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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Tamron 150-600 VC for sale.. few units only!
« on: February 07, 2014, 01:46:13 PM »
Only one showing as remaining. Get it anyone if you need it. Mine is sitting at the UPS pick up location ATM.

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Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 07, 2014, 10:41:37 AM »
I have missed shots because the lens cap was on!

And there was the time I forgot to load film in the camera and clicked a number of shots only to find the film on the table...
After the first few times I shot without film in the camera, I trained myself to verify that there was film winding....

But just last night, grabbed the camera, went to take a shot, and the camera tells me that there is no memory card... You can dis-able that in the configuration menus, but why would you??????

Using a camera in tethered mode maybe?

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Lenses / Re: A New 50 Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: October 07, 2013, 06:14:18 PM »
Actually when you look at lens design it wouldn't surprise me ( or disappoint me ) if the new 50mm IS is actually f2 in order for Canon to make it stellar wide open.

Since nowadays it's not difficult to prevent the lens from going wide open in any mode (or sticky dof preview), I'd prefer the manufacturer not to limit the speed of a lens to get max. iq wide open and favorable review curves. The most popular issue with the 50/1.2 also doesn't seem to be that it's soft @f1.2, but that it has a focus shift.

I shoot with the EOS M and 5DmII and would love to know how to restrict the aperture range without fixing it to a particular value.  Searched on the internet and did not see anything obvious on this topic. Could you link some info on this; would love to have a convenient way to have a lens shoot in its best range like f/4 to f/11 on the EF50 1.4.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Rokinon Rebates on Select Lenses
« on: October 01, 2013, 01:53:16 PM »
The 14mm is a fun lens and there are custom profiles for it in Lightroom.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon USA Mail-in Rebates
« on: October 01, 2013, 01:51:10 PM »
When I first saw this was mail-in rebates, my reaction was negative.  However, with the Best Buy situation presently, I'd drop some serious cash on something like the 24-70 or 70-300 if my job wasn't up in the air ATM.  Good luck to those who can double dip the rebates; it makes the Canon lenses actually somewhat price competitive.

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Canon General / Re: I hate photographing my family for posed photos...
« on: September 09, 2013, 07:03:10 PM »
I'm thinking I should just become s landscape photographer because landscapes don't blink  or  move.

Just remember that the light and seasons wait for no one!

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Canon General / Re: Is it Genuine? Canon LP-E6 Battery [SOLVED]
« on: September 09, 2013, 07:00:24 PM »
What makes this suspicious to me is the hard luck story the seller had and rather than just checking with you to see if you wanted to cancel the transaction, he went ahead and got you a battery from hong kong at a loss to him.  Really? If I am a seller of an item and anything of note changes during the transaction (like the item being stolen), I'd contact the purchaser with options and allow them to make the ultimate decision.

Bait and switch is what this is called.

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Lenses / Re: Noisy 70-200f4L
« on: September 06, 2013, 11:40:24 AM »
Take it back if you have any doubt.  You are likely hearing the IS activate.
He did state that his lens is a NON IS model so that would not be the case. I'd recommend taking back a lens that made a loud noise with the AF mechanism.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Boo Amazon!!!
« on: September 03, 2013, 05:15:55 PM »
Now you are supposed to pay your sales tax when filing your annual tax return.  That being said, one way to prevent paying the tax at time of purchase is to look for items that are being sold on Amazon but by another vendor.  The best ones are those that are shipped by Amazon but are technically sold by someone else.  Here is an example, http://www.amazon.com/Tiffen-43CP-Circular-Polarizing-Filter/dp/B00009KLAG/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1378242985&sr=1-1&keywords=Tiffen+43CP+43CP+43mm+Circular+Polarizing+Filter+%28Gray%29.  Note the "Sold by aSavings and Fulfilled by Amazon."  This would not be charged sales tax at point of sale (unless aSavings has a presence in your state). However, if the item says "Ships from and sold by Amazon.com", that item will be charged tax at POS.

Hope this helps.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deals: Canon Lens Price Drops
« on: September 03, 2013, 05:01:17 PM »
Just wondering aloud about some of the price increases .... Canon only has so many manufacturing lines and we are well aware of the problems they have had making lenses lately.  Maybe Canon needed to take a few lenses off the production schedule to allow for other lenses (like the EF 800 II coming).  This would create a potential shortage on the lenses not being produced (guessing the 70-200 f/4 L IS) so they crunched the numbers and found that these price increases should slow purchase rates on the affected lenses enough to avoid retailers going OOS until the lenses can be made again.

These are only guesses.  Canon may be working on new manufacturing locations as we speak to alleviate having to make these production run switches. Retooling a production line is costly and takes some time.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 7D Refurb Body $875 from Adorama
« on: July 25, 2013, 12:36:46 PM »
$999 now.  :-\

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Holy Crap Gray market EOS M w/22mm for $236
« on: July 25, 2013, 12:32:09 PM »
Just get the kit with the 18 - 55 IS lens from a reputable dealer, then pick up a 22mm on eBay.  USA warranty on the stuff that most likely would break and a great price on the prime.  Seen them sold for ~ $106.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: LensRentals.com Announces LensAuthority.com
« on: July 25, 2013, 12:29:43 PM »
Unfortunately, it appears that items appearing at this URL make the lenses more expensive.  I checked lensrentals regularly over the last year watching prices.  There is the 70-300 DO lens that never sold at $750 there.  Now, it appears on lensauthority as $800.  Raising the prices will not help sell the lenses.  I was hoping that they would be a company that wanted to move lenses and the best way to do that is to regularly lower the price a bit until it sells like a 1 - 2 % price reduction per week listed.

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Lighting / Re: New LumoPro flash is nearly here!
« on: July 17, 2013, 12:11:12 PM »
Again, to each their own and it is wonderful that we as consumers have options.  Just wanted to add that these units are now available (got an email today).


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EOS-M / Re: Where is my backordered EOS-M w/22 STM lens?
« on: July 17, 2013, 12:03:38 PM »
Sorry to hear that you cannot get the camera.  In this case, I'd recommend getting the 18-55 kit.  It works great and if you want the 22 pancake, there are tons of them on eBay for around $105.  Yeah it will be gray market but think about it ... so what? It is a fixed length lens with no IS so it has minimal things that can go wrong with it.  Add the knowledge that the US model sells for 2.5x times the price of these gray market version and the decision becomes rather simple.  Even if the lens did fail, you can buy another one and still be cheaper than a US purchased lens.  Heck, it is cheaper than the EF 50mm 1.8 mark II!
Good to have the warranty on a zoom lens with IS, i.e. the 18-55.  So, buy the available kit and a 22 on eBay.  Oh, and if anyone is interested, the Viltrox EF to EF-m adapter works well and of good quality, at least my copy.
http://www.viltrox.com/en/Products/Lens_adapter/2013/0330/44.html

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