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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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Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2014, 06:09:18 PM »
For those in the U.S., I don't see buying a new 4xx RT when, with a little patience, you can get refurbished 600 RTs for under $400 when Canon offers them on sale.

+1.
I wanted a 4X0RT a year back, but now having owned and used my 600s, I don't think I would want to lose a single feature.
And how much cheaper can they make the 4X0RT anyway? The new 430EXs sell for $ 300, and even that makes a refurb 600 look like a bargain (which it is, BTW).

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Reviews / Re: Long-term Review | Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: July 16, 2014, 05:48:37 PM »
I played with it for some time at B&H.
The AF is certainly fast enough, even on a 5Dc (especially with focus limiter).
The bokeh, however, was not that great.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« on: July 16, 2014, 05:46:52 PM »
I've been raving for the 135L for awhile now but it seems to get washed out by the "eermegerd 85mm 1.2!" Consistently... :/

It's a near perfect lens and it deserves a makeover with a bump in aperture and IS. That will make it a lens that I'd have absolutely no reason to own a 70-200II. Dedicated portrait photographers would flock to that prime instead of spending the weight and monies on the 70-200II.
I just love the 135L. It's the reason I like primes over zooms. Light, small, fast and affordable.

Since I don't do photography for living, I can live without 135L. The 70-200 f2.8 IS II is a MUST have lens for my shooting.
It won't replace the 70-200LII but it'd give a nice alternative to shooters who don't need the size and weight and need some extra speed.

There is nothing much to complaint about current 135L, except lacking IS for those 1/60 or slower shots.

I've been thinking about 35mm to go with 135L for low light. The love for 50mm focal lenght has changed to 35mm now.


The 35L is a fantastic lens. Almost 3D images (hopefully will be able to share a few shortly).
[this follows for any 35/1.4 lens]

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« on: July 16, 2014, 04:31:58 AM »
It was a great decision for me to buy this as a travel telephoto replacement. It's a wonderful lens with and without extenders, light and inconspicuous and almost takes great portraits with zero input from me.
Absolutely love it.

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Lenses / Re: Year of the lens....a joke....?
« on: July 15, 2014, 09:14:46 PM »
I could see realistically:

100-400L IS II + 7d2 before photokina,

then announced at photokina:
35mm f/1.4L II
50mm f/1.8 IS
85mm f/1.8 IS
135mm f/2L II
New FF body, maybe

I remember asking you before:
What would you expect of a 35/1.4 II and a 135/2 II?
Do you think Canon will produce a v2 just to include weather sealing and curved aperture blades? I doubt it.
I can't imagine what else could be improved significantly.
I hope Canon decides to go for a 85/1.4 instead of a 85/1.8 IS. I want it so much...

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