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EOS-M / Re: Want the 90EX?
« on: March 19, 2014, 08:17:15 PM »
I don't play with optical triggering that much.. but I assumed that the red front part of the flash needed to be facing your subject... at least that is what I did when I use it.  and with the fully articulating head of the 580 or 600, it seems like the flash doesn't HAVE to be in front of the camera.  I could be wrong on all fronts though.

Optical trigger uses visible light, that is the actual flash head.
In case of 580 or 600, the raw strength of the light might be able to bounce and activate the slave, if needed. However, the maneuverability of the head is useful since a direct line of sight is ideal and in case of a puny master like the 90EX, it is necessary. I can't imagine how restrictive that will be in terms of placing the slaves.
Thanks, PBD, you saved me 60 bucks!

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: March 19, 2014, 07:45:34 PM »
That doesn't mean much :-p ... a piece of plastic cut from the bottom of a yoghourt can is a better lens than the 50/1.8 ... seriously, it's just so famed because it's so cheap for the f1.8 and it's the "plastic fantastic" legend by now.

Don't you think that's a bit harsh and unfair? I know of many people who have shot beautiful images with the nifty fifty. You just have to look at the Flickr pool for that. I agree the color isn't as good as an L (no S___, Sherlock!), but nevertheless it can create images that simply pop.

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Considering the left lens' bulbous element and small hood, I'd guess it's wider than 10mm.

Edit: then again, it looks like knobs on the barrel - maybe a tilt-shift lens?
I think you're right about the knobs, but I don't see the front elements at all, just the hoods.

Why doesn't the little guy have a mount unlike the others?
What seems like knobs might just be a ring (aperture ring, etc.). Notice it doesn't have a narrower stalk.

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Canon General / Re: Refurbished Bodies
« on: March 19, 2014, 04:54:31 PM »
Hi!

Is possible to know if dealer cheat you and sell you a refurbished lens/body? Or you just have to trust him?

And onother option. Is dealer sure that a manufacturer (eg. Canon) didn't sell him a refurbished product?

I'm talking about official dealers. So, they should have new products, but you never know what's going on in this world today. ;)

They are identified with one of several means, often, the serial number is punched or defaced, or there is a paint mark in the battery compartment,  so its pretty easy to tell.  Lenses have a punch dimple on the mounting ring.  Refurbs also come in a white box, and have anywhere from 200 to 7,000 shutter actuations, which can be checked by several software programs. 
 
A Authorized Canon Dealer would not want to risk losing that status for pulling a stunt like that.  Canon will come down hard on anyone who creates counterfit new packaging to sell a refurb.


Both my 7D and T2i had less than 20 shutter actuations (can't exactly tell how many, because I didn't check at the very beginning).
The refurb units sold directly by Canon come from overstock and demo units, as the CLP rep told me.
The refurb lenses have a red dye in the locking pin hole. Bodies and speedlites have a pinhole punched next to the serial number.


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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 19, 2014, 12:15:14 PM »
This will kill sales of Canon's 50/1.2L - even at its current rebate price of  $1,469.00. The Sigma is almost half the price of the "L".

Dunno about that. I just met a guy who recently bought a 35L and loves it, and he happily paid almost double the price of the superior Sigma 35A.

Although I hope and pray the Sigma 50 ART turns out to be a great lens, with perfect AF and no third-party issues, my own needs revolve more around the overall "look and feel" and color than sheer sharpness.  This is why 35L fits my own needs better than Sigma 35 ART, so I understand that "guy" who loves his 35L. 

I truly hope the Sigma 50 ART can bring lively colors and subject separation/"pop" from wonderful background bokeh, then I will replace my 50L with it.

Please watch this...I feel the same way as this very responsible reviewer. He pretty much covers everything.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OuN1ywuufg

"my own needs revolve more around the overall "look and feel" and color than sheer sharpness." Can you elaborate on this statement....it is kind of nebulous.

I also saw that video, and while I'd prefer the 35A to the 35L, the video looks biased from the beginning.
The minute he talks about liberal use of plastic in the Canon and how that still didn't help keep the price down it was clear which one he preferred.
Reviews should be objective, leaving the viewer to draw his conclusions based on the data provided.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 19, 2014, 12:08:52 PM »
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Dunno about that. I just met a guy who recently bought a 35L and loves it, and he happily paid almost double the price of the superior Sigma 35A.

a red ring junkie?

my father has the 35L so i know it pretty well... but i prefer my sigma 35mm f1.4.

Didn't seem like an L junkie. There are many possible reasons- some people don't like to consider 3rd party products, some people like the 'look' of a particular lens. Similarly I'm sure the 50L will have its loyalists.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 19, 2014, 01:53:33 AM »
This will kill sales of Canon's 50/1.2L - even at its current rebate price of  $1,469.00. The Sigma is almost half the price of the "L".

Dunno about that. I just met a guy who recently bought a 35L and loves it, and he happily paid almost double the price of the superior Sigma 35A.

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Shouldn't be more than $899.  In fact, I'd probably still buy the Tamron for $1,299 even if the Canon were $899.
It needs IS and thus this one needs to be discontinued.

-1....if I have to do it again, I will buy the Canon II over the Tammy

+1 to Dylan.
Opportunities to buy the 24-70 II for people like me occur once in a while (probably require aligning of stars or something like that)- when the need, the resources and the availability at a discounted price all happen at once.
These opportunities should not be missed.

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The difference between f/2.8 and f/4 isn't enough for fast-moving subjects. 

one stop sometimes can make a difference for moving subjects

plus you forget the little detail about how the image quality is like 10x better than with the 24-105

I am sure you got a bad copy

The difference between the two is more than one stop if you want equivalent sharpness. More like 2-3 stops.
Less barrel distortion at wide end.
If you have used both (and didn't get an especially bad copy of the f/2.8 or an exceptional copy of the f/4) you wouldn't have made this statement.

Waiting for a triple dip. Just like the 24-70 f/4. So I can get it for $1599. I sold my 24-70II serial 82 because of the clicking noise while zooming.
You sold a malfunctioning lens on the used market? Did you disclose it to the seller?
He said clicking noise, not "malfunctioning".
Either way, I would hope he disclosed the 'clicking' if it was not evident to the seller is all I'm saying. This is not a nifty-fifty we are talking about here...
Not necessary ... it is the responsibility of the person who is buying the second hand item to check it thoroughly before he buys ... like you said "it is not a nifty-fifty we are talking about here".

+1. I thought about responding to the earlier post, but refrained. Moral policing on the internet with the assumption that others are being unscrupulous is annoying.

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EOS-M / Re: Want the 90EX?
« on: March 18, 2014, 03:06:54 PM »

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Photography Technique / Re: What could I do better?
« on: March 17, 2014, 12:11:19 AM »
Here is a picture I took with the 70-300@300mm, ISO 1600, f/5.6 1/250s on a 50D (100% crop).
No post processing, converted directly to jpeg from RAW.
IMO, the lens is capable of sharper images than you got.

Yes, I agree your shot looks sharper, particularly considering it is at ISO1600.

We'll see what I get on future opportunities.

I'm quite sure I'm part of the problem.

Also, it is a 100% crop.
All I am trying to say is that the 70-300 is a pretty good tool, and no worse than Tamron in spite of the rumors (as far as IQ is concerned).
I didn't post those, but I have images from the same event as above, Federer and Nadal playing, and the AF was spot on in spite of not being ring USM.
Don't lose heart because of one missed opportunity when you hardly had time to act.
Keep this lens and you will be able to take many excellent images when you have the time to focus correctly :)
Cheers



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Photography Technique / Re: What could I do better?
« on: March 16, 2014, 09:21:08 PM »
Here is a picture I took with the 70-300@300mm, ISO 1600, f/5.6 1/250s on a 50D (100% crop).
No post processing, converted directly to jpeg from RAW.
IMO, the lens is capable of sharper images than you got.


I hear the Tamron 70-300 VC stomps the canon, but that's just anecdotal

I had both, and while the Tammy is great for the silent motor and non-rotating front element, IQ is pretty similar on both. 'Stomp' is hardly what I'd use.

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Photography Technique / Re: What could I do better?
« on: March 16, 2014, 09:07:20 PM »
To me the gray frame on the right is very distracting - it draws your eye because it is brighter than the deer.
Also the thing at the bottom left detracts from the image - again it draws you away from the main subject as you try to figure out what it is.
In my opinion it would be better to crop both of these out.

True- I didn't notice these. Slight cropping is highly recommended.

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Photography Technique / Re: What could I do better?
« on: March 16, 2014, 04:23:53 PM »
You shouldn't crop in any case because the framing looks just great!

It's hard to interpret too much from a jpeg, but it seems like the focus is behind the deer, maybe even in the bushes.
I forget how metering works on the 60D, but if you locked focus and exposure on the deer then it wouldn't have been underexposed in my opinion- so I think it was locked on the brighter shrubbery behind.

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