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Lenses / Re: A small walkabout lens - lay it on me!
« on: June 11, 2012, 03:46:33 PM »
My dream focal length is 20mm but Canon seemingly has no good primes in that range. I don't like to rent, I prefer buying and deciding as it takes me months to figure out a new lens. So ... recommendations?

  • Lens ideali around the size of the 50/1.4
  • Prime
  • Ideally wide, at least 24mm

Maybe the new 24IS? Dunno ...

Shorty forty?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D mk II still a viable option?
« on: June 08, 2012, 05:27:01 PM »
Without looking at everybody's comments, I just bought a 5DmkII, after owning a Rebel for a few years, and couldn't be happier.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark II Refurbished
« on: June 08, 2012, 09:58:48 AM »
I was looking back through quite a few of my 5D Mark II photos from when I had the camera, and even the in-camera JPG copies are excellent.  The IQ is really great.  There is just "something" about those photos that's different, not better per se, but different, than the 5D Mark III photos that I really miss.  I'm getting a new one as a third body I believe.  Really nice camera for what it can do.  Has anyone ever compared to the 1Ds Mark III?  I often wondered about that.

I actually just got my 5DmkII, new in December, at ~$2kUSD. It's a great camera. I hadn't even considered getting a refurb, but it sounds like they can be tough to come by. I felt like I got a great deal on a new one, just in time for the 5DmkIII to come out at $3500USD. :-)

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I'm going to hold out for the 40mm pancake f/2.8 L.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 17-40L lens for $500...good deal?
« on: June 07, 2012, 09:31:21 AM »
Much better than 17-40L is Tokina 16-28 f/2.8 at the same price. See

http://www.photozone.de/canon_eos_ff/595-tokina162828eosff

and

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1117411/0#10675636

HTH

That lens doesn't accept front filter elements. I use a polarizer on my 17-40 about half the time I do landscapes, so this wouldn't be a good option in that case.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark II Refurbished
« on: June 07, 2012, 01:46:59 AM »
Just out of curiosity, typically how much is the markdown on a refurb? Does it come with factory warranty?

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Lenses / Re: Canon 17-40L lens for $500...good deal?
« on: June 07, 2012, 01:44:58 AM »
It's great for landscapes. $500 is a good deal for this lens.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4X [CR2]
« on: June 06, 2012, 01:25:39 PM »
Another one to kit with the next Rebel?

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Lenses / Re: A small walkabout lens - lay it on me!
« on: June 04, 2012, 09:53:13 PM »
You mentioned that you got some sand in your 50/1.4. Had you tried to open it up and clean it out? I did the same thing to mine a few years ago, about 2 weeks after I bought it. I dropped it on the beach, and had that sickening feeling of picking it up out of the sand. There's a tutorial around somewhere that shows you how to do that when that exact lens. I just used a small screwdriver and my trusty Giotti blower. It worked great, and I haven't had any problems with it since then. Well, just problems related to operator error, but that's a different story...

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Lenses / Re: Buying/Selling/Renting Lenses
« on: June 03, 2012, 10:16:20 AM »
Would upgrading your 70-200 to a used non-IS 2.8 be an option?  You'll get a F stop, have a zoom, and can look forward to keeping it around.  Yes, this is a dangerous question..

It's a fantastic idea, and one I hadn't thought up yet. I'd love for it to be an option, but unfortunately it's not right now. It would solve some of my low-light problems in that focal length, without giving up a 70-200 for landscape purposes.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Rebel T4i/650D on June 8, 2012? [CR2.5]
« on: June 02, 2012, 10:33:37 PM »
Yeah, I still don't know if I could get used to a touch screen on a dslr. Still, though, this should be a pretty sweet body for anybody just getting started out. Put some decent glass in front of it, and there's no reason you shouldn't be able to get some nice images.

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Lenses / Re: Buying/Selling/Renting Lenses
« on: June 02, 2012, 10:07:47 PM »
Thanks for the replies, everybody. Part of the reason I was going to do the buy/sell thing was that I have a stepson who will be playing high school basketball this year, and that seemed like a decent lens for that purpose. So, it's still up in the air, but I'm leaning toward renting for now.

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Lenses / Buying/Selling/Renting Lenses
« on: June 01, 2012, 02:31:40 PM »
I'm shooting an indoor event later this summer, so I need a fairly fast lens with a longer focal length, something like a 135mm f/2 L.  I can buy one, use it for the event, keep it for awhile and then sell it if need be. I can see a need for this lens after the event, but I could probably get along without it also.  Or, I can just rent it for that time period and then send it back when I'm done.

I'd rather buy it, then sell it. The problem is that I live in a fairly rural area, and the market for specialty lenses like that are fairly small. I'm 3-4 hours away from the nearest big cities. Selling it locally on Craigslist or similar would likely not be a practical option. And, I don't do eBay, nor am I convinced that it would pay off to sign up and learn how to sell it just for this one item.

In my situation, am I better off financially to just rent that glass for ~$65USD for four days? What's the best way to sell a higher-end lens if you don't live near a populated area? Thanks in advance for participating in the discussion.

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Lenses / Re: Most requested lenses for replacement?
« on: May 31, 2012, 02:36:22 PM »
#4 135/2 L IS - A new design with IS and that's all

Why does this lens need IS? Others have mentioned that as well. A mkII version of this lens with IS gets knocked out of the price range into the 'why bother' category, IMO. The two categories where this lens shines--portraits and low-light sports--rarely benefit from IS. As you can tell, I'm not a fan of IS in general, at least I don't find myself in situations where it would be useful. To me, it just adds bulk and cost to a lens that doesn't need any more of either.

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Lenses / Re: Bokeh...is the look getting dated?
« on: May 31, 2012, 11:05:33 AM »
Good points, these last few comments. For me, I knew I was ready to move up from a p/s to a dslr when I realized I couldn't control aperture the way I wanted to.

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