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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?

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.

Canon General / Re: Canon USA Repair Service Update
« on: November 02, 2012, 02:44:19 PM »
OKAY! So, where the hurricane made landfall and completely gutted the electrical system will have power 2 days after they estimate CT getting power . . . that's some fine restoration work there, CL&P

(disclaimer: I am a professional Connecticut Light and Power troll as I am on their 51-weeks-of-service-maximum plan . . .  like clockwork)

Nov 7 is DEFINITELY not the worst that I've heard from people, "Thanksgiving" was (LI) :o

Lenses / Re: Guess what Canon's next wide angle zoom will be
« on: November 01, 2012, 10:28:47 PM »
That's easy:
1-4mm f16

This will be the frontrunner of the best internet memes ever:
Bellybutton shots and back-hair imaging.

Canon General / Re: Noise Question
« on: October 24, 2012, 08:46:39 PM »
Many things going on. 

Depending on scene, noise is more or less apparent.  Large areas of OOF 'negative space' show noise more prominently (subjectively, because there's nothing else there to pay attention to, you eye starts looking for patterns).

Shutter speed does affect noise, but meaningfully only with longer exposures (you'll notice more noise at the same ISO in a 0.5 s exposure vs a 1/200 s exposure, but not between 1/1000 and 1/640. 

ISO matters - 'tweener' ISOs have more or less ISO noise than the full stop settings, depending on camera model.  So, ISO 500 is noisier than ISO 800, while ISO 640 is slightly less noisy.  That's beacuse with a full stop base ISO, the up tweeners are pushed (1/3 stop up, e.g. 125, 250, 500, 1000, 2000, etc.) while the down tweeners are pulled (1/3 stop down, e.g. 160, 320, 640, 1250, 2500).

Okay, so, on the 5Dmk2 and 7D (cameras you used to use a lot), which are the 'good' ISOs? :)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: The 5D Mark II & 5D Mark III Get Cheaper
« on: October 24, 2012, 12:54:23 PM »
Yep; was going to sell my MK2 when I got a MK3, but at these prices? I'll hang onto it :)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: $2900 5DIII again on eBay
« on: October 24, 2012, 11:54:25 AM »
Hehe, got this too.

Time for SOMEONE to start another complaint/boycott/rally thread :D

Pricewatch Deals / Re: 5d mark iii Amazon price drop
« on: October 21, 2012, 06:08:42 PM »
was 3499 or whatever ..

now it is $3249


not the cheapest but price did drop

It is.  I've had it in my cart and waiting (with other things) and this is the first time it did that.

Nice to see, but $2900-$2700 is what we're all expecting now :)

Camera   Canon EOS-1D X
Exposure   0.001 sec (1/2000)
Aperture   f/2.8
Focal Length   55 mm (24-70 2.8 II)
ISO Speed   6400

I ran THIS version (a rental from LensRental) through FoCal last week, and it required a +2W/+3T AFMA, then took it to my next assignment. Of note, I rarely use my 24-70 Mark I for sports because even with AFMA, it was never 'sharp' enough for enlargements.

After using this Mark II lens for 2 hrs, I was having lens envy again and was bummed I had to send it back.  Then I got an email from Amazon it was available - so I ordered and received it yesterday. For one night I had both copies.
No copy-copy variation that I could tell, but because the first was a rental I didn't save my original FoCal files - stupid me.
Then (really stupid me), I got another email that my 'preordered' lens from B&H shipped - oops, forgot to cancel that.  Now I have two copies to compare, and one to return.  I'll be spending time in my basement with FoCal, and I'll also be out and about for few days doing a direct comparison.   I'll post the FoCal reports and some other test shots for these lenses on all my bodies (7d/5d/1DIV and 1Dx).  While I may not be as thorough or scientific, I'll share the images from all 3 to let you know 'just another fotog's opinion'  :)

REALLY? A Scientific test?  I don't think there's any room for that kind of messing around on this thread.

Some guy said that 4 out of 5 were bad enough to try and generate hits on a website.  This is not just ANY guy, this is SOME guy.


If a problem is there, we're going to hear about it from Roger at LensRentals soon enough just from broad base sampling and experience.

Let us know what you turn up, it'll be interesting. 

Canon General / Re: How do you sell your gear?
« on: October 17, 2012, 11:30:23 AM »
I don't think you can move region, only remove and repost on CL, right?

No, you cannot move a post.  But why remove?  Just post on more than one board.  Normally, the buyer travels to the seller, but if you post in a board that's a distance from you, be prepared for some push back from a buyer on travel, which is reasonable.  Someone from New Hampshire posted an ad on the Boston board, and agreed to drive down to Boston (where I am) to make the sale.

I live 4 miles from the border of the other region :)  I ended up removing/readding two as a trial.  Their site said don't post in multiple regions, so I figured I'd play by the rules :D

I haven't had any more nibbles, so I'm going to probably switch strategies and put up firm prices instead of 'what everyone asks for' and wait for them to try and negotiate.

I always read the "customer" review on Amazon.com.
For example:
I actually do most of my Florida and Georgia area outdoor wedding and landscape shoots from my rooftop now. The IQ is tack-sharp even wide open at 1000mm (w/ 2x converter, obviously) The issue I had, was when the FBI and Homeland security showed up at my house. I was shooting a wedding in downtown Orlando, which is only about 30 miles away, from my roof. The house was surrounded and guns drawn on me. You see, I live near enough to a major airport that the neighbors mistook it's green color and imposing size as some sort of ground to air missile launcher.

You get that a lot.  Look at common items like Milk.  One or two of the ones on the bible were clever, most aren't though.

Canon General / Re: How do you sell your gear?
« on: October 11, 2012, 10:22:13 AM »
I got a slight nibble on one thing :)

I think my problem is I need to post on a more active board that's a bordering region (sorta dumb because I'm 1mi from the other region).

I don't think you can move region, only remove and repost on CL, right?

my casio Z50 does as good....

... not if the statue is moving really fast and in unpredictable ways, that's when the fast af of the non-IS lens and the stellar tracking capabilities of the body can show what they can do :-> ... no, really, I'm just envious, if the op has fun with that gear it's absolutely fine by be.

I'm guessing you're living in Narnia if the statues move really fast and unpredictably?  ;D

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2899
« on: October 09, 2012, 03:38:24 PM »
Seriously, you FPed this? You're killing my wallet!  :P

Pricewatch Deals / Re: $2899.00 5DIII - Beach Camera on eBay
« on: October 09, 2012, 12:40:23 PM »
This is a good price, but not a great one. 

Don't forget that NewEgg is an authorized dealer and you get the crazy coupons in November.  Adorama & B&H also start in on the bundled lens deals during that time too . . . so who knows what you can snag.

I saw this and considered it, but honestly, I have to sell less stuff (or rather, have to wait less for a better price on my stuff) if I wait ;)

Again, this is still a good price though.

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