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Lenses / Re: MY GAS. ILLNESS COME TO VISIT ME AGAIN.
« on: November 19, 2014, 10:47:48 AM »
Your Mk I is more than adequate for your 2-3 times a year use, especially as you think it sharp enough. Why don't you donate the price of the Mk II to a suitable charity, like one for ebola, instead. Think of the satisfaction you will get from that. You could also sell off your unused lenses and donate the cash raised for a worthy charity as well. It will cure your GAS and do some good.

Not to be a dissenter, but it is easy to be charitable with other people's money.  Why don't you sell your Mercedes and buy a nice Honda coup, and give the difference to xyz... easy answer, because I don't want to.


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Lenses / Re: MY GAS. ILLNESS COME TO VISIT ME AGAIN.
« on: November 19, 2014, 09:45:24 AM »
I'm curious how much cpw makes... we all know we can negotiate directly, so going through them is more a convenience so we don't have to make several calls.

http://www.canonpricewatch.com/product/03872/Canon-EF-200-400mm-f4L-IS-USM-Extender-1.4x-price.html

Per Canon price watch, street price is 9849.99.

If you pay with a credit card that gives you 1% back, your final it the door price would be 9851.5... I've never bought the street price... do you have to pay cash/check.  Would you get a discount for paying cash?

I used CPW-street price twice. An authourized dealer(very-well-known dealer) contacted me through phone. We completed the transaction within few mins. I used my American Express both transactions.

$10K is quite a bit of cash to carry around JD... :o

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8II or F4 for Zoo Shoot
« on: November 19, 2014, 09:21:28 AM »
The zoo I go to has indoor and out door exhibits.  F2.8 is better for indoors, but I'd encourage you to maybe go even wider, maybe the sigma 50 art.   For distance shots, I'd suggest the f2.8L unless weight is a concern then I would suggest the f4L.

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Lenses / Re: MY GAS. ILLNESS COME TO VISIT ME AGAIN.
« on: November 19, 2014, 09:14:34 AM »
http://www.canonpricewatch.com/product/03872/Canon-EF-200-400mm-f4L-IS-USM-Extender-1.4x-price.html

Per Canon price watch, street price is 9849.99.

If you pay with a credit card that gives you 1% back, your final it the door price would be 9851.5... I've never bought the street price... do you have to pay cash/check.  Would you get a discount for paying cash?

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Lenses / Re: MY GAS. ILLNESS COME TO VISIT ME AGAIN.
« on: November 19, 2014, 09:07:56 AM »
Dear friends Mr. Markoe Photoe  and Mr.  Hjalmarg1
The more I think, The Better for me to get EF 200-400 mm + 1.4  = Faster Les and better IQ than New EF 100-400 MM. MK II.
Big But for me, I must ask my Boss/ My Dear Wife first, If I buy any thing more than $ 10,000 US Dollars = 2 Carats of Good quality Diamond of my wife new ring, That she will want too----Ha, Ha, Ha.
Yes, I might wait for another 6 more months, until the cost of EF 200-400 drop to $ 9999  US Dollars= Better to spend money.
Have a great Wednesday, Sir.
Surapon.

Do y'all celebrate Christmas?  No better reason to spend money than December 25th.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I took the cheap road to FF
« on: November 18, 2014, 06:54:22 PM »
My "new to me" 5d arrived today!

How many actuations?  I mull over a used 1dx, but I really don't want one with 100,000 + actuations.

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Canon General / Re: Should I wait for Black Friday?
« on: November 18, 2014, 03:49:55 PM »
I use bfads.net, my guess is grey market on eBay is probably going to be your best bet, but it wouldn't surprise me if there is a printer deal with a rebate that makes a good deal of sense.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Sigma Lenses Coming Q1 of 2015 [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 09:24:54 PM »
So no mention of the 24-70 f/2.  I guess I will have to suffer with the Canon 24-105 for the time being. 

As for the 16-20... that is weird, but I'm not a wide angle guy... so I don't really care.

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Lenses / Re: 400mm thoughts
« on: November 16, 2014, 11:47:26 PM »
I think about getting to 400 f/4... but through a circuitous route.  I have a 70-200mm f/2.8L is mkii and I pair that with a 1.4 mkii and I'm satisified with the 280mm f/4... but... I think if I pick up a 200mm f/2L IS and a 2x tc mkiii, then I will have 200mm @ f/2, 280mm @ f/2.8, and 400mm @ f4... the only problem is that I only marginally need the 200L right now... so I will wait patiently till I am overwhelmed by the desire to buy it. 

As for the DO... no clue. 

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f1.2 or Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art?
« on: November 15, 2014, 07:57:04 PM »
We need a blind taste test... preferably of beautiful women... scantily clothed is optional.

Then we need to guess which is which.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f1.2 or Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art?
« on: November 15, 2014, 06:55:25 PM »
Decide on the focal length that would better serve your needs and then go from there.

The Canon Ls are better portrait lenses than the Sigma Arts IMO. For portraits, you don't want ultimate sharpness. You want great rendering quality. Both the 50L and 85L will give you good rendering quality in spades, though both are sort of prima donna lenses (they will give you some stunning results but are difficult to use). The Sigmas are a little sterile if you ask me, but to each their own. Unfortunately, photography seems to be getting about looking at sharpness figures and not actual photos.

It's easier to decrease sharpness than increase what isn't there...

And sterile and canon has better "rendering quality" could you explain what you mean?

The 200 f2 is a lot like the 50 art, no distortion great color and contrast which combine with no ca makes the subject pop. Low vignetting and great corner sharpness makes it VERY useful for off center composition.

I'm sorry but I simply disagree with you. I think the 50 art has a great look to the images and that's not something magic, it's just very very nicely done and very well corrected.

It isn't just sit dof... perspective has a little bit to do with webby 85-135 are considered the portrait range. 

I do love sharp images, but I'll give up a little sharpness if the bokeh is just awesome...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I took the cheap road to FF
« on: November 15, 2014, 01:32:27 PM »
I cleaned the sensor on my 5D classic a couple of times with a product called  Sensor Swab along with a cleaning fluid called Eclipse E2.  It worked fine, although the products are rather expensive.  I'm pretty spoiled now by the self cleaning cameras.

Personally, the self cleaning (60d, 6d) never did a lot for me, but then again I'm changing lenses outdoors a lot. I'm using the lensrentals dry cleaning method w/o the butterfly. It's very quick to clean the sensor this way unless you're taking f11+ shots which requires more work (or probably the expensive butterfly brush).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRW9AmDPqr0

Right before I sold my Canon Xs I saw a dark spot which was dust... I was so distraught until I remembered the self clean... and bam... It worked.  I was so relieved.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS 5D Mark III Body $2499
« on: November 15, 2014, 01:25:16 PM »
It will be $50 cheaper on ebay on Black Friday... I'd wait and put the $50 towards a warranty.

I'd expect ebay to have some sort of a points deal.  Is that what you are referring to?
Per bfads.net, they said the out the door price will be fifty bucks less.  They are pretty accurate with their leaks, so I have no reason to not believe them.

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Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 15, 2014, 01:22:32 PM »
The addition of IS would be a different line, so instead of being the 35L mkii, it would be the 35L is (mki).

I'm pretty sure I'm right about this... so I need to read the original post again.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS 5D Mark III Body $2499
« on: November 15, 2014, 11:49:46 AM »
It will be $50 cheaper on ebay on Black Friday... I'd wait and put the $50 towards a warranty.

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