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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Unreliable AF on 7D with FW 2.0.3?
« on: October 12, 2012, 08:26:29 PM »
ditto here too.  Having some of the same troubles with Ai Servo mode.  One thing I've noticed is mostly when using Canon battery grip, make sure batteries are fully charged when you start and the connection to the body is tight and clean.  I'm using a 70-200 2.8L II and a 70-300L and occasionally a 200 f2.8L prime.  Not too pleased with this latest firmware update.

EOS Bodies / Re: mhm... open letter to canon?
« on: October 05, 2012, 03:53:26 PM »
These are the tools that are available to work with at the moment and these change so quickly as witnessed by the qty of new and/or improved lenses and bodies.  Surely, a true artist does the best they can with the tools that are currently available.

Why waste time crying over what could have been. Get out there, use your creative mind and tools available and make it the best YOU possibly can.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 MK II or 70-200 MK II?
« on: October 01, 2012, 01:50:53 PM »
Lots of good advice given herein.  For my 2 cents worth, I own the 24-70II, 70-200II and th 70-300L and shoot with both the 5D3 and 7D.

For me and my work, adding the new 24-70II was a great purchase due to its sharpness, speed and color renditions.  I typically carry 3 or 4 primes for just that reason however the new 24-70 makes me re-think that decision.  The 24-70 + your existing 70-300L will give you a nice range.

Don't get me wrong, the 70-200II is an incredible lens in all respects but not as portable as the 70-300L and suits most of my needs for range.  I've found that the 70-200II works well (fast focusing) with 1.4x and 2.0x TC's for sports.

Best of luck, welcome to the world of FF.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Lanscape: 5D mkIII 24-70mmL
« on: September 26, 2012, 03:57:23 PM »
Nicely done and love the warm tones in the first image.  I have the same body and lens and love the sharpness I get from this new edition. 

Have you used a circular polarizer at the 24mm end yet with any success?  I find that I typically get uneven polarization on the very wide end of this lens and others at this focal length.

Your thoughts and/or experience with CPL?

PowerShot / Re: Canon S100 vs Sony RX100
« on: September 26, 2012, 02:30:09 PM »
Have both of these and my experiences are as follows:

S100 is definitely more pocketable than the RX-100.
S100 UI is easier to use and navigate than RX-100.
S100 is much cheaper than RX-100.

RX-100 is better at low light.
RX-100 IQ is MUCH better.
RX-100 feature set improves the functionally of this P&S.

In summary: RX-100 goes in the bag. S100 sits alone on the shelf. :-\

EOS Bodies / Re: Who said Canon sensors suck?!?
« on: September 26, 2012, 10:45:15 AM »
You're right, it does have 14.4 stops of DR, despite a 14-bit ADC.  It's also powered by an internal perpetual motion machine, floats in the air when released, and basically defies many other laws of physics and thermodynamics.
at the pixel level, the D800 DR at ISO 100 is 13.23EV.
the 14.4 is because of the normalizing in the DXO print mark.

Yes, I know. 

If a data analysis method includes a normalization step which forces data to fall outside of the range that's physically possible for the measurement, that data analysis method is flawed, and by extension, any conclusions based on that method are also flawed.  If a hospital reported to parents that their newborn infant had a population-normalized length of -4", you'd say WTF, a negative height is impossible, right? 

Same thing with a 14.4 DR from a 14-bit ADC.  WTF, that's impossible.  Change the method, becasue the method is flawed.  If the analysis method is flawed, the resulting conclusions (i.e. DxOMark's Scores) are also flawed.  Note that I think (and I've repeatedly stated) that their Measurements are valid and useful - it's the Scores, which are based on the flawed normalization step (and have other problems, like undisclosed 'black box' weighting of sub-components) that are meaningless.

IMHO, this is so true.  The mass majority doesn't fully understand the testing procedures but only look at the 'numbers' in order to position the worthiness of the product.  The real test is using your own combination of body and lens in your own environment with your own light and producing a final print that satisfies your own level of professional expectation.

EOS Bodies / Re: 46.1mp Canon DSLR Previewed at PhotoPlus 2012? [CR1]
« on: September 25, 2012, 03:33:32 PM »
Looking at the marketing side and possibilities of this new approach by Canon, it obviously is in direct competition to Nikon's D800 and with the masses focused on qty of MP, Canon is making sure they are at least more than 10% larger than Nikon's sensor.   

My guess is the IQ will be much much better than the D800 and 5D3 with some of the trade offs inherited by this newer technology such as FPS and high ISO noise.

Should this new model 'fail' to get the market share, then Canon has dug a big hole for themselves. This HAS to work OR they have to have another trick in the bag.

As far as pricing, my 'guess' is around $4,200.

EOS Bodies / Re: 46.1mp Canon DSLR Previewed at PhotoPlus 2012? [CR1]
« on: September 24, 2012, 02:47:31 PM »
If one of the OP's is correct and this 46MP sensor is a Foveon sensor, this is similar from what I understand is in Sigma DP MERRILL point and shoot that has a few good reviews.  However if it was this simple and that great, wouldn't this already be a trend by now?

Last year I met a photographer who actually had done extensive research on this Foveon sensor and his advise to me then was to 'give them some time to perfect it'.  He was shooting a Canon  5D2 and had numerous Sigma and Canon lenses but advised me to stay clear of that technology for now.

Your thoughts?

Canon General / Re: How do you sell your gear?
« on: September 20, 2012, 02:22:28 PM »
I use CL exclusively.  You need to decide what you're willing to take.  Personally, I only buy for 70% or less of the current new item price.  I've had good luck selling at 75-80% of new.  Include good pics in your ad, product -type pics ('seamless' white background, a piece of paper works just crop tight).  Ask for a phone number in the reply.

I use the same method as Neuro above: CL all the way.  Ebay works if you're patient and don't mind shipping, paying Ebay fee and Paypal fees...and maybe getting less for your items.
Craigslist has its inherited security concerns with selling expensive items:
I use these guidelines for CL:
1. Never bring a buyer to your home. Meet at a local busy business like Starbucks, etc.
2. Never ship any item and expect to get paid.
3. Talk to the buyer on the phone before you meet.
4. Be honest about the condition of your item.
5. Be realistic about what your fair price is and what the market will bare.
6. Cash only or trade, never a check, cashiers check or money order.
7. Bring a friend if possible to witness the transaction.

Good luck.

Lighting / Re: Need Assistance on how to improve skin tones with strobes
« on: September 15, 2012, 12:23:38 PM »

Well done dirtcastle.   I like this one the best. 

Lighting / Re: Need Assistance on how to improve skin tones with strobes
« on: September 14, 2012, 06:34:24 PM »
Mix it up a bit.  This is just my interpretation. Sometimes colors just don't fit well.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon S110 Rumor...
« on: September 14, 2012, 06:11:04 PM »
As far as model numbers are concerned, I would think that the S105 would be the next generation of this model seeing how they progressed from S95, S100, SXXX..... 

I still have both of these models and just bought the Sony RX100 about a month ago from Digital Rev in China. Got to admit, the RX100 IQ is spectacular.  It's fast and has many more usuable features than my beloved S100.

Now what Canon?

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon S110 Rumor...
« on: September 14, 2012, 05:47:55 PM »
The original Canon S110 was offered in 2001 at 2.1 MP and had this extremely tiny LCD.  I later purchased the S200 and still have that little 'gem'.

Maybe we can post some images taken with the technology of 11 years ago and see how they differ.

Lenses / Re: Anyone heard when BH, Adorama or Amazon will ship 24-70 II?
« on: September 12, 2012, 01:21:27 PM »
Amazon typically runs a couple of months behind on new high end photo items.  Adorama and B&H are among the first.  Small local shops also seem to be pretty fast.  They only order one at a time, and Canon seems to want to support them.

And the fear in this is that Amazon is supposed to be adding sales tax on all orders as of this Sunday. In CA in my area that's 9.75% or about an extra $225.  Its been a nice ride in the past, but those days are coming to an end. At this point, it makes sense to buy from your local brick & mortar store and skip the shipping costs.

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?

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