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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Greentoe
« on: November 05, 2014, 06:50:22 PM »
AFAIK, Greentoe, CPW are essentially negotiators who will allow authorized retailers to sell at competitive prices, often below MAP.
You are still being invoiced directly by the authorized retailer, so their reputation and warranty all stand.
Often you will end up buying from Adorama or B&H through CPW or Greentoe. The difference is while CPW negotiated a fixed rate and advertises it, Greentoe adopts a 'name you price' mode like Priceline.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Anyone got their 7DII + 24-70 f4 IS shipped yet?
« on: November 04, 2014, 01:43:14 PM »
Well, I did order on 9/17, and so far no news on it being shipped.
I asked them this morning for an estimate, and they sent me the Same canned response when I had inquired last week, saying they are experiencing stock shortages due to the overwhelming demand of the 24-70 bundle and I should be patient and wait.
I suppose they don't have a minute to write a personalized email. Business must be really good!

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Anyone got their 7DII + 24-70 f4 IS shipped yet?
« on: November 03, 2014, 11:32:44 PM »
Congrats, Runnerguy, Monchoon, and Breacher1! Please do post your impressions and pictures (I believe there is a running thread).
By the way, do you remember when you all placed the order? Thanks!

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Pricewatch Deals / Anyone got their 7DII + 24-70 f4 IS shipped yet?
« on: November 03, 2014, 09:45:03 PM »
Hi all
So I ordered the 7DII + 24-70 f/4 IS bundle from Henry's on September 17, taking advantage of the bundle offer by Canon Canada. It seems that they are experiencing stock shortages, and my stuff are yet to be shipped, with no estimated date of shipping. Just to get an idea of the shortage situation, has anyone's order (bundles only) been shipped yet? If so, can you say where you ordered them from and when? I am wondering if I should have ordered from Camera Canada or elsewhere instead...
Thanks in advance.

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Portrait / Re: Selfie.
« on: November 03, 2014, 08:28:09 PM »
Pretty cool gadget to hold the camera afar...

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Lenses / Re: B+W filter advice
« on: November 03, 2014, 06:27:05 PM »
This is quite amusing.
The OP had posted this exact same question on FredMiranda and I replied to it, quoting (linked) Neuro's post from February with the picture of the two mounts.
Now I see the same question here, and of course, Neuro's response with that picture.
Well, I suppose the OP will get multiple validation of the same information :)

FredMiranda link:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1327745/0#12665950

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Lenses / Re: Selling 200-400
« on: November 03, 2014, 03:32:18 PM »
Two things:
1. I never dispute the quality of the lens. God forbid! But I use it once a year and can't justify it.
2. The 1.4x is a pain to use. One has to wait for the lens to 'cool down' before engaging it or it over exposes. Many times shots are lost or over exposed because of this. I think the ease of having the entire zoom range available without engaging the extender (150-600) would be easier.

I am sure you will love the lens combo with the 7D.

I appreciate your comment much. Am concerned too at times. :)

I am very curious as to how that can be. As far as I understand, the metering is controlled by the camera, and switching from 1x to 1.4x provides an immediate, real-time input to the camera's sensor to allow it to meter for the next shot. Considering the fact that cameras can adjust metering within fractions of seconds, being unable to expose correctly due to a rapid change in magnification seems quite unlikely.

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Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: November 03, 2014, 03:23:05 PM »
Colleagues: I have been a loud partisan of BR straps for a long time. I have though had two scary separations of lens from body (one caused damage; one was a near-miss), neither of which was due to BR strap problems. I am convinced the separations are due to unintended release of the lens lock from the camera; and I would urge Canon to make a secondary lock that prevents such unintended releases. However, I have rigged a bit of shock cord while carrying my 70-200 attached either to the 5D3 or 1Dx. It takes a bit of time to make such a cord (2 bowlines on a short cord); and it impedes rapid lens changes; but gravity is an implacable and unforgiving enemy of photo gear.

I think the link below offers an ergonomic modification over tying a cord between the L bracket and the carabiner. You use a $ 6 Optech connector to do the job. Makes removal a snap (pun not intended). Also, I would say the connection to the carabiner should be in the fixed rectangular portion rather than the teardrop shaped portion which will open up if the carabiner lock comes open. I also use a piece of gaffer's tape (as in the video) in lieu of lockstaR to keep the carabiner lock from coming open.
I have been using it since I saw the post and it has been working out very well.

http://enthusiastphotographer.com/2011/12/20/black-rapid-arca-solution/

Here's a video describing the process.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O10I4D5VaFE

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Lenses / Re: Reviewing my lens setup (5D3 portraits)
« on: November 03, 2014, 12:50:43 AM »
24-105 is what works for you. Both in terms of focal lengths, and actual user experience.
And in Denmark, you have a 2-year EU warranty instead of the usual 2-year.
And, considering how many people use the lens for the lens, finding some who had problems doesn't mean much. It's all scaled up. Roger Cicala doesn't name this as one of the more frequently repaired lenses (and he does name both the Tamron and the Canon v1).
I wouldn't hesitate to get this one repaired or get a new one, whichever makes more sense financially.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 31, 2014, 07:04:27 PM »
Just got my 7dmkII and I'm not impressed with the charger. A wall charger with no lead? Awesome for clogging up multiple sockets of a power board or just looking stupid hanging on the wall. Add an adapter when overseas and this thing will be useless.
I don't think I've gotten a charger with a cord on it since my 20D.  I much prefer my old one with a cord on it and I think Canon used to offer them as an accessory.

Ditto.  I liked the corded charger too but the Canon charger hasn't had a cord for many years.

If it's a show stopper for you, get one of these.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/25cm-12A-AC-power-supply-2-Prong-male-female-extension-Cord-cable-US-plug-Black-/271597130607?pt=Laptop_Adapters_Chargers&hash=item3f3c73536f

Whenever I travel, I carry a power strip and extension cord in my luggage anyway for all the crap that needs power in the hotel room.  Multiple chargers for phones, laptops, tablets, cameras, vibrators, whatever.

Both my 5DIII and M have corded chargers.

Are you somewhere other than the US?  Maybe that has something to do with it.  Otherwise, all the chargers I've seen/received with the 5D3, 60D, 70D, 6D, SL1 and EOS M were all NON-Corded.

I am in the US, but both the cameras are import models. Interesting  ???

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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 31, 2014, 12:45:35 PM »
Just got my 7dmkII and I'm not impressed with the charger. A wall charger with no lead? Awesome for clogging up multiple sockets of a power board or just looking stupid hanging on the wall. Add an adapter when overseas and this thing will be useless.
I don't think I've gotten a charger with a cord on it since my 20D.  I much prefer my old one with a cord on it and I think Canon used to offer them as an accessory.

Ditto.  I liked the corded charger too but the Canon charger hasn't had a cord for many years.

If it's a show stopper for you, get one of these.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/25cm-12A-AC-power-supply-2-Prong-male-female-extension-Cord-cable-US-plug-Black-/271597130607?pt=Laptop_Adapters_Chargers&hash=item3f3c73536f

Whenever I travel, I carry a power strip and extension cord in my luggage anyway for all the crap that needs power in the hotel room.  Multiple chargers for phones, laptops, tablets, cameras, vibrators, whatever.

Both my 5DIII and M have corded chargers.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 31, 2014, 12:42:05 AM »


I'm surprised to see so many suggesting a battery grip. I've always thought they looked too bulky, plus most of my work is in landscape mode, but I'll have to try one sometime!

I'll check out the other products that have been suggested.

Thanks everyone,

Ashley

http://ashleymiddleton.zenfolio.com

A grip on a 1 series is rock solid, but on a 7D, I'd pass.  You do not hold a camera with heavy lens by the body / grip combination, you put a hand under the lens to support it.
 
I've had a lot of grips, and took them all off. 
 
Unless you have a specific need such as portrait orientation or extended battery life where you can't easily change a battery, I'd pass.

You know, I think Mt Spokane has a point.  I'm sitting here looking at no less than 4 grips in a pile waiting to be sold.  I simply never use them anymore.  No offense but I almost feel like they are newbie-bait.  I purchased and used them for a while when I first got back into photography and purchased them with each new body.  The last two never left the box.

So I would definitely wait on the grip and perhaps also evaluate how you hold your cameras with heavy lenses.

Also, skip the silicone skins and such.  They just get in the way and if you leave them on, dirt/sand/dust, etc gets in between the camera and the skin and will wear/scratch the body worse than if you had nothing on it at all.  Total waste of money!

LCD protection?  Sure, why not?  It's not expensive and doesn't hurt functionality, etc.

Black Rapid StrapBefore you buy one, head over to this thread first... http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=19962.0

+1
If you absolutely need to protect your camera from scratches, use the best quality gaffer's tape you can find, and replace it periodically.
Of course, only if you absolutely need to.

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I had the 17-55 IS. I have used it in dusty (Antelope canyon) and rainy (Oregon) conditions without any problem. I always kept a filter on, and zoomed slowly if I was worried about dust. I never had any dust inside my lens (not that it affects IQ anyway).
The 16-35 is weather sealed, of course, but if you are careful enough then I would weigh that sole advantage over the several that the 17-55 offers:
1. Two to three stops of image stabilization.
2. Less than half the price
3. Fully usable (sharpness, vignetting, etc.) wide open and quite acceptable corners
4. Much lighter and slightly smaller
5. The 35-55mm focal range, which makes it a very good portrait lens (and the bokeh is quite nice)
Werz,
If you take the 16-35mm f4L IS you'll be happy. It's a fantastic lens, fast AF, sharp, great contrast and IQ. The 16-35mm give you 4-stop IS (almost) so you can shoot almost anything static without needing a tripod and get sharp images (varies from one to another).

With due respect, while fantastic for a full frame (on my list for next year), the 16-35/4 is an inferior choice in OP's specific case. All the advantages I mentioned for an f/2.8 lens WITH IS are valid, plus the OP wants to use it for portraits occasionally.
Of course, some times we just lust for L ;D

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Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: October 29, 2014, 10:04:16 PM »
Conclusion : Those with BR buy a 'lockstar'. Those who do not use BR, bare this in mind before making your purchaser decision, and get a lockstar!

Holy smokes.  Didn't know the lockstar existed.  Why BR doesn't issue those as standard equipment is mind boggling.  For a 3-15 cent piece of plastic, not including it is borderline asinine.

A piece of duct tape performs the same function reliably.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 29, 2014, 09:59:05 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions, keep then coming!

I'm surprised to see so many suggesting a battery grip. I've always thought they looked too bulky, plus most of my work is in landscape mode, but I'll have to try one sometime!

I'll check out the other products that have been suggested.

Thanks everyone,

Ashley

http://ashleymiddleton.zenfolio.com


Definitely make sure you like it before buying it.
I bought a used 5DII with grip and disliked the grip almost immediately. The position of the right hand on the grip is slightly higher relative to that on the body. It felt very awkward.
I tried it for several days, but couldn't get used to it at all, and sold it eventually.
However, many swear by these, especially those who shoot in portrait orientation a lot.
So one person's poison is another one's cure.
I do agree that the Rebel bodies need a grip to stabilize heavier lenses and to even wrap the fingers around the grip- and that is probably a more general feeling, although not universal.

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