: March 22, 2012, 11:46:37 AM »
Use it...and help report bugs so you can help the community instead of mooching off of it.

IIRC, Adobe isn't open-source . . . so if I understand you correctly, this is a paid beta that you're mooching if you don't use?   :o 

So buying the upgrade only to sit on it and pout until it's "perfect" is dumb.

By the same logic of being a mooch for not reporting bugs . . . buying it and waiting until the major bugs are fixed, makes you an investor, no?

NOT using LR4 because of bugs only means it takes longer for other bugs to be found.

That's actually not how QA works, at all.  That is how you skimp on QA to minimize release times and (try to) maximize profit.  I have a *touch* of experience in software testing ;)

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A large number of users have indicated a 200 to 300% slow down when compared to LR3. It is found in many areas of work but most annoying when sliders respond very slowly or when importing work. There has been no recognition from Adobe this is something they are working on.

An internal 'power user' should have caught this.  If they don't have anyone in management that uses the software intensively, it speaks volumes as to who is steering the ship.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III - is in stock at Cruchfield - no sale tax
« on: March 21, 2012, 10:46:29 AM »
I'm still waiting for a shipping confirmation before i cancel adoramas order, i just can't believe its supposed to be here tomorrow!

Crutchfield's CS called me and confirmed that my order got shipped - 30mins after I ordered through phone - they also emailed me the UPS tracking number, which will arrive tomorrow. The next 24hrs will be VERY VERY LONG
Angry Birds has new levels today  ;D

Seriously though, this is getting exciting with the new bodies out.

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I don't think you will ever regret purchasing a 60D if you do so . . .

I would recommend the exact opposite approach to lenses, however.  I started out with a really nice lens (15-85mm) and it's just head-over-heels sharper than the lower end lenses.  I was *super* disappointed with the 70-300mm (non-L) lens.

I don't know what your budget is for lenses, but I'd figure that out first . . . you'd be amazed what you can do with a 24-105mm f/4L IS and they're all over used.

People also like the 3rd party zooms . . . I'd just say favor a single better lens than 'covering a range' with hundred-dollar lenses.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Rebel T4i/650D Information [CR1]
« on: March 19, 2012, 10:20:48 AM »
Im waiting for 650D announcement until i decide on my first DSLR: if it is going to have a new sensor, ill probably get it, if not, i will most likely take used 550d (cheapest one with the same sensor) and a good lens.

Well, it depends on price though.  If it's reasonably priced (around the same as the launch of the T3i), Digic V should be a bump that is well worth getting it at launch.

Honestly, I hope this means we'll be seeing a new 60D/7D or merged line sooner rather than later.

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Woah, what an image.

Is it correct that Zeiss lenses only focus manually? It'll be interesting to see the image quality on a Zeiss zoom lens.

I couldn't imagine Zeiss would start adding AF for Canon now (but it'd be nice).

This particular lens might make a few MF converts out of some of us though if it's typical IQ . .  .

I guess that also depends if it's priced at the same point as other lenses and we can get away with a small mortgage on a 2-bedroom home or if it'll be bumped up to a 3BR-3Bath situation  ;D

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Site Information / Re: Karma is gone?
« on: March 17, 2012, 06:59:01 PM »
Haha I can finally say it:

Posting anything positive about Apple will get you a smite.  Seriously, once plus per post, what the heck?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III - Price Drop Details
« on: March 07, 2012, 07:46:50 AM »
Far be it from me to complain, but the last rumor that they'll be enforcing a minimum price, even on bundles, but I think that's going to shoot them in the foot.  Price it how you have to make a profit, but not letting free-market take over makes me think that Nikon understands marketing better (not that I'm going to sell everything and transfer but still . . . ).

I honestly don't think it will help, it'll just just catalyze the 5DmkII market.

Nikon started enforcing the full msrp a few months ago. 

In any event, there is a small markup on lenses and bodies, so sellers are very limited in any price reductions they make.

Sorry; I meant the fact that they've got something at the $2500 price point that's FF.  I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens in the next year; maybe the 5DmkII will live along side the mkIII as that "entry level FF" that's always rumored.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III - Price Drop Details
« on: March 06, 2012, 09:12:02 PM »
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From Canon Rumors Guy: It’s also rumored Canon will regulate the price of this camera starting in May. Which means, there will be a certain price point that a retailer cannot go below to sell the camera. This sort of regulation will also make such things advertising “free” things to bundle with the camera not allowed. This is good for retailers if true.

See my previous post on this thread. It looks like Canon may indeed be trying to protect and incentivize the dealer network.

Far be it from me to complain, but the last rumor that they'll be enforcing a minimum price, even on bundles, but I think that's going to shoot them in the foot.  Price it how you have to make a profit, but not letting free-market take over makes me think that Nikon understands marketing better (not that I'm going to sell everything and transfer but still . . . ).

I honestly don't think it will help, it'll just just catalyze the 5DmkII market.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Locking Mode Dial.
« on: March 06, 2012, 04:52:23 PM »
I've used it on a 60D and it's a bit cumbersome, but I have missed pictures from having accidentally bumped my 5D Mk II into the wrong mode, so it's probably the right answer.

I didn't really mind it on the 60D but had several times when I was on the wrong mode with the 5D mk II . . . so I'm all for it.

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Landscape / Re: "Stairway To Heaven" Oahu Hawaii
« on: March 06, 2012, 08:39:00 AM »
Stairway To Heaven
Splendid Photograph my friend
see what I did there?

(Sorry, couldn't resist)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Next Canon body this year?
« on: March 04, 2012, 01:36:30 PM »
CR mentioned another body is in the rumor mill for this year. How is that rumor shaping up (especially as the 5D3 is so overpriced)?

5D mk IV . . . going to be around $6k, why do you ask? :)

Kidding.  My guess is the T4i since we've heard nothing about the 60D/7D . . . though that would be my preference (7D price & AF, MFA then add a flip-around screen and a Digic V processor).  I'm betting it'll be a xxxD series though.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Affordable tripod ring for 200mm f/2.8L
« on: February 29, 2012, 05:29:48 AM »
Thanks.

No, counterfiet isn't a term I use lightly - I mean they say the canon part number, have the canon logo but aren't made by Canon.

I'll poke around some more on Amazon. Thanks.

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Software & Accessories / Affordable tripod ring for 200mm f/2.8L
« on: February 28, 2012, 07:42:51 PM »
As the subject says, I'm looking for a tripod ring for my new lens. Canon doesn't seem to have the ring online, and it looks like the 'Canon' parts online are over $100.

Concerns:
1) Ran into counterfiet Canon products online
2) It's not a HUGE lens, but I need a ring that's reliable enough to hold a camera and the lens
3) I need something affordable, which means under $90

Suggestions guys?

I've waited *SO* long to get this lens, and now that I have it, I swear I have a medical condition or something with the shaking :(

I appreciate the help; extra points for Arca Swiss :)

Thanks

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Lighting / Re: Advice needed on set up to shoot cats and dogs at shelter
« on: February 24, 2012, 03:40:35 PM »
I would avoid the lighting altogether if possible and use available light. The more changes you introduce will most likely make it harder to get the animal in a calm state.

+1  Animals are very a reasonably easy shoot; don't go crazy with the lighting. 

I'm not super pro so what I usually do before an event/shoot try to compensate for light by taking a shot and see if I have to adjust exposure and temperature first, then figure out the lowest iso I can use without blurring.

The choice of lens is going to matter more than anything.


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