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I would like to add that the Sigma DP camera series is also quite capable of street shooting ... many of their qualities mirror that of rangefinders. 

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Wow!  I'm the first Sigma vote.  Y'all gotta try out a Sigma DP cameras with the Foveon sensor.  It is a lot like shooting rangefinder cameras.  Got a DP1x cheap on eBay and am loving the images it put out.

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Lenses / Re: What happened to DO?
« on: March 05, 2013, 11:01:55 AM »
I think the stronger question is why no more DO lenses beyond the two released some years ago?  I'm sure there are other focal lengths that would be interesting with DO.  I guess Canon simply does not want to invest more money into what their customers have essentially rejected with the 400 and 70-300.  Too bad IMHO.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Center Pinch Lens Caps Now Shipping
« on: February 25, 2013, 05:22:09 PM »
An the advantage of pinch caps is....????   I've got one with my Tamron lens, and I don't much care for it.


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Main advantage is with lenses using larger hoods like with telephoto lenses.  With some Canon lenses, the hood needs to be removed or slid back to access the edges of the cap to remove.  Convenience factor.

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Lighting / Re: Yongnuo st-e2?
« on: February 06, 2013, 05:28:09 PM »
I have not had the chance to use the Yongnuo st-e2 yet, but was interested as well.  It's main advantage over the Canon version besides price is that the Yongnuo uses regular AA batteries instead of 2CR5 batteries.

Remember though that these triggers are not necessary in all remote flash firing scenarios.  A small flash atop your camera, whether the built-in or a small one on the hot shoe can be used at low power to set off flashes set to slave mode.

Yongnuo also make other remote triggers that can serve multiple purposes like RF control of the shutter.  Look to their page if these interest you.  http://www.hkyongnuo.com/e-ourproduct.php?category=8.Flash%20Equipment

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Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Hands-On Review
« on: February 05, 2013, 01:03:30 PM »
If this lens with a 2x tele competes with an 800mm prime super tele, then it has justified its price tag.  This lens with the 2x mark iii essentially would allow a photographer to replace a few, several thousand dollar lenses (along with their weight and bulk).  Hopefully, this will get some good super teles on the used market with lower prices so us regular folks can afford to pick up a super tele.  Not all of us are brain docs ... lookin' at you Neuroanatomist!  ;)

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when taking a look into some of responses to this thread, i start realize that some people do not bother to read original post which mention about "STRONG YEN", yet they do not even know what is going on between china and japan (east china sea or senkaku islands).

Senkaku Islands?!?! There is no such place to the Chinese; it is the Diaoyu Islands and they are willing to go to war over this.

(Wish I knew how to make a tongue-in-cheek emoticon)

This could end up being a very serious situation on top of all the Korean shenanigans.

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Completely gone from Southern California.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: 10% off Used Gear at LensRentals.com
« on: January 28, 2013, 02:07:03 PM »
I was just about to pull the trigger on the Sigma 85 1.4 they had for Canon.  Hit the buy button but it was gone.  :'( $625 was a good price IMHO.

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Lenses / Re: Your favorite lens is?
« on: January 14, 2013, 12:25:21 PM »
On crop camera, my favorite is the Canon 8-15 f/4L.  Full frame, I think I will love it even more.  The only thing I don't like about it is the lens cap.

If true, then your next purchase MUST be a FF camera.  Get a used 5Dc or 5D mark ii ASAP even if you need to sell other stuff to get it.  Once you see the 8-15 on a FF, the crop sensor camera you have now may never get used again!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Anybody using MagicLantern?
« on: January 07, 2013, 06:12:41 PM »
I am always baffled if people don't use it.

I recently purchased a used 5D mark II and it had the latest Canon firmware of 2.0.9.  I had read that ML did not work with this version and required a downgrade of the official firmware by Canon in order to get ML on the camera.  Is this no longer the case?  I may need to do more research as I did not want to do that downgrade right away.

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Portrait / Re: How to take INCREDIBLE photos of your friends
« on: January 07, 2013, 05:44:45 PM »
We all can get so serious around here so a little levity seemed warranted.

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Portrait / How to take INCREDIBLE photos of your friends
« on: January 07, 2013, 04:11:42 PM »
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/incredible_photos

Sorry if inappropriate but this got me laughing out loud and thought a few here may also enjoy the humor.

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Software & Accessories / Re: CS2 free download?
« on: January 07, 2013, 01:23:48 PM »
I see "Site Area Temporarily Unavailable" page.  It is probably not taken down, but their servers are getting hammered.  People love free stuff.  Too bad they haven't embraced distribution via torrent networks like Linux distros.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of downgrading my 5d3 system
« on: January 07, 2013, 12:12:29 PM »
So many good ideas presented; I have not read them all yet so I apologize if I am repeating someone else's idea.  Well, remember that expensive equipment can be rented from lensrentals.com so if you only need the big glass for specific vacation trips or whatever, no need to own it, just rent it!  If you end up renting the same piece of glass like 3 times, then consider purchasing it.  As to what piece of glass to own, only the OP can really know what that is for them.  I would recommend going back to basics when feeling creatively blocked.  Go out and use a mid focal range lens on a walk around shoot and note what length comes up most on the EXIF of the pics.  Get a prime in or near that length and only shoot with it for 1 - 3 months.  See if your creative juices start to flow again once your mind is freed from thinking about the equipment like if you should have "the other lens" on the body.
Good luck on finding your mojo!

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