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Look forward to: 1D X II + 100-400

I'm looking forward to people selling off their 1dx for pennies on the dollar... so yeah, bring in the 1dx mkii

And it still doesn't get you light at the right angle. From everything I've seen the RT speedlight itself is the next big step, always have two with you and just stick them wherever needed, no worries.
I'm really, really, really hoping that every body released from here on has the transmitter for those built in.

Don't forget to bring the feet.  I was at a baseball game and I wanted to set them on a concrete barrier but putting them on their side didn't seem safe...

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $3299
« on: July 28, 2014, 04:14:58 PM »
So the mail in rebate is through them?  They aren't an authorized dealer... I can't imagine it is through Canon... and I also presume the three year warranty is through them after the first year... I'll look at it when I'm not at work... but all things about this deal worry me.

I had five 622c's... I returned the first pair because one, not sure which, only worked as a receiver... so when I used that one, the flash would fire on full... so not good.  This was with ettl. 

The next three I had worked fine... but I didn't like the yongnuos, except for the ir beam that was sent out. 

I've since upgraded to 600ex-rt's and a e3-rt... or what ever it is called.

They lost me when they said it can replicate studio lighting and there are three off camera speedlites surrounding the subject...  maybe they weren't teething mislead, but that was a pretty quick jump cut. 

As for the product, sure... looks fine but I really don't see paying a premium for a diffuser... but I'm cheap.

up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-menu-play.  :)



I'm not sure why... but that reminds me... I want to play Milon's Secret Castle.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 1.4 Art NOT bokehlicious?
« on: July 27, 2014, 10:55:38 AM »
I like digrevtv... I find them to be entertaining... though I'm not entirely sure I would build my entire collection based on what he says.

In regard the 50 art... I don't have one yet... but it seems a little strange that he attacked build quality and bokeh more than auto focus consistency... which seems like it is the only poison pill for the lens...

I can accept the 50L has better bokeh... but from the images I've seen from a myriad of sources, the bokeh seems more than adequate and in fact, quite decent... but his images... were blah... so I guess I can agree that his images were blah and consequently the bokeh... and that's not an attack on him images... because he normally does a fine job making the mundane appear interesting. 

As for the 58... don't most people hate that lens @ that price?  Something about not being sharp and having a ton of CA... but I guess that doesn't matter in the comparison...

or even what the art does REALLY well, which is a near complete lack of distortion.

Abe's went out of business... their name was sold to a shady nyc company... they try and up sale you now.  Not cool.

Oddly, AOM seems to be located in NJ.

Any idea of when AOM went belly-up? I have bought from them in the past with ok results, but I did have to keep saying "NO" to the add-ons.

I feel like it was two years ago... but a Google search will be more accurate than me.

Lenses / Re: What do you do with lens cases?
« on: July 25, 2014, 04:16:52 PM »
They stay in the box so when resale time comes.. people who want a bag to keep in the box can have them.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: July 25, 2014, 12:21:40 PM »
And slow exposures can be timeless.  Who doesn't think of the one national geographic shot any time you hear about a whirling dirbish...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: July 25, 2014, 12:19:07 PM »
Roo, I like the controlled motion blur of your slow shutter speed shot and would rank it much better than "ok".
Panning with slow shutter speeds was a necessity before high ISO digital cameras, but it's easy to forget about this technique when you don't need it for proper exposure.  Definitely keep working it.  You've reminded me to do the same when I shoot figure skating.

I was at a minor league baseball game yesterday and they had photos of stars from today and yesterday blown up to around 24x30... and I could hardly believe what passed for action shots back in the 70's and 80's.  They were grainy and looked out of focus... not to mention the slow shutter speeds really didn't help. 

I know it isn't a fair comparison, but I'm still blown away.

Lenses / Re: Buying a used lens from Adorama
« on: July 24, 2014, 11:28:34 PM »
Most reputable online dealers let you retrieve a invoice online.  Local ones keep records and usually can duplicate one.  I almost always buy from either Adorama, or from a small local camera shop in Couer D Alene Idaho.  They employee real photographers, and I like to do my share of keeping a few of the old fashioned shops around.  One small local photo store for Pros just closed shop recently.

I buy a ton of stuff from Amazon, but not Cameras.

Doing a quick inventory of my gear....

used... out of warranty
new... with receipt in email and account, but out of warranty
used... out of warranty
new... with receipt in email, still under warranty
used... out of warranty
used... out of warranty
used... reported stolen... there's a whole backstory here... but the story isn't done yet...
new... with receipt in email and in account, still under warranty
used... out of warranty.

Honestly, I've never had a lens or body go bad on me... so either I keep it well protected or I've been very lucky.

Lenses / Re: How many years before we see a 50L II
« on: July 24, 2014, 01:52:20 PM »
many years.
there is nothing wrong with the 50L.

it's a people lens. it's plenty sharp.
it's f/1.2 - so if you're not nailing focus, you need to work on your technique.

Can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not...

Exactly.  It's not the f/1.2 aperture that causes the focus problems on this particular lens.  It's actually the field of curvature and is especially prominent at close distances from about f/2.8 to f/4.5.  The lens will back-focus and there is pretty much nothing you can do about it.  I thought it was pretty underwhelming for $1699.

You could manually focus... but I think the presumption is that those who struggle with f1.2 are using bad technique, like focus and recompose... which will all but guarantee the subject is out of focus.

Lenses / Re: How many years before we see a 50L II
« on: July 24, 2014, 01:48:57 PM »
many years.
there is nothing wrong with the 50L.

it's a people lens. it's plenty sharp.
it's f/1.2 - so if you're not nailing focus, you need to work on your technique.

Can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not...

I didn't see any sarcasm there...

Lenses / Re: Buying a used lens from Adorama
« on: July 24, 2014, 01:45:34 PM »

The Warranty card does nothing.  For service, you need a receipt from a authorized dealer (Like Adorama).  You can toss the warranty card.

I know this is the case... but what is the warranty card... a vestige of years gone by?  I had a 1.3mp Olympus p&s and the usb connection went bad, so I called them and they said that my online registration was for marketing purposes alone and I needed the receipt... I was so angry that I never considered another one of their products...

So if you have purchased from an authorised retailer - and why wouldn't you??!! - they should be able to take your zip code and / or email address at the time you placed your order, ID your order and send you a copy invoice.

If they can't, you should've bought from Adorama  :-*

This was in 2002... purchased from staples... and I believe that outdated the rewards tracking system... and I may have paid with cash...

I just bought a card reader and it was fine... but I guess I could have asked staples if the kept those kinds of records.

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