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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 6D Body $1629 via eBay
« on: April 08, 2013, 01:33:43 PM »
Its $1699.75 now.  :-\  No problems waiting.  The yen continues to tank versus the US dollar.  This will have to reflect in prices eventually.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon prices after 30th of March ?
« on: April 04, 2013, 04:35:20 PM »
My crystal ball tells me that the long trend shows prices for Japanese goods in the US going lower.

Good takeaway quote, "DXJ was up 28% for the six months ended April 3. FXY, which tracks the movement of the Japanese yen versus the U.S. dollar, is down about 17% over the same period."

As the dollar strengthens versus the yen, less dollars are required to purchase products sold at a constant yen price.  So, Canon could signifigantly lower dollar pricing on their equipment and still make the same or even more.  This strategy worked very well for international, but US based companies that had been working in the Eurozone.  Most of the increased value of those companies stocks could simply be attributed to the conversion of revenues earned in stronger currency markets when converted to their home currency.  This leads to increased stock prices on those companies even if they sell the same amount of wigits, whigdings, or whatever in the past.

Lenses / Re: Is the upcoming 50mm F/2 IS USM for me?
« on: April 03, 2013, 11:54:32 AM »
Still rocking a 20+ year old 50mm 1.8 first version.  Build in Japan with the metal mount.  Clean, fast , reliable & sharp. Only fault is the 5 blade shutter makes crappy bokeh.  I am waiting for a reason to replace it.  A $1,200 lens, even if it's 1.2L is not a good enough reason.  A 1.4, for $400, even if a tad sharper in the after 2.8 is not a good reason.  a 2.5 with 1/2 frame macro, and sharp, for $500 was a good reason.  So I bought one of those too.  I'm really hoping for a hyper-sharp 1.4 with IS that does not break the bank.  Guess I will be holding onto that 1.8 until the first price drop on any new 50mm

The 1.8 Mk I truly is a brilliant little lens, I'm very happy with my immaculate copy :)

I don't find myself using my 50 mk I anymore since I got the 40 pancake.  Since I am not an agent in The Matrix, I do not notice a large problem with focus speed on the 40.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D L Announced, Shipping in May
« on: April 01, 2013, 10:34:28 AM »
I'm only getting one if the lens zooms backwards too...

 When they do, they call them "Nikon"

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 1V Film SLR
« on: March 29, 2013, 04:37:25 PM »
I picked up an EOS-3 and EOS Rebel 2000 along with a couple of older, manual flashes for $120 about a year ago in the US.  Found locally on a buy/sell website called Craigslist.  Guy selling them got them from his dad with the instruction to get whatever he could for them.  Totally worth it and have used both bodies shooting Ilford Black and White film.  Highly recommend just picking up a mint EOS-3 somewhere.

EDIT: This thread has inspired me to pick up some film and go shooting "old school" this weekend!

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark II - Light stain on a body!
« on: March 28, 2013, 04:03:39 PM »
I think the camera is un-salvageable; now quickly toss the unit into hydrofluoric acid before anyone gets hurt by that unit!   ::)

Pricewatch Deals / 30 inch IPS 2560x1600 monitors on sale at MonoPrice
« on: March 28, 2013, 03:55:50 PM »

The second unit has more ports but both should be able to do accurate colors.  I know this is not Canon or directly a camera item, but I'm sure there are some out there who could use one of these beasts with their digital darkroom.

Lighting / Re: First external flash? Lots of beginner's questions!
« on: March 28, 2013, 12:36:25 PM »
My recommendation is to find a used 220EX flash.  While it cannot be turned for bounce flash, it can be modified to do so.  Its strengths are its size (small), has AF assist light, take 4 AA batteries so it gets lots of flashes on a charge and recharges very quickly.  Oh, it can also be found quite cheaply compared to other e-TTL flashes so you can explore this area of photography without spending a lot of money.  Even if you get more equipment later on, this flash will still get used for daytime fill light shots.  The larger flashes are often times just too bulky in many situations unless you are on a dedicated photo shoot.

I know Ken Rockwell is a controversial figure but his review of this product has merit.

For more powerful, manual flashes, the LumoPro LP160 was king.  However, the one place in the US that had them are out of stock and won't be getting any more as an updated model is due this year, the LP180.

Software & Accessories / Re: Trying to draw viewfinder sizes on screen
« on: March 28, 2013, 12:21:57 PM »
They look small probably due to the same reason big screen TVs look smaller in a big box store like Costco or Sam's Club.  The boxes are on a large white area, so they appear smaller.  Remember, the actual finders are only about a centimeter away from your eye instead of a few decimeters or feet.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2013, 12:06:15 PM »
Sensor size FF = 24x36 = 864sqmm
Sensor size Canon aps-c= 22.2x14.8 = 329sqmm

So a 21 mp APS-c sensor would ramp up to 21*(864/329)= 55 mp.

The ratio of the areas is 2.63.


+1  Seems not too many people appreciate  the large areal difference between APS-C and FF.  Thanks for pointing out that FF has 263% the area of Canon crop sensor.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Any regrets for leaving camera at home?
« on: March 27, 2013, 12:51:44 PM »
One night, while walking home from the local bar, I saw bigfoot and Elvis, but with no camera to take a picture, nobody believes me....

Seriously though..... the site where I work is secure.... fences all around.... 3 kilometers by 8 kilometers in size, and contains a firing range.... It is the perfect spot for wildlife.... the firing range is crawling with wildlife. (It is a career ending move to shoot anything other than targets). Problem is, no cameras allowed. I have seen deer by the thousands, bear, moose, wolves, coyotes, fox, a cougar, there are several Osprey nests, an eagle nest, scads of Red Tailed hawks..... I keep having to chase wild turkeys away....AND I CAN'T TAKE PICTURES WITH MY CAMERA!!!!!

What a country!  Shoot bullets ... great.  Shoot pictures ... no way!  Guess you'll need to rig up a camera to look something like this to get in.

Lenses / Re: How Much do you use your Canon EF 16-35mm L ??
« on: March 27, 2013, 12:42:06 PM »

Not too many towns with a population in the 45,000 range are lucky enough to have a pro camera store, I hope to do my part at keeping them here.  They do have to custom order big ticket items, Canon is usually pretty good about helping them out.  He was going to call the Canon Rep today and see if she could give him some priority, they can take a long time to arrive if they are out of stock.

Not too many towns are as beautiful as Coeur d'Alene!  The area deserves a pro shop.

Lenses / Re: How Much do you use your Canon EF 16-35mm L ??
« on: March 27, 2013, 12:37:40 PM »
I shoot some ultra wide, but find it difficult to justify a large amount of money to something like the 16-35.  I think what spoiled me was getting a great deal on a used Tamron 17-35 f/2.8-4.  It has a lens profile for lightroom and I got it for $200.  The only thing missed is manual focus override.  Just cannot justify spending hundreds to thousands more when this lens works quite well.

Lenses / Re: 50mm: Wich one?
« on: March 27, 2013, 12:11:09 PM »
Canon will be updating the 50 and maybe the 85 like they did with the 24, 28, and 35.  Unknown what the final aperture will be on the new lenses but the build quality will most definitely improve.  Now, while waiting for a current 50mm to be built for EF, why not consider getting a 40 f/2.8 STM?  Image quality is excellent and the lens is very inexpensive.

Lenses / Re: 40mm f/2.8 Wow what a lens
« on: March 27, 2013, 12:05:20 PM »
I own the original EF 50 1.8 from 1987 and the EF 40 STM.  I also had purchased FoCal Pro to do AFMA along with running some focus testing.  From this photographer's point of view, there is no argument.  The 40 kicks the living daylights out of the 50 in resolution.  The 50 may have a wider aperature, but from 2.8 out, the resolution drops off precipitously.  The 40's chart is essentially flat from wide open to point of diffraction on my 5D mark ii.  FoCal puts it at F/11 I think.

For other's who find criticisms for not purchasing this lens, well I find the rationalizations rather mind boggling.  This lens can be purchased for less than $200.  It has a simple design.  I think the hardest thing people have with this is that it can best a >$2000 zoom purchase for its focal length.  We want to think that the more complicated and expensive something is, the more inherently better it becomes in all aspects.  This is simply not true.

I wanted to get the Sigma 35 1.4 but find it hard to justify $900 when the $149 I spent does the job so well for the vast majority of situations the focal length gets used.

My 2 cents at least. 

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