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Technical Support / 5D MKIII autofocus points display?
« on: March 23, 2014, 03:08:56 PM »
Since the autofocus points are displayed in black in the view finder, I'm having a difficult time seeing the focus points in some situations. 

I'd like to have the autofocus points displayed in red in the view finder when I press down half way on the shutter button.  Is there a way to set-up the camera to do this?


Lenses / Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro autofocus?
« on: December 26, 2013, 02:25:20 PM »
Good Afternoon,

Santa gave me the Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro for Christmas, and this is my first experience with a macro lens.  I took about 100 photos indoors yesterday, and about every 10th photo the autofocus hunts for 5-10 seconds before it acquires focus.  The indoor lighting is adequate, but I would not say the lighting is bright.  I've been taking a mixture of portrait and macro type photos. 

Most of the photos I've taken appear to be in focus, but I'm still learning the lens.  Is it normal for this lens to hunt at times to lock focus, or do I potentially have a bad copy? 

Here are my settings with my 5D MKIII

* lens is on FULL mode
* camera is set to Case 1 with AI SERVO
* selectable AF point is 61 points
* manual select: spot AF
* The camera is on manual mode with auto ISO, and I've been taking photos with apertures between f/2.8 and f/8 with shutter speeds between 1/60 - 1/200.

Also, I'd appreciate any advice on recommended aperture and shutter speed settings with this lens for both portrait and marco photos.


Third Party Manufacturers / Sony RX100 MKII accessories?
« on: December 15, 2013, 03:25:47 PM »
I'm planning on purchasing the Sony RX100 MK II, and I'm looking for some advice on a LCD screen protector and lens filter. 

I'd like to purchase a LCD screen protector, and I'm considering the Giottos SP83015 LCD screen protector, which is supposed to fit the RX100, but the reviews on the B&H website state that the SP83015 does not fit the LCD screen exactly.  Is there a different Giottos model number that will fit the RX100 MK II better...how about the SP8306?


Also, does anyone have a recommendation for a lens filter for the RX100 MK II, or should I go without one?


Portrait / Looking for advice on my portraits...
« on: December 01, 2013, 05:16:02 PM »

Please see attached photos...what settings should I be using on my 5D MKIII (70-200mm f/2.8 IS II L) so I get everyone's face in tack sharp focus when there are multiple people in the photo?   


P.S. I'm relatively new to photography, and I have a lot to learn, so any feedback/input would be greatly appreciated! 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Materials used in EOS Camera Bodies?
« on: November 17, 2013, 02:24:33 PM »
Two questions regarding materials used in EOS camera bodies:

Corning has developed Gorilla Glass 3 for computer and smart phone LCDs, and the glass is super tough, and is basically scratch proof. 


Why doesn't Canon use Gorilla Glass for the camera body LCDs, so we don't have to worry about the LCD being scratched or damaged?

My second question, is there a lighter composite material that camera bodies (and lenses) could be made from, that is just as strong as titanium, which would help reduce the weight of camera bodies and lenses?


Third Party Manufacturers / Nikon 14-24 or 16-35 for Nikon D600?
« on: May 18, 2013, 01:51:21 PM »
I'm looking for some input on which lens to purchase....please let me know what you think, and please keep in mind I'm just an amateur photographer.

I just ordered a Nikon D600 as a second camera to my 5D Mark III, and I'm considering purchasing either the Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 or the 16-35 f/4.

I already own the Canon 17-40 f/4 to use with my 5d Mark III, so I'm leaning toward the Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 to use with the D600.

My primary uses for the Nikon 14-24, or the Nikon 16-35, would be:
* sports...football, baseball stadiums, and hockey arenas
* cityscapes/landscapes....I'm planning on taking a trip to Mount Rushmore this summer
* astrophotography
* architecture


P.S. Attached are a few photos I took with the 5D mk3 and 17-40 f/4

I currently have the Canon S100, but I am contemplating purchasing the Sony RX100 for a better quality pocketable camera.

There are two things holding me back from making the purchase:

* The RX100 focus range is 28-100mm, and I'd prefer 24mm on the lower end.
* Canon, or a competitor, will release a better pocketable camera in 2013.

How likely is it that Canon will release a Powershot S120 with a 1" sensor, or another competitor, in 2013?


I'm thinking about purchasing the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC as a walk around lens for my 5D Mark III. 

Does anyone have this lens and can you tell me how the image quality compares to the Canon 24-105L on the 5D Mk III? 


Software & Accessories / Recommended case for Canon G1X???
« on: December 26, 2012, 02:06:47 PM »
For those of you who own the G1X, what do you recommend for a small camera case for the G1X with the 58mm Filter Adapter attached? 

Right now, I'm leaning toward the Lowepro Edit 100.


Third Party Manufacturers / Sony price watch website???
« on: November 04, 2012, 07:30:28 PM »
I'm trying to find a website similar to canonpricewatch.com and nikonpricewatch.com, but I can't find one.  Does anyone know of a website that lists the best prices for Sony cameras, and also has a feature to set-up an email price alert?

I would like to find the best deal on the Sony RX100, and set an e-mail price alert.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Refurbished 5D MK3s?
« on: November 03, 2012, 09:52:41 PM »
Why are there no 5D MK3s listed on the Canon refurbished website, or for sale by the major camera stores? 

What happens to the cameras that have been used, and get returned within 30 days to Adorama, B&H, etc...those cameras can not be resold as new, correct?

PowerShot Cameras / G15 or G1X for my mom???
« on: October 28, 2012, 06:47:41 PM »
I'm looking to purchase a new point and shoot camera for my mom for Christmas.  My mom is 60 years-old, and she knows absolutely nothing about cameras, but I want to purchase her a camera that takes great photos.  Here are things to consider:

*  She wants an LCD that can be viewed in sunlight....she is always complaining that she can't see the LCD on her current camera in sunlight!
*  I have the Canon S100, but my mom tried it and she thinks it is too small for her, so that also rules out the Sony RX100.
*  The new camera will be used mostly to take photos at birthdays, holidays, family vacations, and the kids/family dogs running around.
*  The new camera needs to have good ISO performance and/or flash performance for different lighting conditions.

Based on these criteria, I've narrowed it down to the G15 and G1X, and I'm leaning toward the G15, because the reviews I've read state the G1X has slow autofocus, which could cause problems when she tries to take photos of the dogs and kids running around. 

What do you guys think would be the best camera for my mom?


Lenses / 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II not fitting securely to 5DMKIII body???
« on: September 01, 2012, 10:15:40 AM »
There is a tiny bit of play when my 70-200 lens is attached to my 5DMKIII....and when I say a tiny bit of play, the lens hardly moves, but it is noticeable.  This is my second 70-200 lens (I returned the first lens, because it had dust in it), and both lenses had the same amount of play when attached to the camera body.  Is this play normal for the 70-200 lens?  It doesn't effect the image quality (attached are a few photos I took with the lens).

By the way, my other lenses (24-105 & 50 f/1.4) attach securely to the camera body and do not move at all.

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