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Lenses / Re: Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS : Seller's remorse?
« on: August 23, 2013, 10:21:49 PM »
I'm having a hard time selling the 17-55. Damn thing is in mint condition, cleaned by Canon inside and out and shoved straight back in the box. $799 but nada. I wonder if the Sigma 18-35 is swaying peoples decision?
I've had the exact same problem for probably six months. Still no takers at $700. :(
I think part of my problem is I am in a small market. I can't tell you how many people have asked why it is so expensive even though it is "almost the same as the kit lens".  ???

Tell them to put the kit lens on in AF then try and turn the focus ring. That will break it and they'll have to buy the 17-55! Haha! Also, they've now learnt about Full Time Manual focus! See? Educational as well!

Site Information / Re: The 10 Commandments of CR
« on: August 23, 2013, 09:50:28 PM »
7. Bokeh!

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS : Seller's remorse?
« on: August 23, 2013, 09:43:44 PM »

Thanks for all the feedback. It seemed like a really good price for a not-spectacular copy (but in all fairness, it was also in pristine condition). The buyer was also at a point in her hobby where I could see the 24-105mm as a big step-up in quality. Her enthusiasm made me feel good about selling it.

Maybe someday there will be an amazing mark ii version which can be the ultimate walkaround lens, but I'm plenty happy with my other current options. Now, if I can find some takers for my 17-55mm, 50 1.4, an old 18-200mm(!), etc...

I doubt you would have hard time selling 17-55 and 50 f1.4. Those are great lenses.

The question is, what are you going to do with the money? ::)

1. 1D X
2. 300 f2.8 IS II
4. 400 f2.8 IS II
5. 200-400

Get some Nikon lenses with EOS adapter maybe  ;)

I'm having a hard time selling the 17-55. Damn thing is in mint condition, cleaned by Canon inside and out and shoved straight back in the box. $799 but nada. I wonder if the Sigma 18-35 is swaying peoples decision?

In respects to corners and mid frame the FF sensor would show more of the image circle than on crop therefore you would see a decrease in sharpness, more vignetting and more CA as thats were these things tend to hang out. The net effect of all this is decrease in IQ.

Compare the same lens on a crop sensor and some of that just simply gets cropped away while the centre, which is sharp now extends to the mid frame.

However, I do wonder if my 7D shows more lens flaws than my 5D2 as, like you said due to increased pixel density it ought to. I like clarification on this point too.

I think since FF are more sensitive to light it may also show more flaws as a result but I don't know how.

Site Information / Re: The 10 Commandments of CR
« on: August 23, 2013, 08:37:38 PM »
Thou shalt not be led astray by the DXO mark. Trust in TDP, amen.

Site Information / Re: The 10 Commandments of CR
« on: August 23, 2013, 08:32:35 PM »
Thou shalt not take pictures of feline friends on the sabbath!

Lenses / Re: How to clean lenses ?
« on: August 23, 2013, 12:03:14 PM »
Oh I just put them in the dishwasher and they come out clean and sparkly!


But seriously - blow, brush, wipe repeat. And then spit on it.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Canon EOS 70D is Hitting Stores
« on: August 23, 2013, 05:57:45 AM »
I just got mine this afternoon (August 22nd) at Aden Camera in Downtown Toronto (Yonge and Dundas) for $1150 (body only). They had a lot of 70Ds with the 18-55mm kit, a few 18-135mm kits, and some bodies. Waiting for the battery to fully charge to play with it :-)

Dude come on is it charged yet or what? Let's see some sample images already!


Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS STM Announced
« on: August 22, 2013, 05:51:24 AM »
Looks like a decent lens. Even from the picture you can tell the build quality is gonna be way better.

Lenses / Re: New Lens Announcement Tonight [CR3]
« on: August 21, 2013, 07:42:23 PM »
I'm sure the 55-250 is a nice lens but you can't compare it to an L. The Ls have a (wider) constant aperture and are weathersealed. That alone is reason to buy them. How annoying is using manual exposure with a varying aperture lens? Not good at all.

EOS-M / Re: Some EOS M Information [CR1]
« on: August 21, 2013, 04:24:20 AM »
"If only the new M had wifi and GPS and EVF and flippy outy screen and a flash and better video" ... and all that other stuff you people want - you'd end up with a EOS M brick.

It's small and compact. Fix the bugs and leave it alone.

If you want all that other stuff buy a SL1 or rebel.

Canon General / Re: Photographer logo?
« on: August 20, 2013, 11:23:50 AM »
I've been learning my way around photoshop.

I see how you can create a logo and store it as a brush, and easily "stamp" your logo on images.

I'm curious....that process is ok if you're only doing a few images at a time.

But what if you have 100+ images you need to get out with a logo or watermark on them? Do ya'll program a PS action for this or what?

I've not gotten to 'actions' yet....but have heard about them.

Thanks in advance,


If you create a logo in photoshop and then save it as a PNG you can then use it in Lightroom. In LR go to edit > edit watermarks > and then click on the "choose" button in the Image options tab in the top right hand corner (you can also click on the "Graphic" option too which does the same thing). Find the PNG file and boom you're done. Now you can select multiple images and export with your watermark.

Lenses / Re: Need daily lens suggestion
« on: August 20, 2013, 06:15:59 AM »
Knowing whether you will stay with a crop sensor camera or not will absolutely affect your decisions on lens selection. The fine EF-S lenses mentioned above will not work on a FF camera, they are for APS-C only. If you are sure that you will continue to shoot with a crop body, it is not so critical. But the convenience of using your (expensive) lenses on either body should not be underestimated. If you feel that you will "upgrade" to FF any time soon, then I would suggest that the only EF-S lens you buy should be a wide zoom, like the Canon 10-22mm or the soon to be released Sigma. The EF24-105 is an awesome walk around lens on a crop, but for the fact that 36-168mm FF equivalent is not very wide.

Depends on what 'any time soon' means.  The high end EF-S lenses hold their value well.  I lost ~$50 on the 10-22mm and ~$100 on the 17-55mm, after 1 and close to 3 years of use, respectively.  If 'soon' is next month, fine. If it's 'sometime in the future, I hope' then get the best lens(es) for the body you have now.

As the OP is about to order a 7D, I'd guess that any possible migration to FF is years away, if ever. EF-S, and more specifically, the 17-55 is the way to go. I used a 17-55/2.8 IS and 70-200/2.8 IS on crop for years, and while it does encourage lens swapping, I can't remember any times where I needed the 55-70 range.

The 10-22 and 17-55 don't hold their value that well. I lost about $120 on the 10-22mm (mainly due to a quick sale) and the 17-55 isn't bloody selling at all. Some sellers are selling it for ¥66,000, considering it's ¥105,000 new I'd say they are losing money on it big time! I'm sorry but the 17-55 is a good lens but I'd stay away from ef-s right now. Get a used 24-105L that someone is selling off from their kit. That way you can still use it on FF and if you sell it you'll likely get most of your money back.

EOS-M / Re: Some EOS M Information [CR1]
« on: August 19, 2013, 09:47:22 PM »
Dang I'm sensing a real negative vibe on this thread! Ya'll need to chill it's only a rumor. And If you don't like it don't buy it. I don't like Marmite but you know what? I just walk past it on the shelf even though I know it's throwing me daggers!


Tuesdays eh? Must be a slow day for everyone!

Canon General / Re: Should I get into this industry?
« on: August 17, 2013, 11:33:03 PM »
Sorry to hear you lost your job Dave. It sucks that there are hardly any good photography related jobs. The market is oversaturated but mainly with poor quality photographers. With 10 years experience behind the camera you could bring something new and unique to the scene. You'll have to market that the best you can. Offer something no one else around you offers at a premium price. Don't sell yourself short whatever you do. Think about it - why do people hire a limo for a wedding? Why not a taxi? People will pay premium for quality. Also customer sevice and word of mouth will help your business. Be quick with delivering your product and do follow ups. Keep in touch with customers. They'll go to you rather than the other guy if you deliver a better overall customer experience - start to finish.

I would love to get into pro photography but to be honest I make decent money from my day job working in an office twiddling my thumbs. How annoying is that? The actual work takes a fraction of the 9 hours I need to be there! What a strange world we live in where hours of post processing is worth jack and sitting in an office drinking coffee pays you $$$!

Anyway good luck to you I hope you make it as a pro or otherwise get another job doing something else and continue doing photography on the side.

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