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Lenses / Re: 17-40 VS 17-55
« on: October 24, 2013, 12:47:33 PM »
I had my decision for you when you said no plans to go to full frame.

17-55  all the way.   no equivocation about it.   there is a dust issue,  bit that isn't a factor regarding image quality. 

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Lenses / Re: Issue with second hand EF 300 2.8 IS..Thoughts???
« on: October 23, 2013, 09:54:37 PM »
 I'm constantly buying and selling lenses...  though I'm at the point where that may  slow down... so I'll have to be careful about fungus  moving forward.

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Lenses / Re: Old lenses - really so bad?
« on: October 23, 2013, 09:51:52 PM »
Today I got my "new" 70D back from the shop I bought it in Munich. They exchanged it, after an system breakdown (posted).
My question: The shop assistents told me to exchange 2 of my lenses. I own an 70-200mm 2.8L and an 28-70mm L 2.8. I bought them about 7-8 years ago and they work well.
Are they really so "sub" using them on the 70D?
They said, that the 70D requires an IS Lens, the 70-200 II or the 24-70 2.8 II (no IS). Is this true
no...  they were trying to sell you something that is better,  but not required.   is  is  absolutely not a requirement...  maybe if you have a  shaking disease.

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Lenses / Re: Issue with second hand EF 300 2.8 IS..Thoughts???
« on: October 23, 2013, 09:18:32 AM »
Thanks for all of the replies. I would considered the price paid to be an average deal so my epxectation was that there would be full disclosure if it was anything less than the "advertised condition of perfect". This will soon be in the hands of the ebay resolution team unless the seller agrees to a refund.  The seller has suggested that I send to CPS but my point is, that I purchased a lens that was said to be perfect. Therefore, I should not be having to deal with this. I have a hard time beleiving that a professional photag would not have recognized this when selling a high dollar item.

Lesson leanred ::) Experience shared with my CR buddies  :)

I  had an issue with a ray flash unit I got off eBay.   there ess a small crack in the plastic that would have expanded over time.   the seller agreed to accept the return,  but I was annoyed that I had to pay return shipping. 

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Lenses / Re: What lens do recommend?
« on: October 22, 2013, 10:11:12 PM »
I have a 2 month old... one that doesn't want to go to bed tonight... and I have mostly been using a 85mm f/1.8 with her.  I have a full frame camera and that does make a huge difference, but I like the results.  The shallow depth of field, the sharpness, etc.

I did have a speedlite attached and I would bounce light from the walls and more often than not I got a results I was really pleased with. 

Take a bunch of photos... the babies don't do much at that age so you have plenty of time to frame the shot.

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Canon General / Re: Spray and Pray Discovery
« on: October 22, 2013, 04:59:36 PM »
 when hand holding,  my first shot is for my finger depression,  my  second shot I expect to be stable.

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Canon General / Re: Advice on pricing
« on: October 22, 2013, 04:56:50 PM »
what's your time worth?

 if I'm having fun...  I'd say 30  bucks an hour while on site is more than reasonable. 

 it isn't like you are going to have  orders upon others flood in.

 if there were subsequent order,  I'd say less for the sitting.

Either do it for free or charge market price. 30/hr is a little insulting.  My friend went to JC penny for family picture and he paid something like $60-80. He lives in NY. I'm not saying you should charge this amount.  This is just to give you a perspective.

 how long is half a Sunday?  I was thinking 4-6  hours with that description....  so 5x30  is 150.

 what should the hourly rate be?

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Canon General / Re: Is this rude or just customer apathy?
« on: October 22, 2013, 04:09:35 PM »
A paycheck is a paycheck but likening that to barrel racing is imprecise at best; Even at a fairly local level it can get pretty intense.

Jim

 you are probably right,  but in every video I've seen online,  the people are really quite lax and the horse looks like it is going in the wrong direction...  but I'm willing to see and shoot it in person.

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Canon General / Re: Advice on pricing
« on: October 22, 2013, 04:07:07 PM »
How much would you professionals charge for something like this? I live in Knoxville, TN, in case you want to take cost of living into account.

It may not be possible to answer this question legally in the USA on a public forum as this could be considered price fixing. Even when it is a general ballpark question. The penalties for price fixing are jaw-droppingly large.
I am not a lawyer, and do not live in the USA (and therefore could well be wrong). I came across this from a similar question that seemed equally innocuous on a professional (veterinary) list-serv that I am a member of.

 we are protected by the first amendment...  so that isn't as much of an issue..  good old freedom of speech...  and for it to be price fixing,would have to be the entire market who agreed to an inflated price...  and Lord knows that won't happen in photography.

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Canon General / Re: Advice on pricing
« on: October 22, 2013, 04:02:30 PM »
 what's your time worth?

 if I'm having fun...  I'd say 30  bucks an hour while on site is more than reasonable. 

 it isn't like you are going to have  orders upon others flood in.

 if there were subsequent order,  I'd say less for the sitting.

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Canon General / Re: Is this rude or just customer apathy?
« on: October 22, 2013, 03:59:04 PM »
Ok...I'll ask the one question no one else has.....

What's a 'flag racing' event?

I think you handled the situation well.


 think of a rodeo with barrel racing'  that,  but with a flag that you have to jam into a pot of dirt at the end of the run.

I thought I knew what flag racing was (which obviously was incorrect ... I thought it was like drag racing) ... but your explanation has me confused ... now I don't know what is flag racing ... earlier, at least I thought I knew what it was and was blissfully ignorant ... after your explanation I did a youtube search and clicked on the first (below) video that google threw at me ... now I am a thoroughly confused person. ;D
Flag Racing


 that's the gist of it.

When does the action start?  ;D


 when I crop in close so these narcissists get a perfect view of themselves...  and then pay me more money than I deserve.

 I'm not making fun of this who do this,  mind you,  but this isn't exactly football or basketball in regards to competition.

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Canon General / Re: Is this rude or just customer apathy?
« on: October 22, 2013, 10:03:49 AM »
Ok...I'll ask the one question no one else has.....

What's a 'flag racing' event?

I think you handled the situation well.


 think of a rodeo with barrel racing'  that,  but with a flag that you have to jam into a pot of dirt at the end of the run.

I thought I knew what flag racing was (which obviously was incorrect ... I thought it was like drag racing) ... but your explanation has me confused ... now I don't know what is flag racing ... earlier, at least I thought I knew what it was and was blissfully ignorant ... after your explanation I did a youtube search and clicked on the first (below) video that google threw at me ... now I am a thoroughly confused person. ;D
Flag Racing


 that's the gist of it.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/4 IS vs 70-200 f/2.8 non-IS
« on: October 22, 2013, 08:44:54 AM »
 when I had the f2.8L usm I  really liked it.   it is a really great lens. I too vote for the f4  based on its reputation,  but I don't have any experience with it.


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Lenses / Re: why would anyone scratch off the red ring of an L lens?
« on: October 21, 2013, 04:47:16 PM »
 define scratched.   was the ring there and they filed it down to the black plastic?

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Lenses / Re: why would anyone scratch off the red ring of an L lens?
« on: October 21, 2013, 04:45:52 PM »
 red ring draws attention which could lead to a  robbery.   why do rich people not keep a wallet stuffed with  hundred dollar bills.

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