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Software & Accessories / Re: Which CPL filter can you recommend me ?
« on: April 25, 2012, 10:25:08 AM »
I just picked up a 72mm Hoya Pro-1 on amazon for cheap and it's a perfectly good buy. as Neuro said, if you don't plan on using a hood you could just buy a step up ring (which I almost did but I do use the hood)

Technical Support / Re: Canon 7D Unusual Problem?
« on: April 16, 2012, 01:06:31 PM »
your camera is completely broken, send it to me for further "testing"
just kidding. I haven't heard of this one before, but this is the only problem? does it just flash on and then go off in a fraction of a second? if there are no other issues besides just a momentary blink I wouldn't worry about it and just go with it, but that's just me. but this is what warranties and exchange policies are for, no?

I haven't had the chance to mess with a camera that uses batteries with an ID, but could it be something like the camera just reading the ID off the battery momentarily?

Ok, forgive the CA and otherwise poor shot but I didn't spend much time and used a "meh" lens...anyway, happily, I was mistaken, the 17-50 does not have the lip that I thought it did, so you should be OK on clearance (I'd doubly verify but my Rebel II doesn't have a good battery right now).

Anyway, on the left is an EF mount, the other 2 are technically EF-S, but as you can see, the Tamron does not have the lens element past the mount that you see on the middle, kit lens.

I used to take lots of photos at late night events (AKA "Raves") and I found that 2.8-3.5 was just barely enough. I typically got the best results from my 50MM/1.8 FD on my AE-1 Program while shooting at F1.8-2. Attached are a couple examples, one at 1.8, one at around 2.8 with flash.

Lenses / Re: 5D mkI with Tamron questions...
« on: March 29, 2012, 01:31:13 PM »
I personally wouldn't use the Tamron 17-50 on a full frame camera; it has a lip on the back that I'd be worried about the mirror hitting. I'll try to get some time and take photos tonight of the back of it and an EF lens for comparison. Image circle is always a concern but if you can accept that, more power to you (I personally couldn't handle losing so many pixels for that reason, it further limits cropping ability)

Lenses / Zeiss 50mm Manual focus decision time
« on: March 29, 2012, 11:40:16 AM »
So I'm looking to indulge on my manual focus fetish..
I'm debating between the Zeiss 50mm Planar and Makro-Planar. at this focal length I don't plan to do any actual macro work, but I'm seeing generally better reviews of the Makro-Planar and Dx0 has a profile. this will be just general carry around, maybe product photography or portraits/street on a crop body. So has anyone played with both? is there a reason, other than f-stop(which I'm reading that 1.4 on the Planar is kinda soft) and price to go with just the Planar as opposed to the Makro?

I'm also considering the Voigtlander Ultron 40mm.

This will hopefully be used as a nice 50-ish lens to compliment some decent wide zooms and be the only manual focus until I can get a tilt/shift (which I obviously won't use for walk-around). Not really interested in the canon 50's as I'm wanting something more nostalgic without resorting to adapters.

Lenses / Re: What lens are you patiently waiting for?
« on: March 29, 2012, 10:03:10 AM »
Tokina 11-16 DX II ... I wish it was coming out the same time as the Nikon version, but oh well, I'll just bide my time.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Travel tripod help!!
« on: March 20, 2012, 01:21:22 PM »
I was in the same boat as you.  I'm a backpacker and traveler.  After getting advice from a bunch of CR forum members, I got the Benro C2691-TB1 Travel Angel off eBay as well.  It's a great deal on a great tripod!  The TB-1 ballhead is even quite usable.  I can put an old all-metal FD 300mm f/2.8 L and 7D on it with no worries -- it is rock-solid.  Folded up it fits inside my standard carry-on luggage.  The tripod is substantial and doesn't feel like a flimsy travel version.  Plus the camera sits at eye-level without extending the center column.  One of the best purchases I've made in years.

 I second the Benro, my budget isn't enough to even consider a Gitzo. Manfrotto and Benro are close to each other in build quality enough that for my money the Benro is a better cost/performance ratio. I currently have a not-so-travel-friendly Benro Aluminum tripod with both a ball and pan/tilt head, and added one of these stone bags for weight:
 when my budget allows I plan to get one of their smaller, lighter tripods for travel, possibly one that can also be a monopod.
 but it really boils down to what your budget is and how important it is to you. if I was a pro and looking for capability to handle big lenses or big cameras (like a fully equipped RED), I'd have no qualms about buying a Gitzo, for me, an amateur hobbyist that has a light camera and small-ish lenses and just need stability for long exposure and low light, the Benro is more than I need (I was quite happy with my vivitar tripod for a long time until I started wanting to change heads and swap cameras)

EOS Bodies / Re: So, what about the T4i?
« on: March 07, 2012, 09:38:58 PM »
The thing that makes me most doubt that is a real T4i picture is, if Canon has organizationally decided that the DOF preview button is better placed to the right of the lens (as on the 5d3), what is it still doing on the left (from the operator's perspective) in that picture?

It could have to do with the physical size of the body. since xxxD bodies are smaller it could be that they have concerns with the user accidentally bumping the button since the grip side is a bit cramped. of course, that image is photoshopped, but I can see space constraints keeping DOF where it's at.

EOS Bodies / Re: Lets get the 70D/7D Mark II rumors flowing!
« on: March 02, 2012, 04:35:26 PM »
I posted this on a previous thread that appears to have been buried by the 5DIII avalanche. So, apologies in advance for repeating myself:

18-21 Mp APS-C Sensor (Possibly back-lit)
Improved Dynamic Range
ISO Native to 12800 (Very clean to 6400. Image quality will be equal to or better than the APS-H 1D IV))
10 Frames Per Second
45 AF points, 19 Cross Type
Weather and Dust resistant sealing
Introductory Price $1,899 U.S.

Same basic features as above plus
14 Frames Per Second
One-piece integrated grip and body with weather and dust sealing to the same standards as 1Dx.
Integrated LAN port
Introductory Price $2,600 U.S.

Most likely announcement date will be 1-2 weeks prior to Photokina.

This provides sufficient improvements to encourage current 7D owners to upgrade. It does not cannibalize the 5DIII (a problem with the current 7D) and allows Canon to justify the significant price differential between the 5DIII and the 7DII.

With the introduction of the 7DX, Canon fills the slot left by the demise of the 1D IV, giving professional sports and wildlife shooters basically the same camera in terms of performance and image quality in a more versatile 1.6 crop factor.

The specs are approximate and meant only to illustrate the general direction that Canon seems headed based on Canon's 5DIII and 1Dx.

both of those sound pretty nice, even though it's 1k above my budget, I'd be in for a 7DX with those specs.

Realistically I'd be down for an improved sensor with cleaner output, better ISO and improved DR at 1800USD(street), they'd be minor updates but there isn't much wrong with the current 7D. I'd consider improved AF and a swivel screen bonuses.

The 5DIII looks REALLY nice but it's far too above my spending limits and I'd be in for almost all-new glass so it's a no go for me. I can't wait for the 7DII leaks!

EOS Bodies / Re: The new 5D Mark III ?!?! PICS!
« on: February 27, 2012, 09:11:35 PM »
Did anyone notice tht the dial on the two photos are different? maybe im seeing things but one is with a 60D lock and the other photo is with a normal 5D2 lock.

Which 2 photos were you referring to? Of the 3 photos leaked, only one showed the mode dial lock. If you compare it to the Kenya photo, it's the same - with lock.

2nd and 3rd pic from the 3 leaked photos. (compare it from the side view)

While the 5DIII has a lock on top, it's not the same dial as the one on the 60D.  The button is more recessed on the 5DIII.

plus with the angle of perspective on the second shot, I doubt you'd be able to see even a 60D style button.

EOS Bodies / Re: The new 5D Mark III ?!?! PICS!
« on: February 27, 2012, 09:16:34 AM »
AV out digital?


Couldn't quite read it... no USB this time then? Or am I missing something?  :-[

actually, that is what Canon have traditionally labelled the USB port. both my XTi and some of my old P&S have it labelled that way.

EOS Bodies / Re: So.......
« on: February 19, 2012, 01:07:48 PM »
Maybe we aren't hearing much about the T4i because there isn't one on the horizon?

I'm  trying to think what is missing from the current model that would likely be added. How has Canon lost the "edge" against the competition? I admit I don't study camera models that closely, but in looking at the T3i, I'm trying to figure out what they should add to it.

I'm starting to wonder if this isn't the real reason, I think it would be great in marketing terms for them to release the 650D this year: "25 years ago Canon revolutionized photography with the EOS 650, this year they do it again with the 650D" (my speculation on marketing phrase, with no relation to reality) however, I don't really know what they would have to offer to back up a statement like that... Video auto-focus? a slightly improved sensor? in-body IS? face recognition? I doubt any of those would really be enough since either the competition or other models have those features.

That being said I've seen a 24MP rumor but that's about it. Part of me wants them to go ahead and release a new model just to get it out and over with so they can focus on the 7D2 and 70D, but I doubt they'd do anything too drastic since it could impact 60D and 7D sales by making some wait for their replacements for the higher models to get the new features (assuming they wouldn't "downgrade" just for those features).

In my ideal world they'd announce the 5DII and 7D replacements this month or next and then release the 70D and/or 650D later in the year after those models have actually hit the market and the people in those markets at least have their orders placed. It's an interesting idea that they could do the 650 and have features "trickle up" as they test and prove the newer technologies but I am not sure it would bode as well for sales as if they "trickled down".

EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: February 14, 2012, 01:23:42 PM »
Actually, not providing a follow up to the 7D does make sense if you think about a mirrorless camera coming soon...Remove the 7D from the high end and move everything up below it up one notch and now you have room at the lower to mid price range for a mirrorless camera...

1Dx - $6900
5D X (?) - $3999-$4200
5D Mk3 - $2999
70D - $1999
T4i / Rebels - $1000-1500
Mirrorless - $899-1200
GX1 - Reduced to $699

at those prices Canon would be pricing themselves out of the market. When you are 1K over the competition (5DX) it makes jumping ship MUCH easier as many pros that I know might have many lenses, but only use one or 2 regularly. so a D800 with one lens makes it for all intents and purposes the same price as just the body of the 5DX. At 2K the 70D would have to be revolutionary, not just evolutionary. and the 650D at 1k means that the competition will eat them alive on new sales which are critical because that is when new customers buy into a system, and let's face it, most of the market that is at the xxxD level typically doesn't have the camera budget to switch back and forth between systems that much.

While I honestly want a 7DII, I don't care what they call it so long as the pricing stays below 1800-2K and they retain the body style and features.

Lenses / Re: A Lens Roadmap? [CR1]
« on: February 11, 2012, 10:30:11 PM »
My guess is that the 55-70 is a gap-filler lens since some kits are 18-55 and many other lenses are 70-something. I'm not sure why you'd want one but whatever. maybe it will be a good EF-S like the 17-55.

yes, you correct on both counts. Most modern screens are geared towards video playback and have screens that are more tuned for enhanced contrast and less towards accurate reproduction. And you're right that a small, good quality screen is hard to find. I do not know of any small screens that have either adequate resolution or anything beyond ordinary display quality, I wish you the best of luck finding something.

I really do like the lenovo W series, if the current models were available when I was in the market, I most likely would have bought that instead of my asus (which I still love)

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