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Canon General / Re: Weathersealed Camera Gear used in wet conditions
« on: October 13, 2012, 01:55:12 AM »
Don't forget you also need a weather sealed lens to get full benefit of any weatherproofing.

The other thing you need to watch out for is if you'll be in an extremely dusty environment such as the desert. The dust can be very fine, and tends to get into everything no matter how sealed unless you provide additional protection.
Yes, good points!  I'll also add that some weather-sealed lenses need filters to complete the weather sealing.  Sand and dust are the worst!

I also like to protect from sea/salt spray if the ocean is rough.

Edited: I'll also add that I always make sure that I have the rain covers for my thinktank belt pouches (which are attached) and the rain covers for my camera bag/backpack to protect the rest of my equipment (don't ever take those out of your bag).

I'll add that the weather sealing isn't perfect, and with long term exposure to the dust & sand you can still get damage. For example, I was at Burning Man this year with my 5d3 and my 24-105 on basically the whole time. UV filter on the front, a bit of gaffers tape around the lens/body part. I thought I would be fine. Not so! Repair bill with 30% CPS discount came to a bit over $900.

So, if you're just going out hiking for an afternoon and don't plan on being in a whiteout dust storm, even if it's dusty, you'll almost certainly be fine. If you're going to be out on an alkaline dusty desert for a week, do something to seal up the vulnerable parts of your camera AND lens. Sea spray is probably just as bad, especially if it gets inside.

Holy crap. I knew a guy with a rebel who wanted to shoot burning man. Glad he didn't do it.

Well, it all depends on if he kept it out all the time, or put it in a sealed bag whenever the dust started to kick up. Probably just as well he didn't, he probably would have kept it out in one of the whiteouts, and dust would have gotten all in it.

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Lenses / Re: B&H Issues!!!
« on: October 12, 2012, 07:15:45 PM »
Sometimes I've found that UPS won't have ANY information on a tracking number (at least in the online system) while they have actually picked it up, and it's on it's way. It can take a day or so sometimes for the online system to get updated. By then, it'll either be set at "out for delivery", or in my hand, or estimated delivery on the date I expect.

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Canon General / Re: Weathersealed Camera Gear used in wet conditions
« on: October 12, 2012, 07:12:42 PM »
Don't forget you also need a weather sealed lens to get full benefit of any weatherproofing.

The other thing you need to watch out for is if you'll be in an extremely dusty environment such as the desert. The dust can be very fine, and tends to get into everything no matter how sealed unless you provide additional protection.
Yes, good points!  I'll also add that some weather-sealed lenses need filters to complete the weather sealing.  Sand and dust are the worst!

I also like to protect from sea/salt spray if the ocean is rough.

Edited: I'll also add that I always make sure that I have the rain covers for my thinktank belt pouches (which are attached) and the rain covers for my camera bag/backpack to protect the rest of my equipment (don't ever take those out of your bag).

I'll add that the weather sealing isn't perfect, and with long term exposure to the dust & sand you can still get damage. For example, I was at Burning Man this year with my 5d3 and my 24-105 on basically the whole time. UV filter on the front, a bit of gaffers tape around the lens/body part. I thought I would be fine. Not so! Repair bill with 30% CPS discount came to a bit over $900.

So, if you're just going out hiking for an afternoon and don't plan on being in a whiteout dust storm, even if it's dusty, you'll almost certainly be fine. If you're going to be out on an alkaline dusty desert for a week, do something to seal up the vulnerable parts of your camera AND lens. Sea spray is probably just as bad, especially if it gets inside.

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Canon General / Re: Weathersealed Camera Gear used in wet conditions
« on: October 12, 2012, 04:36:31 PM »
Don't forget you also need a weather sealed lens to get full benefit of any weatherproofing.

The other thing you need to watch out for is if you'll be in an extremely dusty environment such as the desert. The dust can be very fine, and tends to get into everything no matter how sealed unless you provide additional protection.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d III CF and SD card
« on: October 12, 2012, 04:31:40 PM »
Not to mention the 5d3 doesn't use the faster speeds on SDXC cards. It can still use them of course, just not at their max speed.

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A company like Canon is doing alot of R&D. The magic phrase for prototypes like the 120MP sensor is "proof of concept". You are testing certain aspects. The 120MP sensor has shown that you can do multiple line read outs at a time and produce stunning speeds, which is now famously featured in the 1DX. There you go, a 2010 prototype lead the way for 12 FPS. Another issue they observed with the sensor was, that you are getting diffraction blur at such a wide open aperture that it is currently (2010) not managable to deal with in a finished product.

There is not a shred of doubt that we will someday have 120MP FF or even MFT sensors. When Canon is launching their new 1Dsomething with 120MP you can be assured that it will feature an all newly developed sensor. They won't just take the 2010 prototype and mass produce it.

Totally agree, the purpose of making something like that is "Lets see if we can do it, and what we'll learn about lens/cameras at such a high MPx." And guess what. They did learn something! And I'd imagine some of that technology is, as you said, in the 1D-X, and probably more coming in the Studio high MPx that's been rumored. Hopefully with some additional new sensor tech around banding & DR.

Imagine this scenario. You are out at night on the streets with a model. The moon is shining. You found a good spot for some nice fashion portraits. You take your camera out and start doing your "photographer thing", then you say to your assistant "hey dave, go kick out that street light over there, I don't want to use ND filters tonight". :P

LOL, that'd be pretty amazing. The problem might be your shutter speeds measured in seconds :P

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Lenses / Re: Next lens in my bag query
« on: October 10, 2012, 10:36:06 PM »
A 135L is missing, its my most used lens.

A great long portrait lens/short tele, fast, and while it seems close to the 100mm Macro, a Macro might not be as great as the 130 in general use since it's designed for Macro so it works best close up.

Do you own the 100mm? I do and i love it.  The picture quality is spectacular and provides added functionality.  The 135 is amazing but so is the 100.

I don't own one, although I have used one for a few days, with a bit of macro attempts and some regular shots. I didn't do a close, careful evaluation, just my thoughts on it. The shots I did take definitely were very nice, but I didn't do any A-B testing or real pixel peeping. It's on my list as a possible macro lens for when I can buy one so I can have a real macro lens on hand when I need one.

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Lenses / Re: Next lens in my bag query
« on: October 10, 2012, 09:00:44 PM »
A 135L is missing, its my most used lens.

A great long portrait lens/short tele, fast, and while it seems close to the 100mm Macro, a Macro might not be as great as the 130 in general use since it's designed for Macro so it works best close up.

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thanks for your reply, very informative! know nothing about those memory cells

Lexar do look faster than the Sandisk from Rob Galbraith's CF database, plus B&H is having a sale with them too!

does formatting the card frequently helps? if so, format at the computer or camera?

Not really, it's just generally (for most purposes) way to wipe the card than have it delete the files one by one. Sometimes a camera may have some issues reading/writing to the card if it's not formatted in that camera, although that's pretty uncommon.

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Abstract / Re: Abstract streetlight art
« on: October 10, 2012, 04:03:00 PM »
Would love to go there!
But first I've need to finish my school ::)

Hehe...true. I live right in the area, at least right now, so if you can scrape up the money for a plane ticket on holiday, I have a couch you could have for a few days.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 200 f/2L IS
« on: October 09, 2012, 07:57:49 PM »
*sigh* One of the lenses that I can only dream of holding one day, much less owning.

@eli72: Those look pretty nice, and quite reasonably priced as well. I bet you could make one using any of the home 3-D printers as well, although that's a lot more work. Cost a lot more if you don't already have the printer, for sure.

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Abstract / Re: Abstract streetlight art
« on: October 08, 2012, 08:24:20 PM »
Loving this random streetlight art in here Finland! 8)


If you can't see the picture here's direct link to it:
http://flic.kr/p/dfbCQJ


Nice. You should walk down around Venice Beach, CA. There's a crazy ton of art, murals, random stuff everywhere, sidewalk art, sand art.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Rumors Surface [CR1]
« on: October 08, 2012, 08:17:19 PM »
I've been waiting to upgrade from my T1i, and was hoping to wait for a 60D successor. I found the T1i simply too small, especially after acquiring my telephoto lens.

This should be interesting, because if they merge the two in the upwards direction there will be a sizeable gap between the T4i-series models.

Hopefully the new sensor beings some improvements.

Hah. Exactly like me. I am seriously wanting to upgrade my T1i and a 70D would definitely hit the spot. 6fps,
better iso performance, better dynamic range, and better video features (1080p 60p, higher bit rate, All-I, etc??) would go a long way.

Also, to the guy saying a tilt screen was a fad. Well, for video users that is a must. I would not buy a DSLR without it. Please be aware of uses other than your own before posting next time.

Agreed, even if it's still $1700 there's something of a gap in the $1000-1200 range for an XXD body.

As for the articulated screen...this is going to sound a bit snarky, but many (most?) of us use DSLR's as STILLS cameras. Not video cameras. I understand how a articulated screen would be great for video use, but I'd think you'd really want to get one of those external LCD's you which offer a bigger view of what you're shooting.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Rumors Surface [CR1]
« on: October 08, 2012, 02:58:27 PM »
From the sound of it, I'm afraid they put all their eggs in the MP/FPS numbers. I mean, after all the high ISO performance was never a selling point in the original 7D, it was always the 18 MP/8 FPS that sold the 7D for years. I don't think they are about to change that formula now. That means anyone interested in low noise should either consider a 5D Mark III or even the 6D but don't count on the 7D mark II to fill that void.

To my eyes, it seems they need some kind of 'pro' body that can replace APS-H to some extent for the photographers that need the extra 'reach' the APS-C/H can give while still having pretty good quality image and AF. I doubt it'll be 1D level of weather-sealing/body type, but 5d3 level of weather-sealing? I could see that. And even if they keep the IQ and ISO performance the same or maybe even slight better, these things will probably still fly off the shelves. Especially if they update the AF some.

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Lenses / Re: Wide or ultra-wide angle with excellent corner performance
« on: October 06, 2012, 05:45:55 PM »
Try a Zeiss 25 f2 before you go ahead with your purchase.
http://www.photozone.de/canon_eos_ff/713-zeiss25f2eosff?start=1

It is the new WA from Zeiss.
The 21 is a bit oldish, the new has more "micro"contrast and better colours, as well as corner sharpness. Less moustache as well :-).
The only problem with it is - when you have one of them you want more of them...


Heh...well...if it was near the same price as the Samyang 14mm, I'd be much more likely to get it. Although a 25mm is a different use than a 14mm, so not quite as comparable.

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