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Lenses / Re: Lens suggestions for T3i please!
« on: September 29, 2013, 03:25:18 PM »
I have seen some 17-55mm for about $600-700 but they look alittle rough  :o.  So I am not to sure if its worth getting a new one and taking real good care of it with a filter or just wait till a nice one comes around.

Canon started instant and mail-in rebates on several lenses today. The 17-55 now has an instant rebate and can be had for around $829. Several stores have 4% rewards on top of that, so the effective price is around $795. Now is a great time to pick one up!

Good luck!

Lenses / Re: Lens suggestions for T3i please!
« on: September 28, 2013, 09:30:00 PM »
Im really glad I asked these questions before I spent over a $1000 bucks! I think the 17-55 f 2.8 lens might win! Thank you again everyone!!

If you do decide on the 17-55 f/2.8, you should know that this lens is notorious for dust getting into the front element. While consensus is that it won't affect your photos, I couldn't stand seeing it. I had mine cleaned twice by Canon (free if you're a CPS Gold/Platinum member) until I put filter on it. Since then, no dust. Get a high-quality, multi-coated, clear filter (UV isn't necessary for digital cameras). I only use B+W filters.

This B+W filter has a low enough profile such that you should not see any vignetting and has front threads for your lens cap:


Lenses / Re: Lens suggestions for T3i please!
« on: September 28, 2013, 06:10:54 PM »
Since you're looking for a lens that would be great for portraits/family/engagement photos, you want a lens wide enough to capture group/family photos, but you also want a lens long enough to capture portraits (head and head and shoulder shots) without that wide-angle distortion. Rule of thumb for portraits is 85-135mm, but of course your mileage may vary depending upon the level of creativity you like to introduce into your photography.

Another consideration is background blur, or bokeh. A blurred background will separate your subject from a distracting background and make your subject stand out. So in this regard, you'd want a lens capable of wider apertures and longer focal lengths. Both of these attributes make background blurring easier.

So given the list of lenses you're considering, my vote would be for the 24-70 f/2.8 as that gets you:

1. Wide-angle (though perhaps not wide enough on a crop body).
2. Longer focal length (112mm on a crop body).
3. Wide aperture. While the background blur is not the same on a crop body vs. full-frame, it's the widest-aperture zoom available (except for the new Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM). Wider apertures also give you better low-light capabilities, especially for moving subjects when flash isn't available.

The 17-55mm f/2.8 is also a good choice for your crop body. Canon dropped the price of this lens by around 15% in the last month or so. When you move to full-frame you can simply sell it for 60-80% of what you paid for it, if not more. The aforementioned Sigma is also an option, though you may find yourself needing a longer focal length.

When you do move to full-frame you may want to supplement your stable of lenses with an 85mm or 135mm lens as well...

Good luck and have fun!

Lenses / Re: Rare opportunity to get some nice L glass which would you pick
« on: September 12, 2013, 11:12:21 AM »
I'd get:

1) 16-35L, 85L or
2) 16-35L, 100L, either one of the 24-xx lenses or
3) 85L, 100L, either one of the 24-xx lenses

Unless you could really use a second 600EX, I wouldn't get it because at $375, it's pretty close to the new and refurb prices, especially when they go on sale. On the other hand, the 24-xx prices at $400 are a bargain. And as you mentioned, you could use one of the 24-xx lenses as a vacation/video lens.

Lenses / Re: Need daily lens suggestion
« on: August 19, 2013, 10:32:06 PM »
I also recommend the 17-55, but you might want to consider the new Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 DC HSM Art lens. It has gotten a rave review from Bryan at TDP:

It's also about a couple hundred dollars cheaper!

I'm sorry to hear about your bad experiences with Canon USA. I, on the other hand, have had nothing but good experiences.

I'm a CPS member, so I routinely send in my equipment as part of their free "Clean and Check" program. I once sent in my 70-200 and asked if there was something they could do about the auto-focus and IS switches on the lens because I felt they were too easily switched out of position. When I got the lens back they had replaced the switch panel with a new one free of charge even though it was beyond the scope of the program. By the way, I sent in the lens on a Monday and got it back on Friday of the same week, which has been a typical turnaround time.

Perhaps the pragmatic lesson is to become a CPS member if you own enough equipment to qualify. I cannot speak about warranty service as a non-CPS member, but I find that the CPS program (Gold member) pays for itself with the 2 free clean and checks, 30% off repairs, free return shipping, and most importantly, excellent customer service.

EOS-M / Re: ebay EOS M adapters?
« on: July 08, 2013, 06:36:37 PM »
I bought an OEM version from Electronics Basket, with fullfillment by Amazon for $110. They have since dropped the price to $104.49 - more expensive than those sold on eBay, but at least it'll be easy to return if I have to since Amazon's return policy applies. Plus I'll get free two-day shipping with Prime. I should get mine by 7/10.

I'd buy a lens.

So funny... I couldn't stop chuckling after I read this. Not laughing, just a continuous chuckling. Good one. Must be late over here.

I'd sell the 5dII and buy a 6D with 24-105 kit.

After reading on, I have to agree with this post. You'd probably have over $1k left over to buy another lens too.

Reviews / Re: Horrible experience with Adorama camera
« on: June 05, 2013, 04:46:12 AM »
I have nothing but good things to say about Adorama. The one problem I did have was graciously solved by Helen Oster who provided great customer service. Another "You Rock!" endorsement for Helen!

Lenses / Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« on: June 03, 2013, 01:40:22 AM »
It would have to be:

16-35 2.8L II
24-70 2.8L II
70-200mm 2.8L IS II

Let me have a fourth lens... then it would have to be the Sigma 35mm 1.4 DG A

Oh I forgot to mention... You have to be a member of Costco in order to use their printing service. I guess that's what you meant by Costco not being an option for you right now.

Thanks for the input.

We don't have a Costco in New Orleans (yet, they're finally building one here, 1st in LA, but not ready to open yet), that's not an option for now.

What size images do ya'll upload for just regular prints  (4x6)? What size jpg or tiff?

Do these places usually by default try to do color correction? I"ve already done all the post processing I want on my images, I don't want any other processing on color....



Again, Costco will ship prints just like any other online printing service, so I wouldn't necessarily rule them out.

Costco supports .jpg, .gif, .tif, .bmp, and .png files.

As far as image size is concerned, I'd upload the full-res versions even if you're just going to print 4x6's since you might, at some point, want to print larger sizes of your images. The only drawback is the time required to complete the upload.

Costco has an option to turn off auto color correction when ordering your prints, which is what I do since, like you, I've already done them in post.

I use Costco and AdoramaPix.

Costco's online site has printer profiles for their Noritsu and Epson printers (via Dry Creek Photo) and you can tell them not to employ any auto-color correction on their part. My local Costco uses Fuji Crystal Archive paper. They are fast and reliable and will redo photos that you're not happy with. As usual with Costco, prices are very good. I mostly use them for the smaller-sized prints, 4x6, 5x7, etc, but they also do larger prints up to 20x30 in the store as well. They do ship prints in the mail, but if you have a local Costco in your area, all the better. Turnaround is about an hour.

I use AdoramaPix for larger prints. I especially like their Kodak metallic prints, but that paper doesn't work well for all photos. Printer profiles are available for their papers/printers as well.

Canon General / Re: Which lens for my new 6D (my first DSLR)?
« on: May 20, 2013, 04:39:17 AM »
Get the 6D + 24-105mm L f/4 kit.

As a part of the kit, the 24-105 L is probably the best bargain Canon gives you in its entire lineup of L lenses.

While you say the budget is very tight but everything is relative. The difference in pricing (kit lens Vs. the 50mm f/1.4) is likely to be in the range of $ 200 or less so I'd say, go for the kit lens.

I completely agree. The 6D with the 24-105 L kit lens is a great way to get started.

The Japanese Yen has fallen considerably in value in recent months. Japanese exports should therefore be much cheaper now for buyers, so why are Canon prices remaining so high? I'd love a new Canon 5D mk III but current MAP limitations are keeping prices high and stopping me from buying.

The falling yen does not benefit all Japanese companies equally. In Canon's case, every dollar move in dollar/yen costs Canon $80 million dollars in earnings because of their reliance on imported parts. For example, in the last week, the dollar/yen went from about 101.87 on Monday May 13th to 103.16 on Friday. That move costs Canon about 103.2 million dollars in earnings. Canon's stock price reflects the effects of quantitative easing by the BOJ (Bank of Japan), as it is down over 5% for the year in a Japanese market that is up over 41% for the year. Canon can mitigate the effects of dollar/yen moves by hedging strategies, e.g. stock piling on imported parts when the value of the yen is higher on the currency markets, but that can be tricky if they buy too many parts that they cannot use. Similarly, airline companies trade oil futures to mitigate their fuel costs, i.e. buying when prices are low.

Pure Japanese exporters benefit the most, i.e. companies with the least amount of reliance on imported parts and capex spending.

dont know where ur getting ur info but its completely wrong dude...

Canon's share price is up about 12% so far in 2013 and nearly 20% for the last 12 months they're doin' fine

I'm using Canon's ADR's on the NYSE (so in USD terms). Symbol CAJ:

So closing price on 2012/12/31=$39.21; and closing price on 2013/05/17=$37.10, of course both in USD.

Also, the $80 million (USD) earnings loss per each dollar/yen move up comes from CNBC (about 1:17 into the video):

I'm a CAJ stock holder, so I feel the pain of the 5% loss while the market indices are generally up for the year and in the case of the Dow and S&P 500, at all-time highs.

So if you extrapolate, the weakening yen is causing Canon's margins to get squeezed (higher import parts costs). In that environment, Canon would be hard pressed to decrease prices. I'm guessing Canon has already accounted for fluctuations in the exchange rate, which is why MAP prices are so high and why they will remain high as they release new products.

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