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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel SL1/Kiss X7 in White
« on: November 14, 2013, 10:33:41 PM »
If Canon is after the customer who used to buy point and shoot cameras, then offering DSLR's in multiple colors makes a LOT of sense!

Well, judging by their most recent marketing ads, you are correct about that. 


Note all the stories are from women.   :-*

I have an SL1 and I love it.  A great alternative when I don't want to schlep the 5D3.

Technical Support / Re: How to fix a physically broken sd card?
« on: September 19, 2013, 06:43:17 PM »
A new Class 10 UHS-1 32GB Sandisk SD card is about $30 on Amazon.  Buy a new one and move on.  At those prices, trying to fix a busted old one is simply stupid.  IMHO, of course.   8)

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G16 Announced
« on: August 22, 2013, 10:11:59 PM »
no GPS? seriously!  ???

Zactly what I was just wondering... 
Don't want to carry another device to geotag after a WiFi xfer, may as well just shoot the geotagged shot w the tablet.

+1 on the no GPS!!! Why Canon? Why?

Surprised not included.    Could it be either size or cost?

You can add GPS data to the images using your phone's GPS and the CameraWindow app.  Much more power efficient and less costly this way.


Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS STM Announced
« on: August 22, 2013, 10:23:11 AM »
How does STM compare with USM? (Not in technical details, but in how it performs)

As a practical matter, STM makes for faster and quieter autofocusing.  But that is only one aspect of this new lens as compared to its predecessor.  The internal/rear focusing, nonrotating front element, upgraded CPU and electronics, and full manual focus are nice improvements IMHO.  The closest focus distance is nearly a foot less than the previous version (2.8 ft vs 3.6 ft).  Plus the filter size is the same as the previous version (58mm), so I don't need to buy new filters.  And despite all these improvements, the new version weighs 15 grams less than its predecessor (375g vs. 390g).   The images it produces will tell the whole story, but on the surface, it looks like this lens was improved in every way that really matters.

Your gear won't fit, that bag is too small.  I had the 100AW and it would not fit my 7D and forget about a grip..  The 100AW is designed for the smaller Rebel series with no grips..  Get the 300AW instead.

Street & City / Re: Reprimanded for a photograph
« on: August 09, 2013, 07:45:30 PM »
Watch the 1978 Movie Midnight Express, and reconsider what you did.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Two malfunctions on a new 5DIII
« on: August 06, 2013, 11:30:41 AM »
Sounds like the position sensor is not working.

I'll bet the orientation-linked AF point function doesn't work either.  Orientation-linked AF point function lets the camera move the AF point to a pre-selected point depending on whether the camera is held vertically or horizontally.  It also relies on the position sensor.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Dpreview tested the 100D
« on: July 29, 2013, 02:04:25 PM »

Tried the 100D in the shop as an alternatieve body for hiking. But I was not satisfied by the IQ. I was disappointed about Digic 5 (I thought the IQ will be better than the IQ of my old 60D and 7D...

I find this hard to believe.  I have an SL1 (100D), and had a 7D before getting my 5DIII.  I can say without hesitation that the image quality of the SL1 is just as good, and may be better, than the 7D.

Maybe the unit you played with wasn't set properly, or you were doing something wrong.  Those "test" cameras are often set to crazy settings by the general public.

I would ask that if people are going to "name names" of their favorite photos, please also post a website, if possible.  I, for one, would be interested in seeing their work.


I enjoy landscape photography, and one of the most inspirational photographers for me is Adam Barker.  I find his landscape shots absolutely stunning.


EOS Bodies / Re: How good is 70D AF system compared to 50D?
« on: July 10, 2013, 12:50:37 PM »
I really just want to upgrade for autofocus, so anyone that is familiar with the 7D's system, how good will 70D be compared to 50D?

Just saw in the 70D manual it only has 3 focus types, single point, zone and all points. That's lame. No expansion.

If you want those AF features, why not get a 7D?  I can attest that the 7D AF system is superb, once you get the hang of it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Wait, Digic 6 is already out??
« on: July 10, 2013, 12:48:13 PM »
Just saw the SX280 has it..Why isn't the 70D using it?

This is not news.  Digic 6 has been out for months.

In it's current form, the Digic 6 processor is optimized for P&S cameras.  Canon is very likely developing a much more sophisticated version for the dSLR line.

Kind of neat, it can blend multiple exposures into a RAW file.


Also, remote shutter with a cellphone! Not just shutter but a whole live view.

These are described on the features page for the new 70D.  They are hardly news.

Lenses / Re: EOS - trip in the desert: dust
« on: July 08, 2013, 08:37:17 AM »
I did some photography in Anetelope Valley, AZ a couple years ago.  When the wind kicks up, dust gets everywhere, so I expect your venue will have similar issues.  I had my 7D and 17-40 lens with me at the time, and the dust got into the buttons of the camera and the zoom ring of the lens.  You could hear and feel grinding!  When I got back home, I sent everything to Canon for cleaning, and all is well now.

I would suggest getting a Rainsleeve from OpTech. 


Although they are made for rain, they will help to prevent dust from getting into the switchgear in your camera.  In combination with a front protector filter and some common sense (e.g., don't change lenses in the wind!), you should be fine.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS M or EOS SL1 ??
« on: June 30, 2013, 04:58:16 AM »
A combination of optical viewfinder and rear touch screen exposure controls wouldn't work very well.

But that's what the SL1 has.   :-\

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