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EOS Bodies / Re: taurians upgrading to 5d mark 3
« on: January 11, 2013, 12:43:37 PM »
The only logical thing to do was to balance the performance of the 7D with the IQ of a FF sensor while keeping the same number of MPs...thus, I upgraded to the 1D X.  Can you tell I'm a Libra?   ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Cheapest full frame bodies from canon
« on: January 11, 2013, 12:24:16 PM »
there is one for 770 in my country, but it's with 51800 expo, isnt that much?

A little more than half of the 5D's rated shutter life of 100,000 actuations. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Cheapest full frame bodies from canon
« on: January 11, 2013, 12:04:25 PM »
Probably a 5D classic is your best bet.  Check your local Craigslist - there are 4-5 on mine right now in the $600-700 range.

Abstract / Re: What is this?
« on: January 11, 2013, 11:52:06 AM »
By the way, how'd I do on the 'quiz'?   ;)

Abstract / Re: What is this?
« on: January 11, 2013, 11:47:00 AM »
If it's a camera, why does Tom Guilmette, who shoots Red Sox games at Fenway Park (which I can see from my office, incidentally) discuss shooting games with a, "Sony HDC-910 camera head with a 75x (9.5mm to 700mm zoom 1:1.7) Canon HD lens with an optical image stabilizer," (the lens being the DIGISUPER 75 xs, btw)?


(watch the video through to the end - there's a great shot of a plane flying in front of the moon taken at 1400mm (700mm w/ 2x extender)

Heck, even Sony's brochure for the HDC-xxx camera system shows it with Canon Digisuper lenses (although they cloned out the Canon logo :-X ).

Still think it's a camera?

Abstract / Re: What is this?
« on: January 11, 2013, 11:38:08 AM »
Are you saying that the Canon DIGISUPER 75 isn't a camera?

Yes, I'm saying it's a lens, not a camera.  Are you saying it is a camera?   :o

Abstract / Re: What is this?
« on: January 11, 2013, 09:09:12 AM »
Is this a trick question?  I don't think it's from a camera at all... 

It looks like the control panel on the side of a Canon DIGISUPER field lens (box-type lenses for broadcast TV).  Not sure which one, though (an older version of the DIGISUPER 75, I'd guess, from the zoom range).

Software & Accessories / Re: What brand of ND filters do you have?
« on: January 11, 2013, 08:48:36 AM »
Lee is quite good, Schneider Optics (B+W's parent company) makes excellent glass 4x6" filters (almost all others are resin).  HiTech has a good reputation for a budget option, Cokin does not.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: eos5m3 registering an AFpoint
« on: January 11, 2013, 08:46:49 AM »
That's normal behavior - the selected point can be registered, not the AF mode.  You can submit a feature request to Canon...

Good catch on the focus mode toggle display - I'll have to check that on my 1D X (when toggling, I'm always looking through the VF, so I've not checked either LCD).

I'm not sure the daylight savings issue is a bug.  Wrong behavior, yes, but not an error in programming. When you state that you, "...opted to go into the GPS settings and turn off Daylight Savings time," that doesn't look like it's possible.  The camera time setting is on the same tools menu as the GPS device option, but it appears from the manual there's not a way to specify daylight savings in the GPS setting, just the camera setting.  The camera setting is doing what it's supposed to - taking the set time (whether set manually or automatically by GPS) and adding an hour, exactly as the manual says it does. That's what I mean by 'not a bug'. 

Some devices have the start/end dates for daylight savings programmed in (and sometimes, like the DVD player/recorder in one of our rooms, that's bad - it was made before Congress changed the dates, so it now 'falls back' a few weeks early and 'springs forward' a few weeks late). 

Try leaving the daylight savings camera time setting off, and see what happens when DST starts in two months.

Lenses / Re: How many times did you return (L) lenses to get a good copy?
« on: January 10, 2013, 08:58:37 PM »
Tried 3 copies of the 100-400L and ended up returning the last one in favor of the 70-200  2.8l is II and 2xiii extender.  At 400mm the 100-400 was soft enough wide open that it interfered with AF lock.  It also focused slower than the latter with the extender.

I didn't see the point of suffering.  I don't believe they were all bad copies but rather a design "flaw"

Interesting. My 100-400 at 400mm is slightly sharper than my 70-200 II + 2xII or 2xIII, which is consistent with the TDP data (ISO 12233 crops).  I find focus speed in simple situations (bird on an isolated branch or flying with open sky behind) to be faster with the 100-400 at 400mm, but in complex situations (small bird in a thicket, for example) the 100-400 has trouble locking whereas the 70-200 II + 2x does not.

Lenses / Re: EF 600 f4 IS L II filter holder glass, what is?
« on: January 10, 2013, 07:41:45 PM »
It's a clear filter, and as Radiating stated, it's part of the optical formula of the lens.  It's actually designed to hold a gelatin filter (cut to size), although with digital the need for color correction is moot.  I suppose one might want an ND gel in the 600 II to shoot Yosemite Falls from Merced ;) .

So...leave it in, unless you replace it with the drop-in CPL when you want polarization.

you can just get a B+W ND they are nice and cheap in the small sizes and I would think better quality than a gel, no?

Well, the OP was asking about the included drop-in holder, which only takes gels.  To use a B+W ND filter (which is what I'd do if I encountered a need for an ND with my 600 II), you'd need the drop-in holder for 52mm screw-in filters - and it's perpetually out of stock, from what I've seen.  The drop-in CPL was like that, too - they stopped production and released a WII version (to match the new 'white' paint was the only difference). I suspect a WII version of the screw-in holder will show up eventually, but until then the used market is the only option, seemingly.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III customization question
« on: January 10, 2013, 06:39:10 PM »
Not that I know of...I think My Menu > External Speedlite control is your best bet.  But, I think that a specific manual output set that way is stored as a C# setting. If so, you could possibly establish identical settings for C1-C3, but with manual flash output set to 1/1, 1/16, and 1/128, for example. Not very fine control, but fast to turn the dial.

Software & Accessories / Re: Manfrotto 055 vs 190, 498 vs 496
« on: January 10, 2013, 06:32:39 PM »
The L bracket is a very good idea... It works even better if you can adjust the camera forwards/backwards to get the focal point over the axis of rotation as well, but unless you are dealing with very near objects it will not be noticeable.... I don't think I have seen that on a comercial L plate, I machined my own to be able to do it.

I've not seen one, either. The 'usual' solution (barring access to a machine shop) is a nodal slide. I use an MPR-CL II from RRS.

Software & Accessories / Re: Black Rapid and dropped camera?
« on: January 10, 2013, 06:29:05 PM »
I have a local camera store brand tripod made by Velbon. It is a copy of a "Sherpa" model tripod. B&H has the plate sold under QB-157. Not sure if that helps I can try and send photos. I am not sure if I should wait until I upgrade to A better tripod either ...

That does not appear to be Arca-Swiss compatible.  It might be compatible with Blackrapid's FastenR-T1, which replaces the D-ring in the Manfrotto RC2 plate with a lug capable of supporting the weight.  Might be worth calling BR to ask if they know.

Else, you'll need to unscrew the plate and attach the BR lug, or as you state, get a better tripod (which isn't a bad idea...a cheap tripod can be hard to use and not very stable, meaning it's not used much...).

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