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Technical Support / Re: Hot / stuck pixels on new 5d II
« on: January 25, 2012, 03:28:41 PM »
I'd get it replaced! After all, if those pixels are attracting your attention and the cam is still in return period, why not?..

Technical Support / Re: Hot / stuck pixels on new 5d II
« on: January 25, 2012, 03:06:07 PM »
To my knowledge, hot pixels on the sensor is normal and something we need to live with - as it was mentioned earlier in the thread, their number would increase with longer exposures...

I also recall reading individual pixels might be "hot" for some time and then stop being hot (even at the same level of exposure). Nothing regular I imagine... I have been trying to avoid looking at images at 100% so no first hand experience on that.

I do not think a hot pixel on the sensor could be visible on the LCD though. Can anyone confirm?


Landscape / Re: Northern lights today?
« on: January 25, 2012, 02:50:59 PM »
I am aiming at October :)

Generally speaking, I would say chances of seeing them are very good in November-January in the polar circle as well thanks to the very long nights but snow might not be good if one is close to a city. Usually the sky gets alight because of the reflections from the snow decreasing the visibility of the northern lights. Coastal areas away from cities/towns provide better opportunities as per my experience.   

Oh well, then we have the temperature to deal with in that period - not an optimum condition for waiting...   ::)

Edit: Kernuak - just saw your website, please disregard  ;D You have been to Tromso I observe. Did you like it?

Landscape / Re: Northern lights today?
« on: January 25, 2012, 05:18:29 AM »
There should be quite a show later this year as the solar storm is predicted to be strongest for some time if I am not mistaken...

I recall reading that northern lights were reported to be seen from Rome during  a solar storm of a similar strength to the one predicted this year. Cannot recall if that was in 19th or 20th century though... 

I think I will have a trip to Scandinavia this autumn... Perhaps it's better to get a sturdy umbrella, in case the solar storm brings down a satellite or two  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III (or other) Followup
« on: January 24, 2012, 05:31:13 PM »
I've ascertained from the picture of the LCD display of the bird that this prototype camera has at least 100MP!  This is based on the following assumptions:

1. the LCD has at least a pixel count of the 7D  (921,600 pixels) and has approximate dimensions of 1174 x 785 pixels (3:2)
2. the professional Canon photographer is not a pixel peeper (he's not viewing at over 1:1)

My calculations are based on the small box showing that approximately 1/7th- 1/8th of image's narrow edge is being displayed which would put the resolution at least 12327 x 8218 or 101,303,286 total pixels.


EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III (or other) Followup
« on: January 24, 2012, 04:51:30 PM »
Do we have a better idea on when we will see this camera or is it still 'might be any time from February to Photokina'?..

Anyone with past experience who could take a qualified guess?


Landscape / Northern lights today?
« on: January 24, 2012, 04:27:39 PM »
Hello everyone!

It looks like the solar storm yesterday has reached earth and we might be seeing decent amount of northern lights. Probably I am too far south to observe anything but was wondering whether anyone has captured any images which we could see...


EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III (or other) Followup
« on: January 24, 2012, 01:30:38 PM »
Oh well, apparently Stephen Oachs received accusations for sharing the info and had to post a follow up stating that the images he posted are not fake and that he is not a Canon employee...

If all that is true, I would not be posting anything of the kind again in his shoes. I don't know how many clicks aperture academy got since yesterday though...  ;D


Canon General / Re: Lens Calibration / Micro adjustment
« on: January 23, 2012, 08:33:19 PM »
Thank you all for your feedback!  Very much appreciated!


EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 03:52:32 PM »

I believe this is a Canon employee being shot by another Canon employee (with a 5D mk III as well) for a controlled leak to hype up the camera.   Why would Canon charter a safari outing with the public when they could just easily go on private outing?

The original post and the images seem to be coming from  Stephen W. Oachs (

Oh well...

I do not think we would be seeing these images if Canon did not want us to anyway...

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 03:35:12 PM »
Quick & dirty comparison for 7D, 5D Mark II, and this spotted model.

Thanks tt!

Canon General / Re: Lens Calibration / Micro adjustment
« on: January 23, 2012, 02:40:08 PM »
Thank you!!

Canon General / Re: Lens Calibration / Micro adjustment
« on: January 23, 2012, 02:09:37 PM »
Neuro - thanks ever once again for sharing your knowledge! Very useful info!

I was also wondering about cam-lens calibration carried out by Canon. Does this pose any risks (not sure what the procedure is but if the lens(es) risk coming back with some other issue, it might not be worth)? Also, once calibrated, the lens should be sharp throughout the focal range, shouldn't it?

A last question,  is it always the lens being calibrated in relation to the cam, or both ways? In other words, if you have two cams one front-focusing and another back-focusing with the same lens, can the cam-lens calibrations get everything in line, or is it either one cam or the other...


Site Information / Re: a thank you letter to Canon Rumors
« on: January 18, 2012, 01:57:16 PM »
Much of what is written about SOPA speaks in platitudes about free speech and an open Internet.  We all face a serious problem, particularly people who create content for a living. 

This problem has recently been well documented by Robert Levine in his book Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business.  The title is provocative, but Levine systematically documents how piracy has  damaged the music, movie, television, newspaper, and now the book businesses.  In my  own research, I have come across stories from countless photographers about how their works have been pirated.

Levine looks at cost structures, employment trends, and usage to make his case.  He shows how both the transmission and hardware companies have used piracy to build their businesses, knowing that much of what they are transmitting and putting in the hands of information consumers is pirated.  They then use the leverage they have obtained by gathering eyeballs to negotiate what have often proved to be unfavorable arrangements with content providers.

Levine also documents how the transmission and hardware companies have funded nonprofit organizations to promote the notion that information should be free and the Internet open.  These companies have manufactured populace sentiment to further their own profit-making agendas.  They have a right to do that, but there is another side to the story--the rights of creative people to earn a living.

If Levine's predictions are correct, we are on the cusp of learning what "Information Must Be Free" leads to:  Less quality information.  In one of many examples, Levine points to Spain as providing creative people with the fewest protections.  He demonstrates the devastating impact that a failure to regulate the Internet has had on the Spanish music industry.  Just yesterday, world--renowed Spanish author Lucia Etxebarria announced that she would cease writing novels because illegal downloading of e-books made it impossible for her to earn a living. 

Creative people have a right to be paid fairly for and control the distribution of their work. That is true regardless of whether the creative person is a lone photographer or a large media company.  The Internet is now well-established.  It is time to end the lawlessness and strike an appropriate balance between free speech and property rights.

As much as I would like all my music, books, newspapers, and movies to be free, I am willing to pay the creators for their work.  I am unwilling to hide behind free speech platitudes to serve my own selfish interests.

I continue to be puzzled why many creative people and people who like the fruits of creative people are so quick to  lobby on behalf of large corporations at the expense of creative people and their efforts.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to get compensated for your hard work.  I believe in it strongly, but...

Perpetual copyright, ensuring no content will ever enter the public domain; is wrong.

Suing your customers into oblivion (and financial ruin), using laws meant to go after commercial offenders; is wrong.

Making civil offences, like copyright infringement, criminal; is wrong.

Hamfisted censoring of the internet, based on the (often) tenuous claims of media conglomerates; is wrong.

Opposing SOPA and PIPA does not mean supporting piracy.  The way the bills currently are, their range seems "a little" overdone considering the purpose :)

Site Information / Re: a thank you letter to Canon Rumors
« on: January 18, 2012, 12:24:32 PM »
+1 John!  considering the potential consequences, it is very concerning...

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