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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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has anyone noticed that their rumored price for the 27/28 announcement date news is $2700 and not $3500?

Yeah, honestly I'd rather have they match or slightly go over the D800 price and not cheap out on the AF though.... so the $2700 has me less happy actually.

Dang the torpedoes, full speed ahead: Two bodies baby! ;)

What? I can't make stuff up like all these sites do? hehe

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next 5D on February 27/28, 2012 [CR3]
« on: February 23, 2012, 09:54:41 AM »
Am I the only one who reads the CR Guys rumour as *around* $3500? This could mean it may be released at less or in fact more.

So even though it's a CR3 rumour it's still not on 100% with the price. So for all you people who are dreading the
price, whining and crying at least understand that it still isn't confirmed yet.

Good catch... and if everyone is happy on CR with that price, it might go even higher  ;)

Yep. And if it's MORE then that's absurd to leave the sub $3k FF market and it probably means a lower end FF coming out . . .

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Lenses / Re: New Lenses Coming [CR3]
« on: February 22, 2012, 04:04:28 PM »
I have no need for super-zooms, so I'm sure my opinion doesn't matter...but that is a *huge* price jump (about 10x) to go from the 100-400 f/4-5.6 plus a separate 1.4x TC, to get a 200-400 f/4 with TC built in.  How big is the market for that? You gain one stop at the long end of the zoom and have the convenience of a built-in TC, but lose the 100-200mm range and pay 10x the price.


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Well, a couple of reasons I think:
-The 100-400mm was released in 1998. (It's not a superzoom either)
-The f4 while "only a stop" needs a lot more glass than a 5.6. Look at it, it's huge and heavy. Plus, it looks to be internal zoom.
-The 200-400 will be newer and much better. It will likely be sharper with the 1.4x than the 100-400 is without it.
-Plus it has the 1.4x which does cost something.

All that said, $10,999 is higher than I expected.

$11k is higher than Dr. Evil expected  ;D

I dunno . . . I'm still waiting for something 'wow' to come out for lenses in the $500-$1500 range.

Maybe make the 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS in black, remove the L and red-ring then charge the DO price? :)  Maybe just a respectable 100-300 f/4 for the po' fo'k . . . .

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next 5D on February 27/28, 2012 [CR3]
« on: February 22, 2012, 03:00:17 PM »
All the specs really look great, the only thing that I am a bit upset about is the price -  $3500 seems high for the body only. I was expecting it to be a 20% increase from $2400 for the 5D2 to $2899 (max $3000) for the 5D3.

Let's hope that it's not $3500 body only!

$3.5k does sound a bit harsh . . . I hope it isn't the body as well, but who knows.  All I can say is that if it IS that much I am SO jazzed I pulled the trigger on the 5dMK ii price drop.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 500 & 600 f/4L IS II in May
« on: February 18, 2012, 05:32:31 PM »
Let me guess, price will be announced by Mike Myers in a bald wig?

Very nice to hear/see, but I hope there's going to be something between consumer grade stuff and glass that you have to be related to the Windsors to afford . . .

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Canon General / Re: Yet Another Upgrade Advice Request
« on: February 18, 2012, 08:53:20 AM »
Sell
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (x2)
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS

Buy
Canon EF 50 1.4
Canon EF-S 17-55 2.8

Go for the 50mm 1.4, but stay away from the 17-55 2.8!  If you decide to go FF anytime within the next 2-3 years the 17-55 is EF-S mount, you won't be able to use it on FF....

Honestly, I see no reason to sell the 15-85mm -- even if he goes FF, it's a good lens to hang on to.  The others I agree with selling and also getting the 50 1.4.

Juvenall mentioned the 85mm f1.8; it's a great lens, I had limited use on crop, but love it now that I have the 5D.  The 7D was available w/kit lens for something like $1300 recently, which if you sell it, you're at around $1000 (if you can get that deal).  If you find another high-quality lens you'd like to go with the 60D isn't exactly a slouch either, and the body is around $850 last I checked.


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Software & Accessories / Re: Photo editing software for a new user...
« on: February 16, 2012, 02:53:54 PM »
I'm curious about this deal for lightroom. I would like to get a legit copy, but I am not about to buy right before the next version comes out. It seems like it might be about a $30 discount for lr3 and then another 100 to get lr4. This means I pay $130 for lr4. What am I missing?

The full version of LR 4 will cost you $299 when it comes out, but a upgrade from LR3 will cost $99.

The current retail price of LR3 had dropped over time, but LR4 will go to full list price.

This means that it will cost $169 with the upgrade to LR 4 versus $299.  And, if B&H delays shipping too long, you might just fall into the free upgrade period for LR4.  Not likely though, I think that has been figured out carefully by Adobe.


Yep, I'm pretty sure Adobe and the vendors have this figured out carefully. My guess is that they are trying to get new customers while maybe selling off old stock that is sitting there. They got me. I figured for less than a hundred bucks I'll buy it even though I'm not a big fan of LR. If it sticks they know I may upgrade one day - and if not they still got my hundred buck at pretty much no cost to them at this point.

I'm not sure though about the incentive to upgrade. I don't see anything major in the new version that would be worth any additional money. Haven't tried it yet so this is just from looking at the specs.

Don't remember where the thread was on here, but someone mentioned that 5DmkII shots above ISO 3200 got better noise reduction in the v4 beta . . . if it's true, that will definitely be a selling point.

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