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Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 11:54:28 AM »
Your plan sounds good.  In addition to your colour bars, I'd also get a few regular photos printed to work with, too.  But you're probably doing that anyway. 

Keep your eyes open for some good printer+Paper deals (such as the Pixma Pro 100).  Having your own printer is very convenient and helps with consistent output.

I'm going to pick up a pixima 100... but it is for my daughter and school projects. 

Lenses / Re: Recent L Price Reductions: Thoughts?
« on: September 01, 2014, 11:50:01 AM »
As noted, the US and the Canadian dollar is quite strong against the yen, so the price needed to be dropped to offset gray market sales.  Due to the stronger dollar, companies can purchase camera inventory overseas for less and sell it in the US at deep discounts and still pocked a lot of profit.

The British pound is strong against the yen, but any price changes will be decided by Canon Europe.  The same issue of gray market imports should force the price down.

Those $250 "M" cameras are a good example of the weaker yen plus poor sales.

That's a really good point, but the consumer still wins... so I guess that means this mostly helps the retailers within their respective markets... seems fair.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm 1.4 vs Canon 50mm 1.2L vs Canon 50mm 1.4
« on: September 01, 2014, 11:44:42 AM »
If I were you I'd buy a 50 1.8 and see how often you actually use it.

I had the 50 f/1.8 when I only had an 18-55mm  and a 75-300 (and eventually the 55-250mm).  But the lens is soft from f/1.8 and sharpens up around f/2.8... which is where I mostly shot with it.  I eventually upgraded to a canon 50mm f/1.4, but at that time I had a 24-105mm and I think a 100L... so by comparison, the 50 wasn't really that good.  Not enough reach (on my crop 60D), and not wide enough to use indoors.  So even though the f/1.4 is an overall better lens, it was my least used.

It's a fine lens. So is the 85 1.8.

I had the 85 f/1.8 and I liked it.  I took a bunch of photos of my new born... but the minimum focusing distance (and I realize the 85L mkii also has a mfd of 3ft) was annoying... and I sold my 100L after getting the 70-200mm f/2.8L mkii, thinking it was redundant... it wasn't.  I missed the 100L's MFD and just dramatic sharpness... So I sold the 85 f/1.8 and I bought the 100L again. 

The 85 1.2 is good in a studio on a tripod. It's harder to use in the fly. At 1.2 there isn't much forgiveness in depth of field and you need an ND filter in sunlight.

I was using a depth of field calculator and the 100L @ 12 inches away has a SIGNIFICANTLY thinner depth of field than the 85L at f/1.2 and 36 inches away.  It can be a challenge working at thin dof's... but not impossible... and if I can get a decent amount of hits with the 100L... the 85L doesn't scare me...

The 40 2.8 Is an option I don't use it enough but is also quite a nice lens.

I bought one for my daughter... she doesn't use the camera or the lens... but it's an option there.   F2.8 is fine... but I do want something with a wide aperture for situations like last night... we were at an amusement park and it was dark save for the lights off the rides and lamp posts... but I wanted a wider aperture to increase shutter speed/lower the iso... Funny thing... that's why I got the 85mm, for campfires and the like... but evidently I forgot that I need a wider aperture lens when I sold it.
I can see you are going for quality over quantity on you lenses which is quite sensible.

With your buying pattern I'd say the Sigma art is the best choice for you.

I want the 50 art... and I'm willing to only use the center AF point and only use manual focus... I was comparing the 50 art to the 55 otus (test charts) and the otus is impressive from center to corner, but I can be content just having a really good performance and great performance compared to the rest of the 50's.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D 4 & 1DX II @ Photokina?
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:05:38 AM »

September announcements are for products for Christmas - user cameras/accessories.  Pro bodies should be expected before major event - like fishing championship  ;D
Fishing championship... funny... really funny.  or the Neighbors annual Labor Day backyard Corn hole event.  I hear ESPN 8 (the ocho) will be doing wall to wall coverage.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D 4 & 1DX II @ Photokina?
« on: September 01, 2014, 09:59:03 AM »
Photokina is right around the corner. Nothing on 5D 4 and 1DX II? No rumors, nothing... ::)

Maybe Photokina 2015... though I'm kinda hoping Photokina 2016.  I really don't want to be tempted anytime soon.

Lenses / Re: Recent L Price Reductions: Thoughts?
« on: September 01, 2014, 09:56:45 AM »
Did they reduce the price of the 50L?  I just checked, they reduced the 50L by $70.  And they didn't reduce the 35L at all. 

I suppose they could have reduced the prices of a bunch of lenses to mask that they are trying to make the 50L more competitive, but that doesn't seem right. 

Then maybe increase the rest of the lenses back up periodically and leave the 50L where it is... but I don't see that. 

I have no clue about their decision, but it is september (so christmas is not too far off)... and they did offer instant rebates in years past... maybe this is their way of having instant rebates without going back on their mail in rebate policy lately. 

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm 1.4 vs Canon 50mm 1.2L vs Canon 50mm 1.4
« on: September 01, 2014, 09:49:37 AM »
I bought the 85mm 1.2 II because of its ability to shoot @ 1.2.
This allows me to take very creative portraits. It's a heavy and slow focusing lens (relatively speaking).
I personally don't understand comparing 1.2 lens to anything else but 1.2 lens.
Stopping down to 1.4 and comparing at 1.4 to the sigma art doesn't make sense to me.
I have a Canon 50 1.4 (and had a 50 1.8). I would consider it a fair comparison to compare it to the Sigma 1.4.
I quite like the Canon. It's not the sharpest at 1.4 but it has a lovely vignette and creates a nice look.
If I were buying a canon 1.2 it would only be for its shallow depth of field @1.2. If I was going to mainly be stopping down Id buy the 1.4 or 1.8 which are much lighter.
I love all these types of discussions and comparisons because I always want to know which is the best.
But I am also experienced enough to know a bad workman blames his tools..
A 50 1.2 might be better than a 50 1.4 but I like 99% of the members of Canon Rumors are not good enough to show this in real world photos.
I got up at 05:00 yesterday morning and took out of focus photographs of a beautiful sunrise over the sea with a 24mm TS-E II. It wasn't the lens wasn't sharp.
It was the brain of the photographer .
But it was a wonderful privilege to witness the sun rising. That memory will last a lot longer than the out of focus photographs.
Drop the charts for a while and try it for yourself.
But keep these discussions going because they are enjoyable too

I compare the two because I have a finite amount of dollars and I know there are give and takes between the two lenses.  AF of the art is hit or miss with peripheral AF points... but the 85L is slow to focus, so it isn't good for fast movement (barring the 1dx).  The bokeh of the 85 is magic, but the 50's is very nice and also $1000ish less.

I've bought the 85L 5x... but each time the deal went sour. 

I have a discounted 50 art in my Amazon account (Saving around $50, so not a big discount).

So then there what I have now... a 24-105, a 100L, a 70-200mm f/2.8L mkii, so the 50art fits better into my needs... because I can use the 50 indoors, and while it isn't a wide angle, it is wide enough to use...

So it is a mess... a giant mess.

Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 02:42:56 AM »
I'm curious to see if someone knows how to adjust color calibration with a flat image, but I don't.

 Same for rentals, but one of those calibrators is something you could share with a group of friends - x-rite doesn't bother with DRM for the software because you need the device to accomplish anything with it.


There is a local camera club... and I don't think EVERYONE hates me... so that might be a nice investment.

Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 02:22:10 AM »
$250 for the i1... ouch.  Where can I rent one?

Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 02:20:15 AM »
Big can of worms there.  The idea seems to be to calibrate your monitor and your printer to the same ideal standard.  An i1 Display Pro can get your monitor sorted, but you'd need something like a ColorMunki to calibrate the output of your printer.

I'd buy the i1 Display Pro (or similar) and get your monitor sorted; after that if the prints you get back look good then you're done.  If not I'd borrow a Colormunki if you can and then try not to go mad printing patches for each paper/ink combo you want to use...  :-/


Costco... the big box store... they do my printing for me because I'm cheap.  So I'd like to match the monitor to the "known" printed image.  I was thinking about using something like this...

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm 1.4 vs Canon 50mm 1.2L vs Canon 50mm 1.4
« on: September 01, 2014, 02:07:11 AM »
What I really want to see is a review comparing the 50 art with the 85L mkii.  I don't need the 1/2 (1/4) stop of additional light, but I do use auto focus... so that would help, bokeh of the 85L should be better than the art, at least from what I can decipher, 50art bokeh < 50L < 85L mkii. 

I'm such a wreck.

I bought a used Manfrotto carbon fiber monopod on ebay for $75.  Love it.  Hefty, but not heavy.  No head.  I shoot my 400mm f2.8 from it and don't need a head.

One time I bought a $12 Vivitar monotpod at walmart.  Figured i'd use it on my smaller gear.  cracked and the crew go stuck in my camera.  took hours to remove.

I didn't think about eBay... I'll search soon.

So I've been losing every auction... que sera sera... but there are very few Sunsui (or whatever) available... so I will probably wind up with a Manfrotto... so I guess that's a plus.  I could have used it tonight... night shooting @ an amusement park, some long exposures... and an f/2.8 lens.  bleh.

Software & Accessories / Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 01:44:29 AM »
So I just retired my old Dell 20 inch monitor and it did a more than adequate job of recreating the print color and and exposure I received from my printer of choice, Costco. 

I replaced the Dell with a vanity 39" Panasonic tvhttp://www.bestbuy.com/site/panasonic-39-class-38-1-2-diag--led-1080p-120hz-smart-hdtv/3730052.p;jsessionid=4F0EC0247B9821FA3FC38EE9E23ED333.bbolsp-app03-139?id=1219093275246&skuId=3730052&st=39%22%20panasonic%20led&cp=1&lp=2... which I don't expect to use for photo editing.  It is mostly there because I wanted a tv for my bedroom and I like playing really old school video games (Milon's Secret Castle) on a big screen. 

I also picked up a 23" Viewsonic ips screen which I did expect to use for photo editing... I turned down the backlighting a good deal on both, but the color on the panasonic seems better and more accurate than the color on the viewsonic (maybe too little red, and too much green)

So I need to fix it.  I was thinking about having a color wheel or vertical bars of color (no freaking clue what they are called) printed out from costco and then do my damn-dest to match the colors by messing with the settings.

So, since I basically rely on everything I do on ya'lls opinion, does this sound right?  Or is there a better cheap way to set up the monitor.  Ideally, I would like to have both perfect, but I know using a tv is a pipe dream. 

Lenses / Re: price chart
« on: August 31, 2014, 04:53:52 PM »
As a quick alternative to canon rumors... you could go to camelcamelcamel dot com and they only track the historic prices of Amazon, but you can also see the prices of 3rd party sellers or the used market.  I use that a lot when trying to determine market value for a used lens.

Lenses / Re: price chart
« on: August 31, 2014, 04:50:24 PM »
Prices usually drop starting around the first of September, and Canon likes to blow out inventory by the end of their FY (Dec 31).  So, depending on inventory and on sales, look for deals and be ready to pounce.  The super deals often last only 1 day.


Sometimes the deals last less than a day – just hours.

In addition to this site, Canonpricewatch.com is a great site for announcing deals. I've noticed that many of these deals seem to be announced after 11 PM or even after midnight Eastern time in the United States. If you think you want something, order it. Don't wait or it may be gone. If you change your mind in a few hours you may be able to cancel it before it ships or return it within the exchange period. This assumes you buy from reputable dealers such as Amazon, Adorama, or B&H. By the way, that short list of firms is not exhaustive nor should order imply anything.

And ... don't overlook calling and asking for a better price.  If you have done your homework and have a good idea of the lowest legitimate price from a Authorized Dealer, ask for a match from your favorite dealer.  This is a case where e-mails don't work as well as direct phone calls.  If they meet your price, then buy on the spot.

I worked in retail... and whether the company's driving force is market share or simply customer satisfaction, a manager will say yes unless the offered price is just WAY too far under their cost.  Heck, $20 under cost to make a customer happy and gain market share... that's a small price to pay.

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