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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Variable Diffusion Focusing Screen
« on: October 15, 2014, 11:52:09 AM »
That would be a very nice feature if it worked.  I'd have to see some positive reviews before I was convinced.

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EOS Bodies / Canon profit report
« on: October 14, 2014, 04:55:12 PM »
http://asia.nikkei.com/Markets/Tokyo-Market/Canon-likely-saw-7-profit-boost-in-January-September

October 15, 2014 1:57 am JST

Canon likely saw 7% profit boost in January-SeptemberTOKYO -- Canon's operating profit apparently climbed 7% on the year to just over 260 billion yen ($2.41 billion) for the nine months through September thanks to strong office equipment sales and a weak yen.

     But sluggish camera sales blunted the Japanese company's profits, which had shot up 26% in the January-June half.

     Total sales for the January-September period likely stayed flat from the 2.69 trillion yen booked a year earlier.

     Both sales and profit appear to have grown at its mainstay office equipment unit. The recovery in the business environment has pushed up demand for photocopiers, laser printers and other office equipment around the world. The soft yen has further boosted profits. Yet sales of high-margin consumable items, such as toner, stalled.

     Meanwhile, profits in its imaging systems segment likely dipped from falling digital camera sales. The company sold about 30% fewer compact cameras due to competition from smartphones with better-quality cameras. Weak personal spending in Europe and repercussions from Japan's sales tax hike also contributed to a double-digit drop for interchangeable-lens products, such as SLRs.

     The company is focusing more on higher-end items, which have a wider profit margin, and has slashed production costs, but was unable to completely make up for the slow sales.

     Canon plans to release January-September results on Oct. 27. It is expected to retain its guidance for the year ending in December of an 8% operating profit gain to 365 billion yen.


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Landscape / Moon over Portland this morning
« on: October 08, 2014, 08:24:05 PM »

This was taken with my old 7D Classic and a 200mm F/2.8 L wide open at 1/4 sec and ISO 400. Camera set for daylight color balance, did not change it in Lightroom.

 Feel free to make jokes about putting my logo on a moon shot.  LOL   Lightroom does it automatically.

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If there is ever a contest to determine the best kit lens ever made, I would suggest the 24-105 as a contestant.  It really does a lot of things amazingly well for the price.  I bought one a year ago from Big Value for about $600 because I had to satisfy my Gear Acquisition Syndrome.  Didn't think I'd use it much at the time!  I'm still surprised how often I reach for it when I need a good reliable zoom lens for an important photoshoot.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 35mm F2 IS
« on: September 30, 2014, 09:57:50 AM »
Shot at F/2.5


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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS-1D X Body $4799
« on: September 28, 2014, 11:07:06 PM »
Wow.  That price is amazing.  I bought a the 24-105 f4 L from them via this site and love it.

The 1Dx seems like a dream to me.  But I think I will go with 5D Mark III.   Has anyone seen a deal on those?  Is it just random on from this place?

I would so love to know as I really am ready to pull the trigger on this.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-III-Digital-SLR-Camera-Body-Only-NEW-/151109057831?pt=Digital_Cameras&hash=item232ecd3d27

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Lenses / Re: 50mm f/1.4 Canon vs. Sigma
« on: September 28, 2014, 09:00:04 PM »
I'm in the same boat, but I currently have the Sigma 50 classic (non art) that is rather soft wide open, has great bokeh, but seems to have a random number generator built into the autofocus processor.  Or maybe a Gremlin that has good days and bad days.  Well, maybe not quite that bad, but you can bet I shoot twice as many images as normal to make sure I get enough that are properly focused.

I'm waiting to see if user reports indicated an improvement in autofocus accuracy and consistency for the Sigma in the next few months.  But I'm also waiting, without much hope, for Canon to expand their lineup of primes with IS to include a 50mm lens.

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EOS Bodies / My theory for the tepid response
« on: September 28, 2014, 01:13:46 PM »
My theory for the tepid response:  Most people who might be interested in the 7D also have experience with, or access to, full frame DSLRs.  They are spoiled by the full frame image quality.

Someone once said that Canon's goal for the 7D2 was to make it so desirable that full frame owners would want to own an APS-C camera as their second body.  While the 7D2 will appeal to limited groups, like sports photographers, I think it needs to demonstrate extremely good IQ to interest many pro and enthusiast photographers. 

I'm waiting for the test images from DP Review.  I always compare the crop sensor images with my current main camera, the 5D3, using the DP Review image comparison widget.

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Lenses / Re: Another thread about AF problems with Sigma 35A
« on: September 25, 2014, 07:34:36 AM »
switters:  What camera are you using?

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Thanks for the info!  Do you guys happen to remember if the Sigma outlet store charged you sales tax?

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Ah, thanks Mt. Spokane!

I checked out prices for the 50 and 35 Art lenses...  The 50 is not available at all.  The 35 Art is available for $679, but.... it's only available in the Pentax mount!  LOL

So I guess we still haven't figured out where all those returned Canon mount Art lenses are going.

Perhaps the percentage of returned lenses is much less than what one would guess from reading online reviews and blogs?

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Third Party Manufacturers / What happens to all those returned Sigma lenses?
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:29:07 PM »
I'm considering a Sigma Art lens and doing a lot of online research.  One thing that shows up a lot are reports of photographers sending back a lens to exchange for another that will hopefully focus better.  Sometimes there are three or four exchanges before they either give up or get a lens they are happy with.

You guys know that already, but what I'd like to know is what happens to all those returned lenses?  Does Sigma have a place where they sell refurbished lenses?  Do they destroy them as a tax write-off?   Disassemble them and re-use the parts to make new lenses?

Just curious!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Opens Up About Their Roadmap
« on: September 22, 2014, 09:23:15 PM »
How about hiring some Chinese hackers to gain access to the Canon autofocus algorithms?   All the sharpness in the world does me no good if my images are not precisely focused.

Manual focus?  No way!  Have you ever tried to get a nude model to hold perfectly still and smile while you manually focused your favorite portrait lens?

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Lenses / Box for sale on Craigslist
« on: September 21, 2014, 11:32:34 PM »
If you happen to need a box for a 5D2, a guy has been offering one on Craigslist (Portland, OR) for $30.  Either he has more than one box or he keeps advertising the same one for the last few months.  Maybe people think it isn't playing fair if you buy someone else's box?   LOL

I only keep boxes if I think there's a good chance I will wish to sell or return a product.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark IV announcement on March 2015 or later
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:36:45 PM »
I love my Mark III so much I will probably wait until the Mark VI before I upgrade.  :)

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