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PowerShot / S100 GPS problems
« on: June 01, 2012, 08:01:04 PM »
My S100 GPS used to reliably reacquire the satellites after a few minutes from startup. Then after owning (and loving) it for a month the GPS refuses to acquire, even after restarting the GPS service. Now I turned on GPS logging, and it reliably acquires GPS again (but is using power while off).

I use this camera so much I think I'll just leave the logging feature on, so the GPS stays locked, but has anybody else noticed this behavior?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Film is still hard to beat
« on: June 01, 2012, 07:52:02 PM »
You want to know how film compares to digital? Look at the growth of number of pictures taken versus population growth. I haven't done this, but I know the rate of population growth is slowing while the growth of digital pictures is exponential. 15 billion pictures per year by next year is a number I recall (could be wrong by a few digits). Try walking around with a film camera as small as the S100, or a film camera in your phone.

Digital has trumped film as a medium, case closed.

I have yet to find a 'tweener' which works well. By that I mean a device which is in the middle, not as big and complicated as the top end but more capable then what you get at the low end. In cameras I have a S100 which I love. The damn thing rides on my belt (always!) and is always there. I don't notice it but when I need to take shot - any shot - I've got it. I also have a big DSLR with lenses that ride in a toploader case, that comes with me when I'm going out. One case over the bag and I have the bare essentials of a DSLR, I love that top loader bag.

In the middle I have a G12 and a Fuji X100, and I use them the least. The G12 isn't too portable and generally takes mediocre pictures. The Fuji can take nice shots, but it's slow and finicky. I have the same issue with the iPad. I love my iPhone, and my big computers (Mac Pro and Macbook Pros), but other than for watching movies occasionally I don't have much use for the iPad.

The commonality is that these things do a little of everything, and so do nothing particularly well (as far as I'm concerned). Neither portable like the S100, or capable like the DSLR, and so just end up annoying me.

So yeah, I'd love to find the camera that takes near DSLR quality shots with near P&S portability, but it doesn't seem to be invented yet (unless I got a Leica maybe, and then I'd be annoyed with manual focus no doubt). Maybe Canon will come out with a mirror less that will pull that off, one can hope.

EOS Bodies / Re: Camera Manufacturing Plants
« on: June 01, 2012, 08:01:06 AM »
When I worked in Japan (at a different company) there was a Canon factory near us on the Tokyo periphery. I remember meeting a foreigner who worked at the factory and having a nice chat on the train. Unusual because Japan hires few outsiders.

Maybe I should try to look him up and ask about the 1DX.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delays [CR2]
« on: May 31, 2012, 07:46:51 AM »
I work in engineering in a similar industry. For such a thing to happen, a 8-12 month delay, something got seriously fuu-d up. Its probably in production or engineering but we'll never know. Marketing or management could have done it too by over promising on features or schedule. It's probably a number of things rather than a single one. If it was a single problem, those usually call for a one shot delay, say of a month. This long of a delay is probably due to a series of problems.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Considering an EOS 35mm (film) body
« on: May 31, 2012, 07:33:47 AM »
12 year old autofocus and metering technology, 150 year old sensor technology, every shot costs a buck, no auto ISO and a limited range, and they get back to you a few days later (toss in a few trips to the store with the price of gas). No thanks ...

After using the gel that came with my 600, I wasn't so impressed.  It doesn't fit the holder all that well, was difficult to keep in place while attaching and it's incredibly flimsy -- don't see it lasting very long at all.  I'll probably just cut up the gels I have now to fit inside the holder.  Changing the white balance manually to accommodate is hardly even worth mentioning.  The auto sensing thing didn't even work consistently with my 5D3 anyway.

The way to put it in is to slide in from the bottom, the two upper corners tuck into the slots, then the bottom tab slips into the two fingers on the bottom. If you practice a little I've found it to be the quickest way to get a gel on the flash, additionally - at least while in the holder - the gels are much more protected then any other system.

They do use a thin gel material, a thick isn't necessary with their system and is probably easier to insert. Thinner might translate to better light transmission too.

EOS Bodies / Re: Chinese Alternative BG-E11 for 5D III not as bad
« on: May 29, 2012, 08:16:02 PM »
Really? Based on an earlier discussion I (after waiting a few years gong back and forth on the issue) bought a off brand grip for my 5DMKII. Maybe the 5DMKIII Chinese grip is different, but this one sucked. The buttons are cheesy, the on-off doesn't have a click registration, and the shutter doesn't feel nearly as good as the original. It didn't register the second battery until I jiggled it around.

I sent it back and bought the Canon version. Better.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 f/2.8L mk 1 or 24-105 f/4L
« on: May 28, 2012, 10:21:52 PM »
I've owned both, albeit not contiguously. Sold the 24-75 I, will never sell the 24-105. My most used lens and go-to, takes beautiful shots and is versatile.

Exact same as I've done except the 5DMKIII to update the 5DMKII. I've gone very slowly and cautiously, only buying a lens after its been recently updated. Or flashes for example, I held off buying a handful of 580exII's and PW's or whatever for a Canon solution. Now the 600's came out and I LOVE them, so I bought three and a EX3. Couldn't be happier.

It may vary from continent to continent but here in Europe the 1D bodies usually never drop in price. I bought my 1D4 for US$ 5000, which is the same as the launch price 3 years ago. The 1Ds3 and D3X bodies are still being sold for roughly US$ 8000 brand new.

Yeah that was my suspicion

The best bet would be to get a used or refurbished one. These cameras are so durable and tough and if you can get one with a low shutter count you get yourself a relatively inexpensive camera which theoretically will serve you for many years.

That's a good idea, of course many or most of those pros are pretty tough (cosmetically and whatnot) on their cameras. Maybe a Lens Rentals ones. But by then it seems like the used price isn't that much less than new, might as well get one with the new plastic smell still on it.

Or do they have sticky prices?

Kicking around getting a 1DX and wondering if it would be better to wait for a possible price drop. I mean after the camera is finally available to us mortals (say early next year)

EOS Bodies / Re: This should be more than a rumour
« on: May 28, 2012, 12:55:04 PM »
"Hey, a once-in-a-lifetime-shot, quick I have 2 seconds to get it ... "

BEEP: Please enter your PIN

Canon will never do it, besides the glass is where the money is.

This is why I have Pelican lockable cases cabled to my car/trunk. Any security measure is ultimately defeatable but this isn't a bad solution.

Lenses / Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: May 28, 2012, 09:37:23 AM »
I used to have the 20-70 I until I sold it. Nice lens, heavy though and the new one is spendy. I now have the 24-105 that I got with my 5DMKII. I didn't think much of it (gah, must be mediocre since its a kit lens) until I realized that my best shots were coming with that lens. Now it's the  one most often on my camera (next to the 16-35 II when I'm doing landscapes)

No interest in an updated 24-70, more expensive, heavier, limited focal range, no IS, but it's 2.8 (no biggie) ...

Lenses / Re: Recommendation for a sidekick wildlife lens
« on: May 28, 2012, 08:34:24 AM »
Putting all that together, I guess I don't have a good option without the updated 100-400, Gah ...

... at first, I thought about waiting for the 100-400ii, too, but then people explained to me that it'll likely cost double of the mk1, so that's out of the question for me. *If* there ever is a mk2. From what I understand, maybe the Sigma 120-300/2.8 sounds the best choice for you - as always, it's a tradeoff between weight, cost & iq.

NA - I'll consider the existing 100-400 some more. OTOH, if they were to update it next year I know I'll be kicking myself :)
Concerning tc and f8 af: You can always get a Kenko tc (dgx) which somehow manages to fool the camera into af'ing though exif data etc. is correct. However, on my 60d the single point af really suffers w/ f8, and for multi-point af there are too usually few af points, I guess it'll be the same for your old Rebel.

Sure it'll cost more, but what does that Sigma cost, around $3,000? Not cheap and only 300mm. For a wildlife lens, especially since it may be with a FF body, I need 400mm at least. Also I'm sure they'll update it, it's too popular a lens to let it languish forever. If recent trends are any indication I'd expect it in the next few years, they've already updated the 70-200 2.8, the 24-70, 16-35, etc. If nothing else they want an excuse to jack the price up! Anyhow the 100-400 wins in the versatility department besides.

Kenko sounds good but like I said I'm sticking with Canon Brand I think.

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