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Lenses / Re: Permanent price drops
« on: August 31, 2014, 04:48:06 PM »
I feel stupid now for ordering the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II USM.  It will be here Tuesday.  I got the rebate and all, but the street price with the rebate is still $200 less than I paid.  I bought it through B&H.  Thought I was getting a really good deal.   ::)

Call them after their price drops, see what they say.  Maybe you'll get a double dip?

I suppose it couldn't hurt to try.

Definitely call them. I bought 4 600EX-RTs on one order a couple of years ago, and there was a significant price drop (when multiplied by 4) within 30 days of my date of purchase (in other words, within the product return window). I contacted B&H by e-mail, and they immediately credited my charge account for the difference between the old and new prices, no questions asked.

By the way, I purchased the 70-200 II from B&H in June, at $2,499 before $300 rebate and ~ $50 in B&H reward credits, for a net price of about $2,150. It was an upgrade from the 70-200/2.8L IS mark I, and I'm totally satisfied, even though it cost about $550 more (net) than I paid for the new mark I 8 years ago.

Ditto with Adorama.  I bought a CF card and 3 price drops later... I'm saying they were nice enough to give me the discounted price each time. 

After all is said and done... you might get the rebate plus a price break... and that is a thing of beauty.

Shooting with flash to capture sports is a rookie move.  Especially when you are locked at a slow shutter (250/s)  The best way to shoot sports is a superzoom with as wide an aperture as possible, coupled with a body capable of high fps (>8), excellent servo (motion tracking), and excellent iso performance at levels greater than 1600.  When shooting football in the early evening, to maintain shutter of 1250, my iso frequently lives at 3200 and above.

High speed sync?   My 5d mkiii also syncs at 1/200..., but that isn't really germane.
Sure I'd like a 400mm f2.8L is mkii, but I don't have a spare $12,000... though I can check the couch cushions... let me check right now... nope only $8,000, mostly in pennies.  I have mulled over a 1dx, but I'm quite happy with the mkiii at the moment.  Actually, when I shoot sports I time and anticipate... I haven't sprayed and prayed in quite a while.

Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 30, 2014, 09:14:29 PM »

I think there might be more steps, I think buying a film body and shooting film for a while might be the next step.

To answer your original question, yea sometimes it is worth it.

Mostly true... here's my slight revisions:

Shoot only in JPEG - Check

Discover RAW shoot in both JPEG and RAW - Check, but then I couldn't figure out how to process the raw file using my existing software... so back to Jpeg with periodically shooting in raw + jpg with the assumption I would eventually figure out what I was doing. 

Become a RAW purist and shoot only in RAW, use excuses like someday I might be able to redo a picture that I thought was lost, my processing skills get better etc... Some of the excuses are used to cover poor or sloppy technique behind the camera- I screw up periodically, but it isn't poor technique... just status quo with me being negligent... regardless of the format.

One day discover that not all of your shoots need to be in RAW. Not all subjects and situations need to be improved on.
Consider once again shooting in RAW and JPEG so you do not waste time having to process pictures that are "good" enough.
Find out that you are wasting time sorting out your JPEG's from your RAW and wasting memory on the computer.
Shoot which ever is appropriate at the time.

I'm shooting at full raw and med-jpg... but the med-jpg is just wasting hard drive space... so I might drop that.

Lenses / Re: Permanent price drops
« on: August 30, 2014, 06:08:05 PM »
I'm curious how this will affect the secondary market.  I wonder how soon people will make their market corrections.  Very interesting.

Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 30, 2014, 12:20:32 PM »
I've tried shooting JPG to save disk space for sporting events, but often found gyms with challenging lighting and wasn't happy with skin tones, even when I used custom WB.  I gave up and shoot RAW exclusively.  It's a lot easier to tweek color corrections with RAW images.

What shutter speed were you shooting at?  When I shoot in gyms, I'm generally in that 1/500 to 1/1000 range depending on how much natural light. 

But the gym lights flicker... so @ one moment they are at 5000 kelvin... then the next 5600... and the next 5300 so even with custom white balance, the lights are constantly changing on you... unless you are shooting at 1/60 of a second or slower because all the flickers add up to a consistent kelvin reading. 

At least that's the way I understand it.  Fortunately, the walls in the gym I shot a good deal @ were a perfect white card color, so I could just take my WB from the all, and bam... perfect WB.  I'm going to miss that. 

FOR SALE Photo Equipment / Re: Canon 70-200mm f4L is
« on: August 29, 2014, 09:54:48 PM »
As of today, it is sold.  Thanks for taking a look. 

Software & Accessories / Re: Shuttercount Now Available for Windows
« on: August 28, 2014, 10:40:08 PM »
I'll buy it the next time I sell a used body.  I've used eoscount twice... so this would be nice, having that functionality in perpetuity.

EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: August 27, 2014, 12:32:16 PM »
I might mull over a1dx after the replacement has come out, but the 7d mkii... no. 

Actually, the camera I want should have 120 fps for video, better low light performance than the 5d mkiii, and dual pixel and a touch screen.  I don't do much video, but when I do... It is not pretty on my slr.

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.

I have had two... the same one actually, but I think I lost the first one... the reason I think I lost the first one is because my house is a Mess with a capital M.  It very well could just be hiding under that pile of dead cats.  :/

Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but I don't kill the cats after taking their pictures.

I have a cat allergy... so that might explain it. 

And I do appreciate ya'lls help... I'm sure I don't say it enough... but I do.

It sounds almost like you want something as cheap as this

But with the build quality and features of a more expensive brand/model.

Ive used cheap monopods and they work fine for short term use, as well as using expensive monopods.
Sure the more expensive ones made shooting easier but it comes down to what you have on hand at the time and is the amount you are going to use it going to justify the cost over its lifetime.

Otherwise we can tell you what we recommend all we like, end of the day its your $$ and your decision.

The Sirui is $10 less than the the Manfrotto 560b-1... So I don't think I'm cheaping out if you will.  Though if you want to argue I'm spending the same amount of money one something that isn't as well made... I think that might be a reasonable argument...

The manfrotto is off my list because of the screw and the attachment so you can put on a head.  I just really REALLY don't like that.  To me... that feels cheap.  If they had a flip-able screw like I've seen on quite a few other high end tripods... I would probably go with the manfrotto...

And I realize I can get a carbon fiber monopod for less than I'm paying, though it wouldn't have the feet.  Brand name and everything... but I really want the feet.  The first time I saw that... I thought it was a little slice of genius.  Maybe I'm wrong... but at least I'm not mortgaging the house on a risk. 

Y'all have a much different definition of cheap than I do.  I think of cheap as my $20 dolica. 

I was comparing the carbon fiber to the aluminum... I'm spending an extra $80 to save 0.2 lbs of weight.  F--- that. 

At least per Amazon... but yeah... .2 lbs.

Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 25, 2014, 09:04:12 PM »
I screwed up a really cute shot of my daughter.  It was horribly underexposed, but I shoot in raw.  I adjusted the exposure in Lightroom and I was amazed and grateful for the 5d mkiii and the raw image that resulted. 

I don't know that a jpg image would have been salvageable. 

The short answer is probably no... but the long answer is absolutely.

I have used flip locks in the past and do not consider them suitable/trustworthy for tripods and mono pods. Both the Gitzo and Sirui twist locks are far superior and much easier to use, as well as being MUCH more secure.
As a complete inverse to your experience I have used twist locks in the past and find them slower and less trustworthy. I have used flip locks now for 15 years and wouldn't consider going back to twisties. Too slow when the pressure is on. What exactly is it that you find makes twist-locks MUCH more secure?

I've had twisties "sink" but never had a flip-lock sink under weight. Another advantage of a flip-lock is you have a visual confirm of the full-lock position. With a twistie, there is no visual cue. I've had legs on my twist-lock Gitzo tripod sag unexpectedly, but never my big flip-lock Manfrotto 075B. I'm a flippin' fan!


I've only had flip locks... and I've done stupid things like not flip it all the way back... but that's more me being stupid than twist v. flip.

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