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I would have to apply some pressure about right on top of the cracks above and below the focusing ring, and some alcohol would definitely be released into the crack as a result.  Any chance that the alcohol could harm anything within the lens?

I would think so, that's why I advised to prevent tape adhesive getting in these cracks in the first place... for the rest of the plain metal/plastic area, a bit of alcohol has worked for me.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Switching to Full Frame
« on: Today at 01:37:53 AM »
I do not like the 24-70. The sharpness, AF speed and light transmission at 70mm is simply not the quality of a 1,000 dollar lens.

If you're prone to this kind of value calculation, I see you not being a very happy Canon camper. Btw the 24-70L1 isn't meant to be used as a crop lens.

Why should I stay with Canon / not switch to Nikon?

Given the situation of not being able to buy Canon's very best gear and when you're in the process of exchanging lenses anyway: I probably wouldn't.

Unless you can really make use of Canon's excellent lens lineup, i.e. spend $10000+, the d750 is a newer camera than the 5d3 with a better sensor. You can use 3rd party lenses and flashes with both systems, so one question is if there's any Canon lens the Nikon system doesn't have. The other question is if you want to use Magic Lantern (raw video). With the switch to Nikon, you have to be ok with changed ergnonomics though.

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Photography Technique / Re: Would electrical tape damage the red ring?
« on: November 23, 2014, 05:38:05 PM »
I would like to ask if short term means a day, two days, or 5?

I left my last tapes on for a year, no problem there. It's not like some tape glue would do damage to a metal lens (my 17-300L) nor a plastic one (my 100L) nor any red ring paint. The only pitfall you want to prevent is getting residue from a cheap electric tape stuck in some fine seam of the lens where you cannot remove it.

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 23, 2014, 04:39:58 PM »
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Potentiallly one of Canon's strongest USPs, but their head honchos are NOT leveraging it ... out of pure greed. Still only selling the big fat expensive master-blaster 600EX-RT. And the ST-E3-RT cobntroller without AF-assist. Waiting until Yongnuo, Shanny, Phottix and all those other Chinese copycats are bringing copied versions at half price. Instead of building wireless RT Commanders into all of their new DSLRs ... should definitely have been in the 7D II.

Yes, half price, but working only a quarter of the time. In hindsight, this was all a devious plan to show 'em all: Sell only the big 600ex and controller, then wait for everybody else to screw up trying to copy it. Yongnuo definitely didn't get it right, and I'm not hopeful for the newcomers that are even cheaper.

So apart from the best lenses, flash system, ergonomics, service, reliability, etc, "What have Canon ever done for us?"

... and so the thread spirals towards the inevitable conclusion that immunizes Canon from critique for so long: You just need to pay $15k+ for their premium gear and you'll be just fine. And for the rest of their lineup: You can do beautiful shots with it. And the photogs of olden days did so with even much less gear. So what could be wrong? 'nuff said :-o

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Technical Support / Re: Need help with 450D losing time and date please.
« on: November 23, 2014, 03:09:15 PM »
A friend has just bought a 450D kit, may not have been the bargain he thought!

It's called "planned obsolescence", if people could simply buy old gear and replace the battery, where would new sales be :-o?

Triva: Rejoice, it could be even worse: The cps arcade machines had a "suicide battery" that were designed to leak acid after a specified time, destroying the whole machine for good. I hope Canon don't get ideas if they ever hear of this :-p


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5DIV: 36 MP US $ 3799 TBA in March 2015
« on: November 23, 2014, 03:02:52 PM »
And man.. 3700?

Nope. 3799 = 3800. Gotcha :-)

I'm sure 5div would be a fantastic camera but the price tag is a little high.

That's called market, supply and demand - there will be enough well-off people who don't want a bulky 1d camera, but the real 5d deal. Once they've got theirs, prices will drop - just like with the 5d3. Canon demonstrated that they don't care how their prices look on 5d3 vs. d800 time... it'll be interesting if they can keep this up.

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Lenses / Re: 60d lense options ?
« on: November 23, 2014, 02:33:48 PM »
1. Go all primes. So, maybe the new ef-s 24mm lens as well as the 85mm f/1.8 (or 100mm f/2).

If primes: on crop, 100mm is rather long for portraits on crop, 85mm would be better for faces - that combinations averages the ubiquitous full frame 85/135mm combination.

Actually I find the 18-135stm option sounds about right - covers everything, silent motor and IS for video. In combination with the (rather horrible) 50/1.8 for low light it's a working combination. Portraits doesn't necessarily mean ultra-thin depth of field with only the tip of the nose in focus.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5DIV: 36 MP US $ 3799 TBA in March 2015
« on: November 23, 2014, 01:36:46 PM »
Of course rumor sites all make claims. But there are shades of gray here. CR posts rumors based on multiple insider tips that they trust and are all reporting the same information.

And that would include [CR1] rumors :-p ?...

Canon 5DIV: 36 MP US $ 3799 TBA in March 2015That's why CR is one of the best rumor sites.

Looking at past rumors, the reliable [CR3] are the ones issued one day before official announcements. Everything else is simply a victim of Canon's no-leakage policy, trying to sell their current gear until the very last moment and giving away nearly no development information.

Concerning the this 5d4 rumor: at least the $3k8 price sounds like a [CR3], that'll bump a 6d2 to $2k5 :-o

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Photography Technique / Re: Would electrical tape damage the red ring?
« on: November 23, 2014, 01:27:43 PM »
So I would say the only consideration for the majority of casual on street thieves is purely if they can get away with it, the value to them, which is hugely different to the value to us, is of little importance.

Question is how it's with singular "thieves of opportunity", i.e. people who never (or seldom) stole something but currently find themselves short of money. From my perspective, when I'd see a €5 bill lying around with the owner out of sight, I wouldn't feel tempted. If it would be a €500 bill and I could pay my rent for months, well, of course I wouldn't take it because it's not a nice thing to do :-p. That's why I think at least it won't hurt to down-class the equipment and carry it in a shaggy bag, even if it won't help with regular street thieves.

But for me, the main reasons for taping are protection (I scratch around a lot and horses tend to bite into my gear). The secondary reason is that I hate looking posh outdoors shooting wildlife. It gave me a short ego boost carrying a big white lens, but it quickly passed and now I'm only interested in taking good shots. I also find it's more natural talking to the average layman if you don't climb out of a Porsche or carry (visible) expensive dslr gear around.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Heat from a speed light ...
« on: November 23, 2014, 12:48:31 PM »
Please be aware that the flash produces enough heat to burn fabrics.

They can, but if you shoot like this be aware that your precious 600ex might not be around for long. Consecutive Full power flashing kills the flash tube, next to burning through your trousers :-o ... personally, I'm probably buying a cheap clone for these situations (full power with power pack) and protect my original Canons.

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Photography Technique / Re: Would electrical tape damage the red ring?
« on: November 23, 2014, 12:41:22 PM »
Has anyone here safely used electrical tape over the lens' red ring - would it damage the red plastic (i.e., peel off) especially if I would be out under the sun for some time?

I've taped all my lenses to hide their value and make them more resistant to scratching. Works fine. Make sure the tape you're using sticks (usually cheap electrical insulator tape doesn't for long) and doesn't leave residue after you take it off again. I've settled for some duct-tape like grey protection tape.

I am a pretty outspoken anti taper, the main reason is people that tape for security reasons obviously have a fundamental lack of understanding of the thief mentality, they don't care if it is an L lens or a kit zoom, if they can steal it they will. Also, if a piece of tape gives you the mental security to shoot in a place you otherwise wouldn't then you shouldn't be shooting there

I admit I'm not an insider in thief mentality, but I'm shooting outdoors a lot, so no can do not being there. I often leave part of my camera gear with my bike, and the way it (and I :-)) look nobody would target me for a theft. Being a thief, I would gather there is a risk assessment (likelihood of being seen vs. value of loot). The one situation when somebody did try to steal my camera was when it was placed snugly in a nice camera bag, never when it was lying in the grass.

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Lenses / Re: 60d lense options ?
« on: November 23, 2014, 12:33:05 PM »
and I heard the 15-85 and 18-35 have the same IQ

You can check statements like this on tdp, Sigma looks a bit better:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=675&Camera=736&Sample=0&FLI=1&API=0&LensComp=854&CameraComp=736&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=2&APIComp=3

What subjects are you planning on shooting with your new lens?
What lens/lenses have you already got?
What's your budget?
What focal lengths do you need?
Do you want a fast lens to stop action?
What are you looking to gain from this new lens?

+1, to the op: please specify, otherwise people waste their time trying to read your mind.

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Technical Support / Re: 7D mark II battery drain
« on: November 23, 2014, 12:25:06 PM »
I have trawled quite a few forums on battery drain when off and various models seem to appear and looks like it's a possible firmware, hardware combo issue. I stumbled across one guy that videoed his display flickering with a Tamron tele-converter on and also stated that it drained his battery when off.

Yes, that would be it, I now remember reading about a similar issues with other camera bodies. If you google for it you find multiple links, afaik Tamron fixed it with a lens firmware update (has to be done by sending in the lens as it's got no usb port as Sigma).

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=12222.0
http://www.flickr.com/groups/tamron24-70mm/discuss/72157632303742096/
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3355523

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 23, 2014, 12:09:37 PM »
In camera tools (lack thereof, or poor implementation) are a valid criticism. Having an extensive tool set and wide control of shooting parameters is something that a modern camera should have. Programmable and flexible tools such as peaking and exposure indicators are a must have feature in any modern camera.

+1, if Canon would be less stupidly conservative I'd be more ready to forgive and forget high price tags (i.e. lack of "value") and lack of the most advanced hardware specs. But after one day without Magic Lantern on my 6D I grew near frantic because of the software crippling or missing features. And I'm not talking of advanced stuff like raw video or focus stacking here... and I don't think it qualifies as "wishing for everything, for free".

  • no auto iso with flash (locked to 400, no matter what camera, crop, ff, old, new).
  • no ec in m unless you pay €6000 (1dx with latest fw update)
  • focus peaking: A tremendous help for mf, in ML for ages, Canon chooses to ignore it.
  • raw histogram: Why is the histogram only for the jpeg range? ML can do it, so could Canon
  • deliberate software crippling: removal of afma on the 60d, removal of spot af on the 70d, ...

But: I can now play mp3 files alongside the slideshow on my 6d. Yippee!

Edit: I just looked at tdp's 7d2 review (the first I really read) and in Canon's defense, they added an intervalometer and bulb timer as Magic Lantern already does. Pity it again requires the premium model for more useful fw features...

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Photography Technique / Re: travel advice - winter in Yellowstone
« on: November 23, 2014, 01:52:07 AM »
Thanks for any advice!
My advice: Try the search box :->
See, this is why I dislike posting online.

Sorry it doesn't work out for you. The reason why I was trying to re-directed you is that with very similar topics, it makes sense to participate in the "old" thread because all people interested in it are still subscribed to it. That's why any additional information will be seen by people who might not see the new thread. And now people looking for the same information have to find and read two threads for the general topic.

Last not least, there are so many "I've seen the existing 100 threads, but I'd still like to ask for 17-40L vs. 16-35L" around that duplication on its own will prevent interested people from even opening it, even if there is a minute difference. Have a good trip!

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