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December 2006: Canon 400D / EOS Rebel XTi (used sporadically until 2009, then intensively afterward).
March 2010: Canon 7D
May 2012: Canon 5D Mark III

Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New Lens Caps!
« on: December 15, 2012, 09:33:45 AM »
If anyone is still interested, these things are now available here in Japan.  I picked up a couple at Yodobashi Camera in Osaka this week.  No, they don't have ultrasonic printed on them.  They are thicker than the old side pinch type, but not enough to make a difference (i.e. they still fit in my bags). 

I do use lens caps at times (when moving by train to different location, in museums that don't allow photography, etc.).  Guess I'll see if the center-pinch types were worth the 850 yen price in the next few months.

EOS Bodies / Re: black focus points on 5Dmkiii
« on: December 12, 2012, 01:18:39 AM »
I love my 5DIII, but yeah--the AF points can be hard to see in low light.  I've been doing quite a bit of stuff at night recently, and I wish they could work out a solution like they did for the 1DX.  In most cases it isn't too much of an issue. but in situations where you are moving the AF points around it can make life a little more challenging.  Doesn't dent my enthusiasm for the camera; and I guess the fact that I can shoot in situations where it is dark enough to make this an issue shows how well it does at high ISOs.  So...

Wish the AF points had a red / blinky / low light "option," but not crying about it anyway.  (HOWEVER--I suspect someone shooting very "active" situations in the dark might find this to be a more serious concern...  I remember another thread a while back in which some guy was shooting dancers in a dark theater.  For his purpose, the dark AF points might be more of a concern).

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 06, 2012, 08:36:10 PM »
I want to win and my camera REALLY wants me to win!

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: November 22, 2012, 10:10:32 PM »
This is my first attempt at an HDR image.  Tripods weren't allowed, so I had used the in-camera HDR function on my 5DIII and saved the RAW files, then used Photoshop Elements 10 to process the HDR.  Kobuntei at Kairakuen Garden.  Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.  22 November 2012.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: November 02, 2012, 11:32:01 PM »
Yay!  My 100 mm f2.8l macro is just arrived.  Hopefully have a chance to get shooting with it tomorrow. 

Canon General / Re: Would you rather . . .
« on: October 28, 2012, 10:15:00 AM »
Yeah, but does that one good image have decent DR?  That's all that REALLY matters.

Remember, we're Canon shooters.  Our cameras suck at DR because they aren't the Nikon D800.  That is the only camera capable of taking good pictures.  The rest of us can just start crying into our camera bags now.

(Hope the sarcasm is pretty clear...)

I still love my 5DIII, but the non-illuminated AF thing...  Some quirks I get used to and they don't bother me after a while, but in this particular case the more I use the camera the more the AF points bug me (when shooting in dark conditions).  I don't do much in the way of video; I guess the uncompressed HDMI is cool, and if I ever get a chance to rent a lens where it becomes relevant the F/8 upgrade is nice. 

But I was really hoping for the AF illumination like on the 1DX.  Thanks Canon. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: upgrading from rebel xsi: T4i or used 7D
« on: October 21, 2012, 07:12:00 AM »
I went from an XTi to a 7D a few years back and I was really happy with the move.  My friend had an XSi (Kiss X5 over here I think it was).  His was a little better than my XTi in terms of low light (we were shooting--attempting  to shoot?--an indoor volleyball match).  However, the 7D was better than either.  Can't reallly say much about the T4i, but when I got my 5DIII a few months back, I held on to my 7D.  I still love that camera. 


Unethical...  Immoral...

You keep using those words.  I do not think they mean what you think they mean.

Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up:

Production costs are of minuscule to no importance in determining retail price.  Canon can charge what they choose.  If you don't like the price, don't buy (or wait and see if it drops, ala 5DIII).  A wheelbarrow is not listed among our assets.

Ahahaha!  I love that movie!  And as someone who bought the 5DIII early on, I completely agree with your point.  (I live in Japan and bought it in June, and converting the yen came out to more than $3500).  Sure, I would have been happier if it had been less expensive.  But no Canon enforcers came by to drag me down to Yodobashi Camera and force me to buy it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D to 5D III upgrade..worth it?
« on: September 10, 2012, 11:46:22 AM »
I have had a 7D for over two years, and bought a 5DIII in June (kept the 7D).  I still like my 7D, but I'm very happy with my decision to get the 5DIII.  Big advantage in low light / high ISO performance. 

The biggest disadvantage was that I had to buy a new lens, because my 10-22 didn't work with the ff.  (That's kind of a joke, I knew the 10-22 was EF-S of course and so it wouldn't work on the 5DIII...)  Of course, I was planning to buy a UWA anyway--just decided I needed it sooner rather than later, because the wide end of my 24-70mm wasn't close to wide enough.

See, you carry the D4 as a prop to hand to the athelete, and hold on to the 1DX to take photos of him.  Both cameras are useful tools; the Nikon looks nice having its picture taken, while the Canon takes the nice picture! :-)

As I keep saying maybe Nikon have made some better cameras this round woopdy dooo so what
doesnt make the canons bad...

"ok guys thats it pack up and go home its official you cant take good pictures anymore! and infact any good pictures you have taken with a canon in the past are no officially longer good. DxO said so"

the differences are marginal IRL congrats to nikon for making some great cameras

but to think that navel gazing DxO results actually mean much? thats delusional

Bad photos can be taken with an IQ180 great photos can be taken with a D800e and award winning photos can be taken with a rebel. As the saying in drag racing goes "Run what you Brung"

I am seriously over all the crap and hysteria about 1 or 2 stops of DR that are generated from pushing shadow regions anyway.  ::)

why dont all the Noink DR fanboys take their D800s over to nikon rumours and have a nice circle jerk over them there instead of constantly plaguing a forum about canon


Its getting like that south park episode where every one bought hybrids
smug levels are getting outta control


I'm sick of Nikon and Canon failing to provide enough megapixels!  When are these companies going to start providing us with the tools we need?  The D800 and the 5DIII both fail to provide enough resolution for out purposes.  Here is the technology that they should be offering in their baseline full frame DSLRs:

(Just in case it isn't clear--the above post is sarcastic.  Kind of a lot of megapixels in the camera that article talks about though...)

I also format the card when I put it back in the camera after backing it up (usually on two external hard drives as well as on my computer).  I've never had any problems losing shots due to bad cards; still have my old 2 and 4 GB cards from when I was using my old Rebel XTi.

On the subject of cards...  I recently started using my 5DIII and am now getting used to having dual slots.  The file sizes are a bit larger than on my 7D so I started running a little short on space (was using a 16GB card).  Started chimping in camera to open up space, but the top LCD still showed I had the same number of shots remaining.  Took me a couple seconds to realize what was happening.  I had switched my review to the SD card (shooting JPEG) and had my CF card shooting RAW, so chimping wasn't saving me any space on my CF.  Fortunately, this wasn't a situation where I was in any danger of running out of memory (I had about 70 shots at the end of the night, and had a spare card if I needed).  But it helped me realize that the dual cards require a little bit more thought than a single slot.

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