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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
« on: September 11, 2013, 01:07:20 PM »
I reiterated it really gives us less than 24 hours...  The majority of your week is stuck in the mail... kinda makes it not worth it if you ask me. 

Yes, that doesn't make a lot of sense.

Quote from: Canon USA CPS
Based on your feedback, we are shortening the period for each evaluation loan from two weeks to one week. This will also have the effect of increasing the total amount of equipment available for evaluation loans to eligible members.

Who's feedback, I wonder?

I can take a guess - the actual feedback was, "We have to wait too long to get our evaluation loan requests fulfilled."  Given a fixed pool of loaners, reducing the evaluation period was the response.

I would rather wait two weeks go get eval equipment than I would to have 3 days to evaluate it, but to get it quicker.  Hopefully they will get plenty of negative feedback regarding the new evaluation policy.

Canon General / Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
« on: September 11, 2013, 12:22:08 PM »
Do we know for sure the week doesn't begin on arrival of the item?

I suspect it's a week from when you get it; but with 3 day shipping that only gives you four days to evaluate the product.  That to me is gravely insufficient, I would like at least 7 days.

Software & Accessories / Re: Neutral Density Filters
« on: September 05, 2013, 04:15:16 AM »
I've looked into the lee system, which is obviously awesome, but comes at a price -the big stopper is £99, the holders etc will run to about £120. Not a cheap option! The other Idea was a Hoya Vario ND in 82mm and then step down rings- even more expensive with the filter alone running to about £200.

If you can find a Big Stopper for £99 good for you, I just paid USD299 for mine.  But supply is very limited and demand is sky high, you know the rest of the story.

Lenses / Re: Long telephoto prime lens for landscapes?
« on: September 04, 2013, 05:56:38 AM »
I've been eyeing the Canon 400mm f5.6 L lens for a little while now. I love the sharpness of the lens and that it's a bargain for it's range.

Would this lens make for an interesting landscape lens or it mainly for birds and sports?

A lot of people use deep telephoto's for landscapes; I however, am not one of them...but don't let my style dissuade you.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Boo Amazon!!!
« on: September 03, 2013, 01:26:56 PM »
As a resident of Virginia, I have no problems with this.  This Use Tax money is going to pay for our infrastructure that makes Virginia a nice place to live.

The economic theory behind the sales tax is that it goes towards infrastructure, on this point you are correct.  However, a retailer having no physical presence does not use said infrastructure, hence the Supreme Court held that they do not have to collect sales taxes.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / ETTR or ETTL?
« on: September 02, 2013, 08:37:47 AM »
I usually Expose to the Right, it's easier to bump down the highlights than to increase shadows.  I am interested in what other people's opinions are on the subject.

Software & Accessories / Lee 105mm CPL
« on: August 30, 2013, 07:44:52 AM »
I recently switched to an all Lee filter system, except for my CPL's (82mm and 77mm).  The problem with the lee system is that it does not attach to a lens if a screw in filter is in place.  Thus this means no combination of CPL and ND/Grad ND.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had experience wth the LEE 105.  Is it quality?  Does it polarize well?  etc...

EOS Bodies / Re: Why you shouldn't be worried about DR
« on: August 30, 2013, 07:37:37 AM »
The CPL is a very good point, I use it always outdoor, and it REALLY adds to the image, clearly DR, but the overall punch is so much better. Many people underestimate the power of a CPL.

+1 I never leave home with out one (or two)

Lenses / Re: Would you sell a 500mm f/4 IS for a 300mm 2.8?
« on: August 29, 2013, 06:26:22 AM »
The 300 f/2.8 II is an awesome lens.  With IS engaged, it's possible to handhold.  It's even possible to use as a macro with extension tubes.  I just evaluated the lens last week from CPS and fell in love, too bad I don't and extra $7500 laying around.

I also tested it with the 2x Tele-Extender Mark III and it still had good IQ.

The 300 is, in my opinion, a more useful focal length than the 500.

If I were you, I would swap lenses.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 60Da
« on: August 28, 2013, 01:30:12 PM »
I am looking at getting a 60Da.  Does anyone have experience with it, or even 20Da?  According to some reviews on Amazon, it can shoot regular photo's in Daylight, is this true?  Thanks

Canon General / Re: Canon Targets Security Camera Market for Growth
« on: August 26, 2013, 05:33:26 PM »
Since when have technologies devloped for security or military ever helped civilian products.

Well, I've found GPS/satellite navigation to be pretty helpful.

1) Penicillin
2) GPS
3) HUD's
4) All sorts of aircraft technologies
5) Graphite Golf Clubs (light weight composites)

Would you like me to continue?

Just went through that. I even called them before to see if they had any issues with me joining after my lens broke. In fact, they encourage it even if it's just to get the 30% discount.

So I upgraded my free "silver" membership to "gold", waited for the membership package with the 3-day-rush labels and the free clean & check vouchers and then sent in my broken EF200 for repair and my camera body for cleaning.

The silly old CPS strap and the book that came with the membership are on ebay right now and it looks as if some folks are more than willing to pay enough for those items that it pretty much covers my membership fee. And the 30% does make the repair slightly more palatable. I know, it's probably all a game and a racket that they have factored in in the first place. But I still have a CPS membership card and a pin in the end...

I really like the strap, it's way better than Canon's OEM Straps

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Best HDR Software?
« on: August 26, 2013, 05:28:35 PM »
I have both Photomatix and the NIK suite. I think NIK is slightly better for HDR.

+1 I use both and prefer NIK, and now that you can buy the entire suite for $150 (I think it's $150), it's the clear price winner.

Lenses / Re: what do i take?
« on: August 25, 2013, 02:22:01 AM »
Living in ATL, I can give you three places to go (none will you need your 300).  Oakland Cemetery (I shoot there about once a month), Piedmont Park (Has a man made lake overlooking the Midtown skyline), and the Botanical Gardens.

What you need: Wide Angle, Normal Zoom, macro.  When I am out and about, I rarely need my 70-200 and you certainly won't need the tele-extender.

Is the Georgia Aquarium photo friendly? From what I have seen and heard, it appears to be magnificent. I hope to make it there one day.

Very True, though you need high ISO to take pictures in there.

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