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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.

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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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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Patent: 24-1060mm Zoom Lens
« on: May 30, 2012, 11:10:55 PM »
Got some info on this.  Talked to the guy at my local camera shop and he said that his Canon rep told him that this lens was going to be for a new 100mp 3D (Mark II) full frame camera with 12 fps.  The lens is going to have eight stops of image stabilization and a "perfect picture" mode.  Not sure what that is...  It's due out in 2018.  I really need a zoom is this range now.  I wanted the 24-105, but this lens will probably noticeably make my photos more perfect.  Should I wait?

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Software & Accessories / Re: No 5D Mark III Support in LR4?
« on: March 06, 2012, 07:30:08 PM »
The announcement of the 5d Mark III is not the same as the release of the Mark III.  Why does Adobe need to be supporting a camera not available on the commercial market?  Give them a few weeks.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III: Some perspectives/concerns
« on: March 04, 2012, 10:27:41 PM »
Just my opinion, but all this banter about which camera is better, is the price point justified, et cetera, is all baseless until we see side by side comparisons of the photographs.  After all, the camera is a means to an end, right?  The 5D Mark III has all the right ingredients to make me think it's going to be a beast at producing results.  The autofocus helps you get a perfectly focused print, the 100% coverage helps you properly compose, and the three years of technological advances applied to roughly the same megapixels should really enhance the quality of the image output. 

The whole "jumping ship" thing gets thrown around every time a new camera comes out, including Rebels.  Seriously.  Will there be some people who will sell all their Canon gear and buy Nikon stuff, requiring them to relearn controls and muscle memory and basically flush thousands of dollars?  Sure, but they'll be few and far between and dopes.  Will there be Nikon users who jump ship if the Mark III outperforms the D800 by two stops in low light image quality (for most photographers, a COLOSSAL advantage)?  Sure, but they'll be few and far between and also dopes. 

Look, if the 5D Mark III is too much for what you're getting in your opinion (i.e. the enhancements don't really do a lot for your finished product), take a look at the Mark II.  The results from its sensor are absolutely awesome and at $2,100, it's a steal. 

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I tried Canvas On Demand for a small print that didn't matter a whole lot and it turned out great.  I've since ordered a 40" x 60" and it arrived early, well packaged, very well framed.  Can't recommend them enough.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Full Spec List?
« on: March 01, 2012, 01:12:27 PM »
People might get annoyed or offended, but I think this needs to be said (don't smite me, please).  If you are or wish to be a full-frame shooter and really, truly, heartfully can look at the spec list for this new camera and say with a straight face, "wow, Canon REALLY missed the mark on this one.  The D800 is going to crush this!" then I feel confident encouraging you to go buy Nikon equipment, because constantly switching is going to be the only way for you to find happiness in this world.  You could try getting a pet, too.  Like a gerbil.

I made a post a week ago that I now would like to retract, claiming that the 5D III was in trouble if the price point was really $3,500 compared the D800's $3,000.  Given the spec list here and the sheer refined look of this camera, I think it easily justifies the extra $200 or $300 in actual market price over the D800. EASILY.

For the individual claiming that this is just not enough resolution and you need 38 for your wedding photography, you're not going to find a lot of friends over at Nikon, given that they only had 12 megapixel sensors for, like, a millennia, and did just fine.  I'd like to take a moment to remind you that in the 1990s, wedding photographers shot with a medium called "film" with 45 autofocus points.  If you can honestly look me in the eye and tell me with a straight face that your photographs look bad or in any way insufficient at 21 or 22 megapixels, I will do you the courtesy of looking you back in the eye and telling you bluntly that it's not your camera that sucks, it's you.  I will than buy your 5D Mark II from you and give you a pat on the back.  It's going to be okay. 

I had no plans to upgrade from my 5D Mark II, but this camera is making me rethink that given that it didn't just upgrade one or two things, but everything, including the body lines (still waiting on dimensions and weight).  This tells me that Canon has generated a golden seller.  If this thing weighs less and is smaller than the Mark II, I'm advising the wife the credit card bill is going bulge this coming August.  Autumn landscapes, here we come...  Again, no smiting, please.  This is to be a day of joy and happiness.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next 5D on February 27/28, 2012 [CR3]
« on: February 22, 2012, 04:50:23 PM »
Sorry folks, but $3500 only makes sense with a kit lens.  The D800 is coming in at $3000 with significantly higher megapixels and marketed as a pro camera vs. a prosumer.  Obviously there are no details, but it's hard to imagine the 5D Mark III having features that outgun the D800 to the tune of $500.  I'd imagine Canon is rethinking their price point on the 5D Mark III as we debate.  I would expect it come in at $3200 upon release.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's D4 Officially Official
« on: January 06, 2012, 08:22:32 AM »
Nikon has several months to design a camera with Canon's 1Dx specs in their hands, and they come out with less megapixels and lower fps?  Nikon is trying to get these to market fast so that they can sell as money as they can to impatient people before the 1Dx comes out and takes 70% of the marketshare. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Meeting Canons reps
« on: November 24, 2011, 04:53:56 PM »
I think its hilarious.  Nikon got beatup by their users for having too few MP, while Canon was criticized for tpp many mp, and they are heading in different directions.

It is good to have choices, and it would not be a good thing if all makes of camera were alike.  We may have a wide range of choiices, something for everybody.

Honestly I think that the MP race is a thing of the past. There has to be a cut off point where it simply isn't viable meaning the costs outweigh the benefits. I think that 28-32mp would be perfect for the new 5D3.

It's a thing of the past yet your hope is a nearly 50% increase in megapixels in the next full frame body?  Um...

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D800 Outed?
« on: November 20, 2011, 11:26:17 AM »
The term "megapixel race" is thrown around a lot, I think somewhat erroneously.  There is no "race," but rather progress.  As companies are able to deliver cameras that improve digital noise and add more sophisticated features while simultaneously delivering the OPTION of higher resolution (don't forget, you don't have to shoot full size RAWs), why wouldn't they?  Don't you think consumers would complain if they knew a technology was capable of 36mp but companies were only delivering 12?  I, for one, am happy that 35mm cameras are beginning to reach the resolution of MF, at least in terms of sensor capability. 

Some thoughts on the D800/5d Mark III: This may be the new look of the "studio camera."  Why do you need 1-series weather sealing in a studio?  I'd expect the new standard size cameras to present a full set of pro features in a compact body designed for studio work, but capable of light field work for photojournalists, landscape photographers, wedding photographers, and the like.  I think many photographers who started with film have never liked the large 1D body size anyway; I'd far prefer something to which I can attach a grip if I needed it, but otherwise could be compact.  The 5d Mark II with enhanced resolution, the new pro autofocus, 100% viewfinder coverage, two card slots, and a slightly extended battery life, plus unlocked software features, would pretty much fit that bill, possibly coming in at around $3,500.  Such a price point would leave open a spot for a re-packaged 5d Mark II sensor in a smaller body with fewer features for about $1,800.  Just some thoughts.  What do you all think?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Bought my first digital camera today 5d
« on: November 19, 2011, 01:14:16 AM »
Rod,

Congrats on the purchase.  You're not going to be disappointed.  For a fixed prime, take a look at the 50mm f/1.8 and for a zoom, maybe the 70-200mm f/4L IS.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How often do you go through a body? Why do you upgrade?
« on: November 18, 2011, 09:06:40 PM »
A-1: from 1997-January, 2005
EOS 20d: January, 2005-January, 2009 (though I still have it and use it)
EOS 5d Mark II: January, 2009 to present.

Honestly, I upgraded because I wanted full-frame.  I thought I might occasionally use the higher ISO and video so I went with the Mark II instead of the original.  I'm hoping to keep the 5d as my primary camera for the next 7 years, though the 20d could get replaced in a year or two with a little Rebel.  I friggin' love those things.

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Canon General / Re: Birders don't use Canons?
« on: November 13, 2011, 10:45:10 PM »
Do most police forces use Nikon?  They're always using Nikons in CSI, NCIS, Dexter, The Wire, Law and Order etc.  Most always have the logo prominently displayed on the camera strap, so I assume its paid product placement. 

Its interesting seeing old cameras in movies.  In the Godfather, there is a wedding photographer with a Sinar large format camera.  Couldn't imagine anyone doing that these days.  Rear Window is another of my favourite "camera" movies with James Stewart showing his photographic prowess.  Just googled it and found it is an "Exakta" that he uses.  Product placement hasn't really helped LF camera sales or Exakta.  Do people pay much attention to it?


In the United States, yes; it's mostly due to the Nikon flash system (integral to forensic photography) and the edge that it had in the past.  The Virginia Department of Forensic Science and the FBI both use Nikons (FBI has some Canons mingled in for surveillance, but they're rare).  I've come across just a handful of departments that use Canon.

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