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Based on Canon's list price compared with the pre-order priced on Amazon and B&H right now, this is a smoking deal:

Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT (5/3/12 - 11:00 PM Pacific)

$470 - list price Canon USA
$328 - Amazon free shipping (sold by Amazon)
$319 - B&H less shipping

Normally I don't pay much attention to the manufactures list prices since it is often higher that the actually sale price but I do know Amazon had this at 4 something a day or two ago.  I'm  pretty sure it was the full list price.  Gonna pre-order one for my 600EX-RT.   ;D

http://www.amazon.com/Canon-5743B002-ST-E3-RT-Speedlite-Transmitter/dp/B007FH1LJU/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1U7ZZU2UMGZVO&colid=1DIO0DP5OXPYE

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=st-e3-rt&N=0&InitialSearch=yes

Anyone heard when the 440EX-RT is going to be announced?  I got the impression it was this fall.



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From a similar thread a few days ago:
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=5636.msg107811#msg107811

Have the Canon 8800F, bought it specifically to scan my 35mm slides and negs.  I also have an Epson Perfection 636 (SCSI interface), with slide and neg adapter.  The Canon blows the Epson out of the water for slides and negatives--in fact that is why I bought the Canon.  I see the 9000F on Amazon for $204

So far I have been very happy with the 8800F.  My Kodachrome slides have turned out brilliant with all the rich colors and details.    Even most of my Wife's over exposed Ektachrome slides (oops, she shot ISO 400 in daylight on a P&S in Europe) have been reasonably salvaged by tweaking software settings.  Haven't tried scanning negs yet, still working on years of slides.

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Lenses / Re: Canon Rebates
« on: April 30, 2012, 08:56:17 PM »
I tried to do the double rebate with Amazon but have no success. The prices reflect the instant rebate, but no additional instant rebates are applied when pairing a qualifying lens with a qualifying camera. Anyone have any luck with Amazon?

I'm pretty sure Amazon's pricing always includes the rebate without mention and without a way to apply a Canon rebate.  I just purchased the 680EX-RT about a week ago for $629 from Amazon.  When the rebate announcement popped up, I cancelled my order since it had not yet shipped.  Then when the price drop to $599 (Canon's rebate of $30 but not mentioned on their site), I reordered.

The exact same happened in the past when I ordered a Canon rebated lens, the rebate was reflected in the price but no mention of it.

I don't have problems with the normal instant rebate -- I have problems with the double instant rebate. I too get the $599 price that you are seeing for the 680EX-RT but if you were to add the 680EX-RT as well as a Canon 5D Mark III on B&H, the rebate of the 680EX-RT would double and your price would be $569. I do not see that same price mark down on Amazon.

Oh gotcha, misunderstood your issue.   :-[    Give Amazon a call, they've always given me great support.

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Lenses / Re: Canon Rebates
« on: April 30, 2012, 04:58:47 PM »
I tried to do the double rebate with Amazon but have no success. The prices reflect the instant rebate, but no additional instant rebates are applied when pairing a qualifying lens with a qualifying camera. Anyone have any luck with Amazon?

I'm pretty sure Amazon's pricing always includes the rebate without mention and without a way to apply a Canon rebate.  I just purchased the 680EX-RT about a week ago for $629 from Amazon.  When the rebate announcement popped up, I cancelled my order since it had not yet shipped.  Then when the price drop to $599 (Canon's rebate of $30 but not mentioned on their site), I reordered.

The exact same happened in the past when I ordered a Canon rebated lens, the rebate was reflected in the price but no mention of it.

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I hope both Canon and Nikon develop and produce more FF bodies period.  With more competition and more options, everyone wins!  I figure I'm about a year away until I can add a FF body.    I'd like to  see a FF body between the 7D and 5D2.  I don't necessarily agree the 5D2 is an entry level FF body.  BTW, what is "entry level" and who decides that?


FFFanboys have a hard time realizing that not everyone wants or needs a FF camera! Size and weight are very important to some Pros. And these Pros have even switched to M43  to get rid of unwanted size/weight.
10+ yeas ago, everyone had full frame cameras.
Excellent point.  My brain still works in FF (24 x 36) from the film days.  It took me a bit to get the 1.6 conversion in my head.


10+ yeas ago, everyone had full frame cameras.
And 10 years from now, almost no-one will own  a full frame camera.
Stop living in the past ;)
Why and why?


I don't think many hobbiests will buy FF because they won't spend the cash on FF lenses because they are pricey and struggle with spending $200 for a lens. The hobbiests that do buy the FF glass usually also have 1d and 5d series cameras and don't care how much it cost.

Depends on the definition of hobbyist.  Often I see hobbyist and consumer interchanged.  I consider myself a hobbyist since I don't make money from photog.  IMO, hobbyists are saving their money and are anxious (not struggling) to spend it on that fast L lens.  Where consumers are more like the soccer mom who picked up a body/lens kit at Best Buy to shoot the kids and probably doesn't what to spend much more, if any, on gear. 

I"m saving up right now for a 35L II then a 5D3 to compliment my 7D and L lens.  If I had the funds today, I'd have my 5D3--still would wait for 35L mk II.  I have no problem spending my limited money on gear.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What to buy...?
« on: April 29, 2012, 12:31:18 PM »
Don't forget ergonomics, personally I would struggle with those smaller bodies e.g. Rebel, xxxD

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Lenses / Re: Canon Rebates
« on: April 29, 2012, 12:26:35 PM »
Surprised to see the new 600EX-RT on the rebate list already.  Got my order in for one.   :D

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Software & Accessories / Re: Best film scanner under $200
« on: April 29, 2012, 12:23:24 PM »
Have the Canon 8800F, bought it specifically to scan my 35mm slides and negs.  I also have an Epson Perfection 636 (SCSI interface), with slide and neg adapter.  The Canon blows the Epson out of the water for slides and negatives--in fact that is why I bought the Canon.  I see the 9000F on Amazon for $204

So far I have been very happy with the 8800F.  My Kodachrome slides have turned out brilliant with all the rich colors and details.    Even most of my Wife's over exposed Ektachrome slides (oops, she shot ISO 400 in daylight on a P&S in Europe) have been reasonably salvaged by tweaking software settings.  Haven't tried scanning negs yet, still working on years of slides.

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Plus 1 for Lowepro in general, I continued to be impressed with their bags--they might have the best "affordable" bags on the market.  Can't specifically speak for the Flipside 400, but I do have the 300 and for the occasion its a perfect bag and well constructed.

The sad truth is that you will be owning more than one camera bag,its just the way it is...

So true!  I'm a firm believer in buying the right bag for the job and not a one-size-fits-all bag.   Your bag needs to be comfortable, efficient and streamlined.   So far I have  a couple of backpacks (large and medium), top loader with optional add-on lens cases,  and a couple of shoulder bags.  The only bag which holds all my gear (at least for today) is my large backpack.  Each bag was purchased for a fairly specific use.



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EOS Bodies / Re: Best technique for Micro Focus Ajustment
« on: April 29, 2012, 02:44:08 AM »
Here's a write up I previously did on AFMA:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Photography-Tips/AF-Microadjustment-Tips.aspx

Currently, I use and recommend FoCal.  I'm running it on my Mac via a Windows virtual machine.

Excellent procedure and tips!  Just used Neuro's procedure today with LensAlign mk II.  THANK YOU Neuro!   ;D

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Lenses / Re: Going to Disneyland and San Diego and need lens help
« on: April 27, 2012, 12:44:42 AM »
I'd try squeezing in a 16-35 and if you are going to Seaworld and the SD zoo, rent a 70-200

Doing a similar trip:

- Disneyland - S100 (don't want hassle of gear)
- SD zoo - 7D, 70-200, 24-105, 16-35 (Lowepro flip side 300)
- Padre game - 7D, 70-200 (small Tenba bag fits under seat, will throw in my 1.4II)
- I'll do same as zoo if I go to SW

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What steps do you go through to get the custom functions to record to each C* setting?  I've read the manual a dozen times and I cannot get anything to stay with the settings.   I set up the camera, click over to the custom setting, and then set it in the menu.  Turn camera off, turn on, and the C* setting shows no change.  Ay tips on how to do this?

Thanks from Michigan!

It sounds like you are turning the mode dial to a C position before registering those settings. 

1.  Set up your camera they way you want it. 
2.  Without changing your mode dial, go into menu settings 3 (on 7D) "camera user settings", "register", then pick "mode dial : Cx", then select set to save your settings. 
3.  Now you can move your mode dial to the C position you saved to and all those settings will be applied. 

Sure wish Canon would add 2 more C positions.   


Edit:    Oops see that Neuro already answered while I was posting.   :)

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Lenses / Re: Lenses: 35L II & 85L III Next Up? [CR1]
« on: April 23, 2012, 10:38:40 PM »
Gas prices are double what they were 3 years ago... Bernanke has added trillions of funny money... Japan was hit with a tsunami, the Dollar has gotten much weaker than the Yen. Lens technology is not the same as computer technology. It does not get 2x better every 18 months for the same price.

And I completely agree with you.  Maybe that is enough to set the prices as they are.

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Lenses / Re: Lenses: 35L II & 85L III Next Up? [CR1]
« on: April 23, 2012, 10:23:03 PM »
We all want stuff to be better, but don't want it to cost more.  Well, that's unrealistic.  If Canon is going to improve their cameras and lenses, they're going to expect to charge more too.  That's the way the world works.  That's what we do as photographers too.

Don't necessarily agree with the notion that everything new and updated must cost more, or at least a lot more.
 
There are plenty of products out there where new and updated versions are better and less expensive than previous versions such as the computer and TV industries.  Yes I realize its an apple vs oranges scenario when comparing photo equipment with TVs and computers.   Photo equipment holds a much better value than TVs and computers.

IMO it seems to me Canon chooses to charge the very highest price they think the market will support in effort to make a profit as opposed to charging a slightly lower price and making that same profit with higher volume of sales.    We all know Apple is very successful with this strategy, but they could increase their market share even more if they lowered their prices some.

Yes I get it, Canon is in business to make money.  I believe their primary goal is not to make us happy, but first and for most make money.  I realize they need to cover their R&D, manufacturing, tooling, and material costs.  But don't tell me some of those costs can't be carried over into the next generation of a lens or body.

I'm saving up for a 35L II in hopes of WS.  I'm expecting this lens will be priced too high and I will end up getting the current version.  As a general  rule, I think a 15 to 20% cost increase over the current is justified and I would hope Canon can still cover their costs and make a profit.

I"m not an economist or marketing person so maybe I'm missing something, but I' don't think I'm  too far off.

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Lenses / Re: 24-105mm f/4 L IS on a crop camera
« on: April 22, 2012, 01:55:15 PM »
I think the 24-105 in conjunction with your 11-16 (or a 10-22) is a very good combination for a crop body.   I'm assuming your wife will have the 17-50 on the 450D leaving you with the 60D.  Adding a 24-105 seems like your best option base on your comments--and that is probably exactly what I would do.

Although it is not my most used lens, I do have a 24-105 for my 7D.  Never shot with a 17-50 (or 17-55), but I did have a 15-85.  My walk around combination is 16-35 and 24-105. 

The 24-105 has excellent IQ, nice balance and handling, and seems to be one of the best value L lens.  Maybe rent one for a day and if you and your wife end up fighting over the 17-50, pick up a 17-55 or 15-85.

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