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EOS Bodies / Re: Camera (Body Only) or Camera with Bundle Kit
« on: January 04, 2013, 11:25:28 AM »
Or...if you just have to try a high IQ lens, maybe get the pancake 40. Lots of folks with lots of L glass are saying great things about that lens and the posted shots seem to back up the talk. I've seen it for $149 on sale.

+1 on this suggestion.  The main gripe about the EF 40mm lens has been stronger vignetting when wide open on a full frame camera but that "issue" is mostly alleviated by using a crop sensor camera.  Also, get the kit with the lens.  Really, give it a go and learn the equipment.  See if this is what you want to do and what areas of photography excite you.  See what images you can get out of the basic equipment before an upgrade to high end glass.  Only then can you do a comparison of images from basic and expensive glass with subject material that excites you and come to a correct conclusion if the expensive glass is worth it FOR YOU.

If you do not mind getting used equipment, the full frame recommendation of the 5D classic body is a good one as you can get them cheaper than a new Rebel body.

Reviews / Re: Canon 6D review
« on: January 02, 2013, 12:45:24 PM »
Thanks Michael for adding your insights to this camera.  Enjoyed the read.  Best of luck with the new blog!

Lenses / Re: Selling 70-300 IS - Suggest Replacement?
« on: December 26, 2012, 04:30:13 PM »
Kind of a hard question to answer as the primary need for the lens was not specified.  Given the large selections of lenses and bodies you already have, I would strongly suggest going for a decent tele prime.  Indoor events could use a 200mm f/2 or the 300mm f/2.8 II.  You can add TC's to them for different lengths.  These are suggested as price was not given as primary issue.  Since you have so many camera bodies, you don't really need the functionality of the zooms as much as a person with only one body to work with.  My 2 cents at least.

Lenses / Re: Buying used lens
« on: December 26, 2012, 04:17:45 PM »
Good advice here.  Craigslist is great for face-to-face meetups.  Just periodically check your local CL listings.  I search under CANON and look at what fit on the first page.  After a while, you can get good at spotting good deals.   Just make sure to meet in a public place and if the item is for a particularly large value, it would be advised to have a second person have the cash in another part of the parking lot or store you are meeting up at.  If the deal looks legit, call them over to make the payment.  Don't want to get jacked for $6000 because of that killer 800mm lens some guy had posted on the CL but was a scam.  Just use your common sense and always be prepared to walk away from the deal.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EF 35 f/2 IS in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: December 20, 2012, 07:31:15 PM »
I'm really curious to see how this sells versus the Sigma 35mm f/1.4.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Likely Price Trend
« on: December 19, 2012, 07:29:35 PM »
If we consider the recent election in Japan with the LDP winning who placed Shinzo Abe as Prime Minister who in turn has publicly stated his primary goal of driving inflation domestically by printing unlimited money, we can reasonably conclude that we should see price depreciation of goods from Japan (which includes the 6D).  How successful this will be remains a question, but it is because of this news that I bought a used 5D mark II for now and will revisit the 6D pricing in about 6 months.  I expect the price to fall also since I did not see the 6D out of stock after release due to too many pre-orders.  Anyways, I support the wait and see approach.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Only 1 lens
« on: December 18, 2012, 05:48:16 PM »
Any consideration of going back to film? *GASP*

I picked up Rebel 2000 and EOS 3 cameras off of CL for $125.

Consider xxD cameras if Rebels are a conderation; the ergonomics of the xxD series are much closer to the 5DII than the Rebel series.

Don't be afraid of the used market.  Many good deals can be had for equipment.

Had found a brand new  28 - 135 lens on CL off of a 7D kit for $200.  This is a good recommendation if you keep your 5DII.  If you go crop, the 18 - 135 is a very capable all-in-one lens for crop sensor bodies.

Hope your money troubles pass soon.  Don't give up your passion.

Pricewatch Deals / 27" NEC IPS monitor for $799 at B&H
« on: December 12, 2012, 06:56:30 PM »
This is not strictly camera related, but those looking for a good image editing monitor would be well served to check this out.

Added to cart, price goes from 1199 to 799.   ;D

Lenses / Re: Canon 50mm 1.8iii... L... Real or fake?
« on: December 11, 2012, 11:24:33 AM »
Well there is a date code visible in the picture that indicates the lens was manufactured in October, 2005 at the Utsunomiya manufacturing plant.  This would make it quite old to be a lens in development.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D Wifi Linking with iPhone 5
« on: December 06, 2012, 01:13:10 PM »
Well, some have complained about the 6D not having an articulated screen.  By having WiFi and the app on a smartphone, the user now has an even better solution; a screen that is not even attached to the camera!  Wanna shoot from 2 inches off the ground but do not want or cannot get to the ground?  This feature will allow the user to see in these angles.  The camera has been designed to be shot with one hand, so the other can hold the monitor (smartphone).  How about shooting over the top of the heads in a large crowd?  Now, the user can do so without a pure guess if they will get the shot framed.

I personally cannot wait to see what this creative community will do with this technology.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Ultra long daytime exposures - 5D mkiii
« on: December 03, 2012, 03:48:25 PM »
what gel are you using?  brand?  price?  link? 

these have always been some of my favorite types of shots, but i ain't spending 80 bazillion dollars on a square piece of glass from Lee (don't care how good it is).

You could go to harbor freight or some other cheap tool shop ang get a number 14 welders glass.  I was serious when i suggested that may be what was used here.  It is dark enough to allow you to look at the sun, like solar film.  Tbe 14, i believe,is the numberof halves, or stops, of light it cuts out.   Probablyhave to deal with some color cast, and use some gallers tape to hold it to the lens, but it should work. 

Metalized solar filters are also available in sizes thatcan be mounted to lenses, for usually around $90.  They definitely haveacolor cast.


Regarding the formula, you are essentially right.  To figure out the percentage of light a given filter will transmit, use this formula...

Filtered light amount in percent = 100/(2^x)  where x equals the stop number.  The ^ carrot symbolizes a superscript or power of the 2 or 2 to the x power.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 6D Shipping Shortly from B&H Photo
« on: November 30, 2012, 12:54:23 PM »
Has anyone's order from B&H shipped yet? 
I submitted my order yesterday and the status is processing.

They have been open to pre-orders for the camera for some time now so there is most likely a backlog that needs to be filled first before reaching those who placed an order yesterday.  There is also a concern regarding the strike at the Los Angeles/Long Beach ports on California.  Even though it is on the other side of the country, so much of what comes from Asia goes through those ports that the strike could strongly affect product availability in the upcoming months.  There are over 17 container ships just off the coast waiting for the strike to end.

I just tried to buy from them right now but they don't ship to Canada.

Looks like they are in Michigan and that is like next door to Canada!  ROAD TRIP!   8)

As I understand it, models without wifi or GPS will only be available in countries that restrict the broadcasting of wireless signals ... something like the FCC not approving a device.  If you are in the US, there will only be the one model with Wifi and GPS.

What I found interesting is there was the instant rebate associated with this brand new product.  It would seem most plausible that a 200 dollar discount could be found on the body only.  Here's to seeing a $1899 6D body at Adorama or B&H in 2012!   :D

I see the body only still shows as 2099 at Norman but if that price holds, it is hard not to get the 24-105 for $600 new.  That may mean even more of these lenses showing up on CL or eBay further depressing the resale price on the lens.

EDIT:  Wow, so the latter appears to be true.  Time to quickly sell my used 24-105.   I thought I got a good deal on it for 700 used last year, but 600 new is even better.

EOS Bodies / Re: When will we have a full frame body below $1,000?
« on: November 28, 2012, 01:04:54 PM »
Regarding the actual manufacture of CMOS sensors ... Canon had put out a white paper on this topic a few years back that still has relevancy now.  I found a download location for it here.

It is a decent read.  Shows how they could only get 20 FF sensors on a 8 inch wafer but could get 200 crop sensors on the same wafer.  Also discusses the various processes involved in creating these sensors and what can go wrong.  Unlike many other camera makers, Canon makes their own sensors in house.

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