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Reviews / Re: Long-term Review | Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:48:15 PM »
Just sharing my review guys..

http://www.occhio-photography.com/long-term-review-canon-100mm-f2-8l-macro-is-usm/

cheers,
r.



Very nice review. Thanks for posting.


+1.
Very useful for someone contemplating buying one.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: SanDisk Sale at B&H Photo
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:46:43 PM »
Like many, I got the 64gb 1066x Lexar cards for $88 a pop when they were on sale. Ordered in May and they didn't come until last week. It's really a supply/demand issue - they will come eventually.

Oh, the joy! Just checked the order status page at B&H (usually I checked it about every 15 minutes or so, for past 2 months)

It just changed to: Status: In stock, order sent to warehouse Expedited Delivery

Mine is still: On order :(

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Today I went shooting in Atlanta and brought along my Canon Rebel GII 35mm camera. I attached my 40mm f/2.8 STM on it, knowing full well that 28mm is 44.8mm on crop sensor. It was simply amazing to shoot at that lens and camera combination for an extended period of time. It's wide enough for me. So, I'll be getting the 28mm f/2.8 IS USM.

Thanks for all of your help! When I get it, I'll update the thread with my impressions.

Please update with some photos, too. I love to watch street photography.
Cheers!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Big Stpper with UV filters
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:33:27 PM »
Nota bene: Filter Connection ( www.2filter.com )  warns about screwing a wide angle adapter into a thin polarizer, and I have heard of several people who tried that and had the hardest time separating the polarizer from the adapter afterward. It is tempting to try to save on buying an $80.00 105mm adapter ring and a $320.00 105 mm CPL. Don't mate a modern CPL by its female threads. The only use female threads of a CPL should have is to serve as lens cap holder.


+1.
I had this problem with a Lee WA adapter and my B+W CP-L. When I was using it, it felt great that I could use the two and also turn the polarizer merely by turning the Lee system altogether clockwise.
However, I realized to my dismay afterwards that the outer ring of the CP-L, which I need to grab tightly in order to get the WA adapter off, is completely hidden under the adapter. Turning the adapter counterclockwise merely turns the outer ring of the polarizer with respect to the inner ring, with no effect on removing the adapter whatsoever.
The solution was to use gaffer's tape to secure the two rings of the polarizer and then twist them off as one piece.
You can have a similar situation with a regular filter if you screw the adapter on too tight.

I can understand it might worry some to have the lens 'bare' while using the Lee system, especially as you carry the camera+lens from one place to another, because you wouldn't have the filters stuck at that time, and you might not want to take the adapter on and off every time to put the lens cap on. I recommend getting the Lee filter caps ($ 8 for 3 pieces) and ensuring peace of mind.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: SanDisk Sale at B&H Photo
« on: July 17, 2014, 02:02:23 PM »
I got me some Lexar CF cards at the weekend, and from a price point they are even cheaper sometimes (look at the 128GB cards for example):
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=lexar+1066&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=



It is frustrating that Lexar 64GB regular CF cards (which about 10K people including myself have ordered at the lower price point) isn't in stock but 2-card packs are being sold well enough.
I don't understand- is Lexar bundling all the 64-GB cards into 2-packs to prevent the customers from getting the discounted price? This stinks!

I ordered a Lexar 64GB card during the last sale and Adorama told me it was the biggest seller.  Mine came about 2-3 weeks later...  I think it's a supply/demand issue, not any kind of trick on Lexar's part.



Well, I still haven't received mine either from B&H or from Adorama.
And if they have cards to put into 2-packs, they don't exactly seem to be running out of cards.

Anyway, it seems they will get it next week- just spoke to a rep. Fingers crossed.

Sorry to hear that - I hope it comes next week - and not to defend them, but they are probably out of the packaging.  It's a nice fast card, however, and worth the wait, especially for such a low price.


No, you're right.
I'm just being grumpy. Had a scare during my trip as I ran out of space on my cards- I deleted some images thinking they're backed up. Except they weren't.
Fortunately the Lexar software allowed me to recover the images, but they have a stupid key code you need from the original card package (which I had since thrown away, and wouldn't have carried on my trip anyway). So I had to wait until after the trip to recover them, when they mailed a key to me.
That made for unnecessary anxiety during the trip and one 16GB card I couldn't even touch, pressing me further for space.
Ah, well... end of rant.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: SanDisk Sale at B&H Photo
« on: July 17, 2014, 01:44:23 PM »
I got me some Lexar CF cards at the weekend, and from a price point they are even cheaper sometimes (look at the 128GB cards for example):
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=lexar+1066&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=



It is frustrating that Lexar 64GB regular CF cards (which about 10K people including myself have ordered at the lower price point) isn't in stock but 2-card packs are being sold well enough.
I don't understand- is Lexar bundling all the 64-GB cards into 2-packs to prevent the customers from getting the discounted price? This stinks!

I ordered a Lexar 64GB card during the last sale and Adorama told me it was the biggest seller.  Mine came about 2-3 weeks later...  I think it's a supply/demand issue, not any kind of trick on Lexar's part.



Well, I still haven't received mine either from B&H or from Adorama.
And if they have cards to put into 2-packs, they don't exactly seem to be running out of cards.

Anyway, it seems they will get it next week- just spoke to a rep. Fingers crossed.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: SanDisk Sale at B&H Photo
« on: July 17, 2014, 01:16:05 PM »
I got me some Lexar CF cards at the weekend, and from a price point they are even cheaper sometimes (look at the 128GB cards for example):
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=lexar+1066&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=



It is frustrating that Lexar 64GB regular CF cards (which about 10K people including myself have ordered at the lower price point) isn't in stock but 2-card packs are being sold well enough.
I don't understand- is Lexar bundling all the 64-GB cards into 2-packs to prevent the customers from getting the discounted price? This stinks!

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: SanDisk Sale at B&H Photo
« on: July 17, 2014, 01:09:28 AM »
Good to see these are in stock.
I have lost hope of the 1066x 64GB Lexars that I had purchased aeons ago on sale...   :'(

Same here, I bought two of those. Some reason BH even removed the item from their website few days ago.

Have been thinking if Adorama would price match the sale they had, but they are out of stock also. Asked BH couple times if they'd ship the 2-pack instead (which they had in stock), but they denied. Maybe I should ask Adorama about those,... hmm...

I had actually ordered from B&H and Adorama, hoping one or the other will restock before my trip (I plan to keep both orders, by the way, as long as they don't cancel on me).
Neither have restocked, and both keep sending emails of regret. Bummer!

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Lenses / Re: What Lenses are missing from Canon's range
« on: July 17, 2014, 12:31:46 AM »
Need to have: 85/1.4 (but no one else mentioned it, so I suppose Canon has little market for it... :(
Want to have: 135/1.8-2 IS (that will essentially lock my 70-200 II to non-travel use)
Would be nice to have: 12orwhatever-24/2.8

I am not sure any of these will come out this year though... :(

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: SanDisk Sale at B&H Photo
« on: July 17, 2014, 12:18:08 AM »
Good to see these are in stock.
I have lost hope of the 1066x 64GB Lexars that I had purchased aeons ago on sale...   :'(

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D N
« on: July 17, 2014, 12:13:29 AM »
The first thing that I'd do if I were designing the next camera would be to use DRYOS solely for the guts of the camera operation (if at all).

Oh no, I hope they keep using dryos, after all this is what makes Magic Lantern run :-) ... even with a oss os, they most likely would have to scratch a lot of their work.  From a ML programer's perspective, dryos seems to be pretty ok esp. considering Canon developed it on their own to avoid license fees. Of course with the catch that Canon doesn't release an sdk and you have to find and figure out all functions for yourself, but that's not the os' fault.

As for needing a rtos or not, I cannot quite say (though I guess the ML devs could) - but I figure there is a good reason they use it other than some workarounds. Linux has a considerable overhead and for running on embedded you have to customize it all the time (see Android or routers running Linux). And you really don't need Linux on your EOS, you can already play Sokoban and Arkanoid with Magic Lantern :->

Can't you guys at Magic Lantern transform this barebones Wifi to something 'magical'? (I speak without any programming knowledge, of course. So, sorry if this is a dumb question)

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Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2014, 11:18:47 PM »
I think Canon will NOT price the 4X0RT low enough that too many will be inclined to settle for that instead of another 600 (especially if refurbished).

On the other hand, their latest releases (70d, 16-35L-IS) were rather reasonably priced - so you never know, even with Canon :-p

hush! they will hear us!

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Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2014, 08:23:06 PM »
Let me rephrase that- how much cheaper will Canon be willing to price the 4X0RT anyway? (considering Canon's general inclination towards R&D roi and profit)

You don't want to hear my answer, I'm Mr. "Canon is too greedy" around here. Though I have to admit the 600rt is a very good piece of equipment, they have to get back their r&d investment and Yongnuo just showed us how not to do it with the terrible st-e3 transmitter clone.


It is a rhetorical question anyway.
I think Canon will NOT price the 4X0RT low enough that too many will be inclined to settle for that instead of another 600 (especially if refurbished).

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Reviews / Re: Long-term Review | Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: July 16, 2014, 07:57:54 PM »
So my point is that there may be better bokeh, but it isn't a slouch.

Sure, I was only comparing it to my 135L because I had earlier decided in its favor when looking for a short telephoto (and yes, the difference is pretty significant but unfair, because their maximum apertures and focal lengths are also different).
As it is, bokeh isn't one of the primary reasons for buying a 100L.

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Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2014, 07:54:22 PM »
And how much cheaper can they make the 4X0RT anyway?

Much cheaper, look at third party flashes, even if you allow for a higher Canon quality. Flash technology isn't space age anymore - it's just about how much r&d roi and profit Canon wants to have.

Let me rephrase that- how much cheaper will Canon be willing to price the 4X0RT anyway? (considering Canon's general inclination towards R&D roi and profit)

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