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EOS Bodies / Re: got a 5d mark iii offer for 2980, jump in or not?
« on: November 09, 2012, 09:37:10 PM »
I just got a 5d mark iii offer from canon authorized dealer for 2980, should I jump in or wait for black friday deal?

need your help, thank you

Dont think it will get any better than this, at least for sometime. I remember I missed the crazy $2700+ Adorama deal thinking I will get better prices later on (lol, yeah I know - face palm). Price of the 5D3 just went up after that, then Canon enforced the MAP on its product recently as well. Luckily for me, I jumped on the deal by Beach Camera and living happily ever after :P No regrets!

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Lenses / Re: Budget wide-angle for FF
« on: November 09, 2012, 09:24:29 AM »
I'd highly recommend the Samyang 14mm which fits exactly in your budget and needs. It is a manual focus lens but don't let that fool you. It's fairly easy to use, especially for landscape and street photography. Search the forum and you'll find excellent discussion and examples.

+1

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Lighting / Re: Off-camera flash for 5D3
« on: November 09, 2012, 09:21:03 AM »
Yongnuo YN-622C transceivers: $90 per pair, complete functionality, perfect operation. Why pay more?

Yeah, I know. I stumbled upon them just last night. They are perfect for what I need and the price is perfect. I ended up ordering them after I confirmed they do exactly whatever PW's Flex/Min can. ^_^ They(Yongnuo)look very similar to the Pixel King transceivers, the only downside is the PK ones dont support 5D3 yet, the YN's do! Phew!

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Lighting / Re: Off-camera flash for 5D3
« on: November 07, 2012, 03:52:29 AM »
That will work, yes.  You can 'sort of' access all funtions.  E-TTL II is supported, Canon's HSS is not my PW has Hypersync to accomplish the same thing.

A similar (but cheaper) option would be Phottix Odin triggers.

If using the PW/Phottix systems, you need a controller on the camera and a receiver for each remote flash.  If using Canon's wireless control for remote 430EX II's, you need a 580EX, 600EXm or ST-E2 (but NOT an ST-E3) on camera as a master.

Thanks for clearing that out neuroanatomist. ^_^

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Lighting / Off-camera flash for 5D3
« on: November 06, 2012, 10:23:24 AM »
I have a 5d3 and I am contemplating purchasing the Canon 430 EXII, and Pocket Wizard's Flex and Mini for off-camera setup. As far as I know you can access all functions of a flash (including ETTL) using the flex/mini combo as if the flash is mounted on the camera. Please correct me if I am wrong. Are there any cheaper but reliable alternatives?

Also, in case of 2 off-camera flash units what setup will I need then to be able to control the flash functions directly from my camera ? Can I make do with 2 430exII's or will I need one 580 unit as the master? Assuming both flashes are off-camera. Hope I made sense.




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Lenses / Re: Need comparisons between Canon 135L vs 100L
« on: October 30, 2012, 02:17:52 AM »
I don't have the 100L but I do have the 135L and it is a must have lens IMO.  The 100L is a macro so I would not compare them I would just consider them for different purposes.  I do have the 70-200 f/2.8 II and while it is an excellent work horse lens, it is not the same as the 135L.  I use them for different purposes as well and I need them both.  The 135L is very light and easy to use as a walk around lens.

135L examples with minimal editing...






Darn! I dunno what to say but these are some of the best photos I have seen in recent times. Did you get these colors and contrast right off the bat? Please say yes! =O

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 25, 2012, 09:55:37 AM »
Here's a couple of shots from me, taken with the 60D and Tokina 11-16mm


As We Go Down by Dhanad Islam, on Flickr


Bindu by Dhanad Islam, on Flickr

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Question about 5DIII's NR settings
« on: October 24, 2012, 10:50:22 PM »
Do you keep 5DIII's High ISO Speed Noise Reduction off or enabled. If enabled, then do you set it to standard, low or high? It says in the manual that at low ISO the noise in the shadows are reduced if NR is kept on. What are your thoughts on this? I dont like the smudged look when heavy NR is applied, and I was wondering what others have experienced with this feature turned on. Is it helpful for night time shots? Or do you feel keeping NR off, and handle it in LR.

Same question for the Long Exposure Noise Reduction.

Another question, out of topic though. How do you guys downsample? I end up downsampling within LR when uploading to sites like flickr. Do you feel the downsampling appears to be better in PS or is it just as same?

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If you want one and can afford it, go for it.  Life is too short to wait.  When I bought my 65" plasma I got the best price I could at the time.  Sure 4 years later it was $2500 cheaper but I also used and enjoyed it for that time.  It's the same philosophy some people use when they want to retire.  They scrimp and save every penny until retirement, but it's too late.  Look how much you've missed in the meantime.  You also have to live until you get to that point.  ;)

+1

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1D X Sample Images / Re: 1dx + 400mm 2.8 @Axalp Switzerland
« on: October 24, 2012, 11:42:22 AM »
OMG! What amazing shots you have here, and love how you did your post on them! =O

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Received my copy of the 5DIII from Beach Camera's sale that took place a couple of weeks ago. Like RustytheGeek mentioned. Everything is perfectly fine. I did some tests, it works as it should. The serial number suggests they are fresh batch and do not have the light leak issue. Comes with Sales receipt, US warranty card. The shipment arrived on time. Everything was in right order except the flimsy packaging. All in all I am happy with the service! <3

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EOS Bodies / Canon 5DIII for $3200 @ BnH
« on: October 22, 2012, 01:03:19 PM »
Dont know if this was reported before this, but damn, thats a nice drop in price! In such a short time!

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?sub=cpw&is=REG&Q=&A=details&O=productlist&sku=847545

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EOS Bodies / Re: PhotoPlus Announcements?
« on: October 22, 2012, 10:43:55 AM »
Oh please let there be a 14-24 L from Canon! It's been too long!  :'(

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Lenses / How can I add filters on Tokina 16-28 f2.8 Lens?
« on: October 20, 2012, 12:12:22 AM »
I am looking to purchase the Tokina 16-28 f2.8 . Due to its bulbous front element there is no filter thread. Are there any adapter/method or some sort of holder out there that are used on such designs so that one can use filters. I am hoping to use ND filters and really need to figure out there are ways I can attach filters before I hit the buy button.

Thanks

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FYI - I just received a 5DIII from Beach Camera that I purchased for $2899 (thanks to a CanonRumors Forum tip) at Beach Camera's eBay store.  I'm leaving town in a couple hours so no time to test or do anything except visually inspect and post this message.

The Good
-  No funny business, calls or shipment games.  Arrived via FedEx Ground Home Delivery.
-  Purchased Sat evening with BuyItNow.
-  Ship Notification with tracking info on Mon.
-  Arrived here today (Friday) requiring signature.
-  US Warranty Card in box with a matching serial number to the camera's bottom plate.

The Bad
Pathetic Packing!!  (Note attached picture.)  They shipped it in a box the exact size of the camera box.  No packing material or cushion whatsoever.  I have no idea how much shock/drop abuse the box received during shipment.  I can't believe a camera dealer would ship a $3000 camera with no packing to protect it.  Ridiculous!
-  It appears that the camera box was opened and contents removed and then repacked.  Not sure if it matters since everything is there and the camera appears clean but I'll find out more next week when I register the camera with Canon and test it.  Since the serial number matches the US Warranty, I assume it will be fine as long as the camera works correctly.

I've been a little worried about the purchase simply due to the price.  So far, nothing except the non-packing is a negative but I'm still waiting for the other (hidden) stinky shoe to drop.

What has everyone else's experience been with their bargain 5D3 purchases?

I will be getting mine this Monday, will definitely post how I fared. Do let us know if the camera functions as its supposed to. Also, I hope this batch do not have the light leak issue.

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