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Lenses / Re: Any word on the Canon prime's with IS?
« on: April 20, 2012, 10:03:32 AM »
How would landscape photographers benefit from IS? I would think this is the market which would be most likely to use a tripod, and least likely to use IS.

Landscape photogs may not benefit, but the video guys will probably like this, as will people who like to be "available light" portrait/street/event/etc. photos. I don't think Canon is interested in making a lens for a single contingent of photographers, so its no surprise the lens has different design choices to cater to different users.

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Just noticed in the specs that this camera doesn't shoot video... that's actually quite a shock, I've been using video mode on my 7D to shoot little videos of Jupiter etc so it's a shame that a dedicated astrophoto camera isn't capable of shooting video... for the price I would think video capability is a just a given nowadays? leaving it out and still charging that much? sure it's IR capable now but that modification isn't as costly as putting video in... hmm...

Canon's own specs disagree, as does the B&H preorder page. And then there's this line in the presser:

"Canon has also included an AC adapter kit with the EOS 60Da, allowing the camera to be powered through an AC wall outlet or a battery-powered inverter, ideal for long exposure image or video capture at home or in the field." (emphasis added)

So it appears it does record video.

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EOS Bodies / Re: is the 40D still a good one for 400$
« on: March 31, 2012, 09:53:04 AM »
I guess I'm going to go against what others have said, but oh, well.

I've shot with a 40D for the past 4+ years. I've also shot with a 60D alongside the 40D for the last year with the same lenses.

I prefer the 60D. I find the images have more dynamic range, and the expanded ISO capability helps me in what I do. I actually think I get sharper images from my 60D as long as I and the autofocus do our jobs. I've had AF issues with my 40D from the beginning, but it really is a nice, solid camera.

For $400, you're still getting a good rig. My 40D has made some great images over its lifetime and if you found a clean sample, I think it would do you well.

$.02

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Lenses / Re: What lens are you patiently waiting for?
« on: March 28, 2012, 08:56:55 AM »
EF-S 15mm f/2 or faster.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Best photog backpack??
« on: March 22, 2012, 10:33:25 AM »
Just a note.  I have a camera bag (it's nice enough) that does NOT have a slot for a laptop.  I don't currently own a laptop.  I am getting one though, which means I have to get a new bag.  Was a gift so i'm not out any cash, just something to consider even if you don't have a laptop/tablet/netbook, you might get one some day and that might require a whole new bag.  Unless you are positive you will never need it/don't mind upgrading/spending later if you ever do, I wouldn't get one without a well padded laptop sleeve.

To add to this, even if you don't have a laptop and don't intend on traveling with one, the laptop sleeve/area is great for holding documentation, magazines and the like. This is the way I travel with backpacks, and I couldn't live without the area for holding papers and such.

Also, do you want a backpack that is exclusively for photo gear, or do you want one with a daypack compartment? If it's the latter, I've used several daypack/photo backpacks, and my current favorite is the Tamrac Evolution 8 (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/682171-REG/Tamrac_578885_5788_Evolution_8_Photo_Laptop.html), which I took to Scotland and Ireland a month ago. It lets you take out camera gear from the back as well as the sides (note: make sure to close the side zippers when you're done taking out gear. Thankfully, lenses with red rings bounce [or at least have so far]).

Hope this helps.

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Software & Accessories / Re: GEL Holder
« on: March 22, 2012, 09:09:28 AM »
I looked at those when I first purchased the Rosco Strobist gel kit, but I decided to make my own. I used name badge holders, of which I have a surplus from various conferences. I trimmed the lanyard attachment off and put self-adhesive Velcro on the ends. It works well enough for me, at least.

$.02

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For the corporate/talking head videos I shoot, no, not at all.

For ENG/action/stock footage acquisition (at least the types I do), yes it would be a big help.

For some of what I shoot, a small aperture takes care of some of the focus issues. However, not everything is/can be shot at small apertures. I don't mind trying to pull focus, but as of now, I don't find the camera screens conducive to pulling focus. And while I realize that there are loupes and monitors available to make it easier, I don't have the budget for such things, nor necessarily the desire to add them onto my camera.

$.02

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 03:44:05 PM »
Another observation I haven't seen noted in this thread:

In this image (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2mLjiVCsv3k/Tx2ZBBH9XxI/AAAAAAAAAFo/Q6ywYBm_DUM/s1600/_B3J8582.jpg), the remaining frame count appears to have moved, and it appears to me that it reads (1577). From what I know, the 5D II tops out at 999, with the frame count in another location. And the image's top LCD seems very different from what I'm used to.

Am I crazy? (Well, probably, yes, but oh, well).

FYI

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Thanks everyone for the replies. To answer a few questions:

I've had the lens for 10 months right now (so I'm trying to send it in under warranty, if possible). I don't recall it always making this sound, however. As I said, there's a slightly louder variant of this sound, too, which worries me more. It's definitely louder than my 24-105 f/4L.

And it doesn't seem connected to the amount of light - I've had it make that sound in many situations (as I can recall).

As for the relative volume of the clip, you can hear the plasticy click of my pressing and releasing the shutter button, and in the first sequence, the AF motor runs.

Thanks all for your responses!

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My 70-200 f/2.8 IS USM II is making loud (relatively) noises when the IS kicks on and off. Sometimes, it's the same loudness, and other times it makes a really good ratcheting sound. Otherwise, the lens (and IS) operates just fine.

A small mp3 of the sound (it's several cycles of me hitting the shutter release halfway, then releasing): http://dl.dropbox.com/u/35535541/70-200mmISUSM2.mp3

I'm assuming this is abnormal, since it's a louder IS on/off sound than any other IS lens I've heard, but I have no other 70-200mm lens to compare it to. I'm wanting to make sure Canon doesn't think I'm being too picky if I send it in for warranty repair.

And any pointers if/when I send it to Canon?

Thanks for your time!

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Maybe it is just another rumor. Just stumbled upon it.
http://thenewcamera.com/?s=canon+5d+mark+III
a site in japanese or chinese? anyone?
http://digicame-info.com/2011/09/eos-5d-mark-iii.html
Cheers, Pedro

Japanese.  And no, I cannot read it.

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Landscape / Re: Old sensor - broken pixels or noise?
« on: August 15, 2011, 02:58:50 PM »
Yarr, they look to be hot pixels, matey.

The first thing to check is if those pixels are brightly colored, or "hot," with a normal shutter speed in good light.  If they disappear with a shorter exposure, no real need to worry (if there was a need to worry in the first place).

Most likely, they are being caused by the senor heating up due to the long exposure, resulting in a longer "on" time.  They are relatively easy to get rid of, of course, being only one pixel in size and easy to spot.  I had a Nikon Coolpix that did this - but only with certain shutter speeds if the camera had been on a while.  Otherwise, they are easy to fix.

It is somewhat frightening to open a photo and see a bright, red (in my case) dot in the middle of the photo, though.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Digital Photo Professional 3.10.1 Updater
« on: August 14, 2011, 08:54:31 AM »
Question - do most people put their RAW images through DPP?

I've just switched from shooting in jpg to RAW 1 week ago (!), and have stayed with my trusty Aperture. Thus far, seems OK, although I've never used DPP. Am only scratching the surface of what I can do with RAW.

I have found that with my 60D, certain files come into ACR vastly underexposed - more than a stop. I'm not sure if it's the fact ALO is turned on or what.  Anyway, DPP reads them fine, so I'll sometimes save a TIFF file out of DPP, then take that into ACR to further process.  An extra step in my workflow, but it's one place where DPP is an important first step.

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Canon General / Re: 580EXII SpeedFlash
« on: August 06, 2011, 10:49:35 AM »
Even when I accidentally leave one of my 580 EX II's on, then slipped it in the bag for a couple days, or perhaps weeks, I've never had this issue (the flashes will sleep).  I've used alkalines and Eneloops, and neither have drained in the way you're describing.

As was mentioned, try different batteries or perhaps some other troubleshooting situations to single out variables.

Best of luck.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & Lenses
« on: August 03, 2011, 03:45:09 PM »
18 seconds of a 10 minute movie is hardly a big deal and they did give there overall thoughts did they not ?maybe you should watch it clearly again before abusing them and go play with some test charts.you seen the lens in action learned a lot about it seen images produced by it.and as far as balance with the body they only used 1 body so can't bash them for that I'm afraid

Yes, my last post didn't truly convey my feelings - they did show some of what I wanted.  I saw the body on the 5D II, some of their photos and video results in circular and full-frame fisheye and their overall thoughts.  I just don't care for their style - no biggie, man. 

The more I see of this lens, the more I want it.  And the more I can hear my wife saying, "HOW much?"

D

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