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I have two R2880's. I got hem used for 300€ and 250€, including extra ink. Very good printers indeed!!
Maybe you can buy used and in the higher segment?

But, what exactly needs that much power if it isn't feature rich and/or better than the 70D? Or even the 6D, as some of you dispute?
I think real time high ISO noise reduction (based on dual pixel tech) for video...

I think indeed the 7D2 will be above your budget (and mine). I guess it to be between 1800 en 2200 Dollar (or Euro...). While it might be significantly better for video, I doubt it to be spectacularly better for stills. So I'd say: wait for official announcement and then buy a used 70D from an upgrader.

Why not Markins? They have good availability in Germany!

Initial testing of my new 568 II was very positive. One as master, another as slave in group B, my old canon 550ex as slave in group A and another Canon 430ex as slave C. Works very well.

I just purchased two Yongnuo 560 III and two Yongnuo 568 II. The latter didn't arrive yet. I trust Yongnuo, my simple radio triggers (603) work really well. The 560 III works very well too. And: any flash overheats, I had an overheated Canon 430 once, it said "POOF" and stopped working. Costed 234 Euro to repair, a new one was 239 Euro at that time.
So I thought:
If I invest in Canons Radio System, it'll cost me way over 1000 Euro to have two flashes and a transmitter. If I invest in Yongnuo, it'll cost me less and I can buy 3 or 4 flashes instead of two. Just buy the YN-622C (radio controller for eTTL) and some TTL-flashes. Done!
(I just got the 568 II because I want to use them as a replacement for my old 550EX)

Photography Technique / Re: How can I get this apple sharp?
« on: March 09, 2014, 12:10:48 PM »
If you stack there's no need anymore to use f/14. You can use f/5,6 and take small steps. The background will be better. To avoid a moving apple: wait for the wind to slow down and/or stabilize your apple with another branch (out of the frame!).
And take multiple tries, seperated by a black picture (to easily group your series apart in Lightroom afterwards).
Good luck!

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Hotshoe has stopped working?
« on: March 08, 2014, 01:17:26 PM »
Clean the hotshoe and the flashshoe. I've had problems with dirt. It was barely visible, but a simple cleaning solved the issue.
Good luck!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / AFMA values beyond -20
« on: March 07, 2014, 10:04:10 AM »
I have bought a used 5D3 last month and recently the Tamron 24-70 f/2,8 VC (also used). I just did AFMA for this lens (as I did with my other lenses before) and even with the value set to -20, it's just not enough. It should be about -22 for Wide and about -26 for Tele (these are educated guesses). What can I do?
-I performed a more or less "real life" test at f/4 and it's perfectly ok. Same test at f/2,8 and it seems quite ok.
-I do the following to determine the AFMA values: Tripod, detailed flat object (ie newspaper), camera and object aligned. I defocus manually, and autofocus; then I check the focus using liveview and adjust manually when necessary; I repeat this about 3 times using the middle focus point first and another 3 times for two outer focus points (both left and right). I always defocus first.
-I got very consistent results with my other lenses on this and previous bodies. So I'm confident I do not need FoCal or other packages. It's just this Tamron, which seems too off for calibration but turns out to be ok in real life...

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 25, 2014, 03:52:23 PM »
I would invest in a 17-40. So take the 17-40 and the 100 is my advice. Not too havy, very multi-purpose.

In fact I wanted to suggest a crop body with superzoom, ie Tamron 18-270mm. Since quality is a serious issue, it's a tough descision...

Lenses / Re: Soon to be MP-E 65 owner has a couple questions
« on: February 24, 2014, 01:41:29 PM »
I do the opposite:  :)
I use no UV-filter on the MPE-65, but I do use the hood. I got a fake metal hood, from eBay. I do sometimes use a polafilter to do cross-polarisation indoors.
The front element is really very small and I just prefer not to put glass in front of my lenses. For the sake of protection from bushes, pollen, etc. a filter could be usefull, but I still prefer a hood.
All the best from Belgium,

Canon General / Re: I Need Help Finding A Camera Bag
« on: February 23, 2014, 11:51:56 AM »
I was about to buy a TT Retrospective 7 for about 95€ (used). But instead I bought an Eastpack messenger bag (smaller one) for 5€ (used). I'm making an insert for camera gear to fit in, right now. My purpose was to be very un-camerabaggy and if I fail, it's just 5€ spent.
On the other hand, it's not as waterproof as the retrospective and takes some work.

Software & Accessories / Re: Looking for a new tripod and head
« on: February 12, 2014, 03:23:01 PM »
I'd buy a used Gitzo (3540XLS for instance) and re-use the old head from your Manfrotto tripod. And save for a decent ballhead.
Good luck!

Software & Accessories / Re: PS Photography Program
« on: February 08, 2014, 01:56:08 PM »
In your case, I suggest it would be more interesting to purchase the LR5 upgrade. But maybe it would be even wiser to just keep using LR4 and invest the money in online training.
You could go the cheapo way by just watching free online tutorials and not invest in anything at all. I would think you could learn some more about post-processing if you just use the basic adjustments. There's a ton of LR-tutorials on youtube, very high quality.
Good luck choosing!

Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 07, 2014, 04:52:55 PM »
Oh, and I printed a picture on the wrong side of the photopaper...

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