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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f2.8L II Now or Wait and See?
« on: December 27, 2013, 02:45:18 PM »
Thanks neuro!  I'm leaning that way right now.  However, there are some pretty good prices right now with rebates and all, it's still tempting.

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Lenses / EF 24-70 f2.8L II Now or Wait and See?
« on: December 27, 2013, 01:59:10 PM »
I have used the EF 24-105 f4, for four years now and have been pretty satisfied with the IQ.  However, after seeing the images shot with the 24-70 f2.8L II, I feel I am missing out on making some great images in those focal lengths.
Having read on this site, that this could be the "year of the lens," I am wondering if I should hold out for a while and see if a new/updated version of the EF 24-105L comes out before purchasing the 24-70.  I doubt that any of the new lenses will include an upgraded version of the 24-105L, let alone an f2.8 version of it, but one can only hope!  I think I would be happy if they came out with a 24-135L f4, if it had great IQ.  Thoughts please!  Happy New Year!

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Software & Accessories / Problems with new Image Browser for PCs
« on: December 01, 2013, 07:02:05 PM »
I just downloaded Canon's new replacement for their Zoom Browser program for PCs.  It's called Image Browser, just like their application for Mac products.  After installing, it stalled at the 80 percent complete point.  After a conversation with CPS, they provided a link to fix the condition:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2608523.

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Software & Accessories / Colors off on new IPad
« on: November 22, 2013, 10:31:27 AM »
Don't know if this has been discussed before, but I had to return my IPad Air because the colors on the display were way off!  Blues looked purple and most images that had light tones were rendered with a yellowish cast.  After comparing the images with my first generation IPad (colors very accurate) to those on three of the new Air models, it was very obvious they have a definite color accuracy/calibration issue.  The good news, is that I got my money back; the bad news, I am without a new IPad.  Hopefully, enough people have complained to Apple about this and they will develop a fix!  My current IPad still works fine, but I will need one with more storage space pretty soon.  I have read reports from other folks that have experienced this too.  Also, some that have returned their Air and received
a replacement that was just fine? However, I would recommend that anyone looking to purchase the new Air, might consider the color accuracy issue before purchasing one! 

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An update:  I took my 1DX body to Canon, Irvine. They did the "AF Advisory Modification" in less than four-hours.  That's the good news, after taking a few shots, I went to change lenses and noticed a hair like substance sticking straight up from the bottom of the mirror box!  I pinched it between my thumb and forefinger and pulled it out.  It didn't come out easily, leading me to believe it had been caught between the mirror box and its attachment point.  I guess it got there during the modification?  It looked kind of like a brush bristle.  However, it was as thick as thread, dark colored, and perfectly straight.  I also noticed several specs visable in the viewfinder.  Fortunately, a blower brush removed all but one of them.  After taking a few more shots, I noticed someting on my images.  They could have gotten there during the lens change, however they didn't show-up for several frames after the change?  Again, I used the blower brush to remove them.  I've shot around 300-frames since then and haven't noticed any other issues.  I was a little surprised that they wouldn't tell me exactly what they did to my camera.  They simply said that the technician had performed the AF advisory modification.  I guess they don't want the details of the modification released.  When I asked if this would be a recurring issue with the 1DX, they said they didn't know.  I'm just happy to have the mod. done, so I can get back to concentrating on making images.


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I would also like to know the shutter counts from folks experiencing this problem.
I've had my 1DX for almost a year now and have been problem free.  However, I will be out in So Cal next month and plan on having my camera checked, per the Service Bulliten, at the Canon Service Ctr in Irvine. 

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I don't get it, I guess I'm showing my age, but I have thousands of color transparencies (slide film) that are exposed, framed, orientated (level), focused and composed properly!  And they were all done without the ability to see the exposed images until they came back from the lab!  Remember slide film only had 1/3 of a stop latitude, so exposures had to be virtually perfect.  What am I missing here?  I have always strived to get the image correct, in the camera!  I am not knocking digitial, I own several of them and haven't used film for several years.  However, I wonder what has become of basic photographic skills.  We used to have faith in our equipment and in our ability (skill) as photographers.  Can you imagine what people today would stress over if the had to wait until they were home to see what they shot, let alone wait days or weeks!  With film, we never gave it a second thought, it was just the way it was! It sure seems to me that many of today's photographers are really just "image makers!", relying on post production (editing) to correct their errors when capturing the basic image in the camera.  Oh my, how things have changed.

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Thanks neuro!  I will probably have them do mine next time I am in Irvine.  My daughter and family live near San Juan Capistrano, CA and I make several trips a year out there to visit.  The Irvine facility is about a 25-minute drive from their house, making it pretty easy to do while I am out there. 

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I have not sent my EOS-1D X to Canon yet for the Product Advisory check/repair.  When I called Canon CPS, the Tech on the phone told me to wait to send it in, until I actually experienced problems?  He made it sound like not all of the affected bodies will ever experience problems?  I am curious how many others are waiting to see if they actuall experience problems with their cameras before sending them to Canon.  Also, are there any more horror stories of shipping problems (poor packaging), repair problems (parts form someone else's body), or any other problems associated with the check/repair out there?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 19, 2013, 07:21:11 PM »
Just curious, If anyone having one the affected bodies has actually experienced the problem(s)? If so, what was your shutter count?

Also, anyone with an affected body that has a ton of use (shutter count) and no problems so far?  What is your shutter count.  I am sure some of you could be approaching 100K or more shutter activations by now!

I have not contacted Canon yet.  However, from the posts here, it appears some users received return shipping labels from Canon...did they also cover the insurance?  I checked with UPS, and they charge $10 USD per $100 in insurance coverage...that's $69 USD!

It's kind of ironic, I was just out near Irvine, CA earlier this week visiting my draughter!  If this had come out one day sooner, I could have just dropped it off before returning to Albuquerque!  Just my luck!

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The registered products icon on your account page allows you to remove items...I just cleaned out several old items from mine yesterday.

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I am sure many of you in the USA already have an account with Canon USA and are aware of the benefits of registering your Canon equipment with them.  However, I recently helped a fried to join and register his cameras, lenses, printer, and scanner.  Once he registered his cameras, he immediately received emails listing the latest firmware updates for several of his DSLRs that he didn't know were out yet!  Having this instant notification of firmware and other technical updates, makes having to search the web every so often totally unnecessary!  Additionally, you can select other services, such as receiving their Newsletter, product announcements, etc.  also, you get 10 GB of free image storage on their Image Gateway program.  You also receive discounts through the Canon Store if you take the time to answer all the questionairs for your products.

https://b2cweb.usa.canon.com/b2cweb/view/login.jsf?TYPE=33554432&REALMOID=06-979697ef-63e3-49da-a97f-795f9d794fcc&GUID=1&SMAUTHREASON=0&METHOD=GET&SMAGENTNAME=-SM-SPnuJLVI%2b1NhU8q9X4JtIpqiRboYEqM49iCkDfu%2f0b2E%2fzveqSpO4UF3UH%2fdXG9X&TARGET=-SM-http%3a%2f%2fb2cweb%2eusa%2ecanon%2ecom%2fb2cweb%2fview%2fmyAccountHome%2ejsf

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Software & Accessories / Re: new 13" MacBook Pro
« on: February 05, 2013, 12:12:44 AM »
Just purchased the 13" MacBook Pro W/Retna display last month.  I have been using a 15" Sony VAIO, a AUSA notebook, and a home brewed desktop for the past 9-years to manage my digital images.  I made the move to Mac to better (and quicker) view/edit my images.  Even though the MBP(R) has a smaller display, it is far better for my needs.  The resolution and color accuracy are superior to any laptop, notebook, or desktop models I have used in the past!  I originally planned to use it with a large monitor, as I have seen the the 13" used with the Mac, Thunderbolt monitor, by friends of mine and was very impressed.  However, after seeing for myself just how good the MBP(R) is by itself, I might put off purchasing a monitor anytime soon!  Additionally, I have been extremely happy with Canon's DPP, Image Browser and other Canon Utilities programs for many years.  Now, they work even better on my MacBook Pro!

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Lenses / Re: Your favorite lens is?
« on: January 14, 2013, 09:54:59 PM »
28-300L on my 1DX, if I only carry one body.
Or 24-105L on the 1DX and 70-300L on my 1D4.

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Canon General / Re: Single point auto focus
« on: January 04, 2013, 09:08:09 AM »
I use back button (AF-ON) focusing in AI Servo mode, exclusively for the majority of my shooting (landscape, wildlife/birding, auto racing (NASCAR, NHRA & ALMS), architecture, people, street, travel, etc.).  Using AI Servo and back button focusing, allows me to track moving subjects (holding the button down) independently of shutter release, which I find results in faster and better results (more spot-on focus).  For static or slow moving subjects, I just press the button to gain focus and release it to lock focus.  This works really well in recomposing the shot while maintaining focus and eliminates having to select other than the center AF point or points (expanded or zone).  I also use the Auto AF point selection method in AI Servo on some moving subjects, allowing the initial AF point to continue to track the subject across the frame.  The back button/AI Servo method allows me to switch between one shot and AI Servo instantly, without having to dedicate another button or make changes by changing camera settings.  I was hesitant at first to use this method.  However, now that I ues it full-time, I wonder how I could ever do without it!  My digital bodies are as follows:  EOS-1D X, 1D4, 5D2, 5D.  Film bodies: 2x EOS-1V and a 1n.  My Lenses are:  20-35, 24T/S, 24-105L, 28-300L, 50 1.2L, 70-200 2.8L, 70-300L and 100-400L.  They (lenses) all work excellently using the AF methods I listed above.
Happy shooting!

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