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Software & Accessories / Re: Ballhead for Gitzo 2542L
« on: October 26, 2014, 08:25:56 PM »
BH55 would be overkill in my opinion.

I got an Arcratech GP and think it is the medium capacity best general photography head out there, if I lost mine tonight I'd order another from B&H tomorrow.

Acratech has first rate customer service as well. The liquid in the bubble level of my clamp evaporated around two or three years after I bought it. I called Acratech and they sent me a replacement immediately (at no charge of course).

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Software & Accessories / Re: Ballhead for Gitzo 2542L
« on: October 26, 2014, 07:26:36 PM »
BH55 would definitely be overkill. My 2 cents: Acratech GP or Markins Q3.

PS: Try not to raise the column if you can avoid it.

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As a happy owner of the current 100-400 who actually likes the push-pull design, I wonder if Canon does switch to a traditional zoom design when they update the lens, will lens creep be an issue. The current model has a variable locking zoom ring to compensate for this.

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Lenses / Re: Which white lenses are weather sealed?
« on: October 26, 2014, 10:20:49 AM »
"The water and dust proof mechanism is explained in the below URL:
http://cweb.canon.jp/ef/technology/eflens-technology.html#tecProof

And remember: The seal at the lens mounts will only work with a select few professional Canon bodies. Canon 5Dii and below need not apply.

Thanks for the link!  The Google translation suggests that the bodies with some degree of sealing (which includes crop models down to the 50D, and all of the current/recent FF bodies including the 5DII and 6D) are  dust- drip-proof compatible, although the better sealing of the 1-series bodies is mentioned in a subsequent footnote.

But there's a obvious and likely important difference in the design of the mounts on the 1-series vs. most other 'sealed' bodies.  On most Canon bodies (e.g. the 5DIII shown below), the area immediately surrounding the lens mount is the same slightly textured surface as the rest of the body.  That textured surface may not be ideal for sealing against the rubber lens mount gasket.  The 1-series bodies have a smooth plastic ring surrounding the metal lens mount, and that may form a better seal with the lens gasket.  Interestingly, the new 7D Mark II has that same smooth plastic surface surrounding the lens mount as seen on the 1D X below.

Interesting. Being a lower-tier body user, I was unaware of that difference of texture in lens mounts. I guess I'll just have to whip out the 600 grit sandpaper!

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Technical Support / Re: Question about cleaning something off of sensor.
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:56:22 PM »
It sure sounds baked on, a deep wet-clean should do it.
Just had my sensor cleaned at Canon CPS. Here's behind-the-scenes footage of how they did it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrdkFXsr5Us

-pw

I'm not convinced that video is of an authentic Canon Service Center. I believe their cleaning bowls are red.

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Lenses / Re: Building my lens system - where to go from my basic kit?
« on: October 14, 2014, 06:45:41 PM »
Although I have no idea what you shoot, and therefore have no understanding of what your needs are in this regard, I won't let that little detail stop me from recommending a couple of lenses I feel should be in everyone's kit: EF16-35 f/4L and the EF70-300 f4-5.6L 8)

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 06:25:29 PM »
I may be late to this discussion, but I think what most users including myself have issues with the 6D is that as a consumer you feel Canon is NOT giving you "great value" for your money when they take the AF system back to one center cross-type, while Nikon doesn't seem to cripple their bodies in the same way.  It was biggest the complaint about the 5D Mark II, and Canon addressed it well with the Mark III, only to revert back to it with the 6D.  My memory is not that short term.
Also late to the topic but this echoes my thoughts too.
Canon not happy with 6D sales? More like their deliberate gimping of the 6D has come back to bite them (FWIW the 6Ds seem to still be quite highly recommended, including excuses of "no body needs more than 3fps :P).

So all I can really say is the same thing as before. If they made them all cross-type at say 5fps, it probably would've sold a lot more without costing 5D3 sales.

I think this is the problem. Canon made the same mistake with the 6D as they did with the EOS M, a seriously underwhelming focus system. The cameras work well for portrait, landscape and architecture. For any other use, the photographer does the work. I say this as someone who owns both and likes both, but would have greatly enjoyed a focus system commensurate with the quality of the photos the cameras are able to produce.

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.... but the reality is that there is very little of the picture where this extended range would have made a difference and in the end, you probably could not notice the difference.

Here's an example of this from today, the sky was clipped, but after some brushing around in LR it doesn't matter since it was all grey anyway (well, bluish grey).  I call the shot "Thinking of DR discussions" :->

He may have been saying "goodbye Jon". It appears that jrista has left the building...


Nope, not gone. Just extracting myself entirely from the debate...all debates. I honestly don't know what I'm debating for, it's done nothing for me, the response from this community has clearly indicated they don't want me involved. So, I'm not. I've got better things to do. (BTW, the only way to stop getting notified in the new replies list of your activity in threads is to delete yourself entirely from those threads (in case anyone was curious)...therefor, this post will be deleted at the end of the day.)

I hope you reconsider removing yourself from all debates/discussions. You are one of the more knowledgeable and helpful participants on this forum and have much to offer. Just give the sensor argument a rest...at least until the 5DlV is released :)

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.... but the reality is that there is very little of the picture where this extended range would have made a difference and in the end, you probably could not notice the difference.

Here's an example of this from today, the sky was clipped, but after some brushing around in LR it doesn't matter since it was all grey anyway (well, bluish grey).  I call the shot "Thinking of DR discussions" :->

He may have been saying "goodbye Jon". It appears that jrista has left the building...

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $2899
« on: October 07, 2014, 07:58:34 PM »
That is a great price but looking at resellerratings.com I would think twice about that seller.

Do you believe everything you read online? Big Value has a 99.2% feedback rating after over 74,000 sales on ebay. You don't get marks like that by screwing your customers ::)

You have to understand that with ebay ratings you might as well start at 99% as being zero, and then rate the seller on that last percentage point. So, this reseller is actually about a 2/10 rating... for ebay (of course I overstate but not by much). I wouldn't touch anyone with less than 99.7% feedback rating. But go for it if you want. Perhaps you'll be one of the almost 6,000 pissed off buyers from a seller with such a rating, however perhaps you'll be lucky.

It is certainly your right to limit yourself from purchasing from a seller with less than 99.7% feedback. However, if you bothered to read some of that feedback, you would quickly see that a good percentage of the negatives are from folks who are intellectually challenged, scammers or simply had unrealistic expectations. By the way, you may want to revisit your math ;)

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EOS-M / Re: Eos M and yn 603 triggers question
« on: October 07, 2014, 05:11:44 PM »
I've been meaning to "side-grade" from my 600d to an eos m for quite some time now and I just wanted to ask if my 603s(which have served me well in the rare occasions I do portrait work) will be compatible with an eos m.

Is there anybody here who can help me out with this?

A Canon hot shoe is a Canon hot shoe. They'll work fine, though I preferred the the flexibility of the 622s before I switched to the RT system.

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Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 07, 2014, 05:03:23 PM »
Sony DOES have an excellent track record of bringing top-of-the-line technologies to market in a timely fashion, at a good price, without bugs or glitches, so at least you've got that going for you.  ::) They've become mainstream in every technology they ever were ahead at . . . they're the number one name in TVs, Portable Music Players, Laptops, and, oh yeah, cameras.
Sony also has a history of putting out a lot of proprietary crap in their products that they won't license in the vain hope that people will be trapped into buying Sony branded consumables forever and ever, which led to the doom of Betamax, the Super Audio CD and pretty much anything that needed a Memory Stick, among others.

OK pal. Now you've crossed the line. Say what you want about BetaMax, Memory Sticks and I'll even give you MiniDiscs, but don't you dare badmouth MY SACDs (at least not until those recordings are available on blu-ray pure audio) >:(

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $2899
« on: October 06, 2014, 04:49:28 PM »
That is a great price but looking at resellerratings.com I would think twice about that seller.

Do you believe everything you read online? Big Value has a 99.2% feedback rating after over 74,000 sales on ebay. You don't get marks like that by screwing your customers ::)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrade Path Advice...
« on: October 06, 2014, 04:30:05 PM »
Definitely the 6D. If you will be satisfied with an incremental improvement in AF and IQ, the 70D for $800 http://www.adorama.com/ICA70DZ.html?emailprice=t&sub=bund-27906826&utm_term=Other&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_campaign=Other&utm_source=rflaid62259 would probably be a more suitable choice than the 7Dll, since the IQ will be about the same and you don't appear to need the extras that the 7Dll offers. You already have excellent glass for full frame so if you're not "reach limited", I would go for the greatest improvement in the quality of your photos in various lighting conditions.

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Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 05, 2014, 06:46:38 PM »
Probably a new designer camera bag.

Don't be disrespectful. It's a pair of Heather shoe(s) to go with the Linda bag...      too soon?...      is this thing on?

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