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Software & Accessories / Re: LCD screen protector for Mark5dIII?
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:34:55 PM »
Technically speaking, the glass on there is a screen protector. If you scratch it, it's an easy self repair. Parts are about $20 and the foolproof process runs about ten minutes. That said, after one repair, I elected to cover mine with a screen protector from Zagg. People throw these on their iPads and iPhones all the time. Same material, very resilient, minimal loss to visibility. Whose pixel peeping on their 3" screens??

Software & Accessories / Nikkor to EF adapter
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:29:07 PM »
Anyone use a lens adaptor from Fotodiox to attach Nikkors to your Canon? I'm trying to run a set of Ai-S primes on a 5d II and would like focus confirmation. The Fotodiox website seems to list four options, varying prices, but I can't tell the difference between them. Any reason not to go with the $40 one?

Software & Accessories / Lowepro Voyager Strap
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:26:57 PM »
Anyone have some insight into what happened to the Lowepro Voyager S and C straps? Seems like they disappeared from the Lowepro website and are only sporadically available on Ebay. Also, does anyone know how the Lowepro Transporter strap compares to them? If your only response is that I should buy a Black Rapid strap, I will virtually kick you in the shin.

Photography Technique / Re: Great Article from Canon USA., PRO Product Team
« on: December 31, 2013, 08:48:23 AM »
Love that site as well. Another useful one from Canon Europe:


I particularly like the section on batteries. I've had two half-charged LP-E6s in the fridge for the last nine months in plastic bags with silica gel. Took them out yesterday and both showed a charge in the 40 percentile range. Once they warmed up (took about ten minutes), they were ready to shoot.

Software & Accessories / Variable ND filters
« on: April 02, 2013, 08:57:37 PM »
Does anyone here use the Vari-ND filter from Singh-Ray? I'm looking to pick up B+H's MRC nano version of it when it hits the market, but just want to make sure it's effective tech before dropping the $250. Anyone who went from multiple NDs of different densities to the Vari and then went back?

Lenses / Re: Photozone spanks the 24-70 F4 USM L IS
« on: March 04, 2013, 07:39:08 PM »
I'd like to recommend that some people open up their minds a little as to what people will and will not add to their kits. I added the EF 24-70 f/4L IS to my kit to replace my EF 24-105mm f/4L. What? How can this be? Why would anyone...? A few reasons. The 24-70 is smaller and lighter. I shoot almost exclusively landscape, so I'm stopped down. As soon as I hit f/8 on my 24-70, it's sharper than the 24-105 at every focal length. I carry a 70-200mm f/4L IS in my kit, so I have 70-105 covered by a lens that is also sharper than the 24-105 at every corresponding focal length. The 24-70mm gives me the ability to take macro shots while I'm carrying a two lens kit on backcountry trips. And yes, they are macro shots. Don't knock the feature until you take a look at some of the images. Is it as good as my EF 100mm f/2.8L IS? Heck no. Is it taking macro shots that are good enough to print/publish/sell? Heck yes. Unlike, the reviewer, I haven't noticed any focus shift with mine. Bottom line, if ounces count, which they typically do for landscape photographers, this lens is much more attractive that the 24-105mm. I chose the Canon system in 2005 almost exclusively because of the f/4L zoom line. This lens is a great addition to that line and an excellent alternative to the 24-105mm (which I've hung onto for single-lens trips).

Lenses / Re: Is your midrange gear insured?
« on: February 17, 2013, 11:04:46 AM »
I have my 5d Mark II, 17-40L, 24-105L, 24-70L, 70-200L, 50L, 100L Macro, 135L, 28 1.8, 85 1.8, 580EXII, and Gitzo tripod  all fully insured for the cost of brand new replacement through USAA for $118 annually. Replacement costs were pulled from B&H and are typically higher than what I actually paid (why lenses are a great investment). This covers every possible source of loss or damage, from theft to dropped out of a helicopter at 3000 feet. There's no deductible. I live in Texas.

I'm just grateful someone takes the time out of his day to maintain this website. Thank you to Canon Rumors. Feel free to post whatever you want on your blog.

Lenses / Re: AFMA Telephoto/Wide Discrepancy
« on: February 09, 2013, 03:47:12 PM »
Thanks, gents. My mistake: I failed to cover the viewfinder during the test. Actual result was -2 at 24mm and +2 at 70mm. Dialed it in at +1.

Lenses / AFMA Telephoto/Wide Discrepancy
« on: February 08, 2013, 07:02:45 PM »
Just purchased an EF 24-70 f/4L IS and ran it through Reikan FoCal on my 5d Mark II to get an AFMA setting. 24mm came in at +10 while 70mm came in at -2. This is the largest discrepancy between wide and tele of any of my lenses. I'm planning on parking it at 0 for the best result, but was wondering if this might indicate a problem with the lens. Anyone have similar results with a 24-70 f/4L?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EF 50 f/1.4 for $299 at B&H
« on: December 03, 2012, 08:57:53 PM »
Clearing stock out before a EF 50mm f/1.8 IS announcement?

EOS Bodies / Re: Why I'm Asking Santa for a 6D
« on: December 03, 2012, 12:20:52 PM »
The only problem is if you compare it on paper to the D600... but in hand in the real world, like Kai said theres not much in it.

I agree that when you look exclusively at what has traditionally defined cameras at different price points, the D600 looks like it smokes the 6D.  Where I think the 6D sets itself apart is through the non-traditional features, like the GPS, the wifi with apps for common smart phones and the iPad, and all this in a smaller more portable package.  Canon is in trouble on the point-and-shoot front and they're aware of it.  We've seen more of a focus on high end point-and-shoots recently I think because smart phones have fairly capable cameras in them and have the integrated ability to interact with social media, hugely important to teenagers and folks in their 20s and even 30s.  Canon, rather than being stagnant as many on here claim, seems to be getting out in front of the problem with the 6D features, integrating the SLR into wireless and social media tech.

EOS Bodies / Why I'm Asking Santa for a 6D
« on: December 03, 2012, 09:55:52 AM »
Just wanted to share a few thoughts on the 6D, given all the negativity about it, specifically why I'm interested in getting one.  I shoot primarily with a 5D Mark II.  I use my camera for snapshots sometimes, but mainly for landscape work and travel.  On my honeymoon I took a minimalist approach and we just brought my wife's Rebel T2i with us to Kaua'i.  I shot with it a bunch and enjoyed the lightweight and simplicity. When I got back from the trip, I thought about investing in my own Rebel package for travel, but never got around to it, mainly because it would likely involve some new lenses in addition to a body. 

When I started looking at the EOS 6D, just out of curiosity, I quickly realized how it would fit the bill well for travel.  The main complaints I see around the web, including in forums here, are about the autofocus. A couple thoughts on this: first, during the film era, only the highest-end cameras had a large amount of autofocus points, 45 on the 1V and 3V.  The last ELAN to be released had 7 points.  7.  Just because you can put more autofocus points into a body doesn't mean you need to.  I have 9 autofocus points on my 5D Mark II.  I shoot with one.  I only shoot with one on my 20D.  No, I don't do sports, no I don't photograph children at play.  I tend to believe, though, that a camera is a tool and different tools are designed for different purposes.  I think that the 6D's autofocus system is going to be perfect for me AND represents an advancement for Canon.  Second, people married to numbers may be surprised by the concept that there's more to an autofocus system than points. The 6D can reportedly autofocus in -3EV conditions.  That's a one stop improvement over the 5d Mark III and a two stop improvement over the 5D Mark II.  I fail to see how this is an antiquated system. 

Additionally, for travel and many other applications, size and weight matter.  The fact that Canon placed a full frame sensor into essentially a 20D body is impressive to me.  With a prime on it, I could shoot with that thing for a week straight. I would surmise that travel is where most people's home SLRs get the most use and that's what the 6D is, a high-end consumer SLR.  In my opinion, it's the best SLR camera on the market for travel for these reasons.  It's also telling that it was released near a lightweight L zoom and an image stabilized fast wide prime, two perfect companions on a trip to Europe.

Before some accusations start flying, I'm not a Canon apologist.  If I were buying my first digital camera today, I'd buy a Nikon.  But if I were an amateur photographer with a D5100 and one or two lenses and, like many camera owners, tended to only take pictures when traveling, the 6D would hold a lot of allure. 

Maybe we need to get away entirely from the direct Nikon/Canon comparison?  I talked with a pro landscape guy recently who shoots with the D800 and he said he wishes Nikon had an offering comparable to the 5D Mark III that he could supplement his D800 with.  He didn't say, "I wish my camera had the same features," rather he saw them as different tools.  I think with lenses, top of the line cameras, and entry level cameras, comparisons are easily justifiable and they typically are designed for parallel purposes.  But for the camera bodies in between, I think we all need to keep an open mind that different camera owners use their tool for different reasons and Nikon and Canon are both actively doing market research to find niches for new tools for our toolboxes.  All this said, the 6D may very well fall victim to Canon's failure to differentiate the 6D from the D600 through active marketing, and that is definitely a problem. 

I'd appreciate any thoughts you all have on what you look for in a camera for travel and whether you agree that the 6D is well suited for that purpose. 

Santa, if you're reading this (Santa's a Canon fan, right?), please bring me a 6D on Christmas.

Software & Accessories / Re: Gitzo tripod/head recomendation for travel
« on: August 21, 2012, 08:00:13 PM »
This may be too late, but I have the 1541T with a Markins Q3 ball head.  I use it with a 5d Mark II and a 70-200 F/4L IS with no concerns about its stability/capability.  What I love about it is how small it can get.  I can pack it into my carry-on roller vertically with no problems at all.  I'm actually planning on adding the 2541 but only using it for day trips, not oversees travel.

Software & Accessories / Re: Good Camera Backpack for 5D Mark 2 &...
« on: August 21, 2012, 07:48:21 PM »
Canon23, I have been using the Flipside 400AW for about three years for essentially the same gear you're using.  I've recently decided, though, that I'm waisting space with it and can't really carry enough non-photo stuff in it when I fly.  I've recently been looking at the F-Stop Guru and would recommend you take a look as well.  Not to hijack the post, but can anyone recommend the Guru?

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