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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Weekend Lexar Memory Card Sale at Adorama
« on: March 28, 2014, 12:07:58 PM »
Did the prices change? I looked at both CF cards on the list and neither is any near 50% off as claimed.

64GB 1066x 212.95 regular 269.95 or 21.1% off
32GB 1066x 109.95 regular 139.95 or 21.4% off

Retailers do 50% off msrp... so... tricky and a good deal annoying.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Weekend Lexar Memory Card Sale at Adorama
« on: March 28, 2014, 11:35:39 AM »
I couldn't find the write rate on the 32  gb cf... 1066x doesn't tell me what I want to know.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Weekend Lexar Memory Card Sale at Adorama
« on: March 28, 2014, 11:32:16 AM »
Last week I would have bit... this week... not so much. Ride the gas waves...

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!

That is very good to know. Have you used both? Bryan Carnathan says the vIII is better, but if the differences aren't that great in real life, it makes sense to save some money.

I've never used the mkiii.... but I don't disagree it is better... but from what I heard and read... it wasn't significantly better.  I have a motto... make sure your upgrade is exactly that... and upgrade.  It doesn't have to be 10x better... but it should be a significant improvement to warrant the additional investment... and I personally wouldn't be sure that the mkiii is that.

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: March 26, 2014, 11:26:00 AM »
wildlifeandmore, that ranks up there with what I'd love to try.  Very appealing!

If I could just figure out how to move the mountains 300 miles closer.

Thanks Jack.  Wish I could help with moving them for you.  Might be worth a drive someday?
Wondering if you of anyone else knows of a good lighting source for night photos to light up a relatively close foreground subject?  Flash seems too hot and gives an odd hue.  Need something to give an even spread of light for the frame.

I've used my phone for close up foreground objects.  My one flashlight has a function where I can choose the lcd as a flash light and I can make the color red, green, blue, etc.  The lcd light doesn't reflect harshly and it adds a little subtle color/light to the foreground...

Flashlight by smalltech.

I bought a like new one for around $650ish... and I already had the 70-200 mkii... I had the 135L for less than a week and it sold for $800... so I didn't have it long... but I think I want to get it again.  I figured I would use it in situations where zoom wasn't as necessary... like if I was doing sports action that is staged... then that would be my preferred lens of choice... but I can't imagine it would get used as often as the 70-200.

I think this is a very good idea for any camera that does not have a tilt/flip LCD screen and Surapon as usual is the master of coming up with such gadgetry ... here is a link to his thread on how he did it:
On the same subject, one of the CR members (pdirestajr) shared this Flipbac Angle Viewfinder ... its a neat little tool for those who don't have a flip screen and would like to have one for under $15.
Original post by pdirestajr can be found here:;topicseen

It's a nice workaround if you need a flip screen, but those reflections are very obviously fake :D

Agreed.  If I recall correctly... the angle of inflection is equal to the angle of deflection.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: UK Used Canon Dealers
« on: March 24, 2014, 11:38:27 AM »
I sell on Amazon all the time... I'm sure there is a seller's section for the uk.  Be detailed, provide pictures and send quickly and we'll projected.

Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: March 24, 2014, 09:45:55 AM »
A friend of mine holding her 6d and 24-70 f4L.

I'm always amazed at how big lenses look on other people's camera.  But even the 70-200 is mkii feels small when I put it on... it might be a grass is greener situation.

I will wait until all of the first two batches are sold to all the people that just HAVE to have it, then get bored with it and sell them almost unused for way less than new, including a filter to me. Never fails.

HEY!....while your waiting would you like to purchase my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM ?  I will throw in a Tiffen filter, but I am keeping the B&W!   8)
I almost bought one for $275 thinking it will tide me over until my price drop happens... but I resisted.

I will wait until all of the first two batches are sold to all the people that just HAVE to have it, then get bored with it and sell them almost unused for way less than new, including a filter to me. Never fails.

I'm not adverse to used lenses in the least... but with sigma's history... I want to wait a while to see if there are any fatal flaws that I can't live with or if there's an xbox 360 type flaw (red ring of death) that affects launch models at a higher rate than the redesign.

I haven't seen Sigma lens prices drop. They are very firm except for the rebates. I don't expect the price to drop unless the demand is extremely higher than the supply. My local retailer didn't even know of this lens. I don't expect a temporary premium price locally.

Last December the 35 art was on sale at Amazon for $700 in a lightening sale.  So that is the type of discount I was expecting.

Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: March 22, 2014, 08:58:51 PM »
I don't go to dance recitals, but I hear they are boring.  Five minutes for your kid and two hours of not giving a Damn.

I don't mean to post this image in a condescending way about people who use iPads/tablets as cameras ... I think its awesome that we live in an age where different people with different tools and budgets can get into photography the way they see fit ... its cool that people don't have to learn about camera controls, lighting etc to get some decent images that they will cherish ... like this man who was capturing his little daughter's excitement of having discovered a little dome under the stingray exhibit ... I think he was more excited about having captured this precious memory of his daughter then she was about discovering that little dome ... priceless!
I know some photographers scoff at the idea of others using an iPad as a camera, but I think its marvelous that people can capture a priceless memory in a manner that is convenient to them ... that man was using some app to capture the moment in burst mode and later on at the cafeteria I had seen him editing it in iPhoto. During my last vacation in December, I've seen several tourists using their iPads ... I say why not, more power to the people.
I usually laugh when I see people shooting with huge tablet (and tiny camera on it). ;D But misuse in theaters and dance shows makes me angry when people block the view of others in the audience. >:( They make a couple of photos and videos dark and shaky, and then get on Facebook during the rest of the show. :-X Why paid a ticket if you do not want to watch the show, and disturb the attention of those who want to watch the show? :(

If it's under 800 I'll probably order on introduction..

If above I'll resist until I give up...

I expect 1300 @ release and I'll bite when it hits $1100.

But strangely enough... if it is 1100... I'm not sure when I'll bite.

I've heard $800 will be the price.

You really can't compare this lens to the Zeiss. The Sigma will be good for 90% - 95% of those who need/want a 50mm for their DSLR. The Zeiss is for those pros that needs the best DSLR AND video lens. Videographers are drooling over the Zeiss. They won't be for the Sigma.

I tried the Sigma 24-70mm and was very impressed. If the 50mm is equal or better than their 24-70mm, they certainly got a winner.

Are you referring to the mythical 24-70mm f2 or the f2.8...

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