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I've had the police called on me before as a "stalker" even though I was just photographing the exterior of a church  in a downtown area on a Saturday.  The police were pretty amused when they arrived but I wasn't. 

My advice is to pick up a fellow photographer when you go out to shoot.  It is weird but apparently two people with cameras is fine but one is suspicious these days...

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200 f/2L IS & EF 800 f/5.6L IS [CR2]
« on: March 13, 2013, 02:56:53 PM »
I own the 200 f/2 and have for some time now.  It is my main lens that I use as it is just hard to find anything that works better (for me).  As for a replacement, I can see where they would significantly reduce the weight and improve the IS by a few stops.  Those two things alone would make it a great purchase but the MK1 will still be a great lens as well.  I don't think a newer version would reduce the value of the MK1 so don't expect to see mine up for sale at 1/2 price.  ;)

+1 here.  I doubt Canon could justify the huge price for an upgrade to those of us that already own one.  The current version is that good.  I doubt they would reduce the weight very much.  From the current version's manual:  "Designed for lighter weight with major parts made of magnesium alloy".

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Last month (Feb 22 Feb 2013) I bought the Tamron 28-300 VC lens (from B&H) for those times when I only want to carry just one lens mounted on my 5D MK III ... I am not sure if it was my copy of the lens or it is always like that, but that lens was very soft, made strange audible creaking noise when the VC & AF were being engaged and the AF point would jump after taking the shot ... so I returned it and bought a Nikon 18-300 VR lens & a refurbished Nikon D7000
Anyway here are a few images made with the Tamron 28-300 VC (mounted on 5D MK III) ... the firt and the third images are straight out of the camera ... the second and the fourth are after editing.

It's not your copy.  I bought one when they first came out and you described it perfectly.  The only think you left out is how slooooooow (optically) it is!  It transitions from f3.5 to 5 to 5.6 and then 6.3 rather quickly in the zoom range.  I also own the Canon 28-300mm beast but picked this one up thinking it would be "good enough" for casual photography.  Wrong!  Slow, soft and noisy...

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EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR at the End of March [CR2]
« on: February 28, 2013, 01:49:53 PM »
I doubt that Canon will release anything that threatens the Nikon D7100 if it delivers on the image quality that is being claimed.  The few sample images look pretty good.  If Nikon has indeed worked around the moirĂ© problem and no longer needs an AA filter, the images will be sharper than anything Canon will put out there in a 70D.  It's unclear to me whether their solution is a change in the sensor itself or purely in firmware/software...

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Stay aware from the Tamron 28-300mm VC lens if you are worried about sharpness.  I have Canon's 28-300L IS lens and love the overall quality and versatility that it provides but it is quite large and heavy to lug around all day.  I picked up a copy of the Tamron thinking that it would be "good enough" for when I wanted to travel light (about 1/3 the weight and price compared to the Canon). The image quality is fine for smaller prints but is too soft for large prints (IMO).  The VC works great but the lens is a slooooooow lens.  Even though it is an f3.5-6.3 (the Canon is 3.5-5.6)  it transitions from 3.5 down to f5, 5.6, and 6.3 rather quickly.  That, coupled with the fact that the focusing motor isn't up to Canon standards, it can be quite slow to focus; especially at the long end where the max aperture is 6.3.  The Tamron is one of those lenses that looks good on paper...

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Center Pinch Lens Caps Now Shipping
« on: February 25, 2013, 08:23:49 PM »
With the thrid party caps being available and half or more of Canon's lenses needing updated, you'd think they had better things to work on...  :o

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How Do You Clean your sensor? And how often?
« on: February 23, 2013, 04:51:02 PM »
After the rocket, if it needs it, a Photographic Solutions Senso Swab for the sensor size and the correct version of their fluid for the camera model...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=photographic+solutions&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

You can buy the premoistened ones but make sure the fluid is for your camera's sensor type...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon ever move into the Medium Format space?
« on: February 23, 2013, 04:43:49 PM »
Besides, look at the reality of Canon's insane camera body pricing lately compared to the completion.  They'd price it so high that it would be ridiculous!  But it would probably shoot 2k video...  ::)

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Software & Accessories / Re: How do you pack your filters around?
« on: February 15, 2013, 01:28:21 PM »
I also picked up a product through B&H:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/735394-REG/Tiffen_4BLTPCHLGK_Belt_Filter_Pouch_Large.html

It only holds 4 per pouch but I like the padding between the filters...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2nd camera body with a twist -
« on: February 05, 2013, 05:31:57 PM »
I never owned a 1Ds3 but I did upgrade my 1DM4 to a 1DX.  I also have a 5DM3 (replaced an older 5DM2) as a second body thinking that I'd use it when traveling lite.  Not so, if the 5DM3 will do the job, that is the camera I use most of the time.  You may not want bells and whistles but the silent 3FPS shooting mode is worth a look.  It is just slow enough that you can leave it in that mode when shooting single shots and just fast enough to capture changing facial expressions at a wedding without driving everyone insane with the noise of something like  a 1D body.  The 1D X has the standard silent single shoot mode from its predecessors; not the 3FPS version...

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Firmware Specifcations
« on: January 22, 2013, 10:34:03 AM »
Anybody know where this information came from?  I didn't find anything on the Canon USA site.  I hope it fixes the increased number of camera "freezes' that I've been having since the 1.1.1 update...

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Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Production to Begin in Q2
« on: January 10, 2013, 08:56:03 AM »
This lens should be under $4k.  I guess there are people willing to buy it anyway, and so Canon will charge what the market will bear.

I don't know. It is a considerably more complex lens to manufacture than a 500mm f/4 or 600mm f/4, offers 200-400mm zoom at a constant f/4, and up to 560mm @ f/5.6 with the 1.4x switched in.

Besides, at $4k, there'd be no room for the 100-400 II!  :D

I agree.  Maybe they will over-produce it and the next round of Canon lens rebates will include a $8-10K rebate on it  :'(

Or, they want to put this out so there so that when they finally offer an updated 100-400 zoom the $5K they charge for it will look like a good deal!

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Technical Support / Re: Bracketing with 5d mark iii
« on: January 07, 2013, 01:56:18 PM »
Wow, I'm impressed!  Your first digital camera so you went from 0 to two 5DM3...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1D X firmware poblem?
« on: December 31, 2012, 10:49:07 PM »
There are likely other settings involved, I'd save the settings, and then reset the camera to see if the problem goes away.  Then restore the settings and see if it comes back.

Thanks for the suggestion.  I tried it and it works after restoring default settings.  I then put the camera back into RAW and a specific ISO (not the default AUTO) and it still worked.  Next I went back and restored the setting that I had saved and it is broken again so you're right.  It points to a specific combination of settings. Now if I can just figure out which one is causing it...

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EOS Bodies / Canon 1D X firmware poblem?
« on: December 31, 2012, 10:22:32 PM »
I've run accross a problem with my 1D X when shooting in manual (M) mode.  If I have the camera set in Manual, the 2-second Self-timer enabled in Drive mode, and use Live View, the camera freezes up after taking a shot.  I've verified that it does this with both the 17mm TSE and 8-15mm fisheye zoom (just happened to be the two lenses that I was using...).  I have to turn the camera off and remove the battery to recover from it.  I went back and tried the 2-second self-timer and live view with the AV mode and it worked OK so it seems to be specific to Manual mode.  Can someone else with a 1D X confirm this behavior?  I'm thinking it may be a firmware bug; not a problem with my specific camera.

Thanks...

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