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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: First pic of Sigma 24-70 F/2 posted
« on: August 02, 2013, 04:59:41 PM »
Definitely fake. Why would they put the gigantic zoom ring from the 120-300 S as the focus ring and have a tiny zoom ring?

While DxO mark may be good for sensors, the plots at least. I find them to be dubious when it comes to lenses. I mean they were the ones who said the 16-35mm excelled at the edges when used closest to wide open! That the f/2.8 IS was sharper at 200mm f/2.8 than the 2.8 non-IS than the 2.8 IS II! I believe they also claimed the 70-300 non-L was sharper than 70-300L and 300 f/4L!

How many copies of each lens/body do they test? I can't find their exact testing process anywhere on the site...

Lenses / Re: Sigma 24-70 f/2 OS HSM Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 30, 2013, 01:13:29 AM »
I would expect these companies to pull out all the stops to design the cheapest lens possible using the easiest design and manufacturing techniques.

Fixed. :)

Lenses / Re: Sigma 24-70 f/2 OS HSM Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 29, 2013, 07:17:06 PM »

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: lcd display on 6d
« on: July 23, 2013, 01:27:15 PM »
i would still rather like the official output settings that the lcd image is made up of!  its much more than just picture style.

it must be out there somewhere?

It is the picture style and nothing more. The picture style, however, has complex jpeg compression algorithms that may or may not be available publicly outside of Canon.

The best way to get the RAW file to replicate the JPEG displayed on the LCD screen during playback is to process your RAWs with Canon Digital Photo Professional software, which came free with your camera.

You're kidding right?  There is nothing at all better about the 1D3 than the 5D3.  In fact, it's all the opposite.  I can't think of one meaningful category where the 1D3 would be better than a 5D3.  Not even close.

Weather sealing? Durability? Framerate? Battery life?

I agree with you, the 5D3 is easily the superior camera, hands-down... but the 1D3 is a professional body and has a few things going for it too!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: lcd display on 6d
« on: July 19, 2013, 05:33:33 PM »
i would just like to know what processing is given to the lcd image, which is processed in camera from th eraw image im taking ( i only shoot raw, for the reasons you mentioned, no jpeg )

Canon cameras apply one of their "picture styles" to the RAW file before displaying it on screen. There are several different picture styles such as Landscape, Portrait, Neutral, etc., and you can select your preferred one from your camera's main menu in P, M, Tv, Av modes (the same place you change shutter speed, ISO, etc.) You can also create your own picture style and have the camera use that as the default.

Just remember that if you shoot RAW, the picture style doesn't get applied to the RAW file, just the image that gets displayed on the back of your camera screen. If you use Canon Digital Photo Professional to process your RAWs then you can have it automatically set the picture style of the RAW you are processing to the same one that was selected when you took the photograph. This still doesn't modify the actual RAW file, it just automatically processes it with the same style that the camera would have used had it been set to shoot JPG.

If you don't care about the picture styles but you still want the image displayed on the back of the camera to look like the RAW you can set the picture style to neutral.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Underwater Cameras
« on: July 19, 2013, 02:49:03 PM »
I've never tried these but it looks like an awesome way to get your 5D3 underwater safely:

Is Canon so confident in its newest AF technology that it doesn't feel the need to add these things anymore?

I've found that I almost don't need AF assist with the 6D's super-sensitive center point, however focus still locks quicker with the AF assist on so I continue to use it (and will refuse to buy an ST-E3 because it lacks that feature)

I ordered one! Excited.

Yeah, the price is just ok. The price is within a few dollars of what a brand new one costs on Amazon (after taking into account the tax charged by Canon's site and the 3% rebate for Amazon purchases made with the Amazon credit card). 

But I reasoned that the refurb lens might actually be more likely to perform well since it had to be tested for focus accuracy and such.   What do you I crazy or is it reasonable to expect slightly better quality control with Canon refurb lenses compared to ones that have come straight off the assembly line with potential focus problems?

I've bought several items from Canon direct and they always work great. Usually they look brand new, too.

This isn't an outstanding price but if I were looking to buy one right now (actually I am, but don't have the money :P) I'd jump on it.

EOS Bodies / Re: 70D or 6D
« on: July 17, 2013, 01:01:54 PM »
Can I ask what sort of shots you have been taking?? You say the focusing is much better than your 600D.. in what way? speed? accuracy?

I used to have a T3i as well. I will say that the AF on the 6D is both faster and accurate, but you may or may not notice that. The biggest difference is the low-light autofocus performance: you will be blown away by the kind of dimly-lit scenes in which the 6D's center point will lock focus quickly and accurately.

Additionally, you'll enjoy knowing you can take photographs at 12800 ISO that look far better than the T3i at 6400 ISO ever did.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 6D Body $1499 or $1589
« on: July 17, 2013, 03:51:06 AM »
The Funny quote "I have never heard a bad thing about GetItDigital." They have 43 negative feedback in only 6 months. What the hell canon rumors?

Negative feedback on ebay means nothing. Take Adorama for example: they've had 101 negative feedback in the last 6 months (that's more than double the negative feedback of GetItDigital!), and yet they are widely known as a reputable and trustworthy seller.

What the hell, vitalboy? I'm beginning to think you are getting paid to steer people away from good deals...

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 6D Body $1499 or $1589
« on: July 15, 2013, 06:02:56 PM »
Nonsense is to buy something for just a little less and have no warranty! A fool and his money are soon parted :)

By that logic, if I go to Best Buy and purchase a Monster Cable and they offer me a $200 warranty on it, I would be a fool not to take it.

Sometimes I buy a camera because I want a camera, not a warranty. Canon's warranty isn't all that great anyway... they'll service the camera only if it needs repair due to a manufacturer defect, and only if the defect occurred within 1 year of purchase. And chances are very good that under these circumstances they'll repair your camera anyway even if you bought it from BigValue or GetItDigital.

So why pay for something you don't want, and you could quite possibly get for free? Only a fool would do that... but as they say, a fool and his money are soon parted.

Lenses / Re: Canon Sale?
« on: July 15, 2013, 05:54:01 PM »
What are some negatives for buying refurbished, or are there any? Does it come with the same warranties as a new one?

Perhaps it would be harder to re-sell a refurbished lens as opposed to a new one. However, I think most people buy a lens to use it, not sell it, so that's not really a big deal.

Canon refurbished warranties are now 1 year, just like the new product warranties. I've bought several refurbished items from Canon and they were indistinguishable from new items. In fact, I'd argue that refurbished items are less likely to fail because they've already been repaired and tested by Canon before being sold as refurbished.

Buy refurbished!

How do Canon's flashes compare to Nikon? I read a review which said the Nikon's are superior.

Nikon probably used to be superior, but Canon now has built-in radio wireless capability.

In order to use radio wireless with Nikon flashes, you must purchase expensive third party radio transmitters and recievers as well as batteries for those transmitters and recievers. Canon's 600EX-RT has the radio transmitter/receiver built-in and powered by the same batteries as the flash.

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