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If weight is not an issue, you should sell the f/4 lens.

I plan to get the f/2.8 II but will retain the f/4 (non-IS) to have a lightweight tele-zoom to take on hikes. The 2.8 is a beast but weighs twice as much as the f/4 lenses. Having two zooms in the same range seems stupid but them again ... Horses for courses!

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Technical Support / Can switch orientation on my laptop!
« on: March 10, 2013, 10:47:56 AM »
Hi Guys,

I can't change the orientation of my laptop from landscape to portrait. The CTRL+ALT+Arrow key combination does not work.

I've also tried the 'screen resolution' after right clicking on my desktop. There is no option for flipping the orientation.

Has anyone else faced a similar problems. How do I change the orientation.

FWIW, The display adapters in the Device Manager are listed as:

1) Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000
2) NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M

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I have always wanted the 1d x but am unsure the extra $3k is worth it for me. The pro's for me are better iso in low light and af point metering. Cons size and could that money get me a nice 35 mm prime and maybe a 1.4iii teleconverter and keep my macbook. Just stuck on the decision. Any suggestions?


I was glad you kept your gear - http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=12123.msg215823#msg215823 - but if you were thinking your current gear was tough to lug around, the 1dx will make it even tougher.

Don't you like the 5d3? If not, by all means get the 1DX, OTW it may be better to get a couple of super-fast primes.

IMHO based on what you say you shoot, it is likely that spending an additional $3,000 will lead to more remorse than satisfaction. Don't do it!

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Canon General / Re: crap portraits of me
« on: March 09, 2013, 08:23:28 PM »
Compose the shot yourself and get the AF off the shutter button and only on the back focus button. That way you can ensure that the focus will not change when someone else handles the camera.

Additionally, you could set up a custom setting of a fast shutter speed, reasonable aperture ... Say f/6.3 and auto ISO.

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When I click the ISO button, mine is just locked in the middle. So I have to adjust ISO seperately,


I'm confused, are you saying you are shooting in Manual mode and changing the ISO does not change the exposure you see in the viewfinder?

Not to be an ass (ok probably) but didn't you just ask the same question

Not really. I was guessing that the OP might NOT be in full manual "M" mode which would explain what was happening so was just confirming.

He mentions "manual" but it is again unclear whether he is talking about full manual camera control or simply changing the ISO manually.

There we go ... 5 replies simply trying to understand the question.

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The OP specifically states he is pressing the shutter to see where the meter is after exposure

I think I understand what you are saying. Essentially when looking through the viewfinder and changing exposure whether it be shutter, aperture, or iso you aren't seeing real time metering difference on the metering bar in the viewfinder?  As such you need to half press the shutter to see the metering difference?

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When I click the ISO button, mine is just locked in the middle. So I have to adjust ISO seperately,


I'm confused, are you saying you are shooting in Manual mode and changing the ISO does not change the exposure you see in the viewfinder?

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STAY AWAY FROM DELL.

Worst Monitors I have owned.  I am going on my 4th monitor in 5 months because of dead/dying pixels and other issues. 

Specs are nice - but product is crap.  Your luck may vary, but I don't even bother putting the box in the attic any more... I just leave it right besides the desk. 

Maybe Dell can offer a new service and include a future dated RMA with every purchase.

Sounds like you have been buying the Dell office grade cheapies. They're patently not suitable for working with images or performance gaming. In a recent similar CR thread I mentioned we have five Dells in the studio, U3011, U2711 and three older UltraSharp spec 24 inch panels.

They have all been faultless workhorses. I will buy more Dells when required. My first Dell, a 24 inch Ultrasharp from around 2007 is still working perfectly. It calibrates fine with the EyeOne. Very stable. Go figure. People just seem to love flaming Dell. That said, I wouldn't buy anything from them other than their premium monitors. It's not that their other hardware is bad, it's just not suitable.

-PW

Thanks pwp!

I had ordered the 2173H on Tuesday and it is on the way to be delivered Monday. I had lost some sleep last night wondering whether it would be a crash and burn for the $ 1,000 I paid for it.

Why did you pay $1000? You could've bought it from from ecost or nextwarehouse (which is where I bought mine), you could've gotten it for $727. With $8 extra, you could also opt for free return shipping if you dont like it. With the money saved, you could've bought the xrite i1 display pro for hardware calibration, which you will eventually need for proper calibration.

I am not in the US and the imports attract a customs duty of 30%.

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Lenses / Re: DPReview: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Review
« on: March 07, 2013, 10:35:07 AM »
More high praise for the 24-70 II, with the usual caveat of price.

Question for people who've bought the 24-70 II and had/have the 24-105mm f/4L IS 'kit lens'.  Did you keep the 24-105L, and if so, now that you have the 24-70/2.8 II, do you use the 24-105L any more?

A few pros I know have retained both. I had put the same question to them and the reason they cite is that for long shoots and weddings, IS is extremely important to them once tiredness sets.

Personally, I'm not too sure of what I would do ... After reading such reviews of the 24-70 II, it feels like its time to try it out.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Firmware by June? [CR1]
« on: March 07, 2013, 10:22:10 AM »
I wish it were a CR3 ;)

So if this does arrive my 5d3 and 6d both effectively have the same AF with a f/8 max aperture lens or will the 6d is still better in low light? Guess in such a scenario the only reason to keep using the 5d3 for birding would be the fps.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Which wireless radio control for the 5D3?
« on: March 07, 2013, 10:12:29 AM »
Thanks digital.paradise

I was actually looking only for a remote that could simply trip the shutter but will keep your advice in mind as my speedlites increase in number.


Thanks ncsa!

Camranger looks interesting. It'd be great to complete live view on the iPad / iPhone. Pity they don't ship it to India. I tried a search and it looks like a similar product is available for preorder at BH photo-

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/916082-REG/sanho_sahdcm_cameramator_wireless_tethered_dslr.html

How do the specs compare to the Camranger? Also, will the camera LV also be active while using Camranger?


Thanks Neuro!

I will buy the Giga Pro II. It's got a pretty good reach of 100m and will meet my requirements nicely.


Thanks Stoneysnapper!

Do you lose the settings if the trigger turns off? If not, I probably could live with it the same way my phone locks up after every 5mins  ;)

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STAY AWAY FROM DELL.

Worst Monitors I have owned.  I am going on my 4th monitor in 5 months because of dead/dying pixels and other issues. 

Specs are nice - but product is crap.  Your luck may vary, but I don't even bother putting the box in the attic any more... I just leave it right besides the desk. 

Maybe Dell can offer a new service and include a future dated RMA with every purchase.

Sounds like you have been buying the Dell office grade cheapies. They're patently not suitable for working with images or performance gaming. In a recent similar CR thread I mentioned we have five Dells in the studio, U3011, U2711 and three older UltraSharp spec 24 inch panels.

They have all been faultless workhorses. I will buy more Dells when required. My first Dell, a 24 inch Ultrasharp from around 2007 is still working perfectly. It calibrates fine with the EyeOne. Very stable. Go figure. People just seem to love flaming Dell. That said, I wouldn't buy anything from them other than their premium monitors. It's not that their other hardware is bad, it's just not suitable.

-PW

Thanks pwp!

I had ordered the 2173H on Tuesday and it is on the way to be delivered Monday. I had lost some sleep last night wondering whether it would be a crash and burn for the $ 1,000 I paid for it. 

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Software & Accessories / Which wireless radio control for the 5D3?
« on: March 07, 2013, 06:56:17 AM »
Hi,

I'm looking for a radio wireless control for the 5D3 but am unsure of which one to get. I am looking to cover for a distance of about 150-200 feet between myself and the camera. Please advise ...

Thanks in advance ...

--JR

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D or 5D Mark III
« on: March 07, 2013, 06:50:58 AM »
Coming from two Canon 5d MK II bodies and killing one, which I replaced with a mk III. I'm seriously considering selling my mk II and getting a 6D as a second (walkaround) body. The low light AF (dis)abilities of the mk II really bothered me since its release and reports of the 6D are very positive in this regard. I also have the cash for a second MK III but at this point I find it a little overkill to use a 3K camera as a walkaround body dangling over my shoulder or wrist wherever I go, but the 5D Mk III is a JOY to use and love the images I take with it. It is a fantastic camera and the images looks more "natural" to my eyes than the the 5d mk II ever did.  And reports that the IQ of the 6D is at least as good as the 5d mk III gives me a reason to ditch the 5d II for one of these two bodies. I can't choose!!

I replaced the 6D for the 7D in my kit to go along as a second body with my 5D3. It makes a great combo with teles on the 5D3 and WAs on the 6D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Initial impression after using 6D
« on: March 07, 2013, 06:47:12 AM »
Congrats on your new purchase.

The hunting AF would most likely because by the nifty fifty. The center AF point of the 6D does a pretty good job and you can take action shots if you prepare for it in the right way - see below

BTW, the first thing I did with my test shots of the 6D was the same - paired it with my iPhone, synced some pics and shared on facebook  ;D 

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