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EOS Bodies / Re: A Brief 2013 Canon Roadmap [CR1]
« on: November 13, 2012, 03:37:38 PM »
Except for the bigger viewfinder on ff (unless it's an evf) aps-c has lots of advantages, and with more advanced sensors the iso noise problem will get less pressing - see http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2010/07/the-full-frame-move

I like Roger's blogs, and only rarely does he make an incorrect statement, but this one stuck out:

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There are no 18-270mm or even 18-200mm full frame lenses, so the “one lens solution” is basically a crop-sensor only club.


18-200mm is equivalent to 29-320mm on FF, and both Nikon and Canon offer 28-300mm full frame lenses.  My 28-300L does very well as a 'one lens solution'. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Brief 2013 Canon Roadmap [CR1]
« on: November 13, 2012, 03:25:08 PM »
Do people actually care about APS-C cameras anymore?

Since APS-C bodies probably outnumber FF bodies by at least a double-digit ratio (maybe higher), Canon cares about APS-C cameras...a lot!

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Brief 2013 Canon Roadmap [CR1]
« on: November 13, 2012, 03:19:46 PM »
While this thread remains refreshingly light-hearted, here's a sketch I thought you might like, Neuro.

That was great, thanks!  But...it ended early.  The nuclear physicist hadn't yet joined the party...   ::)

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Canon General / Re: How do you store your gear?
« on: November 13, 2012, 03:18:15 PM »
Would a Storm im2400 be a nice size for:

The gear in my siggy plus
430 ex

I'm not looking for room to grow just a good fit for that, thanks

I think that would work.  For comparison, in the im2300, I store 5 lenses (no bodies): 35L, 85L II, 100L Macro IS, 135L, and 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II.  A gripped body will not fit in the im2300 or im2400, but a non-gripped body will fit fine.

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Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 13, 2012, 03:13:56 PM »
I don't use any optical media (DVD/Bluray) because they become unreadable after a few years.

How many is 'a few'?  I recently listened to The Cars Greatest Hits, a CD that I bought in 1985.   :o

That's also a pressed CD, vs a burned CD/DVD. The material in a burnable CD/DVD is, generally, at least partially organic and over time degrades. Some of them are 'archival' quality, but I believe that's generally only guaranteed for only 40-50 years. Not sure, I'd have to look that number up, but I know it's not forever.

Makes sense, thanks!

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...the ST-E3-RT controller basically only controls one flash..the latest, greatest and most $$ from cannon, the 600 EXRT...is this the case?

Is there a chance Canon will come out with an equivalent of the 580....that can be radio controlled?

PS...what is an autofocus assist beam and what does it do for you?

Correct, for now.

The 600EX-RT is the equivalent of the 580 - in fact, it's got exactly the same light output power, but since the zoom head goes to 200mm instead of 105mm, the guide number is 60 m instead of 58 m. 

I suspect you meant to ask if there will be an -RT equivalent to the 430EX II.  There have been rumors of a 440EX-RT, I expsct something ike that will come out at some point. 

The AF assist beam is an illuminated red grid projected by the flash which gives the camera something to lock onto for AF in very low ambient light.  The ST-E2 had one (and was seen by some as a conveniently small AF assist lamp, compared to a 430EX II or 580EX II), but the ST-E3 does not have an AF assist lamp.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Focal
« on: November 13, 2012, 01:25:43 PM »
I thought that was said to be a missing Canon API call...

That was my understanding, as well. 

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Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 13, 2012, 01:19:46 PM »
I don't use any optical media (DVD/Bluray) because they become unreadable after a few years.

How many is 'a few'?  I recently listened to The Cars Greatest Hits, a CD that I bought in 1985.   :o

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Canon General / Re: How do you store your gear?
« on: November 13, 2012, 12:23:11 PM »
Would that storm case be good for storing lenses as opposed to a lens cabinet with a dehumidifier attached?

I keep a desiccant pack in each of my cases (the indicator kind, so I can replace them when they get saturated).  I suppose the only down side to an airtight case with a desiccant pack is that prolonged storage in very low humidity is also not good for lenses (high humidity means mold, ultra low humidity dries out grease and rubber components).  But if the lenses are used frequently (all of mine are), there's no real risk from the desiccant storage.  The advantages of the Storm case are that they're portable (that's one reason I have several - there are bigger ones, but I don't want one so heavy I can't move it), and they're both waterproof and breakproof (ceilings leak, pipes burst, etc.). 

True story: Pelican changed their guarantee terms a while back, when they got a new CEO, I think.  The current version is basic cut-and-dried legalese, but the old version (which is still found reproduced on some vendor websites), stated, "The guarantee does not cover shark bite, bear attack and children under five."  I have young kids...   ;)

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Lenses / Re: Why The EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Delay?
« on: November 13, 2012, 11:52:38 AM »
I can imagine the AF/MF and AF range limiter switches are a little hard to get to in a hurry, esp on a pro body?

That...or you go to flip the AF/PF/MF switch and hit the lens mount release instead?   :o

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Canon General / Re: How do you store your gear?
« on: November 13, 2012, 11:18:52 AM »
Wow i'm really impressed ! for two bodies and 4 to 5 lenses (no longer than a 400 5.6), which pelican case is recommanded ?

Personally, I'd recommend Storm cases over the Peli cases (although Peli bought Storm, so it's the same company).  The Peli latches are called 'knuckle busters' for a reason, the Storm latches are much easier (and quieter). 

I think a Storm im2600 would work for you, Peli equivalent is the 1554.  A Storm im2700 would give you room to grow.  The im2620 or im2720 are taller, and allow white zooms (70-200/2.8, 100-400, 28-300) to stand on end - the Peli equivalent is the 1614 pictured above.  If you want to stand the 400/5.6 upright you'd need the im2750 (Peli 1624).

You might be able to get your gear into a Storm im2500 (Peli 1514).    Those are the largest hard cases approved for airline carryon, if you fly with your gear.  That's why, in addition to the larger and smaller cases, I have an im2500.  I have the one with the dividers, although when flying with gear I take those out, pack the gear in either the Flipside 300 or Flipside 400AW, and put that loaded backpack inside the im2500.  That way, I have safe transport just in case I'm forced to check the gear, a locked case for hotel rooms, and an easy way to carry my gear around once I get to my destination.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Focal
« on: November 13, 2012, 10:45:42 AM »
Good to know, thanks!

I was unable to connect to my 1D X, I got an email response yesterday from FoCal's tech support saying the new release should fix it, haven't had a chance to try it yet.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 Available for Preorder
« on: November 13, 2012, 10:34:18 AM »
I like this sigma. Perfect Price, Great MTF, Looks good, a proper Aperture for a prime, and No IS.

I will buy this lens when the reviews are finally out. Is this lens weather-sealed by any chance?

You'll buy it?  But...but...it's not a 135mm f/1.8L IS...   ???

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Brief 2013 Canon Roadmap [CR1]
« on: November 13, 2012, 10:32:42 AM »
Even the lens caps have been beaten into dust in these forums.

Nikon's lens caps have on-latch ADCs and the springs are sourced from Sony, leading to much better quantum aural efficiency - Nikon's old caps are much less noisy than Canon's new caps.  C'mon, Canon...you've got some catching up to do!!!

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Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 13, 2012, 10:28:52 AM »
I keep two copies on separate external hard drives.

As do I, and the two HDDs are stored in different physical locations (home and work).  Those copies are made as soon as the images are processed (and until then, they're still on the CF cards - since getting the 1D X, I always have at least 2 copies of every image).  Quarterly, I make a DVD backup that goes in a safe deposit box in a third location (different town than home or work).

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