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Lenses / Re: 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II not fitting securely to 5DMKIII body???
« on: September 04, 2012, 11:49:04 AM »
This would be a problem if the lens/body combo is supposed to be weather sealed!  I was under the impression all the white "L" series lenses are water sealed.  I don't know about the 5D.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Firmware 1.0.6
« on: August 28, 2012, 11:00:50 AM »
I am new to the Digital SLR camera "game".  Is it normal for Canon (or other companies for that matter) to issue firmware updates, or have recalls so close to the initial release of the product? 

This phenomenon is dampening my excitement for new products... at least until a few months have past.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 3D X [CR1]
« on: August 21, 2012, 12:00:46 PM »
It would be nice if Canon had/stuck to a naming convention like...

1D thru 5D = full frame "pro" model
6D thru 9D = crop frame "pro - semi-pro"
10D thru 90D = crop
100D thru 2000D = entry level

This is how it looks now anyway, so if the 3D is a crop sensor, you can chuck this nomenclature out the window.

EOS Bodies / 60D Pricing
« on: August 14, 2012, 02:23:27 AM »
I am starting to see sale pricing on the 60D.  Last time I observed sale prices like this, the T4i replaced the T3i.  While these are just internet prices and Canon Store prices, I will keep an eye on local brick and mortar shops in the Detroit area to confirm my suspicions.

Could this be a build up to the October anticipation of the 6D?

Is the 70D nearing release to the masses?

Just stirring the pot!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Mirrorless Information [CR1]
« on: August 09, 2012, 03:49:33 AM »
Why does it HAVE to be smaller?  Just remove the mirror mechanism.  You don't have to reinvent the wheel, just sack the mirror.

It's hard to describe the form factor I was looking for, so Samsung created it in the NX20 Mirrorless Wi-Fi Digital Camera.  Granted, the Wi-Fi is "gimmicky" to me.  It looks like a full frame DSLR, but doesn't have a mirror.  So... it looks like Canon has taken the track of a small body for now.  Maybe the next version will be based on the 5D frame and retain the EF/EF-S mount.   ::)

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Megapixels Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: August 06, 2012, 11:30:36 AM »
Err, are you thinking that a T4i will give the same result as an 5D MkIII on the same high ISO setting? Think again, my dear chap...

I am not comparing those two against each other, but against the Rebel XS.  I only want middle ISO, not High, and anything has to be better than the XS' high ISO of 1600.

This thread is starting degenerate with Nikon speak as well...  OH!

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Megapixels Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: August 06, 2012, 10:33:41 AM »
I am at the opposite end.  My last vacation, about half the photos were at ISO-800, outside, under a forest canopy or in a wetlands area.  If I could have gone to 1600, there would be too much grain on the old Rebel XS.  All the photos needed exposure boost in Lightroom, but were salvageable.  If I had a T4i or a 5D MkIII, I would have no problems.  (I'm working on that solution...)

Macro / Re: Butterflies
« on: August 06, 2012, 09:56:38 AM »
I took these with 50-250mm Canon lens.  I gave up on macro because the subject get spooked too easily.

I have bunch more "bug shots" at:

Lenses / Re: Lens Recomendation
« on: August 06, 2012, 09:48:01 AM »
I would endorse the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 as well.  I am happy with their 17-50mm f/2.8 VC, and used it to replace the kit lens.  I shoot a lot of family stuff indoors, and the faster lens has made it a lot easier.

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Megapixels Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: August 06, 2012, 09:42:48 AM »
I thought we were over the Pixel Wars?  There must be a market for this sensor, or else why bother.  I would settle for a full frame 15-20Mpix that can shoot in the dark at say... 500,000 ISO.  I think most consumers (90% guesstimate) and many professionals (70% guesstimate) would be satisfied with this sensor spec.

There is more than just the sensor to consider.  There is the glass, storage, file handling just to name a few big ones.  Not being a physics pro, I do hear there is a light wave issue with small apertures resolving onto large sensors - in that you waste space on the sensor.  (I will let a more knowledgeable person explain it.)

I would bet the driving force for these high pixel counts can be traced to asteroid mining  (LOL - don't get me started).  I guess you would need these pixels for cropping and isolating a subject/target without loosing detail.  If NASA or any other space program can put good glass in front of this sensor, they could pull down some great space shots.   I think it's use is questionable for us terrestrial shooters.

Are they using a special "machine" to do the lens update, or can you just do it like you would your camera body?

Am I the only person here that finds it incredible that a LENS has a firmware update!?  I thought they were just a bunch of glass in a tube, but I guess there is more to it than "meets the eye"... 

Bad pun, sorry.

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
« on: July 12, 2012, 01:12:31 PM »
I hate to reply to my own post, but I now think it's the Haze Filter I have on the lens.  I took some shots with it off, and they look a bit more clear.  I can't really fault the filter, it's over 20 years old and I only gave it a rudimentary cleaning before placing it on the lens.

I really hate to "stir the pot" on this issue, but...

I found this WHOLESALE web site, and at least for the US market, it looks like a 5X to 7X markup spread between the "middle men" and the government.

<scam site link removed by mod>

Read it and Weep!

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
« on: July 08, 2012, 08:18:02 PM »
What am I doing wrong?

I keep getting inconsistent results.  I would have thought the Gold Finch would be easy to ficus on as it has so much contrast.  These are all hand hold, with IS in hte lens, and shot at fast shutter speeds.

At a Loss,
Mark Lopiccola

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