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Also, after google searching, it doesn't appear that there's any way to accurately determine the shutter count of the camera ....anybody know?

I highly recommend Reikan FoCal for doing AFMA.  But as a side benefit, it shows the shutter count.

Lenses / Re: Why The EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Delay?
« on: November 16, 2012, 06:24:03 AM »
You're right, of course, Trowski.  I never even looked at the shorter supertele lenses that closely - my 600 II has sufficient space.  I suppose people are grasping at straws because this is one more delay in a long line of delays from Canon...

And if I had to put a filter on these lenses it would be almost certainly a grad and that would go in the front.

You'd need a pretty big grad filter (minimum front element size is 100mm diameter, filter would need to be even bigger) to put in front of a supertele lens, and some jury-rigged way to hold it there since there are no filter threads in front. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Used 5D3
« on: November 15, 2012, 11:39:00 PM »
Google 'Canon product advisories' and that should lead you to the page that shows the serial number range for affected units.

the 1dx box itself came inside a clear plastic bag that looked like it was sealed at one time, sealed in a way that a buyer would know that the box itself was never touched or opened because of the sealed clear bag.  in my case, the bag was you remember such a bag?

Sorry, I misunderstood.  You're saying that the large, main carton (black with the 1D X logo on it) was in a larger plastic bag?  No, mine definitely was not (ordered from B&H).  None of my bodies have been (from Amazon or B&H).  Sounds like an Adorama thing, as bkorcel suggests. 

It's not a bad idea - if it's actually raining, when UPS delivers to my home they'll usually put the shipping box in a plastic bag when they leave, but if it's not raining, they won't - and maybe it'll start raining later.  (Note - I always have my camera gear delivered to work, where there's an indoor loading dock and always someone to sign.)

No, I don't. Was there the white dust sack?  I've bought 4 Canon bodies, all of them were in such a bag.  Out from that white bag was the bubble wrap bag then the cardboard inner box.  I don't recall a larger plastic bag, and there's not one in the packaging that I saved (cords, strap, and manuals were in sealed plastic bags - still are, actually).

need some help from some of you more experienced camera and lens buyers.  I rcvd my 1dx today, and the actual 1dx box has several scratches and marks all over it, and a slightly crushed in corner.  (not the shipping box, the 1dx  box inside has the scratches/marks)

for $6700, i expected the box to look like it's hardly been touched, this box looks like it's been touched quite a bit....I'm anal this way, because I know I'll sell it in 3-4 years and I want the box to look new.

also...the 1dx box came inside a plastic bag.  This plastic bag was clearly opened and then taped shut.  I'm wondering if the 1dx normally ships with the plastic bag unopened so the customer knows that it indeed is brand new and unopened.  I would've felt much better about the box being a little dinged up if this internal plastic bag had been unopened...but with it open, it makes me think that the body has been in and out of the box a few times, or the real concern - it's been bought and returned from some previous buyer.   i do not want this body if someone else had it and returned it....not at this price.

the camera itself looks perfect (I haven't used it yet) but the other question I have is how can I tell if it's been used?  Is there an actuations counter in the camera?

again...i know i'm being a bit anal on this, but for $6700, i don't want to settle, and I want the full value for my money....and I don't want to have any lingering reservations.

I'd really appreciate your candid thoughts on I making too big a deal about this?

neuro...especially appreciate your thoughts on this.

My box was pristine.  The camera itself was in a form-fitting white anti-static bag, which was in turn inside a bubble-wrap bag that was neatly folded-over (I don't recall any tape, but I might be wrong - I did save a long piece of orange-ish tape, but I don't recall that that was on the camera bag, it's 1" wide and 6" long).  The double-bagged body was inside a separate cardboard box inside the main box (bad iPhone pic attached).

There is an actuation counter, but it's in units of 1000, so it will just say <1000 unless it's over that mark. 

If the box was dinged up and everything was not wrapped neatly inside, I'd be concerned that I got a unit someone else bought and returned.  I've had something similar happen with an Amazon purchase (not camera gear) and I returned it.  I've never received an obvious returned item from B&H or Adorama.

EOS Bodies / Re: First 6D review up - does [KR] read [CR] ?
« on: November 15, 2012, 02:05:00 PM »
Frankly, I think shooting at 1.2 in sunlight without an ND filter is risky anyway. Even with an available shutter speed of 1/8000 you will be bumping up against it constantly, which means no latitude (for underexposure, etc.).

Indeed.  I went and checked my stats, very few shots at 1/8000 s despite shooting with fast primes in sunlight.  That's because when doing so, I always have a 3-stop ND on the lens.  If that's a little too much (cloud passing by, for example), the 'penalty' from going to ISO 400-800 is minimal on the 5DII and 1D X. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Blinking Red AF Point Information
« on: November 15, 2012, 02:02:41 PM »
I dont care, i just dont want it to be a step backwards from the 5D II, i would be happy with the same funcionality if more cant be done. But less is just not an option.

What you got was a transmissive LCD enabling the on-demand display of AF points.  In exchange for red AF points in AI Servo, would you like all 61 of those points visible as black squares all of the time?  You can turn that on in the menu options, try it and see what you think, if they get in the way of seeing your subject, and then imagine them being darker and more evident (which they would be, if etched in the focus screen). 

EOS Bodies / Re: A Brief 2013 Canon Roadmap [CR1]
« on: November 15, 2012, 12:55:01 PM »
the 18-200 is... well... lets just say if it broke I would not purchase another. It has the worst lens creep that I have ever seen in a lens

Ever used the 70-300 DO lens?  Tracked a bird that flew overhead, the barrel retracted so hard I swear the eyecup almost gave me a black eye... :o

Lenses / Re: 100 f/2.8L or 135mm f/2L
« on: November 15, 2012, 12:20:26 PM »
The 100L is almost $100 cheaper and you get macro and IS. IMO it's a better value portrait lens.

The 135L is teh portrait lens. Its a stop faster and has more compression. Plus, you can get used copies for around 750$.

Do you feel that the 135L is the best portrait lens for APS-C?  A typical headshot at 216mm FF-equivalent needs about 12 feet from the subject.

Lenses / Re: 100 f/2.8L or 135mm f/2L
« on: November 15, 2012, 10:04:28 AM »
Couple of shots taken at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Elm Bank gardens, within a few minutes of each other, both with the 100L Macro IS on a 7D.  A very versatile lens...


A TS-E lens is great for landscapes and for tall buildings and trees.  I found 17mm too wide ofr my tastes, got the 24mm instead.  Depending on budget, the combo of UWA zoom for versatility plus a TS-E is great.  When I go on city walks, I often bring the 16-35 II and the TS-E 24 II (and a tripod, of course).

Lenses / Re: 135mm L
« on: November 15, 2012, 09:38:38 AM »
Thanks guys, it's now at the top of my wish list.

Good choice, and good luck...   ;)

I bought a 135L after owning the 70-200/2.8L IS II for a while.  For general use, I grab the zoom.  When I know I'm going to be shooting portraits or low-light action, I grab the 135L. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Blinking Red AF Point Information
« on: November 15, 2012, 09:12:31 AM »
Alternatively, if red lights in AI Servo was absolutely critical for you, a 1DIV or 1DsIII would have been the right choice, not a 5DIII.

Lenses / Re: 100 f/2.8L or 135mm f/2L
« on: November 15, 2012, 08:48:36 AM »
Since you're shooting APS-C, I'd say get the 100L Macro.  For most indoor portraits, the 135L is too long on APS-C.

This is important to note. I will say that for portraits, I found even the 100L to be too long for my tastes on my 7D. It wasn't until I recently picked up a 5D Mark III that the 100L became one of my favorite lenses ever.

Very true, and I amost added that bit myself.  An 85mm lens makes for great portraits on APS-C (I started with the 85/1.8, moved to the 85/1.2L II).  Even 100mm is getting long for indoor use.  I have a 70-200/2.8, and when I bought it I had only the 7D, and to be honest the 70-200 range felt awkward on APS-C - too long indoors, to short for real reach outdoors.  It was a good backyard lens, outdoor events, that sort of thing.  After getting a 5DII, the 70-200mm lens saw a lot more use as on FF that's a great focal range indoors and out.

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