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Reviews / Re: Lens cap review: (Exploding) Hama 77mm lens caps
« on: December 01, 2014, 02:22:24 PM »
Maybe it is like a crumple zone in a car. .. the cap absorbs the energy of the fall thereby saving the lens from damage.   You are misinterpreting a design feature for a design flaw. ..

And yes that was all tongue in cheek.

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Canon General / Re: What were you hoping to buy on Black Friday?
« on: November 30, 2014, 11:58:33 AM »
I have been waiting for around 2 years to buy the Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS II and have seen it in the past drop to $1799. B&H and others have been selling it for $2149... What's going on!!!??!?!?!?!?!?
There is the 6th ave ebay deal. 

But if you go to canon price watch, you can get the lens for 1899 as well... so you are paying $100 more than your target price either way.  I'd say get it.

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Lenses / Re: What distance to be at for AFMA
« on: November 29, 2014, 11:52:23 PM »
Near minimum focusing distance is where the dof is the thinnest... so I afma near mfd.  I assume if I am shooting a target 10x mfd then my dof will be much more significant, so a focus shift (assume I'm using that term correctly) may occur, but it should still be within my dof.

Not a good idea, for the reasons stated above.

I'm shooting my little rugrat... so I don't have much predictive capabilities when it comes to consistent distance from the camera she will be.

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Lenses / Re: What distance to be at for AFMA
« on: November 29, 2014, 08:46:24 PM »
I test at 25x and 50x the focal length, so that's 10 and 20 meters.

Does the AFMA change with distance? In other words, if you set the AFMA at distance X, will it still be correct at distance 2*X?
 I ask because I do my AFMA with a DIY setup and I like to get closer to the target to take advantage of the thinner DOF. The thinner DOF makes it easier to see how much back or front focus there is.

per a dof calculator:

with full frame, 50mm, f/2.8, and 30 cm from subject...

Depth of field
Near limit    29.7 cm
Far limit    30.3 cm
Total    0.51 cm
 
In front of subject    0.25 cm   (50%)
Behind subject    0.26 cm   (50%)

but when you double the distance:

Depth of field
Near limit    58.9 cm
Far limit    61.1 cm
Total    2.24 cm
 
In front of subject    1.1 cm   (49%)
Behind subject    1.14 cm   (51%)

So double the distance and you wind up with a 4.39x the dof...

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Lenses / Re: What distance to be at for AFMA
« on: November 29, 2014, 08:40:37 PM »
Near minimum focusing distance is where the dof is the thinnest... so I afma near mfd.  I assume if I am shooting a target 10x mfd then my dof will be much more significant, so a focus shift (assume I'm using that term correctly) may occur, but it should still be within my dof.

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Canon General / Re: What were you hoping to buy on Black Friday?
« on: November 29, 2014, 08:27:57 PM »
http://www.adorama.com/pages/5-percent-holiday-rewards

Per this page... it seems like we can get 5% back...

You mean the page that states, "Up to 5% rewards," which means anything from 0% to 5%?   ;)

True.  Don't forget that you can get an extra 1% cash back by going to Ebates dot com.  3% total isn't a ton, but 3% is still 3%.

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Canon General / Re: What were you hoping to buy on Black Friday?
« on: November 29, 2014, 08:19:57 PM »
speaking of gift cards, what happened to amazon, b&h, and adorama offering 1% back on a future purchase?  I liked being able to get a couple of bucks back and applying it to an accessory or whatever.

Hey, you're right. I just checked B&H and the 2% Rewards business has been removed from a couple of the lenses I was considering. Two percent off on a Big White is a lot of money, so they've effectively instituted a stealth price increase.

http://www.adorama.com/pages/5-percent-holiday-rewards

Per this page... it seems like we can get 5% back... but it says 2% on this page.

http://www.adorama.com/CA2470.html

So who knows.. I guess it is only one some. 

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Canon General / Re: What were you hoping to buy on Black Friday?
« on: November 29, 2014, 11:16:22 AM »
I was hoping we'd see a gift certificate for a 7D2 packaged with a 100-400L II, for say $200-300 off the list price, shipping by year's end. :P

speaking of gift cards, what happened to amazon, b&h, and adorama offering 1% back on a future purchase?  I liked being able to get a couple of bucks back and applying it to an accessory or whatever.

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Canon General / Re: What were you hoping to buy on Black Friday?
« on: November 29, 2014, 10:32:00 AM »
I was hoping the 400 f/5.6 refurb was going to be available. At $910.00 !

*sigh*

I was looking at some 200mm f/2L lenses on ebay... but they went out of my price range...

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Canon General / What were you hoping to buy on Black Friday?
« on: November 29, 2014, 09:19:23 AM »
Last year Adorama had a 6ft... maybe 7ft umbrella for $50... and I was hoping that shooting star would be seen again.  But no.  Also last year, Buydig via ebay was selling a 100L for $700ish after rebate... but again, not this year.  Having said that, I just sold my 2nd 100L, so I really should just stay out of the 100L business.

I was also hoping that Amazon would have a deal like they have had in past years... where you buy an entry level body with a kit lens and then they practically give you the 55-250 and the 75-300 for free.  But no. 

Having said that, I think I got in on the photo deal of the season... Kohls was selling a t5, kit lens, and a 75-300mm for 449 plus 6% tax, but then you could get 9 or 10% back using a cash back site, plus getting $15 kohl's cash for every $50 you spend, plus this yes 2 you points... so I bought the maximum allowed of 5. 

So I paid $2380, but I'm getting $675 in kohl's cash (the wife is going on a shopping spree), $112.50 in the yes to you points, and $202 in cash back... so my total for 5 bodies and 10 lenses my cost is $1390.50.

So I'm pretty psyched about that. 

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Even though i do not own a single sigma product,  I respect what they have done recently.   I personally want the 24-70 mm f2.  But I never thought the 24-105mm would be a winner. .. not for Canon. .. Sony & NIKON maybe.

Huh. ..

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8II or F4 for Zoo Shoot
« on: November 25, 2014, 04:42:07 PM »
If you're renting, consider the 70-300IS.

The 70-300 is a bit soft from 200-300mm.  The 70-300 L maybe but the variable aperture at f5.6... losing 2 stops of light might be a big downer.

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Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 24, 2014, 11:39:43 PM »
She found someone... so I'm off the hook.  I was thinking about it as I resigned myself to doing it... and I don't think I could do a $200 job... it just doesn't seem to do justice to the event... so there would be a studio session, a ring macro thing maybe... then 800+ shots @ the event... maybe the time lapse for S___s and gigs... then then the post... then giving prints and a release... well... I can't see half assing it... even if it is for a half ass amount of pay.

I'm not sure where you're located but if you're near DFW, Texas... I want to be your friend!!   :)

If I was doing a favor like this for someone... I would shoot a few portraits but in a candid fashion, no fancy lights, etc.  I would shoot the heck out of the event the best I could.  Then I would process the images and upload them to my zenfolio site for the bride and groom to do whatever they like with.  They can order prints from there, etc.  That would be the end of it for me except for tweaking the images a bit extra and maybe giving them a thumb drive with the images.

I'm the worlds' worst about giving someone a ton of work for free because I'm a nice guy.  But at some point I figure that free (what I normally charge) is free and if they want the full meal deal, there's only so much I can offer.  And in your case, for this amount of work and its' true value, $200 is about the same as free.

I like Dallas ...I may move there One day .Get Some Cowboys season tickets ; My daughter Marries Tony Romo's Kid...

I work for free more often than I'd like ; partly due to The wife volunteering my services .

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Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 24, 2014, 08:38:38 PM »
She found someone... so I'm off the hook.  I was thinking about it as I resigned myself to doing it... and I don't think I could do a $200 job... it just doesn't seem to do justice to the event... so there would be a studio session, a ring macro thing maybe... then 800+ shots @ the event... maybe the time lapse for S___s and gigs... then then the post... then giving prints and a release... well... I can't see half assing it... even if it is for a half ass amount of pay.

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Lenses / Re: Help me decide: should I buy an EF 135L
« on: November 24, 2014, 08:33:09 PM »
I had a 135L for a brief amount of time... and I have owned the 100L twice.  I'd say probably not... unless you are shooting somewhat stationary subjects indoor in poor light, like tennis, or volleyball, etc.  hockey with a goalie maybe. 

I really liked the 100L's min focusing distance... but if you are used the the 85 usm's 3ft mfd, you'll be fine enough with the 135.


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