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Canon General / Re: What's your definition of "Pro"?
« on: February 07, 2013, 12:21:41 PM »
So what exactly does it mean to be professional in your opinion? We know it's not the gear alone. Is it the making money off of your skill? Paid jobs? Making a living? Is it simply having skill and experience? What do you all think?

In addition to the things about income written above, imho it's a mostly a different perspective - either you do it for fun and invest accordingly ("that gear will be fun/interesting to use and I look forward to the results") or you think of it like a business ("what gear is required to do the job and will I get a return of invest").

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Likely Price Trend
« on: February 07, 2013, 11:09:02 AM »
Wow, fast drop.  $1630 for the 6D these days.

You seem to be living in a very different part of the world than us good ol' Europeans - in Germany it's still around €1800 and looking at the price trend I don't see any huge drops coming soon, the "premium company" Canon product might stay €200 above the Nikon d600 price.

I bought myself a Ready NAS, Which runs in X-Raid2 because both of my hdd´s were erased like if you get it new and don´t know why, I restored als my data transferred it to the Nas wher one Hdd mirrors the other

This tread is very old, but before anyone believes that using nas/raid for data safety: It does protect you from *hardware* failure, but it doesn't from *software* or *user* error. If you accidentally erase some folders of files (most common disaster cause) a raid setup won't protect you, only an independent backup will. So raid is for high availability, but not necessarily for data safety.

Lighting / Re: An open letter to Canon regarding the Canon RT system
« on: February 05, 2013, 08:16:11 PM »
It was a shortsighted strategy on Canon's part.

It's a well known problem long-term strategic benefits don't show in quarterly profit reports, and many shareholders are only interested in short-term stock profits.

But I agree what Canon is currently doing isn't very clever, they're risking even their recent "Canon is expensive, but best" image by releasing half-baked products like the 600rt flash "system" or the 6d camera. But the recent interview with their exec suggests they know by now they have to do innovate a bit more than just adding radio tech to the 580ex or re-releasing the 5d2 as the 6d...

Lenses / Re: VC on the 24-70 f/2.8 VC
« on: February 05, 2013, 08:09:34 PM »
so you don't have to pay for return shipping in case you got the bad copy.

Amazon doesn't take return shipping fees (I just exchanged a bad 17-40L copy), but for the Tamron I'll indeed buy it at a local store where I can return it immediately w/o waiting for a few days. At least testing the 17-40L with a chart and reading these threads I am confident I can tell if it's a "good" or "bad" copy.

Lenses / Re: VC on the 24-70 f/2.8 VC
« on: February 05, 2013, 07:38:06 PM »
I can tell you mine (which is a great copy)

Thanks! So I'm currently not feeling "not buyers-remorse" because I waited to long to decide between the Tamron and the Canon if the recent Tamron lenses now work with the 6d and have less issues :-)

Tamrons quality control people is sleeping at their job.

I'd rather think Tamron made the conscious decision to cut costs on qc, sell the lens at a lower price but add free lens (and lens-body) adjustment plus a 6 year warranty - which is an overall plus if you know how to look for a good sample.

Lighting / Re: An open letter to Canon regarding the Canon RT system
« on: February 05, 2013, 06:57:48 PM »
That depends on the camera - estimate about 1/10s for the blink reflex, that time has to accomodate the release lag and the exposure time. I.E. the extremly fast 1Dx with a wide open lens allows for longer second curtain exposures then its cousins with more muted mirror slaps and an aperture that takes its time to close. For me 1/15 works most of the time with the 1D/7D series. YMMV.

Thanks, but that raises some more questions (I really didn't think about this whole issue yet):

* Wouldn't a large open aperture mean a longer release lag than a small aperture that already is at the setting the shot will be taken with ... you're writing it the other way around?

* Is the aperture shutting much of a lag at all in comparison to the camera mirror lag?

* If the mirror speed has such an influence, why is the shutter lag on both the 5d3 and 6d 60ms? Or is this information (from wrong?

Lighting / Re: An open letter to Canon regarding the Canon RT system
« on: February 05, 2013, 05:44:41 PM »
that often results in people blinking during the flash exposure, and a few people with closed eyes in a group photo.

Excellent point, can you specify from your experience (or anyone else) what the slowest shutter time is that is still very likely to prevent people from blinking before the exposure is done? Maybe 1/60s? Or even slower?

Lenses / Re: VC on the 24-70 f/2.8 VC
« on: February 05, 2013, 05:41:09 PM »
I'm reading that older Tamron copies have issues with the 6d and are more prone to vc failures (and probably other problems) ...

... Question: How do I prevent ending up with an old copy that has been returned and serviced? Can anyone probably tell me what serial numbers could be considered as recent/new, or aren't new lenses as easy to identify like with the Canon date code?


very encouraging update on this issue

Better than no reaction, though I'd like to note that the Canon rep was writing about developing and "enhancing", maybe that's just corporate sugar-coated writing style, but chose not to simply state that the 5d3 will be brought to the same af assist speed than the older models with the next fw update :-o

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Confirms 70D; Future of Semi-Pro DSLR is FF
« on: February 05, 2013, 04:14:22 AM »
Also, it must have hurt Canon's feelings for everyone to say the D7000 was better than the 60D - especially given that it was cheaper.  I doubt they want a repeat of that.

:-) I doubt Canon's feeling can be hurt, only their profits. They knew exactly what they were doing with the 60d - obviously people rather "upgrade" (to the better 7d) than switch to Nikon. And they just did repeat it, with the 6d/5d3/600d combination...

Lenses / Re: Tokina AT-X 16-28mm F2.8 vs. Canon EF 17-40mm F4
« on: February 05, 2013, 02:40:30 AM »
Here's some sample shots.

Btw: These are very strong flares - it's great if you like them, but if that happens whenever having lights in the scene would be a big problem for me since I often shoot nighttime tripod. I don't know about the 16-35L, but I can say that this wouldn't happen with the 17-40L.

Lenses / Re: Tokina AT-X 16-28mm F2.8 vs. Canon EF 17-40mm F4
« on: February 05, 2013, 02:29:40 AM »
the 77mm 17-40L can even be fitted with 82mm filters with a stop-up adapter since the Canon lens caps I own are designed to take 1 step larger filters (67->77 & 77->82).

I can really say it for the 17-40L (I currently use it with a 82mm clear filter) and the 70-300L (even takes 82mm on top of a 67 mm filter). But when using a step-up you cannot remove the hood anymore and, screw on the filter from the front...

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4... DOH!!!
« on: February 04, 2013, 02:34:51 AM »
Ugh, I just bought Lightroom 4 and to my horror, it is not comptatible with XP!!!

I had the same unexpected experience when trying to install a trial on a friend's older system, and apparently there is really no unofficial way around this limitation :-\

Now, my question is, which is better? Windows 7 or 8? Any thoughts?

They are basically the same except for the theme look and MS' touchscreen tile interface, but you can just ignore that and install a start menu replacement. But when in doubt go for the proven, more debugged system which is Win7, even though it now of course has a shorter "mainstream" support duration.

Lenses / Re: Resistance to Larger Filter Size, Kills Great Lenses?
« on: February 04, 2013, 02:23:14 AM »
General comment: If this rumor is true, it seems to me there won't be a 24-70IS at all?! Not that it would matter to me, a €3000+ price tag is not in my budget region for a standard zoom anymore.

What do facts have to do with anything, people don't want facts interfering with their opinions.

Most people of course are open to interfering facts - but in my experience it is often discovered that these facts, after due inspection, either aren't really proven/applicable or even magically validate the seemingly contradicting opinion as the exception to the rule :-p

The 24-70mm II uses I beleive (don't quote me on the precise number) a 68mm front element with an 82mm filter size. The 24-70mm f/2.8 IS used a 77.29mm front element!

So in simple layman's terms a Canon 24-70/2.8IS needs larger glass elements to be sharper than the 82mm Tamron 24-70vc, or does the Canon IS have another construction that is larger than Tamron VC?

I have to admit I don't quite understand it yet because I imagined the IS being build *around* the lens, but now it seems like the IS needs some glass "headroom", at least in the front element, to work because the angle of the lens changes slightly when IS is at work?

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