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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.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B008NF8CEK/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used

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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.

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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!

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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


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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.

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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)...so, 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....

??

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/7751:JP

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:

http://finance.yahoo.com/q/hp?s=CAJ&a=11&b=31&c=2012&d=04&e=19&f=2013&g=d

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):

http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000167955&__source=yahoo%7Cheadline%7Cquote%7Cvideo%7C&par=yahoo

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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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.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: LCD Protector
« on: May 01, 2013, 04:06:12 AM »
Reading previous threads there seems to be a reluctance to use screen protectors.  I find that my rear LCD screen has smudges on it - in the upper left corner where my nose presses against the screen.  And occasionally I find a small scratch on the LCD (okay, the screen protector on the LCD screen).

There are 2 types of screen protectors - film and glass.  The film is available for the 1DX while the glass is not (at least not at B&H). 

Any other recommendations?

I use AEGIS glass screen protectors made by Giottos. Looks like there's one for the 1DX:

http://www.amazon.com/Giottos-Screen-Protector-Digital-Cameras/dp/B00B1WAZ8S
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/889602-REG/Giottos_sp8320_AEGIS_Pro_Glass_Screen.html

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EOS Bodies / Re: 21mp Sensor in the 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: April 18, 2013, 08:30:59 PM »
18 MP. 21 MP. 24 MP. Even 15 MP.  Frankly, I don't especially care.  If it does a full stop or more better in terms of high ISO noise performance for RAW images vs. the 7D, a 7DII will be interesting to me. If not, no interest.

+1

Exactly.

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I have the 24 2.8 IS and love it. IQ is the best of all my lenses at 24mm. I have the 16-35 II, 17-40, 24-105, and EF-S 17-55. I've just ordered the 24-70 2.8 II which I'm sure will rival the 24 2.8 IS, but I'll probably keep the latter for when its diminutive size matters.

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Landscape / Re: San Francisco Sunrise to Yosemite Sunset in a Day
« on: April 07, 2013, 11:59:58 PM »
Excellent! Quite a day. I appreciate how the photos juxtapose with one another: sunrise to sunset; and shallow-water rocks covered in fog & mist and the other with snow & ice. Nice!

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Lenses / Re: 40mm f/2.8 Wow what a lens
« on: March 20, 2013, 12:37:00 AM »
Wonderful photos! You've inspired me to use mine more often.

Just one minor suggestion... maybe better to crop out the car in #4?

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