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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Friday Deals: Canon EOS 70D at Adorama
« on: September 12, 2014, 04:13:23 PM »
$799 is approaching Rebel territory.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50 f/1.2L Goes Missing at Canon Germany
« on: July 31, 2014, 03:47:20 PM »
So let me get this straight. Canon knows there's something wrong with one of their lenses, and goes about fixing it.  How often does that happen?

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Lenses / Re: New Canon L Primes, but Not Until 2015 [CR2)
« on: July 29, 2014, 03:56:18 PM »
Since the 50 f/1.4 replacement is rumored to be the f/1.8 mkIII IS, it's entirely plausible that the new 50L will be a 50 f/1.4 mkII IS. 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 7D Body $794
« on: July 13, 2014, 01:03:16 PM »
this is a good sign that the 7dII is coming right?

I think it's imminent. And this is great news for those who are in the market for a new 70D.  Pick this up instead.

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Lenses / UPDATE: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (1st gen., metal mount)
« on: July 11, 2014, 08:59:49 AM »
I sold this lens within a few days of advertising it on CL. The guy who bought it was more than happy to pay my full asking price of $180. We both went away happy with that deal.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 7D Body $999, Kits From $1099
« on: July 08, 2014, 10:25:57 AM »
The best time to buy a new digital camera is when it's new.

Pass on this, unless it drops to $100

Utter nonsense. If somebody is in the market right now, and they were budgeting for a 70D, they would do well to pick up a 7D at this price. It's not going to suddenly take crappy pictures just because there is a mkII version out.  Even in 4-5 years the technology is not going to be so outdated that it's not usable.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (1st gen., metal mount)
« on: July 04, 2014, 01:08:32 PM »
I've had several of them, I used to find them frequently being sold with old film bodies like the EOS 650, and they sold online for $200 and more.

Actually, this one came with a 650, but I'm not sure if it works or not. I'll need to get a battery and then run it through the felt-degradation test.

I was actually referring to the 28mm f/2.8 with respect to your remark that you were surprised to see how they have appreciated ;)

D-ohh...got it!   :)

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (1st gen., metal mount)
« on: July 04, 2014, 11:54:45 AM »

It's a nice and tiny standard lens on small 1.6x crop bodies like the xxxD and xxxxD series, and can be adapted to the EOS-M for the same sort of purpose, so yes lenses in the 28-25mm range especially are appreciating.

Well, partly, but more than that this particular lens was only made for 3 years, and is considered a better build than the one that replaced it.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (1st gen., metal mount)
« on: July 03, 2014, 07:59:22 PM »
I have owned 3 of these lenses (and to be fair 3 of the plastic fantastic mk2)

If you are getting one for free / gifted then great, but as with all used lenses please take care to check the following:

1. Mould / Fungus.  Hold up to the light, tilt a little to get some of the black interior of the lens behind the glass as well as light passing though the glass, look carefully at everything.  There will be dust.  If the dust has legs or a web then don't put the lens on any of your kit.  Mould and fungus is notoriously easily transferred.   If you are dead keen get it cleaned by a reputable repairer.  I personally would just bin this particular lens if it had mould (I bought one two weeks ago witht he very beginnings of mould developing, straight back to shop, didn;t even make it onto a body for testing)

I looked through it several times. There is nothing there that doesn't look like dust, and certainly nothing with legs, web, etc... Same with the 70-210 that came with it. In fact, the whole kit (camera + 2 lens) looks like they were kept dry and well out of any damaging elements for much of its life.

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2. Focus accuracy.   Focus on infinity manually (using the scale)  Point the camera to a very distant object.  Refocus if required.
Check your shots.  Try the same on AF using the centre point.  Check your shots.  My 2nd copy of this lens died because the focus helix was compromised, probably as a result of a drop.

3.  Check the focus ring.  Any chips or distortion imply a drop. Calibration could be way out, other unseen damage.

4. Stop the iris down,  press the depth of field preview button as you do so, check the stops are uniform, that the blades retain their shape exept wide open, and that there are no oil smears on the blades, as this will affect stop down tine, giving you a lot of over-exposed shots.

Focus check noted. Also, I'm going to take this lens through the AFMA paces on my 5DmkII.  Focus ring seems to be even throughout the range, noting the slight ratcheting you mentioned.

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There are also a few other things to un-recommend this particular lens:

The AFD focus motor is slow and very noisy. (mk 2 quieter)

MF is gritty and ratchety (mark II not gritty, more loose feeling)

This lens has a cult following, and I am a sucker for it, totally unreasonable.  I like the build, as I also love my original 28mm f2.8, but the prices are getting daft (not an issue for you)

I've been carefully checking out the sold listing on eBay for this model, and was surprised to see how they have appreciated.

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There is nothing optically to recommend it over the mk2, same iris shape, same optical formula.

If it's clean and it works right and isn't going to damage your other lenses then great enjoy.  Just be very careful before putting in on your body.

In comparison to your 1.4.  Well, at 1.4 the 1.4 is the winner.  At anything else it's just about even stevens.  Except that the 1.4 is quicker and quieter to focus with its USM micro-motor.  The f1.4 is also nicer to manually focus.

I wouldn't sell the f1.4 to pimp out an old lens that might die next week.

To be sure, the f/1.4 has it's problems; notably the softness between f/1.4 and f/1.8.  After f/2, though, it gets quite sharp. I'm interested to see if the f/1.8 does the same.  I never shoot the f/1.4 wide open; usually at f/2.8 or so. 

Thanks for the feedback. I just may put this one the market and see what happens.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (1st gen., metal mount)
« on: July 03, 2014, 12:52:38 PM »
Can't go wrong for the price you're paying for it. ;)

Indeed. And if its in good working order, I wonder if I should sell off my 50mm f/1.4 to start saving up for some other things I need. I'm not dying to part with it, but that would just add to the value of this gift.

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Lenses / Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (1st gen., metal mount)
« on: July 02, 2014, 10:57:06 PM »
I'm being gifted a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8, the original model that was introduced in 1987.  I'm being told it's in excellent shape, but I'll find out for sure tomorrow.  I was very surprised that this is selling for well above even the MSRP of the current 50mm f/1.8 mkII in production.  Sold items on eBay are listing for ~$150USD, give or take. Is this just because of the metal mount, or is it optically superior to the mkII?  How will it compare to my 50mm f/1.4 (that I truly love, despite it's flaws). 


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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM For Sale
« on: July 01, 2014, 08:36:15 PM »
I'm waiting for them to kit this with the next Rebel.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS-1D X Body $5099
« on: June 21, 2014, 02:24:01 PM »
Gray market or not, $1600USD can buy a lot of repair work if it isn't under warranty.

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Lenses / Re: Any word on the 50mm with Image Stabilzation?
« on: June 19, 2014, 12:37:29 PM »
Is it pretty much everyone's opinion that a 50mm needs IS?

Nope.  Then again, I won't be in the market for this lens. I'm hanging on to my 50 f/1.4 and shooting happy.

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PowerShot / Re: What to Expect From Canon For CP+ Next Week
« on: February 09, 2014, 01:25:47 PM »
So in other words, not much if you're a DSLR shooter.

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