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Lenses / Re: I have just lost confidence with Canon Rumors & B&H
« on: April 17, 2013, 05:17:24 PM »
I'm with the OP on this one. Yes, prices fluctuate. However, I used to have a wedding anniversary that was the last week of January. I could get a dozen red roses for about $12.  Two weeks later, around Valentine's Day, those same roses were advertised for $18, "on sale" from their regular price of $22.  I called the florist out on it. She explained that as demand goes up, so does the price of their flowers. Understood, but it's deceptive to call the regular price $22, when I was buying them two weeks ago for $12!

So yeah, I get what the OP is saying.

Then in that sense, I might as well create a thread complaining about the sky being blue.  Advertising that an item is "on sale" is basic marketing strategy.  If the consumer feels like they're getting a "deal" they're more likely to buy an item.  (Hence why JC Penny just fired their CEO for his single price strategy, and their sales dropping by an enormous amount)

I fail to see why marketing strategies and basic economics are such hard concepts to grasp -- or more importantly, why people (OP) feel the need to complain about them or place blame on others.

And as for the roses on Valentine's Day comparison -- while you may find that practice deceptive, I almost appreciate it.  If I'm going to buy flowers on Valentine's Day, it's an unwritten rule that they will cost more.  But if I somehow feel (in this case, based on the holiday markup) that I'm getting a better deal, then I walk away a bit happier with a purchase I needed to make.

So if you feel taken advantage of for buying a camera lens when it's first introduced, or an air conditioner in the middle of July, or paper clips during a paper clip shortage, perhaps you should analyze your buying strategy before blaming "the system" of capitalism.  It's functioning just fine.

The reality is that it happens all the time. We fall for it all the time. However, seeing a higher price advertised as a 'sale' price seems deceitful. Our local Safeway does it all the time. Nobody is "blaming capitalism," (I'm not even sure where you got that) we're just calling out vendors for this practice. This isn't a capitalism vs. {insert other world economy here}.

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Lenses / Re: I have just lost confidence with Canon Rumors & B&H
« on: April 17, 2013, 05:12:57 PM »
It's simple pyschology. People are more inclined to buy something if they think they are getting a deal on it.

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I can't say I like the practice. But I understand why it goes on.

And that was the point I was trying to make. No question, it's a part of our fabric; it goes on all the time.  I guess I'm not in sales for a reason.

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Lenses / Re: I have just lost confidence with Canon Rumors & B&H
« on: April 17, 2013, 11:48:32 AM »
I'm with the OP on this one. Yes, prices fluctuate. However, I used to have a wedding anniversary that was the last week of January. I could get a dozen red roses for about $12.  Two weeks later, around Valentine's Day, those same roses were advertised for $18, "on sale" from their regular price of $22.  I called the florist out on it. She explained that as demand goes up, so does the price of their flowers. Understood, but it's deceptive to call the regular price $22, when I was buying them two weeks ago for $12!

So yeah, I get what the OP is saying.

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I found a really nice 40D with a Canon bg-e2n grip for about $350 bucks.

Good trade. I just sold my 450D XSi kit, with an extra battery for 250USD! I thought the person was getting a good deal at that price, but they were a deserving young person and had worked pretty hard for the money. I see the XSi kits regularly advertised in the 3-350 range.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: White balance for moonlight
« on: April 11, 2013, 11:54:43 AM »
last summer, i shot some moonlit landscape, LR says 4381 for a pleasing slightly cold look. Tested 4100, rather frigid ;)

That WB setting greatly improved the moonlit shots that I was concerned about. What was your tint setting in LR?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / White balance for moonlight
« on: April 09, 2013, 01:36:22 PM »
What would be a good white balance level for direct moonlight? Assuming no other light sources, of course.

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Lenses / Re: Re-kitting on FF
« on: March 31, 2013, 05:26:05 PM »
A 70-200 on a FF makes for a fabulous landscape kit.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 30, 2013, 12:25:45 PM »

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Software & Accessories / Re: CF card health
« on: March 28, 2013, 12:54:08 PM »
Thanks MSP. Weird, when I went back into Lightroom, those two photos were there, even though LR had told me it couldn't import them. So maybe things are ok after all. I'll run the full format, though.

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Software & Accessories / CF card health
« on: March 28, 2013, 11:14:20 AM »
I just got back from a trip to the Oregon coast, along with about 450 photos. There were two on my 16G SanDisk (90MB/s) CF card that seemed to be corrupted. They were right next to each other, and they were the only two taken at that particular time. Is this a sign that my CF card is failing, or just a glitch of some kind in that particular session? Is there a way to test these things? I understand these things can fail at any time (this one has had about 11k shots on it). Also, I format my card after every time that I download to the computer, rather than just deleting my files. Any advice you can give me is greatly appreciated.

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Lenses / Re: Best lens for this purpose
« on: March 25, 2013, 12:37:05 PM »
If you'll have enough space, the TS-E 90mm is the way to go.  If it's a room-filling table setup, probably the TS-E 45mm (or the TS-E 24mm II and a TC).

Thanks neuro, I was hoping you'd come along and comment. It's indeed a room-filling table setup. How much of a teleconverter? 1.4?

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Lenses / Best lens for this purpose
« on: March 25, 2013, 12:18:06 PM »
I've been asked to video/photograph an HO model train set with my 5DmkII.  I'm going to need to rent a lens to get it done, though, as I don't think my 50mm f/1.4 is up for the job. I'm guessing some kind of tiltshift lens with a fairly short focusing distance, if there is such a thing, but I have no idea in what focal length would be best. Thoughts?

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You are unlikely to get a better value for money lens than the 70-200 f/4 (non-IS). It was my first L lens and since then I've purchased only Ls ... It's addictive.

+1

Also, if you need more aperture for about the same price, you might consider the 135mm f/2 L.  I've only rented it, but it's awesome glass.

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The first thing I would explore is whether your un-sharpness is due to misplaced focus or due to camera/subject movement.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: mirror lock up
« on: March 17, 2013, 05:16:57 PM »
so it seems that mirror lock up is in essence just a form of IS for fairly long focal lengths when locked off?

No. They're two totally different things.

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i always thought it would be good practice for landscapes , to help achieve best sharpness, but it seems, its almost irrelevant for that from what im reading,my unscientific tests seem to point towards that for a 50 85 24 focal length for around 1/4 to 1/40 sec  so far.

Those would be focal length/shutter speed combinations that occasionally get used in landscape photography.


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