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EOS Bodies / Show your love for the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS
« on: August 16, 2012, 08:17:15 PM »
I love this non-L lens but I find many here dismiss it as real choice for good results. Here are some examples of the work I've done with it. Please post your shots.

EOS Bodies / Is the Canon 7D firmware V2 update still coming?
« on: June 21, 2012, 12:09:38 PM »
I haven't seen anything on the Canon site and was wondering if there is any news.

Since the release of Adobe Lightroom 4.0 there have been two updates from Adobe to try and address the flood of concerns from customers. Some have been resolved but the general sluggishness and poor interoperability with plugins continues to plague this software. On the blogs that Adobe has set up for feedback the back and forth with staff has basically stopped (since May 13th). This is either a sign of frustration on Adobe's part or maybe the basic problems will not be solved any time soon with further RCs.

Animal Kingdom / Wonderful shots taken by 5D Mark III in Panama
« on: April 04, 2012, 10:42:59 AM »
I ran across this link at fredmiranda and think you will enjoy seeing the capabilities of the new 5D. The shots were taken with a brand new camera in challenging situations and the animals look really great.

EOS Bodies / This web site is making me question why I lurk here
« on: March 29, 2012, 09:57:39 AM »
As a long time lurker and recent active poster I continue to be shocked by the thrashing, whining and crying here regarding the real and imagined limitations of the 5D Mark III. If you read Nikon Rumors ( you should it is very informative and professional) nothing like that happened there with their two recent introductions and there were almost no catty attacks at Canon as you find regularly against Nikon and any firm that doesn't worship Canon properly or at the same time knock it down appropriately.

What I find most interesting is the crappy quality of 90% of the photos that  these anxious  obsessives have posted here to get feedback. I'm talking about crappy composition, worthless lighting, impossible focusing situations, horrible white balance and basically most norms of decent photography violated in the service of complaining, worrying or hand wringing.  Much of this was just impulsive childish behavior - pure and simple. When you can't tell the trolls from the faithful things have gotten out of hand.

That all said, of course there are issues and the camera, as amazing as it is, did not meet all the expectations and there have been some surprises. How could it?  There were compromises made along the way - ie. 22 vs 36 Megapixels  - there would have been complaints either way. You can just make a list but from where I sit it is was mainly cup half empty or half full. I have played with two copies and I would love to have one!

I wonder what the reception would have been if it was priced $1,000 cheaper? Would it have been received with less anger and skepticism. Don't get me wrong. It is all not emotional but, I'm afraid, much of what is written here sounds like what a grammar school child that is waiting and waiting and waiting for a beanie baby would write. It could never meet all the needs once it was shipped from Amazon. Was the packing enough for my beanie baby? Should I have waited for another color? What is coming out next?

There is a lot of very worth while information also available here from very knowledgeable shooters but the nut cases and the unstable one are winning out. I have learned a great deal about Canon products and photography in general reading here. That is why I lurked and will lurk.

In closing....if your blood pressure has risen since the introduction and you are hitting refresh every few minutes, take a chill pill, learn basic photography first, read the friggin' manual, do the necessary adjustments to the camera and its settings ( don't be a d0uche!) and finally take some decent shots that you can share for feedback and assistance. Most importantly buy from a retailer that will calmly accept your return. That is a sane option if this camera is ruining your life and, of course, there will always be Nikon. :)

I find early adopters without the proper risk taking temperament are the root cause of most the problems here. Canon's product has become secondary. Thank god the introduction of the flagship model will cost almost what a car costs. The angst will mainly be virtual.

Software & Accessories / No update from Adobe on LR 4 issues.
« on: March 27, 2012, 02:48:23 PM »
On March 12 Adobe last posted an update ( recognizing a variety of bugs present in LR 4. Since then, Adobe has not communicated with the community on a time frame to resolve the many issues affecting some of those moving up from LR 3.

EOS Bodies / Where are all the 5D Mark III raws?
« on: March 25, 2012, 06:09:56 PM »
We have heard the many celebrations of the new children in your growing Canon households. How about posting some sets of raws  shot off a tripod at various ISOs with different lenses. Of course making sure the camera settings are known to you (and not distorting your results) and the lighting is not causing any obvious problems. Some still lifes would be great.

It would be wonderful to see some real world performance after all the brouhaha.

EOS Bodies / 5D III body and kit available at Abt right now.
« on: March 22, 2012, 05:58:01 PM »
This is a very good company I purchased frequently from when I lived in Chicago.

Software & Accessories / Lightroom 4 Problems
« on: March 22, 2012, 10:55:18 AM »
If you are thinking about buying LR 4 it is probably best to wait. This version was released with a number of bugs that Adobe is struggling to fix. Although Adobe initially communicated back to users, they are now in an incommunicado mode so we don't know much what is coming or when the will be resolved. Here are few of the known issues: 

Point Tone Curve Migration
In Lightroom 3, the Tone Curve panel added a “point curve” adjustment option in addition to the default parametric curve.  When a customer upgrades their Lightroom 3 catalog to Lightroom 4, any images with point curve adjustments will lose those specific settings.  This is a high severity bug and we are working hard to provide a solution as quickly as possible.  Several members of the community have already started helping us test a fix that can be applied to an upgraded Lightroom 4 catalog.  We’ll be providing updates via this blog and the following Lightroom Feedback thread.

“Edit in” Workflow for External Editors/Plug-ins
There is a bug on both Mac and Windows that can cause the “Edit in…” workflow to fail for third party applications and plug-ins.  Many of our customers working with Nik plug-ins have found that they’re unable to launch their plug-ins from within Lightroom 4. (This is more prevalent on Windows)  We are testing a solution for this problem and it will be included in our next update.  Feedback on this bug is captured here.

Edit in Photoshop Workflow
Currently, the Edit in Photoshop workflow asks that you have the Camera Raw 7 plug-in installed.  Please note that the Camera Raw 7 plug-in is not available at this time.  The correct plug-in for Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS5 compatibility is Camera Raw 6.7, currently available on Adobe Labs Please keep in mind that currently Camera Raw 6.7 is a a Release Candidate version of the plug-in. A “release candidate” label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers.

Reverse Geocoding Delays
We had a temporary loss of reverse geocoding results on Tuesday.  This problem has been resolved and we’re monitoring the issue with Google’s help.

Slow Processing
A large number of users have indicated a 200 to 300% slow down when compared to LR3. It is found in many areas of work but most annoying when sliders respond very slowly or when importing work. There has been no recognition from Adobe this is something they are working on.

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