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Technical Support / Opinions on 3rd party repair services
« on: February 11, 2013, 08:39:43 PM »
My 70-200 f4.0L slipped out of a backpack a couple of years ago straight down onto concrete.  It shattered a UV filter I had on at the time but focus remained fully functional.  (The backpack with the not very secure zipper was relegate to never leaving the house again.)

With micro-focus at +9, it's fairly accurate but I assume it's decentered in some funky way and would like to get it calibrated.    Canon Repair's "just send it to us and we'll give you a quote" seems a bit open ended.   Does anyone have experience with one of the independent service providers? 

Software & Accessories / Re: Anyone hooking tablets to the 5D3?
« on: February 11, 2013, 08:16:41 PM »
I'll second DArora's  vote for DSLR Controller.  It really works, I've used everything but the wifi pass (solely because I only have a single Android device.) 

Demo videos:
Developer page:

A very similar thread last week "Upgrade from 40D" in a different sub-folder with some good comments: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=12836.0

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade from 40D
« on: February 07, 2013, 10:42:55 PM »
I went from a 40D to 7D this summer.  (I still have the former as a backup.)   The 7D is a big step forward in focus and the ability to shoot bursts in RAW vs being limited to jpeg for anything over a handful of shots is very nice.   Weather sealing, micro-focus, programmable controls and Video are obviously completely new capabilities.    The biggest disappointment is that while iso performance is about a stop better - that's it - only a stop. You'll still find banding and noise at higher ISOs.  I hope to get a 5Diii or a 6D in a year or two and gift the 40D to one of my sons, but for now I do really like the 7D.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: February 05, 2013, 07:37:35 PM »
The Woods Hole shot was with a 7D and a nifty-fifty.

The Yosemite picture was from my son's Kodak 300, 3-Megapixel P&S, on full-auto ... there may have been some post-processing involved.

Oh. To do GPS annotation, you are probably going to be happier to use a GPX logger on your phone like:
or a dedicated unit like one from Halux.

Then do the actual photo geotagging in post:

I recently picked up a Raspberry Pi.    My justification was that I could make a photo backup station on the cheap as I don't have a useable laptop at the moment and the pre-made solutions seemed too expensive.

So here was the build list:
  • $35 for the Pi,
  • $7 for a Case
  • $11 Shipping and Tax on the Pi and Case
  • $15 for a really good USB hub
  • $10 for a WiFi adapter
  • I already had a USB CF reader,
  • 4G SD card,
  • and a 300GB USB drive.

While I intend to use it on AC power I did prove that I could create a setup using external battery packs to power the system.

I first installed vnc and happily have it working headless with either my tablet, phone or home computer acting as a display.   I installed gphoto2 and ran into the same usb bug as David Hunt (the gentleman in the link) ran into.  I used the same usbreset utility to work around the problem.  Once I had that done, I could plug my cameras in and happily copy photos, thumbnails or use the gphoto services to take pictures.   

Now the down side - each 25MB raw file was taking about 12 seconds to copy to the hard-drive.  That was with the mild overclocking on the Pi.  I had the same performance using a usb-CF reader.   I reformatted the usb-harddrive, created a swap space on it and made the main partition on it ext4.  Once I enabled the hard-drive swap, my copy time is now a "swift" 9 seconds per raw.   I prefer the external usb-CF reader as I can use rsync to copy just-the changed photos over without writing my own wrapper to gphoto. 

I've set up a few more services too - I've installed s3tools so when I have an internet connection it can be sending things to the Amazon s3 cloud as another backup.

All and all I'm please in a geeky sort of way.

Here's an ugly iPhone picture of the setup:

The long-form results at:

Has this to say:
Within the Imaging System Business Unit, unit sales of interchangeable-lens digital cameras increased thanks to the competitively priced EOS Rebel series along with the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 60D advanced-amateur models.
As for compact digital cameras, despite the significant deterioration of market conditions, sales volume remained at the same level as the previous year thanks to robust sales of the PowerShot ELPH 110 HS and PowerShot A2300.
With respect to inkjet printers, sales volume surpassed that for the year-ago period owing to the early restoration of production following the flooding in Thailand. Furthermore, the company successfully entered new markets with the launch of its CINEMA EOS SYSTEM lineup of professional cinematography products, targeting Hollywood and the broader motion picture and television production market, along with the new DreamLabo 5000, targeting the commercial photo printing market. As a result, sales for the segment increased by 7.2% year on year to ¥1,406.0 billion (U.S.$16,161 million) while operating profit decreased by 0.5% to ¥ 210.3 billion (U.S.$2,417 million).

I think it's interesting that the 60D gets a shout-out for contributing to a unit sales increase given the lack of love for the XXD line in some of the other threads here.

Outlook statement is:
Demand for interchangeable-lens digital cameras is expected to continue increasing across all regions. While the compact digital camera market is projected to shrink due to economic conditions and the spread of smartphones, the impact on advanced-functionality, high-value-added products will likely be relatively small.

The final page of the report does break out R&D for the Imaging group:  2012 - 83,948 vs 2011 - 82,731 million Yen.  Company wide R&D is supposed to go up 5% in 2013, unfortunately  there isn't a breakdown of where it's going.

I know you are looking at using a pc as a controller, but look at the android based DSLRController. http://dslrcontroller.com/
WiFi pass-through was just added if you have two android devices handy.
Peek at: http://www.youtube.com/user/ChainfireXDA

One vote for the Plustek OptiFilm 7400.  I purchased mine a couple of months ago.  It shipped with SilverFast SE+ 6.6 but had a free upgrade to SilverFast SE+ 8.   I find the scratch and dust removal in SilverFast to be heavy handed and prefer to do that in Lr and Ps but the film profiles, Multiple Exposure and other technologies are nice.

The first shot is a scan from some 110 film from 1983, the other is a 100% crop from 35mm film circa 2000. (The lens was the not so great  EF 25-105 f3.5/4.5.)

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 06, 2012, 09:33:13 PM »
I would love to win! ;D

PowerShot / Re: Christmas Camera, Under $100US ??
« on: December 03, 2012, 12:20:20 AM »
The "Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 12 MP Waterproof Digital Camera" is $89 at Amazon if you want something a bit tougher ... and a company a bit more bankrupt.

The Waterproof "Nikon Coolpix S30" is $74 at B&H and Amazon.  (The B&H reviews have one happy mother of a five year-old photographer.)

  • 1980 and on - I would borrow my Dad's Yashica FR-1
  • 1981 - Gifted Kodak Ektralite 400 (110 film)
  • 1986 - Gifted Canon Sureshot Supreme
  • 1994 - Canon 10s (35mm film with EF 25-105 f3.5/4.5 lens)
  • 2001 - Canon s40
  • 2008 - Canon 40D, EF 28-135 IS, EF 75-300
  • 2009 - EF 70-200 f/4.0L - sold  EF 75-300
  • 2010 - EF 50 f1.8, Lightroom
  • 2011 - Canon s95, Photoshop
  • 2012 - Canon 7D, Kenko 1.4x, EF 40mm f2.8, EF 17-40 f4.0L, 430EXII, Several MF lenses via adapter, Plustek Optifilm 7400
  • 2013? - EF 70/300L or 100-400L
  • 2014? - Canon 5Diii - (Most likely whenever it hits a fire-sale after the 5div is announced)
So a slow building of equipment.  I'm obviously an enthusiast - my equipment and interest got more serious when I wanted to start getting good sports shots of my kids.  A fun thing to track from Lightroom is shutter count through the years:
  • Before 2008 - Around 1000 per year
  • 2008 - 3,600
  • 2009 - 5,600
  • 2010 - 6,300
  • 2011 - 8,800
  • 2012 - over 10,000

Canon General / Re: It's Halloween, Post your spooky photos!
« on: October 31, 2012, 03:35:23 PM »
My son's last mountain-bike race of the year was through an outdoor haunted ski-hill.

Sports / Re: Girls Soccer Game
« on: October 14, 2012, 02:37:45 PM »
It was fun to see your shots as it's a nice full-frame comparison for me.   Getting reasonable soccer shots is what got me into DSLR photography.   Here is one of my sets with what look to be the same age of girls (U12).   The combination for these is mostly a 7D with a 70-200f4L  + 1.4Kenko TC.


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