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Canon General / Re: Good Canon Dealers in LA
« on: February 15, 2015, 10:43:00 AM »
I had a good experience with Bel-Air Camera Superstore in Westwood Villiage a couple of years back. They were recommended by the forum denizens at the time.

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FWIW, I feel the Clutch is better for me than the Camdapter.

Got a link? Googling for "clutch wrist strap" sent me to endless pages of straps for ladies handbags  ;D

Boy, that totally cracked me up :D
Thanks to Tsuru, you must have found it by now.

Thanks, I did. From the look of the adjustment strap, the Peak Design Clutch looks better than the CamDapter, but I prefer the CamDapter way to attach to a tripod-type clamp (Arca-Swiss or Manfrotto).

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FWIW, I feel the Clutch is better for me than the Camdapter.

Got a link? Googling for "clutch wrist strap" sent me to endless pages of straps for ladies handbags  ;D

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I also have the Camdapter, Nikon Hand strap II and Canon straps- the Clutch is by far the most convenient and ergonomic.
+1 on the Camdapter. I use the wrist-strap/shoulder strap combo either with their arca-swiss plate or a Benro L-plate for my 5D3.

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Site Information / Re: "Show unread posts" no longer work as expected
« on: January 06, 2015, 11:09:42 AM »
Today I found that checking the two links does not work as usual, and as expected for me.

Works for me as advertised, probably a bug in the software?

Personally, I keep being logged in ("remember me") so the "show unread posts since last visit" list is never lost unless I manually clear it after checking nothing interests me.

+1.
 
It's likely something in your computer, clear the browsing history and try again.

I also keep being logged in, on 2-3 different computers and on my smartphone (all at the same time).

The forum software uses cookies to keep track of state (at least SMFCookie46 and PHPSESSID are used) and I would ass-u-me that any change in behaviour would be caused by change in forum SW rather than my browser (FF34). But then again, changed browser behaviour have caused server behaviour before...
Time to go back and test with an older FF version I guess.

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Sounds like extra work when you can plug the computer in and run a test in just a few minutes. Save the report if you like. Repeat. Adjust lighting and repeat instantly. Its more of a pain with newer bodies because you have to change the AF setting manually. But no big deal.

The 7D II is the first body I have tested that had to be manual. It may have been that older versions of Focal you had to do more.

With the older bodies you do not have to adjust the setting manually. Even easier click and walk away for a minute or so till its done.

Have you actually tried the two modes/ways? If not, I would suggest to try and report back what you find.
For some lenses (the very long comes to mind) there is actually a value in not having to carry around and plug in a laptop, say, when doing it outdoors.

And no, the older FoCal's didn't require me to do more (when the camera body was supported).

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Site Information / "Show unread posts" no longer work as expected
« on: December 30, 2014, 12:02:20 AM »
I've gotten used to check the two top links ("Show unread posts since last visit" and "Show new replies to your posts") to keep up-to-date with the forum activity, but a while ago, I noticed that I saw very few new posts this way - very odd with the CR community.
Today I found that checking the two links does not work as usual, and as expected for me.

If I click the "Show unread posts" the board SW claims that there is no new/unread posts, but if I go in a check, say, Rumors > EOS Bodies, several threads show up with unread items.

I would really appreciate if we could get the old behaviour back.

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Which kind of brings up the point for NancyP, Focal is great but you need a laptop or the ability to get your computer close to your camera.

Well, you can still use FoCal in the "manual" mode, where you take a number of shots covering the +/-20 range (I usually do it at 5 increment steps) and then load the images into Focal's analysis system. As I recall, this is still Neuro's preferred method.

The semi-automated mode on the 5D3 is enough of an annoyance for me to use the manual mode quite often.

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Lenses / Re: Talk about your ef 300mm f/2.8
« on: December 08, 2014, 06:40:17 AM »
I'd really like to read your thoughts about the ef 300mm 2.8 lenses--and see some samples.  Thanks!

I hope you've taken a look at the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM samples thread which shows that the 300mm can be quite versatile.
Of course, there is an element of "if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" with those kinds of threads ;D

I went for the 300mm because I found that the 70-200mm was a wee bit short from time to time, and the 400mm f/2.8L was just ... too big and heavy, and too long for me on a crop camera (I since moved to FF). Full disclosure: I did have the 400mm f/2.8L MkI :)

I think the biggest lure is the sheer versatility of the 300mm: stunning bokeh, not too long, and if it's a bit too short, just slab on a MkII/III extender. And you can handhold this thing.
So while it is a "sports and fashion shows" lens, it can also be used on large and not too skittich wildlife.

For portraits, the 200mm f/2L is likely to be more useful, but for me, gaining a single stop is not worth it.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 400 f/2.8L IS mk1 v mk2
« on: November 03, 2014, 08:26:32 AM »
Seems to me like weight and the IS system are really the only major differences.

Don't underestimate these items... particularly the weight....

Especially the weight. That was one of the main reasons I sold it again.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 31, 2014, 02:36:32 PM »
Interesting. I'll take a closer look when I have more time. Also a surprise when compared to other Canon info such as their promo materials at release (which I checked but not for Europe). Maybe because its so expensive in Europe compared to the rest of the Western World? Or because 5D/5DII/5DIII makes you qualify for the European CPS-programme?

Your guess is as good (or maybe better) as mine and only Canon Europe can say for sure.

Just yesterday I got a customer satisfaction survey mail from CPS. In that survey, the lumped the 1D and 5D together as "Professional" level camera bodies.

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Lenses / Re: why there are no new L primes
« on: October 25, 2014, 04:28:24 PM »
I would suggest you take another look at the Sigma 50 art. I have it and am enjoying it.
OP just reviewed and blogged about the 50A the day before you wrote, so I doubt he needs to go back and take another look. His blog entry is here (semi-NSWF):
http://www.beyondboudoirphoto.com/blog/2014/10/outdoor-photoshoot-for-a-portland-couple
 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 24, 2014, 02:38:49 PM »
Interesting. I'll take a closer look when I have more time. Also a surprise when compared to other Canon info such as their promo materials at release (which I checked but not for Europe). Maybe because its so expensive in Europe compared to the rest of the Western World? Or because 5D/5DII/5DIII makes you qualify for the European CPS-programme?

Your guess is as good (or maybe better) as mine and only Canon Europe can say for sure.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 21, 2014, 10:27:43 AM »
People can make all kind of "own" definitions.

I tend to follow Canon definition and they reserve "Professional" to the 1D-series. So the cut off for Canon is that 5D/5DII/5DIII did/do not qualify.

Sorry, but that is simply not true. Canon does classify the 5D3 as a professional camera, as least in Europe. Take a look at these Canon websites:
http://www.canon.dk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/Digital_SLR/professional/
http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/Digital_SLR/professional/
http://www.canon.de/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/Digital_SLR/professional/
http://www.canon.fr/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/Digital_SLR/professional/

Oddly, the 5D3 is categorized as 'Enthusiast' on the canon.com.au website, and the Canon USA and CN websites don't make that distinction in their website layout.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to differentiate crop vs. FF
« on: October 13, 2014, 10:14:57 AM »
The differences are "neg•li•gi•ble".
Everything else is just noise and a lot of geeking out.
I must politely disagree.

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