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Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Availability
« on: April 16, 2013, 11:10:40 AM »
So over 8 lbs? Yikes. :o

I thought 5D Mark III was to be deeply discounted? Already in Canada the price for body only is $3K from a dealer. Ebay deals starting to look better.

Actually same as the 24-70mm. Already purchased it cheaper in Canada.


Canon General / Re: Random Thoughts
« on: April 12, 2013, 01:21:37 PM »
The customer is always right...... even if they are not.

You need to do or say anything as long as it makes the customer happy.

Failure to do so will not get you any referrals.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: What's that accessory in the picture?
« on: April 12, 2013, 11:05:04 AM »
And what lens and camera is being used?

Lenses / Re: Which one to get?
« on: April 10, 2013, 04:58:36 PM »
I think I read somewhere that the Samyang 24mm 1.4 has better control over coma

Software & Accessories / Re: Nik Software worth it?
« on: March 25, 2013, 04:50:13 PM »
For me yes. I am too time bound to learn PS properly. Note that anything Nik can do PS can as well - but Nik is faster and easily learned.

Why is everyone talking about "Rebels"? This is the SL1. A new form factor that could appeal to more than just the entry level consumer.
The SL1 is called the "Rebel SL1".  Check the Canon web site.

i realize that. Thats why i put rebel in quotes. Perhaps i was being too subtle. I meant it isnt a traditional rebel. So i dont think the usual canon marketing rules should apply. I guess  i am the only one thinking along those lines.

Why is everyone talking about "Rebels"? This is the SL1. A new form factor that could appeal to more than just the entry level consumer.

EOS Bodies / Re: AFMA – Easy or Not
« on: March 22, 2013, 05:27:31 PM »
My 2 cents.

I have found AFMA to be important for critically sharp auto focus. I cannot depend on the viewfinder to help much. Depending on your equipment, style, and output some people may not notice the difference. For me I do. For example, my 100L macro needs +8 and that is even after Canon calibrated it. My other large aperture lenses also need AFMA to get that sharp focus which is needed on say someones eye(s) in a portrait. I think in a lot of cases the result can be greatly improved with AFMA. If you manually focus/use zoomed live view, stop down, subject is far away, etc. it may not make a noticeable difference. The point being, if I know my equipment can do something and it is not doing it then why did I spend all that money? I want to produce results that the average person could not.

PS or other sharpening techniques can mask a slightly out of focus picture. But I would prefer not to oversharpen. It will soon look unnatural.

Getting the right AFMA value can be difficult. Using a crack or other sharp contrast item helps. I found that this is a good starting point to determine how bad/good the situation is. For complete confidence then FoCal is probably the best tool there is. It can confirm your initial findings and fine tune it further. Yes it takes money and time. But I found it worth that investment.

Anyways, to each their own so if you are happy then why sweat it? Unless your curiosity is piqued. In that case take your 7d and a lens. Triopd it with say a flat dollar bill on a wall with good light at 25 to 50 times the focal length of the lens. Let it autofocus. Then zoom in and take a look. Then use AFMA and +5 and -5 to see if it gets better or worse.  Let us know what you find.

Sure, happy to post today's picture here in Edmonton, Canada.  >:(

I don't know why this thread has evolved into a pissing match. It is obvious that Canon will not implement features into entry level cameras that could potentially affect sales of higher end cameras. From a profit maximization perspective I understand this and normally I don't have a problem with it. However, the SL1 body size is different enough that if more pro features were implemented then advanced users would be tempted to add it to their collection and increase Canon sales. I think Canon is missing out on these additional sales with respect to the SL1 form factor. I doubt advanced users would forgo a better body build, higher end camera and stick with just the SL1. I know I would want one to supplement my other bodies, not replace them.

I was thinking of maybe a baby DSLR for convenience. BUT, no AFMA no sale. Canon, you just lost a potential sale because you don't realize that the baby DSLR could be for newbies and advanced users who want portability.

OK I wanted to highlight the leopard in this one.

MaxPower, I get a decoding error on the latest RAW you made available.

Here another file for testing, if you still get an error I suppose your software don't support the EOS 6D.

Sorry my mistake. I was using an old computer with an outdated DPP. Thanks. Will look at your photo later

If you are going to stay with jpeg then you may want to add in camera sharpening to the picture style. From your last jpeg I think it was set to zero.

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