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Software & Accessories / Re: Benbo Tripod?
« on: July 29, 2014, 11:25:04 PM »

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Software & Accessories / Re: Reikan Focal Target Setup - Help Please
« on: July 29, 2014, 07:50:25 PM »
I've found that its best to use live view to center the focus and not the viewfinder.  The viewfinder is fine as a starting point, but for long focal lengths, its sometimes difficult. 

One trick is to increase the size of the target for long focal lengths.  Just be sure to enter the target dimension in the setup.

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Technical Support / Re: Flaws on the rear element
« on: July 29, 2014, 07:44:24 PM »
Thanks for the posts Graham.
However, I am wondering what changes in the images should I look for, in case of miniscule flaws (or, as they say, cleaning marks). I am sure they won't be as dramatic as so much dust or a sticky!
Mt Spokane, you say it is easy to test out- my question is how do I test it? What should I look for? Thanks in advance!


Imperfections on the rear lens element show up in images because they cast in focus shadows on the sensor.  It could just be that the lens needs cleaning, or something more serious.

In any event, you will take a hit when you go to resell it, so get the issue resolved.

Here is a link to one tester of a lens with particles on the rear element.

http://photographylife.com/the-effect-of-dust-on-lens-bokeh

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Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 07:29:32 PM »
Our house is about 2500sq ft. Last May, we replaced our 20yrs old noisy AC unit with Trane XV20i. We removed all old ducting and replaced with new ones, much more efficient. From 80F down to 74F in less than 10mins. I highly recommend Trane XV20i if you looking for new AC unit.

I had a Trane Furnace, it died well before the warranty expired and they told me that they no longer made that model and had no parts for it, so the warranty did not apply.  After some very heated comments to the Trane customer service, they finally coughed up a new furnace.

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Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 01:02:06 AM »
I once bought a Chinese radio controlled wireless shutter release for my 5D MK II.  That was junk.   Then, I bought two Benro heavy duty CF tripods at $400 ea and two Benro heads.  The heads were junk, the tripods were fine, but last winter I went to get some replacement parts from the US distributor, and found that they could not supply them or get them, and that parts had never been available.  I also had four Sigma EOS compatible lenses, but, when I went to use them on my Canon DSLR, they would not work.  It turns out that Sigma had reverse engineered the lenses poorly.  Only one of the four could be rechipped, and they charged me $100.

It generally costs less in the long run to get good quality.  That does not always mean buying the most expensive, but it does mean paying attention.  I no longer buy Sigma or Benro, I've been burned to too many Hundreds of dollars. 

I did buy some 3rd party batteries one time for my original Canon Digital Rebel.  They lasted two or three months. 

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Technical Support / Re: Flaws on the rear element
« on: July 28, 2014, 09:27:42 PM »
It might be tiny air bubbles.  They used to be common and considered a sign that it was top quality glass.  However, on the rear element could be a issue.

Its easy to test out, but if you feel uneasy, ask the seller to take it back.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: July 28, 2014, 09:24:59 PM »
Its a Fujifilm commercial.

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EOS Bodies / Re: One other hoped-for feature on the 7D2
« on: July 28, 2014, 09:20:48 PM »
This is kinda schisophrenic, to put some of settings in manual mode to auto mode, and then still with manual mode wanting other settings to compensate for this mixture. You really don´t know what you want, right?
You can do what you want in AV or TV modes. With manual, you are in charge, you have nothing to compensate, and if they allowed some glitch or stupid customers request of auto ISO at manual mode, than it will be everything messed up.

Couldn't disagree more.  M mode with Auto ISO is like aperture and shutter priority.  I select the DoF I need and the necessary shutter speed to stop (or show) motion, and I get a metered exposure in rapidly changing light.  Being able to apply EC to bias the metering is plus.

+1

Canon is late to the show on this one, as usual.  Its a hugely nice feature that you cannot get with TV or AV

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrading to a 7D
« on: July 28, 2014, 05:12:50 PM »
I've had two 7D's, and five 40D's.  After I sold my 2nd 7D, I bought another 40D.  The 7D has more features, high fps, and more MP, but for my use, the 40D was fine.  It was a backup to my 5D MK III, and seldom got any use, so it was a waste of money to keep it.  The 40D was cheap and fully depreciated.

My APS C camera is now a G1X MK II, its fine for web photos or something to carry around where I do not want to bring the big camera.  I finally got the Wi-Fi working properly, so I can transfer images to my computer wirelessly. 

I think you will love your 7D, they will hold their value fairly well for the next two or three years.

The spot Autofocus can come in handy when you need to focus on a subject that is partially obscured and tough for normal focus points.

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"Size = Small = Not much improvement.
Gels = Neat = Not enough incentive."


Price = DOA

£120 is over $200, for a bit of plastic to stick on your flash that can be done better with a piece of 69c foam paper.


And, he gets free advertising by posting links on camera forums.
+ 100 for me too, Dear Mr. Privatebydesign.   For $ 200 cost = $ 195 US Dollars for The Thinking Brain  of the Inventor and $ 5 Us. Dollars for the MFR.

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Lenses / Re: New Canon L Primes, but Not Until 2015 [CR2)
« on: July 28, 2014, 02:34:06 PM »
Canon has been working a lot on cinema lenses.  Their broadcast group does not seem to be directly involved, so the DSLR design and production has been bogged down.  Nikon also has a lack of resources for designing new lenses.  Apparently, Sigma has added resources(Tooling, manufacturing, and designers) to put out a lot of new lenses.  This is probably hurting Nikon more than Canon, but both must be feeling pressure.

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: S120 Successor?
« on: July 28, 2014, 02:26:32 PM »
The time between new models seems to be increasing.  There is typically little difference other than a few features. 

Canon has said that their high end point and shoot models are doing very well, particularly the super zooms.  I expect to see more in the $500-$800 range.

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Will the G17 have a 1" sensor?
« on: July 28, 2014, 02:23:09 PM »
It would not be a G17, if it had a 1 in sensor.  If you want a large sensor P&S, get a G1X II.

 

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You are buying from a authorized dealer.  CPW would drop a dealer if there were a issue with them.

I'd use the feature if there was something I wanted.  However, when buying for a deeply discounted price, do not expect red carpet treatment, or the ability to exchange products until you get one you like.  You'll likely have to send them to Canon for repair unless they are DOA.

Make sure you get the terms from the dealer first.  CPW merely refers you to a dealer that offers a discount.  You might be getting a kit lens that is in a white box.  They have a full warranty, but ask what you are getting if in doubt.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is there something wrong with my 5D Mark III?
« on: July 28, 2014, 02:09:49 PM »


As for the AWB result, what colour was the light? If it was tungsten then the Canon is a more accurate representation of the actual colour of the scene, the NIkon has removed the colour, take your pick.

I'm wondering what the light source was, if it was fluorescent, that might be the issue.

I tend to prefer letting me adjust colors rather than the camera.   Often I prefer to keep colors just as they look to me rather than changing them to look different.

I did go back and look at my D800 raw images, they seemed to have retained the lighting color properly, I'd prefer to make my own corrections.




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