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Lenses / Re: Would you rather buy used or refurbished?
« on: May 08, 2013, 10:40:33 PM »
I never buy refurbished products anymore as I no longer want to inherit someone else's problems. 99% of returns generally just get resold as refurbished with a short warranty.  Most manufacturers don't even spend the labor looking at it.  HP is one of them.

I always buy used instead and if I can't give it a shakedown before I buy, I always buy from a reputable dealer such as B&H or adorama with a good return policy on used stuff.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: May 07, 2013, 01:13:57 PM »
Only in Howey-in-the-hills, FL


You run across the strangest things in the woods!

EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II in 2013? [CR2]
« on: May 06, 2013, 11:41:05 PM »
We must have patience with the newbies!!!  In one sense he is right.  If you are starting out, you need to focus on skills.  For those of us that have been at this for 30 plus years, we focus a LOT of attention on tools in these forums and less on skills.  It's the tools that we rely on to earn our living.  As one tool wears out we look for a new tool to take it's place that hopefully can improve on areas the old tool was lacking.  Newbies wont understand that until they have been at this for as long as we have.

We stretch every technical capability we can out of current tech and then stretch it even more with hours of post processing to get rid of or work around the deficiencies in the current tech.  We know/hope that the next model will improve our livelihood, reduce the hours spent at the computer, and allow us to push the envelope once again.

Newbies are not there yet.  They dont understand concepts of expose to the right, expose to the left, unsharp masking, and digital dynamic range.  We hope that with the next model all of these will be included so we dont have to waste our time dealing with it.

Newbies?  They are ones that we have to deal with as we were all once in their shoes.  ;)

...Now where's that dang 7D Mark II !!!

Kind of disappointing that CR has nothing better to report than yet another camera no one really needs not coming out anytime soon to sit on the shelves collecting dust because as soon as it is announced everyone is instantly waiting for the next model.

Look, there are probably two (maybe three) people on the planet who have actually exceeded the capabilities of the equipment they already own. Everyone else just wants to be part of a social discussion and complain about what each new model should have had, needs to have, doesn't have, etc etc.. The reality is that consumers themselves are responsible for what new models do not have because the manufacturers feel they have to instantly gratify the squeaky wheels in order to be successful. If people would simply use what they have until it stops working then the manufacturers would only release a new body in each tier maybe every three/four years. Then when they did it would actually be the latest and greatest and would hold you for the rest of its life, certainly until technology advances to the point a new model is even warranted. (Megapixels are not technology in a photographic context, sorry.)

I will offer two pieces of wisdom to the 'photographers' out there in the form of advice and a bit of reality:
1) It does not matter who you are or who you think you are, you are not even a fraction as capable as the camera you already hold in your hand..
2) Spend your money on the only piece/s of equipment that will ever improve your photography - lenses.. If you have anything left over and just have to spend it on something, take a class or attend a symposium to learn how to be a better photographer.


It's best not to worry about it much on the 60D unless you plan to send it in.  The center AF point is too large to pick up the eye as some have suggested unless you have a full frame head shot.  Also in evaluating AF adjustments, never use AI Servo.  always one shot.  The nature of AI servo (and particularly with the 60D) is that the AF will do a lot of hunting even when the subject is still.  With the 5D3 that is improved with the 70-200 2.8L IS II due to the closed loop AF feedback you will get with the combo.  the lens will report back it's position to the camera as confirmation that it's there.  WIthout the feedback the camera needs to shift the focus back and forth around the focus point to tell where the lens actually is.  It's very fast but often leaves you with less keepers..which is why in AI Servo you should use Drive mode and let 4 or 5 shots or more rip...you can sort out the sharp ones later.

EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II in 2013? [CR2]
« on: May 06, 2013, 11:17:35 AM »
Reminds me of my 3D setup.  Just add two wireless shutters on the same channel and you're there.

I guess i'll be hanging on to my 7D for a little bit longer. There are some items that I would love to see updated, but it still holds its own, even against the new Nikon D7100. Especially for sports/wildlife. 2 Card slots would be nice though.
Nikon D7100 vs Canon 7D - Fight! - Photography Feature Challenge - Best APS-C DSLR?

EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II in 2013? [CR2]
« on: May 06, 2013, 10:35:39 AM »
Ah, my $$$ are safe for yet another year....oh what's that? A 600mm F4L IS III???

Lenses / Re: Need advice taking pictures of jewellery
« on: May 03, 2013, 12:59:45 PM »
Focus stacking is the way to go but when shifting focus using the focus ring it can cause the image size to shift slightly with some lenses.  It's better to just move the camera forward or back to shift the focus plane.

There are macro rails available that are graduated in mm and have a slow adjustment knob so you can precisely control the focus you are going to stack.  It is the preferred way to photograph jewelry vs. stopping the lens down to the point of diffraction.

One of the things I used to do when taking pictures like this was focus stacking. use a tripod and shift the focus bit by bit That seemed to result in prettier images than decreasing the aperture all the way down did.

Lenses / Re: EF 300mm f/2.8 ( non IS ) AF ISSUES
« on: May 03, 2013, 10:51:22 AM »
No there is a REALLY good chance it will ruin the lens or get rubber particles inside.  No no no never use a pencil eraser on gold contacts.  I worked in the electronics business for many years and the best way is the correct way.  Use your pencils and erasers for writing only!

A fine lens it is.  Check the gold contacts on the back.  Sometimes cleaning GENTLY with a qtip and alcohol will help.  Other than that you should call Canon and see if they will check it out for you.  It's worth it to get it fixed even though 14yo.  I bet it's the contacts though.  They don't last forever.

I've also see this happen with dirty battery contacts since on some cameras the AF motor gets its power directly from the battery.  However since you have tried it on several bodies, I would say it's likely the contacts.  But it could be something internal that needs to be repaired.

+1    A pencil eraser also works...

WTF? do you want him to ruin his lens?

The pencil eraser technique has been around for a long time... it won't necessarily ruin his lens, it might not be a great solution though. It's oxidation they are talking about. Check with a electrical shop and pick up a cleaner specific for this and use gingerly on the on contact surface.

I don't mess with this stuff personally, I'd just send to CPS or find a third party repair shop.  Here in the Bay Area there are only a few that can tackle the old stuff.

Check out the canon wireless transmitter for the 5d3.  It allows you to connect USB drives for file transfer. Not sure you can record to one directly though.  However with the wireless enabled you should be able to write wirelessly to a laptop with the USB drive attached.. Or use an eye-fi card.

But in other words no. The new firmware cannot write to an external USB drive.

EOS Bodies / Re: Download Firmware 1.2.1 link for 5DIII
« on: May 02, 2013, 02:55:46 PM »
New firmware has been very stable for me.  I have only been using Canon equipment with the exception of an eye-fi SD card which I just started trying today.

If you have a backup body you should take it with you...which should be the case whether or not you performed the upgrade.

Has anyone had any issues witht he new firmware, I have a wedding this saturday so I want to make sure I dont run into any issues as it works just fine right now, but the flash AF speed would be nice, also anyone tried the update firmware with the pocket wizards TT5's? as that would be another major concern. - thanks

EOS Bodies / Re: Download Firmware 1.2.1 link for 5DIII
« on: May 02, 2013, 02:13:41 PM »
Today is the first day since the upgrade that I've used both the CF card and eye-fi X2 PRO SD card.  I did not get a single error 80.  Time will tell I suppose.

Lenses / Re: EF 800mm f/5.6L IS II [CR2]
« on: May 01, 2013, 10:39:20 AM »
Ah yes I forgot to mention that I use the 600 on a tripod with a gimbal head.  However when you are out with wind that can blow your hat off, the IS will stabilize the effects of wind mounted on a tripod.  There was one instance I did not have time to get it up on the tripod.  I had pulled into my shooting location and had a bald eagle right by the parking lot eating a fish.  So windy when I got out my hat blew down the parking lot.  I switch on IS and painfully hand held the 600 for a series of shots and it was as if there wasn't any wind at all.

I later drove to the other end of the lot and got my hat...

IS has its uses and benefits but can also cause some issues in certain shooting conditions.

I'll also add that the 4 stop IS is a big improvement.  Many people still don't like to use IS but I can tell you when using the 600mm on a windy day, the IS stops the wind shakes 100%.  Just takes the wind effect out completely.  The IS on the MK1 lenses was pretty good at it as well but the new generation IS is WAY better.

I love IS, but aren't telephotos usually used with some other form of stabilization, e.g. a tripod?

[I rarely use focal lengths over 200mm, when I do it's usually 200mm f/2.8 IS with a TC. I don't like shooting sports, and don't have the time & patience for birds photogaphy.]

EOS Bodies / Re: Back to the Future Parts 1/2/3 Canon Strategy
« on: April 30, 2013, 10:48:50 PM »
My desire to take the best quality photographs possible.  I was tired of taking sub par photos and then open up Nat Geo and see such breath taking work.  I now regularly, daily, produce such quality and now I can focus more on the subject instead of blurry images with bad CA and barrel distortion.

I shot with film 30 years ago and during the 90s and early 2000's digital was just not there yet and film was getting more difficult to work with (I had my own full color darkroom).  Chemicals were getting scarce and more expensive and a lot of local suppliers were closing shop.  For a time I had little options available so started a family.  During that time the digital revolution took hold and today the equipment far exceeds what was available back then...we also now have instant gratification of seeing what we just shot (chimping)!

Some of us need a 12 step program but in the mean time, the wonders of the world beg to be captured and shared and that is my mission.

Why did you buy your first DSLR and under what circumstances:

I had the desire to create good photo's better than I could achieve with a phone camera, so I made the decision to finally purchase the type of Camera I had always wanted a DSLR.

To be honest I dropped lucky, at that time I did not really know anything about photography, I had never heard of this forum and I had never really read anything on the subject. Worse I purchased the Camera from a Department Store and in hindsight it transpires that the Salesman knew very little either. Today I would not do such a thing because I am much wiser.

When I say I dropped lucky I fell for the 550D this was opposed to all the other brands and Canons other offerings. Why? I liked the feel of it and I suppose I liked the package that came with it (ignorant or what!) I do remember considering the 5D2 and I had the money to purchase it but as a newbee it somehow made me feel intimidated (How dare you and you have no right to own me with your current skill level and no I don't have a pop up flash you idiot) so I left it on the shelf.

Following the purchase the Camera never left my Hand and the instruction manual became dog eared very quickly. I bought Books and surfed the net, began to understand DOF/Aperture/ISO and the like. My photography improved no end.

So I come back to one of my original points owning a DSLR allows a newbee to improve their level of competence and sets you apart from being a smart phone or tablet photographer and I wonder how many newbees started out with a similar story. But in point owning a DSLR sets you apart from the crowd and starts you off on the journey to improve your photographic skills. Unfortunately it is a lifestyle statement that we have to live with. So hold your trophy with pride as you shoot away.

So what's your story and what got you into Photography what prompted you to purchase your first DSLR?

Lenses / Re: Anyone upgraded from their 24-70L to 24-70L MKII?
« on: April 30, 2013, 10:33:23 PM »
You ask a lot!  Not many people can afford both lenses to take side by side comparison shots.  While not ideal, here is at least some attempt to do so:


A chart is simply a real world photograph.  ;D

I want a data from a real world pictures taken by both lenses. Side by side comparison, not cropped, not post processed. That's what i want.  ;D :D i don't want numbers!

Lenses / Re: When to have your lenses serviced
« on: April 30, 2013, 10:27:39 PM »
Generally speaking I would not send a lens in for work if it really doesn't need it.  There are risks to doing so both in shipping the device and having someone at Canon "fixing" something and it comes back soft or you have to AFMA it again.  I would not send it to anyone except Canon.  They are the only ones that can do a full eval and have the best chance of fixing whatever is wrong with it.  They have the best turn around in the industry.

If you can live with the focus ring being  a little loose then just use it.  It's an L lens and should give you 10+ years before even needing a cleaning.

I own a 24-70L and want to get it serviced by Canon...focus ring seems to need tightening and I feel after 4 years regular (not pro) use it just is time.
Any suggestions?
Is the only way to send it directly to Canon or are there better options?
What costs would I have to expect?

Thanks, people

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