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Lenses / Re: How many years before we see a 50L II
« on: Today at 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.

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Lenses / Re: How many years before we see a 50L II
« on: Today at 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...

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Lenses / Re: Buying a used lens from Adorama
« on: Today at 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  :-*
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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 and I believe that outdated the rewards tracking system...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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Abe's of Maine, Samy's in California, Glazers in Seattle.  There are options, but they may not offer the same price point.

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

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Anything outside of Manhattan is just camping out!

Seriously, if another retailer does not collect the tax you owe, that doesn't mean you don't have to pay it.

Right. . And that time you ate a donut at the company you were visiting and didn't reconcile it with your per diem... that will get you straight into hell. 

Send it to a friend who lives in Jersey or conn... and go and pick it up on the weekend.  Done.

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Lenses / Re: How many years before we see a 50L II
« on: Today at 12:10:51 PM »
This is probably a better question for the retailers.  Had the sigma impacted the Canon's sales?  If not... then my answer would be not for a long time.

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Lenses / Re: Buying a used lens from Adorama
« on: Today at 12:07:18 PM »
'White box' is not used or anything like that, it's a 'kit lens' not in the kit anymore. Just be sure the warranty card is with it (which I'm sure Adorama would include!) and you'll be fine. I would think the lens hood would be with it, I bought one that way (of course, I worked at the camera store it came from!). And the bag, front and back caps.

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...

But still

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I'm a fan of bokeh... but when you have a single color backdrop behind your subject... shooting at a thin depth of field just seems like a dangerous game to play.  This is the shot... if only the eyes were in focus. 


Stopping down to f8 solves some of the thin dof issues... and since you can control the lighting, the images won't be under exposed... but then we don't want the images to sharp to show how fugly our subject is...

So I think... 100L for really sharp eyes, but 85 f1.2 for softer blurred skin, but maybe my in home studio isn't that big... so just go for a 35 L...

I make my decisions based on how I feel at the moment... some at f8... some at .11 inches of dof...

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Lenses / Re: Buying a used lens from Adorama
« on: July 23, 2014, 04:02:04 PM »
One small thing about the 24-105, there is some small rubber band or something that goes bad after five years or so... so just be careful of buying too used...

On every single one? Isn't that a defect that Canon should fix before allowing them to be sold?

It is a design flaw... I usually refresh my gear every other year... so it won't affect me... but I'm atypical. 

Get the lens though... sell it in 4 years and upgrade or buy another. 

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They can make an APS-C version of their 120MP APC-H sensor. Etc.

That would make for a 66MP sensor. Does any of Canon's lenses have the resolving power to match that?


Depends on who is buying... some people have more money than sense.

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Lenses / Re: Buying a used lens from Adorama
« on: July 23, 2014, 02:29:09 PM »
One small thing about the 24-105, there is some small rubber band or something that goes bad after five years or so... so just be careful of buying too used...

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Lenses / Re: Buying a used lens from Adorama
« on: July 23, 2014, 02:26:23 PM »
Well damn, I didn't even think to look on Canon's site specifically. I figured they'd be way more expensive. :)

Is a refurbished lens better than a new, white box lens, though? Doesn't refurbished mean that it was broken at one point and then fixed?

Not necessarily... refurb equipment is stuff that is returned to the factory for whatever reason, which can include buyers remorse.  They check out the equipment and make sure it's functioning up to spec.  I bought a refurbed 5DII a couple years ago that had less than 100 clicks.  I also purchased 3 refurbed lenses and 2 flashes, and never had an issue with any of it.  Certainly some of the refurbished units could have been broken and then fixed, but with a warranty of 1 year, there is much less risk.

A retail box could have been damaged as well, but the lens is still basically new.  So they check it... repackage it and put it in a white box.

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Lenses / Re: Buying a used lens from Adorama
« on: July 23, 2014, 02:24:47 PM »
Buy a new one off ebay for 650, then buy a three year warranty from square trade.  You'll save money and have piece of mind. 

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Abstract / Re: Lets See Some of Your Double Exposures!
« on: July 22, 2014, 09:34:14 AM »
Just figured out how to accomplish this on my 6D (I'm behind the times here) Looking for some inspiration...

I knew we could do this in Photoshop with layers... or long exposures with flash... but I didn't know this was an ooc function as well.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Where do you buy 5D Mark iii?
« on: July 21, 2014, 09:39:51 PM »
I bought mine from Amazon.  I won't go into the gory details, but I paid around $2600 after selling the 24-105 for around $700. 

There are deals to be had... and if the rumors are true, the 5d mkiv should be out in the first quarter of 2015.  So if you can wait, there will probably be a ton for sale used...

then there will be several packaged for a decent price.  Just depends on your tolerance for waiting.  I'm waiting to buy the 50 art... and that is just painful.

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