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Software & Accessories / Re: How good is Reikan FoCal?
« on: July 20, 2013, 11:09:02 PM »
You have to manually enter the AFMA setting, but if you do -20, -20, -15, -15...15, 15, 20, 20 like I did, it's not hard.

You shouldn't have to enter them manually, at least I never have - the values are in the EXIF metadata.  IIRC, after you load the files it doesn't show an AFMA, but it pulls them up during the analysis.

If mackguyver is using backbutton focus, then he might not have held in the backbutton ;)
I has sure given me a couple of more grey hairs  ???

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- dual and FAST SD cards (get rid of this expensive stupid and outdated CF junk)

Allow me to politely disagree. If a 5D4 would come with SD card slots only, I would avoid it for that single reason, regardless of anything else.

But then again, I don't think I would be in the market for a 5D4 - I'm totally happy with my 5D3  :D

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Lenses / Re: 200-400 Availability
« on: July 18, 2013, 09:30:54 AM »
When I was in Singapore around June 1st, Cathay Photo had a 200-400 that had arrived the day before that wasn't reserved (the other one was a pre-order that was picked up on the day it arrived).

That was me, the one that was picked up, the other was also a Pre Order but the customer declined when it arrived, not sure it's still available, but basically mine was USD price (Canon Listed) less the 7% GST Refund.

I was actually thinking that it could be you, eml  :) Since the other lens was for sale, they didn't have it out for drooling. I was slightly disappointed (wanting to see/touch the mythical lens) but then again I understand their business decision. And I really don't have a good excuse for buying it, besides the "because I could..." defense.

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Lenses / Re: 200-400 Availability
« on: July 18, 2013, 06:15:50 AM »
When I was in Singapore around June 1st, Cathay Photo had a 200-400 that had arrived the day before that wasn't reserved (the other one was a pre-order that was picked up on the day it arrived).

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Does the commercial shelf life of the 6D really matter to you? - my step mother has been photographing professionally with her 1Ds since 2003, and have only just now bought a 5D3 as replacement.

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Technical Support / Re: Canon 5D3 at airshow
« on: July 16, 2013, 08:45:19 PM »
A couple of years ago, I shot a Super-BMX competition with my 50D + the 400/2.8L Mk I IS "the lug". I very quickly gave up on my monopod and handheld the 400/2.8, since I had to pivot so quickly from side to side.

I'm not Ahh-nold (and never will be), but if it's possible with a bit of technique* to handhold that Mofo of a lump, using the 70-200 should be fine.

*) I found that resting the lens/body down along my body while waiting for heats/shots worked really well.

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What ever you do, DO NOT download the RRS 2013 Catalogue, it will only lead you to the poor house.

Sounds like it induces the same "MUST HAVE" syndrome that motorcycle accessory catalogs have on bikers.
We call it "bike-porn" (and on, I'm not talking about the centerfold pictures in Performance Bikes or Fast Bikes...)

Maybe catalogs like that should be referred to as camera-porn? ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Second body for safari
« on: July 13, 2013, 12:01:46 AM »
Have you considered renting a body instead of buy/sell?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 12, 2013, 11:57:29 PM »
Backup ... is backup! Backup ensures that when you accidentally deleted at file, you can find it and restore it. So using RAID and backup are really orthogonal issues.

I'm not sure I agree with you.

You're claiming that RAID is not a backup because it can't save you from deleting a file. But no form of backup can ever save you from deleting a file!.  If you make 50 backups of a harddrive and store them each in different places around the world, and then you go to all 50 locations and delete the files (accidentally or otherwise) then you're just as screwed as you would have been if you'd done the same thing with 50 HDD RAID setup.

I'm sorry, but what you are talking about is not doing backups in my mind.

When I say backup, I'm talking about professional level backup is where you on a regular (and automated) basis copies your files to separate destination media (tapes, disks, optical media, whatever), and allow you to go back a number of days/weeks/months to find snapshots of your deleted file.
It can even allow you to restore the entire filesystem (disaster recovery), should your IT room be destroyed by fire or (more likely) water.
This is backup to me and I would say that if you talk to anyone involved in professional IT operations, that they'd say something quite similar.

Again, RAID is only designed for and can only protect you against failing drives within a storage system (be it JBOD, NAS, SAN). This is why doing regular backups of your data is orthogonal to having a reliable filesystem (and this is where RAID comes in).

For an end-user at home, I do understand why RAID and backup gets mixed up - you just want your data to be safe, and both RAID and backup seem to to that thing for you.

Sidenote:
Now, if you go and create a file (e.g. take a picture) and go and by error go and delete that file before the backup system has had a chance to do a backup that file, then ... well, then you loose out.
Been There, Done That. Didn't Bother With The T-Shirt ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX Damaged by CPS
« on: July 12, 2013, 08:39:47 AM »
I agree with others, Canon Service is not an equal experience World Wide, I'm glad here in Singapore it's Positive, that might change next week when I pick up my Two 1Dx Bodies.

Yes, one major difference for us here in AP seems to be that we seem to pick them up and drop them off personally. I know the CPS guys where I am as I see them quite often when I am picking stuff up and dropping stuff off.

In Denmark, the CPS service is outsourced to another company that lives off servicing camera companies (Canon, Nikon, Sigma etc). So they actually encourage drop-off and I've gone there on a couple of occasions for service myself as an amateur.

So yeah, CPS service seems to vary a lot over the globe.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 11, 2013, 08:36:12 PM »
Drives are very cheap. Doing backup of the drives continues to be a stone in the shoe, though ;)


That's what more drives are for. :)


You're missing the point.


That is why raid 1 was invented, two identical drives that automatically backs itself up to the other.


OK, two misconceptions here:

First, RAID-1 is not "two identical drives that automatically backs itself up to the other". RAID-1 is writing data identically to two drives all the time, producing a "mirrored set" (when reading you don't have to read from both drives). See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID#RAID_1

Secondly, RAID is used to protect you against accidental drive crashes (except for RAID-0, where there is no redundancy) and to get very large drive volumes, not to protect against deletions because deletions are recorded on all disks at the same time.

Backup ... is backup! Backup ensures that when you accidentally deleted at file, you can find it and restore it. So using RAID and backup are really orthogonal issues.

The reason that backup is 'expensive' is that it takes a lot of time (and performance out of your system) to rummage through your terabytes storage, and whirling off the changes to your backup platform. It's so expensive in terms of performance and time, that people just don't do full backups all the time, but only during weekends to be able to complete the backup before people come back to work Monday morning.

But yes, this is decidedly outside the 7D2 discussion.

I gave up waiting for the 7D2 last year and went for the 5D3 (I'm still in love with it). But an 7D2 like RLPhoto predicted would be very interesting indeed!
I'm crossing my fingers that Canon have been able to work on the IQ - I was always disappointed with the 'mushy' pictures from my 50D, and my friends' 7D was no better.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 10, 2013, 10:10:18 PM »
My point about hard drive capacity and price is that storage capacities have skyrocketed and prices have plummeted. Cost of storage is so low now that it is almost free.

Drives are very cheap. Doing backup of the drives continues to be a stone in the shoe, though ;)

That's what more drives are for. :)

You're missing the point.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 10, 2013, 08:37:28 PM »
My point about hard drive capacity and price is that storage capacities have skyrocketed and prices have plummeted. Cost of storage is so low now that it is almost free.

Drives are very cheap. Doing backup of the drives continues to be a stone in the shoe, though ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 10, 2013, 10:40:27 AM »
If you actually read my post, my example was dropping down from 14 to 12 fps - not increasing it.  And if you think it "might" be possible to add "more high ISO" why "might" it not be possible to reduce fps from 14 to 12?

The whole point of my post, which I think is completely lost by now, was that if anything can be done at "the last minute" - and I did not define when that was - it is to remove or reduce features that are enabled/controlled in the firmware as opposed to in hardware.  It is typically (although not always) easier to remove functionality rather than add it.  In fact, you can leave functionality in place and just remove the menu option that turns it on and off in some cases.

Please see Don's point about printing manuals. Menu spelling errors (like in the Info boxes) could be changed without having to change manuals. Depending on how paranoid you are, you could/could not do without V&V on the changed firmware.

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