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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 5D Mark III Book Shows Up at Amazon France
« on: February 13, 2012, 04:35:25 PM »
Aha. That clinches it.  That must be the 5DmkIII release date .  . and if it's not let me be the first to post I'm selling all my stuff and moving to Nikon (obviously).

Heck, if it doesn't have (insert feature here) I'll probably sell all my stuff just for being betrayed!   ;D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Image effects with EOS 7D possible ?
« on: February 11, 2012, 09:16:11 PM »
For 10-stop NDs, I have a B+W 77mm and a Schneider Optics 82mm. The former is readily available, the latter is the only 82mm 10-stop screw-in filter I know of (Schneider is the parent company of B+W), and is only available from

Wow.  Innavigable just got redefined.  That site have an index?

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
« on: February 11, 2012, 07:56:26 AM »
the 100-400mm is a lens i sell to amateurs quite often.
i guess the new one will not sell as well.

While I hate to jump on the complaining about price train, I agree.  It seems that Canon is making it's money from casual consumers and people with a lot of money (by what they're releasing).

Maybe they'll surprise us, but I get the nasty feeling that the 500-1500 range will be haunted by either higher-end EF-S stuff or 'still not L quality' lenses. 

Don't get me wrong, lenses like the 15-85mm were priced fine IMO, and it's great quality, but I just get the sneaky suspicion that the next 'kit lens' for the prosumer bodies will be in the $2k range . . .

Software & Accessories / Re: Decent Compact Hard Case for Travel
« on: February 10, 2012, 11:24:43 AM »
5D II and 50mm prime....any suggestion? beside carry with me ;)

I *hate* to beat a dead horse, but why are you against carrying-on?  Have you been to China before? Are you traveling with others?

That's a small enough setup to safely carry with  you; or pack away, honestly, any more than that, and I wouldn't chance it in the luggage.

Lenses / Re: how long does it take for lens prices to drop? (24-70mm ii)
« on: February 09, 2012, 07:10:28 PM »
Awhile  back I got curious, so I checked my customer profile on Adorama (they keep a record of everything you've ever ordered). Virtually every lens I've purchased is either now selling for more or roughly the same as what I paid. 

So, I guess the answer would be: maybe never.

Untrue to one extent: Crap always varies.  Good stuff on the other hand is on a "buy it if you need it" basis . . . because it's a hit-or-miss sale proposition.

The only lens I got (financially) burned on was the 70-300 IS . . . which is also the lens I was greatly disappointed in.

As I said in another post (paraphrased) it's not like X bursts into flames and stops taking good photos when it's replacement comes out. 

Most people are looking for sales on the 24-70mm right now; so, just find a 'good' dip in price ASAP and stick with it, IF you need it and you'll be fine.

Lenses / Re: First LensRental Just Arrived
« on: February 09, 2012, 05:06:13 PM »
good to know; thanks for the review!  I've been considering renting some stuff from lens rentals but always wonder if it's worth the hassle ... or if I should just buy the lens :D

I just buy the lens.  Instead of renting for a few days, if there's a lens I am interested in trying, but not certain is the right lens for me, I watch my local Craiglist boards (quite active here), and buy the lens used.  I won't pay more than 70% of the new price - that way, if I don't like it, I can sell it for little/no loss (and usually a small profit).  I've done that with the 200/2.8L II, the 300/4L IS, 70-300 DO, and 24-105 (all bought then sold after a few months, although the 24-105 was an even exchange of selling the one bought used and buying the 5DII kit).  I look on it as a long-term rental that's effectively free. 

Most recently, I bought the EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS - used for less than 70% of then-current retail, and that was 3 days before the rebate ended and the retail price jumped $270.   :D

Regarding, I've heard nothing but good things about them, and I also really appreciate Roger Cicala's (the owner) contributions to the knowledge base about gear.

CL must be more reasonable where you are. Scanning the current NYC/CT ads, the prices are about $100 cheaper than new on some of these lenses.

I bought two lenses from LR and I have to say I like them as well.  I started buying new again when the prices of the new stuff started to go down . . . now I'm sort of thinking of picking up one of the 70-200mm lenses, this is a good deal, but the wife recently made it clear that she would know if I purchased a white lens ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: When will Canon Meet The Market Demand?
« on: February 08, 2012, 03:44:01 PM »
Now I'm looking at ebay; why aren't the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS USM guys dumping all their canon stuff?

Come on! Canon Stinks . . . Nikon rules . . . don't be greedy, you don't need $1200 for that baby  ::)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shutter/mirror problem 5D MKII
« on: February 08, 2012, 02:44:17 PM »
Just curious of the age/shutter count when this happened (or can start happening)


Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
« on: February 08, 2012, 01:51:05 PM »
i love this lens more and more. these photos are from last weekend. i hope you guys like them.

They are very nice.  Thank you for sharing. 

Good to see some positive posts on the board :)

My wife went off on another rant about how 'big white lenses' are for people that do photography professionally, talk about a preemptive strike!  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: When will Canon Meet The Market Demand?
« on: February 08, 2012, 11:21:42 AM »
So, with your first post, you chose to:
1) presume market demand (my guess would be to get announced products to market is much  higher priority)
2) assume the '5DmkIII' is going to be what you want
3) invoke "Nikon"

We have several threads running on this already and a few hijacked one IIRC.

I have a long-time, second-generation Nikon photographer friend that has been desperately waiting for the next body to come out, and I gave him a ton of new info on the rumors . . . and I only read this site. 

Honestly, I feel dirty for shaming a newbie . . . but why bother with the post?

Lenses / Re: Pricing of the New Lenses
« on: February 07, 2012, 09:35:27 AM »
Japanese people think $ and € are the same... wth?!

Maybe they know something we don't  ;D

Seriously, for the price, it'll have to be good . . . and the market will determine that, which is fine.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Announced
« on: February 07, 2012, 08:54:13 AM »
Looking at the chart, the optics seem much improved.  Is it worth the price?  Not sure to most, but it looks like they took a great lens and made it even better, IS or no IS

Agreed, I was looking at the charts, and the new lens is astounding compared to the current generation.

Current 24-70mm Overview - MTF

New 24-70mm Overview - MTF

How to read WTF Charts

WTF charts?  ;D

Aren't those what Neuro posts with his awesome detailed posts? :)

Re: price, I think Canon heard too much about the one-percenters in the news and is trying to tap some of that market ;)  Lenses are looking like cars do with me, every time I go to buy a nice car, I save up the money, and it's 3 years later and now the prices are much higher . . . back to saving for lenses I guess.

Canon General / Re: Battery for 5dmk2
« on: February 06, 2012, 10:47:41 AM »
The correct battery for the 5D2 is LP-E6.   Personally, I stick with genuine Canon batteries for my 7D and 5D2.  $59 from B&H.

Honestly, on a $2k camera, I'd stick to brand name.

Short of if eneloop came out with batteries for it, why 'save' on something that literally holds your electronics life in it's hands?

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS USM
« on: February 06, 2012, 10:09:03 AM »
IS on a 28mm prime?

Are we sure no one is having fun with us? :(

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: February 06, 2012, 10:06:33 AM »
As people point out regularly, Canon has never done IS on any EF lens below 100mm . . . nice as it would be, why the intense surprise?

Looking back, the two other rumored lenses have IS?  So, we either have to believe that canon suddenly is going to go IS on their normal/wide EF lenses . . . and this one won't have it?

Something doesn't add up.  Maybe Iran is behind the photos, they like photochop :)

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