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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* New High-End DSLR Later in February [CR3]
« on: January 29, 2012, 07:04:52 PM »
For the moment, etto, it seems not.  I haven't gotten any emails from CPS USA, and I am awaiting a reply to an email I sent to them concerning this perk.

Can you post when you get an answer about it?
I still haven't gotten an email about it, but, when I called the CPS USA guy, he said that many of the emails haven't been sent quite yet.  He also said a lot of people have been calling, but that he wasn't exactly sure of what was going on; because it is the weekend, the main office is closed, so he couldn't call them to glean more information.

He said that I should call back tomorrow, when they'd have more information, but he thought that the waiting list priority was for getting to the top of select retailers' product allocation lines.

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* New High-End DSLR Later in February [CR3]
« on: January 29, 2012, 06:21:38 PM »
For the moment, etto, it seems not.  I haven't gotten any emails from CPS USA, and I am awaiting a reply to an email I sent to them concerning this perk.

Lenses / Re: Looking for advice
« on: January 29, 2012, 06:20:18 PM »
Get the 17-55 - it's wider than the 16-35 on the 7D.  It'll also hold it's value so you can trade it in on a different lens down the line.  If you want a weather friendly lens, take the savings and get the 17-40mmF4L - cheap, light and FF ready if you go that direction.
The 17-55 is most definitely not wider than the 16-35, and the 16-35, being an L lens, will probably hold its value better than the 17-55 just for its red ring.  The mm numbers are the exact same, whether it be EF or EF-s mounts.

That said, I would recommend the 17-55 for a few reasons:
First, it is cheaper.
Second, it is very sharp for this zoom range, especially at the corners.
Third, it has IS, which is more useful at this zoom range on crop bodies; on crops, this lens is similar to the 24-105 on full-frame.

However, if you plan on going full-frame in the near future, I would recommend one of the EF mount lenses, rather than the EF-s lenses.

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 09:41:51 PM »
Any guesses as to the price of the new 200-400?  It looks like a nature photographer's sweet spot tool.
Probably around 7 or 8 grand, similar to the price of the Nikon variant.

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 07:02:19 PM »
Perhaps the photographer is sending us a coded message in the EXIF data.  The pic is 25.2 megapixels, why not 25 exactly?  Because the new camera has 25 megapixels and is .2 or version ii, therefore it is code for 7D mk ii.  ;D
Unfortunately, the sqrt of 25 is 5, so it might signify a 5D MkII, hence the .2, replacement.  Oh the dilemma we face...

Technical Support / Re: canon factory cleaning costs
« on: January 21, 2012, 03:11:54 PM »

As an amateur I'll never be eligible even though after a quick add up on that list I'd be at 43 points. Personally I can't see why it can't be something like "Canon Premium Service" and you spend the cash with Canon and you get the benefits. When I book an airline flight they don't ask me if it's business or pleasure to work out how many frequent flyer points I should get.

Agreed.  Could I stretch the definition?  I have a fair bit of Canon gear (113 points, FWIW), and I do make images as part of my profession - does Canon really need to know that I make them using a Bruker MRI and a bunch of Zeiss microscopes?
In my situation, I joined CPS (as a stills photography amateur) justified by an ownership of a video production company. 
Canon's specific wording reads
A full-time self-employed individual or an employee of a professional imaging business who plays a direct role in the creation of moving or still images.
Under this definition, any employee who creates images, moving or still, for an imaging business, which can justifiably be broadened to involve medical imaging equipment, should be allowed.  When filling out your profile on the website, it requires you to post your discipline, video or stills (both for me, as this company does both product and live and recorded shots).  Also, it asks you your role in the business: freelance, owner, or staff.  This, in my opinion, is significant because you do not necessarily need to take photos/videos if you are the owner; you just direct those who do. Additionally, staff can be loosely interpreted as well.

The next category, Neuro, is where things might get a little dicy for you.  It asks both for your primary and secondary specialization; obviously, you could put N/A and be okay, but you could also correctly put down people/children as your specializations.

All being said, the place where, in my opinion, you have the best argument for being allowed CPS membership is the next category, your primary industry/media, to which you could put healthcare.

All being said, you definitely have both the skills, talent, and equipment to call yourself a member of CPS; go do it.

It also really helps if you have a video camera or two; before last week, when I bought the 100mm macro (worth 8 points) and the 85L, I wouldn't have qualified without my video gear.  My video stuff, an XLH1S, an XHA1, and a bunch of small point value adapters/extendeers, gives me 24 points; before last week, I would've had 42 points, but with my video toys I had 66, enough for me to get my Platinum membership.  Now, even with 82 points, I have breathing room, but the video stuff really helps.  Either the gold or platinum memberships are fantastic, with the gifts, loaners, repair discounts, and free cleans paying for significantly more than your price of admission.

Canon General / Re: Patents: Canon 55-110 f/2 Optical Formula
« on: January 20, 2012, 01:28:27 AM »
I guess the retail price would be like at least $1600. If it's EF, it would be even more expensive.
Yet I can think of a large number of people, myself included, who would pay quite a bit for a f/2 EF zoom if the image quality is good across the board. This would be a great street and portrait range on full frame, I'd reckon.

Technical Support / Re: canon factory cleaning costs
« on: January 20, 2012, 01:06:03 AM »
I know when I joined Platinum for the first time and had five lenses and one body to be cleaned, it paid for itself, especially with free shipping both ways.  I also got a neat little bag and really comfortable shoulder straps.  Additionally, the loaner program is fantastic.

Lenses / Re: Wresting photography
« on: January 19, 2012, 10:11:38 PM »
85 f/1.2L is not a sports lens.  You will need fast AF.  Better is the 85 f/1.8 - very fast focus and very good lens for the money.  135 f/2L is also excellent.  I have used 50 f/1.4 as well.  I like the primes because you can pick up an extra stop vs the fast zooms and they are much more affordable.

I shot my son's HS wrestling for a season, and I was able to get right up to the mat, so I ended up using my EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 on my 7D a lot.  If you are farther away, the lenses above are great.

Key thing is fast enough shutter to stop the action.  1/250 is the minimum.  1/500 is better.
I usually shoot in aperture priority - i.e. set the f-stop to 2, and bump up up the ISO until I get in the shutter speed range I want.  Gyms have bad lighting, and often a color cast, so check white balance - even do a custom WB if you can.

Then the rest is about focusing properly, and positioning yourself to get the good shots.  7D does pretty good with the AF.
I agree with the 85 f/1.2L not being a sports lens, but, for wrestling, AF speed is one of my lowest priorities.  During wrestling I always MF anyway for a few reasons.

A) The mat is relatively small, so I don't have much need for panning servo AF.
B) Most movements for which you will get the best shots (stand-ups, scrambles, standing switch chains, and most shots) are highly erratic, something that AI Servo AF does not do very well on the current bodies (I'll see about the 1DX when that arrives); therefore, for me at least, it is easier to manual focus slight changes quicker than allowing the AF to follow the subject.  While the 85 has that annoying focus-by-wire design, I still find it responsive enough to get plenty of shots on target during matches.
C) Some of the best wrestling shots are during tilts or pinning combinations; people are mostly static during these periods, reducing the need for great autofocus.  The guy below me is completely right, wrestling matches are essentially vivid, highly emotional portraits.

That said, I will agree that the 135 f/2 is, in my opinion, the best lens for wrestling.

Lenses / Re: Wresting photography
« on: January 19, 2012, 06:54:24 PM »
I've found great success with a variety of lenses in wrestling.  The 70-200 f/2.8 is a favorite I've seen at matches; however, I've seen more powerful results with the 85 f/1.2L and the 135 f/2.0L.  Both of these focal lenghts, as well as 70-200. can be perfect for getting closeups and wider framings.  Fortunately, wrestling is a sport where generally you can move quite a bit on the floor for angles and distances; that said, if you are shooting in an arena where you can't get onto the floor, use a slightly (or much)longer lens.

With a 5DmkII, ISO 3200 is my limit, but I prefer only to stay 1600 and below; besides, most gyms are usually pretty well lit.  The fast aperture of the 85 and 135 really help with light gathering as well.

Also, I wouldn't have a "defined aperture."  Many times during scrambling and during take downs you want a lot more depth of field than you would assume, so be prepared to change aperture along with ISO.
And play it by ear; if your shots at 1/250 aren't achieving good results, bump up the ISO/aperture and increase the shutter speed.  The IS on the 70-200 helps big time here as well.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's D4 Outed Officially
« on: January 06, 2012, 12:09:59 AM »
I stand corrected on my XQD comment.  Naturally, right when I make an opinionated comment, CR announces that Sony has made some XQD cards that are significantly faster than the fastest UDMA 7 CF cards.

Interestingly, with these cards, the article claims that the D4 has a RAW buffer of about 100 frames.  Has anybody confirmed what the 1DX's buffer is?  IIRC, it's a bit above 100 or so, but that could be completely wrong.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's D4 Outed Officially
« on: January 05, 2012, 11:40:35 PM »
DPReview has just posted a couple of articles on the D4.  One is an overview of all of the features.  For this one, I find it interesting that the D4 can shoot at  1080p in both FX and DX (1.5x crop) mode and has clean HDMI out.
I also am somewhat surprised that it has up to H4 (204800) ISO expansion; that seems unnecessary and only in existence to compete with the 1DX for the spec sheet buyers. Yet, I doubt many purchasers of either camera buys only on spec sheets... Also, the AF system has 15 cross-type f/5.6 points and 9 f/8; yet, it still has no f/2.8 and f/4 points.  I am VERY intrigued as to the compromises between speed and accuracy between the 1DX and D4, and which manufacturer's attitude towards AF prevails.  Interestingly, the video only has a 24Mbps bitrate, even though it has clean HDMI out. 
For the record, the "hands-on preview" is pretty much useless and I'm disappointed to see only 1 CF slot and 1 XQD slot, which no manufacturer makes as of yet. And the pixel size is slightly larger than the 1DX...7.3 micrometers to 6.94 micrometers.

Main article:
Hands-on Overview:

EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrading from 5d... 1ds2 or 5d2
« on: December 20, 2011, 09:38:52 PM »
B&H is selling a 5D Mark II bundle for only $1999 -- it's a great choice at a great price (I paid $2700 nearly 3 years ago).  With the included SanDisk 16GB Extreme Pro CF and free shipping, it's a no-brainer.  Stop waiting and go get it!  :)
I'm waiting to get on this deal..... I have to wait until 1/3 to order so I get the tax write off, do you think the sale will last that long?  I hope so!!

I think you might snag it till then... I read somewhere about one of these Canon sales going on till Jan 7th  :)
I'm pretty sure it is the lens rebate program that continues until the seventh.

Lenses / Re: EF 35 f/1.4L II & EF 24-70 f/2.8L II on January 3, 2012? [CR2]
« on: December 10, 2011, 01:07:06 PM »
Just curious:

I don't own a 24-70 lens. But what is it that you really want will be improved (if not IS) on the new 24-70 MKII that is worth upgrading and pay more than the new price for the current 24-70?
The barrel distortion is relatively severe on the current incarnation, so that could be fixed. There can always be faster AF, corner sharpness, and vignetting control.

EOS Bodies / Re: Concept Cinema DSLR Official
« on: November 04, 2011, 10:59:15 PM »
I forget where, but I did read somewhere, that the new lenses (for sure the primes, but I'm not so sure about the zooms) have 12 rounded aperture blades.  The 50 f/1.2 has 8; thus, this is a different lens design.  It may have the same glass, but it will definitely have smoother bokeh.

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