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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Anyone still using their 450d?
« on: November 10, 2013, 12:28:31 AM »
I recently sold my XSi, along with the kit lens and an extra battery, for $250. That seemed to be the going rate. I see them all the time for about $350, but I think that's mostly wishful thinking on the part of the owners.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EF 50 f/1.2L $1259 at B&H Photo
« on: November 02, 2013, 12:01:23 PM »
If this lens is still $800 better than the 50mm f/1.4, I say go for it. You're not going to find this lens at a better price.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon 135 L for $989 + $100 rebate, good deal?
« on: October 27, 2013, 07:10:47 PM »
Thinking about pulling the trigger on this bad boy.

I bought mine used from a local reputable pro earlier this year for about this same price. So yeah, if you're in the market, this is a good deal.

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Lenses / Re: A New 50 Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: October 07, 2013, 02:06:12 PM »
I'm hanging on to my 50mm f/1.4, as quirky as it is. 

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Lenses / Re: First Time: College Football Oh Boy!
« on: September 26, 2013, 10:29:26 AM »
Which D-1 game are you shooting?  If you're at an Oregon game, you'll need some extra-fast glass. Those boys can fly.   :)

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Here's a vote for the 70-200 f/4 L (non-IS). 

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: September 12, 2013, 09:16:28 PM »
I'm not the one who claimed that, but after F/4 or so, I believe the F/1.8 is as good as the F/1.4 for sharpness.   But there are so many other limitations with that lens, as I have previously enumerated.- A

Shooting this lens at f/4 is kind of like buying a convertible and driving with the top up.  You have to do it sometimes when circumstances dictate, but when its nice out, the top is coming down.  Sure, we all have to shoot our 50's stopped down occasionally, but we like to keep it open most of the time. For things I shoot, f/2 is where the good stuff is.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: September 12, 2013, 04:47:21 PM »
the 50 1.8 II is actually sharper to boot,

Care to back that up with some data and/or real-world examples? That's a pretty big claim.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: September 12, 2013, 03:49:35 PM »
Agree with most of the points, but there is one that is missing: The serious design flaw of the internal focus barrel.  It's very fragile. If you are extended out to infinity, and the lens gets banged at all, you're almost sure to have some problems. You'll find that the lens stops focusing (manual or AF) and the ring will only turn a very short amount. What has happened is that the end of the focus barrel has been bent slightly, and the pin that travels through the guide can't make its way back and forth. It's happened to me. You can try to fix it yourself or pay somebody to do it, but either way you've got problems. 

All that said, this lens has been a workhorse for me. I recommend that everybody have one. Just store it with the focus in the middle, and you should be fine.

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Technical Support / Weird ghosting on film
« on: September 09, 2013, 11:34:30 PM »
Here's a question for anybody with some film experience. What's going on here? There's some weird ghosting on top that I can't quite explain. It was shot in a mirror, and a few other similar frames taken in the mirror have that same artifact on the same roll. Why would it show up on here, but not in the viewfinder? It's not a film/scanning problem, is it?  Thanks in advance for whatever feedback you've got. 


Ilford hp5+ by Rick.Scheibner, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: I Repaired my own 50mm 1.4, and so can you!
« on: September 06, 2013, 12:10:43 PM »
I've got experience doing this myself. It's not a good experience, but it's experience.

This same thing happened to me a year or so ago. I fixed it myself, but couldn't get the electronic connection back correctly. I ended up sending it to Alpine Camera in Spokane to have a lens guy work on it. In the end, it cost me 2x as much compared to if I had just sent it to them in the first place.

I'm really good at taking things apart. Not so good at putting them back together again.

So, buyer beware if you undertake this yourself. It's do-able, but just know the downside. Mamas, don't let your children make the mistakes I've done.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Advice - worth the jump 550d to 70d?
« on: September 02, 2013, 09:49:36 PM »
Here's another thought: If you can afford a 70D, you're not far from a 7D.  Sensors are going to be similar, but you get better build quality and more pro-level features on the 7D. I just think you'll be happier with it in the long run. You do have a nice collection of lenses with a wide range of focal lengths.

If I were in the market for a 7D, I'd probably wait a few months for the rumored Mk II.

Key word there is 'rumored.'  No doubt they're going to come out with a replacement for the 7D, but that doesn't make a 7D any less worthwhile.  I don't like to encourage people to get into the "don't get X, the XmkII will be out soon."  You spend your time waiting around for something that may or may not come to fruition, instead of getting the images you want with a great camera.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Advice - worth the jump 550d to 70d?
« on: September 02, 2013, 02:39:04 PM »
Here's another thought: If you can afford a 70D, you're not far from a 7D.  Sensors are going to be similar, but you get better build quality and more pro-level features on the 7D. I just think you'll be happier with it in the long run. You do have a nice collection of lenses with a wide range of focal lengths.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Shipping film
« on: August 28, 2013, 06:36:10 PM »
I don't see a 'film' section on here, so I'll post this here for now. My question is about shipping film for processing in the mail. Where I live, it's fairly hot right now (low to mid 90's F).  In case you haven't seen the news Ilford just opened up a processing lab in San Clemente, CA, a thousand miles or so from me.  If I send them film for processing, it's going to be 3-4 days (at least) in that kind of heat, which I understand is no bueno for film. Even if I overnight it (and doubling the expense of processing), it's going to be sitting on a hot tarmac for at least a short while.  So...do I just put my rolls ready for processing in the freezer and wait for cooler temps?  I've probably just answered my own question. I was just wondering what others do who send out their film.  Thanks in advance.

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Lenses / Re: 50/50 for 50?
« on: August 25, 2013, 01:27:39 PM »
The 1.4 supposedly has better build quality but breaks more often and is not as sharp. 

At the middle aperture values, maybe. At f/2 or wider, though, the f/1.4 is far superior in both sharpness and bokeh quality. 

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