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Lenses / Re: Most requested lenses for replacement?
« on: June 25, 2012, 10:21:24 AM »
17-40L - corners are woeful and the distortion is barely tolerable at less than 20mm. Great on a crop camera but terrible on FF. And the 16-35 isn't that much better.

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The confusion is the statement, "I'm not buying a 5D Mark III because...," followed by an answer of, "I already bought one (or more) and I'm using it, what's your problem?"

Well that was there so that all of the folks that have one could tick a box rather than post :)

But in all seriousness, that line adds a lot of value to the poll, don't you think?

Too many options on the poll.

Why is that a problem for you?

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Interesting set of responses thus far... roughly 2/5 have bought a 5D Mark III, another 2/5 would buy one if it offered a better proposition and the other 1/5 is split between a bunch of different reasons.

I'm still confused by this, because your question pertains only to those who DIDN'T buy the 5D Mark III.

Of course! Why? Because that's what is actually useful to know. The people that have already decided for one reason or another that they liked what is on offer so there's no need to go into any depth about what they think. Perhaps one of the more interesting results is that the D800 will cost Canon less than 3% of its 5D Mark III sales. I would have thought it would be much higher.

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EOS Bodies / Re: LightRoom...HELP!
« on: June 24, 2012, 12:26:58 AM »
If you need help or direction in how to use Lightroom, go to www.luminous-landscape.com to buy and download the tutorial videos.

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Interesting set of responses thus far... roughly 2/5 have bought a 5D Mark III, another 2/5 would buy one if it offered a better proposition and the other 1/5 is split between a bunch of different reasons.

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Lenses / Re: Moving to India
« on: June 23, 2012, 02:22:13 PM »
but you will get a lot of people trying to scam money out of you at temples etc.

I don't know about you, I find this incredibly offensive.

After a couple of days, I simply didn't want to talk to any local because I simply couldn't trust anything that they said.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Announcement Day July 24, 2012? [CR2]
« on: June 22, 2012, 04:30:12 PM »
The danger factor depends on the type of bear as well. For example, brown bears are much more dangerous than black bears.

False. Black bear.

Either way you're dead.

Best advice, always go with someone slower than you. You can't outrun the bear, but you don't have to. You just have to outrun the person you are with. :)

There are three species of bear that can be found in North America:
- black bear: Yosemite and other warmer states (I've seen one in Arizona). Opportunistic feeder and easily scared. Don't get too close, don't run and don't come between mother and cub.
- brown bear: Alaska where they feed on mostly fish. Neither you nor your food is likely to interest them.
- grizzly bear: found in the upper rockies and Canada, these bears are not very well known for being kind. When walking mountain trails in grizzly territory, it is customary to be noisy so that they disappear before you see them. Most human casualties involve these guys.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Announcement Day July 24, 2012? [CR2]
« on: June 22, 2012, 04:21:26 PM »

I don't know about you, but my definition of safe is around the 50 meters/yards mark - the "half a football field pitch" length. I've never seen anyone recommend anything closer as being "safe".

Not unless you were in a car with the engine left on idle ....   

Or you have 300-400 meters between you and the bear with some ready -to-scram car or secure shelter to run to ...  anything under that is definitely not safe if you have big camera gear at hand !

I've never heard anyone from NPS say that much distance is required.

The goal isn't to be so far that you can escape but rather not be close enough for you to be perceived as a threat.

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Lenses / Re: Moving to India
« on: June 22, 2012, 02:15:05 PM »
I can't believe you're going back...

Why? We had a great time, loved the food, people, culture etc. Also it is a growth area in our professional fields!

your wife is going to stay indoors nearly all the time?

Not likely, she is the Scientific Attaché for the French Embassy...  She got the job, and as an acadmic scientist (biophysicist/biochemist) it was not too difficult for me to find another lab there to continue my research (muscle disease in children)... So, it is not as though I’m dragging her there, nor do I think it will be a problem. :)

Of all the countries I've been to, I've never been harassed and treated as badly as I have in India. And I'm male. For women travelling alone, it is worse again.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Announcement Day July 24, 2012? [CR2]
« on: June 22, 2012, 12:11:39 PM »
Lets hope the 200-400 f4 is one of the len's announced. I need one for October as im off to the forest to shoot bears, with a camera not a gun.

Mick

400 + 1.4x is not enough for close ups at a safe distance of bears in the wild.

You need 700mm or more in glass.

Doesn't that depend on your definition of "safe"?

I don't know about you, but my definition of safe is around the 50 meters/yards mark - the "half a football field pitch" length. I've never seen anyone recommend anything closer as being "safe".

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EOS Bodies / Re: Announcement Day July 24, 2012? [CR2]
« on: June 22, 2012, 09:35:11 AM »
Lets hope the 200-400 f4 is one of the len's announced. I need one for October as im off to the forest to shoot bears, with a camera not a gun.

Mick

400 + 1.4x is not enough for close ups at a safe distance of bears in the wild.

You need 700mm or more in glass.

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Lenses / Re: Moving to India
« on: June 22, 2012, 08:41:49 AM »
How much time have you spent in India?

And coming from Europe, you're caucasian, right?

We went to Rajasthan for 2 weeks last November...  thats it :) and yes, we're caucasian?!

I can't believe you're going back... your wife is going to stay indoors nearly all the time?

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Lenses / Re: Moving to India
« on: June 22, 2012, 06:29:51 AM »
How much time have you spent in India?

And coming from Europe, you're caucasian, right?

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I'm thinking one likely avenue for future digital camera upgrades is in the way RAW data is captured and/or returned to the user.

For example, as a sensor remains active, light photons hit diodes on the sensor and build up an electrical charge.  I wonder if it's possible in the future for the end user of a '1/50 or longer exposure' shot for example to get a series (or matrix) of various images (binary numbers) recorded to the sensor

Hmmm, you mean like you do with video?

Or similar to what might happen with 14fps on the 1DX?


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and be able to layer and manipulate each series in the matrix individually.

I could see this allowing us to to visualize the evolution of the captured image as it collects on the sensor, and in editing, allow us to pick and choose the most appropriate selection or combination of selections for any given area of the final image.

Unless the exposure time is in seconds, the reaction time of the human being will be too slow.

However the wells that make up the pixels in the sensor are unlike those used for water - you cannot look in them to see how full they are without emptying them in the first place.

If you like, imagine that a sensor is made up of measuring cups that hold rain water and the only way to find out how much rain is in the cup is to open a trapdoor at the bottom and let all of the water out and see how much was collected.

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Lenses / Would you get a tattoo of a Canon lens?
« on: June 21, 2012, 07:21:45 AM »
Watching TV tonight, one guy shows a tattoo on his left side of the glass lenses in the 50/1.4.

Yes, a tattoo pattern that is the glass elements of the 50/1.4.

Why? Because it is his favourite lens.

Now that is dedication!

How dedicated are you to Canon and Canon equipment?

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