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Lenses / Re: 100L vs. 135L
« on: June 18, 2013, 06:37:31 PM »
I have both, both are excellent; the 135L is my go-to for portraits and often indoor sports, the 100L is used primarily for macro. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 18, 2013, 11:42:16 AM »
I just received the advisory by email from Canon USA.

Site Information / Re: banning people for nothing at canon rumors
« on: June 18, 2013, 10:55:47 AM »
Hypothetically...   ::)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 18, 2013, 10:17:00 AM »
It seems like Canon knew about the problem during manufacturing and the units with the A or black markings in the battery compartment could be units with some bandaid fix in place. Looks like a design issue.

Applying a fix during manufacturing is a common practice.  Also, anyone who sends theirs in for service will have it come back with one of those marks.

Design issue?  Not sure that 'insufficient lubrication' is a design issue, and I wouldn't call adding the needed lubricant a 'bandaid fix'. Or do you have evidence of duplicity on Canon's part?

Lenses / Re: What is the next Canon lens you want or covet and why...
« on: June 18, 2013, 08:49:58 AM »
50f1.8 ?

 that is a great little lens.   for about three years it was my favorite lens.   now I have three L  lenses and a fisheye,  and while they are excellent,  most of my photos that hang on the wall are from that one hundred dollar  plastic lens.   but part of that might be laziness about printing out new prints and framing them.

And if you believe DXO, it is rated higher than the 600F4 V2...... And at only 1/80th the price..  :)

That's why I don't believe DXO ... not saying the 50mm f/1.8 is a bad lens.

I do believe DxO.  But you have to uderstand what their numbers mean, and that's the problem - most people don't take the time to do so, and dismiss useful information out of hand.

The 600 II is better in terms of sharpness, distortion, vignetting, and CA.  The 50/1.8 has higher transmission...and a higher 'DxOMark Score'.  Why?  As they state, "The DxOMark Score is measured for defined exposure conditions corresponding to low-light scene with 150 lux illumination and an exposure time of 1/60s. These conditions were chosen as we believe low-light performances are very important for today‚Äôs photography and it is also important for photographers to know how well lenses perform at the widest aperture."  At 150 lux and 1/60 s, which will perform better - an f/1.8 lens or an f/4 lens?  That's why the 50/1.8 is 'better'.  For most of us, the 'Score' isn't often relevant.  However, the Measurements are a useful tool to compare lenses.

Lighting / Re: PocketWizard Noob
« on: June 18, 2013, 08:22:52 AM »
Looking to get a Canon 600ex-rt flash for my 5D3 to use as an off camera light for starters. Plan on adding either more flashes or strobes to my kit in the future.

+1 to Halfrack.  The Canon RT system is excellent and easy to use.  I do have a PW setup (MiniTT1, two FlexTT5s and a PowerMC2 for a Buff Einstein monolight), but I had that prior to the Canon RF triggering capability.  Although the Einstens can be optically slaved, I prefer direct radio control.  But for lighting setups where I don't need the monolight (and the big 48" octabox I put it in), I use three 600EX-RTs in Lastolite softboxes, triggered by an ST-E3-RT.

Site Information / Re: CR wobbly
« on: June 18, 2013, 08:14:26 AM »
Speaking if which, what did you actually do? Would love to get some insight into that.

Things like this usually occur when some background software is updated.  If the effects are bad enough (which these were), the usual process is to roll back that update, fix the issues in a sandbox of some sort, then re-apply the update.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 18, 2013, 07:41:19 AM »
... i have a question.. canon said this:
"Potentially affected cameras will be inspected and repaired free of charge. If you own one of the potentially affected cameras please contact our Customer Support Center"

Does it mean that my newly bought 1D X is potentially affected because it belongs to the group of "insufficient lubrication" OR does it mean that i can only get it repaired after the symptoms appear? (a.k.a after there is already wear and damage to the camera)

It means call Canon now, they will arrange for you to send it in now, they'll inspected and if there is insufficient lubrication, they will fix it. Presumably if there's no need to do anything, they won't.  Except maybe blow a little dust inside just for funsies...   ::)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Stuck Pixels on the 5D3
« on: June 18, 2013, 01:13:20 AM »
With a lens on the camera, cap in place, start a manual sensor clean and let it sit for a minute before powering off the camera. That should 'remap' the stuck pixels. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 17, 2013, 11:44:51 PM »
I guess mine will have to be 'inspected and repaired free of charge'.  Rather annoying...

Mine is W = 0 and T = +5.  I'd also recommend testing at intermediate focal lengths.  Mine was +1 at 35mm and +3 at 50mm - those values fall right on the linear regression between the ends, and if they didn't, I'd have exchanged the lens or sent it to Canon.

FWIW, my 70-200/2.8L IS II is +2 at both ends and at 135mm.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is This the EOS 3D?
« on: June 17, 2013, 02:18:42 PM »
Sadly, the strap appears to be based on the same technology as the last several generations of straps.

Agreed.  The blacks are no blacker, the whites are no whiter, therefore no improvement in strap dynamic range.  Plus, still the same issue with oversaturation of the red channel. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Autofocus not impressive
« on: June 17, 2013, 01:48:16 PM »

That 6D image isn't remotely close to the actual spread on the camera.  It's far tighter and more centered than that.

Here is the 6D AF point array set within the entire frame.


You can buy it with the 24-105L kit lens and sell the lens for ~$800 to get a slightly better deal.

That is good advice.  If this was last year.  But buying the 24-105L as part of the 6D kit today adds only $500 to the price of the body...so it's pretty darn hard to sell one for $800 these days...

They'll be really cheap after the 5D Mark V is released.  Wait until then...

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