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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III & Third Party Batteries
« on: December 12, 2013, 10:41:32 AM »
From my experience, i have tested many 3rd party batteries on many cameras from the BP-511's to the latest 7D,5d3 batteries and most 3rd party batteries, while good for the first or second cycle, tend to lose memory quickly and it's charge capabilities are severely diminished.  Some of the 3rd party BP-511's i tested on a full charge, after a few charge cycles only could support 50 or so photos with occasional chimping...  The newer batteries were not as bad, but still i have not found batteries that hold a charge better than the OEM's so I have resigned myself to stick with OEM's...  It does not surprise me a bit that canon made their changes to help discourage 3rd party batteries.  Not saying what they did was right, but it's practical. 

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe.....You changed my mind. Too Bad.
« on: December 02, 2013, 02:23:18 PM »
I've been using photoshop since 1997 and the rest of the adobe suite since 2005...  Here is my understanding...  you can have ANY version of any adobe product on up to 2 machines without question....  So the indesign thing seems odd unless you had it on a PRIOR machine before your other machine you are upgrading from.  Be it as it may, usually they will give you an activation code and bob's your uncle it's good to go.  their online help is usually pretty shotty at times, but sometimes it does pay to actually call and talk to someone face to face...  online people are willing to leave chat windows open and will wait it out, especially if they got other tasks to do.... people on the phone are far less patient, especially if this call is coming out of the minute plan on their cell phones, so in the end, it may be a better bet just calling them and putting them on speakerphone.  So far i opted for the 9.99 plan and couldn't be happier... (although i have yet to really delve much into lightroom yet). 

Software & Accessories / Re: DSLR Microphones, suggestions please :) !
« on: November 18, 2013, 04:19:44 PM »
I've got the rode pro mic...  They are good and has a nice mounting system. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 05:52:02 PM »

The original 7D was originally billed by canon as a Pro level APS-C...  heck at the time had better AF than the 5d2...  Could be the same here...

At this point, unfortunately, I am not expecting big strides in IQ between the 7D and 7DII.  If recent releases are anything to go by, I think we should lower our expectations.

Given that the 7D's weather sealing and AF were already better than the 5DII, I expect the likely level of improvement to the 7DII will be smaller than the difference between the 5DII and 5DIII.  The difference between 19pt AF and 63pt AF is much smaller than the difference between 9pt AF and 63pt AF.

As a result I expect to see less reason to move from a 7D to a 7DII than from a 5DII to a 5DIII.

Those people who had a 7D and 5DII and moved to a 5DIII will also have less reason to buy a 7DII, so unless Canon does something radical (for instance to court laggard 1DIV users who can't see the need for a 1DX) I don't see the 7DII being as successful as the 7D.

Part of the 7D's success was that at that time, the closest thing to the nikon D300 was the 50D and that was a failure in comparison by most measuring sticks...  Then canon came out with their trump card, almost out of nowhere that had had as good if not better everything...  From IQ (although debatable), video, ergonomics, FPS, AF cross points, etc...  Even after nikon came out with the D300S, the 7D still came out smelling like a rose....  Now nikon has gone out in full force with their 5100 and anticipated D400, this will have tougher competition and may not be the reigning king like it was 3-4 years ago.  Wifi would be a cool feature, but it isn't new and shiny, the 6D and so on had that...  63 point AF, well that obviously wont be something new...  HDR, Video, etc...  most features has been implemented before...  As far as ground breaking stuff, i dont know if there would really be any real jaw dropping features unless maybe it does 4k video.  I for one wouldn't want a flippy out screen, but touch screen with that dual pixel sensor may be nice to have...  I think even if all they did was slighly raise FPS to 10-12, like what most people are expecting, cleaner ISO and IQ and sharper/cleaner video with less jello, that would be enough for most people with the original 7D to plunk down $2k. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 05:19:46 PM »
I'll go a different angle on this, price seems low for true "pro" level. So I expect something, besides APS-C to be separating the 7DII from 5DIII/1DX. Also, if true Pro level, canon needs to upgrade a general purpose zoom.  I say that as a former owner of the 15-85, which was a great lens. But they need a EFs general purpose zoom with weather sealing and better build quality.

That said, I'll consider buying the 7DII, depending on the specs and actual performance.

The original 7D was originally billed by canon as a Pro level APS-C...  heck at the time had better AF than the 5d2...  Could be the same here...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 05:05:55 PM »
If this and the 5D4 both come out next year it will be one expensive year!   :'(

Highly doubt the 5d4 will come out next year

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 04:49:06 PM »
ok ok we know it's going to come out.... but WHAT ABOUT DR, ISO, Photo only features, NOISE, IQ, Build............

also, with the dual pixel sensor replacement, would they need to install a touch screen for implementation?  If they offered this for my 5d 3, i may just take them up on the offer...  replacing the almost 2 year old sensor (assuming they offer this in the spring 2014) future proofing the camera... may take away the knee jerk need to upgrade to the 5d4 as quickly.. 

Canon General / Re: Buying "dodgy" American Canon camera gear?
« on: November 06, 2013, 01:07:49 PM »
I've sold my used canon gear to my wife's family in the UK...  He got a simple converter for the UK outlets to work with the USA charger...  The differences in voltage isn't a problem.  Warranties may be an issue, if you need them...  that may be a thing you contact the service centers in the USA and determine, if needed, that it may be cheaper to ship back to the USA center in New Jersey or Virginia compared to shipping to the UK and dealing with any additional fee's, if any.  Of course, after a year when the warranty expires, then it wouldn't matter either way.  Good luck

Canon General / Re: 30 Days to Design Your Portrait Business
« on: November 01, 2013, 03:45:31 PM »
I wonder if this is going to be like the Sue Bryce 28 Days where the first 2 and last day were free and the rest of the shows you can only watch if you paid for the show.  Wonder what she can bring to the table that sue didn't

Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 28, 2013, 12:14:25 PM »
I've seen documentaries where they take footage from a 4k cinema camera shot at 30FPS or 60 FPS and choosing the best still frame and comparing it with a DSLR.

4k video is about 6 to 8MP per frame and that's where we were about 10 years ago with the 10D, 20D, etc. And people were doing that professionally.

But this is not a new way to shoot photographs. In the past photographers would take reels of film and just spool it when filming wild animals so that they were guaranteed to capture the magic moment.

I'm not saying it is the new way, but 5 years ago, this was not a possibility and now it is.  With how quickly technology is changing, how advanced engineers are developing, it wont be long I can guarantee you that.  It was a year or two ago I was watching this show or program of television engineers from all the big brands and they weren't even discussing 1080p... they weren't even talking about 4k... They were talking about bigger and better, where they are putting their R&D into...  pigeonholing themselves into thinking something isn't capable and to ignore it isn't reality and more.  I'm also not saying that they are even considering turning all DSLR's into video cameras, but I'm saying expect to see more of that technology and thinking applied into our future cameras...  This video thing isn't going away... it may just enhance our photography instead...

Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 28, 2013, 10:37:13 AM »
As a professional and a person who shoots almost daily, I can see that there WILL be change in 5 years, how much is uncertain.  I can see an arguement that the DSLR will be a smaller form size... perhaps to compete more with consumer/professionals wanting a lighter, more convenient, faster camera...  Like the way tripod manufacturers are switching from allow to carbon fiber for ligher and stronger materials, perhaps stuff like that can be in store.  Point and Shoots, lets face it, is being phased away even by nokia smart phones.  While no one would expect a smartphone to have the same quality and detail of an P&S, consumer apathy and good enough mentality will give the nod to convenience over carrying a separate device that JUST does photos.  For those of you people who hate video integration in photography, I can see video becoming more of a factor in every day life.  I've seen documentaries where they take footage from a 4k cinema camera shot at 30FPS or 60 FPS and choosing the best still frame and comparing it with a DSLR.  While I dont forsee camera manufacturers to do away with the mirror in DSLRs, I can see them really limiting their uses to focus acquisition and locking and metering and letting the on-board camera software and tracking capabilities to take over and go from there, allowing faster FPS, less mechanical wear and tear, and just maybe, depending on what changes/innovations we see, more reliability.  Much like the digital revolution that changed how 99% of all photographers captured and took photographs, I can see another change coming also...  Will DSLRs die in 5 years?  No, but will there be a change in how we photograph or think about photographing?  Yes.   

Software & Accessories / Re: I think I may want a Monopod
« on: October 24, 2013, 04:26:09 PM »
I prefer monopods over tripods if i can help it...  We have the 682B manfrotto monopod... it has 3 legs that can pop out if I need them, if I dont, they fold up neatly inside the monopod...  so if i'm indoors shooting video, it works nicely, if I'm out and about, it is still good...  It will not be very reliable outside with wind and a camera mounted on it without you holding it, so it will not totally replace a tripod, but for 90% of the time, if i can help it, it will get the nod over a tripod. 

As a stockholder, as long as stocks go up in the long run, i'm happy =)

Technical Support / Re: dark vignette in top right hand corner- help!
« on: October 23, 2013, 11:33:10 AM »
I dont know about the mark2, but pocket wizards, on my mark 3, claim to be 1/200 of a second sync speed, but in my tests, they are actually 1/160.  if i do 1/200, they will get some darkening, although it would be more uniformed along that side.  I dont shoot many high key shots so that could explain the unevenness a bit

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