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EOS Bodies / Re: What Canon Body is threatened buy the Nikon D5200?
« on: January 09, 2013, 02:30:08 AM »
Not sure where the 60D fits in anymore

The 60d is/will be phased out, the swivel screen model now is the 650d (with 60d-style af, actually a bit better).

What Canon Body is threatened buy the Nikon D5200?

None, after the experiences with the delays, the initial 5d3/24-70ii price and the 6d features it's clear non-Rebel users (who just own the kit lens) very seldom switch and Canon can get away with just about everything - people complain, but that's about it.

A few professionals who really need the competition's features might jump ship or buy Nikon in addition to Canon (like the high mp d800) - but for the rest the loss when selling Canon is too big, the feel of Nikon is too different, and last not least only Canon runs Magic Lantern.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Inside the Canon EOS-1D C
« on: January 09, 2013, 02:20:39 AM »
Quote from: Canon U.S.A.
You shall not alter, modify, disassemble, decompile or otherwise reverse engineer the Software and you also shall not have any third party to do so.
I hope this announcement will be enough to make people leave us alone about hacking the 1D :)

Thanks for the information, just as everyone else I never read the fine print (and am not a lawyer) :-o

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Launches the Sigma USB DOCK
« on: January 09, 2013, 02:17:47 AM »
I see they've added that ability for the 5D3 and later :).

Canon is a very conservative company - the lens fw update mainly seems to be designed to ensure compatibility of lenses with newer camera bodies, on each new generation release there are a few lenses (even newer ones) that need a trip to Canon service because they have issues. But Canon isn't enthusiastic about (too?) many customizations or features, they leave that to Sigma and Magic Lantern.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of downgrading my 5d3 system
« on: January 08, 2013, 05:25:34 PM »
Not a substantial weight difference and you will lose more money than saving based on the initial price you paid for the gear.

Substantial is subjective, it's not just the absolute weight alone but also the distribution of it (like a heavy flash on a bracket or the longer 70-200L vs the short 70-300L). And when crossing the personal pain/fun threshold, 100-200g might make the decisive difference, esp. if shooting for a longer time.

As for money: Of course selling gear to downgrade is bad business, but money is also lost when letting top gear rot in the bag - esp. camera bodies loose value, like the 30% drop of the 5d3 since release a year ago. Cheaper camera bodies simply cannot loose as much value in absolute terms.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Inside the Canon EOS-1D C
« on: January 08, 2013, 05:19:24 PM »
I've been discussing in the ml forum and with the ml devs all over, thus the lengthy post:

The magic-lantern team is very careful to never redistribute Canon-copyrighted binaries or code of any sort, and the kind of reverse engineering that they do is entirely legal.

And changing some flags in the 1dx firmware via ml probably wouldn't be illegal either, Canon doesn't make you sign a contract "no 3rd party firmware allowed" when selling the camera. But as it is, even targeting a whole department of lawyers on a single person might have some impact :-o

However, near consensus among the ml devs is to leave the 1dx alone, not just because Canon says so, but also because ...

a) ml is a community project to add new features to entry- to midrange cameras (5d3 being the absolute top of the line) and only there expand upon some firmware limitations (i.e. more than 3x bracketing), ml is not there to save money for rich people - at least that's not why I contributed source code to ml.

b) it would be stupid because Canon just relaxed a bit about ml (in comparison to plain ignorance) and maybe they'll even make life easier for the devs by giving some answers that save months of reverse engineering - but on the other hand Canon can disable the ml loader mechanism on the next cameras or via the next firmware updates, and that would be the end of it. A real possibility is that Canon tries to void all warranties if they detect ml has ever been installed which would cut 2/3 of the userbase just because of fud.

To sum it up: If someone hacks the 1dx to a 1dc, maybe even commercially ("give me half the 1dx/1dc difference and I'll unlock it") it won't be via ml - personally I hope it won't happen at all, people who actually use 4k in 2013 are most probably well off and should just pay for it.

As for Canon ripping 1dx/1dc users off: A dslr is a computer, the firmware is the software, and it absolutely common to deliver the same software with features unlockable for a price (i.e. 4k on the 1dc) even if the hardware (i.e. your computer) is the same. You cannot demand "I want Photoshop Elements for the price of Photoshop Extended" just because your computer can run it. It's a legit business model, even if people might not like it. I do like it because it makes well-off people pay more, now if Canon would just make reasonable prices for the rest of us...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Launches the Sigma USB DOCK
« on: January 08, 2013, 02:46:23 PM »
They might. And then prevent 3rd parties like FoCal from accessing those like what they did for the 5d3. And no, I'm not going to stop grumbling about that.

Maybe it does make you feel better there's full FoCal support for the 6d again, Canon might have heard your grumbling!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Launches the Sigma USB DOCK
« on: January 08, 2013, 01:31:46 PM »
Focus setting

Contemporary, Art and Sports • Updating Lens Firmware It is possible to update the lens firmware via the internet. • Focus Setting Multiple focus setting options are available: 4 categories for fixed focal length lenses, and 16 categories (4 options for focal length) x (4 options for shooting distance) for zoom lenses.

For Sports line • AF Speed Adjustment There are 3 AF speed modes. • Focus Limiter Adjustment Offering customization for the driving range of auto focus enables a photographer to exactly reflect the personal preference. • OS Setting There are 3 OS (Optical Stabilizer) adjustment modes.

I have to say I'm impressed - lenses have reached the digital age at last, it'll be interesting to see if Canon follows and adds more customization options for their lenses directly through the eos cameras.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: EOS-1D C in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: January 08, 2013, 01:28:39 PM »
Great deal, in for 2.
/sorry, could not resist.

Me neither: Given the 30% price drop of the 5d3 over the past year the 1dc should be @8000$ in q1/2014 :-o

Software & Accessories / Re: AFMA advice sought
« on: January 08, 2013, 01:25:13 PM »
Here's my DIY schematic

I take it since the pic is "AFMA_Image4.jpg" there are others - or is the a good "do it yourself" site on this? I haven't read up on this since my 60d hasn't got afma (thanks, Canon!) but now that I'll get a ff I'd like a good solution for af adjustment w/o spending additional money.

Software & Accessories / Re: AFMA advice sought
« on: January 08, 2013, 11:39:19 AM »
The results were within the spread of the semi-automatic method using the program.

That's a great advice & thanks for the pic - but watch out for Reikan employees setting fire to your car :->

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D reviewed by PhotographyBlog
« on: January 08, 2013, 11:29:36 AM »
Better yet, rent one and judge for yourself how it does the things you want a camera to do.

Shooting for a few days is no substitute for a professional review that might discover problems you'd only discover after a year because you didn't use that function when renting the camera (like I missed the missing afma on the 60d). The only thing that needs a personal review are the ergonomics (weight, size, buttons, ...).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Anybody using MagicLantern?
« on: January 08, 2013, 01:45:58 AM »
It's very good on the 5DII but when I don't use it I have to remove the battery because it drains the battery in 2 days!

That definitely sounds like a bug, I'd be nice if you'd post a report in the ml forum so they can fix it. Ml does make the led blink so you can see the camera is on (doubtful feature if you ask me), but the battery drain shouldn't be as large as you describe.

I'm using the alpha 2 version on my 7D and am pretty pleased with the expanded features also it seems quite stable even in its early development for the 7D.

The 7d port should be very stable because it's just another digic4 body, and the unified version for digic4 is stable for a long time - they just couldn't get it to start on the dual-digic4 7d. It's different for digic5 cameras (5d3, 6d) - that's really a dev version that could have real bugs.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Anybody using MagicLantern?
« on: January 07, 2013, 05:13:00 PM »
If you turn your camera off it will come back up with normal Canon firmware, right?

NO! Turning your camera off is not enough because it isn't actually "off" - if (ever) ml freezes, you have to remove the battery. To uninstall ml then remove the boot flag from the card via the ml utility, then the camera will start w/o ml - the other option is pressing half-shutter when turning on the camera, in this case ml disables itsself until turning off - please do read the excellent installation instructions on the ml site.

Software & Accessories / Re: CS2 free download?
« on: January 07, 2013, 05:06:32 PM »
That's the Internet for you :-p ... official Adobe response, see

On behalf of Adobe Systems Incorporated ...
You have heard wrong! Adobe is absolutely not providing free copies of CS2!
What is true is that Adobe is terminating the activation servers for CS2 and that for existing licensed users of CS2 who need to reinstall their software, copies of CS2 that don't require activation but do require valid serial numbers are available. (Special serial numbers are provided on the page for each product download.) See <>.
You are only legally entitled to download and install with that serial number if you have a valid license to the product!

... so according to Adobe, even downloading is not ok w/o a license - but since there's nothing whatsoever after entering the Adobe ID on the download site, I don't think they won't annoy people who downloaded it with a "real" ID. As I said above: Someone's out of a job...

EDIT: I don't think Adobe could give away CS even if they wanted to because surely there are some included components licensed from 3rd parties that want to be paid per delivered copy, no matter what Adobe does - it's the same problem why many source codes cannot be published.

Software & Accessories / Re: CS2 free download?
« on: January 07, 2013, 04:30:43 PM »
Thanks for finding that out Marsu! I requested admins to remove the thread...

Or better leave it in place, maybe locked - or else the information about the problem gets lost if 10000 other sites plaster "free download" (correct) or "Adobe giveaway" (probably not correct) over the web.

Note: There doesn't seem to be anything illegal about the *download* since you just need to have an Adobe ID and Adobe nowhere says you shouldn't, it's about the *usage* afterwards.

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