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Lenses / Re: Thinking about this but wanting your thoughts....
« on: March 17, 2014, 10:53:53 PM »
I have the 70-200 mkii... and I'm quite fond of it... but you REALLY don't need the f/2.8 unless you are working in low light.  F/4 is plenty good if you can control the lighting or are in decent lighting. 

So if I had $2000 to spend, I'd probably lean you towards either the 70-200 f/4L IS which is every bit as sharp as the f/2.8L Is mkii... when at f/4 which is obviously the max aperture... or again... the 70-300L which is significantly better than the 55-250, the 70-300 USM, and the 55-250 stm. 

Having said that... if you plan on doing video... can control the light... maybe the 55-250 for $250ish isn't a bad option. I buy them here and there and I sell them new on Amazon for around $270-280ish... The stm is sharper than the other Non L options, and it might do the trick until you figure out exactly what you want. 

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Canon General / Re: Lens advice please, EF 70-200 IS I or II?
« on: March 17, 2014, 10:08:59 PM »
I broached the idea of getting the 200-400 f/4L 1.x to the wife today... and I explained it would be a few years before I could save up enough to get it... and she FREAKED!  Evidently she tolerates the 70-200 mkii, the 5d mkiii, and the rest... but breaking 5 digits is where she flips!. 

So... this 'she' of which you speak... does she know how much the lens is?  I'd guess yes... and it is possible her tolerance is much like the wife's... but I'd double check before it becomes a whole thing.

And now that I'm forbidden from getting the 200-400... I think I'll get it. 

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-Sandisk 60MB/s write: 19 frames
-Lexar 95BM/s write: 23 frames
-Sandisk 90MB/s write: 25 frames
-Sandisk 150MB/s write: 35 frames
Just to rub salt in my own wounds...I just came across the box my Lexar 1000x card came in and it says "Rev C." and 145MB/s write speed.  Now I'm just utterly confused - how could the Sandisk 150MB/s card be that much faster???
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Moral of the story... sandisk under promises and over delivers... Lexar over promises and under delivers. 

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I picked up the 1.4 mkii.  I dropped the kenko from consideration because it doesn't work with afma very well.  I'm cheap and I didn't think the advances in image quality warranted the additional cost.

I think my out the door price was $150... which wasn't bad for the three times a year I use it.
There is very little difference in the 1.4x II and III so that was a wise buy, and just 3x a year?  I use both of my TCs almost every time I shoot!

Last year I used it when I shot some football games and recently when I shot my daughter skiing... but usually for what I do.. I'm close enough that the 70-200 is plenty long enough....

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I picked up the 1.4 mkii.  I dropped the kenko from consideration because it doesn't work with afma very well.  I'm cheap and I didn't think the advances in image quality warranted the additional cost.

I think my out the door price was $150... which wasn't bad for the three times a year I use it.

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I was mulling over long gear today... and this was a maybe and then a maybe not.  I'm so lost as to what to do with my gear money...it is a quandary.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye for Canon $199
« on: March 16, 2014, 10:42:34 PM »
This one doesn't have the removable hood... so that might be a problem for full framers.  The one with the removable hood has also sold at this price before... and the images are semi circular... so there are flat edges along the top and bottom of the frame.



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Canon General / Re: Lens advice please, EF 70-200 IS I or II?
« on: March 16, 2014, 09:09:13 PM »
I never touched an mki, but I would lean towards yes.  I had the f2.8L usm and I was quite fond of it, but the mkii gives me the confidence that any flawed image is my own Damn fault and I can't blame it on the gear.

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Canon General / Re: cutting bait on the 24-105???
« on: March 16, 2014, 09:06:41 PM »
Seems like it might be worth your while to buy/sell that lens as long as the price differential remains that large... even if you don't choose to use it/keep it.

I think I'm just getting itchy for an upgrade... and maintaining the status quo isn't that appealing.

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Canon General / Re: cutting bait on the 24-105???
« on: March 16, 2014, 06:43:02 PM »
What to do.....

Buy the 24-70 f/2.8L II, sell the 24-105 and don't look back.   :)

I was pricing a 200-400 f/4L 1.4x today... it isn't THAT far out of my price range...

I have to sell my 70-200 mkii, and then I have to come up with $6,000... and I'm not sure where the cash will come from... but it's fun to figure out the problem.

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Canon General / cutting bait on the 24-105???
« on: March 16, 2014, 10:41:47 AM »
I'm quite fond of the 24-105 by Canon.  It was my first L lens so it holds a special place in my heart.

I bought one in December of 2011 for 900 and change, I think... and I used it for a year and then I sold it for  850 give or take. And I bought another for 750.

I'm now mulling over selling the recent one for 700, if I can get that price, and then buying a new one foot around 550.  So basically what I'm doing is just riding the depreciation wave down and minimizing my losses while still using new gear that is basically under warranty.

But... is it worth continuing to do that?  I contend the 25-105 is a solid contributor to my lineup, but it has never been my go-to lens.  Yes there is the tamron which I chose not to acknowledge, and of course the Canon 24-70 f2.8L mkii... but I'm willing to play the 24-105 game until the sigma comes out with the 24-70 f2... if they ever do.  Then... at that point I'll make my decision between the Canon or the sigma...

What to do... what to do.

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Lenses / Re: Canon Lens Rebates...
« on: March 15, 2014, 11:43:30 PM »
I used Canon price watch.

http://www.canonpricewatch.com/product/00008/Canon-EF-85mm-f1.2L-II-USM-price.html

They show the price from authorized dealers and also when rebates are available and how the price is effected.

Having said that... I also like using camel camel camel which only tracks amazon... but they are pretty competitive with most.

http://camelcamelcamel.com/Canon-85mm-f1-2L-Lens-Cameras/product/B000EW9Y4M?context=browse

So your best bet in the last year new would be $1929.  But per CPW... you could have gotten one for $1750... but there isn't a distinction whether it was grey market or not.  So take everything with a grain of salt... do your research, have a buy it now price point in your mind, and then when that happens... jump.


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Lenses / Re: just hit the purchase button
« on: March 13, 2014, 01:06:06 PM »
I too just hit the purchase button, my largest photo buy ever, took quite a bit of hemming and hawwing and considering FL's etc etc.
The first thing to do was to rule out the fleeting latest appetizing gear that really does not suit my strengths or will not aid my in the best directions.
The only item I will be getting that isn't a sure thing for me is the Big Ron, so I will put it through it's paces from the gitgo if I need to facilitate a return to B&H. And if it doesn't thrill me well, there's the the cash for a 2nd body dedicated to Alt lenses (Lensbaby, Holga, Fisheye) I have been wanting.
What is "the Big Ron"?  What is "FL's?

I think fl's are focal lengths... but I have no idea what a big Ron is.

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Lenses / Re: just hit the purchase button
« on: March 13, 2014, 10:11:07 AM »

Do you have anything on your wish list left?

That's a really good question... and I don't know that I have an answer... I'd like fun customers... hey Joe... we'd like you to come and photograph these naked models.  DONE! 

But in regards to gear... I kinda want a sigma 50 art... I kinda want a 200-400 1.4x... I kinda want the reported sigma 24-70 f2 lens if it actually exists... but all in all.. I feel pretty set with what I have. 

I had a 135 L for less than a week before I sold it... and I didn't really get an opportunity to run it through its paces to seed if I really liked it or not... so maybe that again... and I made 175 on the transaction... so I really not complaining.

All in all... I probably don't NEED anything and that affects my wanting something.

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Lenses / Re: just hit the purchase button
« on: March 12, 2014, 10:36:37 PM »
I think that's a perfect piece of advice - "Just hit the purchase button" - since there is few things more aggravating then wanting something but too afraid to buy it.
When I had roughly your gear I want to upgrade to the 70-200 f 4L... what's on your wishlist?

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