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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...   ???

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!!!

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).

EOS Bodies / Re: A Brief 2013 Canon Roadmap [CR1]
« on: November 13, 2012, 10:16:54 AM »
Talking about lens caps was getting bit much. :)

Hey, at least the lens caps are real products, some of which are already available...   ;)

Canon General / Re: How do you store your gear?
« on: November 13, 2012, 09:56:59 AM »
I've outgrown a single case...   ;)

I need to re-shoot this pic at some point, as I've replaced the Peli 1600 with a Storm im2720 (deep enough to hold the 600mm f/4L IS II), replaced the Primus AW backpack with a Flipside 300, added a Lens Trekker Pro 600 AW II, RRS tripod bags, and a few more S&F accessories.

Lenses / Re: 5D3 and TC's
« on: November 13, 2012, 09:50:25 AM »
Seriously, though.  I have read about several people having the lockup issue.  In my case, I was able to identify something that, when undone, removes the lockup problem.  Many people, when they get a new camera, probably microadjust at least one lens before trying a TC.  They may think the particular TC simply does not work with that camera, never giving thought to the idea that AFMA (especially when it does not involve the lens used with the TC) could contribute to the lockup.

I don't know that it is necessary to have the adjusted lens on the camera when disabling AFMA.  I don't recall whether I've had success when starting with another lens.  I do know that with the 40mm on, it is necessary to take a shot after changing the setting.  I don't know why, but it seems to "establish" the setting change somehow.  It is not intuitive that you would have to do more than disable AFMA.  So, without my making my experience clear, someone needing a possible solution to the lockup problem might try simply disabling AFMA and have it fail.

Just trying to help.

Sounds odd, but entirely plausible.  The 1D X initially had a firmware issue where the AFMA setting was not stored/recalled properly.  I had the issue, others did not.  Turned out it was linked to the setting for Orientation-Linked AF Point, when that setting was enabled (it's off by default), AFMA 'broke'. 

The workaround you describe sounds like the issue is a firmware problem, but unfortunately for users of Kenko TC's, Canon has no obligation to identify and solve the problem (the opposite, in fact).  So for people using the Kenko TC's and having lockups, this may be the only option.  Thanks!

Lenses / Re: Advice needed aps-c long prime
« on: November 13, 2012, 08:57:46 AM »
You already have an 85mm lens, do you like the focal length and the only problem is that it's MF?  If so, the 85/1.8 would be the way to go. The 100/2 would work as well, the two lenses are very close cousins in terms of building and IQ.  Personally, I love the 135/2L, but I think it's too long for portraits on APS-C. Likewise, the 100L macro is a great lens, but with the deeper DoF (for the same framing) of APS-C, I think you want the fastest lens possible for portraits, and f/2.8 isn't as good.

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon car charger CBC-E6
« on: November 13, 2012, 07:43:34 AM »
That's the thing I don't get, Canon must be happy to sell a few at high profit than many at lower profit (not that I have any figures to back that up). If it cost a similar amount to the mains charger I would happily get one but 3 times the price?  :o

The AC/Mains charger must be able to take alternating current of a wide voltage range and two different frequencies and convert it to direct current of 8.4 V (for an LP-E6). Obviously, you fail to understand the engineering complexities of producing a car charger that must be able to take just a single input voltage that's already direct current and step down the voltage a little bit.  For them to charge only 3 times as much for a device that sophisticated, why...it's a real bargain!!   :o

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Australia: coming lower prices for Canon equipment?
« on: November 13, 2012, 07:00:53 AM »
"Up to 50% off" on "Canon products" could mean 10% off the X Mark I Calculator Mouse and the Cyan Ink Cartridge for the PIXMA MG3120 only.  ;)

But here's to hope!

EOS Bodies / Re: Plan to get a 5D3 for $1
« on: November 13, 2012, 06:25:07 AM »
That's not a plan to get a 5DIII for $1, that's a plan for someone else to get a 5DIII for $1.

What you do is run the contest with a $7000 goal, that way you and 'one lucky winner' get a 5DIII. But you didn't hear that idea from me.  :-X

Lenses / Re: 5D3 and TC's
« on: November 13, 2012, 06:02:31 AM »
Eventually, though, I did remember one thing that had changed since the last time I used them:  I had fooled around with microadjusting my 40mm f/2.8 pancake.  The following is what I think allows me to get the TC working again:  With the 40mm on the camera, I disable the AFMA, AND I shoot a frame with the new setting (disabled AFMA).  Then I turn off the camera and switch to the lens with the TC.

...while standing on one foot. Oh, and it only works on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  :o

Egad!  Thanks for the, errrmm, 'workaround'.

EOS Bodies / Re: Has Canon entered the Graveyard Spiral?
« on: November 12, 2012, 10:01:51 PM »
You couldn't have said it better. I was about to mention that maybe, just maybe an average or above average DSLR shooter can set the ISO to manual   ::)  (especially a 1D series user ...  ;D  )

Meh.  I haven't taken a picture since getting my 1D X.  I've read the manual over and over, and I can't seem to find anything like the green square setting I used on all my other dSLRs.  I gave up and just use my S100 now.  :o

Lenses / Re: lowlight lens Af action resource?
« on: November 12, 2012, 08:52:18 PM »
actually, I don't even have a clue what a 90mm TS might be really good for, but i bet it has a use. 

 it must... right? 

Best lens you can find for small product and/or jewelry photography. It's the right focal length, and tilt gives deep DoF without tiny apertures that reduce sharpness from diffraction.  But it won't fare well on a low light AF test, or any AF test for that matter.  :P

Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f2.8 II vs. f4.0 IS
« on: November 12, 2012, 08:34:19 PM »
On test charts, the 70-200/2.8L IS II will have a very slight advantage in the situation you describe. In real-world shooting, likely no discernible difference in that scenario.

The real issue isn't IQ, it's if you need that 1/1000 s and can only get to 1/500 s as high as you're willing to push the ISO, or need shallower DoF for portraits.

The difference between f/2.8 II and f/4?  $1000.  The difference between needing an extra stop and not having it?  Priceless.   ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Dslr upgrade: I found my Niche
« on: November 12, 2012, 08:04:55 PM »
I'd pick 1D X > 5DIII > 1DIV > 1DsIII.

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