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I dance with the devil I know.  The gas may be greener, but just having familiarity with the control makes me a better photographer on the fly.

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Canon General / Re: Let's confess our disgusting perversions
« on: May 23, 2014, 03:11:05 PM »
My perversion is boobs. 

But on the photo landscape, I enjoy selling gear more than I do buying and using gear. 

Now I do buy gear at below market pricing and I sell it at above what I paid for it... but still.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sandisk CF sale at B&H, today May 20 only
« on: May 21, 2014, 10:22:50 AM »
I feel like the kid on Better Off Dead, I want my two dollars.  I want my two dollars!  I WANT MY TWO DOLLARS!!!.

So maybe I mask my side order of crazy for a little while.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sandisk CF sale at B&H, today May 20 only
« on: May 21, 2014, 10:20:12 AM »
The deal on the 64GB CF card is quite good - I bought this card for $285 in March and it's the fastest most amazing card I have and now it's $228.  Too bad I needed it then and couldn't wait...
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1000363-REG/sandisk_sdcfxps_064g_a46_64gb_extreme_pro_compact.html

Yesterday I think it was going at $200... I didn't check because I have my interests in the 32gb, but I thought I saw they were taking another $25 off.
Really?  I know they're having a HUGE discount on the Lexar cards (also very good) but this is the first time I've seen the Sandisk cards on sale in a while.

Per Canon price watch, these are historical lows.  One day mind you, but a really good sales price is a really good sales price.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sandisk CF sale at B&H, today May 20 only
« on: May 21, 2014, 10:07:24 AM »
The deal on the 64GB CF card is quite good - I bought this card for $285 in March and it's the fastest most amazing card I have and now it's $228.  Too bad I needed it then and couldn't wait...
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1000363-REG/sandisk_sdcfxps_064g_a46_64gb_extreme_pro_compact.html

Yesterday I think it was going at $200... I didn't check because I have my interests in the 32gb, but I thought I saw they were taking another $25 off.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sandisk CF sale at B&H, today May 20 only
« on: May 21, 2014, 09:56:47 AM »
I saw that... great deal.  But I bought one from adorama last week for a solid price of 119.99... So I sent a message to Helen last night asking her to price match and she couldn't because the price had changed by the morning, when she got my message.  It may only be $11, but there are like twenty things I want to buy that are less than $11... So now I'm annoyed... and I admit it is irrational considering I shell it about $20,000 on  gear every year...

So I continue to take deep breaths...

And what annoys me more is that I harbor ill will... which is easily my worst character flaw... but I digress.


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I decided against the one from china/amazon.  It is a touch short... I'm cheap with the legs... but I think I might get another dolica since it is a devil I already dance with, and then just get a better ball head... so... thanks all.

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Lenses / Re: Canon Lens Pouches
« on: May 20, 2014, 09:16:52 AM »
After buying many Canon lenses, I can say that the supertelephoto luggage/suitcase/cases are nice, the padded pouches of the 70-200 and 180 are quite nice, but the pouches are all but worthless as anything other than a dust cover and even then they are open enough to let dust into the pouch.

Has anyone ever used the lens pouches or found another use for them?

Just one more thing to keep track of in case of resale.
Someday Canon will either discontinue or change them, like the crappy lens caps.
Until then look at Sigma's excellent lens cases and sigh.

I keep mind in the box and when I sell the lens, it is new looking. 

The bags are worthless.

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Isn't the calibration Canon applying a micro auto focus adjustment?  At f4, the depth of field is usually sufficient that your subject shouldbe in focus.  At ff1.4, sure... but f4 is a while different animal.  I'd be more concerned that the lens is off rather than the body and lens need to be paired.

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http://www.photographybay.com/2014/05/15/colbert-report-takes-on-amazons-seamless-white-background-patent/

Man I love Colbert, sorry to see the show go.  Can't wait to watch this clip tonight.

I didn't think the Amazon joke was his best, but I'm sad to see it go as well.  There are so many talk shows all doing the same thing... entertaining yes, but the Colbert report was just a sublime parody that truly felt ground breaking.  It is sad to see the character go.  I'm more upset by Colbert than Letterman who I grew up watching.

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Lol....UK pricing for the 16-35 f4 LIS seems to be nearly as expensive as the f2.8 version!
While I'm sure the UK price will fall dramatically once the product is on the shelves, i really thing that canon urgently needs to refresh it's UK RRP policy.
It's a tax for the impatient.

I've been an early adopter in video game systems and that's about it.  I've been able to not go nuts and buy camera gear at launch.... which I believe shows great moral character... though I'm the only one that would believe that.

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does it have to be full height?

I got a small one that i take everywhere simply because i never bring the big expensive ones with its only about 30cm tall but packs down to about the size of a 100 f2.8 lens including ball head. it was well under $100 no monopod option though or extra feet...

That's interesting... I haven't thought about that... about 50% of the time I'm at 30 inches or smaller because I photograph my 8 month old on the floor... but I'm leaning towards no...

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I appreciate yall's concern, but I don't do many long exposures... some, but nothing that requires a big investment.  And I generally lol bears with my bare hands... using a tripod just wouldn't be fair.   

And having said all of that.... I have an old velbon that I used to do some video, and a dolica that I paid twenty bucks for... ski in my experience, I don't see the NEED for a really expensive tripod... and so for me, spending $100 on one is really pushing it.

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For what it is worth, I'm picking up a b&w 3 stop at 77mm and I have a step down... or maybe it is a step up filter converter do I can fit it in my other lenses as well.

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FTRV7EC?ie=UTF8&at=&force-full-site=1&ref_=aw_bottom_links

First off, let me apologize for asking a question that has been asked half a hundred times... but here we go.

I find a roof on Amazon that gets solid reviews and it is almost perfect for my needs.

Her are my needs:
It doesn't have to be that light weight, but aluminum would be nice.
I want a removable leg which works as a monopod.
I prefer a wing release on the legs rather than the screw type, but I can live with it.
I want a ball head.
I want a removable head so I can use the legs as a flash stand with an umbrella bracket.
And here's the deal breaker for me... I want the monopod to have the additional spokes which turn it into a tripod.

So do I need to start my own tripod company to get all of these specifications?

I found one on Amazon that meets four of the above, but I'd really like the retractable spokes.

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