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You gonna need 2-3 people to lift this lens on the tripod: http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/canon/lenses/supertelephoto/sigma-200-500mm-f2.8-ex-dg-apo-for-canon
It's "only" 35 pounds, lighter than my Speedotron packs, and I frequently carry two of those into many jobs.
Besides, if you can spend $15,000 on this lens, you certainly can afford an assistant.

or a gym membership...

Canon General / Re: "MAP" pricing....How long will it last????
« on: April 18, 2014, 09:06:22 AM »
Our local dealer says his Markup for Canon runs 7%.  There may be a rebate for meeting sales targets, but a small dealer can't sell millions of dollars worth a month.
The salesmen are all photographers and give good advice.  I buy from them frequently, and from Adorama / B&H for something they can't easily get due to manufacturers requiring large purchases.
I've found that they can get cameras and lenses from Canon even when the big stores are out, so Canon does take care of small dealers.
In my dalliance in retail, the cost was pretty close to the sale price.  If we sold a package for $1000, there was maybe 50 bucks in profit, so we would get $15 for the sale.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Calumet Store Closing Sale
« on: April 18, 2014, 09:02:47 AM »
I can confirm that the Calumet store in Cambridge, MA is officially open for (going out of) business.
Were there decent prices on gear or was it like the early days of circuit city going out of business and everything is 8% off today, 9 percent off tomorrow and so forth and so on.

I didn't even know this thing existed let alone how expensive it is.  I'm curious... how's the image quality?


I'm surprised that so far nobody has said DxO's results are meaningless because they don't represent bokeh in their tests results anywhere! But at least the first post on this thread doesn't disappoint with the expected putting down of DxO.

I'm waiting to be dismissive of the Ken Rockwell review.  Till then I'll save up my indignance.

At least we have more gas to put on the fire... it will keep us busy until the damn lens is released... and then we get to be excited or disappointed based on our own experiences. 

Lenses / Re: Canon 50L - Love or Hate?
« on: April 17, 2014, 06:43:09 AM »
I have the 100L, but saying something is sharp wide open at f/2.8 isn't really a fair comparison.  There is a world of difference @ f/1.2 and f/1.4 than f/2.8. 

Canon General / Re: "MAP" pricing....How long will it last????
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:50:08 PM »
Didn't get in the door fast enough on that great deal?  Too bad, maybe next time.  Forget to mail in your rebate?  Tough. 

They were pushing cell phones, cases, bags, frames, anything but cameras and lenses.  If they don't want to give the big retailers larger bulk discounts, then don't.  But quit playing games with the pricing to the consumer.

If you see a deal... and you don't buy... then that is kinda your fault.  I worked in a retail setting and the buyers would negotiate prices with the manufacturers for sales... and during that time frame, the cost to the retailer would be lowered (or at least that is the crap management fed us).  So if the price was $1000 last week during the July 4th sale... and it is $1500 this week without a sale... the cost went from $900 to $1300... so the absolute best the retailer could do without taking a bath is sell it for $1300...

As for Cell phones... the retailer I worked for got $200 in profit for one new line.  So if you consider that the profit margin for some items is 10%... then that means that the retailer has to sell a $2000 item to a customer to equal the profit, which is a tougher pill to swallow than paying $70 per month for 24 months... and is about $1700.

Canon General / Re: "MAP" pricing....How long will it last????
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:43:17 PM »
I too was looking at buying a new DSLR but not now.  I just sold a 40D and T3i in anticipation of snagging a 6D or 5DMK III.

Have you looked into Canon USA's refurbed units with 1 year factory warranty and 20% off MAP?  6Ds are available last time I checked.

Call Canon and ask about they loyalty program.  You send in an old film canon camera that you bought off craigslist for $10 (or I'll sell you one for $10), and they give you 20% off the refurb price.  Not all bodies are available... but I think the mkiii and the 6d are now... but I havne't really checked in a while because I have my body and I hopefully won't be upgrading for many years now.

Canon General / Re: "MAP" pricing....How long will it last????
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:40:34 PM »
And not that it is related to much of anything, but I bought about $10,000 in gear from Amazon last year... and I'll probably do the same this year too... so having a retailer (even a GIANT one where they don't know you by name), but they do know you by your buying habits... it helps.

Canon General / Re: "MAP" pricing....How long will it last????
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:38:30 PM »
Minimum advertised pricing is just that... advertised.  Give a retailer a call, ask to speak to a salesman and give a valid explanation as to why you would like a lower price. 

Heck bluff and say X store is willing to offer you the lens you want at $800... but their store is $1000, but you have a long standing relationship with this store and you would prefer to buy from them since you believe in loyalty to a retailer... but $200 is too much... are they willing to match.

With stores, it isn't always about the bottom line in regards to profit, though no store likes to willingly to sell for less than cost (lord knows I don't), but if you are close to the cost, and you have been a good customer or even if you haven't bought from them before but they want to earn your business on this purchase and possibly 20 more purchases down the line... or maybe you buy the lens for $800 but you also need a filter at a price that is the same across the internet... an umbrella too... and while we are at it... throw in some lens cleaner... ok... they are selling the lens at cost, but they are making a small profit on the extras and they are earning a customer.

Be bold.  Don't pay sticker price at a car dealer... and don't just bow down to MAP.

Lenses / Re: Canon 50L - Love or Hate?
« on: April 16, 2014, 08:29:50 PM »

I'm starting to ramble... I need one of yall to loan me your 50L for a week and I'll see if my opinion changes. :)

If you live in the NY/NJ USA area we could do a CR gear meet in Central Park and take some test shots, heh.

For those who have used the 85L II, if you think the 85L II is amazing it is hard to imagine how you would not love the 50L output just as much once you learn how to tame it.

I'm in Central PA... I think we are planning a NYC trip this summer and I plan on going to the B&H Superstore and see what they have available for me to demo.  I have a few things on my to try list... 50 art (and I might as well add the 50L to the list), the 200-400 f/4 1.4x, a 24-70 mkii, and I'm not sure what else...

Lenses / Re: Canon 50L - Love or Hate?
« on: April 16, 2014, 05:32:31 PM »
I think the problem is that I read this article...


And the 50 usm beat or matched the 50 L in sharpness.  This is when I owned and primarily used the 50mm f/1.8 as my main lens. 

Quick story about the f/1.8.   I bought it for $75ish and we went to Disney World... and I proceeded to shoot every image  @ f/1.8.  So when I finally looked at the pictures, the AF selected a subject that wasn't my subject (I was a novice then... so not forgivable... but I learned from my mistakes).  Also the lens was soft... very soft @ f/1.8... center to corners.  Eventually I learned the lens sharpens up at around f/2.8 give or take. 

So when I bought the 50 usm because it was the best bang for the buck... I shot at around f/2.8 and I was bored with the images.  They were good... I got many a complement... but I miss shooting REALLY wide open. So the 50 usm collected dust.  And I had no interest in the 50L because the sharpness was on par... and while I completely acknowledge that the bokeh and the color rendition are better... I wasn't willing to shoot at f/2.8 again.

So I harbored these rather negative emotions about the 50L for the past 3ish years... and that bias is hard to give up. 

So for me... I can't respond to any of those options... I would say... because of the MEH factor of the other 50's in my life, I didn't want the 50L.  I don't want to say I hate it... but for the money... I would so rather get other lenses in my bag.

Assuming $1300... I'd lean towards an 85 f/1.8 for portraiture, a 50usm for the focal length which is handy and throw on a 24-105... (which puts me over by around 50 bucks give or take). 

I'm starting to ramble... I need one of yall to loan me your 50L for a week and I'll see if my opinion changes. :)

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 16, 2014, 05:18:11 PM »
This is much the same as the 35L vs 35A debate.....  If you want a sharper lens with harsher bokeh go with the Sigma Art Lenses... if you want an overall smoother rendered pic go with the Canon equivalent.   Though the 35A is  sharper (I owned it for a few months) the 35L rendered the better image to my eyes...  Sharpness isn't everything.

So you were a product tester?  How exactly do you go about getting on that list?

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 16, 2014, 01:24:17 PM »


Also, Dylan, that's the same filter I have.

It's good to be passionate about something... And by George aren't we all.

Even though I don't have a dog in the fight anymore... I still do like order.  I like simple equations that explain complicated truths like...

Canon 85<sigma 85< Canon 85L. 

Simple... most people would agree if cost isn't considered... And I think for me I want to see

Canon 50 f1.8 < Canon f1.4 < Sigma f1.4 < Canon 50L < Sigma 50 art < otus. 

But I understand it isn't that simple...

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