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Lenses / Re: Best Lens for photographing children
« on: November 17, 2012, 09:34:17 PM »
at a very affordable cost.
Canon will ...fix this sometime in the future !!!

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I understand this is a Canon Forum but please try to be unbiased.
biased Canon unbiased Canon  ;D
I am just starting off and looking to take still photography only, video is not part of the equation.  At this point I'm interested in taking street level and portrait photography sometime in low-light without a flash. 
Canon 5DMarkIII ofcourse  :) (that's unbiased... I think)
I have spent 50+ hours reviewing the Canon 5D3 and Nikon D800 but just cant seem to make up my mind.  If you were able to start over and were comparing the two cameras what system would you prefer and why?   
50+ hours for reviews?  :o This is too much! But I am used to Canon so sorry biased again: I like their L lenses and handling of the camera. But the advise to rent to see for yourself is the best. These are top cameras and most probably they will satisfy you both...

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Lenses / Re: Best Lens for photographing children
« on: November 16, 2012, 07:37:44 PM »
I took my almost 5 year-old daughter to her gymnastics class a couple of weeks ago.  My wife asked me to email her a pic during the class, so I held up my iPhone and caught a well-timed pic of her hanging from an uneven bar. The guy next to me looked over at the iPhone 'shutter click' and said, "If you want to get an actually decent pic, you need a real camera." He reached into his bag and pulled out his T2i with an EF-S 55-250mm mounted, and gave me a little grin.  I grinned back and replied, "You know, it's really more about composition and timing than about gear."  He took some shots, well-spaced since the popup flash was firing (despite the kids being out of its effective range) as I watched the kids.  When mine started a bounce down the trampoline track a few minutes later, I was unable to resist.  I looked over and said as I reached down, "Ever seen Crocodile Dundee? 'That's not a camera...that's a camera,'" as I pulled out my 1D X with the 70-200 II and fired off a 12 fps burst.

True story.  ;)

(1D X, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II @ 200mm, 1/500 s, f/2.8, ISO 10000)
Since I know more or less the equipment you use I started laughing before even reaching at the end of this post  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Has Canon entered the Graveyard Spiral?
« on: November 16, 2012, 11:31:20 AM »
It should be obvious to everyone that Canon is at the point they may declare bankruptcy.
I just read this article, and apparantly Canon is doing much worse than thought.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/canon-u-closes-2012-award-140000960.html
;D  ;D  ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Dx ISO100 high DR shadows SNR improvement
« on: November 15, 2012, 06:02:19 PM »
So I activate mirror lock just  before ME shot sequence  (done automatically after camera focused on the subject)  and then deactivate it after ME shot sequence  (using SET button - selectable option in mirror lock function) or it is deactivated itself later by camera itself .
Unfortunately this is not supported by my 5DMkIII that's why I was wondering how you can do that. So it's only Live View for me  :(  (OK I know it is sufficient and actually a super set of Mirror Lock for this purpose but still ...)
  Actually mirror lock is not required – just an option to get better image sharpness – reducing camera vibrations and preventing refocusing for each ME shot in sequence.
If for first one nothing could be done with 5DM3 but for second one it is possible to focus automatically then switch lens to manual focus to keep focus unchanged during  ME sequence
Mirror lock is required for sharpness. There is no point in trying to lower the noise merely to induce camera shake. But is is achieved with LiveView. Anyway for shots on tripod - when it is getting dark - I use Mirror Lock and 2 second delay. Focusing is either AF and then turned to manual or Live View (with manual focus and 10x). So the only additional function is the Multiple Exposure (Mirror is Locked in LV).

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Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 15, 2012, 05:56:11 PM »
Not by any means a feasible solution, but I wonder how many sheets of paper I would need to print out all my photos in a series on 1s and 0s………...
;D ;D (poor trees)

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: AA Battery Charger and Batteries
« on: November 15, 2012, 05:54:21 PM »
Hi guys a very quick question, I set my charger to 700, and put 4 batteries in for charge, they where brand new out of the packet , they have been on charge for 5 hours and they are still not full? is this normal?
Google for: nimh charging deltaV

You will see that there are some times problems with automatic charging...

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Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 15, 2012, 10:26:56 AM »
I rent a locker in my gym, and keep a hard disk there. I go there often enough to rotate it.
That way you keep fit  too ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Blinking Red AF Point Information
« on: November 15, 2012, 10:20:13 AM »
And don't forget they had that hiccup with the 7D firmware kinda recently. Last thing we need are sketchy firmware updates that have been hastily released!
 ;D
Noone said "hastily released". If you read again you will read "thoroughly tested". So it's not that I want the firmware upgrade today or even yesterday. But I cannot believe that it will be ready and tested by April 2013

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Blinking Red AF Point Information
« on: November 15, 2012, 09:38:31 AM »
Anyone else thinks that the April release date for the new firmware was set so far in the future in order for Canon to have time to work out how to go about this problem?
It'd be very nice to have, but it looks like you're right - and the sooner they give up, the better; that way we won't have to wait as long for the f/8 AF and, hopefully, a higher minimum shutter speed with auto-iso.
I cannot understand why they must include all into a single firmware upgrade. They should release whichever feature has been implemented and tested thoroughly. That way, we would get new feautures sooner.

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I ordered my 5DMkIII from HDEW. No problem  :)

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
« on: November 14, 2012, 10:10:32 PM »
35mm 1.4L at f/8 and 30 sec. Taken at Monemvasia, Greece.

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Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 14, 2012, 09:26:29 PM »
Someone goes on a bus and validates two tickets instead of one! So a second person approaches him and asks him why he has done that.
First person answers: "In case one of the tickets is lost". But then the second person says: "Well, in that case you may as well lose both tickets".
First person answers: "I also have a monthly card"  ;D

Well this joke reflects my opinion for the use of hard drives. I store my photos in many copies. I have not yet filled another disk to put it in a safe box though...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Dx ISO100 high DR shadows SNR improvement
« on: November 14, 2012, 09:01:21 PM »
So I activate mirror lock just  before ME shot sequence  (done automatically after camera focused on the subject)  and then deactivate it after ME shot sequence  (using SET button - selectable option in mirror lock function) or it is deactivated itself later by camera itself .
Unfortunately this is not supported by my 5DMkIII that's why I was wondering how you can do that. So it's only Live View for me  :(  (OK I know it is sufficient and actually a super set of Mirror Lock for this purpose but still ...)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Has Canon entered the Graveyard Spiral?
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:51:57 PM »
An interesting question is why Canon made new silicon for the 5DIII, given that it performs almost identically to the 5DII. They could have just cleaned up the signal routing to the A/Ds and maybe added a new micro-lens array to improve the sensitivity a little.
They made one dimension 3 times 1920 (5760) pixels so as to make 3X3 pixel binning in video

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