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Software & Accessories / Re: Magic Lantern Alpha 2 is out for the 7D !
« on: December 24, 2012, 12:58:12 AM »
Advanced bracketing. That's good news for the 7D

I see. Thanks.
This way of working is timesaving but can cause errors. I see this happening daily in ICT (coding and documentation) though I understand the reasons of working that way.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Menuoption 'AF status in viewfinder?' (5D MK III)
« on: December 23, 2012, 07:40:46 AM »
I am going through the 'AF Setting Guidebook of the 5D MKIII'. Great document.
Reading about all AF-related menu functions on page 5, I noticed in AF5 the menu option 'AF status in viewfinder'.

Now, maybe this question was raised before, just couldn't find it. So sorry if I raise it again:

I checked my 5D MKIII menu and this menuoption is not visible. I have the other 4 options that this Guidebook is showing.

My firmware is 1.1.3

What other menuoption must be enabled for 'AF status in viewfinder' showing up in the AF5 menu?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is it hard not to buy 3rd party lenses now?
« on: December 23, 2012, 04:43:00 AM »
In the last 12 to 24 months we've seen an array of new lenses from Tamron and Sigma that seem to be laying down the gauntlet to Canon/Nikon in the area of providing good IQ that perhaps started with the 50/1.4 from Sigma. Why the Sigma 50/1.4? Because it tests better than both the Canon and Nikon equivalents albeit, it is more expensive however when Canon replaces the 50/1.4 with a 50/1.4 IS, the Sigma will be cheaper.
I was reading up on the Sigma 50/1.4 recently.  The review on The Digital Picture (TDP) and reviews by some customers on B&H were somewhat disappointing.  I'm referring to the comments about autofocus consistency (and the Canon 50/1.4 is no champ in this either). 

TDP says, "Inconsistent focus accuracy is definitely the downside of this lens. It is possible that another copy of this lens would focus more consistently, but my guess (helped by feedback from others) is that my lens is representative of this model. Thus, unless you are primarily using manual focus or shooting at narrow apertures (f/4), I suggest buying the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens instead."

The ISO12233 chart crops on TDP suggest that the Sigma is a bit sharper, but the Imatest results in LensRentals.com's "Great 50mm Shootout" suggest that the Canon 50/1.4 is a bit sharper.  Imatest results on Photozone.de also suggest that the Canon is mostly sharper.

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 does exist for a while now. Aren't those reviews made at the beginning of the release of the Sigma? Later on the production models improved. I own the Sigma bought it in 2010 and it does not have focus problems though granted its IQ is less on my 5D MKIII than on my 7D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The seemingly amazing Sigma 35
« on: December 21, 2012, 01:32:22 PM »

Software & Accessories / Re: EOS Solutions Disc latest version?
« on: December 18, 2012, 01:42:27 AM »
You can also download the software from Canon. Maybe it bit more work. On the other hand, you can choose what you want and what not. And, online is always the latest version of the software

Lenses / Re: Long lens recommendation for surveillance.
« on: December 17, 2012, 12:28:50 PM »
Isn't that what Jim Rockford kept in his trunk next to the small printing press?

I know him. But does the younger generation?
Yeah, he was always prepared

Lenses / Re: 2013 - The Year for 400mm Lenses? [CR1]
« on: December 16, 2012, 11:08:29 AM »
I am interested in 100-400
If as easy to handle (weight, no push pull and IS) as my 70-300 plus IQ is better, then it is  a no-brainer to trade my 70-300 for the 100-400

Today I got my first hands-on experience with the GP-E2.

Installing the GP-E2 software is easy. It is called Map Utility and it is integrated also with Canons Image Browser software.
Installing the GP-E2 on the camera is easy as well. Just make sure you have the right firmware that support the GPS settings on your camera.

I went out - a rainy day - and shot in two different locations some photos. You can actually see the direction, latitude, longitude, elevation and utc (geotagging information) on the display of your LCD screen after taking the photo.
Back home I selected the images from Image Browser and then clicking the Map Utility icon in the menubar of Image Browser to locate them on the map. Very easy process as well

Display on the map in two ways:
- the direction from where I took the photo
- the location from where I took the photo.

- The display on the map of the direction from where I took the photo was not correct. This happened on all 13 photos.
- The location of the 12 photos was within 10 meters correct. The displayed location of one photo was 50 meter away from where I took the photo. So not accurate.

Now, all this may be due to very cloudy sky because it was raining and maybe to GPS signal could not get through well.

I will check it again with some less cloudy weather.

Love to hear tips and your hands-on experience

Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New Lens Caps!
« on: December 15, 2012, 10:47:40 AM »
Ordered mine (5) two weeks ago. Still no sign, waiting patiently

On my first question I got an answer from one of my contacts in Israel with reliable connections to Border Security at airports saying: "No problem to bring such a device into the country. There is no special attention for those devices. Just not use it while seen next to militairy compounds/buildings"

Of course I like to have 2nd and thrd opinion/experience on this.

EDIT: I also got some info from a forum member here who confirms the above

Any one with hands-on experience with the GPS GP-E2?

Software & Accessories / Re: GPS Receiver GP-E2 - allowance & experience
« on: December 14, 2012, 07:43:41 AM »
If you use a smartphone, you can easily just take a picture with it on the location you currently are and synchronize the gps data in Lightroom.

Even if LR4 has now map support, I'd still advise to use Geosetter (write current metadata in lr, tag with geosetter, read changed metadata in lr) because it adds the named location information to the coordinates which is very nice for later searches in lr.

Last update was in February 2011. What is your experience in using it in conjunction with other PP software like DPP of Canon or DxO Optices Elite?

Software & Accessories / Re: GPS Receiver GP-E2 - allowance & experience
« on: December 14, 2012, 07:39:40 AM »
If you use a smartphone, you can easily just take a picture with it on the location you currently are and synchronize the gps data in Lightroom. Maybe that is an alternative for you. It could be complicated when you're driving around a lot but it might save you some of ya dolla dolla bills.

Thanks, the money is not that of an issue (it currently cost 249 euro and you can also get 30 euro Canon cashback)

It seems just not so convenient using 2 devices (like the smartphone & DLSR) instead of the attached GP-E2 to my 5D

I have 2 questions regarding the GPS Receiver GP-E2.

1. Are there restrictions when entering a country like Israel to bring and use this receiver? (Maybe someone from israel can answer this)
2. What is your experience in the use of the GPS - accurate etc

I read this : http://blog.martinbaileyphotography.com/2012/05/14/podcast-335-canon-gps-receiver-gp-e2-review/

Hoping to get some replies here from your experience. Thanks!

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