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Lenses / Anyone heard when BH, Adorama or Amazon will ship 24-70 II?
« on: September 12, 2012, 11:02:13 AM »
After reading some of the stellar reports of this revamped lens and re-ordering this lens for the second time, when do we expect this baby to be born?

EOS Bodies / Re: New firmware to Canon 7D, v2.0.3
« on: September 12, 2012, 10:59:05 AM »
They seem to be updating the 7D firmware a lot compared to other bodies.  7D is great and I like to see it getting the love and attention it deserves.  It does make one wonder if this means any direct successor to 7D will be slower than normal in coming, or perhaps not coming at all??
Actually, I think this is a firmware update for things the previous firmware update broke more than anything.

Agreed. Thanks for the love Canon!  One problem I observed after that update was the loss of 8.5 fps during Ai Servo.  It would shoot maybe 3 or 4 frames and pause for a moment and then continue even using a 90mb/sec CF card.  Secondly, using a Canon battery grip has been known to create problems using Ai and 'H' frame per second.

Technical Support / Re: Phantom Ranch Trip
« on: September 07, 2012, 05:36:59 PM »
And again congrats on your reservations, these truly are once in a lifetime trips.

The only thing I wanted to comment on was the camera body and lenses.  Your 7D would work well for this compared to the extra weight of the 1DX and its extra batteries.  I would however consider a EF-S 10-22 lens to catch the massive size of the canyon looking towards the sky. 

As you will see when you get to the bottom of the canyon, the night time sky is like you've NEVER seen it before. The stars are so incredibly bright! 

The 10-22 is extremely light weight and could complement your 15-85 or if you have one a 70-200 f4 which is also a very portable lens.  Take filters too!

I've hiked and camped in the canyon many years ago, but we did it in JULY when the temps were 100+ every day.  As you've noted, most of portable gear was water.

HAVE FUN!  Please post your images after you return.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is there a way to confirm focus in Live View
« on: September 07, 2012, 05:24:27 PM »
In my DSLR, the rectangle covering the AF area turns from red to green when focus is achieved.
 I'm not sure about manual focus, but at 10X, your eye is easily as accurate as autofocus, and you can focus on the precise spot you want.

Wow, thats great news, thanks.  Is this a custom function?  Not sure I've ever seen this.  Assume you're also shooting a 5D3?

EOS Bodies / Re: Is there a way to confirm focus in Live View
« on: September 07, 2012, 02:32:00 PM »
It's a bit pricey, but what solved my problem was the Zaguto Z finder. I was so used to using the viewfinder that I could not focus with live view and this made it really easy to focus. I just leave the base plate attached to the camera and pop on the rest when needed.

Can you then attach a RRS L plate to the bottom of the base plate? :-\

EOS Bodies / Is there a way to confirm focus in Live View
« on: September 07, 2012, 01:11:14 PM »
First, let me say thanks for all the great knowledge and information I've learned through this forum.  I'd say I'm a bit addicted as it keeps me from my work.  ::)

My question:

Is there a way to get focus confirmation in LIVE VIEW x 10  like we see when using the view finder with our MF lenses?   Depending upon the amount of light I'm shooting landscapes in, sometimes its very difficult to see the LCD and know for sure I'm perfectly dialed in.

I've used external monitors on previous shoots but sometimes the whole set up is cumbersome and the monitor resolution was not as good as the LCD itself.

Thanks in advance.

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70/2.8L II is official delayed - again
« on: September 04, 2012, 04:25:34 PM »
Scandinavian Photo, http://www.scandinavianphoto.se/, in Sweden have shipped my 24-70/2.8L II today! So the information that I received from Canon was in error.

Unfortunately, an misunderstanding the 24-70 is not shipped to me  :-[

Explain yourself Human!

I received information from the company that my lens was shipped. But they have not received any lenses yet.

OH....now we get it. ::)

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70/2.8L II is official delayed - again
« on: September 04, 2012, 02:11:40 PM »
OK,... :(  add me to the list of photogs that cancelled their pre-order for the 24-70, twice.  Lets see some images from this 'new' lens before we order for the third time. ! 

EOS Bodies / Re: 3D X and 7D Mark II at Photokina?
« on: September 04, 2012, 12:35:28 PM »
1DXs? ???

Or could it be: 1DXs, MK II ???  :o

Software & Accessories / Re: Tethering to IPads
« on: August 31, 2012, 03:16:57 PM »
If you "just" want to send your JPGs to your iPAD while shooting, Eye-Fi works fine with Shutter Snitch. The Eye-Fi app is useless, but as soon as you remove it again (after having installed the app once) and switch on Shutter Snitch, it works flawlessly. Problem on IOS5: While tring to find the network, the little wheel keeps spinning (expect no check mark - that took me litterally months of frustration) and shoot one or two pictures to activate your card. It takes 20 - 40 sec, until the transfer starts. Works fine with OLY XZ-1 and 5DIII

I couldn't agree more. I use the same set up with Shutter Snitch on my 5D3 + Ipad2 and it works well.  Note also that images do not instantaneously pop up on your Ipad in Shutter Snitch;  they tend to take a few seconds or more. It helps too if you shoot small jpg's for the Eye-Fi card and save your RAW images to the CF card for downloading to your computer later if you wish.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Where am I ?
« on: August 31, 2012, 07:56:23 AM »
Lake Tahoe - Keep Tahoe Blue.    My wife and I were married in the middle of lake Tahoe.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Does Zeiss glass ever go on sale?
« on: August 30, 2012, 05:05:39 PM »
You're welcome.  Every Zeiss I have purchased has been used and its been perfect for my use.  I have purchased three Zeiss lenses through Craigslist and one from Ebay.  Ebay has fees and you can't try a lens before purchase.  CL has its share of risks but I've lucky.

Best of Luck

Have you emailed helen from Adorama? Really bad form to name and shame someone without giving them opportunity to deal with it.  Hopefully you've just neglected to say that you have given Helen a chance to deal with it.

You're absolutely right.  I did in fact correspond directly with Ms. Oster and she was very helpful in resolving the issue by staying in contact with me.  I don't agree with their 'policy' and will take that into consideration next time I need to return something.  I have made a purchase since then with good results. 
She helped renew my faith in Adorama by simply staying in contact with me.

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: August 30, 2012, 12:43:31 AM »
A few more with Zeiss lenses, either 3,5 or 7 shots, PP with Photomatix Pro

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: August 30, 2012, 12:36:14 AM »
5D3 with Canon 24TSE ii shot 4 images PP with HDR Efex Pro 2 CS6

I own a 5D3 and 24 TSE MK II and Nikon mount Zeiss 21 f/2.8 F2 (that I use on a D800E and the 5D3 via adapter).  The 24 TSE MK II and the Zeiss are both extraordinary lenses.  Over tho, I prefer the Canon 24 TSE MK II.  The image quality stopped down a bit is every bit as wonderful as the Zeiss (microcontrast included) plus you have the movements as a bonus.  The 24 TSE MK II is a very large reason why I'm not going all in with Nikon.  I highly recommend you consider it of the price doesn't scare you off.  Upsides to the Zeiss include wildly sharp corners and the fact it's faster than the Canon as well as a bit better wide open but really, if you don't need f/2.8 or the 21mm, there's little reason to chose the Zeiss over the Canon 24 TSE MK II.  Also, once you get used to having tilt-shift, it's hard not have it :)

As an aside, I have also owned the Canon 24 TSE MK I and it doesn't come close to either the MK II or Zeiss.

Good luck!
I totally agree with ak's statement.  I have the same 5D3 w/ 24TSE II and Zeiss 35, 50 f1.4, 50 f2.0, 85 and 100
 lenses. Zeiss are incredibly sharp, have a great deal of micro contrast and are a joy to use.  Not much cheaper than the 24TSE II but still worth the $ IMO.  The Zeiss 21 is probably not as sharp as the 25mm Zeiss however it depends on where you read the reviews.

My advise, rent some of these lenses first and see if you like them.

Happy Shooting

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